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    She Who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

    Vajrayogini   (Photo Credit: The Divine Feminine Oracle Guidebook by Meggan Watterson) Vajrayogini is considered to be the prime deity of the Tantric pantheon, the principal female deity of the Chakrasamvara Cycle of Yantras, and central to the practice of Vajrayogini Buddhism. She is a Dakini (Tantric Priestess) and female Buddha, the complete essence of Buddhahood in female form, and is common to all Tibetan Buddhism schools. Her red body symbolizes Her inner fire, while the flames surrounding her represent Her elevated wisdom and spiritual transformation. The ability to see with clarity in the future, as well as the present and past, is evident in Her third eye chakra. (Photo…

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    Book Review – Pagan Portals: Gods and Goddesses of Wales – A Practical Introduction to Welsh Deities and Their Stories by Halo Quin

    Book Review Pagan Portals: Gods and Goddesses of Wales – A Practical Introduction to Welsh Deities and Their Stories by Halo Quin I think most of us are aware of Moon Books, and their series entitled “Pagan Portals”. Our journeys start somewhere and Pagan Portals is the perfect starting point. They have numerous books on various Pagan topics. If you are not aware of them, this may be a good place to start; if you have read any of them, you might like to continue with this one. This book is exactly what it purports to be, “a practical introduction to Welsh deities and their stories”. I have a basic…

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    She Who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

    Dakini (Photo Credit: The Divine Feminine Oracle Deck by Meggan Watterson – Photo by Susan Morgaine) Female, Powerful. Supernatural. Wisdom. Enlightenment. The Dakini are beyond intelligence; they are the embodiment of female wisdom and enlightenment. Dakini, translated, means “sky dancer”. They are seen as the attendants of Kali. Like Her, they can be vengeful and protective. The Dakini can be unruly; they make their own rules and love their freedom. They can appear as intense or nurturing as they represent energy in in all of it’s ever-changing forms. Their resemblance to Kali is seen within the garland of skulls that they wear. She/they is also seen carrying a vessel of…

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    Book Review – The Practice of Nada Yoga: Meditation on the Inner Sacred Sound by Baird Hersey

    Book Review The Practice of Nada Yoga Meditation on the Inner Sacred Sound by Baird Hersey Mr. Hersey has written a clear, concise explanation of the yoga of *listening*. The basics are all here. He begins at the beginning – what is Nada Yoga? There is a section on each of the four levels of sound: how to find inner sounds, how to quiet surrounding sounds, quieting the mind and adding visual focus, i.e. sights and colors. Each section includes guidelines and simple meditations to get started. Moving on to the *basic* nada meditation, he includes both simple, and more complex instructions. The author then goes to a section on…

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    Book Review – Yoga: 7 Minutes a Day, 7 Days a Week by Gertrud Hirschi

    Book Review Yoga 7 Minutes a Day, 7 Days a Week A Gentle Daily Practice for Strength, Clarityand Calm by Gertrud Hirschi As a long-time kundalini yoga instructor, I really enjoyed this book. It describes a gentle, wonderful path to a daily yoga practice, something everyone can benefit from. One of the things I found most enjoyable is the fact that Ms. Hirschi used certain exercises/postures for each day of the week, using the qualities and the energies of each specific day. Keeping in mind that different practices/traditions have alternate names for each day, the author uses the following: Sunday is the Day of the Sun Monday is the Day…

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    She Who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

    SOPHIA (Image Credit: crystallinks.com) Wisdom is calling us, Sophia is calling Raising her voice, she stands by the city gates, at the crossroads, on the mountaintop. At every entrance, she is standing, shouting to us: “O people”, she calls, “learn from me!” Listen to me, for I speak nothing but the truth. Know my ways, for they are richer than silver. Know my secrets, and you do not need gold. Listen to me, my words are more precious than rubies. My words are riper than figs, sweeter than dates, more nourishing than applies and olives. Kings and princes and careful judges know me, and so do those who simply love…

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    Book Review – The Old Stones: A Field Guide to the Megalithic Sites of Britain and Ireland by the Megalithic Portal, Edited by Andy Burnham

    Book Review The Old Stones A Field Guide to the Megalithic Sites of Britain and Ireland by the Megalithic Portal Edited by Andy Burnham Who can look at a circle of stones, standing stones, without feeling a sense of awe and amazement, without wondering who made this, why is it here? Megalithic Portal is an independent website run by prehistoric site enthusiasts. This book was collaboratively put together from people across the globe. For more information, please visit their website. This is a good sized book, limited to stones within Britain and Ireland. It is chock-full of articles, photos, maps, appropriate quotes. I love that it describes the different types…

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    She Who Is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

    Lalita, the Red Goddess (Image Credit: The Divine Feminine Oracle Deck by Meggan Watterson) Lalita Tripura Sundari, also known as Lalita, is an Hindu Goddess, connected to playfulness and desire. Lalita is “She Who Plays”. Her name in Sanskrit is comprised of Lila, meaning “divine play”, Tripura, meaning three worlds, and Sundari, meaning beautiful; hence, Tripura Sundari is “She who is beautiful in three worlds”. She is known for Her spontaneity and joy. Lalita is part of a group of ten Goddesses called the Mahavidyas, or Great Wisdom. She is seen to be an aspect of manifestation of Parvati, as well as “Adi Parashakti”, a Goddess considered a Supreme Being…

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    Book Review – Goddess Power by Isabella Price

    Book ReviewGoddess PowerAwakening the Wisdom of the Divine Feminine in Your Life by Isabella Price This is a beautifully written and well-researched book of Goddess history, or *herstory*, if you will. Ms. Price’s love for her subject shines through in every word. It is a culturally diverse chronology of Goddess myth, lore and magic, beginning with the prehistoric and neolithic Goddess figures that have been found in chapters on Inanna and Ishtar, Isis, Minoan Crete, Yoruba, Shaktism and both the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdelene. Ms. Price speaks of the different cultures and their Goddesses, including the myths about them. She tells of Goddess symbols and their meanings. This book is…

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    A Woman’s Place…

    I Am the Light of My Soul In an uncertain world, one of the most important things we can do, as women, is to develop a soothing self-care practice. We were created by the Goddess, in Her image, and we carry a spark of Her radiant love for us. It is unfortunate, then, that the world does not see us as Goddesses, nor do many even see Her, and so women, in our current society, are seen as *less than* we really and truly are. We must remember that, as Her daughters, we carry Her in our heart and, in so doing, project Her presence out into the world. It…