Pele - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action

Pele is the Hawaiian Goddess of fire and volcanoes. It is believed that Pele is the creator of the Hawaiian Islands. Pele is the Goddess of hula, the dance that mimics the movement of the volcano. As well as being extremely powerful, Pele is volatile, passionate and jealous. 

The oracle that Pele speaks:

Feel my pressure build
Heat rising from my molten core
Erupting in a glorious fountain of flame
Flowing , liquid fire
Lava creating new land
Come dance the hula with me
Release your volcanic energy
Wild and untamed

The action to take is:

Watch your energy rise if something excites you
Use that power as fuel
Flow toward the new

 Pele - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action

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Baba Yaga - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action

Baba Yaga is Mother Nature, the Wise Cone from Russian fairy tales. Baba Yaga lives in a hut on chicken legs deep in the forest. She flies around in a mortar, wielding a pestle. Baba Yaga controls the weather and refuses to be tamed. She represents the paradox of nature.  Baba Yaga is enigmatic, she may either help or hinder those who seek her out. 

The oracle that Baba Yaga speaks:

Deep over the wild, wild woods
Way above my chicken-legged hut
I, Grandmother, old woman nature, fly
Come, ask me a question and I will set you a task
Do you come of your own accord or has another sent you
Be careful, for I may either help or hinder you
Is your heart true

The action to take is:

Things may not be as they seem
Open your mind to new possibilities
Take risks

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The Norns - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action

The Norns - Urd, Verdandi and Skuld are three Goddesses from Norse mythology. They sit beneath mighty sacred tree of life: Yggrasil, weaving the web of fate for all living beings. Urd corresponds to the past, Verdandi, the present and Skuld, the future. The Norns arrive at birth of each newborn to shape it's destiny. Mothers are served Norn porridge shortly after giving birth.

The Norns are very powerful as they even control the fate of the Gods and Goddesses. Every morning they place a rooster at the top of Yggrasil to wake the Gods and Goddesses. They water the roots of Yggrasil, from the well of Fate - Uror, keeping it alive, healthy and green.

In my card the Norns create the Viking rune of Dagaz with their twine. Dagaz  means breakthrough, fruitfulness, and prosperity.

The oracle that the Norns speak:

We Norns, weave your destiny
Urd, your past
Verdandi, what is presently coming into being
Skuld, what shall be
With wise knowing and prophesy
We twine the threads of fate
The Dagaz rune indicates a breakthrough
Awakening your powers of divination

The action to take is:

Use your intuition to guide your actions
Open yourself to messages and synchronicity

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Pachamama - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action

Pachamama is Mother Earth, a fertility Goddess who brings nourishment and sustains life. Pachamama is worshipped by the indigenous people of the South American Andes. She embodies the mountains, rivers and waterfalls, the fields planted and the crops harvested. Pachamama also rules over the spiritual life of her followers. She is a supreme deity. 

Through the spread of Catholicism in the area, Pachamama became synchronised with the Virgin Mary as you can see in this image:

The Virgin of the Mountain 

In my deck "Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action" Pachamama gives this oracle: 

I am the Earth, the ground beneath your feet
Mother Nature
I am the mountains, the tilled fields, the flowing waters
My body sustains life
Harvest is my gift
Take care of your Mother
My wrath is earthquakes, fire, flood, and famine
Connect with me in the wild places
I am your home

The Action Pachamama tells us to do is:

Feel the comfort of being supported by the Earth
Draw strength from that anchoring

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Durga - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action

Durga is the Indian Goddess of protection. Durga is the fierce mother - the slayer of evil. Her many arms with weapons help her to fight evil from any direction. The lion or tiger represents courage. Durga means invincible. Any woman who fights for goodness has the spirit of Durga within her. 

By chanting the following mantra, Durga will remove your physical, mental and worldly problems:


Durga - oil on wood 8" x 8" x 4"

In the visual journal page below, I painted myself as Durga, needing to embody courage to fight my own demons. The painting above is actually a small shrine that you can see again on the upper left corner.

I am Durga - mixed media in visual journal

The oracle in my deck "Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action" Durga says:

I am the protective Mother of the Universe
The fierce Mother willing to unleash anger
So that wrongs will be righted
I fight for goodness, for justice
For peace, and prosperity
To remove problems and establish boundaries
I will guard you in times of trouble
Chant to me

The action is:

Use your strength and power
To fight for good

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Sophia - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action

Sophia is the Greek Goddess of wisdom. Hagia Sophia is the Holy Wisdom in the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches. The word sophia means clever, skillful, intelligent and wise. The word philosophy means the lover of wisdom. In Gnosticism - Sophia is the soul. Sophia is often depicted with red wings in a red dress. 

The oracle in my deck "Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action" Sophia says:

Divine Wisdom enfolds you
Merciful tenderness and light
Holy answers come from me
Hagia Sophia
I am your wise soul
Your higher power
Speaking truth through you

The action is:

Know thyself
And you will know the world

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Kuan Yin - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action

Kuan Yin is the Chinese Buddhist bodhisattva of compassion and mercy. Kuan Yin hears the cries of the world and alleviates suffering. She grants every prayer that is asked of her. Kuan Yin protects mothers and children. Kuan Yin can assume both genders - in this depiction Kuan Yin is androgynous.

Many years ago, a neighbour invited me to a Buddhist sangha, the focus of the teaching was Kuan Yin. I found deep peace in chanting to this gentle Goddess. Shortly after the meeting I experienced terrible backache and sciatica. I dreamt that night, that Kuan Yin came to me and told me not to worry and in the morning my pain was gone. I believe Kuan Yin had heard my cries. This visual journal piece tells the story:

Kuan Yin - mixed medium in my visual journal

Over the years I found refuge many times with Kuan Yin. I have made several paintings in honor of her.

Kuan Yin, oil on panel 8" x 8"

Kuan Yin, oil on panel, 26" x 15"

 In my deck "Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action" Kuan Yin says:

I, who hears the weeping of the world
Can change your fate
Save you from physical and spiritual harm
I grant every prayer
With love
Let a new breeze blow through your house
The way is cleared by virtue, as it always was

The action is:

Through sweetness, compassion and kindness
Alleviate the suffering of others

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Bast - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action

Bast is the Egyptian cat headed Goddess of pleasure, the home and fertility. Domestic cats in Egypt were seen as manifestations of Bast. Cats protect the home from vermin/disease and are very fertile. Bast is a derivative of ba'Aset which means the soul of Isis. Bast was worshiped in orgiastic ceremonies where dancing to the sistrum, a type of a rattle, occurred amongst much drinking and revelry. Bast is a playful, joyous Goddess. The staff she carries has the head of a lotus flower which symbolized the sun, creation and rebirth.

 In my deck "Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action" Bast says:

Shake those rattles, dance and drink
Raise your skirts
I am the cat-headed Goddess Bast
Lighthearted and free
I bring friendship and play
Give comfort and support
Domestic Goddess
I protect your home
Children and women's mysteries

The action is:

Make a celebration in gratitude
For the gifts in your life
Honor the Goddess in revelry

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Persephone - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action

Persephone is the Greek Goddess of both vegetation and the underworld. Hades, the God of the underworld, spied the beautiful maiden Persephone gathering flowers, fell in love with her and abducted her. Persephone became his wife, the Queen of the Underworld. Her mother Demeter's deep grief in losing her daughter caused grain and vegetation to stop growing, thus causing the seasons. After a long search aided by Hecate, Demeter found Persephone and brought her back, but Hades had tricked Persephone into eating pomegranate seeds which meant she had to return to him in the underworld for part of the year. 

Each year around the time of Mabon, Fall Equinox I feel as if I am being abducted into the darkness, the shortening days distress me. As a gardener and lover of nature I mourn the loss of vegetation and my time spent outdoors. Yet, the seeds of creativity keep me captive in my studio, and I grow to love that time too. This is a painting I made one winter many years ago.

The abduction of Persephone, oil on wood

In this painting I show the abduction of Persephone based on a sculpture by Bernini. Despite her struggle the room is opulent and luxurious, with heavenly upholstery, poppies blooming on the table, surly she will come to love her time there. Out the window you can see Demeter sowing grain. At the top is the pomegranate. 

In my deck Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action Persephone says:

I move between the worlds
Maiden of the flowering meadow
Spring, and sprouting earth
Queen of the underworld, seeds that lie dormant
Enter my mysteries through trance
In the depth of winter, in the deepness of sleep
In the stillness of death, there is rest
In the sprouting of seed, in the freshness of life
in the flowering of love, there is resurrection
Honor the cycles within you

The action is:

Plant the seeds of your desires
Nurture and nourish them as they gestate
Taste the sweet fruit of your labor.

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Demeter - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action

Demeter is the Greek Goddess of agriculture, grain and harvest. She represents the fertility of the earth, the cycles of life and death. Demeter is the mother of Persephone. When Persephone was abducted by Hades, Demeter went into grieving and the vegetation died. Persephone spends part of each year in the underworld and returns each Spring. The grieving and joy of Demeter causes the seasons to change.

Shortly after graduating from Art School, I painted Demeter. Today I looked everywhere for an image of that painting which was sold many years ago, looking through hundreds of old photos, contacting the friend I thought who had bought it... nothing. It is as if that painting, that daughter of mine, had been abducted and was now lost in the dark. I even cried when my search proved futile and then I realized it was a perfect metaphor and that maybe in the spring, somehow she will appear once more. 

In my deck Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action Demeter says:

Oh, my daughter
You who have been abducted
Into the dark underworld
I search for you
My terrible grief lays famine in its wake
But then you return, more lovely than ever
The hope of spring
In my joy, the earth flourishes once more
The secrets of the seasons
The descent, search and ascent
Bind us, forever my daughter

The action is:

Travel the underworld of darkness
Soul searching
Emerge into the light, flourishing

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Mawu - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action

Mawu is the African Moon Goddess who birthed the world and all its creatures into existence. Mawu is generous, nurturing, abundant and creative. She brings balance, harmony and life giving energy. She is the Goddess of motherhood, pregnant with life. 

As a child growing up in Africa, I often witnessed mothers carrying their infants on their backs. As a baby, I too was nestled in a blanket against the back of my nanny's heart, as she worked. This closeness profoundly affected my being and became a recurring theme in many of my paintings.

Mother and child, oil on canvas 36" x 36"

Nanny Margaret - Visual Journal

In my deck - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action, Mawu speaks to you saying:

I am the Moon, the Mother of Earth
Creator of all life
In the Coolness of night
By the Moon's brilliant light
Make generous love
Be pregnant with inspiration
Give birth to passion
Nurture your Creation

The Action is:

Watch the sliver of inspiration 
Wax to the fullness of creation

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Nut - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action

Nut is the Egyptian Sky Goddess. She is the great mother of the cosmos. Her body is filled with stars. She gives birth to the sun, swallows it at dusk and gives birth to it again at dawn. She is known as the protector of the dead and her image was painted on the inside lid of the sarcophagus. Osiris - king of the dead, climbed a ladder to reach her protection. This ladder known as maqet became one of her sacred symbols. 

Hymn to Nut from the pyramid text of Pepi:

O Great One who became the sky 
You are strong 
You are mighty 
You fill every place with your beauty
 The whole earth lies beneath you 
You possess it
 As you enfold earth and all it's creatures in your arms so take me
 Make me an indestructible star within your body 

The Star - Tarot de St. Croix

In The Star tarot card, I painted Nut over her daughter Isis' temple in Philae. In Egypt the rains arrive when Sirius shines in the night sky, bringing fertility to the land. The Star brings a time of renewal and inspiration with the outcome of success. The Star offers hope for wishes to manifest. 

"The Wish" Oil on panel, 36" x 24"

One of my wishes for many years has been to go to Egypt and visit Isis' temple. My wish is manifesting, I am making this trip in May 2020. 

In my deck - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action, Nut speaks to you saying:

I am the celestial vault
The vast cosmos
Enfolding the whole world and every creature
In my loving embrace
All eventually return to me as a star within my body
Climb the ladder into the great mystery
I will guide and protect you

The action is:
Travel from one realm to another
Trust the journey 

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Brigid - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action

Brigid is the Irish Goddess of inspiration, poetry, the arts, divination, healing and fire. The old celtic Goddess merged with Saint Brigid and they share the feast day on February 1st as both Candlemas, and Imbolc - a pagan cross quarter day. Both Goddess Brigid and Saint Brigid are worshipped at Kildare, where 19 nuns attend the perpetual flame that burns at the convent where Saint Brigid was the abbess around the year 520. The sacred well of Kildare is said to be a source of wisdom and healing. 

Many years ago I attended a ceremony on Imbolc, where we each lit a candle from one that had been ignited at the perpetual flame in Kildare. This candle of mine was charged with the power of Bigid. For years now, I have spread that charge to new candles for myself and others, spreading the inspiration of Brigid. 

Brigid has been an important Goddess for me and has appeared in many visual journals and paintings.

Tarot de St. Croix

Brigid appears in my tarot deck as the Six of Wands. The meaning is: Through the ability to inspire others there is a mutual opening to the divine essence of creativity.

Brigid speaks to you in Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action, saying:

Come Close to my flame
Warm yourself at my hearth
Feel the spark of inspiration
Igniting your creativity
Look deep into my waters
For prophesy and healing
I spread my green mantle over you
For health and fertility
For the quickening of the land
For protection of the new

The Action is:

Feel the spark of inspiration
Ignite your creativity

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Diana - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action

Diana is the Roman Goddess of nature, hunting and the crescent moon. She has the power to talk to and control wild animals. She is an archer, accompanied by her beloved hounds. Diana is a virgin Goddess unmarried and whole unto herself. Diana protects and aids childbirth. Diana is known as the Queen of the witches, in particular, the Dianic Cults.

In my deck Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action, Diana says:

Meet me in the wild outdoors
 I am Diana of the sacred woods
 Goddess of nature
 independent and free
I will teach you to talk to animals
 Communicate with the moon
 Aim your sight at the splendor of the world around you
 Gather your energy like the bent bow
 Fly fast and free toward your goal 

The action is:

Focus on what you want 
Use your energy to retrieve it

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Ganga - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action

Ganga is both the holy river in India and the Goddess that personifies it. Every year millions of pilgrims make the journey to bathe in her purifying waters. Floating funeral pyres are released into the waters of Ganga who, it is believed, liberates one from the cycle of life and death. Ganga is a living temple. Not only does Ganga give spiritual sustenance but she also provides water and food for millions of people in India.

In 2015 I went to study sacred painting at the headwaters of the river Ganga in Haridwar. Our painting studio on the roof of Johari house overlooked the Ganges. As we painted we could hear chanting from the temple across the river. In the evening we went down to the banks to received puja at the daily sunset ritual of Arti. 

Painting on the roof of Johari House on the banks of Ganga

On my return, the first painting I made using the layered watercolor wash technique I learnt in India was Ganga. It is metaphorical as I depict Ganga holding many babies of every race. She is indeed the Goddess that birthed the idea for creating my Invoking the Goddess deck. JAI MA GANGA.

In my deck Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action, Ganga speaks to you in an oracle
Falling from heaven
 My waters converge into the mighty Ganges
 Linking divinity, nature and humanity
 Drink my life-giving nectar
 Bathe in my sacred river
One drop of my holy water
 Cleanses you of sin
Purifies body and soul
Liberates you

The Action:
Soak in the healing embrace of water
Release tension, worries, and transgressions. 

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