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

Sophia - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action

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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

Kuan Yin - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action

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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

Bast - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action

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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.

Persephone - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action

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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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Ixcacao - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action

I have to admit I took a chance in creating this card for my deck Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action. Ixcacao is not the name of an actual Goddess but being the lover of chocolate, one who worships the divine nectar, I decided to include her. Who is to say anyway, when a Goddess was invented and where the name came from? Someone came up with the idea and it took on life and gained a following. Please forgive my hubris but I think it's time for us to birth this Goddess. I know there are millions of worshipers out there!

There is evidence of Cacao deities, in Central America such as this one from the Museo Popol Vuh in Guatemala. This statue dates to the Late Classic/early Post Classic Mesoamerican timeline. The cacao pods are a very specific type of cacao that Mesoamericans highly prized. You can see that I used it as a model for my depiction with the cacao pods hanging around the body and the pot that probably held cacao elixir on the head. I did make my version a lot sweeter though - I like a little sugar in my chocolate.

Museo Popol Vuh in Guatemala

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

I am Earth Woman, abundant and fertile
 Goddess of the Cacao tree
 Cacao Woman, Chocolate Goddess
Savor my rich deliciousness
 Banish hunger
Feel your heart expand
Your energy rise
Luxuriate in the senses

The Action is:

Give yourself the gift of pleasure
Life can be sweet.

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Green Tara - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action

Green Tara is the Buddhist female bodhisattva - the Goddess of compassion in action. Green Tara helps us overcome fear and anxiety, she moves us away from danger to safety, from suffering to happiness. She sits on a lotus with one leg extended, ready to rush to our aid. Green Tara holds in her hand a blue lotus, a symbol of power and purity, her other hand makes the mudra of granting requests. By reciting Green Tara's mantra OM TARA TU TARE TURE SOHA we not only receive her blessing and protection, we benefit all beings.

In 2004 I received a Green Tara initiation at the Zuni Mountain Stupa by Tulku Orgyen. It was a profound moment in my life that has benefited me greatly. I made this visual journal entry shortly after receiving the initiation. On the lower right is a note from Tulku acknowledging my connection with Green Tara. 

Many a time over the years I have recited Green Tara's mantra which relieves my fear and calms me. Tulku Orgyen blessed a pendant of Green Tara that I wear when I need Green Tara's protection. Recently when I was creating my Goddess deck I received some upsetting news that threw me into a panic attack. When I was able to get up off the floor, I put on the pendant which hangs at the level of my heart, the green chakra and began to recite the mantra over and over. Within minutes I felt a profound calm, and was able to think clearly. 

In my deck: Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action, Green Tara speaks to you saying:

 Call on me with heartfelt devotion
I am compassion in action
 I rush to your aid 
Ready to deliver you from danger, fear and anxiety
 Releasing suffering, removing obstacles
 I am the Mother of liberation
 Enlightenment in female form.
 I grant your supplication

The action is:

Open your heart in loving kindness
Take action
For the best possible outcome

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 Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action

Yemaya also known as Yemoja, is the African Goddess of water, oceans, rivers and springs. The name Yemaya literally means Mother Goddess whose children are fish. Yemaya originated in West Africa as a Yoruba Orisha, a motherly deity who protects and aids women's mysteries - conception, childbirth and parenting. She was transported to to the west with slaves and is worshipped today in Cuban Santeria as the mother of all living things, ruler of the ocean and in Brasil Candomble as the patron of fishermen, mother of creation and moonlight. Yemaya represents the collective unconscious and the dreamworld. 

When I first began to do shamanic journeying I would travel down the roots of a tree to a cave with water in it. In the water I would see the reflection of an African woman. I believed it was a merging of the two loving nannies who raised me in South Africa. Over time I began to see her as the Goddess Yemaya. I recorded my encounters with Yemaya in my visual journals.

Eventually I made a large oil painting of me lying on Yemaya's lap. At the top of the painting is a pansy shell (the name in South Africa of a sand dollar). I had spent many a day as a child, catching them with my nanny. Cowrie shells are traditionally the representation of Yemaya's wealth. I took the name Yemaya in my Reiki certification.

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

 Come bathe in my waters
 I am the Mother of all living springs, rivers, oceans
 Bring me offerings, my children
 I will comfort, protect, and nourish you
 Tell me your secrets
 I am the great collective unconscious
 Ready to share ancient wisdom

The action: 

 Follow your instincts
The collective unconscious guides.

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Third Edition of de St. Croix Lenormand

The third edition of de St. Croix Lenormand is here. In this latest edition, I have added an extra man and woman to the deck to be to be inclusive of all love relationships.This contemporary look at Lenormand, which originated in Europe over two hundred year ago, offers answers and insight. The four cartomancy symbols at the bottom right can answer yes no questions. I use the deck for a weekly reading and a daily reading. In the weekly reading I pick three cards and make an oracular sentence for myself. The daily card is usually what my day will look like. At the end of the week and day, I check in and I have to say this little deck is astoundingly accurate. 

The 38 medium weight cards have a lovely matte finish over the vibrant colors, more true in look and feel to the original watercolors. The deck is housed in a clear box. A list of meanings are printed on cards. The deck is $33 visit this link to purchase.