WHY INVOKE THE GODDESS? To understand why you might want to get into a relationship with a goddess, it helps to know how Tantra views deities, especially goddesses. Deities are archetypes, of course. Many of us, knowingly or unknowingly, carry specific deity archetypes within us: Durga the warrior, Shiva the ascetic, Saraswati the poet. But in tantra, goddesses are not simply archetypes. They are powers. Lakshmi, Saraswati, and Durga personify energies that are always at play in us and in nature. They are really present, they are really accessible, and they are, above all, helpful. In tantra, there’s a recognition that all the energies in a human being and in the natural world are aspects of shakti. They are intrinsically divine.When we recognize and name these specific shaktis as goddesses, we literally activate their powers within us. When you name the energy of abundance as Lakshmi, or repeat a mantra to Lakshmi, you touch into the energy vortex she represents. You bring that energy more alive in you. You get access to it. When you call on Durga, you bring forth your own deepest reserves of strength. When you call on Saraswati, you call on inspiration. These energies may already be playing in you. All of us have aspects of the goddess inside us. But when you start to see how your personal gifts, your love, and your strength are connected to transpersonal qualities in the universe, two things happen. First, you stop identifying egoically with your gifts. And second, you realize that you can connect directly with the divine sources of your energies. The more you contemplate these subtle, luscious archetypal beings, the more they come alive in you, the more you feel guided by them, and the more your life becomes irradiated by their sparkling, shimmering presence.
Goddess Durga is the divine mother who protects people from evil force of selfishness, jealousy, anger, and ego. She symbolizes the positive energy (divine forces) known as divine Shakti (force, power, and feminine energy) that is used against the negative forces of wickedness and evil. Goddess Durga is the embodiment of the divine force. The word Durga means "the invincible". Durga Devi represents power, strength, morality, and protection. Invoke Durga for protection, strength power, purification, knowledge, self realization. Durga gives clarity and positive direction in life. She is the intelligent energy of consciousness and she has the power to dispel self doubt & confusion. Invocation: 'Om Dum Durgayei Namaha' Repeat 108x for 40 days
Beautiful, beloved Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of wealth, beauty, happiness, and abundant good fortune. Lakshmi is best known as a Goddess of wealth and well being, she also maintains a strong esoteric presence, expressing herself as Siddhi, the magnificent Tantric Goddess of spiritual power, and as Kundalini Shakti, the transformative cosmic force that exists within each individual. These indentities express the "prosperity consciousness" that is the essential nature of the Goddess and the divine source of all wealth. Invoking Lakshmi is not only a matter of calling upon the external form of the Goddess but also of aligning one's consciousness with the very essence of prosperity. Call on Lakshmi for spiritual, emotional, & financial abundance, finding creative solutions, increasing your manifestation power, all things related to beauty & attraction, discovering the perfect career, finding the love of your life. Invocation: 'Om Shreem Maha Lakshmiyei Namaha' Repeat 108x for 40 days
Kali comes from the Sanskrit root word Kal which means time. Kali is a Goddess of death and she brings the death of the ego and the illusory self centered view of reality. Of all forms of Devi, she is the most compassionate because she provides moksha or liberation to her children. A mature soul who engages in spiritual practice to remove the illusion of the ego sees Mother Kali as very sweet, affectionate, and overflowing with love for her children. She is the fast track, often on a bumpy road, to problem solution and spiritual advancement. When called by mantras that carry her vibrations, Kali responds with a direct power that often leads right through some cherished part of our ego attachments. Call on Kali for forward moving, forceful energy & to bring life to stagnant projects or goals. She represents rebirth, cycles, joy, courage, hope, cleansing, and change. Invocation: 'Om Krim Kalikayei Namaha'
Saraswati is the Hindu Goddess of knowledge, music, and all the creative arts. Dressed in white, Saraswati holds a mala and a palmleaf scroll, indicating knowledge. Saraswati usually rides a swan & sometimes a peacock, while playing music on a veena. Students worship Saraswati to perform well in examinations. The mantra of Saraswati can be recited daily to improve memory, power and concentration in studies. She is the river of consciousness that enlivens creation; she is the dawn goddess whose rays dispel the darkness of ignorance. Without her there is only chaos and confusion. To realize her one must go beyond the pleasures of the senses and rejoice in the serenity of the spirit. She is the goddess of speech and first appears in the RigVeda as the inventor of sanskrit. Her name means 'elegant', 'flowing', and 'watery' Call on Saraswati to increase creative flow, inspiration, connect with inner wisdom & intuition, for assitance with learning and education as well as speech. Saraswati is the free flowing creative energy that lives in every single one of us. Invocation: 'Om Aing Mahasaraswatyai Namaha' Repeat 108x for 40 days
Isis is powerful in the ways of magic, having the ability to destroy and create life with mere words. She not only knows the words which need to be spoken to cause certain things to occur, she is also able to use exact pronunciation and emphasis in order for the desired effect to occur. Call upon Isis to help uncover your greatest strengths. She is a great queen, noble and dignified, intelligent, capable- a teacher for her people. She has power and compassion in equal amounts. She is the Lady of Sacred Magic & embodies the Divine Mother as fertility, nurturing, magic, inner wisdom, wisdom of speech, and inner knowing. Invocation: The principal method of working magic in the House of Isis, whether for spiritual or practical purposes, is sacred ritual. (Refer to the book ‘Isis Magic’ by M. Isidora Forrest for rituals). When ready, begin to chant the mantra Isis, elongating the sounds (iiiiiisss….iiiiiiiissss) taking a breath between each syllable. The “I”is pronounced as “ee”as in “teeth”andthe s is proncounced as a hiss.
Mary M. is the Tantric lover of Yeshua (Jesus) and an archetype of sacred sexuality. She is an overlighting healing presence for women’s sexuality for the fallen woman: the woman who has been shamed or cast out as a result of infidelity, prostitution, wedlock, or sexuality. She also carries within her financial empowerment codes and wisdom for women serving the sacred. Mary is a powerful teacher and a profound conduit of wisdom. She is the embodiment of the beloved’s beloved. She is associated with sacred partnership and helps us alchemize sexual energy with our partner to uplift humanity. She assists us in the liberation of our feminine expression. Mary initiated women into the path of the sacred sexual priestess- a path that honors the sacred and the ecstatic life force of the body (Kundalini Shakti- the feminine force of God). This was a sacred order of women that carried this wisdom in secret into the Middle Ages, when it went underground. Call on Mary to heal core wounds related to sexuality, finances, and disempowerment. She is also known for aiding with past life trauma, & healing through the hands. Call on her for assistance with Reiki or any touch related healing practice. Call on her for help with embodying your power and wisdom as a spiritual teacher, change agent, spiritual leader, or woman entrepreneur. Invocation: Mary Magdalene speaks to us through our heart, during meditation. (YouTube: I AM Mary Magdalene Meditation)