the gifts of Freyja

the gifts of Freyja

This month in the Embracing Shakti Temple our featured embodiment of the Divine Feminine is Freyja, the Norse Goddess of the passion and sex. Considered to be the “it girl” of the Aesir Gods, she knew how to party! Loki the trickster god accused her of sleeping with all of the gods and elves and while this was probably true (she was all about pleasure seeking) she has a lot of other powerful credentials.

Freyja is a woman who owns her own sexuality, and loves as SHE chooses, not as others would tell her she must.

Freyja is the patron goddess of Norse magic, chief of the Valkyries and carer of the heroic and noble dead. A lover of travel, she would sometimes take a ride in her chariot pulled by two cats. The pagan festival Beltane is held in her honour, along with “Winter Nights” October 14-15th for what is known as Freyja’s Feast, which marks the end of the harvest, and brings focus to the bounty by honouring her.

If you would like to evoke the energy of Freyja to connect to her magic and power, here are a few suggestions:

Cultivating a peaceful and loving relationship with yourself, helps your abundance flow. Every day for a week, take a post-it note and write one thing you love about yourself on it. Put it in random places throughout your house, like a mirror, fridge, etc., so you continue to see these messages of self love.
Erotic poetry and art in the form of an offering to Freyja has been said to assist many with finding acceptance within ourselves and others for whatever form of sexuality we identify with. Pull out your pens, paper, paints and create whatever comes to mind!
30 day masturbation challenge!! Before you cringe, realize that regularly masturbating can vastly improve your relationship to your body, increase your orgasmic potential, help you develop better confidence, decrease stress, support healthier societal attitudes about female pleasure … and it just feels so good! No shame allowed here! Can you do it for 30 days in a row?

Is Freyja a goddess that you feel a special association with? Do you have a practice that connects you to her mysteries? Please head over to my Facebook page and post away!

the gifts of Artemis

the gifts of Artemis

This month in the Embracing Shakti Temple our featured embodiment of the Divine Feminine is Artemis, the Greek Goddess of the wild nature and women’s mysteriesDaughter of Zeus and twin sister to Apollo, Artemis was worshiped as the goddess of the hunt, wilderness, wild animals, the moon and chastity. She is also said to be the protector of young girls and she preferred to remain a maiden and swore to never marry.

She invites us to know that we are independent, autonomous and are to be ruled by no one but ourselves.

Immortal and powerful, Artemis’s special powers included perfect aim with her trusty bow and arrow, the ability to turn herself and others into animals, control nature and both heal and inflict disease. She is also associated with the Moon trinity which includes: Selene who rules in Heaven, Artemis who rules on Earth, and Hecate who rules the Underworld.

If you would like to evoke the energy of Artemis to connect to her magic and power, here are a few suggestions:

  • Take a nature walk during the full moon and collect bits of the wilderness that inspire you. It would be flowers, twigs, moss, etc. Then take your items and create yourself a “hunting” crown. Wear this when you want to connect more with nature and the power of the moon.
  • Do you have a wildlife sanctuary where you live? Try giving your time to their conservation or make a donation. If you don’t have these facilities around you, there are lots of animal rescues pretty much everywhere. All animals were loved and protected by Artemis.
  • Revered by the Amazon women, Artemis was often celebrated through circular dance by the mighty warriors. Gather your girls and head to the woods to pay her homage. Instead of swords and shields, bring instruments such as tambourines, cymbals, triangles. Enjoy a fire and a potluck meal. Call upon the huntress, celebrate her name and listen for her messages.

Is Artemis a goddess that you feel a special association with? Do you have a practice that connects you to her mysteries? Please head over to my Facebook page and post away!

the gifts of Isis

the gifts of Isis

This month in the Embracing Shakti Temple our featured embodiment of the Divine Feminine is Isis, the Egyptian Goddess of Magic, Motherhood and HealingKnown as a healer, physician, enchantress, magician, patron of women in childbirth, mother and devoted wife, Isis is referred to as Goddess of 10,000 names, and her temples lined the Nile in Upper Egypt for more than 800 years. 

She was the first daughter of Geb, god of the earth, and Nut, goddess of the sky. The core of the Isis myth is the story of her relationship with her divine consort and brother Osiris. They represented the sacred couple, the divine marriage. 

Osiris was killed by their jealous brother Set and his body parts scattered all over the earth. Isis searched tirelessly to find all of the pieces of his body in theform of a vulture. She then uses her sexual energy to bring Osiris back to life and at the same time conceived their son, the hawk headed god Horus. 

She had an eternal relationship with her beloved Osiris – her brother, husband, lover and co-ruler — and they shared the same soul, he as the King of the Underworld and she the Queen of Heaven. The story of Isis going to rescue her husband and creating the transformative journey of the soul became an important story of the mysteries and is thought to have influenced other religions. 

Here are some suggestions to evoke the energy of Isis so that you too may connect to her magic and power:

  • Isis was a winged goddess and motherly protector of women. Hang a feather in your window to remind you of her protective wings. Ask her to look out for you.
  • Before going to sleep, call on Isis’s healing and creative forces to enter your dreams. The astral realm is truly the best time and place to accept any wisdom or lessons she has to offer you.
  • When was the last time you talked to your mother? In person or on the phone … NOT through text message? Reach out to the one who gave you life and thank her for everything she has done for you. If your loved one is no longer alive or not a part of your life, reach out and thank a woman who has made a difference for you.

How does Isis’s story inspire you? Do you have another practice that connects you to her mysteries? Please head over to my Facebook page and post away!

PS. Does this theme resonate with you? Every month in the Embracing Shakti Temple we feature a different goddess from around the world and learn from her through ceremony, embodiment practices, drum journeys, and deeply connected conversation and support. Our Temple helps womxyn channel the Feminine as a transmission of embodied presence in our daily lives. Doors open again for only 4 days on September 23rd. To find out more and get on the waitlist, click HERE.