The many faces of the Divine Feminine have inspired and heartened people for millennia. Now, as we head into the New Year, it can help to know which goddess is your guide for 2006. Is it Kali, she who destroys in order to create? Or Artemis the fiercely independent huntress? There are many goddesses to guide you, but one will be just right for the life-phase you are in.
This quick quiz will show you which goddess is by your side this year, urging and encouraging you to be the person you are meant to be. Take the quiz here:
Which of the following is TRUE for you?
1. This year, what I long for MOST is freedom.
2. This year, what I long for MOST is a fresh start.
3. This year, what I long for MOST is love.
4. This year, what I long for MOST is to be healed.
5. This year, what I long for MOST is wisdom and learning.
6. This year, what I long for MOST is creativity.
If you answered TRUE to 1, ARTEMIS is your goddess. To the ancient Greeks, this goddess was a feisty, wild woods-dweller, in tune with nature and animals. Artemis encourages us to connect with the outdoors, with animals, and with our own fiercely independent spirits.
If you answered TRUE to 2, KALI is your goddess. This Hindu deity is the one to call if something in your life needs to go in order to make room for something new. Kali destroys what is stale so that new life can come in.
If you answered TRUE to 3, VENUS is your goddess. If love relationships or the longing for love are paramount for you this year, the Roman goddess Venus can help you to open your heart.
If you answered TRUE to 4, KWAN YIN is your goddess. This Asian bodhisattva is the most prayed-to deity on earth. Kwan Yin reminds us that the healing power of her understanding and compassion are always available to you.
If you answered TRUE to 5, ATHENA is your goddess. The ancient Greek goddess of wisdom and learning is often shown companioned by an owl, the traditional wisdom-bird to many. If you desire deep wisdom or want to do well in some course of study, Athena will help you to clear your mind.
If you answered TRUE to 6, BRIGID is your goddess. This fiery Celtic goddess of poetry and crafting (among other things) is a great help in unlocking your creative potential.
You might want to do a little research on your goddess, and then find images or statues of her to remind you of her help and guidance as you follow your path throughout the year.
By Cait Johnson, co-author of Celebrating the Great Mother (Inner Traditions, 1994).