Courage, wisdom, and sensuality are the forces behind the goddess tradition.
Behind the façade of every world culture lie the creative and magical workings of the female principle. Women and poets have long been aware of the feminine, receptive forces that stir within them. Like moonlight that is reflected, not simply mirrored, it gives forth a subtle, mysterious, and beautiful aura. In this light, knowledge rises naturally from intuition.
The Goddess has many identities. Which are you most like (males have a feminine side, too, of course, so you are not excluded)?
Perhaps she is the Lakota White Buffalo Calf Woman or the Hopi Spider Goddess. To the Sumerian she was Inanna. Among the Assyrians and Babylonians, she was called Ishtar. Likewise, she is Shakti the Hindu transformer, or the beautiful snake goddesses of Crete. Whatever her name, she holds the spiritual and elemental power within you and years to be recognized and summoned forth.
You may feel more in tune with Diana or Artemis, the powerful huntress who loves to chase and conquer. She is the “Lady of Wild Things” who has a respect for nature and the elemental forces. She is a bold woman who loves to achieve, and the protector of the weak and young. Diana is shrewd, wise, and precise. It is impossible to subvert her or take advantage of her. She is the strong goddess aware of the full measure of her powers.
Perhaps, you are more like Venus or Aphrodite. You may feel within you the gentle movement of love and beauty. Your feminine power is soft, compelling, and irresistible. Your image is stunning enough to steal the wits from the wise. Like Venus, you are the goddess of water and feeling. You gain an ethereal knowledge through osmosis and intuition, but you have your own type of strength. The winds fell before her, flowers blossom on the landscape under her eye. The myrtle is her tree, and the dove is her bird.
Adapted from The Phoenix Cards, by Susan Sheppard (Inner Traditions, 1990). Copyright (c) 1990 by Susan Sheppard. Reprinted by permission of Inner Traditions.
Adapted from The Phoenix Cards, by Susan Sheppard (Inner Traditions, 1990).