Lilitu – Goddess of the Leap Year Day

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Today was such a busy day for me! Though a little voice kept saying you need to post something special today. I kept looking and looking for something special to share but couldn’t find anything that really spoke to me. Then the little voice asked why don’t you check the book 365 Goddess and see which goddess is connected to the Leap Year Day and lo and behold the goddess is non else than Lilitu! Although the book focuses more on the Abrahamic religions perspective of her I am thrilled that today she is celebrated.

In my own personal spiritual shamanic practice I connect with her as Lilitu from the Sumerian accounts (which are very few and far in between). I am happy to say that she is one of my spiritual teachers. So I was happy and excited to see that this is one of her  special days.

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Her most common associations are with freedom, courage, playfulness, passion, pleasure and sexuality. Her symbol is the apple however I find that she has a strong association and connection with owl, since Sumerians depicted her surrounded by them and snake with whom she works very close with when performing spiritual healing.

In my own spiritual journey with her, she presents herself to me as a very confident beautiful and dangerous female aspect of the divine. She is after all the Maid of Desolation she has no problem with making the hard choices and she is not one to back down. She presents herself to me with dark hair (like me), voluptuous, partly nude with an air of mystery that surrounds her and is present in her every gesture. I personally admire every curve of her beautiful body. She has taught me many things one of them is how to work with blood magic and the use of poison medicine in my spiritual healing work. When I merge with her I always tend to stand a little taller, my every movement is full of sensuality and confidence. I feel completely enveloped in her scared femininity and sensuousness. She makes me feel strong, daring as well as coquette. I certainly feel her fearlessness and personally, I feel even more connected to my own sexual nature. She is a force to be reckoned with.

Today or when ever you feel lacking any of the above mentioned  qualities and strengths call upon her. She will aid you and show you the way to self love, confidence and personal power. Let’s send her our love and admiration.

PRAYER TO LILITH

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Lilith under the Huluppu Tree by Mani Price

by Beth Clare Johnson

Hail to Lilith, Lady of the night!
Your long hair flows outward,
Melding into the shadows
And your black eyes are ancient,
Deep with magic and secrets.

You are powerful and free,
No other being is your master.
You fly upon the wings of night,
And the owl carries your messages.
Since beginning times, you were there.

No man can tame you,
For why should you be tamed?
To be your own ruler is your nature.
The weak ones of mankind
Were afraid of you and called you Evil

Every inner demon
And dark shadow in the night
Has been ascribed to you, Goddess.
But your power and wild beauty
Have survived.

Teach me to be unafraid,
To feel power singing in my veins.
Help me to face and balance
The shadows in my nature,
And to be proud of my sexuality.

Protect me from the shadows
And the darkness that would harm me,
And help me to understand
The shadows that will not.
I thank you, Dark Lady.

 

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Call Upon the Horse!

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The horse is a noble animal. He is kind, intelligent and has been associated with fertility and sexuality. He is also a symbol of freedom, power, beauty, grace, strength and nobility. In the Chinese zodiac horse people are friendly, adventurous and passionate. In Greek mythology, the winged horse Pegasus was the source of inspiration and poetry. The horse also played an important role in the Hindu story of Ramayana where the King Dasa-ratha sets a magnificent horse free to obtain the favor of the gods which granted him 4 sons who were the avatar of Vishnu who is the preserver of life. It was also linked to Varuna and as such it is synonym to the cosmos.

The Celts associated the horse with war and its attributes of victory, conquering and longevity. He was also associated with valor which they hailed as the animal belonging to the Sun god, and the goddess Epona is also associated with the horse. Just like the Celts the Greco-Romans also associated the horse with victory of war, honor, domination and virility. In the Greco-Roman myth the horse is said to be created by Poseidon (Neptune) and is devoted to Hades (Pluto) and Ares (Mars). Romans also believed the Horse to be a symbol of the continuity of life, and would sacrifice a horse to the god Mars every October, keeping its tail through the winter as a sign of fertility and rebirth.

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In the Native American cultures the horse is seen as a symbol that combines the grounded power of the earth with the whispers of wisdom found in the spirit winds (air). It has long been honored as a helper, messenger, and harbinger of spirit knowledge. Shamans sometimes refer our drums as the horses that take us in to non-ordinary reality. The horse was one of the first animals that I connected with when I started in my shamanic path. I still remember so clearly how it profoundly moved me when I hugged him, it felt as I have always known him. He was brought to me by  my teacher. The love was there instantly. It was like reconnecting with a family member who you haven’t seen in a very long while. I rode him many times during my visits to the realms. The picture of the horse below, looks very similar to my spirit horse.

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If you are on a journey and you interact with a horse it could mean that you are about to start a new unexpected journey which will move very quickly once you have started it. It is also a time to claim your freedom physically and emotionally from negative aspects in your life. You may be experiencing some difficult times in which you needs it stamina and strength to get you through it. He is here to let you know that this is the time to call on your inner warrior balanced with sensitive, patience and compassion. It can also be reminding you that teamwork is important that when working together there is nothing we can’t  accomplish.

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Call upon the Horse when…

… you feel held back by external circumstances or outdated beliefs and you want to break free.

… you are feeling like a victim and blaming others for your situation because you don’t feel empowered and in control.

… you have an urge to travel and explore new places but have doubts or fears.

… your energy is low and you need a boost in your strength or stamina.

… you know it is time to deepen your spiritual practice but don’t know how to do it.

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