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They personify the heavens, and they gave birth to the sun, the moon, and the stars. They had the power to create and restore lives. Now you, too, can nurture and celebrate the feminine divine with the help of Celestial Goddesses.
Visualize your own spiritual journey with the aid of twenty original, full-color goddess paintings in this beautiful, hardcover meditation guidebook. From Amaterasu (Japan), whose brother's jealous rampage helped her realize her true beauty, to the creation myth of Mawu (West Africa), each image is accompanied by a description of the symbolism and a guided meditation.
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Lisa is an internationally known tarot artist whose work includes The Shapeshifter Tarot, the bestselling Celtic Dragon Tarot (Llewellyn), and Fantastical Creatures Tarot (US Games 2007); voted a top 10 tarot deck for 2007 by Aeclectic Tarot. She is the creator of the award winning Animals Divine Tarot (Llewellyn 2005), earning her a 2006 COVR visionary award. Lisa is also the author of the fully illustrated meditation book Celestial Goddesses (Llewellyn 2001). Lisa loves to read and has an impressive collection of books. She has spent her life studying and sketching fairy tales, myths, legends and other fascinating subjects that have driven her muse. She also holds a M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis on Jungian Psychology/Art & Drawing.
Lisa lives with her family in Florida. You can learn more about Lisa and her work by visiting her website.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
0 From ancient mythmakers to modern scientific explorers, human beings have always striven to understand the nature of the cosmos. The sky¿with its vast, infinite presence¿has inspired awe in all of humanity. Ancient Mayans would literally converse with planetary bodies as they integrated both religious ritual and mathematical equations to predict cosmic phenomena. Humanity has always posed questions about the origins of the universe: Where do we come from? Is the universe self-contained or infinite? Is there a beginning and an end? These are profound questions that have left both mythmakers and cosmologists struggling to grasp the enormity of the universe. The parallels between creation myths and scientific models are closely aligned, and they reflect the universal mystery that compels all of us to want to know why and how we are here. What is our purpose and what place does spirituality and science have in our lives? In Marcelo Gleiser¿s book The Dancing Universe, the author compares the three models of creation myths to the three quantitative models theorized by the scientific community: creation out of something, creation out of nothing, and order out of chaos.
In an attempt to define the mysteries that underlie our existence, we have employed a wealth of symbols and metaphors, including archetypes, symbols that appear throughout human history. Carl Jung, the twentieth-century psychoanalyst, described archetypes as being contained in that reservoir of shared memories passed down through the millennia, our collective unconscious: ¿The concept of the archetype, which is an indispensable correlate of the idea of the collective unconscious, indicates the existence of definite forms in the psyche which seem to be present always and everywhere¿ (Jung 42). These archetypal patterns reside deep in the core of our being and surface in dreams, poetry, artwork, and in other forms of creative expression. Myths are part of the psychic heritage that has become embedded in the deep-seated memories comprising our collective psyches. The collective unconscious is what connects us to the past, present, and future, and helps to bind all human beings in a fabric of shared experience.
As we progress down new scientific roads of discovery, there is renewed consideration given to ancient methods of charting celestial movements. Many books focusing on archeoastronomy (the study of astronomical methods utilized by the ancients) share shelf space with books explaining new discoveries and modern theories. We are beginning to see the relevance of connecting with our past as we continue exploring possibilities for the future. Contemplating the divine aspects of our universe is as important as unlocking new theories about its origins. We need the quantitative measures of scientific models to prove theories about the universe. But we also need the mysticism and the human spirit that motivated mythmakers to explain their surroundings. Both disciplines have striven to understand the cosmos. Both disciplines are driven by awe at the immensity of the universe. And neither has been able to prove the origins of the universe. Yet humanity holds on to faith in the face of the inexplicable. As we unlock more answers about nature, we find that there are so many questions lying just beneath the surface. This pattern of question and answer is seemingly infinite, leading one to believe that there will always be a need for both science and faith to help move uus forward.
The Space Shuttle Columbia on mission STS-93, commanded by Eileen Collins (the first woman at the helm of a space shuttle), launched the Chandra X-ray observatory. The name ¿Chandra¿ is a shortened version of the late Nobel Laureate Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar¿s name. Chandrasekhar or ¿Chandra,¿ one of the foremost astrophysicists of the twentieth century, helped shed light on the nature of black holes. Chandra is also a Hindu moon god (in Sanskrit, the word means ¿luminous¿). It is not so ironic that this name was chosen out of 6,000 entries across the country. As we move further into the deep, uncharted realms of the universe, we yearn to embrace the divine as a means of digesting the enormity of the cosmic void. Science is providing us with beautiful, inspiring, visual references of celestial hosts literally billions of light years away. In order to connect with those images and not be too overwhelmed by the confounding distances, we need to celebrate the very mystery of these celestial wonders. Again, we start asking ourselves fundamental questions about our surroundings, much like the ancients did thousands of years ago. Celestial goddesses are like old, consistent friends. Their various roles on the cosmic stage continue to fascinate and reassure us even in the face of scientific challenges. Technology will not supplant our need to nurture our spirituality, it will only reinforce it.
Reverence for the feminine divine is a manifestation of this shared experience. We know intuitively that her power is part of our past, present, and future. The goddess¿ transformative powers are a part of our daily experience, from the life-giving process of birth to the diurnal cycle dictated by the heavens. The goddess is an inherent part of the cosmic pulse of conception, death, and renewal. This cycle coincides with the phases of the moon, the rising and setting of the sun, and the female menstrual cycle. By reconnecting with the goddess on a conscious level, we begin to truly participate in the mysteries that inhabit our skies and our own internal cosmos. The more we allow ourselves to indulge in the spiritual essence of her presence, the more heightened our senses will become.
It is important to meditate on the goddess as we continue to observe the heavens. The inscrutable nature of the universe is as miraculous as conception and birth. The ubiquitous goddess has given us a wealth of stories and symbols to help us connect with the essence of our souls. The many images and stories that I have presented in this collection showcase the similarities that all goddesses from disparate cultures share. Many of the elements and symbols contained in the paintings represent the merging of the conscious with the unconscious. In the entry for Luonnotar, the Finnish goddess is shown floating upon the primordial waters of chaos until the breaking of eggs releases consciousness and allows life to flourish. Another example of the bridge between unconsciousness and consciousness is exemplified when the Sumerian goddess Inanna breaks away from the smothering embrace of the earth and emerges into a new, conscious state on the surface. The moon and sun are also considered symbols of unconsciousness and consciousness, respectively. Lunar mysteries stem from the fact that the moon is present during the night or unconscious state and the sun coincides with light and consciousness.
The symbolic polarity present in some of my images is a reflection of thhe balance necessary for the sustenance of life. This can even be observed at the subatomic level. Atoms are comprised of protons, electrons, and neutrons that work together to maintain a neutral charge. Life could not exist without this delicate balance. So, too, the sun goddess¿ travels across the heavens are juxtaposed by her sojourns under the Earth and into unconsciousness during the hours of darkness. Without light, there would be no dark; without dark, one would not recognize light. The many symbolic images in this book are an attempt to tap into this subconscious level. The paintings are meant to act as tools of contemplation and will hopefully help the viewer identify the nurturing power of the feminine divine. By identifying the beauty and strength that is the goddess, we can learn to harness positive goddess energy and use it to help ourselves become stronger, more intrinsic players in the universe.
The expansion of mass media, the connective capabilities of the World Wide Web, and the ever-advancing space telescopes are leading to profound changes that will forever alter the human landscape. It is the human spirit and our connection with the divine that provides us with the courage to move forward and climb higher pinnacles of achievement.
As we move closer to universal consciousness, what better vehicle for being prepared for such profound thought processes than by contemplating celestial goddesses and their various roles on the cosmic stage? By reflecting on the goddess, we will be better equipped to ponder the complexities of science. In Edward O. Wilson¿s book Consilience, the author states that ¿science needs the intuition and metaphorical power of the arts, and the arts need the fresh blood of science¿ (Wilson 230). By depicting the goddess in her myriad of forms and personalities, I am interpreting the divine mysteries of the universe in a tangible form that we all can relate to, regardless of gender or race.
Considering information from complementary disciplines will enable us to grow intellectually as well as spiritually. Contemplating the mysteries of the universe facilitates creative thinking. In true Zen form, the more we learn, the more we need to learn. The internal spirit, the essence of our being, is what is touched by the goddess. If we let our internal voices guide us into pure, contemplative thought processes, then we can examine the quantitative measures of science with an enhanced feeling of awe and reverence. We become more emotionally connected, more spiritually elevated, and ultimately better, more flexible observers of nature. We need the goddess to be a part of our conscious beings as we move forward into a new millennium of astounding scientific discoveries. And as we acquire more scientific understanding about the cosmos, perhaps we can acquire a deeper connection with the goddess.
How to Use This Book
0 With all the changes that are going on in the world, from technology to our own personal relationships, the one thing that seems to remain fairly constant is the universe. Of course this is not entirely true, but due to our relatively brief physical life spans we can be lulled into the comfortable illusion of cosmic constancy. Human beings are instinctively drawn to the beauty of the stars. We write songs and poems about the glorious sunrise and the romance of a star-strewn night. We are drawn to the mysterious and unattainable nature of the moon and planets. But when we look to the stars andd celestial bodies for inspiration, we may also be intimidated by the sheer enormity of it all. It can be difficult not to feel insignificant and downright overwhelmed when contemplating distances that would take a thousand generations to cross. This is the science of the universe as we know it. But where does spirituality fit into this scheme? Is there any room remaining in our fact-jumbled minds for the divine?
Meditation helps us to weed through the detritus of our day-to-day lives in order to get to the pure, creative, fluid part of our mind. This part of our being can be our sanctuary. It is a place where we can explore, nurture, expand, and refresh. It is our personal getaway where no one else has to go. It is our personal playground, a placid beach, a verdant forest, and anything we choose it to be. By going within to this personal and tranquil place, we can see ourselves from a different perspective and perhaps view our life situations with a more objective eye. It is also a place where we can convene with the goddess and contemplate the cosmos.
By employing meditation techniques, we can nurture a relationship with the goddess that can help us to understand our importance in the grand scheme of things. The goddess can provide you with a link to cosmic energy by helping you to explore your own subconscious. Our psyches are like microcosmic reflections of the vast, magnificent universe in which we reside. The goddesses in this collection mirror the patterns or archetypes that surface again and again in world mythologies. By meditating on stories of the goddess, we can allow her to accompany us on our personal quest to understand the nature of the universe and appreciate the limitless knowledge, energy, and creativity contained within our subconscious.
Since it is so easy to become distracted by day-to-day concerns, it is important to set aside quiet time to ponder the marvelous goings-on within your own mind. After all, how can we digest the immensity of the universe if we do not take time to nurture our own being? Meditation can help to bring equilibrium and a sense of peace into your life. Through meditation, you will be able to nurture a relationship with yourself by cultivating a relationship with the goddess. The celestial goddess can be a reflection of who we are or who we would like to become.
How to Meditate
No matter how hard we try to balance the complexities of our lives, there is usually something that infiltrates our positive well-being. Perhaps you get stuck in traffic, or you have a falling-out with your best friend, or you burn the beans cooking dinner. No matter how well-managed your life is or how even-tempered you are, it is hard not to experience some level of stress throughout the course of the day. Knowing that you have the option to meditate can help you to deal with your daily mishaps. Meditation is your quiet time. You can look forward to this relaxation time . . . time to recenter and cleanse yourself of your own internal pollution.
When I use the term ¿meditation,¿ I am not referring to the practices of any particular culture or religion. Meditation is a versatile form of relaxation: You are free to delve into this exercise in any manner that you choose, taking bits and pieces of ideas and practices that feel right to you. You can meditate in the shower, while you walk, or during your lunch break. You can also customize your meditations to include objects, other people, or both.
It may be difficult to get started, but once you incorporate meditation into your routine, it will become a daily ritual that you look forward to. Meditation is also inexpensive¿it does not require the inclusion of any instruments or tools.
Meditation can help release creativity and facilitate artistic endeavors, even if you do not have a propensity to express yourself in this manner. I engage myself in a meditative state when I sketch ideas. I feel that the celestial goddess guided my pencil and brush as I painted the images you see in this book. Her image can manifest itself in many styles and forms during this automatic process. But you do not have to be an artist to experience this. You can use meditation as a tool for releasing thoughts and ideas and for helping you to look at your life with a fresh perspective. Daily routines such as cooking, gardening, and shopping can all be enhanced by employing meditation techniques. In Barbara Ardinger¿s book Goddess Meditations, the author states that ¿meditation is a process whose aim is to quiet the body so the mind can work creatively. It tames the left brain so the right brain becomes free¿ (Ardinger 10). I find this observation to be quite accurate and useful. I feel it is essential to cleanse my mind by meditating before embarking on a creative endeavor.
Here is a list of techniques that may be helpful for you as you try to determine what techniques best work for your particular needs:
¿ visualization and imagery; this technique is ideal
when applied to this book
¿ taking a walk
¿ engaging in a creative activity, i.e., sketching, stitching,
painting, ceramics, etc.
¿ positioning yourself: standing, sitting, or lying down
¿ guided group meditation
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