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July Newsletter

Greetings from sunny Florida, where I am dealing with some necessary family issues.

There will be no July classes from Mystical Shores, but there will be two workshops in August, both being held at White Wolf Dancing in Norton, MA

The first is a Breath Workshop to be held on Sunday, August 19th from 6:00-8:00 PM.  The cost is $25 per person.  Please bring your yoga mat, a pillow and a blanket, as well as water to stay hydrated.

The second is “The Mother Wound” workshop to be held on Saturday, August 25th from 11:00 AM- 2:00 PM.  The cost is $35.   Please bring a journal and a pen for this workshop.

September will bring an introductory workshop to Kundalini Yoga, with weekly classes starting again the following week.  September will also bring our Fall Equinox Red Tent.  More details will follow on these event in the August Newsletter.

Wishing you all a happy, safe summer filled with fun and sun.

Blessings!

 

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The Goddess: Nu Kua

She Who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

 June 1, 2018

The Goddess Nu Kua

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Nu Kua is the Creatrix Goddess of Ancient China.

When the heavens and earth were separated, there were no human beings. Nu Kua was bored and lonely and so made the first humans out of clay made from mud from the Yellow River. Her breath and Yin became the first women; Her breath and Yang became the first men. The first of these were fashioned, and molded, with her hands. However, as she found how tedious and time-consuming this was, she began to drop a rope into the river’s clay and to allow droplets to form and to fall from the rope. Hence, those that were molded became the nobles and those who were unmolded became the peasants.

She is said to have the body of a woman from the waist up, and the body of a serpent/snake/dragon from the waist down. There are also myths of her having the body of a Tortoise.

(Photo Credit: goddesses-and-gods.blogspot.com)

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As the myth goes, the monster, Kung-Kung, during a great battle, flattened the mountains, tore a hole in the sky, and tilted the Earth.

Nu Kua came to restore order. She melted five sacred, colored stones and repaired the sky. She took control of water, enabling the rains to fall when and where necessary and put out fires. She put the seasons in the right order.

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She replaced the pillars of heaven with the legs of a great turtle/tortoise so that they would not collapse; Dragons on these pillars guard the path of the sun and the moon.

She corrected problems on Earth by quelling the problems of human chaos, by establishing marriage, ensuring that children would be raised correctly.

After restoring order, Nu Kua retreated to her domain, the sky, wearing a compass to symbolize order.

She has dominion over marital relations and fertility. It is said that she responds to prayers directed toward her.

Nu Kua represents order and its’ restoration, is a calming influence in stressful situations and also helps with a positive attitude after negative events.

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Order

There is a Way

and I am that Way

the Way of Nature that moves in all things

In the beginning

I created the universal pattern

the Way things are

the Way things flow

the Way things need to be

Then

I sequenced the seasons

harmonized the hillsides

organized the oceans

till all was auspiciously arranged

I am the natural order of things

I am the Way

(From The Goddess Oracle by Amy Sophia Marashinsky & Hrana Janto)

(Photo Credit: The Goddess Oracle

by Amy Sophia Marashinsky & Hrana Janto)

Goddess Blessings!!

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Mystical Shores Newsletter, May 2018

Mystical Shores will be wrapping up this June for a much-needed summer break, with a trip to FL, which is both duty and, hopefully, pleasure – a trip for thought, contemplation, meditation and self-care.

We are currently in the midst of our 7-week Kundalini Yoga/Meditation Chakra course.  Due to some health issues, class has been stalled these past 4 weeks but will continue tomorrow evening, Monday, May 28 (yes, even though it is Memorial Day).  We will be picking up with the 3rd chakra.

Coming up on Sunday, June 24th from 12:00 – 4:00 PM is our Summer Solstice Red Tent.  While many of the activities are still being formulated, I am exited to announce that, due to the talents of Paul Bagge of While Wolf Dancing, we will be having a labyrinth in the yard behind the Center.  Also, for the first time, childcare will be available for an additional donation.

 

Starting in September, 2018, Mystical Shores will be starting to take personal clients as a Women’s Empowerment Coach.  This will be available both in person in Southern MA/RI and via Skype or Facetime.    Call me at 508-561-4229 or email me at MysticalShores@gmail.com for questions or to schedule an appointment.                              

Wishing you all a fun, safe summer, filled with perfect weather!! (Here’s hoping!)

Bendithion/Blessings!

 

The Goddess: Hippolyta

She Who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

 May 1, 2018

HIPPOLYTA

(Photo Credit: brooklynmuseum.org)

While there may be those who would argue that Hippolyta was not a Goddess, I feel that, since most of her legends describe Her as being the daughter of Ares, She is, indeed, a Goddess.

Hippolyta was the greatest of all of the Amazon Queens. Fathered by Ares, the God of War, who was himself born of Zeus and Hera, She was beautiful and strong, skilled in endurance and weapons. She was a formidable Warrior Woman. It is quite possible that She was trained in combat moves by Ares himself.

Hippolyta and her Amazons lives in Themiscyra, and kept largely to themselves. While they would mate with males from other tribes, they normally did not keep the male children, either sending them to live with their fathers, abandoning or killing them but always keeping, and raising, daughters for future Amazon generations.

Most of the legends of Hippolyta are her being involved in the exploits of men, as one would expect in a patriarchal society. Reading these myths, it makes perfect sense that the Amazons and their Queen would isolate themselves from much of the world.

Hippolyta was in possession of a golden belt, “the magic girdle”, that was gifted to Her by Ares. It was this belt, along with her skills, that made her the Queen of the Amazons.

(Photo Credit: greekmythology.wikia.com)

There are at least two versions of Her story with Hercules The first is that the Greeks decided that they wanted Hippolyta’s golden belt and send a raiding party to attack and rape the women warriors. These Greeks were led by Hercules.

She found Hercules somewhat attractive and, as was Her custom, wish to wrestle with him to determine if he was strong enough and that She would not give birth to a weak child. Her followers thought that Hercules was attacking their Queen and, in turn, attacked him. The women lost the battle to Hercules’ raiding party. One version of the story tells that Hercules killed Hippolyta and stole the golden belt. Another version says that She was not killed and gave the belt to Hercules of her own free will. Yet another, says that it was Hera, always the enemy of Hercules, who disguised herself as one of the Amazons, told the rest of the warrior women that Hippolyta was going to be kidnapped by the Greeks, and this is what started the skirmish between the two parties.

(Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Another rendering of the story tells of King Eurysthesus giving Hercules 12 challenges or labors. The nineth labor was for Hercules to retrieve (read steal) the golden belt from Hippolyta and giving it to his daughter. Again, here, it is said that Hippolyta gave him the belt. The stories differ once again; one says that She gave him the belt because she was so enchanted by him; another says that the challenges were given to Hercules as punishment for killing his own children in madness and rage, a torment brought on by Hera, and that when Hippolyta heard his story, she was overcome with compassion and offered him the belt. Keeping in mind that the Amazons, while being warriors, what they hoped to offer and teach, was peace, making it quite plausible that She gave the golden belt to Hercules.

While Hercules was a demi-god, Theseus was a mortal who also visited Hippolyta at Themiscyra. Theseus, it was rumored, had killed a minotaur. Recalling Her past experience with outsiders, She prayed that no harm would come to her people as She ordered a great feast to be held in his honor. Theseus asked Hippolyta to come on to his ship, which She did. Theseus had fallen in love with Her and asked Her to stay with him. Hippolyta refused, as She wished to stay with Her Amazons. When She went to disembark from the ship, the crew immediately set sail for Greece, with Hippolyta as a prisoner.

The Amazons were furious and immediately followed to retrieve their Queen. Theseus, having no clue he was being followed, started to plan a grand wedding to marry the kidnapped Amazon Warrior Queen. The Amazons planned their attack to take place deep into the night while everyone was asleep, and were able to rescue Hippolyta just in time. Shakespeare tells his version of Hippolyta’s story with Theseus in his “A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream”.

Not surprisingly, the Amazons and their Queen became very suspicious and leery of all visitors.

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In pop culture, Hippolyta is the mother of Wonder Woman, who was fashioned a baby from clay and had the life breathed into her by the gods.

Hippolyta – Queen, Warrior, Mother, Goddess

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The Goddess: Zemyna

She Who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

 April 1, 2018

Zemyna

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Zemyna is a Lithuanian Earth Goddess. She is the Mother of all things. As the Goddess of Childbirth, one of Her functions concerns fertility. She creates life out of herself and represents the rebirth and renewal of every living thing.

She is honored at the birth of every child. Offerings to Her are left at stones, near trees and in the water, thanking Her for a new life.

Her name, literally, means “Earth”. She is also called *Blossomer*, *Bud-Raiser* and *Flower-Giver*.

All that comes of, and from, the Earth returns to the Earth and so, She also is related to Death.

She is the personification of the fertile earth and nourishes all of the life on Earth, whether is be plant, animal or human. Trees with three leaves or nine branches were especially connected to Her, the most revered being oak, linden and spruce.

(Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Her people believed that all plant and human life were connected and flowed together. They believed that souls took up residence in the trees that have died. The souls of women went in to lindens and spruce; men in to oaks, maples and birches, while the ancestors of the village would be within the fruit trees. Birds nesting in these trees became symbols of the force of life itself.

The love that the people had for the plant life of the Earth is in the “dainas”, spiritual folk songs of their culture.

With the people being a part of nature, Zemyna helps and supports those who treat the Earth with respect, and helps Her in Her mission of defending the Earth.

It was a terrible thing to dig or strike into the Earth with an iron implement before March 25, as the Earth is pregnant at that time.

If you were to kill an animal for food, Zemyna would forgive you. If, though, you were to kill an animal for fun, or for the pleasure of it, Zemyna would not let you get away with that, and consequences will surely follow. The more you negatively do to Nature, the more She will make you pay. You can pray, but you will not deflect Her anger.

(Photo Credit – lituanus.orgSculpture by Vytautas Maciuika)

Beyond this, Zemyna is loving and good-natured. She rewarded those who took care of the Earth. She was a source of strength and power to Her people. Respect could be shown to Her by pouring some of whatever you were drinking upon the Earth itself.

Offerings were also left at regular intervals, mostly of bread and ale. If offerings were not made, there could be dire consequences. These offerings were left at Her places of worship, near large stones, which were a representation of the Omphalos, the power center of the Earth.

She may have been married to Perkunas, the thunder God. The wedding is celebrated in the Spring, when the Earth reawakens.

Her greatest festival is at Summer Solstice. Families bathe in streams and rivers in celebration of the moisture of the earth.

(Photo Credit – Pinterest by Jennifer Kuhns)

The worship of Zemyna is different than that of the patriarchal religions, which state that the Earth is secondary to man and that it is here for man’s consumption. For Zemyna, Her people know that Nature is sacred and permanent. While we, as humans, may die, Nature is always here.

“When we are gone,

they will remain,

wind and rock, fire and rain

They will remain

when we return

the wind will blow

and the fire will burn”

~~ Reclaiming

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Mystical Shores April 2018 Newsletter

Welcome to April’s Newsletter.  Spring is officially here, but not really here in the Northeast where we have been hit with 4 nor’easters in the past month.  Snow, rain, wind, thousands without power, but I am hopeful that we are now on the right path toward Spring weather.

I have just finished up the 4-week Kundalini Yoga for Body Acceptance series.

Staring this Monday, 4/2 at 7:00 PM at White Wolf Dancing Holistic Healing and Energy Center in Norton, MA, I will be starting a 7-week series of Kundalini Yoga for the Chakras.  This is one of my favorite series to teach.

Also, I am going to be finally taking clients as a Women’s Empowerment Coach.  I am also available to run workshops/classes, using the Imagine A Woman poem as our base starting point.

            

 

April’s Goddess from Amy Sophia Marchinsky’s Goddess Oracle is NUT.

Reach for me

touch me

I am always beyond your grasp

Don’t try to figure me out

for you can’t

I am the ever-present unfathomable unknown

I am the immensity of the star-filled sky

I am beyond human comprehension

In the vastness of my being

I am a mystery

even to myself

 

As the Egyptian Goddess of the Night Sky, Nut is here to remind you to hold yourself open to the mystery and vastness of your life.  Don’t plan every little thing; leave room for mystery, the unknowing future.  As you go about your daily life, don’t allow yourself to be so regimented, so stressed, so planned, the the fun, surprise part of life passes you by.  Trust yourself, your intuition, to know what you need on this life’s journey.

SAVE THE DATE: June 24th – Summer Solstice Red Tent – more details to follow.

May the Spring breezes bless you and send your their bounty. (Graphic by mysacredcycle.com)

 

The Goddess: Nammu

She Who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

 March 1, 2018

 

The Goddess Nammu

(Photo Credit: crystalinks.com)

In Sumeria, whose civilization dates back to 3500 BCE, Nammu was the Goddess of the Waters of Creation. She was the great abyss, the endless primeval sea in which the Universe floated, that which She brought forth.

She was also called the “Mother of Everything” and “Mother, First One who Gave Birth to the Gods of the Universe”. According to the An-Anum, the list of Mesopotamian deities, She is called “The Mother Who Gave Birth to the Heavens and the Earth.

(Photo Credit: Pinterest)

Creation came from the Great Goddess, from those Waters of Creation; and so, Nammu is as old as time itself, as She was always there and always will be there. She has no beginning and She has no end; all life is owed to Her. She is the Creation of all things.

Her name was/is written with the sign for “engur”, which is also used to write “Apsu”, the sweet fertile waters.

She gave birth to An/Heaven, a Sky God and to Ki/Earth, an Earth Goddess. An and Ki produced air between them. This air stirred the waters surrounding the large mountains between them and so was separated the Earth and the Sky.

She also birthed the first gods, who represented the ocean water, far down beneath the Earth, which was the source of the life-giving water and fertility of its’ people.

It is said that She also helped Mani, an All-Mother herself, form humanity. Mani was a potter who mixed clay over the cosmic abyss to form 14 images of herself. She put them in two rows, seven on Her left and seven on Her right, and with life-giving incantations, humankind was born.

(Photo Credit: gatewaystobabylon.com)

An and Ki gave birth to the Trickster god, Enki, God of Water and Wisdom. In early traditions, it is said that She is also grandmother to Inanna, a daughter of An and Ki.

With the onset of sky gods, and the very beginnings of patriarchy, Nammu was demoted and Her power stripped away like so many other Goddesses. Most of Her power and credit for Her Creations were then given to Enki.

Nammu corresponds to the Babylonian Tiamat, who also lost Her power and position to Marduk, a sky god, when Babylon took over Sumeria. Allegedly, Marduk created the heavens and earth by murdering Tiamat.

(Photo Credit: Pinterest)

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Mystical Shores March 2018 Newsletter

MYSTICAL SHORES NEWSLETTER
MARCH 2018

HELLO Welcome to the March, 2018 edition of the Mystical Shores Newsletter. I apologize for the absence of both newsletters and classes recently. A personal family emergency called my out of state for a while.

But, now I am back and so excited about the upcoming classes and workshops, all to be held at White Wolf Dancing Holistic Healing and Health Center. Click here for the Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/whitewolfdancing/

First up, beginning Monday, March 5th is Kundalini Yoga for Body Acceptance, based on the book, “The Body Temple” by Ramdesh Kaur.
Class will begin at 7:30 PM. The 4-week series is $55 and walk-ins are $15. Dress comfortably, bring a mat, a pillow and a light blanket. I would love to see you there! (This will be followed in April with a 7- week Chakra series – details to come.)

March 5, 2018 - KYAM For Body Acceptance Begins

 

On Sunday, March 11, at 12:00 to 3:00, will be our Spring Red Tent. Details are not yet finalized but it will be a lovely day of women, sharing, connecting, bonding. At our last Red Tent, we decided to hold these more often and hope to build a beautiful community of women.

Also, mark your calendars for June 24th when we will have our Summer Solstice Red Tent. Details will be forthcoming in a future newsletter.

 

On Saturday, March 24th from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, will be the next in our series of Goddess Spirituality workshops. This one will be on Isis, the Egyptian Goddess. I have a few things in mind for this workshop, so don’t miss it. We need to reclaim Her name. Also, I will have a few copies of my children’s book, “My Name is Isis, the Egyptian Goddess”, which is one in the “My Name is……..” series by The Girl God Publications. It is also available on Amazon.  Also, while the flier says the cost is $35, the cost is by donation of at least $15.

 

CARDS FOR MARCH

Our randomly pulled divination cards for this month surprised me.

From The Goddess Oracle by Amy Sophia Marashinsky, we have Eostre, who represents Growth. Eostre is a Goddess of fertility and Spring. She symbolizes re-birth.

With the Spring Equinox coming up on March 20th, this is the time for us to plant new seeds for ourselves. What do we wish to manifest? Is there something that has always interested you, but you never took the plunge to take a class or workshop? Now is the time to do that. What is it that you desire? Think about it and then, if you wish, buy a small plant and charge it with your intention of what you wish to grow this Spring. Keep in your mind what it is you wish, holding the plant all the while. When you are done, put the plant in a spot where you will see it each day as a reminder of your Springtime intent.

The next card is from Doreen Virtue’s Magical Mermaid and Dolphins. Even though this is an older deck, it was a fairly recent deck for me. Almost as soon as I got it, I began to start reading all of these articles regarding Ms. Virtue’s conversion to Christianity and her dismissal of all of her previous work. I had decided to not even open the deck, until I heard words of wisdom from a Mermaid friend, suggesting that I keep it and work and she was right. While Ms. Virtue’s path may have changed, the wisdom in her work has not.

So, from this deck we have “Watch Your Thoughts” – “It’s important to only think about what you desire, not what you fear.” To me, this has two meanings. It fits in with the intention that you wish to bloom this Spring and with which you have charged your plant. It also can be a suggestion to us to be more careful with how and what we think; to try and keep ourselves as positive as possible. Dwelling on our worries and our fears deep in our unconscious can subliminally keep our focus on the negative when what we should be doing is going forward with manifesting our goals.

That is all for this March newsletter. I hope to see some of you in a class or workshop.

Happy Spring!

Susan Morgaine

The Goddess: Sheela-Na-Gig

She Who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

 February 1, 2018

Sheela-Na-Gig

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What better representation of the Goddess for February than Sheel-Na-Gig?

All over Europe, primarily Ireland and England, adorning castles, churches, sacred sites, you will find carvings in stone of the beautiful Sheela-Na-Gig, a big smile on her face, squatting knees apart, exposing her powerful vulva. It is believed that these carvings were done during the Neolithic and Paleolithic eras. There is still and old energy that lies within these carvings.

While many find Her akin to a gargoyle, or a figure of lust. Many women, though, believe her to be an ancient fertility figure and a representation of the Mother Goddess.

The term “gyg”, in Norse, means giantess or a deified female, aka Goddess. It is thought that these carvings were meant for protection and to ward off evil, which goes a long way toward understanding their appearance on ancient churches.

(Photo Credit: www.beyond-the-pale.org/uk)

The vulva is a holy symbol of birth and life; representing regenerative powers of an Earth Mother/Goddess. The vulva of Sheela-Na-Gig is in the shape of a triangle, another hint that She is a representation of the Goddess. The triangle is a symbol of the three aspects of the Goddess – Maiden, Mother and Crone – the full cycle of a woman’s life (yes, I am not including all of the new additions of Queen, etc.)

It is thought that graves were built in the shape of the Goddess and that Her vagina was the passageway to regeneration and rebirth.

I believe that it is most likely unknown how many of these carvings there are, but this link will give you an idea of those that are in Ireland: http://www.irelands-sheelanagigs.org/

This article researches those in Southern England: http://www.sheelanagig.org/wordpress/category/southern-england/

(Photo Credit: www.atlasobscura.com)

Some of these carvings may be seen as lying on their side or upside-down, which indicates re-use of the stone which originally held the Sheela-Na-Gig carving.

Many of these carvings were taken down and destroyed with the growth of the church, as well as the beginning and rise of patriarchy. It is believed by many that these carvings of Sheela-Na-Gig gave rise to the demonization of women, and of women being portrayed as an ugly hag or crone.

While there are women who find these carvings grotesque and obscene, women who “know”, see Her as an invitation from the Goddess to explore and delve into their own divine feminine. She is the gateway to new adventures, new projects and new paths.

Sheela-Na-Gig is the invitation, the gateway and the re-birth of women who have the courage to really see Her, choose to delve into Her Mysteries and be reborn, knowing of their own Goddess power within and without.

With the fast and rampant rise of patriarchy, women were reduced to nothing but one who serves at home for their spouse, and as sex objects, which is how many see Sheela-Na-Gig. With this reduction of the powerful force of women and the Goddess, women lost their power.

We, as women, need to remove ourselves from the yoke of patriarchy. The time is now for women to rise up and reclaim the power of the Goddess and the power that is held within them; rise up and proclaim “THIS is our power”.

(Photo Credit: www.beyond-the-pale.org/uk

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