Power of the Feminine - Beckon the Goddess Within
Power of the Feminine
Beckon the goddess within you and be all that you can be. A look back in history at all the great legends of mythology shows us that the power of the feminine is prominent and of the utmost importance. Even the most powerful of gods relied on the goddesses for support, love and nurturing.
Birth of Venus
The Goddess Within
Every woman has a goddess within her. Learn how to find that part of you which will bring forth your full potential, your True Self. The mysteries that hide within you can be your strengths, your beauty, your power and your guidance that will carry you through life with grace and confidence.
Surround yourself with the things that reflect you. Your colors, patterns, fragrances, fabrics, flowers, paintings, statues - anything that reflects the Goddess Within will induce positive energy for you and allow visitors to get to know you better by relating this beauty to you. Yet, you will still retain an aura of mystery, for they will marvel at this new you and wonder how you found your new strengths and faith in yourself. Let your dwelling become the sanctuary where you find peace and love for your Self.
Let it be the place that is totally you, your own palace. If you are married, you might want to have at least one room that you can turn into your personal sanctuary. Men can have their own special room, but, that is for another article. This article is all about you, The Goddess.
Once you know which goddess you are like, bring her essence into your home for your own empowerment. The beauty and grace of your favorite goddess can be a divinely empowering part of your life. You will find that surrounding yourself with the essence of your goddess will bring serenity and fulfillment to you -- confidence and faith in yourself will be yours when you make your home a true reflection of you. Find and express your unique beauty.
How to Find the Goddess Within
Do some research on the goddesses in ancient mythologies of Greece, Rome, Celtic countries, India, Germany, Russia or other country that appeals to you. There may already be a favorite goddess you have always been drawn to.
Each country or religious group has their major and minor goddesses. They all have counterparts, or equivalents, in other countries. For example, the Greek goddess Aphrodite is equivalent to the Roman goddess, Venus. They have the same attributes.
Learn the colors and symbols of your goddess. Do they appeal to you and make you feel good? Is your natural love in tune with Nature, like Artemis, goddess of the hunt, forests and moon?
Once you know which goddess you are like, bring her essence into your home for your own empowerment. The beauty and grace of your favorite goddess can be a divinely empowering part of your life. You will find that surrounding yourself with the essence of your goddess will bring serenity and fulfillment to you. Confidence and faith in yourself will be yours when you make your home a true reflection of you. Find and express your unique beauty.
Following are just a few goddesses and their attributes. Does one resonate with you?
Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure and sexuality. She was born of the sea, arising from the waves on a fan shell, in all her beauty. Her symbols are dolphin, rose, scallop shell, myrtle, dove, sparrow, girdle, mirror and swan. The Roman equivalent of Aphrodite is Venus.
Artemis is the most widely and deeply respected ancient Greek goddess. She is the deity of the hunt, forests and hills, the moon, and archery. She is called upon for help with women in childbirth. Artemis is Apollo's twin sister. The temple of Artemis at Ephesus was listed as one of the Seven wonders of the World. Her Roman equivalent is Diana.
Artemis, Goddess of the Hunt
Cerridwen, Goddess of Magic
Cerridwen is the Celtic goddess of the moon, magic, agriculture, poetry, music, art and science. She is keeper of the cauldron. She is an enchantress, the goddess of rebirth and transformation. Her cauldron is symbolic of the spirit, knowledge, divine inspiration, sustenance and abundance.
Ceridwen, Goddess of the Moon
Flora, Goddess of Spring
Flora is the lovely, Roman goddess of flowers and spring. She is symbolic of rebirth and renewal. Chloris, a Greek nymph, is the equivalent of Flora. Persephone is the Greek goddess of spring and has the same attributes of rebirth, renewal, growth and beauty.
Flora, Goddess of Flowers and Spring
On Being Seductive
Sometimes the term seductive carries a feeling of not being a "good girl". Dump that thought. Seductiveness is a natural part of being a woman. It is Divine. As a woman, we have been given the right to that seductive part of us. Of course it can be scandalous, but does not have to be. It is a woman's right to be seductive because it is a natural part of being a woman. Often, we are not even aware that it is showing.
The Divine Feminine is all woman. She is naturally seductive. Awaken and rekindle that part of you - whether you are young, elderly, in between, single, married, a mother, grandmother, you are still Woman. Embrace your Divine Femininity.
Rita Haworth as Gilda, a Natural Beauty with Natural Seductive Attributes
Now, we can not all be a belly dancer, but can learn from one how to move gracefully in slower motion and with elegance. This is not to suggest that you jump right in and try the vigorous moves and positions, but you will find that using some of those moves at your own pace can tone and strengthen your body.
After five minutes of just mild belly dance moves, you will feel the effects and a new energy in yourself - so will your beloved. To become a real belly dancer, you need to learn the right way from an experienced teacher.
Try this exercise for just three to five minutes and you will see how it can tighten your stomach muscles , make your feel more energy and make you walk with more grace:
Stand with feet about 18 inches apart. Slightly bend knees. Hold your arms straight out to each side. Begin moving your hips slowly in a figure eight pattern. That is it. After just a few rotations you will feel a new energy begin to enter you.
Belly Dancing is a Seductive and Very Creative Form of art.
Beckon the Goddess Within
The art of being feminine is not based on outward appearance as much as it comes from within. Look within, feel what is in your heart and soul. How do you think about yourself? Is there a voice in there that says you are not beautiful, not worthy, not feminine? Don't listen to it.
Or, is there a soft glowing light within that is showing you the woman you truly are - graceful, loving, feminine, seductive, wise, a true goddess of pure beauty, born of the fire within you. Now embrace that Divine Feminine and become who you are meant to be.
Write your own power poem or message to recite when you meditate or sit in repose and reflect upon who you truly are. This should be unique to you. Here are a few prompts that may help you:
- thus I come to myself...only to find deeper meanings behind the veil of mysteries
- secrets from the goddess within ... seductive, yet free from sin
- I follow the enchanting voice, the lure ... ever sweet, gently beckoning, so pure
- awaken and embrace my goddess within
Be kind to yourself. You are not only what others see in you, or want you to be, you are unique. You have secrets, you are mysterious, lovely, feminine. Your feminine power will bring more into your life than you ever thought possible, once you embrace it.
A very dear friend, a French man, once said to me, "Je t'aime encore plus quand vous aimer vous-même." (I will love you even more when you love yourself.)
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An excellent source for a list of Greek, Celtic, Egyptian, Nordic, Hindu, Roman and Sumerian Goddesses. Goddess names can be found at Goddess Guide.
- Goddess Names
Goddess names looks at the origin and meaning behind the names of the famous Goddesses .
© 2015 Phyllis Doyle Burns
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