SACRED UNION ORACLE

Sacred Union Oracle is a deck that explores relationships and what it means to be in sacred union. Deities and historical figures from many cultures are archetypes and guides. Each card gives an oracle that tells their story and an action to enhance your life and your relationships.

The cards are shaped like altar cards with an arch top. The bamboo card holder is an invitation to place your card on an altar, in a shrine or simply in view.

ATHENA, the OWL and MEDUSA

I bestow the gifts

Of knowledge and clear communication

Wise Owl advises

Whispering words of Wisdom

I, warrior Goddess

Lead the fight for freedom

Medusa protects

Against evil

ALLIES

Give clear council

Protect each other

Athena is the Greek Goddess of wisdom and philosophy, warfare, and a patron of arts and crafts.

Athena’s father Zeus married Metis, Athena’s mother’  who is described as the wisest among gods and mortals. When Zeus found out that Metis was pregnant, he was afraid because it had been prophesied that Metis would bear children wiser than their father, so he swallowed Metis. Athena was born from the forehead of Zeus. Athena is a maiden Goddess, a virgin.

Athena is often depicted with an owl on her arm. The owl brings knowledge and whispers wisdom in Athena’s ears. Athena bestows “the owl gift” on her worshippers, giving them the ability to write and communicate clearly. In some accounts Athena was an early Bird Goddess. Occasionally she is portrayed with wings and an owl mask.

Athens is named after her and the Parthenon on the Acropolis of Athens is dedicated to her, built in 440 BC.  The owl was the mascot of the Athenians who worshipped Athena and coins were made with Athena on one side and the owl on the other.

Beautiful Medusa was a high priestess in the temple of Athena. Poseidon lusted after her and raped her in the temple, breaking her vow of chastity. Athena was so enraged at the defilement of her temple that she turned Medusa into a Gorgon with snakes for hair and a gaze that could turn man to stone. Athena wears Medusa on her shield to ward off evil.

BARON SAMEDI and MAMAN BRIGITTE

We are the death Loas

Spirits who guide the dying

We are lewd, crude and charming

We party at the crossroads

Between the living and the dead

Make us an offering of rum and cigars

We can restore your health

Or we can escort you to the other side

IRREVERENCE

Laugh at that which brings fear

Lighten the path between the worlds

Baron Samedi and Maman Brigitte are the Haitian Vodou death Loas (spirits). They can be found at the crossroads between the living and the dead. They either escort mortals through the portal of death or can be called upon to cure those who are near death. They are amongst the most respected and powerful of the Loas in Vodou. They are lewd, crude and charming. They like to drink rum, smoke cigars and are accompanied by a black rooster. 

Baron Samedi and Maman Brigitte are the head of the Ghede family, the Loas of life and death, and heritage. Maman Brigitte is tied to the Celtic Goddess Brigid and was included into Vodou by incarcerated Irish women sent to work on the plantations. She is the guardian of cemeteries. 

Baron Samedi and Maman Brigitte teach us to enjoy life while we are living and to not fear death. Their irreverence lightens the passage between the worlds. 

BLACK MADONNA and CHILD

I am the Holy Mother

Of the Divine Child

Sacred bond

Knows no boundary

Of race or religion

Existing everywhere

I am Earth Mother

Tenderly Loving

Protective and Nurturing

NURTURE

Nourish those you love

With life giving sustanance

Hundreds of Black Madonnas are found all over Europe and Latin America, as well as Egypt, Ethiopia and the Middle East. They attract huge numbers of pilgrims such as the Black Madonna of Czestochovia and Monteserrat. Many are dated between the 12th and 15th centuries but their origin is far older. Often Christian cathedrals and churches were built over pagan worship sites and it is believed that the Black Madonna is equated with Earth Goddesses. One theory is that the Black Madonna and child is a Christian version of Isis and Horus.

DANU and CERNUNNOS

I, Danu, Mother Goddess

 Of land and rivers

And I, Cernunnos, horned God

Of beasts and wild places

Ancient Celtic deities

 Shrouded in mystery

Come together to create

Growth and fecundity in nature

Flowers bloom and wildlife thrives

GROWTH

Combine your wild energy

To create beauty and abundance

Danu is the source Celtic Goddess, namesake of the Tuatha de Danaan. Danu gives ancestral power and wisdom to her offspring. The Danube river is named after her.

Cernunnos is the Celtic God of nature, surrounded by animals, who rules the wilderness. He brings natural enemies together in peace. He was a precursor to the God Pan and the Green Man.

DEMETER and PERSEPHONE

We are mother and daughter

Earth Goddesses

Torn apart by the desires of men

The land becomes barren

Reunited

After a season of searching

We bring life back to the earth

Grain grows and flowers bloom

REUNION

Search for what holds you together

Begin a new cycle of growth

Demeter is the Greek Goddess of grain, agriculture and harvest. Her daughter Persephone, also known as Kore which means maiden, had the responsibility of painting all the flowers on earth. Hades falls in love with Persephone and abducts her to be his Queen of the Underworld. Bereft, Demeter withdraws from the earth to search for Persephone, causing the land to become barren. Zeus, afraid that all living things will die, orders Hades to return Persephone. He agrees only if she has not eaten anything, but Persephone has consumed a small amount of pomegranate seeds so she is only able to return to her mother for part of the year– the growing seasons. Demeter is overjoyed to be reunited with her daughter and the land once again becomes fertile and abundant.

Demeter and Persephone were the central Goddesses of the Eleusian Mysteries which dates back to 1400 BC. The main theme of the huge festival was the reunion of the two. The ceremonies included secret initiations and rites, possibly involving hallucinogenics derived from poppies.

EROS and PSYCHE

Covered by darkness

We overcame many obstacles

Between soul and desire

Mingling human Psyche with divine Eros

Possessed by passion

Lifted into the cosmos

Immortalized by the ultimate union

Of sacred marriage

METAMORPHOSES

Let love transform you

Trust the journey

Eros is the son of the Goddess Aphrodite. Eros is also known as Cupid. Eros personifies love, desire and sexuality. He throws arrows into the hearts of people which makes them fall in love. Psyche is the beautiful daughter of a mortal King and Queen. Psyche means soul in Greek. Her aspiration is to find divine love and her soul mate.

The earliest depictions of Eros and Psyche were found in Greek art dating from 4th century BC. However the most known account of Eros and Psyche is from Metamorphoses, written by Apuleius in the 2nd century AD.

The story tells of Eros and Psyche overcoming many obstacles to their love and their ultimate union in sacred marriage. Aphrodite is jealous of Psyche’s beauty which rivals hers, so she sends her son Eros to shoot Psyche with an arrow to make her fall in love with something hideous. Eros accidently scratches himself with his arrow, which makes him fall in love with Psyche and he disobeys his mother’s order. Psyche is tricked into a sexual relationship with Eros without ever seeing him, as he arrives and leaves under the cover of darkness. Psyche’s sisters encourage her to look at him while he sleeps; he is the most beautiful man she has ever seen. In her passion she wounds herself on one of his arrows and accidently spills some wax onto him. He wakes up and flies away. Psyche wanders the earth looking for Eros. Eventually she ends up in Aphrodite’s temple and is given several impossible tasks. Eros helps Psyche, lifting her into the air so she can fulfill her tasks. Eros then makes a bargain with Zeus who tells Aphrodite to back off. Psyche is given ambrosia, the drink of immortality and the couple are married as equals and live in bliss.

FRIGG and ODIN

Wise and royal

We are the leaders of the Norse

I, Odin, warrior God and healer

Poet and inventor of the runic alphabet

Ask my beloved wife Frigg for advice

I, Frigg, Goddess of marriage

Motherhood and prophesy

Foretell the future

Altering the course of fate

ADVICE

Ask your beloved for their advice

Opening the way for change

Frigg is the Norse Goddess of marriage, prophesy and motherhood. Frigg is the Queen of Asgard and is the highest ranking of the Aesir Goddesses, married to Odin who is the leader of Gods. She is the mother of Baldur. Her name means to love or beloved and Friday is named after her. She is a völvaa practitioner of Norse magic known as seidr. Seidr is the ability to foretell the future and to alter the course of fate.

Odin is a prominent God in Germanic and Norse mythology. He is the God of royalty, wisdom, healing and victory in war. Odin is attributed to being the inventor of poetry and the runic alphabet. He is often accompanied by his animal familiars – wolves and ravens.

Even though Odin is the God of Knowledge, Frigg often wagers and wins bets with him. Odin asks his intelligent wife for advice on many issues, because being clairvoyant Frigg knows about the future.

HANUMAN, RAMA and SITA

In devotion and service

To the Supreme Being Rama

I, Hanuman, monkey God

Commanded an army of monkeys

To save Goddess Sita

From the demon Ravana

Driving away negativity

With courage and faith

We live the pure life of dharma

DEVOTION

With love and loyalty

Serve and worship your beloved

Hanuman is the Hindu monkey God who displays strength and heroism. He symbolizes service and devotion. Hanuman keeps away evil, negativity, trouble and danger. Rama is a major deity in Hinduism and is considered a Supreme Being. He is the central character of the Hindu epic Ramayana, which illustrates social responsibilities through model living known as dharma. Rama’s wife is the Goddess Sita, known for her courage, dedication and purity. Sita was abducted by the demon Ravana, King of Lanka.  Hanuman commanded an army of monkeys to help Rama save Sita.

ISHTAR and TAMMUZ

 I, Ishtar, Queen of Heaven 

 And I, Tammuz, shepherd King

Are the most ancient deities

 Our sacred rites of love

Bring fertility and fecundity to the land

The wet field, sprouting seed

The rising stalk, milk and honey

Arouses passion

Bringing growth 

SEXUAL LOVE 

Engage in the sacred act of love

Bringing new growth to your relationship

The myth of Ishtar and Tammuz is the oldest recorded love story. Ishtar and Tammuz had a powerful sexual attraction and were tireless lovers. The fertility of the earth was the result of their copulation.

Ishtar, also known as Inanna, was the Mesopotamian Goddess of love, desire, sex and war. She is the first deity that was recorded in writing by Enheduanna in 2285 BC. Enheduanna was a priestess of Ishtar and is the first known author. Ishtar/Inanna was widely worshipped for thousands of years throughout the Fertile Crescent between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers as far back as the 4th millennium BCE. Mesopotamia which now covers Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey was home to the great Akkadian, Babylonian and Assyrian Empires. Ishtar was later associated with Astarte, Aphrodite and Venus. Ishtar was known as the Queen of Heaven, daughter of the sky – Anu and daughter of the moon – Nannar. Ishtar’s symbol – the eight pointed star was used as a seal for thousands of years. Ishtar’s sexuality is a vital aspect of her image. 

Tammuz, also known as Damuzi, is an agricultural deity, a shepherd. He dies and is reborn annually; the cult of Tammuz even appears in the Bible where Ezekiel witnesses the weeping of women for the slain God. The Babylonian myth of Tammuz as the dying and resurrected God bears similarities to Osiris and Jesus. Tammuz dies with the dying vegetation and resurfaces with the new crop of grain. Tammuz is also a guardian and a healer. 

The ancient Sumerian love poem between Inanna and Dumuzi refers to their joyous sacred marriage rites:

My Vulva, the horn, Boat of Heaven,

is full of eagerness like the young moon

As for me, Inanna, who will plow my vulva? 

Who will plow my high field?

Who will plow my wet ground? 

As for me, the young woman, who will plow my vulva?

Great Lady, the king will plow your vulva.

I, Dumuzi, the king will plow your vulva!

Then plow my vulva, man of my heart!

Plow my vulva!

At the kings lap stood the rising cedar.

Plants grew high by their side.

Grains grew high by their side

Gardens flourished luxuriantly.

Inanna sang:

He has sprouted; he has burgeoned;

He is the one my womb loves best

Afterwards, pleased by her lover Tammuz, Ishtar decrees lifelong sovereignty for him and fertility and prosperity for the land.

ISIS and OSIRIS

We are the rulers

 Of fate and destiny

Our supreme love transcends

Life and death

Through magic

We remember and recreate

Bringing forth the miraculous

Birth and rebirth

ETERNAL LOVE

Let your love transcend

Beyond confines

Of time and space

Isis and Osiris are the most powerful deities of the Egyptian pantheon. They are the children of the sky – Nut and the Earth – Geb. Their worship dates back to the 25th century BC. Isis and Osiris were considered the divine parents of Pharaohs.

Isis is the feminine aspect of divinity worshipped throughout the Middle East and Europe. Isis is the ruler of fate and destiny. She is compassionate and relieves human suffering.

Osiris is the God of fertility, vegetation, agriculture. His green skin symbolizes rebirth. He is often depicted as a partially wrapped mummy as he is the God of both life and death.

Isis resurrects her slain husband Osiris, through healing spells and magic. She conceives and gives birth to Horus. 

 

IZANAGI and IZANAMI

We are the Creator Gods

Standing on the bridge of heaven

With a jeweled spear we stir

The waters to solidify the land

Creating the islands of Japan

Erecting a heavenly pillar

We create a ceremony of marriage

Birthing the Sun and Moon

And other Deities

CREATIVITY

Enjoy the flow of creativity

Make something new

Izanagi and Izanami are the central deities in the Japanese creation story of the Shinto religion. Their names mean He Who Invites and She Who Invites. They were the last of the seven generations of primordial deities. The other Gods commanded them to solidify and shape the Earth. They stood on the floating bridge of heaven and stirred the primeval ocean with a jeweled spear. The brine that dripped from the spear congealed to form the first landmass and various islands of the Japanese Archipelago. Izanagi and Izanami descended to the land and set up a dwelling and erected a pillar that connected Heaven and Earth. They created a marriage ceremony where they walked in opposite directions around the pillar, greeted each other and initiated intercourse. They were the parents of many deities including the sun goddess Amaterasu, moon deity Tsukuyomi and storm god Susanoo.

JONATHAN and DAVID

An oath, a covenant sworn

Our souls are knitted

Our destiny entwined

Steadfast loyalty

Faithful friendship

Passionate intimacy

A love more wonderful

 Than any other

LOYALTY

Stand by your love

With unwavering commitment

And enduring faithfulness

Jonathan and David are heroic figures from the Hebrew Bible. Jonathan was the son of Saul – the King of Israel and David was the son of Jesse from the tribe of Judah. At first they were rivals for the crown. Jonathan opposed his father Saul’s wish to kill David, talking him out of it. Jonathan and David formed a deep and abiding friendship and made an oath to each other. Eventually David became King, and after Jonathan’s death David brings Jonathan’s son Mephibosheth to his royal table instead of eradicating King Saul’s line. 

Several biblical passages talk of the passionate and faithful love between Jonathan and David.

The soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as himself

Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul

(1 Samuel 18:3)

Jonathan; You have been very pleasant to me. Your love to me was more wonderful than the love of women

In modern times some scholars have concluded that their love was homosexual. There are  a number of gay Roman Catholic groups using the names of David and Jonathan: Davide e Gionata (Italy) and David et Jonathan (France).

JOSEPH and JACOB

I, Joseph, favored son of Jacob

Received a coat of many colors

Sold into slavery by my wrathful brothers

I rose to be Pharaoh’s advisor

A dreamer and interpreter of dreams

Big hearted and compassionate

I forgave my brothers

Reuniting with my father Jacob

Giving sanctuary to my family and tribe

JEALOUSY

Compassion and forgiveness 

Mend hurts caused by jealousy 

The Old Testament biblical story of Joseph and Jacob is found in Genesis 37 – 50. It is also found in the Torah and the Qur’an. The story is dated around 1600 – 1700 BC. It is believed Joseph was second in command to Pharaoh. Historical evidence shows that there was a period of drought at that time, and a canal was built that has always been called Bahr Yusef which means the Waterway of Joseph. Joseph was known as the Righteous One, saving his family from famine by bringing them to Egypt from Canaan (modern day Israel). The patriarch Jacob was also known as Israel. The family’s descendants became the twelve tribes of Israel.

KING ARTHUR, GUINEVERE and LANCELOT

King Arthur’s

Most beloved Knight Lancelot

Virile, strong and dynamic

Fell in love with Queen Guinevere

A romantic tryst that destroyed honor

Ending marriage, friendship and love

Ripping apart Camelot’s

Knights of the Round Table

LOVE TRIANGLE

Complicated and confusing

Honesty and care is needed

One of the most famous love triangles involves King Arthur, his wife Guinevere and his beloved friend and greatest knight Lancelot. Arthur and Guinevere were happily married and in love, but slowly over time Lancelot and Guinevere fell in love. They tried to keep their affair secret but it became known and was the fall of the Round Table and Camelot. 

KING SOLOMON and QUEEN SHEBA

We are royalty

From different realms

Who connect

Across the vast deserts

Of North Africa

Trading wisdom and wealth

Parenting a new dynasty

Of splendor and grace

SOVEREIGNTY

Each be a ruler of your own realm

Together create a dynasty of love

It is estimated that Queen Sheba travelled from Ethiopia to Jerusalem between 965 – 931 BC to visit King Solomon with a herd of camels bearing many spices, gold and precious stones. Queen Sheba is mentioned in several religious texts. In the Bible – Kings and Chronicles, it is believed that Queen Sheba is the bride in the Song of Songs. In the Quran, Sheba is known as Bilqis and she marries King Solomon. In the Ethiopian sacred text Kebra Nagast, Queen Sheba is known as Makeda, and their child Menelik is the founder of the dynasty that continued up to the last 20th century Emperor, Haile Selassie. There are many stories about Queen Sheba asking riddles of King Solomon to test his wisdom and of King Solomon tricking Queen Sheba into sleeping with him. Queen Sheba returns to her land and later, after visiting his father, Menelik returns with the Ark of the Covenant. 

MAGDALENE and YESHUA

Following the path of love

Disciple and teacher

Supporter and healer

Devotion to the Divine

Within each other

Complete understanding

Blessed companionship

MYSTICAL UNION

Anoint and awaken the third eye

See the Divine in each other

Mary Magdalene travelled with Jesus/Yeshua as one of his followers. She was a witness to Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. She helped support his ministry, indicating that she probably was a wealthy woman. Magdalene was the one who really understood Yeshua’s teachings. Mary Magdalene is mentioned twelve times in the canonical gospels, and is a central figure in Gnostic writings. In the Gospel of Philip, Mary Magdalene is described as Jesus’ companion, the disciple Jesus loved the most, and the one Jesus kissed on the mouth. The Cathars believed that Mary Magdalene was Jesus’ wife.

Some believe that after the crucifixion Magdalene traveled on a boat with their child Sarah and two other Marys to the South of France where they landed. The town, named after them – Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, is the capital of the Camargue. The Cult of Sarah attracts hundreds of thousands of pilgrims to the town. Sarah means princess in Hebrew and some believe she was the blood line of Jesus that still exists in France and Europe. In another version it is believed Magdalene lived out her last days as a hermit in a cave in Provence and that her relics remain in Saint-Maxim-la Sainte-Baume. Magdalene is considered a saint in the Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican and Lutheran churches. In 2016 Pope Francis declared July 22nd as her Feast day and for her to be referred to as the “Apostle of the apostles”.

MARS, VENUS and CUPID

We are the unification of opposites

I, Mars, God of war

Virile, active and fiery

I, Venus, Goddess of love

Beautiful, sensual, watery

Ignite

Steamy sexuality

 Cupid, our son, targets

Attraction, desire and love

OPPOSITES ATTRACT

Accept differences

Fuel for passion

Flowing love

Mars is the Roman God of war, and a guardian of agriculture. Mars is virile, representing his ability to create the right conditions for crops to grow by securing peace through his military power. March is named after Mars when most of his festivals occur.

Venus is the Roman Goddess of love, sexuality, beauty, desire, prosperity, fertility and victory.

The affair of Mars and Venus is the unification of opposites – love and war. Venus is associated with water, born from sea foam, which tempers Mars’ fiery energy. Venus is able to disarm and relax Mars.

Cupid, which means passionate desire, is the son of Mars and Venus. He is the God of erotic love, desire, attraction and affection.

MAYA HERO TWINS

We are twins yet complimentary

Day and night, sky and earth

We travel to Xibalba

To avenge our father

Defeating the Lords of the Underworld

Aided by animal, insect and plant

I, Hunahpu, become the sun

I, Xbalanque, become the moon

Together always in the new age

TRIALS

Working together

Aided by the natural world

 Defeat all obstacles

The Maya Hero Twins Hunahpu and Xbalanque are the central figures in the sacred text – Popol Vuh of the Quiché Maya of Guatamala. Although the Popul Vuh dates to the Early Colonial period around 1555, the Hero Twins have been identified on painted vessels and cave walls dating as far back as 1000BC. The names of the Hero Twins are in the Maya calendar as day signs.

The Twins are portrayed as complimentary, representing day and night, sun and moon, life and death, sky and earth. Hunahpu is depicted as masculine with black spots on his cheek, shoulder and arms. The sun and pronghorn antlers are his main symbols. Xbalanque, the younger twin, has patches of jaguar skin on his face and body. Smaller than his twin, he often has a feminine guise, with moon and rabbit symbols.

In the myth, their father and uncle were summoned to Xibalba by the Lords of the Underworld, where they were sacrificed. Their mother was the daughter of the God of the Underworld known as Blood Moon. The twins were conceived by the seed of their dead father. The mother fled Xibalba, and the sons grew up to avenge their father. After many trials such as the destruction of a bird demon, and turning their half brothers into howler monkey gods, they finally defeated the Lords of the Underworld in a ballgame. The Twins eventually were transformed into the sun and moon, beginning a new age.

NEPTUNE and SALACIA

I, Salacia, awed by Neptune’s power

To control the push and pull of waves

Hid in a faraway ocean

I, Neptune, summoned Dolphin

 To bring back lovely Salacia to be my wife

Together we rule the sunlit depths of the sea  

FLOW

Ride the ebb and flow of attraction 

Let waves of love lap gently

 Delight in the thundering surf of passion

Neptune is the Roman God of freshwater and the sea. His Greek counterpart is Poseidon. Neptune’s wife Salacia is the Goddess of the deep sea. Her name means wide open seas; sal, means salt.  

Neptune wanted to marry Salacia but she was in awe of his powers and hid in the Atlantic Ocean. Neptune sent a dolphin to find her and bring her back. Salacia agreed to marry Neptune and together they ruled the seas. The dolphin was awarded a place in the heavens as the constellation Delphinus. 

NUWA and FUXI

Yin and yang

Sister and brother

Man and wife

Square and compass

Sun and moon

Human and serpent

We created humanity from clay

Invented marriage

Connecting heaven and earth

MARRIAGE

Bringing together your unique selves

Create a new life of togetherness

Nuwa is the mother Goddess of Chinese mythology. Nuwa created humanity from yellow mud fashioning the upper-class with her hands and the lower-class with a string dragged across mud. During a great battle between deities the pillars supporting heaven were broken and Nuwa patched the holes in heaven with five colored stones and used the legs of a tortoise to mend the pillars.

Fuxi is also credited with creating humanity, inventing the I Ching and Chinese calligraphy around 2000 BC, as well as music, hunting, fishing, and cooking.

Nuwa and Fuxi have human faces and the bodies of snakes. They represent Yin and Yang. Nuwa is yin/feminine and Fuxi is yang/masculine. Fuxi holds a carpenter’s square which associates him with the physical world and a straightforward mindset. Nuwa holds a compass which symbolizes the cosmos; the circles and curves indicate a more abstract mindset. Their marriage is the union of heaven and earth. The sun and moon and constellations surround them.

Although they were sister and brother, they wished to marry and made this prayer: “Oh Heaven, if Thou wouldst send us two forth as man and wife, then make all the misty vapor gather. If not, then make all the misty vapor disperse.”  The mist gathered and they married. They made grass fans to screen their faces. Still to this day grass screens are used in marriage ceremonies.

OSHUN and SHANGO

Oshun is water

Softly yielding

Shango is fire

Iron hard power

River attracts lightning

In thunderous drumming

Sizzling passion fertilizes

COMPLIMENTARY

Opposites attract

Creating steamy connection

Oshun is one of the most popular Yoruba Orishas/spirits from West Africa. She is a river and waterfall Goddess of beauty, love, fertility, wealth and prosperity. Oshun represents destiny and divination and is the Orisha responsible for relationships and marriage.

Shango is the Yoruba sky God of thunder and drumming. He is a powerful ruler who wields his double axe to protect his realm. Shango is called upon for coronation ceremonies in Nigeria. They are both worshipped in Afro-Brazilian religions.

Oshun and Shango fell in love at a drumming festival and Oshun became Shango’s wife. Their personalities are very different – Oshun being very soft and feminine, a water Goddess, whereas Shango is fire, the God of lightning and thunder, powerful and passionate.

RADHA KRISHNA

We are two parts of one soul

I, Krishna, enchant the world

But only Radha enchants Krishna

Fulfilling desires

Bringing pleasure

Creating Bliss

ENCHANTMENT

Engage in divine play

Bringing blissful union

Fulfill desires by acts of devotion

Radha-Krishna are the feminine and masculine form of God in Hinduism. Krishna split into two, for the attainment of bliss. 

Radha, the Supreme Goddess embodies pure love, devotion and spiritual bliss. Her merciful nature is a path to the divine. Radha’s longing and love for Krishna is a symbol for the human quest for spiritual growth and union with God. 

Krishna, a major Deity in India, is the God of love, tenderness, compassion and protection. Krishna is potent pleasure and is only satiated by devotion. Radha-Krishna has been worshipped in India from the first millennium BC, and since the 1960’s, Krishna Consciousness has spread to the Western World and Africa.

RUMI and SHAMS

 Shams you are the Sun

Dispelling darkness

Rumi you are the one

I have been searching for

We engage in mystical communion

Reciting poetry

Whirling in dance to reach the divine

Gazing into the beloved’s eyes

Love makes everything it touches sacred

SPIRITUAL LOVE

Through sacred gaze

Enter the realm of the divine

Uniting in ecstatic mystical communion

Rumi was born in 1207, as Jalal ad-kin Muhammad Balkhi, in the Persian Empire. He lived most of his life in Konya, Turkey. His father was a Muslim scholar and mystic and Rumi followed in his footsteps as a Sufi mystic teaching in a community of dervishes. 

In 1244 Rumi met Shams of Tabriz – a wandering dervish. Tabriz is in modern day Iran. As Shams wandered, he asked Allah to bring him a companion and a vision guided him to Konya and Rumi. They spent 40 days in seclusion in a state of Sobhet – ecstatic mystical communion, conversing and gazing at each other. Rumi’s students were jealous and Shams was possibly murdered by them. After Shams disappeared Rumi poured his soul into his poetry and whirling dance. 

We came whirling out of nothingness,

Scattering stars like dust

The stars made a circle

And in the middle we dance

Rumi

Why should I seek

I am the same as He

His essence speaks through me

I have been looking for myself

Shams of Tabriz

Love’s greatest gift is its ability to

Make everything it touches sacred

Rumi

SAPPHO and ERINNA

Born on the island of Lesbos

We write poetry

Lyrical love poems sung to the lyre

Ode to Aphrodite

Eros between women

A three hundred line lament

Teacher and student

Poet and muse

MUSE

What we love

Inspires creativity

Sappho is a highly regarded ancient Greek poet, who was born on the island of Lesbos around 630 BC. Sappho became celebrated for her lyrical poetry sung with the accompaniment of the lyre. Her love poetry written in the first female voice is spontaneous and emotional. Her best known work is Ode to Aphrodite. Sappho has influenced many poets across the ages, from Erinna, a contemporary of hers and possibly a lover, to the medieval lyric poets who used her Sapphic stanza, to Alfred Lord Tennyson, to modern day lesbian poets who see her as a patron saint, as her poetry reflects eros between women.

Erinna is best known for her long poem The Distaff, a 300 line hexameter, a literary version of a lament chanted by the female relatives of the deceased.

Stand and face me, my love, and scatter the grace in your eyes

Whatever one loves most, is beautiful

Now, she stands out amongst Lydian women as after sunset the rose-fingered moon exceeds all stars

Sappho

SHIVA SHAKTI

We are two halves of a whole

Equal and opposite energy

Masculine and feminine

Divine consciousness

Dancing together 

Throughout the cosmos

Bringing balance and joy

I, Shiva, am still and hold space 

I, Shakti, am fluid, flowing and flexible

NON DUALITY

Sink into pure awareness

That you are interconnected

Part of one wholeness

In Hinduism, the cosmic dynamic of masculine/feminine interdependence and equivalence is expressed in the half-Shakti, half-Shiva known as Ardhanari. Shiva Shakti is the sacred union of the divine masculine and feminine consciousness that is within all of us and throughout the cosmos. It is the dance of the male and female aspects that dwell inside all. When these energies unite there is complete balance.

Shiva is one of the principle deities of Hinduism. He is the patron God of yoga and meditation. Shiva is both the creator and destroyer. Shiva holds space for Shakti to move through as prana – life force and kundalini energy which rises through the spine and all chakras. They are equal and opposite forces that create a whole.

The worship of Shakti – Shaktism, focuses on the Divine Female/Devi manifested as several Goddesses. Shakti is sensual, raw and expressive, open to all possibility. Devi is the cosmos, the source for everything in creation, the embodiment of energy, matter and soul. The Devi-Bhagavata Purana states: I am Manifest Divinity, Unmanifest Divinity, and Transcendent Divinity. I am BrahmaVishnu and Shiva, as well as SaraswatiLakshmi and Parvati. I am the Sun and I am the Stars, and I am also the Moon. I am all animals and birds, and I am the outcast as well, and the thief. I am the low person of dreadful deeds, and the great person of excellent deeds. I am Female; I am Male in the form of Shiva.

Advaita is the understanding that everything is interconnected, all part of one consciousness. There is no duality between a Creator and the created universe. All matter, experiences, awareness is part of one fundamental reality. Shiva/Shakti is an example of this non-duality.

SUN and MOON

Revolving and orbiting around the Sun

The Moon is soft in the night sky

Waxing and waning

In the reflected light

Pulling the waves and tides of emotion

The Sun shining on the Moon

Turning the wheel of the year

Seasons of growth and rest

Bringing energy and life

REFLECTING

Radiate your warmth and brilliance

Bathe in the luminescence of love

Image inspired by a lithograph “Atalanta fugiens” by Michael Maier 1618

The Sun and Moon are also called Sol and Luna. The Moon orbits Earth as Earth orbits the Sun. The Sun, Moon and Earth are held together by gravity. The Sun illuminates the Moon as it revolves around Earth. Earth casts a shadow on the Moon, causing the various phases of the Moon. The Sun is about 400 times larger than the Moon, and is also 400 times further away from the Moon. The Moon phases control the tides of the oceans and seas and our moods and emotions. The Lunar cycle is 29.5 days and it is linked to women’s menstrual cycles. The Sun is responsible for life on Earth by warming the planet and causing the seasons of growth and rest, and it affects our energy and sleep cycle.

Many rituals around the world are based on the phases of the Moon and the Sun’s position as Solstices and Equinoxes and Cross-quarter days. The Sun and Moon represents birth and rebirth because of the seasons and phases. The Sun and Moon mean many things to different cultures and have a place in many religions and myths. There are hundreds of Sun and Moon deities around the world. Sun Gods include: Ra – Egyptian, Lugh – Celtic, Surya – Hindu, Inti – Incan, Mithra – Persian. Some Moon Goddesses are: Selene – Greek, Luna – Roman, Mawu – African, Chang’e – Chinese, Hina – Polynesian, Coyolxauhqui – Aztec, Hanwi – Lakota.

In many cultures the Sun symbolizes the masculine, and the Moon represents the feminine. They are often depicted in relationship to each other, symbolizing the union of opposites despite differences and polarity. The Sun symbolizes power, energy, rationality and strength whereas the Moon symbolizes dreams, flow, cycles, intuition and beauty.

THOTH and SESHAT

We are companions

Father and daughter

Inscribers of knowledge 

Weavers of spells

Creators of science and magic

We awaken the meeting of minds

Through shared ideas 

Enchanting and wise

COMMUNICATION

Conjure the magic of words

Use writing to express your love

Thoth and Seshat, are father/daughter companions from the Egyptian pantheon. 

Thoth is the Ibis-headed God of reckoning, wisdom and learning. God of the moon, Thoth is a magician, giver of divine words and spells. It was Thoth who gave Isis the words that resurrected Osiris. Thoth bestows knowledge, law, science, philosophy and writing to humans. 

Seshat, Thoth’s female counterpart, is a scribe, keeper of books and libraries. She is the Goddess of architecture, astronomy, mathematics and surveying. Seshat’s symbol is the seven-pointed emblem above her head. She wears a leopard hide and carries a notched stem that marks the passage of time. 

VIRACOCHA and MAMA COCHA

In the time of darkness

I, Viracocha

Rose from Lake Titicaca

To create all existence

The earth and sun and moon and stars

I, Mama Cocha, Goddess of all waters

Mother of Gods, wife of Viracocha

Provider of water and fish

Bring sustenance and life

MANIFESTING

Join your skills and attributes

Make happen that which you will

Viracocha is the great creator God of the pre-Inca and Incan people of Peru and the Andes region of South America. Viracocha formed the earth, heavens, sun and moon. He created humanity and all animals. Viracocha taught mankind the art of civilization. Viracocha is depicted wearing the sun for a crown, with thunderbolts in his hands and tears falling as rain. Viracocha literally means sea foam, and he is intimately associated with the sea.

Mama Cocha is the Goddess of the sea, and all bodies of water. Mama Cocha provides water and brings strength. Mama Cocha has a rainbow headdress and holds a river of water between her hands. She is the wife of Viracocha.

Viracocha and Mama Cocha are the father and mother of all Incan Gods.

WE’WHA

I am Two Spirit

Embodying both male and female

Performing male ceremonial rites

Of my Zuni people

Weaving and making pottery as a woman

I see the world through the eyes

Of both genders

Mediating and representing all

TWO SPIRIT

Move beyond gender identity

Become an ambassador for freedom

We’wha was a famous Native American two-spirit man/woman.  We’wah  was born in 1949 in the Zuni Pueblo of New Mexico. Initially raised as a boy, We’wha was included in the male Zuni religious ceremonies from the age of 12. We’wha was recognized as Ihamana (male-bodied who take on female roles) and was also taught the skills of Zuni women – grinding corn, making pottery and weaving. We’wha became a notable fiber artist and potter. We’wha was very intelligent and had a strong character, serving as a mediator, We’wha’s word was law. We’wha was highly revered as he/she could see the world through the eyes of both genders which was seen as a gift from the creator. We’wha travelled to Washington DC in 1886 to represent Zuni and all Native Americans as a cultural ambassador, where he/she met President Cleveland. We’wha died at the age of 47 while participating in the Zuni religious ceremony of Shalako.

YAB YUM

Activating

Divine masculine and feminine energy

We embrace in sexual union

Action and insight

Transcends duality

We reach enlightenment

Through ecstasy and bliss

TANTRIC SEX

Through the practice of sacred sex

Experience divine ecstasy

Yab Yum literally means Father Mother in Tibetan. Yab Yum is a common symbol on thangka paintings in Tibetan Buddhist art and in the statues and art of India, Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet. Yab Yum is the energetic polarity of the divine masculine and feminine in sexual union. The female – Yum sits upon the lap of the male – Yab in sexual embrace. The symbolism of sexual polarity and union is a central teaching in Tantric Buddhism. Yab Yum is the mystical union of the active masculine force of compassion and skillful action- upaya with the passive feminine qualities of wisdom and insight prajna which transcends duality and leads to a state of enlightenment through the experience of bliss and ecstasy.