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18th-Nov-2009 11:50 pm - Writer's Block: Book review
mermaidtabby
What (if any) books would you ban from a high school library? Are there certain subjects that you feel are inappropriate for teenagers regardless of literary merit?


I wouldnt ban anything, honestly. I think censorship is a great way to establish precedence for later oppression.
5th-Nov-2009 06:00 pm - Speak Out
mermaidtabby
Because Matthew Shepard Can't, & I Can - THAT'S why.

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23rd-Oct-2009 12:11 am - getting kicked in the teeth
pmstabby
Z sent me an email telling me she was taking over my class at the DU. Apparently she told my students before she told me because right after that letter was one from a student telling me she was sorry to see me go.
I dont even know what to think right now. I can't trust myself to be civil.
22nd-Oct-2009 11:12 am - Goddess of the Month - October 2009
mermaidtabby

 

Goddess of the Month - Kali


WHO IS KALI?

Kali by Pieter Weltevrede
Kali by Pieter Weltevrede from The Sanatan Society

Kali is the Great Mother of the Hindu Religion. Kali is death and rebirth. She is creation, destruction, and change. Kali is one of the most misunderstood and most grossly distorted Goddesses that Western Society has ever tried to explain. Kali is beyond limited concepts like good and evil. She is ALL. She defies us to comprehend Her.Some of Her other names include:


Kalaratri - Night of Death
Bhavatarini - Redeemer of the Universe
Adi Shakti - Fundamental Power
Kali Kalanat - Kali, the One Who Finishes
Para Prakriti - Beyond Nature
Mahakali - Great Kali
Akhanda Satchidananda - Indivisible Reality, Awareness, and Bliss
 

Kali in a Living Culture

Kali has had a living worship in the Indian subcontinent since time immemorial. The first written accounts of Her date from 600 CE in the Agni Purana and Garuda Purana. Her form and countenance have evolved as time has passed. Her earliest stories largely concern Her functions as a War Goddess or one of Her other destructive countenances.The Mundaka Upanishad calls Kali one of the seven tongues of Agni, the God of Fire. It is this reference that gives rise to the frequent images of Kali with Her great red tongue hanging out.

Kali is the constant companion of Shiva, who is Her consort. Many famous images of Kali show Her as a fierce black Goddess dancing upon the ash-white Shiva's chest. The contrast is quite striking but makes sense when you know that the whiteness of Shiva is from the ashes of the cremation grounds in which he meditates. Kali is the chief of the ten wild tantric Goddesses, the Dasa-Mahavidyas, and is venerated greatly in the Tantric movement along with Shiva. One of Her tantric names is 'The Shakti of The Great Mahakala'. The Great Mahakala is Shiva, and so the title means that she is Shiva's Power.

Many regard Her fearsome visage dancing amongst corpses to be a sign that Kali is an evil Goddess who delights in death, but this is not so. In the symbolism of Tantra and other Hindu mystic schools, this depiction shows how Kali is in the hearts of Her followers, who have removed attchment to the physical world from their hearts and want to be reunited with the Divine Mother Kali as part of the Supreme Consciousness. Thus She is dancing among their unneeded remains to release their spirits to the next world and bring them home. In fact, Tantric texts praise Kali highly, even stating that Shiva, Vishnu, and Brama all arose from Kali and thus they take part in Her greatness. One text has Shiva praising Her: "At the dissolution of things, it is Kala Who will devour all, and by reason of this He is called Mahakala and since Thou devourest Mahakala Himself, it is Thou who art the Supreme Primordial Kalika. Because Thou devourest Kala, Thou art Kali, the original form of all things, and because Thou art the Origin of and devourest all things Thou art called the Adya primordial Kali. Resuming after Dissolution Thine own form, dark and formless, Thou alone remainest as One ineffable and inconceivable. Though having a form, yet art Thou formless; though Thyself without beginning, multiform by the power of Maya, Thou art the Beginning of all, Creatrix, Protectress, and Destructress that Thou art." - Mahanirvana-tantra.

 

Depictions of Kali
Kali Yantra
KALI YANTRA
Kali is most often depicted in either Her four-armed common portrayal or in her ten-armed Mahakala portrayal. She can be shown as either blue or black in color. Often Kali is shown with Her tongue hanging out from her association with Agni. Many common depictions of Kali have Her naked or naked with only a garland of human heads while standing with her right foot on the prostrate Shiva's chest. Her statues in temples are often garlanded with fresh flowers and have an image of the Kali Yantra, which is a geometric symbol used for focusing the mind on specific spiritual ideas, underneath. When Kali is shown as Mahakali, She has ten arms, blue skin, ten faces, ten feet, and three eyes. In this form She is rarely shown with Shiva.

 

There is also a less common portrayal of Kali from the Kalika Purana. In this form She is shown as a beautiful young woman with a dark complection, long, flowing hair, four arms - one which carries a sword, and the other three carrying blue lotus blossoms, and riding a lion.

A poem by Swami Vivekananda

The stars are blotted out,
The clouds are covering clouds
It is darkness vibrant, sonant,
In the roaring, whirling wind
Are the souls of a million lunatics
Just loosed from the prison-house,
Wrenching trees by the roots,
Sweeping all from the path.

The sea has joined the fray,
And swirls up mountain-waves,
To reach the pitchy sky.
The flash of lurid light
Reveals on every side
A thousand, thousand shades
Of Death begrimed and black-
Scattering plagues and sorrows,
Dancing mad with joy,
Come, Mother, come!

For Terror is Thy name,
Death is in Thy breath,
And every shaking step
Destroys a world for e'er.
Thou "Time", the All-destroyer!
Come, O Mother, come!

Who dares misery love,
And hug the form of Death,
Dance in Destruction's dance,
To him the Mother comes.
 

19th-Oct-2009 10:16 pm - S.I.M.P.
mermaidtabby

My favorite HipHop song =)
12th-Oct-2009 09:21 pmToday's Blitherings
mermaidtabby


12th-Oct-2009 09:03 pm - It's official, I am an author!
sweet

I still can't believe this is completed and published.  www.cafepress.com/mystaiofthemoon.375978026
10th-Oct-2009 04:11 am - It is done!
mermaidtabby
My book is complete! Now I can relax for a little while!
5th-Oct-2009 10:24 pm - Writer's Block: Sick day
mermaidtabby
When you get sick, do you prefer to go it alone or be doted upon by a friend, partner, or parent? Do you usually go to work or school or stay home?
By necessity I have to stay home or I could make my patient seriously ill. As far as care goes, I usually prefer to take care of myself. If I am asking for care, I am really very sick.
17th-Sep-2009 09:35 am - Goddess of the Month - Oya
mermaidtabby

 

Goddess of the Month - Oya


WHO IS OYA?

Oya by Sandra M Stanton
Oya by Sandra M Stanton from The Goddess in World Mythology

Oya is a powerful Orisha and Goddess Whose origins are in West Africa but Whose worship spread with the African diaspora caused by the slave trade. She is now honored in South America and the Caribbean Islands by various peoples. Oya is a warrior-queen and rules the tempests and all winds. She is creatrix of the storms, especially tornados. She also rules the thunder, lightning, and rain as well as hurricanes. Perhaps paradoxically for one so associated with water and wind, Oya is also Goddess of fire, Who burns away that which is no longer necessary to cleanse the way for new growth.

Oya is a Guardian of the Ways, Whose voice communicates to us through the beloved dead. She is a Mistress of the Clairvoyant Arts, and She can summon forth the Spirit of Death at will or send it away. Oya leads spirits to rebirth if such is their desire. She is known in the Voudoun tradition as Maman Brijit. She is also the beloved and feared Protectress of Womyn. Oya guides the hands of Womyn leaders if they have the wisdom to ask for Her aid. She loves female leadership and will nurture it. However, Oya will swiftly punish those who abuse their positions of leadership to turn its responsibilities to opportunities for power and self-aggrandizement. Some of Her other names include:


Great Mother of the Elders of the Night
Oya-ajere - Carrier of the Container of Fire
Ayaba Nikua - Queen of Death
Iya Yansan - Mother of Nine
Ayi Lo Da - She Who Turns and Changes
 

Invocation and Working with Oya

Oya is a fierce but merciful Goddess. Treat Her with deepest respect but don't be afraid to approach Her when you are in need. If you want to work with Oya on a regular basis, I recommend that you learn Her ways from a Priestess of one of Her modern traditions such as Voudoun, Santeria, or any of the other modern African/Brazilian/Caribbean cultures who honor and respect Her. There is also plentiful information on how to work with Her in many books on the subject which are readily available. But if you only want to invoke Her occasionally, then the following information can help you to learn enough to not make missteps.

Altars to Oya need to be covered in beautiful, rich fabrics in jewel tones of purple, burgundy, and copper. Sandalwood is a favorite incense and is good to use. It is best to invoke Her on a Wednesday or Friday if possible, but if you are truly in need, any time is fine. The altar should be laid out with a dish of boiled black-eyed peas and cooked eggplant and a goblet of rainwater as offerings to Her. A small vase of marigolds would also be quite appropriate and they can be grown indoors if they are not in season. If you wish to use candles, ones in dark red, purple, and coppery colors are recommended. Dress yourself with respect and wear flowing, loose clothing, preferably long skirts and luxurious tops. Copper bangle bracelets are very good and so are necklaces which are long with varicolored beads.

Thunder-Woman by Heathwitch

Thunder-woman,
Storm-bringer,
Change-maker,
Woman-warrior:
Oya!
 

Your name calls the winds
Your name weighs the truth
Your name comforts the dead:
Oya!
 

Thunder-woman,
May your strength and grace
Shelter me always
May your storms and winds
Bless me with positive change
And may I always know
Your thundering, divine love.
 


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