Saturday, March 31, 2007

Elemental Meditations

Firstly, maybe if I hadn't been so picky about tornadoes I coulda gotten the rain I wanted. *sigh* Oh well. If you're not comfortable saying "Hail ____, Goddes of ______!", you can still do these meditations if you want, just leave that part out.

Air: Face East. Ground and center. Breathe deep and be conscious of the air as it flows in and out of your lungs. Feel it as the breathe of the Goddess, and take in the life force, the inspirations, of the universe. Let your own breath merge with the winds, the clouds, the great currents that sweep over land and ocean with the turning of the earth. Say, "Hail, Arida, Bright Lady of the Air!"

Fire: Face South. Ground and center. Be conscious of the electic spark within each nerve as pulses jump from synapse to synapse. Be aware of the combustion within each cell, as food burns to release energy. Let your own fire become one with candle flame, bonfire, hearth fire, lightning, starlight and sunlight, one with the bright spirit of the Goddess. Say, "Hail, Tana, Goddess of Fire!"

Water: Face West. Ground and center. Feel the blood flowing through the rivers of your veins, the liquid tides within each cell of your body. You are fluid, one drop congealed out of the primal ocean which is the womb of the Great Mother. Find the calm pools of tranquility within you, the rivers of feeling, the tides of power. Sink deep into the well of the inner mind, below consciousness. Say, "Hail, Tiamat, Serpent of the Watery Abyss!"

Earth: Face North. Ground and center. Feel your bones, your skeleton, the solidity of your body. Be aware of your flesh, of all that can be touched and felt. Feel the pull of gravity, your own weight, your attraction to the earth that is the body of the goddess. You are a natural feature, a moving mountain. Merge with all that comes from the earth. Return to dust, to compost, to meed. Say, "Hail, Belili, Mother of the Mountains!"

These meditations come from "The Spiral Dance" by Starhawk. If you would like more information on the Goddesses, check out The Feri Goddesses of the Directions.

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