The creative ‘Wisdom of the Goddess’ Journey Within Program I am facilitating has moved into its’ second trimester, ‘Transformation’. It is winter here in the South; a time to release what no longer serves us and look at the shadow aspects of ourselves. I decided that the goddess Kali Ma, often referred to as the “Dark Mother” was most suitable to explore at this stage. Kali Ma is the Hindu goddess of creation, preservation, and destruction and is better known for her destroyer aspect. She serves as the archetypal image of the birth-and-death Mother, simultaneously the womb and tomb, the giver of life as well as the taker. She is the primordial female principle of manifestation and embodies shakti – feminine energy, creativity and fertility.
Kali is a warrior and is usually depicted with her tongue protruding, brandishing a sword in one hand a decapitated head of a demon in the other. She wears a necklace and belt of skulls, and she drips with blood. The demons she slays however, are the demons of the ego and the attributes of ignorance. Kali is the enlightening force that dismantles preconceived notions, frees you from conditioned beliefs, false personal identities, and anything else that keeps you from recognizing your true identity. In other words, part of what Kali represents is the power to release that which is true in you. Even in destruction, She reminds us that good really can come of bad situations. If you find your hopes and dreams have been crushed, Kali can change the cycle and produce life out of nothingness. Where there is sorrow, She dances to bring joy. Where there is fear, She dances in courage.
Tuning in to Kali in daily life often means tuning in to aspects of yourself that you normally don’t have access to, a power that can be reached outside of conventions. This power can enable one to become bold and fierce—fierce in love, fierce in ecstasy, fierce in a willingness to stand up to the demons in yourself and others. Kali can also assist us with recognizing our negative aspects such as anger or hate and transforming it or using it for good. She is ultimately a symbol of female empowerment and let’s us know when it is time to make or embrace changes in our life. Given this, she is the perfect Goddess to assist women with the cycles of life – birth, maidenhood, motherhood, menopause and death. She dances at the gateway to all of these transitions.
Although Kali is most often depicted in her warrior aspect, she is also revered as a Great Mother goddess – protector, nurturer, lover, creatress. This is how she came to me while I rode on her breath in meditation. It was a great letting go where I fell into the expansive, cosmic void; Kali’s divine world. The following painting represents Kali in her nurturing mother aspect. Born from the void, as soon as her form came to be a message came through loud and clear. She just said ‘fierce compassion’. I took this to mean I must transform the anger and rage I feel at the state of what is going on in the world into ‘fierce compassion’, that is the place from which I must take action.
May Kali remind us all to stand up for what we believe in, to stand in our truth, and to recognise that our darker side is not something to be feared or shunned but rather something to be embraced and transformed. May She guide us on our quest for freedom; freedom from the shackles of ego and freedom from social, political, cultural and religious discriminations. May we dance in peace and joy with Her and with great courage may we face the inevitable changes that life brings.
Om Kali Om
Jassy Watson, who lives on the sub-tropical coast of Queensland Australia, is a Mother of four, passionate organic gardener, Intuitive/Visionary & Community eARThist, Teacher, Intentional Creativity Coach and a student of Ancient History and Religion at Macquarie University, Sydney. She is the Creatress of Goddesses Garden, Studio & Gallery; a school for the Sacred Creative Arts. Jassy teaches regular painting workshops in person, nationally and internationally, and online based around themes that explore myth, history, earth connection and the Goddess. This year her Journey Within Program is creatively exploring the ‘Wisdom of the Goddess’ over 10 moons. You can see more of her work at www.goddessesgardenandstudio.com