“So when you find the apathy bug biting at your heels, when you feel like your daily routine has become drab, when you yearn for a spiritual anchor to hold you firm in life’s hectic storm, or when you want some real soul food, look to the Goddess and her scintillating magic for help and sustenance.” – From the book
Like a crystal, there are many facets to the Goddess and which distinct fact you see depends largely on culture and spiritual tradition. In 365 Goddess, author Patricia Telesco has amassed historical, thematic, and symbolic information in the form of a daily devotional. Spanning worldwide cultures and holidays, each day of the year is devoted to a particular goddess. Holidays, festivals, and feasts are also noted and the author correlates these with attributes of particular goddesses.
The author shares the themes, symbols, and historical/cultural influence of each goddess, as well as a section “To Do Today”. These exercises or meditations are designed to highlight and reinforce the energy of a particular goddess. The author also provides an overview of each month, including metaphysical insights. For example, Telesco explains where the name “December” comes from, the lengthening of the nights and the connection to rituals of light (like Yule), and the magical focus of purification, healing, and banishment.
365 Goddess draws from many traditions, including Zoroastrian, Swedish, Lakota, Spanish, Haitian, Slavic, Afghanistani, Roman, Hopi, Polish, Cabalistic, Scandinavian, Chilean, Essene, African, Catholic, and many more.
For example, the devotion for December 12 is dedicated to Bamya. The Persian festival of Sada falls on this day. The themes for this goddess are victory, banishing, protection, and overcoming. Light and fire are her symbols. About Bamya, Telesco writes:
“In Zoroastrian tradition, this goddess guides the sun god Mithra’s vehicle through the sky. More important, as the goddess of twilight, her presence signals the beginning of today’s festival.”
The “To Do Today” section includes several paragraphs explaining the festival of Sada, thoughts on Bamya’s counsel for the day, a candle ritual, and a prayer offered to this goddess.
Although 365 Goddess is organized according to date, it doesn’t have to be used this way. Instead, you could turn to a random page for spiritual insight. Alternatively, you could consult the Topical Index in the back of the book. For example, if you’re looking for a devotional or ritual dealing with the theme of change, several dates are provided. Other topics include the element of Air, Charity, Karma, Maturity, Protection, Rest, Sexuality, Wealth, and many more. I enjoy using this book as a daily reminder of the many faces and energies of the Goddess. It’s also interesting to read about goddesses I’ve never heard of, as well as learn about various cultures, holidays, and celebrations from around the world. 365 Goddess is a great devotional for those wanting to integrate the Divine Feminine into their lives, as well as those interested in Goddess mythology.
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