Isis the winged Egyptian goddess
Most little girls spend a great deal of time playing princess, at least mine did but what about playing goddess? I always gave The Goddess equal time with bedtime stories and songs. I wanted my daughters to see that the Divine was equally feminine. We even named our cats after goddesses. Alexandra innocently told her Church of Christ preschool teacher that she loved the Goddess and was immediately gifted a Bible to set her straight.
The Goddesses in Every Woman was the first book I ever read about Greek goddesses and Jungian archetypes. I was enchanted and amazed that I could be described so exactly using Greek mythology—I had to know more.
Twenty years later the goddesses of the great world mythologies are part of my everyday consciousness. I have statues of my favorites to remind me of their characteristics that I want to explore and embrace in myself. When I need courage I call on Athena, when I’m enjoying beautiful music I think of Hathor, when I am maternal I see Demeter and Isis in myself, when I need to protect myself Sekhmet is right by my side.
My trips to Egypt were like going to meet these amazing friends and allies in person. When we study the Goddess and honor the Divine Feminine we bring those stories to life and live the sacred traditions. When we balance the patriarch society with love for these goddesses we are embracing our own complete self of an integrated masculine and feminine. A few blog posts ago I wrote how the story of Demeter and Persephone was recreated in my life. My gallery has a picture of my encounter with the Goddess Sekhmet. I have another blog post about Athena in Nashville.
Athena, Demeter, Isis, Sekhmet, Hathor, Selu, Brigit, Freyja; these Goddesses are the names and characteristics of energies that we can use to become whole and grow spiritually. Our human nature relates best to names and faces and so we have gifted our goddess our projections and needs and they gift us back courage and love. Read up about a goddess in a tradition that calls you, Native American, Egyptian, Celtic, Greek, and Norse. Think of her as a friend and helper on the spiritual path. Call on her knowing you are calling those characteristics and strengths in yourself.
On Easter Sunday my friend Stacy showed up at my house dressed in a light pink sweat suit. The first words out of my mouth were “Oh my, it is Crystal the pink bunny.” Stacy had been moving and it was the only thing she could find to wear that morning and it was very appropriate for the holiday. Crystal the pink bunny has been a friend for 18 years. She is the imaginary friend of my younger daughter Alexandra.
Alexandra walked and talked very early and hated being a baby. Her body just didn’t do what her brain already knew how to do. It made her very mad and she screamed hours a day in frustration. She was only two when she started to talk about Crystal the pink bunny. A “Harvey” like giant friend who went with us everywhere. I had to drive around the block and open the van door to take Crystal with us when we went to school. Even Alexandra’s preschool teachers were friends with Crystal.
When Alexandra was about nine my friend Rachael, a Medium, came to visit for the first time. Earlier that day my daughters had been trying to work out the music to The Pink Panther, they had hand written it on musical staff paper and it was on the music stand in the living room. When Rachael saw the music she knew that it was a sign from Russell, the young son of her friend Gwen
Russell had passed away many years before but was such a strong spirit that he communicated easily through Mediums and was always sending signs of his presence. Russell’s symbol is the Pink Panther and his latest communication was there on my music stand.
That evening as I learned more about Russell I realized that Crystal the Pink Bunny wasn’t an imaginary friend after all but Russell communicating with Alexandra. At two she was much too young to know about the Pink Panther so she thought he was a pink bunny and I can see how “Russell” could sound like “Crystal” to her.
After meeting Rachael, Alexandra was able to understand what she saw and heard and no longer crawled in bed with me every night. We had many interesting conversations about what she saw and I was careful to protect her from places and situations that might frighten her. As she got older she chose to put away that side of her and just be a very normal teenager. She still has razor sharp intuition and I’ve always encourage her to use that skill. Mediumship will come back when she wants because it is her choice, not an outside force, closing those channels for the time being.
On our 2005 trip to England Alexandra met Russell’s parents Gwen and Alfie and they shared stories. Gwen wrote a book about her experiences and it is a beautiful story. Russell still shows up occasionally, not as a pink bunny but as the Pink Panther. A few months ago I was a bit sad and I went off to a concert to cheer myself up, the first thing the performer talked about was how his next selection was featured in a Pink Panther movie, I knew that was Russell with a big pink hug for me.
Russell by Gwen Byrne