VESNA: Awakening and Victory: Vesna is one of the most well-known Slavic goddesses, particularly in Serbia and Slovenia. Her name means “messenger”, but the word vesna originates from Sanskrit and means “illuminated” and “shiny”. Vesna is a fertility goddess who brought renewal – spring – to the Slavs, awakening the land to warmer weather and a bountiful life of fruits and flowers, after her counterpart, Morana, goddess of darkness and death, took her leave at the end of winter. Vesna was also known as a goddess of victory as she overcame death and darkness to awaken the land.
The Slavs used rituals to quicken Vesna’s return, most popularly the burning of Morana. As winter came to an end, they made wooden or rag and straw dolls that symbolized Morana. The dolls were set on fire, then drowned in a river to return Morana to the Underworld. To awaken and welcome Vesna back into the land, they made small clay larks which were placed on sticks and wrapped with herbs and flowers.
Vesna’s Message: Victory has come or is on its way. Stay the course and focus on your role. Allow things to blossom in their season. Even though you fall back into your old ways of thinking at times, you are awakening and starting to see things differently. Keep focusing on this new vision.
As you continue to grow from a tight bud into your fully flowered awakening, help will be given so you see life, the universe as it really is. Like the gradual opening of the third eye opening and blooming after winter, awaken to the knowledge that you are a sacred being.
Call on Vesna: when you feel confused; if you are feeling stuck, lack direction, and need clarity and light on your path; to help you awaken to your true purpose and passion in life; when suffering has lingered for a long time in your life and you are ready for victory.
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BUTTERFLY MAIDEN: Openness and Renewal: Butterfly Maiden is a goddess found in many native traditions throughout the Americas. She is associated with renewal, transformation, beauty, fertility, rebirth, freedom, and springtime.
The Hopi and Zuni people of North America make beautiful wooden sculptures, called Kachinas, to represent the Butterfly Maiden. Girls braid their hair into wings on top of their heads to represent the wings of the butterfly, and they perform dances in her honor.
In Mexico, this goddess of butterflies is Itzpapalotl. She covers herself with an invisibility cloak to avoid the attention of those who are envious of her beauty and powers of eternal regeneration.
Butterfly Maiden’s Message: Open yourself to transformation and growth. you are able to evolve and change continuously. You may feel like spending time alone. Do not be afraid. When you have the courage to explore the darkness, you will rediscover the infinite power of your light. Trust your instincts and do not force thing to happen. Know when to protect yourself. It may be necessary to enter the cocoon of darkness and renewal. Nurture, regenerate, and revitalize yourself, to amplify your ability to more fully receive the love and light waiting for you. There is much to be learned from these times.
Conversely, do not be anxious if it is time to leave the cocoon to explore all life has to offer. Know when to open yourself up to new situations, people, beliefs, and opportunities. Work to strengthen your mind, body, and spirit as you awaken to your true magnificence and to the gifts of the universe.
Some situations cause us to withdraw and close up to avoid pain and sorrow. This can be helpful or hurtful. Become very aware of your emotional health and needs. Do you need to cocoon for renewal? Or is cocooning stagnating your free flow of giving to and receiving from the universe? Are you blocking yourself from what you truly desire? Or is it time to open your wings to explore your life, situation, or self? You are here to bring beauty to the world. Do not repress the beautiful being you are.
It is time to move forward into satisfying, loving relationships. If you are lonely and tired, know you can overcome this by becoming comfortable with spending intimate time with yourself. Learn to be alone, but do not isolate yourself. You can then face truths and let go of negative attitudes and the inner critic that stifles your growth and spiritual evolution.
Call on Butterfly Maiden: when you need to be exposed to the truth of your situation; to help you be open to a new and unknown phase with vulnerability and strength; to accompany you on your journey back to the essence of your being; to celebrate with you when you are ready to receive.
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YELLOW TARA: Wealth and Prosperity: Yellow Tara is the goddess of wealth and prosperity and is one of the most well-known deities in Tibetan Buddhism. Yellow Tara has the power to increase our good fortune. She represents all the benefits of success and achievement in our work and life’s purpose. Her energy helps to provide financial stability. She supports and enables us to flourish in every aspect of life.
She is one of twenty-one Taras, and as with all the Taras, is a deity of com-passion. Her energy also helps overcome plagues and diseases of epidemic proportions, especially those new to the world.
Yellow Tara’s Message: Money is coming your way. Call it faith, the law of attraction, or quantum physics, but believe you are worthy, it will come. It could be a raise, a new job, a gift, but it will be unexpected.
There is no shame in seeking wealth. Money gives you the freedom to do the things you want to do. Wealth can provide comfort and a more enjoyable life. It can afford you time to seek your highest joy, to meditate, or to spend time with friends and family. Be grateful for abundance and remember to be compassionate and generous whenever you can.
Trust in the infinite wealth available in all dimensions of the spiritual and physical worlds, not just the financial aspect, but in supreme wealth of understanding. It will liberate you from the poverty of ignorance and teach you empathy and gratitude.
Call on Yellow Tara: when organizing your budget; for help increasing wealth and making plans to save for a new home or other investments; if you are facing financial difficulties; when you feel there is a lack in any area of your life; when applying for a job or a raise.
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