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The Spiritual Feminist
     

The Spiritual Feminist

by Amythyst Raine-Hatayama
 

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The Spiritual Feminist empowers today's modern woman through the Goddess, connecting her to ancient matriarchal divinity and spiritual practices which invoke this energy. It embraces the essence of womanhood in its entirety, through mental, physical, and spiritual affirmations, connecting personal energy and lives through the four elements—Earth, Air, Water, &

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The Spiritual Feminist empowers today's modern woman through the Goddess, connecting her to ancient matriarchal divinity and spiritual practices which invoke this energy. It embraces the essence of womanhood in its entirety, through mental, physical, and spiritual affirmations, connecting personal energy and lives through the four elements—Earth, Air, Water, & Fire, with affirmations and invocations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781782799696
Publisher:
Moon Books
Publication date:
04/24/2015
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
911,705
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

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The Spiritual Feminist


By Amythyst Raine-Hatayama

John Hunt Publishing Ltd.

Copyright © 2014 Amythyst Raine-Hatayama
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-78279-970-2



CHAPTER 1

Airmed


Her Story

Airmed is an Irish goddess of healing, witchcraft, and magic. This goddess is most noted for healing those who have fallen in battle. Airmed could be called the patron goddess of the green witch and herbalist, for as the myth goes, when her jealous father murdered her brother Miach, Airmed wept over his grave, and from her tears sprouted the healing herbs now found upon the earth. However, her father lashed out once more, throwing to the wind those healing herbs that Airmed had so carefully gathered in her cloak. Thus, the healing herbs of the world were scattered to the four corners, and for this reason it's said that no single individual will ever know all the secrets of these plants.


A pinch of this, a pinch of that, a leaf of sage, a leaf of mint, a petal from the rose, and so it goes and goes and goes: green witchcraft. This is the ultimate practice in cottage (or "kitchen") witchery. It brings to mind the stereotypical image of the witch gathering herbs, a basket over one arm, a sharp knife (her boline) in the other hand, murmuring to herself, leaving a blessing with each plant and the nature fairies connected to it in the form of a silver coin, sacred words, a gentle touch. The green witch is going to use the herbs she's so carefully collected to create oils and other magickal potions, bent over her steaming cauldron of brew, dried herbs hanging from the kitchen ceiling in an array of color and scent.

How many people feel the "magick" within flowers, herbs, wild flowers (aka weeds), but they don't fully understand just what it is they feel or why? Why are some individuals drawn to a favorite flower? What's your favorite flower? Look up its magickal properties, and you may be very surprised at the connection. There's a bit of the green witch in us all, deep inside, buried with all the other dormant ancient knowledges and practices of our ancestors. It's time to open this door, to reconnect with nature. It is magick waiting to happen in the form of infinite possibilities.


Embracing the Goddess

During these times of modern conflict and battle, embrace the goddess Airmed by invoking her energy for protection and healing to those men and women serving in the armed forces.


Airmed's Correspondences

Herbs: Patchouli, mugwort, bittersweet

Animal: Eagle (American soldiers). Note: when invoking Airmed's energy for healing warriors, call upon the animal energy, the totem, that is connected with your country.

Colors: Green, pink

Planet: Earth (Gaia)

Day: Sunday, Friday

Element: Earth

Feminine Face: Mother

Symbols: Sword, battle gear, plants and greenery


Aphrodite


Her Story

Aphrodite is the "Goddess of the Sea", the Greek goddess of love and war, which at first sounds conflicted, yet there are similar elements to each. This is the goddess of both marriage and illicit affairs, her energy geared to the passions found within both. She is also recognized as the goddess of battles and wars, and in this too is an irony, as romantic relationships can often contain these elements as well as the more conventional and desired emotions. Aphrodite is the epitome of physical beauty and pleasure.


What is true beauty, and whose yardstick are we measuring ourselves by? Just how idealistic has our culture, our society, become? Is our obsession with youth connected to our cultural view of what's beautiful – and what's not? Why do we view elderly people, particularly women, as ugly? Is this why the Fashion Lords feel compelled to label clothes "age appropriate", so elderly women are kept covered, so we don't view their wrinkled skin and aging bodies? And why is it that other cultures don't seem to reflect this repulsion for older women?

In African communities that are naturally sparsely dressed, you see all ages (men and women) with exposed bodies, and everyone appears to be accepted as is; in fact, no one seems to give it a second thought. We are a vain, youth-obsessed, perfection-driven society. The only way that this stigma can be broken is if women stand up and be heard; shed light on this issue, unite, and make some noise.

It's time to reclaim the term "beauty", to redefine it, to embrace womanhood – in all of its ages and stages – as beautiful, magickal, and miraculous.


Embracing the Goddess

Invoke Aphrodite when you need more self-confidence in yourself, in your personal appearance; when you need assistance with romantic relationships or disputes. Call upon this goddess for love spells, spells of beauty and youth; call upon this goddess when romantic energy is desired and the flames of passion need some fanning. Expect her response to be swift and sometimes unexpected.


Aphrodite's Correspondences

Herbs: Apple, rose, catnip

Animal: Dove

Color: Red, pink, green

Planet: Venus

Day: Friday

Element: Water

Feminine Face: Maiden

Symbol: Mirror


Arianrhod


Her Story

Arianrhod is a Welsh moon goddess. She rules not only the moon, but the stars and sea as well. She's often referred to as "The Silver Wheel of the Sea". This is a goddess of prophecy and dreams, and it's her energy that is desired for divination by seers and psychics. Arianrhod is also the ruler of reincarnation, karma, and magical realms. She radiates feminine authority and feminine power. A time keeper of the universe, Arianrhod is one of the five goddesses of Avalon, the legendary island inhabited by priestesses who serve the Mother Goddess.

The woman entered the grove with a sense of grace and quiet composure. She walked slowly and carefully through the trees, silently, with only the occasional whisper of her breath or a barely audible footfall. She walked through the grove until she saw that which she was seeking: a silver pool of light filtering through the trees, filling a small clearing ahead. Lifting her arm, she gently brushed aside the branches of a young maple tree and stepped into the clearing, into the brilliant glow of the full moon.

The woman reached for the clasp at her neck, and the long robe she was wearing dropped to her feet, leaving her to bathe within the silver light in naked splendor, her body energized by the moon's ethereal glow.

Standing straight and tall, her feet slightly apart, the priestess raised her arms before the moon and began to invoke upon herself its energy, to draw down within herself the magic of the moon and the power of the Goddess.


Embracing the Goddess

Call upon Arianrhod for second sight, to enhance your already natural female intuition. Call upon Arianrhod when you need to see that which cannot be seen in any natural way. This goddess will also lend her powerful and graceful energy to esbats, reveling in the magic of the moon and the priceless spirituality found within.


Arianrhod's Correspondences

Herbs: Apple, catnip, lilac, raspberry, strawberry

Animal: Owl

Color: Blue, silver

Planet: Moon

Day: Monday

Element: Water

Feminine Face: Mother

Symbol: Moon


Artemis


Her Story

Artemis is known as "The Virgin Huntress", a Greek goddess of the hunt. She personifies independence, strength, and the warrior within each of us. She protects young girls until the age of marriage, defends those who are weak, and is said to be a protectress to those women enduring childbirth. Her energy is pure of intention, yet incredibly strong, not for the faint of heart.


Women can be weak because we're told we are. Don't believe everything everyone tells you. Deep inside every woman is a rich well of strength that might lie dormant until life's circumstances trigger this dragon, until there is a need, an urgency, for the warrior within her to rise to the surface. It will happen in the spark of a moment; it will be like putting a flame to a stick of dynamite; it will be explosive, miraculous, amazing, and significant to everyone connected to this woman and to this woman herself.

Know that there is a warrior within you. Know that you are so much stronger than anyone tells you; stronger even than you think. Know that nothing and no one can dominate you, that you are in control of your destiny. Know that you are a supreme being, complete within yourself, independent, trail-blazing, competent, and awe-inspiring. Live your life in a manner that honors the warrior goddess within.


Embracing the Goddess

Call upon Artemis for courage, strength, and protection, especially protection of maidens ... for yourself, your daughters, your nieces, your granddaughters. As she exudes the essence of independence and individualism, so she will teach you to embrace these attributes within yourself.


Artemis's Correspondences

Herbs: Wood sorrel, barley, patchouli, primrose

Animal: Deer, bear

Color: Green, brown

Planet: Earth

Day: All seven

Element: Earth

Feminine Face: Maiden

Symbol: Bow and arrow


Astarte


Her Story

Astarte is the Mesopotamian goddess of love and war. This might, at first, seem oddly conflicting, but on reflection there are more similarities than differences. Her name literally means "star" and she is the companion and the power behind the moon. Astarte is considered queen of both the morning and evening stars, Venus and Mercury.

She rules the spirits of the dead. As a love goddess, the energies she influences include sexual experiences, physical passion, marriage, female sensuality, and feminine independence. As a warrior goddess she influences battles, conflicts, and victories.


After fifteen years of marriage and six children, I was sitting in the courtroom during our divorce proceedings when my soon-to-be ex-husband's attorney pointed a finger in my direction and said to the judge, "She's unemployable."

How crushing were those words in the face of the fact that I would soon be reckoning with the daunting responsibility of supporting a large family on my own. Already panicked by the idea, aware of the fact that the last fifteen years as a housewife left me with virtually no work history or references, this comment was a like a final blow to my self-confidence.

But this callous remark, passed off with such finality, did something else – it made me angry.

Deep within the center of me, hidden by the housewife and mother, lay something that had been dormant and repressed for a very long time. Deep within me, the warrior goddess was stirring, coming to, blinking her eyes in the bright light of necessity, shaking the sleep and cobwebs from her wits. She stood unsteadily to her feet and, as she did so, the earth trembled, the trees shook, the sky darkened.

The warrior goddess was ready to do battle, ready to beat the odds, ready to prove her adversaries wrong. She was ready to build upon her strengths, to cash in on her intelligence, to flex her muscles in the arena of life. The warrior goddess was ready to take on the world ... and succeed.


Embracing the Goddess

Women can invoke the goddess Astarte when they are fighting to reclaim their independence, when they are seeking to explore the intimate side of their femininity, when they are in need of strength, direction, purpose, and a touch of the warrior spirit. Know that within each gentle feminine soul, there resides a steely and daunting heroine just waiting to be awoken. Call upon her when you need her.


Astarte's Correspondences

Herbs: Bay, clove, marigold, hyssop (Fire), apple, calamus, hibiscus, thyme (Water)

Animal: Dove

Color: Yellow, pink, green

Planet: Mercury, Venus

Day: Tuesday, Friday

Element: Fire, Water

Feminine Face: Maiden

Symbol: Sphinx, star


Athene


Her Story

Athene is the Greek goddess of wisdom, considered the "Wise Warrior", able to temper the fighting spirit with balance, a sense of purpose, and ethics. She was not born from a mother's womb, but it's said instead that she was fully formed from the head of Zeus and came into being wearing battle armor.


Why do so many of the goddesses encompass the spirit of a warrior? Why? Athene reminds us that not all battles are won with brawn, but by intelligence, patience, quiet fortitude, and perseverance. However, do not underestimate her.

"We can do this the easy way, or we can do this the hard way," says Athena.

And the best implication here: We can do this.

Where does your strength come from? What is it that runs through your veins that is reminiscent of your ancestors? Within each of us lies a personal lineage rich in history, culture, and tradition. Who am I? Who am I – really? For many of us, these answers will come easy; but for others, it will require an effort to seek and search out, through mists of time perhaps, the answer to such a simple question ... Who am I?

Sometimes knowing where you came from is just as important as knowing where you're headed.


Embracing the Goddess

Immersed as we are in feminine physical bodies, tied as we are to our fathers, their names, and their reputations; we can become as warriors when the inclination and the need arise. Call on Athene when you wish to delve into your personal history, when you wish to study and search out your forebears. Call upon Athene when it's raw bold energy that's needed, when delicacy is put on the back burner, and you need to kick some ass, whether figuratively or literally.


Athene's Correspondences

Herbs: Cloves, allspice, holly, wormwood, ginger

Animal: Owl

Color: Red, orange

Planet: Mars

Day: Tuesday

Element: Fire

Feminine Face: Maiden

Symbols: Olive tree


Aurora


Her Story

Aurora is the Roman goddess of dawn, and as the dawn brings us a fresh new day, so Aurora brings us light and renewal. It's said that Aurora holds the power to open the gates of heaven, thus allowing her brother Sol, the sun, to travel across the sky. Her children are the four winds and the constellations, reaffirming Aurora's connection to the heavens. This goddess grants rejuvenation. She also possesses the wonderful power to wash away our deeds and misfortunes, granting us a clean slate on which fresh beginnings can be made.


I will honor Aurora by calling on her children, the four winds, knowing that her energy comes with them:

North Wind:

Bring with you a breath of fresh air in the form of common sense, a quiet will, the ability to stand steadfast in the face of calamity. Connect me to the physical realm, to the element of Earth, that I may experience its joy and appreciate its beauty.


East Wind:

Bring with you a breath of fresh air in the form of intelligence, curiosity, a willingness to learn new things, the chance for a new beginning, and the miracle of transformation. Connect me to the mental realm, the element of Air, that my mind may grow and expand, that I continue to learn throughout my life, that I will be ripe with new ideas and amazing revelations.


South Wind:

Bring with you a breath of fresh air to banish those things in life that are halting my progress, to throw light on the darkness of deception, to renew vitality and vigor. Connect me to the element of Fire to fan the flames of passion in my life; passion for a cause, passion for my lover, passion for life.


West Wind:

Bring with you a breath of fresh air to heal body, mind, and spirit; to cleanse my soul and clear my space; to make fertile anything in my life that will benefit from fertility; to make heard that inner voice that guides me. Connect me to the element of Water to bring me dreams; prophetic dreams, dreams to bring messages from the dead, dreams to enlighten me through my spirit guides.


Embracing the Goddess

We all have regrets in life. Aurora allows us to find relief from these regrets, setting the energy right, allowing us to move forward with our lives, to try again, to make amends, to move on. Remember: a new dawn means a new day, which means a second chance.


Aurora's Correspondences

Herbs: Fennel, lavender, marjoram, eyebright

Animal: Bird, butterfly

Color: Yellow, blue

Planet: Mercury

Day: Wednesday

Element: Air

Symbol: Feathers, aurora borealis


(Continues...)

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Meet the Author

Amythyst Raine-Hatayama is an author and spiritual feminist; a wife and mother; a witch and taroist. She's an avid blogger, a pagan activist, a chocoholic, and a crazy cat lady. "Magickal Connections" is her witchy, booky, pagan blog (wytchymystique.com). "The Witch's Corner" is her witchy pagan website full of witchy pagan stuff (ladyamythyst.com).

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