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Ocean Mother Full Moon Initiation LightWorker™ Series
Energy channelled by Tineke Wijnker and Lisa Center Manual written by Lisa "Ladywolf" Center Final Layout by Jens Søeborg
Source for the front page picture is listed within the artwork on the last page.
Ocean Mother Full Moon Initiation (LightWorker™ Series)
This manual is written and channeled by Tineke Wijnker and Lisa “Ladywolf” Center. Lisa is mainly working with animal's and nature's spirits. It is a part of the series of Lunar Goddess Initiations and also exists outside the LightWorker series. LightWorker™ Lunar Goddess Initiations Goddess Arianrhod Initiation (Lisa "Ladywolf" Center) (LightWorker™ Series) Goddess Brigit Initiation (Lisa "Ladywolf" Center) (LightWorker™ Series) Goddess Cardea (summer solstice) Initiation (Lisa "Ladywolf" Center) (LightWorker™ Series) Goddess Demeter (fall equinox) Initiation (Lisa "Ladywolf" Center) (LightWorker™ Series) Goddess Flora Initiation (Floralia & Beltaine) (Lisa "Ladywolf" Center) (LightWorker™ Series) Goddess Hecate Initiation (Lisa "Ladywolf" Center) (LightWorker™ Series) Goddess Marian (winter solstice) Initiation (Lisa "Ladywolf" Center) (LightWorker™ Series) Goddess Persephone (spring equinox) Initiation (Lisa "Ladywolf" Center) (LW™ Series) Kali Ma New Moon Initiation (Lisa "Ladywolf" Center) (LightWorker™ Series) Ocean Mother Full Moon Initiation (Tineke Wijnker & Lisa "Ladywolf" Center) (LW™ Series) Waning Moon Goddess Initiation (Lisa "Ladywolf" Center) (LightWorker™ Series) Waxing Moon Initiation of the Muses (Lisa "Ladywolf" Center) (LightWorker™ Series)
The Lunar Phases - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Lunar phases refer to the appearance of the illuminated portion of the Moon as seen by an observer on Earth. The lunar phases vary cyclically as the Moon orbits the Earth, according to the changing geometry of the Earth, Moon, and Sun. One half of the lunar surface is always illuminated by the Sun, but the portion of the illuminated hemisphere that is visible to an observer can vary from 100% (full moon) to 0% (new moon). The phases of the Moon have been given the following names, which are listed in sequential order:
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Dark Moon - Not visible New Moon - Not visible, or traditionally, the first visible crescent of the Moon Waxing Crescent Moon - Right 1-49% visible First Quarter Moon - Right 50% visible Waxing gibbous Moon - Right 51-99% visible Full Moon - Fully visible Waning gibbous Moon - Left 51-99% visible Third Quarter Moon - Left 50% visible Waning Crescent Moon - Left 1-49% visible New Moon - Not visible
Me Acuerdo (I Remember)
The sun followed as we walked together on the sand… You stood on the shore and whispered my name. You knew I was there and believed in me always. Now I am like a seashell. You can hold me to your ear and hear the cries of the home that I once knew.
Ocean Mother Full Moon Initiation
There was a time when we remembered the goddesses of the waters of the earth. Though we do not speak of them much anymore they have remained constant and are ever present. This initiation is a dedication to the Mother Ocean; the goddesses connected to her and at its most powerful during the full moon. You can call the energy to you by intention and it can be sent the same way. The ocean may not represent or even suggest goddess to you but the chaotic power and still serenity of this great body can not be ignored. Call that power to you and use it in your life to heal and nurture yourself and others. This manual does not include all water goddesses but stories are presented from many.
Ocean, Sea, and Water Goddess
There is, as is often the case with gods and goddesses some discrepancies and variations of the story of Sedna, goddess of the Artic Sea. Some stories have her as a giant of a girl who refused to obey and actually bit one of her father’s arms off in an argument. Some tell of her marrying a dog, prompted by her father, because she refused to marry within her own clan. Still other stories have her spirited away and married to a large seabird, whom she believed to be a man. In this legend, the father goes to rescue his daughter when he discovers how she has been fooled.
He finds her on an island where she is being fed raw fish daily and tries to sneak away with her in his boat. The giant seabird finds his wife gone and flies out to the sea creating a storm with his wings and fury. The father, in fear for his own life, throws his daughter out of the boat so the bird will leave him unharmed. When Sedna tries to grab the side of the boat to keep from drowning, he beats at her fingers with a paddle. Her fingers are frozen from the artic sea temperatures and they break off into the water. The fingers turned into whales, seals, and polar bears. Her nails become whalebone. As her human body drowned, the creatures watched her transform into the mystical goddess Sedna, “Mother of Oceans and ruler of all life in the Sea”. The people of the North, the Inuit, acknowledge it is Sedna who sustains them by allowing her creatures to be caught and killed for food. They seek her blessings for continued sustenance. There is another version of the story that portrays Sedna as a strong willed child whose father was anxious to be rid of. He told her he was going to give her away in marriage. Sedna was livid to be considered property to be given or disposed of in any manner. She fought with her father until he decided he would kill her. He dragged her into his boat and once they were far enough from the shore, he threw the young girl overboard. Freezing and shocked she clung to the side of the little boat. Her father took his hunting knife out and hacked off two of her fingers. She tried again to cling to the boat and he cut away a few more. In a final attempt she grabbed the side once more and he cut the remaining fingers off. Her fingers fell into the water and turned into sea creatures. The legend always ends the same with sea creatures recognizing her as their Mother and taking her safely to the bottom of the sea.
Aphrodite is the classical Greek goddess of love, lust, and beauty. Aphrodite is the name given to her by the Greeks, and later the Romans knew her as Venus. She was born fully grown by the northern coast of Cyprus as the daughter of Uranus and Ocean Foam is her mother. She has also been called "she who rises from the waves" and “foam born". When she shakes the seawater from her hair the water droplets turn into pearls at her feet. Aphrodite was the mother of Eros and she was deeply in love with Adonis. She had warned him against wild animals, but still he went on hunting and was killed by a wild boar.
Orishas (West African)
The indigenous peoples of West Africa believed in one higher power. The name given to this power was Olodumare. The Orisha, (Ohr-eesh-ah) are aspects of this Supreme Being that are manifested as forces of nature. Yoruba tradition is the parent of Palo and Lukumi faiths. These are the beliefs of the Lucumi Yoruba which is also referred to as Ifa Lukumi in Cuba and Peurto Rico, Candomble in Brazil, Shango Baptist in Trinidad and most widely known as Santeria in many parts of the world. The West Africans brought their spiritual beliefs with them on the slave boats and this of course influenced the beliefs of the New World. As with all beliefs of the past as years go by and changes come to the people the systems become enmeshed and influenced by new belief systems. This was especially the case as Catholicism was spread to the new world. In an attempt to preserve their own beliefs, many of the Orishas became associated with the Catholic saints. This was certainly the case with Yemaya and her sister Oshun.
Yemaya was the goddess of the Yoruba in Nigeria. Once the people of West Africa were carried across the water as slaves to the other parts of the world, she became known as the goddess of the Ocean. She was given thanks as the Africans found their footing on land again for the safe journey over the water. She is associated with the Virgin Mary and Mother Isis. She is known as the Mother of all Orishas, a lunar goddess, representing change and constancy. She can be very calming or extremely turbulent like the ocean. Her name “Yeye mo oja” means Mother of the Children of the Fishes. Some say she can appear as a mermaid and is a creation goddess. Her wisdom nurtures, heals and makes whole all which is incomplete. Her colors are blue and white. Her number is 7. Many worshippers of Yemaya wear seven layered dresses representing the seven seas. There are legends that state she chooses students. These people will disappear for seven years. When they return they spread stories of magick and mysteries learned in the abode of Yemaya, which is under the sea. Practitioners and believers celebrate this goddess on September 7 and sometimes the 9th. On the night of the summer solstice, she is honored by followers casting flowers and votive boats into the water. She is also
remembered on December 31st where many gather on the beach to set Votive boats upon the water. If the ocean takes the boat, it foretells of a good year to come. If the votive is swept back onto the shore with the tide, this is seen as a bad sign and can mean many hardships are to come in the year ahead.
Oshun (also known as Oxum) is another Orisha and sister to Yemaya. She is said to be personified in the sweet waters of the earth: Rivers, brooks, streams and waterfalls. She is associated with St Cecilia and in Lukumi she is known as Our Lay of La Caridad del Cobre – protectress of Cuba. Her blessing and assistance is sought in fertility, delivery of healthy babies, love and marriage. Her number is 5. Though she may join with her sister in the end…the way rivers flow to the great seas and oceans, she is not dependent or weak. She too is powerful and forges her path in her own time and way. She can be called upon for help with financial flow as well. Though the youngest of the Orishas, she is known as Ida Lodi or Great Queen. She hears prayers and carries your words directly to the ears of Olodamare. This great Mother of secrets is present in the colors of gold, bright yellow and orange. Peacocks and vultures are the animals associated with her.
Saraswati is the Hindu Goddess of wisdom, arts, music, knowledge and learning. There are stories of how she and her consort, Brahma, were born from the sea from a golden egg. She is considered a river goddess as well. She shares her name with a river in the Himalayans. The river flows from the mountains to join the Ganges River. Saraswati is free flowing wisdom and is revered for her beauty and multiple blessings. Swans are generally present in pictures of her and this swan is believed to hold magical powers.
The story of this goddess is from Mesopotamian myth. In most pictures she is portrayed as an evil and multi-headed dragon or sea serpent. She is best known as the embodiment of primordial chaos and the original ocean Mother. This creation story has Apsu, god of fresh water, and Tiamet, goddess of all salt water, as the only beings at the beginning of time. They began to desire the company of others after many years alone and together they birthed the young gods. It was not long before Apsu began to complain the youth were too noisy and he wanted them all killed. Tiamet, with natural mother protectiveness, forbid him to harm them. The young gods had already heard of the plan and were plotting to kill their “father”. Tiamet quickly turned against them becoming a strong and feared avenging force when Apsu was killed. War between Mother and children began and when she faced the storm god, Murdak, he was victorious. From this battle the earth was created, Murdak took her body and formed the heavens and the earth. The mystery of Tiamet and Murdak was celebrated in Babylon during the New Year.
Great Mother Ocean
Great Mother Ocean teaches us to “go with the flow”. The tides are controlled by the Moon, so honor the moon’s influence in your life. Just as water ebbs and flows to the moons direction, so can we. Allow yourself to live with generosity for self during the ebb and share your abundance with others during a flow. May you always find solace beside the waters edge.
Frontpage picture: www.scubagrl.net/Nautical.htm Seashell www.moondance.org Sedna http://www.mythinglinks.org/ip~northamerica~Sedna.html Aphrodite http://www.fantasy-goddess-art.com/aphrodite.html Yemaya http://zer0dmx.tripod.com/gods/yemaya.html Oshun www.goddess.com.au/ Saraswati www.yogausa.com/images/saraswati.jpg Tiamet www.jpc-artworks.com Orisha info http://www.wemba-music.org/orisha.htm
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