Goddess Nyame  

Posted by Stella Clark

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"THE CONCEPT OF GODDESS CREATOR", MOTHER OF ALL PEOPLE, IS COMMON THROUGHOUT AFRICA, ALTHOUGH HER NAME MAY VARY ACCORDING TO PLACE. FOR EXAMPLE, IN SOUTHERN GHANA, DURING THEIR EARLY HISTORY WHEN SOCIETY WAS ORGANIZED ON A MATRILINEAL BASIS, "NYAME "WAS THEIR MOST IMPORTANT DEITY. SHE WAS WORSHIPPED AS THE CREATOR GODDESS WHO MADE HUMANS OUT OF WATER, THE SUPREME DEITY OF THE ASHANTI PEOPLE. SHE IS THE VITAL FORCE OF CREATION WHOSE FEMALE NATURE APPEARS AS THE "MOON" AND WHOSE MALE ASPECT TAKES THE FORM OF THE SUN. IT IS AS THE MOON "GODDESS", THAT "NYAME" IS THE MOTHER OF THE "COSMOS."

"NYAME" HAD NUMEROUS SYMBOLSEACH ASPECT OF HER HAD ONE OR MORE. THE TRIANGLE, DENOTING HER POWER OVER THE HEAVENS, THE EARTH, AND THE UNDERWORLD, WAS HER SYMBOL AS CREATOR AND SUPREME BEING. "THE FULL MOON," A CIRCLE, SYMBOLIZED THE "GREAT MOTHER. NYAME" IS ALL KNOWING, ALL POWERFUL. HER PERMISSION MUST BE ASKED BEFORE A GRAVE CAN BE DUG, FOR THE EARTH IS HER BODY. IT IS "NYAME "WHO GIVES THE SOUL ITS LIFE AND DESTINY AND LOVINGLY RECEIVES HER CHILDREN WHEN THEY DIE.

IN MANY AREAS OF AFRICA, CARVED CEREMONIAL FIGURES OF THE "NYAME" REVEAL THE WIDESPREAD REVERENCE FOR HER, AND SHE IS INVOKED TO OPEN A NEW FIELD BEFORE PLANTING.

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Small Charge Of The Goddess  

Posted by Stella Clark

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Small Charge Of The Goddess I

Listen to the words of the Great Mother, who of old was called Artemis, Astarte, Demeter, Melusine, Aphrodite, Cerridwen, Diana, Arianrhod, Brigid, Hecate, Isis, and by many other names...

I am the beauty of the Green Earth and the White Moon, and the Mysteries of the Waters. From Me all things proceed and unto Me they must return. Let My worship be in the heart that rejoices, for all acts of love and pleasure are My rituals. Let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, mirth and reverence within you. And you who seek to know Me, know that your seeking and yearning will avail you not, unless you know the Mystery: If that which you seek, you find not within yourself, you will never find it without.

For behold, I have been with you from the beginning, and I am that which is attained at the end of desire.

Small Charge Of The Goddess II

I who am the beauty of the green earth and the white moon among the stars and the mysteries of the waters, I call upon your soul to arise and come unto Me. For I am the soul of nature that gives life to the universe. From Me all things proceed and unto Me they must return. Let My worship be in the heart that rejoices, for behold -- all acts of love and pleasure are My rituals. Let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you. And you who seek to know Me, know that you seeking and yearining will avail you not, unless you know the Mystery: for if that which you seek, you find not within yourself, you will never find it without. For behold, I have been with you from the beginning, and I am that which is attained at the end of desire.

By Doreen Valiente

Further reading (free e-books):

Howard Phillips Lovecraft - Poetry Of The Gods
Kathryn Rountree - Embracing The Witch And The Goddess
Ea Wallis Budge - Legends Of The Gods

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