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THE GODDESS PROJECT: Made in Her Image
VENUS of WILLENDORF


Shortly after the birth of one of my children, I remember catching a glimpse of my naked body in a mirror. Taken aback, I stopped and stared at my relaxed rotund belly, huge milk-filled breasts, wide-spread hips with swollen legs and labia thinking: "I LOOK LIKE THE VENUS OF WILLENDORF!"
Years earlier, I’d first learned about Her in an Art History class. She's the OLDEST (some sources say 30,000 years old) known human statue yet to date. In that art class, I thought little of Her but back then my body had not yet been used as a portal of the Divine.

The Venus of Willendorf was not a Greek Goddess nor was She from Willendorf, Austria, where She was found in 1903 among crystals and other artifacts. Wikipedia says Her title tells more about Her finders than of Her Paleolithic nomadic sculptors.

This tiny figurette of the fertile, female form gives hints of Her importance to Her original owners. Small enough to carry long distances, (see pic*) the Venus of Willendorf represented hope and faith for fertile Earth and fertile women to those Ancients.

“She symbolizes the divine Creatrix whose mystery resonated deeply in the hearts, minds and magic of early peoples” writes Nancy Blair in AMULETS OF THE GODDESS.



This is the most important Goddess image we’ve ever captured. Imaging the Venus of Willendorf as an ACTUAL living woman, gives all humankind a glimpse of what real women are. Inundated with media and magazines that show us photoshopped, malnourished young female athletes as the ultimate physical goal, leads a majority of girls/women/transfemales on a journey of struggle and self-loathing as they try to become what they’re not meant to be. And what they already are IS perfect. Be yourself. Love yourself. Be healthy but fully accept your sacred self.

Our model for Venus of Willendorf is braver than most humans. It was Tiinia’s idea to portray and be painted as the naked Diety. This is what Tiinia had to say about herself, the Venus of Willendorf and portraying Her:

“I am an artist that does makeup and hair for a living. My favorite color is glitter. I believe dancing is the best medicine. I live in South Dallas with my husband, our potbelly pig, and cats. VofW is the perfect gateway to push myself to be the type of representation I want to see in art. [I feel] humbled and honored that [FREE SOPHIA] would allow me portray her. It was incredibly cathartic. The process of mixing the clay and having it smeared on me was very calming I believe it ended up being a beautiful ritual to honor her. I feel cleansed. She represents an archetype of women that are forgotten and looked down upon. As a society we have rejected the power of her softness. She exudes a feminine sexuality that scares people.”

I can’t thank you enough, Tiinia, for constantly teaching me valiance and value, you remind me than the strength and courage of the Feminine is limitless. You are a great Goddess in this world!!




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*Special thanks to Jo Wharton for gifting Free Sophia with the actual sized Venus of Willendorf replica! 🌹
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THE GODDESS PROJECT: Made in Her Image
Pop Culture Series #4
LEIA


Star Wars was one of the first films I can remember, and unlike the pink and purple princesses of today, Princess Leia was a powerful leader. Based on the Greek Goddess Artemis (who's twin brother is Apollo), she too was a fierce warrior trying to stop the patriarchy.

I never thought much about Pricess Leia's sex, she was just one of the (s)heroes in the film but she inspired me with her courage (SHE's the only person who fearlessly stands up to Darth Vader), her strength (she strangles Jabba the Hut for enslaving her and making her wear that bikini) and her intellect (sharp tongued and quick-witted!) Because of her power, I could relate to her because that is how I truly felt inside although it would be years before I could comfortably express it.

On playing Leia, dynamic actress Carrie Fisher once told "Rolling Stone" magazine that, "There are a lot of people who don't like my character in these movies; they think I'm some kind of space bitch. She has no friends, no family; her planet was blown up in seconds ... so all she has is a cause. From the first film [Star Wars], she was just a soldier, front line and center.. In Return of the Jedi, she gets to be more feminine, more supportive, more affectionate."

Alyssa Rosenberg of The Washington Post writes of Leia in the film: "Leia's nerves as a revolutionary are clear from the moment she arrives on screen ... She takes shots at the Storm Troopers boarding her ship, gets stunned with a blaster in her hand, then has the audacity to try to make Darth Vader feel ashamed of himself ... She has enough energy left over after a nasty session of torture to insult Grand Moff Tarkin. And while she grieves when her home planet, Alderaan, is destroyed by the Death Star, Leia's not paralyzed: when her unexpected rescuers show up, she’s ready to go, and to gripe about their operational sloppiness."

Princess Leia is as brave a leader as they come, fearless in any situation.

Even her iconic cinnamon bun hairdo is meant to be bold and defiant, based on a band of rebellious turn of the century Hopi Women in Mexico and Arizona. (See photo below from http://firstpeople.us )

The character of Princess Leia has become a pop cultural representation of the Goddess, for both women and men. Proving to women and girls that they have just as much strength and power (if not more) than they think they do. And for men and boys she represents the ultimate of Feminity, genius, strong, beautiful and nurturing, capable and worthy of ruling the Universe.




Portraying Princess Leia is Alexandra in her second apparition in the Goddess Project, you might also remember her as Queen Esther. https://plus.google.com/107287050579003737566/posts/1j6uwSU657y The Graceful and charismatic Alexandra is a powerful professional ballerina, born in Washington, DC. About portraying Leia, Alexandra said, “I think Princess Leia represents that women can be smart, pretty, and fight for what they believe in. She is powerful but also feminine. She is an OG badass in my opinion. The shoot definitely gave me a feeling of empowerment, and I really enjoyed it!”

Thank you, Alexandra for enthusiastically embracing this character and bringing her to life as only you could! And we look forward to your blog.

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Happier Holidays

Perhaps this year, more than ever, we are all yearning for the holiday season. It is as though our weary souls need a spark of hope so badly that the childhood magic held in the memories of Wintertime, make it almost feel dire to not celebrate as much as possible.

Thanksgiving came right after the mid-term elections, of which the outcomes where "Meh" on either side. The holidays give us something else to think about and to do.

That and all of us triggered by the Supreme Court selections, left our souls needing something joyous to heal some of the reopened wounds.

No matter your culture or religious background, MANY people in the world are celebrating holydays of Light born out of the Darkness. My husband and I recently watched one of Anthony Bordain's final shows in which he visited the Philippines where they celebrate Christmas for like 90 days.

And isn't that the point? It's not just about celebrating ONE day or (10 days, Happy Hannukah!) but the whole season of this mystical time where we step over the threshold into Winter.

So celebrate every day, everything you can, while we can. Make a ritual of lighting a candle and decorating your home. Enjoy making plans with family and friends and exchange gifts to show you love each other. Treat yourself to treats (especially healthy self-love) to feed your long-awaiting inner child. Smile more at strangers. Help people. Let cars cut in front of you and kindly wave.

THIS is how we restore community and unity.

And celebrate holidays you haven’t before! Christian? Well, so was Jesus, so light a candle for Hanukah. No idea what Kwanzaa is, well, research and teach your children something new. The ancients’ most celebrated holiday, Winter Solstice (Yule) on December 21st, is when the veil between Heaven and Earth is said to be thinnest. Maybe spend some time out in quiet Nature listening. December 12 is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, celebrating the miracle of Her. Some Gnostic Christians celebrate Mother God (Azna’s) Feast on December 8. And it doesn’t have to stop at NYE, the Epiphany or 3 Kings’ Day is January 6th.

Create, decorate, sing, dance, make new recipes and in doing so, find new ways to spread joy and love.
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THE GODDESS PROJECT: Made in Her Image
HERstory Changers Series
ROSA PARKS


"One evening in early December 1955 I was sitting in the front seat of the colored section of a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. The white people were sitting in the white section. When that happened, we black people were supposed to give up our seats to the whites.
But I didn't move.
The white driver said, 'Let me have those seats.'
I didn't get up. I was tired of giving in to white people.
'I'm going to have you arrested,' the driver said.
'You may do that', I answered.
Two white policemen came. I asked one of them, 'Why do you all push us around?'
He answered, 'I don't know, but the law is the law and you're under arrest.' "
- Rosa Parks in "Rosa Parks: My Story"


Never doubt that ONE SMALL ACT of valiance can change the course of history (HERstory.) Rosa Parks grew up on a plantation, as a great grandchild of freed slaves in a COMPLETELY SEGREGATED and dangerous world. She picked cotton, barefoot, with her family 7 months out of the year and Rosa gladly went to school the other 5. Her mom was an out of town school teacher who taught petite, sickly Rosa how to read by age 3. Rosa LOVED to read and learn.

In her book, "Rosa Parks: My Story", Rosa writes that Southern girls (both African-American and Anglo) DID NOT go to school past the 6th grade in those days. Rosa eventually GRADUATED from high school but still had to work as a seamstress or secretary she also worked unpaid as the Secretary of the Montgomery NAACP.

The bus incident was not Rosa's first stand against injustice but was the catalyst for the entire CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. Growing up, her grandfather sat by the front door with a shot gun at night in case the Ku Klux Klan chose THEIR house that night to burn down, murdering the whole family. Rosa wrote that it was common in those days to hear that they'd found yet another "dead black person's body".

When she would walk to school, Rosa Parks wrote that the bus with the white kids would drive by and they'd throw trash at them. (The "white" school was brick with glass windows and paid for by all the ethnicities' taxes yet the African Americans had to build their own schools themselves out of found wood, no windows or desks.)

One day an Anglo (white) little boy threatened to hit Rosa and she picked up a brick and told him to go ahead and try. She was reprimanded by both that boys' mother as well as her own family, told never to speak that way to "white" people.

But she always stood up for what was right and questioned unjust laws and unkindness. Like the Goddess Herself, She will endure just so much, biding Her time for the perfect educational moment of redemption. Rosa acted as the Divine Mother that day and ROSE UP in her power and and stopped the ridiculousness of such elitist rules.

ROSA CHANGED EVERYTHING. She challenged and educated people about ignorant laws made by ignorant people. Her subtle yet heroic choice of defiance (that she knew could have easily have cost her her life) changed the course of history. Rosa Parks on Dec. 1, 1955 catapulted the world into a new era in which segregation became (nearly) extinct. Although we still are not completely finished with the integration of equality mindsets, look how far we've come. BECAUSE OF ROSA.

What injustices do you see in the world and what are you going to do about it?


Rosa Parks was named after her grandmother Rose. (Rose is the sacred symbol of the Divine Feminine in the West!). Our Goddess Project model for Rosa Park is ALSO named Rosa and our Rosa was named after HER grandmother ROSA. What our Rosa had to say about portraying Rosa Parks:

“How sweet of an opportunity it is to portray (on any platform) such a monumental piece of our beloved and gruesome history. As daunting of a task as this is to me, because these are such huge shoes to fill (even if just posing for a simple picture), I’m sure it doesn’t compare to the role Rosa played in reshaping the narrative of the civil rights movement of the 50’s and 60’s, and ultimately segregation in America.

As I go out to the polls and vote for my respective candidates, I can’t help being forced to carefully consider all who are affected by the very policies and bills put in place that so many can and will benefit from, but also those whose lives will be heavily impacted as a result of the choices we the people make that drive the direction of our communities, our states, and our country.

Though I don’t necessarily feel like my calling is to follow directly in Rosa’s footsteps just because our names are identical and were acquired in the same manner, I do feel it is no coincidence that the very sense of world changing power and strength to carry out these duties that resides in me, is the very same power that was channeled in Ms. Parks on that day she mustered up the courage to take a stand and say no with no clue of her consequences, but also the impact such a small act would have on the world. A simple act that would mold and forever change the definition of not only the Black Woman, but the Woman.”

Rosa also portrayed our Goddess Project Selket:


Special thanks to Kristen McCarthy, Ken Steubing and Allen ISD for letting us borrow a school bus! 🌹 Photo enhancement also by Goddess (super) model, Rosa. 🌹
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THE GODDESS PROJECT: Made in Her Image
BAU

"O, Bau, mighty Lady who dwells in the bright heavens."
-Ancient prayer to Bau for Lunar Eclipses


She is called the Great Physician. "She emerged into history as a Sky-Goddess bearing a name that means 'space'. In very ancient times, Bau was the Mother-Goddess of Babylonia and Phoenicia, a life-giving figure who appeared in each morning's light." -Patricia Monaghan "The Book of Goddesses & Heroines". Some of Bau's epithets include: "'Lady of Health', the 'Great healer', 'Great healer of the land', 'Great healer of the black-headed ones' (pointing to Her wide-reaching 'national' significance), 'Herb grower', 'The Lady who makes the broken up whole again', and 'Creates life in the land', indicative of an aspect of a vegetation/fertility Goddess with regenerative powers." -Yaǧmur Heffron in "Ancient Mesopotamian Gods and Goddesses". Wikipedia claims She restored the Earth after the Great Floods but in the instances of smaller floods, Bau makes Her presence known. She could also make the Earth quake.

These ancient peoples' lives depended on the growth of their food and so they prayed to Bau for their own health and fertility as well as for that of their crops. One Mesopotamian inscription found reads that Bau would often use Cedar essential oil ( and herbs) for healings.

Some hypothesize that Bau came to Europe from Egypt via Crete and Greece. "A fragment of a clay tablet dating from 2500 BCE..listed over 700 priestesses, priests and attendants who participated in the consecration of a temple belonging to the Goddess Bau, clearly a Divine person of importance." from Durdin-Robertson's "The Goddess of Chaldea, Syria and Egypt".

Bau has been called "The Goddess of the Dog" and She is said to walk the Earth, accompanied by her hounds. "The deity's name, Bau, represents the sound of the dog's bark, as in the English 'bowwow.'" according to Buffie Johnson's "Lady of the Beasts: Ancient Images of the Goddess and Her Sacred Animals."

A special thank you to our GP model, Janet, for gifting your Grace and poise. Janet has a PhD and teaches psychology and organizational psychology, is a life coach and organizational psychologist. She is also a healer - a Reiki Master, yoga instructor and newlywed.
Janet was born on the New Year Festival of Bau. Bau is Janet's Goddess Group name, chosen from each's birthday, so she's had time (7 years!?) to sit with "being Bau". Janet writes "Bau is the Goddess of healing and fertility originally a Sumerian Goddess known throughout other cultures including Hungary where she was known to be the Queen of Hungary. [She gives me] a deeper connection to my own Hungarian roots. [Bau is] always featured with Her dog as healing Goddesses often are. I love the depths and the unknown so the sea and the dark sky bringing fruit, flowers and vegetables harvest what we have wanted harvested in our lives today. She’s depicted during the time of the harvest moon in the golden glory. Bau has deepened my insights and intuition and brought me to greater trust of my strength, gratitude, abundance and healing powers."

And keeping everyone at distance from our Goddess model is her dog, Bear. Bear is a beautiful (and very LARGE) Chow Shar Pei, and the first canine in the project! Like the Goddess she portrays, Janet too, walks the Earth with her hound. "Since the Neolithic era, the dog has been associated with the Goddess in the ancient myths. Its fierce yet dependable nature, nocturnal disposition, and relation to the moon bind it to Her. The dog's violent and courageous defense of land, crops, and herds is invaluable, while its loyalty to household members and savagery toward strangers [Bear does NOT like postal or FedEx carriers!] makes it a natural ally, an ideal guardian." also from Johnson's "Lady of the Beasts". We love Bear!

Special thanks to David Roges for the use his ethereal front porch!


For more on The Goddess Project or Free Sophia go to FreeSophia.com, Free Sophia Facebook page or the Free Sophia blog homepage: https://plus.google.com/107287050579003737566/posts/Vy6vakVnZ6x 🌹
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Church Hopping #14
THE ROSICRUCIANS

Last night, my husband and I went to the local Rosicrusian Temple for the first time. He initially agreed to go but as we drove up he became hesitant. I therefore, also started to get nervous and when I noticed the word "LODGE" on their sign I began to wonder if this was an ALL MALE type of gathering. To my delight, it was NOT.

As we walked up to the small building (the first floor being a parking garage) we saw a glass door to a small lobby with stairs and a handicapable lift. Inside this midcentury sand-colored concrete room, there were framed Egyptian pictures, a Buddha sculpture and the wrought iron stairwell's flora was painted green with red florets.

At the top of the stairs were bright turquoise double doors. I took a deep breath as I opened one of the doors and half-expected to be quickly ejected by a room full of old white men, BUT I was quickly relieved. A very gentle Anglo man, smiled and welcomed us behind a desk full of books and Egyptian paraphernalia and then immediately a beautiful strong, kind African-American woman also greeted us. I was so relieved to see her and she was as informative and helpful as you would hope an angel would be when you first arrived in Heaven. She introduced herself and asked if it was our first time and how we had heard of them. I don't know if any of my words were audible.

She told us we were welcome to join them shortly, in the Temple for a meditation. A few other gentle souls introduced themselves, brought pamphlets with interesting mystical images and all invited us to look around or have a refreshment.

A few others filtered in (including one other newcomer, Seraphim, which is the name of singing angels and he told them he had read about them whilst studying Hermeticism) and soon we were all invited into another portion of the building that they called the Temple. The greeting lady and man went ahead of everyone, they wore an apron type belt (similar to what I'd seen worn in a Masonic lodge) but the waist strap was red and over their genetalia was a downward pointing red triangle with a cross and a rose in the center. To me, this symbolized the Womb of the Divine where all life begins.

So, we walked through another set of turquoise doors through a small corridor and through another set. Before entering, another very friendly Rosicrusion (a Romanian, born in Transylvania whom had roses on her shirt. ) had encouraged us to walk in straight lines and then turn at right angles.

Entering this candle lit Temple, the fragrance of rose incense greeted us simultaneously with the the quiet darkness. The leader lady, let's call her Priestess, was standing in the middle of the room facing the door, facing a 3x3f foot raised area that contained 3 tall candelabras. We followed the Romanian woman who sat to the right on one of the tiers of pews.

It WAS FANTASTIC inside. I looked around like I was on a new ride at Disneyland. The same sand-colored concrete bricks created a holy and intricate cave. There were arches and Egyptian scenes painted behind the two opposite walls of pews. At the opposite end from the entrance was a slightly elevated stage with a podium where the Priestess retired to. On either side of her on the walls I could see wings of the Goddess Isis painted.

She began and telling us to relax, we envisioned the Earth from space. She asked up to surround it with light from the Divine and to imagine it as loved, safe, peaceful and happy. The Priestess then asked us to think of someone we knew that needed healing in some way. She went on and on telling us to see them getting better and better and what this would look like.

I don't remember what else we did, really, BUT I didn't feel like I was in Dallas anymore. I was no longer stressed or in a hurry. I felt blessed.

We chanted three OMs (which she would later discuss was the sound scientists have heard coming from the Moon) and a gong was heard from the hallway.

IT WAS RAD. I think my husband shed 50 pounds of worry in that room, at least while there.

We exited back into the main meeting room which looked like a large midcentury modern living room. One corner was a library, another a kitchen and near the entrance a display case with bookshelves of Rosicrusian books (like "The Mystical Life of Jesus", "Great Women Initiates" ) for sale as well as a timeline of Rosicrucian (meaning "Rose Cross") history.

At this month's open-to-anyone meeting they were viewing part 3 of a documentary entitled "Sacred History of Rosicrucians, Part 3" seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtBWZNeynX0 It was only 15 minutes but it made my brain hurt. It began with Pythagoras' roots in Rosicrucianism and how numbers had meaning and value and ultimately were musical notes and everything in the Universe had a song. (The #7 represented Athena and there was a lot about Her and Isis in the film.)

Luckily, she replayed the film, stopping to elaborate and ask for comments. My questions and comments were so welcomed and respected, I felt immediate acceptance and community. Pythagorean had a society of initiates and it was completely egalitarian. I liked that, and felt that in the room. I can't think of many places on Earth that the sexes are equal like that.

We discussed a lot more and the evening ended at the time the meetup website had said it would.

They genuinely thanked us for coming and we left happy, excited to share with loved ones our findings. As I drove us home in the dark, I peculiarly felt like I was still in the Temple.


So, what made me go to a Rosicrucian Temple (besides a fun, church-hopping addition to the blog)? When I was researching my last article, "CHRISTIAN MYSTERIES REVEALED" https://plus.google.com/u/0/107287050579003737566/posts/iAzARfdbTEq I began to read about the ancient societies that the Virgin Mary, Joseph, Jesus and Mary Magdalene had ALL come from. These ancient and mystical communities began in Egypt (or as the timeline showed me last night, Atlantis) and morphed into a lot of other societies including: Pythagoreanism, Essenes, Gnostics, Knights Templar and Sophiaism among others.

The Rosicrucian Priestess lady (who is referred to as "Master", not Grand Master in their bulletin) said that they were a "PHILOSOPHICAL ORGANIZATION", that they weren't a religion nor did they put down any religion. The bookmark I took from there states: "Rosicrucians are women and men around the world who study the laws of nature, in order to live in harmony with them."





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TARA
THE GODDESS PROJECT: Made in Her Image


"Homage to Arya Tara, She gone to the end
of buddha karma;
Her miraculous activities of peace, increase,
power and wrath
Like tides of the ocean are never at rest,
But spontaneously flow in an unbroken stream."
- from "Praises to the 21Taras"


My brother-in-law was at our house once and saw a new coffee table book a friend had just given me. "FEMALE BUDDHAS!" (by Glenn H. Mullin, his 20th book on the subject!) my brother-in-law scoffed, as though I had made it all up.

Come to find out, as with most things Feminine, Buddhism was slanted masculine and should have been called TARAISM. She is the MOTHER OF ALL BUDDHAS (enlightened ones). It is said Tara was once a princess that meditated for lifetimes on the suffering of the world until She became enlightened. Goddess Tara is believed to be the most ancient Diety still worshipped today.

In Tibet, Tara is quite the SUPERHEROINE. "Tara is known as The Faithful One, The Fierce Protectress, an archetype of inner Wisdom. They speak of a transformation of consciousness, a journey to freedom. They teach many simple and direct means for each person to discover within themselves." Crystalinks.com. She helps all who call or meditate upon her, immediately- anything from rescues to achieving enlightenment. She is said to be the embodiment of generosity, joyous effort, discipline, patience, peace, and meditation.

As we too, often “wear many hats”, we embody all of those personas within ourselves. Tara has 21. They are defined in the ancient text "Praises to the Twenty-One Taras" written by the very FIRST DALAI LAMA. Each incarnation of this Mother Goddess corresponds with a different color. This is what is written on the colorful Tibetan prayers flags we admire so much. Many Buddhists, recite the 27 versus of the "21 Taras" for peace.

Photo below shows Green Tara from Mullin's book where he describes: "She is peaceful in Her appearance... 1,008 small Taras sit in various arrangements around Her. These symbolize the thousands of ways in which buddha activity embodied by Tara manifests in the world in order to benefit living beings." And that's just ONE of the 21!!

Tara is actually found all over the world in many different forms and titles. In Polynesia, She is the beautiful Sea Goddess. In Latin, there is Mother Earth or "Terra". The druids named their Hill of Tara in Ireland after their Mother Goddess. Ancient Finnish legend speaks of Tar, the Women of Wisdom. An indigenous jungle tribe call their Goddess, Tarahumara, in South America. Cheyenne tell of the Star Woman who fell to Earth from Heaven of Whom all essential food grew, giving them Wisdom. Both called "Stella Maris", Tara is connected with Mother Mary.

"Hail Tara swift and fearless,
Whose eyes flash like lightening:
She born from a lotus in an ocean of tears
Of Avalokiteshvara, Lord of Three Worlds.

“Her meditative practice is used by followers of the Tibetan branch of Buddhism to understand the outer, inner and secret teachings of compassion and emptiness.” -Artha on Youtube

|| OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SWAHA ||

Our powerful and poised model Martha was born in Tokyo but grew up in Fort Worth. There she extensively studied dance and also became a professional musical theatre actress, choreographer and instructor. Now, at age 51, Martha is still teaching Pilates and yoga, she is training to become an aerialist yogini! She is married with three children, two of whom are a part of the LGBTQ community.

Martha’s life experience helped her really embody the compassion of the Mother Goddess Tara. On portraying Her, Martha wrote “To be selected to portray Tara was fun, exciting, and humbling... especially once I realized how Tara is revered in many cultures.
From Wikipedia ... ‘She is known as the Mother of Mercy and Compassion. She is the source, the female aspect of the universe, which gives birth to warmth, compassion and relief from bad karma as experienced by ordinary beings in cyclic existence. She engenders, nourishes, smiles at the vitality of creation, and has sympathy for all beings as a mother does for her children. As Green Tārā she offers succor and protection from all the unfortunate circumstances one can encounter within the samsaric world. As White Tārā she expresses maternal compassion and offers healing to beings who are hurt or wounded, either mentally or psychically. As Red Tārā she teaches discriminating awareness about created phenomena, and how to turn raw desire into compassion and love. As Blue Tārā (Ekajati) she becomes a protector in the Nyingma lineage, who expresses a ferocious, wrathful, female energy whose invocation destroys all Dharmic obstacles and engenders good luck and swift spiritual awakening.’
We should all embrace our inner Tara and offer compassion and empathy and protection as we are all from the same Divine Spirit.” Thank you Martha for sharing your beauty and magic with us!
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PELE
The Goddess Project: Made in Her Image

July 9th UPDATE***
We are now 2 months into the active eruptions Pele is spewing out of Mt. Kilaeau on the main island of Hawaii, her orange and purple lava rivers have burnt and buried picturesque beaches and vacation homes, creating over 500 new acres of the island. In 10 days I'm going to another Hawaiian island, to hopefully hear from the locals their views of what I see as a huge omen. Someone mentioned to me that it is like the Moana movie (our review of THAT movie here: ) playing out in real life. To me, this is the Goddess Pele's furious version of weeping Marian statues that touch our hearts. I'm constantly in awe of the "Goddesses" that come to me, telling me to put Them OUT THERE. Pele was one of the first, I knew my best friend could portray Her like no one else. Read our original post below. ***



If you've ever been to Hawaii, you have probably heard about the Fiery Volcano and Lightning Goddess, PELE. Every little dashboard HULA GIRL STATUE is an homage to Pele's favorite sister, Hi’iaka whether or not the sculptor or driver have any idea. Pele carried this baby sister (Who invented the hula & for Whom hula dances are about!) in an egg when the Fire Goddess was banished from Her homeland and set out to find a new home, in HAWAII.

It is said that Madame Pele resides in MOUNT KILAUEA, one of the MOST ACTIVE VOLCANOS ON EARTH, on the big island of Hawaii. Hawaiians can't help but believe and give offerings to Her.

PELE SIGHTINGS have been reported all over the Hawaiian Islands (and all over the world) for hundreds of years, especially near Mount Kilauea. Some say She appears young and beautiful, with a white dog or sometimes as a very fragile old beggar woman. It is said that she typically tests people by asking for food or water and those that share are rewarded but those that are greedy are punished.

There are also books about the "Pele's Curse" that She puts on anyone that STEALS FROM HER SACRED HOME. There are even websites about where to mail back lava rock that people took as souvenirs that gave them very bad luck once they got home. (https://www.volcanogallery.com/lavarock.htm)


Pele's volcanic lava glows
In the evenings twilight hour.
A passion filled desire,
Surging with her power.

She triumphs over man
As she adds unto the land.
Apathetic, she reaches out to claim,
Those who dare to touch her hand.

Gracefully she moves as quietly she creeps,
On her burning path toward the sea.
Wanting, all she covers she keeps....
Pele's steamy kisses she saves for the sea.

Sorrow has followed Pele
All throughout her years.
She leaves behind her sadness
In her tiny ebony tears.

Her majesty and wonder
Leave me breathless in her sight.
I am drawn toward her beauty,
And consumed by her delight!
- Connie Marcum


Our exquisitely molten model, Ronda, says it felt GREAT "being Pele". As a Pisces from Long Beach, California, she says everything island speaks to her. Like Pele, Ronda is deeply passionate and goes after anything she sets her mind too. A glamorous yogini, devoted wife, mother (of two little boys), powerful attorney and loyal friend, Ronda is ever as much a Goddess as anyone. And sometimes she too appears with a little white dog…

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PELE
The Goddess Project: Made in Her Image

July 9th UPDATE***
We are now 2 months into the active eruptions Pele is spewing out of Mt. Kilaeau on the main island of Hawaii, her orange and purple lava rivers have burnt and buried picturesque beaches and vacation homes, creating over 500 new acres of the island. In 10 days I'm going to another Hawaiian island, to hopefully hear from the locals their views of what I see as a huge omen. Someone mentioned to me that it is like the Moana movie (our review of THAT movie here: ) playing out in real life. To me, this is the Goddess Pele's furious version of weeping Marian statues that touch our hearts. I'm constantly in awe of the "Goddesses" that come to me, telling me to put Them OUT THERE. Pele was one of the first, I knew my best friend could portray Her like no one else. Read our original post below. ***



If you've ever been to Hawaii, you have probably heard about the Fiery Volcano and Lightning Goddess, PELE. Every little dashboard HULA GIRL STATUE is an homage to Pele's favorite sister, Hi’iaka whether or not the sculptor or driver have any idea. Pele carried this baby sister (Who invented the hula & for Whom hula dances are about!) in an egg when the Fire Goddess was banished from Her homeland and set out to find a new home, in HAWAII.

It is said that Madame Pele resides in MOUNT KILAUEA, one of the MOST ACTIVE VOLCANOS ON EARTH, on the big island of Hawaii. Hawaiians can't help but believe and give offerings to Her.

PELE SIGHTINGS have been reported all over the Hawaiian Islands (and all over the world) for hundreds of years, especially near Mount Kilauea. Some say She appears young and beautiful, with a white dog or sometimes as a very fragile old beggar woman. It is said that she typically tests people by asking for food or water and those that share are rewarded but those that are greedy are punished.

There are also books about the "Pele's Curse" that She puts on anyone that STEALS FROM HER SACRED HOME. There are even websites about where to mail back lava rock that people took as souvenirs that gave them very bad luck once they got home. (https://www.volcanogallery.com/lavarock.htm)


Pele's volcanic lava glows
In the evenings twilight hour.
A passion filled desire,
Surging with her power.

She triumphs over man
As she adds unto the land.
Apathetic, she reaches out to claim,
Those who dare to touch her hand.

Gracefully she moves as quietly she creeps,
On her burning path toward the sea.
Wanting, all she covers she keeps....
Pele's steamy kisses she saves for the sea.

Sorrow has followed Pele
All throughout her years.
She leaves behind her sadness
In her tiny ebony tears.

Her majesty and wonder
Leave me breathless in her sight.
I am drawn toward her beauty,
And consumed by her delight!
- Connie Marcum


Our exquisitely molten model, Ronda, says it felt GREAT "being Pele". As a Pisces from Long Beach, California, she says everything island speaks to her. Like Pele, Ronda is deeply passionate and goes after anything she sets her mind too. A glamorous yogini, devoted wife, mother (of two little boys), powerful attorney and loyal friend, Ronda is ever as much a Goddess as anyone. And sometimes she too appears with a little white dog…

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SELKET
THE GODDESS PROJECT: Made in Her Image


"It is not I who utter it, it is not I who repeat it; it is
Selket who utters it, it is SHE who repeats it."
- AN EGYPTIAN MAGICIAN, FROM THE TURIN PAPYRUS


If you’ve ever been stung by a scorpion the paralyzing pain demands immediate attention and respect. Desert people know all about the SCORPION STING and ancient Egyptians were no different, the power of the scorpion (the most DEADLY of the species reside in Northern Africa) quickly became something to be revered.

The modern world first learned of this GOLDEN GODDESS at the discovery of King Tut's tomb. (See statue pic.) Selket is one of the FOUR Goddesses portrayed protecting it. You've seen Her before, you may not even have noticed but SHE NOTICED YOU.

Selket is the protective Eqyptian Goddess of BIRTH (She watches over pregnant and nursing mothers), DEATH (She lovingly escorts the dead to the afterlife) and MAGIC.

Soon after my second son was born, my two year old son and I contracted a horrible stomach virus. When I would nauseously try to nurse my tiny baby, whilst also coddling my bigger baby, I’d think “But who takes care of the Momma?” ANCIENT MOTHERS petitioning to Selket for magical healing and peace during challenging times especially during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Dark Egyptian TOMB CORRIDORS were perfect breeding grounds for scorpions and therefore the locals connected Selket with the afterlife.

The healers (aka magicians) of the time were Selket Devotees, calling on Her power to recover from the dangerous venoms of the snakes and insects.

QUEEN NEFERTARI was a Selket Devotee. A hieroglyph (See below) found in her tomb tells how the Goddess welcomes her into the afterlife, it reads: “I am Selket, Mistress of Heaven and Lady of all the Gods. I have come before you and I have accorded you a place in the SACRED LAND, so that you may appear gloriously in Heaven like Ra.” (See pic.)

You can call on Selket when a change is needed, or when you are ready to leave this world for peace.

“Selket, beautiful Goddess, priestess and magician,
teach me the true nature of your magic. Goddess
Selket, show me how to celebrate birth and how to
mourn dying. Show me what I have forgotten --- that
transformation can be joyous. Let me give myself to
Your passion, for when I deny my feelings and do not
express them, I poison myself. Help me know the
transformation that comes from truly loving myself
and others.”
- Hallie Iglehart Austen in "The Heart of the Goddess"



Help welcome model Rosa to the Goddess Project (more of Rosa as Rosa Parks coming soon in our Americana Series!) I knew when, newest GP photographer, Havi Frost mentioned "Rosa" to me that she was born to be a Goddess. Rosa (meaning ROSE, the biggest Divine Feminine symbol in the West!) was named after her grandmother. Rosa is an acting major at UTA, a yoga teacher in training, talented gardener and aspiring apothecary. (She taught me all about the healing properties of ROSES!!) She is as sweet as the scent of those flowers and as sharp as their thorns. Rosa's birthday is Halloween and that is also Selket's festival day. I was an instant fan, thank you for bringing your enthusiasm and elegance to the project.

And D Magazine, as well as The Knot award winning photographer, Havi Frost (havifrost.com) joins the project with this phenomenal photograph! Winner of Bride's Choice Award, Couple's Choice Award, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Best of Wedding Award for The Knot and also in their Wedding Hall of Fame, Havi is obviously an incredibly artist but also a brilliant mother, wife and friend. Her generous heart is as big as her hugs. Thank you so much Havi for generously contributing your genius to the Goddess Project!

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KALI
THE GODDESS PROJECT: Made in Her Image


Om Krim Kalike Hrim Phat Svaha

"THIS IS THE GREAT EVIL-DESTROYING CHANT OF MAHA KALI MAA. USE IT FOR YOUR REGULAR KALI WORSHIP TO DEFEAT NEGATIVE ENERGIES & INFLUENCES IN YOUR LIFE AND IF YOU HAVE FAITH IN THE GODDESS KALI SHE WILL HELP YOU ALWAYS. The most powerful Mantra for the Most powerful Goddess on Earth." -DevotionalMagic (on Youtube).



Allow me to preface this blog by telling you - I AM NOT WORTHY or anywhere near educated enough to try and explain the beauty and power that is the GODDESS KALI. But She told me to try.

Mother Kali, or Kali-Ma, is the raven-haired Hindu Goddess of ENLIGHTENMENT, LIBERATION, DEATH and REBIRTH. She is the DESTROYER that levels everything, from which new growth springs out. Kali's name means “TIME” and "BLACK" in Sanskrit, because She is the DARK SPACE before time from which ALL existence comes from.

She has a HUNDRED NAMES and some devotees do rituals involving reciting the names and offering each other ROSE PETALS every night for 108 nights. (Sounds fun!) Even these devotees cannot try to explain Her; in her book IN PRAISE OF ADYA KALI, Aditi Devi writes "How can we slip into this river together, in a way that will help you approach the BLUE-BLACK Goddess Kali at the center of the YONIVERSE?" I agree, Aditi.

"In tantra tradition, Kali is actually the HIGHEST among all gods. While "Nirvana Tantra" says Kali is the original source. ALL GODS.. are forms of Kali (born out of Kali) ... the worship of Kali is the Supreme worship of all worship." explains DevotionalMagic.

To me She seems like a pissed off Mother, doing ANYTHING She can to protect Her Children. As Mother Nature sometimes causes havoc with natural disasters, in TIME, SHE restores the land. Kali-Ma reminds us of our Feminine force (PMS Kali-power, anyone?) and to lead with the heart and not the intellect.

She is depicted violently chopping off the heads of demons and the egocentric. Kali reminds us that the physical is temporary. She is the greatest teacher of practicing UN-ATTACHMENT. Like the Buddhist monks that spend hundreds of hours ceremoniously sculpting their rainbow sand mandalas; upon completion only to whist it all away with hand brooms, reminding all of the transitory nature of all things material. Your ego is clinging on to some form of identification

When the U.S. recently elected a candidate to high office, I immediately saw the bloated orange man as the Goddess Kali in disguise. She is working through him to CUT OFF THE HEADS of the ego-full in HER way, destroying everything that had recently been attained. Kali as president called Her Sacred Females to rise up and MARCH. She's shedding light on the hateful, bringing up fear so that it can be distinguished and healed. Like, Kali, destruction gives way to NEW BEGINNINGS and life will goes on.

In "The Heart of the Goddess" Hallie Iglehart Austen wrote "According to Hindu cosmology, we are now living in the age of Kali. Kali energy is what moves through us in times of tremendous change, when we must face the essential impermanence of life and learn to let go.. [It's] moving through our world today, as we face the consequences of SUPRESSING THE SACRED FEMININE."


Kali Ma, Mother Kali,
give me Your courage that I may face my fears.
Let me name them;
let me offer them to you.
Kali Ma, I offer you my pettiness,
I offer you my sorrow.
Great Mother, consume them, cut through them,
burn them up.
Release me from the illusions of separation and ego,
free me from the bonds of attachment.
Give me the power to transform my anger
and frustration into clear and powerful action,
that I make create healing change
in myself and the world.

- Ajit Mookerjee


Our stunning model, Reivin, you might not recognize in her second appearance to the project. She also portrayed our Saraswati https://plus.google.com/u/0/107287050579003737566/posts/HSGvemWxrHA years ago (and we've since been trying to make KALI happen!) Beyond modeling, Reivin is a fearless activist, writer, performer, Jyotishi, Tarot Psychic, musician (check out her new band Tha Mystics @thanystics) and Hare Krisna devotee. Your beauty and faith and power and courage inspire us all, thank you Sister Reivin!! Follow her @hk_ultraharem on Instagram.




Special thanks once again to the Brigid-bright Melody Stevens for this photograph and to her consort Stacy Stevens for it’s digital enhancement!

For more on the Goddess Project go to freesophia.com or the Free Sophia blog homepage: https://plus.google.com/u/0/107287050579003737566 and see Kali and all of our Goddesses in our new book: THE GODDESS PROJECT: Made in Her Image JOURNAL JOURNEY, now available on Etsy and freesophia.com!
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