Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Little Goddess Education

by Sheryll Alexander, guest blogger

Our Little Goddess Juliet (four years old) is coming along swimmingly well in her Goddess education. She has been to The Goddess Temple of Orange County's main Sunday service perhaps 4-5 times now since this spring. She talks about all the Goddess Women constantly. She sings songs and asks questions about The Goddess. She loves to sing the "Oh, Great Goddess" song. She knows it by heart. Her favorite Goddess is Dana. She likes the Queenly Crown of Sovereignty on her head most of all.

She has learned the four-fold Goddess by coming to The Temple and "doing" the altars each time. I instill this at home by asking her questions too: "What color is the Maiden altar?" I say. At first, she didn't remember. Now, she can say something like: "Maiden altar. White. Mother altar. Red. Queen Altar. Gold. Crone Altar. Black." (She always has a hard time remembering the word crone though.)

From the first time she came to The Temple, she started creating her "pink sparkly bedroom" altar in the back left corner of the Maiden altar. Also, from her very first time at the Mother altar, she has anointed herself with red ochre, which she calls "Her Power." So, we have rituals before coming to The Temple about adding more magic and intent to Her altar annex. And, we have rituals before Temple with the altars. And, she knows how to light the pink candle and ask for affirmative prayer/energy from the women in regards Her Desire for a fantastic new bedroom. All wonderful!!

She seems to have culminated this first part of her Goddess Journey by creating her first home altar, carefully placing objects on it such as a sleeping star statute (for better sleep, I hope!), the statue of a little girl, a white candle (gifted to her as her first altar candle), a box with her special stones inside, a birthday invitation with a picture of Tinkerbell on it, a Princess Diana purple beanie baby bear (she doesn't know about the ten year anniversary or anything), a get-well card for me, and a drawing to herself with a scary green monster that reads: Scary Dreams Go Away!

She requested what she self-titled a "Little Goddess Party" to commemorate her very own auspicious occasion. We planned a simple party in the front yard, she picked out some games and she made individual invitations. Three Goddess Women showed up to her party and one very impish and sweet three-year-old girl. It was so much fun. She got hand-picked, altar-minded presents and we danced, we played, we ate and we had general merriment. We all witnessed as she powerfully lit her own white altar candle and created her own healing and magical intent. We all talked about her altar pieces and what they mean to her. She continues to "play" with her altar every day, but it pretty much looks the same, which is amazing for her because she usually destroys most things with her fiery Leo energy.

Little Juliet is well on her way to becoming a powerful Goddess Woman because of YOU! (You know who you are!)


P.S. We were watching the TV the other night and a woman said, quite suddenly, "It is finished in beauty. It is finished in beauty. It is finished in beauty." After the first one, Juliet immediately perked up and said, "I know. I know. That's from the Goddess Temple. It is finished in beauty. She said it." She seemed genuinely excited that someone on the TV knew this and was using it in a real-life situation. I was fascinated by this.


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At Friday, September 21, 2007 8:31:00 PM, Blogger Athana said...

medusa thanks so much for sharing this! I think so often about what we're giving children to help them grow closer to the Goddess. It's really exciting to think that they might -- some of them, maybe all of them -- travel way beyond where we can ever hope to go, since they're learning about her at such a young age. I hope tons of parents see your blog and gather insight about how to help their children get to Goddess.

At Friday, September 21, 2007 9:54:00 PM, Blogger Medusa said...

Thanks for your comments, Athana. I share your hope and enthusiasm for what children of the Goddess may accomplish. And I'll also take this opportunity to thank Sheryll for sharing these experiences with us. I really admire the work - and play - she and others at the Goddess Temple of Orange County (as well as other Temples--and their number seems to be growing) are doing.


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