As the waning moon finally makes it's way to dark tomorrow, I am planning a small ritual to honour Kali.
Many people shy away from her and her strong personality, but she seems to have found me, and I have given up resisting her.
She is depicted usually standing over her mate Shiva with a necklace of heads and a skirt of arms. In two of her hands are the sword of Knowlege, and the head of the demon Ignorance. She is known also the great Mother and protector, and teaches us that when we release our fears and ego, great knowledge and peace can be ours.
There is a line of thought that says that the heads that form her necklace are from people who willingly gave themselves up to her. A personal sacrifice. Those who were willing to let go of their own agendas and egos, and move on. And so she is the Goddess of the triumph over death (endings) and the new beginnings that come after.
I really find that when I'm going through changes and leaving one thought or pathway behind for another, Kali is my guiding force. She encourages me not to hold on to what's gone before, to release what doesn't serve me, and to move on to the 'new life' ahead.
I'm looking forward to this meditation tomorrow, and the waxing moon that will follow. I'm ready for some forward movement!