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The Goddess Path Issue #27
Finding Goddesses Everywhere
This Issue: Table of Contents
Goddesses Surround Us
Goddess Playshops:You're Invited
Found Goddesses & Micro-Goddesses
The Curse of Ondine
Caffeina: Goddess of Energy and Clarity
Women of A Like Mind, Part II
Goddesses Surround Us
Seems to me that if you keep your eyes open and your feet on the
Goddess Path, you're going to encounter a lot of goddesses along the
way. Most of them we recognize as contemporary incarnations of
ancient goddesses and we honor them by adding them to our list of
But some of them seem to be a brand-new thing, a type of goddess
that wasn't know in ancient times . . . what we call a "found"
goddess. (More on that below.)
One of the great joys in the early days of creating the Goddess Gift
website was meeting others on the net. These were bright, creative,
people who were still up in the middle of the night with a cup of
coffee close at hand. They were willing to lend a helping hand to
this neophyte webbie, mostly by answering my stupid questions. Yes,
I know that no question is really stupid--but some of mine came
One of those goddesses who came into my life was the delightful
'Aussie goddess', Anita. If you'd like to get to know her too,
just read on . . .
Coming to USA - Goddess Playshop Tour
Australian author, Anita
Ryan, is touring the south-west corner of the US in
April 2005 and bringing a ton of goddess goodies with
her - including the magical Goddess Playshop.
A Goddess Playshop
is a group of like-minded friends/clients who get
together to reconnect with their inner goddess in a
loving space. Cost per participant is US$20 (hostess is
free), and this includes:
of Goddessence oil for each participant to take home
chakra-balancing session with various techniques
with Goddess Glow 100% pure massage oil
affirmations and goddess games
mini-Readings to find your goddess guide, and
lot of soul-sharing and fun
'Found' and 'Micro-' Goddesses
Found goddesses are modern deities . . . goddesses that, according
to Barbara Ardinger, we create when we notice a need and meet it
with a sense of humor. They are everyday goddesses meant to address
modern situations that our goddess-loving ancestors never dreamt of.
Just as there are
river goddesses and moon goddesses, we now have a pantheon of office
goddesses. They include Phonia, Agendia, Stressa, Filus, Hernia, and
my personal favorite Computa (who
protects you from
annoying popups, disk crashes, and the dreaded buildup of spam in your
notion of the 'found goddesses' came to mind recently since I've been "puny" and
undergoing a series of seemingly never-ending 'workups'. They
haven't gotten to the bottom of "it" yet, but they keep finding,
other, unexpected things.
I began to wonder if all this bother might be the influence of
a 'found goddess' that was trying to get my attention. I've
named her "Obscura: Goddess of the Ill-defined Malady".
Her latest contribution to my personal list of maladies is sleep apnea (a
not-uncommon disorder that means you stop breathing in your sleep
and is usually successfully treated by attaching yourself to a
torture machine when you go to bed).
Until they get my device ready,
I'm limiting intake of coffee and tea to decrease the workload of the heart.
Not a happy picture, I assure you!
All these changes in my life put me in mind of two specific micro-goddesses
for us to consider this month. (Micro-goddesses is a term I use to mean "even
more minor than the minor goddesses; goddesses that few have ever
ones people think you made up even though you really didn't.)
So may I introduce you to the goddess Caffeina . . .
Caffeina, Goddess of
Energy and Clear Thinking
The patroness of coffee, tea, and other
caffeinated drinks or foods,
Caffeina is the Roman goddess of energy, stamina, and determination.
portrayed as a beautiful woman rising from a coffee cup, Caffeina gives clear thought, energy and creativity.
Here is a legend about the origins of Caffeina:
third century there lived a Roman
nobleman named Julianus.
A good and pious man, Julianus was a follower of the Great Goddess and
spent a great deal of time in meditation and prayer.
Goddess worship had fallen out of favor with the government and
worshippers were often persecuted. Consequently, Julianus prayed only
at night. Often he would get so weary that he fell asleep without
finishing his prayers. He prayed that the Great Goddess would send him
a way to stay awake at night to pray.
One day while he was out for a walk Julianus met a shepherd who was
surrounded by a frolicking herd of leaping and dancing sheep. Julianus had
never seen sheep behave like this.
Julianus asked the shepherd why the sheep were so lively. The
shepherd pointed to a bush and explained that the sheep had started
cavorting just after eating some of the beans growing on the bush.
Julianus plucked one of the beans and popped it in his mouth. He
suddenly felt so energized that he wanted to dance too! The Goddess
had answered his prayers!
So Julianus boiled the beans and made a beverage from them. The drink,
of course, was coffee. It was quite tasty, and he decided
that he would drink it every night. Now he found it easy to stay
awake to pray and meditate.
thought "This must be a miracle sent by the goddess."
And so began the Romans' devotion to the goddess Caffeina.
Julianus became the emperor of Rome (Julianus II). Even though he
had been educated as a Christian, he worked to restore the paganism.
For this reason he is often called Julianus the Apostate. Following
his death in Persia in 363 A.D., no other champion of religious
freedom emerged to assume leadership and the empire returned to
Christianity as the only government sanctioned religion.
Is Caffeina for real? Or is she a
Frankly, I don't know. Coffee was
'invented' in the Middle East, though it easily would have made
its way to Rome. And I haven't been able to find a truly
authoritative source that really mentions a goddess Caffeina
specifically, so I have my doubts about her presence in
But I depend on her helpful influence
in my life nonetheless!
Ritual to Honor the Goddess Caffeina*
Stand, facing east, holding
a small cauldron (cup), filled with the
in your power hand, and assume a posture of wakeful alertness.
Bring your coffee cup to your forehead and intone: "LATTE"
Lower your coffee cup to the vicinity of your navel: "MOCHA"
Bring your coffee cup to your left shoulder: "CAPPUCCINO"
Bring it across to your right shoulder: "ESPRESSO"
Put the cup to your lips. Take a big swig, and chant:
"OH, GODDESS, I NEEDED that!"
*Adaptation of the
Caffeina Cross, found at numerous sites on the world
wide web. Author unknown.
And now the story of . . .
The Curse of Ondine
was a nymph, a water goddess in French folk tale written by
Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué.
She was breathtakingly beautiful and possessed of a streak of
independence, truly what we call a 'free spirit'.
nymphs and mermaids, she was leery of men. If a nymph ever falls in
love with a man and bears his child, she will begin to age like a
mortal woman, losing her eternal youthfulness and everlasting life.
Nonetheless, when Ondine saw the handsome young Palemon she was
smitten and began to watch for him on his daily walks. When Palemon
noticed her, he was taken by her incredible beauty and came back
frequently to try to get a glimpse of her again.
Eventually they talked and fell in love. He broke his engagement
with the young noblewoman Berta and, in time, convinced Ondine to
marry him. When they exchanged their wedding oaths, Palemon vowed
that "My every waking breath shall be my pledge of love and
faithfulness to you."
But it was not to be.
The following year Ondine gave birth to their son. From that moment
on, her beauty began to fade, her body suddenly susceptible to the
effects of age. As her youthful attractiveness gave way to a more
mature beauty, Palemon's eye began to wander to the younger women he
met at court.
One fateful day Ondine was out walking on their estate when she
heard the sound of Palemon's familiar snoring. Planning to take him
back home so he could finish his nap, the amused Ondine entered the
stables to wake him.
The scene she encountered filled her with great sorrow. Discarded
garments littered the floor and her beloved Palemon lay sleeping in
the haystack, his arms wrapped around his former fianceé Berta.
Having sacrificed her immortality for this man, she was filled with
anger and regret.
Kicking her sleeping husband, she woke him and uttered her curse.
"You pledged faithfulness to me with your every waking breath and I
accepted that pledge. So be it. For as long as you are awake, you
shall breathe. But should you ever fall into sleep, that breath will
Ondine still retained some of her magic . . . enough to make the
curse come true. And so it was. Palemon would never sleep again.
(Note: There actually is a medical disorder, a genetic form of sleep
apnea, that is named 'The Curse of Ondine'. It is a devastating
illness that causes rapid aging and, fortunately, is rare.)
Women of A Like Mind, Shall We Play it Again??
Many of you will recall that last spring we put out a special
edition of the newsletter called "Women of a Like Mind" that
featured small ads from subscribers and friends and involved a
goddess poetry contest with fabulous prizes that you entered by
visiting the sponsors' links.
Thought that this year it might be fun to have a "Create a
Goddess" contest, with the challenge being to invent a 'found
goddess' we all could enjoy.
Great fun was had by all (especially the prize winners).
Shall we do it again this year? Would love to hear from you.
Use this link if you're one of those who
might want to
advertise or contribute a prize. The rest of you
can just drop me a note
to let me know what you think:
And as always, here's the link if you want to read
our monthly progress report:
In closing, a reminder to...
keep an eye out for the goddesses
you meet each day,
and, now matter how busy your life may be,
remember to breathe!
The Goddess Path