Thanks to all who inquired about Shakti, as it moved me to spend several hours reading, feeling, and writing. Here is what I have learned about Shatki:
(Most of this list has been obtained from the 13 Moon Oracle, by Ariel Spilsbury)
Other Goddess Names: Pele, Magdalene, Lilith, Ariadne, Creten Snake Priestesses, Priestesses of Dionysus, Bachi, Dakinis, Medusa, Kali (destruction/creation form), Devi, Durga,
Words associated with Shakti: passionate, powerful, free, raw, potent, untamed, wild, vital, radiant. I Fuel/I Consume.
Frequency Color: orange
Sacred Tools: Lighting, drum, rattle. To ignite, reveal, burn away, catalyze, awaken.
Animal Totems: Snake, wolf, big cats, jaguar
Scents: musk, ylang-ylang
Crystals: fire opal, carnelian, orange citrine
Phase of the Moon: 16th day, after dark of the moon
Sacred Geometry: Five descending triangles within a circle
Question: What calls to be purified, that the body can be truly honored and glorified as a temple?
Meditation/Mantra: (Hindu Chant) Kundalini Mata Shakti, Namo, Nam; (Divine Ecstasy, to evoke the frequency for the color orange): Exstasis Divinitus, Shakti, Shakti, Shakti
(Much of this is paraphrased, from the various sources listed below)
Shakti is the Great Divine Mother in Hinduism. She is Divine Feminine Creative Power/The Source of all Universal Energy
Shakti is power, force, feminine energy. She represents the fundamental creative instinct underlying the cosmos, and is the energizing force of all divinity, in every living thing.
Shakti is about reclaiming and rekindling aliveness, passion, creativity, an instinctual nature
Shakti energy is free, full of expression.
Shakti asks you, “What brings out your fierceness to create? What do you need to open so you can access the body wisdom that is known as You?”
Shakti invites you to look at your motivations. You are free to be authentically alive. To absolutely refuse to see yourself as defective, inadequate, worthy of feeling blame, shame. Give up any self-deprecation. You are a perfect vessel for Her Divine Fire.
Shakti is the Tantric title for the Great Goddess.
Worship of Shakti is a part of Tantra/Sexual Awakening.
Shakti is an invitation to access Her passionate desire for your wholeness, by entertaining ecstasy in the body.
Shakti is loving the body, it sensations, rhythms, ecstatic currents and tides. All acts of love and pleasure are Her rituals.
Shakti asks, “What unique creative tool brings you into the frequency of ecstasy? Find out and enjoy.”
Shakti consumes that which stands in the way of direct contact with your authentic Essence.
Shakti is fire, the Sacred Initiatirix, the Kundalini force. She is heat, sensuously rising and filling you now. Filling every cell of your being with light, colors and sounds. Purifing the toxins of any shame or self-hatred. Lovingly consuming anything that is less than love, which you now know, is the only true reality.
April Aronoff/Diana Ray
Photography By Diana Ray