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When you set out to work with dark goddess energy, you really can not prepare for anything, really, but the personal a-has with our Goddess of the Month, Lilith, were sometimes intense and sometimes silly. I felt ungrounded and anxious for a bit around the full moon, and had to give myself some space to get rooted again.
And then, there were the moments of seemingly minor significance that turned out to be huge. Opening to the themes of Lilith energy has been an exercise in deep self reflection, where I was shown all the areas in which I personally need to liberate myself.
For instance, this past month I was in the middle of a coaching session where my client and I were looking into my client's personal Lilith mythology when I noticed my deodorant had failed. I started to become self conscious of my suddenly overpowering body odor, but then heard a voice in my head tell me, "Hey, it's ok. This is part of the journey. "
Of course. Lilith, in her full authenticity, was showing me how She would never wear deodorant.
I feel this experience was a liberation from feeling shameful about natural body functions, but to be clear, I want to say that I in no way believe people should not wear deodorant.
I share this little experience because it showed me where I had some clean up to do in my own belief system. That is, you'd think at this age, with my past experiences in healing from body image issues that I'd be over the embarrassment of stank, but I'm really not. I mean, come on, it is only polite to exude a pleasant odor when you are at work, right?
So then, as if to drive the message home, right after this mini "a-ha" moment, my leg felt tingly in the way it does when your leg hair is just long enough to be tugged at by the fibers of your pant legs. I reached in to scratch the itch on my shin when I noticed just how long my leg hair had gotten. I quickly pulled down the pant leg, hoping to cover up the horrific sight before my client could see!
Not shaving was unconscious on my part -- over the past week, as temperatures dipped and I began to wear longer pants and tights, I knew I could get away with not shaving my legs.
Ah. But Lilith doesn't shave her legs either. In much of her mythology, she is described as a "hairy" woman, with a head full of long flowing black hair (or sometimes red). Also, in biblical folklore it is said King Solomon suspected the Queen of Sheba was really Lilith because of her "hairy legs."
Isn't that strange, though? I mean, what, exactly, am I "getting away with" by not shaving my legs?
Hair is highly symbolic. In many cultures, hair has magical powers.
In native american traditions, hair is said to be an external manifestation of one's wisdom. The longer the hair, the wiser the sage.
In many earth based spiritual practices, hair is a common representation of a person and can be used in protection or binding spells.
So in light of hair being a powerful force of personal magick, I find all of this interesting that being labeled a "hairy woman" is a frightening thing. That is, until you look at the meaning of the word, hairy, itself.
2. informal alarming and difficult
I wish I had more time to go deeper and deeper into her mysteries and report back here, but the wheel keeps on turning and I feel the urgings of the Dark Goddess to go deeper into some of her other guises as well.
Until then, here is the last episode of The Goddess Diaries Radio for the month of October, in which we explore the symbolism of body hair as it relates to our Goddess of the Month, Lilith.
My name is Dawn Champine and I am the Creatrix of The Goddess Diaries. I am very passionate about helping women remember their REAL GODDESS selves.