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I walked along a path
And found a stranger there, threatening
It was dark, for mercy cried
And she appeared
I felt the breath of the lion
Before I ever saw his face
It seemed that arms were flying
The glint of metal and she was gone
So too was the stranger
Darkness clouded over my path
The way unclear, unmarked
The fence was in the way
Help! I cried and she arrived
I felt the breath of the lion
This time she lingered
To point her sword towards the path
I learned some of her art
The next town over
I fought with steel and strength
Time came to meet my foe
I came upon the crossroads
And I looked within myself
Holy spirit intuited my moves
I found the direction
In darkness cornered
I fought for freedom
I engaged and metal flashed
I felt the lion’s breath
I looked up and she nodded
Ever Durga, the warrior
Ever Durga and her lion
WHO SHE IS:
Durga is a warrior goddess and can be called on for protection and help in setting boundaries. She is the Hindu Goddess best known for fighting the buffalo demon Mahisha. The gods were unable to defeat Mahisha so they combined their shaktis1 and Durga was created. She is a beautiful goddess with ten arms2.
Durga is one form of Devi who is the consort of Shiva. Other forms of Devi are Kali and Parvati.
WHAT IS SACRED TO HER:
The Lion, rice bowl, fire, yellow-colored items3. She rides a lion into battle and in much of her artwork, specifically in scenes depicting her battling Mahisha.
This ritual can be done in the fall, near Durga-Puja (the hindu festival to celebrate Durga). It can also be done in a waning or dark moon as a banishing ritual to banish danger. It can also be performed any time protection is needed or boundaries need to be created.
Yellow cloth for altar
Yellow flowers to decorate altar
Picture of Durga (or a strong warrior woman/goddess)
Pictures of lions
Bless each chakra saying “Bless me Durga, bless me with strength. Bless my (head/heart, etc.”) that ________ (fill in the blank). For example:
“Bless me Durga, bless me with strength. Bless my head that will be clear-headed in conflict.”
Light the yellow candle.
Ground & Center
Cast the circle
Call in the directions
Call in other warrior goddesses for the directions.
If there is a boundary you need help creating or an area in your life that needs protection, focus on that.
Say 3 times
“Durga, protectress and guardian, watch over ________ (person, situation, or project) with all due diligence. Take the sword of truth, the power of justice, and the light of decency to stand guard against any storms that come. So be it
Blow out the candle.
Release the directions/goddesses. Open the circle
Leave the rice on the spoon on the altar for the day as a thank you offering.
Light the yellow candle anytime you need safety.
David. Hindu Goddesses -Visions of the divine feminine in the Hindu
Telesco, Patricia. 365 Goddess – A daily guide to the magic and
inspiration of the goddess.
Siamese-dream. http://www.siamese-dream.com/reference/durga.html. 7 Jan 2006