The Feri Goddesses of the Directions
of Feri practice is getting to know the Goddesses of the Directions.
They are rather like the Guardians, only their energy is a bit more
immediate, more earthly.
East: Air: Dawn
Visualize The Goddess of the Eastern Dawn
the east is an enormous gate of silver, shimmering with light. Through
it you see from horizon to horizon, your vision unimpeded, in the
distance is a tall, strong mountain peak, above you the sky is filled
with swiftly flying clouds.
comes, a feathered serpent, rising in the early morning from behind the
mountains like the morning sun, in the colors of dawn, riding the
currents of air. A feathered serpent with a woman's body and face,
wearing a golden headdress like the rising sun. Around her fly eagles,
doves, ravens, and various birds of the air.
Or you can use Starhawk's meditation on Her in The Spiral Dance, Exercise 23: Air Meditation, in Chapter 4: Creating Sacred Space:
East. Ground and Center. Breathe deep, and be conscious of the air as
it flows in and out of your lungs. Feel it as the breath of the
Goddess, and take in the life force, the inspiration, of the universe.
Let your own breath merge with the winds, the clouds, the great
currents that sweep over land and ocean with the turning of the Earth.
Say, "Hail, Arida, Bright Lady of the Air!"
Tana or SeTana, Scarlet Lust
South: Fire: Noon
Visualize The Goddess of the Southern Noon
the south is an massive gate of gold, shimmering with heat. Through it
you see the lip of a bubbling volcanic lake of molten fire, above suns
and stars revolve in a dance overhead.
comes, during the heat of the day, a being from the heart of a star.
Her hot skin is the color of opalescent white heat, her hair is red,
and she is clothed in a sensual flowing red garment, dancing in a red
desert. Around her are swarm creatures of fire, salamanders,
Or you can use Starhawk's meditation on Her in The Spiral Dance, Exercise 25: Fire Meditation, in Chapter 4: Creating Sacred Space:
South. Ground and Center. Be conscious of the electric spark within
each nerve as pulses jump from synapse to synapse. Be aware of the
combustion within each cell, as food burns to release energy. Let your
own fire become one with candle flame, bonfire, hearth fire, lightning,
starlight, and sunlight, one with the bright spirit of the Goddess.
Say, "Hail, Tana, Goddess of Fire!"
Tiamat or Atargatis, the toothed vagina
West: Water: Dusk
Visualize The Goddess of the Western Twilight
the west is a gate of algae-green metal, dimly illuminated by the
setting sun. Through it you see a floating island, with boulders along
the ocean shore. In the waters cavort the ocean's creatures.
comes, rising from the parting froth and foam covered waves. Her blue
hair floating on the surface like seaweed, she rises, woman-bodied and
fish-tailed, with blue-green skinned. Swimming, leaping around her are
the creatures of the seas, dolphins, and sea-mammals.
Or you can use Starhawk's meditation on Her in The Spiral Dance, Exercise 27: Water Meditation, in Chapter 4: Creating Sacred Space:
West. Ground and Center. Feel the blood flowing through the rivers of
your veins, the liquid tides within each cell of your body. You are
fluid, one big drop congealed out of the primal ocean which is the womb
of the Great Mother. Find the calm pools of tranquility within you, the
rivers of feeling, the tides of power. Sink into the well of the inner
mind, below consciousness. Say, "Hail, Tiamat, Serpent of the Watery
Belili or VerAvna, universal truth
North: Earth: Midnight
Visualize The Goddess of the Northern Midnight
the north is a gate entwined with ivy and night-blooming jasmine,
barely visible in the dark of the night, illuminated only by the cool
moon's rays. Through it you see a vast forest, great boulders covered
with lichen. You smell the rich loamy earth.
comes, rising from out of a dark cavern from womb of the earth as out
of the deep well of space. She has dark brown skin and sparkling jet
eyes. On her head is a horn. She is robed in living foliage, vines and
branches wreathing her head among which twinkle tiny gem-like stars. At
her feet walk the creatures of Earth, deer, bison, horses, etc.
Or you can use Starhawk's meditation on Her in The Spiral Dance, Exercise 29: Earth Meditation, in Chapter 4: Creating Sacred Space:
North. Ground and Center. Feel your bones, your skeleton, the solidity
of your body. Be aware of your flesh, of all that can be touched and
felt. Feel the pull of gravity, your own weight, your attraction to the
earth that is the body of the Goddess. You are a natural feature, a
moving mountain. Merge with all that comes from the earth: grass,
trees, grains, fruits, flowers, beasts, metals and precious stones.
Return to dust, to compost, to mud. Say, "Hail, Belili, Mother of
The Goddess of the Center
The Center encompasses All
you have meditated on them and visualized them, you need to develope a
personal relationship with them. Make your meditations more active:
visualize one of the goddesses, feel her coming to see you, then dance
with her or move in some way with her. When you are done with your
visit, thank her.
You can also practice devotions to them daily, at the appropriate times.
Daily Goddess Devotional
Daily Litany to the Lady
by Aidan Kelly
from the NROOGD Tradition
Light a candle and face the East.
Close your eyes. As you take 3 deep breaths, fill your body with a brilliant golden light like a shining mist.
Lady of the Lightening Sky,
Lady of the Newborn Sun,
flood your light into our lands
and let this day be well begun.
Noon, or just before you eat lunch:
Light a candle and face the South.
Close your eyes. As you take 3 deep breaths, fill your body with blood red fire.
Lady of the Fertile Lands,
Lady of the Fivefold Earth,
fill us with your living gifts
and let this day be filled with mirth.
Hold some lit incense in your hand and face the West.
Close your eyes. As you take 3 deep breaths, fill your body with soft violet mist.
Lady of the Flowering Islands,
Lady of the Fiery Seas,
dance upon your knowing waters,
fill us with your mysteries.
Midnight, or night just before sleep:
Light a candle and place it on the floor before you and face the North.
Close your eyes. As you take 3 deep breaths, feel power rise up from the Earth into your body.
Lady of the Shining Castle,
Lady of the Silver Wheel,
guard our sleep and send us dreams,
turn our lives and make us real.
Center of the Day, whenever you feel it:
Close your eyes and face inward.
Fivefold Lady who whirls without motion,
burning untouched in the flower flames,
ebb and flood of the inward ocean,
remind us that you are what each word names.
Open your eyes and wait for anything, expect only what comes.
by Francesca deGrandis
From Her Winged Silence: A Shaman's Notebook
Copyright 1989 by Francesca Dubie
| Chant at these times, facing these directions:|
Morning to the East
The rose is wet.
Fragrance of innocence and beginnings.
Noon to the South
The rose is on fire.
She is being consumed,
Dusk to the West
She is fragrant,
home, and nestle
Night to the North
Center, whenever and to wherever that is