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Weekly Goddess Inspiration: Sarasvati

This week, the Hindu goddess of knowledge, wisdom, music, arts, and learning comes into our lives to serve as guide. Beautiful Sarasvati appears when we are on the cusp of enlightenment, of new learning, of finding new ways to express ourselves. If you have set creative, spiritual, or intellectual goals for the coming Spring (in the Northern Hemisphere), Sarasvati has come to tell you that you are on the right path. 


Sarasvati, from The Goddess Inspiration Oracle by Kris Waldherr

I have a soft spot for Sarasvati because, as the Goddess of Knowledge, she watches over knowledge workers like myself. As someone who considers her intellectual pursuits a huge part of her spirituality, Sarasvati speaks to me both as Goddess of Wisdom and Knowledge and as Goddess of Spirituality. I also love that in The Goddess Tarot by Kris Waldherr, Sarasvati/Wisdom is the equivalent of the High Priestess card in conventional Tarot. It carries the message that when the student is ready, the teacher appears -- and sometimes we are the wise teacher who appears, whether to teach ourselves or share our wisdom with each other. As I've been stepping into my Priestess Year, Sarasvati has been a gentle but firm guide. (I also share her love for peacocks!)

Some questions I'll be pondering as I walk with Sarasvati this week, and which I invite you to consider as well:

What do I most need or want to learn right now?

What can I do to bring this learning into my life?

What do I need or want to teach right now?

How can I engage in this teaching in the way that is right for me?

What does it mean for me to pursue knowledge?

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Susan Harper is an eclectic solitary Feminist Witch from Irving, Texas. She is a professor of Anthropology, Sociology, and Women's Studies, with a focus on gender, religion, and sexuality. She is also an activist, community educator, and writer. When she's not making magick or fomenting social change, Susan is the head soapmaker, herbalist, and aromatherapist for Dreaming Priestess Creations. She shares her life with her partner, Stephanie, five cats, and two guinea pigs.


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