7/25/11

Goddess of the Week: Kali

The Hindu Goddess Kali and God Bhairava in Uni...Image via WikipediaDeb needs a goddess for moving (as in homes). I give her Kali, the Hindu goddess of change.

Kali knows all about moving. Once, some demons decided to build a freeway right through the neighborhood where all the gods lived. It was a really nice neighborhood, very homey and with good public schools and a really vibrant cultural scene. But that didn't mean anything to the demons. They just brought in this supernatural Tantric excavator and started tearing up the street. All the gods got mad and started attacking the demons, and the gods totally would have won except there was this one demon, and whenever someone whacked a body part off of him, each drop of his blood would turn into a clone demon. So it was like demon town.

Kali had been at the mall when all this happened, but she got back in time to see clone demons not only tearing up the streets, but laying asphalt where the Tantric Starbucks used to be. Well, Kali just totally lost it, and she started killing the demons and instantly sucking up all their blood. Finally, she destroyed the demons, and the gods were all, "Hooray! Let's gentrify!"

But Kali was all, "Sorry guys. You can't go backwards. You can only go forwards." She helped them pack up, which was easy for her because she had ten arms. Eventually, they all settled near the beach, which was really much nicer anyway.

Kali reminds us that change is the only constant in life. Our worlds fall apart, we move, we lose people and things and places that we love, and new worlds are created in their stead. Sometime we like the change, and sometimes the change is really, really hard. But we can only go forwards. So here's to new worlds, and here's to new homes. Wherever you are Deb, that will be home, and it will be a good home, because it will glow from the light within you.

Channel this goddess: In times of change, when moving, when you need ten arms to help with packing, when deciding what to keep and what to toss.

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16 comments:

Jess said...

Another wonderful post! I need Kali right now, too! This time next Monday I will be getting ready to board a plane for basic training. Change is a-comin' big time!

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

Aw! Thank you so much, Margaret. I totally feel like I have a freeway running through my house right now! LOL And I could sure use 10 arms right about now, sister!

Perfect Goddess. Perfect advice. xo

Daisy said...

Good Goddess with needed help in all the changes of life! Thanks Margaret.

Jess, where are you going for basic training? I did mine at Ft. McClellan, Alabama. Good luck.

Petrea Burchard said...

Another profound and delightful lesson, Margaret.

Blessings on you, Jess. Best of luck. You too, Deb. Best to you.

Star said...

A friend recently told me that the Chinese word for "change" also means "opportunity"...this has stuck with me, and I try to let it help me face the changes being thrown at me right and left...maybe it will help you all, too...maybe one of you speaks Chinese, and can tell me if it's really true.... On second thought, don't bother, I'd be too disappointed.

Cafe Pasadena said...

Jus wundering, MF, if you know how many goddesses there are??

Olga said...

Ten arms! Imagine what would get done around the house with ten arms to work with.

Susan Campisi said...

You've told the plight of modern urbanization with demons and goddesses. Brilliant, Margaret.

Good luck with the move, Deb. I went through it a few months ago and still can't figure out how I did it. Oh yeah - many sleepless nights. Ten arms will come in handy!

Shell Sherree said...

Heavens to Betsy, if anything needs a goddess, it's moving. And a nice reminder on embracing change, Margaret.

All the best, Deb!

Desiree said...

Love the extra hands!

altadenahiker said...

Dial-a-goddess. And she always answers.

Lindsay N. Currie said...

This is so true. Change is the only constant. I love this one - very much.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

Apt description of "when you need this goddess" I tend towards hating change. ""Hooray! Let's gentrify!" yeah, hear it often these days. Not crazy about gentrified nature; which seems to be a long battle between the city and me. But that said, I think the Keno twins could use a goddess. Something that deals with twins

good luck Deb

JCK said...

I had no idea Kali was so hip on Starbucks and a warrior to intrusive freeways.

Yes, thanks for the reminder that change is inevitable. It is hard, but often good things come after a scary change.

Margaret said...

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... daisy... said...

I wish I had that many arms! :-D