Goddess Chuang Mu  

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" CHUANG MU" IS THE CHINESE GODDESS OF THE BEDCHAMBER. SHE OVERSEES ALL ASPECTS OF WHAT GOES ON IN THE BEDROOM...INCLUDING SLEEPING, GIVING BIRTH, DREAMS, RECOVERING FROM ILLNESS, DYING, AS WELL AS PRESIDING OVER SEX, SENSUALITY AND LUST. SHE TEACHES THE PROTOCOL OF LOVEMAKING AND HELPS THE PARTNERS DEVELOP TRUST IN EACH OTHER. SHE IS TRADITIONALLY DRESSED IN RED.

HER AID IS SOUGHT IN ANYTHING HAVING TO DO WITH WHAT GOES ON IN THE BEDROOM, AND THIS IS DONE VIA OFFERINGS AND PRAYERS AT A SMALL ALTER SET UP IN THE HOUSE, OR ONE JUST FOR SHE AND HER HUSBAND IN THE BEDROOM. THERE OFFERINGS OF TEA, FRESH FLOWERS, RICE, OR FRUIT ARE MADE WHILE JOSS STICK ARE BURNED, WHILE AT THE SAME TIME THE BEDROOM IS KEPT CLEAN AND IN PROPER MANNER WITH SHEETS FRESH, AND CHANGED, NO DISCARDED CLOTHING LYING ABOUT ON THE FLOOR; CLUTTER MUST BE KEPT UNDER CONTROL.

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Saule Great Goddess Of The Baltic People  

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THE SUN GODDESS, SAULE, IS THE GREAT GODDESS OF THE BALTIC PEOPLE. HER NAME, SAULE (SOW-LAY) MEANS THE SUN ITSELF. SHE IS QUEEN OF THE HEAVEN AND EARTH AS WELL AS THE MATRIARCH OF THE COSMOS. SHE LOVES ALL PEOPLE AND SHINES ON ALL EQUALLY AND UNCONDITONALLY. IN LATVIA AND LITUANIA, THE WINTER SOLSTICE IS CELEBRATED AS A FEAST IN HER HONOR.

LIKE THE NORDIC GODDESS, FREYA, SAULE IS ASSOCIATED WITH AMBER, AND SHE GUARDS THE CHILDREN AND THE ORPHANS. AMONG THE BALTS, THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE SUN AND WEAVING IS VERY OLD, AND, AS A RESULT, SHE IS ALSO ASSOCIATED WITH HOUSEHOLD CRAFTS SUCH AS WEAVING, SPINNING, AND LAUNDERING. SHE IS ALSO A GODDESS WHO SINGS AND DANCES, ESPECIALLY AT EASTER AND DURING THE SUMMER SOLSTICE.

SAULE DRIVES HER GREAT CHARIOT, PULLED BY TWO WHITE GOLDEN-MANED STEEDS, ACROSS THE HEAVENS; SHE ALSO HAS A CLOSE ASSOCIATION WITH SEA. IT IS SAID THAT, AT THE END OF HER DAILY JOURNEY, SHE SINKS INTO THE SEA TO BATHE AND WASH HER STEEDS. BY NIGHT, LEGEND HAS IT THAT SHE TRAVELS THROUGH THE UNDRWORLD, SHINING IN HER DARK ASPECT. SHE WAS ONCE MARRIED TO MENULIS (THE MOON) BUT DIVORCED HIM WHEN SHE DISCOVERED HIS INFIDELITY WITH ONE OF HER DAUGHTERS.

AND, AS THE DAYS BEGIN TO GROW SHORTER IN THE FALL SEASON, THEY SAY THAT SHE IS WEAKENING IN HER BATTLE AGAINST THE POWERS OF DARKNESS; HENCE, MANY RITUALS AND SPELLS ARE UNDERTAKEN TO AID AND STRENGHTEN HER AT THAT TIME, AS THE BALTS BEGIN AWAITING HER RETURN. THIS PERIOD OF WAITING FOR HER REBIRTH HAS SINCE BECOME THE CHRISTIAN ADVENT. SAULE IS OFTEN PORTRAYED AS A GOLDEN-HAIRED WOMAN, RICHLY DRESSED IN GOLDEN SILK ATTIRE, AND IT IS DURING THIS TIME OF DARKNESS THAT SHE REMINDS US TO CELEBRATE, THAT EVEN IN THE DARKEST OF TIMES WE SHOULD WEAR COLORFUL CLOTHES AND BRIGHT JEWELRY.

"DO YOU ENJOY GETTING UP IN THE MORNING TO WELCOME THE DAWN, WALKING ON THE GRASS BEFORE THE DEW HAS GONE? OR ARE YOU THE PERSON WHO LIKES TO STAY UP AT NIGHT TO HEAR THE OWLS AND WATCH THE STARS SHINING IN THE BLACK VELVET SKY? ARE A DAY PERSON, A SUN PERSON? OR ARE YOU A NIGHT PERSON? "

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