In 2014 I received a call during dinner. My dad had had a stroke. I remember I was holding a bowl of pasta when I was given the news and my husband had to reach over and take it from me. He couldn’t hear the phone call, but he could see from the look on my face that I was shocked. In the hours after the call I was worried and concerned, and I had some decisions to make. I went to a quiet spot in my house to think. I wouldn’t say that I was meditating because I felt too discombobulated. When I sat down and closed my eyes I had a vision of a green woman.
I was more aware of her presence than being able to “see” her, but I remember feeling peaceful and like everything would be taken care. From my Christian upbringing I remembered the phrase, “It’s in God’s hands,” and this felt the same, like I was in the care of the Divine. But this vision didn’t remind me of any concept I had of God, and then it occurred to me: maybe she was a Goddess.
I began googling “Green Goddess” and, after the salad dressing entries, I discovered Green Tara, the Tibetan Buddhist Goddess of compassion. Shortly after this discovery I purchased the Goddess deck and I learned about a host of Goddesses, all with unique gifts and cultural backgrounds.
During my intuitive readings, my clients are often drawn to the golden cards with the little crown and they say, “Oh, what are those?!” or “I want that one!” I love to use Goddess cards during readings because it’s a little like working with “spiritual besties.” The Goddesses can act not only as a companion, but as a symbol of comfort or courage, and their feminine energy is wonderful for softening any situation.
I also like to do readings for my clients’ birthdays and I will pull a Goddess card to see who will be their patron Goddess for the year. I pull a Goddess card for my own birthday every year, too, and it’s amazing to look back and see the ways the Goddess has shaped and inspired my life.