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Aromatherapy & The Goddesses

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PlanetLightworker Nov 2005

Aromatherapy and the Goddesses

Kylie Thompson.

 

“Attune to the Divine with the help of Mother Nature’s Heavenly Essential Oils.”

 

Aromatic herbs and incenses have been used in rituals, religious worship and divination throughout the centuries, both as a means for purification and to carry prayers and petitions to the gods and goddesses.   

The Greeks believed that the gods were the first herbalists and physicians, and that the gods passed on their knowledge of healing to mankind.      

The earliest healers became associated with a whole structure of religious belief in a community.  Many were priests, who acted as instruments to the gods by receiving their powers of healing through them.  Because ancient societies had no comprehensible explanations of how plants healed, associations were made with the supernatural and religion, and those attitudes have now been incorporated into modern attitudes towards Herbalism and aromatherapy.

 

Aromatherapy oils are used in magickal practise for their vibrations or essences.  Aromatherapy oils are sacred to a god or goddess. Aromatherapy oils can be used in spellwork to invoke a particular goddess’s energy through vaporisation or by sprinkling the oil around or within boundaries to define a sacred space devoted to the desired deity the practitioner is attempting to invoke or attune to.  Using the vaporiser is a small ritual in itself, as it contains the four elements; air in which the oils are vaporised, fire; which heats the element of water in which the oils are dispersed and earth;  which the plants are grown from which the oils are derived.  Using aromatherapy oils can promote understanding within an individual of the true cause of disease and emotional issues, so they can themselves make change.

 

When one uses aromatherapy, they are drawing healing from the Earth. Power and understanding lie within the earth.  Essential oils also affect the body’s energy system, and certain oils correspond to the seven chakras, helping to balance and unblock the chakras.  A goddess is aligned to each chakra, and using aromatherapy oils that correspond both with the goddess and the chakra, you are aiding the process needed to focus and channel that goddess’s energy, to bring about healing and change.

 

Goddesses, Chakras and Aromatherapy Correspondences

 

Base Chakra-Hera

Aromatherapy Oils; Cedarwood, Myrrh, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vetiver, and Frankincense

 

Hera, the goddess of marriage and childbirth, represents the foundations of the relationships we build; she will go to any length to protect her relationship with her husband, Zeus.  Hera protects with a full-blooded passion and she represents the qualities of honour, truth, fidelity and honesty in relationships.  Hera embodies commitment, and has the maturity to share herself physically, emotionally and spiritually through her union with her soul mate.  Hera’s energy is powerful and makes an impact; she can be the catalyst for new beginnings.  Hera helps to put new projects into operation by initiating ideas and driving them to completion. Hera’s sense of justice is acute; not ignoring her husband’s unfaithful ways, she took revenge on her husband’s mistresses to preserve what she thought was a happy union and her image as a wife and queen.  Hera is also helpful in getting the most out of life.  Hera sets out to do what she wills with warmth and power.

 

The base chakra is located in the base of the spine.  Its colour is red. Emotionally and psychologically, the base chakra is concerned with our basic level of existence, self preservation, survival and animal strength.  The base chakra is the source of our vital energy. Our feelings of; safety, security, courage, and our ‘will’ resides from here.

When the base chakra is open and functioning we can overcome our fears and receive what we need from life, without embarrassment or shame.  We become outgoing, alive and fulfilled.

 

 

Sacral Chakra-Aphrodite

Aromatherapy Oils; Ylang Ylang, Cedarwood, Jasmine, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Cinnamon, and Rose

 

Aphrodite is the goddess of love, beauty and all things graceful, creative and inspired.  Aphrodite is a free goddess; indulging in her desires based upon her own sexual needs.  Extremely comfortable with her physical body, Aphrodite is capable of confirming all her valid needs and erotic desires whilst being incapable of losing herself to her desires.  She can give of herself freely whilst maintaining self respect and respect for others. Aphrodite celebrates being female and when she shares her body; she does so out of celebration and joy.  Aphrodite is the goddess to call on in all matters of sexuality, passion and fulfilment.  Aphrodite is also invoked to help with artistic creativity, giving space for self expression and sharing.

 

The sacral chakra is located between the genitals and the naval. Its colour is orange.  Psychologically it is orientated to our self gratification, physical comfort, satisfaction and sexuality.  From the sacral chakra, we regulate our feelings and our emotional expressions. The sacral chakra also provides our physical body with graceful movement.  The sacral chakra is the sphere of desires, physical pleasures and happiness.  It is also the home of the five senses. We are connected to our feelings and our sense of physical balance through this chakra.

 When the blockage in this chakra is released, there will also be a release of long held back emotions, and physically the body will move again with fluid gracefulness.

 

 

Solar Plexus Chakra-Persephone

Aromatherapy Oils; Ylang Ylang, Chamomile, Cypress, and Basil

 

Persephone is the maiden goddess, the daughter of Demeter, who symbolises vulnerability and represents the ‘wise child’ in us all. Persephone personifies spring time.  Persephone is eager is to discover and experience, and is wise in the laws of nature.  Persephone also has a dark side and travels into the realms of the unconscious to experience the transforming power of self-knowledge, the first step in the journey of deep healing.  Persephone understands ego death, and while the surface seems barren and forsaken, new growth unfolds beneath; reborn-but irrevocably changed.  She knows how to come face to face with her monsters, and she can be called upon to allow us to break destructive cycles such as bad habits and addictions.

 

The solar plexus chakra is located between the naval and the sternum.  Its colour is yellow.  It is the energy centre concerned with the digestion of experience; taking what is of use from life and casting aside what is redundant.  It is also the centre of our personal power, ambition, self expression, fulfilment and completeness to reach our full potential and goals.

When the solar-plexus chakra is unblocked, there is an immediate sense of self-confidence and all fears of self-expression are released.

 

Heart Chakra-Demeter

Aromatherapy Oils; Ylang Ylang, Cinnamon, Neroli, Palma Rosa, Lavender, Geranium, Clary Sage, Myrrh, Ginger, and Rose

 

Demeter is nurturing, persevering, understanding, supportive, protecting and unrelenting.  Demeter represents unconditional love; her search for her lost daughter, Persephone, led her down a path of poverty, abuse and madness.  A truly devoted Mother, Demeter’s perseverance and determination paid off in the end.  An earth goddess who symbolises the abundance of the earth, she provides prosperity to all who choose to follow her.  Demeter is connected to the cycles of birth, life, death and rebirth.  Demeter protects young women, and is helpful in assisting strained relationships between a parent and child.  Demeter understands when to leave others alone or when to offer support and understanding.  Call on Demeter when there is a battle of wills going on within the home, or to help assist in ‘letting go’ and allowing your child more independence.  Demeter is also of assistance for helping develop trust in relationships.

 

The heart chakra is located over the heart area, and is orientated to self acceptance and social identity.  Its colour is green. It is the centre concerned with compassion, love, nurturing, trust, spirituality, emotions, sensitivity, group consciousness, joy, softness in strength, and empathy.

When the heart chakra is balanced, your highest self will reside here.  Unblocking the heart chakra releases tearful feelings of sadness, bringing a sense of relief that is followed by laughter.  Life will appear more joyful and you will appreciate yourself more, becoming more compassionate not only to yourself but to others.

 

Throat Chakra-Athena

Aromatherapy Oils; Rosewood, Chamomile, Lemongrass, Lemon, Palma Rosa, Jasmine, and Pine

 

Athena is a beautiful, assertive, strong and courageous warrior queen, full of grace and intelligence.  A goddess of warfare, wisdom, and creativity, Athena expresses herself in inspired and inventive works.  Athena is a patron of the arts, crafts and skills, and oversees activities such as weaving, knitting, writing, design, cooking and sewing.  Athena has a fighting spirit that allows us to take a stand for our beliefs, and helps us to overcome self-expression obstacles by allowing us to ‘find our voice.’ Athena helps to bring dreams to fruition by putting you in touch with your clever and resourceful side; to make imaginative concepts reality. Invoke Athena to help surmount fears, if you are feeling bogged down and everything seems to be getting on top of you or if you have been side tracked from a project.

 

The throat chakra is located over the front and back of the throat area.  Its colour is blue.  The throat chakra’s main orientation is concerned with the areas of communication and the expression of creativity via the spoken word, thought and writing.  Our creative desires and aspirations are given birth through the spoken word; this is the home of self expression and our creative identity.  The throat chakra is also concerned with understanding both mental and verbal communication. It controls ideas and ideals.  Through the throat chakra we have the ability to stand up for ourselves and proclaim who we are and our truth.  We are also able to speak and ask what we need or want.  We must learn to use our words wisely as we ask for what we receive.

Unblocking the throat chakra releases our vocal expressions, giving us the ability to say what we need, what it is that you like and how you want things to be.

 

 

Third Eye Chakra-Artemis

Aromatherapy Oils; Peppermint, Basil, Rosemary, and Lemongrass

 

Clear sighted, quick witted, sharp and intelligent, Artemis is fiercely independent, unbound and free; a huntress who explores the unknown. Artemis, being inhibited by none, is a law unto herself, and is quick to dispense her judgement.  Artemis is a seeker of truth, freedom and independence and she sees hypocrisy for what it is.  Associated with the element water and the moon, Artemis is attuned to nature.  Artemis flows with the harshness of nature because she is aligned with the natural laws of the universe.  For this reason, Artemis is never out of her depth or uncomfortable.  Artemis knows how to create her own space and set her boundaries.  For this attribute, Artemis is of assistance for issues surrounding freedom and independence.  She is also of great assistance in matters surrounding separation and the fears that accompany.  Artemis can also be invoked to assist with; self realisation, inner journeying and psychic exploration.  Mondays or a waxing moon are the best time to call on Artemis.

 

The third eye chakra is located in the centre of the brow, just behind the eyes.  Its colour is purple.  The third eye or brow chakra is associated with psychic power, high intuition, inspiration, awareness, and energies of spirit, magnetic forces and light.  It is the centre of divine thought and balanced intuition.  Our dreams, visions, intuitive wisdom, intellect and imagination all stem from the third eye chakra. The third eye chakra is also our centre for deep, non-verbal communication through the windows of our soul, the eyes. 

When the third eye chakra is functioning, we are able to gain new clarity and vitality, and we are easily able to access states of peace, meditation and silence.  Intimacy and mutual understanding in relationships is enhanced through the release of blockages in this chakra.

 

 

Crown Chakra-Hestia

Aromatherapy Oils; Frankincense, Cedarwood, Myrrh, Sandalwood and Patchouli

 

Hestia is the goddess of the hearth, and her name means ‘Heart’.  Both the heart and the hearth represent the inner centre, which is the warm centre of inner knowledge.  Hestia encourages us to listen to the wisdom of our own hearts, to follow our heart’s desires and to make up our minds based on deep, quiet thoughts; to follow our own path with integrity and dignity. Hestia allows us to get in touch with and know our own needs.  By knowing our own needs, we are capable of understanding the needs of others.  The energy of Hestia places spirituality over sensuality, and is an essential energy of protection and warmth.  Hestia inspires us to live an uncomplicated, enriched and contented life.

 

The crown chakra is located at the crown of the head, at the centre.  Its colour is white.  It rules our psyche and our physical and mental well-being.  The crown chakra is our centre for spiritual and creative energy and is associated with spirituality and enlightenment. Through the crown chakra we can make our dreams reality and find personal happiness.  It controls dynamic thoughts and is the connecting link to our highest and finest self.  The crown chakra enables us to see the truth concerning illusory ideals, and to see through pride and vanity.

       When the crown chakra is operating fully, all boundaries of self disappear and we become ecstatically combined with the whole of existence.  Blissful feelings of merging and melting into oneness with the universe and everything it contains develop as a result of unblocking this chakra.

Using the Goddess’s Essential Oils to Balance the Chakras

 

After identifying which chakra may be blocked or unbalanced, select the oil or blend of oils according to the suggested chakra aromatherapy oils and your own personal preferences.  Pick your oils and mentally say what they are for.   Hold the bottle in your hand and transfer your intent to the oil.  Visualize your desires for those oils and close with a simple blessing.  To 10mls of carrier oil add five drops of chosen oil or blend of oils.  Now anoint your self with your diluted blend in the chakra areas that you feel needs the attention.  For the base chakra, anoint your lower pelvic area and buttocks and visualise the colour red entering this area whilst chanting Hera’s name; for the sacral chakra, anoint your lower back and the pelvic area just below your naval, visualise the colour orange flooding into this area and chant Aphrodite’s name. For the solar plexus area, anoint just under your rib cage, near the diaphragm and visualise the colour yellow, reciting Persephone’s name; for the heart chakra, anoint the chest area over your heart, visualising the colour green flooding into the area while chanting Demeter’s name. For the throat chakra, anoint the back and front of your neck, visualising the colour blue entering the chakra whilst repeating Athena’s name; the third eye anoint the area just between your eyebrows and slightly up a fraction while visualising the colour indigo or purple and repeating Artemis’s name; and the crown chakra, anoint the top of your head, visualising white light entering the chakra whilst repeating Hestia’s name.  To support the effects of your chakra oil, you may also like to burn the same oil in a vaporiser, or add to your bath.  Use your chosen oil or blend of oils each day for 7 days only, as your nose will become used to the scent. Depending on the extent of the blockage, you should start to feel an improvement within this seven day period.  Listen to your inner voice for the revelations entering your conscious mind. You may also find revelations in your dreams.

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Thompson, Kylie. (2005). Aromatherapy For The Emotions. United States: Lulu Press, Ingram Books.

 

Ryan, Anita. www.goddess.com.au Reconnect with your Inner Goddess.

 

2005, Kylie Thompson

 

First Published in PlanetLightworker.com (New Earth Publications) Nov 2005. www.planetlightworker.com

 

Re-published in "Spheres-The Spirit Guide" Issue 13, 2006.

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