Thursday, June 18, 2015
Towards the golden Light, Unknown Goddess
by Tim Kavi
When in all your going
you had escaped
slavery seemed your undoing
the country was collapsing
farms and crops dust
food was rotting on the docks
your neighbor's fields a battlefield
there was hurrying and scurrying
hiding and fleeing
you taught yourself
in the darkness
no man was there seeing
you had no rights
led you to paths
of new meanings
but you are
the truest goddess
your ego smashed
ruined temples unexplored
it was then
after you woke up
that the weapons all broke
that the all knowing
and you walked down
your golden light
revealing yourself as the
Goddess you always knew
you really are.
Sunday, June 14, 2015
New Column: More About Goddesses: Athena: Queen of the Air and Breath of Inspiration by Kelli M. Webert, guest blogger
By Kelli M. Webert, MA*
Athena is commonly known as the goddess of wisdom, but in her early inspirations she was associated with wind and storms. Like the wind, Athena was portrayed as being cool and clear, which later led to depictions of her being clear, rational and objective. As a goddess who was focused on the strength of mind rather than the strength of body, she eventually lost her association with weather and became a figure associated with inspiration.
In Greek culture, it was believed that the organs which were located higher on the body were more important. This meant that the brain or the mind was the most vital organ in the body, making a goddess like Athena especially important to their culture. Mythology reveals her to be the favorite daughter of Zeus, one of the most powerful characters in the religion. She would often show favor to those who were shown to be shrewd, industrious or moral. These associations made it natural for her to be used as a symbol of inspiration for thoughtful members of Greek society.
Athena was often known to teach the Greeks about aspects of technology which would help improve their society. One of the most well-known examples of this was the creation of a navy which helped the Greeks win many important battles to help preserve their land. This type of work combined her role as a goddess of inspiration and the wind, since both were needed to create and power the vessels.
Athena is often portrayed as an owl, due to her association with wisdom. Owls are known to be very shrewd and cunning animals, making it the ideal fit for a goddess thought to offer battle tactics, philosophy and other bits of inspiration to those she favored. The owl was also a creature known for soaring quickly to hunt and maneuver, which once again ties in the original idea of associating Athena with wind or storms.
This goddess, among many others, is associated with battle due to her tendency to offer tactics to the sides she favored. Because of this, Athena is often depicted as a strong woman, more often than not a warrior watching over her people. Her goal was often to restore peace to troubled lands so that society could continue to grow and prosper, creating beautiful works of art and inventing new forms of technology. She would also act as a muse for artists and craftsmen. It was not uncommon to associate those who did especially well at their craft with the work of Athena.
Above all, Athena would always strive to bring order where there was none. Like the wind, she would gently cool the chaos around her by ushering in a gentle, cooling breath. Though Ares is in charge of war, she would often step in to calm the wreckage his battles left behind by creating viable strategies for the soldiers to use to end the war. These divine tactics make her an incredible inspirational piece as well as a fierce contender in Greek mythology.
*Guest blogger for this column. Reprinted with permission from the Foreword of: Athena Queen of the Air by John Ruskin ( I (Tim Kavi) also have a piece on Athena in the same book).~~TK
Sunday, June 7, 2015
Earlier tonight I found out that my father has just passed away. He was born on March 7, 1927. He was a wonderful man with a very kind heart. He was 88 years old. Cause of death was acute renal failure. My wife, my sister and I were recently at his bedside, my Father looked at all of us there and said: "I LOVE YOU."
OM MANI PADME HUM
Farewall My Father
by Tim Kavi
Farewell my father!
You taught me well with your kind heart
you led me to remember compassion
you brought me your smile
as a baby, I was born too early
but you held me as soon and as long as you could,
then just a short time ago
I held you with my smile
joined hands with my sister and my wife
all holding hands with you
we prayed together
while the light was still in your eyes
and yet, now I see a bright light
and know that You are still with us
teaching us as a father always must
I love you my Father
and will miss you
but today I celebrate You and all You have done
I am proud to be YOUR son
Farewell my father ~~TK