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Goddess in the Bedroomby Zsuzsanna Budapest
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Chapter OneMonday Night
Monday Night's Energy
Monday is the day we focus on ourselves. It is not a selfish act; it is a necessity. This is the first day of the week, and we need to collect our thoughts and feelings and focus on our intimate desires. Only then can we be successful during the day and passionate throughout the night.
How do you feel? Are you revitalized by your weekend? Are you looking forward to the upcoming week? It's Monday, and you know you have a long week ahead, filled with work and errands and chores. But you must remember that the week can be filled with pleasure. Monday night is the perfect night to begin paying attention to your desires, fantasies, and love wishes.
By focusing on ourselves, we become better friends and better lovers. What is your love life like? Are you romantic enough? Passionate enough? Is the sex good? Monday night is the perfect night to reflect on past and current loves, or to concentrate on prospective lovers. You know who makes you happy and why, and you must acknowledge these feelings. If you're unhappy, there must be a reason. Be truthful, because your unhappiness shows. Focus your energy on what you want in your love life now. Let the feelings flow out and be recognized. Once you recognize these truths, take action.
Monday is the night to nest and take care of yourself. Treat yourself to a luxurious bath or an early evening nap. Read the book that sits unopened on your nightstand. Get a grip on your life.
Monday Night's Meaning
This night is named after the night's ruler, the moon. Women have an ancient connection with the moon, that of cycles. The moon rules our bodies; she is our special guide,helping us get in touch with ourselves and our desires. When the moon is influencing us with her gentle pull and tug, she is stimulating our wild nature. We are her lunar primates; we menstruate, conceive, and give birth by the moon's phases. And as lunar primates, we must be especially conscious of her constant influence in the bedroom, because the bedroom contains all of our dreams and emotions — our longings, our pains, our pleasures.
Witches consider the moon to be full three nights in a row: the "nymph full moon shines on the night before total fullness; the "queen full moon is the full moon proper; and the crone full moon shines on the night after. On these three nights, we may honor the moon's beauty and power. This honoring can be simple, such as lighting a white candle or establishing your first altar. If you already have an altar, why not clean it or add something special to it in honor of the moon? Note the phases of the moon and honor them accordingly. If the full moon falls on a Monday, make a special point of communing with her.
The Goddess of Monday Night: Oshun
You probably already worship the great and beautiful Oshun (from the Yoruba tradition) without even knowing it. She is the goddess you are pleasing every time you brush your hair, dress up, or put on makeup. Oshun is the path of beauty. She is also known as a love goddess. A ritual that honors her is anointing your body with aromatic lotions, oils, powders, or creams.
Oshun's altars are magnificently decorated with fruits, rice, yellow candles, and incense scented with the deep resins of tropical trees-amber and sandalwood. Oshun will borrow some of your favorite jewelry without asking. You may say, "Nowwhere did I put that earring?" Oshun is hiding it from you. She will keep your things and return them only after you've given up hope of finding them — or when she is done with them.
Oshun is known for her dancing. She dances with the winds and with the cranes, and she dances with the shooting stars that sail across the sky.
Monday Night's Atmosphere
Look around your bedroom. Do you like what you see? Does it make you feel a special way? Or is it just utilitarian — yet will do? You can change the whole feeling of your room by altering just one thing — perhaps the pictures on the wall. Choose sheets made from natural materials: linens, flannels. Satin will excite your lover! But it is hard to make love on satin, since it slips too much. A little incense has a wonderful effect when burned in the bedroom. How about choosing natural candlelight rather than artificial lamp light? You can burn a special pink candle for happiness.
When you alter something in your bedroom, think about how your slightly changed senses have affected your mood. If you are burning jasmine or amber incense in a candlelit room, you might find that you feel invigorated. The smells of jasmine and amber are full of sweet joy, and when they are burning, you will no longer suffer from low self-confidence.
The lighting in the bedroom, natural or otherwise, changes the mood, and candles provide the perfect illumination for romance. Try burning a peach-colored candle, because peach has a stabilizing effect that helps to provide a calm atmosphere. It resonates comfort, safety, and well-being. Peach will reassure your lover that you're trustworthy and that you only have eyes for him or her.
Your senses are veryimportant, and how you cater to them makes a very big difference in your life. You don't want to merely fall asleep in your bedroom every night because your senses are exhausted or bored. Be creative in your bedroom; cast spells before going to sleep, meditate, or do some yoga stretches. Keep excitement brewing there.
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About the Author
I was born in Budapest on January 30, 1940, on a terrible north-wind-whipped morning. My mother, Masika, then only twenty-five years old, had great trouble delivering me, so I was born by cesarean section. Mother was a famous sculptor who also happened to be a psychic, medium, and palm reader. She came from a long line of witches in the herbalist tradition. Her sister continued the line, becoming a pharmacist.
The Hungarian revolution in 1956 changed my life. I escaped to the West and went to school in Innsbruck and Vienna, and later at the University of Chicago, studying languages. I married and had two sons.
I studied with Second City, then with Viola Spolin, the mother of improvisation, and later at American Academy of Dramatic Art in New York.
In 1970 I discovered the Women's Liberation Movement, which led to another huge change in my life: I became a conscious woman. Feminism gave me so much. I decided to contribute seriously by connecting witchcraft with feminism, thereby sparking the women's spirituality movement. I wrote the first feminist witchcraft book, The Feminist Book of Lights and Shadows, which later became The Holy Book of Women's Mysteries; I followed this with two other books, Grandmother of Time and Grandmother Moon.
When I am not working on a new book I like to work with women at weekend workshops, retreats, and witch camps, where we practice the remembered arts of witchcraft in safe circles of women. We use tools of dance and chanting, candles, and incense to lift our spirits. We take part in guided meditations and pay visits to our ancestors and the Wild Woman. We practice using aromas and Bach remedies for inner balance.
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