Goddess Oracle: Minerva (Beliefs)

After spending two weeks with Artemis, I am ready to move on, and the next goddess coming into our awareness is Minerva.  She feels fitting as well – I have been digging into my family tree and (very deep) ancestry, which has lead me back to roots all over Europe, but especially back to the Romans and their kingdoms as they expanded across Europe.

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Mythology:
Minerva, the Roman and Etruscan Goddess of intelligence, creativity, wisdom, domestic skills, and handicrafts was the patroness of artisans, of all people whose handiwork was guided by their minds.  Her very name comes from the ancient root for “mind.”  Minerva appears here with her sacred tree, the olive.  She wears an aegis, which is a breastplate edged with snakes, and an owl on her headdress which identifies her as a Goddess of death and the deepest mysteries.

Meaning of the Card:
Minerva has come to tell you it is time to examine your beliefs and change them if they do not nurture your wholeness.  How are old, outworn, unhealthy thoughts undermining your life, your energy, your happiness?  Do you believe what other people think and/or say about you?  Are you still running the tape of negative messages your parents or caregivers gave you when you were a child?  Do you believe the worst about yourself, or the best?  Are your beliefs too rigid to permit and support your evolution?  We are all born with a story.  It is our choice whether we want to live the story we were born with or create one that nourishes all we want to be.  Minerva says that wholeness is nurtured when you see yourself with all your parts – both dark and light – and choose your beliefs to serve your highest good.

Ritual Suggestion: What’s in My Attic?
Find a time and place where and when you will not be disturbed.
You will need paper and pen.
Sit or lie comfortably with your spine straight and close your eyes.
Take a deep breath, breathing into all the parts of your body, letting the breath fill you as if you were a balloon.
When you are absolutely filled, release it.
Take another deep breath, and release it.
Close your eyes and sense, feel, or see a flight of stairs leading up to an attic.
It can be an attic you know well, or one you imagine.
Climb those stairs.
At the top of the stairs is a door.
You have the key to the door on a cord around your neck.
Take the key and open the door.
You enter a room.
On one wall are shelves.
On one of the shelves is a box marked “beliefs.”
Take the box down and open it.
Inside the box are your beliefs.
Reach inside, pull one out, and examine it.
After you have finished examining it to your satisfaction, ask yourself the question: “Does this belief serve my highest good/wholeness?”
If you answer yes, put it back into the box and take out another.
If you answer no, then change the belief into something that serves you, something that feels good, something nurturing.

Repeat your new belief several times and feel it sinking into your heart, into your consciousness.
Let yourself feel the joy of having this new belief.
When finished, put the new and improved belief back into the box and return the box to the shelf.
Close the attic door and lock it with your key.
Come down the stairs.
When you arrive at the foot of the stairs, take a deep breath and exhale slowly as you come back into your body.
When you feel ready, open your eyes.  Welcome back!

Note: If you find that your belief seems to resist your efforts to change it, repeat this ritual at another time.  This is a process and the beliefs you are working with have been in place for a long time.  Commitment is important here.  You might even try writing your new belief and posting it in a prominent place where you will see if often.

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