This Inner Core Ritual we called upon the Goddess Kali to dance with our fears and embrace and release chaos.
Kali is the Goddess of Destruction and Dissolution in Hinduism, and she is one of the most popular goddesses in India. Kali is known for destroying ignorance, and she helps those who strive for knowledge of God. Her name means “The Black One” and the city of Calcutta is named in her honor.
The Goddess Kali is fearsome in appearance. She has wild eyes, a protruding tongue, and she wields a bloody sword. Kali also holds the severed head of a demon, and she wears a belt of severed heads. According to one legend, Kali’s passion for blood incited her to once kill numerous Buddhist monks, so you will not see murtis of Kali enshrined on the same altar table with Buddha Statues.
In Hinduism, the gods could not kill the demon Raktabija. Every drop of his blood that touched the ground transformed itself into another demon.
Within a few minutes of attacking this Asura with their weapons, the gods would find the entire battlefield covered with millions of demon clones.
In despair, the gods turned to The God Shiva. But Shiva was lost in meditation, so they turned to his consort Parvati. The goddess immediately set out to do battle with this dreaded demon in the form of Kali.
She rode into the battleground on her lion, and Raktabija experienced fear for the first time in his demonic heart. Kali ordered the gods to attack Raktabija.
Kali then spread her tongue to cover the battlefield preventing even a single drop of Raktabija’s blood from falling on the group. Thus preventing Raktabija from reproducing himself.
While the moon was dark we gave into the chaos. We let Kali come and play in our circle. We danced with our fears and gave up to the night the rage of confusion within ourselves and our coven…and Kali answered. We had technical difficulties, a spoiled soup, a smoked out ritual space and finally the death of Syleena’s computer which recorded the sacred chant of Kali.
This night we danced with our fears, meditated with a sacred chant to Kali, and embraced the chaos. We didn’t fight it, we let it fill us and then with all our magic we released chaos back its source. While working deosil we visited the quarters and let them wash over us. Then we each took a white candle, embossed with a half-moon to represent the coven, and released all the chaos that we stored up back to whence it came.
The sacred chant is available to inner core members on the CBMC Facebook page for inner core members to revisit as needed.