|New Orleans Voodoo Tarot, image by Sallie Ann Glassman|
The World Egg is the cosmic principle underlying all matters in the world. It symbolizes new beginnings, new ideas, a fresh start. The whole Mayan calendar thing this month is a worldwide awareness of the Cosmic Egg in action. I’ve seen changes galore just within my own ecosystem – corporate CIOs working from home offices; new moms taking 6 months (and longer) to be home with the baby. The New Age frenzy has dwindled down, the Catholic Church is all but dead in Europe and people are looking for stability in spiritual groups, with long standing traditions and intimate settings for people of diversity.
Enter the Afro-Caribbean faiths – Haitian Vodou, Cuban Lukumi, Brazilian Candomble. These faiths build communities based on family structure. They honor what has gone before – the ancestors, the leaders who made their lives an example. They support the membership through outreach and small, intimate services designed to bring people together. But this is a new path that is being treaded, and the leadership is still in its infancy – just like the World Egg. The manifest possibilities are limitless.
The image of the World Egg shows Danbala carrying it daintily in his mouth. As the great Creator Energy of the Vodou Pantheon, Danbala knows how fragile new life can be. And so he carries this new possibility in his protective mouth, offering it to us this month as a potentiality.
The egg is a universal symbol of beginnings. (what came first - the chicken or the egg?) In the Tattva system, it is called "Akasha" - the universal symbol of spirit. When I first came to the magical path, I used Tattvas to increase my ability to visualize. I would study the symbol and then close my eyes, seeing an afterglow of the shape. Then, I would move into and through the symbol, to an inner landscape. I kept a record of my work and even now, when reading through the entries, I find much to be inspired by. The Akasha symbol was often the most surreal of the five (there symbols for the four elements, plus spirit) I worked with. The potential for the visions to manifest was astounding. And I am delighted to find the Akasha showing up for this month of spiritual transformation, mental stimulation and just plain old synchronicity.
Contemplate the new beginning you want to have, and pin a drawing of a black oval to your dressing mirror. Study it each morning for a few minutes. Envision the change you wish to embrace this month and then allow Spirit to help guide you to it. Take a white candle, and draw a black egg shape on it. Burn it for a few minutes each day, with the goal of finishing the burn by the end of the month. As you light the candle, think about the change you wish to make for yourself. Envision your life as you wish it to be – happier, easier, healthy and in balance. Make an affirmation for yourself each time, that this is how you will begin the new year – by becoming the person you know you are. And then, put into place those things that will make this manifest.
Is someone getting you down? Then let them go out of your life. Is your health not working? Change your diet, change your doctor, change your routine! Put down the phone, the iPad, the whatever and get out into the fresh air. Walk the dog, walk the husband, walk yourself! Change your hair style, your wardrobe, your shoes – do what it takes to be the best you.
Change is always good, regardless. And Change is inevitable. By embracing it, celebrating it and going with the flow, you will find a great secret revealed. Letting go of the life you have planned, allows you to accept the life that is waiting for you. My mentor and favorite philosopher, Joe Campbell said that, and I believe it is very true. You can even switch out “life” for “Lwa”, “job”, any number of things. A good quote is like that – a universal truism that works with all things. As the Great Alignment/Precession/End of the World/ Great excuse for a helluva party comes around, be ready to embrace it and go for it. As my Mambo Nellie has often remarked, let’s just do it.