I need to talk a little bit about anger.
A specific kind of anger.
That of righteous anger.
The Holy Fire.
I feel the need to talk about it, because several times in the past few days I have felt myself being subtly judged for my anger and fire. Cautioned about my anger.
Given advice about my anger.
I am so soft and flowing with Holy Love so much of the time, that perhaps when I get angry, it causes dissonance in how others who care for me see me. I'm not sure. But I need to make a statement on that, because I would be willing to bet there are some of you out there experiencing this as well. I think the chances are high- because there is so much of a fucked up nature going down here with humanity and it's screwed up -isms, that I can't be the only one to feel the fires that fuel the fight against injustice, or the only one getting some form of resistance for possessing that holy fire. So let me get to my point.
First off, I am a priestess of Kali Ma. If you know anything about Kali, then you will know She is the Destroyer/Creator in pure essence, the split second flash of ALL. If you don't, She is the one who devours the sufferings of humankind and transmutes the shit consumed into compost, into rebirth. She is the Mother who will liberate you from your miseries, even if that means burning you to ash before rebirthing you anew. The mythos of Her manifestation within Maa Durga, as Great Warrior, came about as a result of humankind suffering so terribly from demonic tyranny, that the other Gods who could not defeat this tyranny themselves culminated their power together to call into being from pure Shakti, Maa Durga- and from within Maa Durga, Kali Ma. This is Shakti as the activation of triumph over oppression. Her fierce anger springs from the most magnificent motherly love. In this form, Shakti is RAW & FIERCE.
Secondly, I am an activist, with Mars in Aquarius on the cusp of my 6th house. This means social injustice pisses me the hell off, and I tend to do something constructive about it.
Constructive anger. Fire of Shakti. The Holy Fire.
Between these two things, I have a deep awareness of the purity of source of the holy fire of righteous rage. Righteous rage is what kills apathy. It slays silence in the face of oppression. It creates action from non-action. One can be a compassionate pacifist and yet also understand the purity of source of righteous wrath. One can also feel that righteous wrath without it being destructive- choosing to channel it as a consciously constructive anger.
When we negate anger from this source, we can be in danger of forgetting that anger can be constructive in this form- as well as creating a stagnating judgment that defeats the impetus of this constructive form. It also puts us in danger of imbalance in terms of creating a rigid dichotomy between light and dark. I ran into this imbalance a lot during my time in Asheville- especially with those that termed themselves Lightworkers. For the record, I consider myself an Energyworker- because I actively pursue the balance between the two ends of the spectrum. So in essence, I am both a Lightworker and a Darkworker. To be a Darkworker doesn't mean one works with 'evil'. That's just a perpetuation of the negation of the Dark. To be a Darkworker is to understand the specific blessings, lessons, and energetic medicine of the Dark. And it has been the negation of the Dark, and of all it is connected to, that has caused so much of the misogyny, witch-hunts, eco-destruction, and related we have suffered and are suffering in this world. One doesn't clear a field by tra-la-laing through it- one clears a field with something sharp, or with fire itself. One doesn't bring down a corrupt edifice by sending it passive light- one brings it down by dismantling it's foundation. Both of these processes are destruction that serve as construction. Dig? And the holy fire of righteous rage serves in the same energetic capacity. Considering how much oppression and tyranny we are fighting now as we create this sacred shift in consciousness, it makes TOTAL sense that the manifestation of that Holy Fire, that Fierce and Raw SHAKTI, is one of the most powerful forces on this planet rising from our root, that wholly healing holy fire, to burn the old forms to ash so we can rebirth the new. Our emotions are wellsprings to serve us- our anger is not necessarily "bad", and in fact, may indeed be necessary- the fuel to make the changes so desperately needed in this world.
As with all things, it is well to keep aware of the energetic direction of anger, as with fire- because both can easily get out of control. In Her mythos, Kali's wrath turns into uncontrolled chaos and destructive madness- it is only when She is brought back to balance by Her Beloved Shiva, that She returns to Her constructive form. Awareness while consumed by the flame of Holy Fire in the form of righteous rage is imperative.
And I understand where so many people may fear the chaos of anger, as they may feel it is similar to the chaos of fire. I get it.
But fear stagnates and freezes the flow of holy fire.
Fire has it's beneficial forms, as does righteous anger.
And as fire should be respected, so should the holy fire.
It can burn, but it can also birth.
For the holy fire is PASSION.
Passion for a lover, passion for progression, both the Holy Fire.
And when it comes to my righteous rage for the injustices of the world, that is a passion, a Holy Fire sourced from Holy Love. It is my purpose and path to burn with that passion, in both forms.
I'm not putting that fire out, I'm employing that fire.
If Holy Fire makes folks uncomfortable, I would suggest they scry the fire, look into the heart of it, use it to see in the Dark better.
Nuit Moore, The Scarlet Shakti
photo: An Indian performer disguised as Hindu Goddess Kali performs with fire during Navratri in Allahabad, India. Navratri, or the Festival of Nine Nights, is an annual Hindu holiday of worship and dance. (© Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP)
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