According to Nancy Blair’s book, Goddesses for Every Season, (Copyright 1995, Element Books, Inc., Rockport, Massachusetts), the Goddess of the Twelfth Week of Winter Is Coatlicue (pronounced KWAT-lih-q).

Coatlicue Is an Aztec Godddess, Whose Name means “Serpent Skirt,” Is Mother of the Aztec Goddesses and Gods, like all the Taras Are the Mothers of all the Buddhas.  One day, she found some white feathers, and when She placed them on Her Breast, She became pregnant.

When the other Gods, Her Children, discovered this, They attempted to kill Her.  However, Coatlicue’s Beloved Moon Daughter, Coyolxauhqul (pronounced KO-yo-SHAHM-kee, if I understood Wikipedia.org’s Nahuatl’s pronunciation guide correctly), Whose Name means “Face Painted with Bells” warned Her.  When the Sun God discovered this, He decapitated Coyolxauhqul.  And, in Honor and Gratitude, Coatlicue placed Coyolxauhqul’s Silvery Head in the Sky.

Coatlicue Is, in essence, a Goddess of Grief.  She Re-Minds us that grief is a part of life, and that when we do not acknowledge grief, it consumes us, and it prevents us from moving forward in our lives.

With my schedule as it has been, I have found Facebook more a distraction than anything else.  And, quite frankly, I refuse to listen to people who have lived in the New York/New Jersey areas longer than I have been alive complain about the snow and the cold.

Really?

Anyway, getting back to Coatlicue.  I invite you to work with Her to fully surrender and release, banish and dissolve your grief.

The most recent New Moon was yesterday, Saturday, March 1, 2014.  However, in some Magickal Traditions, the New Moon is when one sees the Waxing Crescent in the sky.  That may not occur until tomorrow, Monday, March 3, or perhaps Tuesday, March 4, 2014.

In any event, as I wrote in my “Zodiakos: Pisces” post (http://thetarotman.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/zodiakos-pisces/), Pisces is the last Sign of the Zodiac, and an excellent time in the Solar Cycle for surrendering and releasing, banishing and dissolving.

Are you holding on to lingering grief?  Are you continuing to long and yearn for a romantic partner who is no longer in your life?  Who is no longer available to you?  For a friend who wants nothing more to do with you?

Or are you continuing to grieve over a wonderful position of employment of avenue, channel or point of income that is no longer available to you?

Are you willing to “step outside of the box” and do something that you may not have considered before?

Recently, the lovely Shell from the “Swan of Dreamers” Blogspot Blog (http://swanofdreamers.blogspot.com) gave me a copy of The Little Book of Moon Magic, by Teresa Moorey (Copyright 2004, Andrews McMeel Publishing, Kansas City, Missouri).  Towards the end of the book, Ms. Moorey, recommends using the following method to get rid of a problem: wait until the Moon is waning, write your problem on a piece of paper, then burn the paper.

This is simple, or as I learned from a Communications Course Leader several years ago, “too simple for complicated Minds.”

There are many variations of banishing and dissolving, surrendering and releasing, and for the purpose of this blog post, the most important part of this is to be open to working with Coatlicue, the Aztec “Serpent-Skirted” Goddess.

Before I close, I wish to properly acknowledge and thank Wikipedia.org, as well as Amy Sophia Marashinsky, the creatrix of The Goddess Oracle, (Copyrights 1997, 2006, U. S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, Connecticut, but originally published by Element Books, UK.  Coincidence?  Yeah, right!), illustrated by THE Hrana Janto, for their assistance in the creation of this blog post.

Thank you, one and all, for honoring who I AM and what I do.  May we continue to successfully surrender and release all our grief, enemies and pain.coatlicue