Friday, 19 November 2021

November Full Moon Altar: Kali


November's full moon altar celebrates the Hindu Goddess Kali, Great Mother of All and Destroyer of Evil. She is one of several divinities honoured during Diwali, the joyful Festival of Lights which was marked earlier this month. So on this altar I have surrounded Kali with a string of mini-lights, a pair of white lotus votive holders and two ever-changing lotus devotional lamps displaying a sequence of bright fibre-optic colours.


With her golden diadem, necklace of human skulls, arsenal of weapons and fearsome visage, Kali dances the eternal dance of creation and destruction on top of the prone body of her husband, Lord Shiva the Destroyer. Wielding her Sword of Truth, Kali cuts through all illusion. People often seek her assistance when they want to overcome their worst fears.

My statue of Kali is carved from black stone. I bought her years ago in my favourite South Asian variety store here in Edmonton.

[Photos © Debra She Who Seeks, November 2021]

36 comments:

Jennifer said...

Wow! She looks fierce!

I love your full moon altars.

Sixpence Notthewiser said...

Oh, I love this.
I think of Kali and Shiva as the OG OTP.

XOXO

Moving with Mitchell said...

The world is in serious need of Kali’s help.

And I’m in need of those white lotus votive holders.

Mistress Maddie said...

OK Debs! This one just might be my favorite one now. I love the color, and you know bright lights grab my attention. Bravo on this one Debs. I love how creative you get with this.

Marie Smith said...

This altar is a beauty! So rich in colour…

Linda said...

A beautiful altar, your Kali statue is wonderful. I love how you added lights.

Ol'Buzzard said...

Preparing an alter, wearing an icon makes us mindful - a reminder that pierces through the insanity of the day.
the Ol'Buzzard

This N That said...

Lovely altar..Nice statue and lights..Have a good weekend..

Magaly Guerrero said...

I've always had a special place in my heart for Kali. And not just because she's so wonderful at accessorizing. When I think of balance, a goddess of creation and destruction is always on the top of my list.

Brightest Full Moon blessings to you, my dear Debra.

Parnassus said...

Hello Debra, I think that you have pleased Kali with the beautiful array of lights you have provided--and she does not seem like a goddess you want to be on the bad side of!
--Jim

Lady M said...

Dancing on the prone body of her husband - she is one bad ass Goddess.

Mike said...

The color changing lamps look nice. I may have to get a few.

Pilar said...

What a lovely altar!

Miss Val's Creations said...

Beautiful alter. The lotus flowers are a gorgeous accent. The flowers always intrigued me in how they grow.

Tundra Bunny said...

I like the colourful lights of this one, but my favourite altars remain those of Nike, Cybele, Bast and Ixchel. I'm really curious as to who will be featured in the December full moon.... Santa? A Yeti? HRH the Red-nosed Cat?

Guillaume said...

For me Kali is a monster made by Ray Harryhausen in that Sinbad movie.

Bill Lisleman said...

"Destroyer of Evil" - yes the world could use more of those

Adam said...

Trump must be avoiding her at all costs

DVArtist said...

Wow this is beautiful.

Busy Bee Suz said...

Wow. She is amazing and fierce; a perfect blend!

e said...

I agree with Magaly, the beauty is in the balance. Although, the necklace of skulls and her position atop her spouse - these are beautiful as well.

Love the color change lotus flowers! Wonderful altar, D!

Boud said...

Every altar teaches ne knew things. I didn't know Kali was the destroyer of evil, thought just a destroyer, an untethered scary figure. This is much better.

Kirk said...

As if she wasn't fierce enough already, it looks like she's sticking out her tongue!

Richard said...

I was happy to celebrate this moon. I expect it is ok fine that i did not crawl out of my crib to watch the eclipse.
I am usually asleep or in tears at 2:00 a.m.
I am a very skeptical pagan.
I do love the moon, and if I live by the coast it would be a dandy tide.

Susan said...

Powerful stuff! Maybe if enough of us prepared an altar to Kali, we could stem the evil tide that seems to be oozing across this country.

CraveCute said...

The new moon with the eclipse was such an amazing event! I woke up around 3AM and saw a bit of it out the window. The planets are all in such an unusual arrangement now and the pull on the moon and earth are quite tremendous. Perhaps that's why people are so on edge these days. We humans need all the help we can get! Love and light to you.

Barbara said...

Kali should have been around during our last presidency and destroyed some evil.

peppylady (Dora) said...

We could use her in some place here in United States.
Coffee is on and stay safe

Rommy said...

I love the colorful lotus flower lights on your altar.

The Blog Fodder said...

Would a bad Altarnator cause your Catholic converter to malfunction?

junemac2 said...

How beautiful that alter xxx

Ur-spo said...

She is a dear. Please don't feed her buns and things.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I love that you've been able to find these precious items in your hometown. Kudos to Edmonton.
Have a great, peaceful week, Debra.

yellowdoggranny said...

she's badass

Richard said...

Kali
Is a god. She reminds me of Hera that they had back in Homer's day.
She does not answer prayers. She is not concerned about helping mortals. She doesn't give a shit. She is a god and she is not anyone i would ask for help.
Total respect, but she is a god. She is not interested in our problems.
Call me superstitious, but this is one deity i don't have to build an altar for. She already has me.

baili said...

oh i have seen her in movies dear Debra
she looks divine and enchanting indeed .
i love the way you express your likening for goddesses wow that's impressive to me