crystalsThis is a continuation of the article I started in the Autumn edition of Goddess Pages, on “21 Women”, a chapter in ‘Awakening Osiris’ by Normandi Ellis. In the Autumn edition I worked with the first ten of the women, seeking to learn more about them by allocating to each a path on the tree of life and a crystal correspondence. In this second part of the article I will work with the remaining eleven women.

The eleventh woman ‘interrogates a man’s soul’. She is the first of nine women who carry out this task. ‘She pierces a man with the flame of her eye.’ Her name is not known.

The eleventh woman ‘interrogates a man’s soul’. She is the first of nine women who carry out this task. ‘She pierces a man with the flame of her eye.’ Her name is not known. Although this could connect with the 22nd path or the 13th path I have connected it here with the 27th path which runs from hod, the sphere of thoughts, to Netzach, the sphere of feelings on the tree of life. Balancing our thoughts and feelings helps us to reach higher up the tree to a place of calm. The tarot connection with this path is the tower which is struck by a lightning flash. This sounds similar to the piercing eye of the lady. Like the 15th path, this path has the crystal connection of garnet. There are a number of different types of garnet. Pyrope, which helps to connect the base chakra with the crown chakra, may be appropriate here and Uvarovite, which is said to help recognise the universal nature of the soul, may be more appropriate on the 15th path. This lady, who weighs a life in her palm, seems somewhat like Portia in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice. As Portia would not allow a drop of blood to be spilt maybe this lady will not allow the pure soul to be harmed.

Blessed is the lady.

The twelfth woman: ‘mistress of two worlds’. ‘In the midst of her dance she stops, hears the name of her lord, she interrogates his soul’. Her name is not known.  I have connected this with the 25th path which leads from Yesod, the sphere of the subconscious, to Tiphareth, the sphere of the centred self.  The crystal is topaz, which recharges us spiritually and physically. The crystal is usually found in gold, blue or clear colours. It is through knowing oneself, ie ‘hearing the name of her lord’ that wisdom can be achieved.

Blessed is the lady.

Kabbalah Tree of Life diagram, with thanks to Will Parfitt

Kabbalah Tree of Life diagram, with thanks to Will Parfitt.

The thirteenth woman is Death and Eternity. She is Isis gathering and remembering the body of Osiris. Her names are ‘Magic and Marriage’ and ‘Love and Dissolve’. This is the 24th path, which leads from Netzach the sphere of feelings to Tiphareth, the sphere of the centred self. The crystal is Beryl. This is a powerful influence against outside influences and manipulation. Appropriate to protect Isis from the influences of Set, beryl represents purity of being.

Blessed is the lady

The fourteenth woman is the third of the interrogators. Her name is not known. ‘Her hand separates the dead from the spirits of the dead.’ This is the 31st path the path of the Aeon. It leads from Malkuth, the sphere of the body and the senses, to hod, the sphere of thoughts.  The crystal is tiger’s eye. Tiger’s eye helps one differentiate between wishful thinking and what one really needs.  It also brings courage but courage can sometimes lead to recklessness, so must be accompanied by self control and planning.

Blessed is the lady.

The fifteenth woman is the fourth of the interrogators. ‘Lady of scrutiny, lady of carnelian souls, Her knife slashes through his intestines.’ Her name is not known. I had previously allotted the 23rd path here but the corresponding crystal is aquamarine which connects with throat and third eye.  Because of the reference to carnelian and the intestines I am placing the 20th path here instead. The 20th path leads from Chesed, the sphere of love, to Tiphareth, the sphere of the centred self. The ancients noted how carnelian separated very easily from wax or clay. The orange and gold colours of carnelian remind me of the colours of autumn leaves and of the rising and setting of the sun.

Blessed is the lady

The sixteenth woman is the fifth of the interrogators. Her red eye foretells the future. ‘She is the self studying the self’ The 16th path seems relevant here. It leads from Chockmah, the sphere of inner purpose, to Chesed, the sphere of love. The crystal is lapis lazuli, a stone of the third eye.  The Egyptians venerated lapis for its mystical connotations; often the 26th chapter of the Book of the Dead was engraved on a lapis heart and placed in the sarcophagus. The Egyptians also carved lapis into statues of Mat, goddess of truth.

Blessed is the lady.

The seventeenth woman is the sixth of the interrogators, ‘lady of diminished returns, hacker to pieces, lessener, subtracter, divider, she burns his flesh on a candle. Lady of myrrh and frankincense.’ This would indicate the 14th path between Chockmah and Binah but as this has already been placed maybe the 12th path between Kether and Binah would be relevant The crystal would be agate, perhaps fire agate. Also agate geodes which sparkle with mystery.

Blessed is the lady

The eighteenth woman, the seventh interrogator ‘she is the back of the head, the eternal dream.’ This seems to link with the 29th path and Qoph.  The 29th path leads from Malkuth, the sphere of the body and the senses, to Netzach the sphere of feelings. The crystal is moonstone. Camillus Leonardus, a sixteenth century physician, said of moonstone:

‘It is a very powerful stone in the reconciling of love and during the whole time of the increase of the moon it helps the physical (consumptive) but in the decrease it discovers surprising effects for it enables a person to foretell future events’

Moonstone has a bluish white chatoyancy1 that changes in relation to the light reflected from its surface.

Blessed is the lady.

The nineteenth woman, the eighth of the interrogators. She is old.  ‘Lady of endurance, lady of strength, she chants the songs of the goddesses she reads the library of a man’s life.’ I connect this withthe twenty-third path between Hod, the sphere of thoughts, and Geburah, the sphere of Will. It also brings to mind Odin on the windswept tree, receiving the gift of the runes.  The crystal is aquamarine. It is said to be the stone of the sea goddess and to counteract the forces of darkness, procuring favour from the spirits of light. What is the song she teaches in 2010 as we seek to live in and understand the new age of Aquarius? As always, ‘know yourself and be true to yourself.’

Blessed is the lady.

The twentieth woman, the ninth of the interrogators. Her name is ‘Concealer’. She is Resurrection. I have connected this lady with the 26th path between Hod, the sphere of thoughts, and Tiphareth, the sphere of the centred self.  The crystal is turquoise. There is a legend that whoever wears turquoise so that it touches the skin may fall from any height, the stone attracts to itself the whole force of the blow so that it cracks and the person is safe. However the Marquis of Villena tells the story differently; he employed a court jester who was asked:

‘What are the magical properties of turquoise?’

‘Why sire.’ replied the jester, ‘should you climb to the highest rampart of your castle while wearing that stone and hurl yourself therefrom to the courtyard below - the magic of the stone is that it would remain unbroken!’.

The wisdom of the fool!

Blessed is the lady.

I am now reminded that my fool has almost completed his journey; there is one lady left to visit.

The twenty-first lady, ‘lady of the universe, lady of crossed destinies, lady of vibrations, she is the name of a man when first it is uttered, she moulds his form in wax and tosses it to the flames, she brings secret paths. She plots a man’s life in accordance with divine will. Her power is greatest.’

I allotted the 32nd path to this, which runs between the sphere of Malkuth, relating to senses and the body, and the sphere of Netzach which relates to feelings.  The crystal is the pearl. A pearl-forming mollusc is a soft, headless mass that takes nourishment through its gills and is protected by its shell. It attaches itself to rocks on the seabed by a bunch of coppery golden threads called the Byssus. In ancient times these metallic looking threads were harvested and woven into cloth of gold. The most important organ of the animal is the mantle The cells on the outer surface of the mantle are able to produce pearl and mother of pearl. So if we apply this to human life the soul or pearl we are working with inwardly is important but in focusing on that (and focus we must) we should not overlook the importance of living our lives to the full because the strands we create as we attach ourselves in different ways can be woven into cloth of gold.

Blessed is the lady.
I put down my rucksack. The journey is over for now. I glance inside the bag and see that it now contains 21 small shining pieces of crystal. I know that when I want to speak with any of the ladies again I can do so simply by meditating with the appropriate crystal.  I pick up the tiny pearl and hold it in my left hand. ‘Remember the earth has a mantle’ whispers the lady.

I pick up the piece of jade and see Ishtar removing her girdle at the fifth gate ‘have courage’, she says, ‘and see that all your dreams come to pass.’

I am tired; it is time to go home to rest. For the goddesses the journey is continuous but we humans have to sleep ... to die to sleep, perchance to dream... As I finger the turquoise crystal these words from Hamlet’s ‘to be or not to be’ soliloquy come to mind. Humankind chose to be the guardian of the earth and to live in accordance with universal laws.

Another Shakespeare quote comes to mind, this time from Macbeth
‘Methought I heard a voice cry sleep no more, Glamis has murdered sleep and therefore Cawdor shall sleep no more.  Macbeth shall sleep no more.’

We can no longer rely that our beautiful turquoise planet will protect us however much we abuse it. The fool’s story may be correct, our planet may survive when we jump irresponsibly off the parapet, but will we go ‘splat?’

On the other hand, the phrase ‘Macbeth shall sleep no more’ indicates a form of awakening. When Cain killed Abel he refused to accept any form of responsibility for his act. ‘Am I my brother’s keeper?’ He asked. Cain went to the land of Nod which indicates a form of consciousness that was not spiritually aware.

Over the centuries there were certain people who kept the flame of spiritual awareness and individual responsibility alive but maybe society in general remained to a greater or lesser extent oblivious of individual responsibility for themselves and for our planet.

Macbeth. in the way he was portrayed in Shakespeare’s play. knew that the act he had committed was evil and was showing not only responsibility for it but remorse.  This awakening of people in general may have already begun in Shakespeare’s time.

In the 21st century it is even more important not to sleep. It is time for us all to wake up. We must listen to the voice of our Mother Earth and to the feminine voices which guide us, such as the voices of the 21 women. There have been other examples of feminine guidance too, such as the women in the bible or the women mentioned in Shakespeare’s plays ... but these must be the subject of other articles.

We can no longer return to the innocence of the Garden of Eden. The 22 paths of the tree are lit. We can be masters of our destiny, co-creators of the eternal, if we so choose. However whether we choose death and destruction or to take our rightful place among the stars is a matter for us.

©Barbara Barnett, August 2010

Continued from Part 1, Goddess Pages, Autumn 2010

Lustre, from French “like the eye of a cat”


Normandi Ellis, Awakening Osiris
Will Parfitt, Kabbalah for Life
Moyra Caldecott, Myths of the Sacred Tree
Raymond J L Walters, The Power of Gemstones 
Judy Hall, The Encyclopedia of Crystals