39 episodes

Explore the world of the Dark Feminine in myth, religion, folklore, and magic.

Chthonia Brigid Burke

    • Spirituality
    • 4.7 • 12 Ratings

Explore the world of the Dark Feminine in myth, religion, folklore, and magic.

    Narasimhi

    Narasimhi

    In our last podcast on the Ashta Matrikas, we look at Narasimhi, the fierce lion-headed matrika that is the Shakti of Narasimha, another fierce avatar of Vishnu. Not to be tampered with lightly, she is also known as Pratyangira, the destroyer of black magic.

    Varahi

    Varahi

    This week we talk about the Matrika Varahi, the Shakti of Varaha, the boar-headed avatar of Vishnu, and a ratridevata (night goddess) associated with left-hand Tantric practices. She is sometimes called Yami, and considered to be the consort of Yama, the god of death. We look at the complexity of her symbolism, with a boar […]

    Vaishnavi

    Vaishnavi

    The matrika Vaishnavi is the shakti of Vishnu’s avatar, Vaishnava, in which Vishnu takes the form of a boar and rescues the Earth Mother when she is plunged into the primordial waters. Her weapon is the discus or chakra, showing her connection to the cycle of time. This podcast looks at the multiple aspects of […]

    Maheswari

    Maheswari

    This week’s podcast looks at Maheswari, the literal shakti of Shiva (Maheswar). She embodies the vice of anger, and like Shiva himself is a destroyer, and is associated with tamas (darkness). However, like Shiva himself, she is too complex to summarize her nature in a few words, embodying both inauspicious and auspicious qualities.

    Brahmi

    Brahmi

    Brahmi is the shakti of Brahma, the Creator of the Universe in Hindu mythology. She is largely an auspicious deity, but is associated with the vice of pride, and battles the demons of the Chandi Path with water–bringing us back to the dangers of the flood. In this podcast we look at the possible meanings […]

    Indrani

    Indrani

    Indrani, also known as Aindri or Mahendri, is the Queen of the Hindu gods, wife of Indra. She is also a Matrika, associated with the vice of jealousy. For such a beautiful and desirable goddess, she also has a very dark side–and is similar to the Greek/Roman goddess Hera/Juno, who–for all of her proper, civilized […]

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

mojozoso ,

Entertaining, Informative, and Information Rich

I love this podcast. It's a high level exploration of the Dark Feminine by a learned authority on the subject. I listen every week and Brigid never fails to bring things to light about which I'd not known. A nice choice for the Joseph Campbell, Wiccan, and Pagan crowd, or just the cool kids with giant brains. This is an excellent listen! Highly recommended.

Theophoria ,

Such great topics but terrible production

Host clears throat so much, mumbles, takes time to look up info while recording, reads it off quickly and poorly, calls her own tangents “delightful”, etc. I don’t think there’s any editing or post-production. But the content is interesting and the lack of polish could be charming if it weren’t so distracting/annoying. Not necessarily an enjoyable lesson but full of great info.

Cathywren ,

I love the topics but...

Host needs to stop making that ntchk sound every few words. I'm starting with episode one and am up to episode 19 now so maybe she'll get better? If not I'm out.

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