Byline: Rachel Murphy
PICTURE it. You have a job to die for, looks that would stop traffic and an utterly gorgeous man who lusts after your every move.
Okay, so it's probably a tad unrealistic. But you could be well on your way to that dream existence if you just asked for a little help - from your own personal Goddess.
Look at the facts. Goddesses were beautiful women who asserted their feminine charms to get exactly what they wanted when they wanted it.
They were the pioneers of girl power - so it seems perfectly natural to take a leaf out of their books to give our 21st century lives a bit more oomph.
Whether you're looking for a new job, a new relationship or you're desperate for a baby, there's a Goddess you can draw influence from to achieve your heart's desire.
Amy Sophia Marashinsky, author of The Goddess Oracle(Element Books, pounds 19.99), believes that getting to know the Goddesses and being more like them is the route to inner peace and a more meaningful life.
She said: "It is important for women to reclaim the Goddess.
"The more Goddesses we know, the more we can celebrate, honour and respect the diversity of the female, then we can do the same for ourselves."
"You don't need a degree in ancient history - just check out our Goddess guide and feel the power.
We've chosen six Goddesses to help you pep up your looks, energy, relationships and fertility, and to teach you how to laugh, love and party like never before.
Goddess of wild women
The look: She is an older Goddess with a twinkle in her eye. Her lips are a vibrant red and her eyebrows are arched and black.
Mythology: This Slavic Goddess spoke with animals, danced naked in the rain and had sharp, natural instincts. She died in autumn and her powerful life force lives on in harvested grain.
Philosophy: Get in touch with your party animal instincts if you are to be truly happy. Forget the things which make you live a sensible, but dull, existence. Failing to acknowledge your wild side is self-destructive. Use the wild woman within to enhance your life.
Goddess ritual: Lie in a quiet spot, close your eyes, and visualise a tree. Imagine entering the tree trunk and sliding deep down to the roots and into the underworld. Call Baba Yaga by chanting. Ask her to be part of your life and travel back up the tree with you. Imagine merging with her and feel her energy within you. Float back to earth a revitalised, positive and wild woman.
Modern ritual: Shyness and guilt suppress millions of wild spirits. Often it's not the desire to recapture your wild side that is lacking, but the ability. Do you feel trapped in your relationship, body, or even your whole life? Succulent Wild Woman: Dancing with your Wonderful Self by Sark (pounds 11.40, Fireside books) is a wonderfully liberating read that teaches women to love themselves. Enjoy.
Goddess of beauty
The look: Oriental elegance. Long, silky black hair, pale complexion and terracotta lips.
Mythology: She is the Sun Goddess of Japan who hid in a cave when insulted by her brother. When she was enticed to the mouth of the cave, she was dazzled by her beautiful reflection in a mirror and came out.
Philosophy: Learn from Amaterasu and revel in the radiance of your own beauty. Don't be intimidated by preconceptions of beauty. All women possess the light of the feminine and that light is beauty.
Goddess ritual: Find a mirror and a quiet room. Lie down, breathe deeply and look in the mirror. Focus on the uniqueness of your face. Dismiss negative thoughts and try to feel love and acceptance. Look at each feature and tell yourself it is beautiful. Then say your name and say "I am beautiful" until you feel content.
Modern rituals: Beauty comes from within. Eat foods with …
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Publication information: Article title: Go Goddess. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland). Publication date: August 22, 2001. Page number: 2. © 2009 Scottish Daily Record & Sunday. COPYRIGHT 2001 Gale Group.
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