Updated: Dec 23, 2020

¨Modern physics has shown that the rhythm of creation and destruction is not only manifest in the turn of the seasons and in the birth and death of living creatures, but is also the very essence of inorganic matter. For modern physicists... Shiva's dance is the dance of subatomic matter.¨ -Fritjof Capra

From Skye Alexander's Your Goddess Year Book


This week we celebrate Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of fire, lightning, and volcanoes. To the native people of Hawaii, she is one of the most popular and respected deities, for without her their islands wouldn't exist. Her creative power bursts forth with wild exuberance, resulting in the incredible beauty and lushness we associate with this time of the year and with Hawaii.

Folklore tells us this feisty and passionate goddess came to what\'s now Hawaii from a mystical place known as Kuaihelani. Forced to leave her homeland after falling in love with her older sister's husband, Pele traveled by canoe to escape her angry sister's revenge. Her journey took her along the entire archipelago, stopping at one island after another on the way. Each time she stopped and tried to build a fire pit, her sister, the ocean goddess Namakaokahai, doused it and Pele had to move on. According to one tale, Pele finally came to Maui and climbed to the top of the volcano Pu'u o Pele too high up for her sister to reach-and made her home there. Another says she lived atop the Kilauea volcano on the island of Hawaii. 140 Pele's story describes the geological creation of the Hawaiian islands, which formed when volcanoes burst from the ocean and spewed molten lava that later cooled into the land. The conflict between the two sister god-dresses symbolizes the explosive nature of hot magma hitting the colder ocean, as well as the opposing forces of fire and water. Some sources also suggest the myth describes the battles that go on between siblings, during which the older children teach the younger ones by putting them through difficult tests.

In addition to her sister, the sea goddess Namakaokahai, the tempestuous fire goddess Pele clashed with the snow goddesses who lived on Hawaii's mountains. Legend says their fights created the islands' beautiful flowers.

Pele is both a creator and a destroyer goddess, and she knows that often destruction must occur before something new can arise in its place. If an obstacle is standing in the way of your success or well-being, Pele can help you eliminate it. If you feel discouraged or stuck in a rut, ask the goddess to spark your desire and imagination. She'll lend you her courage to embrace challenges, stand up to adversaries, or carve out a special place where you can express yourself.

Fire, of course, is Pele's element. She's also fond of orchids, plumeria, hibiscus, bird-of-paradise, and other tropical flowers. And, she loves to dance the hula.


In Hawaii, the beautiful lei is a sign of friendship, affection, and harmony. Although leis are typically made of orchids or other native flowers, you can make this special lei of colored paper. It can help you tap Pele's power to eliminate problems that are interfering with your peace and happiness.

You'll need:

Several sheets of colored paper


A pen, pencil, or marker

A needle


1. From the colored paper cut a number of flower-shaped discs, as many as you need to make a lei that will slip easily over your head. Each blossom should be about 2-3 inches in diameter. The flowers may all be the same color, such as pink for affection, or a variety of colors that represent your objectives.

2. On the blossoms write your intention(s) in pen, pencil, or marker. You may write something you wish to create or bring into your life or something you want to get rid of. You may write the same intention on all the flowers or you may choose to write several different intentions -just make sure your lei is designed either to create or destroy, not both.

3. Thread your needle and stitch the paper flowers together to form a lei that's long enough to fit over your head.

4. When you\'ve finished sewing, tie the ends of the thread together to form a necklace, then put on the lei and wear it for at least an hour. During this time, ask Pele to help you achieve your desire. Sense her presence-you may even notice you feel a bit warmer.

5.If your intention is to attract or create, wear the lei each day of this week for at least an hour while you focus on the outcome you seek. Then display it in a place where you'll see it often. If your intention is to eliminate something, burn the lei at the end of the week while you envision problems or obstacles burning away too.

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