8. Kali


KALI's fearsome presence is rooted in Hindu tradition as the Divine Mother who serves as a protector of innocence, preserving nature's order, and destroyer of evil.  While counterpart Shiva acts as a consort whose focus is creation, KALI works with her four hands from the basis of destruction.  She has the feel of a wildfire, of scorched earth and clearing the way to make space for new life and purity.  Though there are several faith traditions depicting KALI, in this interpretation, she carries a sickle-shaped Khadga in one hand; in her second hand, a severed head; her third hand is in position of the Abhaya Mudra  (palm forward, thumb curled, fingers extended and joined) to activate and symbolize fearlessness; her fourth hand holding a string of beads, suggesting blessings.  When KALI appears in a reading, it's important that the Querent recognize the demons that need to be slayed to protect and serve self and others.  That importance is pushed further, and the reader is encouraged to determine when to be a destructive force, or a blessing-- and to note when the two qualities overlap.  By knowing and managing these qualities, the Querent puts themselves in a prime position of empowerment, and will find themselves liberated to continue in the ever-lasting dance between creation and destruction.

This card is part of the PANTHEON Suit in the Woven Wisdom Oracle, which recalls details in divinity that apply to our lives. Thank you to those people of the living faith traditions who offered additional insight & context into the importance of these divine figures.  This suit asks, what can I learn from the figureheads and their living traditions. that I may observe myself with that same reverence?

Could relate to: the need to start over from scratch, leaving toxic relationships and habits behind, situations requiring complete confidence.

Key Questions:

  • What relationships, projects, or habits no longer serve me?

  • What things do I need to protect at all costs?

  • How can I work to empower myself or others in this process?

  • Do I have misplaced destructive tendencies?