The Olympics are on their way and I couldn't be more excited.
I think of them as representing civilization at it's best.
Factoid: Did you know that the Olympic torch represents the
Sacred Flame of the Greek goddess Hestia, the quiet, unassuming
goddess who is credited with the birth of civilization.
And it's National Hot Fudge Sundae day -- count me in! To
help you get in the mood to celebrate this auspicious
event, let me introduce
you to the July Goddess of the Month--Ixcacao, the Mayan goddess
Clearly, if there is one thing that chocolate is about, it's
about pleasure. So when I started doing the research on the
Goddess of Chocolate, I expected her story to be light-hearted
and comforting. Wow, was I in for a shock.
So many eco-geo-socio-political factors played a role in her
story. Then add in numerous wars and changes in the power
structure. Wow! Not the kind of story I expected.
You'll see . . .
The Goddess of Chocolate
In her first incarnation she was a nurturing fertility
goddess and saw to it that there was plenty of food to go around
and that her people had lots of energy to tend the crops.
The people were important to her-- she had
played a pivotal role in the creation of the human race.
the times grew dark . . .
And IxCacao was abducted by the ruling class and forced to
marry the god of commerce. No longer were the 'common folk'
allowed access to their beloved goddess.
But the ruling gods made one exception: Ixcacao was allowed
to accompany and comfort 'The Chosen One' to their execution
on the one day each year when a young life was sacrificed to
Nonetheless, a goddess this kind and loving could not be
constrained for long!
Returns as a Goddess of Pleasure
Eventually the Goddess of Chocolate helped engineer
the collapse of the warring cultures and put an end to
the practice of human sacrifice. She was allowed to
return to her people, restoring fertility to the land.
Ixcacao, in her new role as a
Goddess of Love and Pleasure, insisted that there
While chocolate will sustain us
through many a crisis,
in the long run
it's self knowledge
that feed our souls.
. . .
clear that chocolate meets
some deep-seated need in our
and is likely here to stay.
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But why not
Fall in love with yourself.
Take the Goddess Quiz and
discover the goddess you truly are.
a reminder that...
Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate
into four pieces with your bare hands - and then
eat just one of the pieces