What's in a name?
When I meet people, most ask me if my name, Kaliani, is Hawaiian. It isn't. It is a name I chose at a Croning Ceremony when I turned 50 years old. To me, the name "Kaliani" gives homage to the Goddess Kali, my patron goddess and denotes "Kali's little one."
|Croning Ceremony, Photo by Amalya|
Something I found out later, was that name was a feminine form of Kalyan, which, in the Hindu epic the 'Mahabharata' was one of the open star clusters, Krittikas, or the Pleiades.
There are also a few place names associated with Kaliani or Kalyani. In India, there is a city called Kalyani, in West Bengal, and in Greece, there's a small town in Korinthia, called Kaliani, due west of Athens. And, another city in Bangladesh. I was happy to hear of the Greek town, as my given name is Cynthia which is Greek in origin for the Moon Goddess Artemis, who was said to be born on Mount Cynthus.
When I chose the name I was going through a period of rapid spiritual growth, taking three different kickass trainings at once, a priestess training, Reiki master/teacher level training, and Kundalini yoga instructor certification. Any one of those would have been transformational, but all three at once was way over the top! Somehow, it seemed to make sense to me at the time. Then, on top of all that, I had started going on spiritual pilgrimages with Maria Yraceburu.
|Rebirthing as Kaliani, Photo by Amalya|
|At Croning, Photo by Amalya|
Chief among the lessons of Kali is that the only thing that IS permanent, that you can truly count on, is change. Change that is uncomfortable, disturbing, paradigm-shifting. It's facing the truth of the fact of your inevitable death and deciding to live with a resounding YES as long as you're able.
And, She's not through with me yet.