Name: Paije Alexandra West
Location: Portland, Oregon
Astrological Sign/rising: Gemini Sun, Gemini Rising…although I have quite a bit of Earth in my chart; a Taurus Moon and Taurus Venus, among others.
Occupation: I am a mother first and foremost, a writer down to the core of my being and a doula, which encompasses my passion for empowering women.
Which Goddess or Goddess Archetype do you most identify with and why?
Diana, or Artemis, goddess of the hunt, moon and birth. I am constantly being pulled by nature, in all forms. When I need solidarity I sit with my back at the base of a tree, my legs sprawled over the roots and soak. I love animals of all kind, and my German Shepard Husky mix is my wolf dog-child. In addition to my love of animals, I also have an affinity for taxidermy, which coincides with the goddess of the hunt. My fur coat collection is extensive, as well as the many skulls, antlers and preserved butterflies that adorn my home. The sacred act of birth and helping women through this is my calling. On a less positive note, I can be impulsive and unpredictable, as Diana is (a few unfortunate aspects of being a Gemini) although I believe her to have been associated with Sagittarius.
How do you get in touch with/unleash your inner goddess?
I have been building shrines and altars since I was a child, long before I had a clue there was a name for what I was practicing. As an adult, they are a part of my regular life, and they often correspond with the moon, a spell or a particular event or intention. I enjoy reading cards for my mama clients, myself, my kids (dog + son) and friends, but rarely my partner. I love taking long baths, reading and writing late at night. It helps me stay connected to the part of me that is her own woman, and not only a mother and spouse.
What is your Goddess superpower?
I help women through childbirth and watch new souls come into the world. I am beyond privileged to hear those first little squeals and shrieks. Watching a woman go to the deepest, most intense part of her mind through her rushes is an incredible thing to watch. The euphoric energy surrounding the hours of birth is like nothing I've experienced; it's an addiction of sorts. I was born on the day of the introspective stalwart protector, which I think is intuitive of my chosen profession. A pregnant woman is in the most powerful yet vulnerable of situations, and I want nothing more than to highlight her strengths and to safeguard her during such an incredible time.
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About Goddess of the Week
“A Goddess is the form that a feminine archetype may take. Goddess types represent models of ways of being and behaving that we women all share and recognize from the collective unconscious. In fairy tales this archetype may be revealed to us as a queen, a princess or a witch. Goddesses, as a feminine archetype, remain alive to this day in the psychology of women; and, depending upon which energies are more pronounced, influence her personality with a distinct character, a way of being, a way of relating in the world a way of offering her special gifts.” - N. Bennett
The Goddess manifests in many different forms, some of which shatter the stereotypes that are commonly associated with womanhood. Goddess Of The Week was created as a means to showcase in a down to earth manner women from many spiritual practices and all walks of life that are truly inspiring. Creatives making a difference in our world utilizing their gifts by tapping into the divine and sharing their skills with others. You can find more info about our featured Goddesses by following their links.