The Goddess is now hanging in the Antahsara Yoga Studio in the Garden For Wellness in Clarkesville, GA. Yahooo. I wove her in record time--as though I were possessed. I modeled her on Durga, on of the Hindu religion's most popular goddesses. Hindu, because yoga originated in India. She has been worshipped as the embodiment of natural forces which grant life at the same time as taking it away, making her a very powerful goddess. She is the great protectress who guards and maintains the cosmic order as a fearless warrior. In Hindu tradition, she usually has eight arms, and often rides a lion or tiger. She is blue because Hindu gods are usually blue and I particularly like her to be blue--that way she can be every race of mothers all over the world.
I call her American Melting Pot because the eight symbols for the eight arms are about what I think are some of the leading spiritual issues right now. From bottom left, going clockwise: the book symbolizes the search for wisdom [the Om symbol is borrowed from the Hindu religion--they consider that the universe was created by the resounding sound of OM]; lightening is about a loss of ignorance and also a weapon for the Goddess; the snake with it's tail in it's mouth is based on the African "return and get it" wisdom path; the hand mudra making the peace symbol is obviously about making peace, not war; the hair on fire is a Celtic symbol of destruction/creation; the moon has so many symbols, it's amazing--a woman's monthly cycle allowing birth, wonder, balance, mystery, influence, femininity, and lots more [google it!]; the gun with the barrel tied in a knot is obvious--thou shalt not kill; the open hand represents receiving; the hand at her waist with the Cherokee Rose represents The Trail of Tears which I think began in this area.
The Goddess hovers over a mountain lion--traditionally, her feet should not touch the earth. Apparently there is only one mountain lion in North America even though there are different names across the country for the same animal. This lion has a cub and fiercely protects her young--as good mothers do.