How then may the seeker attain the goal of Divine Awareness? The answer is simple. Watch shadows! My Gold is not to be seized upon by greedy hands, but shows itself in humble places. It reveals its loveliness in the sound of doves in a wood: moonlight on a pool; cubs playing in their earth. My Nature has its hidden symbols to guide you on your way.
* At the first gate, she was bade to leave Her crown behind. * At the second gate, Her wand of Lapis Lazuli was taken away * At the third gate, The Great Serpent removed the jewels from around Her neck * At the fourth gate, the Watcher of the Gate removed the jewels upon Her breast * At the fifth gate, the belt of jewels from around Her waist was taken away * At the sixth gate, the jewels from around Her wrists were removed * At the seventh gate, the jeweled robes of ISHTAR were laid aside and the Lady beheld the Netherworld
"This is flesh I’m talking about here. Flesh that needs to be loved. Feet that need to rest and to dance; backs that need support; shoulders that need arms, strong arms I’m telling you. And oh my people, out yonder, hear me, they do not love your neck unnoosed and straight. So love your neck; put a hand on it, grace it, stroke it, and hold it up…" from Baby Suggs sermon in Morrison’s Beloved