Those of us not in Texas are watching with sadness and fear as torrential rains flood Texas. Stories abound on the internet of how strangers are helping strangers, former enemies are working side by side to help each other, and people are coming from around the country to help those in need.
But what is taking place from a mythic perspective?
Tlaloc from Aztec traditions is a water god and associated with the earth’s fertility. Worshiped as a giver of life, he was also feared as the bringer of thunder and hail. He ruled the 4th heaven called
“Tlalocan” — the heaven for those who die from water related issues such as drowning or water-born diseases go to. In many traditions, the god(esse)s have both good and bad qualities. In this situation, the Aztec god of rain might be letting lose with his anger. After all, not enough rain is just as life threatening as too much rain.
In Yourba traditions, the great Orisha Ọya-Iyansan is a storm goddess who commands winds, violent storms, and lightning. She is a goddess of death and rebirth who with her destruction brings the necessary changes required to rebuild. Perhaps, we have not honored Ọya as much as we should have or perhaps, the time for change is upon us and Ọya is forcing her hand.
Of course there are also solar deities. The Ancient Egyptians had Ra the solar deity who represented the sun. Now the mythology
of Egypt was a living religion that changed over thousands of years. He took on different roles and merged with other deities over time. But perhaps, we need to send some prayers out to Ra to come with his boat and bring much needed sun to Texas.
As James Hillman would say, first ask who is there. The rain deities listed here are only a few of the many from cultures around the globe. Once you have identified who is there, the next step is to ask “What do you want?” from the image standing before you. If we are capable of asking such questions, perhaps our eyes will be opened to what the soul of the earth is asking of us at this time and place. Perhaps we should listen.