After a time of trying to lighten up the atmosphere from what it had been, I decided that I missed the Kali yantra I had had previously, and I missed the enfolding presence of the deep, rich Tantric color scheme.
Connected with this change is something I read in Yogic Secrets of the Dark Goddess by Shambhavi Chopra, who is now the closest associate of American Hindu David Frawley. Her book consists of a series of reflections, each about 3-4 pages in length. One that struck me the other night had to do with reciting the Gayatri Mantra at sunset. In this reflection she discussed the interweaving of Vedic and non-Vedic (Tantric) traditions through the Gayatri Mantra and reflection on Kali.
This inspired me to try to attune consciously once again the daily motions of the sun in my spiritual practices. I realized that, while my usual practices require me to take breaks from my other activities, the Gayatri Mantra and the Kali Gayatri are both very short. If I refreshed my memory of the Gaytri Mantra and committed the Kali Gayatri to memory, I would have a way of marking transitional points in the day (kind of like with salat) in a manageable way. Last night I found a simple Windows application that allows me to track these times easily.
In my poking around online, seeking different versions of the Kali Gayatri, I came across two Kali Mandirs in California (other than the Laguna Beach one, of which I was already aware). One in particular is very feminist and very open to Western nature-based traditions.
Om Kreem Kalyai Namaha,