Seven Goddess Initiation Rites – Ñusta Karpay

Jeff Oxford

High in the Andes, the beauty of ancient ceremonies and wisdom embodied in living ancestral languages of word and ritual hold a blueprint for creating a heart-centered life within a living universe. The people have survived here for centuries.

Handed Down

Recently, signs from the Apus and from ancestral prophecies handed down within the lineage of healer-mystics converged into a single message: It is time to share the ceremonies and teachings. Our survival as the human children of Pachamama depends upon restoring sacred reciprocity, ayni, and a living balance of the forces of life in our world.

The deceptively simple, yet immensely powerful practices of the Andes, transcend cultural differences between the Andean and Western worlds. As skills and abilities expand, we find a heart opening into an awareness of being part of the living universe, moving into a sense of alignment with the natural forces of earth. The practices preserved and kept alive in the remote villages now offer the possibility of transforming our relationship with ourselves, with each other and with the fast-paced modern world in which we live.

Sacred Princesses and Goddesses

In the Andean spiritual tradition, the Ñustas are the Princesses and Goddesses and Sacred Archetypal Feminine Energies of Nature, born of the great mountains (Apus) and sacred lakes along the highlands of Peru and Bolivia. They are also connected to other waters and mountains on our planet. In the Quechua language of the Andes, the word Karpay means a rite or ceremony of initiation. Thus, the Ñusta Karpay are the initiation rites of the Seven Andean Goddesses from the Incan shamanic tradition. These special, beautiful and authentic initiations are currently spreading around the world.

Seeds of Light

Now is the time for great transformation and balance for humans to bring healing to Mother Earth (Pachamama). The Ñustas help immensely with this balance. The intent of the Ñusta Karpay is to soften the hearts of both men and women and to help empower women. The seven initiations transmit seeds of light to balance the feminine and masculine energies within oneself. As we heal and balance the Divine Feminine within ourselves, so do we help to heal Pachamama.

The rites are given as energetic seeds of the Feminine Goddess Archetypes and transmitted into our seven chakras and luminous energy fields. The chakras are like the organs of our luminous energy field, and hold all our histories, as well as our light and our shadow pieces. During initiation, we begin to stir the contents of our chakras, bringing to the surface parts of ourselves not yet healed or honored. We feel the impact of the Ñusta immediately, but as with the cycles of the moon and the cycles in nature, her alchemy works in cycles through us. The Ñustas have gentle yet powerful energy; to deeply heal and restore the balance of feminine within us.

The Ñusta Karpay are open to all and are available to everyone regardless of their spiritual orientation. They are not only for those who have apprenticed in the Andean or other ancient spiritual traditions. They are for those who wish to heal the Divine Feminine within themselves, and carry that healing into the world, and for those who wish to bring greater peace and unity to our planet.

Gift of the Q’ero

The Ñusta Karpay were gifted to us from the Andean Q’ero medicine women and men of Peru, via Don Mariano Quispe in 2010. The Q’ero medicine men and women understood that the surest way to bring harmony and balance back to Mother Earth, and to bring ourselves into Right Relationship with her and the sacred feminine was by gifting these ancient rites to re-introduce and elevate the Divine Feminine to her rightful place.

The Goddesses and The Rites and Benefits

The following introduces each of the seven Goddesses and the benefits and energies associated with their rites.


  1. Mama Ocllo

She is the daughter of Father Sun and Mother Earth and originates from Lake Titicaca. She is the Earth Goddess, Great Mother of all Goddesses and also the Goddess of Wisdom. The essence of Mama Ocllo is to ground us in our center and find our inner sanctity. This rite heals our female power and restores balance. This rite prepares us to receive the initiations from the other rites, as it opens our chakras and connects us with a luminous spiral of light from root to crown. During this rite we receive the seeds of light in each of our chakras. These seeds are connected to the seven shamanic archetypes through seven stones.


Benefits: Increased vitality, passion and physical security. Helps overcome hostility, anxiety, depression and lack of confidence in one’s future.


  1. Doña Mujia

The Goddess of Water. Mujia means mermaid and represents the spirit of the water. Her energy is about letting go. This initiation helps us release the negative aspects of our ego and opens you to the concept of selfless union with others. It assists in releasing connections to roles while inviting us to transform roles into positive interactions. This is a Flowering rite: the tools used for this initiation are flowers and water.


Benefits: Clears emotions and feelings, trusting, faith. Helps release jealousy, resentfulness, loneliness, and shyness.


  1. Mama Simone

The Goddess of our ancestors. Connecting with the ancient feminine lineage, the ancestors, connecting with our roots, coming home to find self. This rite enables us to connect not only with Mother Earth, but also to achieve a deeper connection with ourselves and with the land we call home.


Benefits: Self-esteem, positive self-image, personal power, independence, happiness, in touch with one’s gift, alignment with cosmic personal path. Releases dependency, lack of confidence, self-condemnation, hostility, aggression.


  1. Doña Teresa

She is the Goddess of harmony and softness, connected to our souls, associated with the heart shaped mountain near Apu Ausengate in Peru. This rite opens our hearts to all that is. It clears the energy around our hearts so that we may experience our emotions purely without judgment and see life with clarity through the eyes of our hearts.


Benefits: Loving, caring, generous, selfless, healing, nurturing, balanced, discerning; releasing indecision, paranoia, criticalness, manic depression, moodiness, co-dependency.


  1. Maria Sakapana

Spiral of the Wind, she is the Goddess of Communication, associated with the two physical locations: Bolivia/Peru altiplano, near Lake Titicaca and a location between Q’eros Nation and Apu Asusungate. These are the places where the paqos (Inca shamans/priests) and others go to open up and clear their fifth chakra to speak their truth. This rite invites us to release all that holds us back from speaking our truths, and eases the way into our True Self. This is a deeply cleansing rite.


Benefits: Good communication and expression; creativity, inspiration, contentedness, living in the present; harmonious, intuition, vision, clarity of thoughts and emotions, releasing poor communication, inability to express thoughts, fear, and timidity.


  1.    Huana Huaman Tikkla

Connection to the Falcon Temple/the Temple of Clear Vision. This is the journey we take to gain clarity and to do our deep visionary work. With this rite we are connected to the spirits of the Falcon, Hawk, Eagle, Owl and Condor to assist us in understanding life with clarity and with a higher perspective. All of these are considered feminine characteristics. This rite is an energetic transmission for the opening of our third eye, inner vision, and the way to connect with the spirit realm. The tool for this rite is one of your favorite items that symbolize vision, perspective and seeing’.


Benefits: Integrated life, light energy, higher consciousness knowledge, connection to source, grounded in life’s purpose, releasing confusion and fogginess, reconnection to or lessening feelings of disconnection.


  1. Tomasa Huaman Tikkla


Sister of Huana Huaman Tikkla, they reside together. The Goddess of Freedom. This is the rite of transformation, it opens your crown chakra connecting you to your True Self.


Benefits: This rite is the integration of all the foregoing Ñustas and their blessings, connecting us to the seven sisters, the seven stars of the Pleiades.


Adapted from the teachings of don Mariano Quispe Flores