Sometimes a name sounds sweet and innocent, but when you research its meaning, a darker side emerges. Take Kali, for example. It has a breezy, friendly sound (KAH-lee), but its meaning in Sanskrit is “black,” which is the first clue that its etymology isn’t all sunshine and roses. Kali proves to be quite the Renaissance woman: She’s the Hindu goddess of destruction, often depicted holding a severed head or two. She’s also got a sensitive side as the goddess of enlightenment, known for guiding the ignorant toward wisdom. She’s gentle yet fierce when needed—an inspiriting combo!

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