[ shuhk-tee ]
Literally power Divine consort of Shiva. The Creation is envisioned as a play of Shiva and Shakti, which symbolizes the duality of existence, or the Yin and Yang.
Lit. power, energy. The active aspect of emptiness.
Shi-va is ‘that which is not’ and Shakti is ‘that which is.’ They are two aspects of the same reality.
In this culture, we say Shiva without Shakti is like a shava, a corpse. Without Shakti or energy, there would be no existence.