"Heaven and Earth are one; 
there is no barrier between them.
The High Heavenly Plain is the high heavenly plain
which covers all countries of the world,
and the Sun Goddess is the goddess who reigns in that heaven,
casting her light to the very ends of heaven
and earth and for all time.
There is not a single country in the world
which does not receive her beneficent illuminations;
This Goddess is the splendor of all splendors."

(Quote by Motoori Norinaga, 1771; 19th century woodblock of Amaterasu emerging from her cave by Shunsai Toshimasa.)

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News: Statue found in Mexican citrus grove

From the article:
"Farmers digging in a citrus grove near Mexico’s Gulf coast have found a striking, six-foot-tall statue of a female figure who may represent an elite woman rather than a goddess, or some mixture of the two, experts said Friday. The National Institute of Anthropology and History said it was the first such statue found in a region known as the Huasteca. The carved woman has an elaborate hairpiece and marks of status, and may date to around 1450 to 1521, the institute said. While the site where it was found is nearer to the pre-Hispanic ruin site of El Tajín, the statue shows some influences of the Aztecs."

(© photo Associated Press)


Hymn to Tethys


"Tethys I call, with eyes cerulean bright,
hid in a veil obscure from human sight;
Great ocean's Empress, wandering through the deep,
and pleased with gentle gales, the earth to sweep;
Whose blessed waves in swift succession go,
And lash the rocky shore with endless flow:
Delighting in the sea serene to play,
In ships exulting and the watery way.
Mother of Venus, and of clouds obscure,
Great nurse of beasts, and source of fountains pure.
O venerable Goddess, hear my prayer,
And make benevolent my life thy care;
Send, blessed queen, to ships a prosperous breeze,
And waft them safely over the stormy seas."

(Tethys mosaic, Antakya Museum, Antioch; Orphic Hymn, trans. T. Taylor)
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Full Moon Blessings


May the "Long-Night's Moon" bring the 
promise of harmony and healing to all, 
including the Earth Mother and Her children.

(© 'Gaia' by Josephine Wall)

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Winter Solstice

Happy Solstice!  
May you find peace and hope in the newborn light.

(© art by Vestia Von Geist)

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Blessings on Her Feast Day

Today is the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, who was also honored as Tonantzin (the Earth Mother), by the Nahuan.  

(© art by Shelley Bredeson)

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Full Moon Blessings


Blessings of the Frost Moon in Gemini! 
May the penumbral lunar eclipse bring
gentle and beneficial changes to all.

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Iroquois Prayer of Thanks

We return thanks to our Mother, the Earth,
which sustains us.
We return thanks to the rivers and streams,
which supply us with water.
We return thanks to all herbs,
which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases.
We return thanks to the corn, and to her sisters,
the beans and squashes,
which give us life.
We return thanks to the bushes and trees,
which provide us with fruit.
We return thanks to the wind,
which, moving the air, has banished diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and the stars,
which have given us their light when the sun was gone.
We return thanks to our Grandfather He-no,
that he has protected his grandchildren
and has given us his rain.
We return thanks to the Sun,
that he has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.
Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit,
in whom is embodied all goodness,
and who directs all things for the good of all.

Traditional Iroquois

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News: Goddess Figurines and Plaque found


From the article:

"Statuettes of the ancient Greek goddess Demeter and her daughter have been discovered in Anapa, a town in Russia.  The excavation was carried on the western outskirts of the ancient Greek city of Gorgippia that was there in the 4th-2nd century B.C.  'Among the objects the archaeologists found were two complete clay figurines of Persephone, daughter of the fertility goddess Demeter. We also found a one-sided bust of Demeter herself next to two red clay pots in the same oven.  Another interesting find, which was made nearby, is a reused dedicated relief in the center of which is depicted the goddess Kyveli sitting on a throne with a lion in her arms. On both sides are the figures of the messenger of the gods Hermes and Hecate, protector of magic and sorcery, with two torches in her hands. Such a plaque could be installed near an important public building or temple.  This is the best limestone relief with such a scene known in the Bosporus.' "

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(© photo IIMK RAS) 


News: Mother Goddess figurine found in Aegean Turkey

From the Article:
"An 8,200-year-old marble figurine of Mother Goddess was discovered in the Yeşilova Mound of Aegean İzmir on Oct. 29.  A symbol of fertility and prosperity, Mother Goddess is thought to be a deity that later evolved into Cybele and Artemis, female deities seen across ancient civilizations in Anatolia, excavation head Dr. Zafer Derin said.  “The statuette depicted the female form as curvy, much like other examples across Anatolia,” Dr. Derin noted, adding that the figure’s head is missing.

"Around two inches tall, the figurine is one of the first examples of Aegean civilizations’ use of marble, as they usually opt for minerals like obsidian and flint.  The statuette is among some 250 artifacts recovered in the mound excavation this year, Dr. Derin said, while work on the ancient site has been ongoing for some 15 years. Dating back to 6,500 B.C., Yeşilova Mound is the oldest known settlement in the province of İzmir."

(© photo duvaR Gazette)


Full Moon & Dia de los Muertos


Blessings of the Dia de los Muertos and the Full Moon in Taurus.
May the wisdom of the Ancestors sing in your heart.

(© "Moon Song" painting by Heather Renaux, copyright reserved.)

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Happy Navratri!


The Hindu festival of Sharad Navratri is now being celebrated through October 26th.  At this time, nine forms of Shakti/Devi are honored.  Each region in India celebrates this festival in their own manner, but in some traditions, three days each are dedicated to Durga, Lakshmi and Sarasvati.  On the tenth day, Vijayadashami is observed.  

© art by Bharatstudent)

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Hymn to Persephone



"Illustrious, horned, of a bounteous mind,
Alone desired by those of mortal kind.
O, Vernal Queen, whom grassy plains delight,
Sweet to the smell, and pleasing to the sight:
Whose holy form in budding fruits we view,
Earth's vigorous offspring of a various hue.

"Espoused in Autumn: life and death alone
To wretched mortals from thy power is known:
For thine the task according to thy will,
Life to produce, and all that lives to kill.
Hear, blessed Goddess, send a rich increase
Of various fruits from earth, with lovely Peace;

"Send Health with gentle hand, and crown my life
With blest abundance, free from noisy strife;
Last in extreme old age the prey of Death,
Dismiss we willing to the realms beneath,
To thy fair palace, and the blissful plains
Where happy spirits dwell, and Pluto reigns."

("The Hymns of Orpheus", trans. T. Taylor; © art by Stef Tastan, copyright reserved)

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