News: Canaanite Temple Found in Southern Israel

From the article:  "A Canaanite temple about 3,200 years old has been found at the site of the biblical city of Lachish, dating to the city’s turbulent last days under Egyptian rule. In addition to the ruins, the team discovered bronze cauldrons, daggers and axe heads adorned with bird images, scarabs and a gold-plated bottle inscribed with the name Ramses II.  They also unearthed an amulet apparently inspired by Hathor, an ancient Egyptian member of the pantheon. The archaeologists [also] discovered an incredibly rare inscription on a pottery shard with early Canaanite writing – including the first-ever found representation of the proto-Canaanite letter samekh."

(© illustration of amulet of Hathor, holding lotus flowers or papyrus, by O. Dobovsky)


The Soul of the Rose

May you always be graced with the beauty 
of roses and the love of the Goddess!

The rose is sacred to many Goddesses, including Aphrodite, Hekate, Isis, and the Three Graces.  The Virgin Mary is known as the "Mystical Rose" and in India, the Great Mother is also referred to as "the Holy Rose."

(The Soul of the Rose, painting by John William Waterhouse)

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Happy Full Moon

May the Full Moon in Leo bring
courage to your heart and strength to your spirit.

(© artwork by Sidlik S.)

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Brigid's Blessings

"May Brigid bless the house wherein you dwell
Bless every fireside, every wall and floor;
Bless every heart that beats beneath its roof;
And every tongue and mind for evermore;
Bless every hand that toils to bring joy
And every foot that walks its portals through.
This is my wish today, my constant prayer
May Brigid bless the house that shelters you."

(St Brighid's Well in Kildare, Ireland; statue by Annette McCormack; photo by  H. Warren.)

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Queen Mother of the West

Blessings of the New Moon in Aquarius and the Chinese New Year of the Metal Rat!  Wu Yun (8th Century Daoist Priest) described a visit to the Queen Mother of the West's temple in one of his poems:

"Riding on the mist, I wander to lofty Whirlwind Peak.
The Lady of the Supreme Primordial descends through jade interior doors;
The Queen Mother opens her blue-gem palace.
Celestial people - what a crowd!
A lofty meeting inside the cyan audience hall.
Arrayed attendants perform cloud songs;
Realized intonations fill the grand empty space.
Every thousand years, her purple crabapple ripens;
Every four kalpas, her numinous melon produces abundantly.
This music differs from that at the feast in the wilderness,
So convivial, and certainly infinite."

(Quan Tangshi, line 4942)

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Full Moon Blessings

Happy Wolf Moon and penumbral eclipse in the sign of Cancer!
May Her Wisdom rays always guide you on your path.

(© art by Susan Seddon Boulet)

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Happy New Year

Happy 2020!
Let us nurture the seeds of hope as we walk bravely into the future.

(© "Divine Gardener" copyright F. Rassouli)

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News: Demeter statue found in Turkey

From the article:
"Hurriyet Daily News reports that a slab of limestone thought to have been engraved some 1,800 years ago has been unearthed at the site of Hadrianopolis in northern Turkey. Ersin Çelikbaş of Karabük University said the woman shown in the carving is wearing a traditional dress, a snake-shaped belt, and is holding ears of wheat. She may depict Demeter, the goddess of harvest and agriculture, he explained."

(© photo, Ersin Celikbas)


Happy Solstice

Solstice Blessings!
May you find Peace in the reborn light.

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News: Greece's Parthenon temple has had the wrong name

From the article:  "The real Parthenon was in fact an ancient Greek treasury which contained offerings to the goddess Athena, according to the research by Utrecht University. Rather than being known as the Parthenon, the big temple should be known by its original ancient Greek name, the tongue-twisting Hekatompedon. “That means ‘the hundred-foot temple’ and the main room of the big temple was indeed exactly 100 feet long,” Janric van Rookhuijzen, the archeologist behind the research, told The Telegraph."

(© photo AP)

News: Greek Royal Tombs Discovered

From the article:  "Among the findings inside the tombs were evidence of gold-lined floors, a golden seal ring and a gold pendant with the image of the ancient Egyptian goddess Hathor. The amulet suggests that Pylos traded with Egypt during Greece's Mycenaean civilization, which lasted roughly between 1650 and 1100 B.C. Homer's epics are set in the latter stages of this period."

(© photo Greek Culture Ministry/AP)


Virgen de Guadalupe

"Am I not here, who is your Mother?
Are you not under my protection?
Am I not your health?
Are you not happily within my fold?
What else do you wish?
Do not grieve nor be disturbed by anything."
(The Nican Mopohua)

December 12th is the Feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, whom many believe evolved from the ancient Goddess Tonantzin, (Mother Earth) of the Nahuan.

(© Our Lady of Guadalupe by Marina Castillo)

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Happy Full Moon!

Blessings of the Long Night's Moon in Gemini.
May She always reflect your inner Beauty.

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