Harvest Moon

Happy Harvest Moon  in Pisces!
May both your inner and outer world harvests be blessed.

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Earth Prayer

Cover my Earth Mother four times with many flowers.
Let the heavens be covered with the banked-up clouds.
Let the earth be covered with fog; cover the earth with rains.
Great waters, rains, cover the earth.  Lighting cover the earth.
Let thunder be heard over the earth; let thunder be heard;
Let thunder be heard over the six regions of the earth.
Zuni Prayer

(© photo P. Oldham)

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News: Artemis in Amarynthos

From the article:

"A partially preserved inscription linking Artemis with the ancient town of Amarynthos was found in Paleochoria, Evia, 2 km east of the modern-day town with the same name, the Ministry of Culture said on Monday. The fragmentary inscription, '… of Artemis in Amarynthos', was reused in a Roman-era fountain, confirming that the foundations of the building in Paleochoria were related to the sanctuary of the goddess Artemis, first mentioned in Linear B tablets found in the Mycenaean palace of Thebes as 'a-ma-ru-to'."


Full Moon Blessings

Happy Full Moon in Aquarius.
May Her blessings flow freely upon you!

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Hail Hekate

"Asteria of happy name, whom Perses once led to his great house to be called his dear wife. And she conceived and bore Hekate whom Zeus the son of Kronos honoured above all. He gave her splendid gifts, to have a share of the Earth and the unfruitful Sea. She received honour also in starry Heaven, and is honoured exceedingly by the deathless gods. For to this day, whenever any one of men on earth offers rich sacrifices and prays for favour according to custom, he calls upon Hekate. Great honour comes full easily to him whose prayers the goddess receives favourably, and she bestows wealth upon him; for the power surely is with her."

(quote: Hesiod, Theogony, 404 ff, trans. Evelyn-White; marble relief from Crannon, Thessaly, 4th century BCE. The British Museum.)

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News: Guray Museum

From the article:

"The Güray Museum, an underground museum located in the Avanos district of Nevşehir province, is showcasing a number of 7,000-year-old figurines... 'The oldest of the pieces dates back to the 5th century B.C., making these artworks approximately 7,000 years old. They are actually mother goddess figurines, which are unique to the eastern Anatolia region. They bear the influences of mostly Northern Syria and the Mesopotamia,' said archaeologist Burcu Tüysüz."


Blessings of the Harvest Season

Wherever this harvest season leads you, may you 
be blessed with the abundance to share with all.

In Her Name ~ Temple of Learning


Artemis and Apollo Statues Unearthed on Crete

From the article:

"The Chania Ephorate of Antiquities will present a group of small sculptures portraying the twin gods Artemis and Apollo, on Wednesday, July 24, at the Archaeological Museum of Crete.The Ephorate’s announcement states “Artemis, the protector goddess of Aptera, is made of copper, while her twin brother Apollo, is made of marble. The goddess stands on an elaborate box-shaped copper base and is depicted in intense stride, wearing a short, slender chiton, and she is ready to shoot. Although Apollo is depicted in a more modest way, his attitude conveys internal tension.”


Full Moon Blessings

Happy Buck Moon and Eclipse in Capricorn!
May the beauty of the Earth and Moon 
always bring deep connection and peace.

(© photo by Larry Ditto)

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Happy Solstice!

Blessings of the Summer Solstice!
May the rays of the sun bring healing and joy.

(photo  © D. Lyons)

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Happy Full Moon

Blessings of the Strawberry Moon in Sagittarius.
May She illuminate your intuition and sense of adventure!

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For Tellus

Precatio Terrae:

"Holy Goddess, Tellus, Mother of all Nature, engendering all things and regenerating them each day, as you alone bring forth from your womb all things into life. Heavenly Goddess, overseeing all things on earth and throughout the seas, in whatever by silent nature is restored in sleep and in death, in the same way that you put to flight the night with the light you restore each day. 

Earth, Enricher of Life, you dispel the dark shadow of death and the disorder of vast endless Chaos. You hold back the winds and storms, the rain showers and tempests. You alone regulate the weather cycles, either bestirring or putting to flight the storm, interspersing them with cheerful days. 

You give the Food of Life unfailingly, in fidelity, and when the soul by necessity departs, in you alone do we find refuge. Thus, whatever you give, in you all will be returned. Deservedly are you called Great Mother of the Gods. Piously then are all the celestial powers distilled in you. The One and True Parent of all living things, human and divine. Without you nothing could be born, nothing could grow, and nothing mature. 

You are the Great Goddess, the Queen of Heaven, you, Goddess, I adore. I call upon your power, come. Make what I ask to be readily and easily accomplished, and draw my thanks, Mother Earth, that, in fidelity, you do rightly merit. 

Hear me, please, and favor me. This I ask of you, Holy Mother, and may you willingly give answer to me: may whatever herbs grow by your providence bring health to all humankind. May you now send these forth to me as your medicines. May they be filled with your healing virtues. May everything that I prepare from these herbs have good result, each and every one in the same way. As I shall receive these herbs from you, so too shall I willingly give them out to others, so that their health too may be ensured through your good graces. Finally, Mother Earth, ensure your healing powers for me as well. This I humbly ask."

(Written by Antonius Musa, trans. M. Piscinus; photo of relief from the walls of the Ara Pacis Augustae,13 BCE.)

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Full Moon Blessings

Happy Flower Moon in Scorpio!
May you always find Wisdom and Beauty in Her rays.

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