Full Moon Blessings

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

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Happy Beltane

Beltane Blessings!

('Fairies' painting by Gustave Dore)

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Full Moon Blessings

Blessings of the Pink Moon, the second in a row in Libra.
May Her Beauty bring Balance!


News: Aphrodite Rises from Thessaloniki Excavation

From the article:
"Idols, clay lamps and amphorae, drinking cups, perfume vases, jewelry and other utilitarian and decorative objects make up the 300,000 or so finds unearthed during excavation work for the Thessaloniki metro.  Most striking among them, however, are the pieces related to Aphrodite, testifying to the northern port city’s enduring bond with the goddess of love.

The most interesting of these are a marble sculpture and a mosaic depicting the goddess that were found during digging for the Aghia Sofia station. Dating to different periods, they are indicative of the fact that the goddess was worshipped in the what is now downtown Thessaloniki as recently as early Christian times.

Aphrodite is represented by a plethora of statues and idols in a variety of different ways, and this was particularly the case in Roman times, explained Polyxeni Adam-Veleni, an archaeologist and head of the Culture Ministry’s General Directorate of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage.

'A large number of statues depicting Aphrodite have been found in the city center, while several more came to light in the area around the Church of the Acheiropoietos. They are mostly related to the worship of Thermaia Aphrodite, who was associated with the element of water,' Adam-Veleni said at a recent conference on the finds discovered during metro excavations in Athens, Thessaloniki and Piraeus."

(photo © ekathimerini.com)


Eirene: Peace

The Goddess Eirene is one of the Horae and the personification of Peace. She was depicted as a beautiful young woman carrying a cornucopia, sceptre, torch or rhyton. In the statue she is bearing Plutus, son of Demeter.

"Daughters of Zeus and Themis, Horae bright, Dike (Justice), and blessed Eirene (Peace) and Eunomia (Lawfulness) right, vernal and grassy, vivid, holy powers, whose balmy breath exhales in lovely flowers; all-coloured Horae, rich increase your care, circling, forever flourishing and fair: invested with a veil of shining dew, a flowery veil delightful to the view: attending Persephone, when back from night the Moirae and Charites, lead her up to light; when in a band harmonious they advance, and joyful round her form the solemn dance. With Mother Demeter triumphing, and Zeus divine, propitious come, and on our incense shine; give earth a store of blameless fruits to bear, and make these novel mystics' life your care."  

Orphic Hymn 43, 'To the Horae, Fumigation from Aromatics' (trans. Taylor)
Photo: Wikipedia. Roman copy after a Greek votive statue by Kephisodotos.

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Goddess News: Shanghai Flower Goddess Festival

"Shanghai's first huashen (flower goddess) festival kicked off at the Guyi Garden in Jiading District on Saturday, inviting residents to vote for their 12 favorite flowers. The ancient ritual of worshipping the Flower Goddess was replicated, with people wearing hanfu while reading blessing articles and putting flower lanterns into the river to pray for a good harvest and smooth year ahead. The tradition can be dated back to the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907) in China. The 15th day of the second month based on the Chinese lunar calendar marked the flower goddess festival in ancient times, said folk custom expert Zheng Shulin."

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(photo © Chen Xiahn/SHINE)


Happy Full Moon and Equinox

Blessings of the Spring Equinox 
and the Full Moon in Libra!
May you always find Balance and Beauty in Nature.

(painting © Susan Seddon Boulet)

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Full Moon Blessings

Blessings of the Full Moon in Virgo.
May your dreams manifest in Beauty!

(art © Christian Schloe)


For Aphrodite

"She clothed herself with garments which the Kharites and Horai had made for her and dyed in flowers of spring - such flowers as the Horai wear - in crocus and hyacinth and flourishing violet and the rose's lovely bloom, so sweet and delicious, and heavenly buds, the flowers of the narcissus and lily. In such perfumed garments is Aphrodite clothed at all seasons."

(Homerica: Cypria Fragment 6 from Athenaeus 15.682, trans. E. White; Painting of Aphrodite and Anchises by William Blake Richmond, circa 1889)

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For Brighid's Day

"O Brigid, Mary of the Gael,
May thy protection never fail.
Spread thy mantle over me,
Where’re I pass, where’re I be."

(Panel of St. Brigid of Kildare, WikiCommons)

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