7/18/2018

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
 
 
 
 

7/09/2018

News article: Adivasi Women Save A Forest


From the article: 

" 'Did you breastfeed these Saal trees? Why are you stopping us from cutting them down?' growled the poachers.

" 'How can you breastfeed your own mother?' retorted the resolute Adivasi women.

"The news of Adivasi women standing up to powerful poachers spread like forest fire. The women also repeatedly engaged with the Forest Ranger. An official meeting was arranged between them and forest officers. All poachers were subsequently arrested. Each one of them was fined ₹5,000. Illegal logging of trees in the vicinity of Hakim Sinan village and beyond has abated. There is still an undercurrent of threat to this collective from vested interests but the women of this SHG are confident of taking on any challenge to save their forest: their Goddess, their Mother."
 
 
 
 
(photo copyright S. Chatterjee, PRADAN)
 

7/05/2018

Hymn to the Goddess Nemesis

 
Thee, Nemesis we call, Almighty Queen,
by whom the deeds of mortal life are seen:
Eternal, much revered, of boundless sight,
alone rejoicing in the just and right:
Changing the counsels of the human breast
for ever various, rolling without rest.
To every mortal is thy influence known,
and men beneath thy righteous bondage groan;
For every thought within the mind concealed
is to thy fight perspicuously revealed.
The soul unwilling reason to obey
by lawless passion ruled, thy eyes survey.
All to see, hear, and rule, O Power Divine
whose nature Equity contains, is thine.
Come, blessed, holy Goddess, hear our prayer,
and make our life, thy constant care:
Give aid benignant in the needful hour,
and strength abundant to the reasoning power;
And far avert the dire, unfriendly race
of counsels impious, arrogant, and base.

Orphic Hymn to Nemesis
(trans. T. Taylor)


("Nemesis", painting by Gheorghe Tattarescu, Museum of Bucharest)

In Her Name ~ Temple of Learning

6/27/2018

Happy Full Moon

 
Blessings of the Rose Moon in Capricorn.
May Beauty and Wisdom prevail!
 
 
 
 
 
(photo, Shutterstock.com)

6/20/2018

Solstice Blessings!

 
May this Solstice bring you joy and harmony!
 
 
(artwork © Adrienne Stein)
 

6/11/2018

Hymn to Leucothea

 
"I call, Leukothea, of great Kadmos born, and Dionysos' nurse, who ivy leaves adorn. Hear, powerful Goddess, in the mighty deep vast-bosomed, destined thy domain to keep: in waves rejoicing, guardian of mankind; for ships from thee alone deliverance find, amidst the fury of the unstable main, when art no more avails, and strength is vain. When rushing billows with tempestuous ire overwhelm the mariner in ruin dire, thou hearest with pity touched his suppliant prayer, resolved his life to succour and to spare. Be ever present, Goddess! In distress, waft ships along with prosperous success: thy mystics through the stormy sea defend, and safe conduct them to their destined end."
 
 
(Orphic Hymn: To Leukothea, Fumigation from Aromatics, trans. Taylor. Mosaic: 4th cent. CE, Villa Romana del Casale, Getty Images)
 
 

5/28/2018

Happy Full Moon

 
Blessings of the Full Flower Moon in Sagittarius.
May all your goals blossom in beauty!
 
 
 
 

5/23/2018

For Sarasvati


"May Goddess Saraswati,
who is fair like the jasmine-colored moon,
and whose pure white garland is like frosty dew drops;
who is adorned in radiant white attire,
on whose beautiful arm rests the veena,
and whose throne is a white lotus;
who is surrounded and respected by the Gods, protect me."
 
Traditional Sanskrit prayer


(Statue, Fine Arts College, Davanagere)

In Her Name ~ Temple of Learning

4/28/2018

Full moon blessings


Happy "Pink Moon" in Scorpio!
May peaceful beauty bless you today and always.
 
 

(artwork © Evvers, DeviantArt)
 

4/22/2018

For Earth Day

 
The mountains, I become a part of it.
The herbs, the fir tree, I become a part of it.
The morning mists, the clouds,
the gathering waters,
I become a part of it.
 The wilderness, the dew drops, the pollen,
I become a part of it.

Navajo Chant


In Her Name ~ Temple of Learning

4/12/2018

News article: Nubian Stone Tablets Discovered

 
From the article: "Archaeologists excavating a vast and ancient 'city of the dead' in Africa have recovered the largest collection of texts in the mysterious language of the Kushites. Dating back to 2,700 years ago, the find includes extraordinary tablets commemorating the dead. The items hail from a site called Sedeinga in Sudan, known for the ruins of a temple dedicated to the 14th century BCE Egyptian queen Tiye, the grandmother of Tutankhamun. One significant find was a chapel lintel depicting Maat, the Egyptian goddess of law, balance, order, harmony, peace and justice. They also found two commemorative texts dedicated to women of high rank."




(photo copyright V. Francigny/Sedeinga)

4/04/2018

News Article: Women ran things in ancient Peru


From the article: "Women in ancient Peru, far from being marginalized and invisible, were political and economic decision-makers, according to a new study that challenges many traditional takes on the country's history. Historian Maritza Villavicencio sets out the findings that run counter to previous hypotheses that high-ranking pre-Columbian women in Peru were mere "priestesses" in "Mujer, poder y alimentacion en el antiguo Peru" ("Woman, power and food in ancient Peru"). Instead, she asserts, they were monarchs. The book, published by San Martin de Porres University, is the result of the 10 years of research."

 
 
 
(photo copyright Oscar FARJE/ANDINA/AFP)
 

3/30/2018

Blue Moon in Libra


Blessings of the Blue Moon in Libra!
"As Above, So Below;
As Within, So Without.
as the Universe, so the Soul…” 
Hermes Trismegistus