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.  

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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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Harvest Moon

Blessings of the Autumn Moon in Aries!
May that which no longer serves fall easily away,
allowing peace and hope for the future to remain.

(© photo by Dorothyann Strange)

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Equinox Blessings

May you always find Sacred Balance within Nature and yourself.

(© artwork by Carmen Gatti)

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News: Ancient figurines found in Myra

From the article:
"More than 50 terracotta figurines have been found in the ancient city of Myra in the Demre district of the southern province of Antalya that consisted of partially preserved clay female, male, god, goddess, ram and horseman figurines and inscriptions of vow from the 1st and 2nd century B.C. that have excited the scientific world. . . Drawing attention to the rich variety of the figurines of women, men, children, gods, goddesses, rams, horsemen, fruit bearers, women with children and inscriptions of vow, Cevik said, 'We found an amazing terracotta figurine collection together. We haven’t reached the entire collection yet. It is as if the people of Myra were resurrected, ran together and reached today. Intact and complete, there are hundreds of more figurine pieces belonging to the collection, which currently includes 40-50 pieces. When the broken pieces come together there will be more figurines, too. The figurines feature the daily life. The fact that the dyes on them are partially preserved shows us the color of clothes they wore in their time. The creation of this rich collection of an extraordinary variety of figurines also shows us the technology of that time and the art of statuette. It gives rich clues about what existed in the 1st and 2nd century B.C. in Myra'.”

Read the full article at the below link:
Ancient Figurines Found in Myra

(photo © Demiroren News Agency)


Tewa Prayer


Our Old Women Gods, we ask you!
Our Old Women Gods, we ask you!
Then give to us long life together,
May we live until our frosted hair
Is white; may we live till then
This life that now we know!

Our Old Women Gods, 
Come hither, take this!
Long life give us
And our people!
We bring you corn meal
For arm-leg nourishment
Then grant to us
Our span of life
And to our children also!


 (Traditional Tewa prayer and pottery bowl)

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Full Moon Blessings


Happy Full Moon in Pisces.
May She bring peace and inspiration to your dreams.

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News: Statue found in Dhulikhel

From the article:
"Archaeologists and heritage conservationists are excited about the recent discovery  of an ancient statue in Dhulikhel. . . .The statue is thought to be of an ancient Kirat goddess. It resembles a Kirati woman, and is believed to be of the Kirat period. . . Udhav Acharya, an archaeologist, states that the features of this particular statue show that its origin dates back to primordial times. 'The features of this statue coincide with few other statues from the second or third century BC. It is unequivocally one of the oldest statues in Nepal,' he added."

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(photo © Omnamonarayanam)


Discovery: Column Bearing Roman God/desses in Germany

From the article:
"An ancient column that could date back as far as the 5th century has been unearthed in Germany. The column, bearing images of the Roman god Jupiter and three other deities, is believed to have been deposited in a well at the site of what is now a commercial lignite mine. Archaeologists recently made the discovery in the town of Kerpen, some 12 miles (20 kilometers) outside Cologne. The column dedicated to Jupiter was broken, with the experts saying it might have been damaged after being thrown down the well sometime between the 2nd and 5th centuries, possibly by Christians seeking to destroy remnants of the pagan gods.  The badly damaged image at the foot of the column, believed to have once been more than 16 feet (5 meters) tall, is believed to be a depiction of Jupiter himself. The three other images are better preserved and show three female goddesses: Juno, the wife of Jupiter; Minerva, the goddess of wisdom; and very likely Nemesis-Diana, the goddess of just vengeance, according to the archaeologists. 

"The three deities — Jupiter, Juno and Minerva — are the so-called Capitoline Triad, the main deities of the city Rome who are often depicted together. “The portrayal of Nemesis-Diana is more unusual,” Schubert said. 'There’s only one other piece of evidence [like it] in the Rhineland and only a few in the whole Roman Empire. The goddess of the lawful revenge Nemesis is depicted with signs of the goddess of the hunt Diana, which makes this portrayal even more special. We don’t know why she was chosen to be depicted with the three main deities of the Roman mythology.' A statement issued by the head of the preservation office Erich Classen also said the representation of Nemesis-Diana is unusual in the area. 'We have little evidence that she was worshiped in the Rhineland during Roman times,' Classen said. The statement also says that the goddess can be recognized by means of a wagon wheel behind her and the short robe she wears."

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(The montage shows all three Goddesses on the column relief: Juno/left, Nemesis-Diana/center, and Minerva/right. © M. Zanjani/LVR Office for Ground Monument Preservation in the Rhineland/Newsflash)


Hail Hekate

"Yes, lend me your hand I pray and reveal to me the pathways of Divine Guidance that I long for. Then shall I gaze upon that precious Light whence I can flee the evil of our dark origin. Yes, lend me your hand I pray - and when I am weary, bring me to the haven of piety with your winds. Hail, many-named mother of the Gods, whose children are fair. Hail, mighty Hekate of the Threshold."

(Proclus Diadochus Hymn, trans. Vogt; Hecate Statue, 3rd century CE, Antalya Museum, Turkey.)

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Happy Full Moon

Happy Full Moon in Aquarius!  In some Native American cultures the Full Moon of August is known as the Corn Moon, so today we honor the Corn Mother and other Goddesses of Grain:  Iyatiku, Selu, The Corn Maidens, Yellow Woman, Chicomecoatl, Demeter & Persephone, Zaramama, Ukemochi, Annona, Dewi Sri, Nidaba, and Ashnan.

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Lammas Blessings

May whatever you are harvesting
this season be sweet and abundant.

(© "Gathering the Day" art by Susan Spar.)

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Prayer to Cybele

"Hail Great Idaean Mother of the Gods!
Hail O Most Holy Elder Goddess!
We humbly pray, O Cybele,
Berecynthian Mother Dindymene!
Take us under Thy protection
That Thou may defend us.
We offer this prayer
To graciously grant peace and joy,
And health to our families.
Look favorably upon us
and never abandon Thy children."

(Cybele, bronze, 2nd century CE; Metropolitan Museum of Art)

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