12/11/2017

Virgen de Guadalupe


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.
 
"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)


 

("Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe" copyright Maya Telford)

In Her Name ~ Temple of Learning

 

12/03/2017

News: 27 statues of goddess Sekhmet unearthed in Luxor

"An Egyptian-European archaeological mission working in Luxor Governorate uncovered a collection of 27 fragmented statues of the lioness goddess Sekhmet, ‎Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities said in a statement on Sunday. He added that some of the statues depict the goddess Sekhmet sitting on the throne, holding the symbol of life in her left hand, or standing and holding a papyrus scepter in front of her chest. The head is crowned with a sun disk and the Uraeus adorns her forehead. "

12/02/2017

Full Moon Blessings


Happy Full Moon in Gemini!
May you find wisdom and beauty in her rays.
 
 
("Gemini" copyright Susan Seddon Boulet)

11/26/2017

Goddess news: Kasnakovo and Southern Turkey



"Archaeologists have discovered a unique statue of the goddess Isis and a marble head of satire in the Sanctuary of the Nymphs and Aphrodite near the Dimitrovgrad village of Kasnakovo."





"Archeologists discovered a statue of the Greek goddess Hygieia and god Eros in Turkey's southern province of Adana, shedding light on the region's ancient history."

 
 
 
(1st photo copyright bTV, 2nd copyright, AA Photo)
 

11/21/2017

Iroquois Prayer of Thanks

 
We return thanks to our mother, the earth,
which sustains us.
We return thanks to the rivers and streams,
which supply us with water.
We return thanks to all herbs,
which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases.
We return thanks to the corn, and to her sisters,
the beans and squashes,
which give us life.
We return thanks to the bushes and trees,
which provide us with fruit.
We return thanks to the wind,
which, moving the air, has banished diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and the stars,
which have given us their light when the sun was gone.
We return thanks to our grandfather He-no,
that he has protected his grandchildren
and has given us his rain.
We return thanks to the sun,
that he has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.
Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit,
in whom is embodied all goodness,
and who directs all things for the good of all.

Traditional Iroquois
 
 

11/15/2017

Enrollment Reminder


Our home-study school is currently accepting applications for the last enrollment period in 2017. 

If you would like to learn more about our Goddess-centered correspondence courses or Priestess training program, please visit the website link below. Thank you!

 
 

11/09/2017

Hymn to Persephone


TO PROSERPINE

"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; painting by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1874.)

In Her Name ~ Temple of Learning

11/03/2017

Happy Full Moon!


November's full moon is often referred to as the Beaver or the Frost Moon. In our area of the Sonoran Desert, the native Tohono O'odham refer to it as the "Moon of the Fair-Cold".

May the Taurus Moon manifest your dreams and visions
into beautiful expressions of creativity!
 
 

10/30/2017

Dia de los Muertos blessings


The holiday of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) begins on the evening of October 31st.  On that night, the small angelitos (spirit children) arrive, with the spirits of the adults following on the 1st of  November.  Family graves are decorated and altars created to honor the occupations and preferences of the ancestors.  On Nov. 2nd, a large family meal is shared with favorite foods and the spirits are bid a fond goodbye until the next year.
 
These activities mirror an ancient Aztec festival, which honored the Lady of the Dead - the Goddess Mictecacihuatl - during the summer corn harvest.   It is now celebrated at the time of Samhain, Halloween and All Soul's Day in many parts of the world, including the U.S., Central America and Spain.

May you always walk with the wisdom of your ancestors.



("Soul Searching", La Catrina painting by Cat Ashworth, copyright reserved)

10/18/2017