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'.”

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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)

In Her Name ~ Temple of Learning


Full Moon Blessings


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

In Her Name ~ Temple of Learning


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

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"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.)

In Her Name ~ Temple of Learning


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.

In Her Name ~ Temple of Learning


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)

In Her Name ~ Temple of Learning


Hymn to the Moon Goddess

"Hear, Goddess Queen, diffusing silver light,
Bull-horned and wandering through the gloom of Night.
With stars surrounded, and with circuit wide
Night's torch extending, through the heavens you ride:
Female and Male with borrowed rays you shine,
And now full-orbed, now tending to decline.
Mother of ages, fruit-producing Moon,
Whose amber orb makes Night's reflected noon:
Lover of horses, splendid, queen of Night,
All-seeing power bedecked with starry light.
Lover of vigilance, the foe of strife,
In peace rejoicing, and a prudent life:
Fair lamp of Night, its ornament and friend,
Who givest to Nature's works their destined end.
Queen of the stars, all-wife Diana hail!
Decked with a graceful robe and shining veil;
Come, blessed Goddess, prudent, starry, bright,
Come moony-lamp with chaste and splendid light,
Shine on these sacred rites with prosperous rays,
And pleased accept thy suppliant's mystic praise."

(From "The Hymns of Orpheus", trans. T. Taylor)

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Solstice Blessings

May you always hold the warmth and light of the season in your hearts.

In Her Name ~ Temple of Learning


Goddess Cihuacoatl

Serpent Woman, plumed with eagle feathers,
with the crest of eagles, comes,
beating her drum, from the Place of the Old.
She alone, who is our flesh,
Goddess of the fields and shrubs, is strong to support us.
Our Mother is as twelve eagles,
Goddess of drums calling the Gods, filling the fields.
She is our Mother, 
a companion from the Home of Ancestors.
She comes forth, she appears when war is waged,
She protects us that we be not destroyed,
an example and companion from the Home of the Ancestors.
She comes adorned in the ancient manner with the eagle's crest,
in the ancient manner with the eagle's crest!

(Traditional Aztec Hymn to Cihua-coatl)

In Her Name ~ Temple of Learning


Full Moon Blessings

Blessings of the Rose Moon in Sagittarius and the penumbral eclipse.
May hidden strengths be illuminated.

In Her Name ~ Temple of Learning