6/20/2017

Happy Solstice!

 
In ancient Baltic traditions, the Sun Goddess Saule rules the heavens and rides across the sky in her golden and silver chariot, pulled by twin stallions.
 
"Saule, with her two gold horses,
Rides up the stone mountain
Never heated, never weary.
Never resting on the way."
 
Her festival was held on the Summer Solstice - bonfires were lit, blessings were asked, flower wreaths signifying the sun were assembled, and a special meal was shared.  Celebrants would stay up the entire night to witness her rising.
 
"The Sun dances over the silver mountain
Silver shoes she hath on her feet. . ."
 
 
 
 
(Quotes from the "Encyclopaedia of Religion & Ethics", Ed. J. Hastings. Artwork copyright Annalceflames/DeviantArt.)

6/08/2017

Full Moon Blessings

 
Blessings of the Rose Moon in Sagittarius.
May She illuminate the beauty found within and around you.
 
 
 
In Her Name ~ Temple of Learning

6/01/2017

Hymn to Aurora

 
Hear me, O Goddess! Whose emerging ray
Leads on the broad refulgence of the day;
Blushing Aurora, whose celestial light
Beams on the world with reddening splendours bright:
Angel of Titan, whom with constant round,
Thy orient beams recall from night profound:
Labour of every kind to lead is thine,
Of mortal life the minister divine.
Mankind in thee eternally delight,
And none presumes to shun thy beauteous sight.
Soon as thy splendours break the bands of rest,
And eyes unclose with pleasing sleep oppressed;
Men, reptiles, birds, and beasts, with general voice,
And all the nations of the deep, rejoice;
For all the culture of our life is thine.
Come, blessed power! and to these rites incline:
Thy holy light increase, and unconfined;
Diffuse its radiance on thy mystic's mind.
 
 
("Hymn to Aurora", The Hymns of Orpheus, trans. T. Taylor, "Goddess of the Dawn" artwork by Evelyn De Morgan)
 
 

5/25/2017

National Geographic Reconstructing Face of Ancient Peruvian Priestess

 
From the article:
"National Geographic is in the process of reconstruction of La SeƱora de Cao, an ancient Governor-Priestess who ruled during the Moche civilization that developed on the northern coast of Peru during the 1st through 8th centuries."

5/24/2017

5/10/2017

Festival honouring Forest Mother Goddess


"The event will bring together practitioners of Mother Goddess worship from all over the country and feature a variety of activities. . . The Mother Goddess of Forest is among the Mother Goddesses of the Three Realms in the Viet beliefs who look after heaven, water and mountains and forests."
 
 
 
(photo VNA)
 

Happy Full Moon


Blessings of the Flower Moon in Scorpio.
May you always feel the loving warmth of her rays!
 
 
 
 

4/30/2017

Beltane Blessings

 
May beauty and joy be yours, today and every day!
 
 
 
 
 
(painting by Henry Siddons Mowbray)

4/22/2017

Praise to Mother Earth


Behold! Our Mother Earth is lying here.
Behold! She gives of her fruitfulness.
Truly her power she gives us.
Give thanks to Mother Earth who lies here.

Behold on Mother Earth the growing fields!
Behind the promise of her fruitfulness!
Truly her power she gives us.
Give thanks to Mother Earth who lies here.
 Behold on Mother Earth the spreading trees!
Behold the promise of her fruitfulness!
Truly, her power she giveth to us,
Give thanks to Mother Earth who lieth here!

Behold on Mother Earth the running streams!
Behold the promise of her fruitfulness!
Truly, her power she giveth to us,
Give thanks to Mother Earth who lieth here!
 
 
 
(Traditional Pawnee chant, trans. A.C. Fletcher, artwork copyright Jaine Rose.)
 
 

4/19/2017

Celebrating the Goddess of the Sea in Hong Kong


From the article:
"The birthday of Tin Hau – who also goes by the names of A-ma and Ma Tsu in Macau and Taiwan – falls on the 23rd day of the third lunar month, which this year is April 19."



(In Taiwan, Tin Hau is known as Ma Tsu. Photo: Wikimedia Commons)