Happy Chaitra Navratri!

In honor of the Navratri Festival, celebrating the Goddess Shakti/Devi in her various forms. The Chaitra Navratri (or Vasant Navratri) begins on March 28th and continues for nine nights.


Equinox blessings

Happy Spring Equinox!
May you dance with joy in Earth's beauty.
(painting by Karina Llergo, copyright reserved)


Full Moon Blessings

Happy Worm/Sap Full Moon in Virgo.
May the seeds of inspiration spring forth in beauty!


The Junonalia

Hymn to Juno
'O Royal Juno of majestic mien,
Aerial-formed, divine, Jove's blessed queen,
Throned in the bosom of caerulean air,
The race of mortals is thy constant care.
The cooling gales thy power alone inspires,
Which nourish life, which every life desires.
Mother of clouds and winds, from thee alone
Producing all things, mortal life is known:
All natures share thy temperament divine,
And universal sway alone is thine.
With founding blasts of wind, the swelling sea
And rolling rivers roar, when shook by Thee.
Come, blessed Goddess, famed almighty queen,
With aspect kind, rejoicing and serene.

(Orphic Hymn, trans. T. Taylor)

In Her Name ~ Temple of Learning


New Moon & Solar Eclipse

Happy New Moon and Annular Solar Eclipse!

("Balance", copyright Helena Nelson-Reed)

In Her Name ~ Temple of Learning


Hymn to Aphrodite

"I will sing of stately Aphrodite, gold-crowned and beautiful, whose dominion is the walled cities of all sea-set Cyprus. There the moist breath of the western wind wafted her over the waves of the loud-moaning sea in soft foam, and there the gold-filleted Hours welcomed her joyously. They clothed her with heavenly garments: on her head they put a fine, well-wrought crown of gold, and in her pierced ears they hung ornaments of orichalc and precious gold, and adorned her with golden necklaces over her soft neck and snow-white breasts, jewels which the gold-filleted Hours wear themselves whenever they go to their father's house to join the lovely dances of the gods. And when they had fully decked her, they brought her to the gods, who welcomed her when they saw her, giving her their hands. Each one of them prayed that he might lead her home to be his wedded wife, so greatly were they amazed at the beauty of violet-crowned Cytherea."
Homeric Hymn, trans. Evelyn-White.
(Artwork: Botticelli's "Birth of Venus")


Happy Full Moon

Blessings of the Full Snow Moon in Leo.
There is also a penumbral eclipse!


Brighid's Prayer

You are a woman of peace.
You bring harmony where there is conflict.
You bring light to the darkness.
You bring hope to the downcast.
May the mantle of your peace cover those who are troubled and anxious,
And may peace be firmly rooted in our hearts and in our world.
Inspire us to act justly and to reverence all Goddess has made.
Brigid, you are a voice for the wounded and the weary.
Strengthen what is weak within us,
Calm us into a quietness that heals and listens.
May we grow each day into greater wholeness in mind, body, and spirit.
Adapted from a Prayer to St. Brighid
Solas Bhríde Community, Kildare, 1997
(photo copyright Z. Jingna)