1/20/2019

Lunar Eclipse



Blessings of the January Wolf Moon with an eclipse in the sign of Leo!  

See this page for more information on when the eclipse will take place in your area:




  
(photo © F. Espenak, Nasa website)

1/09/2019

Babylonian Creation Myth

"They kissed Her feet, saying 
'The Creatress of mankind we call Thee;
The Mistress of all the Gods, be Thy Name!'
They went to the House of Fate,
Ninigiku-Ea and the wise Mama.
Fourteen mother-wombs were assembled 
to tread upon the clay before Her.
Ea says, as he recites the incantation.
Sitting before Her,
Mama recited the incantation; 
When She completed Her incantation, 
She drew upon Her clay. 
Fourteen pieces She pinched off;
Seven pieces She placed on the right,
seven pieces She placed on the left,
between them She placed a brick. 
Ea was kneeling on the matting; 
He opened its navel; 
He called the wise wives.
Of the seven and seven mother-wombs.
Seven brought forth males,
seven brought forth females.
The Mother-Womb, the Creatress of Destiny,
In pairs She completed them,
In pairs She completed before Her,
The forms of the people Mami forms. 
In the house of the bearing woman in childbirth,
Seven days shall the brick lie,
from the house of Mah, the wise Mami. 
As the Bearing One gives birth,
May the mother of the child bring forth by herself."


Ancient Babylonian text from "The Great Mother" by Erich Neumann, trans. R. Manheim.

Photo of female figure, Khafajah, Nintu Temple VII, Early Dynastic period, 2600-2500 B.C. Oriental Institute Museum, University of Chicago.

In Her Name ~ Temple of Learning

1/01/2019

Happy New Year!


May 2019 bring healing blessings to all beings.




(Healing Presence, © B. Harmon)

12/30/2018

Yemaya celebration in Brazil


"Believers of Afro-Brazilian religions pay tribute to Yemanja, Goddess of the Sea, during a traditional celebration ahead of New Year's eve on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, December 29, 2018."



(photo copyright P. Olivares/Reuters)

12/21/2018

Full Moon Blessings


May the Long Night's Moon
bring quiet contemplation and peace.



(© artwork by Aimee Stewart)

12/20/2018

Happy Solstice

May the new light bring you new hope
and the promise of rebirth and renewal.
Solstice Blessings!
(© photo by Max Ellis)

12/12/2018

Blessings on Her Feast Day


Nuestra SeƱora de Guadalupe, also honored as Tonantzin - Mother Earth - of the Nahuan.  Her feast day is December 12th.


(art copyright Shiloh Sophia)


11/30/2018

To Kunapipi

Great Kunapipi,
I do not forget you
as I climb back into your holy womb
to make contact with my spirit soul,
crawling into the crescent vessel
of your protection
dug deep into the soil of your body,
carved into the precious earth beneath me.

I beckon to my spirit soul
which lives within you
until my time of finishing this life
and though I leave your womb
at this initiation time,
though I choose to climb out
from your nurturing warmth,
to live my years of life,
I ask you to care for my spirit soul
until my return
so that after my passing from this life
my two spirits may be reunited in you,
before you send me forth again
to once more live on earth.

Dear Kunapipi,
no matter how far I wander,
how many lives I live,
to you I shall always return.

(Traditional Aboriginal)


(Cave painting, Nourlangie, Kakadu)



11/22/2018

Full Moon Blessings


Blessings of the Frosty Beaver Moon in Gemini.
May her rays inspire creativity and beauty!




11/15/2018

Goddess News: Sarasvati Statue in Vietnam



From the article:
"A sandstone statue of the Hindu goddess Saraswati, the first of its kind found in Vietnam, is being showcased at the museum of the Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long. The statue, with the right hand and part of the pedestal broken, is 140cm high and dates back to about the 6th – 7th century.  Deputy Director of the Vinh Long Department of Culture, Sports and Tourim Le Thanh Hien said on November 14 the antiquity is a particularly rare object that will help with research into local history, especially the appearance of Indian culture and religion in Vietnam. It is also valuable to archaeological, cultural, religious, aesthetic and craft technique research, Hien added."



(photo copyright VNA)

10/30/2018

Blessings of the Season


We remember those who have gone before, 
and wish you and your ancestors many blessings.



("Marigold" by Sylvia Ji, copyright reserved)

10/23/2018

Full Moon Blessings

 
Blessings of the Full Moon in Taurus!
May your dreams manifest on Earth in love and beauty.
 

("Taurus" artwork © Susan Seddon Boulet)

10/09/2018

Happy Navratri!



This year's Navratri begins on October 10th and is celebrated through Oct. 18th. During this festival of the nine nights, nine forms of the Mother Goddess Shakti/Devi are honored. Each region in India celebrates this festival according to their own traditions, but in some areas three days each are dedicated to Durga, Lakshmi and Sarasvati, respectively. This holiday culminates on the tenth day with the observance of Vijayadashami.



(photo © H. Jadeja)