News: Statues Unearthed in Egypt

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"Over the weekend, the Egyptian Antiquities Ministry unveiled a huge cache of ancient artifacts and mummified animals—most significantly, the rare remains of at least two lion cubs—discovered in Saqqara, a necropolis located just south of Cairo. . . the trove includes 75 wooden and bronze statues of cats; 25 decorated wooden boxes filled with mummified cats; and statues of animals and birds ranging from bulls to a mongoose, an ibis and a falcon. Crocodiles, cobras and scarab beetles are among the other mummified creatures found at the site. Archaeologists also uncovered a large stone scarab and two smaller wood and sandstone depictions of the sacred beetle. . .Additional discoveries detailed in the statement are 73 bronze statues of the god Osiris, 6 wooden statues of the god Ptah-Soker, 11 statues of the lioness goddess Sekhmet and a carved statue of the goddess Neith. The cache also holds amulets, mummy masks and papyrus scrolls covered in drawings of the goddess Tawert. An item containing the name King Psamtik I dates many of the items to the 26th dynasty, which ruled Egypt between 610 and 664 B.C."

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News: Statues Unearthed in Catacombs on Nile River

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"The communal cemetery, unearthed in the Saqqara ancient burial ground in suburban Cairo, contains mummies and six goddess statues that show both Greek and Egyptian features . . Among the items found in the cemetery was a 57.5-centimeter terra-cotta statue bearing characteristics of both Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, and an ancient Egyptian female deity known as Isis, who is said to offer protection for the deceased in their next life. The Aphrodite-Isis statue wears Greek-Roman-style clothing as well as an Egyptian crown on her head. The team also unearthed a stone monument showing an image of Demeter . . Greek characters are engraved below the deity."

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Kagaba Prayer

Only one thought.
Only one Mother.
Only one single word reaches upwards.
Only one single trail leads heavenward.

skími alúna hangu ité.
iskími hába guaselgukú hangu ité.
iskími mulyigába nici gataugénka.
iskími hiúngulda guxa nici naugénka.

Kogi Traditional Prayer

(© translation by Reichel-Dolmatoff, photo of staircase to Ciudad Perdida by D. Reilander; copyrights reserved.)

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Full Moon Blessings

Blessings of the Frost/Beaver Moon in the sign of Taurus.  
May the visions you hold for the future be manifested on earth in beauty.

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Dia de los Muertos

Many blessings on this Dia de los Muertos.
May you walk with the wisdom of your ancestors.

(© art by Ari de la Mora, copyright reserved)

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News: 2nd Century statue of Goddess Cybele found in Plovdiv

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"Archaeologists working at the Forum site in Bulgaria’s city of Plovdiv have found a marble statuette of the Roman goddess Cybele . . The statuette is believed to date from the second century CE and was part of the pantheon of Philippopolis, an ancient name of Plovdiv, during the Roman era. . .In Roman mythology, Cybele was the universal mother, not only of the gods, but also of all humans, animals and plant life. Her equivalent in Greek mythology was Rhea."


Happy Diwali

Abundant Blessings of the Festival of Lights!

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Earth Prayer

Let us give thanks for the world around us,
Thanks for all the creatures, stones and plants.
Let us learn their lessons and seek their truths,
So that their path might be ours,
And we might live in harmony, a better life.
May the Earth continue to live,
May the heavens above continue to live,
May the rains continue to dampen the land,
May the wet forests continue to grow,
Then the flowers shall bloom
And we people shall live again.
(Traditional Hawaiian prayer)

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Happy Full Moon

Blessings of the Moon of the Falling Leaves in the sign of Aries.
May you release that which no longer serves with grace, 
allowing the space for future renewal.

(photo © K.Omini, Getty Images)

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Happy Sharad Navratri

The nine-day Hindu festival of Navaratri begins on September 29th, 2019.  In the Sharad Navaratri, nine forms of Shakti/Devi are honored.  Each region in India celebrates this festival in their own tradition's manner, but in some areas three days each are dedicated to Durga, Lakshmi and Sarasvati. This holiday culminates on the tenth day with the observance of Vijayadashami.

(Goddess Durga/Getty Images)

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Equinox Blessings

Happy Equinox!
May Light and Dark be balanced in Beauty.

(© art by Severine Pinaux, copyright reserved)

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Harvest Moon

Happy Harvest Moon  in Pisces!
May both your inner and outer world harvests be blessed.

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Earth Prayer

Cover my Earth Mother four times with many flowers.
Let the heavens be covered with the banked-up clouds.
Let the earth be covered with fog; cover the earth with rains.
Great waters, rains, cover the earth.  Lighting cover the earth.
Let thunder be heard over the earth; let thunder be heard;
Let thunder be heard over the six regions of the earth.
Zuni Prayer

(© photo P. Oldham)

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