2/13/2017

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")
 

2/10/2017

Happy Full Moon

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

1/31/2017

Brighid's Prayer

 
Brigid,
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)
 

1/25/2017

Hymn to Magna Mater

 
"O eternal Creatrix of Gods and men, who animates forest and stream with soul, and joins seeds of life together throughout the world and you bear the stones of Pyrrha that were enlivened into men by the hand of Prometheus. Hungry men you were first to give nourishment with a variety of foods. You encircle and carry the sea within you. Under your power are the gentleness of domesticated herds and the ferocity of wild beasts and the repose from flight of birds. Firm and immobile, unsetting power of the earth suspended in the vacuum of space. You are the center around which the rapid heavens revolve. All the heavenly bodies, in chariots of fire, wheel about you, O center of the universe, indivisible from the great brotherhood of the Gods. Therefore are you the bountiful who nourishes so many nations, and at the same time so many high cities and so many noble peoples. You provide yourself and all the world as one, from above and below."
 
 
 
 
(Hymn by Statius in "Thebiad", photo of Magna Mater / Cybele statue, Getty Museum)

1/22/2017

News: 2,700-year-old Goddess statue in Turkey


From the article:

"Archaeologists have uncovered a rare ceramic statue of a Cypriot goddess dating back 2,700 years underwater in Turkey's Mediterranean resort town of Marmaris."

 
 

1/16/2017

Home-study enrollment reminder


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1/11/2017

Full Moon Blessings

 
Blessings of the Wolf Moon in the sign of Cancer.
May the voices of all beings be heard with respect.
 
 
 

12/31/2016

Happy New Year

 
Happy secular New Year!
We gaze bravely into the future, remembering
that Her love will sustain and unite us all.
 
 
 
 
("Mirror Gazing" by Emily Balivet, copyright reserved)


In Her Name ~ Temple of Learning

12/20/2016