11/15/2017

Enrollment Reminder


Our home-study school is currently accepting applications for the last enrollment period in 2017. 

If you would like to learn more about our Goddess-centered correspondence courses or Priestess training program, please visit the website link below. Thank you!

 
 

11/09/2017

Hymn to Persephone


TO PROSERPINE

"Illustrious, horned, of a bounteous mind,
Alone desired by those of mortal kind.
O, Vernal Queen, whom grassy plains delight,
Sweet to the smell, and pleasing to the sight:
Whose holy form in budding fruits we view,
Earth's vigorous offspring of a various hue.

"Espoused in Autumn: life and death alone
To wretched mortals from thy power is known:
For thine the task according to thy will,
Life to produce, and all that lives to kill.
Hear, blessed Goddess, send a rich increase
Of various fruits from earth, with lovely Peace;

"Send Health with gentle hand, and crown my life
With blest abundance, free from noisy strife;
Last in extreme old age the prey of Death,
Dismiss we willing to the realms beneath,
To thy fair palace, and the blissful plains
Where happy spirits dwell, and Pluto reigns."
 


("The Hymns of Orpheus", trans. T. Taylor; painting by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1874.)

In Her Name ~ Temple of Learning

11/03/2017

Happy Full Moon!


November's full moon is often referred to as the Beaver or the Frost Moon. In our area of the Sonoran Desert, the native Tohono O'odham refer to it as the "Moon of the Fair-Cold".

May the Taurus Moon manifest your dreams and visions
into beautiful expressions of creativity!
 
 

10/30/2017

Dia de los Muertos blessings


The holiday of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) begins on the evening of October 31st.  On that night, the small angelitos (spirit children) arrive, with the spirits of the adults following on the 1st of  November.  Family graves are decorated and altars created to honor the occupations and preferences of the ancestors.  On Nov. 2nd, a large family meal is shared with favorite foods and the spirits are bid a fond goodbye until the next year.
 
These activities mirror an ancient Aztec festival, which honored the Lady of the Dead - the Goddess Mictecacihuatl - during the summer corn harvest.   It is now celebrated at the time of Samhain, Halloween and All Soul's Day in many parts of the world, including the U.S., Central America and Spain.

May you always walk with the wisdom of your ancestors.



("Soul Searching", La Catrina painting by Cat Ashworth, copyright reserved)

10/18/2017

10/04/2017

Full Moon Blessings

 
Blessings of the Full Moon in Aries.
May you always find strength in the beauty of Nature.



In Her Name ~ Temple of Learning

9/22/2017

Equinox Blessings

 
Blessings of the Autumn Equinox.
May you always find the balance of the light within the dark.
 
 
 

(artwork copyright Ameliethe, DeviantArt)

9/20/2017

Blessings of Navratri!

 
This year's Sharad Navratri begins on September 21st and is celebrated through Sept. 30th. 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 tradition, but in some areas three days each are dedicated to Durga, Lakshmi and Sarasvati, respectively. This holiday culminates on the 10th day with the observance of Vijayadashami.

 

 

(Garba dance photo, copyright H. Jadeja.)

9/18/2017

News: Searching for Temple of Athena in Manisa


From the article:

" . . they are trying to understand whether the temple was dedicated to Athena, the ancient Greek goddess of wisdom. Sezgin remarked that the region on which they were continuing the excavations signaled a carefully selected location for a temple. “It is not known whether there are Temples of Athena in all of the 12 cities built by the people of Aiol south of ─░zmir during ancient times. On the other hand, Goddess Athena’s head was depicted on the coins from the Hellenistic-period in Aigai. In this respect, it can be deduced that she was one of the most important and protective goddesses of the city,” he said."



9/05/2017

Happy Full Moon

 
Blessings of the Full Corn Moon  in Pisces!
May the abundance of this season be shared by all.
 


In Her Name ~ Temple of Learning