8/22/2016

Goddess news: Elaborately tattooed mummified Priestess


From the article:
"A Quebec researcher is celebrating the discovery of an intricate collection of tattoos found on the mummified body of a woman who lived more than 3,300 years a...go. The markings are the first on a mummy from dynastic Egypt to show actual objects, including lotus blossoms on the mummy's hips and cows on her arm, the scientific journal Nature reported. . . The researchers believe the mummy is of a woman between the ages of 24 and 35 years old who may have been a priestess to the Egyptian goddess Hathor."




(photo, copyright Radio-Canada)


Goddess news: Light Festival in Chennai


From the article:
"The triumphant smile of the glittering goddess Amman is visible from quite a distance down the Old Mahabalipuram Road in South Chennai. . . Such luminous images are a common sight temples across Tamil Nadu at this time of the year. . . 'Our forefathers have always put up these decorations," said Kumar. "We are just following the tradition. In the villages, the light setting is even grander'."
 
 
 
 
(photo Scroll.in, copyright reserved)
 

8/17/2016

Full Moon in Aquarius

 
Blessings of the Full Moon in Aquarius!
 May Her light pour out beautiful dreams upon you.


(Aquarius, copyright Ellerslie)

8/13/2016

Hail Hekate

 
"Yes, lend me your hand I pray,
 And reveal to me the pathways of divine guidance that I long for.
 Then shall I gaze upon that precious Light
 Whence I can flee the evil of our dark origin.
Yes, lend me your hand I pray,
 And when I am weary, bring me to the haven of piety with your winds.
 Hail, many-named mother of the Gods, whose children are fair
 Hail, mighty Hekate of the Threshold."
 
 
 
(Hekate relief, Thera, 200 BCE. Athens National Archaeological Museum. Proclus Diadochus Hymn, trans. Vogt)
 

Goddess news: Roman coins unearthed


From the article:

"These include depictions of Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom, advancing with a shield and javelin; Fortuna, the goddess of fortune, holding a rudder; Pax, the goddess of peace; a winged thunderbolt on a throne; Roma, a female deity who personified the city of Rome, seated above a shield; and Venus, the goddess of love and beauty, holding an apple and drawing her robe to her shoulder. "




(photo copyright the British Museum)

8/07/2016

In Praise of Yemanja

 
"Yemaya Assessu,
Assessu Yemaya
Yemaya Olodo,
Olodo Yemaya."
 
 
 
(Traditional chant honoring Her as the river flowing into the ocean,  Photo of Yemanja statue at Santa Vitoria do Palmar, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, copyright F. Bras.)


In Her Name ~ Temple of Learning

8/01/2016

Lammas/Lughnasadh Blessings

 
Gather your harvest carefully.
It not only provides sustenance for today,
but the seeds for the following one as well.
 
 
 
 
("Harvest" painting by Z. Serebriakova,1915)

7/27/2016

Goddess news: Roman goddess unearthed at South Shields

 
From the article:
"The dramatic discovery is a beautifully crafted miniature bronze figure of the Roman goddess Ceres which is thought to be a mount from a larger piece of furniture. Ceres was the goddess of agriculture, grain and fertility which is a highly appropriate goddess for Arbeia because it was a supply base where thousands of tons of grain were stored in granaries to feed the army stationed along Hadrian’s Wall. This is the second goddess that the WallQuest project has found at Arbeia in two years. In 2014, a local volunteer found a carved stone head of a protective goddess, or tutela.
 
 
 
 
 
(photo copyright The Shields Gazette.)
 

7/22/2016

Goddess news: Bonalu festival


"One of the central tenets of Hinduism is the concept of the Shakti, the feminine energy embodied by the universal mother who is revered in various forms across India. Currently, the mother goddess is being celebrated in the southern state of Telangana with an array of rituals that comprise the festival of Bonalu dedicated to Goddess Mahankali. The word ‘Bonalu’ means a meal or a feast in Telugu. It signifies the offering of rice cooked in milk and jaggery in new earthen pots which are presented to the goddess along with vermillion, turmeric, and bangles. . . Another important element of the festival is the ‘Rangam’ or the Oracle where a woman foretells the events of the next year by invoking the spirit of Mahankali on herself."

Read the article:
 
 
 
(photo copyright AFP/Getty)

7/19/2016

Full Moon Blessings


Happy Buck and Thunder Full Moon in Capricorn!
May you connect deeply with the Earth Mother
and with yourself in the process.