2/09/2018

News Article: Brazilians honor Yemanja


From the article:
"Thousands of Brazilians flooded beaches around the northeastern city of Salvador to pay tribute to the sea goddess Yemanja and ask for her protection ahead of Carnival celebrations. Even before dawn broke, devotees dressed in white and blue clothing brought offerings to the Praia Rio Vermelha, or Red River Beach, and then later to nearby Itaparica Island. They paraded toward the sea with baskets filled with red, white and yellow roses and other gifts, incl...uding ornately dressed dolls, mirrors, perfume and bottles of Champagne. Some carried fishing nets and images of the goddess who is depicted in blue flowing robes. Yemanja is important for all of those who make a living from fishing, said Nivanilson Silva, a Candomble follower. 'She is our mother,' he said. 'She is the one who governs these waters, which sustain us.' "

2/03/2018

News: 4,300-year-old tomb of Egyptian Priestess Found

 
From the article:
 "The tomb of a woman named Hetpet, who became a senior official in the royal palace, has been discovered in a cemetery on the Giza Plateau, archaeologists from Egypt's antiquities ministry announced today . . . The tomb has very distinguished wall paintings, in a very good conservation condition, depicting 'Hetpet' standing in different hunting and fishing scenes or sitting before a large offering table receiving offerings from her children."
 


(photo copyright Egypt Antiquities Ministry)

2/01/2018

Prayer to Brigid

 
"The sacred Three,
to save,
to shield,
to surround
the hearth,
the house,
the household,
this eve,
this night,
oh! this eve,
this night,
and every night,
each single night."
 
Carmina Gadelica
 
 
 
 
 
 

1/30/2018

Blessings of the Supermoon!

 
Blessings of the rare "Supermoon Trilogy":  supermoon, blue moon and lunar eclipse.  This full moon is also in the sign of Leo.  May your spirit be strengthened!
 
 
(artwork by Duhovni, copyright reserved)

1/13/2018

Jyeshta Devi sculpture discovered


From the article:
"A bas-relief sculpture of 'one of the oldest goddesses to be worshipped' – Jyeshta Devi – has been discovered by a team led by an archaeologist. As the sculpture carries the images of goddesses Jyeshta Devi and Gajalakshmi, it was 'a rare and unique finding', according to the team members. The sculpture is about 1,400 years old, he said, adding, 'This is a very rare and unique sculpture had been sculpted on one stone. Usually, Jyeshta Devi is found seated on a donkey, which is her vehicle. She usually is found holding a lotus in her right hand. In this sculpture, her hand suggests 'abhaya mudra' that is a sign of blessing.' On the right side of Jyeshta Devi is her son Mandhan, while her daughter Mandhi is seated on her left side."

 
 
(photo copyright TheHindu.com)
 

1/11/2018

Spirit of the Valley


"The Valley Spirit never dies,
It is named the Mysterious Female.
And the doorway of the Mysterious Female
Is the base from which Heaven and Earth sprang.
It is there within us all the while;
Draw upon it as you will, it never runs dry."

 Lao-Tzu
(translation: A. Waley)
 
 

1/01/2018

Happy new year and full moon!

 
Happy 2018 and happy full moon! 
May Her rays always be a beacon of hope
and inspiration for you throughout the year.
 
 
 
 

12/30/2017

News: Brazilians honor Sea Goddess



From the Article:

"Hundreds of practitioners of Brazil’s Afro-Brazilian Candomble and Umbanda faiths have gathered at Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach to honor the sea goddess Yemanja in a traditional New Year tribute.  A large statue of the goddess in flowing white and blue robes was carried by truck to the beach on Friday. Worshippers were mostly dressed in white as they launched their offerings to Yemanja: small boats with flowers and bowls with candles and fruits. Night-long music and dancing follow the offerings."

 
 
 
(AP Photo/L. Correa, copyright reserved)

12/20/2017

Solstice Blessings

 
Happy Winter Solstice!
May you always find magic in your heart and in Nature.
 
 
(art copyright Morgainelefee, deviantart)

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