Happy Navratri!

This year's Navratri begins on October 10th and is celebrated through Oct. 18th. 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 traditions, but in some areas three days each are dedicated to Durga, Lakshmi and Sarasvati, respectively. This holiday culminates on the tenth day with the observance of Vijayadashami.

(photo © H. Jadeja)


Happy Full Moon

Blessings of the Harvest Moon in Aries!
May the abundance of the season be shared by all.
(photo copyright Charlie Lee)


Equinox Blessings

May you always find balance
in the beauty of Nature.

In Her Name ~ Temple of Learning

(Shutterstock photo)


From White Buffalo Calf Woman

Lakota Instructions for Living, Passed Down
from White Buffalo Calf Woman

"Friend do it this way - that is,
whatever you do in life,
do the very best you can
with both your heart and mind.

And if you do it that way,
the Power Of the Universe
will come to your assistance,
if your heart and mind are in Unity.

When one sits in the Hoop of the People,
one must be responsible because
All of Creation is related.
And the hurt of one is the hurt of all.
And the honor of one is the honor of all.
And whatever we do effects everything in the Universe.

If you do it that way - that is,
if you truly join your heart and mind
as One - whatever you ask for,
that's the Way It's Going To Be."
(painting copyright Pamela McCabe)


Happy Full Moon

Blessings of the Full Moon in Pisces.
May she illuminate your deepest dreams 
so they may be made manifest!



Goddess News: New Finds in Greece

From the article: "Archaeologists have discovered new findings in the sanctuary of Artemis, east of Amarynthos in Evia, central Greece. . .The new findings include embossed tiles with the inscription “Artemis” and three statue bases dating from the Hellenistic era with inscriptions dedicated to the goddess, her brother Apollo and their mother Leto."

(photo (c) Greek Reporter)


Hymn to Hekate

"Hekate Einodia, Trioditis, lovely dame,
 of earthly, watery, and celestial frame,
 sepulchral, in a saffron veil arrayed,
 pleased with dark ghosts that wander through the shade;
 Perseis, solitary Goddess, hail!
 The world’s key-bearer,
 never doomed to fail;
 in stags rejoicing, huntress, nightly seen,
 and drawn by bulls, unconquerable queen;
 Leader, nymphe, nurse, on mountains wandering,
 hear the suppliants who with holy rites thy power revere,
 and to the herdsman with a favouring mind draw near."
(Orphic Hymn to Hekate; Triple Hekate and the three Graces statue, Metropolitan Museum of Art)

In Her Name ~ Temple of Learning


Reflections on the Harvest

May we receive the first harvest of the season
with the same grace and love in which the Earth Mother provides it.
("Moca no Trigal" c. 1916, Eliseu Visconti)


Full Moon Blessings

May the Full Moon eclipse in Aquarius reveal and heal!

(photo copyright Ecstaticist)

In Her Name ~ Temple of Learning


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


News article: Adivasi Women Save A Forest

From the article: 

" 'Did you breastfeed these Saal trees? Why are you stopping us from cutting them down?' growled the poachers.

" 'How can you breastfeed your own mother?' retorted the resolute Adivasi women.

"The news of Adivasi women standing up to powerful poachers spread like forest fire. The women also repeatedly engaged with the Forest Ranger. An official meeting was arranged between them and forest officers. All poachers were subsequently arrested. Each one of them was fined ₹5,000. Illegal logging of trees in the vicinity of Hakim Sinan village and beyond has abated. There is still an undercurrent of threat to this collective from vested interests but the women of this SHG are confident of taking on any challenge to save their forest: their Goddess, their Mother."
(photo copyright S. Chatterjee, PRADAN)


Hymn to the Goddess Nemesis

Thee, Nemesis we call, Almighty Queen,
by whom the deeds of mortal life are seen:
Eternal, much revered, of boundless sight,
alone rejoicing in the just and right:
Changing the counsels of the human breast
for ever various, rolling without rest.
To every mortal is thy influence known,
and men beneath thy righteous bondage groan;
For every thought within the mind concealed
is to thy fight perspicuously revealed.
The soul unwilling reason to obey
by lawless passion ruled, thy eyes survey.
All to see, hear, and rule, O Power Divine
whose nature Equity contains, is thine.
Come, blessed, holy Goddess, hear our prayer,
and make our life, thy constant care:
Give aid benignant in the needful hour,
and strength abundant to the reasoning power;
And far avert the dire, unfriendly race
of counsels impious, arrogant, and base.

Orphic Hymn to Nemesis
(trans. T. Taylor)

("Nemesis", painting by Gheorghe Tattarescu, Museum of Bucharest)

In Her Name ~ Temple of Learning


Happy Full Moon

Blessings of the Rose Moon in Capricorn.
May Beauty and Wisdom prevail!
(photo, Shutterstock.com)