Full Moon Blessings


Blessings of the Frost Moon in Gemini! 
May the penumbral lunar eclipse bring
gentle and beneficial changes to all.

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Iroquois Prayer of Thanks

We return thanks to our Mother, the Earth,
which sustains us.
We return thanks to the rivers and streams,
which supply us with water.
We return thanks to all herbs,
which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases.
We return thanks to the corn, and to her sisters,
the beans and squashes,
which give us life.
We return thanks to the bushes and trees,
which provide us with fruit.
We return thanks to the wind,
which, moving the air, has banished diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and the stars,
which have given us their light when the sun was gone.
We return thanks to our Grandfather He-no,
that he has protected his grandchildren
and has given us his rain.
We return thanks to the Sun,
that he has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.
Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit,
in whom is embodied all goodness,
and who directs all things for the good of all.

Traditional Iroquois

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News: Goddess Figurines and Plaque found


From the article:

"Statuettes of the ancient Greek goddess Demeter and her daughter have been discovered in Anapa, a town in Russia.  The excavation was carried on the western outskirts of the ancient Greek city of Gorgippia that was there in the 4th-2nd century B.C.  'Among the objects the archaeologists found were two complete clay figurines of Persephone, daughter of the fertility goddess Demeter. We also found a one-sided bust of Demeter herself next to two red clay pots in the same oven.  Another interesting find, which was made nearby, is a reused dedicated relief in the center of which is depicted the goddess Kyveli sitting on a throne with a lion in her arms. On both sides are the figures of the messenger of the gods Hermes and Hecate, protector of magic and sorcery, with two torches in her hands. Such a plaque could be installed near an important public building or temple.  This is the best limestone relief with such a scene known in the Bosporus.' "

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(© photo IIMK RAS) 


News: Mother Goddess figurine found in Aegean Turkey

From the Article:
"An 8,200-year-old marble figurine of Mother Goddess was discovered in the Yeşilova Mound of Aegean İzmir on Oct. 29.  A symbol of fertility and prosperity, Mother Goddess is thought to be a deity that later evolved into Cybele and Artemis, female deities seen across ancient civilizations in Anatolia, excavation head Dr. Zafer Derin said.  “The statuette depicted the female form as curvy, much like other examples across Anatolia,” Dr. Derin noted, adding that the figure’s head is missing.

"Around two inches tall, the figurine is one of the first examples of Aegean civilizations’ use of marble, as they usually opt for minerals like obsidian and flint.  The statuette is among some 250 artifacts recovered in the mound excavation this year, Dr. Derin said, while work on the ancient site has been ongoing for some 15 years. Dating back to 6,500 B.C., Yeşilova Mound is the oldest known settlement in the province of İzmir."

(© photo duvaR Gazette)


Full Moon & Dia de los Muertos


Blessings of the Dia de los Muertos and the Full Moon in Taurus.
May the wisdom of the Ancestors sing in your heart.

(© "Moon Song" painting by Heather Renaux, copyright reserved.)

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Happy Navratri!


The Hindu festival of Sharad Navratri is now being celebrated through October 26th.  At this time, nine forms of Shakti/Devi are honored.  Each region in India celebrates this festival in their own manner, but in some traditions, three days each are dedicated to Durga, Lakshmi and Sarasvati.  On the tenth day, Vijayadashami is observed.  

© art by Bharatstudent)

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Hymn to Persephone



"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; © art by Stef Tastan, copyright reserved)

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Harvest Moon

Blessings of the Autumn Moon in Aries!
May that which no longer serves fall easily away,
allowing peace and hope for the future to remain.

(© photo by Dorothyann Strange)

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Equinox Blessings

May you always find Sacred Balance within Nature and yourself.

(© artwork by Carmen Gatti)

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News: Ancient figurines found in Myra

From the article:
"More than 50 terracotta figurines have been found in the ancient city of Myra in the Demre district of the southern province of Antalya that consisted of partially preserved clay female, male, god, goddess, ram and horseman figurines and inscriptions of vow from the 1st and 2nd century B.C. that have excited the scientific world. . . Drawing attention to the rich variety of the figurines of women, men, children, gods, goddesses, rams, horsemen, fruit bearers, women with children and inscriptions of vow, Cevik said, 'We found an amazing terracotta figurine collection together. We haven’t reached the entire collection yet. It is as if the people of Myra were resurrected, ran together and reached today. Intact and complete, there are hundreds of more figurine pieces belonging to the collection, which currently includes 40-50 pieces. When the broken pieces come together there will be more figurines, too. The figurines feature the daily life. The fact that the dyes on them are partially preserved shows us the color of clothes they wore in their time. The creation of this rich collection of an extraordinary variety of figurines also shows us the technology of that time and the art of statuette. It gives rich clues about what existed in the 1st and 2nd century B.C. in Myra'.”

Read the full article at the below link:
Ancient Figurines Found in Myra

(photo © Demiroren News Agency)


Tewa Prayer


Our Old Women Gods, we ask you!
Our Old Women Gods, we ask you!
Then give to us long life together,
May we live until our frosted hair
Is white; may we live till then
This life that now we know!

Our Old Women Gods, 
Come hither, take this!
Long life give us
And our people!
We bring you corn meal
For arm-leg nourishment
Then grant to us
Our span of life
And to our children also!


 (Traditional Tewa prayer and pottery bowl)

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Full Moon Blessings


Happy Full Moon in Pisces.
May She bring peace and inspiration to your dreams.

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News: Statue found in Dhulikhel

From the article:
"Archaeologists and heritage conservationists are excited about the recent discovery  of an ancient statue in Dhulikhel. . . .The statue is thought to be of an ancient Kirat goddess. It resembles a Kirati woman, and is believed to be of the Kirat period. . . Udhav Acharya, an archaeologist, states that the features of this particular statue show that its origin dates back to primordial times. 'The features of this statue coincide with few other statues from the second or third century BC. It is unequivocally one of the oldest statues in Nepal,' he added."

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(photo © Omnamonarayanam)