8/10/2020

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."


(Proclus Diadochus Hymn, trans. Vogt; Hecate Statue, 3rd century CE, Antalya Museum, Turkey.)

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8/02/2020

Happy Full Moon


Happy Full Moon in Aquarius!  In some Native American cultures the Full Moon of August is known as the Corn Moon, so today we honor the Corn Mother and other Goddesses of Grain:  Iyatiku, Selu, The Corn Maidens, Yellow Woman, Chicomecoatl, Demeter & Persephone, Zaramama, Ukemochi, Annona, Dewi Sri, Nidaba, and Ashnan.


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7/30/2020

Lammas Blessings


May whatever you are harvesting
this season be sweet and abundant.


(© "Gathering the Day" art by Susan Spar.)


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7/13/2020

Prayer to Cybele


"Hail Great Idaean Mother of the Gods!
Hail O Most Holy Elder Goddess!
We humbly pray, O Cybele,
Berecynthian Mother Dindymene!
Take us under Thy protection
That Thou may defend us.
We offer this prayer
To graciously grant peace and joy,
And health to our families.
Look favorably upon us
and never abandon Thy children."


(Cybele, bronze, 2nd century CE; Metropolitan Museum of Art)

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7/04/2020

Hymn to the Moon Goddess


"Hear, Goddess Queen, diffusing silver light,
Bull-horned and wandering through the gloom of Night.
With stars surrounded, and with circuit wide
Night's torch extending, through the heavens you ride:
Female and Male with borrowed rays you shine,
And now full-orbed, now tending to decline.
Mother of ages, fruit-producing Moon,
Whose amber orb makes Night's reflected noon:
Lover of horses, splendid, queen of Night,
All-seeing power bedecked with starry light.
Lover of vigilance, the foe of strife,
In peace rejoicing, and a prudent life:
Fair lamp of Night, its ornament and friend,
Who givest to Nature's works their destined end.
Queen of the stars, all-wife Diana hail!
Decked with a graceful robe and shining veil;
Come, blessed Goddess, prudent, starry, bright,
Come moony-lamp with chaste and splendid light,
Shine on these sacred rites with prosperous rays,
And pleased accept thy suppliant's mystic praise."


(From "The Hymns of Orpheus", trans. T. Taylor)

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6/20/2020

Solstice Blessings


May you always hold the warmth and light of the season in your hearts.



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6/15/2020

Goddess Cihuacoatl


Serpent Woman, plumed with eagle feathers,
with the crest of eagles, comes,
beating her drum, from the Place of the Old.
She alone, who is our flesh,
Goddess of the fields and shrubs, is strong to support us.
Our Mother is as twelve eagles,
Goddess of drums calling the Gods, filling the fields.
She is our Mother, 
a companion from the Home of Ancestors.
She comes forth, she appears when war is waged,
She protects us that we be not destroyed,
an example and companion from the Home of the Ancestors.
She comes adorned in the ancient manner with the eagle's crest,
in the ancient manner with the eagle's crest!


(Traditional Aztec Hymn to Cihua-coatl)

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6/05/2020

Full Moon Blessings


Blessings of the Rose Moon in Sagittarius and the penumbral eclipse.
May hidden strengths be illuminated.



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6/01/2020

Hathor Invocation


Awake in peace!
You, yourself beautifully wake in peace!
 Hwt-Hrw, Mistress of Iunet, Awake in life!
 The Neteru themselves raise to worship you each day,
 The venerable sky!
 For you are the one, the ball of the sun that pierces the sky,
 Flooding the country side with gold, who brings life in the east,
 Who then immerses the setting sun each night in Iunet.
 Awake, Hwt-Hrw, in peace!
 The Great Mistress of Iunet, Eye of Ra,
Mistress of the sky,
 Queen of all the Neteru,
The venerable and powerful one
Who takes Her place in the barge!
 You, yourself Awake in peace!
 Awake in peace the Mistress of Iunet,
Queen of women, beautiful of face,
 Whose eyes are made-up, whose breasts shimmer,
The Mistress of costume and beauty!
 You, yourself wake in peace!
 Awake in peace beautiful woman whose love is soft,
The Mistress of the Menat,
 Queen of the Sistrum, your son - Ihy, the child - appeases you!
 You, yourself wake in peace!


(Invocation from "Dendera I: Traduction” by S. Cauville, trans. K. Wisner. Hathor column, Dendera Temple.)

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5/13/2020

Ute Earth Prayer


Earth teach me quiet, as the grasses are still with new light.
Earth teach me suffering, as old stones suffer with memory.
Earth teach me humility, as blossoms are humble with beginning.
Earth teach me caring, as mothers nurture their young.
Earth teach me courage, as the tree that stands alone.
Earth teach me limitation, as the ant that crawls on the ground.
Earth teach me freedom, as the eagle that soars in the sky.
Earth teach me acceptance, as the leaves that die each fall.
Earth teach me renewal, as the seed that rises in the spring.
Earth teach me to forget myself, as melted snow forgets its life.
Earth teach me to remember kindness, as dry fields weep with rain.



(photo, Ute rock art)

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5/06/2020

Happy Full Moon


Blessings of the Flower Moon in Scorpio.
May Her rays bring warmth and beauty to your heart.


(© photo by C. Saracina)


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4/30/2020

Beltane Blessings


“Sweet May hath come to love us,
Flowers, trees, their blossoms don;
And through the blue heavens above us
The very clouds move on.”
 Heinrich Heine



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4/22/2020

Earth Day 2020


Traditional Chinook Blessing Litany

We call upon the Earth, our planet home,
with its beautiful depths and soaring heights,
its vitality and abundance of life,
and together we ask that it:
Teach us, and show us the Way.

We call upon the mountains, the Cascades and the Olympics,
the high green valleys and meadows filled with wildflowers,
the snows that never melt, the summits of intense silence,
and we ask that they:
Teach us, and show us the Way.

We call upon the waters that rim the earth,
horizon to horizon, that flow in our rivers and streams,
that fall upon our gardens and fields
and we ask that they:
Teach us, and show us the Way.

We call upon the land which grows our food,
the nurturing soil, the fertile fields,
the abundant gardens and orchards,
and we ask that they:
Teach us, and show us the Way.

We call upon the forests,
the great trees reaching strongly to the sky
with earth in their roots and the heavens in their branches,
the fir and the pine and the cedar,
and we ask them to:
Teach us, and show us the Way.

We call upon the creatures of the fields and forests and the seas,
our brothers and sisters the wolves and deer,
the eagle and dove, the great whales and the dolphin,
the beautiful orca and salmon who share our Northwest home,
and we ask them to:
Teach us, and show us the Way.

We call upon all those who have lived on this Earth,
our ancestors and our friends,
who dreamed the best for future generations,
and upon whose lives our lives are built,
and with thanksgiving, we call upon them to:
Teach us, and show us the Way.

And lastly, we call upon all that we hold most sacred,
the presence and power of the Great Spirit of love and truth
which flows through all the Universe...
to be with us to:
Teach us, and show us the Way.


(photo courtesy of NASA)

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