To the Female Aumakua

"O female aumakua and ancestral chieftesses
Female aumakua at the rising and setting places of the sun,
Female (spirits) in the firmaments of the heaven and of the clouds. . .
To all the female aumakua;
it is yours (the mana) to
brush aside darkness,
brush aside death,
brush aside trouble."
(prayer chant from "Ka Po'e Kahiko: The People of Old"; painting of Pele by A. Johnson.)

In Her Name ~ Temple of Learning


October Full Moon

Blessings of the 'Moon of the Falling Leaves' in Aries!
May that which no longer serves fall easily away,
allowing peace and beauty to remain.

(photo copyright B. Currie.)


Happy Navratri!

The nine-day Hindu festival of Maha Navratri is now being celebrated through October 10th.  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.  This holiday celebrates the harvest season and renewing the health of the soil.
(Garba dance photo, copyright H. Jadeja.)


Happy Equinox

May the beauty of the season bless your Equinox!
(Woodland Fairy artwork by Ruth Sanderson, copyright reserved.)


News: Aphrodite statue at Petra

From the article:
"Researchers working in Jordan, at the ancient city of Petra, have unearthed two statues of the mythical goddess of love: Aphrodite. The marble statues were discovered during the excavation of domestic structures in the North Ridge section of the city this past summer."

(photo copyright T. Parker)


September Full Moon

Happy Full Moon in Pisces!
May the Harvest Moon bring you many blessings.


Goddess News: Neolithic figurine in Turkey

From the article:
"Archaeologists at Turkey's neolithic site of Çatalhöyük in central Anatolia have unearthed a "unique" complete female figurine, The Ministry of Culture and Tourism said on Tuesday."

(photo copyright Daily Sabah)


Goddess News: Goddess Cybele statue

From the article:
"An estimated 2,100-year-old rare marble statue of Cybele, the mother goddess of Anatolia, has been unearthed in excavations in northwestern Ordu province located on the Black Sea coast. The historic sculpture of Cybele sitting on her throne weighed a whopping 200 kilograms and was about 110 centimeters tall. The statue is also the first marble statue found in Turkey in its original place."

(photo copyright Daily Sabah)


Goddess News: Goddess Mohini Unearthed

From the article:
"An at least 800-years-old temple has been unearthed in Dinajpur’s Kaharol that has a unique architecture and includes a unique idol, that of the Vishnu avatar Mohini.  This goddess is well-known across South and West India, but the Kaharol temple is the first of its kind discovered in the eastern subcontinent. Experts say the implications of this finding may change predominant ideas about the region’s history and traditions."

(photo copyright Dhaka Tribune)


Goddess Akewa and the Solar Eclipse

Blessings of the Solar Eclipse!  There are many Solar Goddesses to be found throughout the world.  In the Gran Chaco region of Argentina, the Toba people honored the Sun Goddess Akewa.  Long ago, she and her radiant sisters illuminated the sky, but they were curious about Earth and the men who lived there (without women), so they climbed down a rope to visit them.  The men cut the rope, preventing the star-women from ever returning to the heavens.  Only Akewa remained in the sky, as she had not yet descended.  Every day she walks above the Earth from one side to the next, reminding all women that they are related to Her.  Occasionally a giant jaguar tries to eat her and this results in a solar eclipse. Akewa always escapes, as she is too hot to consume. 

In Her Name ~ Temple of Learning