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)

In Her Name ~ Temple of Learning

12/11/2017

Virgen de Guadalupe


December 12th is the Feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, whom many believe evolved from the ancient Goddess Tonantzin, (Mother Earth) of the Nahuan.
 
"Am I not here, who is your Mother?
Are you not under my protection?
Am I not your health?
Are you not happily within my fold?
What else do you wish?
Do not grieve nor be disturbed by anything."
(The Nican Mopohua)


 

("Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe" copyright Maya Telford)

In Her Name ~ Temple of Learning

 

12/03/2017

News: 27 statues of goddess Sekhmet unearthed in Luxor

"An Egyptian-European archaeological mission working in Luxor Governorate uncovered a collection of 27 fragmented statues of the lioness goddess Sekhmet, ‎Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities said in a statement on Sunday. He added that some of the statues depict the goddess Sekhmet sitting on the throne, holding the symbol of life in her left hand, or standing and holding a papyrus scepter in front of her chest. The head is crowned with a sun disk and the Uraeus adorns her forehead. "

12/02/2017

Full Moon Blessings


Happy Full Moon in Gemini!
May you find wisdom and beauty in her rays.
 
 
("Gemini" copyright Susan Seddon Boulet)

11/26/2017

Goddess news: Kasnakovo and Southern Turkey



"Archaeologists have discovered a unique statue of the goddess Isis and a marble head of satire in the Sanctuary of the Nymphs and Aphrodite near the Dimitrovgrad village of Kasnakovo."





"Archeologists discovered a statue of the Greek goddess Hygieia and god Eros in Turkey's southern province of Adana, shedding light on the region's ancient history."

 
 
 
(1st photo copyright bTV, 2nd copyright, AA Photo)
 

11/21/2017

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