4/07/2020

Full Moon Blessings


Blessings of the Pink Moon in Libra.
May you find Healing & Balance in Her Rays.


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3/26/2020

Kwan Yin, Goddess of Compassion


May She Who Hears the Cries of the World bring you strength and peace.  Here is an excerpt from the Lotus Sutra:

"True Kuan Yin! Pure Kuan Yin!
Immeasurably wise Kuan Yin!
Merciful and filled with pity,
Ever longed-for and revered!

O' Radiance spotless and effulgent!
O' Night-dispelling Sun of Wisdom!
O' Vanquisher of storm and flame!
Your glory fills the world!

Your pity is a shield from lightning,
Your compassion forms a wondrous cloud
Which, raining down the dharma-nectar,
Extinguishes the flames of woe."



(© artwork by S. Lucas)

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3/19/2020

Blessings of the Equinox


Blessings of the Equinox to you and yours:
May balance and harmony prevail.



(© art by Elena Oleniuc)

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3/08/2020

Happy Women's Day & Full Moon!


Celebrating International Women's Day and
the Full Moon in Virgo!


(© Dance under the Willows, Beverly Ash Gilbert)

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3/03/2020

Greetings to the Natural World



Mohawk Greetings to the Natural World

The People: Today we have gathered and we see that the cycles of life continue. We have been given the duty to live in balance and harmony with each other and all living things. So now, we bring our minds together as one as we give greetings and thanks to each other as people.

Now our minds are one.

The Earth Mother:  We are all thankful to our Mother, the Earth, for she gives us all that we need for life. She supports our feet as we walk about upon her. It gives us joy that she continues to care for us as she has from the beginning of time. To our mother, we send greetings and thanks.

Now our minds are one.

The Waters:  We give thanks to all the waters of the world for quenching our thirst and providing us with strength. Water is life. We know its power in many forms-waterfalls and rain, mists and streams, rivers and oceans. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to the spirit of Water.

Now our minds are one.

The Fish:  We turn our minds to the all the Fish life in the water. They were instructed to cleanse and purify the water. They also give themselves to us as food. We are grateful that we can still find pure water. So, we turn now to the Fish and send our greetings and thanks.

Now our minds are one.

The Plants:  Now we turn toward the vast fields of Plant life. As far as the eye can see, the Plants grow, working many wonders. They sustain many life forms. With our minds gathered together, we give thanks and look forward to seeing Plant life for many generations to come.

Now our minds are one.

The Food Plants:  With one mind, we turn to honor and thank all the Food Plants we harvest from the garden. Since the beginning of time, the grains, vegetables, beans and berries have helped the people survive. Many other living things draw strength from them too. We gather all the Plant Foods together as one and send them a greeting of thanks.

Now our minds are one.

The Medicine Herbs:  Now we turn to all the Medicine herbs of the world. From the beginning they were instructed to take away sickness. They are always waiting and ready to heal us. We are happy there are still among us those special few who remember how to use these plants for healing. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to the Medicines and to the keepers of the Medicines.

Now our minds are one.

The Animals:  We gather our minds together to send greetings and thanks to all the Animal life in the world. They have many things to teach us as people. We are honored by them when they give up their lives so we may use their bodies as food for our people. We see them near our homes and in the deep forests. We are glad they are still here and we hope that it will always be so.

Now our minds are one.

The Trees:  We now turn our thoughts to the Trees. The Earth has many families of Trees who have their own instructions and uses. Some provide us with shelter and shade, others with fruit, beauty and other useful things. Many people of the world use a Tree as a symbol of peace and strength. With one mind, we greet and thank the Tree life.

Now our minds are one.

The Birds:  We put our minds together as one and thank all the Birds who move and fly about over our heads. The Creator gave them beautiful songs. Each day they remind us to enjoy and appreciate life. The Eagle was chosen to be their leader. To all the Birds-from the smallest to the largest-we send our joyful greetings and thanks.

Now our minds are one.

The Four Winds:  We are all thankful to the powers we know as the Four Winds. We hear their voices in the moving air as they refresh us and purify the air we breathe. They help us to bring the change of seasons. From the four directions they come, bringing us messages and giving us strength. With one mind, we send our greetings and thanks to the Four Winds.

Now our minds are one.

The Thunderers:  Now we turn to the west where our grandfathers, the Thunder Beings, live. With lightning and thundering voices, they bring with them the water that renews life. We are thankful that they keep those evil things made by Okwiseres underground. We bring our minds together as one to send greetings and thanks to our Grandfathers, the Thunderers.

Now our minds are one.

The Sun:  We now send greetings and thanks to our eldest Brother, the Sun. Each day without fail he travels the sky from east to west, bringing the light of a new day. He is the source of all the fires of life. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to our Brother, the Sun.

Now our minds are one.

Grandmother Moon:  We put our minds together to give thanks to our oldest Grandmother, the Moon, who lights the night-time sky. She is the leader of woman all over the world, and she governs the movement of the ocean tides. By her changing face we measure time, and it is the Moon who watches over the arrival of children here on Earth. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to our Grandmother, the Moon.

Now our minds are one.

The Stars:  We give thanks to the Stars who are spread across the sky like jewelry. We see them in the night, helping the Moon to light the darkness and bringing dew to the gardens and growing things. When we travel at night, they guide us home. With our minds gathered together as one, we send greetings and thanks to the Stars.

Now our minds are one.

The Enlightened Teachers:  We gather our minds to greet and thank the enlightened Teachers who have come to help throughout the ages. When we forget how to live in harmony, they remind us of the way we were instructed to live as people. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to these caring teachers.

Now our minds are one.

The Creator:  Now we turn our thoughts to the creator, or Great Spirit, and send greetings and thanks for all the gifts of Creation. Everything we need to live a good life is here on this Mother Earth. For all the love that is still around us, we gather our minds together as one and send our choicest words of greetings and thanks to the Creator.

Now our minds are one.

Closing Words:  We have now arrived at the place where we end our words. Of all the things we have named, it was not our intention to leave anything out. If something was forgotten, we leave it to each individual to send such greetings and thanks in their own way.

Now our minds are one.



(Art copyright Chholing Taha.  This translation of the Mohawk version of the Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address was published in 1993, courtesy of Six Nations Indian Museum.)

2/18/2020

News: Canaanite Temple Found in Southern Israel

From the article:  "A Canaanite temple about 3,200 years old has been found at the site of the biblical city of Lachish, dating to the city’s turbulent last days under Egyptian rule. In addition to the ruins, the team discovered bronze cauldrons, daggers and axe heads adorned with bird images, scarabs and a gold-plated bottle inscribed with the name Ramses II.  They also unearthed an amulet apparently inspired by Hathor, an ancient Egyptian member of the pantheon. The archaeologists [also] discovered an incredibly rare inscription on a pottery shard with early Canaanite writing – including the first-ever found representation of the proto-Canaanite letter samekh."



(© illustration of amulet of Hathor, holding lotus flowers or papyrus, by O. Dobovsky)

2/13/2020

The Soul of the Rose


May you always be graced with the beauty 
of roses and the love of the Goddess!

The rose is sacred to many Goddesses, including Aphrodite, Hekate, Isis, and the Three Graces.  The Virgin Mary is known as the "Mystical Rose" and in India, the Great Mother is also referred to as "the Holy Rose."


(The Soul of the Rose, painting by John William Waterhouse)

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2/08/2020

Happy Full Moon


May the Full Moon in Leo bring
courage to your heart and strength to your spirit.


(© artwork by Sidlik S.)

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1/31/2020

Brigid's Blessings


"May Brigid bless the house wherein you dwell
Bless every fireside, every wall and floor;
Bless every heart that beats beneath its roof;
And every tongue and mind for evermore;
Bless every hand that toils to bring joy
And every foot that walks its portals through.
This is my wish today, my constant prayer
May Brigid bless the house that shelters you."



(St Brighid's Well in Kildare, Ireland; statue by Annette McCormack; photo by  H. Warren.)

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1/24/2020

Queen Mother of the West


Blessings of the New Moon in Aquarius and the Chinese New Year of the Metal Rat!  Wu Yun (8th Century Daoist Priest) described a visit to the Queen Mother of the West's temple in one of his poems:

"Riding on the mist, I wander to lofty Whirlwind Peak.
The Lady of the Supreme Primordial descends through jade interior doors;
The Queen Mother opens her blue-gem palace.
Celestial people - what a crowd!
A lofty meeting inside the cyan audience hall.
Arrayed attendants perform cloud songs;
Realized intonations fill the grand empty space.
Every thousand years, her purple crabapple ripens;
Every four kalpas, her numinous melon produces abundantly.
This music differs from that at the feast in the wilderness,
So convivial, and certainly infinite."

(Quan Tangshi, line 4942)

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1/09/2020

Full Moon Blessings


Happy Wolf Moon and penumbral eclipse in the sign of Cancer!
May Her Wisdom rays always guide you on your path.


(© art by Susan Seddon Boulet)

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12/31/2019

Happy New Year


Happy 2020!
Let us nurture the seeds of hope as we walk bravely into the future.



(© "Divine Gardener" copyright F. Rassouli)

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News: Demeter statue found in Turkey


From the article:
"Hurriyet Daily News reports that a slab of limestone thought to have been engraved some 1,800 years ago has been unearthed at the site of Hadrianopolis in northern Turkey. Ersin Çelikbaş of Karabük University said the woman shown in the carving is wearing a traditional dress, a snake-shaped belt, and is holding ears of wheat. She may depict Demeter, the goddess of harvest and agriculture, he explained."


(© photo, Ersin Celikbas)