Happy St. Brigid's Day!

St. Brigid of Kildare

Her Feast Day is celebrated on February 1st.

 O Brigid, Mary of the Gael,
May thy protection never fail.
Spread thy mantle over me,
Where’re I pass, where’re I be.


Happy Vasant Panchami & Birthday of Sarasvati

The Hindu holiday of Vasant Panchami marks the end of Winter and the first day of Spring. The color yellow has special significance during this festival, representing new blossoms and the vibrancy of all life, and kites are flown by families and in competitions.  Vasant Panchami is celebrated on the 5th day of the Indian month of Magh, which is tomorrow: January 28, 2012.

This day is also honored as the birthday of the Goddess Sarasvati.  The story is told that after Brahma created the universe, he listened and felt that it was much too quiet.  So he created Sarasvati, whose playing of the veena brought forth sound from all that had been created before.  Sarasvati blessed the universe with music, voice and all types of sound.  She is also Goddess of all the arts and of the flow of knowledge and creativity.

"May Goddess Saraswati,
who is fair like the jasmine-colored moon,
and whose pure white garland is like frosty dew drops;
who is adorned in radiant white attire,
on whose beautiful arm rests the veena,
and whose throne is a white lotus;
who is surrounded and respected by the Gods, protect me."

(Traditional Sanskrit prayer.  Photo by Durga Kundu)


Happy Chinese New Year!

May good fortune be yours this Year of the Dragon!

One of the oldest known representations of a dragon,
found on Ishtar's Gate, Babylon, circa 575 BCE.


Hymn to Sekhmet-Bast

Mother of the gods, the One, the Only,
Mistress of the Crowns, thou rulest all;
Sekhmet is thy name when thou are wrathful,
Bast, beloved, when thy people call.
Daughter of the sun, with flame and fury
Flashing from the prow upon the foe;
Safely sails the boat with thy protection
Passing scatheless where thy fires glow.
Daughter of the Sun, the burial chamber
Lies in the darkness til thy light appears.
From thy Throne of Silence send us comfort,
Bast, beloved, banish all our fears.
Mother of the gods, no gods existed
Til thou camest there and gave them life.
Sekhmet of the boat, the wicked fear thee
Trampling down all evil and all strife.
Mother of the gods, the great, the loved one,
Winged and mighty, unto thee we call,
Naming thee the Comforter, the Ruler
Bast, beloved, Mother of us all.

(From The Egyptian Book of the Dead )


Exhibit at the Vietnamese Women's Museum

From the article: "A spiritual and cultural space has opened at the Vietnamese Women's Museum to help people understand more about Mother Goddesses worship. . . The exhibition features an altar of Mother Goddesses, the related rites and the position of this belief among Vietnamese people. . .  The exhibition is divided into four sections: the Mother Goddesses, Pure Heart, Joy and Beauty. Each section corresponds to one of four colours identified with the four palaces of the Mother Goddesses religion."

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Happy Full Moon!

The Full Moon of January is traditionally known to the O'odham as the "Moon of the Cottonwood Blooming." In the low Sonoran desert, this month the Cottonwood tree starts to send out its first new shoots of green. Some other names for this month's moon are: Old Moon, lce Moon, Moon after Yule, and Duruthu Poya. Blessings of the Full Moon!


Happy 2012!

(Painting of Amaterasu emerging from Her Cave by Shunsai Toshimasa, 1887.)

Happy 2012 everyone - May She bless each of you in the new year and always!

"Heaven and Earth are one; there is no barrier between them. The High Heavenly Plain is the high heavenly plain which covers all countries of the world, and the Sun Goddess is the goddess who reigns in that heaven.. .casting her light to the very ends of heaven and earth and for all time. There is not a single country in the world which does not receive her beneficent illuminations…This Goddess is the splendor of all splendors." (Motoori Norinaga, 1771.)