Lammas Blessings

With the same grace and love
that the Earth Mother provides the harvest,
may we receive it.


Full Moon in Aquarius

Blessings of the Full Moon in Aquarius.
May your creativity pour forth in beauty!
Painting by Susan Seddon-Boulet.


Hymn to the Fates

Daughters of darkling night, much-named,
draw near Infinite Fates, and listen to my prayer;
Who in the heavenly lake where waters white
burst from a fountain hid in depths of night,
and through a dark and stony cavern glide,
a cave profound, invisible abide.
From whence, wide coursing round the boundless earth,
Your power extends to those of mortal birth.
To men with hope elated, trifling, gay,
a race presumptuous, born but to decay;
whose life 'tis yours in darkness to conceal,
to sense impervious, in a purple veil.
When through the fatal plain they joyful ride
in one great car, Opinion for their guide;
'til each completes his heaven-appointed round
at Justice, Hope, and Care's concluding bound.
The terms absolved, prescribed by ancient law
of power immense, and just without a flaw;
For Fate alone with vision unconfined,
surveys the conduct of the mortal kind.
Fate is Jove's perfect and eternal eye,
for Jove and Fate our every deed descry.
Come, gentle powers, well born, benignant, famed,
Atropos, Lachesis, and Clotho named:
unchanged, aerial, wandering in the night,
restless, invisible to mortal fight.
Fates all-producing all-destroying hear,
regard the incense and the holy prayer;
propitious listen to these rites inclined,
and far avert distress with placid mind.
The Fumigation from Aromatics. LVIII.
Hymns of Orpheus, trans. T. Taylor
(Photo of relief of the three Moirai, from the tomb of Count Alexander von der Mark, by the sculptor Johann Gottfried Schadow. Old National Gallery Berlin.)


Goddess Hathor: Awake in Peace!

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!
Dendera, translated by S. Cauville

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