Hymn to the Goddess Artemis

"I sing of Artemis, whose shafts are of gold, who cheers on the hounds, the pure maiden, shooter of stags, who delights in archery, own sister to Apollo with the golden sword. Over the shadowy hills and windy peaks she draws her golden bow, rejoicing in the chase, and sends out grievous shafts. The tops of the high mountains tremble and the tangled wood echoes awesomely with the outcry of beasts: earthquakes and the sea also where fishes shoal. But the goddess with a bold heart turns every way destroying the race of wild beasts: and when she is satisfied and has cheered her heart, this huntress who delights in arrows slackens her supple bow and goes to the great house of her dear brother Phoebus Apollo, to the rich land of Delphi, there to order the lovely dance of the Muses and Graces. There she hangs up her curved bow and her arrows, and heads and leads the dances, gracefully arrayed, while all they utter their heavenly voice, singing how neat-ankled Leto bare children supreme among the immortals both in thought and in deed."

Homeric Hymn XXVII "To Artemis"
(trans. Evelyn-White)

(Statue of Artemis, Musei Vaticani, Vatican City)

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Pathmavathi Temple Relief

Relief from the Chitharal Jain Temple of the Goddess "Thirucharanathu bhataariyar- Pathmavathi", located just northeast of Kuzhuthurai.
(photo copyright Sidharthrajan)


Happy full moon!

Blessings of the Full moon in Leo,
let your Spirit roar!

(artwork C. Swift, Corbis, copyright reserved)


Happy Vasant Panchami!

 "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.)

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Brigid's Blessings

St Brigid's Well in Kildare, Ireland
Statue by Annette McCormack
"O Brigid, Mary of the Gael,
May thy protection never fail.
Spread thy mantle over me,
Where’re I pass, where’re I be.
Weather foul or weather fair,
Keep me in your loving care."

The Wayside Well

This older well runs into and feeds the Well of Brigid and is believed to be the first well in Kildare dedicated to Her.  The plaque reads:  "St. Brigid, Mary of the Gael, pray for us." 

(First photo by H. Warren, second photo, Kildare Heritage Centre, both copyright reserved.)

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