Goddess Akewa and the Solar Eclipse

Blessings of the Solar Eclipse!  There are many Solar Goddesses to be found throughout the world.  In the Gran Chaco region of Argentina, the Toba people honored the Sun Goddess Akewa.  Long ago, she and her radiant sisters illuminated the sky, but they were curious about Earth and the men who lived there (without women), so they climbed down a rope to visit them.  The men cut the rope, preventing the star-women from ever returning to the heavens.  Only Akewa remained in the sky, as she had not yet descended.  Every day she walks above the Earth from one side to the next, reminding all women that they are related to Her.  Occasionally a giant jaguar tries to eat her and this results in a solar eclipse. Akewa always escapes, as she is too hot to consume. 

In Her Name ~ Temple of Learning


Goddess news: Etruscan Goddess Uni

From the article:
"The discovery indicates that Uni – a divinity of fertility and possibly a mother goddess at this particular place – may have been the titular deity worshipped at the sanctuary of Poggio Colla, a key settlement in northern Etruria, Italy, for the ancient Etruscan civilization."

(photo copyright Mugello Valley Project)


Goddess news: Elaborately tattooed mummified Priestess

From the article:
"A Quebec researcher is celebrating the discovery of an intricate collection of tattoos found on the mummified body of a woman who lived more than 3,300 years a...go. The markings are the first on a mummy from dynastic Egypt to show actual objects, including lotus blossoms on the mummy's hips and cows on her arm, the scientific journal Nature reported. . . The researchers believe the mummy is of a woman between the ages of 24 and 35 years old who may have been a priestess to the Egyptian goddess Hathor."

(photo, copyright Radio-Canada)

Goddess news: Light Festival in Chennai

From the article:
"The triumphant smile of the glittering goddess Amman is visible from quite a distance down the Old Mahabalipuram Road in South Chennai. . . Such luminous images are a common sight temples across Tamil Nadu at this time of the year. . . 'Our forefathers have always put up these decorations," said Kumar. "We are just following the tradition. In the villages, the light setting is even grander'."
(photo Scroll.in, copyright reserved)


Full Moon in Aquarius

Blessings of the Full Moon in Aquarius!
 May Her light pour out beautiful dreams upon you.

(Aquarius, copyright Ellerslie)


Hail Hekate

"Yes, lend me your hand I pray,
 And reveal to me the pathways of divine guidance that I long for.
 Then shall I gaze upon that precious Light
 Whence I can flee the evil of our dark origin.
Yes, lend me your hand I pray,
 And when I am weary, bring me to the haven of piety with your winds.
 Hail, many-named mother of the Gods, whose children are fair
 Hail, mighty Hekate of the Threshold."
(Hekate relief, Thera, 200 BCE. Athens National Archaeological Museum. Proclus Diadochus Hymn, trans. Vogt)

Goddess news: Roman coins unearthed

From the article:

"These include depictions of Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom, advancing with a shield and javelin; Fortuna, the goddess of fortune, holding a rudder; Pax, the goddess of peace; a winged thunderbolt on a throne; Roma, a female deity who personified the city of Rome, seated above a shield; and Venus, the goddess of love and beauty, holding an apple and drawing her robe to her shoulder. "

(photo copyright the British Museum)


In Praise of Yemanja

"Yemaya Assessu,
Assessu Yemaya
Yemaya Olodo,
Olodo Yemaya."
(Traditional chant honoring Her as the river flowing into the ocean,  Photo of Yemanja statue at Santa Vitoria do Palmar, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, copyright F. Bras.)

In Her Name ~ Temple of Learning


Lammas/Lughnasadh Blessings

Gather your harvest carefully.
It not only provides sustenance for today,
but the seeds for the following one as well.
("Harvest" painting by Z. Serebriakova,1915)