Happy Dia de los Muertos

Many blessings to you and your ancestors!

(La Catrina by Ari De La Mora, copyright reserved)


To the Female Aumakua

"O female aumakua and ancestral chieftesses
Female aumakua at the rising and setting places of the sun,
Female (spirits) in the firmaments of the heaven and of the clouds. . .
To all the female aumakua;
it is yours (the mana) to
brush aside darkness,
brush aside death,
brush aside trouble."
(prayer chant from "Ka Po'e Kahiko: The People of Old"; painting of Pele by A. Johnson.)

In Her Name ~ Temple of Learning


October Full Moon

Blessings of the 'Moon of the Falling Leaves' in Aries!
May that which no longer serves fall easily away,
allowing peace and beauty to remain.

(photo copyright B. Currie.)


Happy Navratri!

The nine-day Hindu festival of Maha Navratri is now being celebrated through October 10th.  At this time, nine forms of Shakti/Devi are honored.  Each region in India celebrates this festival in their own manner, but in some traditions, three days each are dedicated to Durga, Lakshmi and Sarasvati.  On the tenth day, Vijayadashami is observed.  This holiday celebrates the harvest season and renewing the health of the soil.
(Garba dance photo, copyright H. Jadeja.)