Posts Tagged ‘Mother Mary’
The Winter Solstice was celebrated in the ancient world in different traditions. It is known in pagan traditions, and others, as the ‘longest night.’ There are similarities in various world beliefs.
The sun moves into Capricorn at this time and it is the start of the new solar year. This solar occasion is often seen as the rebirth of the sun, symbolized by a Goddess and the birth of her son, celebrated as a festival of light. The ancient cultures of India, Persia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Ireland and Wales all shared the belief of a son, born near the winter solstice on the 25th of December, and who died in the spring.
In pagan Europe, this holiday was known as Jul, which means wheel, or Yule. The ancient Egyptian myths of Isis and Osiris repeats in the story of Mary and Jesus. The modern day celebration of the birth of Jesus, is what we know as Christmas. Read the rest of this entry »
Like his fellow archangel Michael, Gabriel is one of only a handful of angels mentioned by name in multiple faith traditions. His name means “Strength of God,” and he is powerfully associated with dreams, visions, and messages.
In the Christian tradition Gabriel was the angel who delivered the news of Jesus’ birth to Mary, and in the Muslim faith he delivered the words of the Koran to Muhammad.
Traditional depictions of Gabriel show a tall, silver-haired figure in flowing white, or grey robes. Some have said he is actually a female figure, or that angels have no gender. Naturally Gabriel then is associated with the Moon, the astrological sign of Cancer, and feminine energy.
Perhaps Gabriel’s most important role is that of messenger. When invoking this archangel, consider what messages you need to receive. Are you listening properly when awake? Is there a theme in your dreams that means more than may be expected? This is when calling upon the archangel Gabriel can be very meaningful. Read the rest of this entry »
Archangel Michael is not who most people think of when they think of angels. In multiple faith traditions he is depicted as a warrior, complete with sword and shield. Often he is also shown defeating a dragon or some other monstrous creature.
Other than being a leader of heavenly armies, Michael has several important roles in spiritual tradition. His name in Hebrew means, “Who is like the Lord?” and his title of “Archangel” means “Prince of the Angels.”
In some depictions he is shown holding scales. This is an allusion to his position as Guardian of the Dead as their souls leave Earth. Much like the Roman god Mercury accompanied souls to the Underworld, so Michael is also said to fly alongside newly deceased souls on their journey to Heaven or Hell. Read the rest of this entry »
Many centuries have come and gone since the Athenians ascended the Acropolis to seek the guidance and protection of Athena, the maiden goddess of wisdom, war and divine intelligence. Her status as the favorite daughter of Zeus, and powerful patron deity of the city of Athens, remains evident to this day.
Expecting to be mostly drawn to the Theatre of Dionysus Eleuthereus, when I visited the Acropolis of Athens in Greece*, I was instead keenly aware of the omnipresence of Athena’s legacy. My undergraduate education in literature and drama afforded me a reasonably good understanding of the role of the god Dionysus in ancient Greek culture. I knew about the festivals and plays, and as a student I often imagined visiting the remains of those historic open-air auditoriums. Read the rest of this entry »
It seems like every day is a psychic adventure. From the moment I wake up until bed time my brain is working psychically. Except sometimes, when things do not go according to plan – then I know something must work out karmically.
My health has not been good lately. It is funny, with my illnesses; I never expected them to come on like this. When I was younger, I was always healthy as a horse, because I was a dancer practicing three or four hours every day. I also did readings, and I waitressed for breakfast and lunch in restaurants. I was very strong and active, and for many years there were no sick days for me!
My mentor, Grace Cade, was a psychic and also a healer. She looked at me one day and said, “Go and see a doctor, because I see a blockage inside of you.” At first she said it looked like the problem was with my heart, then she said it is the gallbladder. I was not sure what to think, but she turned out to be right thirty years later! Read the rest of this entry »
I have past memories of watching my mother in the kitchen, before I was born. I remember being in our back yard, in the area of our grapevine, before birth. It is so strange a thing to explain to someone who is not psychic-oriented.
When I was five years old I started Catholic school. One day when the nun called my name I acted silly, like a ‘stripper’ of all things, and sauntered up to her desk. She was a young nun and she had a good laugh. All of the kids in the class were jumping up and down on their desks, and to say the least it was funny! I ended up being chosen as the first person to be in a special ceremony to crown the Virgin Mary in a May celebration. I did many more psychic things to help some of the kids in my class that year. Read the rest of this entry »