April 23, 2008

The Goddess Garden

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 6:16 am by Babs

Here is a poem that I was particularly inspired to write… when things aren’t going well I turn to nature…

As the morning sun warms, I arise.

With the fresh spring rains, I am nourished.

On the noon time breeze, I go forth.

With the rich summer earth, I grow.

gardenUpon the evening’s stillness, I give thanks.

With the waning light of fall, I am harvested.

Under the night’s canopy of starts, I sleep.

With my snowly winter blanket, I rejuvenate.

Blessed Be!

April 14, 2008

Prayer Beads

Posted in Devotionals, Goddess Things tagged , , , at 8:28 pm by Babs

Set of Japa mala, made from Tulasi wood, with head bead in foreground.

Scholars agree that the prayer beads originated with the Hindu faith.  It is possible that the use of beads for devotion dates back to the eighth century BCE in the cult of Siva.  Sandstone sculptures in India, from 185 BCE, show Hindu sages holding prayer beads.  These Hindu prayer beads are called mala.  

 

The number of beads on a prayer strand varies from 32 to 108.  Mantras are often repeated hundreds or even thousands of times. The mala is used so that one can think about the meaning of the mantra as it is chanted rather than thinking about counting the repetitions. One mantra is usually said for every bead, turning the thumb clockwise around each bead, though some traditions or practices may call for counterclockwise or specific finger usage. When arriving at the head bead, one turns the mala around and then goes back in the same direction. This makes using the mala easier as the beads will not be so tight on the string when you use them.

 

Call them Malas, Prayer Beads or Rosaries – they are common in most religions around the world.  Whatever your path, make your own keeping in mind that they are tactile and the materials you use should call to you. 

 

-Blessed Be!

The Gaia Theory

Posted in Goddess Things, Statues tagged , at 12:45 am by Babs

Oberon Zell's Gaia StatueNamed after Gaia, Greek goddess of the Earth, this is a broadly inclusive term for related concepts that living organisms on a planet will affect the nature of their environment in order to make the environment more suitable for life. This set of theories holds that all organisms on an extraterrestrial life giving planet regulate the biosphere to the benefit of the whole. The Gaia concept draws a connection between the survivability of a species, (hence its evolutionary course) and its usefulness to the survival of other species.
Finally science has realized what pagan people have know for millennia; we are all connected here on Mother Earth.  What we do today, will affect not just humanity, but all of creation, for thousands of years to come.  What people might not want to admit… is that the earth will be here in a thousand years… man might not.  Take care of Gaia, and she will take care of you.  Namaste!

April 11, 2008

Spring cleaning…

Posted in Devotionals, Goddess Things tagged , , , at 6:43 pm by Babs

Well, I am about to roll up my sleeves and see about straighteniKuan Yin riding the dragonng out this broom closet of mine!  What do I mean by broom closet?  Well, I am a witch and this is my way of saying I am taking a step on the wild side.   It is not easy for someone to say they are a follower of a religion that is off the beaten path.  Let’s face it… most of this country is Judeo-Christian based.  I am not saying that I am against them at all.  I just prefer to throw in a few female dieties to balance all the male hormones energy running around!  Why limit yourself to just one god when there are thousands to choose from.  Each god or goddess is endowed with aspects or qualities that you might want to invite into your daily life.  If you need a little compassion or you feel you need to start learning how to be compassionate… study and meditate with Kuan Yin. 

To learn more about a God/dess visit: www.godchecker.com

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