Thursday, May 29, 2014

Archangel Michael, protector of the Divine FeminineArch

Archangel Michael shrine and altar and blessing seeds made by Hettienne
Her Grace by Devata www.etsy.com/shop/devata

Archangel Michael blessing seeds
St Michael is one of the three angels mentioned
by name in Holy Scriptures.
The name Michael signifies
'Who is like God'



He is called Chief of the Order of Virtues,
Chief of the Seven Archangels
Prince of the Angels



The image of Michael on his icons is based on his role in the final
battle described in Revelation.



Archangel Michael has a close relationship with
Our Lady Mary, Mother of God.
She is the Rose Queen and they belong to
the Order of the Divine Rose.
Michael is the one that brings Blessed Mary
the news of her approaching death.


In The Legends of the Jews it is said that
'the fire that Moses saw in the burning bush had the appearance
of Michael, who had descended from heaven as
the forerunner of the Shekinah.  
Michael has a long history as protector of the Divine Feminine

The blessing seeds have all these images and others
from the scenes of the stories of Archangel Michael
including images of appearance at the grotto
in Mont' San'Angelo in Italy


The blessing seeds are sprinkled with sacred water collected
at the grotto, as well as blessed salts mixed with roses blessed
by a second relic of roses of St Teresa d'Lisieux
and holy oil of 53 relics, 
water brought back from the springs and wells of Glastonbury,
sacred to the Feminine
and water from Lourdes where our holy mother appeared
and is still working her miracles.



These blessings seeds can be used for healing,
ceremony, ritual and to bless the earth and pot plants.


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Nectar of the Heart


Last night as I was sleeping,




I dreamt — marvelous error! –




that I had a beehive




here inside my heart.




And the golden bees



were making white combs



and sweet honey




from my old failures.”
~ From “Last Night As I Was Sleeping,” by Antonio Machado



The bee has since ancient times been a symbol
of the goddess, the divine feminine, the Great Mother,
a symbol of Wisdom, and even the church.

In ancient times, the bees were regarded as sacred
and they were seen as travellers between the natural
world and the underworld.

Through a process of alchemy, bees
create honey, in ancient times,
regarded as the nectar of the gods.

The term milk and honey were used to describe
abundance and eden-like qualities to our lives.

The bees’ survival depends upon a queen and their unquestioning obedience 
and loyalty to her, which reminds 
us of our dependence on Our Lady, Queen of the Heart 

The beehive is a symbol for the heart :
the sacred inner temple where transformation
takes place and from which forgiveness and
compassion flows.




Monday, May 26, 2014

Monday mornings with Mary




House of Gold

extracts from Mary Within Us
a Jungian perspective on the titles of Mary by David Richo


'I remained in the temple, enjoying the
ineffable pleasure of contemplating
the goddess' statue, because I was bound
to her by a debt of gratitude so large
that I could never fully repay her' - Apuleius


Mary is what we are : a temple of the divine.
In the title, House of Gold, we have two symbols, 
the house as a container and gold as
the supreme value of the Self.
The house of gold is the Self.
A house grants shelter so we again
encounter the conserving and containing aspect
of the female archetype.
It is comprised of the light of comforting safety
and the dark of numbing contentment.
There are always graces to help us integrate those two.



The Loreto shrine, the traditional house of Mary,
is like the Ark of the covenant,
the dwelling of the feminine aspect of God.
At sunset it is bathed in gold and so it is often
referred to as the golden house.

A custom in our past was to bronze the shoes in which a baby 
first walked.
Mary is the house of ego that has been
gilded because she walked the path from
ego to Self. 

By the invocation, House of Gold, we
commit ourselves to enter the mansion of
spiritual individuation.  
What happened to her, happens to us.
We make a series of choices and
surrenders that move us from cellar to attic
and then down to earth and out into the world
with treasures to share.
This passage will have suffering in it
and joy too.


In the fire of creation, gold does not vanish:
the fire brightens.
Each creature God made must live in its own nature;
how could I resist my nature, 
that lives for oneness with God - 
Mechtild of Magdeburg.

Would you like to link up?

with love, Hettienne

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Featured Artist and Blogger

Patty's Pretty Things


A blog that I discovered during one of the blog
parties, is the very sweet blog of Patty Antle,
Patty's Pretty things
at www.pattyantle.com



Patty's blog is filled with interesting tutorials
and she is a prolific crafter!

Here are some of her Spring Spoolies she
made for a swap that she organised on her blog :





A tutorial 





St Patty's day rainbows



and Patty has a miniature dollhouse!
she shares the entire journey of finding
the house and then furnishing it
with meaningful pieces on her blog!
worth reading if you love dollhouses!






Oh and let me not forget this week's sharing,
button bouquets!
how innovative!


So hop over and visit Patty's Pretty Things - there
are lots of pretty ideas and inspiration on offer!

And Party you can grab my pretty badge and put
it on your sidebar!


Featured here


blessings
Hettienne

Monday, May 19, 2014

Mornings with Mary - Monday 19 May

Queen of Heaven - handmade rosary necklace by Hettienne


The Madonna Flower Cycle
extract from 
The Blessed Virgin Mary, Her Life
and Her Mission by Corinne Heline

......June is the month of Celestial Reflections.
It claims the Iris, the rainbow flower,
and the stately plant that bears an impress
of the flower spectrum.
Man did not always know the seven-rayed
spectrum, nor does he know its twelvefold
range.  But time will bring extensions.

July - the White Lily - a native of the Holy Land,
is the symbol of the Feast of the Visitation
which is celebrated in July, the 
month of Cosmic Remembrance.
Wherever the Visitation is preserved,
the vase of white lilies stands by the
Virgin's side, crowned with an auriole of
three mystic blossoms.



In August, the golden month of 
Divine Consummations, occurs the
Feast of the Assumption.
This season knows the golden Sunflower.
It is the golden blossom upon which the soul,
newly separated from earth conditions,
feasts in preparation for transition
into a higher state of consciousness, and
therefore appropriately named 
'food for a king'.
It is today truly a King's food for seeds
are of man's greatest nourishment, the
breath of the Sun breathing its power into the body
through the these tiny seeds.

September - Golden Rod.
In September the annual inflow
of Light is celebrated as the Nativity Feast, 
the birth month of Mother Mary.
Blessed herbs, through which astral prototypes
the Beloved Lady has poured streams of healing 
force from her hands of light,
belong to this, her natal month.
These herbs possess the qualities to soothe 
and sustain tired and broken bodies.



For October, the month of Sacrifice,
is fashioned the Rosemary.
It typifies the Bridge of Remembrance
between the inner and the outer.

November, the stately Chrysanthemum reaches
the height of its beauty.
It lifts its proud and haughty head upward
toward the sky.

December - poinsettia.
This is the season in which red
and green are the principal colours used by
both nature and man.
It is here that we see the shining green
of the leaves and the lustrous red berries of the
holly proclaiming joyously that the season
of Christmas is now with us and it is at
this time that the Poinsettia lifts its smiling
face toward the sun as it declares that now is
the most holy season of the year,
the time of the birth of the 
Blessed Christ Child is now with us.



For more interesting fact, myth and lore
and maybe a deeper understanding of
our inner worlds and how it is created
in the image of the Divine,
please visit next Monday for more
Mornings with Mary.

A blessed week to you
and please join if you have the time or
desire.

with love,
Hettienne




Monday, May 12, 2014

Mornings with Mary

Our Lady of New Life by Hettienne G


Welcome to Mornings with Mary

Mornings with Mary
it is a celebration of all
things Mary
in her many forms and aspects
in the many cultures and tradition
of our world.
  
Whatever this means to YOU.
and in whatever way you want to celebrate
the Divine World, both profane and sacred,
in your belief, in your creativity,
your religion,
your understanding and
in your ideas and expression.
A place of sharing and growth!

The philosopher Thomas Moore, in his wonderful works on Soul,
really defines it for me. Everyone has a Soul and thus a religion of the Soul,
and that may be found in the enchantment of everyday living, in art as a sacred undertaking,
or it may be found in the practise and application of a holy book and its teachings.


For the past ten weeks I shared ten teachings from
the Wisdom of Mary, a book by Gina Lake.

Today I am starting with extracts from a very
interesting book
The Blessed Virgin Mary, Her Life and Mission
by Corinne Heline.

The Madonna Flower Cycle

Each month the Virgin Mary bestows some special blessing
upon the children of men. Each month has a spiritual key 
flower corresponding to those special powers of the 
seasonal cycle. 

January is the month of they hyacinth, its colors and its
fragrance speak of better things to come and of
happier days to be.  January is the month of Capricorn which
speaks of new ideals and the fruition of every new and 
higher dream.

February is the month which commemorates the
purity of the Virgin.  
The snowdrop, emblem of virgin
chastity, is Her flower. 
 Quantities of its blossoms
are strewn at this season 
altars of prayer and worship.  

In March the White Lily blooms to celebrate the 
Festival of Annunciation.  The Marigold is also
dedicated to the Virgin Mother of Jesus at this
season, meaning that Mary's gold is now available
for anyone who wills to come and freely
partake of its bounty.


April claims the soft flowering of the Primrose,
the first rose of the year.  The rose is the most
sacred symbol of Mary and her purest sacred heart.

May is the month of the Madonna,
 the month of mothers.
May is enshrouded with that holy light 
of mother love
which lifts the heart to a
 divine realization only to that
of the Christ.  
Showers of blessings 
descend upon
the heart in the lovely month - 
blessings that
blossom in Roses,
 the beloved flower of the Madonna
and a reflection
 of the Mystic Rose which
blooms eternally in her heart
 for all the
mothers in the world.

I hope that you had a lovely Mother's day yesterday!

with love,
Hettienne



Let's hope that Mr Linky co-operates this week!!


Monday, May 5, 2014

Mondays with Mary


Photographs taken at Sancta Maria,
at shrine in my garden


Mondays with Mary
The Tenth Teaching from
Ten Teachings for One World : Wisdom from Mother Mary
by Gina Lake




Let Love Be Your Guide

That love is the highest value is indisputable. 
 Only someone who has been deprived of love 
might dispute this out of his or her woundedness;  and yet,
 love is the only thing that can heal
such woundedness. 
 Love is that powerful and pervasive a force. 
 It is, in fact the only force
in the universe.  
And that is very good news.

Words are inadequate to describe this force. 
 If you call it love, it becomes limited to the realm
of human emotions.  
But the emotion of love is a poor reflection 
of the force I am speaking about.
This force, as it moves through the human being, 
gets corrupted by self-interest and greed. 
Love becomes something you have to 
get from someone else and something you never have enough
of, like everything the ego seeks.  
This is not love, but a lack of love masquerading as love. 
Neediness is a better word for it. 
 Neediness is the opposite of love, 
for true love results in a 
natural outpouring of love to others,
 not in desiring anything from them. 




Love is what you want, not a love that needs, but a love
that forgets itself in the presence of the Beloved,
which is all of life.  This self-forgetfullness is love.

Let love be your guide.  This is the tenth teaching.
Let love be your guide means align with the divine force 
of love within you and let it move you in your life.

Let love be your guide also means let love by your master,
let it guide your actions and speech.  Be the servant of love.
Do your actions and speech come from love?
If not, do not engage in them.
Will you be a force of love on this planet?
One individual acting as a force of love can
counteract hundreds, even thousands, 
acting otherwise.
How you act and what you say matters.
Be the loving force you can be.
This is my final teaching.



Next week I will start a new sharing
for Mondays with Mary - I hope you will continue
to join me. 
May you have a wonderful week!

with love, Hettienne