Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Twelve Days of Mary - Day 9

Our Lady of Fatima, the Dancing Sun -
9 of the Suit of the Lily and the Bee
The Path of Truth and Justice
Tarot Deck of the Mysteries of Mary

The Miracle of the Sun. This is how it is known to the people of Portugal.
 It all happened just 93 years ago, starting in May, 1917. 
Three shepherd children spoke of experiencing a vision of the 
Virgin Mary in the Cova da Iria fields close to the town of Fatima. 
It was the 13th day of the month. 
They were to repeat the experience on the 13th day of each month till October.
 The eldest child was Lucia, aged ten, and she was accompanied
 by her two cousins, Francisco, aged nine and Jacinta, aged seven.

When questioned, the children described seeing a flash of lightning about noon.
 It was followed by another which enveloped them in a blinding light.
 Looking up, they saw a lady “brighter than the sun”,
 her bare feet resting on a cloud touching the branches of a stunted holm oak. 
They described the vision as lovelier than any person they had ever seen. 
The “lady” was young, dressed in white, her face pure and smiling, 


On October 13th a crowd of 70,000 gathered at the
 Cova da Iria in response to the children’s claim 
that a miracle would occur on that day “so that all may believe.”
 At the appointed time, in the middle of a rainstorm the clouds broke up 
and the sun was seen as a disk spinning in the sky, 
throwing off great rays of fantastic colours. 
As one columnist reported, “Before the astonished eyes of the crowd 
the sun trembled and danced.” Suddenly it seemed to fall 
until it almost reached the earth, but then it stopped, 
slowly making its way back into the sky. 
Before Christianity the Sun was the female deity in many cultures
and the moon was the male God.  The mythologist
Janet McCrickard asserts that sun goddesses are more common
worldwide that male sun gods.  She suggests that the belief
in the male solar deities spread due to a few popular
Greek and Roman mythologies.  There are opinions that
the rising patriarchy in some cultures downgraded the power
of the female realm assigning it to the Moon of lesser light
claiming the power and brightness of the Sun for themselves.

The stories and descriptions about Mary become meaningful
to a woman when she understands the mysteries of Mary
in the light of her own feelings, her personal experiences,
imagination, dreams, creativity and all the aspects of her own
personal life.  A personal relationship with a female
divine image and being allows a woman to connect
with her own deepest inner and divine self.

When one relates to Mary through your own personal
experience, the story becomes different for every woman
but a personal guide and Muse for life direction and
self-fulfillment and happiness.

I am participating in
Twelve Days with Mary love
as hosted by Rebecca at www.corazon.typepad.com.
This is an annual circle of connection and sharing
of inspiration and Mary love, much
wider than culture, religion or dogma.

blessings

Hettienne

6 comments:

  1. Oh YES! A personal relationship with a female
    divine image allows a woman to connect
    with her own deepest inner and divine self. LOVELY

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  2. These two paragraphs you wrote are profound for me: The stories and descriptions about Mary become meaningful
    to a woman when she understands the mysteries of Mary
    in the light of her own feelings, her personal experiences,
    imagination, dreams, creativity and all the aspects of her own
    personal life. A personal relationship with a female
    divine image and being allows a woman to connect
    with her own deepest inner and divine self.

    When one relates to Mary through your own personal
    experience, the story becomes different for every woman
    but a personal guide and Muse for life direction and
    self-fulfillment and happiness.
    I know we are opposite ends of the world but what I wouldn't give to sit down and chat over a cup of coffee.

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  3. OH, I love what you create. And, I love how you write and what you write.

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  4. Stories like these help us to find our way in this world, where there are many snares and detours.

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  5. dear hettienne,
    i know a mother cannot have a favorite child-but please allow me to say your offering today touches me most deeply. thank you for speaking straight to my heart!

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  6. I am again struck by the positive reinterpretation of the cards. The traditional 9 of staves shows a woman 'tortured' by the 9 swords. Its seen as sleepless nights and worry. As you write above, with mary as a muse, we can develop positive symbols to combat the stereotyping of the feminine as negative and reactive in our lives. I often experience the nine of swords, awake in the middle of the night with anxiety and worry. It's a bad thing, or so I believed. But now, seeing this shrine, I remember the times this worry has gotten me to write poems, to draw, to write, to sort out my emotions and develop emotional control, how this experience has given me insight and freedom. The dancing sun and rays of illumination from Our Lady of Fatima.

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