Saturday, February 3, 2018

Art Novena for Our Lady of Lourdes 2018 Day One

Welcome to Day One of the seventh annual
Art Novena for Our Lady of Lourdes.

If you feel inspired to participate,
send me an email and I will add your blog here.
You can also play along on Instagram

This year the theme is the magic of the Fairytale of Lourdes
and I will explore the secret wisdom and the hidden feminine
in fairytales and in the tale of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Fairy tales evoke images of childhood, magic, miracles,
supernatural events and dreams coming true.
For many of us the journey towards wholeness starts with the
impulse and desire to heal the Inner Child.  The inner child carries
the openness and vulnerability of the soul and during our growing
up years, these qualities become suppressed and hidden away.
And the feminine qualities of the inner child gets
conditioned away from an early age, as we grow up in a
patriarchal culture with masculine values of goal setting,
achievement, physical beauty, material gain and advancement.
These are all positive and essential qualities,  but without
their counterpart feminine attributes, such as inner appreciation, imperfection,
chaos, individuality, compassion and nurturing, the inner world can
become one of deprivation, depression and burn-out.

No-one knows for certain how old fairy tales are but the
experts who have written on the history and meaning of fairy
tales agree that fairy tales started to appear at more or less
the same time that Christianity started to oppress pre-Christian
beliefs and religions which developed into the horrific
Inquisition and eventually the witch hunts.
Unfortunately fairy tales have been mangled and their
original stories changed to fit in with patriarchy -
many of the magical and supernatural women characters
have obviously also been demonized, as has the
meaning of fairy and witch. But there are still
some amazing resources and research available
for those who are interested in exploring this fount
of wisdom

Many, myself included, regard fairy tales as secret bibles of
feminine wisdom and divinity. 

Hannah's song
Mysteries of Mary tarot deck

'Magical beliefs were passed on by word of mouth,

behind ploughs, at spindles, on river banks and by hearths;
magical rituals were performed in kitchens, 
in bedrooms, by roadsides and on hillsides,
under cover of darkness'
                                          - Emma Wilby, Cunning Folk and Familiar Spirits

Hannah or Anna as the Great Mother Goddess
also known as Mother Goose and her sacred goose
VI of Roses in Mysteries of Mary Tarot Deck

We are all familiar with Mother Goose and her nursery
rhymes and fairytales. 
What better place to hide the Divine Mother Goddess
in the guise of an old crone with a goose for a vehicle?
The goose has many mythical connections in both Eastern
and Western mythology.  In Hinduism it is the 'hamsa' and the
'parahamsa' meaning wild ganders and supreme wild ganders;
in Egyptian lore the sky was associated with the Mother Goddess.
The goose is one of the most sacred animals in the ancient
stories of goddess, along with the swan.

To the pre-patriarchal ancient Egyptians, the sun was 
created by a goddess who turned herself into a goose and 
then laid “the golden sun egg,” In the first century BCE the 
ancient Celts were forbidden to eat the goose—due to its sacred 
connection to “the Sun Egg.” 
Just like Mother Goose, the Greek goddess Aphrodite
 rode through the air on the back of a goose. 
There are also artwork depicting Aphrodite with geese at her feet.
In the Mysteries of Mary Tarot Deck, a deck

dedicated to the relevance of the sacred feminine
in our lives and spirituality today, I also refer to the
hidden code and meaning in fairy tales and specifically
Mother Goose.  In the Mysteries of Mary tarot deck
Mother Goose is present in the card
Hannah's Song.

Here is an extract from Mysteries of Mary tarot deck :

We also know the fairy tale of the goose that lays the golden egg.  
The egg has always carried the meaning of life and rebirth in ancient traditions.  
It also symbolises new life and transformation.  
The shape of the egg also has connotations as it is similar to the vesica pisces. 
Goose is a partial anagram of goddess and Mother Goose hides the word mother goddess. 
The mother aspect of the goddess is still present today in Mother Mary.  
Mother Goose is seen as the magical author of all the fairy tales, 
reminiscent of our understanding of the Shekinah or Sophia.

The Vesica Pisces shape of the area around
the Basilica of Lourdes

In the image above you can clearly see the mandorla or 
pisces vesica or fish shape
of the procession grounds around the Basilica.

Religion and its stories and symbols reflect the wisdom
and knowledge of the Divine which is imprinted on our Souls.
We accept that we are created in the image of the Creator.
That understanding has many layers of meaning to it and
one of them is that religion is born of the soul and that
the events and beings of religious tales are a 
manifestation of above into this world which acts
as a mirror : as above so below.

The story of the Bright Lady in  shining white Light that 
appeared to the starving little girl of Massabielles,
 has all the elements of a
fairy tale.  At Lourdes you step into the Otherworld;
into a Land of Enchantment where miracles are possible.

Amulets of Mary, Lady of Lourdes
The French Madonna on

Contemplation and prayer for Day One :

Mary, cosmic being of  Light,
 manifests miracles,
opening the gateway from the world of light,
merges with your own heart,
infusing your vision and senses
with divine purpose.

In both the Christian and ascension belief systems, Mary was
assumed into heaven and transmuted 
her physical body into light.

Her divine presence infuses springs,
 rivers and entire valleys with the 
vibration of holiness and sacredness.

At Lourdes Mary created a sanctuary where we can touch 
and be touched by  
a force beyond our comprehension : a doorway into pure love.


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