Monday, December 12, 2016

Feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe


No estoy yo aqui que soy tu madre?  Am I not here, I who am your mother? – San Juan Diego of Guadulupe

Today is the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

A young woman appeared in the sixteenth century to Juan Diego on Tepeyac Hill.
 As the story is told she was radiant with light and he was overcome by awe and fear.  She asked the Aztec man to return to his bishop and to tell him that she asks for a chapel to be built in the place that she appeared.  She also told him to climb to the top of the hill and pick of the roses that is growing there and to bring them back to her.  This was in the middle of December in the heart of winter!! It would surely be impossible for roses to be flowering on the top of the hill?  He however did find roses growing on the top of the hill, picked them and brought them back to her.  

She arranged the roses inside his cloak made of rough fibre.  He took these roses to the bishop hoping to prove to him the miracle of the Lady and Her roses that magically appeared in the middle of winter.  When he opened the cloak, the roses spilled out at the bishop’s feet and an image of the woman herself covered the inside of the garment. An even greater miracle than the roses themselves!

 A basilica was built for her on the spot where she appeared and the same image that appeared on the inside of his cloak, is still hanging in the church. Not only does this image still hang in the church, but the cloak that Juan Diego wore, made of rough cactus fibre, is still intact and also still on display.

The Lady of Guadalupe’s cloak is dark like the night sky and covered in stars.  Her robe is a rose colour, similar to a new dawn, and as in all the apparitions of Our Lady, her robe is in the style worn by pregnant mothers. Our Lady of Guadalupe, standing on the moon, upheld by the angels of creation, surrounded by the radiant rays of the sun emanating from her,  is once again ‘the woman clothed in the sun’ Rev. 7:12.  She is the Cosmic Mary Herself cloaked in the constellations and matter of Earth. 

Without the earthly cloak of the Cosmos she would be invisible as each one of us would be invisible.  And she was not the only one wearing a cloak.  Juan Diego also wore a cloak made of the plants of the Earth and this cloak is also miraculously still intact and part of the message of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  The cloaks of earthly matter demonstrate that Juan Diego’s existence is related to the manifestation of the Cosmic Mary.  Both are made of star dust and earthly soil and green plants.  She tells us that there is no separation between spirit and matter and that the one cannot exist without the other.


Sunday, December 11, 2016

Day 11 of Twelve days with Mary

The Sea Journey

Mary is the bridge between heaven and earth, 
between the human and the divine worlds, 
between human and divine justice. 
       - Andrew Harvey in The Return of the Mother

In the Sea Journey we have the ancient tradition 
of carrying an image of Mary in a boat on a sea or 
river journey in a sacred procession and celebration.  
This ritual reminds one of the processions of
 Santa Sara la Kali  as well as Our Lady of Regla.
An image of the Blessed Mary is 
sanctified with prayers, incense, 
candles and flowers and placed on a boat.  
The boat, filled with flowers and candles, 
and the sacred statue of Our Lady is 
then floated across the river to the other side – 
often with other boats making up the procession.

Linking up with Rebecca at Recuerda mi Corazon
in Twelve days of Mary Mother Love
in celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe tomorrow.


Thursday, December 8, 2016

Day Eight of Twelve days with Mary

I am the Immaculate Conception

A blessed celebration of the Immaculate Conception to you.

Today is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary.

Yesterday on the eve of the Immaculate Conception
I shared the story of Anna's Annunciation and
 how Anna and Joachim Immaculately conceived
the Blessed Mary.

At the grotto in Lourdes the miraculous and powerful
archetypal story plays out.
Mary says to Bernadette : 'I Am the Immaculate Conception' 

St Bernadette in Lourdes shrine

We are told that Bernadette grew up poor 
and almost destitute. Along with her family
she lived in squalor and in the extreme weather
conditions of Lourdes which is on the slopes of the Alps.
She had to scavenge for
fire wood and food on the rubbish heap 
of the village. She also took care of the few
sheep that the family owned. 

To mind comes the image of the serving girl 
in fairy tales. One thinks of Cinderella who had
to clean and keep house for her step mother and
step sisters. Until her life is transformed 
by the visitation of the fairy godmother
and she eventually is recognized for who she is.

I am the Immaculate Conception shrine

After the Lady in shimmering white had appeared
to the young Bernadette, her life had changed forever.
But she was persecuted and ridiculed for her visions
and messages. She was put into jail and put through rigorous
interrogation. Despite all of these hardships she continued
to turn up for her meetings with the Lady,
and she continued to deliver her messages.
She followed her instructions and dug a hole
where water had never sprung before.

Bernadette surrendered her fear and became
a servant of her divine purpose and calling.
She could not have known then what an impact
she and the messages that she delivered, would have on the world.

The appearance of the Lady in White at Lourdes
and the miracles that she brought to those whom
were touched by her appearance, has the power to
transform our world. 
Belief systems and science
are refuted.

The impossible now becomes possible.
The world changes from a dark place abandoned
by the Divine Mother, to a living spring with healing waters
available for all to partake from.

Twelve Days with Mary
celebrating Mother Love
linking up with Recuerda mi Corazon 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Day 6 of Twelve Days with Mary

The Annunciation of Anna

All alone, she (Anna) went into the garden and sat down
 beneath the laurel tree. Looking toward the heavens, 
she saw a nest of sparrows in the tree. Fresh tears welled up in her eyes. 
How she longed to have a child of her own. Anna entreated the Lord, 
saying” Woe is me! To what am I likened? 
I am not likened to this earth, for even the earth brings 
forth her fruit in its season and blesses you, O Lord.” 
And behold an angel of the Lord appeared, 
saying “Anna, the Lord God heard your prayer, 
and you will conceive and give birth, 
and your offspring shall be spoken of in the whole inhabited world.” – extract from the Infancy Gospel of Mary

Anna was barren and never conceived with child. 
The Archangel Gabriel announced to her that she will miraculously conceive.  
It is told that this is a miraculous conception of the Holy child Mary 
and it is an echo of the immaculate conception of Mary still to come.  
As Anna and Joachim, Mary’s father, was too old to physically conceive a child, this was regarded as a conception by Spirit.  
‘Promise them, that by the favour of our right hand they will receive the Fruit of benediction, and that Anne shall conceive a Daughter, to whom We give the name MARY…. were revealed to St Gabriel.’ 
And Gabriel said: ‘She shall be elect, exalted, powerful and full of the Holy Ghost; 
on account of the sterility of Anne her  conception shall be miraculous;’ – Mystical City of God

Anna is Greek for the Hebrew name Hannah and it means ‘grace’. 

Anna’s story is also in the Quran and she is revered in Islam.  
In Islam Joachim is called by the name Imran 
and he dies before Mary is born. 
The priest Zacharias predicted the birth of a male Messiah to Anna, 
but she gave birth to a girl.  
She is revered as a mystic in Islam for her wisdom 
and realisation that Mary was a highly spiritual 
and special child to be dedicated to the Temple. 

In this shrine we see Anna sitting under the palm tree, working on her sewing.
Gabriel is holding the red thread of the mystical message of love and good news
which he delivered to Anna.

Twelve Days with Mary
linking up with Recuerda mi Corazon


Monday, December 5, 2016

Day 5 of Twelve Days with Mary


She is both fierce and compassionate.
She brings chaos and turmoil
in order to transform our numbed hearts.
She is both the changing form and the
Unchanging behind all of life.
No amount of reason and rationale can define Her.
She is the Mother of All.

Twelve Days with Mary
and focusing on Mother Love
in this annual blog pilgrimage with
Rebecca of Recuerda mi Corazon


Sunday, December 4, 2016

Day Four of Twelve Days with Mary

Sancta Maria Bambina

Virgin Mary is not only revered by those following the Catholic
and Orthodox religions.  She has many devotees who, in many ways,
are the keepers of her stories and legends.  
Even in the Catholic tradition, there are many lesser known
stories of her.
Earlier this  year I visited the chapel and the House of the
Sisters of Charity in Milan.  These Sisters are the keepers
of the effigy of the baby girl Mary, known
as Santa Maria Bambina.

'A hermit had on a certain night for many years, heard music in
the heavens.  When he asked he cause, an angel answered:
the Virgin was born this night, and what is ignored
on earth, is celebrated in the heavens.' (from The Legends
of Mary, Thirteenth Century)

Twelve days of Mother Love
Celebrating the array and infinitude of expressions
of the Blessed Lady

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Peace and Love,

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Day Three of Twelve Days of Mary

Mary's Nimbus of Flowers and Light

and the divine promise that never lets us down

Twelve days of Mary Love
Celebrating the array and infinitude of expressions
of the Blessed Lady

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Peace and Love,


Friday, December 2, 2016

Day Two of Twelve Days of Mary

Hierophant of the Mysteries
Mysteries of Mary Tarot 

Truth did not come into the world naked, but veiled with images
and archetypes, otherwise it cannot be received - Logion 67, The Gospel of Philip

The Path of Love is Within Oneself;
with Mary as Divine Shepherdess
of the inner flock

The previous two years I shared my process of making shrines
and this year I share with you, with love,
the Mysteries of Mary Tarot Deck.  They have now been published as a
tarot deck and companion book.

Each card is a shrine dedicated to an archetype,
an initiation, a Mystery in the Great Mystery and a vignette
of one of the stories woven into the tapestry of the story of Mary.
When you read them together, one after the other, laid out in a sacred
dance of meaning and insight, they become a garland of roses,
a rosary of cards, creating a Rose Garden to the Mother of Love.

Join up with Rebecca at Recuerda mi Corazon
for her annual twelve days of celebrating Mary Mother Love


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Day One of Twelve Days of Mary

Today is the start again of an on-going annual tradition
at lovely Rebecca's Recuerda mi Corazon.

Twelve days of a Virgin
Twelve days with Mary
Twelve days of Loving Lupita
Twelve days of Mother Love

where a few around the world come together to celebrate
the Loving Lady for twelve days in celebration
of the feast day on 12 December of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Mary is the modern divine feminine archetype in our western world.
She bears the titles and attributes of an ancient sacred lineage.

The feminine archetype and the goddess archetype, has always
been associated with the Earth, with nature and soul - not only soul
in a personal sense, but also as the invisible presence of the unseen
archetypal realm and the great connecting web of life; a divine matrix of light.

- extract from The Mysteries of Mary Tarot Companion Book

You are invited to join in Twelve Days with Mary


Twelve Days with Mary