The ancient Greek belly goddess BAUBO speaks from ‘between her legs’. She plays an important part in the greatest mystery of the ancient world, the Eleusinian Mysteries. Her story begins when she encounters Demeter, the Earth Goddess, whilst walking in the wild valleys. Demeter was sodden with tears and ravaged with grief and despair at the abduction and loss of Persephone, her daughter. Baubo engaged this sad soul in conversation and very soon started to tell her obscene jokes accompanied by raucous belly laughs. Demeter was shocked but slowly started to smile at this surprisingly crude, playful and joyous old woman who had started to dance crazily pulling open her skirt. Baubo then directed, among other things, her belly, breasts and vulva towards Demeter. The mourning Goddess found herself suddenly overcome with a laughter that rose up from her belly. Her darkness fled from her, her spirit soared and her own power within moved her life journey onwards. The belly Goddess had shaken Demeter out of her grief by reminding her of the sacred feminine which sat at the centre of her being ….of which they both shared.
Baubo welcomes us back to life with her wild laughter, her shaking belly and the magic of her vulva . Her wisdom can bring us back from darkness by reminding us of who we are so we can thrive once again……I AM LIFE
The flowers in this print are CLITORIA a genus named after the human clitoris, for the flowers bear a resemblance to the vulva.
BAUBO the Belly Goddess opens her skirt
I AM LIFE
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The moment the Sun reaches its southernmost point in the sky marks the December solstice, the official beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. The winter solstice marks the shortest day and longest night of the year. From now on our days will begin to grow longer and the nights shorter. Since ancient times the winter solstice has been seen as an auspicious time. There are more known rituals throughout antiquity associated with this solstice than for any other time of the year. And so we too celebrate the rebirth of the Sun…. a time of hope, rejuvenation, healing and renewal, and hear the call to find rest and restoration as we start the slow journey back into the light to eventually find the awakening of inspiration at Imbolc.🌀
Arianrhod is the Welsh Winter Solstice Goddess who spins the Silver wheel of life, death and rebirth. She is a Goddess of the moon, stars and sky who resides in a revolving castle of initiation known as Caer Sidi. Her spinning silver wheel is vast in the heavens and transports the dead to her castle where they may rest and prepare for rebirth. Caer Sidi lies in the depths of the light phenomena we know as the Northern Lights or the Aurora Borealis. This magnificence is created from the Sun’s flares which release highly charged particles that penetrate our earth’s magnetic field. These particles collide with molecules in the earth’s atmosphere, giving off the spectacular light displays…I AM PHENOMENAL
"Look into the wintry northeastern sky to the Corona Borealis;
There you will see the Crown of the Goddess.
Beyond this jeweled archway into the underworld is
The Northern Castle of Initiation, Caer Sidi.
Deep in a sea of brilliant lights lies the Aurora Borealis;
There you will find Arianrhod,
Queen of the moon, the sea and the stars.
As her Silver Wheel turns the middle world past the Solstice point,
Arianrhod guides our souls into the upper world."
ARIANRHOD and the Northern Lights
I AM PHENOMENAL
The northern lights, or aurora borealis
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DYSNOMIA was the Greek Goddess of Lawlessness and poor civil order. She was the daughter of Eris, Goddess of strife. The dwarf planet Eris was discovered in Jan 2005 , it has one known moon named Dysnomia. In modern times the Goddess Dysnomia has been embraced by some Anarchists as a symbol or personification of freedom and rebellion.
Here Dysnomia jumps the ‘red line’ and lands now in a place where her safety can no longer be guaranteed and her actions may be found to be unacceptable. The line is now crossed and there may be serious consequences? But there may also be a requirement for drastic change to be made.
The metaphorical red line is observed as a threat. Crossing it creates an act of lawlessness which in society can be described in various ways.
ANOMIE is a breakdown of social bonds between an individual and their community, in which individuals do not feel bound by the moral structures of society.
ANARCHY meaning “without leadership” is a condition in which a person or group of people reject societal hierarchies, laws, and other institutions.
ANARCHISM is a political philosophy that advocates self-governed societies based on voluntary institutions
CIVIL DISORDER or civil unrest, refers to public disturbances generally involving groups of people, and may result in danger or damage to persons or property. Civil disorder is a breakdown of civil society, and is usually a form of protest. It may take various forms, such as illegal parades, sit-ins, riots, sabotage, and other forms of crime.
The Anarchy of DYSNOMIA
‘Crossing the Red Line’
I AM REBELLIOUS
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SULIS MINERVA ..is a fusion of a Roman and Celtic Goddess who resides in the town of Bath which houses the only thermal springs in the UK. The Romans named this place Aquae Sulis and built an extensive spa temple on Her ground. They merged the ancient Goddess Sulis with Minerva their Roman Goddess of wisdom and justice. The name Sulis means ‘eye‘ describing an all-seeing Goddess offering wisdom and counsel with all matters of justice and possible punishment. Many ancient curse tablets have been found at the temple site dedicated to Her. Sulis Minerva is a powerful conduit of both fire and water, channeling solar energy down into the Earth for it to rise up again as the sacred FIRE WATER. She embodies both the power of a dark Earth Goddess and the light and strength of a Sun Goddess. The earth from which Her water flows is rich in Iron and rust in colour. Her healing powers still brings people to this day to her shrine, to receive Her blessings and partake of her fiery waters. She is both Sun and Moon, Fire and Water……I AM A CONDUIT
Alchemists of ancient times claimed that by achieving the perfect balance of fire and water it was possible to produce a chemical/spiritual reaction that was powerful enough to transform lead into gold.
SULIS MINERVA at Her BATH SPA TEMPLE
I AM A CONDUIT
The Waters of Bath….Bath exists because of the emergence of three natural springs in the heart of the city which deliver over 1 million litres of mineral-rich water every day. Uniquely in the UK, the mineral water is hot – it rises to the surface at a constant temperature of at least 45° C. The Sacred Spring lies at the very heart of the ancient monument.
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ACHOS along with her sisters were know as ‘The Pains’ as they each personified aspects of suffering of both the mind and body. She was the Greek Goddess of GRIEF who brought with her the flowing of tears and lamentation. She witnesses the the wounds of the loss of our loved ones and walks beside us as we enter the darkness of the MOURNING process where healing begins. Grief takes many forms and endures varied lengths of time…it cannot be rushed. Eventually the process leads us from the Underworld back into the everyday world. Our grief can then be transformed into deep loving memories that are held within us forever.
The psychiatrist Elisabeth Kubler-Ross the author of the groundbreaking book ‘On death and dying ‘(1969) discussed her theory of the five stages of grief, which may not be linear in how they present: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance. As mortals we all experience the death & loss that leads to periods of grieving in our lives. Such times include many forms of personal loss; illness, the end of relationships, the loss of a job, separations, infertility or the loss of a loved one.
Maybe death isn’t darkness, after all,
but so much light
wrapping itself around us—
As soft as feathers—
that we are instantly weary
of looking, and looking, and shut our eyes,
not without amazement,
and let ourselves be carried,
as through the translucence of mica,
to the river
that is without the least dapple or shadow—
that is nothing but light—scalding, aortal light—
in which we are washed and washed
out of our bones…..Mary Oliver
ACHOS – Goddess of Grief
I AM MOURNING
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PALIOXIS – The Spirit of Strategic Retreat
I AM RETREATING
The winged Greek Goddess Palioxis is the personification of strategic retreat, who flew high above the battlefield spreading her wings and her wisdom. It is said she was the daughter of Eris, Goddess of strife.
In the I Ching the hexagram 33 is named RETREAT (Dun) and offers those that consult its wisdom to ensure that when negative conflict overwhelms them it is often better and wiser to strategically retreat. Stepping back and reflecting on the situation rather than escalating it leads to great success.
When something triggers us and pushes our buttons we find ourselves in the middle of a highly charged situation. But the core of the negativity always offers us a teaching. Fixed ideas, core beliefs and a desire to blame are often involved. This is because our egoic self is standing in the way of our soul Self, our true Self. Confrontation therefore calls upon us to reflect on our own Shadow. Preserving our energy until we know how to reposition ourselves limits damage to ourselves and to others. We all need to step away from the “battlefield” at times to re-evaluate, strengthen and gain vision…….I AM RETREATING………“In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.” Albert Camus ( The Minotaur)
HEGEMONE was one of the Greek Graces. She is a fecund Goddess sitting on fertile ground admiring the manifestation of her fruits. Her responsibility is to offer her divine energy to the plants of the earth which would then blossom and bear fruit. She is the harvest of Autumn who appreciates our gratitude for the bounty of Summer and also prepares us for the coming darkness of Winter.
Archetypally she represents the growth of our own fruitful abundance, representing the times when hard work, ideas and enthusiasm finally pays off and bears the fruit of positive manifestation. Such an act takes great patience as we hone the soil upon which we place our dreams, expectations and plans. “Im not me but living matter fermenting and forming its own shapes in the fruitfulness of every day.” Pablo Neruda
The Orchard by Mary Oliver
I have dreamed of accomplishment.
I have fed ambition.
I have traded nights of sleep
for a length of work.
Lo, and I have discovered
how soft bloom turns to green fruit
which turns to sweet fruit.
Lo, and I have discovered all winds blow cold
at last, and the leaves, so pretty, so many,
vanish in the great, black packet of time,
in the great, black packet of ambition,
and the ripeness of the apple is its downfall.
The FRUITS of HEGEMONE
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