ANIMA MUNDI – The World Soul đŸŒŽ

This print depicts the World Soul as seen from the perspective of alchemy …she wears the red stone also known as the philosophers stone which is a symbol of enlightenment. She is the connection between Spirit and Matter. She is the Divine spark and the echo of the Universe .

“To the alchemists, the philosophers’ stone, their son of God, was not begotten in the womb of the Virgin Mary, but in the womb of Mother Nature. Jung reminds us that “Nature is not matter only, she is also spirit.”…Paul Levey

ANIMA MUNDI … The World Soul

ANIMA MUNDI –  is a feminine principle which was historically considered the “soul of the world”, the essence and spirit  of human, animal and plant life on Earth. This was understood by the ancient philosophers and the alchemists who regarded the World Soul as a pure ethereal spirit diffused throughout all nature, the divine essence that embraces and energizes all life in the universe. In the Renaissance the World Soul was understood as the force that guides the unfolding of nature and the cosmos.

Anima Mundi Thurneisser zum Thurn, Quinta Essentia, (Leipzig: 1574)

The World Soul was also the creative principle that the Renaissance artists sought to channel in their work. Their art was based upon the same sacred proportions they saw in nature, and they understood the imagination as a magical power that can “lure and channel the energies of the anima mundi.” The alchemists continued to explore the anima mundi. While the Church looked for light in the heavens, the alchemists sought the light hidden in matter, in the earth itself. They understood that there was a sacred essence within creation, which through their experiments and imagination they worked to release. For the alchemists the anima mundi is the divine spark in matter. For our ancestors, psychology and ecology were one which originally formed the archetype of the Anima Mundi. Today it  can still be seen that our human psyche and the world psyche are deeply interconnected -via our human connections to each other and our connections to the health of our planet. The feminine nurturing aspect of the anima mundi needs awakening  in an overly dominant egocentric western society ….. on an individual level and a collective level.

The last Major Arcana tarot card number 21 ‘The World ‘depicts the Anima Mundi

 

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VESTA and the phallus of fire…..

“In each moment the fire rages, it will burn away a hundred veils. And carry you a thousand steps toward your goal.”   …..RUMI  trans by Coleman Barks

VESTA and the Phallus of Fire

VESTA and the Phallus of Fire

Vesta, Goddess of the home and hearth,  resides in her circular temple as the sacred fire. Where most temples would have a statue, that of Vesta had a hearth, she was the flame and  was rarely depicted.  The fire was a religious center of Roman worship, the common hearth  of the whole Roman people. The sacred  fire not only burned in the inner sanctum of her temple in the Roman Forum, but also  in the homes of the Roman people. The people believed that Vesta’s fire guarded their world, families and lives, and that if the fire went out, Rome would fall to invading barbarian armies. To prevent this from happening, the Vestal priestesses  kept the eternal flame alight in Vesta’s temple, ensuring the connection  between the gods and humankind  would remain unbroken. Although Feminine,the priestesses were treated as men , an elevation for woman in such a patriarchal society . The priestesses were wed to the God – the phallus of the fire. Vesta was recognised as an androgynous diety – a union of God and Goddess energy. She was associated with the phallus and as such  was the embodiment of the Phallic mother. A sacred phallus was among the objects considered vital to the security of the Roman state which were in the keeping of the Vestal virgins. She was worshiped as the most virgin and clean of all the gods, and known as the Mother who granted fecundity and fertility. Ovid explained “Vesta is the same as the earth, both have the perennial fire: the Earth and the sacred Fire are both symbolic of home.”  Vestas festival,the Vestalia  (7-15 June), was regarded as one of the most important Roman holidays, existing well after the Roman conversion to Christianity.

“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” …..Albert Schweitzer

 

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Sekhmet Rising ….’Pussy Power’ â™€

I am so  inspired by all the women across the World who have Risen and shown  their desire to bring justice, protection, equality and peace to not only  their Sisters but to all of humanity  …….♀

Sehkmet is an ancient archetype of female power..  She was an ancient Egyptian Mother Goddess. Portrayed as a Lion, wearing  the fierce flame of the Sun disc at her head .  She was fiercely protective but also the  patron of all Healers …….Her name meant ‘She who is Powerful’ .  In myth, she is a mother and a wife but there is nothing submissive or docile about her. When She encountered something out of balance, She fixed it, leaving nothing undone. According to myth she saved mankind and every year this was celebrated on her feast day where everyone drank beer stained with pomegranate juice.

SEHKMET Rising - 'Pussy Power'

SEHKMET Rising – ‘Pussy Power’

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LUCINA – “She who brings children into the Light”…..

For Lucy 💜….In Roman mythology, Lucina was the incandescent goddess of childbirth who aided and safeguarded the lives of all women in labour…..”she who brings children into the light”. She was often shown holding a torch representing the burning pains of labour as well as the act of bringing a new Soul into the Light. But, Lucina’s provenance reaches way back to Ancient Crete , where a much revered  goddess called Eileithyia was worshiped in a cave at Knossos where she had many shrines and also at Olympus and Athens. Over time Eileithyia merged into  the goddesses Hera/Juno and Artemis, eventually becoming  the Roman Goddess Lucina. In Ancient pagan Rome her festival, was called the Matronalia, and was celebrated on the first of March honouring wives and mothers, an early version of Mother’s Day. As Rome took on the  Catholic religion Lucina became St.Lucy (meaning Light) and her honoring day was December 13th,  right before (or, before the calendar change, upon) the winter solstice, so she can be seen as the midwife of the miraculous sun-child who is born at Yuletide.

“A new moon teaches gradualness
and deliberation and how one gives birth
to oneself slowly. Patience with small details
makes perfect a large work, like the universe.
What nine months of attention does for an embryo
forty early mornings will do for your gradually growing wholeness”…RUMI

Labouring in The Waters of Life with LUCINA - The Soul Midwife

Labouring in The Waters of Life
with LUCINA – The Soul Midwife

 

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To find out more go to the excellent article on the midwives of Light  at:
https://earthandstarryheaven.com/2017/01/04/midwives-light/
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Melissa at the hearth of her hive …..🐝

Today we reach the Winter solstice, and are reminded that we are at the darkest point of our year, and from now we can look forward to the reborn light.  I celebrate this turning of the seasons with a print  of Melissa at the hearth of her hive. For many bee keepers the winter solstice marks a turning point in their hives, as the honey bee queens start to begin again to slowly reproduce their first young for the next year. She sits within the darkness of her hive, but somehow knows that this is a time of importance and growth in the life cycle of her hive. Melissa, the Bee-goddess’s name,  has a long history with roots reaching back to  beyond Ancient Greece. It is probable that the ‘pure mother bee’ deity originated in Crete , and arose from the Minoan culture. There she was called Potnia , the matriarchal bee goddess , so important for the Minoans whose  tombs were shaped like a beehive and honey mead was used produces and used ritually . The myths of ancient Greece link the ‘Melissae’ with their main god Zeus , who was born on the  island of Crete  in a cave of bees and was fed by them. In the time of ancient Greece,  in the temples of Artemis, Aphrodite, Demeter but also of Cybele, Diana and Rhea, priestesses who served The Great Mother were called the ‘Melissae’ meaning ..the bees. The Goddess as the Great Mother was  titled Melissa, translated literally, as ‘the Queen Bee.’ The bee is for many now and in ancient times , a sacred insect  signifing immortality and resurrection ,offering a bridge from the natural world to the underworld. Because a honeycomb is naturally made up of hexagonal prisms, it was considered by philosophers to be the manifestation of divine harmony in nature. Many cultures and religions have deities personifying the bees connecting people to the sacred aspect of the bees.

Beware ! the ‘Queen Bee syndrome’ – the negative archetypal aspect of this most ancient and sacred goddess.

The words at the top of this  print are the first line of Carol Ann Duffy’s poem ..Bees

'Melissa at the hearth of her hive'

‘Melissa at the hearth of her hive’

Bees by Carol Ann Duffy

Here are my bees,
brazen, blurs on paper
besotted: buzzwords, dancing
their flawless, airy maps.

Been deep, my poet bees,
in the parts of flowers
in daffodil, thistle, rose, even
the golden lotus; so glide,
gilded, glad, golden, thus –

wise – and know of us:
how your scent pervades
my shadowed, busy heart,
and honey is art.

Minoan Bee pendant

Minoan Bee pendant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A solid gold Minoan pendant depicting two bees clutching a honeycomb (1800-1700 BCE), found in the Old Palace cemetery at Chrysolakkos near Malia, Crete.

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Cybele’s Heart..h in the Tower …….❤️

Ancient Cybele originated in the mountains in Anatolia(present day Turkey) in the 6 century BCE. She was an earth mother goddess and connected to nature and agriculture. Her cult involved singing , drumming, dancing, and wild orgiastic  rituals and she was associated  with bees and honey. The Great Mother  was usually shown seated and pregnant or in some instances shown giving birth. Her myth tells of a husband called Attis who was a sacrificed  death and resurrection God and was turned into a pine tree. The most sacred manifestation of Cybele was as a revered black meteorite. In 204BC  this stone was  removed to Rome,via the Delphi Oracle who gave permission for the Mother of the Gods to be welcomed in Rome where she was called Cybele -Magna Mater , the great mother. Cybele’s cult was very popular in the whole of the Roman Empire and it was not terminated until the Christian era. The meteorite black stone disappeared but was recorded historically. Cybele is usually shown wearing a tower as her crown so seen as the personification of fortifications such as towns or cities. Other Goddesses also wear this type of crown such as that seen on the Statue of Liberty in New York. My print show St Michael’s Tower at the top of  Glastonbury Tor. Cybele is closely connected to Minoan Goddess Rhea and the Greek goddess Demeter

Jung saw the tower as a feminine symbol with sacred meaning. He actually built himself a stone tower at Bollingen in Switzerland. In the middle of the tower was the fireplace and writes that it “represented for him the maternal hearth.” above the hearth he carved a quote “Seek that which is not possible.” Here in his tower he retreated alone to work and live off grid ,writing ,painting and carving stones. Jung saw the tower as a symbol of the Self with the divine spark at its centre…. the tower being seen as the place where the body, the soul ,the self ……..matured and developed on its journey.

CYBELE's heart..h in the Tower

CYBELE’s heart..h in the Tower

The Mother Goddess

is watching the forest 

she sings to you a song of honey

and cry's the chant of mad sweet music

her heaving breast worships us

drunk and frantic with joy .....I recall

her visions give wild dreams 

she sits in our beauty 

and the red rose incubates
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TIAMAT the Devil and the Milky Way â­ď¸

Blessings at Samhain – enjoy the festival that marks the end of Summer and celebrates the blanket of of darkness 🌀

Tiamat is a Goddess from the Mesopotamian religions, who roared and smote in the monstrous embodiment of primordial chaos. She is also a creation Goddess who mixed the waters before there was a heaven or earth. The Christian Devil may well have inherited quite a few of some of her attributes. Tiamat was always shown with a tail, as she was cloaked with a pungent mix of animal and human characteristics. Tiamat possessed the great tablet of destinies and was murdered by her lover who desperately desired it. After the blows he cut her up into pieces which were then used for creation…her tail became the Milky Way.

TIAMAT, the devil and the Milky Way

TIAMAT, the devil and the Milky Way

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