SAPPHO and ERINNA

 


SAPPHO and ERINNA 

Born on the island of Lesbos

We write poetry

Lyrical love poems sung to the lyre

Ode to Aphrodite

Eros between women

A three hundred line lament

Teacher and student

Poet and muse

 

MUSE

What we love

Inspires creativity

 

Sappho is a highly regarded ancient Greek poet, who was born on the island of Lesbos around 630 BC. Sappho became celebrated for her lyrical poetry sung with the accompaniment of the lyre. Her love poetry written in the first female voice is spontaneous and emotional. Her best known work is Ode to Aphrodite. Sappho has influenced many poets across the ages, from Erinna, a contemporary of hers and possibly a lover, to the medieval lyric poets who used her Sapphic stanza, Alfred Lord Tennyson, to modern day Lesbian poets who see her as a patron saint as her poetry reflects eros between women. Erinna is best known for her long poem The Distaff a 300 line hexameter, a literary version of a lament chanted by the female relatives of the deceased.

 

Stand and face me, my love, and scatter the grace in your eyes.

Whatever one loves most, is beautiful

Now, she stands out amongst Lydian women as after sunset the rose-fingered moon exceeds all stars.

Sappho


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SACRED UNION ORACLE - BLACK MADONNA and CHILD


BLACK MADONNA and CHILD

 Holy Mother, Divine Child

Sacred bond

Knows no boundary of race or religion

Existing everywhere

Mother is earth,

Feeding child with her body

Tenderly loving

Protective and nurturing

 

NURTURING

Natural and pure

Life giving and sustaining


Hundreds of Black Madonnas are found all over Europe and Latin America, as well as Egypt, Ethiopia and the Middle East. They attract huge numbers of pilgrims such as the Black Madonna of Czestochovia and Monteserrat. Many are dated between the 12th and 15th centuries but their origin is far older. Often Christian cathedrals and churches were built over pagan worship sites and it is believed that the Black Madonna is equated with Earth Goddesses. One theory is that the Black Madonna and child is a Christian version of Isis and Horus.

 


Statue of Isis nursing Horus, Egypt 664 – 332 BC


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SACRED UNION ORACLE - RUMI and SHAMS


RUMI and SHAMS

 Shams you are the Sun,

Dispelling darkness

Rumi you are the one

I have been searching for

We engage in mystical communion

Reciting poetry

Whirling in dance to reach the divine

Gazing into the beloveds eyes

Love makes everything it touches sacred

 

SPIRITUAL LOVE

Enter the realm of the divine

Through sacred gaze

Uniting in ecstatic mystical communion


Rumi was born in 1207 as Jalal ad-kin Muhammad Balkhi in the Persian Empire. He lived most of his life in Konya, Turkey. His father was a Muslim scholar and mystic and Rumi followed in his footsteps as a Sufi mystic teaching in a community of dervishes. 

In 1244 Rumi met Shams of Tabriz - a wandering dervish. Tabbriz is in modern day Iran. As Shams wandered he asked Allah to bring him a companion and a vision guided him to Konya and Rumi. They spent 40 days in seclusion in a state of Sobhet - ecstatic mystical communion, conversing and gazing at each other. Rumi’s students were jealous and Shams was possibly murdered by them. After Shams disappeared Rumi pours his soul into his poetry and whirling dance. 

 

We came whirling out of nothingness,

Scattering stars like dust

The stars made a circle

And in the middle we dance

Rumi


Come, come, whoever you are

Wanderer, idolater, worshiper of fire

Come even though you have broken

Your vow a thousand times

Come, and come again

Ours is not a caravan of despair

 Rumi

 

Why should I seek

I am the same as He

His essence speaks through me

I have been looking for myself

Shams of Tabbiz

 

Loves greatest gift is its ability to

Make everything it touches sacred

Rumi

 

Joy is like pure, clear water

Wherever it flows, wondrous blossoms grow

Shams

 


SACRED UNION ORACLE - KING SOLOMON and QUEEN SHEBA


 

KING SOLOMON and QUEEN SHEBA

We are royalty from different realms

Who connect

Across the vast deserts of North Africa

Trading wisdom and wealth

Parenting a new dynasty

Of splendor and grace

 

SOVEREIGNTY

Each be a ruler of your own realm

Together create a dynasty of love


It is estimated that Queen Sheba travelled from Ethiopia to Jerusalem between 965 - 931 BCE to visit King Solomon with a herd of camels bearing many spices, gold and precious stones. Queen Sheba is mentioned in several religious texts. In the bible - Kings and Chronicles, it is believed that Queen Sheba is the bride in the Song of Songs. In the Quran - Sheba is known as Bilqis, she marries King Solomon. In the Ethiopian sacred text Kebra Nagast, Queen Sheba is known as Makeda, and their child Menelik is the founder of the dynasty that continued up to the last 20th century Emperor Haile Selassie. There are many stories about Queen Sheba asking riddles of King Solomon to test his wisdom and of King Solomon tricking Queen Sheba to sleep with him. Queen Sheba returns to her land and later after visiting his father, Menelik returns with the Ark of the Covenant. 


From the deck in progress "Sacred Union Oracle"

SACRED UNION ORACLE - BARON SAMEDI and MAMAN BRIGITTE

 




BARON SAMEDI and MAMAN BRIGITTE

We are the Death Loas

Spirits who guide the dying

We are lewd, crude and charming

We party at the crossroads

Between the living and the dead

Make us an offering of rum and cigars

And we can restore your health

Or we can escort you to the other side

 

IRREVERENCE

Laugh at that which brings fear

Lightening the path between the worlds



Baron Samedi and Maman Brigitte are the Haitian Vodou death loas (spirits). They can be found at the crossroads between the living and the dead. They either escort mortals through the portal of death or can be called upon to cure those who are near death. They are amongst the most respected and powerful of the loas in Vodou. They are lewd, crude and charming. They like to drink rum, smoke cigars and are accompanied by a black rooster. 

Baron Samedi and Maman Brigitte are the head of the Ghede family, the loas of life and death, and heritage. Maman Brigitte is tied to the Celtic Goddess Brigid and was included into Vodou by incarcrated Irish women sent to work on the plantations. She is the guardian of cemeteries. 

Baron Samedi and Maman Brigitte teach us to enjoy life while we are living and to not fear death. Their irreverence lightens the passage between the worlds. 


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SACRED UNION ORACLE - NEPTUNE and SALACIA

 



NEPTUNE and SALACIA

I, Salacia awed by Neptune's power

To control the push and pull of waves

hid in a faraway ocean

I, Neptune summoned Dolphin

 to bring back lovely Salacia to be my wife

Together we rule the sunlit depths of the sea 

Giving birth to Gods and people

 

FLOW

Ride the ebb and flow of attraction 

Let waves of love lap gently

 Delight in the thundering surf of passion


Neptune is the Roman God of freshwater and the sea. His Greek counterpart is Poseidon. Neptune's wife Salacia is the Goddess of the deep sea. Her name means wide open seas - sal, means salt.  

Neptune wanted to marry Salacia but she was in awe of his powers and hid in the Atlantic Ocean. Neptune sent a dolphin to find her and bring her back. Salacia agreed to marry Neptune and together they ruled the seas. The dolphin was awarded a place in the heavens as the constellation Delphinus. 


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SACRED UNION ORACLE - JOSEPH and JACOB


JOSEPH and JACOB 

I, Joseph, favored son of Jacob

Received a coat of many colors

Sold into slavery by my wrathful brothers

I rose to be Pharaoh’s advisor

A dreamer and interpreter of dreams

Big hearted and compassionate

I forgave my brothers

Reuniting with my father Jacob

Giving sanctuary to my family and tribe

 

JEALOUSY

Compassion and forgiveness 

Mend hurts caused by jealousy 



The Old Testament biblical story of Joseph and Jacob is found in Genesis 37 - 50. It is also found in the Torah and the Qur'an. The story is dated around 1600 - 1700 BCE. It is believed Joseph was second in command to Pharaoh. Historical evidence shows that there was a period of drought at that time, and a canal was built that has always been called Bahr Yusef which means the Waterway of Joseph. Joseph was known as the Righteous One, saving his family from famine by bringing them to Egypt from Canaan (modern day Israel). The patriarch Jacob was also known as Israel. The family's descendants became the twelve tribes of Israel.


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SACRED UNION ORACLE - RADHA KRISHNA

 




RADHA KRISHNA 

We are two parts of one soul

I, Krishna enchant the world

But only Radha enchants Krishna

Fulfilling desires,

Bringing pleasure

Creating Bliss

 

 

ENCHANTMENT

Engage in divine play

Bringing blissful union

Fulfill desires by acts of devotion



Radha-Krishna are the feminine and masculine form of God in Hinduism. Krishna split into two, for the attainment of bliss. 

Radha, the Supreme Goddess embodies pure love, devotion and spiritual bliss. Her merciful nature is a path to the divine. Radha's longing and love for Krishna is a symbol for the human quest for spiritual growth and union with God. 

Krishna, a major Deity in India, is the God of love, tenderness, compassion and protection. Krishna is potent pleasure and is only satiated by devotion. 

Radha-Krishna has been worshipped in India from the first millennium BCE, and since the 1960 Krishna Consciousness has spread to the Western World and Africa.


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SACRED UNION ORACLE - ISHTAR and TAMMUZ






ISHTAR and TAMMUZ

 I, Ishtar, Queen of Heaven 

 And I, Tammuz, shepherd King

Are the most ancient deities

 Our sacred rites of love

Bring fertility and fecundity to the land

The wet field, sprouting seed

The rising stalk, milk and honey

Arouses passion,

Bringing growth 

 

SEXUAL LOVE 

Engage in sacred act of love

Bringing new growth to your relationship


The myth of Ishtar and Tammuz is the oldest recorded love story. Ishtar and Tammuz, had a powerful sexual attraction and were tireless lovers. The fertility of the earth was the result of their copulation.

Ishtar also known as Inanna, was the Mesopotamian Goddess of love, desire, sex and war. She is the first deity that was recorded in writing by Enheduanna in 2285 BCE. Enheduanna was a priestess of Ishtar and is the first known author. Ishtar/Inanna was widely worshipped for thousands of years throughout the fertile crescent between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers as far back as the 4th millennium BCE. Mesopotamian which is now covers Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey was home to the great Akkadian, Babylonian and Assyrian Empires. Ishtar was later associated with Astarte, Aphrodite and Venus. Ishtar was known as the Queen of Heaven, daughter of the sky - Anu and daughter of the moon - Nannar. Ishtar's symbol the eight pointed star was used as a seal for thousands of years. Ishtar's sexuality is a vital aspect of her image. 

Tammuz, also known as Damuzi, is an agricultural deity, a shepherd. He dies and is reborn annually, the cult of Tammuz even appears in the bible where Ezekiel witnesses the weeping of women for the slain God. The Babylonian myth of Tammuz as the dying and resurrected God bears similarities to Osiris and Jesus. Tammuz died with the dying vegetation and resurfaces with the new crop of grain. Tammuz is also a guardian and a healer. 

The ancient Sumerian love poem between Ishtar/Inanna and Tammuz/Dumuzi refer to their joyous sacred marriage rites:


My Vulva, the horn, Boat of Heaven,

is full of eagerness like the young moon

As for me, Ishtar/Inanna, who will plow my vulva? 

Who will plow my high field?

Who will plow my wet ground? 

As for me, the young woman, who will plow my vulva?

 

Great Lady, the king will plow your vulva.

I , Tammuz/Dumuzi, the king will plow your vulva!


Then plow my vulva, man of my heart!

Plow my vulva!


At the kings lap stood the rising cedar.

Plants grew high by their side.

Grains grew high by their side

Gardens flourished luxuriantly.


Ishtar/Inanna sang:

He has sprouted; he has burgeoned;

He is the one my womb loves best


Afterwards pleased by her lover Tammuz, Ishtar decrees lifelong sovereignty for him and fertility and prosperity for the land.


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SACRED UNION ORACLE - THOTH and SESHAT



THOTH and SESHAT

We are companions

Father and daughter

Inscribers of knowledge 

Weavers of spells

Creators of science and magic

We awaken the meeting of minds

Through shared ideas 

Enchanting and wise

 

 

COMMUNICATION

Conjure the magic of words

Use writing to express your love



Thoth and Seshat, are father/daughter companions from the Egyptian pantheon. 

Thoth is the Ibis headed God of reckoning, wisdom and learning. God of the moon, Thoth is a magician, giver of divine words and spells. It was Thoth who gave Isis the words that resurrected Osiris. Thoth bestows knowledge, law, science, philosophy and writing to humans. 

Seshat, Thoth's female counterpart is a scribe, keeper of books and libraries. She is the Goddess of architecture, astronomy, mathematics and surveying. Seshat symbol is the seven pointed emblem above her head, she wears a leopard hide and carries a notched stem that marks the passage of time. 

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TAROT FOR EVERYONE

In this video I explain what Tarot is and how to learn it easily through pulling a daily card and noticing how it lines up with your day. I show all seventy eight cards in Tarot de St. Croix; briefly describing the meaning and symbolism of each card. Finally I show a five card spread that can give insight to most issues. I hope you will join me in watching this video.


LAKSHMI

Lakshmi - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action


Lakshmi is the Hindu Goddess of good luck, good fortune, success and happiness. Lakshmi is the consort of Vishnu, one of the principle Hindu deities. The name Lakshmi means knowing and attaining one's goals. The eight goals attributed to Lakshmi are: spiritual enlightenment, knowledge, abundance, progeny, resources, food, patience and success. Lakshmi is also worshiped by the Jains and Buddhists as a Goddess of abundance and prosperity. Lakshmi sits on a lotus flower and holds two lotus blossoms which symbolizes self-knowledge and spiritual enlightenment. The gold coins that pour from her hands symbolize wealth and abundance.


Visual Journal - India 1999

I was lucky to once visit India during Diwali - Lakshmi's festival. Everywhere there were little lanterns flickering, firecrackers popping and rice-paste mandalas on every threshold. It is a time of great celebration. 


Lakshmi, oil on panel 8" x 8"



Oracle of Lakshmi from Invoking the Goddess:

I shower abundance upon you
Receive my gifts
Open your mind to spiritual wealth
Your hands to material prosperity
Your eyes to splendor
Your body to pleasure
Your heart to bliss
Good luck, good fortune 
Success and happiness are yours

Action to take:

Prosperity
Open yourself to the abundance of the universe
Receive all that you deserve


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INNANA

Innana - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action


Innana is the ancient Sumerian Goddess of love, beauty, sex, justice, war and political power. Innana is known as the Queen of Heaven and is the enforcer of divine justice. The descent of Innana into the underworld and her ascent is her most famous myth. 



In 1997 I bought this sculpture of Innana - I didn't know much about her, but she called to me. As soon as I brought her home I began to experience a series of synchronicities that made me pay attention. This visual journal entry records some of the first sacred moments I had with her.


Visual journal 1997


Almost ten years later, I was invited to an Innana ritual where we enacted her descent and subsequent ascent. As Innana descended into the underworld she had to remove seven garments which we associated with seven qualities we needed to rid ourselves of: crown - ego, rings - false pretenses, necklace - constraints, breastplate - self-judgement, girdle - selfishness, skirt - shame, bangle - addictions. As we ascended we replaced each article with these new qualities: ability, enjoyment, comfort, forgiveness, empowerment, intention and assurance. It was one of the most empowering rituals I have ever done and by the end I felt like the Queen of Heaven.


Visual journal 2007


Innana's Oracle:

I, Queen of Heaven
Traveled to take hold of the underworld
Through seven gates I passed,
Stripped of my garments - the seven divine powers
Until naked, I sat on my dark sister's throne
Seven judges with the look of death, with the speech of anger
With the shout of heavy guilt, slew me
Through nature, reborn, I ascended
Travel with me into your dark unconscious
And rise again naturally

The Action:

Descent and Ascent
Give up your ego
Let your pure essence shine


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VENUS

Venus - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action


Venus is the Roman Goddess of love, beauty and sexuality. Born of sea foam, she embodies sensuality. She brings good fortune and prosperity as well as peace and harmony. 

Oracle of Venus:

I am love,
Born of sea foam 
Where water and air co-mingle
From the deep waters of creation
I bring beauty, sensuality, desire, and good fortune
My star, planet Venus rules relationships
Succumb to the pleasures of love
Sex is a gift from the divine

The Action to take:

Love
Love is the highest vibration, tune into it
As you give love so shall you receive



Venus - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action



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CUCUTENI BIRD GODDESS

Cucuteni Bird Goddess 
Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action


Cucuteni Bird Goddess figurines have been found in the ruins of sacred sanctuaries at the heart of many settlements in South Eastern Europe. Bird Goddesses date from the Neolithic period 5500 BCE to 2700 BCE. The Goddesses fuse human and bird forms. They are solar deities that represent the air element. According to some researchers such as Gimbutas, Bird Goddesses bring new life, prosperity and protection. 


Oracle of Bird Goddess:

I am the ancient Mother
The shape-shifter that brings gifts from the sky
Air, sunlight, and rain
I am the giver of life
Weaver of destiny
worship me in your home
I will bring protection and prosperity

The Action is:

Shape- shifter
Embody the spirit of air
Fly across millennia
Connect with the Ancients


Cucuteni Bird Goddess  
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ISIS

Isis - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action


Isis is the Great Goddess from ancient Egypt. Isis is known as the Seat of Wisdom, the Queen of Heaven and the Star of the Sea. The Roman Empire spread the worship of Isis throughout Europe and the Middle East, from England all the way to Afghanistan. Isis is the daughter of Sky Goddess Nut and Earth God Geb. Isis is the Great Mother Goddess of Sun God Horus, and the Queen who empowered the Pharaohs. Her power transcends all other deities. Isis is the great healer, able to resurrect her slain husband Osiris through magic. Isis is the Goddess of destiny, divination, visionary dreams and oracular insight.



Astral Travel,  oil on panel 36" x 24"


Isis has appeared to me in many visions. I travel to visit her in the Upper World nightly, to sit on her lap and receive her love and wisdom. It was Isis who told me to paint the Tarot in a shamanic journey. Isis is The High Priestess in the Tarot de St. Croix, she holds my tarot deck.  



Tarot de St. Croix


I have made many paintings and visual journal pieces about my relationship with Isis.



Me as Isis Priestess in front of a painting of Isis

Visual Journal Page about Isis



Oracle of Isis:

Here, sit upon the throne of my lap
Let me wrap my soft feathers of love around you
Tell me what is in your heart, I will listen
I am your Mother
I am your mother's mother and every mother before
I am Goddess of a thousand names, of a thousand places
I have the ability to resurrect you, to make you whole
To breathe vitality into you
You are empowered
I tell you... miracles happen
Believeit, it is so

The Action is:

Empowerment
You are sovereign in ruling your life
Create your realm with wisdom
Grace, and authority




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MINOAN SNAKE GODDESS

Minoan Snake Goddess - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action


Minoan Snake Goddess figurines were found in Crete dating from 1700 - 1450 BCE. They were household Goddesses who protected the home. Snakes are a symbol of renewal, wisdom and fertility. The way they handle snakes suggests that they were priestesses. Minoan women played a dominant role in religion in this matrilineal culture. The Minoan Snake Goddess has a cat on her head which is a symbol of domesticity.

The Oracle of the Minoan Snake Goddess:

There was a time when women 
Were priestesses
Ruled matriarchal, matrilineal society
Our ability to shed and renew ourselves 
Through women's mysteries
Gave us power, fertility, and wisdom
Claim your right to transform society


The Action is:

Regeneration
Shed the old paradigm
Recreate your world


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HEKATE

Hekate - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action



Hekate is the Great Greek Goddess of crossroads, magic, and herbs. Hekate holds a pair of torches to guide one through the darkness both in this realm and in the afterlife. Hekate  blesses and protects the home and brings prosperity. Hekate's name means "She who works her will".  

The oracle of Hekate:


Meet me at the crossroads
I will guide you through the darkness
Through the underworld
I, the torchbearer, will protect you
Mix your herbs, practice your witchcraft
I, the sorceress, will assist
I know the hidden magic of plants
Practice your nocturnal rites
We stand at the doorway 
Of the great unknown

The action:


Magic
Beyond the realms of the rational
Powered by intent and will, all is possible
SO MOTE IT BE



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