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    Zaramama

    Zaramama is a Peruvian Fertility Goddess. Her name – which also is seen as Mamazara – means Grain Mother. The Incas believed she appeared in fields of maize in the form of plants that took odd shapes – multiple ears, perhaps, or two plants joined together.

    To honor Zaramama, the Incas would use the unusual plants to create dolls. The dolls would be dressed in robes and shawls with silver clasps.

    Corn stalks would be hung on willow trees in Zaramama's honor. The people would dance around the trees and burn the stalks to invoke her blessings and assure an abundant harvest.

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    Common Ritual Errors and How to Avoid Them
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    There are rituals that leave you feeling like you’ve touched the gods and walked between the worlds. And then there are rituals where you walk away…
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    Today (September 14), beginning at sundown, will coincide with the ninth day of Boedromion

    The ninth day is a day to honour the nine Muses – Kleio (the Muse of History), Thalia (the Muse of Comedy), Erato (the Muse of Love Poetry), Euterpi (the Muse of Music), Polyhymnia (the Muse of the Sacred Arts), Kalliopē (the Muse of Epic Poetry), Terpsikhore (the Muse of Dance), Ourania (the Muse of Astronomy), Melpomeni (the Muse of Tragedy) and since it is a general holy day, one may also honour all the Gods

    picture: cover of a virginal which belonged to Queen Maria Kazimiera of Poland depicting the Goddess of Wisdom among the nine Muses

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    Ganesha

    All Tantric and spiritual worship in the Hindu tradition begins with the invocation of Lord Ganesha (or Lord Ganesh), the elephant-headed god.

    Ganesha became the Lord (Isha) of all existing beings (Gana) after winning a contest from his brother Kartikay. When given the task to race around the universe, Ganesha did not start the race like Kartikay did, but simply walked around Shiva and Parvati, both his father and mother as the source of all existence.

    Many stories describe how Ganesha (Ganesh) got the elepant head. One tells how Parvati created Ganesha in absence of Shiva to guard her quarters. When Shiva wanted to see her Ganesha forbid it, at which point Shiva cut of his head. Later Shiva restored Ganesha to life and provided him with the head of an elephant, because no other was available. In another story, Ganesha's head is burned to ashes when Saturn is forced by Parvati to look at her child and bless him. The human part of Ganesha represents that which is manifested, while the elephant part represents the unmanifested great being. Therefore the elephant part is the head.

    Ganesha (Ganesh) rides a rat that represents the subjugated demon of vanity and impertinence. The conch represents the sound that creates Akash. The snakes represent control over the poisons of the passions and refer to Shiva, father of Ganesha. The hatchet cuts away the bondage of desires. The mudra grants fearlessness. The broken tusk is the one with which Ganesha wrote the Mahabaratha.

    Some say that Ganesha has so much devotion to his mother Parvati, that he remains celibate. When he understood that all women are but manifestations of his mother, he decided not to marry. Others hold however that Ganesha is the consort of Buddhi and Siddhi, daughters of Brahma. 'Ga' symbolizes Buddhi (intellect) and 'Na' symbolizes Vidnyana (wisdom). Ganesha is thus considered the master of intellect and wisdom. Ganesha is also often portrayed along with Saraswati and Lakshmi, symbolising that success and beauty always accompany wisdom.

    Acceptance of the somewhat funny looking elephant-headed man as the divine force stills the rational mind and its doubts, forcing one to look beyond outer appearances. Thus Ganesha creates the faith to remove all obstacles, forcing one to look beyond form, removing doubts and pointing out the spiritual side of everything. Ganesha is thus often worshipped to remove obstacles.

    Traditionally, Ganesha comes in 32 different forms. One for example is Heramba Vinayakar, the Pancha Muga Ganesha or five-faced Ganesha. This form is specifically known as the protector of the weak. This ten-armed Ganesha is seated on a lion instead of the usual rat. He extends the gestures of protection and blessing while holding a noose, prayer (japa) beads, axe, hammer, tusk, garland, fruit and modaka. Pancha Ganapati is a popular festival to the five-faced elephant God. It consists of five days of gift-giving and festivities within the home, especially for the children. Another famous form is Balganesh, the child version of this famous deity.

    The Ganesha Yantra creates internal balance. The bhupur (eight-dimensional square) is in viridian green, a very balancing color. Meditation on this color produces red, bringing inspiration to the sadhaka. The eight-petaled lotus is the octave of prakriti : the 5 elements plus the 3 gunas. The sixpointed star brings balance between male and female energies. It is placed upon an upward pointing triangle that represents the amrit. The point (bindu) in the middle is Ganesha. It is the main object of the meditation : everything around it points towards it. It must be made of a radiant golden color.

    The One is beyond trinity and duality. Hence it is without form, so it cannot be named nor painted. For some the One will quite simply be named Shiva, or Krishna, or Devi. Still in Hinduism we find certain deities that through their very form try to come closer to the big IT. They mostly show the union of opposing forces, such as those of creation, preservation and destruction or of the male and female energies. Or they may be shown as particularly neutral, such as Ganesha.

    Even though Ganesha is the son of Shiva, he is thus regarded as a being beyond the trinity, as Ganapati, the lord of all categories or ganas, trinities included. The Upanishads even say, "You alone are the creator, the sustainer and the destroyer". Ganesha is worshipped by virtually every Hindu, whatever his other spiritual preferences.

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    Garuda is the king of the birds and often acts as a messenger between the gods and men. Garuda has the head, wings, talons and beak of an eagle and the body and limbs of a man.

    Garuda's mother was Vinata and his father Kasyapa, the law-minded grandfather of the world, who did tapas at the banks of the Lamhitya.

    When Garuda crawled out of his egg, he was very hungry. His mother sent Garuda to get advice from his father, who sent him to a place, where he could find food. Garuda could eat the natives living there, but he was adviced to spare the Brahmin, who was living with the natives. However by accident, Garuda swallowed the Brahmin, who got stuck in his throat. The Brahmin said that he would give up his life, if Garuda would not let go all of his relatives. Out of fear to murder a Brahmin, Kasyapa ordered Garuda to spit out the natives with their Brahmin.

    Still hungry, Garuda's father sent him to the ocean, where a giant elephant and a tortoise where fighting. He took them and flew to the sky. When Garuda perched on the branch of a tree it broke and again Garuda was full of fear of killing cows and Brahmins with the falling branch, so he caught it. Meanwhile Vishnu saw the bird and asked what Garuda was doing. The bird replied that no tree or mountain seemed able to support his weight. Vishnu offered his arm to sit on and did not tremble when Garuda took place on it.

    Even after eating, Garuda was still hungry, so Vishnu offered the flesh of his arm. When Garuda ate from it, no wound showed. Garuda bowed his head to Vishnu, realizing his divine nature and was his heroic friend for all times. In many indian epics, Garuda carries Vishnu.

    At a time when Garuda's mother Vinata became imprisoned by Kadru, mother of the serpents, Garuda sought to release her. As a ransom, the serpents demanded the cup of Amrita, which was held by the gods. Garuda stole the Amrita from the Gods and thus he could liberate his mother. Just as the serpents were about to drink from the Amrita, Indra snatched the cup away from them. Nevertheless, a few drops were spilled and licked up by the serpents, which made them immortal and also split their tongues. In another version, Garuda spilled the amrit four times at the four places where the Kumb Mela festival is now held. His journey took 12 days, equalling 12 years for mortals.

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    Working with the Elements……~Laura)O(
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    Evening folks! As promised, we're starting Hindu Gods and Goddesses today!

    Annapurna

    Annapurna is the Hindu goddess of food and cooking. Annapurna is empowered with the ability to supply food to an unlimited amount of people.

    Annapurna is an incarnation of the Hindu Goddess Parvati, the wife of Shiva. Temple art in India often depicts Lord Shiva with his begging bowl (skull), asking Annapurna to provide him food that gives the energy to achieve knowledge and enlightenment.

    As such, Annapurna also symbolizes the divine aspect of nourishing care. The cook provides his guests with the energy to best follow their destiny. When food is cooked with a spirit of holiness, it becomes alchemy. Images of Annapurna are also found in kitchens, near dinner tables and in restaurants.

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    My Unknown Fairy

    Oh my unknown fairy
    I don’t know how you look

    Oh my unknown fairy
    I don’t know what you think

    But I know my fairy
    You are dear to me
    Your absence makes me think of you

    Oh my unknown fairy
    You are far away from me
    But still I feel you near

    I cherish dreams of you
    My unknown fairy
    And let those dreams come true
    kanu aravind

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    Odin had the skill which gives great power and which he practiced himself. It is called seith, and by means of it he could know the fate of men and predict events that had not yet come to pass; and by it he could also inflict bane on men, or soul loss or waning health, or also take wit or power from some men, and give them to others. But this sorcery is attended by such ergi [a term meaning sexual, or spiritual, receptivity used as an insult] that manly men considered it shameful to practice it, and so it was taught to priestesses….. ~Laura)O(

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  • An interesting read
    An interesting read

    Catholic Church admits to Forgery
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    JESUS AND HIS FIRST DISCIPLES.There is no valid reason for doubting his historical reality or assuming him to be a purely mythical figure

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    Scrying: Uses [Part 2 of 4]

    Scrying can be used to:
    ☆ Receive clairvoyant visions
    ☆ Access the Akashic Record for yourself or others
    ☆ Contact spirits and spirit guides
    ☆ Access knowledge from higher realms
    ☆ Heal yourself and others
    ☆ Receive and transmit energy and information
    ☆ Divine the past, present and future
    ☆ Access a portal to the astral plane
    ☆ Experience shamanic journeying

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  • Wishing everyone a great weekend may the gods fill your day with joy and laughte…
    Wishing everyone a great weekend may the gods fill your day with joy and laughter brightest blessings Draco )o(/|\
  • 10th Moon Day info:

    Symbols: Fountain.
    Characteristics: Day of recreation, rela…

    10th Moon Day info:

    Symbols: Fountain.
    Characteristics: Day of recreation, relaxation, rest, and family time, connection with source, tradition, family roots. The flow of energy is increasing, like a fountain, which also means connection with it's source.

    Recommendations: Meditation on individual and family karma, contemplation on a family tree and one's roots, establishment and perpetuation of family traditions is recommended. Day is good for creation of a new family, a wedding. Day is also good for new contacts, finding new sources of energy, as well as for beginning of new, important plans, actions, business, building of a house, etc.

    Precautions: Avoid acting unconsciously and being involved is a conflict today.

  • Moon Day 10
    This is an exceptionally auspicious day in all traditions. It is esp…

    Moon Day 10
    This is an exceptionally auspicious day in all traditions. It is especially good for beginning important business or acquiring a large-scale acquisition. It is also beneficial for travelling and anything connected to transport and vehicles. It gives those who were born on this day a love of long journeys.
  • Saturday — Saturn's day
    Middle English saterday
    Old English sæter(nes)dæg "Satu…

    Saturday — Saturn's day
    Middle English saterday
    Old English sæter(nes)dæg "Saturn's day"
    Latin dies Saturni "day of Saturn"
    Ancient Greek hemera Khronu "day of Cronus"

    Saturn is the Roman and Italic god of agriculture and the consort of Ops. He is believed to have ruled the earth during an age of happiness and virtue.

    Cronus (Kronos, Cronos) is the Greek god (Titan) who ruled the universe until dethroned by his son Zeus.

  • Sunrise: 6:42 AM BST
    Sunset: 7:25 PM BST
    Length of Day: 12h 42m
    Tomorrow will be…

    Sunrise: 6:42 AM BST
    Sunset: 7:25 PM BST
    Length of Day: 12h 42m
    Tomorrow will be 3m 52s shorter.
    Moon Rise: 4:21 PM BST
    Moon Set: 12:29 AM BST
    Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous 67% Illuminated

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