23 Feb 2017
PISCES 8 – ASHERAH – KALI SARA THE GYPSY FLAME NOVENA 2
Date: Feb 23 Sign: Pisces 8 Body Part: Anklebone (Left) Sabian Symbol: 338 – A GIRL BLOWING A BUGLE. Rune: Nauthiz Tarot: Queen of Swords Power Chakra: Ajna chakra or the forehead chakra will be projected from 30 degrees to the NW. Gender/Polarity: Feminine (-) House: 12th Quads: Mutable Direction: West Planet: Jupiter (-) /Neptune Alchemical Transmutation: Projection Moon Phase: WNC Season: Winter Tetragrammaton: VHHY — Air Water Earth Fire — Air on water, earth of fire. Frequency: 7.4575 Wavelength: 402 Energy: 3.0842 eV Color: #8300bc World: Briah Element: Water Place: Mother Hebrew Letter: He Enochian Table: Blue
A gypsy peasant woman sings a mournful chant. The earth is broken. The compact between a human soul and her earth housing is violated. Some of us are sensitive to what has gone wrong and must proclaim a conscience-change. An agonizing place to be, and yet treated as just the way it is, met with huge resolve, almost welcoming that it has come down to this. Creatively expressive of what it feels like to be here in the midst, you feel resonant with all the kingdoms of nature, and especially aligned with the soul of this planet in her deep changes. Put in the right place at the right time to call the occasion, to make things unavoidable, you feel almost immobilized by how huge the task is. Yet you are stoical, dedicated, exceedingly strong, and enduring. Able to withstand the shaking-loose of the old Earth. In here for the duration. Just getting going when it all seems lost.
Invocation for the Feast of Friends
Friendship is a light in the darkness,
A call in the wilderness,
A shelter in the storm.
It crosses all boundaries,
It appears where we least expect it,
And it is the first step
Toward opening ourselves
To something new and unexpected.
The friend who is like us
Is like an old comfortable quilt
That lies on our bed
And greets us every night.
Yet the friend who is unlike us
Is like an old comfortable quilt
Found in a stranger’s home
That comforts us
In our homesickness.
May we remember that the one
Is as valuable as the other,
For someday we may need
That spark of friendship
In a strange place
More than we may ever know.
(For this ritual, each steps forward and speaks the name of a friend who has come to be valuable to them, and all respond, “We bless _______ for the gift of friendship.” That day, friends from outside the house may be welcomed in for lunch, dinner, or merely socializing.)
Novena to Our Lady Undoer of Knots – Day 2
1. Make the sign of the cross
2. Recite Prayer: Oh my God I am heartily sorry for having offended you. I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell. But most of all, because I offended you, oh my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen
3. Make the meditation of the day (to be posted each day)
4. Finish with the Prayer to Our Lady the Undoer of Knots
Meditation for Day 2
Our Lady Undoer of Knots
Asherah Beloved Mother, channel of the Asherim, of all grace, I return to You today my heart, recognizing that I am. Many times I lose site of the graces you grant me because of black mirrors and reflections of egoism, pride, rancor and my lack of generosity and humility, Beloved Mother.
I turn to You today, Asherah, Undoer of knots, for You to ask you to activate the Rising Sun within, to grant me a pure, divested, humble and trusting heart. I will live today practicing these virtues and offering you this as a sign of my love for You. I entrust into Your hands this knot (…describe) which keeps me from reflecting the glory of My Spirit Eternal.
Beloved Mother, Asherah, Undoer of Knots, pray through me. Asherah offered all the moments of her day to God.
PRAYER TO ASHERAH (HOLY MOTHER), UNDOER OF KNOTS (Closing Prayer)
Holy Virgin, Undoer of Knots, pray through me
Virgin ISIS, White Queen (Queen of Heaven), Mother of fair love (Aphrodite), Mother who never refuses to come to the aid of a child in need, Mother whose hands never cease to serve your Beloved because they are moved by the Divine Love and immense Mercy that exists in your heart. Cast your compassionate eyes upon me and see the snarl of knots that exist in my life.
Great Knower, You know very well my desperation. I am, my pain and how I am bound by these knots. I want it removed from me. Isis, Great Mother to whom God entrusted the undoing of the knots in the lives of Your Holy Children, I entrust into your hands the ribbon of my life. No one, not even the evil one, can take it away from your precious care. In your hands there is no knot that cannot be undone.
Powerful Mother, by your grace and intercessory powered by the birth of the Sun, the Light, and My Liberator, take into your hands today this knot…I beg you to undo it for the Glory (Hod/Mercury) of God, once for all, You are my only hope. Lock it in Her box.
O my Lady, you are the only consolation given to me. The fortification (fornication) of the my feeble (humble) strength, the enrichment of my destitution and with the freedom from my chains. Hear my plea O Divine Mother. Keep me, guide me, protect me, O safe refuge! Holy Mother, Undoer of Knots and entanglements, Pray through me (Rise in me).
Her statue is dark, as her name attests. During her festival, those who seek her healing and blessings come to touch her skirts, put scarves around her neck, offer flowers, light candles, and give thanks for miracles and prayers answered in the preceding years. She is paid homage to in the Gypsy Prayer, a copy of which sits framed to the right of her feet. Through her, the Magdalene, a pagan goddess, and Black Madonna are related. Even the crown that sits upon her head holds a symbolic key to revealing the union within her of pre-patriarchal tradition and contemporary Mariology. In it rests thirteen pearls, the number itself recalling the lunar round, and the pearl both Aphrodite’s and Mary’s sacred gem.
Sara’s veneration by the Roma (who have origins in India), and indeed the very name they call her, Sara-la-Kali, make the connection to the Eastern goddess Kali much more explicit. Even her ritual bathing in the ocean at the culmination of festivities make her worship akin to that of the goddesses of the Hindu East who are taken to be immersed in the Ganges River (or other waters in proximity to the temple) after puja rites are performed during the major holy days.
Source: Kali Ma – Sister Saint Sara
The Black Madonna, as any fiery, initiating transformation Goddess, is really about wholeness as well as wisdom, and so she is an energy and consciousness that leads us on a path of recognizing the wholeness we already are, beneath the layers of fear and false belief that we’re perpetually flawed ‘sinners’. And through that path, we find our wisdom.
As a culture, we’re being called to recognize wholeness, and we’re called to wisdom, and this is the sacred ground of the Black Madonna, Sophia, by any of her names. And so as a culture we’re experiencing a Dark Night of the Soul, an initiation of grand scale. Remember that what’s being birthed is wholeness and wisdom — that we’re able to bring the fullness of our hearts into life. The ‘Masks’ and ‘Descent & Initiation’ (and Emergence & Integration!) cycles — and learning to navigate your own fucking ship through the waters of the cosmic mother.
Ta’Nit was the Phoenician’s name for the Great Goddess, the Feminine aspect of the Divine. Seafarers would carve the symbol of Ta’Nit into the rock in their gratitude for a safe arrival.
Ta’Nit is associated with the Great Goddess by her names Asherah, Nix, Anat, and Elat — different words representing different cultures and languages. One Divine Mother, appearing with different names & faces. “Act for Ta’Nit and it will benefit all beings.” (Anahita) Ta’Nit is shown with her left hand over her ‘higher heart’ and her right hand in the Abhay Mudra — the mudra of ‘no fear’, used both to signify “I’m a friend” and also to cultivate ‘no fear’. Where one is centered in the Heart, fear is kept at bay. Or said in another way, “perfect Love casts out all fear.” For most of us, me included, this is deep and daily practice.
Tarot Card of the Day : Queen of Zayin the path of the Middle Pillar.
Queen of Swords Tarot Meaning: The Queen of Swords sits high on her throne with a stern look on her face indicating that no-one can fool her. In her right hand, she comfortably holds a sword pointed to the sky, and her left hand extends as if she has something to offer to others. Behind her is a spring sky, different from the winter settings on most other Swords cards, and this has an emergence and growth quality to it. The sky is clear, representing her clarity of mind as she considers matters of the intellect. The bird above her head symbolizes the mind’s ability to soar above day-to-day issues in order to arrive at appropriate solutions.
In Nomine Babalon 156 Adorations to the Scarlet Goddess ♧ Psalms CXIV
The Brine of the Sea is the salt of Her tears. As man has forgotten for two thousand years. The Earth is Sacred, His Holy Matron! I raise up the Cup and Adore Babalon!