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Archive for March 2008

Idyllic Stay at White Owl Island – Heather Blakey

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Last days at Owl Island before packing and going to the Land of Standing Stones with le Enchanteur and adventurous travellers. Owl Island has been such a lovely place to retreat to that I feel sure I will return soon to rest and regenerate.

(copyright Heather Blakey 2008.)

 

( White Owl Island Archive – Enchanteur Journey, April 3rd, 2006.)

 

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Everyone loves White Owl Island – a space of rest and retreat in Nature with Fran’s (the Resident Crone.) wise owls for company, whispering sea grasses, and big, wide skies.  The rush of the sea is the only sound to be heard.  Time to rest, read, explore, or paint, as Heather does there.   If you want to go to Owl Island for a dose of creative R&R, contact Heather.  Lemuria is full of amazing places to explore, even if just for a day trip, not far from the City of Ladies, or other parts of this magical land.

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March 31, 2008 at 6:56 am

Pandora’s Gift – Heather Blakey

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Prometey rejects Pandora’s gift — Pandora’s box with diseases, vices and disasters.
(Engraving on bronze, 2-3 B.C. Musee de Louvre, Paris)

Pandora’s Gift

Bearing Pandora’s gift prominently on her heart
Seared by Vulcan’s reddened, blazing, branding iron
She wore the scars of self-doubt
Her battle coat stained, shredded
By the beak of the very falcon
Who relentlessly clawed, pecked at Prometheus
Vulnerable, chained,
She stood defiant
Until the raven came
Bearing the self-sowing seeds of self-confidence

(copyright Heather Blakey 2008.)

(From Lemurian Abbey Archive, July 2005.)

Written by imogen88

March 26, 2008 at 8:43 am

Inner Ear and Third Eye – Heather Blakey

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An expansive inner ear
luminous
third eye
focused
listening for soft sounds of a butterflies wings
water droplets
the relentless ticking of time
touching
seeing
smelling the outside world
sensing
knowing it is time to come

The timing is right
born to be an artist
listening
touching
seeing
smelling
sensing
knowing
foretelling.

(copyright Heather Blakey 2008.)

(from Riversleigh Manor Archive – February, 2006.)

Written by imogen88

March 25, 2008 at 1:11 pm

Ying and Yang

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GreetingLadies

The traditions
within the city
continue throughout the ages
old sits comfortably
alongside new

Heather Blakey – March 2008

Written by Heather Blakey

March 23, 2008 at 12:43 pm

Easter Myrtle

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Easter Myrtle
According to some discussion on the meaning of Easter
Adonis was allegorically the child of Myrrha — who later became the
Myrtle tree.  Loved by both Aphrodite and Persephone,
arguments ensued, and were eventually resolved for Adonis to spend
4 months of the year with each of them, and the rest
how he chose.  Adonis chose to spend these months with
Aphrodite, the goddess of love.  In the wheel of seasons,
spring brings rebirth, after the darkness of winter.  In this
way, it can be seen that metaphorically, everything is
experienced, even in the choices of Adonis.  He chooses love
over grief, even though he has experienced its real pain.  The endless
cycle of change results in a rounded maturity, borne out of
letting go of what is old, and reaffirming life and love, the
spirit of renewal, and living, regardless.
Yet all humanity’s
phases don’t always co-incide with the seasons.  For this reason,
it’s interesting to note the above archetypes can serve for any
time, provided their meaning is known.  There can be
sadness at rebirth time, like Easter, or happiness in the
dark of Winter, the usual time of deep inward-looking solitude.
Like the tides, the archetyes can shift and change, as
people learn about them and capture the wisdom they
teach, so rather than static, crusty old ideas, these
ideas seem able to shift with humanity’s needs, ever
being renewed. 
So Easter is the time for renewal, coming
to the southern hemisphere as autumn and harvest,
and to the northern, as spring and rebirth.  Easter symbols
are rabbits or hares for fertility, eggs for rebirth and the
collective humanity.  It is traditionally timed in line with the full moon
and the equinox, throughout most parts of the world, and in
this way is a shifting, evolving celebration.  In this way, change
is a constant, and old patterns and ways are discarded to keep
up with the new.
Wishing everyone a wonderful Easter season!
Easter Myrtle
(copyright Imogen Crest 2008.)

Written by imogen88

March 22, 2008 at 2:48 am

Writing in Cyberspace

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Christine de Pizan at Her Computer

Christine de Pizan at Her Computer
Illustration by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

–submitted to the City of Ladies by Genece Hamby

Written by Genece Hamby

March 21, 2008 at 2:27 pm

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Laws To Live By – Heather Blakey

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Muses

The Apotheosis of Homer is a marble carving which since 1805 has been kept at the British Museum in London. The carving was discovered in the 17th Century on the outskirts of Rome in the historic precinct where goddess groves and grottos were once the scene of processions and seasonal rituals. The work is by a sculptor, Archelaos, who was born in Priene in the Ionia in Asia Minor, who worked in the second and first centuries BC. It was commissioned by a poet who wished to thank the goddess and her priestesses for his success in a poetry competition. This means to us that we have a glimpse of the relationship between Roman poets and the goddess beliefs, and also a record of the way the Romans pictured the workings and theology of a goddess temple.

Laws:

1. Follow Nature

2. First know, then act. Real knowledge exists in the triangle composed of seeing, feeling and understanding.

3. Use only one vessel, one fire, one instrument. The person who takes the chosen path may succeed, while the person who attempts to walk on many paths will be delayed.

4. Keep the fires burning constantly.

 

(copyright Heather Blakey 2006.)

(From Soul Food Alphabet Project, Letter “A”.)

Written by imogen88

March 21, 2008 at 9:22 am