Sunday, April 13, 2014

Dancing in the Luna Light Again

April marks the return to the Full Moon Gatherings that are held during the winter months in Adelaide's beautiful Botanic Park, and what a rather auspicious occasion this month's Gathering will be with the moon being called a "blood moon".
According to NASA, the total lunar eclipse will turn the full moon a coppery red in colour, one of four such moons during the next 18 months, with the other dates being 8 October 2014, 4 April 2015, and 28 September 28 2015.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Puja style rite in honour of Tara

For the last few weeks, the Monday Night Meditations (which are held every Monday evening at The Goddess House) have been focusing on Tara, the "mother of liberation", and in particular Green Tara, the "Buddha of enlightened activity".
As a way of celebrating this work, this coming Monday evening  (7 April 2014) a puja styled rite will be held in honour of Tara.
A puja is a prayer ritual often performed within Hinduism to honour and worship either one or more deities, as well as to spiritually celebrate a particular event and guest.
Everyone is welcome to attend this upcoming honouring of Tara that will be held at The Goddess House.  We do ask to attendees to bring a small bunch of freshly cut flowers as an offering to Tara that will be placed upon the altar.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Green Tara at The Goddess House

Tara means “star” or “The one who ferries across”, or “She Who Saves”.  She represents compassion in action, since she is in the process of stepping from her lotus throne in order to help the suffering sentient beings. Tara’s name is said to derive from the verb meaning “to cross” or “to traverse” or “to get to the other side”.  Like a star she shines and helps us guide our lives in a safe direction.  A third meaning of Tara is “the pupil of the eye”, suggesting her as the watching presence, who watches over those who navigate the treacherous waters of life in search of the further shore of liberation.
Tara is known to protect from fear and danger, heal illness, increase longevity and increase prosperity.  On the ultimate level, she awakens our wisdom so that we can realize the true nature of reality.  In Mahayana Buddhist tradition it is believed that practice of Tara mantra or reciting sacred Tara Mantra brings Green Tara’s instant help to overcome all problems and help actualize all our material needs and heartfelt wishes.  Tara is the embodiment of enlightened activity.  She is a bodhisattva, rather Buddha, who, although totally free from the imperfections of Samsara, remains in samsara to help all those that suffer.  

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Returning Home and Opening the Heart

The following is a wonderful posting from Madisyn Taylor of Daily Om.

Return Home - Open Heart

Approaching life with an open heart means
that we have opened the door to a greater consciousness.

Spiritual teachers have always pointed to the heart as the seat of consciousness, and recently Western science has found evidence to support this realization. It turns out that the heart has its own central nervous system and is not simply under the rule of the brain as formerly believed. Anyone who has taken the time to explore the heart knows this and, more important, has realized that the heart is the source of our connection to a consciousness greater than the ego.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Using Goddess Moon Devotional Rosaries

Goddess Moon Devotional rosary with red jasper
The use of a string of beads for prayer or in meditative practice is extremely wider spread than what many people may realise.  Rosaries, as used within the Catholic Church, are believed to have been created somewhere between the 12th and 13th centuries as a form of devotion to the Mother of God, Mary.  Referred to as the “Queen of Heaven", Mary appears to have been a continuation of other deities who held that title, in particular the Canaanite Astarte and Egyptian Isis.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Meditation - Wellness for Mind, Body and Spirit

I noted with interest in my local community paper last night that a number of primary schools were trialing meditation classes as a possible way to assist "stressed out children". How sad, I thought, that in today's society children as young as primary school age (from 5 to about 11 years of age) were being effected by stress.  Yet how wonderful that the benefits of meditation, a practice that has been followed by various groups of people for thousands of years, was finally getting some serious recognition here in the West.

Sacred Goddess Circles

Exhortation of Isis

You are She in the dust of whose feet is the hosts of Heaven,
Whose body encircles the Universe,
Who turns the Earth in its orb,
Who gives light to the Sun,
Who rules the World.

You tread death underfoot.
To Thee, the stars are responsive,
To Thee the seasons turn and the Gods rejoice
And the elements are in subjugation.

You are She that is the natural Mother of all things,
Mistress and governor of all elements,
The initial progeny of worlds,
Chief of Divine powers,
Queen of Heaven,
Principle of all the Gods celestial and the light of Goddesses.

At Your will are disposed the planets of the air,
The wholesome winds of the seas
And the silences of the unseen world.

Earth Mother

Earth Mother