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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Inanna and her sister Ereshkigal


On my Patreon at www.patreon.com/thefrenchmadonna
I share the Venus Rose journey as told in the myth
of the Descent of Inanna through the seven gates of the Underworld.

In the Third Gate of the Descent of Inanna (shared this week on Patreon) I refer to the bull power of both Inanna and her sister Ereshkigal, as symbolised by Inanna's horned crown and the Bull of Heaven as husband of Ereshkigal.
"At some point in our lives we become aware of the Call; it may appear as depression, or as an illness or a terrible loss and it asks us of us to put everything down and to become quiet and to listen. When Inanna heard the call she left her position as holy priestess and she left her seven temples in seven cities and departed to enter into the Underworld. No-one had ever returned from the Underworld and similarly to Jesus though, Inanna does return to the world after three days and three nights.
 The Sumerian Underworld is ruled by Inanna’s older sister Ereshkegal whose husband, Gugalanna (aka the Bull of Heaven) has died.  
 When Inanna arrives in the Underworld, her sister Ereshkegal orders all seven gates to be bolted. She then instructs the gatekeeper to open them one by one, each one no more than a crack, to let Inanna through.
As she enters, remove her royal garments.
Let the holy priestess of heaven enter bowed low.
At the first gate Inanna loses her crown.  If you look at old images of Inanna you will see that her crown has horns and she, similarly to the Black Madonna of the Catholic tradition, is linked to the sacred bull and possible the sacred bull cult of Mithras. 
It is also pertinent to point out here that Ereshkigal's husband was a bull (the Bull of Heaven).  The bull represents personal power so when Inanna gives up her crown she gives up her power."
In the Tarot of the Divine deck by Yoshi Yoshanti the Two of Cups depict the story of Enkidu and Gilgamesh from the Sumerian myth; here we see such a parallel to the Sumerian myth of Inanna and her sister who lives in the underworld, tied down by her grief for her husband.
The Two of Cups represent the story from the Epic of Gilgamesh, a Sumerian myth about Enkidu and Gilgamesh. The gods send a wild man, Enkidu, to challenge Gilgamesh the young king of Sumeria. Gilgamesh wins the fighting challenge and he and Enkidu becomes the best of friends. In this story I see the projected shadow self as the nemesis of the personality. When we can accept the challenge and learn to embrace and love the opponent, transformation and liberation is ours.
Inanna used her personal power and choice to enter the Underworld and to find out why her sister is so grief stricken. She also makes certain choices to ensure that she will return, despite the fact that it is seemingly impossible to do so.

Jung called those aspects of ourselves that we deny in ourselves our 'shadow' and which we hide from ourselves and often project onto others and then we create a false self or enhance one aspect of ourselves to cover up the hidden parts.
By driving parts of ourselves into the underworld, we are telling those shadow parts - the selfish, angry, sad, resentful, the human parts, that we are ashamed of them. And then they come back to haunt us and repeatedly pull us back down into the underworld.
In her book The Dark Side of the Light chasers , Debbie Ford says 'There is no pattern of behaviour that can't be changed if we are willing to expose the emotional upset that caused us to reject the shadow part in the first place. The challenge is to find its value and to bring the light of compassion so you can defuse its ability to dismantle your life.'
Instead of always trying to rid yourself of negativity, how about recognizing your shadow, your nemesis, as your best ally and best friend. How about looking into that mirror of the shadow-self, owing up to those undesirable parts of yourself and embrace them as your own?
This cycle of the descent of the Morning Star is done from the lens of Gemini, the card of the Tree of Choices.

During the month of October I will share with patrons a tarot and altar layout for the seven gates of Inanna. With the help of archetypes as found in tarot and oracle cards, fairytales and myths, you can ascertain which choice you are confronted with at each gate; the opponent and nemesis at each chakra, and more. I am sharing the Rose of Venus posts on the Walking with Mary tier as well as all the tiers higher than Walking with Mary.

You will find the link to my Patreon account on the right hand side tab.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Mysteries of the Black Madonna Tarot Deck


I have been working on the Mysteries of the Black Madonna tarot deck

for the past four years - well actually the past 20 years without realising it.

The deck is now nearing completion and all 78 sacred altars have been completed.

As with the Mysteries of Mary tarot deck, a substantial guidebook will be printed.

Pre-orders are set to open at the end of October and shipping will start in

2021 - date to be announced.  I will print a limited number of decks

only and patrons on my Patreon account will get early access to orders.

I will also issue discount coupons to patreons based on the length of time that

they have been supporting my on-going work.

Without the support of my patrons I would not have been able to complete this

deck and book.

I have been creating small travel altars with miniature Black Madonna statues

that I brought back from pilgrimages - obviously there are only a limited number

of these and they will be offered for sale with early access to my patrons.

The first 50 decks will be accompanied by a miniature Black Madonna statue.

Exciting news!

I will be adding a new tier on the French Madonna community on Patreon

where you will receive a miniature statue of Mary, Mary Magdalene, the Black Madonna,

Mater Dolorosa and others every month.  These statues are limited editions and the same designs will

not be repeated.

I will post an update soon on this new tier.

Follow on Instagram @walkingwithmary and @bhaktymayi_ma

Patreon you will find here


blessings to you


Wednesday, August 26, 2020

The holy month of the Rose Queen


September is the month of the Rose Queen, Holy Mary.
The last few years I have been offering Walking with Mary on my blog and Instagram, but because of the pandemic lockdown I have not been able to get the new Mysteries of Mary tarot decks out to everyone in time.  I know that many of you were looking forward to participating with your new decks. 
I am moving Walking with Mary on to December and it will incorporate the Winter rites and the Winter Mysteries, the Twelve Days of Mary and the Twelve Days of Christmas.  I am also looking forward to this magical journey as I have not combined these before and it is always also a time of inspiration and insight for me.
In the Temple of Mary September is the month of the Rose Queen and I will share with you the magic of this month and the many blessings available to us.  I am sharing these with patrons only with various aspects over the different tiers.
Across all tiers I will share with you the thirty day practise of the Blessing of the Rose Queen.  This thirty day practise is similar to a novena but it is done over thirty days.  You  will have the opportunity to create sacred art, create a dedicated journal and I will share a number of prayers over the thirty days that you can add to your Rose Queen Journal or diary.

It is also the feast of the Nativity of Mary on 7 September and we will celebrate with a special post on Mary's link to the lunar rites of this month; on the Black Madonna tier I will share one of the very powerful and important Black Madonna's story and card from the deck in progress, whose feast day is on this day; and on the Virtual Pilgrimages I will share my special devotion and pilgrimage to Maria Bambina.
Then there are the Autumn rites and the Autumn Mysteries of Mary to be shared (I will focus on the astrology as in the Southern Hemisphere it is Spring)
AND we are entering the third gate of the Rose of Venus.
On Order of the Dove we are now moving into the Masculine Mysteries, the deeper meaning of the Cosmic Christ and a series of kundalini awakening recorded practises which I call The Immaculate Practises of the Sacred Heart of the Mary. 
All tiers will have access to the Thirty Day practise of the Blessing of the Rose Queen.  This will include altar creating, a daily ritual and a thirty day practise.  The Blessing of the Rose Queen is a form of novena, except we do it for 30 days.  Many miracles have manifested with this practise.
On the tiers that include a meditation I will share the beautiful Meditation of the Seven Roses. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Mysteries of Mary tarot deck SHIPPING UPDATE SEPTEMBER

Mysteries of Mary tarot deck, book, statue, rosary,
blessing seeds and tarot pouch

Final Shipping Update
2 September 2020

Thank you for your patience.  I am now shipping all decks and
outstanding items to avoid the Christmas mail which will compound
The good news is that my parcels shipped before lockdown
have all arrived safely and tracking is active on parcels
that has been shipped since lockdown has eased.
I am doing my best to have all orders shipped by
15 September 2020 and anything ordered after
that will only be shipped in January 2021.

We are still in stage 2 of lockdown which means fewer
shop assistants and long queues, and we are in the middle
of a fierce winter so please know that if things are taking
longer than usual I am doing my best to get your order to you 
as soon as I can.

Shipping update 7 August 2020

I am reluctant to ship the parcels as international shipping is still erratic
and unreliable.  South Africa is still in level 3 of the pandemic lockdown
which means that limited members of the post office and postal services
are working.  This as well as the complete lockdown of international borders
and all mail for 5 months have caused a huge backlog at the mail sorting centre.
Some of the decks that I shiipped just before lockdown has still
not arrived at their destination.

We are faced with three options :

- I ship your parcel now and we take the risk of it being delayed for an indeterminate time
- I keep your parcel till the situation has improved
- I have approached DHL and with the shipping that you have already paid, plus
a contribution from myself, I can send your parcel by courier for an extra

Please note that I can only send the tarot deck, book and pouch by DHL Express Courier.
I need an exporting permit to send the accessories so those will follow later by
international mail.

If you would like to make use of the DHL courier, please send me a mail.

You can contact me on hgsacredart@gmail.com


Handmade blessing seeds

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Day 30 Walking with Mary 2020

I am the Rose of Sharon and the Lily of Lebanon

Blessings to you as we reach the end of our
Thirty Days with Mary journey

During these days we have covered so many
aspects of the Divine Feminine and who and what
Mary is to us. We have peeled away the layers
and have stared deeply into the mirror darkly.

Thank you for sharing your images, your experiences,
your insights and your own resistances.

Each week you drew a card from your deck.
Now it is time to put them together and to read
the message for your Walking with Mary.
You may want to journal your cards
and continue to build on them with
each consecutive online Walking with Mary retreat.

Today I offer you these thoughts to ponder :

The Mysteries of Mary and the Christian mystery of the incarnation
of the Divine into earthly matter, is the ultimate sacred marriage,
the hieros gamos, the marriage of the greatest opposites,
that of heaven and earth.
We cannot fathom how does heaven and earth unite as one
and we cannot fathom that all of earthly matter is sanctified
by the divine essence that lives in all.
But we can accept the open invitation that the Soul
does exist in this body and we can accept that all is
blessed by the Presence of the Divine.

There is no separation between holy and ordinary

The Mystery of the Incarnation of the divine into the ordinary
has been told through many aeons of time and through
many cultures and traditions.  It is not only now
in the new unfolding age that we are being reminded
that woman metaphorically and in human
consciousness, represent matter (mater) and that
woman (matter) mothers the Divine.  

Preparing to greet the goddess

Do not think of her unless you are prepared
to be driven to your limits;
to rush forth from yourself
like a ritual bowl overflowing
with consecrated wine.

Do not summon her image
unless you are ready to be blinded,
to stand in the flash
of a center exploding,
yourself shattering into the landscape,
wavering bits of bark and water.

Do not speak her name
until you have said goodbye
to all your familiar trinkets -
your mirrors, your bracelets, 
your childhood adorations -
From now on you are nothing,
a ghost hovering at the window,
a voice singing under water. 

             - Dorothy Waters

Om Jai mata Mary Ma
Jai jai ma

Ave Maria Ave Maria Ave Maria


Monday, March 2, 2020

Day 29 Walking with Mary 2020

The Sutras of the Divine Maria

Before the Word, the Cosmic Mother rests in all her Glory
In eternal stillness in the black void.

Then Love stirs within and the desire arose in Her One Heart
And Her One Mind.

And the Heavenly Virgin conceives from within Herself.
She, who is the Immaculate Conception.

Through the song of Her Heart, she became the sacred womb
Filled with heavenly milky waters,
Swirling to create the marias, the seas and the oceans
As She descended as the Virgin of the Sea.

The oceans churned and churned and the milk and water
Became frothy and mixed with the
Red drops of the Heavenly Queen’s Desire
And She arises from the waters

(Picture taken by myself at the holy lake of Black Madonna of Tindari in Sicily
during a full moon drumming and bathing ritual)

And Her Love incarnated as the most beautiful woman,
Earth, Hertha, Gaia, Durga and Isis.

From Her hair grew the running rivers of life, the Nile
And Gangaji, Shakty and Saraswati

And amongst the mountains of her breasts, rooted in the
Heavens, grew the Tree of Life.

The Heart of the Mother of All, the great Isis-Maria-Sophia
Desired once more.

She desired light so that she could see the face of Her Beloved,
The incarnation of Love

She desired to see the reflection of Herself
She desired a celestial mirror

At dawn, the brilliant rays of the Sun God, Ra, the Father
Of the Heavens, was born from Her, the Black One, the
Mother of All.

As the day grew in stature, the Sun climbed the heavens and
Crowned Her in all Her glory
And sky sang to the Queen of Heaven.

The Sun became weary and descended into the blackness of
The night.

In the distant sky two horns of the sacred cow appeared
And grew into the silver disk of Ma, the Moon

These thirty days of Walking with Mary is a metaphor for our personal lives
and our spiritual journey towards self-acceptance, empathy, compassion
and wholeness.

A metaphor.  
In choosing the path of the Mother as a set of keys and images to illuminate, interpret
and apply the deepest Wisdom within ourselves, we are reminded
that thinking in terms of a metaphor will unlock many doors.

If you are seeking the sacred marriage within yourself and you wish
to experience the Cosmic Kiss of Unity, then follow the metaphor.
Look past the literal arguments, the discourses on the why and what for;
put your critical ego-mind on the back seat and open your ears
and eyes to receive the eternal song of Love which pulsates
in the metaphors of the Madonna and Her Beloved.

This extract from my sutras of Isis-Maria-Sophia is a reflection
of your own journey of the light of your consciousness.
Your consciousness rise within yourself, cloaked as stirring desire and passion to
experience the 'other'.  

This stirring and rising and descending is also the kundalini, or kundalini Ma
or Devi, Shakty or Divine Goddess, Ma and by many other names.
Knowledge and understanding of the kundalini has become hidden and enveloped
in mystery and riddles and ritualistic practises and often mistaken
for sexual mastery.  

Yes, it will ask for sacrifice, but it is the sacrifice of time, energy and attachment and
identification with ego.  Sometimes our attachment is ripped away from us in a
powerful way through disease, loss, an accident, a betrayal or disappointing oneself.
But the good news is, that none of these are a pre-requisite for awakening.

The light of consciousness is within us.  The spark of the Divine Mother
is resting in our energetic system and behind our mind and its
many defences.  She is waiting for our desire to find Her
and to come to know yourself as the ultimate fufillment of our potential as humanity.

Through regular and deep meditation, trance dance, surrendering to the creation of art and poetry and spending time in nature, the Mother within will answer your call for awakening.  

She will rise and lead you into confusion and chaos : all
designed to shake off the stifling mind and all its many taboos and
punishment.  Once you have tasted the nectar of the bliss of pure
consciousness, no sacrifice will be too big.

One step at a time, allow Her to guide and steer you, listen to your heart
and your feelings, and you will not fail to dance in the sky of Her cathedrals

Picture taken by myself of SS Maria Incoronata 
in Foggia Italy

O Queen of the Holy Rosary
Bless as we chant
And offer thee our roses
In garlands day by day

Sacred Heart
Bridal Chamber of the Divine

Isis of a thousand names, throne of the world
I live gloriously in your protection

Blessed Mary Mother of the Golden Son
I am an instrument of they peace, love and mercy

Holy Sophia Queen of Heaven
Teach me joy;
The paradox that in my emptiness
I am most whole

Blessings to you



Sunday, March 1, 2020

Day 28 Walking with Mary 2020

Blessings to you and welcome to Day 28 of Walking with Mary 2020

I have resisted the temptation to change the content
of these thirty days too much with each repeat of
Walking with Mary as new people are joining in every time
and they are looking forward to participating in the rituals etc.

As you may or may not know, I have been working on 
creating the Mysteries of the Black Madonna tarot deck the past
two years.  I have been researching the Black Madonna
for as long as I have researched the divine feminine
and it is a vast field of image and history and wisdom
 with so many powerful layers.

Today I am sharing a few of the shrines that I have created
for the tarot deck.  I am way over halfway and the Major Arcana
is virtually completed.  I do share some of the journey with my patrons
on Patreon and I invite you to have a look.

I also share an extract from a wonderful book with you -
In search of Mary, the woman and the symbol by Sally Cunneen

'Women in particular have been looking more closely at their own experience
and discovering that the mother of Jesus can be a force to empower them today.
Even the idea of Mary as simple housewife, so uncongenial to me as a young
mother, still provides strength to some American women; being a housewife
is 'emotionally draining work and physically tiring' addmitted one woman.
Its hard to remember that its service, physical, very direct service to human beings.
Thinking of Mary and how she would have been doing these
exact things helps very much.

Something is clearly going on in the interchange between Mary and women
today that works in two directions : empowering women and at the same time
changing their idea of her.

Mary Gordon claims that it is the 'impulse to reexamine and to understand
in a deeper way the history of women, female genius,
female work, often anonymous, hidden, uncredited,
to look for the values that are not simply male values dressed for success,
that is leading women back to Mary'.

The Marian teaching that had a negative effect on women's development
was part of a worldwide pattern in which male experience and
power were accepted as human norms.  Such assumptions, of course,
are by no means christian, nor are they inherent in Marian liturgy, art
and devotion.  As God-bearer, Mother of Mercy and
Queen of Heaven, Mary has been the carrier of the feminine divine
in Western culture.


O bearer of the eternal word, virgin Mary,
what voice, what human tongue can praise you well enough?
Your new star of the sea, window to the lofty heavens,
ladder from earth to heaven, from the lowest to the highest
You conceived eternity, you gave birth to your parent;
the make came from what he made, the creator from the creature.

        - O genetrix aeterni

Om jai mata Mary Ma
Om jai om jai om jai
O holy Mother thou who art in Earth and Cosmos
Whole are thy name
Thou who art our daily bread
and the Chalice of bliss
eternally springing from the Sacred Heart within
and flowing in compassion to all that lives
Ave Maria
Ave Ave Ave
Ave Maria