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Monday, April 19, 2021

Update on the Mysteries of the Black Madonna tarot deck


I was hoping to have received both the decks and books by now,

but we have had a few hiccups and delays in the printing process.

I chose to rather send the decks out later than promised

than to compromise on my vision.

I also opted not to gild the edges of the decks until

I can find a different option to the few that is available to me

Right now shipping is expected to happen during May.

I will send out updates and mails regarding the price of shipping.

I can only determine the price of the options once I know the weight of the

card sets.

I am as eager as you to get these decks into your hands but

I want it to be an amazing experience



Friday, April 9, 2021

Giveaway on Patreon for the Month of May

Mary Magdalene giveaway

We enter the month of April through the Holy Week, Easter, Lent and those in the Northern Hemisphere, the celebrations of Ostara.

We are initiated into the mysteries of the Holy Gardener, the gestation of the seed in the tomb and womb of the Black Holy Mother by the Three Holy Marys. After three days and three nights in darkness,  we are initiated into the mystery of resurrection and regeneration.

And on the eve of these Great Mysteries, we are a witness to the anointing of the Holy One by the priestess and Holy Bride, Mary Magdalene.

For this month’s giveaway I am gifting two of these Mary Magdalene statues; each with a Mary Magdalene holy card

a miniature skull

and an extra card for your altar

and for one of these I am including the amulet set of the Priestess and the sacrificial Son.

Here in the Southern Hemisphere we are entering the descent of the sun into longer nights and shorter days; either way, spring or autumn, all of creation is aware of the cycles that cannot be controlled by us.

The amulet set includes the goddess moon, the sun, the chalice, rose, crown of thorns, the star, a small apothecary bottle for the sacred oil and the pouring pitcher

Anyone across all tiers can enter and I will change the game every month : this month patrons will be the judges. I will share your submissions here, anonymously, so that no-one is influenced and I will ask you to vote for your favourite entry.

If you want to enter, please send a few lines, or art, or doodle, or musings, or collage, or poetry about the meaning that this theme of sacrifice, death, loss and resurrection has for you. You can send it via email to me personally on Patreon.  The cut off date is 25 April 2021



Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Monthly Mary Reliquary Treasures Giveaway

The Temple of Mary on www.patreon.com

 Exciting news! I have been planning these treasuries for a year but with the pandemic shipping parcels to you have been impossible. But now the time has arrived to give away a monthly treasure from the Mary Repository. The definition of ‘repository’ is

a place where or receptacle in which things are or may be stored.
as well as
a place where something, especially a natural resource, is found in significant quantities.
I have many sacred altars that I have been creating, holy cards, sacred oils and incense and other devotive items that I have prepared to send out to you. My wish is that they enhance your bhakty and add to your spiritual practise and your most secret vision for your life ♥️
Each month I will put together three treasure boxes - one for each section of tiers of The Temple of Mary. The new treasury boxes and sets will be revealed during the first week of the new month.
Names of the patrons on The Temple of Mary will be put into 3 different jars. In order to qualify for the month’s draw, you have to be a patron for at least 3 months. I will update the jars each month with the new names of qualifying patrons.
And I ask of you in return that, when you win a box, that you share it on social media and that you tag me. If you are not on social media, then do not worry about it.
Each month I will share the content of each box and parcel and it will be wrapped with special care and little extras; the way that I usually do.

The repository treasure for all Order of the Dove tiers is a small Black Madonna travel shrine


A small tin with a miniature statue of the Madonna Santissima l’Incoronata from Foggia in Italy. I brought her back with me and she was touched to the statue of the Black Madonna of Foggia and blessed with the holy oil that is still available at the sanctuary.


It includes Black Madonna of Tindari holy cards, a Tindari amulet with image of the Black Madonna, rosary, frankincense and Mary stickers

For the Inner Sanctum of the Black Madonna and the Virtual Pilgrimage tiers ($15) the Black Madonna reliquary box

A gold silk hand made tarot pouch, a small Black Madonna statue, a clay copy of the sacred chemise of Mary from Chartres, a set of blessing seeds with one sacred chemise blessing seed, rosary, frankincense, Mary stickers and holy cards

All tiers of $10 per month and lower
Our Lady and the Dove
A beautiful piece of chambray linen with print of an old Mary holy card from my collection, a rosary, Mary stickers, a miniature dove, a clay amulet of the sacred chemise of Mary from Chartres and a dove feather from the doves that live in my Mary garden. You can read my many posts about the many messages and guidance that these doves have imparted to me over the years. The last few weeks they have been leaving so many feathers for me, and every day a dove has been in our house; some fly in, others walk in and sit for hours in my studio with me. Through the years this has always guided me through huge changes and healing.

plus two cards from the Mysteries of Mary deck for your altar : the two Black Madonnas of Chartres
I will announce this month’s winners on the feast day of the Annunciation

Mysteries of the Black Madonna deck date of next printing


Each deck will come with a luxurious and generous black velvet

pouch, lined with gold silk, tassles, gold cord and beads; each

pouch is hand sewn and different and unique in details.

Each deck will come with a small Black Madonna statue;
some are the Seat of Wisdom type and some the
panagia (front facing) icon of the Holy Black Mother.

The cards are with the printers and the printing process will
start soon.  Delivery to me is expected end April and shipping
of the first batch of pre-orders will start as soon as we can have them
all parceled up and ready to be shipped.

I will print a second small batch during June and you can place your
orders from the end of April on the website


Sunday, February 21, 2021

Update on progress with the Mysteries of the Black Madonna tarot deck

 Mary the Holy Tree from the Mysteries of the Black Madonna tarot deck

I want to give you an update on the progress of the Mysteries of the Black Madonna deck.
The progress is going well and, as always, there are many unexpected twists and turns. Just when I thought that I had completed everything and now it is a simple matter of 'putting it all together', I am being gifted with radiant images and clarity from the cauldron of the unconscious and I am right now in the process of making very important changes to the deck. When I set out to create this deck I had an idea and a vision and this deck is surpassing all those expectations.
Also, I had forgotten how many little details there are to take care of to get a deck published. We are in lockdown level 3 in South Africa and everything is taking much longer than anticipated. I dont have to explain to you, we are all in the same boat.
My intended shipping date for the first pre-orders were set at end of March or end April. Right now the expected shipping out date for the first batch of pre-orders are set at end April and it will continue into May 2021.
Shipping for the second set of pre-orders will still start on time during May and June.

Thank you for your support and patience. I will add the second payment listing for those who have made one payment and you can pay the balance when the decks are ready to ship.

I will continue to share updates here, also on Patreon and

on Instagram @walkingwithmary




Friday, February 19, 2021

The Temple of Mary on Patreon


The Temple of Mary is now on Patreon.

You will find us at www.patreon.com/templeofmary

When I first started the Patreon community it was under the banner of The French Madonna, the name of my shop on Etsy.com and my blog.  I started the community to share my creative process and journey with Sacred Art and Sacred Altars and the Walking with Mary online annual retreat.

In the past 18 months the community has expanded so much and many have chosen the path of the Temple of Mary and self-initiated as Flamekeepers and received spiritual names in the tradition.

In February I took a pause to for a month to focus on the Mysteries of the Black Madonna tarot deck and during this time, through a series of dreams, I am guided to expand the Temple of Mary this year and to add to the initiations and more.

I have opened the highest tier of the Order of the Dove for a limited number of initiates.

I keep these numbers restricted as the initiations calls for energetic and spiritual support from my side and I can only work with a limited number of people at a time.

In March we are resuming our journey into the Mysteries of Mary, White Mary, Red Mary and Black Mary.  On 25 March is the feast day of the Annunciation of the Great Virgin and I will share the special link between this event and the oldest Temple of Mary on Earth, Notre Dame de Chartres, The Temple of the Queen of Heaven.

I have new and exciting surprises : such as two monthly draws - one for the higher tiers,  for a beautiful set of Mary treasures, such as relics, holy cards and special art work created by myself, miniature Marian statuettes and a second monthly draw for the lower cost tiers of various items, such as handmade tarot pouches, postcard prints from the upcoming Mysteries of the Black Madonna tarot, blessing seeds and so on.

I will share all these details during the month of March on Patreon


I am looking forward to the month of March and sharing the beauty, compassion, justice and peace of the Queen of Heaven with you.



Sunday, December 27, 2020

Day 27 Walking with Mary 2020

 Today is the final day of the thirty days of 

Walking with Mary.

Virgo Maria Potens
III Maria Natura
Sacred Mysteries of Mary Tarot deck

Working on the Black Madonna tarot deck I have once again uncovered
many golden threads.  One of them being the Presence of the Bee Goddess and
her Bee Priestesses.  In the Mysteries of Mary deck there are many
references to the Sacred Bee.

Mary as Maria Natura 
in the Sacred Mysteries of Mary Tarot deck is 
connected to the Sacred Bee
Here Mary is the strong,  powerful and positive Feminine, 
Empress and Mother of the World.
She is pregnant with Life and the absolute abundance of creativity
and beauty and she is the womb of potential 
for ever-returning life;  the possibility of birthing 
sustaining and fertile life both within the psyche,
the spiritual and the physical.

The Empress
The Mysteries of Mary tarot deck  www.hergracesacredart.com

Mary as the Empress embodies the powerful feminine force which is within
both the masculine and the feminine.  This strength is not limited to the masculine
action of this world. The receptivity of the feminine does not make
her only submissive and dependent and the activity
of the masculine does not make it only divisive and cutting.

The strong positive feminine power within the Soul and
within the person, is often regarded as wild and chaotic
and it is also mostly deeply feared and our culture
believes that she should be controlled and harnessed
for our own use and benefit.
In a simplistic fashion, mother nature is seen
as the pure expression of the powerful feminine.
But mother nature, and our instinctual nature, is only a
part of the feminine power.  The soul is, and in earlier times,
the Holy Spirit was as well, most often depicted as a woman
and if the soul is only seen as a wild force of nature which
should be dominated and controlled, where does that leave us
as human beings?  And where does that put women
in this world of organisation and structure?  And
what happens to traditionally womanly values
and enterprises and to whom is the mothering of
the world relegated?   We end up with a world in
which the ideal and image of a
 positive nurturing mother and the powerful empress 
is completely absent.

She is surrounded by the symbols of the Mother of Nature
and the Mother as Earth as known to mankind
through the ages and throughout many cultures.
  She is standing in the stream of living waters, 
as they are eternally birthing through her.
She has the bee, the Queen bee, the sheafs of wheat, bunches
of grapes and is standing on a mountain covered in roses.

She is the Queen Bee surrounded by bees.
In the ancient world those who worshipped Demeter and Artemis 
were referred to as 'bees' or 'melissas'.
The bee was also a symbol of Potnia, also referred to as the
pure Mother Bee in the Minoan mysteries.
The priestess at the sacred site of Delphi was known as
the 'honey bee' and honey has many sacred and profound metaphysical
and physical properties and metaphoric meaning.

In Samuel 1 "Jonathan... put forth the end of the rod 
that was in his hand, and dipped it in a honey comb, 
and put his hand to his mouth; and his eyes were enlightened."

The Empress
The Mysteries of Mary tarot deck http://www.hergracesacredart.com

Mary as The Empress embodies the great positive
Mother of the World.  Through her courageous
acts of meekness and mercy she manifests
the positive feminine force in this world.
She is the icon and symbol of our own
positive feminine strength and courage
and of the great mothering power that we possess.
We are capable of great acts of kindness,
we are capable of staying present in life with an open
heart and being present to our own vulnerability
and allowing the infinite waters of compassion
to flow through us to all of creation and to all living creatures,
including ourselves.

Thank you to all those who were part of this caravan of reflection,
art, poetry, tarot and contemplation