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Thursday, August 22, 2013

​When you make the two into one, and when you make the inner like the outer and the outer like the inner, and the upper like the lower, and when you make male and female into a single one, so that the male will not be male nor the female be female, when you make eyes in place of an eye, a hand in place of a hand, a foot in place of a foot, an image in place of an image, then you will enter the Kingdom - Gospel of Thomas

In preparation for the Third Initiation into the Mysteries of Isis-Maria-Sophia
I strongly suggest that you re-read the first two manuals
before arrival.

The sacred marriage is between Logos and Wisdom :
knowledge and becoming at one with the Love.
Knowledge alone will not get you into the Temple of the Heart,
the Kingdom of God.

Please go through all the practical exercises and various
meditations that were covered in Initiations One and Two,
as the third initiation builds onto that foundation.

With each initiation we go deeper and deeper into the Mystery
of the Self;  your ideas of who you are and how life is and should be
will crumble and it may at times seem as though the world
around you is falling apart.  In a way it is.
Accessing knowledge only will increase the imbalance.
Spiritual discipline and the purifying of the kundalini energies
are very necessary before we can work on the brain centres.
During each initiation a centre in the brain is activated
and thus the un-doing starts.

See you soon.

Hettienne Ma Bhakty Maria


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Third Initiation into the Mysteries of Isis-Maria-Sophia - Lady Wisdom

Program for weekend Friday 30 August to Sunday 1 September 2013

Friday 30 August

early arrival if possible - any time from 3 pm
Kitchen to be set up
Temple space to be prepared
Costumes to be prepared
Feast table to be set

5 pm - the baking of the sacred goddess loaves in the kitchen - each participant to knead and shape their own loaves

5.30 pm - each initiate to receive the program and focus for the weekend as well as his/her archetype for the weeken - please bring a shawl or cape and any pieces of cloth that we can use - such as veils with which to cover your face and belly dancing shawls- other items will be provided by the Temple

Please bring a shamanic drum (if you have), incense and flowers for offerings

6 - 7 pm - initiates to get dressed as the Seeker, the knight Perceval - wear white clothing, and your cape or cloak - you may wear a drum or a shield and/or toy sword or a knapsack with some tools for the journey

7 pm - the holy feast and sacrament of Eros

To be followed by sacred dancing
and shamanic journeying

Saturday 31 August

Breakfast 8.30 - 9.30
Temple clean up

Morning program of sacred sound journeys start at 10.30
-entering the Vortex through vibration

Afternoon will be spent preparing for the sacred drama and Procession of the Holy Grail :

Bring your cloak or shawl that you will use for the evening's sacred ritual and sacred drama - please bring needle and thread (gold or red) for working onto you shawl - unless you are going to do this beforehand

Please bring pen and paper, black bed sheets and white bed sheets (if you have), safety pins, kokis and a poster size sheet of paper, a small pair of scissors, a tube of Pritt

You will need a chair for meditation and a blanket

Sunday will be focused on all the sacred Temple Mysteries and practices; the meeting of the Ishta Devata and on the integration of the Initiation of Asherah-Wisdom-Sophia

The program will finish at lunch time on Sunday

Asherah, Lady of Wisdom, Queen of Heaven, Sophia, Shekinah and today known as Mary

Exactly one year ago I had a powerful vision which I
wrote about on the blog Shaman She-WhoKnows.
Today as I am putting together the manual and sacred drama
for the Third Initiation into the Mysteries of The Temple of Mary,
this vision forms the core of this initiation.

We have entered a powerful 'gate' in consciousness
of 'enlightenment', and this gate indeed started with and is
now returning full circle to the ancient image
of the Divine Feminine, known as Asherah.

This doorway or gate is also called the Lionsgate of awakening.
(See my previous post)

Asherah who is symbolised by The Tree of Life;
known as El Shaddai, which means God with Breasts;
who has Her origins in ancient Egypt
and who was eradicated from western religion
by King Josiah.
She was known as the Queen of Heaven;
Lady Wisdom and she was hidden
in the Kabbalah as the Shekinah
and in the Bible as Wisdom and Sophia.
She is the Throne (as in the great Isis)
and in the Litany of Loreto, her many titles
now belong to Mary.

I share the vision here with you but its full importance and relevance
will be revealed and experienced by you during the retreat
when we enter into sacred time and space through
sacred drama and journeying

Visions and dreams :  there are those that stand out with such luminosity and with a strong aura of having significant meaning.   I have written, journaled and painted some of my visions and some of my dreams.  Some of my dreams are only images and colours captured during the events of the day;  some are personal and archetypal and then there are those that I never forget.  These have layers upon layers of meaning.  Some of the meaning I immediately understand and the other layers are revealed with time.

Such a dreamvision I had over the past few nights.  One of the Tree of Life, the Goddess, the Lion and Serapis.

Let me share the background to the dream with you.

For the past few months I have been dreamvisioning the thirteen alchemical goddesses for the Wheel of the Year for Temple of Mary and the Sacred Feminine Conference we are hosting in October 2013, as well as the alchemical wheel of Shekinah and its initiations during the Temple of Mary retreats.  (You can read more about these on my other blogs and website.) And I have been working specifically with the goddess Asherah as matriarch of the Mary line, through Asherah, Astarte, Queen of Heaven and eventually Mary.

My son has been planning a very special tattoo for himself.  One that has great meaning for him.  It contains a lion and a tree.  A few nights ago I dreamt the image in a beautiful synthesis of the lion and tree of life :  the one merging into the other, like a sacred marriage.

A week ago I went through a very intense experience with the catalyst being a severe allergic reaction to Vit E oil - an allergy I did not know my body had.  I ended up in hospital with drugs being chased into my body as my body spiralled down in anaphylactic shock.   I left my body and witnessed the extreme distress and rapid lowering of my blood pressure and the panic when the epiphinidrine hit my heart.  For the next three days I was in and out of my body while being aware and conscious. I visited realities and dimensions that I cannot really capture verbally yet.  Whatever was revealed to me during this time, will now be distilled in my subconscious till my mind is ready to give birth to this immaculate conception.

Since I returned fully to my body a few days ago, the words 'vision' and 'dream' has taken on a new profound meaning.

The Vision :.

'We were all gathered in the courtyard.  The light had the luminosity of the Otherworld.  In the centre of the courtyard grew the Tree of Life, its trunk twisted and gnarled, housing an entire city of light.  The sound of the heavens played in its leaves.  I was below, at the base of the trunk, in my role as healer.  I blessed those that came up to me.  A man sat down in front of me, asking for healing.  As I placed my hands on him, I felt the healing power coursing through my body and flowing down my arms and hands.  I was familiar with this transference of healing energy and was unperturbed.  The next moment he jumped up, amazement on his face.  He shouted out "look at that beautiful being!!".  Before I turned around I was aware of the pillar of light behind me and as I turned around I said 'oh yes, that is Serapis.  I saw a beautiful light being in intense white light.

As I was looking at this pillar of light which my Self recognised as Serapis, the vision expanded.  A lion appeared from the branches of the Tree of Life,  facing the East and the rising Sun.  She growled and her mane shook and reverbated and the hair became one with the branches of the giant tree.  She roared into the sky, 'Osiris!!!!'

As I was watching the scene in awe, my lips formed the word FORTEZA and I continued chanting this word as I returned to consciousness.

(Here follows the research that I did then, but since then more had been revealed to me - this has now been included in the manual for the third initiation)

I then did some research and the very first page I open give me the following and more. (you may want to explore the pages at http://thequeenofheaven.wordpress.com Asherah Part III The Lion Lady)

Serapis Bey is Chohan of the Fourth Ray, the white ray.   Serapis can help people prepare to receive the Holy Spirit's gift of the working of miracles.  Serapis Bey works specifically with kundalini awakening and ascension and the ability of working miracles through the kundalini energy in the root chakra. He is often depicted with the caduceus staff.

And he was known as the god Osiris in ancient Egypt!!

Serapis was a Greco-Egyptian god in 3 BC whom many believe that the story of Jesus was based on and he was known as Serapis Christus.

.One of the very first Egyptian goddesses was Qadesh and she was known as the Lion Lady.  She was also known as Asherah, Astarte-Anat, the Canaanite goddess, spouse of the Canaanite bull god, El.

Asherah was depicted as both Lion and as the Tree of Life.  And her sacred symbol and object was the staff with two serpents!  The same staff that Serapis Bey carries and the modern-day symbol of healers.

Aherah Astarte Anat

And Forteza means fortitude and it is the name of the Tarot Card in the Mantegna tarot

known today as the Strength card in the Major Arcana

It would seem that the initiatiates into the Temple of Mary is being assured of Cosmic healing, protection and growth.

Hettienne Bhakty Ma

Friday, August 2, 2013

Blessed day of the Holy Bride - Imbolc - 1/2 August

Picture taken during ceremony at the Chalice Garden

Yesterday the first jasmine opened in my garden 
and I was reminded by its heavenly fragrance
that it is Imbolc
and today is Candlemas, the feast day
of Mary of the Candles.

That is in the Southern Hemisphere of course.
In the Northern Hemisphere it is the feast of Lammas.

It is all rather confusing for us here in the South
as Imbolc also coincides (in Europe) with the
feast day of St Brigid, the Christianised
version of the Goddess Brigid, also called
Mary of the Gael
and the traditional goddess of Imbolc.

Picture taken in Kildare during Lammas/Imbolc

A definition of Imbolc according to Wiki :

Irish imbolc derives from the Old Irish i mbolg "in the belly". This refers to the pregnancy of ewes.[4] A medieval glossary etymologizes the term asoimelc "ewe's milk".[5] Some Neopagans use Oimelc as a name for the festival.

Since Imbolc is immediately followed (on 2 February) by Candlemas (Irish Lá Fhéile Muire na gCoinneal "feast day of Mary of the Candles", WelshGŵyl Fair y Canhwyllau),[6] Irish imbolc is sometimes rendered as "Candlemas" in English translation; e.g. iar n-imbulc, ba garb a ngeilt translated as "after Candlemas, rough was their herding".[7]

I took this photograph of the statue of Mary, in Kildare during
my pilgrimage to the shrine of St Bridgit

Imbolc or Imbolg (pronounced i-molk or i-molg ), also called (Saint) Brighid’s Day (Irish: Lá Fhéile Bríde, Scottish Gaelic: Là Fhèill Brìghde, Manx: Laa’l Breeshey), is a Gaelic festival marking the beginning of spring. Most commonly it is held on 31 January–1 February, or halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.  It is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals, along with Beltane, Lugnasadh and Samhain.  It was observed in IrelandScotland and the Isle of Man. Kindred festivals were held at the same time of year in other Celtic lands; for example the Welsh Gŵyl Fair y Canhwyllau.

Myself with statue of Saint Brighid, Kildare

Imbolc is mentioned in some of the earliest Irish literature and it is associated with important events in Irish mythology. It has been suggested that it was originally a festival associated with the goddess Brighid and that it was Christianised as a festival of Saint Brighid, who herself is thought to be a Christianisation of the goddess. At Imbolc, Brighid's crosses were made and a doll-like figure of Brighid, called a Brídeóg, would be carried from house-to-house. Brighid was said to visit one's home at Imbolc. To receive her blessings, people would make a bed for Brighid and leave her food and drink, while items of clothing would be left outside for her to bless. Brighid was also invoked to protect livestock. Holy wells were visited and it was also a time for divination.

The original fire hearth of the ancient Vestal Virgins tending
the fire of Brighid the goddess in Kildare - now on the site
of the Cathedral of St Bridgit

In Christianity, 1 February is observed as the feast day of Saint Brighid, especially in Ireland. There, some of the old customs have survived and it is celebrated as a cultural event by some. 

If you are interested in reading more about Imbolc, Brighid and how you can spend
this sacred day, please read the following links on my blogs :

A blessed day of the Holy Bride to you