Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Sutras of the Divine Mother

All images taken by Hettienne Grobler
in the various shrines in my garden


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





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


The Black Madonna, IX Vessels
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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.  
You are told that you need
'another' to ignite the spark within (and usually this will ask the sacrifice of money)

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 you.  The spark of the Divine Mother
is resting in your energetic system and behind your mind and its
many defences.  She is waiting for your desire to find Her
and to come to know yourself as the ultimate fufillment of your dreams, in order
to wake up.  You must have seen the cartoons of a snake charmer playing to
the snake who becomes mesmerised?  Who or what is your snake charmer?
Are you allowing the world and all its amazing entertainment to charm your
energy into distraction and mostly fear and anxiety and false beliefs?

Use the charms of the metaphor of the Blessed Mother's path to
cast the light and shadows of love, peace and bliss onto your path.*
The tarot cards of the Mysteries of Mary deck, for instance, has many
charms in the images.  These are there to assist you to read the cards
and the world in metaphoric terms.  When we look at the metaphor, rather than
the literal, we see behind and beyond the illusion that the mind is creating.

Once you have created a distance between the ego-mind and its attachment
to its reality, the dance is on!!

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

blessings

Hettienne


*I am working on a set of charms to accompany The Mysteries of Mary Tarot Deck and
will share here when I have some available

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Join us in a mystical journey to the Three Marys in France 2019

The Magdalen card in Mysteries of Mary Tarot Deck
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Come with us on a journey filled with mystery and
awaken the Divine Feminine within yourself

Join us on a mystical journey to the sites sacred to
the three Marys in  France

23 May to 6 June 2019

Three of the most important sacred sites in the Mary story :

Saintes Maries de la Mer,
Saint Maximin le St Baume
and
Lourdes
Spend  12 days exploring the myth and ritual
of  the three sacred aspects of Mary, the Great Mother,
Sacred Woman, Virgin and Beloved
Seen through the lens of Mysteries of Mary tarot and ritual

Picture taken during procession at Lourdes
2015 pilgrimage
Shrine of Mary Magdalene in the Basilica of
Mary Magdalene in St Maximin St Baume
2013 Pilgrimage


Sainte Sara la Kali in her many robes in the procession on the way
to the beach where she is submerged into the water and everyone
enters the blessed waters

You can read about my annual pilgrimages on my blog
Cloister of the heart at http://pathofdivinelove.blogspot.com


Join us for 12 nights and 11 days in France
on a life-changing pilgrimage and retreat

We will explore the three aspects of Mary in the
stories and events of  Mary Magdalene
after the Resurrection,  her journey with two other Marys
in a boat to Saintes Maries de la Mer where they were miraculously
saved by Sara la Kali, to the last days of her life in the grotto
at La Sainte Baume and then we will travel to Lourdes
where we will spend the final three days of this pilgrimage.
It will include three days at the
We will also pay a visit to the Black Madonna in Marseilles.

The focus of this pilgrimage is the Divine Feminine
in the three aspects of Mary  Time will be spent immersing
ourselves in the sacred energies as pilgrims on these
ancient paths;  a daily meditation circle and tarot work,
tarot journalling, ritual, finding your Earth gifts and
creating a mandala in the forest, visiting the reliquaries,
creating your own tarot card and collage, participating
in the nightly light rosary procession at Lourdes,
drinking of the sacred waters of the miracle spring at Lourdes,
visiting the Basilica and enough personal time to soak it all up
and to look after the sensual pleasures of life, such as market
scavenging, eating local food and time to rest and integrate.
And did I mention three days during the feast day of
Sara la Kali and the sacred gypsy festival and pilgrimage?
And a full day of scouring French brocante and flea markets?


We will meet on 23 May 2019 in Marseilles France
and spend the night.
The following day, after a visit to the Black Madonna of
Marseilles, we will travel to the village of
Saintes Maries de la Mer
for the three day Gypsy pilgrimage to Sante Sara la Kali and festivities.
(You can read about my previous pilgrimage to
Sante Sara and the Gypsy pilgrimage on my blog here)
Then we will move to Saint Maximin de la Sainte Baume
for three nights and three night at Lourdes
and then back to Marseilles.


The basilica in St Maximin la St Baume where the remains
of Mary Magdalene was found and the basilica was
erected on the site

Here we will visit the Mary Magdalene shrine
and skull reliquary at
Basilica Saint Maximin la Saint Baume.
We will travel to the sanctuary and Grotte St Saint Baume of
Mary Magdalene and ceremoniously 
walk the pilgrimage to the sacred Grotto where Mary Magdalene's bones
 are kept and where she spent the last thirty years of her life.
We will drink water from the sacred spring in the Sanctuary
of Mary Magdalene.

Mysteries of Mary Tarot Deck
Picture taken in crypt of Church of Saintes Maries de les Mer 2012

You can read about my previous pilgrimage to the festival
and pilgrimage of the Romani Gypsies to
Sante Sara la Kali here

We will travel by TVG to Lourdes from Aix-en-Provence
where we will stay in an appart-hotel in the
sanctuary of Lourdes.  Everything is within walking distance
and we will visit the grotto many times for prayers, meditations,
lighting candles, washing in the miraculous waters,
and participating in the various Rosary processions

Ave Maria!
An  unforgettable experience.
Read more about my many pilgrimages to Lourdes
on my blog Cloister of the Heart.

The pilgrimage will include :
A day workshop in tarot and specifically the Mysteries of Mary
tarot deck.  Each pilgrim will receive the deck and book
as part of the pilgrimage gift pack.

Each morning will start with a sacred circle of
focus and intent;  I will share with you how to work
with your personal numerology and the tarot.
Each pilgrim will receive a specially created tarot journal
and images for the pilgrimage.  You will have time to
journal and collage your entire pilgrimage and all work
done with the tarot.

A workshop in which you will create your own personal
tarot card compiled of insights and experiences
during the pilgrimage.

A leisure day to explore the old village and its
amazing architecture and sights, the many patisseries,
fruit stalls, street markets and coffee shops.

A day trip to the markets at Arles and Aix-en-Provence

Visits to cathedrals sacred to Virgin Mary and
Mary Magdalene in the region

We can only accommodate maximum 7 people.


A handcrafted Mysteries of Mary Tarot Rosary
for each pilgrim
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Each pilgrim will receive :


* a Mysteries of Mary Tarot Deck and Book

*  a Mary Magdalene tarot rosary which can be
worn to all sacred sites for blessing

*  a specially created pilgrim's tarot journal specifically
for the Mary Magdalene pilgrimage

*  sheets of images and small items for your own tarot
collage and tarot journalling - we will scavenge the village
brocantes for additional material and visit the shops at
the sacred sites for holy medals, etc.

*  a bottle of salts to be blessed and used in ritual

Final dates, details and prices will follow in due course.
If you are interested to receive more information or to be put
on the list, please send an email to hettienne@telkomsa.net
or subscribe on this blog www.hergracesacredart.com
in the top of the right hand column.

The full itinerary will be posted here

The facilitators are Hettienne Grobler, artist,
 Creator and author of the Mysteries of Mary tarot deck,
founder of Temple of Mary,
spiritual teacher and guide and pilgrim to sites
sacred to the Divine Feminine across the globe for the past
20 years and

Terry de Vries, labyrinth facilitator, creatrix and
builder of labyrinths,  pilgrim who has walked the Camino four times,
shaman and yoga teacher
and priestess in Temple of Mary

We are both intrepid travellers, artists
and holders of energetic space with many years
of experience in working with groups.



Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Guru Within



The Divine Inner Child is  our unique authentic Self beyond all masks and personas.
We have so many names for this part of ourself which really create a sense of separation whereas it is actually our most unique and vulnerable and innocent self.
It is that part of yourself that is unconditionally true to his/her feelings;
 the one whom expresses joy and sadness alike, without feeling shame;
 creative, spontaneous and free from the critical self!

Unfortunately this part of the self is rarely or only fleetingly experienced,
and it takes awareness and a level of skill, to allow the child to emerge.
It is necessary to create a safe space for the child to reveal itself
and that is where your role comes in.

One could say that the inner child is the golden, magical child of Self.
Not magical as in magical thinking, but magical as in alchemy.
When an alchemical shift takes place within oneself, it seems almost
magical and certainly supernatural. 

One could say that the perfect child of the Divine that lives within you is innocent and pure.
Not innocent and pure as in religious ideas of sin and being free from sin, but
in being free of inner negative criticism and judgement.
I use the word perfect here in its spiritual sense :  that which is exactly as it
should be.  It does not imply the mind's idea of perfection.  It also
does not mean transcendence nor beyond flaw.
I would say that it means that it is unique, authentic and whole.
Wholeness implies that it includes both sides of the polar
opposites in our world of duality, also called the Sacred Marriage between
soul and body, ego and soul, Spirit and Self.

Within ourselves, behind our masks and acquired personalities, 
we have this authentic Self, the Golden Inner Child or children as this
is neither only masculine or feminine.   When we
tap into this part of ourselves we feel alive, energetic, creative, free, joyful and fulfilled.

Through the conditioning process of life, most of us learn to stifle, suppress, repress or 
deny our Inner child. The Inner Child also knows sadness and anger
and the full range of human emotions, but its foundation is a state
which I term 'fullness of heart'. 
When this vital part of ourselves, the Golden Inner Child is not nurtured and allowed freedom 
of expression, a false or co-dependent self emerges.  Authors like Carolyn Myss
has done extensive work on the different types of inner children that
develop due to your conditioning, your childhood experiences, pre-verbal
experiences (those that took place even before you had the mental
capacity of language to describe the feeling) and through your responses.

A great deal of time and effort has been put into creating an 
acceptable and powerful persona.
 Indeed, this is necessary for your primary survival 
and as a way of functioning effectively in the world.  And the Self will
always require a persona or some form of ego to effectively
deal with the world.  This is a journey of both choice, circumstances
and divine destiny.

But this sense of power is not authentic, 
and it will not hold up to stress and stressful situations. 
In fact, the safe place that you have created for yourself, becomes your jail.
 For instance, as you defend against being hurt, you cut yourself off from 
your vulnerability and your real heart feelings. 
Eventually, you cannot feel sadness and pain, but you also cannot feel ecstatic joy.

The human psyche thus experiences the onslaught of these two powerful opposing forces at all times. 
On the one hand you have your True Self, 
Whom has only your highest good as a focus. 
The True Self, however, does not adhere to the laws of this world
, but it adheres to the Divine Law of One.

The ego or projected self, on the other hand, understands 
that it is the vehicle and the instrument to keep your body safe.
 It is not interested in the True Self’s purpose – it is only interested in keeping you safe.
 This is indeed an important function as your body is 
the vehicle of expression for the True Self and when the body no longer exists,
 your true self is incapable of expressing itself in this world.
 However, through its defensive and attacking modes of safe-keeping,
 the imposter actually kills off your life force, and your physical body becomes sick
and deteriorates fast. 
It is obvious therefore, that the interests of the False Self and the True Self could never meet
without a real intervention. 
This is the dilemma facing those who wake up to a life
which they no longer enjoy nor desire.

In order to discover what it is that you, as personality, want and expect from life,
 you need to uncover your personal unconscious. 
This is often termed as shadow work as
 you uncover all your hidden and suppressed aspects of self. 
Once you have uncovered your personal unconscious you are able to deal with it. 
You have the power of choice and free will as to
 whether you want to keep or discard these suppressed values and feelings. 
You learn to grow this process using discernment as opposed to judgement
 and the challenge is to live with the tension of the known as well as the unknown at all times.
 You cannot eradicate certain aspects of your being
 and you have to learn to use these to their highest potential.
 In this part of the journey you decide what it is that you value and you build a strong sense of self which will serve as a powerful and healthy vehicle for the True Self.
 This work is done on all levels of being, spiritual, mental, emotional and physical.

As you access aspects of yourself from the personal unconscious,
you will access aspects of the collective unconscious. 
You will uncover the beliefs of your culture, your ancestry, your gender, your faith, and so on.
 Often we live symbolic sacrificial lives because of keeping an archetype
 alive in the collective unconscious.
 Once again, you have the power and choice of freeing yourself from the collective unconscious to the degree that you need or should choose to. 
At this part of growth, spirit and matter meets. 
It is to discover what it is that I want (ego as masculine self) and what it is that I want (soul as feminine self). This is where you will truly feel the power of the opposing forces 
and it is your challenge to find a sense of balance and integration, if this is possible, of course.
We are co-creators and therefore never completely in control.




The True Self does not judge. It acts from the premise that all is innocent.
 It is free of hostility and defensive attitudes and
 behaviour based on negative experiences of the past.

The False Self, comprising of the various voices of authority and conditioning, judges everything. 
The False Self believes in the premise of separation (divide and conquer).

As the True Self develops through the different stages of the personality and physical self,
 it becomes stunted at specific ages. 
Our Inner Child therefore never matures and heals. 
Unless you become conscious and aware of your own actions and reactions, you will not realize that you are nursing a wounded inner child.

The ego will rationalize and justify the actions of its wounded inner child, 
and in fact, many childish behaviours are quite acceptable and, in fact,
part of the norm of our society.

The Real Self feels vibrantly alive – it does not matter 
whether the feelings are those of guilt, anger, irritation or joy, but it FEELS.
When you are in your true self, you are present and aware and you are in the moment,
regardless of what is happening and what you are feeling.

One does not have to do anything in order to connect 
with your Self – it is to allow your true self to emerge and show itself and not to contrive or act in a way of should, ought to or must.  So one could say that you have to un-do
more than do.  You have to enter the labyrinth of the psyche and the brain
and un-do the entrainment in order to allow new neurological pathways
to form.  Similarly, you have to change your perception, your beliefs,
your automatic reactions, your attitude and your habits in order to
undo the granthi (the knots) in the energetic system of the body in order
to allow kundalini ma (the Blessed Mother of God) to flow
freely through your body and soul and to give you unconditional
access to the living waters of life.


Monday, November 28, 2016

The Miller's Daughter

The Miller's Daughter
Mysteries of Mary Tarot Deck
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has been published and is now available on
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A few fairytales are included in the Mysteries of Mary Tarot Deck.  Some of them were chosen as they relate to a specific archetype in both the tarot and the stories of Mary.

The fairy tale of the Handless Maiden was chosen because Mary
appears in an Eastern European folktale version of the story. 
In some versions an angel or a being of light appears to help the 
Handless Maiden, but in this particular folktale, Mary herself appears
to help the maiden.

The story of the Handless Maiden and her powerful symbology is told over a sequence of three cards in the deck.  Links
to different versions of the fairy tale is included
in the bibliography at the back
of the book.  
The V of Holy Rood (traditionally Wands) is the first
card that depicts a scene from the tale.  
This card is titled The Miller's Daughter 
and we are introduced to
the young maiden, her father, the devil 
and very importantly, the apple tree.

The Miller's daughter is standing next to the apple tree with a loaf of bread
(food produced by the miller) on her shoulder.  She, as well as the significant apple
tree represents feminine values and attributes.    Feminine qualities and attributes
live in both male and female.  The story of speaks of the 'miller' and not the maiden's father.
This demonstrates that great importance is given to his occupation in the world, 
rather than his role as father.
From the start we see the focus and emphasis on masculine goals and values.
In our culture the masculine values and attributes are greatly admired and promoted.
The emphasis on the miller, his greed for money, his disregard for both the apple tree
and his daughter, reflects and highlights the imbalance which exists and
the lack of reverence for the less visible feminine principles.

The apple blossom is a symbol of fertility and sensuality.
In Celtic lore the apple tree is the Tree of Love.

At the top of the shrine are two hands.  These will take
you to the next part of the story which is further developed
in VII of Holy Rood,, where the Handless Maiden enters the forest.

Traditionally this card means conflict and in this deck it refers to inner conflict.
The really important questions in life you have to find the answers to
yourself. Do not rely on the opinion of others.  Do not rely
on 'the done thing' or the accepted way of doing.
In other words, do not make a pact with the devil for your most
precious feminine feeling  and earthy nature.
Dig deep and feel the discomfort of the inner conflict
and may you find peace.

This is an extract from the discussion of this card in companion book
to the Mysteries of Mary Tarot Deck



peace,
Hettienne

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Feast Day of the Nativity of Blessed Mary

Nativity of Holy Child-Daughter
II Roses
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By honouring and acknowledging the birth of the holy child-daughter, Mary Herself, the masculine story is changed and the daughter and girl-child becomes sacred in the collective unconscious.

‘A hermit had on a certain night for many years heard music in the heavens. When he asked the cause an angel answered, : the Virgin was born this night, and what is ignored on earth is being celebrated by angels’ – Legends of Mary, Thirteenth Century



In this card we see the birth of the holy daughter, the female bearer of the Christ.  When one considers that the term Christ or Christed One is a title and not part of a name, then the sentence ‘female bearer of the Christ’ has a completely different meaning.  Mary is the feminine companion to Jesus or Maryam to Yeshua in the original Aramaic.  As we saw earlier three Marys always accompanied Jesus one of whom was his mother and one his companion or beloved.  Reading these words and stories with the inner mystical eye of vision and understanding, we understand that the psyche has four aspects : two masculine and two feminine and these are referred to as mother, father, daughter and son.  The picture reflected a whole psyche is incomplete without the daughter.  What would change within both men and women when the Christ appears in female form?  Or when the Christ appears as a divine couple? 

In the Lost Books of the Bible, The Gospel of the Birth of Mary, Mary’s lineage and birth is described in detail.    Mary of Agreda in her book The Mystical City of God which describes the details of the life of the Virgin, calls the child Mary, ‘the true living Ark of the covenant’.

In the Koran it is told that in the year 16 BCE, the people of Jerusalem are awaiting the birth of the son of Imran (Anna in Greek). Instead of the much-anticipated "Messiah", a girl is born to Imran and Anna. The latter names her Mary, which means "Servant of God". Did they miss the birth of the Messiah through their expectation that he has to be male?

 In the Gospel of the Birth of Mary, it is described that the angel visited both Joachim and Anna (Mary’s parents) on two separate occasions.  Mary’s conception and birth was a miraculous one.  Anna, her mother was barren until the Archangel Gabriel visited her and declared that her barren womb will be opened by God and that the Holy Spirit will descend into the body of her daughter Mary whilst still in the womb.  Mary referred to herself as The Immaculate Conception when She appeared to Bernadette at Lourdes.   The sanctuary of the nativity of the virgin Mary is in Milan and her tiny effigy wrapped in lace and swaddling clothes is known as Santa Maria Bambina.  Her nativity is on 8 September and is one of the twelve major feast days in the liturgical calendar.    In the years between 1720 and 1730 a Franciscan nun from Todi (Sister Chiara Isabella Fornari) created wax statues of Mary as a baby. One of these dolls was donated to the Capuchin Sisters of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Milan. Eventually the statue arrived at the General House of the Sisters of Charity of Lovere , in Via Santa Sofia in Milan, and these sisters are called "Maria Bambina" .
The miraculous image of Maria Bambina was made prior to 1730 by a Franciscan nun who afterwards entrusted Her to others. During the ensuing years, she came into the care of the Sisters of Charity at Lovere, Italy. In 1856, these Sisters of Charity were asked to take over the management of the Hospital of Ciceri in Milan and, in 1876, this waxen image was carried to their Mother House there at Via Santa Sofia 13, where she has remained ever since.
The beautiful image of the Maria Bambina was exposed for veneration only on the 8th of September, the Feast of Mary's Nativity. In 1884, those who were devoted to the Maria Bambina received a reward for their devotion. Due to paralysis in her arms and feet, Sister Josephine Woinovich was bedridden and in unbearable pain. On the 8th of September, she begged the Mother General to get Maria Bambina and leave the image near her overnight. The following morning the Mother General was inspired to take the image, so old, worn and grayish colored to the other sick Sisters in the infirmary so they could kiss her.

There was in the infirmary a good novice, Giulia Macario, who was unable to move because of her serious illness, but who, overcome by her ardent faith, took the image into her arms and pleaded with her in tender and loving words for the grace for her recovery. She was immediately and miraculously cured, for such Faith moves mountains. And at the same time this image itself underwent an amazing transformation from the former dull gray color to the warm flesh hues it has today, as can be seen, where she is enshrined in the Sanctuary of the Mother House in Milan.

In this card we see the birth of the holy daughter, the female bearer of the Christ.  When one considers that the term Christ or Christed One is a title and not part of a name, then the sentence ‘female bearer of the Christ’ has a completely different meaning.  Mary is the feminine companion to Jesus or Maryam to Yeshua in the original Aramaic.  As we saw earlier three Marys always accompanied Jesus one of whom was his mother and one his companion or beloved.  Reading these words and stories with the inner mystical eye of vision and understanding, we understand that the psyche has four aspects : two masculine and two feminine and these are referred to as mother, father, daughter and son.  The picture reflected a whole psyche is incomplete without the daughter.  What would change within both men and women when the Christ appears in female form?  Or when the Christ appears as a divine couple? 

Luce Irigaray in her work says that ‘there is no woman God, no female trinity: mother, daughter, spirit.  This paralyses the infinite of becoming a woman since she is fixed in the role of mother through whom the son of God is made flesh’

By honouring and acknowledging the birth of the holy child-daughter, Mary Herself, the masculine story is changed and the daughter and girl-child becomes sacred in the collective unconscious.


Santa Maria Bambina with golden wool
Handmaiden of Suit of Distaff
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These stories of the divine are powerful myths which activate and animate archetypes in our consciousness.  Mary calls Herself the Immaculate Conception and as such Her birth is truly a divine birth of a divine female and feminine which has been lying fast asleep like the princess in Sleeping Beauty (Card IV of the Suit of the Distaff).  Creating art and seeing images of Mary as the holy girl-child  and images of the Sacred Mother and Daughter will change our understanding of the world and our Soul completely.

Mary serving as priestess in Temple of the Dove
Four of Vessels
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I used mainly Western Christian Catholic icons, statues and symbolism, which I combined with the wider vision of the journey of the feminine divine as archetype of the Self. By juxtaposing these well-known images onto a different context and by re-connecting their symbolism to the correspondences found in myths, legend, fairy tale and stories carried down through the ages, a deeper, more meaningful picture unfolds.  I set out taking the well-known Christian images of Mary (and really mostly the only ones readily available) out of their Roman Catholic context thus giving them new meaning.  As my own personal journey evolved and I immersed myself into the Christian mysteries at the sites sacred to Mary that I visited, I discovered that the numinous emanation of Mary truly still does exist in the Christian art and symbology.  I found that She had merely been veiled by dogma and conditioned belief and that when you see with ‘new eyes’, then the true Divine Mary and Goddess is still radiating Her Presence and always has done so.  I realised that the Christian churches and copious art works has been the vessel for Her through the dark ages of the suppressed feminine.  This awakened the inspiration and resolve within myself to reveal Her to others in the same way that She revealed Herself to me.

A limited edition of the Mysteries of Mary Tarot Deck and Book 
is now available on pre-order
on my website here :

http://www.hergracesacredart.com/2016/10/the-mysteries-of-mary-tarot-deck-and.html


blessings
Hettienne