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Rebuilding Altars

Dedicating them to The Great Mother:

To the Dark Goddesses,
to the Inner Flame of Re-Creation,
to standing unapologetically in Truth.

In Truth.

Let the rest burn away.

Rebuilding Altars

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The Heart As Compass

“And the way forward always in the end
the way that you followed, the way that carried you
into your future, that brought you to this place,
no matter that it sometimes took your promise from you,
no matter that it had to break your heart along the way…

and that every step along the way, you had carried
the heart and the mind and the promise
that first set you off and drew you on and that you were
more marvelous in your simple wish to find a way
than the gilded roofs of any destination you could reach…”

~ Excerpt from Santiago by David Whyte

The Heart as Compass

New Moon Altar

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An Altar To All The Mothers

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{An Altar to all the Mothers}

To all the mothers who are
We treasure your devotion
Your love shapes us all
Thank you Thank you Thank you

To all the mothers who were
We treasure our lineage
You are in our hearts every day
Thank you Thank you Thank you

To all the mothers who will be
Your love will shape the world of tomorrow
Trust in your mama heart and you can’t go wrong
Thank you Thank you Thank you

And to the great Mother of us all – Mama Gaia
You give yourself to sustain ALL of your children
Your love is boundless even when we are not grateful
Thank you Thank you Thank you

To all the faces and stages of Motherhood
To all the joys and struggles shared
Thank you Thank you Thank you

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All Is One

Take a seat at the foot of Eternity’s Altar
There is no one place for this, it is everywhere
Anywhere
Everywhere
Light the candle that is your Heart
This light radiates beyond all created boundaries.

If the sum of it all comes crashing in,
If the overwhelm engulfs you
Take a seat at the foot of Eternity’s Altar
And light the candle that is your Heart
This light radiates everywhere
Anywhere
Everywhere.

Everywhere Anywhere

 

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All Mothers

{An Altar for All the Mothers} Past, present and future; you are always in our hearts. Boundless gratitude for your Love and Devotion. And for our Mother Gaia who cares for us all with her every breath.

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November’s Rhythm

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Listening to the beat within and diving deeper into the pulse of all the things. Observing November’s rhythm – which is calling for new eyes to notice all the shifting altars.

“What is saving my life now is the conviction that there is no spiritual treasure to be found apart from the bodily experiences of human life on earth. My life depends on engaging the most ordinary physical activities with the most exquisite attention I can give them. My life depends on ignoring all touted distinctions between the secular and the sacred, the physical and the spiritual, the body and the soul. What is saving my life now is becoming more fully human, trusting that there is no way to God apart from real life in the real world.”

~ Barbara Brown Taylor, An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith

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A Season for Remembering

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“Death smiles at us all, all we can do is smile back.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

It’s no secret that Fall is my favorite season. With it’s color changing leaves, crisp air and a general feeling of renewal, to pumpkins, hoodies and Halloween preparations, there is also something happening in the undercurrent. A stopping of sorts that lends to a deepening… a turning inward to remember.

Making Light out of Shadows
I bow to the cycle of Life and Death
Honoring all that has come before me
I celebrate Life, by remembering the Dead.

Every year I observe and celebrate Allhallowtide, which is the combined holidays of All Hallows’s eve (October 31st), Hallowmas or All Saint’s Day (November 1st), and All Souls’ Day (November 2nd). In Mexico this is most popularly known as Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

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This is a time to remember our beloved departed, as well as to celebrate the life they had and honor the life that is around us. And so altars are built in their memory, it is said that this time of year the veil between the worlds are at their thinnest and the dead can cross over to come visit their loved ones. The altars generally include offerings of sweets and liquid so the dead may rest and feast with the living. To see more of my 2014 Ofrenda (altar) click here.

“The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?”
~ Edgar Allan Poe

Hay más tiempo que vida
(There is more time than life)

During this season of remembering, and all year round, may our loved ones passed be always present in our hearts.

Over a year ago I wrote {Death’s Song} which was published over on the Women’s Spiritual Poetry website as well as in their poetry anthology book Journey of the Heart, and my friend who created this image reminded me of how timely this poem is this time of year… How it reminds us that there is always a new beginning after an ending.

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(Photograph: “Love is Stronger Than Death” by Katarina Silva)

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