Daily Stuff 6-5-18 Gobnait

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Penseadiante.

It’s right around 60F pretty much everywhere around town and even the wind on the beaches isn’t topping 10mph, even in gusts. There’s still a chance of rain Friday evening through Sunday noon.

Yesterday started pretty tired from the morning’s yardwork. Tempus worked in back. He was trying to get ahead of what we pulled from the fridge, the day before. I wrote and developed pictures. Eventually, I started sorting the herbs and taking more photos.

I was dealing with a very sore shoulder, for some reason. I couldn’t think of anything I had do to set it off, but it went owie on me. 😦

…and then prepping and prepping herbs… bracken hung for drying, sage blossoms separated from stems, honeysuckle blooms from the bases, cow parsnip seed heads and flowers bagged and hung, roots set aside for washing, rose petals and buds prepped. …and on and on….

Clockwise from left – Sage blossom, mint, honeysuckle, mixed soup greens

We had a young fellow come in at the end of the day who is interested in the Herbs Workshop. Maybe that will start bringing people in again. We started getting ready to head home while he was still in, but didn’t actually get out of the shop until well past 8pm.

Rose prunings and harvest

We got the hop vines into their buckets and everything set up and the vines wound around the stand. I was getting “skeeter-chewed” so I went in, first, which Tempus finished getting the dirt around the plants. We had supper and were asleep by 10:30 or so, but of course, I was up in the middle of the night, stitching. I finished another embroidered piece, but now have to add the beads.

We got up late, talked awhile over coffee

ready to dry

and then got ourselves put together for the day. We did a little more garden work, then took off for Fred Meyer’s to get a few things (including the socks for that baby gift, then drove to Philomath and back, and I’ll write that up for tomorrow’s newsletter.

I love the reverse image lookup! This is the original site. https://penseadiante.wordpress.com/2014/09/25/sapatos-nao-entram-em-casa/

mahonia aquifolium oregon grape plantToday’s Plant is Cascade Oregon GrapeMahonia aquifolium, or Dull Oregon Grape, Mahonia nervosa, occasionally called Holly Grape. It’s a lovely, spiky-leaved large shrub or small tree with amazing clusters of bright, yellow flowers in the early spring. Dull Oregon Grape is a shorter plant with duller leaves with a nerve-like pattern of veins, but they both have the same magickal properties. The locals used it to help with rheumatism and it has been tested to replace Goldenseal in the pharmacopeia with some good results. The fruits can be made into jam or wine, although they’re too sour to eat. – Feminine, Earth – carry to draw money and prosperity, or popularity. More on aquifolium here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_grape and on nervosa here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahonia_nervosa

220px-Saint_GobnaitThere is an Irish saint, Gobnait, who is worshiped as the patroness of bees who, according to Nigel Pennick, is a version of the goddess Domna, who is the goddess of perambulation to sacred stones and cairns. Gobnait’s feast day is 2/11 and I’m not finding info on Domna at all! Gobnait still has a number of centers of worship in Ireland and even a couple of sacred wells. Melissa is the name that I’m used to seeing in conjunction with bees, as the priestesses of Demeter.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gobnait and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melissa#Ancient_Greek_Mythology Also see today’s Magick section!

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Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waning Moon MagickFrom the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 6/13 at 12:43pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on

With summer just 16 days away, the huge Summer Triangle stands high and proud in the east after dark. Vega is its top star. Deneb is the brightest star to Vega’s lower left (by 2 or 3 fists at arm’s length). Look for Altair a greater distance to Vega’s lower right.
The Big Dipper’s familiar shape lies high in the northwest on June evenings. The spring sky’s finest binocular double star marks the bend of the Dipper’s handle. Mizar shines at 2nd magnitude, some six times brighter than its 4th-magnitude companion, Alcor. Even though these two are not physically related, they make a fine sight through binoculars. (People with good eyesight often can split the pair without optical aid.) A small telescope reveals Mizar itself as double — and these components do orbit each other.
Mercury reaches superior conjunction at 10 p.m. EDT. This means the innermost planet lies on the opposite side of the Sun from Earth and remains hidden in our star’s glare. It will return to view in the evening sky in about two weeks.
Mars (magnitude –1.3, in Capricornus) rises around midnight daylight-saving time. Watch for it about 30° lower left of Saturn. By early dawn Mars glares orange in the south. It’s brightening rapidly now, on its way to an unusually close opposition at the end of July. Mars is 15 or 16 arcseconds wide — already bigger than at its farthest oppositions! See the telescopic guide to Mars in the July Sky & Telescope, page 22. You’ll also want a Mars map that shows which features are facing Earth at your time and date, such as our Mars Profiler online.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for May 2018 https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-may-2018
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 

Runic Half-month of / Odal/Odel 5/29-6/13- The rune Odel signifies ancestral property, the homestead, and all those things that are “one’s own”..

Sun in Gemini
Moon in Aquarius enters Pisces at 3:53am.
Jupiter (7/10), Vesta (8/1), Saturn (9/6), Pluto (9/30) Retrograde
Color – Red

Planting 6/5-7

©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 – I am fair among flowers
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
Hawthorn – Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark

Huathe – Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time

to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.

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Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Tu   5     High   5:04 AM     5.9   5:33 AM    Rise  1:23 AM      68
~     5      Low  12:06 PM     0.4   8:57 PM     Set 11:57 AM
~     5     High   7:00 PM     6.0

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Do not lose belief in your dreams.

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Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead. — Aristotle

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Quotes

~  When you can’t run, you crawl. And when you can’t crawl, you find someone to carry you. – Firefly
~  Why should one compromise? What have we got to lose? In this small life, live as totally as possible. Don’t be afraid of going to the extreme. You cannot be more than total — that is the last line. And don’t compromise. Your whole mind will speak for compromise, because that’s how we have been brought up, conditioned. – Osho
~  Wisdom is welcome wherever it comes from. – Bandamanna Saga, c.10
~  Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble. – George Washington

So sweet, so sweet the roses in their blowing,
So sweet the daffodils, so fair to see;
So blithe and gay the humming-bird a-going
From flower to flower, a-hunting with the bee. – Nora Perry, In June.

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Litha Magick – Melissa Lore

From Mirror of Isis – An Official Fellowship of Isis Publication – Priestesses of the Bee: The Melissae By Linda Iles, Isis, Lotus of Alexandria Lyceum

The Melissae, also known as The Thriae (also Thriai), a triad of divinatory Priestesses in ancient Greece, were originally Nymphs. The Thriae were able to see the future, interpret signs and omens provided by Nature and the Earth. They taught the God Apollo this art. Their names are Daphnis (Laurel), Kleodora (Famed for Her Gift) and Melaina (The Black).

 “And not of every water do the Melissae carry to Deo, but of the trickling stream that springs from a holy fountain, pure and undefiled, the very crown of waters.” – Callimachus, from his Hymn to Apollo

The Bee and the Great Mother – Ancient Greece and Crete

In the time of ancient Greece, and particularly in the temples of Artemis, Aphrodite, Demeter but also of Cybele, Diana and Rhea, priestesses were called the Melissae, which translates as ‘the bees.’  The Goddess as the Great Mother was sometimes titled Melissa, literally, ‘the Queen Bee.’ Some classical sources describe these priestesses as young and virgin, others tell us the designation of Melissae was a title of honor, bestowed due to devotion and labor for the Great Mother by a certain individual, which was above and beyond the ordinary.  The Pythian oracular priestess at Delphi was known as the Delphic Bee, and the emblem of a bee was placed on Delphic coins in her honor.  Bees sometimes appear on the statues of Artemis, and the officiates at Eleusis during the celebration of the Mysteries were called Bees.

Porphyry (AD 233 to c.304) writes: “The ancients gave the name of Melissae (bees) to the priestesses of Demeter who were initiates of the chthonian goddess; the name Melitodes to Kore herself: the moon (Artemis) too, whose province it was to bring to the birth, they called Melissa, because the moon being a bull and its ascension the bull, bees are begotten of bulls.  And souls that pass to the earth are bull-begotten.”

Archaeologist Marija Gimbutas (1921 – 1994) writes of this passage by Porphyry: “…we learn that Artemis is a bee, Melissa, and that both she and the bull belong to the moon.  Hence both are connected with the idea of a periodic regeneration.  We also learn that souls are bees and that Melissa draws souls down to be born.  The idea of a ‘life in death’ in this singularly interesting concept is expressed by the belief that the life of the bull passed into that of the bees.”

How did these titles of Melissa for the Great Mother and her priestesses as Melissae come about?  The Melissae may have inherited their title from an old order of nymphs – to this day the larva of bees are called nymphs! The myths of ancient Greece link the Melissae with the god Zeus and the island of Crete. Zeus was born in a cave of bees and was fed by them.  Another form of the myth says that Melisseus, king of Crete at that time, discoverer of honey and inventor of bee-keeping, had two daughters, Amalthaea and Melissa, who nourished the youthful Zeus with goat’s milk and honey.  Melissa was eventually appointed by her father as the first priestess of the Great Mother and from that time those who served the Great Mother were called Melissae.

The bee-keeping activities of the Minoans of Crete is documented not in myth but by many other ancient sources, including hieroglyphs, representations of actual beehives and engraved images.  The Greeks eventually took up bee-keeping due to the example set by the Minoans, and also presumably inherited the mythical image of the Great Mother Goddess as the Queen Bee. She was corresponded with regeneration, divinity, healing, purity and magic potency.  To the ancients, the honey bee was not only a messenger but a direct representative of the gods and goddesses of heaven and the airy realms.

<<< Minoan Bee Goddess, golden plaque, British Museum. Found at Camiros, Rhodes, 7th century BCE.

In Old Europe

Marija Gimbutas included illustrations and photos of artifacts which depicted goddesses and bees in her book, “The Goddesses and Gods of Old Europe.”  Her detailed research provided ample evidence of a Bee Goddess and many examples of bee symbolism dating well back into the Neolithic period.  She believed that bees were held in high esteem by the Cretans from possibly as long ago as the beginning of the Neolithic period.

Eastern European languages, especially Hungarian, contain root words for mother, like ‘anya’ or ‘méh’ which can be found in their words for bee, womb, uterus, to conceive, hive, bee sting, queen bee, cervix, fruit of the womb, apiary, embryo, bee swarm, fetus, and many more similar definitions.  In Lithuania, an ancient method of divination was performed by women who poured melted beeswax into cold, pure water.  Then they would interpret the fortune of the applicant through the resulting shapes taken on by the wax as it solidified.

The ability of bees to create honey was believed to be magical or divine – a kind of natural alchemy. The bee-keepers of Europe believed virtue was required for the production of honey, as bees would never produce unless the keeper was honest and good. It wasn’t until the late nineteenth century that scientists could explain how properties of flower pollen and the enzymes produced by bees could combine to make honey.

Bees in Ancient Cultures – Tears of Ra, Tears of Freya

In ancient Egypt the bee represented both royalty, through the Goddess Neith, and the sun, through the solar god Ra. The ancient Egyptian city of Sais in ancient Egypt was the home of a principle temple of the Goddess Neith known as “House of the Bee.” Because of Her role as a tutelary Deity of Lower Egypt, and as a protective Deity of the Pharaoh, one of the royal titles of the king was “He of the Sedge and Bee.” The ancient Egyptians said bees, or in some versions, honey, were the tears of Ra, a sun god. Bees are seen as solar symbols in many cultures – probably due to the golden amber color of their honey and their seemingly uncanny awareness of the position of the sun in the sky.  Ancient Babylonian sacred buildings were erected on ground consecrated by honey, and the Incas of Peru offered honey in their sun temples. In Australia and Africa bees are found as tribal totems.

To the Druids, bees came from the paradisal world of the Sun and of the Spirit, and in Celtic myth bees were said to possess a secret wisdom garnered from the otherworld.  In German lore, bees came to earth from an underground paradise where they live with the fates. In Norse legend, the tears of Freya were said to be made of bees of gold.  It was the golden honey of the bee which brought the ancient drink of mead to humanity. Mead is one of the oldest alcoholic beverages in the world. Made from honey, water, malt, and yeast, it has been brewed for at least 6000 years. It played a central part in the old religious traditions of Europe, bringing the gift of prophesy and song from the Goddess and God.

In India, the God Vishnu is often seen with a blue bee resting on his forehead or he is depicted as a blue bee sitting on a lotus blossom, which represents the Goddess.  Bees are the symbol of the gentle Soma, Goddess of the Moon. They form the bowstring of the god Kama, symbolizing the sweet pain of love, while Siva is represented as a triangle surmounted by a bee. Just as they were in ancient Greece, honey and milk are foods of the gods, a symbol of abundance, life and sweetness.  There is a traditional blessing of a newborn baby in India which says:

“I give thee this honey food so that the Gods may protect thee and that thou mayest live a hundred autumns in this world.”

The Sweet Essence of Inspiration – primum ens melissae

The Muses blew a ‘honeyed breath of life’ into those whom they favored – which was the source of all knowledge and the arts.  The term ‘source of knowledge’ as first used by the Alexandrian court poet Callimachus in his Hymn to Apollo, is an extension of a word whose literal meaning translates as a fountain, a stream or a river:  “And not of every water do the Melissae carry to Deo, but of the trickling stream that springs from a holy fountain, pure and undefiled, the very crown of waters.”

So the epithet of Bee in ancient Greece, applied not only to priestesses, prophetesses, or Goddesses like Demeter and Artemis – it was also bestowed upon poets, musicians, artists and philosophers – anyone touched in some way by divine inspiration. Neoplatonists regarded honey as a symbol of wisdom gained through experience over a period of time.  They recognized that certain gifted human beings could collect and extract the pure essence of wisdom and spiritual truth from ‘the flowers of experience.’  They reasoned the essential quality of life, the spiritual or universal nature of ever-being or ever-existing, which they called “primum ens Melissa” (the spirit of the bee), was captured in the thoughts and teachings of highly evolved individuals – ‘collected’ in a similar manner as bees collected honey from the flowers and the blossoms. To them, these “Spirits of the Bee” were just as divinely inspired as the Melissae of the temples. All these forms of higher inspiration and the honey of the bee were called “astron” meaning “star-fallen.“

Praesepe, Stars of the Bee – “Second star to the right and straight on ‘til morning”

There is a group of stars, visible this time of year (July – August) called the Bee Hive Cluster, whose Latin name is Praesepe, meaning “manger.” Praesepe is an ‘open cluster’ which spreads out, similar to a swarm of bees over a large area of the sky, with more than forty stars visible to the eye as a cloudy patch at night. It is located in the seasonal sign of Leo and in the constellation of the Crab (Cancer). The best way to find Praesepe – first locate the twin stars Pollux and Castor, then look left (or east) to locate Regulus. It lies between Pollux and Castor and Regulus. According to Pliny, when the stars of the manger were visible at night, it was a prediction of good weather and ease of passage.

There is considerable esoteric symbolism attached to this group of stars, including remembrance of our divine essence. Reflecting on our past to create our future, and to recognizing everything is interconnected and leads back to the source or center of All Things. As part of the constellation of the Crab (Cancer) Praesepe is located in the gate of the emergence of life. Recognized by the Platonists of ancient Greece as the highest point of heaven, this was the “Gate of Men” though which souls descended to earth from heaven. It is the opposite of the “Gate of the Gods” found in Capricorn, where souls of the departed ascended back to heaven. All of this ties in neatly with modern day Hermetic teachings – the sphere of the Moon, planetary ruler of Cancer being the final realm in which souls preparing to incarnate take on their shape and form before birth. And in the sphere of Saturn, ruler of Capricorn, we find the final region in which ascending souls are freed of earthly influences at death.

Is it coincidence that the ancients associated this cluster of stars, situated in the “Gate of Men” with the Bee Hive and therefore with the Great Mother and Her Priestesses? No, it is not. The constellation of Cancer has few stars. It was known as the “dark sign” (astronomy and astrology were one science in ancient times). The single most distinguishing feature of the constellation of the Crab (Cancer) was the swarm-like starry cluster of  Praesepe. The darkness of this sign or constellation was regarded as ‘feminine,’ representing the darkness of the womb which gave birth to human souls. It was also the birthplace of illumination of heart and  mind through divine inspiration. The observation written down by Pliny was true both in the physical sense and metaphysical sense.

The ‘Veil-Winged’ Bee

Bees are classified as members of the ‘hymenopteran’ class of insects, which means ‘veil-winged.’  A veil traditionally covered the entrance to the inner shrine of the holy of holies of a temple. The Melissae were associated with diligence and they were also associated with purity. This is probably because bees only feed on the pure nectar of blossoms.

The Melissae are always referred to as pure and virgin. They had to maintain a ‘ritual purity’ through a specific set of practices. These Priestesses of the Bee used an entheogen, which is a psychoactive substance used within a religious context. The term ’entheogen’ is derived from two words of ancient Greek, entheos (“full of the god, inspired, possessed”) and genesthai (“to come into being”). They used a ‘toxic honey’ to heighten their perceptions – referred to as “green honey.” It contained grayanotoxins; which were collected from oleanders, rhododendrons and other members of the Heath family of plants. Normally, because the honey bees evaporated most of the water from these toxic substances automatically become denatured when they transformed them into honey, which is viscous (17.4% water). But “green honey” is “unripened,” or “uncapped” honey with a water content of 50 to 75 percent. So these psychoactive substances do not get denatured, and the honey can be very toxic.

Priestesses at Delphi were also known to take entheogens. They used laurel leaves or sat on a stool within a subterranean chamber that issued a poisonous gas. The Pythian pre-Olympic Priestess of Delphi was named “The Delphic Bee” and continued to be known as such long after the shrine was dedicated to the God Apollo. He acknowledged the gift of prophecy of the three bee-maidens or Melissae in a Homeric Hymn to Hermes:

“But I will tell you another thing, Son of all- glorious Maia and Zeus who holds the aegis, luck-bringing genius of the gods. There are certain holy ones, sisters born — three virgins gifted with wings: their heads are besprinkled with white meal, and they dwell under a ridge of Parnassus. These are teachers of divination apart from me … From their home they fly now here, now there, feeding on honey-comb and bringing all things to pass. And when they are inspired through eating yellow honey, they are willing to speak truth; but if they be deprived of the gods’ sweet food, then they speak falsely, as they swarm in and out together.” (Homeric Hymn 4, to Hermes, translated by Hugh G. Evelyn-White, beginning line 550)

In the hymn quoted above, Apollo makes a gift of the three bee-maiden priestesses to the God Hermes. Why? Because Hermes was guide to the souls of the dead not only out of life but also back into it again.

“The etymology of the word ‘fate’ in Greek offers a fascinating example of how the genius of the Minoan vision entered the Greek language, often visibly, as well as informing its stories of goddesses and gods.  The Greek word for ‘fate’, ‘death’ and ‘goddess of death’ is ‘e ker’ (feminine); the word for’heart’ and ‘breast’ is ‘to ker’ (neuter); while the word for ‘honeycomb’ is ‘to kerion’ (neuter).  The common root ‘ker’ links the ideas of the honeycomb, goddess, death, fate and the human heart, a nexus of meanings that is illumined if we know that the goddess was once imagined as a bee.” (Anne Baring & Jules Cashford, “The Myth of the Goddess: Evolution of an Image.”)

Balm of the Bee

A perennial herb, native to southern Europe, known as Melissa (Melissa officinalis), commonly called “lemon balm” or “bee balm” was a favorite herb in medieval times. It was the main ingredient in ‘Carmelite Water’, along with lemon peel, nutmeg, coriander and angelica.  It is still produced as Eau de Melisse de Carmes and is found in Klosterfrau Melissengeist in Germany.  Not easily distilled, the expensive, low-yielding oil is often mixed with lemon or citronella.  The leaves give off a sweet, soft lemon-like fragrance.  In his herbal, Gerard,  agreeing with Avicenna, said of Melissa, it “maketh the heart merry, joyful, strengthens the vital spirits.”

“Bees have an ancient reputation as the bringers of order, and their hives served as models for organizing temples in many Mediterranean cultures.” (Anne Baring and Jules Cashford, “The Myth of the Goddess: Evolution of an Image.”) Community, cooperation, organization, and diligence were also hallmarks of the settlements in which the Goddess reigned in Neolithic Europe. The priestesses of those settlements made many of the beautiful artifacts we have in our museums today. This is evidenced from the archeological record which shows priestesses in temple workshops in those ancient  settlements.  They knew how to live peacefully with the laws of nature, and maintained balance with the land around them, just as bees work together and offer labor to ensure the welfare of all.  Like Melissa officinalis, they brought joy and strength to their communities.

Interestingly when nearly finished with the writing of this piece, I remembered that it was the inclusion of flowers in the earliest found graves of primitive humans which helped scientists to determine their humanity. This humanity was further evidenced by an awareness and caring for each other, as witnessed in the skeletal remains of individuals who would obviously have died without daily help.  Yet according to the silent record of their bones, they managed to live for some years after their initial injuries or while suffering a debilitating illness, because other members of their family or extended community had helped and protected them.  It was the only way they could have survived in the harsh conditions of their daily lives.  Scientists were able to determine that these were the remains of ancestors of modern day humans, in part because of this silent testimony.

As a bee is capable of inflicting a painful sting when necessary, bees are also agents of healing.  There are times when we have to stand strong and protect what we know to be right and true, but aggression is not our predominate attribute as priestesses of the Goddess, any more than it is the primary behaviour of the bee.  They manufacture a natural antiseptic called propolis which they smear onto their hives to prevent disease.  Propolis has been shown to have remarkable healing properties, as does royal jelly and bee pollen.  As Priestesses and Devotees of the Goddess, we stand for healing, strength, divine inspiration, and creative power.

In the calling out of the litany of the Many Names of Our Mother Earth, we are partaking in a life-giving act.  We magically regenerate aspects of Her Power and Beauty that otherwise might dim and fade.  In our words, in our hearts, life is engendered, like the activity of the bee.  As the honey of the honey bee was considered the food of the Goddess, each one of us is a living temple, our hearts, the holy of holies, enlivening Her creative force through our own loving and diligent activity.

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About the Author: Linda Iles is an ordained priestess in the Fellowship of Isis and the Temple of Isis. She is certified and teaches as a head instructor in all branches of the Fellowship of Isis, including the Adepti Spiral, the College of Isis, Solar Alchemy of the FOI Priesthood, Noble Order of Tara and Druid Clan of Dana.  Linda is a founding member of the Circle of Isis Advisory Board of the Fellowship of Isis, a member of the Circle of Isis FOI Central Website staff, and a founding member of the Temple of Isis, Geyserville Chapter of the Muses Symposium and Sister member of the Circle of Pelagia. She is a member of two of the Foundation Triad Unions of the Fellowship of Isis, the ArchDruid Union of the Druid Clan of Dana and Grand Commander Union of the Noble Order of Tara. Linda undertakes some of the editorial duties for the Mirror of Isis. She has been an active teacher, given presentations at FOI events in Los Angeles and Geyserville and contributed articles, poetry and illustrations for Fellowship of Isis publications since early 1998. All written material on this page is copyrighted © Linda Iles 2010

Mirror of Isis – “We are all Her reflection” Copyright © 2004-2013 The Circle of Isis Advisory Board, Fellowship of Isis – Mirror of Isis is the official newsletter of the Circle of Isis Advisory Board of the Fellowship of Isis.  All contents published on this website © Circle of Isis Advisory Board of the Fellowship of Isis and Temple of Isis.  The name “Mirror of Isis” is copyrighted.  The name “Circle of Isis – Fellowship of Isis Central Global Website” is copyrighted.  The Circle of Isis – Fellowship of Isis Central Global Website is an officially sanctioned central global website of the Fellowship of Isis, authorized by Rt. Rev. Olivia Robertson, AU, co-founder of the Fellowship of Isis, Foundation Centre, Clonegal Castle, Enniscorthy, Ireland.  Direct links to these webpages are permitted. Copying the appearance, content or format of these pages is not permitted. All rights reserved. Copying the appearance, content or format of these pages is not permitted. All rights reserved.

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