Once Long Ago . . .

 

                                                                      

  

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                                               Once . . .

Once my ancestors were
the people of the Mother Goddess,
the hungry gatherers of the fields
the fierce hunters of the beasts
makers of shelter from the elements
makers of talismen and charms
makers of clothing and tools

Once my ancestors were
the discoverers of fire
the painters of Caves
the walkers who migrated
wise shaman of distant times
children of the Mother Goddess 
knowers of weather's secrets
listeners of the wind

My ancestors live in me,
the ancestors live in my children,
the ancestors live in my neighbors
they live in my friends and enemies,
deep within our DNA, our ancestors live,
we carry their ancient knowledge with us
mostly forgotten now, it is still there
they are still a vital part of who we are

 Our ancestors are waiting to be remembered,
our ancestors are waiting to be honored,
waiting for us, to thank their Mother Goddess
for our lives and our food, and our shelter,
waiting for us to remember who we are
deep in our cells, the ancestors wait,
giving us strength and memories
immunities, instincts, and skills
we are our ancestors
and they are us,
reborn

 

                                           

Our First Deity

Once our ancestors worshipped a Mother Goddess, 
and celebrated Her ability to create life and to sustain us. 

Nothing was considered more sacred than the power to create another living being.
We honored the Mother Goddess for feeding and nutruring us. We celebrated Her
miracles of birth, those births that created the animals we hunted, the animals who
ived along side of us, the animals who fed ourselves, our families, and our tribes.  

Our ancestors on the all continents made stone, clay, bone, & wood  statues of the 
Great Mother Goddess. Their hands shaped Her ample form, She was the source,
a divine, living source of food, protection and security.  The Mother Goddess was
the deity worshipped around the world, before history, before civilization, before cities, before Gods, and Shaman, before all others, we honored Her in ritual, song, and art.

We asked Her blessing to be upon our hunting and  upon our gathering, She guided us.

 


      Caves around the world are filled with images and symbols of ancient Mother Goddesses.  Many painted and carved caves have been found in France, Italy, Africa, Spain, Australia, Yugoslavia, the Americas, Mexico, Switzerland, Russia, the Middle East, Greece, and Asia. Each year, more caves emerge from the long forgotten darkness of obscurity, revealing their ancient splendors. Animals were also depicted, as were human hunters, and the hand prints of the Cave painters and their family members. 

 

     Animals were the gift of the Mother Goddess whose miracle of Birth insured the herds would bring forth new, young animals each year.  Men, women and children depended on the bounty of their Mother Goddess and fashioned images of Her in gratitude and to insure that the blessings of food and shelter would continue to be there now and in the future seasons.    


  

   

 

        In re-learning how to honor the Ancient Mother Goddess, we are reclaiming and honoring our own common human heritage. Moving into the future, we must come to understand that we are all of one origin, one family, one race, the human race. The commonality of our ancestors' beliefs and rituals for living, hunting, worshipping give us powerful clues to the universality of the human spirit.  The ancient human knowledge and  understanding of the divine centered on the miracles of birth  and mothering.  All over the world, similar customs, Goddess figures and praise of the Mother Goddess drew upon many similar beliefs and symbols.

     The power of the Great Mother was alive in the ancient human heart, and it is still alive deep within your own DNA.  Our ancestors saw Her in the world around them. She was alll powerful, benevolent and fierce, She was both honored and feared.  The struggle for survival of we humans has always been very challenging, and it still is today.  Unlike our ancestors, we no longer fear the cave bear, lion or wolf,  the dangers most of us fear are not usually posed by wild Nature, but the many threats and dangers of our modern world. 

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Learning to reclaim a reverence for Nature and our common human symbols 

will help us to reclaim sanity and a sense of security within our own culture.  

Honoring the Mother  Goddess will lead us back to our most ancient roots. 

 

We can begin this journey by listening for Her in the wind, the rain, and the

rhythms, cacophany, stillness, and the many vibrant  voices of Nature.

Our ancient Mother Goddess lives in the forests, the desserts, the mountains,

the ocean, the rivers, the cities,  the fields, and in every cell of our bodies.  

 

We are our ancestors, all of our ancestors.

   Listen for the Mother Goddess  . . . . . . She is speaking 


 



May the firelight rekindle our connection with the Mother Goddess

May we come to know the wisdom of our ancestors that live within us

May we understand that we humans are all related through our ancestors 

And will again be related through our children and their children's children


May you walk gently upon the Earth

May your journey be long and joyous

May it honor the ancient ancestors

May it honor your own living spirit

May it honor generations to come

  

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May clarity grow within me ~ Open my eyes to life's many wonders ~ May I feel the pulse of all creation within me ~ Open my spirit to awareness ~ Fill my heart with Understanding ~ May my life be of service to Earth and the Goddess ~ Open my ears to the needs of those around me ~ Make my hands strong & gentle in your service ~ May I remember always, the Goddess works through me ~

     Religion began with the worship of the Mother Goddess, protectress of life, We honor Her here at the Spiral Goddess Grove and have created pages that communicate some sense of the reverence inspired by the Great Goddess. Some of the  things you will find here are; ~ altars ~ groves ~ earth goddess ~ hygeia ~ the hearth ~ kali ~ gaea ~ gaia ~ autumnal equinoz ~ vernal equinox ~ solstice ~ kuan yin ~ 2 Spirited ~ laussel ~ labyris ~ labyrs ~ mary ~ moon goddess ~ neolithic goddess ~ pagan ~ paganism ~ pagan goddesses  ~ aphrodite ~ goddess art is a  celebration of the divine in the Universe. Ancient goddesses like astarte, the snake priestesses of minoan crete are here. Celebratge the Crone and the Earth Goddess as dolni. Visit the fierce and healing spirit of athena, brigid, and  brigit.  Explore sacred cave art, the Neo-Pagan religion of wicca  and  wiccan way, as well as  dianic beliefs. Power to the witch who shapes power with spirituality. The goddess 2000 project shows many espressions through Art, of the reverence for the goddess,  ancestress and the greenman. This is a  spirit path that leads to honoring pele,` nammu, mother  moon and an appreciation for the ancestors and the amazon.  ~ Explore the world of the ancient goddesses and  Nature. ~ kali ma ~ serpent ~ earth mother ~ and much more!

      The things that bind us together and the things we use to isolate ourselves are shared by all humans. We are a family of creatures with a rich and diverse past that stretches far back into ancient times, times before language, times before history, times before nations and states, times before imagining.  Your imagination and your spirit will be nourished here at the Spiral Goddess Grove, enjoy your visit here.

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