Thursday, August 17, 2017

Celebration of the Dormition and Assumption of Mary

15 August is the feast day of the Dormition and
Assumption of Mary.  These archetypal events in the life of
the triple Mary, are very important and has powerful implications
for the way in which we interpret our soul and also
the way we view the feminine.

As explained in the accompanying guide book of
the Mysteries of Mary
outer religion is not merely a set of rules and stories
imposed onto humanity.  The stories of religion
are born forth from humanity's unconscious and
mystical understanding and interpretation of the
mysteries of life.  The outer religions evolve and form
based on the ideas and needs and desires of that specific
culture and community.  It is impossible for one person or
a group of people to impose their ideas on an entire mass
without the cooperation of the group.

This means that outer religion and its beliefs and dogma and
doctrine give us a powerful and empowering vehicle and tool
for self-awareness and self-contemplation.  By studying the religion
of our culture we can become more fully aware of our own
nature and intrinsic tendencies, fears and beliefs.
Awareness leads to acceptance which in turn leads to transformation.

In this shrine we see Mary, the wise woman and Teacher of the Cosmic Mysteries.  There are various stories and traditions in the apocrypha that tell the story of the dormition or death of Mary.  Two ancient groups of work that are mostly discussed are the ‘Palm of the Tree of Life’ traditions and the ‘Book of Mary’s Repose’.  In the ‘Mystical City of God’ by St Mary Algreda, the story of Mary’s dormition is also included.  All the versions of the story agree that shortly before Mary’s death, an angel appeared to her.  She was called to go up to Mount of Olives, where a Great Being of Light appeared to her.  Some say it was the Archangel Michael and some say Archangel Gabriel that appeared to her. (There is also an ancient tradition that believes that Archangel Michael was an early Christ and that he came before Jesus)
 Stephen J Shoemaker in his translations of ‘The Book of Mary’s Repose’ speaks of the ‘Great Cherub of Light’ who is a ‘Christ-Angel’ that appears to Mary.  It is said that Mary immediately recognized the great Being of Light as the same energy and essence as that of her son, Jesus.  Here we have the second annunciation of Mary.  In Luke the Archangel Gabriel appeared to her to announce the birth of her son.  Here we have the Great Christ Angel of Light appearing to her to tell her of her impending death.  According to St Mary Algreda, Mary greeted the message with the same words of acceptance of Divine Will as in Luke: ‘I am thy handmaiden’.
 After the Being of Light had given Mary the news of her death, he gave her a book that contained all the Cosmic Mysteries.  He also gave her a palm leaf of the Tree of Life.  (In India there is a tradition of reading the palm leaf of the Tree of Life.  According to belief each and every person’s entire life, past and future is written on the palm leaf.)
Mary did not initially understand who this Being is that is appearing to her.  When she asks, she is told that she is to keep His name secret  ‘And they will know my authority and the power of my strength; not because of the book alone, but also because of my name, since it will be a source of great power.’ – Stephen J Shoemaker, Ancient Traditions of Virgin Mary’s Dormition and Assumption
This shrine shows where Mary is standing on top of Mount of Olives, carrying the palm leaf and the secret books of Mysteries given to her by the Being of Light.  At her feet lies the spindle with the red thread and a skull telling us that she is the Mistress, Hierophant and Teacher of the Cosmic Mysteries of life, death and ascension.  The dormition of Mary is followed by her assumption, with body and soul, into heaven. 
This card is the archetype of the Queen of the Distaff, the Great Teacher and Mistress of the Cosmic Mysteries.  She could be a person in your life, or someone that you may meet.  She is the Queen of Peace and teaches from the sacred heart of divine love. This archetype is within you and all of humanity and she can be activated through the secret book of Wisdom.  It is said that each one of our living cells is encoded with Divine Wisdom and that our lives and their experiences are the palm leaves of the Tree of Life, or the pages in the book of Mysteries.  When we open our eyes to see and our ears to hear, we will find that the jewel has been right under our noses all along.

Early in the deck we discuss the vision of St. John and here he sees her, the Lady in Heaven, restored to the holy of holies and he saw her tree standing (once again) by the heavenly throne. (In the Suit of the Holy Rood it is explained that the tree of the Lady was removed from the heavenly throne and along with it an attempt was made to eradicate the Lady from our understanding, but we continued to honour her through poles and wands and holy rods and thus she lived on in our consciousness – although abandoned in our belief systems and culture.)

The woman with the crown of twelve stars on her head represents the constellation of Virgo and also the Egyptian Isis and the Great Mary. She can be interpreted to be the secret mysteries and her son the initiate born from ‘the womb of the Mysteries’. This vision can be interpreted as the story of the dragon (personifying the spirit of ignorance) and its efforts to destroy the Sacred Mother (the mysteries birthing the Truth within you) of the saviour gods who have sacrificed their lives in an attempt to redeem and enlighten the world through the sacred Mysteries. 
In this card the archetypal journey of the Holy Fool, Mara, reaches its culmination.  Here we have the sanctification of the ordinary world: the sacred marriage between spirit and flesh, nature and soul, the ordinary and the sacred; the restoration and crowning of the Feminine Divine in humanity and in our world, thus creating heaven on earth.

In the Heaven on Earth shrine of the Mysteries of Mary we see the Virgin Mary, the Immaculate Conception, as both the perfect, immaculate, divine idea of the world as well as the incarnate embodiment of the Earth and all creatures as soul-filled beings. She is the Queen of Heaven and Angels as well as the Mother of all Living Beings and nature Herself. We have Mary, the woman, the stag, the lamb and the wings of angels representing the four suits and the four paths.
The Virgin and the Stag are ancient symbols of the mysteries representing the World and the Christed Ones. Here the Virgin, the Immaculate Conception, is symbolic of the earth in heaven, immaculate from all false beliefs, born from inspiration and a perfect idea. The Stag is symbolic of the incarnate Christ and the lamb is the vulnerable and innocent Truth which makes the highest sacrifice as Love giving Itself to Love.

The horns of the stag are like the branches of the tree, the ladder of the world, ascending the various stages of life, from the physical to the spiritual.
Beyond our physical and psychic being, we have to discover our spiritual being, our eternal ground, and there the mystery of love is fulfilled.

You are the Beloved for whom this world has been created and is being created and you have the power to change what you are creating. As you let the Light of your own heart shine on yourself and on others and on the Earth, you realise the truth that you are the gift to the world. We are the ones.


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Museo dei Tarocchi, Riola, Bologna

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If you have been following my Instagram feed, then you will know
that I have received wonderful news.

The Mysteries of Mary tarot deck is now on display in the
Museo dei Tarocchi in Riola, Bologna in Italy!

The International Tarot Museum was founded by
Morena Poltronieri and Ernesto Fazioli

The first and only of its kind in the world!

The Tarot Museum, Italy
image from

Mutus Liber 

'The Handbooks of Museo dei Tarocchi
The Tarot Decks of Museo dei Tarocchi - Limited Edition 
They are editions directly cared by the Museum of Tarots and chosen between artists’ works from all around the world to leave a trace in the contemporary history of tarots.
These handbooks are editions with precious characteristic, in which are producted the Arcana in a small series from 30 to 1000 samples.'
 - quote taken from Museo dei Tarocchi website

Experience of 5 Senses
image from

The Museum's goals are: 

Creation of a database of all artists whose works are displayed in the museum, together with their CV (Bio) as well as insightful notes shared by the artists themselves to better illustrate their works.
Research focused on old and ancient Tarot to help promote the preservation of that which throughout the centuries gave life and meaning to this creative means of expression.
Creation of a vast database to record a census of the most important and influential decks in the world.
Workshops and conferences with various guest artists and speakers.
Organization and promotion of special events and exhibitions.
Creation of a virtual tour website of the Museum.
Creation of a lending library of books, and of rare and unusual texts.

Arnell Ando has many links to the tarot museum and the
tarot tours that she leads to Italy on her website

and here is the link to the Museo dei Tarocchi information page

The Sea Journey
Mysteries of Mary Tarot Deck

Here is the link to the review that Arnell Ando, author, editor
and creator of more than one tarot deck, gave the
Mysteries of Mary tarot deck.

I am deeply honoured that the deck has been included in this valuable
resource and I will be visiting the museum and meeting
Morena in person in August.

I will keep you updated with pictures of my visit to Bologna
and the Museo dei Tarocchi


Friday, June 16, 2017

Untier of Knots

I say that we are wound with mercy round and round as if with air; the same is Mary,…..World-mother air, air wild, wound with thee, in thee isled, fold home, fast fold thy child. – Gerard Manly Hopkins
The devotion to Our Lady Untier of Knots, also known as Our Lady Undoer of Knots. 

In this card and shrine Our Lady Untier of Knots is representative of the absolute power of the divine to ‘untie the knots’ of the personal self.  In the Eastern tradition of yoga and especially Kundalini Yoga, the teaching is that knots or ‘granthis’ exist in the subtle energetic meridians of the body.  These subtle meridians carry the ‘prana’ or lifeforce through the minor chakras (energy centres and nerve plexus) and major chakras (nerve plexus in accordance with glands).  These knots restrict the flow of prana or chi or life force and emotional discomfort and disease is the end result.  

Many therapies and healing modalities have been developed to help one to release these ‘knots’.  These therapies often rely on increasing the prana or energy in the body and to bring insight and awareness to the intellectual understanding of the person.  When we accept the teachings of all spiritual traditions, then it is actually a small step of surrender to the Divine Will which is in truth also your will. When you accept that ‘we are wound with mercy round and round as if with air’ in the words of Gerard Manly Hopkins, then it is really true what the mystics say, that the Divine is as close as your next breath.    

This rosary is hanging from an old wooden rosary and underneath is small skull carved from bone from an old rosaryand an old key.  At the top is a small sterling silver heart with an image of Mary set inside.

These rosary pieces are created in the practise of the making of sacred altars and they contain the healing energies of both the image, the meaning of these cards and the spiritual energy that they were created with.  

Here is one of many testimonials : 'I received our Lady of Lourdes, mystical healer stunning wearable shrine today. The moment Hettienne shipped it, I saw a white light with a white flame in its centre. Throughout the shrine's travel I would keep visions of it. I can firmly attest that this is more than a necklace, but carries divine consciousness which is transferred powerfully through the artist's love and devotion. The package arrived fully intact, filled with frankincense and myrrh and tiny shells and pebbles, the precious necklace safely wrapped. Thank you! Arathi Ma.'

Now available at The French Madonna at

May all beings know peace


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Divine Presence

The Miraculous Medal Chapel shrine, rosary and tarot card
This is a repost from my blog
Cloister of the Heart at

The IV of Roses in the Mysteries of Mary Tarot deck is the captured image of my experience
in the Miraculous Medal chapel in Paris.  I have had the privilege to return twice to the chapel
and to attend a special mass for Mary's nativity!!

After my first visit I created a couple of shrines to represent the
incredible light and Presence which is in the Chapel, a place of
Mary's manifestation and visitation.  This shrine eventually became a card in
the Mysteries of Mary tarot deck.

Chapel of the Miraculous Medal, Paris, France

I have also made a few rosaries which can be bought with the tarot deck
or on their own.  These are powerful healing amulets and many have testified
to the healing power experienced when wearing them.

' 'I received our Lady of Lourdes, mystical healer stunning wearable shrine today. The moment Hettienne shipped it, I saw a white light with a white flame in its centre. Throughout the shrine's travel I would keep visions of it. I can firmly attest that this is more than a necklace, but carries divine consciousness which is transferred powerfully through the artist's love and devotion. The package arrived fully intact, filled with frankincense and myrrh and tiny shells and pebbles, the precious necklace safely wrapped. Thank you! Arathi Ma.'

Here is an extract of my post in 2012

A hot steamy day in Paris, a cooling breeze dancing in the tree outside my balcony. ..... This question is even more prominent when we visit the beautiful cathedrals of Paris. At each and every one of them tourists are turned away because of wearing shorts, short skirts and sleeveless shirts. The latter included cotton shirts, covering up to the neck, but lacking sleeves! Which part of the body is offensive to whom and why? I wonder whether it is offensive to the Divine that tourists, carrying their backpacks, are taking the time to integrate the spiritual with the secular? Is it not the nature of life that these two cannot be separated? 

But then, of course, the church is an institution and it has it's own backpack to contend with. It took me a while to learn to look past bureaucracy and dogma and to not let these exclude me from experiencing the Light upon which most cathedrals and other beautiful gifts are built. 

One such gift is the miraculous medal. A young nun at the Daughters of Charity Chapel received a visitation from divine Mary. In more than one visitation she received the image and instruction about the miraculous medal. Mary made it clear that this medal can be worn by anyone and everyone, regardless of religion. The only requisite was faith in 'when you ask, you will receive'. 

The chapel is tucked away in a busy street across from a large departmental store. The nuns scrutinize all visitors and the tiny gift shop is spartan and does not use electronic means of payment; each sale is written down by hand. The chapel is incredibly beautiful, and as soon as you enter you feel the incredible Presence. 

Soon the images seen by my eyes disappear and only a brilliant golden light is visible. The light has a silver rim to it and it is alive and palpable with wisdom and knowledge which cannot be translated into words. This is the Presence of Divine Mary. The light translates into my physical body and energetically there is deep movement in and through my body. 

Then my heart fills with a feeling that seems physical. Everything and everyone around me is bathed in this beautiful light and they all glow in love. The Light becomes stronger and more powerful and I see the intense Light at the centre of it all and also at the centre of each and every person. And the quality of this Light is Good and only Good - pure and beautiful and innocent! And it does not matter what happens on the exterior : nothing can corrupt or diminish that Light which is you and me. 

Blessings from Paris 


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Monday, June 12, 2017

Mary, the Shepherdess rosary wrap

The Hierophant of the Mysteries
V Major Arcana traditionally the Pope or Teacher or Guru

Rose quartz,
snowflake obsidian,
 blue agate, 
baroque pearl, 
pink Indian opal, 
green quartz,
green zoisite,
green jasper,
grey pearls, 
vintage aluminium French holy medals, 
rhinestone crucifix and 
images from Hierophant of the Mysteries tarot card. 

Embodied love
Embodiment of love, compassion and custodian
of the Earth and all Her creatures

The union between the higher and lower hearts -
this is the message of the Hierophant of the Mysteries

'in the discarded, the superfluous, the seemingly unnecessary, lies
the Essence, calling forth the highest forms of Love'

Wear the energies of Mary, Shepherdess and Hierophant of the Mysteries
on your arm and in your energy field

A wonderful blend of inspiration and unconditional love
as contained in the rose quartz and the pink opals
grounded and earthed in the agate and quartz

extract from the guidebook of the Mysteries of Mary Tarot -

'In the ancient world temples and school existed where philosophy, art, mathematics, alchemy and other higher principles were studied.  These were known as the Mysteries and their teachings and rituals remained a secret.   Often these Mysteries were enactments of drama and myth but ultimately they contained the stories of life and the way in which we can interpret these stories to make sense of life and our idea of the divine. The ancient Mystery teaching in all societies and cultures have been cloaked in allegory and symbology so that each individual could receive from it that which he or she was capable of understanding.  Masters and initiates schooled in myths and tales learned to use the power of words and use tales that veiled the deeper mysteries, preventing them from being profaned and at the same time revealing the deeper meaning to those who were qualified to understand them.  Every major ceremony and sacrament had its corresponding tale which simultaneously veiled and revealed the mysteries to the community.

The veiled mysteries is said to have belonged to the Feminine although later claimed to belong to the masculine hierarchy. In the ancient mysteries, the Goddess represents the view that the source of all life begins in the feminine polarity of energy.  

In the Mother’s mysteries all the opposites are joined.  The duality of life are not only at opposite ends of a continuum, but are joined in a circle and both light and darkness remain in balance, in a sacred marriage.

In the Mysteries of Mary, the inner child undertakes the journey of the soul on the path of divine love and Mary in her aspect as shepherdess and protector of the vulnerable will hierophant the veils of the Mysteries.

The Hierophant is the High Priestess of the Mystery of life.  
She initiates the seeker into a new, deeper and more meaningful part of the journey towards the self. 

May all beings know Peace

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Mary as the Gate of Jerusalem

Mary, Gate of Jerusalem


Mary as the Gate of Jerusalem and Madonna of the New Dawn. Each one of the tarot cards of the Mysteries of Mary tarot deck represents an initiation, a mystery and an archetype in the story of the Great Mother, Queen and Woman of Love, starting from Isis, through Asherah, Miryam, Mari and Mary. 

The vignette of Mary entering the Eastern gate of Jerusalem is under a glass bubble in a coral baroque lightweight frame and a unique rosary which I brought back from Lourdes with a small icon of the Madonna of the New Dawn set in a sterling silver bezel. Each bead of the rosary has a miniature image of the Madonna on the one side and a coral rose on the other side. The colour of the rose is an identical match for the coral frame of the cameo. The rosary centre has a drop of sacred water from the spring at Lourdes.

This card is the VI in the suit of Holy Rood, traditionally Wands and this is the triumph or victory card. The Eastern Gate is one of Mary's many titles. The Eastern Gate in the old city wall of Jerusalem is the oldest gate and also known as the 'Golden Gate', 'the Beautiful Gate' and the 'Gate of Mercy'. It is also the only gate that was sealed five hundred years ago and is still sealed. The Hebrew Mother Goddess Asherah was known to be the consort of Yahweh. In the time of King Joshua's eradication of the goddess, the Hebrew goddess had to go 'underground'. The use of her name and images were forbidden and her devotees replaced with the tree, a pole or rod and the branches of the menorah. She was known as the Lady of Jerusalem, the Gate of Jerusalem and the Eastern Gate. The Lady of Jerusalem was also depicted as an arch.

These rosary pieces are created in the practise of the making of sacred altars and they contain the healing energies of both the image, the meaning of these cards and the spiritual energy that they were created with. Here is one of many testimonials : 'I received our Lady of Lourdes, mystical healer stunning wearable shrine today. The moment Hettienne shipped it, I saw a white light with a white flame in its centre. Throughout the shrine's travel I would keep visions of it. I can firmly attest that this is more than a necklace, but carries divine consciousness which is transferred powerfully through the artist's love and devotion. The package arrived fully intact, filled with frankincense and myrrh and tiny shells and pebbles, the precious necklace safely wrapped. Thank you! Arathi Ma.'

The tarot deck fits together the myth and metaphor as contained in Egyptian, Jewish, Greek, Christianity and the various Gnostic teachings (amongst others) of the feminine and masculine Christ and the inner Sacred Marriage. You can read more about my tarot deck and book at

With the purchase of this rosary you will receive the tarot card for your altar. If you buy it with the complete tarot deck and book set you can buy it at a discounted price. The price for the rosary is $58 (first option at checkout) and with the purchase of the tarot deck and book set (all-inclusive $89) it is offered at $40. The full set and the Miraculous Medal rosary costs $129 - Option Rosary and Tarot Deck on the checkout. 

The full set includes the following :

- 78 tarot cards printed on 350 gsm card stock with thick glossy varnish
- 160 page A5 paperback tarot book signed by myself
- Unique handprinted tarot pouch
- Extra signed tarot card
plus the Jerusalem Gate tarot card rosary necklace

I ship registered airmail with a tracking number and delivery ranges from 5 days to 15 days on average

May all beings know peace


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Oracle of the Blue Rose of Mary

Reliquary of Mary Magdalene at Magdalene Basilica
in St Maximin de la St Baume, France

Today the Oracle of the Blue Rose of Mary was born.

The Blue Rose of Mary is an ancient symbol from before the
age of Isis.

The Rose represents the Divine Feminine, as is widely known,
but it also represents the heart chakra and most importantly,
the Sacred Divine Marriage.

The stories of the Blue Rose of Mary will follow
the story of the Feminine Christ, starting with the legends of the Great Goddess
as the Blue Rose and Her daughter Blessed Mary, 
the trail of the Holy Grail and the mysteries of Mary Magdalene,
the inner sacred marriage as embodied by Yeshua
and Mary Magdalene;  the Black Madonna of Montserrat
and the secret knowledge and initiations of the Essenes
and several Gnostic communities already introduced in the 
Mysteries of Mary Tarot.

In the same manner that I received the Mysteries of Mary Tarot
Deck, the Oracle of the Blue Rose of Mary has been coming
to me over a number of years.  When I have really luminous
and lucid dreams, I create a Soulcollage card, or a painting,
or at the very least, write the dream and its symbols in my
journals. During my many pilgrimages I connect with
both the physical reality as seen in the symbol and myth of
the sacred sites on our Earth, as well as the luminous stream
of infinite reality which flows behind the physical world.
At these power points of our planet the energy is so concentrated
and many have been drawn there throughout time.
Each age and era just add a layer of their understanding
to the divine energies already present.
And thus our consciousness manifest in front of our very eyes
and our DNA is awakened and we can access the knowledge.

I will be visiting sites on these time lines that I have not visited
previously and these may be intertwined with or combine
The stories of the Oracle will overlap and intertwine with the Mary tarot.
I have no idea how it will work yet, but I have seen glimpses which
show me that some of the oracle cards will be interchangeable with
some of the cards of the tarot deck and that these two decks will
be able to be used together in divination and meditation.

I will keep you updated!

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