Sunday, June 25, 2017

Museo dei Tarocchi, Riala, 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 Riala, 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 http://arnellart.com/museodeitarocchi/brochure.htm

Mutus Liber 
 www.mutusliber.it 


'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 http://arnellart.com/museodeitarocchi/brochure.htm


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
www.hergracesacredart.com


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.


http://www.arnellart.com/mary-tarot.htm


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


blessings
Hettienne



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.'


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May all beings know peace

blessings
Hettienne


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Divine Presence

The Miraculous Medal Chapel shrine, rosary and tarot card
www.hergracesacredart.com
This is a repost from my blog
Cloister of the Heart at http://pathofdivinelove.blogspot.com



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
www.hergracesacredart.com


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 

Hettienne


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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, 
turquoise, 
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
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SOLD



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 www.hergracesacredart.com.





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

Hettienne



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!

Follow me on Instagram at the-french-madonna 
#thefrenchmadonna for ongoing mini-lessons
on Mysteries of Mary Tarot deck #letslearntarot

blessings
Hettienne

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Let's learn the Tarot


The Star from Mysteries of Mary Tarot Deck

Let's learn the tarot step-by-step.

I am starting with the Minor Arcana and will end with the Majors.
The lesser cards or pips (Minor Arcana) is often more confusing
and open to personal interpretation, than the more well-known
Major Arcana cards.

These are short summaries of keywords that will help you
to read your deck with deeper interpretation.

Follow me on Instagram @thefrenchmadonna
and you can see daily tarot lessons
#learnthetarot and #sacredordinary
I also share the card from the Mysteries of Mary deck alongside
other more well-known decks which will also help you
to place it into context, both in tarot and the mysteries of Mary.

The Mysteries of Mary tarot is created specially for those who
desire spiritual growth and who are attracted to the esoteric
Judaeo-Christian mysteries but who are devoted to the
Sacred Feminine, the Goddess and the Great Mother.

So let's start with the Aces.


The four Aces from the Mysteries of Mary tarot deck

The Aces are the first cards of the four suits.
The four suits are :
Vessels (Cups)
Holyrood (Wands)
Distaff (Swords)
Roses (Pentacles)

Aces are governed by the planet Mercury.
Kether on the Tree of Life

Their keywords are :
beginning, initiation, thrust, ideas, action, positivity, birth, opening, gift,
intention, will, mindfulness, awareness, attention, threshold,
focus, opportunity, new, starting point

The Ace of Vessels
Mysteries of Mary Tarot Deck


The first Ace of the deck is the Ace of Vessels.
In the suit of Vessels we encounter Mary as the element
of water and consciousness.  She is the Living Waters of our being.

The keywords for the Ace of Vessels are :

receptivity;
accepting love and joy into our lives and being;
becoming a channel for and opening up to the flow of
consciousness into our heart;
opening of the heart.

Affirmation : I am open to receive and express love and joy.

Questions to ask : 
 What are your dreams telling you? 
 What are you yearning for in your life at this stage? 
 What do you wish for?


Read the description of the card and its context
in the Mary tradition and apply these keywords, questions
and affirmation.  
It is also important to spend some time in contemplation
or maybe to journal in your tarot journal or do some
doodling or a Soulcollage card to really flesh out the
meaning of the card for you personally.

blessings
Hettienne