Thursday, October 13, 2016

St Théresè and the Miracle of the Smiling Mary




V or Roses
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“When I die, I will send down a shower of roses from the heavens’ – St Thèrése, the Little Flower

V of Roses -   St Théresè  d’Lisieux
The Miracle of the Smiling Mary

St  Théresè,  was born in 1873 in France, the youngest child of nine.  Only five children survived and Théresè herself, was a sickly and sensitive child.  She lost her mother at the age of four and her eldest sister took care of her.  When her sister entered the Carmelite order (Théresè was only 9 years old) she felt incredibly abandoned and lost.  


A miniature replica of the statue of The Smiling Mary
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She became very ill and the doctors could not ascertain what was wrong with her.  For three weeks she had a raging fever and they feared for her life.  Théresè’s sisters prayed for her and placed a statue of Mary next to her bed.  In her lifestory Story of a Soul, she writes that she saw the statue of the blessed Mary smile at her and she was miraculously cured.  Since then she was devoted to Mary and wrote many poems about her love for Mary.  She wrote that Mary showed her that she is her real mother and she restored her happiness and joy despite the loss of her mother and sister.  Théresè went to live with the nuns at a very young age by special permission and herself became a Carmelite nun and later a Doctor of the Church.  She died in obscurity but her sister collected all her sayings and after her death she distributed these.  The demand for Théresè’s particular spirituality became so big, that her autobiography was published.




In this shrine of St Théresè d’Lisieux is a replica of the statue of the smiling Mary.  Roses fall from Théresè’s hand as she promised that she would shower the world with roses after her death and this prophecy became true as she has many followers and devotees today and a huge basilica was built in her honour in Lisieux where you can immerse yourself in the energy of the Smiling Mary.

This card speaks to you about loss and suffering endured and the redemption that is within your reach.  You may have suffered a loss;  you may be ill at the moment or you may be aware of the pain and suffering in the world.  This card reminds you that Mary is also smiling at you and that she is as close as your next breath.  Despite pain and suffering, when inner realisation happens, it does so seemingly miraculously.  Your inner pain can be so severe and the world seem so dark and yet, when your mind and heart rests on the image of a smiling Mary in the inner world, it is as though the sun rises and the dark night disappears.  The Smiling Mary represents an understanding and illumination that all humans carry within and words cannot explain the inexplicable.  It is truly a Mystery that we can have intense joy and utmost despair side by side within ourselves.  When you feel yourself saying in the darkness of despair too long, merely turn your inner focus to the joy that is available to you and you will experience the miracle of the Smiling Mary.


The Mysteries of Mary Tarot Deck is currently being printed and I
am taking pre-orders on this limited edition.
One-third already sold!  thank you!!


blessings
Hettienne

Sunday, October 9, 2016

The Feast Day of the Nativity of Divine Mary, Holy Daughter

Nativity of Holy Child-Daughter
II Roses
Mysteries of Mary Tarot Deck
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By honouring and acknowledging the birth of the holy child-daughter, Mary Herself, the masculine story is changed and the daughter and girl-child becomes sacred in the collective unconscious.

‘A hermit had on a certain night for many years heard music in the heavens. When he asked the cause an angel answered, : the Virgin was born this night, and what is ignored on earth is being celebrated by angels’ – Legends of Mary, Thirteenth Century


In this card we see the birth of the holy daughter, the female bearer of the Christ.  When one considers that the term Christ or Christed One is a title and not part of a name, then the sentence ‘female bearer of the Christ’ has a completely different meaning.  Mary is the feminine companion to Jesus or Maryam to Yeshua in the original Aramaic.  As we saw earlier three Marys always accompanied Jesus one of whom was his mother and one his companion or beloved.  Reading these words and stories with the inner mystical eye of vision and understanding, we understand that the psyche has four aspects : two masculine and two feminine and these are referred to as mother, father, daughter and son.  The picture reflected a whole psyche is incomplete without the daughter.  What would change within both men and women when the Christ appears in female form?  Or when the Christ appears as a divine couple? 

In the Lost Books of the Bible, The Gospel of the Birth of Mary, Mary’s lineage and birth is described in detail.    Mary of Agreda in her book The Mystical City of God which describes the details of the life of the Virgin, calls the child Mary, ‘the true living Ark of the covenant’.

In the Koran it is told that in the year 16 BCE, the people of Jerusalem are awaiting the birth of the son of Imran (Anna in Greek). Instead of the much-anticipated "Messiah", a girl is born to Imran and Anna. The latter names her Mary, which means "Servant of God". Did they miss the birth of the Messiah through their expectation that he has to be male?

 In the Gospel of the Birth of Mary, it is described that the angel visited both Joachim and Anna (Mary’s parents) on two separate occasions.  Mary’s conception and birth was a miraculous one.  Anna, her mother was barren until the Archangel Gabriel visited her and declared that her barren womb will be opened by God and that the Holy Spirit will descend into the body of her daughter Mary whilst still in the womb.  Mary referred to herself as The Immaculate Conception when She appeared to Bernadette at Lourdes.   The sanctuary of the nativity of the virgin Mary is in Milan and her tiny effigy wrapped in lace and swaddling clothes is known as Santa Maria Bambina.  Her nativity is on 8 September and is one of the twelve major feast days in the liturgical calendar.    In the years between 1720 and 1730 a Franciscan nun from Todi (Sister Chiara Isabella Fornari) created wax statues of Mary as a baby. One of these dolls was donated to the Capuchin Sisters of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Milan. Eventually the statue arrived at the General House of the Sisters of Charity of Lovere , in Via Santa Sofia in Milan, and these sisters are called "Maria Bambina" .
 
The miraculous image of Maria Bambina was made prior to 1730 by a Franciscan nun who afterwards entrusted Her to others. During the ensuing years, she came into the care of the Sisters of Charity at Lovere, Italy. In 1856, these Sisters of Charity were asked to take over the management of the Hospital of Ciceri in Milan and, in 1876, this waxen image was carried to their Mother House there at Via Santa Sofia 13, where she has remained ever since.
The beautiful image of the Maria Bambina was exposed for veneration only on the 8th of September, the Feast of Mary's Nativity. In 1884, those who were devoted to the Maria Bambina received a reward for their devotion. Due to paralysis in her arms and feet, Sister Josephine Woinovich was bedridden and in unbearable pain. On the 8th of September, she begged the Mother General to get Maria Bambina and leave the image near her overnight. The following morning the Mother General was inspired to take the image, so old, worn and grayish colored to the other sick Sisters in the infirmary so they could kiss her.

There was in the infirmary a good novice, Giulia Macario, who was unable to move because of her serious illness, but who, overcome by her ardent faith, took the image into her arms and pleaded with her in tender and loving words for the grace for her recovery. She was immediately and miraculously cured, for such Faith moves mountains. And at the same time this image itself underwent an amazing transformation from the former dull gray color to the warm flesh hues it has today, as can be seen, where she is enshrined in the Sanctuary of the Mother House in Milan.

In this card we see the birth of the holy daughter, the female bearer of the Christ.  When one considers that the term Christ or Christed One is a title and not part of a name, then the sentence ‘female bearer of the Christ’ has a completely different meaning.  Mary is the feminine companion to Jesus or Maryam to Yeshua in the original Aramaic.  As we saw earlier three Marys always accompanied Jesus one of whom was his mother and one his companion or beloved.  Reading these words and stories with the inner mystical eye of vision and understanding, we understand that the psyche has four aspects : two masculine and two feminine and these are referred to as mother, father, daughter and son.  The picture reflected a whole psyche is incomplete without the daughter.  What would change within both men and women when the Christ appears in female form?  Or when the Christ appears as a divine couple? 

Luce Irigaray in her work says that ‘there is no woman God, no female trinity: mother, daughter, spirit.  This paralyses the infinite of becoming a woman since she is fixed in the role of mother through whom the son of God is made flesh’

By honouring and acknowledging the birth of the holy child-daughter, Mary Herself, the masculine story is changed and the daughter and girl-child becomes sacred in the collective unconscious.


Santa Maria Bambina with golden wool
Handmaiden of Suit of Distaff
Mysteries of Mary Tarot Deck
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These stories of the divine are powerful myths which activate and animate archetypes in our consciousness.  Mary calls Herself the Immaculate Conception and as such Her birth is truly a divine birth of a divine female and feminine which has been lying fast asleep like the princess in Sleeping Beauty (Card IV of the Suit of the Distaff).  Creating art and seeing images of Mary as the holy girl-child  and images of the Sacred Mother and Daughter will change our understanding of the world and our Soul completely.

Mary serving as priestess in Temple of the Dove
Four of Vessels
Mysteries of Mary Tarot Deck
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I used mainly Western Christian Catholic icons, statues and symbolism, which I combined with the wider vision of the journey of the feminine divine as archetype of the Self. By juxtaposing these well-known images onto a different context and by re-connecting their symbolism to the correspondences found in myths, legend, fairy tale and stories carried down through the ages, a deeper, more meaningful picture unfolds.  I set out taking the well-known Christian images of Mary (and really mostly the only ones readily available) out of their Roman Catholic context thus giving them new meaning.  As my own personal journey evolved and I immersed myself into the Christian mysteries at the sites sacred to Mary that I visited, I discovered that the numinous emanation of Mary truly still does exist in the Christian art and symbology.  I found that She had merely been veiled by dogma and conditioned belief and that when you see with ‘new eyes’, then the true Divine Mary and Goddess is still radiating Her Presence and always has done so.  I realised that the Christian churches and copious art works has been the vessel for Her through the dark ages of the suppressed feminine.  This awakened the inspiration and resolve within myself to reveal Her to others in the same way that She revealed Herself to me.

A limited edition of the Mysteries of Mary Tarot Deck and Book 
is now available on pre-order
on my website here :

http://www.hergracesacredart.com/2016/10/the-mysteries-of-mary-tarot-deck-and.html


blessings
Hettienne

Thursday, October 6, 2016

The Mysteries of Mary Tarot Deck and Guide Book Set - Pre-Orders now open

SOLD OUT

THE FIRST PRINT OF THIS DECK HAS NOW BEEN SOLD OUT
ON PRE-ORDERS

I WILL SHARE HERE WHEN THE NEXT PRINT IS AVAILABLE
TO PURCHASE

THANK YOU!!

Yohannen, John the Baptist from The Mysteries of Mary Tarot Deck
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The Mysteries of Mary Tarot Deck is a unique deck of cards and guide book published by The Temple of Mary in Cape Town, South Africa. The Mysteries of Mary Tarot is a mystical vision of the sacred mysteries of the Soul and its unsung feminine path. The Mysteries tells of a sacred marriage of the Bride and the Beloved : a new mythos of the Story of the Child Within and the Gospel of Love. A mystical vision of the religion of the Soul as reflected in the archetypal images of the story of Divine Mary in the Mariamic tradition. 

The deck consists of 78 handcrafted shrines, professionally designed and printed in a large card format on a good quality card stock. The style and colours used create a rich tapestry of imagery, symbol and colour. The accompanying guide book has a paperback cover. The deck is currently being printed and only 30 decks will be printed. Each limited edition deck will be signed by myself and each deck will come in its own unique box. Delivery is expected the last week of October or the first week of November 2016. 


Today we know the Blessed Mary as the Mother of Jesus who plays a small part in the story of Protestant Christianity and who plays an important part in the Roman Catholic tradition. She is lesser known as a goddess in the feminine traditions and very few would connect her with the great Mother goddesses of the past or the Lady Sophia in the Wisdom traditions.



But to myself, and others like me, there is a connection, a red thread that connects the dots in the eye of the heart. The ancient divine feminine had been demonised many moons ago and her stories had gone underground. One has to rely on myth, folk tale, oral traditions, fairy tales and subtle clues and especially correspondences, to uncover Her story. And today Mary is the Sacred Keeper of all Our Lady’s titles and Wisdom.



The Mysteries of Mary is a reweaving and a regathering of all these threads of Our Lady’s garment created from red wool and linen. We look in the Bible, in the Koran, the Kabbalah and many other ancient and rediscovered lost books. There are also esoteric and apocryphal books that tell the stories of Mary, the feminine counterpart of the Divine Creator in the Western religion and myth and many of these stories have been included to create The Mysteries of Mary deck. In this deck the story starts with Mara, the bitter one. Why is she called Mara? We follow Mara, the holy fool through the stories of Maria Prophetissa, the Jewess and the first woman alchemist, to Sophia, Mary of the Gael onwards till we get to the Woman who stands on the moon with twelve stars around her head.



Woven into the tapestry of myth, metaphor and inspiration, are fairytales and in particular, the folktale of The Handless Maiden. And so are the Greek, Roman, Egyptian, pagan and especially the Judaic history which is the precursor to the Christian mysteries.



The deck incorporates alchemical principles and as such it is a marriage of opposites, a living hieros gamos which follows the sacred journey of the Holy Fool through the mysteries of Mary. I focus on the mystical (hidden) and inner meanings of the Mysteries of Mary. Historically and politically there are so many theories and ideas – none of them completely provable – thus it remains a Mystery. The teachings of Jesus and the Marys, are also open to various interpretations. Many wars have been fought based on differences in interpretation. I am not exploring the religion of the Mystery, but rather the message that I, personally see in this ancient story.

The four suits of the deck correspond with the four cycles of Marys life : Virgin and Priestess as the Suit of Vessels; Beloved and Bride as the Suit of the Holyrood; Mother and Sacred Woman as the Suit of Distaff and Wisdom as Suit of Roses.



It is my vision that this deck can be the start of a far greater vision : one that marries the mind and the heart; the feminine and the masculine. It is my hope that you will glimpse the revelation that all religion contains Soul and that the veils of dogma and manipulation obscure the truth. May you look in the mirror of Sophia and see yourself as Love Eternal. - extracted from the Introduction of the accompanying book.



The deck consists of 78 handcrafted shrines, professionally printed in a large card format on a good quality card stock. The style and colours used create a rich tapestry of imagery, symbol and colour. The accompanying book has a paperback cover. The deck is currently being printed and only 30 decks will be printed. Each limited edition deck will be signed by myself and each deck will come in a unique box. Delivery is expected the first week of November 2016. 


SOLD OUT

NEW ORDERS WILL OPEN AT A LATER DATE


The full price of the deck and book set is USD50 plus shipping with a tracking number.



You can choose to pay a deposit of USD25 now and the balance when the deck is ready to be shipped.



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The price of the of deck and book set is R750.00

If you buy two or more sets, you can get the sets at R700 per set.

To pre-order a deposit of R350 per set is accepted
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blessings

Hettienne 







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Progress update

Jesus, Yeshua as Magician in the Suit of Roses

It is almost a month since I last wrote.  This shows you how much work
goes into the graphic design work and preparing a deck
for printing and publishing.

Nicholas Hales of www.nicholashales.co.za
is the graphic designer working on the deck.  When I started this project
I had no idea of how much work it entails. It has been hours
and hours of work by him to cut out the images
and set them to backgrounds and matching colours, and, and.

If you like the images that I have shared so far, then
you will be blown away by the final product.
We have spent many hours on fine tuning the colours
and the design have morphed into something so beautiful,
it takes my breath away.  It is now a truly royal deck
in the baroque tradition.  You will have to wait and see.
I can hardly wait to hold the deck in my hands.

The deck of 78 cards and the accompanying book
is planned to be available the end of October to the first week
of November 2016.

Dinah, the thirteenth daughter

Each deck will be packaged in a unique box
to that copy of the deck.  So you will be able to buy a one of a kind
box included in the deck.
I will only be printing a limited number of  30 decks only
for this year.  These decks will be signed by myself
and it will have a limited issue number, making it
a real collector's item.

Many have asked to pre-order this deck.
I will be putting up a listing on this website
www.hergracesacredart.com
as well as my shop
www.etsy.com/shop/thefrenchmadonna.
If you pre-order you will be guaranteed a deck this year
and you will be receiving one of the limited edition decks.

blessings
Hettienne