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THE TEMPLE OF DIANA – Ginny

August 2, 2012

 

In the holy land, where I was having a great time on archeological digs, some friends and I spent a weekend at the Great Temple of Diana in ancient Jerash, Jordan. What an experience it was to have a picnic beside the Golden River there and to explore the fantastic archeological ruins of the Temple of Diana!  Amazingly, eleven of the twelve Corinthian columns and the foundation of her temple are still standing! Today, Jerash is the most provincial Roman town in the world. At the time of my trip to Diana’s Temple, I was teaching in a program called “Oasis of Peace”. This program was through a Baldwin-Wallace College holy land fellowship, which included archeological expeditions and digs as well as teaching music, world religions, art, and English.   

To arrive at the Temple of Diana, we drove from Ramallah in the lush green hills of Judeah across the Jordan Valley to Amman (ancient Philadelphia). After a fabulous day staying with the Kawar family and sightseeing in the seven hills of Amman, we left the next morning in the Kawar family’s large Mercedes Benz with: Turki, six siblings and his parents. Over desert, hill and dale, we leisurely drove the 40 minutes from Amman north to ancient Jerash.   As we approached the town, which dates to prehistoric times, we suddenly had a wonderful view of the ruins of the Triumphal Arch in the foreground. The setting of the the Great Temple of  Diana is spectacular! There is such peace there as well as great charm and beauty.  The ancient town and temple are set in a valley running north and south with the lovely Golden River flowing through it. All over are the abundant walnut and popular trees which were magnificent in their spring foliage.  The remoteness of the Temple of Diana and the town of Jerash have kept it remarkably preserved from being used as a stone quarry for building new towns. History stood still.     

    The Jerash Temple of Diana, also known as Artemis, is a Roman temple. It dominates the entire city on the highest point. Triple goddess Diana was the patron goddess of Jerash.   She was highly esteemed by the Hellenistic population here, whereas the Semitic population preferred the god Zeus. This great Temple of Diana was completed around CE 150 during the reign of Emperor Antonius Pius. There were twelve columns and it had a hexastyle portico. The eleven columns still standing have decorative Corinthian capitals as if just completed. The Temple of Diana had three entrances that were decorated with three Corinthian pilasters. This temple was the most beautiful and important temple in ancient Jerash.  It contained fine marble paneling and had richly decorated statues.

The Path of Dianic Wicca is named for this Jerash triple goddess temple. In ancient Roman times, her name meant “heavenly and divine”. She is the Goddess of the hunt, the moon, and birthing. She is associated with wild animals and forests, along with the power to talk to and control animals. Diana is equated with Artemis, her Greek name, though Diana had an independent origin in Italy.  Diana was worshiped in the ancient Roman religion. Diana was known to be the virgin goddess and women. She was one of the trinity maiden goddesses: Diana, Minerva, and Vesta. She was born with her twin brother Apollo on the island of Delos, and the twins were the children of Jupiter and Latonia. Diana made up a triad with two other Roman deities: Egeria, the water nymph, her assistant midwife and her servant, and Virbius, the woodland god. In Italy, in the Old Religion of Stregheria, Diana was said to have created the world of her own being, having within herself the seeds of all creation yet to come. 

  The temples of Diana were indeed ecumenical and universal. People of all races and all religions were warmly welcomed. Kings, statesmen, sailors, merchants, the very poor, widows and orphans all came to Diana.

 

Beltane—Stephen Reszler

July 30, 2012

May is the time of fertility and new beginnings after a long winter. The Faeries are afoot! They dance in the hills and roll in the grass, reveling in the joy of warm May breezes. Our spirits are high with the lust and heartiness of spring. New life is stirring and appetites are keen. -Laurie Cabot, Celebrate the Earth

 

Beltane, like Samhain, is a time of “no time” when the veils between the two worlds are at their thinnest. It is a time when the two worlds intermingle and unite and the magic abounds! It is the time when the Faeries return from their winter respite, carefree and full of faery mischief and faery delight. Beltane kicks off the merry month of May, and has a long history. This fire festival is celebrated on May 1 with bonfires, Maypoles, dancing, and lots intimate energy. The Celts honored the fertility of the Goddess with gifts and offerings. Cattle were driven through the smoke of the balefires, and blessed with health and fertility for the coming year and for the same reason people and especially couples would also walk between the fires. In Ireland, the fires of Tara were the first ones lit every year at Beltane, and all other fires were lit with a flame from Tara.

The Romans, always known for celebrating holidays in a big way, spent the first day of May paying tribute to their Lares, the gods of their household. They also celebrated the Floralia, or festival of flowers, which consisted of three days of unbridled sexual activity. Participants wore flowers in their hair (much like May Day celebrants later on), and there were plays, songs, and dances. At the end of the festivities, animals were set loose inside the Circus Maximus, and beans were scattered around to ensure fertility. The fire festival of Bona Dea was also celebrated on May 2nd.

The excitement and beauty of Beltane can not be better expressed than through the gaiety and joy of children. There is not doubt “spring fever” hits at Beltane, and hits hard. Children are full of unbridled energy charged up and ready to go! Children always amplify the seasonal energies and the thrill of their change, they bring richness and merriment wherever they go. It is the child’s unrestrained expression of bliss and delight that is what Beltane is all about. It is the sheer joy of running through fields, picking flowers, rupturing in the sunlight, delighting in the fragrance of spring, dancing in the fresh dew covered grass. Children guide us through the natural abandonment of our adult sensibilities and show us how to take grand pleasure, warmth and bliss from the gift of Beltane.

 

A Poem about Brigid – Linda Kean

June 11, 2012

 

Ode To The Goddess Brigid

Warm us with your fire bright,

Bring us from darkness into light.

Strength and beauty your message clear,

Keep us safe throughout the year.

Sing to us maiden, mother, and crone,

Show us the truth that we must own.

 

Help us stand through thick and thin,

Show us exactly where to begin.

Guide us with your loving light.

Keep us safe even in the darkest night.

 

Thank you from the President—Kathy Curran

June 11, 2012

Wishing everyone a most blessed Yule and a healthy & happy 2012!

Thanking everyone for all their support in 2011! Our Temple is growing stronger every year!

I am anticipating even more growth and fellowship in 2012!

 

TRIPLE GODDESS QUEEN GUINEVERE – GINNY

June 11, 2012

 

The Great Celtic Goddess Guinevere of Wales  , who was born into royalty to Welsh King Lleudd– Ogrfan and his wife, about 490 C A.D.,  is a Trinity . In our  Celtic Wales, she is called “ Gwenhwyfar.”  In Cornish, she is “ Jennifer.”  Her name Gwenhwyfar means “ white waves” and “white sprite” and “ phantom.”  he is the ancient Triple Goddess of Wales .  She was and is a beautiful and desirable Goddess of the dawn and spring.   She is the “ power behind the throne” of her husband King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.  Guinevere’s royal parents gave them The round Table for a wedding present .  Trinity Queen Guinevere comes to King Arthur from The Other World.  Her royal role is that of enforcing , expanding, empowering, and enhancing

King Arthur and The Knights of The Round Table in his Kingdom .  One of their major encampments, legend has it, was next to my Welsh Gt. Gt. Gt. Grandfather Evan Davies’ home Fountain Hall in South Wales, and my exploration and visit  there years ago sparked my spiritual and historical interest in Queen Guinevere and King Arthur , The Knights of the Round Table and Merlin whose crystal cave was there .

     Queen Guinevere is of the land and the union which gives kings their “ right to rule.”  Her passion and love gave her not only her King Arthur ( a Winter God and Holly King) but also Sir Lancelot ( The Oak King).  She is recorded in legends as Arthur’s “Three Chief Queens.”  These three aspects of Guinevere show a common Triple Goddess.       Her name Gwenhwyfar of “ white waves” relates to the color white for virgin which indicates she is complete in and of herself.  Waves associate her with the great generative powers of the sea.  She is indeed the feminine eternal symbol of strength and order in a peaceful universe.  She brings energy and powers from The Other World, too. This does create some turmoil in the world.  She has a role, too, as a Flower Maid, a fairy Goddess of Love, of Growth and Fertility.   Her holiday is Beltane.  Her sacred tree is the Hawthorne.  Queen Guinevere is a Goddess of the Old Ones.”

     As Queen of the Round Table,  Triple Goddess Guinevere inspires people to rise  up to greater heights not thought of and of UNITY.  She helps the earth to bear fruit, to grow and to harvest.  She inspires King Arthur and the Round Table to greater goals and she overlooks the Court.  Her Triplicity reveals her role as a Crone in her actions over The Round Table, however.

      It might be added that King Arthur’s wizard Merlin was married to a Gwen-like Guendoloena ( made from flowers.)  Legend has it that Queen Guinevere is linked to Glastonbury, England, and is buried next to King Arthur there.  In legend also, she was abducted by King Melwas ( also Called Sir Meleagant) and was taken to his stronghold at Glastonbury.  It is said she was rescued there by King Arthur and perhaps also by Sir Lancelot ( and perhaps Gawain,too.)

     In the Tarot cards, Queen Guinevere is the Queen of May.  She is the Goddess of Love and Betrothal . It is a merry time with the month of May being a time of new growth and blossoms, as well as intrigues for lovers around you and perhaps also seduction is in the air.

     As the  Celtic Triple Goddess of Wales,  this Mother Goddess Guinevere from The Other World is linked to the Triad of The Island of Britain , where she is recorded as three in one Trinity to King Arthur : 1) Gwenhwyfar, daughter of Cywryd . 2)  Gwenhwyfar, daughter of Gwythyrap Greidin and 3) Gwenhwyfar, daughter Of King Ogrfan Gawr.

      The book on The Mists Of Avalon brings to light more fascinating details on our Triple Goddess Mother Queen Gwenhwyfar of Wales.

 

Temple Calendar

June 10, 2012

All of our Sabbats except for  Yule will be held in the Metro parks at the Lagoon Picnic Area. All 3pm Sabbats will have a potluck picnic for fellowship. All 1pm Sabbats will have a coffee social for fellowship. Please bring a beverage or food to share.  Yule will be Held at Goddess Blessed at 1pm. Please visit our website: www.goddesstempleinc.org The website does have directions to the Lagoon Picnic area.

Imbolc 2/5/12 (1pm), Ostara 3/18/12 (1pm), Beltane 4/29/12 (3pm), Litha 6/24/12 (3pm), Lammas 7/29/12 (3pm),  Mabon 9/23/12 (3pm), Samhain 10/28/12 (3pm),  Yule 12/23/12 (1 pm at goddess blessed)

The ritual and business meetings will be held after each Sabbat.  All temple members are welcome to attend. This is where we discuss all rituals; this year we will be writing our own: charge of the goddess, prayers, quarter calls and planning the Sabbat services. 

 

A Herbal Column— Linda Kean

June 10, 2012

Winter salts:

Winter salts are used to help ease cold and sinus issues that we can all face in the winter. Typically, winter salts are made with sea salt and a combination of eucalyptus, camphor, peppermint and wintergreen. These herbs can be added in oil form as well as just mixing the dry herbs directly with the salt. You can use a scoop of each herb or you can mix and match a few to make a successful winter salt.

Most of these salts are used in herbal bags that can be put under your pillow or held and smelled. You can choose to put them in the bath but if you do you just use a little bit.  A little bit goes a long way to clear your sinuses or help relieve head colds. When using the oils instead of the dried herbs you want to use just a pinch in the bath. Oils are much more concentrated and in the bath may irritate the skin if you use too much. So make some of your own winter salts to help keep your head clear.

 

The Goddess is a Patient Teacher -Kara B.

June 10, 2012

I would like to introduce myself and share how I have come to know the Goddess.  My name is Kara and I am a Cleveland area native.   As a young child She drew me into the garden and showed me beautiful flowers and delicious vegetables.  Herbs soon were planted outside the back door and She taught me the uses of many.  Since then I have always planted herbs in pots or in the yard wherever I have lived.  The Goddess was teaching me how to nourish and heal.

The Earth Mother further tempted me with crystals and gemstones.  You may call it a rock “collection” but my husband would call it my “hoard”!  She led me to explore the hidden meanings in the stones and, by stringing together the beads, to tell her story.  This encouraged me to learn more about my Chippewa roots, the beading techniques that they use, and Native American spirituality.  The Goddess was teaching me about Her source.

My formal education, while based in Christian values, still taught me more about the Goddess.  The all-girl high school that I attended introduced me to strong female role models in teachers and administrators.  These women lived their strong faith through service to other women- showing us how to find our own female power as well as teaching us geometry and Spanish.  The Goddess was teaching me about my true worth.

College opened up a larger world to explore and I felt the stronger hand of the Goddess in my path.  I studied psychology but was continually drawn to classes on feminism, equality, and sociology.  My liberal art studies included research projects on domestic violence and an internship working with troubled teenage girls.  In the end, the diploma read “Psychology and Women’s Studies”.  The Goddess was teaching me to care for others.

Patiently She waited for yet another decade before I was ready for Her lessons.  I am most currently exploring Arthurian myths and Avalon.  It seems like my Celtic roots are calling this time.

Like I said….  She is really patient!

I would enjoy hearing your story and hope I have encouraged you to share it in future newsletters.

 

Thank you from the President—Kathy Curran

June 10, 2012

To the Temple Members:

Thank you for all that you did to make our ‘chili  cook -off’ fundraiser a success!! Thanks to all of the Chili Cooks and all of you that donated bakery, we could not have done it without you! A special thanks to all who came and purchased chili and our baked goods without you our fundraisers would not be successful.

Our Temple is only as strong as our members! 

Remember we need you to volunteer!

Our goal is to one day have a brick and mortar Goddess Temple to worship in, the stronger we are as a community the closer we get to that dream!

 

2nd Annual Chili Cook off and Bake sale!!!

September 15, 2011

Goddess Temple Chili Cook Off and Bake Sale! – 10/01/11

 

The Chili Cook off will be held on October 1st from 1pm-6pm at Goddess Blessed. Goddess Blessed is located at 15729 Madison Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio 44107

We will have at least 6 different Chilies to taste.

Admission is $10, which will include a tasting portion of all chilis, and a bottle of water. Sour cream and cheese will also be available to top off your chili.

Our cooks will be Sheila, Keith, Beith, Paul, Buddha Stephen, and Brinden.

Our judges are Gini, Jerry, and Meghan

Bake Sale:

There will be a table of baked goods of different varieties for sale that day, also to help support our temple. Linda Kean and Heather Lorman will be in charge of the bake sale table. Donations of baked goods are needed.

Cooks:

Each cook needs to be at the store by 12:00pm with your Chili that is ready to go in a crock pot or self contained warming unit. Also, you need to provide a list of all ingredients, so we have no allergic reactions. You do not need to provide a recipe if you do not wish to.You can bring extra spices if you would like people to be able to spice up your chili even more.