ood morning, everyone. It's such a beautiful day out. Too bad I am going to be stuck in this office until 7:30 tonight. Spring has finally sprung. I got a kick out of the weatherman this morning. He was saying that it was going to get colder by the beginning of next week...and then announced the temperature would be about 50. Well, that is not cold to me. I can deal with that.
I really must apologize to everyone. I've gotten awards from many of you and have not complied with the rules...but the fact is, I honestly don't know who to pass them onto. It's seems they have made their way across Blogland. Please forgive me...but I do want to take this opportunity to thank each of you from the bottom of my heart. It means a lot.
Last night just as I was readying for bed, my sister-in-law called, and during our conversation, she told me a story about something that had happened on Tuesday night...Now, just a little background for ya here. My sister-in-law is a devout Catholic...In fact, you really can't get much more devout than her. Not only does she attend church multiple times during the week and teach Bible study to the young ones, but she also went through some extensive training to have a high position in the church,(I think a deaconess) as high as a woman can get within the church. I know if they would let her, she would be a priest, but, of course, women are considered tainted and inferior...but I am not getting into that today. Just gets me too darned mad.
Now, as Catholic as my sister-in-law may be, she is also a Pagan, but don't tell her that. You see, for as long as I can remember, my sister-in-law has carried the statue on Tuesdays..the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. On this night, she and the Blessed Virgin travel around to the homes of those in need of healing where prayers are recited in honor of the Blessed Virgin...not to God or Jesus...but to the Virgin, the Catholic Goddess, but is She also our Pagan Goddess? I believe She is. The ladies at my sister-in-law's church venerate the Blessed Virgin. They pray to Her to guide their loved ones to heaven when they have passed on. When their children are born, they pray to her for the health of their children. Her statue stands on an altar in each of their homes where they worship her on a daily basis.
The Virgin shares many attributes with the Goddess. For example, in some representations we find the Blessed Virgin where She wears a mantle of stars, and some where She is either sitting or standing upon the Crescent Moon...the best known symbol of the Goddess. The Goddess is crowned and enthroned as the ruler of all because it is She who creates everything. The Blessed Virgin is also depicted as crowned and enthroned...signifying Her rule over heaven. And, at times the Goddess, Isis, for example, is seen holding Horus on Her lap while the Blessed Virgin holding Jesus on Her lap. Both the Goddess and the Blessed Virgin are associated with the Moon and both are associated with time, eternity, and the cycles of the season. Both are often also worshipped in triple form--the Maiden, Mother, and Crone--and--Eternal Virgin, Mother of God, and the Crone who mourns Jesus.
More on the Blessed Virgin upcoming on my Goddess Blog.