I don’t know about you, but I need a wee pick-me-up after Katrina etc. So I’m bringing you this message from the Star Goddess:
“Hear the words of the Star Goddess, the dust of whose feet are the hosts of heaven, whose body encircles the universe:
“’I who am the beauty of the green earth and the white moon among the stars and the mysteries of the waters, I call upon your soul to arise and come unto me.
“For I am the soul of nature that gives life to the universe.
“From Me all things proceed and unto Me they must return.
“Let My worship be in the heart that rejoices, for behold – all acts of love and pleasure are My rituals.
“Let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you.
“And you who seek to know Me, know that your seeking and yearning will avail you not, unless you know the Mystery: for if that which you seek, you find not within yourself, you will never find it without.
“For behold, I have been with you from the beginning, and I am that which is attained at the end of desire.’” [from The Spiral Dance, Starhawk, 76-77]
One of my favorite lines is “Let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you.”
Like god the father, God the Mother treasures strength, compassion, honor, humility and reverence. What’s "new" with Her are beauty, power and mirth. Especially the “mirth” part is foreign to most of us. You won't find much laughter in the god-the-father holy books.
I think the humans who manufactured the god religions knew that ripping the humor out of deity would weaken people and make them more controllable (which was, in my opinion, the reason the god religions were invented in the first place – not for the people, but for the people who controlled the people).
So I even in times like these -- perhaps especially in times like these -- the Goddess reminds us to keep humor close by, ready to work its magic whenever the time is ripe.
niksan -- thnx for the foto