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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Dedicated to the sacred...12.12.12

Miracles abound!

Enter your temple, or cathedral, or a place that brings you to connect with your concept of the spiritual.  A place known as the temenos, coming to us from the Greek verb τέμνω, meaning "to cut". 
... it signifies an area of earth or ground forbidden to mundane uses and dedicated to the sacred. The temenos was an important feature of the mythological landscape in early times, at times a shrine, temple or a sanctuary structure made by human hands, but most often an open air enclosure or sacred grove.

Virgin of Guadalupe Day, December 12.

Today we celebrate how a goddess (later to be named the Virgin of Guadalupe) sent a young indigenous man to tell the new conquering religion to build a cathedral on a sacred spot where the older culture had always venerated her as a goddess. 

Stars on her cloak, the moon at her feet, roses that bloomed in December, the depictions of this Madonna always have the same traits.  Her actual cloak became the western hemisphere's "Shroud of Turin." And she is known as a Black Madonna, as if her skin tone represents the indigenous peoples.  For more information on the Virgin of Guadalupe history and her miracles, see

The former name of the mother-goddess was Tonantzin, and her temple was at Tepeyac outside what was to become Mexico City, and as noted in the 2 histories (both in Spanish and Nahuatl), the Spanish had only been there about 10 years when these miracles happened.
13 Indigenous Grandmothers
Miracles are available still today.  Do we see them?  Do we ask for them? Yes, especially at this time of year.

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