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Our Lady of the Mayan Moon

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In ancient Maya religion, the moon was associated with a female deity, IxChel, who was also the Mayan Goddess of love, and fertility. She was regarded as the great generatrix of creation and was the patron deity of divination, medicine, childbirth, and weaving.  She wears the implements of weaving in her hair and holds her [...]

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Our Lady of the Western Paradise

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Xi Wang Mu, the Queen Mother of the West, was a mysterious figure from Chinese myth and legends who lived in a palace of pure gold high on the mythical Mount Kunlun. In her garden grew the Peaches of Immortality, a mystical fruit that took 3000 years to grow.  Whenever she left her Western Paradise [...]

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Our Lady of Compassion

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This representation of Kuan Yin is cast in Bonded Metal Bas Relief Sculpture with Metalic Wax Finish
Kuan Yin or Quan Yin is one of the most universally beloved deities in the Buddhist and Taoist traditions.  She is also known as, Quan’Am (Vietnam), Kannon (Japan), and Kanin (Bali).  She is the embodiment of compassionate loving kindness. [...]

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Our Lady of the Sky Dancers

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The term “Sky Dancer” is a poetic translation of the Tibetan word for Dakini, Khandroma.  A Dakini is an elusive tantric figure, particularly prevalent in Vajrayana Buddhism. The Dakini  might best be described as a female embodiment of enlightened energy, evocative of the movement of energy in space.  In her most essential aspect, she represents [...]

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Showing and Presenting the Feminine Archetypes

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I recently had the honor of showing of my art series, Feminine Archetypes Around the World and Through the Ages in Springdale Utah next to the beautiful Zion National Park.  I was very gratified with all the good comments about the art and the interest and questions about the Archetypes.
Each of my artworks comes with [...]

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Our Lady of Perfected Wisdom

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Prajna Paramita symbolizes the wisdom that is the topic of the Prajna Paramita Sutras, or Perfection of Wisdom Discourses.

She was the first cosmic goddess to appear in the Buddhist pantheon.  A cosmic goddess is one who is identified with ultimate reality and represents supreme metaphysical principles or ideals.  She embodies the transcendent wisdom that is [...]

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Our Lady of Enlightenment

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As I began to explore feminine archetypes further east, I was very impressed by the feminine symbolism found in Tibetan Buddhism.  These figures are of great antiquity and are still currently honored and revered. Studying them has enhanced my own spiritual understanding and has been very meaningful to me.
Three in particular resonated with me:  the [...]

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Our Lady of Knowledge and Arts

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As I mentioned in my previous post about Lakshmi  (Our Lady of the Elephants) there are many manifestations of the goddess (or Devi) in Hindusim.  The many different goddesses (and gods) simply represent the multitude of aspects, qualities, and attributes of the Absolute or Supreme Being beyond all name and form.
Sarasvati is another manifestation of [...]

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Our Lady of the Elephants

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As I have mentioned before, I am quite fond of the heraldic pose of a goddess flanked by two animals, which I have found in some ancient cultures around the Mediterranean Basin and Middle East.  I have incorporated this pose into my own art.  Imagine my delight when I began to study the goddesses of [...]

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Our Lady of Egypt

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Isis is one of the three great goddesses of the Bronze Age along with Inana/Ishtar, of Mesopotamia and Cybele of Anatolia (both of whom I write about in other posts).  Like Inana/Ishtar, Isis was also considered to be the Queen of Heaven and Earth as well as the Underworld.  She was the wife of Osiris [...]

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