Goddess Statue from India Discovered

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1200-yr-old sculpture found
Deepender Deswal, TNN, Nov 24, 2010, 06.52am IST
ROHTAK: A rare 1200-year-old sandstone sculpture of a Hindu goddess has been discovered from an archeological site near Kaleshwar temple in Kurukhsetra. According to historians, the sculpture signifies the prevalence of worship of female gods during the Pratihar and pre-Pratihar era.

The 30 kg sandstone sculpture of goddess Shakti could be from the Shakti peetha of Savitri or the Bhadrakali of Thanesar in Kurukshetra.

Thanesar is known for Shaktism, a term which is based on worship of the divine in the form of the supreme mother of the universe.

Rajesh Purohit, deputy director and curator of the Shrikrishna Museum spotted the sculpture near the banks of Saraswati pond in Kaleshwar temple in Thanesar recently. Purohit who is also an archaeologist, said: This kind of an image has never been noticed here before in the history. This is one of the finest early-Pratihar era images found in Haryana.

Purohit said that the sculpture was excavated from Harsha-ka-tila an archeological site of historical significance. Thanesar region was the capital of king Harshavardhan in the pre-Pratihar times.

The sculpture, which is worth million of rupees, is preserved in the Shrikrishna museum. Historians and scholars from across the country are coming to the stadium to study the art work.

Firstly, it indicates that artistry was at a developed stage in that era, more importantly, it throws light at feminine dominance in those times. This region, comprising entire Haryana and parts of Punjab, was the centre of culture and learning. People were known for their high living standards and a taste for art and culture, commented Rajesh Dalal, a scholar of ancient history in the Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak.

Read more: 1200-yr-old sculpture found – The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/gurgaon/1200-yr-old-sculpture-found/articleshow/6978285.

This is fascinating and lends proof that there was indeed goddess worship in that time. This put women in a position of high respect in society and in the family. I believe that the first occupation for women was not prostitution, but priestess-hood. The fact that goddesses were worshipped means that women enjoyed many privileges that may otherwise have not been available if it was different. It may also have had to do with the social class. Women were the focus in the temples. Rituals were performed and offerings were left for the Goddess(es). They were prayed to for safety, prosperity, good weather for their crops and food.

It’s great that the statue was discovered. Now we can learn more of our history and understand our past. It sheds light on the history of Goddess worship and which goddesses were worshipped.

More power to the Goddess!
Lady Spiderwitch )0(

Small Victories

Merry Meet All,

I have some small victories to share with you. Open Heart Forgery -www.ohforgery.com, is soon to be launching its December issue. There will be a celebration of the release of the latest copy of the journal at the Just Us cafe on Spring Garden Road. Open Heart Forgery has printed one of my poems, Under A Blood Moon, in their October issue.

Circle Magazine has published two of my articles in their winter issue. One article is about Pentacles and the other is my article of my matron deity the Goddess Brighid. I am pleased as punch to have two articles published in Circle Magazine. My article about the Goddess Brighid has been published online at www.witchvox.com! http://www.circlesanctuary.org/circle/.

I am nearing the end of my Practical Astrology course. I’ve learned a lot about astrology and about myself as well. My birthday is coming up on the 27th and to celebrate, I’m going out of town to Cape Breton to visit and relax. I have some concerns leaving my kitty at home but the cat sitter will take good care of her.

The Full Moon for November has passed. Samhain is passed and now we have the long dark cold winter ahead of us. Imbolc may feel far away yet there is a lot that can be done during the winter season. It’s a time to turn inward and to work on projects that were put off in the summer. When I am in Cape Breton, I will be sitting in front of the woodstove with tea and a good book to read. I’ll probably hear the woodpeckers and squirrels. I can’t wait to be out of town as it has been over a year. I deserve a break. When I’m back, I’ll blog all about it.

Lady Spiderwitch

November’s Mists

Merry Meet All,

Had too much spiked cider? November is the calm after the storm. The festivities of Samhain have passed and now it is the time to retreat and enjoy the quiet warmth of November. Leaves have fallen and crunch underfoot. The last of the root vegetables linger at the Farmers Markets.

November is the month of Scorpio, the scorpion (October 23-November 21). Then it changes to Sagittarius. November begins with the Feast of the Dead on the 1st. All Souls Day lands on November 2. The 10th of November brings Martinmas Eve, the Scots Pagan Festival of Nincnevin in honor of the Goddess Diana. The 11th of November marks the onset of winter, the festival of Einherjar, of spiritual warriors protecting Valhalla. The 16th of November marks the celebration of Hecate. Later in the month is the Full Moon, or Frost Moon. The 22nd of November celebrates the Northern Festival of Ydalir and commemorates the Norse god Ullr. The 27th of November marks my birthday. In the Celtic calendar, it is the beginning of a new year. Reflect on your new year ahead.

These celebrations and honoring of deities make for a busy month! There are many reasons to celebrate time with friends and family. On the Full Moon, since it is close to Yule, focus on what you accomplished during the year and what you want to eliminate or welcome into your life.
It is also a time for quiet reflection and rest. Now you can turn to hobbies you enjoy and prepare your gardens for winter’s chill.

‘Colors: Gray, blues
Gemstones: Lapis lazuli, turquoise, topaz
Trees: Cypress, alder, hazel
Gods: Bastet, Isis, Kali, Hecate, Astarte
Herbs: Thistle, betony, verbena, fennel
Element: Water’ (About.com).

Blessed Be,
Lady Spiderwitch.

Samhain Magick

Merry Meet All,
I have a new kitty. Her name is Shadow because she is dark as shadow, light and quick. Shadow is the right cat for me. I may have to keep my piggies under lock and key. She is two years old perfect. Shadow is curious and likes to sit on her perch at the window. She also loves to sleep on my bed. She will adjust to living in a new space.

Last night, I performed a Bast Blessing and Protection of Cats Ritual. I set down my Bast statue, a purple flower, a glass of wine, athame, kyanite wand, pentacle, and a bowl of roasted pumpkin seeds as an offering. I invoked Bast and the whole ritual was wonderful. I imagined I was in a temple and that I was a lady who lived then. I didn’t look like I do now. There were other cats there and of course, Bast herself. She has been invoked to protect all cats from harm. I left offerings and left the temple. The ritual was over. Then I performed a Solitary Samhain Ritual.

Later, I took the pumpkin seeds outside as an offering to the Goddess. After, I went to my kitty Shadow and she caught my hand in her paws and purred. Well, Bast is watching over Shadow. I asked a friend of mine to send distance Reiki to my cat Shadow. Shadow told her a lot of stuff-how much she liked my apartment, me, the energy here and my altar. She sits above my altar on the window ledge. The poor kitty was just ‘there’ and not handled or loved. Awww. Well, she’ll be treated well here. Not to worry.

I hope that Bast is watching over all the kitties as this is a time of year when black cats or other cats are kidnapped and ritually sacrificed to a goddess that is not Bast. Bast would not approve of that. Everyone needs to guard their kitties at this time of year.

I wish you all a wonderful Samhain and your kitties too!!!
Blessed Be,
Lady Spiderwitch