“Mary is an archetype that swims in the pool of the collective unconscious that Carl Jung wrote about, a part of the common symbolic inheritance of all humanity. Perhaps everyone has an image of Mary in the back of their minds, an image, like matter, that can be neither created nor destroyed. “
Our Lady of the Lost & Found - Diane Schoemperlen
Winged women was saying
“full of grace” and like.
was light beyond sun and words
of a name and a blessing.
winged women to only i.
i joined them, whispering
- Lucille Clifton
I believe that the Virgin Mary, Fátima, Guadalupe and other Madonna icons are symbols of reconciliation, uniting Christian imagery with that of older matriarchal faiths. The Great Mother and the Creatrix-Goddess are always with us, in physical forms that change from era to era. In these times, when the planet is under environmental threat, they are potent symbols of the Earth Goddess, whom we must honour and revere if our species is to survive.
The final appearance of Mary at Fátima became known as the "Miracle of the Sun." A crowd believed to number 70,000, including newspaper reporters and photographers, gathered in the rain, which finally stopped as a thin layer of clouds cloaked the silver disc of the sun. One of the children called to the crowd to look at the sun. Observers later spoke of the sun appearing to change color and rotate like a wheel. Not everyone saw the same thing, and witnesses gave widely varying descriptions of the "sun's dance."
With collage, ink, paint and butterfly wings, I have tried to convey the events of that day and the luminescence of Our Lady.
O Queen of Eternal Glory,
O Serene like the Moon,
O Resplendent like the Sun,
O Mother of the Golden Heights!
from LITANY TO OUR LADY (Latin translation, Irish, 8th century)
Pegi Eyers is the author of "Ancient Spirit Rising: Reclaiming Your Roots & Restoring Earth Community," a new book that explores strategies for intercultural competency, healing our relationships with Turtle Island First Nations, decolonization, recovering an ecocentric worldview, rewilding, creating a sustainable future and reclaiming peaceful co-existence in Earth Community.