Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Tarot Blog Hop, Yule 2016; Mother-Night Speaks

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When they are in the darkness and not certain what to do, children look to their mother for safety, help, and hope. In this card, we see the face of the Great Mother emerging from the darkness and storm of what has passed, and yet her image seems to arise out of the darkness almost as if it were the source of her power.... and, in a sense, it is. She is between darkness and light, she arises out of confusion, and she gazes into the new journey silently, as she shares her own light. I wrote the Charge of the Dark Goddess many years ago to express the nature of the Great Mother in the time of the dark. Here you go.....

Charge of the Dark Goddess

Listen to the words of the Dark Mother, who of old was called
Hecate, Nuit, Morrigan, Banba, Erda, Macha, MotherNight,
Sekhmet, and many other names:

Whenever you seek wisdom, at the time of the Darkening Moon,
come together in love and trust and learn of Me,
who am the Wisest of Crones...Ye who search the mysteries
of the Earth, the secrets of Air and Darkness, of Blood and Fire,
the silence of the uttermost stars, come unto me,
and I shall whisper to you in the depths of midnight.

Ye shall approach Me in silence, and as a sign that ye are free
from fear, your breast you shall bare to My blade...for fear has
no place in My mysteries, and that which you seek of me will
destroy you if you fear it.

For I am the dolmen arch beyond which stretch the mysteries of infinity.
I am the silence before birth and after death.
I am the clouded mirror in which you scry your own soul.
I am mist in the twilight, the vast and starry sky of midnight, shadows on the Moon.

All things come to Me in the end, and yet I am the beginning of all.
I meet you at the crossroads, I lead you through the darkness,
My hand you grasp in the passage between the worlds.

To those that toy with Me am I an instrument of self-destruction,
yet to the true seeker do I bring knowledge beyond mortal comprehension.
Of you shall I demand the utter truth of all that you are,
and in return shall I give you all that you may be, all that I am.

For My wisdom is beyond the Ages, and knowledge of My Secrets
is power over self, over fear, over death.

Nor do I demand aught of you which you cannot give.

For I am the Mother of Mysteries, and as you know Me, so shall you learn to know yourself.

© Aisling the Bard, 1998 All Rights Reserved.

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