Blessing For Cats

Bast of beauty and of grace,
Protectress of the feline race,
Shield (name) from all hurt and harm
And keep him/her always safe and warm.
Watch over (name) from day to day
And guide him/her home, if (s)/he should stray.
And grant him/her much happiness
And a good life free of strife and stress.

-Dorothy Morrison

#22 of Plumbbob City: Our Lady of Charity (4x3 Lot)

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A long time ago, there was a devout woman named Martha who risked her own life while trying to extinguish a fire that trapped some schoolchildren. The schoolchildren were saved, but Martha became injured by the fire and eventually died. For her altruistic fervor, the Church decided to beatify her as a saint, a protectress of infants. To this day, Sims from all walks of life go on a pilgrimage to visit this blessed saint’s shrine and pay respects to her for the welfare of all the children in the world.

This lot has a big church building at the center, a couple of pine trees and flora, and a shrine dedicated to the saint that can also be used as a Sunday school building because of its bookcases. The church building includes a narthex (that goes up to the balcony), a nave (where the congregation sits), a sanctuary (the holiest part of the church), a wedding reception room in one sachristy, and a dressing room in the other sachristy. 

Note: The shrine is located in the tiny building outside the church. The statue of the Gray Woman of SimCity stands behind the glass window.

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"Palden Lhamo (དཔལ་ལྡན་ལྷ་མོ།)…is a protecting Dharmapala of the teachings of Gautama Buddha…She is the wrathful deity considered to be the principal protectress of Tibet.” [x]

"Palden Lhamo’s form is that of a fierce female ogress… Her three eyes represent her ability to see into past, present and future realms…She is dark blue…representing her attainment of great bliss – the realization of emptiness.

Her right hand is in the sky holding a skull cup representing the destruction of obstacles. The skull cup is filled with blood, representing great bliss.

She carries a human-skin bag full of diseases that she collects from those who invoke her. Her legs are in a semi-relaxed posture and chains connect one ankle to the other. 

…She is practiced within all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism and she is a fully enlightened Buddha.” [x]

[more on palden lamo: x/x; full image: x; the mantra written across the gifs is palden lamo’s mantra.]

for korra week, day 2. korra is the fierce, wrathful protector of her world; her fight to save the airbenders invokes palden lhamo’s role as protector of tibet and the dharma.

anonymous said:

Just curious, you don't have to answer, but why do you hold Medusa so close?

Interesting you ask, I was just thinking about this earlier when my friends and I were talking tattoos (as I plan on getting her tattooed very soon).

Basically, to me, Medusa is the physical representation of anger, betrayal, wrath, and death. Taken from a life of purity and beauty, she was ultimately betrayed and the one time she looked to someone for help, they crossed her, too, and made it out to be her fault (“a beast? Medusa was beautiful once, so beautiful as to tempt Poseidon. When he came for her, she ran to the temple of Athena thinking the Goddess would protect her. She didn’t.”) and therefore condemned her to a life of rage and suffering. Therefore, Medusa, her name meaning “protectress, guardian” defends herself and whatever she has left of her life. She is scorned and she destroyed every man that dared to step foot in her territory, all save for one, of course, which oddly sits personally with me as well but that’s a different and more complex story and parallel.

Anger, betrayal, wrath and death is all I see and the only way I cope. I hold Medusa close for this reason, among Enyo, Atlas, Icarus and a few others. But, Medusa stands out a little more than them and always has.

Offerings to the Goddess Palden Lhamo. Tibet. 1500s.

Palden Lhamo is the principal protectress of Tibet and the only female of the Eight Guardians of the Dharma. Together with the companion black-ground (nag thang) painting on this wall, this work would have been installed in the chapel (gonkhang) dedicated to the wrathful protective deities (dharmapalas), a room reserved for tantric initiation rites within a Tibetan monastery. The exceptional scale and complexity of the composition relate the painting to the offering-scene murals known as “sets of ornaments” (rgyan tshogs) that adorn the interiors of shrines dedicated to the dharmapalas. It differs in the fact that it represents an actual deity rather than a disembodied presence. 


At the center, the wrathful four-armed goddess Palden Lhamo is shown riding her mule. She is commonly depicted as an emaciated female of terrifying aspect. She wears a necklace of severed heads, holds a skull cup brimming with blood, and is surrounded by a flame mandala that emanates from her being. Depicted against the black background are musical instruments and ritual utensils of all types intended as offerings to the deity. The upper register is framed by a curtain of flayed human skins and organs. Beneath Palden Lhamo is a register depicting auspicious Buddhist symbols and, below them, the seven attributes of a chakravartin (Universal Ruler): a wheel, a wish-fulfilling jewel, a perfect minister, a wife, a horse, an elephant, and a general. -Met

protectress

skyong ma - goddess of the earth, protectress [JV]

skyong ma bcu gnyis - the twelve Protectresses [RY]

skyob ma - protectress, help, assistance [IW]

gur drag - Chakrasamvara bka’ sdod protectress [IW]

'jigs brgyad skyob ma - Protectress from the 8 kinds of fears [IW]

brtan ma bcu gnyis - 12 sisters of the mountain passes, local protectresses guarding gates to central tibet [JV]

dud sol ma - Tusolma [protectress] [IW]

dpal gyi lha mo - Srimati devi [presides over wrathful deities, but is a protectress] [IW]

dpal sngags kyi srung ma - the Splendorous protectress of secret mantra, Ekajati [IW]

dpal ldan lha mo - dbyangs can lha mo a wrathful protectress Sridevi [IW]

be ta li - the protectress Vaitali/ Vetali [IW]

bod khams skyong - protectress of Tibet [one of {sman mo bzhi} [IW]

zhing skyong ma - protectress of sacred places, Shingkyongma [JV]

srung ma - protectress guardian [JV]

e ka tsa ti - ekajati, protectress of teachings [JV]

e ka dza ti - protectress of teachings [JV]

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Pleiades the Seven Sisters

The Pleiades star cluster, also known as the Seven Sisters and Messier 45, is a conspicuous set of hot blue luminous stars in the night sky with a prominent place in ancient mythology and culture including the Celts, Māori, Aboriginal Australians, the Persians, the Arabs, the Chinese, the Japanese, the Maya, the Aztec, and the Sioux and Cherokee. They are among the first stars mentioned in literature, appearing in Chinese annals of about 2350 BC. From our perspective they appear in the constellation of Taurus as one of the most obvious star clusters in the night sky.

In Greek Mythology, the Pleiades are the daughters of Titan Atlas and Oceanid nymph Pleione. They are also the sisters of the Hyades. Atlas was the titan of Astronomy, navigation and holder of the celestial spheres.  His wife Pleione, the protectress of Sailing gave birth to Maia (the eldest), Electra, Taygeta, Alcyone, Celaeno, Asterope (also known as Sterope) and Merope along with Hyas and the Hyades.

There are several legends involving the Pleiades, however one of the most commonly accounted is as follows,

After Atlas was forced to carry the heavens on his shoulders, Orion the Hunter met the Pleiades and their mother by chance, thus becoming the objects of his pursuit. Entranced by the young women, he pursued them over the face of the Earth. In pity for their plight, Zeus changed them into a flock of doves, which he set in the heavens and then into stars to comfort their father.

The constellation of Orion is said to still pursue them across the night sky.

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Archaeological Museum of Chaironeia:

Marble trimorph Hekataio

Sculptural composition representing the three aspects of the goddess Hekate. This type is common and harks back to the famous archaic model attributed to the sculptor Alkamenes. In Greece Hekate was mainly worshiped as protectress of the houses, as well as of public streets, precincts and graves. Hekate figures (Hekateaia) were usually placed in front of the house door to protect the home from evil, as well as at crossroads, sanctuaries and cemeteries since in the texts Hekate is mentioned in association with the souls of the dead.

LETO was one of the female Titans, a bride of Zeus, and the mother of the twin gods Apollon and Artemis. She was the goddess of motherhood and with her children, a protectress of the young. Her name and iconography suggest she was also a goddess of modesty and womanly demure. Like her sister Asteria (goddess of stars) she may also have been a goddess of the night, or alternatively of the light of day.

When Leto was pregnant with the twins she was pursued relentlessly by the goddess Hera, who drove her from land to land preventing her from finding a place to rest and give birth. The floating island of Delos eventually provided her with refuge.

In Roman mythology, Leto’s equivalent is Latona, (picture)

I don’t want to be your Aphrodite. I’m not wicked and as cunning as she. I’m neither a cheating wife nor a malicious and treacherous woman. I want to be like Artemis. Protectress of dewy youth; Moon that lights up the night sky.

The Doric-style Temple “E” at the ancient Greek site of Selinunte was completed between 490 and 480 BC. Recent research reveals that it was probably dedicated to the goddess Hera, the protectress of weddings, engaged couples, and pregnant women. #selinunte #templeE #doric #hera #architecture #architettura #archaeology #archeologia #ancient #antico #doric #dorico #columns #colonne #ancientgreece #magnagrecia #temple #tempio #ancientgreek #carthaginian #experiencesicily #sicily #sicilia #siciliabedda #sizilien #italy #italia #italien #sicilytourism #sicilytravel

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