Thursday, December 27, 2007


HOPE FOR THE HOLIDAYSHope for the Holidays - (Seasonal Circle series) - © Sue O'Kieffe 2007
source image: red and white dahlia

I have been reading some about winter traditions based in paganism. Did you know that there is also a Mother Christmas, and that the second day of Christmas (which 12/27 is) is her day?

Deriving from the ancient figure of the Mother Goddess, the feminine principle of deity, she was regarded as a bringer of fertility, abundance, and justice. Usually depicted as a tall and beautiful woman dressed in white and with a golden girdle, she rode through the land, she rode through the land during the twelve days dispensing gifts from a sleigh pulled by dogs.
(Matthews, The Winter Solstice)

I would love for you to share with me what you see or feel looking at this mandala. For myself, I feel the promise of Light coming from deep within, piercing the darkness and radiating to all of humanity.

Happy Mother's Night...the second day of christmas


Kris Cahill said...

Hi Sue,
I see flowers, flesh, and a blossoming that includes both winter and the fiery redness of summer. I also see so much light in this one, beautiful!
Thanks for the information on Mother's Night, I was unaware of it and am happy to know now.

John M. Mora said...

This work to me has so much power - an earthquake of positive energy. It does glow with the magic of what for me is "Christmas, acknowledging all other celebrations of the soltice.

12 we stole more than just the tree.

My best of the holidays. 365 1/4 days of them.

Bobbie said...

For me it is health and freshness and the promise for peace in the hearts of the warriors.

Sybil Archibald said...

It looks like the entrance to the Divine womb!

dianeclancy said...

Hi Sue,

I didn't know about Mother Christmas.

To me, I see the heat and light and life of the desert.

~ Diane Clancy