Soooo sorry for being absent for so long! This new old house I downsized to is taking up way too much of my time -- but it's now all decked out for the holiday season and I am sitting back and enjoying it for the next few months. I'll eventually get around to packing away all "Christmas" decor near the end of February :)
I celebrate the Winter Solstice (a/k/a the Festival of Lights, under its various names), not Christmas, per se, but since Christmas is a Christian expropriation of this ancient Goddess celebration (despite the Romans trying to turn it into a male god thing), I'll take it. Check out my newest "Christmas" decoration -- the Queen of Heaven:
Do you see her? She's a crowned dove, and I've got her up on the highest spot I could in the living room, where She is overlooking everything! She is sparkly white with a gold crown. I tried to get some close-ups but, frankly, I'm not very good at taking photos and my camera is nearly an antique now, purchased in 2005 (I use that, and my shaky hands, as excuses for crappy photos). Here are a couple more looks at her, just because:
Please excuse the pea green "metallic" accent wall, I did not paint it that way, it came with the house. It will disappear as if by magic during the spring of 2015 when I can once again have windows open to air-out paint fumes.
You probably already intuited that when I saw this beautiful crowned dove, I just had to buy her, because I was thinking of the entire criscrossed web of herstory, including: (1) the ancient bird (or eye) goddesses from prehistoric times:
|Alabaster eye icon from Tel Brak|
|Bird Goddess, predynastic Egypt, c.|
4000-3500 BCE, Brooklyn Museum
|Goddess Artemis in her "Lady of the Beasts"|
form (notice the wings) and checkerboard
gown, from Francois Vase. c. 570-560 BCE Greece
|"Virgin Mary" apparition with dove, appeared outside a |
Coptic church, Cairo, Egypt, 1960s.