I love this painting. In so many ways, it is me, from the blonde hair to the colorful tattooed arms to the labrys (I have two of them, and they look just like that), to the purposeful countenance and firm manner by way of which the woman is taking the bull by the horns. :)
Although this painting is actually a rendering of the Celtic goddess Morrigan, she could also be Freyja, the great Nordic goddess of love, fertility and war whose stories and ways speak so deeply to me. Her cloak could be of falcon feathers, like Freyja’s is. Her belt might be the Brisangamen.
Thanks to Hecate for posting the image on her blog and for the reminder that May 31 is a “blue moon,” meaning the second full moon in the same month, a time for working magic and expecting that it will produce powerful results. (If you’ve ever wondered what the origin of the phrase “Once in a blue moon” is, now you know!)
I wonder if Akkari is planning anything for this blue moon? Anybody else? I’ve got some plans. I know some good women who, like Hecate, are planning some magic this blue moon on behalf of the earth’s honeybees, which are vanishing. The beekeepers say if the honeybee disappears from the earth, within four years, there will be no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, and no more human beings. (Link) It’s all connected, and we are all connected — earth, skies, sun, moon, waters, mountains, trees, grasses, fish, insects, creatures, air, human beings. What touches one, ultimately touches us all. What harms one ultimately harms us all.