Doe, A Deer, A Female Deer: The Spirit of Mother Christmas

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In the ancient northern religions it was the female horned reindeer who drew the sleigh of the mother or sun goddess at winter solstice. It was when we “Christianized” the pagan traditions of winter, that the white bearded man i.e. “Father Christmas” was born.

Today he chariots Rudolph and his steed of flying reindeer across our mythical skies and we have forgotten that it was the” Deer Mother” (stronger and larger than the buck) who lead the herds.

And it is her beloved image that adorns the Christmas cards and Yule decorations we are so familiar with today. Because, unlike the male who sheds his antlers in winter, it is the Deer Mother, who flies through winter’s longest darkest night with life-giving light of the sun in her horns.

stag2 Image is from Art of Sekhmet

Across the North, since the Neolithic, from the British Isles, Scandinavia, Russia, Siberia, the…

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Electique Gallery Exhibit

Recently Aia and Heather displayed their art at the Long Beach Winter Solstice Fair. Their art speaks to the spirit, the inner God or goddess in us all. You can see their work on exhibit today. Hope you have a chance to stop by the gallery. Aia and friends are displaying at the Eclectique Galley …

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