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Diana Lucifera

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Diana Lucifera
Love, Beauty, Blessings, and Occult Danger
 

Diana, the Light Bearer. 
Magna Mater.
Goddess of Stregas.
You are all power, love, and beauty.
You are bliss.
You are eternity in which I reside each moment.
You are every moment.
 
This blog is not about the wonderful Diana that many American Pagans know—virgin huntress and patron of Dianic Wicca, a women-only witchcraft tradition.
 
This blog is about the equally wonderful Diana, known more in Europe. She is the Great Mother. I painted the above portrait to honor Her.
 
I discovered amazing love from Her and for Her. After I've given my students rituals to experience the same, the majority of the men chose Her as their Patron.
 
Pray—not just read—the following prayer, to experience an example of Her heart. It can only be understood experientially. 
 
Prayer for Solace and to Be Filled with Her Spirit
 
Diana, enfold me in your embrace. Comfort me. In the wailing of my heart and the sorrow that wracks my back and chest, let yourself shine down upon me, your moon self. Hold me. Be with me. Let me feel your loving presence. Send the Bird of Heaven to me, to enter my heart and fill me with your spirit.
 
You know, I think the prayer is in a 1980s SageWoman magazine ... Yup, except there I'd called it "Invocation to Diana." I called Anne NN, who gave me this link to the issue.
 
Running with Psychic Scissors
 
A blessing can become a bane. The bigger the blessing, the more it can sour. Diana bestows immense blessings, so let's discuss how a blessing can turn against one. Much of what I will say can be adapted to apply to many other blessings and occult explorations.
 
She loves each of us completely, knowing every cranny of our psyche. This makes us feel special, as we should. However, specialness can cause us to doubt She can love anyone else so purely. That is arrogance.
 
Arrogance can ruin any blessing, in ways that harm you and people around you.
 
Whether a relationship with Her is new or decades old, we can stay humble, by knowing 1) its amazing love is unique yet not unique and 2) it will always be only a beginning of the love and power She can give. Thus we walk in grace and fulfillment of our life goals. 
 
She bestows great love and great power, both beautiful beyond description. When you think you have a monopoly on a pure beauty, you're in trouble.
 
I try to help my students navigate amazing gifts they receive, not just those from Diana. The occult world is dangerous if navigated alone. Without input from a teacher and other friends, any of us can badly harm self and others, despite good intentions.
 
For one thing, when you receive a blessing of immense power, negative spirits might try to trick you into using it for evil. They might masquerade as your Patron Deity, feeding your ego (arrogance) with "spiritual" nana. 
 
They also might give you untrue information about your allies, making you mistreat and forsake them, so that you have no input to counter the negative spirits'.
 
Plus, we do not hear everything from our actual Patron correctly. We listen with flawed perceptions. Other people's input is important.
 
After watching a fair number of people whose amazing, illuminating visions preceded those people's descent down the tubes, I'm grateful for teachers who saved me from my own arrogance by consistently giving me input. 
 
Anyone, newbie or adept, can profit from simply praying, "Diana, please shine your light on my heart, so that I stay humble in your love."
 
a1sx2_Thumbnail1_DianaSecret.jpgDiana's Secrets
 
Diana offers moonlit secrets. Meditate on this painting to receive a secret blessing from Diana. (You may have seen my former renditions of this decades ago. Now that I paint digitally, I can offer Her a better version.)
 
Paradoxes: Her secret wisdoms, being so perfect, are only for you. Keep the secrets, but do not think they make you more deserving than other people.
 
Closing
 
With humility, your power and bounty never cease.
 
Serve according to Her will, then your heart and cup forever fill.
 
She accepts our flaws.
 
Diana's decades-long flawed servant, my blessings only increase.
 
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Francesca De Grandis, AKA Outlaw Bunny, authored the classic text "Be a Goddess!" Founder of Third Road, a Faerie Shamanism tradition that she teaches through both text and oral tradition, De Grandis explains, "I'm a non-theist, pantheist pagan serving Goddess. Mother and all my Gods, thank you." Ecstatic paradox. Bard, painter, spiritual innovator, Whedon fan, middle management for Chaos Gods, and busy elf, she also blogs, including on her own sites, www.stardrenched.com and www.outlawbunny.com

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  • Carol P. Christ
    Carol P. Christ Tuesday, 08 April 2014

    May the love of the Goddess be ever in your heart.

  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis Wednesday, 09 April 2014

    Aw, Carol, thank you for such kind words and for checking out my post.

  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor Tuesday, 08 April 2014

    Francesca, your pieces always brighten my day. Thank you for the introduction to this Diana, for the powerful Prayer for Solace, and for your timely reminder about Arrogance. "Running with Psychic Scissors" - I love it!

    Humor is such an important element on this trip. The deepest trap along the metaphysical journey is the one I fall into when I start to take myself too seriously.

  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis Wednesday, 09 April 2014

    Ted, you are so nice to regularly read my blog. Thank you.

    I am glad you like the prayer. Using it has given me great solace over the years.

    It is interesting you mention the humor in the blog. Decades back, one of my spiritual advisors loved my sense of humor and told me I would be in trouble if I ever lost it. Now this week for some reason, I am getting reminder after reminder about the spiritual importance of humor. I do not know why yet, but you have now given me another reminder. So I will keep trying to have fun and laughter, to avoid running with psychic scissors.

  • Arwen Lynch
    Arwen Lynch Wednesday, 09 April 2014

    This moved me. Praying the prayer rather than simply reading it was an experience I can't quite put into words. So I'll just say thank you.

  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis Wednesday, 09 April 2014

    Oh, my goodness, Arwen, thank you so much, I've known you a long time so and know you to be a person of depth, so I'm really grateful that something I channeled would touch you. I wrote that in the 80s, and it's been a long time comfort.

    I am also touched that you would even try the prayer, bless you for being willing to try somebody else's work, even though you are an elder.

    And yes, it is an experience I can't put into words either. We are blessed.

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