Saturday, 30 April 2011

GODDESS PROCESSION CELEBRATION - AMSTERDAM 08/05/2011

GODDESS PROCESSION  CELEBRATION



On Sunday May 8th 2011 at 13:00 there will be a celebratory procession in Amsterdam Honouring the Great Mother - Celebrating the Divine Feminine.
We welcome the participation of everyone who would like to join us in procession with the Goddess through the streets of Amsterdam.


The Goddess will arrive by water at the Geuzenkade in Amsterdam West - de Baarsjes where we will meet, greet and carry Her to the former church in the Chassestraat.

This beautiful building, once dedicated to Maria - Our Lady of Perpetual Help, was build for praying and not for partying. As facilities are very limited this building dictates simplicity. So we made some hard choices. We will focus on the procession and ceremony. The church will be transformed into a Goddes temple for one day, where - after the ceremony - you can meditate or walk the labyrinth.
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The ceremony will focus on water. Please bring a little bottle with water from the place where you live.
Looking forward to seeing you there


Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Nature Wallpapers



Here you can download our selected wallpapers.
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Middleton Gardens, South Carolina







Cormorant





Matterhorn
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Polar Bear and Cub, Svalbard

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Glacier Pool





Lavender Fields

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Arctic Igloo



Moroccan Mosque

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Birds, Germany

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Giraffes, Botswana

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Green Tree Frogs

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Orange Coral

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Northern Lights

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Anemonefish

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Purple Sea Star

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Purple Crocuses

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Maple Leaves

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Sunflower

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Green Tree Snake

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All pictures selected from: http://photography.nationalgeographic.com

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Fountain Diana Statue

Fountain of Diana

Accompanied by her two dogs, a greyhound and a water spaniel, Diana, the goddess of hunting, reclines with her arm around a majestic stag. This sculpture once surmounted a monumental fountain on the grounds of the Château of Anet, built by Philibert de L'Orme for Diane de Poitiers, Henry II's mistress. The elongated, naked silhouette of the chaste goddess, whose beauty had always been admired, became a symbol of the French Renaissance.


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Diana and the Nymph


The semi-reclining figure of Diana is seen with one arm around the neck of a stag proudly holding up its head. She is accompanied by her dogs, Phrocyon and Cyrius, clearly depicted as a greyhound and a water spaniel. She is not wearing her usual attribute, the crescent moon. This figure of Diana instantly recalls the Nymph of Fontainebleau (Louvre), a high relief sculpted by Benvenuto Cellini for Francis I. Philibert de L'Orme had installed it above the main entrance to the Château of Anet in the mid-16th century, transforming the nymph into Diana, the goddess of hunting.
Without being an actual portrait of the royal favorite, the figure is certainly evocative of Diane de Poitiers, mistress of the castle. The painting of Diana the Huntress (Louvre) by a School of Fontainebleau artist likewise draws parallels between the two Dianas, and the goddess is similarly depicted nude. In the Nymph relief, Cellini had specified that the stag represented Francis I. It is tempting to think that the stag here symbolizes Henry II, Diane de Poitier's royal lover.

The sculptor


The artist to whom French sculpture owes its first large-scale nude remains an enigma. The beauty of the work presupposes a great master, but which one? Its traditional attribution to Jean Goujon (not accepted today) dates back to the French Revolution and was put forward by Alexandre Lenoir, founder of the Musée des Monuments Français and an enthusiastic admirer of Goujon. Since then, the sculpture has been attributed, in turn, to Benvenuto Cellini, Germain Pilon, Pierre Bontemps, and Ponce Jacquiot. But it is hard to judge, for the statue was heavily restored in the 18th century, and then again in 1799-1800 by the sculptor Pierre-Nicolas Beauvallet, also known for his interpretation of Susannah and the Elders (1813, Louvre).



 

Fontainebleau elegance


Whoever the sculptor of the work was, Diana epitomizes the regal elegance of School of Fontainebleau art: the elongated Mannerist figure, the litheness of the body, the tiny high breasts, the small head, the extremely refined hairstyle, and the well-drawn eyes. A certain sensuality stems from the contrast between the nakedness of the body and the elaborateness of the hairstyle, but the ideal beauty of the figure and the purity of the lines confer a chaste distinction upon the goddess.
The work is a masterpiece of harmony. To balance the goddess's pose and the majestic presence of the stag with tall antlers, which draw the group to the left, the sculptor raised the goddess' left arm and placed a bow in her hand. The heads of Diana and the stag, turned in the same direction, ensure the coherence of the scene.

from: Wikipedia,org & Louvre.fr