Sunday, June 2, 2019

PURCHASE THE MYSTERIES OF MARY TAROT DECK HERE


New stock of the Mysteries of Mary tarot deck has arrived and I am
currently packing and shipping pre-orders.
You can now buy a deck and book from me at
The French Madonna on Etsy.com


DETAILS

- 78 tarot cards printed on 350 gsm card stock with clear matte varnish 
- 160 page A5 paperback tarot book signed by myself
- Unique handmade pouch with image of the Sacred Mother
- Extra signed tarot card
- small statue of Mother Mary
- plastic rosary 


I accept payments through Paypal.  When you have paid by clicking on the PayPal button
please send me an email to confirm that you have bought the deck. 
I will reply to your email.
I ship from Cape Town, South Africa and I ship within 5 days of receiving
your purchase.

My email is : hettienne@telkomsa.net
I am the_french_madonna on Instagram.



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This listing includes the Mysteries of Mary tarot deck presented in a hand crafted tarot pouch, a 160 page paperback guide book (signed by myself) and an extra signed tarot card, as well as a rosary and a small Mary statue. The deck and everything that comes with it is consecrated to Mary and is a sacred altar. You can read more about the ritual and practise on my blog http://pathofdivinelove.blogspot.com






I am very proud to share that the deck has been included in the Museo dei Tarocchi (International tarot museum and the only one of its kind in the world) in Riola, Bologna Italy!! I visited the museum and its owner a few months ago and you can read more about this on my website here :  

http://www.hergracesacredart.com/2017/06/museo-dei-tarocchi-riala-bologna.html






The Mysteries of Mary Tarot Deck is a unique deck of cards and guide book published by myself in Cape Town, South Africa.  It  is a mystical vision of the sacred mysteries of the Soul and its unsung feminine path. The Mysteries tells of a sacred marriage of the Bride and the Beloved : a new mythos of the story of the Child Within and the Gospel of Love. A mystical vision of the religion of the Soul as reflected and embodied in the archetypal images of the story of Divine Mary in the Mariamic tradition. 

The deck is inspired by my devotion to Mother Mary and my personal spiritual journey and its many experiences with Her.  It is designed as a practical tool and instrument on the spiritual path blending the many traditions of worshipping Mary.  At a young age already (in childhood) I had many visions into the imaginal and invisible realms.  These shaped me and my view of life and many of these visions propelled me into my life’s work.

You can read more about my journey on Cloister of the Heart http://pathofdivinelove.blogspot.com and on the Temple of Mary website at http://bookofmarysacredheart.blogspot.com.  The deck is discussed on my website www.hergracesacredart.com

Today we know the Blessed Mary as the Mother of Jesus who plays a small part in the story of Protestant Christianity and who plays an important part in the Roman Catholic tradition.  She is lesser known as a goddess in the feminine traditions and very few would connect her with the great Mother goddesses of the past or the Lady Sophia in the Wisdom traditions.

But to myself, and others like me, there is a connection, a red thread that connects the dots in the eye of the heart.  The ancient divine feminine had been demonised many moons ago and her stories had gone underground.  One has to rely on myth, folk tale, oral traditions, fairy tales and subtle clues and especially correspondences, to uncover Her story.  And today Mary is the Sacred Keeper of all Our Lady’s titles and Wisdom.

The Mysteries of Mary is a reweaving and a regathering of all these threads of Our Lady’s garment created from red wool and linen.  We look in the Bible, in the Koran, the Kabbalah and many other ancient and rediscovered lost books.  There are also esoteric and apocryphal books that tell the stories of Mary, the feminine counterpart of the Divine Creator in the Western religion and myth and many of these stories have been included to create The Mysteries of Mary deck.  



In this deck the story starts with Mara, the bitter one.  Why is she called Mara?  We follow Mara, the holy fool through the stories of Maria Prophetissa, the Jewess and the first woman alchemist, to Sophia, Mary of the Gael onwards till we get to the Woman who stands on the moon with twelve stars around her head.

Woven into the tapestry of myth, metaphor and inspiration, are fairytales and in particular, the folktale of The Handless Maiden.  And so are the Greek, Roman, Egyptian, pagan and especially the Judaic history which is the precursor to the Christian mysteries.

The deck incorporates alchemical principles and as such it is a marriage of opposites, a living hieros gamos which follows the sacred journey of the Holy Fool through the mysteries of Mary. I focus on the mystical (hidden)  and inner meanings of the Mysteries of Mary.  

Historically and politically there are so many theories and ideas – none of them completely provable – thus it remains a Mystery. The teachings of Jesus and the Marys, are also open to various interpretations.  Many wars have been fought based on differences in interpretation.  I am not exploring the religion of the Mystery, but rather the message that I, personally see in this ancient story.


The four suits of the deck correspond with the four cycles of Marys life :  Virgin and Priestess as the Suit of Vessels;  Beloved and Bride as the Suit of the Holyrood;  Mother and Sacred Woman as the Suit of Distaff and Wisdom as Suit of Roses.

It is my vision that this deck can be the start of a far greater vision : one that marries the mind and the heart; the feminine and the masculine.  It is my hope that you will glimpse the revelation that all religion contains Soul and that the veils of dogma and manipulation obscure the truth.  May you look in the mirror of Sophia and see yourself as Love Eternal. - extracted from the Introduction of the accompanying book.



The deck consists of photographs taken by myself of the 78 handcrafted shrines that I created over a four year period.  These are professionally printed in a large card format on a good quality card stock.  The style and colours used create a rich tapestry of imagery, symbol and colour.  The accompanying guide book has a paperback cover.   Each limited edition deck will be signed by myself and each deck will come in a unique pouch in the style of the deck

I ship registered airmail with a tracking number -  shipping usually takes between two and four weeks but there are unfortunately exceptions depending on the country and its postal service .
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You can read reviews of the deck here :  http://www.hergracesacredart.com/p/feedback-and-reviews-of-mysteries-of.html

Read review written by Arnell Ando on her website www.arnellsart.com here :  

http://www.arnellart.com/mary-tarot.htm

Dear Hettienne,
You breathtakingly beautiful & heartfelt deck set has at last arrived! I’m blown away by how much care & attention to detail you’ve put into this meaningful project. I’d like to help spread the word somehow after I’ve had a chance to Live with it for a bit & read from your book your true intentions & visions. Thank you ever so much for your generous heart & sharing this magical offering. It is deeply appreciated Hettienne. ❤

This is such a beautiful deck and the energy is amazing. The whole set is beautiful and well put together, you’re not just getting a deck of cards but what fells like a blessing. I love it and I’m overjoyed that this Mary deck has found it’s way into my life!

What can I say about a person that puts so much of her heart and soul into this? Beyond words. Spiritual transcendent experience when you get anything from this woman. I thank you!

This deck is just exquisite. The work and intention put into it sets it apart. I am just beginning to work with it and there are so many layers. I just love it.

What a stunning deck! Very special indeed, I can’t wait to work with it. Fabulous customer service too. Thank you!


You can read about the process and see more of the cards as they developed on my website
The Mysteries of Mary Tarot Deck at www.hergracesacredart.com and many images on The French Madonna Instagram

blessings
Hettienne

Monday, May 6, 2019

Mysteries of Mary tarot deck is now on Patreon



Please join me on Patreon.

For $5 a month you will have exclusive access to a post
with a layout, or a spread, or other insights and clarifications
on using the Mysteries of Mary tarot deck as a healing tool
on your spiritual journey.

I also have a Black Madonna tier in which you will
receive a monthly post and image of the research on the deck,
the individual cards, their shrines, the suits,, the themes
and everything that goes into creating a tarot deck.

I am on Patreon as The French Madonna but you
can also find the button in the side bar.

Blessings
Hettienne


Sunday, January 27, 2019

Maria Naturans

Virgo Maria Potens
III The Empress
Sacred Mysteries of Mary Tarot deck


Here Mary is the strong,  powerful and positive Feminine, 
Empress and Mother of the World.
She is pregnant with Life and the absolute abundance of creativity
and beauty and she is the womb of potential 
for ever-returning life;  the possibility of birthing 
sustaining and fertile life both within the psyche,
the spiritual and the physical.

The Empress
The Mysteries of Mary tarot deck  www.hergracesacredart.com

Mary as the Empress embodies the powerful feminine force which is within
both the masculine and the feminine.  This strength is not limited to the masculine
action of this world. The receptivity of the feminine does not make
her only submissive and dependent and the activity
of the masculine does not make it only divisive and cutting.

The strong positive feminine power within the Soul and
within the person, is often regarded as wild and chaotic
and it is also mostly deeply feared and our culture
believes that she should be controlled and harnessed
for our own use and benefit.
In a simplistic fashion, mother nature is seen
as the pure expression of the powerful feminine.
But mother nature, and our instinctual nature, is only a
part of the feminine power.  The soul is, and in earlier times,
the Holy Spirit was as well, most often depicted as a woman
and if the soul is only seen as a wild force of nature which
should be dominated and controlled, where does that leave us
as human beings?  And where does that put women
in this world of organisation and structure?  And
what happens to traditionally womanly values
and enterprises and to whom is the mothering of
the world relegated?   We end up with a world in
which the ideal and image of a
 positive nurturing mother and the powerful empress 
is completely absent.

She is surrounded by the symbols of the Mother of Nature
and the Mother as Earth as known to mankind
through the ages and throughout many cultures.
  She is standing in the stream of living waters, 
as they are eternally birthing through her.
She has the bee, the Queen bee, the sheafs of wheat, bunches
of grapes and is standing on a mountain covered in roses.

She is the Queen Bee surrounded by bees.
In the ancient world those who worshipped Demeter and Artemis 
were referred to as 'bees' or 'melissas'.
The bee was also a symbol of Potnia, also referred to as the
pure Mother Bee in the Minoan mysteries.
The priestess at the sacred site of Delphi was known as
the 'honey bee' and honey has many sacred and profound metaphysical
and physical properties and metaphoric meaning.

In Samuel 1 "Jonathan... put forth the end of the rod 
that was in his hand, and dipped it in a honey comb, 
and put his hand to his mouth; and his eyes were enlightened."


The Empress
The Mysteries of Mary tarot deck http://www.hergracesacredart.com

Mary as The Empress embodies the great positive
Mother of the World.  Through her courageous
acts of meekness and mercy she manifests
the positive feminine force in this world.
She is the icon and symbol of our own
positive feminine strength and courage
and of the great mothering power that we possess.
We are capable of great acts of kindness,
we are capable of staying present in life with an open
heart and being present to our own vulnerability
and allowing the infinite waters of compassion
to flow through us to all of creation and to all living creatures,
including ourselves.


blessings
Hettienne

Saturday, January 26, 2019

The Miracle of the Sun

Our Lady of Fatima, the Dancing Sun -
9 of the Suit of the Lily and the Bee
The Path of Truth and Justice
Tarot Deck of the Mysteries of Mary

The Miracle of the Sun. This is how it is known to the people of Portugal.
 It all happened just 93 years ago, starting in May, 1917. 
Three shepherd children spoke of experiencing a vision of the 
Virgin Mary in the Cova da Iria fields close to the town of Fatima. 
It was the 13th day of the month. 
They were to repeat the experience on the 13th day of each month till October.
 The eldest child was Lucia, aged ten, and she was accompanied
 by her two cousins, Francisco, aged nine and Jacinta, aged seven.

When questioned, the children described seeing a flash of lightning about noon.
 It was followed by another which enveloped them in a blinding light.
 Looking up, they saw a lady “brighter than the sun”,
 her bare feet resting on a cloud touching the branches of a stunted holm oak. 
They described the vision as lovelier than any person they had ever seen. 
The “lady” was young, dressed in white, her face pure and smiling, 


On October 13th a crowd of 70,000 gathered at the
 Cova da Iria in response to the children’s claim 
that a miracle would occur on that day “so that all may believe.”
 At the appointed time, in the middle of a rainstorm the clouds broke up 
and the sun was seen as a disk spinning in the sky, 
throwing off great rays of fantastic colours. 
As one columnist reported, “Before the astonished eyes of the crowd 
the sun trembled and danced.” Suddenly it seemed to fall 
until it almost reached the earth, but then it stopped, 
slowly making its way back into the sky. 
Before Christianity the Sun was the female deity in many cultures
and the moon was the male God.  The mythologist
Janet McCrickard asserts that sun goddesses are more common
worldwide that male sun gods.  She suggests that the belief
in the male solar deities spread due to a few popular
Greek and Roman mythologies.  There are opinions that
the rising patriarchy in some cultures downgraded the power
of the female realm assigning it to the Moon of lesser light
claiming the power and brightness of the Sun for themselves.

The stories and descriptions about Mary become meaningful
to a woman when she understands the mysteries of Mary
in the light of her own feelings, her personal experiences,
imagination, dreams, creativity and all the aspects of her own
personal life.  A personal relationship with a female
divine image and being allows a woman to connect
with her own deepest inner and divine self.

When one relates to Mary through your own personal
experience, the story becomes different for every woman
but a personal guide and Muse for life direction and
self-fulfillment and happiness.


blessings

Hettienne

Friday, January 25, 2019

(H)Anna




All alone, she (Anna) went into the garden and sat down
 beneath the laurel tree. Looking toward the heavens, 
she saw a nest of sparrows in the tree. Fresh tears welled up in her eyes. 
How she longed to have a child of her own. Anna entreated the Lord, 
saying” Woe is me! To what am I likened? 
I am not likened to this earth, for even the earth brings 
forth her fruit in its season and blesses you, O Lord.” 
And behold an angel of the Lord appeared, 
saying “Anna, the Lord God heard your prayer, 
and you will conceive and give birth, 
and your offspring shall be spoken of in the whole inhabited world.” – extract from the Infancy Gospel of Mary

Anna was barren and never conceived with child. 
The Archangel Gabriel announced to her that she will miraculously conceive.  
It is told that this is a miraculous conception of the Holy child Mary 
and it is an echo of the immaculate conception of Mary still to come.  
As Anna and Joachim, Mary’s father, was too old to physically conceive a child, this was regarded as a conception by Spirit.  
‘Promise them, that by the favour of our right hand they will receive the Fruit of benediction, and that Anne shall conceive a Daughter, to whom We give the name MARY…. were revealed to St Gabriel.’ 
And Gabriel said: ‘She shall be elect, exalted, powerful and full of the Holy Ghost; 
on account of the sterility of Anne her  conception shall be miraculous;’ – Mystical City of God

Anna is Greek for the Hebrew name Hannah and it means ‘grace’. 

Anna’s story is also in the Quran and she is revered in Islam.  
In Islam Joachim is called by the name Imran 
and he dies before Mary is born. 
The priest Zacharias predicted the birth of a male Messiah to Anna, 
but she gave birth to a girl.  
She is revered as a mystic in Islam for her wisdom 
and realisation that Mary was a highly spiritual 
and special child to be dedicated to the Temple. 


In this shrine we see Anna sitting under the palm tree, working on her sewing.
Gabriel is holding the red thread of the mystical message of love and good news
which he delivered to Anna.


blessings
Hettienne

Monday, January 21, 2019

Mary as Priestess



Mary has her own folk mythology unrelated
to the mainstream Christian myth.
In the mythological sense she is like the goddesses
in all cultures of the world.
The legends about Mary illustrate that Mary
is a force in people's lives.

 -  extracted from The Breath, the soul, the Divine female
by Rasa Luzyte


Mary's presentation in the Temple of the Dove
from the Suit of Vessels
Sacred Mysteries of Mary Tarot
www.hergracesacredart.com


My card from the Mysteries of Mary tarot deck 
depicting the young Virgin Mary as
Temple priestess in the Temple of the Dove
as told in The Mystical City of God:

Joachim and Anne set out from Nazareth, 
accompanied by a few of their kindred and bringing
with them the true living Ark of the covenant,
the most holy Mary,
borne on the arms of her mother in order
to be deposited in the holy temple of Jerusalem.

They arrived at the holy temple, and the blessed
Anne, on entering, took her Daughter and Mistress
by the hand, accompanied and assisted by Joachim.
All three offered a devout and fervent prayer
to the Lord, the parents offering God their daughter,
and the most holy Child.


She heard a voice saying to her :
Come my Beloved, come my Spouse,
come to my temple where I wish to hear they
voice of praise and worship.

The mystical city of God 
by venerable Mary of Agreda


blessings
Hettienne

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Walking with Mary for Thirty Days

http://bookofmarysacredheart.blogspot.com
Walking with Mary
#30dayswithmary



Once again I am inviting you to a thirty days practise
of Walking with Mary.

Full details are on my blog at
http://bookofmarysacredheart.blogspot.com.
You can also search under the labels
thirtydayswithmary 
and
walkingwithmary
and follow on Instagram #30dayswithmary

You are invited to join me and the Temple of Mary in a 30 day practice with the metaphor, Sacred Presence and iconography of Blessed Mary.  
We will start on Friday 11 January 2019 on my birthday and continue till Monday 11 February, the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Sunday 3 February 2019 is the start of the Art Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes whose feast day we celebrate on Monday 11 February and it will be included in these thirty days.

You can participate wherever you are and you can spend as much time as you can afford to on the daily practise.  The month of Walking with Mary will include special prayers, contemplation, spiritual exercises and tools to uncover your own Sacred Heart and strengthen your relationship with 
the Blessed Mother Mary.

This is a free event and open to everyone
Over the next few days I will share a few items that you have to collect and prepare beforehand.
If you own the Mysteries of Mary tarot deck and/or the  Amulets of Mary Healing Oracle,
you can bring them to this event.  

We will consecrate our decks and we will set up a special Walking with Mary altar.  

Subscribe to the Temple of Mary blog on the right hand side under the tab 'subscribe by email' and you will receive weekly blog posts setting out the teachings of Mary and her many roles;  I will share sacred healing practises with you and you will receive instructions on how to do the Silent Heart meditation and how to receive the Sacred Heart diksha which you will practise on a daily basis.

You will experience the flowering of peace and joy and you will see the changes in your personal life unfold as you walk these thirty days with Mary.

blessings
Hettienne