of Rocamadour, France
Hand painted 8.5 inch resin Black
Black Madonna protects infants, calms storms at sea, frees captives, and
promotes fertility. Her image is much more striking in person: very strong and
yet nurturing. The serenity enslaved peoples sought from her is reflected in her
closed eyes as well as the infant's seeming to be in meditation.
Metal shackles shed by former prisoners are heaped in
gratitude at her feet, and she can be of help whenever you feel enslaved.
This image is housed in the lady chapel of the
fantastic French town literally built into the hillside. Rocamadour was known as
the site of worship of the triple Goddess Sulevea, Iduenna, and Minerva. Also
home of a troop of women archers called Dianas who excluded men but "had
relations" with fairies.
The Black Madonnas far preceded Christianity in Europe
as evidenced in these French findings. One of the many dolmens, menhirs and
druid stones sacred to Sulivea, Goddess of the Alders (thought to be a form of
Cybele), stands under this Black Madonna's altar.
FRENCH BLACK VIRGINS
Whoever the enigmatic Black
Virgin may be, she holds a powerful attraction for her millions of devotees
around the world. Her sacred sites stand on highly charged earth energy centres,
enhanced by megalithic ley-lines and sacred architecture.
From ancient times to the
present, people have undertaken pilgrimages to her shrines as a way to explore
her mysteries and to enable her to do her miraculous work of healing,
transformation and inspiration.
France has more than 300 Black
Virgin places of worship and over 150 Black Virgin statues still in existence.
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