[Note from Medusa: Lydia Ruyle is creator of renowned and beloved Goddess Icon banners that have flown internationally at many events. She will be speaking on "Dark Mothers" at the Association for the Study of Women & Mythology Conference in San Antonio March 28-29.]
Forty Goddess Banners take a detour in 2014
creating the despacho in Colorado, Bob and I took off the next day for
California and six weeks in Palm Springs where he plays golf and I paint
Goddess Banners. Our route took us through northern Arizona and the Hopi
reservation. We stopped on Third Mesa to see the Hopi Cultural Center and Museum which tells
their cultural and spiritual story. On one wall is a huge photo mural of the
Powamu Ceremony with Crow Mother. She was one of the missing Goddess Banners at
that point. I stood in front of Crow Mother and asked her to help bring the
Copyright 2014 by Lydia Ruyle. All rights reserved.
[UPDATE from Medusa 3/9/14: Lydia reports that she received the banners in good shape---on March 8, International Women's Day!]
Goddess Banners have traveled millions of miles around the globe since their
debut at the Celsus Library in Ephesus, Turkey in 1995. I’ve schlepped them in
my luggage, sent them with friends, trusted chaperones, UPS, Royal Mail, US
Postal Service, DHL, FEDEX, etc. But sometimes, the girls take detours much to
my concern and dismay. It’s a miracle only four out of 300 have been lost
permanently in nearly two decades of constant travel.
February 1, I sent 40 Goddess Banners to Seattle for the 22nd Annual Women of
Wisdom Conference where I was speaking and doing a workshop. I've been sending
the girls there for more than ten years. On February 10, I got an urgent email
that they had not shown up. We traced them with UPS and found they had been
delivered on February 6 to the front porch of the conference organizer and were
|Crow Mother by Lydia Ruyle|
one of "detoured" banners
to say, I was devastated and in shock as the forty banners represented 19 years
of work including several of the original banners that flew at Ephesus. All of
the banners I created in 2013 were gone.
reported the box missing to the police and the Seattle trash collection
department. Volunteers posted flyers in the neighborhood. I took out an ad in
the Seattle Times and reported them missing on the internet, radio and TV
friends around the globe sent heartfelt messages of their experiences with the
girls and were doing ceremonies to help call them home.
another 30 Goddess Banners with me in my roll aboard and attended the WOW
conference in Seattle the next weekend. When I returned to Colorado my
intuition told me to ask for more help.
woman shaman friend suggested I do a despacho to quiet the negative energies
surrounding the loss. Bob and I created one burying the energies in Mother
Earth for transformation just outside my home studio where many of the girls
were created. It’s been a cold winter and the ground was frozen but he managed
to dig a small hole. Bob is a GEM--Goddess Empowered Man! I burned prayer
papers collected from my travels, written with negative words/fears on
them, in the tin bread cauldron my maternal grandmother used for bread
rising. We live in Greeley, Colorado in and on my German Russian grandparents
land as our home/studio is made out of rammed earth from the land.
sacrificed a Cuban cigar for tobacco, my shaman friend gave me a bottle of
spirit water from the Amazon, we sprinkled cornmeal, truffle salt from one of
our daughters, cacao bits and Jack Daniels to feed the spirits. I rattled the
spirits with my Grandmother Turtle rattle then placed a faded Valentine rose on
night, a week later, the conference organizer called me @ 10:00pm to tell
me great news ! She had the girls ! A
kind, wise woman in the neighborhood had returned the box
with a Missing !!! flyer and the banners in it to her (the
organizer’s) address. The woman's son had seen teenagers throwing the banners
in the street and saved them.
a hard time sleeping. It’s not my first experience with a despacho, which is
another story, but it is Bob’s. We are both amazed and humbly grateful. We’ll
enjoy a big celebration when the girls are finally home and I can see and hold
them in my hands!
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