Wednesday, May 29, 2013

In Memoriam: Laura Janesdaughter

[updated 12:20 p.m. 5/29/13]
We join in mourning the death of Laura Janesdaughter, founder of the Temple of Isis/LA, priestess in the Fellowship of Isis, Arch Druidess in Hazelwood Grove in the Druid Clan of Dana, and member of Long Beach (CA) Womanspirit.  She died of cancer on May 27.

She was ordained as a Priestess of Isis in the Fellowship of Isis on September 28, 1990.

The following information is taken from the Long Beach Womanspirit public Facebook page:

"Laura took her last breath at 5:03AM while the sun was rising in the east and the moon setting in the west. After a few moments of silence the first morning bird began to sing through the window behind the altar.

"Encircled in red ribbon, wings draped across her breast and torso,
Catherine, Cat and I at bedside read together, 'To Isis, Wings - En Iset, Denhwy' from Offering to Isis by Isidora Forrest, spoke the Hymn we have heard Laura speak in ritual for over 20 years:

"Open Heaven's Gates, draw back the bolts

We have come to sing for Isis!
We have come to praise Your Name, O Flame!
We have come to adore the Great Speaker of Spells.
How beautiful Her Face, happy, renewed, refreshed
As the day Her Mother first fashioned Her
All Praises to the Queen of Heaven and Earth.
All Hail the Goddess Isis
All Hail Laura"

In Laura's memory, we share a video of her in ritual at the Isis Birthday 2010/Heal the Waters.  

Two memorial services are being planned, one in October in Long Beach CA, and another by her family in Grants Pass OR.

 May she rest in the arms of the Goddess and be renewed.

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