Premio Nazionale ‘Cronache del Mistero’

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At 10 december I received in Ceccano (Lazio, Italy) the Italian price called ‘The Chronicles of the Mystery’, together with 12 other scholars from Italy and abroad, for my book ‘Il sorriso della Sirena’ (The smile of the mermaid. Journey trough the Etruscan labyrinth in search of the Goddess.). Below you can find my Italian thank-you speech.

Ringraziamenti

Innanzitutto vorrei ringraziare gli organizzatori del ’Premio Nazionale Cronache del Mistero’ dal profondo del mio cuore perché hanno deciso di conferirmi questo premio. E’ un onore per me essere accolta nella cerchia di amici Italiani e stranieri, il cui lavoro in quest’ambito viene così riconosciuto. Questa primavera sono arrivata con Agnes ad Alatri per andare a vedere l’affresco del Cristo nel Labirinto. Era un incontro speciale. Non solo perché mi (meer…)

2016: a special labyrinth year

tragliatella3-12016 has been a special labyrinth year for me. It wasn’t my intention, but it just happened. I hadn’t planned to give many labyrinth workshops, needed my rest and wanted to ‘just’ travel through Italy, my motherland. But the labyrinth  – and its wisdom – crossed my path at unexpected moments. It started when I arrived in Canossa at the beginning of April. Much to my pleasure Matilda’s heart labyrinth was still laying there, under her famous castle. (meer…)

Het labyrint in de kerk

14606542_1682284041797120_2641451736832664731_nWil je met het labyrint aan de slag in je kerk? Luis Kaserer, geestelijk verzorger in Gouda en ikzelf hebben samen een studiedag ontwikkeld om je daarbij bij te staan. Op uitnodiging komen we die graag verzorgen. Ook alleen een lezing over het Christelijk labyrint is mogelijk, bijvoorbeeld als onderdeel van het pastoraal programma. Neem contact op via email als je op dit aanbod in wilt gaan.

Travelling with Michael 8, Northern Puglia

IMG_4387The story is by far not finished yet. After our departure from Monte S. Angelo we pay a blitz visit to Northern Puglia. Our first stop is Siponte, where we visit a beautiful white Longobardan church that just had been repaired, supported by Unesco. The church is famous because it was the Bishop of Siponte who was in the 4th century involved in the recognition of the apparition of Michael and the building of he Sanctuary on the mountain. (meer…)

Travelling with Michael 7, Monte Sant’Angelo.

IMG_4412After a journey of several hours in which we slowly descend into Puglia, we arrive in Monte Sant’Angelo, at the Gargano peninsula. It is extremely cold for this time of the year, and we are glad that we have been able to book two rooms in the beautiful Hotel Sant’Angelo, just across the entrance to Michaels Sanctuary. It’s an Italian holiday: the sanctuary is full of pilgrims, and Mass is being celebrated all day through. (meer…)

Travelling with Michael 5, Ceccano: the Madonna of the Woods.

79DDE573-6705-43C6-B636-32CB5CE2BF4EDuring the following day we get some big surprises. We expected to go a church in the forest, but it all comes out differently. When we stop the car we are in awe for what we see. It is not a church but a small stone circle with huge stones. Stones like you find in Avebury and Stonehenge. This report is written by Agnes, since she worked most intensively with the energies on this spot. For more of her work see: www.moederaarde.eu (meer…)

Travelling with Michael 4, Alatri: meeting Christ in the labyrinth

13061986_1474195382605988_1268840003460133740_nOur next stop is Alatri, a medieval town with ancient roots, far away in history. Our intention is to visit the St. Francis Monastery, with a fresco labyrinth with Christ in the centre. We will be guided by Giancarlo Pavat, a friend from the international labyrinth movement, who was involved in the restoration of the labyrinth, and in the research that led to its interpretation. And what a moving visit it was… The labyrinth is sitting on a wall, seconded by a fresco that shows a lifted veil with ancient symbols of oneness: flowers of life, circles, branches, birds, spirals and circles, all in complete harmony. To me it seems as if they represent the alchemy of the soul on its journey towards the Divine. (meer…)

Travelling with Michael 3, Palestrina

 

wpe87We start our journey in an ancient feminine place, the Temple of Fortuna Primogenia in Palestrina, an hour drive south-east of Rome. During antiquitity there was an enormous temple here, built in seven layers on the pyramid shaped mountain that overlooks the valley below. Pilgrims were only allowed to go there step by step, and the top layer was reserved for priestesses who guarded the eternally burning fire: approaching and getting initiated into the Divine is always a long road to go. (meer…)

Travelling with Michael 2, from Torino to Rome.

After tThe sword in the rock!he start of my journey in Torino the Michaelsline has unfolded itself before my feet (or let’s say the wheels of my car) in an extraordinary way. The main focus was the part south of Rome. But before my arrival there I visited some other places, and remembered some of the place where I have been before. (meer…)