If you’ve been reading my blog this year, you know that I’ve been leading us on a journey to “Graceland,” in which we are honoring Grace, Virtue and Art in a world that surely needs them. This week, we are blessed by a visit from the Graces Themselves.
Known as the Gratiae by the Romans and the Kharites in Greek mythology, the Graces are Goddesses of grace, beauty, adornment, mirth, festivity, dance and song. They preside over the pleasures of life, including play, amusement, banqueting, floral decoration, happiness, rest and relaxation.
As seen here in Pamela Colman Smith’s artwork, the Graces were often classically depicted as three beautiful women, holding hands and dancing in a circle, crowned with myrtle and holding sprigs of myrtle in their hands.
The attendance of the Graces, Aglaia (Splendor, Radiance), Euphrosyne (Festivity, Cheerfulness), and Thalia (Blooming, Flowering, Joy), was the assurance of happiness and harmony. Therefore, they were always the first Deities to be invoked at every important gathering. And at every banquet, the ancient Greeks always offered Them the first cup of wine.
This is only their second appearance in my Card of the Week, the first being the identical time of year in 2006. Note the pumpkins and other crops of the plentiful harvest surrounding them. What could be a more fitting card for the upcoming Thanksgiving holidays?
Now it is time to celebrate and share our own harvest. We gather now with our loved ones and those who are of like mind and heart with us.
This week, enjoy the gifts of Grace that you have received. Especially make sure to connect with your dearest friends and favorite family members. We are invited to raise a glass and give thanks for our bounty, particularly the treasure of beloveds who understand and support us, as we do them.
In gratitude may we acknowledge that our loved ones, whether family of blood, or family of the heart, are a gift from Divine Grace, and offer us the sweetest wine of life.