March 23rd: Dove Moon. (For the Celestial Mother).
April 7th: Dark Moon. (For the Great Mother).
April 12th: (5 days after the Dark Moon): Crescent Moon. (For the Holy Daughter).
March 23rd: Dove Moon. (For the Celestial Mother).
April 7th: Dark Moon. (For the Great Mother).
April 12th: (5 days after the Dark Moon): Crescent Moon. (For the Holy Daughter).
March 22, 2016 in the World
The day was first observed in 1993 when the United Nations General Assembly declared March 22 as World Day for Water.
Safe water for drinking.
The role of gender in family access to safe water.
Sustainable aquatic habitats
Deanic Forum set up by Glenn King
(Greater Deanic Faith)
Deanic Conversations run by Glenn King
(Greater Deanic Faith)
Summer 2016 Archived.
The Elegant Lady Feminine Seminary (The E L F S)
(ArchMatrona Georgia – Celtic/Norse Deanic Faith)
Ladies ONLY – Respect her soul path, no discussion.
Mr Glenn King
On Isis as God and other Ponderings
42 Psalms of Thea (Dea)
he adapted from the 13th century Marian Psalter.
Angels and Janya: the meaning of terms
moved to the blog below during Autumn 2016
Inspirational and informative, she is part of my soul path.
Her Maiden Priestess
moved to the above blog July 2016
Daughter of Dea
Inspiring other young people to the Filianic Faith
“GnosticGrace.com recognizes the Mother/Daughter and Great (GrandMother)
Meghan Don. She has a book coming out in Aug. where she teaches the Seven Faces of the Divine Feminine of Mother Who is: Mother, Sacred Daughter and Grandmother. She also teaches the importance of the World Soul… all very similar to our views of Dea! Gnostic Grace also mentions the Archangels as being aspects of Divine Energy which is very similar to our teachings on the Janati: We draw upon the wisdom, support, and qualities of the Archangels and Angels, which can be understood as Divine Energies in another form. http://www.gnosticgrace.com/#!about-us/mj02l
Although coming from a Gnostic-Christian perspective, she also seems to be walking an Earth-honoring Path in the process. Similar to the Deanic Faith, she teaches that there are different Forms/Images of Dea such as Quan Yin or Tara.
From her blog: http://www.gnosticgrace.com/#!connecting-with-the-mother/c8fo
The Seven Faces remind me a bit of the Janati.”
Clan Jana Facebook Page
Please find below an article that I sent to Goddess Christians on the Feast of the Holy Soul from a Goddess Christian perspective.
Subject: The Daughter as the Holy Soul of the World
In my own Tradition, this is the day when we honor the Sacred Cosmic Drama of the Holy Daughter, Sophia, as the World Soul or the Holy Soul of the World.
Just as the Son suffers His Passion, the Daughter suffers a painful Descent through the Realms (as it has been described in certain Gnostic texts). My own teaching is that Her Descent was painful as She had to descend from the higher, lighter vibratory realms down into the lower, denser vibratory realms somewhat similar to how those who have had Near Death Experiences describe having to return to the body as an uncomfortable heaviness.
Just as the Son rises from the Dead to become the Savior, the Daughter becomes the Soteria as the World Soul. Far from being a punishment of Sophia, as was taught from the viewpoint of certain Gnostic schools of thought, by becoming the World Soul, She sustains Nature and rejevenates all life. She joins with us and gathers the Divine Sparks within us and guides us towards Divinization or Perfect Love.
Though this is the Holy Week of the Son, it is also the Feast Day of the Daughter.
The Father and the Mother are transcendent. The Son, through His incarnation as Jesus and the Daughter, through Her ‘incarnation’ as the World Soul, are immanent. They are with us. Just as the Son took part in bodily human nature, so the Daughter takes part in the nature of the soul. The Son raises us to the Father. The Daughter restores us to the Mother.
The Sophia herself is but a reflex of the “Mother of all living” and is therefore also called “Mother.” She is the formatrix of heaven and earth, for as much as mere matter can only receive form through the light which, coming down from above has interpenetrated the dark waters of the hylē; but she is also at the same time the spiritual principle of life in creation, or, as the world-soul the representative of all that is truly pneumatic in this lower world: her fates and experiences represent typically those of the pneumatic soul which has sunk down into chaos.
As the World Soul, there is nothing that we suffer that She does not suffer with us. There is no joy that She does not share with us. There is not a speck of Nature which She does not enliven with Her Spirit. She is not only the World Soul, She is the Cosmic Soul.
And, just as the Son ascends to the Right Hand of the Father so the Daughter is Assumed back unto the Mother as it states in Syrian Gnostic lore and in other sources. In Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom, Bride of God, Matthews writes, at length, about the World Soul. If you have the book, look up World Soul in the index.
Caitlin Matthews describes this painting of the Mother of the World by Nicholas Roerich, thusly:
Mother of the World. Sophia, like the statue of the Egyptian Goddess, Neith, is veiled. “I am all that was, and is and shall be and no man has lifted my veil.: Wisdom’s mysterious ways are intentionally pursued by men and women the world over: we call such people mystics, philosophers, esotericists. In this painting by Nicholas Roerich, the veiled Sophia is surrounded by starlike disincarnate avatars of Her wisdom, while below upon the Earth, a pair of male and female mystics invoke Her influence. This is a true representation of the World Soul of the transcendent appearance of Sophia Stellarum.
I agree with Matthews (but stating this in my own words) in that the thealogy of Sophia must be brought into the 21st century, free from the former Patriarchal restrictions. Whether we understand Her to be the Holy Spirit (the dove was known as the symbol for Sophia) or whether we believe that with the Father and the Son, She descends from Absolute Deity, or a combination of the two doctrines, She is truly God in Her Own Right. She is not a ‘creation of God, She is not Fallen and needing to be saved, She is the Eternal God just as the Father and the Son are God. They are God because that is their Nature just as we have the nature of being human. We are free to proclaim this loud and clear in this, the 21st century. We no longer need to fear the repercussions and recriminations of being labeled as heretics for proclaiming that God is both Father and Mother and in Their incarnations, They are Son and Daughter.
I have always believed that the true heresy lies, not in proclaiming the Divine Mother, but in denying Her.
Here are some other links:
Here is an interesting treatise on the World Soul, not necessarily from a Sophian perspective, but it contains some pearls of Wisdom: http://www.goldensufi.org/a_animamundi.html
From the Russian Mystics:
Tune: “Nous Allons, Ma Mie”
Traditional French Easter Carol, Oxford book of Carols no.147, pg. 302
Cheer up friends and neighbours
Now’s Ostara – tide
Pause from endless labours
Worries put aside
Folk should rise from sadness
Evil, folly, strife
When Ostara’s gladness
Brings the Earth to life
Out from snowdrifts chilly
Roused from drowsy hours
Bluebell wakes and lily
She calls out her flowers
Into life she raises
All the sleeping buds
Meadows weave her praises
And the spangled woods
All Her truth and beauty
All her joyousness
Are our pride and duty
Bearing her impress
Look! The Earth waits breathless
After winter’s strife
Ostara shows folk deathless
Spring leads death to life
Ours the more and less is
But, changeless all the days
Ostara wakes and blesses
Like the sunlight rays
All the folk have risen
And the bluebells ring
While from winter’s prison
Burst the flowers of spring!
© Adapted by Anna Stockinger 2007
This work by Anna Stockinger is licensed
under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives License.
In Clan Jana our days start at Dawn (before Sunrise)
Aurora dawn of time
Monday, March 21, 2016 (GMT)
Dawn in London, Britain
Dawn / Sunrise / morning is the Spring Equinox, Di Jana, Great Mystery of the Dove, Spring Season protected by Janya:
O, Madria Graca, (Grace-a) Guardian of Compassion, Love and Mercy, be with us.
“March 21 st: Eostre, Goddess of Spring. Rebirth of Nature, Happiness. Care for all young
creatures and plants”. http://www.fellowshipofisis.com/jc/jcmar.pdf
My predessesors in the faith, would relight their household and altar candles and hearth fires. (Gas fired central heating boilers and gas ovens and hobs).
TEA and TEPHI,
Milesian Princesses, founders of Tara. (Macalister, Tara, p. 167)
“There was also a celebration in Tara held on the occasion of the Vernal Equinox; and here also there was a sacred fire lit, from which all other fires had to be kindled”.
Because this is also the Deanic New Year, the whole year as it begins on a Moonday / Monday is protected by Janya:
O, Lady Candra, Guardian of Reflection, Reason and Purity, be with us.
Sophia by Pamela Matthews
The Holy Daughter cradling the World in a regenerating egg shape
1 Columbina / March 21: Feast of the Dove / Columba:
Mystery: The Dove of Peace: The Holy Daughter, Di Jana, as the Holy Soul of the World, which is a description of the divine presence within creation. The Holy Daughter as the Resurrection of our souls.
Persephone with doves
She is the Soteria (feminine Greek word for Saviour) of the World.
Great Dove of the World, in Janite thealogy, this title is appropriate for the Holy Daughter. She is the Ruler and Sustainer of the World as well as its Regeneration.
Persephone amongst spring flowers
In this Mystery, we visualize the Dove as hovering over the Primordial Waters. The aspects of the Element of Water are emotions, intuition, the deeper Mysteries, compassion, new beginnings (as in Spring renewal), the Fountain of Life, Grace, the Rivers or Streams of Life, Divine Energies and Priestesshood.
Holy Spirit Dove, Divine Grace above the Waters of Life
Today my altar is this:
Dove Marquetry Wooden Picture
Dove: Brazilian rosewood for the body and wings
Sun: Brazilian pau ferro
Mountain Range – African padauk – Heartwood
Water (lake shore?) – Acacia koa
Signed Kate ’08
Yellow Daffodils In A Green Vase by Kent Sorensen
and I will add a vase with yellow daffodils, like golden trumpets proclaiming Jana’s victory in seeking out all souls in all the manifest planes of existance.
I also have a unique hand made glass fused Dove pendant to wear.
I shall be during the whole month of Columbina, which means, little dove: March 21-April 17:
Creating a Finger, Handbag, Trouser Pocket Rosary for Spring The Holy Daughter, Di Jana – World Soul, Soteria, Resurrector, Ruler and Sustainer of the manifest planes, Dove of Peace.
Meditating The Auric Egg Exercise
Saying a Prayer of Peace
My next article is my own research added to a very enlightening post by ArchMadria (Bishop) Pamela of Clan Jana.
One of the most important goddesses of reconstructed Proto-Indo-European religion is the personification of dawn as a beautiful young woman. Her name is reconstructed as Hausōs PIE *h2ewsōs- or *hausōs-, an s-stem)…
Derivatives of *h2ewsōs in the historical mythologies of Indo-European peoples include Indian Usas, Greek ‘Hώς (Ēōs), Latin Aurōra, and Baltic Aušra (“dawn”, c.f. Lithuanian Aušrinė). Germanic *Austrōn- is from an extended stem *h2ews-tro-.
The name *h2ewsōs is derived from a root *h2wes / *aues “to shine”, thus translating to “the shining one”. Both the English word east and the Latin auster “south” are from a root cognate adjective *aws-t(e)ro-. Also cognate is aurum “gold”, from *awso-. The name for “spring season”, *wes-r- is also
from the same root. The dawn goddess was also the goddess of spring, involved in the mythology of the Indo-European new year…
Eostre (Pan-Celtic) [ESS-trah or Y’OSE-tree] Eostre is an Anglo-Saxon Goddess, the one for whom the Ostara Sabbat is named. When the Saxons invaded Britain, they brought this vigorous Goddess with them and she was eventually adopted into the Celtic pantheon. She is seen as spring personified, a Goddess of rebirth, new beginnings, and fertility.
(Perpetual Festival Calendar)
“March 21 . . Eostre, Goddess of Spring and Dawn. ” (Fellowship of Isis Directory)
“March 21st: Eostre, Goddess of Spring. Rebirth of Nature, Happiness. Care for all young creatures and plants”.
She is only mentioned in De Temporum Ratione written by Anglo – Saxon monk Bede who mentions that during the pagan times the Anglo – Saxons were venerating her in the month named Ēosturmōnaþ for her sake (Eosturmonath, April). He points out, however, that her festival was replaced by the Christian Easter and the pagan customs had already been abandoned in the time he was writing his chronicle (Bede lived in the 8th century).
In 19th century it was Jacob Grimm who was analysing the name *Ostara (‘Easter’ in Old Germanic) in his book Deutsche Mythologie. He associated it with the chronicles of Bede in spite of some researchers who claimed that the monk has made the cult of Ēostre up. Grimm defended him and stated there was nothing in his chronicles that would seem improbable. He also pointed out that her cult was so deeply rooted in the Germanic culture that the Christian missionaries were not able to eradicate it and transformed it into the celebrations of Christ’s death and resurrection, keeping the month’s name (German ostermonat, ôstarmânoth). He also suggested that Old German adverb ôstar means ‘movement towards the rising sun’ and compared its forms in the language family (Old Norse: austr, Anglo – Saxon: ēastor, Gothic áustr) with the Latin stem auster hypothesizing that the goddess Austra’s cult had already extincted before the introduction of Christianity. He also showed some features that enabled the adaptation of a new religion into already existing beliefs: dawn as the light growing into power, bonfires lighted for the goddess, sacred water, maidens wearing white, the symbol of egg, sword dances and special kind of pastries.
Some linguists claim that Old English name Ēostre originates from Old German *austrōn meaning dawn, which itself most probably originates from Pra – Indoeuropean stem *aus- ‘to shine’. It implies the resemblance of Germanic Ēostre to Hellenic Eos who was also the goddess of dawn. Ēostre’s name preserved to this day, mostly as the name of Easter but also as in the case of Freyja in the geographical names of such locations as Eastry, Eastrea and Eastrington on the British Isles as well as Austrechild, Austrighysel, Austrovald and Ostrulf in the German speaking countries in the mainland*.
The existence of Ēostre’s cult was itself controversial among the scholars, many of them assumed that it was only Bede’s creation and identified Ēostre with Freyja. However, in 1958 around 150 Romano – Germanic votive inscriptions were discovered near Morken-Harff in Germany, they were all dedicated to matrona Austriahenea. They are datable to approximately 150 – 250 AD, some of them are incomplete, but most of them were in the good enough state to be read and translated. They can be therefore associated with the goddess Ēostre mentioned by Bede and allow to hypotesize that her cult was widespread among the Germanic tribes in the entire Europe.
A cluster of place names in England contain and a variety of English and continental Germanic names include the element*ēoster, an early Old English word reconstructed by linguists and potentially an earlier form of the goddess name Ēostre. These locations include Eastry (Eastrgena, 788 CE) in Kent, Eastrea (Estrey, 966 CE) in Cambridgeshire, and Eastrington (Eastringatun, 959 CE) in East Riding of Yorkshire.
The element *ēoster also appears in the Old English name Easterwine, a name borne by Bede’s monastery abbot in Wearmouth-Jarrow and which appears an additional three times in the Durham Liber Vitae. The name Aestorhild also appears in the Liber Vitae, and is likely the ancestor of the Middle English name Estrild. Various continental Germanic names include the element, including Austrechild, Austrighysel, Austrovald, and Ostrulf.
Over 150 Romano-Germanic votive inscriptions to the matron Austriahenea were discovered in 1958 near Morken-Harff, Germany. Most of these inscriptions are in an incomplete state, yet many are in a complete enough for reasonable clarity of the inscriptions. Some of these inscriptions refer to the Austriates, evidently the name of a social group.
Her creatures: Hares (Eggs and Hot Cross Buns)
The myth of the Moon gazing hare reflects ancient beliefs. Pagans believed that seeing a moon gazing hare would bring growth, re-birth, abundance, new beginnings and good fortune.
The hare is always an attribute of lunar deities.
The hare is known to be sacred to the goddess Eostre and eventually became known as the Easter bunny. In some countries, it is customary to eat hot cross buns around the time of Easter and Christmas; the cross on the bun is said to represent the four quarters of the moon. These buns were originally pagan offerings and were often hung from rafters to scare off evil that lurked in houses.
In Britain hares were once seen as royal animals and it was forbidden to hunt them.
Moon Gazing Hare by Joanna May
‘Hot Cross Bunns, two a penny buns’ print by Henri Merke and Thomas Rowlandson, 1799
Popular with street sellers, as this print shows, buns made from enriched dough had been popular since Roman times. Traditionally eaten during Lent, during the time of Elizabeth I the London Clerk of Markets forbade the sale of hot cross buns at any other time than Good Friday, Christmas and burials!
Hot-cross-bunns Henri Merke and Thomas Rowlandson, 1799
To others, the hare symbolized purity, and a single hare was often used to signify the Virgin Mary’s purity. This image of the hare, of course, is in sharp contrast to that of the fertile common rabbit.
Pagan myths surrounding mysterious egg-laying hares seem to have stemmed from the similarity between shallow hollows or ‘forms’ used by hares to rest and rear their young, and the nests of birds such as plovers or lapwings – also built at ground level on open grassland or arable farmland.
As such, people would sometimes find eggs in what looked like hare forms – giving rise to the belief that hares laid eggs in spring.
I have only ever seen two hares boxing on a train journey, this behaviour occurs during courtship leading to the saying “mad March hare” which is usually unreceptive females fending off amorous males.
The next time you are on a train, look out of the window and search a field and if you see a lump and if it has ears with a black tip, you will definitely be seeing a hare. They are quite sandy in colour.
Vesna by mickie mueller (copywrite)
(Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Macedonia)
For the Slavs Vesna was the goddess of spring.
As spring symbolized the beginning of a beautiful season, when it bloomed, the nature awoke, all was reborn and renewed life, Vesna had her role as a goddess of youth.
Vesna was one of the sunnier goddesses and was loved by people very much.
It is precisely for this reason in particular the Serbs, had the custom of giving the name Vesna to a female. People, who gave the name Vesna to a daughter, believed that their daughter would be happy and cheerful just like the goddess Vesna, or, as spring. Her name comes from an Indian word vas that means solar, illuminated and shiny. The word vas is located in the root of the name Vesna.
Scent of Vesna
In particular, Vesna was a model for women. She was beautiful and powerful and around her the wonderful scent spread. In addition to beauty, she is also attributed to the power of the Sun, without which she could not get spring.
In ancient Slav mythology, Vesna was the goddess of spring and fertility. She was in charge of spring time, morning and the birth of everything alive. She is also known as Zhiva, Diva and Devana.
Vesna represents the coming of life after winter hibernation and the return of light after a period of darkness.
Polish Slavs called Vesna Devana with the added “title” of the goddess of fertility and sometimes even the goddess of the hunt. Apart from Vesna and Devana, the same goddess was also known as: Zhivana, Zhiva, Siva, Diva, Deva, Devica, Danica etc. The name Lada is a lot more mysterious than the ones mentioned just now. After Slavs converted to Christianity, Vesna’s domain was split between St. Petka and Virgin Mary.
Vesna by Irene Aurankar
Vesna is portrayed as always smiling, beautiful, barefoot, some flowers for clothes. Her hair is long, almost to her knees and various different flowers are in her hair as decoration. Sometimes there’s an apple in her right hand and some grapes in her left hand and sometimes there’s a swallow, the symbol of spring, on her right index finger and a bouquet of flowers in her left hand to symbolize marriage. It was believed that she carried the smell of spring with her wherever she goes and that all spring’s scents are signs of her passing through there.
I differ during these 4 days in my calendar from Clan Jana. This is due to my life partner celebrating his birthday on March 20 or Hiatus.
I also cannot lessen my food/drink intake with a fast. Therefore I have given up chocolate in all forms as I recognised that I had an unhealthy addiction to it.
2016 is a leap year, so this is how I organise my calendar every year:
The Great Mother as the Life and Veiled Origin of Eternity, Dark beyond the light and the Light beyond the Darkness.
Day of Fast, for those without medical conditions.
Before midnight, my predessesors in the faith would extinguish all candles and hearthfires (electrical lighting, gas fired central heating boilers and gas oven hobs).
I am going to say my Moura Rosary in full with option 2
I visualise the Fora as a three dimensional figure in glowing gold, with the three lines running north-south, east-west and up-down, all intersecting at the centre, where there is a glowing golden sphere.
This is the one dimensional Fora gesture Here is the link
Let us spend this time in self-reflection and examination. Let us pray that Dea will help us to be faithful to our individual Soul Path and may we always remember that our every act is a choice which either leads us closer to or further away from Dea, Our Divine Mother.
Diana hunting by moonlight
Remembering the Holy Daughter as She Descends through the Realms in order to be with us and guide us back to the Union with the Celestial Mother.
Females may choose to wear a veil on this day. Men may wear a beret or Dalix beanie style hat with no cuff, if they so desire.
Day of Fast, for those without medical conditions.
Unless I take the day off work, I cannot reduce activity to a minimum and pray ceaselessly, which would be my natural inclination.
I am not a nun in a closed Order.
“The time has come to turn your heart into a temple of fire.”
I do pray that my heart temple be fueled and bright, that my soul be pure and good – worthy of carrying my Spirit to the Celestial Realm to be re-united with Dea.
My predessesors in the faith, would be without light, heat or cooking. A physical reminder of the furthest a soul could wander away from Dea before being guided back.
Because of my life partner celebrating his birthday on March 20, I do not mark this day as the official Hiatus.
I celebrate his life as my best friend, soul mate, life companion.
Astronomical seasons meanwhile start on a different dates each year and totally vary in length, depending on the Earth’s 23.5 degree tilt on its rotational axis as well as its orbit around the Sun.
Spring and Autumn equinoxes (equal day and night) and the Summer (longest day) and Winter (longest night) solstices mark the start of the astronomical seasons each year. The word ‘equinox’ itself actually means ‘equal’ (equi) and ‘night’ (nox).
The dates of these change each year as they are dependent on the Earth’s position. The Earth is closest to the Sun, known as perihelion, in early January and furthest away, aphelion, in early July.
In 2016 the astronomical spring will start on March 20 with the spring equinox and end on June 19.
The term vernal might be bit confusing and ambiguous as it is derived from the two latin terms ver and autumnus; meaning spring and autumn. The reason is apparently the opposite seasonal changes in the different hemispheres of the earth.
My own thoughts upon the Spring Equinox day are two-fold.
For on the earth, the view is of equal day and night.
1. That Jana as Princess of The World brings harmony and balance.
2. An earthly sign that Heavenly Mother Mari as supernal sun and World Soul Jana as supernal moon are showing us on earth their Divine Unconditional Love for every soul on earth (in manifest planes of existence).
Fourth Extra Ordinary Day in a seperate post.
The Deanic calendar is a lunar/solar circular perpetual calendar.
Lunar months of 28 days each, with 4 Solar Festivals.
28 Moura/March 19 (18 in a leap year): The Fast of the Fora: The Great Mother as the Life and Veiled Origin of Eternity, Dark beyond the light and the Light beyond the Darkness. Day of Fast.
March 20 or March 19 and 20 if a leap year: Hiatus. Day of Fast
Hiatus: Remembering the Holy Daughter as She Descends through the Realms in order to be with us and guide us back to the Union with the Celestial Mother. Females may choose to wear a veil on this day. Men may wear a beret or Dalix beanie style hat with no cuff, if they so desire.
1 Columbina/March 21:
New Year’s Day
Spring Season begins
Feast of the Dove: The Holy Daughter, Diva Jana, as the Holy Soul of the World. She is the Great Dove of the Waters and the Soteria of the World.
SOTE′RIA (Sôtêria), the personification of safety or recovery was worshipped as a divinity in Greece, and had a Temple and a statue at Patrae, Greece.
Soteria is depicted as a woman wearing a laurel wreath crown, a symbol of victory. The only remaining image of Soteria is a floor mosaic in Turkey.
Jana is a name which, from the Latin means, the moon. The moon, of course, is the symbol of the Holy Daughter Jana as She is the ‘Gentle Light’. The sun is symbolic of the Supernal Bright Light of the Celestial Mother while the moon represents the Gentle Light of the Earthly Daughter, Jana. Jana and Janya, in Sanskrit, means life.
In Sanskrit, the word Janani means one who gives birth, mother and eternal knowledge. In ancient Rome, Diva Jana or Di Jana, the original form of Dianna, also means Divine Gate.
For Clan Jana, the Holy Daughter is the Divine Gate of Gentle Light through Whom we find our way back to Union in Perfection. In this way, She is considered Soteria (So-tay-ree-a) from the Greek meaning salvation. Soteria is what we would today call the self-actualizing principle, a beneficent force that guides our development, helping us to reach the desired end of salvation, integration and happiness. (3) (Though soteria is the feminine derivative of soter, it is sometimes applied to Jesus.) And so we are the people or Clan of the Soteria Jana.
For Deanics, the Holy Daughter is not a sacrificial savioress, but rather One Who descends to become the Holy Soul of the World, similar to the pre-Christian Sophia Who guides us in the Way of Love, which, in turn, leads us to divinization, theosis or Perfection in Love.
This shortened and altered article is from an old article on the internet, which I am keeping as a useful reference.
The Cross and the Fora
The cross by itself, as we have previously explained, depicts the Celestial Ray, or World-Axis (the vertical line), penetrating a particular level of material existence (we must bear in mind that matter strictly means “all that is not pure Spirit”, and that the physical is only one modality of matter). Now, since the forms of all things are Ideas in the mind of [replaced with:] Dea, it is not until the divine ray of Her form-bearing Light touches the material plane in question that the matter of that plane can take on forms, and any thing can exist. Once the ray strikes “the surface of the waters” (the term applied to a material plane in a state of non-differentiated formlessness) a world will develop. In the case of the physical plane, the world in question is the physical universe as we know it.
The fullest form of the cross is in fact a three dimensional figure with the three lines running north-south, east-west and up-down, all intersecting at the centre. In other words, we have a horizontal cross transfixed by a vertical line. In this three-dimensional figure, the horizontal cross corresponds to the full extension of the world in question in the four directions of matter (the four physical directions have their precise analogies on all non-physical planes), while the vertical line is the Celestial Ray or World-Axis. It is true that the cross is rarely modelled or pictured in this three-dimensional form; but every form of cross depicted in traditional usage is by implication either a “vertical” or a “horizontal” cross: although this categorisation is slightly complicated by the fact that just as everything “below” is a reflection of something “above”, so the horizontal cross is a “shadow” of the vertical cross, with its north-south axis playing the part of the celestial ray in a limited and reflective mode.
The cross of the four seasons, which we have discussed elsewhere, is a good example of the horizontal cross: there the solstitial (winter-summer) axis plays the part of the Celestial Ray, although the most important part of this cross is the centre, corresponding to the fifth and “transcendent” season of Moura. This is important, because it is clear that the centre is precisely the point at which the vertical axis transfixes the horizontal cross. Another important point illustrated by the cross of the seasons is that the horizontal cross is a rotating cross, subject to movement and change in the flux of material existence, while the vertical axis remains motionless and Immutable, and is the “still point” about which the movements and mutations of the changing world take place, and is the “unmoved mover” which governs all these fluctuations. This corresponds to the Scriptural dictum: “Earth moves, but Heaven is still”.
The horizontal cross is eminently a symbol of quaternity, four being the number of matter and corresponding to the four elements of the physical world (which have their analogies on other levels of material manifestation). Here the centre of the cross corresponds to the fifth element of aethyr, which is actually the first-created, from which all the others proceed, and which contains in itself all the conflicting tendencies of the four in perfect equilibrium. It is for this reason that aethyr is non-differentiated and imperceptible, since the tangible manifestation of the elements is precisely due to their warring disequilibrium which maintains their continual flux and motion. Aethyr thus corresponds reflectively to the non-manifest point. It is for this reason that the fifth element is sometimes called spirit, and, in many contexts, symbolises the Spirit Herself.
Various geometrical symbols relate to the fundamental meaning of the horizontal cross. The cross enclosed within a circle shows the extension of the four directions within a given world-system, and thus relates the horizontal cross to the wheel (discussed elsewhere), the outer rim being the most consolidated point of manifestation — “the world”, or, better, “the mold”, a [removed] word designating “this material world”, as opposed to the cosmos. For this reason, this symbol has been used in astrology to represent the earth. The figure also implies the rotation of the horizontal cross, as does the swastika, which has half-lines tangential to the (undepicted) circumference, indicating directional motion — but in this latter case the reference is not to the movement of the world itself, but to the operation of the Principle upon it. The circle with a point at the centre, long used astrologically to represent the sun, corresponds to cyclic perfection — the integral realisation of all the possibilities inherent within a particular world-system: literally (or rather, pictorially) the alpha and the omega.
Alysons Orchard Walpole, New Hampshire
The fora is often considered to be only another form of the earth sign, but this is not so. The true significance of the fora can best be understood by recalling the first explanation that young [Removed] children are given: that it is a picture of Avala. Avala, the paradise of the Daughter, has the Tree of Life at its centre, and from directly beneath this Tree flow four rivers, down the axial mountain, Caravalas, in the four cardinal directions. After the [replaced with:] exploration of everything furthest from Dea by the Children of Dea, a circular wall was placed about the orchard garden. Thus the cross of the fora represents the four rivers, the circle the wall, and the central point the world-Tree.
Now the tree is the World-Axis, and Avala itself, being [replaced with:] closest to the Good Realm of Dea, represents the realm of the Archetypes, where things are still perfect Forms, rather than the broken and imperfect reflections of them upon the world of matter (as such, it corresponds to the hub of the wheel, just as the Tree corresponds to the axle). The four rivers represent the extension of the Divine Ideas, first as perfect Forms in the Archetypal realm, and then out into the world of matter.