Soul Quest, Golden Apples Of Immortality, Avala
Every apple represents the golden apples of immortality. Apples are symbolic of the Goal or Destination of the soul’s quest. The reason that we quest is in our Creation story, below. As only Dea is Eternal, She is the spiritual destination for those of Dea’s children in the manifest planes, who live in accordance with the Janya’s 21 virtues, life after life, journeying towards re-union with The Holy One / Perfect Spirit / Heaven symbolised as the Rose Garden. World Soul Daughter Jana has a heavenly realm called Avala, our resting place between incarnations.
The Matronite Chantry Creation Story [an adaptation of the Hero’s Journey] composed by ArchMatrona Georgia E. B. Cobb.
I believe that my individual soul was fashioned in innocence by Our Holy Mother, and given the power of choice. At the dawn of time, I lived at Home with Holy Mother in the Heavenly Garden of Paradise, where all was perfect and serene.
Then one day, Holy Mother decided it was expedient that I be sent away from Home into the Wild Wild World on a Mysterious Quest. She told me this would be, an exciting, and sometimes perilous, journey, during which I would be given the opportunity to experience many things: joy and sorrow, comfort and pain, rest and work, bonding and separation. All these adventures were for my education, that I might learn to choose between light and darkness, good and evil, love and hate.
Sometimes I would choose the right path and sometimes I would choose the wrong path.
Whatever path I chose, Holy Mother promised that She would always be present with me, in the Form of Her Holy Daughter, Who would be ever ready to show me where I went astray and guide me back to the right path. From time to time, Her Holy Daughter would also provide me with the gifts of Spiritual Nourishment and Spiritual Refreshment for the journey. At the end of my quest, I would come Home.
Holy Mother also promised to keep watch over me, in whatever circumstance I found myself along the way. Whenever I was in distress or in need, I could call out Her Name, and She would send me help, in many and varied mysterious ways, through Her Blessed Spirits, The Seven Great Janati, whose virtues I was directed to emulate.
This occurs life after life.
After each death on the manifest planes, there is the Holy Daughter’s Avala.
Below the Pleroma of Pure Spirit, it is the resting place for spiritually awakened but still
Mentioned in Scripture
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(with thanks to Glenn King)
The Filianic Scriptures, New Celestial Union
Version (Second Edition, Third Update)
Title 1, Chapter 10
THE HOLY MYTHOS
15. And when a soul in true devotion passes from the earth, lead it to the portal of heaven and the garden of Avala, and give it rest, and provision it with treasures of the Spirit to help it on it’s way.
[ made soul gender neutral, replaced she with it.]
Dea as the Apple of Faith, The Refreshing Fruit:
Growing on the Tree of Life, Atop the Sacred Mountain, On the Mystic Isle of the West
Lady of Light Chantry
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 true significance of the fora can best be understood by recalling the first explanation that young 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 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 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.
(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).
From old paragraphs and sentences found on the internet, , which I am keeping as a useful
It is said that if one sails Westward, then just as in the East, there will come a point when
Western technical things will cease to work, and if one could go far enough one would reach Avala, the land where the twelve golden apples of the sun grow on a great tree, tended by golden maidens.
Avala, the land where the twelve golden apples of the sun grow on a great tree, tended by
Espalier apple tree on wall at Highgrove House near Tetbury, Gloucestershire
Hymn, a traditional Autumn song of the Western paradise of Avala. It is sung to a wistful and haunting melody full of an Autumnal quality of yearning.
Over the sea, far in the west,
Over the glistening water;
Falleth the sun, gold in the west.
Shall I not seek Avala?
Dark ‘neth the day, gold in the west,
Waneth the year fro Mala;
Hinder the hill falleth the sun.
West of the hill, west of the sea,
West of the sun on the water;
Apples of gold, water of life.
Shall I not seek Avala?
The Coming Age, issue 16, Autumn, 1980
Extract from A Year with Dea by Brythwen Sinclair (which I highly recommend) http://www.lulu.com/shop/brythwen-sinclair/a-year-with-dea/paperback/product-22209702.html
Characteristics of Avala
Alnwick Castle Alnwick Northumberland – Crab apple cages
Avala and Elysium both mean “apple-land”.
Avala is also called the Jeweled Paradise, or the Pure Land.
Said to be situated in the far West beyond the ocean.
A mountain top walled orchard.
The Tree of Life, at its centre, bears the golden apples of life eternal, that only Dea can gift.
Originates in Egypt
“…The Egyptians were the first, [who] made the West the land of the Dead, where the sun sank down and died. In fact the dead were more or less identified with the Sun – both were said to go down to YMNT. (4) …The dead must sail over difficult waters to islands well supplied with food.”
YMNT in hieroglyphs
“There must be, we feel a land where life is good and endures; and somehow it is sought in the West. Sumerians called it Dilmun, a paradise where the Gods dwell, an island on the edge of the world. (1) Dilmun, notable for its fresh-water springs. (13)”
“From Myth to Map: The Blessed Isles in the First Century B.C.”, Ancient World 24.2 (1993)
Paul T. Keyser, Department of Classics, University of Alberta, Edmonton
“…the attention of readers may be directed to the Babylonian conception of the Otherworld.
Pir-napishtim, who escaped destruction at the Flood, resides in an Island Paradise, which
resembles the Greek “Islands of the Blessed”, and the Irish “Tir nan og” or “Land of the Young”, situated in the western ocean, and identical with the British.
Only two human beings were permitted to reside on the Babylonian island paradise, however. These were Pir-napishtim and his wife. Apparently Gilgamesh could not join them there. His gods did not transport heroes and other favoured individuals to a happy isle or isles like those of the Greeks and Celts and Aryo-Indians. There was no Heaven for the Babylonian dead. All mankind were doomed to enter the gloomy Hades of the Underworld… This gloomy habitation of the dead resembles the Greek Hades, the Teutonic Nifelhel, and the Indian “Put”. No detailed description of it has been found.”
 Celtic Myth and Legend, pp. 133 et seq.
Title: Myths of Babylonia and Assyria
Author: Donald A. Mackenzie
Release Date: September 5, 2005 [EBook #16653]
“Elysium seems to mean ‘apple land’ – alisier is a pre Gallic word for sorb-apple – as do the Arthurian ‘Avalon’ and the Latin ‘Avernus’, or ‘Avolnus’, both formed from the Indo-European root abol, meaning apple.”
The Greek Myths, Volume 1
by Robert Graves
“Elysium or the Elysian Fields (Ancient Greek: Ἠλύσιον πεδίον, Ēlýsion pedíon) is a conception of the afterlife that developed over time and was maintained by some Greek religious and philosophical sects and cults. Initially separate from the realm of Hades, admission was reserved for mortals related to the gods and other heroes. Later, it expanded to include those chosen by the gods, the righteous, and the heroic, where they would remain after death, to live a blessed and happy life, and indulging in whatever employment they had enjoyed in life. 
The Elysian Fields were, according to Homer, located on the western edge of the Earth by the stream of Okeanos. In the time of the Greek oral poet Hesiod, Elysium would also be known as the Fortunate Isles or the Isles (or Islands) of the Blessed, located in the western ocean at the end of the earth. The Isles of the Blessed would be reduced to a single island by the Thebean poet Pindar, describing it as having shady parks, with residents indulging in athletic and musical pastimes.
In Homer’s Odyssey, Elysium is described as a paradise:
to the Elysian plain…where life is easiest for men. No snow is there, nor heavy storm, nor ever rain, but ever does Ocean send up blasts of the shrill-blowing West Wind that they may give cooling to men.
— Homer, Odyssey (4.560–565)”
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ELYSION (Elysium) was the final resting place of the souls of heroes and virtuous men. The
ancients often distinguished two Elysian realms–the islands of the Blessed and the Lethean fields of Haides.
The first of these–also known as the White Island or the Islands of the Blessed–was an afterlife realm reserved for the heroes of myth. It was an island paradise located in the far western stream of the river Okeanos (Oceanus) ruled by the Titan-King Kronos (Cronus) or
Rhadamanthys, son of Zeus.
The second Elysium was an underworld realm separated from the gloom of Haides by the river Lethe. Its pleasant fields were promised as an afterlife to initiates of the Mysteries who had lived virtuous lives. The gods of the Mysteries associated with the passage to Elysium included Persephone, Iakkhos (Iacchus), Triptolemos, Hekate, Zagreus (the Orphic Dionysos), Melinoe (the Orphic Hekate) and Makaria.
When the concept of reincarnation gained currency in the classical world the two Elysian realms were sometimes tiered–a soul which had won passage three times to the netherworld Elysium would, with their fourth death, be transferred to the Islands of the Blessed to dwell with the heroes of myth for all eternity.
Greek Garden of Hesperides
The name means originating from Hesperus, the evening star Venus, equivalent to vesper.
The Garden of the Hesperides belonged to the goddess Hera, in which there was a [ single tree or a] grove of apple trees that bore golden apples. The golden apples were believed to give immortality to anyone who consumed them. Not trusting the Hesperides to guard the apple trees on their own, Hera also placed a hundred headed dragon named Ladon that never slept. As Ladon is the name of an Arcadian river, Arcadia was possibly the original site of the garden.
In Greek mythology, the Hesperides (/hɛˈspɛrɪdiːz/; Ancient Greek: Ἑσπερίδες Greek
pronunciation: [hesperídes]) are the nymphs of evening and golden light of sunset, who were the “Daughters of the Evening” or “Nymphs of the West”. They tend a blissful garden in a far western corner of the world, located near the Atlas mountains in North Africa at the edge of the encircling Oceanus, the world-ocean.”
In Greek mythology, clear-voiced maidens who guarded the tree bearing golden apples.
Between 3, 4 and 7 of them.
Aigle / Aegle, “dazzling light” She polishes the Golden Apples till they shine with Heavenly light.
Erytheia, “the red one” This lady in red knows the best times for pruning and tending.
Hesperethusa / Hesperathusa, or Hesperia / Hesperie “Light of Evening” or “sunset glow” She is in charge of watering the sacred apple tree.
The fourth is Arethusa “the waterer”
or Medusa “guardian, protectress”
or Aerica “ever powerful ruler”
A group of 4 was also:
Chrysothemis / Khrysothemis “Golden Justice”
Hygieia / Hygiea / Hygeia “(art) of health”
Lipara “honey bearing” or “Bright, Light, Shiny”
A group of 7 was:
Aiopis meaning unknown
Antheia “flower, blossom”. This was an epithet of the Greek goddess Hera.
Donakis meaning unknown
Kalypso “she that conceals”
Mermesa meaning unknown
Nelisa meaning unknown
Tara unknown in Greek
Hestia visits occasionally to tend the flowerbeds.
http://www.godchecker.com/pantheon/greek-mythology.php?deity=HESPERIDES http://www.godchecker.com/pantheon/greek-mythology.php?deity=AEGLE http://www.godchecker.com/pantheon/greek-mythology.php?deity=ERYTHEIA http://www.godchecker.com/pantheon/greek-mythology.php?deity=HESPERA https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arethusa_(mythology) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medusa
Irish Celtic Otherworld
Tír na nÓg Niamh of the golden hair by Ralph Horsley
The Otherworld, particularly the Irish myths, was sometimes situated on some remote islands in the west. There was the “Land of Youth”, called Tír na nÓg in Irish Gaelic. It was the home of Danu and the other Irish deities known as the Tuatha Dé Danann, which means the “People of the Goddess Danu”. It was said to be situated in some distant land, possibly an island or group of islands.
Tír na nÓg has four magical cities: Falias, Gorias, Finias and Murias. In each city, was a magical treasure or talisman, which the Tuatha Dé Danann received when they settled in Ireland. (See Treasures of Tuatha Dé Danann in the Book of Invasion.) Also residing in each city was a druid.
These four druids taught the Tuatha Dé Danann knowledge and skills.
The Welsh called their Otherworld – Annwn Annwfn or Annwyn.
Another popular name for Welsh Otherworld, was the Caer Wydyr or Caer Wydr – the “Fortress of Glass”. Caer Wydyr is similar to Tower of Glass in the Arthurian Legend, but located in Glastonbury Tor, England. Glastonbury Tor was supposed to be the location of the “Isle of Avalon” or “Isle of Apples”, the finally resting place of King Arthur.
King Vortigern is better known in traditional Welsh history as Gwytherin, and likely, just as it had been the case with Prydain, Afallach and several others, his kingdom may have been called Ynys Gwytherin, from which the name Ynys Wydrin appears to originate, an alternative yet wrongly attributed name for Avalon. Vortigern was supposedly the ruler of Powys, not of Avalon, yet Ynys Wydrin was linked with Glastonbury, located in Somerset where Vortigern never ruled, and both names were unjustly translated to “Isle of Glass”. Yet, we can find a site near the river Dee, bearing the name “Glaestingaburh”, strikingly similar to “Glastonbury”.
In Welsh myths, however, the Arthurian Avalon was derived from the name Ynys Afallon.
The name Afallach is strikingly similar to the word “afal” which means apple, prompting the idea of “Isle of Apples”, although there may not necessarily have been an actual link between “afal” and Afallach, which could have been a false assumption from the scribes that made the connection in the first place. Giraldus Cambrensis and William of Malmesbury both mention the link to apples, but give Afallach as a person and king, as alternative explanation. “Ynys” is a Welsh word that stands for “isle”, giving claim to the idea that Ynys Afallach – Avalon – was in fact an island. However, the land over which king Afallach must have ruled – the ancient kingdoms of Gwynedd and Powys in North Wales – were, and are, no islands on their own.
Apples of Avalon by Bernadette Wulf
Avalon was like the “Isles of the Blessed”, has been called “Isle of Apples”. Avalon was derived from the name, Ynys Afallon, in the Welsh myth.
island-valley of Avilion,
Where falls not hail, or rain, or any snow,
Nor ever wind blows loudly, but it lies
Deep meadow’d, happy, fair with orchard lawns
And bowery hollows crowned with summer sea.
 Tennyson’s The Passing of Arthur.
Title: Myths of Babylonia and Assyria
Author: Donald A. Mackenzie
Release Date: September 5, 2005 [EBook #16653]
‘The Fortunate Isle’, introduced to the Arthurian cycle by Geoffrey of Monmouth in his Vita Merlini, c.1150:
The island of apples which men call ‘The Fortunate Isle’ gets its name from the fact that it
produces all things of itself; the fields there have no need of the ploughs of the farmers and all cultivation is lacking except what nature provides. Of its own accord it produces grain and grapes, and apple trees grow in its woods from the close-clipped grass. The ground of its own accord produces everything instead of merely grass, and people live there a hundred years or more.
Awen: The Quest of the Celtic Mysteries
late 12c., from Old French paradis “paradise” (11c.), from Late Latin paradisus, from Greek
paradeisos “park, paradise” from an Iranian source similar to Avestan pairidaeza “enclosure, park” compound of pairi- “around” + diz “to make, form (a wall).”
late Old English orceard “fruit garden,” earlier ortgeard, perhaps reduced from wortgeard, from wort (Old English wyrt “vegetable, plant root”) + geard “garden, yard” (the word also meant “vegetable garden” until 15c.); see yard (n.1). First element influenced in Middle English by Latin hortus (in Late Latin ortus) “garden,” which also is from the root of yard (n.1).