The Moons of Ourania 1st Ourania / 3rd October – 28th Ourania / October 30th 2016

The Moons of Ourania 1st Ourania / 3rd October – 28th Ourania / October 30th 2016

 

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Ourania:

http://www.pronouncenames.com/search?name=ourania

Oct 5th: (4 days after the Dark Moon): Crescent Moon. (For the Holy Daughter).

Oct 15th: Cosmic Moon. (For the Celestial Mother).

Oct 30th: Dark Moon. (For the Great Mother).

http://www.calendar-uk.co.uk/lunar-calendar/october/2016/

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Swan carved from an Apple – Janya Justina

Swan carved from an Apple – Janya Justina

See Lady Justina’s correspondences

https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/09/07/moondaymonday-1st-abalonseptember-5th-2016-the-feast-of-lady-justina/

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Norse Mythology

The Norn named Urd or Wyrd (meaning ‘Fate’ or ‘Past’), gave her name to the well that was situated beneath one of the roots of Yggdrasil, the cosmic tree, and that was where the gods would hold their daily meeting.

http://uranus.eficode.fi/jsalonen/jani/main_myth_114.html

There are also two swans that drink from the well, and this water is so pure that all things that touch it are turned white, including this first pair of swans and all those descended from them…

http://mythology.wikia.com/wiki/Yggdrasil

Thanks to ArchMatrona Georgia’s research

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https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Deanic_conversations/conversations/topics/1970

After reading ArchMatronia Georgia’s wonderful explanations about how the swan is the symbolic bird of Kyria Themis.
Georgia Cobb
Oct 3 2015
Yes, ArchMatrea Pamela,

The swan is a symbol of a) beauty, b) fidelity in love, c) grace, d) music, particularly soothing, e) poetry, f) the soul, in flight between earth and heaven, and g) the clear light of the sun in the heavens. All these symbols are related to divine law or natural order. The symbolic color of Kyria Themis is also blue, as in the blue skies and the blue water, in which the Swan flies or swims. While many swans are white, there are blue and black swans as well. Swans also mate for life.

Regards,

ArchMatrona Georgia

and her apple swan sculpture graphic, I followed http://www.wikihow.com/Make-an-Apple-Swan

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Although it is more difficult as our English heritage apples are small and flavour packed (nut-like in this type) and this was the largest in the green grocery shop.

My photo attached, Dea be praised for Her creation

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p.s. Smiles and my attempt at a heart.

The Sermon of The Apple Seed
44. Yet be not afraid, for the seed of Truth shall be your guide and your protector and shall bring you to deliverance. 45. And I give to you one word which shall conquer every danger. 46. That word is love, and the humility that flows from love. 47. Receive with love the seed of Truth and all things shall be well.

May She bless you.

Sophia Ruth (2015)

Tree of Life, Cosmic or World Tree

Tree of Life, Cosmic or World Tree

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Tree with golden apple this is a 3d render illustration Stock Illustration

The Tree of Life is a symbol of the life of the cosmos and as such is found throughout the world. It is identified with the tree bearing the Golden Apples of Immortality which stands at the heart of Avala. This tree appears frequently in western myth and in most cases is surrounded or “guarded” by a serpent or dragon. The serpent here represents the opposing spiritual forces which the soul must overcome before it [made gender neutral by replacing she] can reach the fruit.

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Heaven without hunters

The Tree of Life is also the cosmic or world tree, representing the three worlds of the cosmos: the roots symbolize the lower world or Hell; the trunk the material realm or earth; and the branches the spiritual realm, or Paradise

There is a legend that the pillar on which the corpse of the Daughter was hung (Mythos V, 17-18) is the central root of the Tree of Life.

An alternative legend says that the Tree of Life grew from this pillar; this symbolises The Creation (ie its consolidation from the perfect spiritual world of The Creation) of the material world, including earth and Avala, through the Divine Sacrifice. [I believe Divine Sacrifice to mean the suffering of descent a.k.a. Moura in Clan Jana].

The Tree of Life is described as the axis of the world, situated at the central point of the universe and stretching out to its furthest corners. It is thus a symbol of Dea [replacing the Goddess] as Source and Sustainer of life, Ground of all Being and Absolute Centre.

Extract from Symbolism – The Apple and the Tree of Life from
The Coming Age, number 4, autumn issue 1976

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To be continued

Idun – the owner and dispenser of a fruit that imparts immortality

Idun – the owner and dispenser of a fruit that imparts  immortality

Idun Also Idunor, Idunna, Iduna.

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Idun (pronounced “EE-done;” from Old Norse http://norse-mythology.org/learn-old-norse/ Iðunn, “The Rejuvenating One”[1]) is a goddess who belongs to the Aesir http://norse- mythology.org/gods-and-creatures/the-aesir-gods-and-goddesses/ tribe of deities.

Her role in the pre-Christian mythology and religion of the Norse and other Germanic peoples is unfortunately obscure, but she features prominently in one of the best-known mythological tales, http://norse-mythology.org/tales/ The Kidnapping of Idun. http://norse- mythology.org/tales/the-kidnapping-of-idun/ In this tale, which comes to us from the skaldic http://norse-mythology.org/sources/poem Haustlöng and the Prose Edda, http://norse-mythology.org/sources/ Idun is depicted as the owner and dispenser of a fruit that imparts immortality.

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Ydun (1858) by H. W. Bissen photograph taken on an angle

In modern books on Norse mythology, these fruits are almost invariably considered to be
apples, but this wasn’t necessarily the case in heathen times. The Old Norse word for “apple,” epli, was often used to denote any fruit or nut, and “apples” in the modern English sense didn’t arrive in Scandinavia until late in the Middle Ages.[2] Whatever species Idun’s produce belongs to, its ability to sustain the immortality of the gods and goddesses makes Idun an indispensable presence in Asgard. http://norse-mythology.org/cosmology/the-nine-worlds/asgard/

References:

[1] Simek, Rudolf. 1993. Dictionary of Northern Mythology. Translated by Angela Hall. p. 171.

[2] Turville-Petre, E.O.G. 1964. Myth and Religion of the North: The Religion of Ancient
Scandinavia. p. 186.

http://norse-mythology.org/gods-and-creatures/the-aesir-gods-and-goddesses/idun/

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Idunn with her husband Bragi, god of poetry
According to some mythologists, Idun, was the fair goddess of immortal youth, love, fertility and the personification of spring.

She had no birth and was never to taste death, therefore, she was particularly warmly
welcomed by the gods when she made her appearance in Asgard (home of the gods). [Note 1]

In Norse mythology, the gods and goddesses represented a mixed race and were not immortal.

goldenapples

They had to regularly eat marvelous golden apples from Idun’s garden to ward off disabilities and old age and diseases, in order to remain beautiful, young through countless ages and vigorous.

Idun, the immortal one, was the keeper of wonderful golden apples of youth, which she
maintained in her magic casket [or basket]. [Note 2]

No matter how many she drew out from the casket, the same number always remained in the casket.
The Norns kept watch over the golden apples which hung on the branches of the tree of life, experience, and knowledge. They allowed none but Idun to pick the fruits, but she always had to be very cautious when she shared the apples with the gods, because dwarfs and giants were eager to obtain possession of the powerful fruit.

http://www.messagetoeagle.com/the-norns-shapers-of-destiny-who-recorded-days-in-persons-life-in-norse-mythology/

http://www.messagetoeagle.com/goddess-idun-and-the-golden-apple-myth-in-norse-
mythology/

Note 1 There has of late been some discussion over Idunna’s parentage.
http://www.northernpaganism.org/shrines/iduna/writings/what-we-know-about-iduna.html
https://journeyingtothegoddess.wordpress.com/tag/apples/

Note 2

“Hrafnagaldr Odins’ also charges Idunna with nourishing the World Tree, Yggdrasil, through Ragnarok, indicating at one point, that She conceals Herself within it’s trunk. Scholar Rudolf Simek notes that if Idunna were honored in Pagan times, it would have been as a Goddess of fertility, because of the apples.(6) I would extend that and see Her instead, and partially by extension, as a Goddess of health and transformative power. It’s clear from the tale of Her kidnapping that Her power over these things was coveted by the Jotnar, who live in a dangerous, hostile world. Amongst the Ice etins that world is also often bleak and barren.

As I noted in my book “Exploring the Northern Tradition,” it is interesting to note that Thiazi coveted not the apples, but Idunna Herself. Ostensibly the apples were useless unless given directly from Her hands, which would imply that their regenerating power lay within this Goddess Herself. (7)

In my personal devotions I’ve always sensed a deep connection between Idunna
and Hela: one plants the seed and sees it to fruition, the other harvests it when the time is
right. There is a strong connection to natural cycles there.

S. McGrath in her book “Asyniur” comments that Idunna carries Her precious apples in a casket made of ash wood.(8) Ash is so often associated by Odin and by extension the valkyries that to my mind at least, this speaks to some mystery learned from Her mother. Ash is a warrior’s tree associated with breaking inertia and moving through obstacles. Of course it’s worth noting that tree lore was very important to the neighboring Celts too, who associated apple with journeying to the other-worlds and ash to the working of fate. My mom used to honor Idunna in part as a Goddess of gardening (she was an avid and skilled organic gardener). Last year Ironwood Kindred raised a God-pole in honor of Idunna, placing it in an apple orchard.

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Idun would get the magical apples from a tree in Mother Holle’s garden
Idunna, fruitful Goddess of the harvest
Be Thou hailed.
Goddess of the apples of youthfulness,
Be Thou honored.
Idunna, Goddess of transformations, journeys and coming home,
Be Thou praised.
For Your blessings
For Your mercy,
For Your firm counsel
And gentle, healing touch,
And always for Yourself alone,
Be Thou adored.
Hail, Idunna.

Notes:

5. “Hrafnagaldr Odins: Odin’s Ravens’ Song”. Trans. Benjamin Thorpe.
6. Simek, Rudolf. “Dictionary of Northern Mythology.” 172.
7. Krasskova, Galina. “Exploring the Northern Tradition.” 57.
8. McGrath, Sheena. “Asyniur.” 59.
http://www.northernpaganism.org/shrines/iduna/writings/what-we-know-about-iduna.html

With thanks to ArchMatrona Georgia’s discovery of internet photos

Soul Quest, Golden Apples Of Immortality, Avala

Soul Quest, Golden Apples Of Immortality, Avala

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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.

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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.

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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
imperfect souls.
Mentioned in Scripture

Free download: https://theahaus.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/fulltext-of-ncuv.pdf
(with thanks to Glenn King)

July 2012
The Filianic Scriptures, New Celestial Union
Version (Second Edition, Third Update)

Title 1, Chapter 10
THE HOLY MYTHOS
Chapter 10

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.]

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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

ArchMatrona Georgia
Lady of Light Chantry

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https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/03/17/the-cross-and-the-fora/

This shortened and altered article is from an old article on the internet, which I am keeping as a useful reference.

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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).

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From old paragraphs and sentences found on the internet, , which I am keeping as a useful
reference.

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
golden maidens.

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Espalier apple tree on wall at Highgrove House near Tetbury, Gloucestershire

Avala

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

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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

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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.

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Originates in Egypt

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“…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-word-in-hieroglyphs YMNT in hieroglyphs

Sumeria

“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)”

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https://www.academia.edu/7548519/_From_Myth_to_Map_The_Blessed_Isles_in_the_First_Century_B.C._Ancient_World_24.2_1993_149_168
“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

Babylonia

“…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.[243]
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.”

[243] Celtic Myth and Legend, pp. 133 et seq.

Extract from:

Title: Myths of Babylonia and Assyria

Author: Donald A. Mackenzie

Release Date: September 5, 2005 [EBook #16653]

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/16653/16653-h/16653-h.htm#id2529027

Greek Elysium

“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.”
https://books.google.co.uk/books?isbn=0141959657
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.[1][2][3][4][5] [6]
The Elysian Fields were, according to Homer, located on the western edge of the Earth by the stream of Okeanos.[1] 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.[1][7][8] 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.[1][2]

Classical literature
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)[11]”

References
1. Peck, Harry Thurston (1897). Harper’s Dictionary of Classical Literature and Antiquities,
Volume 1. New York: Harper. pp. 588, 589.
2. Sacks, David (1997). A Dictionary of the Ancient Greek World. Oxford University Press US. pp. 8, 9. ISBN 0-19-511206-7.
3. Zaidman, Louise Bruit (1992). Religion in the Ancient Greek City. United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. p. 78. ISBN 0-521-42357-0.
4. Clare, Israel Smith (1897). Library of Universal History, Volume 2: Ancient Oriental Nations and Greece. New York: R. S. Peale, J. A. Hill.
5. Petrisko, Thomas W. (2000). Inside Heaven and Hell: What History, Theology and the Mystics Tell Us About the Afterlife. McKees Rocks, PA: St. Andrews Productions. pp. 12–14. ISBN 1- 891903-23-3.
6. Ogden, Daniel (2007). A Companion to Greek Religion. Singapore: Blackwell Publishing. pp. 92, 93. ISBN 1-4051-2054-1.
7. Westmoreland, Perry L. (2007). Ancient Greek Beliefs. Lee And Vance Publishing Co. p. 70. ISBN 0-9793248-1-5.
8. Rengel, Marian (2009). Greek and Roman Mythology A to Z. Infobase Publishing. p. 50. ISBN 1-60413-412-7.

11. Murray, A.T. (1919). Homer, The Odyssey with an English Translation. Perseus Digital
Library Project. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elysium

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.

http://www.theoi.com/Kosmos/Elysion.html

Greek Garden of Hesperides

Etymology
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:
Asterope “starry-eyed
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.

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Hesperides-Greek-mythology
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Hesperidean
http://www.greekmythology.com/Other_Gods/Minor_Gods/Hesperides/hesperides.html
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

http://www.ourbabynamer.com/meaning-of-Aerica.html
http://www.behindthename.com/name/asterope/submitted https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrysothemis
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hygiene
http://www.italythisway.com/places/articles/lipari-history.php
http://www.behindthename.com/name/anthea
http://www.behindthename.com/name/calypso

Irish Celtic Otherworld

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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.

Welsh Otherworld

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.

http://www.timelessmyths.com/celtic/celtworld.html

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”.
http://www.traditionalharp.co.uk/Caer_Feddwyd/articles/origins%20of%20avalon.htm

In Welsh myths, however, the Arthurian Avalon was derived from the name Ynys Afallon.

http://www.timelessmyths.com/celtic/celtworld.html

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.
http://www.traditionalharp.co.uk/Caer_Feddwyd/articles/origins%20of%20avalon.htm

Arthurian Otherworld

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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.

http://www.timelessmyths.com/celtic/celtworld.html

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.[244]

[244] Tennyson’s The Passing of Arthur.

Title: Myths of Babylonia and Assyria

Author: Donald A. Mackenzie

Release Date: September 5, 2005 [EBook #16653]
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/16653/16653-h/16653-h.htm#id2529027

‘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.
http://clasmerdin.blogspot.nl/2011_07_01_archive.html

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https://books.google.co.uk/books?isbn=190801136X
Awen: The Quest of the Celtic Mysteries
Mike Harris

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Etymology

paradise (n.)
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).”
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=paradise

orchard (n.)
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).
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=orchard

Psalm 12: Sweet is the Fruit of Your Wisdom

Psalm 12: Sweet is the Fruit of Your Wisdom

My Lady, Sweet is the Fruit of Your Wisdom and profound is the Mystery contained therein. Astonished am I, to find the secrets of the vast cosmos hidden within the tiniest seed of life. Overjoyed am I, to taste of its knowledge; the surety of its faith uplifts me. Raise me up when I am wallowing in despair. Strengthen me when doubt overwhelms. And, I will contemplate the Real of the Above hidden within the seed of the Below. Everything, in its Season, must be.

Copyright of ArchMadria Pamela Lanides. For personal use only

Now stand at the centre of the flux, For Divine Life – Madrian Meditation 3 of 3

Now stand at the centre of the flux, For Divine Life – Madrian Meditation 3 of 3

Now stand at the centre of the flux,
and at the centre of the mysteries of the flux.
All things of time convolve about Eternity;
all things of space about the infinite still point which is the Centre.
Mother, has not Thy Daughter said that not a sparrow lights upon a twig
but it shadows forth the conflict of evil with the Good,
nor any grain of sand shifts in the desert
reflecting some spiritual truth,
neither does a comet fall
in the farthest corner of the cosmos without an inward meaning.

Mother, Who seest and knowest all these things,
what is the wisdom of this world
compared to the mystery that lies within the humblest weed
that we bruise beneath our feet?
Guide us through the subtle labyrinth,
that we may come safe to the Centre.

The Coming Age, number 4, autumn issue 1976

A Devotional Poem – Crepusculum

A Devotional Poem – Crepusculum

21 September 2015

Mr Race MoChridhe
I also wrote this poem for today to celebrate the bounty of Our Mother’s grace!

raindrops-and-sun-two-by-atlevel1alt

Raindrops And Sun Two by atLevel1Alt

Crepusculum

An arc of light through cloud
to cull my breath
and sheaf it for the harvest,

to call my spirit to supernal sun
beyond the sheets of rain–
a self-emptying,

like lightning into oak, like foam
into the wine-dark sea, like seeds
adrift on summer’s bygone wind.

My Mother’s scythe–
a staff exscribing circles–
a wind upon the grass,

like the flutter of my breath
against the water
where the sun has set.

From archived Deanic Conversations

Autumn Psalms suitable for the Feast of Divine Life / Harvest Hestia

Autumn Psalms suitable for the Feast of Divine Life / Harvest Hestia

Firstly the introduction
https://web.archive.org/web/20131221082330/http://kyrianblog.wordpress.com/psalms/

December 16, 2013

Psalter of Our Lady

These 150 psalms are taken from the Psalter of the Blessed Virgin Mary written by St. Bonaventure and have been painstakingly adapted by Mr Glenn King and Madria Pamela Lanides. They will be incorporated into our Hours (a work in progress), our liturgy and our Feast Day prayers. These psalms are taken from the Living Stream in the West.

For the most part, we have removed archaic language however, Thee and Thou, when referring to Our Lady, denotes honor and the respect that is due to Her.

Our thanks to Mr. King for this valuable service to the Filianic/Deanic community.

Madria Pamela Lanides

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PSALM 108: O, Lady, heed my praise

O Lady, heed my praise:
and deign to accept this Psalter dedicated to Thee.
Look upon the will of my heart: and make my affection well-pleasing to Thee.
Hasten to visit Thy servants:
under the protection of Thy Mantle may they be preserved unhurt.
May they receive through Thee the illumination of Lady Mati:
and the charis of Lady Sushuri.
O Lady, look upon the contrite of heart:
and revive them by the ointment of piety.

My Notes

[ Psalms: a collection of religious verses, sung or recited ]
[ Madrian1 Lady Mati is Clan Jana Lady Sofia and Madrian1 Lady Sushuri is Clan Jana Lady Grace
Lady Sofia: Feast day on November 28th
Lady Grace:https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/04/05/rosedaytuesday-15-columbinaapril-4- 2016-the-feast-of-madria-grace/ ]
[ Charis: Joseph H. Thayer made some significant observations concerning the meaning of charis: “that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness…good-will, loving-kindness, favor… charis is used pre-eminently of that kindness by which God [Dea] bestows favors even upon the ill-deserving, and grants to sinners the pardon of their offences, and bids them accept of eternal salvation through Christ [Di Jana].”
https://www.studylight.org/language-studies/greek-thoughts/index.cgi?a=30 ]

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The Autumn Psalms

PSALM 9 – I will praise Thee

I will praise Thee, O Lady, with my whole heart:
and I will declare among the nations Thy praise and glory.
For to Thee is due glory, and thanksgiving, and the voice of praise.
May sinners find grace with Thee, the source of grace and salvation.
May the oppressed achieve justice by Thee, the liberator from injustice
In freedom and justice they will dwell.
and daily Thy will feed them the bread of life.

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PSALM 17 – I Will Call Upon Thy Name in the Nations

I will love thee, O Lady of heaven and earth:
and I will call upon Thy name in the nations.
Give praise to Her, you who are troubled in heart:
and She will strengthen you against your enemies.
Give to us, O Lady, the grace of Thy over-flowing fountain:
from the dropping dew of Thy sweetness refresh
the inmost souls of Thy children.
Honor Her, O all you who are devout of soul:
for She is your Mother and your God.
Be Thou our refreshment, O, glorious Lady,
for Thou art the admirable foundation of all life.

[replaced ye with you]

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Modernised

PSALM 9 – I will praise Thee

I will praise you, O Lady, with my whole heart:
and I will declare among the nations Your praise and glory.
For to You is due glory, and thanksgiving, and the voice of praise.
May sinners find grace with by You, the source of grace and salvation.
May the oppressed achieve justice by You, the liberator from injustice
In freedom and justice they will dwell.
and daily You will feed them the bread of life.