2015 Feast of Divine Life
The Feast of Divine Life
16 Abolan/Sept. 20
O, Kyria Thea, Lamp of Illumination, Benevolence and Generosity, be with us.
Tomorrow, 17 Abolan/Sept. 21 is the High Feast of Divine Life in the Matronite Chapel. It is also the second harvest festival.
This feast day celebrates Our Holy Mother as the Creatrix and Ground of All Being, which is the First of our Five Great Mysteries. This Mystery corresponds to West and Earth and it’s Sacred Symbol is the Apple which represents both immortality and Avala, our resting place between incarnations.
In the Crystal Tablet of our scriptures, Life or Wholeness is referred to as the Light of the Absolute, the Great Mother, She Who Is. She is the veiled Origin of Eternity and the First Principle, beyond being and unbeing and so, this feast day is primarily a celebration of the Great (Dark) Mother. It also celebrates the Celestial Mother as Creatrix and Matrix of all being and the Earthly Mother as the Sustainer and Ruler of Creation and so this feast day is also Trinitarian in nature.
From the magazine, The Coming Age, no longer in print, we read,
Chapels and shrines are often decorated with the fruits of the season – loaves from the new wheat, vegetables, fruit, flowers, ears of corn, nuts, pinecones, etc and some of these may adorn the alter for the Sacrifice. Traditional foods of the Festival are seed cake, apple pie and ciders.
On the [archived] interfaith Deanic discussion group, hosted by Glenn King, https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/deanic_conversations/info, we have been talking about different ways to observe this feast day.
In Traditions, such as Jewish or Goddess Christian, the pomegranate is considered to be holy. In Judaism, the number of seeds add up to the number of mitzvah in Judaism…613. These are typically thought of as commandments or good deeds and they’re in Torah. (1)
In Goddess Christianity, the pomegranate represents the Mysteries of Mary Magdalene. Pomegranates were/are also important features of Classical Paganism, Islam, Orthodox Christianity and in other metaphysical Traditions. (2)
Other ancient traditions, such as one in England, includes great apple festivals where people line up along the road and as apple carts are wheeled by, apples are tossed to the people along the very same route which was used at the inception of this fair. This fair, which began in 1267, is one of the worlds’ oldest. 3) New England inherited its tradition of Fall apple festivals from its namesake.
There is an interesting connection between the sacred fruits, pomegranates and apples. The word pomegranate comes from the apple. It literally translates to apple seeded from medieval Latin.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomegranate. And, so we see a beautiful link between the pomegranates of so many ancient Traditions with the revered apple of so many others. In Judaism, for the observance of Rosh Hashanah, the symbolism of both the apple and the pomegranate are combined. (1)
In both the Jewish and the Deanic Traditions, the number of seeds in these fruits are highly symbolic. I do not think that it is a coincidence that in so many areas and in so many ancient Traditions, the apple figures significantly during the Season of the Great Mystery of Our Lady as the Source and Ground of all Being. The five seeds of the apple represents so much, but in the First Mystery, it also represents the Primordial Essence of All Being flowing out from the Still Centre of Spirit along the Four Cardinal channels, each of which are Guarded by the Geniae.
(The Three Sisters of Squash, tepary beans and corn from: http://www.energytimes.com/pages/features/0309/native.html).
In Arizona, squash, corn, and tepary beans are considered to be ‘the three sisters’ of the ancient Native American diet of the area. How easily that could translate, for a Deanist of the area, into a symbolism of three foods in honor of the Three Matres or Mothers.
The Ancient Matrona River (Marne).
Quite often, for our Feast Days, we recommend family crafts, games, customs and recipes. Perhaps what might be appropriate for this Feast of Divine Life, would be to research the traditional foods of your area which you might incorporate into your harvest feast. Learn about local traditional hand crafts. Discover the ancient names of the goddess in your area and, especially if you are from the British Isles or Europe, research the famous wells, rivers and lakes nearby, which are named after pre-Christian goddesses. For instance, the river Marne, in France, was named after Dea Matrona. The ancient name for this river was actually Matrona!
Let us bless the Lady of Heaven,
blessed be Our Lady.
Let us thank the Seven Genaie of Power.
Thanks be to the Seven Genaie.
May Our Lady bless you, Blessed is She
1. Thanks to Shoshanna Marie Woods.
3. Thanks to Madria Kathi.
4. Thanks to Ruth.
“Archeologists have determined that variations of squash and pumpkins were cultivated along river and creek banks along with sunflowers and beans. This took place long before the emergence of maize (corn). After maize was introduced, ancient farmers learned to grow squash with maize and beans using the “Three Sisters” tradition.
The Three Sisters are squash, corn and beans which grow and thrive together. Corn serves as the natural trellis for the beans to grow on. The beans roots set nitrogen in the soil to nourish the corn. The bean vines help to stabilize the corn stalks on windy days. The squash plants shelter the shallow roots of the corn and shade the ground to discourage weeds and preserve moisture. Truly a symbiotic relationship. I have read where it was a common practice to bury a small fish alongside the seeds at planting to nourish the “Three Sisters.”
The early Native American farmers were practicing an early form of sustainable agriculture. How cool is that?!? We can learn many lessons today from them.”
Reblogged from https://matronite.com/2015/09/20/the-feast-of-divine-life/