Mysteria: She Who is beyond comprehension, and yet not an abstract concept or a force, but a person
Matrona: She Who is Our Mother, and yet, not just any mother, but a mother who holds a prominent position of authority and dignity
Mysteria is She who is hidden, concealed, secret, veiled, dark
She is The Dark beyond (not without) the Light: She who is incomprehensible, unknowable
She is The Light beyond the Darkness: the Divine illumination of the pure Intellect, beyond the light of reason, but not contrary to sound reason.
The Dark One creates Life….gives life…governs the seasons…restores all life to wholeness
early 14c., in a theological sense, “religious truth via divine revelation, hidden spiritual significance, mystical truth,” from Anglo-Fr. *misterie (O.Fr. mistere), from L. mysterium, from Gk. mysterion (usually in pl. mysteria) “secret rite or doctrine,” from mystes “one who has been initiated,” from myein “to close, shut,” perhaps referring to the lips (in secrecy) or to the eyes (only initiates were allowed to see the sacred rites). The Greek word was used in Septuagint for “secret counsel of God,” translated in Vulgate as sacramentum. Non-theological use in English, “a hidden or secret thing,” is from late 14c. In reference to the ancient rites of Greece, Egypt, etc. it is attested from 1640s. Meaning “detective story” first recorded in English 1908.
She is Beautiful, and Good and Comforting…nothing about Her is Ugly or Evil or Terrifying.
She is not the Grim Reaper or the Dreaded Death or the Fearful Horror.
When Aristasians warn against the worship of the Dark Mother, they are probably referring to those who worship a “parody” of Her…i.e. Urkala…and revel in horror and evil and terror and death as a negative force. Unfortunately, some of the images of Kali are just that.
The Matrona is She who is the “Great Mother”, or in dearer and more familiar terms, the “Grandmother”, the Mother of All Mothers. The single title of the “one” Dea Matrona means the Divine Great Mother (Goddess Great Mother) and the plural title of the “three” Deae Matronae means the Divine Great Mothers (Goddesses Great Mothers). Both of these titles have been used in reference to Dea throughout Europe. These earthly forms of Dea reflect Her Heavenly singular and triune essence. The title Matrona is equal to the titles Modron and Magna Meter. The title Dea Matrona is equal to the title Mahatma Devi.
I came across this very interesting article about the life of a Roman Matrona. The words of the author give us a glimpse of the inner integrity of a matrona and the high regard with which she was held by her family and community.
UNIVIRA: THE IDEAL ROMAN MATRONA
Why don’t we use the word “crone” to refer to Dea beyond form?
Crone: What does this word really mean?
Crone is not a feminine version of Chronos meaning Time
Crone is not a feminine version of Corona meaning Crown
Crone: is actually a feminine version of Carogne meaning Corpse
There are no positive or flattering connotations to this title.
It is an altogether negative and insulting term.
late 14c., from Anglo-Fr. carogne, from O.N.Fr. carogne, term of abuse for a cantankerous or withered woman, lit. “carrion,” from V.L. *caronia (see carrion).
early 13c., carione, from Anglo-Fr. carogne (O.N.Fr. caroigne; O.Fr. charogne, 12c., “carrion, corpse,” Mod.Fr. charogne), from V.L. *caronia “carcass” (cf. It. carogna, Sp. carroña “carrion”), from L. caro “meat” (see carnage )
Within my last post I made reference to the Dark Mother or Lady without form. The post of course was also focused on the Janya Aset Melanae who I believe can be legitimately viewed as the Dark Lady, as Holy Darkness or Good Quiet and as a reflection of the Mother without form. None of these aspects of Dea can be legitimately viewed being any form of glorification of the negative or of evil. To give a bit of extra clarification on this subject I am reblogging an article from the My Devotion to Dea a blog owned by Sister Sophia Ruth. The article “Mysteria Dea Matrona” clarifies the subject to a substantial degree. It also includes an additional short discussion of the concept of the Crone which I think is very good.