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

The Great Mother as Ground of All Being

The Great Mother as Ground of All Being

Described in the Litany as “Absolute Deity,” “Pure Source,” “Veiled Origin of Eternity,” “Still Centre of the All,” “Completeness of the Mother and of the Daughter“.

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extract from The Janite Deanic Creed (directly from our Madrian predecessors)

Whose Name has not been spoken on this Earth;

for She is the Beginning and the End,

the First Principle and the Final Cause,

the unoriginated Origin of Being;

the Great Mother of all that is and all that is not;

https://deanic.com/the-janite-deanic-creed/

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extract from the Traditional Catechism of the Deanic religion

17. Who is the Dark Mother?

She is Absolute Deity, Who existed before the beginning of existence and is beyond being and unbeing.

18. What is Her Nature?

She is outside space and time; She is all that is and all that is not.

https://deanic.com/the-catechism/catechism/

I found the following extracts from articles to be useful in understanding this concept/Mystery.

Ground of Being

One of the sophisticated concepts used by great Christian theologians is that of “The Ground of Being.”
This concept indicates, not that God is the fact of things existing, but that God is the basis for the existence of all things. God is more fundamental to existing things than anything else. So fundamental to the existence of all things is God, that God can be thought of as the basis upon which things exist, the ground of their being. To say that God is The ground of being or being itself, is to say that there is something we can sense that is so special about the nature of being that it hints at this fundamental reality upon which all else is based.

The phrases “Ground of Being” and “Being itself” are basically the same concept. Tillich used both at different times, and other theologians such as John McQuarrey prefer “Being Itself,” but they really speak to the same concept. Now Sceptics are always asking “how can god be being?” I think this question comes from the fact that the term is misleading. The term “Being itself” gives one the impression that God is the actual fact of “my existence,” or the existence of my flowerbed, or any object one might care to name. Paul Tillich, on the other hand, said explicitly (in Systematic Theology Vol. I)
that this does not refer to an existential fact but to an ontological status. What is being said is not that God is the fact of the being of some particular object, but, that [S]he is the basis upon which being proceeds and upon which objects participate in being. In other words, since God exists forever, nothing else can come to be without God’s will or thought, and since there can’t even be a potential for any being without God’s thought, all potentialities for being arise in the “mind of God” than in that sense
God is actually “Being Itself.” I think “Ground of Being” is a less confusing term. God is the ground upon which all being is based and from which all being proceeds.

How Can “a Being” be Being Itself?

Part of the confusion stems from a misunderstanding of what is being said. I say that God is ‘necessary being’ not “a necessary being,” not because I forgot the “a” but because God is not “a being.” [S]he is above the level of any particular being that participates in being, but exists on the level of the Being, the thing itself, apart from any particular beings. There is Being, and there is “the beings.” This is a crucial distinction, but it leaves one wondering what it means and how it could be. I think the answer lies in the fact that God is ultimate reality. God is the first, and highest and only necessary thing that
exists, and thus, had God not created, God would be the only thing that exists. Could one somehow ponder a universe in which God had not created, in which God was all that was, one might well ask “what is it to be in this universe where there is only God?” In such a universe the only conceivable answer is “to be is to be God.” In that sense God is Being Itself.

http://www.jmm.org.au/articles/15189.htm

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God is the ground of being

Let us think about the traditional attributes of God. For thousands of years the
theologians have said that God is eternal, in the sense that this ultimate reality (unlike the
physical universe) has no beginning or end.

The theologians have said that God is omnipresent, which actually means that — since this reality lies outside our box of space and time — it is everywhere and nowhere. The word “where” we remember refers to physical location at a specific point in space.

The ground of being is immaterial and incorporeal, because it is not composed of the electrons and protons and neutrons and other types of matter which form our physical universe.

It is omnipotent because it is not subject to the law of entropy, and can never run down or decay.

It is also ineffable, which means that we cannot talk about it in ordinary human words.

Our human minds are so imprisoned within the box of space and time that we can barely even imagine such an alien reality: it confronts us as das ganz Andere, the “Wholly Other,” and sends a shiver down our spines.

This ground of being is the infinite itself, the boundless, what the pre-Socratic philosopher Anaximander called the apeirôn, that primary existent out of which everything else in the universe came into being and was formed.

In Ancient Near Eastern religion, it was the Primordial Abyss which existed before the
creation of the world, what the ancient Greek creation myth called Chaos, the gaping void which was all that existed at the beginning of all things. It was the all-swallowing gulf which the ancient Babylonians mythologized as the she-monster Ti’amat.

GLENN F. CHESNUT — THE GROUND OF BEING
http://www.hindsfoot.org/g06grnd.pdf

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Also read:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absolute_(philosophy)

The Egremont Crab Fair in Cumbria dates from 1267

The Egremont Crab Fair in Cumbria dates from 1267

2016 Friday 16th September / Saturday 17th September (3rd Saturday of September)

My Dad won 1st and 2nd prize for his heritage apples. Which made him very happy. It also brought back happy memories of his wife (my Mom).

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The Egremont Crab Fair in Cumbria dates from 1267 and is held annually in September. It is believed that the traditional fair has been held continuously since this time, except for unavoidable interruptions during the War years. It grew out of the medieval tradition whereby serfs to the Manor of Egremont gathered wild fruits, and with their vegetables, corn and animals went to pay their dues to the Lord of the Manor. This also became an opportunity to celebrate the end of the harvest by taking part in sporting games. The Lord of Egremont started a tradition of giving away crab apples and the Parade of the Apple Cart is still the central event, where crab apples are thrown to the crowds which throng Main Street.

http://www.egremontcrabfair.com/history.html

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Egremont Crab Apple Fair – the “scattering of apples” at Midday, now known as the Parade of the Apple Cart.

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Crab apples are also referred to as wild apples, a more romantic name, perhaps. There are three native species, Malus domestica, M. baccata and M. sylvestris, which you occasionally see in woodlands. These were used to breed the domestic apple. One theory is that the name “crab” is associated with the crooked gait of a crab which figuratively follows on to mean contrary – perhaps because the fruit is sour and astringent. As the oldest cultivated tree in Europe, crab apples are steeped in mythology.

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Petrified remains of apple slices on saucers have been found in tombs dating back over 5,000 years. The Greeks and Romans planted apple trees throughout their respective empires. The healing properties of apples were recognized by traditional healers wherever the tree appeared.

The Crab Apple is a member of the Rose family, which includes other magical British ogham trees, such as Rowan, Hawthorn and Blackthorn, as well as other fruit trees such as the Cherry, Plum and Pear trees (Paterson, page 106).
In Scotland, the Crabapple is the plant badge of Clan Lamont, whose Highland territories were around Cowall and Argyll.

(My Father’s Welsh/English family has married into the Clan Lamont.)

http://www.druidry.org/library/trees/tree-lore-apple

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September 19th, 2015

Today, Saturday, Dad took Mom out of her nursing home to visit their town’s traditional Apple Fair established in 1267 (making it one of the World’s oldest fairs). One of the ancient traditions is for everyone to line the main street (the same layout as in 1200) and catch apples from a moving cart. My Mom took the opportunity to meet up with neighbours and friends, wave to children on the motorised railway, admire the traditional funfair Big Wheel and Horse Carousel. Her husband (my Dad), and a neighbour caught 7 apples for her.

Another neighbour had secretly entered her heritage apples into the Flower and Fruit Show, my parents walked into the marque and Mom had won first prize with a medal and big red rosette. The local newspaper photographer took her photograph, smiles, she took up many joyful poses. She was so happy, sharing her apples and showing her medal and rosette upon returning to the nursing home.

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Egremont Russet Apples – tasting slightly smoky, nutty, quite unlike anything else.

 

Isis-Ma’at, Lady of Truth

Isis-Ma’at, Lady of Truth

Posted by: Isidora | April 6, 2014

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As I am sure you know, Ma’at is the Egyptian Goddess of Truth, Universal Order, and Right. The ideas related to Her form the core of the ancient Egyptian conception of the way things should be. Ma’at was considered to be the very food of the Goddesses and Gods. Ma’at explained the relationships between humanity and the Divine. Ma’at was natural law and social law. Ma’at was not only justice, but also fairness and even kindness toward one another. Ideally, the king who ruled Egypt, the viziers who advised the king, the judges who made decisions that affected the people, and the people themselves all operated under the laws of Ma’at. If they did, peace and plenty and Divine favor would reign in the land.
Isis, too, is associated with these ideals and sometimes Ma’at is assimilated with Isis. The Osirian Hall of Judgment is also known as the Hall of the Two Truths. Twin Goddesses, the Ma’ati (the Two Truths), presided over it. Very often, the Ma’ati were specifically identified as Isis and Nephthys. (As an aside, I have always found the idea of the Judgment Hall being the place of Two Truths to be a particularly wise concept; there are always at least two sides to any story and both are likely to be true—from the perspective of each participant.)The quintessential symbol of Ma’at is the shut, the ostrich plume that represents the “lightness” and all-pervading, airy nature of Truth and Right. It is against the Feather of Truth that the heart of the deceased is weighed during the post mortum judgment before Osiris. The 42 Assessors Who witness the judgment each hold a Ma’at feather. Following a successful judgment, and as an attestation of her truthfulness, the deceased was sometimes shown wearing Ma’at feathers upon her head and suspended from her wrists and arms.

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Without Her twin, Isis was identified with Ma’at’s singular form. The Coffin Texts tell us that Isis comes before the deceased as Ma’at. An inscription at Denderah says that Isis the Great is not only Mother of the God, but also Ma’at in Denderah. Plutarch records a tradition that points to an identification of Isis with Ma’at  (“Justice”) in Hermopolis. He writes, “that is why they call the leader of the muses in the city of Hermes at once Isis and Justice, since she is wise…” One scholar has suggested that this Hermopolitan ennead of Muses might have consisted of Isis-Ma’at, Isis-Hathor, and the Seven Hathors.

The Two Truths in the Judgment Hall weigh the heart of the deceased against Truth, Ma'at.

Isis has always been considered a wise Goddess. A Turin papyrus tells us, “Isis was a woman wise in speech, her heart more cunning than the millions of men, her utterance was more excellent than the millions of gods, she was more perceptive than millions of glorified spirits. She was not ignorant of anything in heaven or earth.” In this aspect, Isis is called Rekhiet, “the Wise Woman.” One of the titles of Isis of the star, Isis-Sothis, is Rekhit, “Knowledge.” This easily led to Isis’ later identification with Sophia (Gk. “Wisdom”). From his Egyptian studies, Plutarch concluded that Isis is a Goddess “exceptionally wise and a lover of wisdom.”

As time passed, Isis’ reputation as a Goddess of Truth, Rightness, Justice, Wisdom, and Law incresed. The hymns to Isis at Her temple in the Faiyum oasis say that Isis, “taught customs that justice might in some measure prevail” and that She is “a judge with the immortal gods.” The hymn’s author, Isidorus, writes to his Goddess, “You are directing the world of men, looking down on the manifold deeds of the wicked and gazing down on those of the just” and “You witness individual virtue.” Like Demeter, Isis was called Thesmophoros, “Lawgiver.” A number of Greek inscriptions from Delos and one from Athens calls Her Dikaiosyne, “Righteousness” or “Lawfulness.” Others call Her Nemesis, a Greek justice-bringing Goddess. The ancient historian, Diodorus Siculus, records that “Isis also established laws, they say, in accordance with which the people regularly dispense justice to one another and are led to refrain, through fear of punishment, from illegal violence and insolence…”

Green Isis, looking like Ma'at, but you can identify Her by the throne on Her head. She is seated on the glyph for

In almost all of the surviving Isis aretalogies (self-statements), the Goddess affirms Her connection with Ma’at. In the aretalogy from Kyme, Turkey, Isis says of Herself, “I made the right to be stronger than gold or silver. I ordained that the true should be thought good. I devised marriage contracts. I ordained that nothing should be more feared than an oath. I have delivered the plotter of evil against other men into the hands of the one he plotted against. I established penalties for those who practice injustice. I decreed mercy to suppliants. I protect righteous guards. With me the right prevails.” Similar statements are included in other aretalogies including one from Maronea in Greece, which says that Isis “established justice, so that each one of us, just as he by nature endures equal death, may also be able to live in conditions of equality.” In the late Hermetic texts, both Isis an Osiris are known as lawgivers. One such text, the Kore Kosmou, tells us that Isis and Osiris learned the secrets of lawgiving from God and so became lawgivers for humankind.

The words of the Lady of Words of Power are not only words of magic, but also words of Truth and Justice.

P.S. What inspired me for this post was an interesting article by Christopher Faraone and Emily Teeter that opines that the Greek Wisdom Goddess Metis (Who Zeus married then ate (!!!) because He can be a rather jealous God and Metis was destined to bear Him a daughter (again, !!!) Who would be as powerful as Zeus and as wise as Metis, and a son Who would be king of the Gods, and Zeus couldn’t have that) was either directly or indirectly derived from the Egyptian Goddess Ma’at. They argue that 1.) both Metis and Ma’at were understood as concepts and personified Goddesses; 2.) The fact of Zeus “gulping down” Metis may derive from the Egyptian idea that the Deities “lived on” and “ate” Truth (Ma’at); 3.) Both Metis and Ma’at legitimate the kingship; 4.) Just as Egyptian kings had Ma’at names among their coronation names, so Zeus has a number of epithets that include Metis. Interesting, isn’t it?

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https://isiopolis.com/2014/04/06/isis-maat-lady-of-truth/

Please note that all material on this blog is copyright M. Isidora Forrest. Excerpts from Isis Magic, first edition, are copyright 2001, and from Isis Magic, second edition, copyright 2013 by M. Isidora Forrest. Excerpts from Offering to Isis are copyright 2005, M. Isidora Forrest.

Author:

M. Isidora Forrest has been devoted to Isis ever since the Goddess told her, in no uncertain terms, that she was not yet ready to be Her priestess. (Isidora respects a Goddess Who doesn’t coddle.) More than twenty years—and a lot of research, ritual, agony and ecstasy—later, Isidora has earned the title of Prophetess in the House of Isis. She is also a priestess of the international Fellowship of Isis, a Hermetic adept, a maenad for Dionysos, and a founder of the Hermetic Fellowship, a non-profit religious organization devoted to spiritual development through ritual and education in the Western Esoteric Tradition. In addition to Isis Magic, she is the author of Offering to Isis: Knowing the Goddess through Her Sacred Symbols, and a contributor to the Golden Dawn Journal series of books edited by Chic and Tabatha Cicero. Isidora lives and works in the not-at-all-Egypt-like climate of Portland, Oregon with her husband Adam Forrest, a fierce black cat name Korê, and both a Temple of Isis and a grape arbor sacred to Dionysos in the backyard.

Related Isis Posts:

https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/09/04/isis-demeter/

https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/08/21/isis-oh-golden-one/

42 Laws of Maat

42 Laws of Maat, or 42 Negative Confessions, or 42 Admonition to Goddess Maat, or 42 Declarations of Innocence or Admonitions of Maát, 42 Laws of Maat of Ancient Egypt, or the Laws of the Goddess Maat

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Low relief hieroglyph of Goddess Maat iconography ie feather of truth – Shu or Shut – on top of her head and Ankh ie life

The purpose of ma’at (law/justice/truth) among the Kemet (Kmt Khemet) people of ancient Upper and Lower Egypt was to divert chaos (Isfet).
The originating blog maatlaws describes the judging of the heart.
Written by Vanessa Cross, J.D., LL.M. [CC 2012]
It is also the source of photos for my blog post.
http://maatlaws.blogspot.com

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The sun-god Ra came from the primaeval mound of creation only after he set his daughter Maat in place of Isfet (chaos).

To the Egyptian mind, Maat bound all things together in an indestructible unity: the universe, the natural world, the state, and the individual were all seen as parts of the wider order generated by Maat.

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Third Intermediate Period, ca. 800–700 BCE From Khartoum, Sudan Gold and lapis lazuli The Egyptian Museum, Cairo

Written at least 2,000 years before the Ten Commandments of Moses, the 42 Principles of Ma’at are one of Africa’s, and the world’s, oldest sources of moral and spiritual instruction. Ma’at, the Ancient Egyptian divine Principle of Truth, Justice, and Righteousness, is the foundation of natural and social order and unity. Ancient Africans developed a humane system of thought and conduct which has been recorded in volumes of African wisdom literature, such as, these declarations from the Book of Coming Forth By Day (the so-called Book of the Dead), The Teachings of Ptah-Hotep, the writings of Ani, Amenemope, Merikare, and others.

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One aspect of ancient Egyptian funerary literature which often is mistaken for a codified ethic of Ma’at is Chapter 125 of the Book of the Dead, often called the 42 Declarations of Purity or the Negative Confession. These declarations varied somewhat from tomb to tomb, and so can not be considered a canonical definition of Ma’at. Rather, they appear to express each tomb owner’s individual conception of Ma’at, as well as working as a magical absolution (misdeeds or mistakes made by the tomb owner in life could be declared as not having been done, and through the power of the written word, wipe that particular misdeed from the afterlife record of the deceased).

Many of the lines are similar, however, and they can help to give the student a “flavor” for the sorts of things which Ma’at governed—essentially everything from the most formal to the most mundane aspect of life.

Many versions are given on-line, unfortunately seldom do they note the tomb from which they came or, whether they are a collection from various different tombs.

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Moses, if he existed, (there is no undisputed historical/archaeological evidence that he did), was an Egyptian. According to stories, he was adopted by an Egyptian royal family. If that were true he would have been familiar with these principles. If there was no historical Moses, then others most likely borrowed a few if the Principles of Maat when composing the Ten Commandments.

THE 42 COMMANDMENTS OF ANCIENT EGYPT
I. Thou shalt not kill, nor bid anyone kill.
II. Thou shalt not commit adultery or rape.
X. Thou shalt not steal nor take that which does not belong to you.
XXVIII. Thou shalt not take God’s name in vain.
XXXII. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s goods.
XXXIV. Thou shalt remember and observe the appointed holy days.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maat
https://www.crystalinks.com/maat.html
https://xenophilius.wordpress.com/2008/03/11/42-principles-of-maat-2000-years-before-ten-commandments/

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But more importantly, under Mosaic Law, violation of any of the Ten Commandments was punishable by death.

When the Ten Commandments are compared with the principles by which the ancient Egyptians governed their lives, the laws of the Judaeo-Christian-Moslem world are barbaric and meaningless. The principle that governs the “True Egyptian” is Maat which is a religious principle that is more than justice, it is Divine-Justice, personified in the Goddess, (NTRT) Maat, who exemplifies the eternal laws of the universe as, Right and Truth.

In the weighing of the wrongs man does in this life against the intent of his heart, Maat makes a distinction between transgressions and violations of the laws of the Gods and Goddesses, that is, laws that pertain to the ordinances and requirements which the Gods and Goddesses have given for their worship. This also extends to the commitment one makes to the Neters or Gods and the respect one holds for their gifts.

Transgressions on the other hand, are offenses against our fellow mortals, their possessions, or the earth–or that portion of the earth on which we live. Thus, one violates the Laws of a God or Goddess, but one transgresses against mortals.

All transgressions may be forgiven by the priestesses of The Goddess, but not all violations of the Laws of the Goddesses. As one progresses in knowledge in the religion of The Goddess, one is taught the principles of Maat. The further one progresses, the more he or she is expected to incorporate those principles into his or her life.

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It should be obvious that the Forty-two Affirmations of Right and Truth are far more inclusive than the so-called Ten Commandments. Even when the rest of the Jewish laws are considered, they pale in the light of the Pagan Egyptian Law. Punishment for the Personal Transgressions was reserved for the judgment of the Gods–not in this life, but in the judgment of Maat.

The punishment for violations of The Laws of Goddesses in ancient Egypt was banishment from the religion–which in Egypt usually meant banishment from the community where the Goddess was worshiped. That could mean banishment from the nation, depending on the Goddess against whom the sin was committed.

As for the Transgressions against mortals, the punishment was exacted to fit the crime. In ancient Egypt, the death penalty was seldom used, and then only under unusual circumstances. Periods as long as 150 years went by without a single execution. Yet Egypt, for the most part, was without crime.

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goddess Maat by Dylan Meconis

 

MAAT – Right and Truth
Transgressions Against Mankind

1. I have not committed murder, neither have I bid any man to slay on my behalf;

2. I have not committed rape, neither have I forced any woman to commit fornication;

3. I have not avenged myself, nor have I burned with rage;

4. I have not caused terror, nor have I worked affliction;

5. I have caused none to feel pain, nor have I worked grief;

6. I have done neither harm nor ill, nor I have caused misery;

7. I have done no hurt to man, nor have I wrought harm to beasts;

8. I have made none to weep;

9. I have had no knowledge of evil, neither have I acted wickedly, nor have I wronged the people;

10. I have not stolen, neither have I taken that which does not belong to me, nor that which belongs to another, nor have I taken from the orchards, nor snatched the milk from the mouth of the babe;

11. I have not defrauded, neither I have added to the weight of the balance, nor have I made light the weight in the scales;

12. I have not laid waste the plowed land, nor trampled down the fields;

 

 

Transgressions Against Living In Maat During Life

13. I have not driven the cattle from their pastures, nor have I deprived any of that which was rightfully theirs;

14. I have accused no man falsely, nor have I supported any false accusation;

15. I have spoken no lies, neither have I spoken falsely to the hurt of another;

16. I have never uttered fiery words, nor have I stirred up strife;

17. I have not acted guilefully, neither have I dealt deceitfully, nor spoken to deceive to the hurt another;

18. I have not spoken scornfully, nor have I set my lips in motion against any man;

19. I have not been an eavesdropper;

20. I have not stopped my ears against the words of Right and Truth;

21. I have not judged hastily, nor have I judged harshly;

22. I have committed no crime in the place of Right and Truth;

23. I have caused no wrong to be done to the servant by his master;

24. I have not been angry without cause;

25. I have not turned back water at its springtide, nor stemmed the flow of running water;

26. I have not broken the channel of a running water;

27. I have never fouled the water, nor have I polluted the land;

Transgressions Against The Gods

28. I have not cursed nor despised The Gods, nor have I done that which The Gods abominate;

29. I have not vexed or angered The Gods;

30. I have not robbed The God, nor have I filched that which has been offered in the temples;

31. I have not added unto nor have I diminished the offerings which are due;

32. I have not purloined the cakes of The Gods;

33. I have not carried away the offerings made unto the blessed dead;

34. I have not disregarded the season for the offerings which are appointed;

35. I have not turned away the cattle set apart for sacrifice;

36. I have not thwarted the processions of The Gods;

37. I have not slaughtered with evil intent the cattle of The Gods;

Personal Transgressions

38. I have not acted guile fully nor have I acted in insolence;

39. I have not been overly proud, nor have I behaved myself with arrogance;

40. I have never magnified my condition beyond what was fitting;

41. Each day have I labored more than was required of me;

42. My name has not come forth to the boat of the Prince;

Copyright 1986, 1990, 1997, 2012, 2015 by Sabrina Aset. All rights reserved.
http://www.goddess.org/cmhg/laws.html

 

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I have just purchased this vintage sterling silver charm of the Egyptian goddess Maat

Moonday/Monday 1st Abalon/September 5th 2016: the Feast of Lady Justina

Moonday/Monday 1st Abalon/September 5th 2016: the Feast of Lady Justina

Feast of Lady Justina
Moonday/Monday

1st Abalon/September 5th

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Libra by Pat Brennan

O, Lady Justina, Guardian of Order, Harmony and Justice, be with us.

Autumn is the Season ruled over by one of the Janati of the Four-fold Earth. These are rulers of the four cardinal directions and their corresponding Elements and Seasons and therefore, they are known as the Janati of the four-fold Earth.

Lady Justina meaning, Just, Righteous and is the Guardian of West and Earth and Guardian of the corresponding Season of Autumn.

And so, today is the Feast of the Janya, Lady Justina. On this, her feast day, time may be spent in quiet prayer or contemplation in her honour. A Moonrite or liturgy may also be served, which may also be celebrated this coming Sunday.

Correspondences

Janya: Lady Justina meaning, Just, Righteous.
Titaness: Themis: Divine-natural law-order.
Guardian of Order, Harmony and Justice.
She is of the four-fold Earth and is Guardian of West and Earth.
Great Mystery: The Symbol of the Apple.
Feast Day: 1 Abalon/September 5th
Planet: Jupiter.
Weekday: Appleday/Thurs.
Metal: Tin
Color of Robes: Blue and purple.
Note: F (fa)
Element: Earth
Bird: Swan
Incense: Amber, Frankincense, Benzoin, Pine Resin, Dragon’s Blood, Sage, Cloves and Copal
Sacred Oil: Cedarwood
Sacred Herb: Mugwort.
Sacred Flower: Marigolds
Sacred Tree: Oak
Sacred Jewel: Jade
Sacred Symbol: The Apple.
Mantra: O, Lady Justina, Guardian of Courage, Strength and Valor, be with us.

Lady Justina is the Matroness of lawyers, judges, musicians, mathematicians, astronomers, cosmologists and other scientists along with farmers, gardeners and crafts-people. Music, order, the natural order of the Universe, harmony, justice, legal issues, finances, the home, career, business, labour, material goods, skills, security, prosperity and protection are her areas of influence. She is the Protectress of Earth and of Earth spirits.

Copywrite of the Matriarch of the Janite Deanic Ekklasia, ArchMadria (Bishop) Pamela

http://matronite.wordpress.com/the-seven-great-geniae/correspondences-of-the-seven-geniae/

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Justitia roman goddess of justice mmx
Copywrite of Howard David Johnson
http://www.howarddavidjohnson.com/mythic-women.htm

The Verses of The Seven Streams
The Seven Jeweled Rays
Lady Justina

I am Justina, the Blue Ray of Justice. I am the Natural Law of the Cosmos.

The Four-Fold Earth is where I reign and it is Earth that I guard.

Come to me when you are in need of truth and fairness and I will defend you with all my might.

Learn of me the Jade Stones of Order and Harmony and your Path shall be made clear.

If you are in need of material sustenance, you shall never go without.

Lean on me in times of trial and I shall heed your cry.

I am Justina.

Copywrite of the Matriarch of the Janite Deanic Ekklasia, ArchMadria (Bishop) Pamela

http://matronite.wordpress.com/the-verses-of-the-seven-streams/the-seven-jeweled-rays/

Titaness Information:

Themis was the divine voice (themistes) who first instructed mankind in the laws of justice and morality. Examples of these rules include:
Pious offerings to the gods
Precepts of piety
Rules of hospitality
Good governance
Conduct of assembly

http://greekmythology.wikia.com/wiki/Themis

The Moons of Abalon 1st Abalon / 5th September – 28th Abalon / October 2nd 2016

The Moons of Abalon 1st Abalon / 5th September – 28th Abalon / October 2nd 2016

Abalon moon Oct12

Abalon:

1st Abalon Sept 5th: (4 days after the Dark Moon): Crescent Moon. (For the Holy Daughter).

Sept 16th: Apple Moon. (For the Celestial Mother).

Oct 1st: Dark Moon. (For the Great Mother).

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

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

Sacred Season of Autumn, Month of Abalon September 5 – October 2

Sacred Season of Autumn,
Month of Abalon September 5 – October 2
The Season of Earth and Apple.

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Sacred Month of Abalon September 5 – October 2
Abalon (“Apple-Land” or “Fruitful-land”)
symbol of abundant life, refreshment, and restoration

Appleday / Thursday – honouring the Great Mother as the First Great Mystery: The Ground of All Being She is the Life and Essence of All Being and the Apple of Wisdom. Appleday is presided over by Lady Justina (which means just, righteous).
Lady Justina is of the Fourfold Earth and is the Guardian of West and Earth. The Season of Autumn. I will strive to emulate Lady Justina, in Order, Harmony and Justice.

Solar: Autumn Equinox

Mystery:

The Great Mother as Ground of All Being.
As I understand Her:
Dea Matrona is ultimate reality. Dea is the first, and highest and only necessary “thing” [Intelligence/Spirit] that exists, and thus, had Dea Matrona not emanated / “breathed out” Celestial Mother Mari, Dea Matrona would be the only “being” [Intelligence/Spirit] that exists.

The Celestial Mother Mari is the Matrix. She gathers from Source or Absolute Deity, the Great Mother, the seeds containing the Essence of Life and She births [emanates] them into material manifestation. Therefore, the Holy Mother Mari is, for us: Dea, Apple of Wisdom.

Di Jana is the Apple of Wisdom.
The outer apple represents the material manifestation of Creation. The inner spiritual seeds containing the Essence of Life, taken together with the outer apple of material manifestation represent the two Threads of the Spiritual and the Material being woven together to create All Being, which is exactly what World Soul Di Jana, Apple of Wisdom, signifies.

Direction: West.

Element: Earth.

Symbol: Apple.

Time: Twilight.

Elemental Colour: Green
Liturgical Colours: Blue and Purple.

Cox's Orange Pippin Apples

Etymology
Abalon: Old Welsh, Old Cornish, or Old Breton aball or avallen(n), “apple tree, fruit tree” (cf. afall in Modern Welsh, derived from Common Celtic *abalnā).[1][2][3][4][5]
Ablach means “Having Apple Trees”[6] – derived from Old Irish aball (“apple”)—and is similar to the Middle Welsh name Afallach, which was used to replace the name Avalon in medieval Welsh translations of French and Latin Arthurian tales. All are etymologically related to the Gaulish root *aballo- (as found in the place name Aballo/Aballone, now Avallon in Burgundy or in the Italian surname Avallone) and are derived from a Common Celtic *abal- “apple”, which is related at the Proto-Indo-European level to English apple, Russian яблоко (jabloko), Latvian ābele, et al.[7][8]

Notes
[1] Matasović, Ranko, Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Celtic, Brill, 2008, p. 23
[2] Koch, John. Celtic Culture:a historical encyclopedia, ABC-CLIO 2006, p. 146.
[3] Savage, John J. H. “Insula Avallonia”, Transactions and Proceedings of the American Philological Association, Vol. 73, (1942), pp. 405–415.
[4] Nitze, William Albert, Jenkins, Thomas Atkinson. Le Haut Livre du Graal, Phaeton Press, 1972, p. 55.
[5] Zimmer, Heinrich. Bretonische Elemente in der Artursage des Gottfried von Monmouth, Zeitschrift für französische Sprache und Literatur, Volume 12, 1890, pp. 246–248.
[6] Marstrander, Carl Johan Sverdrup (ed.), Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1976, letter A, column 11, line 026.
[7] Hamp, Eric P. The north European word for ‘apple’, Zeitschrift für Celtische Philologie, 37, 1979, pp. 158–166.
[8] Adams, Douglas Q. The Indo-European Word for ‘apple’ Again. Indogermanische Forschungen, 90, 1985, pp. 79–82.

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

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Madrian Meditation:
“Now stand at the centre of the flux, and at the centre of the mysteries of the flux.
All things of all time convolve about Eternity; all things of space about the infinate 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 not some spiritual truth, neither does a comet fall in the furthest corner of the cosmos without an inner 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.”

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More Research & Etymology

The name ‘Avalon’ as present day readers understand was popularized in Geoffrey of Monmouth’s work The History of the Kings of Britain, where he referred to the Insula Avallonis. This is Geoffrey’s Latin interpretation for the Welsh name Ynys Avallach, and he dubs Avalon the ‘isle of the apples,’ an association that will remain with Avalon throughout literature and legend (Lacy 307). However, Geoffrey’s Latin name, and consequently the modern name of Avalon, was probably influenced by not only the Welsh name but also by the actual town called Avallon in Burgundy, France which is Gaulish for ‘apple-place’ (Lacy 307). Thus, readers today learn of the mystical Isle of Avalon and its various associations with apple orchards in literature.

Lacy, Norris J, Geoffrey Ashe. The Arthurian Handbook. New York & London: Garland Publishing, Inc. 1988
http://vault.hanover.edu/~battles/arthur/Avalon.htm

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avalon
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Apple (Eng.)/ Pomme (Fr.) / Manzana (Sp.)

These words, which all mean the same thing, should be explained one at a time, as they come from different sources. In regard to apple, all European languages other than the Romance languages, ie., the great majority of Indo-European languages, including the Celtic tongues, use a word with a root ap, ab, af or av for apples and apple trees: aballo (Celtic), apple(Eng.), Apfel (Germ.), aeppel (Old Eng.), abhal (Irish Gaelic), epli (Icelandic), afal (Welsh), jabloko (Russian), and jablko (Polish). In regard to pomme, this French term comes from the Latin pomum, which originally referred to all fruit. Before Christianity was adopted as the official religion of the Roman Empire some time in the 4th. Century, the Latin word malum (melon in Greek) meant “apple.” After the adoption of Christianity, however, and due to the important symbolism of the apple in the bible (ie, the Garden of Eden), the general term pomum, “fruit,” was used to describe the apple as “the fruit of fruits.” In regard to manzana, this Spanish term comes from the Iberian pronunciation of matiana, a Gallo-Roman translation of the Latin word matianum, which was a scented, golden apple first raised by and named after Matius, a friend of Caesar’s who was also a cookbook author [“Apple” Footnote: The French village of Avallon (in the Yonne area), where there are a lot of apple trees, received its name from the legend of the sacred island of Avalon or Abalon, meaning “Apple Orchard”–incidentally, the “-on” suffix is an “augmentative” and explains the origin of the name of the Pacific shellfish “Abalone”–that is, “big apple.”].

http://www.westegg.com/etymology/

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Mala

Mala is the Madrian name for this month. We do not have any definitive information about the significance of this word.

This is the nearest explanation, which would be understandable as a Greek to Latin etymology – the 2 classical cultures which influenced the founders of Lux Madriana. Barbara supplied:

malic (adj.)
1797, from French malique (18c.), from Latin malum “apple” (the acid, discovered 1785 by Scheele, was obtained from unripe apples and other fruits), from Greek melon (Doric malon) “apple,” probably from a pre-Greek Mediterranean language. The Latin and Greek words also meant “fruit” generally, especially if exotic.
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=malic

Noun
mālum n ‎(genitive mālī); second declension
apple (fruit)
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/malum#English
Also see
In Latin, the words for ‘apple’ (“mālum”) and for ‘evil’ (“mălum”) are nearly identical. This may also have influenced the apple’s becoming interpreted as the biblical ‘forbidden fruit’ in the commonly used Latin translation called “Vulgate”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_(symbolism)
http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2013/10/apple-linguistic-history/

mala fide
adv. & adj.
With or in bad faith.
[Latin malā fidē : malā, feminine ablative of malus, bad + fidē, ablative of fidēs, faith.]
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/mala+fide

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I thought that the most likely was

The word Mala means ‘garland’ in Sanskrit, thus inferring a garland of flowers, beads or prayers
http://heartmala.com/meanings/mala-prayer-bead-meaning.html
From Sanskrit माला ‎(mālā, “wreath, garland, crown”).
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/mala

but this did not fit in with the present month but rather with the following rosary month Hathor: October 3rd – October 30th

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MALA LIATH (Scottish) [MAH-lah LEE-ah] Another name for the Cailleach in southwestern Scotland. She tended a herd of pigs all sired by the famous wild boar of Glen Glass. She is often equated with Cerridwen.
http://www.joellessacredgrove.com/Celtic/deitiesl-m.html

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Is fearr lán doirn de cheird ná lán mála d’ór.
A handful of skill is better than a bagful of gold.
http://islandireland.com/Pages/folk/sets/proverbs.html

mála means bag (fashion, wind instrument) or sack (agriculture).
http://www.tearma.ie/Search.aspx?term=%20mála

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MALVINA: This name was invented by the Scottish poet James Macpherson, based on the Gaelic term mala mhin, meaning “smooth-brow.”
http://www.20000-names.com/female_scottish_names.htm

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Latin mala ‎(“jaw, cheek”)
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/mala

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Hebrew feminine first name and also a surname

Pronunciation: \m(a)-la\

Meaning: woman from Magdala; the fifth month

Details: Mala \m(a)-la\ as a female’s name is a variant of Madeline (Hebrew) and May (English), and the meaning of Mala is “woman from Magdala; the fifth month”.

The Last name Mala sounds like Malia, Mali, Malea, Mal, Mela, Mila and Myla. Other similar Last names are Mara, Cala, Kala, Gala, Hala, Lala, Mada, Maia, Maya, Maja, Malka, Malva, Marla, Mata and Vala.

There are 2 names that reference Mala.

Popularity: Mala is not a popular first name for women and an equally uncommon surname or last name for both men and women. (1990 U.S. Census)

Origin: Hebrew

Sounds Like: Malia, Mali, Malea, Mal, Mela, Mila, Myla

http://shop.celticradio.net/index.php?firstname=21599

The Moons of Ceres 1st Ceres / 8th August – 28th Ceres / September 4th 2016

The Moons of Ceres 1st Ceres / 8th August – 28th Ceres / September 4th 2016

The full moon rises over a mature field of corn in Money Creek Township; McLean County, Illinois.

Ceres:

Aug 18th: Abundant Moon. (For the Celestial Mother).

Sept 1st: Dark Moon. (For the Great Mother).

– Crescent Moon. (For the Holy Daughter).
In the next Sacred Month of Abalon due to the secular month Black Moon 1st and 30th September 2016

The Black Moon rising on Friday September 30, means the month will be closing with its second very dark night. In fact, the first new moon actually took place on the first of the month, which means September 2016 will be bookended by darkness.

Though the name sounds ominous, according to Space.com, the term Black Moon simply refers to the rare occurrence of two new moons in a single month [secular month].
http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/what-is-the-black-moon-and-where-can-you-see-it-a3357371.html

Thealogically, I think that the absence of a Crescent Moon (For the Holy Daughter) is not a good sign for the month as far as a devotional Rite is concerned.

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

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