The LLC Rosary of Five Mysteries/Five Solar Seasons by ArchMatrona Georgia

From https://deamatronablog.wordpress.com/rosary-ostara-cycle/

 

Dawn over St Oswalds

Season of mist: Dawn breaks over the 14th century St Oswald’s Parish Church in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, as the rising sun heralds the beginning of March. Its 212 ft spire was referred to by George Eliot as the ‘finest single spire in England’. My mothers family came from this county. Sorella Sophia of the Janite Tradition.

The Ostara Cycle

The SIGNET (any image of the Divine Feminine)

O’ Light

O, First Light of Dawn

O, Mid-Day Light of High Noon

O, Last Twilight of Sunset

O, Midnight Star of Wonder

O, Shining Darkness before the Dawn

We thank The for Thine Eternal Light

The 1st LARGE BEAD

The Silver Star

Silver Star of the Waters

that have laughed all the world into being,

Beyond all knowing is the splendor of your light.

Enfold my spirit in Your mighty hand

that the pure stream of Your force may flow within me

in fhis world, and in all the worlds to come.

The Triad-Three Small Beads

The Triple Eternity Prayer*

Bead 01

Eternal is the Light of Dea Madria

Bead 02

Eternal is the Love of Dea Matria

Bead 03

Eternal is the Life of Dea Matrona

And Glorious is the Eternity of Dea

The 2nd LARGE BEAD

The Silver Star

Silver Star of the Waters

that have laughed all the world into being,

Beyond all knowing is the splendor of your light.

Enfold my spirit in Your mighty hand

that the pure stream of Your force may flow within me

in fhis world, and in all the worlds to come.

The MEDAL (Centerpiece)

Oh Dea

Oh Dea, Dove of Peace

Oh Dea, Rose of Joy

Oh Dea, Apple of Faith

Oh Dea, Star of Hope

Oh Dea, Fora of Love

We thank You, we bless You and we adore You.

The 1st Decade-Ten Small Beads

The Spring Mysteries

High & Mighty, Easter-Dove, May-Flower

Bead 01

Oh Kyria Tethys, Holy Grace, Fountain of Compassion, Love and Mercy, be with us

Bead 02

Oh Kyria Tethys, Holy Grace, Fountain of Compassion, Love and Mercy, be with us

Bead 03

Oh Kyria Tethys, Holy Grace, Fountain of Compassion, Love and Mercy, be with us

Bead 04

Oh Kyria Tethys, Holy Grace, Fountain of Compassion, Love and Mercy, be with us

Bead 05

Oh Kyria Tethys, Holy Grace, Fountain of Compassion, Love and Mercy, be with us

Bead 06

Oh Kyria Tethys, Holy Grace, Fountain of Compassion, Love and Mercy, be with us

Bead 07

Oh Kyria Tethys, Holy Grace, Fountain of Compassion, Love and Mercy, be with us

Bead 08

Oh Kyria Tethys, Holy Grace, Fountain of Compassion, Love and Mercy, be with us

Bead 09

Oh Kyria Tethys, Holy Grace, Fountain of Compassion, Love and Mercy, be with us

Bead 10

Oh Kyria Tethys, Holy Grace, Guardian of the East and Water, be with us

The 3rd LARGE BEAD

The Silver Star

Silver Star of the Waters

that have laughed all the world into being,

Beyond all knowing is the splendor of your light.

Enfold my spirit in Your mighty hand

that the pure stream of Your force may flow within me

in fhis world, and in all the worlds to come.

The 2nd Decade -Ten Small Beads

The Summer Mysteries

Merry Weather, Fire Rose, Bountiful Mother

Bead 01

Oh Kyria Nike, Holy Victory, Flame of Courage, Bravery, and Strength, be with us

Bead 02

Oh Kyria Nike, Holy Victory, Flame of Courage, Bravery, and Strength, be with us

Bead 03

Oh Kyria Nike, Holy Victory, Flame of Courage, Bravery, and Strength, be with us

Bead 04

Oh Kyria Nike, Holy Victory, Flame of Courage, Bravery, and Strength, be with us

Bead 05

Oh Kyria Nike, Holy Victory, Flame of Courage, Bravery, and Strength, be with us

Bead 06

Oh Kyria Nike, Holy Victory, Flame of Courage, Bravery, and Strength, be with us

Bead 07

Oh Kyria Nike, Holy Victory, Flame of Courage, Bravery, and Strength, be with us

Bead 08

Oh Kyria Nike, Holy Victory, Flame of Courage, Bravery, and Strength, be with us

Bead 09

Oh Kyria Nike, Holy Victory, Flame of Courage, Bravery, and Strength, be with us

Bead 10

Oh Kyria Nike, Holy Victory, Guardian of the South and Fire, be with us

The 4th LARGE BEAD

The Silver Star

Silver Star of the Waters

that have laughed all the world into being,

Beyond all knowing is the splendor of your light.

Enfold my spirit in Your mighty hand

that the pure stream of Your force may flow within me

in fhis world, and in all the worlds to come.

The 3rd Decade-Ten Small Beads)

The Autumn Mysteries:

Thread Spinner, Harvest Apple, Blue Skies

Bead 01

Oh Kyria Themis, Holy Justice, Foundation of Law, Order, and Harmony, be with us

Bead 02

Oh Kyria Themis, Holy Justice, Foundation of Law, Order, and Harmony, be with us

Bead 03

Oh Kyria Themis, Holy Justice, Foundation of Law, Order, and Harmony, be with us

Bead 04

Oh Kyria Themis, Holy Justice, Foundation of Law, Order, and Harmony, be with us

Bead 05

Oh Kyria Themis, Holy Justice e, Foundation of Law, Order, and Harmony, be with us

Bead 06

Oh Kyria Themis, Holy Justice, Foundation of Law, Order, and Harmony, be with us

Bead 07

Oh Kyria Themis, Holy Justice, Foundation of Law, Order, and Harmony, be with us

Bead 08

Oh Kyria Themis, Holy Justice, Foundation of Law, Order, and Harmony, be with us

Bead 09

Oh Kyria Themis, Holy Justice, Foundation of Law, Order, and Harmony, be with us

Bead 10

Oh Kyria Themis, Holy Justice, Guardian of the West and Earth, be with us

The 5th LARGE BEAD

The Silver Star

Silver Star of the Waters

that have laughed all the world into being,

Beyond all knowing is the splendor of your light.

Enfold my spirit in Your mighty hand

that the pure stream of Your force may flow within me

in fhis world, and in all the worlds to come.

The 4th Decade-Ten Small Beads

The Winter Mysteries

River Journey, Guiding Star, Hearth & Home

Bead 01

Oh Kyria Metis, Holy Wisdom, Messenger of Intelligence, Intuition, and Creativity, be with us

Bead 02

Oh Kyria Metis, Holy Wisdom, Messenger of Intelligence, Intuition, and Creativity, be with us

Bead 03

Oh Kyria Metis, Holy Wisdom, Messenger of Intelligence, Intuition, and Creativity, be with us

Bead 04

Oh Kyria Metis, Holy Wisdom, Messenger of Intelligence, Intuition, and Creativity, be with us

Bead 05

Oh Kyria Metis, Holy Wisdom, Messenger of Intelligence, Intuition, and Creativity, be with us

Bead 06

Oh Kyria Metis, Holy Wisdom, Messenger of Intelligence, Intuition, and Creativity, be with us

Bead 07

Oh Kyria Metis, Holy Wisdom, Messenger of Intelligence, Intuition, and Creativity, be with us

Bead 08

Oh Kyria Metis, Holy Wisdom, Messenger of Intelligence, Intuition, and Creativity, be with us

Bead 09

Oh Kyria Metis,, Holy Wisdom, Messenger of Intelligence, Intuition, and Creativity, be with us

Bead 10

Oh Kyria Metis,, Holy Wisdom, Guardian of the North and Air, be with us

The 6th LARGE BEAD

The Silver Star

Silver Star of the Waters

that have laughed all the world into being,

Beyond all knowing is the splendor of your light.

Enfold my spirit in Your mighty hand

that the pure stream of Your force may flow within me

in fhis world, and in all the worlds to come.

The 5th Decade-Ten Small Beads

The Quintessence Mysteries

Great Song

Bead 01

Oh Kyria Thea, Holy Vision, Lamp of Illumination, Generosity, and Benevolence, be with us

Bead 02

Oh Kyria Thea, Holy Vision, Lamp of Illumination, Generosity, and Benevolence, be with us

Bead 03

Oh Kyria Thea, Holy Vision, Lamp of Illumination, Generosity, and Benevolence, be with us

Bead 04

Oh Kyria Phoebe, Holy Clarity, Brightness of Reflection, Reason, and Understanding, be with us

Bead 05

Oh Kyria Phoebe, Holy Clarity, Brightness of Reflection, Reason, and Understanding, be with us

Bead 06

Oh Kyria Phoebe, Holy Clarity, Brightness of Reflection, Reason, and Understanding, be with us

Bead 07

Oh Kyria Rhea, Holy Patience, Reservoir of Steadfastness, Discipline, and Self-restraint, be with us

Bead 08

Oh Kyria Rhea, Holy Patience, Reservoir of Steadfastness, Discipline, and Self-restraint, be with us

Bead 09

Oh Kyria Rhea, Holy Patience, Reservoir of Steadfastness, Discipline, and Self-restraint, be with us

Bead 10

Oh Kyria Thea, Holy Vision, Kyria Phoebe, Holy Clarity, Kyria Rhea, Holy Patience, Guardians of the Center and Spirit, be with us

The MEDAL (Centerpiece)

Oh Dea

Oh Dea, Dove of Peace

Oh Dea, Rose of Joy

Oh Dea, Apple of Faith

Oh Dea, Star of Hope

Oh Dea, Fora of Love

We thank You, we bless You and we adore You.

The 2nd LARGE BEAD

The Silver Star

Silver Star of the Waters

that have laughed all the world into being,

Beyond all knowing is the splendor of your light.

Enfold my spirit in Your mighty hand

that the pure stream of Your force may flow within me

in fhis world, and in all the worlds to come.

The Triad-Three Small Beads

The Triple O’ Dea

Bead 01

Eternal is the Light of Dea Madria

Bead 02

Eternal is the Love Dea Matria

Bead 03

Eternal is the Life of Dea Matrona

And Glorious is the Eternity of Dea

The 1st LARGE BEAD

The Silver Star

Silver Star of the Waters

that have laughed all the world into being,

Beyond all knowing is the splendor of your light.

Enfold my spirit in Your mighty hand

that the pure stream of Your force may flow within me

in fhis world, and in all the worlds to come.

The SIGNET (any image of the Divine Feminine)

O’ Light

O, First Light of Dawn

O, Mid-Day Light of High Noon

O, Last Twilight of Sunset

O, Midnight Star of Wonder

O, Shining Darkness before the Dawn

We thank The for Thine Eternal Light

 

Kind regards,
ArchMatrona Georgia Rosenhearth Bonnie-Fire

About the Lucienne Deanic Tradition (an independent Deanic Tradition):

https://deamatronablog.wordpress.com/ click on About

and https://deamatronablog.wordpress.com/2016/10/28/the-lucienne-deanic-tradition/

 

Scripture: Title 3, Chapter 8, The Way of Simplicity

Scripture: Title 3, Chapter 8, The Way of Simplicity

for-those-who-shelter-in-the-darkness

Thanks to River S of http://filianism-deanism.blogspot.co.uk/

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)

27 Verses
Title 3, Chapter 8
Filianic Texts, or the collected sayings of the Daughter of Thea

Teachings of Di-Jana

This text is a collection of practical spiritual and moral teachings for everyday living.

The Way of Simplicity

1. Unless your souls are simple as the running deers, My children, and your hearts as little children filled with wonder, how shall you attain liberation? 2. Let your ways be gentle as the milk-white dove, and graceful as the gliding of the swallow. 3. For there are ways and rhythms in the course of life, of day and night, of seasons and the moon, by which all life, all thought, all work are governed, 4. and these movements are the breath of the Divine, reflected in the highest spheres and every living thing.

5. All nature is a vast and subtle music to which the innocent soul is closely at tuned. 6. The profane attempts to sever themselves from this music, making new laws of gain and self-advantage against the law of universal love. 7. Honour in all things the times and the seasons, keeping fast in times of fast with diligence and care; rejoicing in times of feast with generous outpouring. 8. No tree may blossom out of season, nor any flower greet springtime with austerity, likewise a child lacking inward control is broken from the rhythm. 9. For them there shall be neither warmth nor cold, neither light nor darkness.

10. Harmonic life is danced within the music of eternity, and the pattern of the dance is wholeness. 11. But without control the dance shall be destroyed; without discipline the rhythm is shattered in a host of discordant fragments. 12. The perfect child has perfect chastity of mind, of body and of soul; and they who are ready to follow Me upon the mountain shall aspire to this perfection.

13. Yet those whose union is an expression of the love of souls shall be counted chaste in My name for the sake of that love. 14. But the highest love is the love of pure Spirit, and blessing is upon those whose love is chaste for My sake.

15. You do not know in this world the final truth of chastity, for it is a mystery known on the highest spheres, beyond all physical existence; 16. and there it is seen that an act of chastity is not an act of avoidance, but of creation.

17. For the chaste child builds within themself a higher power and a supernatural beauty. 18. Without chastity of mind and soul, the bodily observance is barren, yet to suffer temptation is not to fall, and to transcend it is an act of creation. 19. And what gifts but the creations of the soul may be laid at the feet of her Lady? 20. For whatever is the nature of their inmost self, that a child shall become.

21. Therefore, the value of an act is not its outward form, but its inward quality; and the child who will become one with the rhythm of eternity shall first become the mistress/master of their thoughts. 22. For thought is the creator of the body and the sculptor of the soul, and they who holds the reins of their thought and ceases to be its servant, that child is near to the heaven of the archangels.

23. Harmony is the key of life, and innocence the key of harmony. 24. They who are in harmony shall be marked
by gentleness, by meekness of spirit and by the pure light of abundant joy shining forth from the inmost recesses of their being.

25. My children, you shall walk upon the world, yet you are the children of heaven; therefore live by the light of the Spirit and not by the light of the world. 26. For the wisdom of innocence shall the profane world call mere folly, and the law of love move the lips of the sullen to laughter. 27. But the wisdom of the world is folly in the light of the eternal. 28. Do not covet the riches of the world, but give forth freely of them.

29. Do not seek more than that shall maintain your body, or give your life to the pursuit of wealth; 30. for the wealth of this world shall vanish as the wealth of dreams, but the wealth of the soul shall be manifest a thousand fold in the worlds to come. 31. Who shall envy the mighty of this world that are the captains of a sinking vessel? The simple heart is heir to wealth beyond all knowing.

32. Love every soul as you love your own self, and give forth freely of all good things of body and of soul. 33. The perfect child keeps nothing for their own, giving forth all they have; yet the more they are emptied, the fuller they become, 34. for the way of harmony is the way of eternal abundance. 35. But they who pursues earthly riches prepares for themselves the path of poverty; for only the poor can be rich, and only the chaste know ecstasy.  36. What a child gains, that she/he loses, but what she/he gives freely, that she/he gains in perfection. 37. And all this is mere folly to the world.

38. Therefore walk in simplicity in the world, and let your heart be as the heart of a little child. 39. And if the world laughs at you, count it an honour, that they scorn you, count it a blessing. 40. For yours is the higher wisdom, and in the innermost centre of their hearts, the profane also knows it to be true. 41. Within their laughter lies fear of chastity; within their scorn of meekness and indifference to possessions lies a true terror. 42. For those who shelter in the darkness fear before all things the messengers of light. 43. It is not possible that a flute should play at once two tunes; neither may any child pursue at once true wisdom and the false.  44. Therefore be attuned to the music of eternity, and dance within the rhythm of the mysteries and the seasons.

45. Let your soul be simple, so that it may be the mirror of pure love.
46. For the truth is such that a child may understand it, yet the sage, if she/he has not simplicity and love, may struggle for it all her/his life and in the end have nothing.  47. What is your truth if it cannot be shared with a child?  48. For in the eyes of eternity, how little is the space between an infant and the wisest of the world?

Notes:
Replaced:
her with gender neutral their, they, them and themself
maid/maiden with gender neutral child
Added:
him, master to become gender neutral

Commentary:
Verses 12-18 We must keep in mind when reading The Way of Simplicity, that chastity does not mean physical chastity in the sense of abstinence from intimate relations, rather it encourages us to return to purity of thought, soul and intention.
ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

Scripture: Title 3, Chapter 7, The Veil of Matter

Scripture: Title 3, Chapter 7, The Veil of Matter

and-what-is-the-veil-of-matter

Thanks to River S of http://filianism-deanism.blogspot.co.uk/

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)

46 Verses
Title 3, Chapter 7
Filianic Texts, or the collected sayings of the Daughter of Thea

Teachings of Di-Jana

This text makes an exposition of the basic Filianic cosmology, following some ethical precepts at the beginning.

The Veil of Matter

1. Do not offer Me the sacrifice of blood, for I take no delight in the hurt of any creature; 2. and My children, if you love Me, you are friend to every living thing and the soul of every maiden is your sister.

3. Therefore for evil words do not offer evil words again, and for evil acts do not return evil acts, 4. but where ill is given let your return be good; and for injustice do not merely return justice but generosity. 5. For truly is it written that no creature shall gain good for herself by any evil act; 6. and whatever you shall cast upon the wheel of life, that shall return to you sevenfold. 7. For the prisoner of this world says: I shall do this thing and no one shall see me, and when I have accomplished it, it shall be finished. 8. But truly, you shall see again all earthly acts when you have no more any earthly body, and then shall you see the fruitlessness of all these things, and your acts shall be your judges.

9. But those who belong to Me shall pass beyond the judgement. 10. Truly, when the prisoner of matter thinks that she is unobserved, she is as a blind maid in a lighted chamber, thinking herself shrouded by the darkness. 11. For matter is like to a veil that darkens the eyes, giving them to see only a little part of the things that lie about them.

12. Surely the world of light is filled with wondrous things and resplendent creatures whose colours are lovely beyond the spectrum of this world.  13. Nor is there any journey to the world of light, for My eyes can see it at this very time and at all times, excepting that time only wherein I was slave to the vision of darkness. 14. And the reality of this world is so great that material things appear as wraiths and shadows drifting through it. 15. And your bodies also, My children, seem as wraiths and shadows,
16. But within them and behind them and above them stand your souls, all robed in white, lovelier than the sun.

17. Truly, the brightness of this world is too great for you to look on, for you have fled perfection, 18. therefore matter is like to a veil drawn before the world of reality; 19. and upon this veil fall the shadows of real things, and these shadows are called material things, 20. and even as shadows in the world of matter seem without substance, having two dimensions only; so, before the infinite dimensions of the real falls the insubstantial shadow of the material. 21. Even as shadows in the material world lack all colour, so before that which is beyond colour are all the colours of this world as the unvaried greyness of a shadow. 22. And My children, you do not just watch the shadow-play, but have become a part with it, clothing the perfect substance of your souls in garments of mere shadow. 23. And what is the veil of matter? Its weft is space and time is its warp. 24. Therefore you shall not journey to the real through time or over space, 25. for those that are beyond the veil know neither place nor time, for all place is the presence of My Mother and all time is Her love.

26. Open your eyes but a little and you shall see a little of the real. Let them be opened fully and you shall see the whole. 27. The path that leads to the real or further from it lies neither in space nor in time, but in the choice between good and evil. 28. For My Mother is the good and the light and the centre, and evil is all that would draw you from Her into the outer darkness.

29. And My children, do not doubt that there is a power that dwells beyond the veil of matter, not in the real, but on the other side, on the dark side of the veil; 30. for I have looked into her eyes, and her name is called Irkalla.

31. If you love Me, you will seek and find Me in the real. 32. Therefore do not chase after the wraiths and shadows of matter. 33. How strange does it seem in the world of light to see a soul blind to all that is good and substantial; to see her chasing after wisps of smoke that vanish even as she touches them. 34. For the things of the world are transient and the joy of them more transient yet.

35. But the love of My Mother will endure when all the worlds are dust.  36. How fearful and how pitiful a thing to see a soul that has turned her face from My Mother, 37. stumbling in her blindness after shadows, though she sees neither what they are nor where they lead her. 38. For they lead to the abyss of darkness; to the dark side of the veil.

39. Every soul is thirsty for the waters of life, but the waters of the world cannot quench that thirst, 40. for they are like salty sea-water, and to drink of them only makes the thirst greater. 41. And there are some who cannot cease by day or night to pour those waters into their throats; 42. for their thirst has become as a raging fire that nothing on earth can quench.

43. But the fountain of life runs clear and sweet, and its waters shall bring eternal joy to the soul. 44. All wounds shall be healed and all ills shall be made good.  45. Those who are poor in the things of the world shall be rich in the gifts of the Spirit.  46. What is partial shall be made whole, and what is dark shall be filled with radiant light.

 

Notes:

Commentary:
Verses x-x xxxx

3 Simovane / November 2nd: Feast of Darkfire

3 Simovane / November 2nd: Feast of Darkfire

This feast day is in honor of the Dark or Great Mother. We usually refer to Her as the Great Mother, Dea Matrona, because the title of Dark Mother tends to raise images of a Kali like figure whom we dare not approach or an image of a Chthonic goddess. In reality, the term ‘Dark’ simply means that She is that aspect of the Holy Mother Who is Source and Unknowable. This is why She is also known, in our Faith, as the Veiled Origin of Eternity and as the Dark beyond the light and the Light beyond the Darkness, She Who Is.

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dark-water

I have always loved the way the Holy Mother is defined by those who have had Near Death Experiences. They often describe their experience of the Holy Mother as a Shimmering, Luminous, Knowing, Dark Light full of warmth. It is pure black often with velvety tinges of dark purple. A source of strength. Sanctuary. The Womb of Creation. The Core of all Being. A shimmering darkness, peaceful, wonderful, bliss-filled Which imparts knowledge.

~

cauldron-fire

For Clan Jana households, this is an holy day. The Rite of Gifts or Great Liturgy of Dea is usually celebrated and may include meaningful rituals such as a bonnie-fire, camp fire, hearth fire or even a symbolic cauldron fire depending upon what is available to each household.

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Sophia Ruth has, again, contributed many wonderful rites for this holy day:

(In the British Isles) besom brooms were made and were used to ritually sweep over the door steps and sweep up the fallen leaves up for a bonnie fire.

besom-broom

The besom is used as this time both practically and symbolically. It sweeps away the last of the Autumn leaves, but is also used ritually to sweep out the old, to clean and clear away old energy, creating space for the new. Traditionally besoms are made from birch twigs – the birch is associated with purification and renewal.

You can make a besom at this time of year by gathering a large bundle of birch twigs tied together. Drive a broom handle into the middle of the bundle – ideally hazel or ash.”
http://www.goddessandgreenman.co.uk/samhain

Each person wrote their faults on pieces of paper and threw them into the bonnie fire. These would rise up in the smoke to Dea to help us overcome.

“The tradition of a bonfire celebration (for Samhain) lasted longer in some rural areas than in others. At Fortingall in Perthshire, a fire was held on a Bronze Age burial mound until the early part of the 20th century. The local community danced around the fire while it was in full blaze, and then returned home for traditional Halloween games. This took place on the 11th of November, the time of Halloween (Samhain) in the old calendar.”
http://www.mysteriousbritain.co.uk/festivals/october/halloween-samhain.html

“In some areas it was customary to throw a stone with a personal mark on it into the ashes of the fire. These had to be retrieved to ensure luck for the coming year.”
http://www.mysteriousbritain.co.uk/festivals/october/halloween-samhain.html

“After the festival they re-lit the fires in their homes from the sacred bonfire to help protect them, as well as keep them warm during the winter months.”
http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/paganism/holydays/samhain.shtml (Thank you, Sophia Ruth.)

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moon-and-bonfire

This is a day of purification and fire is known to be symbolically purifying. Fire, unlike the other elements, does not exist in a natural state. Its physical form can only take place by consuming some other element. Fire is the transformer, converting the energy of other objects into other forms: heat, light, ash, and smoke. (1) And so we understand it to be representative of our own inner transformation.

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purple-flames

Incense and the smoke from certain herbs are known to be purifying. Smudging oneself and household with sage is known to be both purifying and cleansing. Add purifying herbs or incense to the bonnie-fire such as benzoin, cedar, coal rosemary, sage, thistle, thyme, valerian and vervain are part of a rite of purification. We undertake this with great solemnity and contemplation, after which, we may celebrate with a bonnie fire dance in celebration of She Who both purges and renews.

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On this day, we consume foods which are indigo, purple, black and other dark foods.  In fact, nutritionists are realizing that black foods are higher in antioxidants than green! In fact, “black foods have more antioxidants than light-colored foods because of their high pigment content,” says Cy Lee, Ph.D., a professor of food chemistry at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Can’t find one of these deep-hued superfoods at your local supermarket? Try natural-foods stores and ethnic groceries.

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purple-fruits

It’s a scientifically-proven fact that the darker the food, the higher the antioxidant level. Antioxidants are to the body, the way rust-proof works on a car – they have the ability to mop up free radicals and keep you looking younger, longer. Thus, dark foods with a purple pigment, such as purple onions, concord grapes, purple cabbage, black mission figs, prunes and blackberries, are known for having amazing healing powers.

The purple pigment in all of these fruits and vegetables contain flavonoids, including resveratrol, which can help decrease blood pressure. Resveratrol helps relax the arterial walls, decreases the pressure in the arteries and allows better circulation. Produce with purple hues contain a variety of polyphenols that can reduce the inflammatory response in the body. In my book Meals That Heal Inflammation, I outline how inflammation is at the root of all major diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and immune dysfunction. (4)

Here is a list of food items we might include:

Black Beans
Black Cherries
Black Currants
Black Olives
Black Raspberry
Black Soybeans
Blackberry
Boysenberries
Plums
Prunes
Raisins
Tamari (soy sauce) (3)

Molasses,

Black Beans
Black Flax Seed
Black Quinoa
Black Sesame Seeds
Seaweeds
Wild Rice

Beets.

Purple onions.

Purple cabbage.

Puddings.

Blue grapes
Blue potatoes
Blueberry
Borage Flowers
Catnip
Cauliflower
Chicory Flowers
Blue Corn
Hyssop
Juniper Berries
Kelp (seaweed)
Pansy Flowers
Purple Broccoli
Purple Carrot

Basil Flowers
Black Tomatoes
Dulse (seaweed)
Elderberries
Kohlrabi
Lavender
Marjoram
Mint Flowers
Mulberries
Passionflower
Passonifruit
Purple (Red) Onions
Purple Cabbage
Purple Eggplant
Purple Grapes
Purple Green Beans
Purple Peppers

Purple potatoes.

~

May Our Lady bless you,

Blessed is She.

~

1. http://www.thewhitegoddess.co.uk/the_elements/fire.asp
2. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/20/6-surprisingly-black-supe_n_837656.html
3. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1382920
4. http://www.chatelaine.com/health/diet/five-health-benefits-of-purple-foods/

 

2 Simovane / November 1st: Feast of Harvest’s End

2 Simovane / November 1st: Feast of Harvest’s End.

It is known as Harvest Home in the Clan Jana calendar.

https://hodmedods.co.uk/collections/pulses

Again, many thanks to Sophia Ruth for these wonderful traditions and recipes of the British Isles! I am looking forward to trying Bubble and Squeak!

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Vegan Colcannon recipe
http://www.food.com/recipe/irish-vegetarian-colcannon-20754
My mother grew many varieties of Kale including a “black” or very dark purple variety which was wonderful for Simovane.

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There is an English dish called Bubble and Squeak – which has more vegetables.
http://veganfeastkitchen.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/baked-vegan-bubble-and-squeak.html

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Green Bean Casserole
(Sophia Ruth’s family recipe is carrot based, without mushrooms and included canned white beans).
http://www.vegan.com/recipes/vegan-thanksgiving-recipes-robin-robertson/green-bean-casserole/

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A variety of vegeterian casseroles
http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/thanksgiving-vegetarian-casseroles

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Any casseroles and soups containing beans and root vegetables are appropriate for this day. Beans have a special place in this festival as they are symbolic of the Mysteries of Manifestation.

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Almonds and Hazelnuts including cobnuts and filberts. Sweet chestnuts and walnuts. The uncommon bladdernuts, heartnuts, hickories and acorns. All native to or can be grown in the British Isles.

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Nut Cracking: Apparently Halloween was once known as Nutcracker Night in England. Nuts would have been plentiful around October 31, and families could gather together around the hearth to roast them in celebration of the day.The theme of divination pops up here again, for at one time in Scotland a young lass would put two nuts into the fire and watch their behavior to see if her lover would be true or unfaithful, and if they would be married.”
http://www.picturebritain.com/2012/10/10britishhalloweentraditions.html
http://www.thedorsetfoodie.co.uk/blog-great-british-nuts.html

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There is even a Japanese Heartnut, a beautiful variety of walnut.
Photo of the shell https://www.agroforestry.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/heartnuts.jpg
Nut http://transitionculture.org/wp-content/uploads/walnuts.jpg

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And, of course, any foods which incorporate apples, pumpkins, candied, toffee, chocolate or caramel apples, corn breads and food items derived from corn or corn meals are perfect for this day.

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GAMES

Conkers game:
http://www.worldconkerchampionships.com/html/conkers_about.html

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Blind Date:
“Blindfolded local girls would go out into the fields and pull up the first cabbage they could find. If their cabbage had a substantial amount of earth attached to the roots then their future loved one would have money. Eating the cabbage would reveal the nature of their future husband – bitter or sweet!”
http://www.ireland-information.com/articles/irishhalloweentraditions.htm

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“The Ivy Leaf:
Each member of the family places a perfect ivy leaf into a cup of water and it is then left undisturbed overnight. If, in the morning, a leaf is still perfect and has not developed any spots then the person who placed the leaf in the cup can be sure of 12 months health until the following Halloween. If not….. ”
http://www.ireland-information.com/articles/irishhalloweentraditions.htm

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The English tradition:  “The Acorn is the seed of the great Oak, representing wisdom, longevity, rebirth – a promise of strength to come. An acorn in your pocket is an amulet of good fortune to come.”
http://www.goddessandgreenman.co.uk/samhain

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“In parts of Scotland it was customary to throw a silver coin through the front door of the house on the morning of November the 1st. The coin had to remain hidden where it had fallen to bring luck in money matters concerning the house.”
http://www.mysteriousbritain.co.uk/festivals/october/halloween-samhain.html

Happy Celebration!

Feast of Simovane Foods

Feast of Simovane Foods

Traditional Recipes – Parkin and Soul Cakes
Arch Madria Georgia

1. PARKIN

Excerpt taken from: A TASTE OF YORKSHIRE:
Pudding, Parkin and Pomfret Cakes by Dawn Copeman

The Vikings are said to have invented our next Yorkshire food.

Parkin is a type of ginger tea-bread, known as a ‘cut and come again cake’, because it is an economical cake that lasts for a long time. Many versions of Parkin were made around the country, but the Yorkshire one, made with just a little fat is the one which is still made today.

Parkin was often traditionally eaten on Bonfire night, the 5th November, when we remember the attempt by Guy Fawkes to blow up Parliament. In parts of West Yorkshire the 5th November is known as Parkin Day. One place where Parkin is reputedly not eaten on Bonfire Night is St Peter’s School in York, where a certain Guy Fawkes was educated.

Parkin
1 cup self-raising flour
1 cup oatmeal
1 cup soft brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 cup black treacle
1/2 stick butter
1/3 cup milk
1 egg
1 seven inch square tin greased & lined with greaseproof paper.
1.Mix all the dry ingredients together.
2.In a pan, warm milk, treacle and butter, then remove from heat add all the dry ingredients and the egg and beat well.
3.Pour mixture into tin and bake for 50 – 55 minutes in the middle of the oven at 160°C, 325°F or Gas Mark 3.

From: Time Travel – Britain.com

http://74.6.117.48/search/srpcache?ei=UTF-8&p=parkin+yorkshire+pudding%2C+recipes&fr=yfp-t-701&u=http://cc.bingj.com/cache.aspx?q=parkin+yorkshire+pudding%2c+recipes&d=4901674512154676&mkt=en-US&setlang=en-US&w=763d7fbc,8b1d017d&icp=1&.intl=us&sig=JaJ1KeiPMULsMRl6MA1t7Q–

2. SOUL CAKES

Soul Cakes: A British Halloween Treat

Soul cakes are large spiced cake-like cookies that were traditionally handed out in Britain instead of candy during the time of All Hallows Eve.

Each cookie represented a soul that had died in the past year and as the cookie was eaten, it was believed that if the soul had gone to Purgatory, it was then released. Originally, soul cakes were used as a sacrificial food in the Celtic festival of Samhain.

The cookies are typically spiced with allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, or other pumpkin pie-like spices, and include raisins or currants. The top of each cookie is marked on the top with a cross.

Eventually, it became tradition to put these little cakes out with glasses of wine on All Hallows Eve for the souls of the dead. Then, on All Saints Day (November 1st), children would go “souling,” traveling from house to house calling out the following verse:

“Soul Cake, soul cake, please good missus, a soul cake.
An apple, a plum, a peach, or a cherry,
Anything good thing to make us merry.
One for Peter, one for Paul, & three for Him who made us all.”

Soul Cakes Recipe
Ingredients
3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup superfine sugar
4 cups flour, sifted
3 egg yolks
1 teaspoon mixed spice
1 teaspoon allspice
3 tablespoons currants or raisins
a little milk
Directions

1. Cream the butter and sugar together until pale in colour and fluffy in texture. Beat in the egg yolks, one at a time.

2. Mix together the flour and spices. Fold into the creamed butter mix.

3. Gently stir in the currants/raisins. Add enough milk to make a soft dough.

4. Form into flat cakes and cut each top with a knife to make a cross.

5. Bake on a well-greased baking sheet at 350 F for 10 to 15 minutes until golden.

http://74.6.117.48/search/srpcache?ei=UTF-8&p=Soul+Cakes+recipe&fr=yfp-t-701&u=http://cc.bingj.com/cache.aspx?q=Soul+Cakes+recipe&d=4950448160179962&mkt=en-US&setlang=en-US&w=464ca637,e221d6e9&icp=1&.intl=us&sig=PuFytNui_GmCuEJpgksMUg–

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Sophia Ruth:

Another great tradition is that of Soul Cake recipes and songs. Scroll down for the vegan and gluten free versions. Please read through the recipes because some of them explain the origins of some of our Halloween traditions, especially the third recipe of Biscuit/Cookie.

Soul Cake Recipes and Songs:

First Shropshire Recipe – Buns

“Soul cakes were of different kinds. Formerly, some cakes were flat and oval. Others were plump and bun-like. There was a spiced-sweetened variety, and the sort that resembled a small fruit cake. All were rich with milk and eggs.

The following recipe is an adaptation of an old Shropshire formula. The light fluffy buns, delicious for any occasion, are especially appropriate for Halloween. Serve them hot, with plenty of butter and strawberry or raspberry jam. Accompany them with mugs of cider; or with hot chocolate, topped with marshmallows, for the young; or with coffee or tea for those who are older.

DIRECTIONS

Cream shortening and sugar. Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup lukewarm water to which a teaspoon of sugar has been added. Set aside. Scald milk and add to the creamed mixture. When cooled add yeast mixture and stir until thoroughly blended. Sift together flour, salt, and spices, and add gradually to other ingredients, kneading into a soft dough. Set sponge to rise in warm place in greased covered bowl. When doubled in bulk, shape into small round or oval buns. Brush tops with slightly beaten egg white. Bake in moderately hot oven (400° F.) for 15 minutes. Drop temperature to 350 ° F. and bake until delicately browned and thoroughly done.”

Recipe Source: Feast-Day Cakes from Many Lands by Dorothy Gladys Spicer, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1960

http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/recipes/view.cfm?id=1378#sthash.QAhQTY0g.dpuf
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Second Shropshire Recipe – Scone like

” Mrs Mary Ward is the author of several Shropshire recipe books. She is known to be the last person to keep up the tradition of giving out Soul Cakes at her home in Pulverbatch. She died in 1853 at the ripe old age of 101. Rather amazingly, to celebrate her 100th birthday she wore her wedding dress of yellow satin and received Holy Communion with her friends and neighbours.”

Here are some recipes and songs The recipes are in the Metric system. Conversion tables may be found on the internet. This first recipe is said to be highly symbolic, if a bit dull in taste.
750g plain flour
100g butter
1 teaspoon yeast
1 egg
350ml milk
100g caster sugar
1½ tsp allspice

Method

Preheat the oven to 220°c, gas mark 7. (425 degrees/US).

Place the flour and yeast into a large bowl. Melt the butter and warm the milk. Beat the egg in a mug or small bowl. Add the butter, milk and egg to the flour. Mix together well until smooth. Make into a ball. Cover with a large plastic bag or oiled clingfilm. Place in a warm spot and leave to rise for half an hour. Add the sugar and allspice to the dough and knead until well combined. Place onto a lightly floured board and roll rather flat! About 2 cm and these are a bit too biscuity. About 4 cm and these work well as a scone. I also tried the last one like a bread roll and that worked well too.

Place in the hot oven and bake for about 20 minutes until golden. They taste good warm with butter and strawberry jam.

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Both of these can be scored with a silver star, like this

http://www.goddessandgreenman.co.uk/userfiles/image/samhain_8.jpg

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Third – Biscuit / Cookie

Ireland is known for its spiced biscuit soul cakes. The following is the Cheshire version:

“This Soul Cake recipe is from the Cheshire region, on the border with North Wales. A Soul Cake (or Souling Cake) is a small round cake, like a biscuit, which is traditionally made for All Souls’ Day (the 2nd November, the day after All Saint’s Day) to celebrate the dead. These plain cakes, often simply referred to as souls, were given out to the soulers, children and the poor, (beggars) who would go from door to door during this period saying prayers and singing psalms and songs for the dead.

Traditionally each cake eaten would represent a soul being freed from Purgatory. The practice of giving and eating soul cakes is often seen as the origin of modern day Trick or Treating, which now falls on Halloween (two days before All Souls’ Day). The tradition of ‘souling’ and giving out Soul Cakes on All Soul’s Day originated in Britain and Ireland hundreds of years ago, from giving out bread on All Souls’ Day during the devout Middle Ages (see John Mirk below).”

Soul Cake Recipe

Makes 14 large ‘cakes’
Recipe Ingredients:

340g plain flour (sifted)
170g sugar
170g butter (softened & diced)
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground mixed spice
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 egg (beaten)
2 tsp of white wine vinegar

Recipe Method:

Preheat the oven to 200C (400 degrees US) and grease 2 flat baking trays.

Thoroughly mix all the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl – sifted flour, spices, and sugar. Rub in the diced butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add in the beaten egg and white wine vinegar and mix with a wooden spoon until a firm dough is made. Then cover it and put it in the fridge for 20 minutes.

Flour a working surface and roll out the dough to medium thick and using a large round pastry cutter cut into rounds, (optional: use a straight edge to press into, and then draw a [solar] cross shape, in the top of the dough). Place these rounds on the greased baking tray and bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes at 200C (400 degrees) until slightly coloured. Serve warm or cold.”

http://oakden.co.uk/soul-cake/

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Fourth – The Vegan Soul Cake (biscuit) version

400g Flour
55g Sugar
110g Butter
½ pint sack (use sherry well diluted in water)
Pinch of freshly ground nutmeg
Pinch of powdered cloves
Pinch of mace
25g Yeast
½ teaspoon saffron filaments

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 400°F., 200°C., gas mark 5. Put the saffron to steep in a little of the warmed sack, while you prepare the dough.

Modern fresh or dried yeast prefers its liquid warmed, so melt the butter in the rest of the sack and, as soon as it has cooled to blood heat, dissolve the yeast in some of it.

Mix together the flour, sugar and spices, work in both the saffron and yeast mixtures, and add as much more sack as you need to make a light firm, elastic dough. Leave it to rise, shape it into buns, range them on baking sheets and leave them to prove again in a warm place.

Bake for 20 minutes.”

http://dianasdishes.com/index.php/vegan-vegetarian-recipes/puddings/item/soul-cakes

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Fourth – The Gluten free Vegan Soul Cake (biscuit) version

“The basic coconut flour shortbread is adapted from Eat the Cookie’s version.

Grain Free Gluten Free Soul Cakes
Makes 12-18 cakes, depending on thickness

Ingredients (shortbread):
1 3/4 cups sifted coconut flour (If you don’t have a sifter you can gently spoon/shake the flour into the measuring cup)
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup room temperature butter (for dairy-free you could sub coconut oil here, making a total of 3/4 c. coconut oil)
1/4 cup soft coconut oil
1/2 cup palm sugar (or other natural sweetener of choice; add more if you’d like your cakes sweeter)
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1 tablespoon cacao nibs

Note: You can adapt this with whatever trail mixy-items of dried fruit and nuts that you happen to have around.

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Using a spray olive oil (or softened butter or coconut oil), lightly grease silicone baking cups. (In the U.S. a cupcake or muffin pan with or without muffin/cupcake foils).

Combine the flour, the salt, and the baking soda thoroughly in one small bowl – if necessary, use your fingertips to crush any clumps of coconut flour. In a separate larger bowl, cream the butter, coconut oil, and palm sugar together – and then mix in the eggs one at a time, followed by the apple cider vinegar and the vanilla extract. Add the dry flour mix to the wet mix and combine thoroughly.

Press the dough into the greased silicone cups at desired thickness. Press a few slivers of almond and cacao nibs into the dough. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes.

Once you pull the cups out of the oven, warm:

1 tbsp. butter (you could sub coconut oil)
1 tbps. heavy cream (you could sub coconut cream concentrate)
1 standard size bag bittersweet chocolate chips (go for quality)

…for 2 minutes and half power in the microwave. (You can also melt everything in a double boiler, though that may take a while longer.) Mix the ingredients with a spoon until the chocolate melts into a smooth ganache, and spread the chocolate over the shortbread in the silicone cups. Press some dried cranberries into the ganache.

Allow the shortbread and chocolate to cool.”
http://primalkitchen.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/gluten-free-grain-free-soul-cakes.html
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Soul cake songs:

http://sniff.numachi.com/pages/tiSOULCAKE;ttSOULCAKE.html

http://sniff.numachi.com/pages/tiSOULCAK2;ttSOULCAKE.html

“15. Soul-Cake Song
The words and music for the Soul-Cake song (which begins “A soul, a soul, a soul-cake!”) are available as Soul-Cake Song on Digital Tradition. This is the short version which is just sung repetitively. Another version with additional verses sung to the same tune is the Souling Song also at Digital Tradition. There are very pretty performances such as The Souling Song recorded by John Langstaff, on the Jackfish CD; and by the children’s chorus on A Child’s Christmas Revels CD. These two can be listened to on MySpace. Another good version is the Souling Song by the Watersons on the Frost and Fire CD which has the subtitle “A Calendar of Ritual and Magical Songs.” This has the sharp change in tempo which isn’t marked on the notated music.

There is another version of this song with better, more traditional words, published by Jon Raven (p. 23):

Soul! Soul! for an apple or two;
If you’ve got no apple, pears will do,
Soul! Soul! for your soul’s sake,
Pray good mistress, a Soul Cake!

An apple, or pear, a plum or a cherry,
Or any good thing to make us all merry.
St. Peter was a good old man,
And so for his sake, give us one.

None of your worst, but one of your best,
So God may send your souls to rest.
Up with your kettles, and down with your pans,
Give us a Soul Cake and we’ll be gone!

16. Antrobus Soulcakers Song
There is a second Soul Cake Song which begins “We are one, two, three hearty good lads….” This song was sung by the Antrobus Soulcakers and they were recorded by Alan Lomax or Peter Kennedy on the English Customs and Traditions CD, Vol. 9, Songs of Christmas. The lyrics to this Soul Cake Song are at the Mainly Norfolk: English Folk and Other Good Music website put together by Reinhard Zierke. This website gives lyrics to many traditional folk songs, and it’s well written. The notated music is available as the first song for the Rudheath (Cheshire) Souling Play which follows next on this list. A version of the song has also been recorded recently by the Watersons on the Voices of Harmony: English Traditional Songs CD. The Antrobus Soulcaker’s Song is sung at the beginning of the Greenman Mummers Souling Play.

17. Souling Plays
There are entire plays for celebrating this festival written out. Back in the 1800’s the Soulers or Soul-Cakers were adults and they would go from house to house and perform Souling Plays, and these were written down by early collectors. People still perform them, some by tradition and some as a revival. Of course the grownups would ask for beer and money, not cookies; some don’t ask for anything. The practice of Souling is thought to bring good luck to all the houses that are visited. Souling Plays are usually distinguished from other folk plays by having a “Horse” which is actually a horse’s skull on a broom handle, manipulated by someone referred to as the “Driver” played by an actual human being. Usually the Driver speaks for the Horse, with a speech that introduces the Horse, here called “Dick”:

In comes Dick and all his men,
He’s come to see you once again.
Was once alive and now he’s dead,
And nothing but a poor old horse’s head!

Although this play is in English, the use of a horse in this context may show Celtic influence. Aside from the Horse and a Souling Song, Souling Plays include the same elements as most English folkplays: a fight between two famous warriors in which one is killed, and then revived by a Quack Doctor, with much silly slapstick humor and jokes. Souling Plays include the Guilden Sutton Play and the Rudheath (Cheshire) Souling Play, named for the geographic areas of England where they were first collected by folklorists in the 1800 and 1900’s. There are many folk plays which for some reason the English refer to as Mummer’s plays. Many English folk plays, some with music, are given on the website:www.folkplay.info. This website gives the entire script for the Rudheath (Cheshire) Souling Play, including the words and music for the introductory Souling Song.

There are at least five Souling Plays performed on YouTube. My favorite is the Comberbach Souling Play with a really creepy horse. This has good clear words and it’s only about 10 minutes long.

18. Hop Tu Naa
Note that Naa is pronounced “nay”, rhymes with “pay” in English. This song is known from the Isle of Man and is sung in Manx Gaelic and in many versions in English. It is their customary song at this time of the year, sung as part of house to house visits by children. A very brief version of the song was recorded by Winifred Woods in 1965, with the words:

Hop Tu Naa, Hop Tu Naa!
Ginny the Witch went over the house
To get the sticks to lather them out!
Hop Tu Naa, Hop Tu Naa!

She gives more information with links to several videos on her Hop-Tu-Naa page, and the videos can be used to learn the songs. Another website gives many variations of Hop Tu Naa with the words in both Manx and English. The music for one version of the song is published in Bronwen Forbes’ book Make Merry in Dance and Song.”
http://piereligion.org/hallsongs.html#samhain

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Buttermilk Bread

“Buttermilk Bread Charm for Samhain.

You will need:

3 mugs of strong white flour

500 ml of Buttermilk (available from the supermarket)

I teaspoonful of bicarbonate of soda

Samhain ribbon in black or purple.

A handful of rye flour

A scattering of oats

twig of rosemary for remembrance

Place the flours in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre. Sieve in the blended salt and soda and pour in the buttermilk. Mix well with a wooden spoon until the dough feels springy. If it feels too sloppy just add a little more flour. Turn it onto a board and cover with a fine dusting of flour. Pat it with your hands until you have a round shape. Take a sharp knife and score lightly into eight sections, one for each festival. Our picture shows the bread scored five times to make a pentacle.

Place onto a greased baking tray and pop your buttermilk bread into a moderate oven for about 20-25 minutes. Keep and eye on it. When the bread is ready it will change colour and it will sound hollow when you tap the bottom. Cool completely on a wire rack. When it is cool, place the rosemary on top and tie it with Samhain ribbon.

Take time to concentrate on the bread you have created and turn the loaf three times saying

“From the fields and through the stones, into fire, Samhain Bread, as the Wheel turns may all be fed. Goddess Bless.”

Now take your bread and share it with your family and friends and pass on the generous blessings of this festival of completion and beginning. Eat it fresh, as soon as it is made if you can.

Recipe donated by the Counter Enchantress. Adapted by the Boss Lady with permission.

The Counter Enchantress is discovering that you can add almost anything appropriate to this simple bread recipe and it STILL WORKS beautifully. You can decide for yourself what the appropriate additions are for a particular festival, in this case rye flour. oats and rosemary, and just do it. There is much kitchen magic in working with one recipe through the Wheel of the Year just changing it a little as the wheel turns…..”
http://www.goddessandgreenman.co.uk/samhain

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A list of seasonal recipes http://yeoldewitchesbrewmagazine.presspublisher.us/issue/samhain-2009/article/soul-cakes-and-other-traditional-samhain-recipes

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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

2 cups pumpkin seeds (approx.)
2 TSP melted butter or oil (approx.)
Salt to taste
Optional: garlic powder; cayenne pepper; seasoned salt; Worcestershire Sauce; Cajun seasoning; or Hot Spice Mix (1/2 tsp. Tabasco sauce, 1 tsp. cayenne pepper, 1/2 tsp. cumin, 2 tsp. chili powder)

Preheat oven to 300° F. Toss pumpkin seeds in a bowl with the melted butter or oil and any optional ingredients of your choice. Spread pumpkin seeds in a single layer on baking sheet. Bake for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and crispy. Store airtight.

Option: If you roast them without any of the above optional flavorings, you can now flavor them Spicy-Sweet by doing this:

Heat a TBSP of peanut oil in a skillet, add 2 TBSP sugar, and the seeds. Cook the pumpkin seeds over medium high heat for about 1 minute or until the sugar melts and starts to caramelize. Place pumpkin seeds in a large bowl and sprinkle with this mixture: 3 TBSP sugar, 1/4 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. ginger, and a pinch of ground cayenne pepper.

From the English Catholics we get begging from door to door, the earlier and more pure form of “trick-or-treating.” Children would go about begging their neighbors for a “Soul Cake,” for which they would say a prayer for those neighbors’ dead. Instead of knocking on a door and saying “Trick-or-treat” (or the ugly “Trick-or-treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat”), children would say either:

A Soul Cake, a Soul Cake,
have mercy on all Christian souls for a soul cake!

or

Soul, soul, an apple or two,
If you haven’t an apple, a pear will do,
One for Peter, two for Paul,
Three for the Man Who made us all.

While Soul Cakes were originally a type of shortbread, it is said that a clever medieval cook wanted to make Soul Cakes designed to remind people of eternity, so she cut a hole in the middle of round cakes before frying them, thereby inventing donuts! Fresh plain cake donuts would be a nice food to eat on this day.

Cake Doughnuts (makes 20)

2 quarts canola oil
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1/4 cup sour cream
1 1/4 cups cake flour (not self-rising)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp coarse salt
1 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1 packet active dry yeast or 0.6 ounces cake yeast
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons nonfat buttermilk
1 extra-large whole egg
2 extra-large egg yolks
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups nonmelting or confectioners’ sugar

1. Heat oil in a low-sided six-quart saucepan over medium-high heat until a deep-frying thermometer registers 375°. Lightly dust a baking pan with all-purpose flour, and line a second one with paper towels; set both aside.

2. Meanwhile, place sour cream in a heat-proof bowl or top of a double boiler; set over a pan of simmering water. Heat until warm to the touch. Remove from heat; set aside.

3. In a large bowl, sift together all-purpose flour, cake flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg. Make a large well; place yeast in center. Pour warm sour cream over yeast, and let sit 1 minute.

4. Place buttermilk, whole egg, egg yolks, and vanilla in a medium bowl; whisk to combine. Pour egg mixture over sour cream. Using a wooden spoon, gradually draw flour mixture into egg mixture, stirring until smooth before drawing in more flour. Continue until all flour mixture has been incorporated; dough will be very sticky.

5. Sift a heavy coat of flour onto a clean work surface. Turn out dough. Sift another heavy layer of flour over dough. Using your hands, pat dough until it is 1/2 inch thick. Using a 2 3/4-inch doughnut cutter, cut out doughnuts as close together as possible, dipping the cutter in flour before each cut. Transfer doughnuts to floured pan, and let rest 10 minutes, but not more.

6. Carefully transfer four doughnuts to hot oil. Cook until golden, about 2 minutes. Turn over; continue cooking until evenly browned on both sides, about 2 minutes more. Using a slotted spoon, transfer doughnuts to lined pan. Repeat with remaining doughnuts.

7. Gather remaining dough scraps into a ball. Let rest 10 minutes; pat into a 1/2-inch-thick rectangle. Cut, let rest 10 minutes, and cook.

8. When cool enough to handle, sift non-melting sugar over tops; serve immediately. (Recipe from Martha Stewart).

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Colcannon Recipes:
http://britishfood.about.com/od/recipeindex/r/colcannon.htm

http://www.irishcentral.com/culture/food-drink/colcannon-traditional-irish-recipe-118184429-237376811.html

Sacred Month of Samhain October 31st – November 27th Feast of Simovane

Sacred Month of Samhain October 31st – November 27th

For my predecessors in the Deanic Faith this month was also named Samhain (pronounced Sa-Win or Sow-in).

Arch Matrona Georgia Cobb has mentioned that another pronunciation for Samhain (usually pronounced Sow-en) is also Shah-vin. And I have found this here: (http://clubs.ncsu.edu/spm/FAQ/11pronounce.html).

It is also the Irish for November. We use the older word Simovane which is pronounced Shim-o-vane, very similar to the short Sha-vin. Thank you, Arch Matrona Georgia.

http://matronite.com/2015/10/31/sharing-some-comments/

From The Tale of Thirteen Months copy write of Arch Madria (Bishop) Pamela Lanides

Samhain’s magick’s in the wind.
The supper is served and the veil has thinned.
The luminous Darkfire shadows the hill,
where runes divine the Great One’s Will.

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The Madrian1’s later named it the month of Werde, or Fate.

From The Tale of Thirteen Months copy write of Arch Madria (Bishop) Pamela Lanides

Werde ends Summer’s Noontide fate,
spinning the threads of Dia-Janna’s Gate.
Lady Werde’, the soul’s destiny winds,
but with Our Lady’s Grace, it need not bind.

Note:

There were 2 groups of Madrians, 1 the publicity seeking, lesbian separatists and 2 the more secretive gender inclusive group from which Clan Jana originates. So in future I will number the source Madrian1 and Madrian2.

Feast of Simovane

Notes from Madria Olga transcribed by Arch Matrona Georgia

The fire-festival of late Autumn is a festival of transformation, fire being the element of transformation and death, the agent of the transformation of the soul’s state of being. The fire also symbolizes purgation and purification which many souls experience during the process of change which begins with physical death.

Samhain is strictly a three-day festival, although the main celebration is usually on the first day. The souls of the dead are made expressly welcome at the Rite of the day, and offerings of “soul cakes’ or candles may be in memory of friends and relatives for aid and comfort.

The festival is celebrated with bonfires and fireworks, and with ritual games such as Duck-Apple and Snap-Apple. The apple as symbol of eternal life, is closely bound up with the meaning of the festival; baked and toffee apples and cyder are seasonal foods, together with baked potatoes, parkin and popped corn. It is a time when the worlds are close and discarnate souls may return to their earthly habitations.

Meditation

This world shall dissolve and its splendors be vanished; its pains and its sorrows shall pass like the summer rain. Life is not long, death is swift in the coming, and the ninety and nine thousand things shall be gone, but the Truth shall remain.

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Originally 3 days at the beginning of the month.

1 Simovane older form of Samhain, pronounced Shimm oh vian, which means Summer’s End. (Note, the Celtic lands generally had two seasons, Winter and Summer.) / October 31st: Feast of Ancestors.

The apple is also considered one of the foods of the dead, so they are often piled high on Samhain altars, for Samhain (Simovane) is sometimes known as the Feast of the Apples.

http://www.thegoddesstree.com/trees/Apple.htm

2 Simovane / November 1st: Feast of Harvest’s End. Third Harvest Festival.

3 Simovane / November 2nd: Feast of Darkfire. (Celebrating the luminous Dark Light of the Great Mother). Cross Quarter Day.) Third Fire Festival.

In the Janite Deanic tradition formally Clan Jana, only the Feast of Ancestors is held, in consideration of time constraint.

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From https://matronite.wordpress.com/2015/11/03/feast-of-the-ancestors-silent-supper-part-one/

FEAST OF ANCESTORS (Silent Supper)

As noted in a previous article, Simovane (Shim-o-vane) is an older Celtic word for Samhain (Sow-en). In our modern day parlance, Simovane/Samhain is the spiritual aspect of Halloween; Halloween being the holiday (a word derived from holy day), Simovane being the holy day.

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Simovane is a three day festival. In Clan Jana, we begin with the Feast of Ancestors on the eve of 1 Simovane/Oct. 31. This is followed by the third and final Harvest festival of the year which takes place on 2 Simovane/Nov. 1 which, in turn, is followed by the Feast of Darkfire on 3 Simovane/Nov. 3. Darkfire is celebrated in honor of the Dark or Great Mother.

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On the Feast of the Ancestors, when the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest, we remember our loved ones who have passed beyond the veil. In many cultures, there is a tradition of offering the ‘Dumb Supper’ or as it is now being referred to, the Silent Supper, where a place is set at the table for the ancestors. It is called the dumb or silent supper because the supper is eaten in silence in honor of those who have passed beyond the veil.

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The practice of the Silent Supper in honor of those who have died spans many cultures.

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Around the time of Sukkot, a fall festival of Judaism, when Jews build their Sukkahs, (booths, shelters for the festival of Sukkot), they put a table and one chair for each family member, plus an extra chair. This extra chair is for a “guest”, which is thought to be an ancestor. A prayer is said to invite them in to dine with the family under the sukkah. (1)

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A custom and belief within the Catholic Church, that is no longer well known, is practically a universal folk belief that the souls in Purgatory are allowed to return to earth on All Souls Day. In Austria, they are said to wander the forests, praying for release. In Poland, they are said to visit their parish churches at midnight, where a light can be seen because of their presence. Afterward, they visit their families, and to make them welcome, a door or window is left open. In many places, a place is set for the dead at supper, or food is otherwise left out for them. (2)

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In Mexico, there is the Festival of the Days of the Dead. This festival is over 3,000 years old, but now has Christian over-tones. (3)

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The more we research, the more we discover that many, if not most, indigenous cultures had some type of feast day which honored those who died with a food offering.

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The Dumb Supper was not originally part of the old Celtic tradition of Samhain, which dates back to the fifth century B.C.E. Samhain was originally called Trenae Samma and was the Celtic celebration of the end of the harvest. For three days, the Celts would feast, dance and make merry. Gradually, remembrance of those who had passed on during the previous 12 months came to be included. It was believed that for one night that signified the end of autumn and the beginning of winter, the dead could return to the land of the living to celebrate with their family, tribe or clan. (4)

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Some practice the Silent Supper by shrouding everything in black, the table, chairs and so forth. The meal is eaten in a solemn manner. Others simply offer a plate of goodies and drink either on a table especially set up for the occasion or on the home altar. I practice the latter. I have an enclosed porch and so I prepare a tray of feast foods and drink and leave it on a table with candles. I sit by it for a while, in order to ‘greet my guests’. I have felt my father’s presence on more than one Simovane.

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When we think of our ancestors, “we are reminded how human lovers tend to appreciate a blend of respect, passion, kindness, and quality time with each other. Plants enjoy a nice balance of sun, moisture, and healthy soil. The Buddha seems to have a taste for incense while the love goddesses may favor honey, flowers, and all things sweet. Just as we feed our human relationships with particular kinds of attention, engagement, and gifts, so can relationships with the ancestors be fed through the practice of making intentional offerings. Acts of ritual feeding may underscore a request we are making of our ancestors, convey gratitude for support already received, or just be a way of sustaining the intimacy of ongoing relationship.

As a general progression, it’s a good idea to first determine what kind of offering is called for. Then present the offering along with your intention, after which you may inquire as to whether the offering has been received well. Finally stay open to guidance or ripple effects such as intuitive communications, messages in dreams, or other signs from the ancestors. Physical offerings may include food, drink, coins, cloth, tobacco, ash, tears, stones and other found objects, flowers, fire, and creations made with our hands. Offerings to the ancestors may also take less physical forms such as song, dance, prayer, practices of healing and forgiveness, release of a pattern or relationship that no longer serves, and commitments undertaken for personal or collective good.

One specific practice that expresses the importance of making offerings is that of the spirit feast or ritual meal shared with the ancestors. After you have identified where you will share this meal with your beloved dead (e.g., a special place in nature, your ancestor shrine, at a cemetery) and what type of food and drink offerings they would enjoy from you, you are then ready to call them to be present. Again, the only “right way” to invoke your ancestors is whatever works for you. (5)

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Another common practice on this night is divination, whether through the tarot, runes, pendulum or other forms.

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My favorite prayer to end the Silent Supper is an haunting, consoling and beautiful prayer written by Silver Ravenwolf which may be found in a ritual from her book, Halloween. I keep my list of those who have died nearby so that I may recite their names at the proper time:

By the threads that still connect us,

by the silver cord unbroken,

by the love that is eternal

now (name list of loved ones who have passed beyond the veil), I will call you.

As the Western Gate stands open

to that land of golden sunsets.

In that peace that is unending

in that life that is eternal.

On this night of ancient wonder

where our souls can join together,

I’ll close my eyes and see you smiling

as I slowly reach to touch you,

in that land beyond the dawning

where your journey never ended

where the pathway still leads upward

on that circle laid through time.

May the moonlight guide your footsteps,

may the starlight be your pathway,

as we journey to the center

on this ancient night together.

When our souls can be united,

when our worlds are now the closest,

when the silence choirs our love

when the circle is unbroken.

By the mystery all surrounding

with this breath by which I call you,

in the flickering of the firelight,

I say your name(s) within my heart.

It echoes down through time unending

in the protection of this evening.

May your presences wash through me

and together we are one.

You, who have passed to another plane

(read names, again)

I remember you. (6)

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Let us bless the Queen of Heaven.

Blessed is She.

Let us thank the Seven Great Geniae.

Thanks be to the Seven Genaie.

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ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

1) Thank you to Shoshanna Marie Woods.

2) http://www.fisheaters.com/customstimeafterpentecost12ac.htm

3) http://www.azcentral.com/story/entertainment/holidays/day-of-the-dead/2014/09/24/day-of-the-dead-history/16174911/, http://www.pbs.org/foodancestor

4) http://www.paganlibrary.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=5

5) http://ancestralmedicine.org/five-ways-to-honor-your-ancestors/ (thanks to Sophia Ruth).

6) Silver Ravenwolf, in her book, Halloween, Customs, Recipes and Spells published by Llewellyn.

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https://matronite.com/2015/11/03/feast-of-the-ancestors-part-two/

FEAST OF ANCESTORS (continued)

Important thealogy of the scary imagery

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Oil Lamp Beauty by  forsakenraptor

All of the frightening images of goblins, witches, the use of the color black, ghosts etc. symbolizes the darkness of ignorance and being spiritually lost. It symbolizes the unknown which is illuminated by the light of the lanterns and the bonnie fire. Fire on Earth is directly linked to Spirit and the Holy Mother Mari as the supernal Sun. The lantern guides us along the pathway to our Divine Mother and Eternal Life.

Here is a nice list of symbolism, many of which also occur in our Faith.
http://artofmourning.com/2011/01/30/symbolism-sunday-the-lantern/

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One of our members, Sophia Ruth, has graciously shared with us many wonderful Simovane (Samhain) traditions of the British Isles. Thank you so much, Sophia Ruth, for this invaluable article.

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There are many wonderful traditional foods for the Feast of the Ancestors. The caramel apples of New England are known as toffee apples in the British Isles. Both cultures share the traditions of apple dunking, the apple being the symbol of Eternal Life. The British game of snap apple is equivalent to the hanging donuts game of the U.S., and both cultures share the tradition of bobbing for apples. Many of our members place an apple on the home shrine or altar because it is a symbol for eternal life. Popcorn, candied corn, pumpkin cookies and pretty much pumpkin anything along with apple cider may round out the fare.

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The idea of the thinning of the veil at this time of year pervades many cultures. As noted in the previous article, in Catholic Culture it was believed that the souls of purgatory were allowed out to visit their descendants on All Souls day. (2) Though in many cultures, it was not only good souls that we able to cross the veil and so these cultures had traditions in place which would protect against the evil spirits.

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One such custom was the carving of white turnips in order to make them look like skulls. This was intended to scare away evil spirits and is the equivalent of our Jack O’ Lanterns carved from pumpkins.

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[ During my childhood we did not have pumpkins. My mother would carve the biggest turnips from the garden. It was very hard flesh and needed a very sharp knife. As children we would draw a frightful face each and mother would carve that for us on our vegetable.
A small tea light candle would be lit inside them and they would be placed on the front garden wall if it was not too windy (otherwise on the front windowsill).

Tradition:
Turnip Carving: Carved pumpkins are a Halloween classic, but before these squashes came to Britain from America, the Scottish were carving turnips into lanterns. The story of Jack O’Lantern may have grown out of the practice of carving turnips into faces and placing candles inside, or vice-versa. The original idea was probably to frighten evil spirits away from the home. A bone-white turnip with its resemblance to a human skull would certainly look more frightening than the big orange pumpkins we carve today.
http://www.picturebritain.com/2012/10/10britishhalloweentraditions.html
Photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/irishfireside/4805643407/

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2016 autumn in Britain became tropical with pineapple carved lanterns.

We played apple games:
Apple ducking or bobbing

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“The game is played by filling a tub or a large basin with water and putting apples in the water. Because apples are less dense than water, they will float at the surface. Players (usually children) then try to catch one with their teeth. Use of arms is not allowed.”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_bobbing
The person who catches an apple can either take it to bed and place it under their pillow, hoping to dream of their future best friend or if older their romantic partner. Or they could peal and eat it, the skin ribbon was circled 3 times sunwise around the head and thrown behind. Guess the initial of the alphabet and take a look. The initial of their future best friend or if older their romantic partner. As children we played this version, so that we could eat the apples!

Snap Apple

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Either the washing line or rope suspended between two trees has apples suspended from it. The people are blindfolded and the first full bite meant that you could keep the apple.  We also played this version.
But not the following one.
“Today, some parents may keep their kids away from the tub of apples for fear of spreading germs, but bobbing for apples is a comparatively safe tradition when compared to another old apple-centric Halloween pastime: Snap Apple. In the game of Snap Apple, an apple was speared on one end of a stick while a lit candle was fixed at the other end. The stick was spun around, and the participants’ goal was to take a bite of the apple, avoiding a face full of hot candle wax—definitely not a game to play with kids!”
http://www.history.com/news/ask-history/what-is-bobbing-for-apples

Snap apple night, or Halloween or Colcannon night.

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=XrVbk3EndTcC&pg=PA500&lpg=PA500&dq=%22Snap+apple%22&source=web&ots=Ho3xtaGQFD&sig=W3S7XcyQf2jfio0NKGYUBHDilm4&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result#v=onepage&q=%22Snap%20apple%22&f=false

Sophia Ruth]

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“Until recently trick or treat was unknown in Scotland. Instead children here dressed up in old clothes, or pretended to be evil spirits and went guising. The custom traces back to a time when it was thought that by disguising children in this way they would blend in with the spirits that went abroad that night. Any such child who approached a house would be given an offering to ward off evil. These days children who knock on their neighbours doors have to sing for their supper. Or tell stories for a gift of sweets or money.”
http://www.scotland.org/features/halloween-traditions/
In other areas of the British Isles, children were dressed in ragged old jumpers and jackets with strips of material hand sewn on. They would enact a little play on the doorstep about a good person saving someone from a ghost or monster for a biscuit or sweets!
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“In parts of Scotland it was customary to throw a silver coin through the front door of the house on the morning of November the 1st. The coin had to remain hidden where it had fallen to bring luck in money matters concerning the house.”
http://www.mysteriousbritain.co.uk/festivals/october/halloween-samhain.html
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We may incubate ancestral dreams. Simply create a question or statement like, “Ancestors, please share a message with me in my dreams.”
Or “Ancestors, please tell me a story about Grandma.” Or “Ancestors, how can I heal

_____ part of my life?”
http://thedreamtribe.com/dream-genealogy-a-way-to-remember-your-ancestors-traditions/
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Prayers of Gratitude:
“One does not evolve spiritually in a vacuum. The strength of one’s spiritual House depends on the integrity of one’s lineage. By this, I mean being in right relationship with our ancestors. This is attained by honoring them regularly, rightly, and well. One’s ancestors and the vaettir of our world can assist us in our journey and in our spiritual Work. We can learn much from them but only if we empower them to act with us. A brick house requires many separate bricks to be built. Bricks cannot be secured without mortar. Paying homage to one’s ancestors and the spirits of the land is the mortar and clay from which those bricks are formed. We begin in the physical because we are physical beings. Our own physicality, the sense of touch, of sight, sound, smell, and hearing are the primary filters through which we experience our world. The first step in growing strong and whole and heal in this tradition, is honoring those who have struggled to do exactly that before us. This process is helped by the fact that many spirits choose to stay as guides/watchers and protectors.”
http://www.northernpaganism.org/shrines/ancestors/writings/honoring-the-dead-in-the-northern-tradition.html
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Seed Scattering Charm for the Ancestors:
“This simple charm is designed to honour the Spirit of those who have passed onto the Summerland. The seeds you scatter will grow in memory, a gift of remembrance to the Earth.

You will need:

A packet of seeds of your choice

A small dish

A small white candle in a suitable holder

A pouch or bag for your seeds

The night before your Seed Scattering Charm, pop the seeds into the dish and light the candle. Think about the person or people you wish to honour and remember, and as you do so say ‘gone from sight but not from the heart. Merry Meet Merry Part.’ Or you can use your own words. Leave the seeds in the dish overnight and let the candle burn down completely – always taking safety precautions. When you are ready place the seeds in your pouch and hold the pouch in your right hand on the way to a place of your choosing. On arrival take the seeds and scatter them, saying ‘You are remembered and held in my heart’. Repeat three times.

Where to do this? You can go to a favourite special place of your choice, a place that holds fond memories of the people you are honouring, or even your own garden – the idea of watching the seeds germinating and growing in honour of people you love is very special.

The charm works just as well if you plant the seeds in a small pot.
Charm donated with generous heart by the Counter Enchantress.”
http://www.goddessandgreenman.co.uk/samhain
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“The Ivy Leaf:
Each member of the family places a perfect ivy leaf into a cup of water and it is then left undisturbed overnight. If, in the morning, a leaf is still perfect and has not developed any spots then the person who placed the leaf in the cup can be sure of 12 months health until the following Halloween. If not….. ”
http://www.ireland-information.com/articles/irishhalloweentraditions.htm
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The Acorn is the seed of the great Oak, representing wisdom, longevity, rebirth – a promise of strength to come. An acorn in your pocket is an amulet of good fortune to come.”
http://www.goddessandgreenman.co.uk/samhain

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May Dea’s Face shine upon those who have passed beyond the veil.

We wish our ancestors who visit us this night, Hail and Welcome. We remember you, always.

https://deanic.com/2016/10/31/blessed-shimovanesamhain/

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This year The Feast of Ancestors was especially relevant, as my human birth Mother passed between the veils this Summer. I set up my altar early with her Italian Millefiori Micro Mosaic flower brooch, also the enamel 5 petaled flower pendant ( I think of as a dianthus flower for our Great Mother) which I wore to my Mom’s Life Celebration Service and Party. The ear of barley is from a walk my Dad and I took on Father’s Day before we knew that Mom was in the last days of life. This is the first altar setting that I have had with all the 5 sacred symbol pendants of our Janite Deanic faith. The altar cloth is a commission from Rosalind of https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/MyfanwysAppliques in Haverfordwest, Wales. I conducted my silent supper early too. On the actual day I was on a 2 stage journey to visit my Dad. My bonnie fire (good fire) was as usual in England around November 5th / 4th Samhain, it came via a delightful invitation, from one of the married couple who run the nursing home, that my Mom lived in. The bonnie fire (good fire) was on the grass lawn surrounded by specimen broad leaf trees. It was wonderful to be surrounded by the carers and their grandchildren. Sharing and making happy memories.

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I later purchased my Dea candle stick and Janati candle stick to add to my altar.

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In the style of Walther & Sohne pink glass heart shaped 1930s candlestick

Bagley amber glass angel wing shaped 1930s candlestick

Janite Deanic Altar Instructions

Images of Dea and the Janati may be pictures, icons or statues. Devotees may have one image or many according to desire.

The altar is placed in the East or as close as possible to the East. The devotee or priestess should be facing East when facing the altar.

Two main altar candles are placed at the back of the altar. These may be in the form of oil lamps or candle lamps.

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A central candle for Dea is placed in the middle of the altar. One Janati candle should be placed in something silver. I use the silver tree sold by Yankee Candle as shown above. It can also be a simple silver candle holder or it can have other forms that might be symbolic of the Janati. The Janati candle is placed to the right of the altar.

On the altar should be a bowl of holy water, a vial of holy oil and incense (unless one is allergic to incense.)

The altar cloth is always the Elemental color of the Season. In the Deanic Faith, the color for Fall is Green, for Earth. Priestesses will accent their white dresses/robes with the liturgical colors which are the colors of the Jana of the Season. For Fall, the liturgical colors are blue and purple for Madria Thema. So, a priestess might wear a sash, shawl or scarf/mantilla/chapel veil in either purple or blue colors or both.

During liturgy or ritual, the ‘patene’ or sacred plate of bread, which is placed to the right and the chalice of white wine, on the left.

https://deanic.com/2016/10/18/bits-and-pieces/

Apple Seed Star Blessing Gesture

Apple Seed Star Blessing Gesture

Visualise a glowing green light

(Top Seed [of Seed Star])
solar plexus up to forehead and back to solar plexis
in a circle
? Ground of All Being

(Left Seed [of Seed Star])
solar plexus up to left shoulder and back to solar plexis
in a circle
?

(Left Bottom Seed [of Seed Star])
solar plexus down to left hip and back to solar plexis
in a circle
? Abundance of Manifestation lived in Spirit

(Right Bottom Seed [of Seed Star])
solar plexus down to right hip and back to solar plexis
in a circle
? Avala

(Right Top Seed [of Seed Star])
solar plexus up to right shoulder and back to solar plexis
in a circle
? or Re-Union

Hand on heart

 

Scripture: Title 3, Chapter 5, The Sermon of the Apple Seed

Scripture: Title 3, Chapter 5, The Sermon of the Apple Seed

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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)

27 Verses
Title 3, Chapter 5
Filianic Texts, or the collected sayings of the Daughter of Thea

Teachings of Di-Jana

The Sermon of the Apple Seed

In my opinion teaches us this:

And it is interesting that against this wisdom of the world, this worldliness, She sets child-like way. But rather than being full of independence (Independence is such a watch-word of modern society), instead of being independent we should be children who look to Our Mother to sustain us, and feed us, and show us what to do from day to day, so that we are not wordly creatures, we are children of the Mother.

The Five Rules of Life (from The Catechism)

1. To love Dea.

2. To love all Her Creatures.

3. To love my true self.

4. To seek to make my every act a perfect gift to Her, and to offer to Her all my happiness and all my suffering.

5. To seek to bring all souls closer to Her.

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

The Sermon of the Apple Seed

1. From the branch of a tree Kore plucked an apple, and She split the apple in two halves, so that the five-pointed star formed by its seeds might be seen. 2. Then She removed the seed representing the topmost point, and held it in the palm of Her hand. And She spoke, saying:

3. “Like to this apple seed is all the teaching I have given and shall give to you. 4. Like to the full apple is all the knowledge relative to your sphere of being, 5. Like to all the other apples of the tree is the knowledge relative to all the numberless spheres.

6. But behind these spheres lies a deeper reality; changeless, beyond the impermanent flux of time. 7. For even as the apple turns from bud to bloom, from blossom to the fruit, ripens, matures, decays and is reborn; 8. so also shall the spheres and galaxies, the subtle realms, the sure and solid earth; so shall all these in their season pass away, and in their season be reborn again. 9. Thus has it been ten thousand times before, and countless times again, thus shall it be.

10. But knowledge of the truth beyond this flux is like to knowledge of the tree itself, which does not change while the fruit is born and dies. 11. Like to the spreading boughs is the love that sustains all creation which is fallen from pure Spirit. 12. Like to the trunk is that Spirit Herself, from whom all creation flows. 13. And still beneath the branches and the trunk lie the roots in darkness, like unto She that is beyond both being and unbeing; 14. and even as the tree’s roots are not seen, so can there be no knowledge of the Absolute; for to know is to have passed beyond knowledge.

15. And from this tree of all knowledge and of the boundaries beyond which knowledge cannot pass, I have given to you but the seed of one apple.

16. For I have come that you may have deliverance. 17. There are many questions concerning the nature of things and of being whose answers you may know, or partly know; and many whose answers lie beyond the understanding possible to you.

18. But I am not sent to discourse with you upon these matters, but to lead you to deliverance in perfection. 19. And all the knowledge that shall bring you to deliverance is contained within the seed of an apple.

20. Yet within the seed is the essence of the tree, and from the seed the whole tree may unfold.
21. So from essential truth unfolds all other knowledge as the music of the spheres unfolds from a single note.

22. Therefore when you think upon the questions of life, of time or of the spheres, contemplate first the seed of truth, and let your thoughts unfold from that seed. 23. Let the pure and single note of truth attune your soul. Then your mind shall rise up into soul, and soul breathe the breath of Spirit.

24. Do this, and your thoughts shall be in harmony with the universal music of eternity. 25. But let your thoughts grow from lower or from lesser or from merely accidental things, and they shall wax rank and dissonant; 26. For it cannot be that the tree of life shall grow from a nettle.

27. If her thoughts are bound to accidental thing, the soul cannot attain liberation. 28. Dissonant and jarring with eternal harmony, the little sphere is severed from the great.

29. Seek not for certainty in anything beyond the seed of truth. 30. That the sky is above you and the earth below; that you breathe and eat and move; to these and to many things must you give your assent that the life of the world may proceed. 31. Yet even of these there is no certainty, for the world is but a dream from which you must some day awaken.

32. Within the world you may be certain only of that truth which my Mother has given from beyond the world. 33. Therefore know well the sacred mythos and the words that I reveal to you, 34. and let your knowledge dwell not only on the surface, but go deep into the inner soul; and let this knowledge be the seed of all your knowing. 35. For the sacred word does not cry in the marketplace, but whispers in the heart of every soul that truth which she alone may understand.

36. It is not necessary that you should seek knowledge of the highest things outside the sacred mythos and My words. 37. For I have revealed to you all that is necessary that you should attain liberation; and what I have not revealed, that is not needed.

38. But if you shall discourse on that which is unnecessary, I give to you three words. Let you not become forgetful of them:
39. that there can be no certainty beyond the seed of truth, therefore you may speak of likelihood only;
40. that you shall let your speculation be in harmony with the seed of truth, for speculation that is dissonant does not give knowledge, but leads to the abyss of those that have rejected truth;
41. and you who have care of My children, do not let them become confounded by dissonant thought and work.

42. But beyond all else is this word: that the purpose of speculation is that mind and soul shall grow with the seed of truth, 43. and any discourse that leads away from inward love of truth; be that discourse high and pure, be it even harmonic, yet it is the spawn of kear, and you, My children, shall turn from it.

44 Yet do not be afraid, for the seed of truth shall be your guide and your protector and shall bring you 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.

Notes:
Kear:  A crack or flaw, the chasm or abyss that lies between Dea and each soul which opened when we chose to experience material manifestation.

Commentary:
Verses 1-3 The uppermost seed represents Spirit, Aethyr.
Kore/Jana (whichever name you give to immanent Dea) is teaching us about how the Spirit can be filtered through into the manifest planes, by the Illuminating Light of Dea. Verses 4-5

Verses 6-9 Is the great spiritual truth that Dea in Heaven is THE still centre which is limitless, unrestricted eternity. In exploration every one / thing moves away into the changing, decaying, dying to the manifest worlds existence. Existence on any plane of manifestation is not pure Life, as it is in space and time.

Verses 10-14 Read these insightful articles:
Part 1, the Canopy of Love
https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/10/03/the-trinity-and-the-apple-tree-part-1-the-canopy-of-love/
Part 2, The Trunk of Light
https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/10/06/the-trinity-and-the-apple-treepart-2-the-trunk-of-light/
Part 3, The Roots of Life
https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/10/07/the-trinity-and-the-apple-tree-part-3-the-roots-of-life/

Verses 20-27 Consider the Spirit / Perfection / Dea firstly and how the manifest relates to Her.

Verse 28 No thing, no one is an individual, axial beings contain the Spirit of our Celestial Mother and the Soul of our World Soul Daughter, we are divine, connected to our source, our Holy Mother Dea. Every thing and creature, bird, insect reflects Dea’s Holy Qualities. Life in the manifest planes is a choice between moving away from or towards Dea.

Verses 29-31 Life as an illusion is a re occuring theme of Filianic Scripture. Read this article with Scriptural comments.
https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/10/15/the-crystal-tablet-with-commentary-by-mr-glenn-king/

to be continued/modified

Note:
In Islam:

In the Islamic tradition, this is known as the Greater Jihad (not to be confused with the Lesser Jihad, or Holy War, which is the more common understanding of the word’s meaning here in the West). The concept itself is not only limited to Islam, however, but is a universal call of action to people from all faith backgrounds.

According to Mr. John Heit:

Jihad is the effort to purify oneself from within, to purify oneself of selfish appetites–the intention behind the action is important to the action itself…The greater jihad is further divided into three types of struggle:

1) Jihad of the Heart ( the struggle for moral reformation and faith)

2) Jihad of the Tongue (the struggle to proclaim God’s word abroad; right speech)

3) Jihad of the Hand (doing good works in accord with the will of God)

https://maisappho.wordpress.com/2014/03/30/out-with-the-old-in-with-the-new/

The Crystal Tablet with commentary by Mr Glenn King

Reblogged from https://theahaus.wordpress.com

Relevant links throughout the article.

This Scripture is said to be named after the medium into which it was inscribed, symbolic of truth.

The Crystal Tablet with commentary by Mr Glenn King

For several years now I have thought that I would like to post a substantial number of the De’anic scriptures on line along with some running commentary regarding them. For a variety of reasons I have never done this. However now the time seems right for this project.

This project I hope can accomplish several purposes. First it will hopefully introduce a significant portion of the De’anic Scriptures to a wider audience. Secondly it will give me the opportunity to express my own thoughts regarding certain scriptures. A third reason for the project is that hopefully it will generate discussion within the De’anic community about the significance of certain Deanic scriptures and their possible meanings.

Regarding the scope of this project, I do not plan to post the full De’anic scriptures here. This project is more modest in scale. The scriptures which will be posted will come from the group of writings generally known as the ‘Teachings of the Daughter’ or simply as the “Teachings.” My reasons for posting only this section of the scriptures is primarily thealogical. The Teachings are much more central to my own understanding of De’anism than is the “Mythos” [the] other major part of the scriptures.

I do want to make a couple of caveats about this project. First the commentary which I will write along side the various writings should be understood to represent my own ideas and opinions only. They will not be an attempt to be a full thealogical commentary and neither will they necessarily represent the views of any organized De’anic group or tradition. Finally I hope in general to simply allow the beautiful writings of the Deanic scriptures to speak for themselves. I hope that my comments will clarify them to some degree and point out ideas which I believe to be particularly significant.

Mr Glenn King
https://theahaus.wordpress.com/2016/05/27/a-new-purpose/

A PDF of the New Celestial Union Version of the De’anic scriptures edited by Sarah Amy Morrigan to view or download for free https://theahaus.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/fulltext-of-ncuv.pdf
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Introduction

I start this process by posting the first eight verses of the scriptural writing called the Crystal Tablet. This book though it makes more sense to call it a chapter is the first of the group of books / chapters normally called the Teachings of the Daughter. This group of writings are called the Teachings of the Daughter or Teachings because within some of these writings it is the Divine Daughter who supposedly speaks. She of course within the Filianic version of De’anism plays the central role within its salvation mythos. It is interesting that in spite of its name the writing contains no references to any crystal tablet within the body of the text itself. Thus it has always seemed to me that its title has been miscast. A better title to my mind would be the “The Tapestry” which is the dominating image of the first eight verses of the writing. Note. All of these scriptures which will be utilized in this project will be from the New Celestial Union Version of the De’anic scriptures edited by Sarah Amy Morrigan.

Title 2, Chapter 1
THE CRYSTAL TABLET Verses 1 – 8

1. Existence is a web of tapestry.
2. A web is a pattern of many crossroads connected by short paths.
3. Some crossroads are the intersection of many paths, some of but a few. Some are great and some are small.
Each path has its own colour.
4. Every crossroads is a choice, and every choice has a spiritual meaning.
5. In each turning we choose either to come closer to Perfection or else to move away from Her.
6. In the first way the soul perfects herself in beauty; in the second she grows duller and more coarse.
7. In the first way she learns happiness even in dearth, and gathers riches of the spirit; in the second she learns pain even amid opulence, and the spirit walks in rags.
8. Where lead the paths? The first to the foot of the celestial throne; the second to the dark gates of the realm of death.

Comments.
I do not want to risk overshadowing the actual sacred writing by a multitude of comments. I will try to keep them brief within these posts. The writings introduce several of the most important themes of De’anism. Some of these are: One. To a great degree life is a series of choices between a life in the spirit in contrast to the alternative a life not related to the Spirit / Perfection / Dea herself. Within this other life the soul grow dull and course. It learns pain. One path leads it to the celestial throne and the other to the realm of death. These teachings in general accord with the traditional teachings of the major teachings of most of the world’s religions. They of course do not agree so well with those belief systems which de-emphasize the role of moral choice in the world’s affairs or which deny a divine source of the world.

Mr Glenn King
https://theahaus.wordpress.com/2016/05/27/the-crystal-tablet-verses-1-8/

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Title 2, Chapter 1
THE CRYSTAL TABLET Verses 9 – 17

9. How shall the soul know her direction?
10. As in the world of matter there are four fixed points by which the corporeal vessel may know its course, so, in the compass of the spirit, are there three to guide the soul.
11. The first is life, or wholeness, the light of the Absolute; the second is light, or force, the light of the Mother; the third and gentlest light is love, the light of our Saviour, the Maid.
12. Life is the life of the spirit, the first principle; beyond being and unbeing. Life was before
existence. Life is the cause of existence.
13. How shall the soul live in life?
14. Let her realize the truth of her self and the truth of the Absolute. Let her know that her life is beyond even her existence, that the absolute life, the life of Thea, is beyond all existence.
15. Let her not be held from herself or her Thea by anything that exists, for all the things that are have come from nothing and to nothing shall return. But the divine life, and her life within it, was ever and shall ever be, though time itself shall only last a space.
16. Let her not trust the ground her feet are set upon and doubt the ground upon which that ground stands. Rather let her doubt the sea, the sky, the fingers of her hand and the breath of her mouth; for all these things may be illusions, as in some sense they are.
17. But let her know life divine as the truth beyond truth
and the faith beyond faith and doubt.
Comments. I am certain that I do not grasp all of the possible meanings of these verses. However I do want to say a few things. Clearly life here is viewed as ultimately that which is of Dea. It reverses the normal scientific world view in which life is only defined biologically. Biological life here is referred to as existence and is based on the greater life of Dea. Life is Dea and Dea is life. “Rather let her doubt the sea …” I do not think that what is being said here is that persons should actually doubt the realities of sea, sky and bodily existence and make some kind or mental effort to perceive material reality as unreal. What is being said is that we should perceive and know Thea as being even more real and relevant than even these solid realities of earth, sky, and sea. The theme of the illusionary nature of the world which is persistent within the De’anic scriptures begins here. What it says here is that this world of nature is “in some sense” illusion. In other words it is not entirely illusional.

How does that work? Well if the sky, sea, human body and other aspects of this world are ultimately seen as existing separately from and outside of the context of the life of Thea, that the text says is illusional. It is also a scientific fact that in spite of the fact that human beings perceive the material world as being made up of many objects that are distinct and solid, that itself is more a perception than a full reality. While this [is] how we experience the world and thus is true as far as it goes, it is also only one way to view the world. Matter is in fact made up of atoms which we can not see without the technology of science and it is also a fact that great amount of space exists between the nuclei of atoms and their electron orbits. Then of course there is much more space between atoms themselves. Thus the fact is that physical objects which we generally perceive as solid are mostly what we call empty space but we can not directly perceive this. The reason why separate objects hold together are because of the very strong energy fields which bind material objects together. Thus our own perceptions are not absolute.

However there is another way of viewing this issue of the nature of matter. Differing people at differing times and places view objects and nature differently. If one is preoccupied, anxious or distraught in any of many ways, when one is taking a walk in a nice neighborhood one is often unlikely even to notice the beauty which often surrounds one. One is unlikely to respond to it and may not even see it. If on the other hand one is alert to and focused on the beauty of flower, trees, and landscapes them one may see it. Certainly both experiences are real. However within a De’anic perspective the beauties of physical objects is a deeper reality and more akin to the beauty of Thea herself. It is relatively more real and is more as the world really is.

Please note I am not attempting to dismiss the one who is preoccupied with solving a problem which must be solved or who is dealing with a sorrow that must be dealt with. There is a time for everything. Perhaps it is the will of Dea that he or she should be dealing with those issues at that particular time.

Mr Glenn King
https://theahaus.wordpress.com/2016/05/27/the-crystal-tablet-verses-9-17/

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Title 2, Chapter 1
THE CRYSTAL TABLET Verses 18 – 29

18. Light is pure force or delight. It is the joy of Thea, and Her breath and spirit.
19. Light is the outpouring of life into existence. All things that exist come from life; they are made and sustained by light.
20. Though an existing thing appears never so solid, yet its body is made of light. All
material things are but consolidated force; and the vibration of force is the whole of their being.
21. Yet material things are far from the source of light. They have become subject to
consolidation and restriction.
22. Pure light knows no bounds, but is perfect joy, and breathes its own perfection.
23. How shall the soul approach to light?
24. Let her make her every act a resplendent
creation, and let every outpouring of her strength be a well-made gift for her Lady. Let her not
fall into dullness, but be ever creating herself anew in the delight of her strength.
25. Let her not seek for reward, but only for her own perfection; thus the action itself shall become perfect. Let her turn from the transient and find delight in the eternal.
26. For every earthly action is the shadow of some higher form; and the soul must choose whether in her act she shall approach that form, or sink from it into deeper shadows and the morass of illusion.
27. She who rejects the light of the Spirit in this world shall, beyond death, be plunged into darkness and the confusion of bodiless echoes.
28. But every act that is performed in dedication to the Mother is an expression of the soul’s true self, and loosens the chains of her bondage.
29. If the soul lives in light, nothing shall be impossible to her, for her will shall become one with the will of our Lady.

Comments

Within many of the world scriptures including those of Christianity, Gnosticism, and Hinduism many statements such as the above exist which seem to denigrate the material world as being not worthy of our concern or interest. Thus we have within the literature of the Medieval Catholic mystics the idea that we should not love the “creatures” and should renounce all material pleasures and joys. We instead should turn only toward the pure light of God. Within Gnosticism the material world itself was not created by God but by an ignorant, power crazed demiurge named Yaldaboath. Within Hinduism the primary goal of religious life as postulated by its theologians is to ultimately escape this material world of the senses and ego in favor of a “liberation” in which the soul is absorbed completely into the Brahman and sees through the illusion of sensory life.

These themes all seem to suggest that at a minimal this life is insufficient, limited, full of suffering and that in comparison to the divine life insignificant. The De’anic scriptures as exemplified by certain statements above and in many other citations through out the scriptures as a whole seem to confirm this perspective. The question for me is what to make of this broad theme within many of the traditional religions. Well lets start with the obvious. This world is an imperfect world which is limited and in which much suffering and violence exist. Furthermore physical death is the end of all things. By contrast within most religious traditions, the divine world of God / the Ultimate is seen as being full of “joy unspeakable and full of glory” as the New Testament says. It is the realm of eternity, bliss, and death has no hold there. That being the case an obvious comparison is set up in which this world obviously suffers by comparison to the divine one. There is no way to escape the truth of this comparison.

However the real questions come with the response which is then urged in response to the dualism between the divine world and this world of pain and suffering. The answer given within the Crystal Tablet is “Let her (the soul) turn from the transient and find delight in the eternal. For every earthly action is the shadow of some higher form; and the soul must choose whether in her act she shall approach that form, or sink from it into deeper shadows and the morass of illusion.” How should we interpret this message? First a few observations, it is one thing to state as most religious traditions do that the divine world is greater than the material world. One can accept this fact while still accepting the reality that one must live within the very real confines of the material world. In fact I think that De’anism and the other major religious traditions with some exceptions all have seen fit to adopt to the realities of material life well because it is necessary.

But still the point remains that we should “turn from the transient and find delight in the eternal” How do we do this when we of necessary must live material lives in a material world? What in fact does it mean that we must turn from the transient? Through out much of human history earnest seekers after the Divine have literally attempted to forsake any interest in or relationship with the material world to the extent that this was possible. Thus at the extreme end medieval Christian Anchorites such as Julian of Norwich had themselves walled away within churches so that even the light of the sun and all the beauties of nature were denied them. Organized Medieval monasticism was a more communal and less extreme attempt to achieve the same end.

The same spirit existed within Islamic Sufism and Judaism even though according to both Islamic and Jewish Law the commandments were clear that persons should norminatively bear and raise children. Monasticism was prohibited. The solution to this was that those who live lifes fully committed to God would perform the minimal necessary to conceive children and exist in the world while ignoring its pleasures.

Within Hinduism the way to achieve renunciation of the world was to seek this renunciation only after ones own children were raised and ones active householder’s life was ended. One then went into the forest and attempted to live as a mendicant. The Buddhists of course tended not to wait and thus the religion was founded on a firm foundation of monasticism. The point of all of this is that many within most religious traditions have attempted to take such advice as literally as possible and have tried to take a multitude of various paths to find the solution.

So now what does it mean within the Deanic tradition of Our Mother God that we should turn from the transient. I would suggest that instead of looking at the more extreme interpretations of such religious injunctions we should look instead at some interpretations which are less extreme. We should also question very closely the meaning and purpose behind the statements within the various traditions that we should turn from the transient. Lets do this examination first.

Does turning from the transient within Deanism mean that the joys of nature, beauty, and human community should be rejected? Evidently it does not because the De’anic Scriptures are filled with references to the beauty of nature and love for it. There are also many scriptures in which it is clear that love, the love of all creatures and love the Dea is at the center of existence. The second half of the Crystal Tablet called the Clew of Love in some variants of the De’anic scriptures is a testament to the importance of love within the De’anic tradition. I will be posting it immediately after this post.

The fact is that De’anism has the same basic ethical mandate as does Christianity that people should live in accordance to love. Thea is love and the world is her creation. She loves it and so must we. With all of this data I think that the answer begins to become clear. Turning away from the world / the transient does not mean a literal turning away from the blessings of matter what it does mean is a turning away from all that is disobedient to Thea’s love, it is a turning away from that which destroys and hurts, which divides that which should not be divided. It also involves an effort to love Dea with all of our heart and soul while obviously loving our neighbor as our self. That all involves a serous balancing act which few ever fulfill very well. But that I think is what we must attempt to do.

Now as to the reason so much in religious tradition emphasizes the language of renunciation and the rejection of the transient. I believe that the answer has more to do with how human beings tend to relate to material things and to the world of material reality. What the prophets and mystics primarily objected to in “the love of the world, of transient things” is that human beings have in general valued things as material possessions and for the power which comes from the ownership of these over love of neighbor as the Bible puts it and over the love of God. Clearly humanity has also tended to place the love / greed for material things over both human love and justice. What complex human societies historically have done repeated is to organize conceptions of “the world” in which the ego identities of dominant groups, classes, or individuals is placed over the needs of others and certainly over the love of God.

I believe that is the ultimate source of the negative critique of matter, manifestation, of creatures, of material wealth. Thus the De’anic statement that “Yet material things are far from the source of light” is a way of expressing this broader conception. So then the question becomes how does a people or a person reject the idolization / greed for possessions and idolization of self. The answer given here is that s/he must “turn from the transient and find delight in the eternal.” I will obviously have more to say about this in future posts.

Mr Glenn King
https://theahaus.wordpress.com/2016/06/04/the-crystal-tablet-verses-18-29/

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Title 2, Chapter 1
THE CRYSTAL TABLET Verses 30 – 36

30. Love is the force of harmony by which all existence is made possible.
31. For the perfect existence of the Spirit, its very nature is love. The pure soul is in harmony with Thea, with herself and with all things.
32. And for the existence that has fallen from perfection: truly it is the music of divine harmony which sustains it in the motion of its wholeness.
33. It is love that holds the drop of dew pendant upon a blade of grass, not flowing forth in watery profusion, but swelling within the unseen urn of its brief harmony.
34. It is love that holds the stars within their courses, and all the worlds of the immeasurable cosmos within the harmony of the celestial music.
35. Truly, all the cycles of the times and the seasons; all the rhythms of the soul, of the
mind and of the body: truly all these flow from the love of our Lady the Maid, that each
creation may not decompose flying away into black eternal chaos.
36. For light is the essence and love is the form. And it is by love that the essence of a tree remains a tree. Else it might as well become a rushing wind or a forked lightning flash.

Comments.

Since my comments on my last post were so extensive, I do not want to make many comments here. What I do want to do is the cite a few quotations from Greek mythological thought. These quotations second much of what is said above. The quotations come from a book I have begun reading titled ‘The Origin of Aphrodite by Stephanie Lynn Budin. Stephanie Budin is a noted scholar of ancient history and is the author of The Myth of Sacred Prostitution in Antiquity. From what I have read so far the Origin of Aphrodite is an excellent book. The quotations are:

“The earth is in love with the rain, whenso’er the dry ground, fruitless in drought, hath need of moisture. And the august heaven , filled with rain, loves to cast itself upon the earth through Aprodite’s spell. And when the twin mingle as one, they cause all things to grow for us, and nurture them as well, – all things by which the race of mortals lives and flourishes.”

Euripedes as cited by Athenaios

“Kypris moves through the air, she dwells in the sea wave, and all things come from her. She it is that gives and implants love, and the love of which all we of earth are begotten.”

The Hippolytos of Euripides.

I only want to point out that the ancient Greeks as does De’anism viewed the universe as living and as being ensouled. Thus earth, sky, mountains, rivers and most of what is called inanimate matter by the modern world view is in fact viewed as alive and living.

Mr Glenn King
https://theahaus.wordpress.com/2016/06/04/crystal-tablet-verse-30-36/

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Title 2, Chapter 1
THE CRYSTAL TABLET Verses 37 – 52

37. How shall the soul attain to love?
38. Let her open herself to every creature in compassion and in care.
39. Let her seek to do no harm to any being.
40. Let her love extend even to those who do her hurt; and let her seek to understand them.
41. For perfect love is perfect knowledge and perfect knowledge is perfect love.
42. Let her know that no creature gains good for herself by any harmful act, for every
stone returns to she that throws it in the fullness of time; and the shaft that her hand releases
shall fly a thousand years until it cleaves her heart.
43. But she that does a kindly action shall be thrice blessed:
44. Once in the doing of it; for the hand of Thea shall rest upon her.
45. Once in the raising of her soul upon the path toward her Lady.
46. And once in the deed itself; for every rose plucked and sent forth shall come as a gift to her when her heart is weary, and every cup of wine that she gives to another shall quench the thirst of her own lips in the fullness of time.
47. She who gives succour to those who have need prepares a place of safe repose for
her soul. And she who turns no creature away surrounds her soul with beautiful things.
48. For the soul that grows in love grows ever more beautiful, but the soul that turns from love is
repellent of aspect.
49. Let the soul know before all that the greatest love is the love of Thea,
and from this love all other loves flow.
50. Let her open herself to her Lady that She may come as a perfect love for her.
Let her learn of Thea, of that eternal love which is Thea.
51. And she who loves her Lady in perfection shall have perfect love of all Her creatures, even as She has.
52. For this is the love that is perfect knowledge, and the knowledge that is perfect love.

Comments

The above are the last verses of the The Crystal Tablet. As the reader can see it is a short but powerful writing. I will let it to speak for itself.

Mr Glenn King
https://theahaus.wordpress.com/2016/06/05/the-crystal-tablet-verses-37-52/

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I am in agreement with Mr Glenn King, when he comments that The Crystal Tablet introduces
“several of the most important themes of De’anism.
1. To a great degree life is a series of choices between a life in the spirit in contrast to the alternative a life not related to the Spirit / Perfection / Dea herself.
2. What is being said is that we should perceive and know Thea as being even more real and relevant than even these solid realities of earth, sky, and sea. The theme of the illusionary nature of the world which is persistent within the De’anic scriptures begins here.
…If the sky, sea, human body and other aspects of this world are ultimately seen as existing separately from and outside of the context of the life of Thea, that the text says is illusional.
Biological life here is referred to as existence and is based on the greater life of Dea. Life is Dea and Dea is life.
4. Turning away from the world / the transient does not mean a literal turning away from the blessings of matter what it does mean is a turning away from all that is disobedient to Thea’s love, it is a turning away from that which destroys and hurts, which divides that which should not be divided. It also involves an effort to love Dea with all of our heart and soul while obviously loving our neighbor as our self.
…Human beings have in general valued things as material possessions and for the power which comes from the ownership of these…
What complex human societies historically have done repeated is to organize conceptions of “the world” in which the ego identities of dominant groups, classes, or individuals is placed over the needs of others and certainly over the love of God.
How does a people or a person reject the idolization / greed for possessions and idolization of self?

Mr Glenn King