Psalm 12: Sweet is the Fruit of Your Wisdom

Psalm 12: Sweet is the Fruit of Your Wisdom

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

Copyright of ArchMadria Pamela Lanides. For personal use only

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

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

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

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

The Coming Age, number 4, autumn issue 1976

A Devotional Poem – Crepusculum

A Devotional Poem – Crepusculum

21 September 2015

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

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Raindrops And Sun Two by atLevel1Alt

Crepusculum

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

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

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

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

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

From archived Deanic Conversations

What is She not, the Spirit, My Mother? For Divine Life – Madrian Meditation 1 of 3

What is She not, the Spirit, My Mother? For Divine Life – Madrian Meditation 1 of 3

What is She not, the Spirit, My Mother?
The stars She is and the boundless sea,
the sun and the endless night;
the mountains and the storm
and the wild north wind She is,
the growing of a blade of grass.
Her abundance hath no ending,
nor Her unbounded richness;
for all these things are but a breath to Her.
The stars and the galaxies,
the endless night of space,
the day of all time from its dawn to its even;
all these are but the flickering of Her eyelid

The Coming Age, number 8, autumn issue 1978

Harvest Hestia: The Nature of Gratitude

My life partner and I try to eat together when our work schedules allow. Because of the Feast Day this week, we treated ourselves to a meal in a restaurant. I was thinking how fortunate we both were to 1. have enough to eat and 2. to be able to afford to eat out occasionally. I mentioned this to him afterwards and he said that he too was feeling the same. So this post came as a welcome and important spiritual exercise.

Reblogged from https://deanic.com

Harvest Hestia: The Nature of Gratitude

Rosadi/Tuesday.

Today is named after the Rose, one of our Seven Sacred Symbols, which represents the Holy Mother as Our Lady, Rose of Joy. Madria Vicka rules this day. She is the Guardian of South and Fire and the Jana (Divine Gate) of Courage, Strength and Valor.

(We will continue these informative explanations through next Rosadi.)

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Madria Vicka

O, Madria Vicka, Jana of Courage, Strength and Valor, be with us. May the Pure Stream of your Virtues flow within me, into this world and in all the worlds to come.

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Tomorrow, 17 Abalon/Sept. 21, is the Feast of Harvest Hestia. In our religious Tradition, an hestia is a home which has been blessed and consecrated to Dea, Our Divine Mother God.

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On the feast of Harvest Hestia, we offer our gratitude to Our Heavenly Mother, not only for the great blessings of the Harvest, but also for the safety of our homes, for the blessings of our Faith and for our families, for our friends, our jobs and our daily joys. No matter where we are in our lives, even if we are struggling or have been going through tough times, there is always something for which we may offer our gratitude to Dea.

Gratefulness is a form of joy-filled humility. When we are grateful, we are not puffed up; we are not full of ourselves, rather we acknowledge the Fount of all Joy, a Source higher than ourselves; She Who is Our Divine Mother. For what Mother would not wish to fill Her child’s life with Joy?

When we search our lives to discover those things for which we are truly grateful and then offer up that gratitude to our Heavenly Mother, this gratitude is not only an expression of our love and thankfulness towards Her,  it also helps to lift our minds into a more positive light. It becomes a source of comfort to our souls. The expression of gratitude is a Grace-filled way of erasing the negativity which weighs heavy on our minds and which tends to drag down our hearts into the muddy mire of our personal dramas.

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Gratitude is an important concept in the Universe. The late Dr. Masaru Emoto, author of The Hidden Messages in Water series, taught that love and gratitude are the vibration of true healing. This is the vibration of life. In his teachings of Hado, he states: “Hado creates words. Words are the vibrations of nature. Therefore beautiful words create beautiful nature, ugly words create ugly nature. This is the root of the universe.” (1)

Words are the outward expression of an inner emotion.

As we read in the Teachings of the Daughter, Chapter 1 (SMR edition):

Thoughts of the mind pass not away, nor vanish into air. For every thought is a builder in the subtle world that lieth about thee.

20) Forget not the power of words, for a word hath all the power of a thought and a thought hath power to move the Earth and the Heavens.

Both as a word and as an emotion, gratitude is a much more powerful force or energy than is commonly realized. As Dr. Deepak Chopra states, “Gratitude is an immensely powerful force that we can use to expand our happiness, create loving  relationships, and even improve our health.”

Psychologists recently began to study the effects of gratitude upon the psyche. Some of their findings are:

  • Improved physical, emotional, and social well-being
  • Greater optimism and happiness,
  • Improved feelings of connection in times of loss or crises
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Heightened energy levels
  • Strengthened heart, immune system, and decreased blood pressure
  • Improved emotional and academic intelligence
  • Expanded capacity for forgiveness
  • Decreased stress, anxiety, depression, and headaches
  • Improved self-care and greater likelihood to exercise
  • Heightened spirituality — ability to see something bigger than ourselves. (3)

On a spiritual level, gratitude, when it truly comes from the heart and the soul, i.e., from our True Self, is the highest form of prayer. It is a gentle expression of Joyful-Love. At its fullest, it is physically possible to feel this emotion within the heart. We experience it as inner pulses of joy within our heart chakra.

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Whether we are speaking about anger, love, moroseness or joy, emotions are a state of being. As a state of being, we may be or exist in a state of anger or we may be or exist in a state of gratitude. As an emotion, there are some who believe that gratitude is the most important emotion in the Cosmos and feel that it is the key to a more peaceful world. (4)

These findings contain an important insight: gratitude is, above all, a social emotion. It’s possible to be happy or miserable and for those feelings to have nothing to do with other human beings. But gratitude is always about your connection to the outside world, to someone who has extended a hand to help you. (When you feel grateful to something non-human, such as fate, or the weather, it’s likely you’re thinking of it as an agent with intention – personifying it. Even atheists say “thank God”.) (4.) (This is an inspiring article about survivors of the Holocaust and their stories of gratitude.)

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Gratitude flows out from love. During these dark times, this era of seemingly utter despair and depravity during which we live, perhaps gratitude is a key towards a more Golden future for our world. On a microcosmic level, the emotion of gratitude is important as we express it in our daily lives. When it flows, like a wave, from our personal life towards our families, our friends and on into our towns and out into the world, it becomes significant on a macro-cosmic scale.

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When we are consciously manifesting the emotion of gratitude outward into the world, it does not just dissipate into the air. It is not annihilated. As emotions are a form of energy, they can never be entirely annihilated. They are eternal and, as with the effect of the word gratitude on water crystals, they must go somewhere and affect someone or something. On a quantum level, emotions are a living reality and we create them on a subconscious or conscious level, whether we realize it or not.

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. (The Crystal Tablet, verses 4-6. SMR edition.)

Just as a brook meanders away from a great river, gratitude flows out of the Living Stream of Madria Theia, She who represents the Celestial Mother. Gratitude flows from Illumination, Joy and Benevolence. Ultimately, it stems from Our Celestial Mother Who is Supernal Joy and She wishes to extend this Joy into our lives. We must learn to always recognize these daily joys and to consciously express humble gratitude each and every day.

Starting tomorrow, as we sit down to our Harvest feasts, let us begin this first day on the rest of our Soul Path by consciously practicing gratitude.

May the blessings of Harvest Hestia be with you and those you love.

Let us bless the Queen of Heaven.

Blessed is She.

Let us thank the Seven Janati of Power.

Thanks be to the Seven Janati.

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(I recommend this lovely article: Creating an Autumnal Equinox Celebration: https://www.wildgratitude.com/how-to-autumnal-equinox-celebration/).

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

  1. http://masaru-emoto.net/english/index.html
  2. http://www.chopra.com/articles/cultivate-the-healing-power-of-gratitude
  3. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/randy-kamen-gredinger/the-transformative-power-_2_b_6982152.html
  4. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/oct/30/gratitude-most-important-emotion

2015 Feast of Divine Life

2015 Feast of Divine Life

The Feast of Divine Life
16 Abolan/Sept. 20

Thea’s Day/Sunday

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O, Kyria Thea, Lamp of Illumination, Benevolence and Generosity, be with us.

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Tomorrow, 17 Abolan/Sept. 21 is the High Feast of Divine Life in the Matronite Chapel. It is also the second harvest festival.

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This feast day celebrates Our Holy Mother as the Creatrix and Ground of All Being, which is the First of our Five Great Mysteries. This Mystery corresponds to West and Earth and it’s Sacred Symbol is the Apple which represents both immortality and Avala, our resting place between incarnations.

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In the Crystal Tablet of our scriptures, Life or Wholeness is referred to as the Light of the Absolute, the Great Mother, She Who Is. She is the veiled Origin of Eternity and the First Principle, beyond being and unbeing and so, this feast day is primarily a celebration of the Great (Dark) Mother. It also celebrates the Celestial Mother as Creatrix and Matrix of all being and the Earthly Mother as the Sustainer and Ruler of Creation and so this feast day is also Trinitarian in nature.

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From the magazine, The Coming Age, no longer in print, we read,

Chapels and shrines are often decorated with the fruits of the season – loaves from the new wheat, vegetables, fruit, flowers, ears of corn, nuts, pinecones, etc and some of these may adorn the alter for the Sacrifice. Traditional foods of the Festival are seed cake, apple pie and ciders.

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On the [archived] interfaith Deanic discussion group, hosted by Glenn King, https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/deanic_conversations/info, we have been talking about different ways to observe this feast day.

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In Traditions, such as Jewish or Goddess Christian, the pomegranate is considered to be holy. In Judaism, the number of seeds add up to the number of mitzvah in Judaism…613. These are typically thought of as commandments or good deeds and they’re in Torah. (1)

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In Goddess Christianity, the pomegranate represents the Mysteries of Mary Magdalene. Pomegranates were/are also important features of Classical Paganism, Islam, Orthodox Christianity and in other metaphysical Traditions. (2)

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Other ancient traditions, such as one in England, includes great apple festivals where people line up along the road and as apple carts are wheeled by, apples are tossed to the people along the very same route which was used at the inception of this fair. This fair, which began in 1267, is one of the worlds’ oldest. 3) New England inherited its tradition of Fall apple festivals from its namesake.

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There is an interesting connection between the sacred fruits, pomegranates and apples. The word pomegranate comes from the apple. It literally translates to apple seeded from medieval Latin.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomegranate. And, so we see a beautiful link between the pomegranates of so many ancient Traditions with the revered apple of so many others. In Judaism, for the observance of Rosh Hashanah, the symbolism of both the apple and the pomegranate are combined. (1)

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In both the Jewish and the Deanic Traditions, the number of seeds in these fruits are highly symbolic. I do not think that it is a coincidence that in so many areas and in so many ancient Traditions, the apple figures significantly during the Season of the Great Mystery of Our Lady as the Source and Ground of all Being. The five seeds of the apple represents so much, but in the First Mystery, it also represents the Primordial Essence of All Being flowing out from the Still Centre of Spirit along the Four Cardinal channels, each of which are Guarded by the Geniae.

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(The Three Sisters of Squash, tepary beans and corn from: http://www.energytimes.com/pages/features/0309/native.html).

In Arizona, squash, corn, and tepary beans are considered to be ‘the three sisters’ of the ancient Native American diet of the area. How easily that could translate, for a Deanist of the area, into a symbolism of three foods in honor of the Three Matres or Mothers.

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The Ancient Matrona River (Marne).

Quite often, for our Feast Days, we recommend family crafts, games, customs and recipes. Perhaps what might be appropriate for this Feast of Divine Life, would be to research the traditional foods of your area which you might incorporate into your harvest feast. Learn about local traditional hand crafts. Discover the ancient names of the goddess in your area and, especially if you are from the British Isles or Europe, research the famous wells, rivers and lakes nearby, which are named after pre-Christian goddesses. For instance, the river Marne, in France, was named after Dea Matrona. The ancient name for this river was actually Matrona!

Let us bless the Lady of Heaven,

blessed be Our Lady.

Let us thank the Seven Genaie of Power.

Thanks be to the Seven Genaie.

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May Our Lady bless you, Blessed is She

ArchMadria Pamela

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1. Thanks to Shoshanna Marie Woods.
2. http://www.crystalinks.com/pomegranate.html
3. Thanks to Madria Kathi.
4. Thanks to Ruth.
“Archeologists have determined that variations of squash and pumpkins were cultivated along river and creek banks along with sunflowers and beans. This took place long before the emergence of maize (corn). After maize was introduced, ancient farmers learned to grow squash with maize and beans using the “Three Sisters” tradition.

The Three Sisters are squash, corn and beans which grow and thrive together. Corn serves as the natural trellis for the beans to grow on. The beans roots set nitrogen in the soil to nourish the corn. The bean vines help to stabilize the corn stalks on windy days. The squash plants shelter the shallow roots of the corn and shade the ground to discourage weeds and preserve moisture. Truly a symbiotic relationship. I have read where it was a common practice to bury a small fish alongside the seeds at planting to nourish the “Three Sisters.”

The early Native American farmers were practicing an early form of sustainable agriculture. How cool is that?!? We can learn many lessons today from them.”

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

Reblogged from https://matronite.com/2015/09/20/the-feast-of-divine-life/