Sacred Month of Brighid 23rd January – February 19th

Sacred Month of Brighid 23rd January – February 19th

 

St Brigid of Kildare by Joanna Powell Colbert
St Brigid of Kildare by Joanna Powell Colbert

Our predecessors in the Madrian faith named this month Brighde.

“Her name itself is written as Brighid, Brigid, or Bríd in the Irish, and Brìde in the (Scottish) Gaelic, and the other forms like Brìghde, Bhríde, and Brighidh are forms of saying, ‘of Brigid’, as in the Well of Brigid, Tobar Bhríde in Ireland, or Tobar Brìghde in Scotland.”

https://hereternalflame.wordpress.com/2015/11/13/a-gaelic-grammar-primer-to-her-name/

“In its most ancient form, the name was spelt with a final t, Brigit, and was Latinised Brigitta. From an early time, however, and down the ages, it was spelt Brigid; Latin form, Brigida.”
The Irish name ought to be pronounced with a hard <g>; that is, as “Brigg-id,”

However, the complicated matter of orthography is not ended at this point; for in Modern Gaelic—the language as spoken for the past seven centuries—the <g> becomes silent, and the name usually is spelt in Gaelic Brighid… with a pronunciation “Bree-id.” From this it will be seen how Kilbride and St. Bride’s are derived.

Accordingly, in writing English we adhere to Brigid as the correct historic and literary form. Let us pronounce it “Briggid,” although we often hear people nowadays, under the influence of the revived Irish language, saying “Breeid,” which is, as we have shown, fully permissible. In Munster, the pronunciation “Bride” has come into use, and often the name is written Bride, instead of Brigid. Since this development is native and natural, we can make no objection to it”
http://www.ewtn.com/library/MARY/BRIGID.htm
Pronounced BRIGG-id or BREE-id.
Brighid (from Irish brigh: “strength”; Celtic brig-o “high, mighty” from PIE bhrgh-nt- “high”). Exalted.
It is not “Fiery Arrow.”
I do not know why but she was also considered the Janya of Bridges, Gateways and Places of Passage. (see Jacqueline’s comment below: “She seems very connected to liminal spaces” Definition: “The word liminal comes from the Latin word limen, meaning threshold – any point or place of entering or beginning. A liminal space is the time between the ‘what was’ and the ‘next.’ It is a place of transition, waiting, and not knowing.” A Sacred space. https://inaliminalspace.org/about-us/what-is-a-liminal-space/ )

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She is considered to be a Living Stream Goddess, as Her devotional cult has continued, unto this day, under the guise of St. Bridgit.

My favourite form of Dea.

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Brigit be Bithmaith

Brigit,
eternally good woman,
bright, golden,
quickening flame.

May she carry us
to the eternal lands.
She, radiant fire
of the sun.

11th century
Irish Liber Hymnorum

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‘Brigit, excellent woman, sudden flame,
may the bright fiery sun take us to the lasting kingdom.’

Ancient Gaelic prayer – Carmina Gadelica

http://www.celticheritage.co.uk/virtualshrine/brighid.cfm

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Brigids crosses 1975
Brigid’s crosses photographed in 1975

Her cross is considered to be a Sun Wheel.

According to many sources, she possesses an unusual status as a Sun Goddess.  “Who hangs Her Cloak upon the rays of the Sun and Whose dwelling-place radiates light as if on fire. As a solar deity her attributes are all skills associated with fire, the benefactress of inner healing and vital energy.”[4]
[4]  From « Brighid, Queen of Heaven » – copyright © 2003-2004 Susanna Duffy

Brighid’s Runes in Sweden: The Völva and the Sun
by Kirsten Brunsgaard Clausen

“In 2006, on an excursion to a large bronze-age rock art site near Norrköping in Sweden, we stepped over a rune inscription with six letters, overgrown, unknown. It said: BRAIDO. “A goddess” said the guide. Puzzled, we ran through all the Nordic goddesses who were familiar to us – Freya, Siv, Idun, Urd, but Braido we had never heard of!

The archaeologist Arthur Nordén wrote in 1925: “BRAIDO, meaning The Exalted One, could be some local witch”. He dates the runes to 200-400 CE, saying “this means that they are extremely unique and so ancient that rune writing in Scandinavia cannot be dated earlier”. New examinations of today agree on the dating. The name ending in –O is the ancient feminine, today turned into –a (Swedish) or –e (Danish), Braida/Braide.”
http://www.goddess-pages.co.uk/brighid-s-runes-in-sweden-the-voelva-and-the-sun/

Names of the Goddess
There are many variations, pronunciations, and spellings of Her name, including:
Scotland: Bhrìghde, Brighid, Bride
Ireland: Brigid, Brigit, Brighid, Brìd, Brígh
Manx: Breeshey
Wales: Ffraid
England: Brigantia, Brittania
France: Brigandu

Triple Goddess Briget
Triple Goddess Brigid

ASPECT :  Triple goddess and solar deity, her attributes are :

1 Fire of Inspiration : Poetess, muse, goddess of inspiration, learning, poetry, divinitation, witchcraft, occult knowledge, prophecy

2 Fire of the Forge : Smithcraft, carrying and forging a famous cauldron, blacksmiths, goldsmiths, and housecraft

3 Fire of the Hearth : Healer, medicine, spiritual healing and fertility, midwifery, inner healing and vital energy

Brighde Triple Goddess
Brighde Triple Goddess

The Three-Fold Fire of Brighid

Fire in the forge that
shapes and tempers.

Fire of the hearth that
nourishes and heals.

Fire in the head that
incites and inspires.

Ord Brighideach International – an order of flamekeepers
http://www.ordbrighideach.org/raven/

The Directory of Brigidine Flametending Orders seeks to be a storehouse and database of all Orders dedicated to Brighid, to assist the Brighid-devotee in choosing among the various Orders that best meets her or his needs.
https://flamtendersdirectory.wordpress.com/

http://www.brighid.org.uk/index.html

Information from

http://www.faeryshaman.org/es91/es91art4.htm
Brighid the Great copyright © 2005 by Rhiannan Ratelle

http://www.druidry.org/library/gods-goddesses/brigit
Brigit by Susa Morgan Black

Hestia, Vesta. Ever-living flame of the hearth

From http://foihomepage.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/blessed-2017.html

“Hestia, Vesta. Ever-living flame of the hearth.
Life is eternal, and manifests – by rebirth through the Mothers.
Fires and candles re-lighted from past flame.
Life renewal.”

Lawrence Durdin-Robertson, ‘Juno Covella’ – December 31st entry.
Fellowship of Isis

 

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Hestia as Ten of Cups in Universal Goddess Tarot by Maria Caratti & Antonella Platano
Hestia in Oracle of the Goddess by Anna Franklin & Paul Mason (as Vesta)
Hestia in Oracle of the Goddess by Anna Franklin & Paul Mason (as Vesta)
Hestia in The Goddess Oracle deck by Hrana Janto & Amy Sophia Marashinsky
Hestia in The Goddess Oracle deck by Hrana Janto & Amy Sophia Marashinsky
Hestia in The Goddess Wisdom Cards by Jill Fairchild, Regina Schaare & Sandra M. Stanton (as Vesta)
Hestia in The Goddess Wisdom Cards by Jill Fairchild, Regina Schaare & Sandra M. Stanton (as Vesta)
Hestia in Goddesses of the New Light by Pamela Matthews (as Vesta)
Hestia in Goddesses of the New Light by Pamela Matthews (as Vesta)
Hestia in Ancient Feminine Wisdom by Kay Stevenson & Brian Clark
Hestia in Ancient Feminine Wisdom by Kay Stevenson & Brian Clark
Hestia in Goddess Guidance Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue (as Vesta)
Hestia in Goddess Guidance Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue (as Vesta)
Mythic Oracle by Carisa Mellado & Michele-lee Phelan
Mythic Oracle by Carisa Mellado & Michele-lee Phelan
Hestia in The Goddess Oracle Deck by Thalia Took (as Vesta)
Hestia in The Goddess Oracle Deck by Thalia Took (as Vesta)
Illustrations from https://landofgoddesses.wordpress.com/2013/10/19/hestia-vesta/

 

 

Hestia (Vesta)

[I have used a spell checker on this article, Sorella (Sister) Sophia Ruth]

From https://landofgoddesses.wordpress.com/2013/10/19/hestia-vesta/

Hestia (Vesta)

HESTIA (VESTA)

A Hellenic goddess of house, home, hearth and family as well as order and organisation. Hestia is Cronus and Rhea’s eldest daughter and a sister to Demeter, Hera, Zeus, Poseidon and Hades. She has never got married nor had children herself.  There was Hestia’s sacred hearth in every house,  village or town of the ancient Hellenic world and the first offering was always dedicated to this goddess. Her name means hearth, fireside. She was venerated in Rome as Vesta and considered to be one of the top deities of a Roman pantheon.

ABOUT GODDESS

Hestia was highly respected for her immaculate nature. She disapproved bloodshed, did not participate in wars and intrigues, did not gossip nor was spiteful. She valued peace most and apparently was disgusted by the behaviour of Olympic deities because she gave her place in the council of gods to Dyonisos as soon as he came to the mount (there could be no more than twelve deities in the Olympian council). Despite Poseidon and Apollo’s wooing she decided to stay a virgin.

Hestia was particularly respected as a goddess literary closest to people. She resembles an Egyptian goddess Maat in the way that she does not appear in a lot of myths and does not have many temples, she is, however, a base of social order in Hellas and her cult is manifested through rituals. A hearth was situated in the centre of a Hellenic house, giving the inhabitants warmth and shelter when darkness fell, being a place where both sacrifices were offered to gods and food was prepared for people. When a baby was born, it was carried around a hearth and the family was asking the goddess for blessings, the child was then put on a cooled down ash of a heart to introduce it to heaven and earth. A marriage rite in ancient Hellas focused on a hearth too; a bride’s mother was lighting a torch up in the hearth of her house and was carrying it in a procession to newlyweds’ house where a new fire was lit up, from that moment marriage was considered to be concluded. Prayers have always begun with invoking Hestia, women have asked her to protect their children and grandchildren; she was also called upon before setting off a journey to help travelers come back home safely. It was a form of an early divination to observe a smoke from burning altars to see whether gods accepted the offering or not: if the smoke was rising straight to heavens, it was an omen of gods’ grace but if the smoke was circling down among altars, it signified that deities were not supportive.

Her sacred flame was present in every Hellenic settlement, people were watching over it carefully because if fire extinguished, it would signify gods’ disgrace (on a more practical level it was not easy to rekindle it in the times when matches have not been invented yet). The flame was only extinguished to be ritually renewed during the purification ceremonies. When ships were leaving Hellas to start a new colony, there was always a flame from the city they were setting off. This flame burning in a new place was a symbol of unity between the colony and its hometown. Outlaws and those escaping a vengeance or being chased, found a refugee by her altar, no one could hurt them from that moment on because they were protected by the goddess.

Hestia’s cult as Vesta has developed in a special way in Rome where her temple was the only sacral building of a round shape and having a roof to protect the sacred flame against the rain. Similarly to the inhabitants of Hellas, Romans also believed that fire represented their state and it was essential to keep it burning, however according to Georges Dumezil* they have associated Vesta strictly with earth and its burning core hidden under a crust which was sometimes breaking through  e.g during the eruption of a volcano. They also noticed the connection of fire with the nature’s cycles, cultivation and life, especially with the beginning of life**. Also similarly to Hellas, Vesta’s altar was a hearth in atrium; she was likewise associated mainly with women who generally functioned in a family space, not a public one. Interestingly, when it comes to order of Roman prayers Vesta was called upon as the last deity, not the first one as in Hellas.

Vesta’s sacred fire was watched over by six (seven in the end-stage era of Rome) vestal virgins i.e. Vesta’s priestesses. The service at the temple lasted thirty years; Rome’s high priest (pontifex maximus) was choosing girls of preschool age originating from the patrician families who were to move to a three storey building of Atrium Vestae near forum.

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Here is the reconstruction.

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There were twelve younger girls in the house apart from main vestal virgins, they were adepts who were preparing themselves to the service in the goddess’ temple and vowed chastity for thirty years (it liberated them from the custody of their fathers and other men, a vestal virgin was the daughter of a state). The thirty years of service was divided into three decades: for the first ten years they were learning, for the next ten years they watched over the fire and for the last ten years they were teaching young girls. There were not many requirements for a girl to become a vestal virgin, she only had to be healthy and sane, both her parents had to be alive and Roman citizens (at first only patricians, later also plebeians were included). In case of one of vestal virgins’ sudden death, candidates to take her place were presented, the only requirement was woman’s good opinion; she didn’t have to be neither a child nor a virgin, usually young widows or even divorcees were appointed (although divorcees were considered to bring bad luck). Vestal virgins were easily recognised by their apparel, apart from a regular tunic and stola, they were wearing a white woolen fillet called infula, a white woolen veil worn during rituals and sacrifices called suffibulum,  white and red woolen ribbons symbolising Vesta’s fire and the vow of chastity and a long shawl draped over a left shoulder called palla.

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Vestal virgins’ duties included keeping the fire from extinguishing (allowing that happen was punished by flogging), bringing water from a sacred spring, taking care of sacred objects such as palladium***, preparing ritual food and mola salsa, a mixture of salt, flour and wheat, which was later used to sprinkle animal victims. Vestal virgins were so respected that they were often put in charge of executing testaments  (this is what Julius Cesar and Mark Anthony did among others). Any inhabitant of Rome could receive fire to take it to their house and in the times of Empire, Vesta’s hearth was considered to be the emperor’s household fire.

Breaking the vow of chastity was punished by being buried alive in a tomb on Campus Sceleratus (Evil Field) with a supply of food and water for a couple of days only. This way of punishing resulted from the interdiction of spilling blood and burying within the city limits. During one thousand years of Vesta’s fire cult only several of such cases were noted. The one from 114 BC is particularly interesting when as many as three Vestal virgins Aemilia,  Marcia and Licinia were condemned death for ‘multiple adultery’; most probably their processes were fabricated and they became scapegoats. Evidence against them included the Sibylline prophecies and witnesses describing literally orgies taking place in the Vestal house; the process itself was provoked by a thunder striking a traveling girl so superstitious Romans immediately thought of that as of gods’ anger and started to search for a reason***. According to the legend Rhea Silvia, daughter of King Numitor of Alba Longa was also punished this way. Numitor’s brother seized the throne and forced Rhea Silvia to become a Vestal virgin hoping this will prevent her from giving birth to a potential avenger who in turn would deprive him of power. However, Mars the god of war took advantage of Rhea Silvia who gave birth to twins Remus and Romulus. Children were left in a forest to die there, luckily their divine father sent a she-wolf to feed them with her own milk. Shame on him that he show no similar care about their mother and did not save her from the consequences that she had to face because of him; after all such deux ex machina (unexpected turn of events) is often featured in myths of Hellenic gods who seduced mortal women.

This story may be the symbol of how women were treated in Rome, it must be noted that comparing with average female inhabitants Vestal virgins were an exception. They were ‘the daughters of Rome’, so did not belong to their fathers, brothers or sons, they were respected, could act independently, vote, possess and manage property, give oaths because their word was trusted without question. They were free to travel in a carriage preceded by a lictor, they were participating in celebrations and performances with the right to sit in a reserved place of honor and had right to free a condemned prisoner (which they showed by touching him,  also if a person sentenced to death saw a Vestal on his way to an execution place was automatically pardoned). Because of Vestal virgins’ immaculate reputation they were entrusted with particularly valuable state documents such as treaties. Their person was sacrosanct so every attack on a Vestal virgin was considered to be a coup d’etat and punished by death for treason.

The chief Vestal (Virgo Vestalis Maxima or Vestalium Maxima – ‘the greatest, the eldest of Vestals’) was the only woman to be included in the College of Pontiffs gathering all the high priests of native Roman cults. After 30 years of service a former Vestal virgin was obtaining a pension and had the right to leave the temple, get married and give birth to children. A marriage to a former Vestal was considered to be a huge honour and very lucky. Emperor Elagabalus did something more and married a Vestal virgin Aquilia Severa who was an officeholder at the time of her marriage. It was a very logical thing to do from his point of view as a follower of Eastern religions (vide post about Ishtar and the institution of sacred marriage between a king and a high priestess), however the Romans considered it to be a sacrilege.

The flame in the temple was renewed every year on March 1st and the goddess’ festival called Vestalia was celebrated between 7th and 15th of June. The temple was the place where no one except of Vestal virgins had access to but on the first day of festival mothers were allowed to enter it to bring the offering of food.

Vesta’s flame had been burning in Rome for about nine centuries until it was extinguished in 391/394  of our era when Emperor Theodosius forbade any other religions than Christianity. According to contemporary recordings Serena, a Christian and Emperor’s adopted daughter, entered Vesta’s temple, took a necklace off the statue of Rhea Silvia and put it on. An old woman, Coelia Concordia, the last Virgo Vestalis Maxima, got indignant seeing such an act of sacrilege and prophesied a punishment to her. Indeed, Serena had later the dreams about her own death (and she died executed during the siege of Rome in 409, accused of conspiring with the enemy and high treason). An old Vestal was not the only one who got outraged at what Theodosius was doing; plenty of Romans was saying aloud that the sack of Rome in 410 by the Visigoths led by King Alaric and the following fall of an actual power of Roman Empire was a punishment for a Christian annihilation of cults celebrating deities who were protecting the Eternal City for almost one thousand years.

IMAGES, SYMBOLS AND ANIMALS

Some  sculptures of Hestia remained presenting her as a majestic woman wearing simple clothes and a veil and holding a stick or a staff in a hand. She was, however, mainly represented by a hearth and a burning flame itself.

Hestia

Notes:

*Georges Dumezil, a French philologist exploring the roots of proto-Indo – European, presents numerous similarities between the Vedic (Agni), Persian and Hestia/Vesta cult of fire. The cult of fire and purity remained to this very day in the Zoroaster rites. Similarities with Celtic goddess Brigid are obvious, too.

** Esoteric tradition recognises Fire as the beginning, the first element followed by Water, Air and Earth. First four figures of Major Arcana in Tarot correspond to this division: The Mage, The High Priestess, The Empress and The Emperor as well as the traditional order of Minor Arcana: Wands (Fire), Chalices (Water), Swords (Air) and Coins (Earth).

***It also included protecting sacred objects such as palladion, a wooden statue of Pallas Athena which as the legend says was saved by Aeneas from burning Troy. Palladium was the symbol of city and its civilisation.

**** Additionally these are recordings of stories which seem very similar to Middle – Age legends. One of them tells the story of a Vestal virgin Tuccia who brought the water from the Tiber to the temple of Vesta in a sieve to prove her innocence (told by Pliny the Elder). Another legend speaks about a Vestal virgin Aemilia who let the sacred flame extinguish by accident and asked Vesta to protect her against the punishment. She rekindled the flame miraculously by throwing a piece of garment on the coals of the hearth (it brings the resemblance with Brigid and clooties).

Based on Mity Greków i Rzymian by Wanda Markowska, Dictionnaire de la mythologie grecque et romaine by Pierre Grimal, The Greek Myths by Robert Graves, Wikipedia and http://books.google.pl/books?id=cRS3E3u3HuAC&pg=PA104&lpg=PA104&dq=114+b.c.+vestal+virgins&source=bl&ots=KmguiRMVfX&sig=i6sp2-vfotMzp9TBhRX_reS2n7g&hl=en&sa=X&ei=1nu3T6SZCdDHtAbez7nzBw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=114%20b.c.%20vestal%20virgins&f=false , http://www.roman-colosseum.info/roman-clothing/vestal-virgins-clothing.htm .

The Goddess Hestia as The Keeper of the Flame

I have replaced and added some illustrations. Sorella (Sister) Sophia Ruth

From: http://themotherhouseofthegoddess.com/2014/02/18/52-goddesses-the-goddess-hestia-as-keeper-of-the-flame/

Written by on February 18, 2014

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Goddess Hestia

Socrates says, “Shall we then, begin with Hestia, according to custom?” His cosmological idea of the universe was that “Ten divine celestial bodies [planets] rhythmically rotated” around a Divine Fire, which was the center of the cosmos. That Divine Fire was Hestia, she was the hearth of the universe. Today we know her as the Queen of the Fire, the Goddess of hearth and home, and Keeper of the Flame.

Hestia was her Greek name, and her large round public temples mimicked the shape of the hearth and peasant huts. The temple fires were always lit so that private citizens could rekindle their home hearths. The Greeks called Her Hestia. Later the Romans would call her Vesta, with Vestal Virgins to maintain the fires.

In early Greece, Delphi was a hub of goddess energy during the Mycenaean period. Delphi was a small village whose inhabitants worshiped the Mother Goddess. Small clay goddess statues were found in dedicated sanctuaries. Delphi also had the famous “gap” in the earth, where the original oracle would sit, inhale the rising vapors, become clairvoyant, and predict the future.

Then during the Greek period, the Goddesses’ sanctuaries were built upon and taken over for the Greek god associated with the sun, Apollo. But the future would be still told by women, one of whom would become the the famed “Oracle of Delphi.” In 90 B.C. when Delphi was razed by the Thracian Maedi, the fires that had been burning uninterrupted for centuries, were extinguished.

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Roman temple to Vesta in Tivoli, Italy

My favorite Hestia temple is a Roman temple to Vesta in Tivoli, Italy. It is sometimes known as the Temple of the Sybil “Vesta.” This splendid temple is most elegantly built and placed. It is perched on the side of a cliff overlooking the falls of the Aniene, which cuts a gorge into the surrounding tree covered mountains. In antiquity, as the hearth of the city, it was most likely constantly lit and would have appeared like a beacon of shelter to reassure the citizens of this city.

I suppose you could say that the story of Hestia ends there. But the Queen of Fire has a past, and if we look backward in history we may find another story, how Hestia was born.

It starts in Mother Russia with the Paleolithic statues of the old women.

These figure were made, when the earth was in the midst of an Ice Age. Massive glaciers covered the northern Hemisphere and the earth’s climate was cold and dry. Nomadic groups of humans roamed along the edge of the glacier, from the Pyrenees to Siberia, hunting the woolly mammoth.

In the Russian settlements of Kostenki and Avdeevo, archaeologists had a rare opportunity to find a collection of these figures in situ, complete with contextual information. Inside their mammoth bone dwellings, ritualistically buried in storage pits, near the fire pits, were small figures of old women, their breasts and bellies sagging from child birth and age. These old women seemed to be staking their claim to hearth and home. What could be more life saving during a Paleolithic snow storm than a fire? Even though She didn’t have a name yet, Hestia was there.

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A Goddess Who Bears Fire, Jomon

The Jomon people of Early Japan had a figure of the Fire Goddess, and the Ainu’s goddess is Kamuy Fuchi, the Goddess of the hearth. Kamuy Fuchi is a woman who lives in the hearth. Her position is so important that she never leaves her home because the fire in a hearth must never be completely extinguished.

And in this century, when ethnographers began recording the culture of the Indigenous Tribes of Russia, they found that they had lived much like their Paleolithic ancestors. There was Hestia again. The Evek tribe women, shamans, were called “utagen” meaning hearth or fire women. The Tungus tribe believed that the spirit of the hearth takes the form of a clever old women, whose portrait is stored in each tent. The Somoyeds referred to the fire as “Old Grandmother Fire,” Guardian of the tent.

Hestia shows Herself again in “Old Europe,” Yugoslavia around 5500 B.C. in a ceramic piece I refer to as, “Lady of the House.” Similar shrine models were found buried under temples. Her neck, adorned with a necklace, and head become the chimney, her shoulders comprise the roof. She has literally become the Sacred Hearth/Home/Temple.

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Lady of the House by Constance Tippett – Copyright

Next she shows up on the Eurasian steppes, around 600 B.C. amongst the Sarmatians who would later blend with the Scythians, and bury their dead in mounds called Kurgans. Archaeologist Jeannine Davis-Kimball found that the central burial figures often were hearth women, lending further credence to the speculations that this was a matriarchal society.

And now we are in back in Greece and Rome, with temples in her name, Hestia/Vesta, who was at the beginning and center of the human universe. But does Her journey end here? No. When the Romans tried to colonize Britain they ran head-on into the indigenous deity of the island, Brigid, Goddess of the Hearth. She has come full circle and is now one of the Neo-Pagans’ beloved Goddesses in the 20th century.

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St.Bridget An acrylic painting by Karin Teresa McCaslin-Fain copyright 2005

from http://karinteresafaingallery15.ning.com/photo/woman-dreaming/prev?context=user

I, myself, vacillate between being an agnostic and a rabid spiritualist. But when my intelligent, scientific, rational, and scholarly inquiry consistently reveals this “archetype of the human collective unconsciousness,” I pause. I could understand how humans would identify women in their role as Keeper of the Hearth and deem it sacred. It is a natural fit. But take Demeter, in Greece, holding snakes as a regenerative symbol, and across the ocean, literally on the other side of the earth, Coatlicue the Aztec Goddess who becomes the snake, and then ask me if I believe in coincidence. That’s when I turn into a spiritualist, seeing underneath this physical facade of mater and observing the world of spiritual magic, chaos, and the unknowable. I glimpse flashes of the Divine Feminine in this world for just a nano-second. I revel in the feeling, trying to hold on to it, and then bow my head in reverence as She passes.

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Sacred Month of Hestia 26th December – January 22nd

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Our predecessors in the Madrian faith also named this month Hestia.

In Ancient Greek religion, Hestia (/ˈhɛstiə/; Ancient Greek: Ἑστία, “hearth” or “fireside”) is a virgin goddess of the hearth, architecture, and the right ordering of domesticity, the family, the home, and the state.

Hestia’s name means “hearth, fireplace, altar”,[3] the oikos, the household, house, or family. “An early form of the temple is the hearth house; the early temples at Dreros and Prinias on Crete are of this type as indeed is the temple of Apollo at Delphi which always had its inner hestia[4] The Mycenaean great hall which had a central hearth – such as the hall of Odysseus at Ithaca, a megaron. Likewise, the hearth of the later Greek prytaneum was the community and government’s ritual and secular focus.

Hestia’s name and functions show the hearth’s importance in the social, religious, and political life of ancient Greece. It was essential for warmth, food preparation, and the completion of sacrificial offerings to deities.

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

Notes:
1. R. S. P. Beekes, Etymological Dictionary of Greek, Brill, 2009, p. 471.
2. Burkert, p. 61.

 

Symbolism

Fire is a yearthing (coming to earth) of Solar fire.
The fire in the hearth reflects the sun within the home as the symbol of Spirit.
In traditional societies humans were “centred” with the Spirit of Dea in their hearts, each household around the hearth, each village around the Temple, all activity directed towards the centre, She who is the Divine Source of all.
The hearth fires were always lit from from the altar flame of the Temple.

Fire Priestesses

 

The kindling of the inner fire, the recognition of the Spirit within, the immanent Dea within the human heart, these are the mysteries of Winter.

Be aware of:
1. The presence of Di Jana / Kore (whichever name you use) always.
2. The soul/spirit quest for Dea
3. The reflection of the Divine in all natural things.

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The Hestia Tapestry is a Byzantine tapestry, made in Egypt during the 6th century AD. It is a late representation of the goddess, whom it identifies in Greek as “Hestia Polyolbos” (Hestia full of Blessings). Its history and symbolism are discussed in Friedlander, Paul. (1945). Documents of Dying Paganism. University of California Press. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hestia

Relevant Articles:

The Spiritual Significance of Head-wear through the Ages by Sorella Shoshana
https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2017/01/06/the-spiritual-significance-of-head-wear-through-the-ages-by-sorella-shoshana/

The Goddess Hestia as The Keeper of the Flame
https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2017/01/04/the-goddess-hestia-as-the-keeper-of-the-flame/

Hearth Blessing Day
https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2017/01/06/hearth-blessing/

 

Sunwheel – The Red Candle of Joy – Mother’s Night

From https://deanic.com/2016/12/20/mothers-nightred-candle-of-joy/

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

Tonight is Mother’s Night, a native European Tradition as well as a Christian Tradition (when it was moved to Christmas Eve.) How appropriate that the candle of the Celestial Mother, as the Rose of Joy, be lit on this night, the night of Her Joy, the night of our Joy.

Tonight, on the eve of the solstice, the Daughter of Light, She Who is the Daughter of the Supernal Sun, will shine as the Midnight Star of Wonder;  the Star of Hope.

As we wait with the Holy Mother, we might offer Her incense and flowers, milk and honey, a rosary, hymns, special prayers or the Rite of Sacrifice (priestesses shall also serve the liturgy on Daughter’s Day/Yule). We also light the last candle on our Sunwheel.

The Red Candle also signifies the Sacred Season of Summer; the direction of South, the time of Noon, the Symbol of the Rose and Madria Vicka. The Sacred Mystery is Assumption. (The Holy Mother is the Assumption of our Souls when our incarnations are complete.)

Madonna Beauraing , called Virgin heart of gold

~

2016 Sun Wheel of Madria Kathi
2016 Sun Wheel of Madria Kathi

~Awaiting my Sun Wheel photo~

Trace the sign of the Fora and say: In the Name of the Mother, and of the Daughter, and of the Great Mother. Blessed is She.

First light the Green Candle of Wisdom and say:

Hail, Dea, Apple of Wisdom, be with us.

Light the Yellow Candle:

Hail, Dea, Star of Hope, be with us.

Light the Violet Candle:

Hail, Dea, Fora of Faith, be with us.

Light the Blue Candle:

Hail, Dea, Dove of Peace, be with us.

Finally, light the Red Candle and pray:

Hail, Dea, Rose of Joy, be with us.

~

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)

The scripture readings for this Mother’s Night and the lighting of the Red Candle of Joy are:

~~~

Title 3, Chapter 3, The Mantle

1) You that are weary with the world, you that are lonely, you that have suffered hardship, that have suffered hurt, come, gather about Me and be enfolded in My Mantle.
2) In the inner silence you shall hear Me and in the inner darkness you shall see Me.
3)  And the future shall be better than the past.
4) Come, seek protection in My mantle, for I have turned no creature from Me; be sheltered in the folds of My garment.
5) For the ills of the world shall pass away, even as the terrors of the night.
6) And the dawn shall be bright with splendor and sweet with the singing of the blessed souls.
7) And I shall be your comfort in the darkness.

~~~

Title 1, Chapter 2, The Mythos of the Divine Maid

20. The archangel at the cave’s mouth called forth the children of the earth that they might present their gifts. And the three great princesses of the earth came forward: 21. First the greatest of them, who ruled more land than either of the others and also possessed more treasure. 22. Her crown was of pure gold; and as she took it from her head, the light of the star fell upon it, and it shone with a glister lovelier than any earthly jewel. 23. And she laid it at the feet of the archangel. 24. The archangel said: “It is good that you bring your crown, for you are a great princess, but the holy child shall be princess of all the world.”

25. The second princess held neither so much land nor treasure, but she was a maid of deep wisdom and profound meditation. Her crown was of pure silver; and as she took it from her head, the light of the star fell upon it, and it shone with a radiance yet lovelier than that of the golden crown. 26. And she laid it at the feet of the archangel. 27. The archangel said: “It is good that you bring your crown, for you have great wisdom, but the holy child is the daughter of wisdom herself.”

28. The last princess possessed only but few of the worldly things, but she was a priestess of Thea, and she praised Her in the morning and at evening and at all the seven hours of the day. Her crown was made from glittering crystal; and as she took it from her head the light of the star fell upon it, and she was bathed in rays of a thousand different colours, and the children of the earth drew in their breath at the sight of its beauty. 29 And she laid it at the feet of the archangel. 30. The archangel said: “It is good that you bring your crown, for you are a true and loving priestess and a servant of your people, but the holy child shall be priestess of all the world, and shall serve Her children even to the last and greatest service.”

31. When the archangel ceased to speak, a new voice filled the air, more beautiful and more formidable than hers. The voice said:

“Her name shall be called Kore,
for She shall be the Lady of heaven.”

32. Then the star vanished from the sky and yet its light remained; then the shape of the light became a vision: 33. it was a vision of the Mistress of All Things, bearing in Her arms the holy child. 34. For all the wondrous things the children of earth had seen that night, not the whole of them was one thousandth part as wondrous as this vision.

35. Then for twelve nights the star returned to the sky; and on the thirteenth night it did not return. And this was a sign of things that were to come.

~~~

Trace the Sign of the Fora:

https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/03/04/tracing-the-fora/

In the Name of the Mother, and of the Daughter, and of the Great Mother. Blessed is She.

Hail, Mari:

Hail, Mari, fount of Grace, Glory be to Thee.

Blessed art Thou, O, High Queen of Heaven and blessed is Thy beloved Daughter. Holy Dea, Mother God, bless us, Thy children, now and unto the ages of ages. Amen (so be it)

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Blessing

(Irish Blessing).

May joy and peace surround you,

contentment latch your door,

and happiness be with you now,

and bless you evermore.

Psalm 11: Blessed Are You

Blessed are You, O, Silver Star of the Waters, and blessed is Your Holy Name. Your Fountain of Grace refreshes me; Your beauty surrounds me. Your Mercy and Compassion comfort me. My heart is inflamed by the Fire of Your Love. Blessed are You, O, Silver Star of the Waters.

The Eternity Prayer:

Eternal is the Light of the Mother.

Eternal is the Love of the Daughter.

Eternal is the Life of the Great Mother.

Glorious is the Eternity of Dea.

~

O, Dea, Rose of Joy,

we thank You, we bless You and we adore You. For through Your compassionate love, we are infused with Your luminous Graces and are sheltered beneath Your Great Mantle of Protection. O, Dea, Rose of Joy, be with us.  (Taken from the  Great Liturgy of Dea.)

~

The Traditional Janite ending:

Let us bless the Queen of Heaven.

Blessed is She.

Let us thank the Seven Janati of Power.

Thanks be to the Seven Janati.

and then

Trace the Sign of the Fora:

In the Name of the Mother, and of the Daughter, and of the Great Mother. Blessed is She.

(Extinguish candle after the meal.)

~

May Our Lady Bless you.

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides.

Note:

Please note that the Lucienne Tradition uses the Ostara Cycle in the lighting of the Sun Wheel while the Janite Tradition uses the Divine Life Cycle, but the basic meaning is the same.

The Coming Age – The Three Princesses – Symbolism

Prayer to Madria Vicka

Reblogged from

https://deanic.com/prayers-and-rites/prayer-to-lady-dione/

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

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Prayer to Madria Vicka

O, Madria Vicka,
Guardian of Fire and admirable Defender of the Clans,
deliver us from all negativity, we pray.
O, Holy Protectress,
guide us away from the deceptions of those who would do us harm.
O, courageous and mighty arm of Dea, vanquish all evil;
protect our planet and all of her inhabitants.
May we live in peace; may we honor all the living
and may we serve Dea
in all unity, in all worlds and for all time.
Blessed is She.

Sunwheel – The Blue Candle of Peace

From https://deanic.com/2016/12/18/the-blue-candle-of-peace/

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

(Please note the reordering of prayers and addition of a poem discovered on the internet by Sophia Ruth)

 

(Instructions for the remainder of the week may be found at the end of this post.)

Today, we light the Blue Candle of Peace in honor of the Holy Daughter as Dea, Dove of Peace.  The Blue Candle also signifies the Sacred Season of Spring, the direction of East, the time of Dawn, the Symbol of the Dove and Madria Grace. The Mystery is Aurora, the New Dawn (of All Life).

Dove of Peace
Dove of Peace

The candle is lit before dinner or early evening, followed by a brief scripture reading and prayers on Sunnadi.

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First light the Green Candle of Wisdom and say, “O, Dea, Apple of Wisdom, be with us.”

Then, light the Yellow Candle of Hope and say, “O, Dea, Star of Hope, be with us.”

Light the Violet Candle of Faith and say, “O, Dea, Fora of Faith, be with us.”

Then, light the Blue Candle of Peace and say, “O, Dea, Dove of Peace, be with us.”

~

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)

The scripture readings for this Sunnadi and the lighting of the Blue Candle of Peace are:

~~~

Title 1, Chapter 4, The Holy Mythos
(
Chapters 4-7 known as  The Daughter born to accepting the fate )
Also known as Chapter 1, The Mythos of the Divine Maid

4. Those that were princesses among them brought their crowns to the sacred grove as gifts, and shepherdesses brought the new-dropped lambs, and all the daughters of the earth brought forth the fruits thereof to lay before the cave. 5. But before the cave stood an archangel of Thea, robed in a garment so white that the eyes of earth’s children were dazzled, and with a countenance of such great beauty that it was a fearful thing to look upon her. 6. And the daughters of the earth covered their eyes and threw themselves to the ground. 7. And the voice of the archangel was like to the rushing of a thousand waters. 8. And she spoke, saying: “Be not afraid, for a new light is dawning over the world. Be not afraid, but approach no further, for if you cannot look on me, how should you look upon my Lady, whose handmaiden I am?”

9. And her voice grew gentle, like the wind among the icicles, and sweet beyond all telling. 10. Then she spoke, saying: “This night shall a child be born that shall be the daughter of light and the princess of all the world. 11. A child is coming that she shall carry the light of Thea into every part of creation, even to the most desolate of the places of darkness. 12. Rejoice, poor wanderers of the earth and exiles from the house of your Mother, for to you shall come a guide and a deliverer.”

13. When the voice of the archangel ceased, a silence fell that was the first true silence since the beginning of the world, and the last that shall be until its end, 14. and the children of earth watched the sky as the first rays of dawn crept across the heavens. 15. Then a cry issued out of the cave, saying: “The holy child is born from the most holy Mother; light has come forth from light, perfection from perfection.” 16. At once the air was filled with the daughters of heaven, and the sky was ablaze with the radiance of their joy, 17. and they sang aloud to the glory of Thea. 18. When the shining ones ceased from their song, the world became quiet again, and the star grew brighter and ever brighter, until it shone brighter than the radiance of all the host of heaven; and yet its light was so gentle that the eyes of earth’s children were not dazzled, 19. and the colour of the light was not one of the seven, but a wondrous luminescence not known within the boundaries of the world.

Image of Alaskan Aurora taken by my son, Bill Slayton (ArchMadria Pamela Lanides)
Image of Alaskan Aurora taken by my son, Bill Slayton (ArchMadria Pamela Lanides)

~~~

The reading may be followed by a prayer in your own words:

(A devotee may say a brief prayer, in their own words, for the candle lighting during the remainder of the week.)

Sophia Ruth discovered this wonderful poem on the internet.

My Beautiful White Dove

My favorite and most beautiful bird is the beautiful white Dove
Representing Heaven and God’s love from above
The white dove represents peace and unity
When I see it flying I feel happy and free
When the dove returned with an olive branch
…proving that land had been found
Such a beautiful, intelligent bird that descends from Heaven
…watching over man treading the ground
Doves are full of love, peace, grace and sacrifice
They represent kindness, happiness and being nice
A Dove have the eyes to see the best in people
…and a heart that forgives
It has the mind to forgive the worst, forget the bad,
…and a little bird soul that prays for you to live
That beautiful white Dove will NEVER lose faith in God above
Thank you beautiful white Dove for descending from Heaven
…and spreading your love
The deepest kind of peace and faith is represented by the Dove
It will quiet our trouble thoughts, renew our mind and spirit
OUR HEAVENLY WHITE DOVE
https://allpoetry.com/poem/12553137-My-Beautiful-White-Dove–by-Eve-831
 by Eve 831
~~~

or by simply praying the following:

Trace the Sign of the Fora:

https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/03/04/tracing-the-fora/

In the Name of the Mother, and of the Daughter, and of the Great Mother. Blessed is She.

Hail, Kore:

Hail, Kore, Fountain of Grace, Glory be to Thee. Blessed art Thou, O, Queen of Heaven and blessed is Thy beloved Mother. Holy Dea, Daughter God, bless us, Thy children, now and unto the ages of ages. Amen. (so be it)

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Blessing

(Adapted Gaelic Blessing).

Deep peace of the running wave to you.
Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
Deep peace of the gentle night to you.
Moon and stars pour their healing light on you.
Deep peace of Kore,
of Kore the light of the world to you.
Deep peace of Kore to you.

Paradiso, Canto 19: The blessed souls form a bird in the sky. The Divine Comedy: Illustrations by Gustave Doré
Paradiso, Canto 19: The blessed souls form a bird in the sky. The Divine Comedy: Illustrations by Gustave Doré

Psalm 1: Blessed are the souls

Blessed are the souls, O Daughter, who love Your name;
Your graces will comfort them.
Those souls will be refreshed as by fountains of water;
you will produce in them the fruits of justice.
Blessed are You, by Your holy heart.

By the beauty of Your Form,
You surpass all beings;
by the excellence of Your sanctity,
You surpass all angels and archangels.

Your mercy and Your grace are preached everywhere;
the Holy Mother has blessed the works of Your hands.

(Adapted from the Psalter of the Mary by St. Bonaventure.)

The Eternity Prayer:

Eternal is the Light of the Mother.

Eternal is the Love of the Daughter.

Eternal is the Life of the Great Mother.

Glorious is the Eternity of Dea.

~

O, Dea, Dove of Peace, be with us. 

~

The Traditional Janite ending:

Let us bless the Queen of Heaven.

Blessed is She.

Let us thank the Seven Janati of Power.

Thanks be to the Seven Janati.

and then

Trace the Sign of the Fora:

In the Name of the Mother, and of the Daughter, and of the Great Mother. Blessed is She.

(Extinguish candle after the meal.)

~

Each night for the following week, as we light the Sun Wheel for the evening meal:

First, light the Green Candle of Wisdom and pray:

O, Dea, Apple of Faith, be with us.

Then, light the Yellow Candle of Hope and pray:

O, Dea, Star of Hope, be with us.

Then, light the Violet Candle of Faith and pray:

O, Dea, Fora of Faith, be with us.

Light the Blue Candle of Peace and pray:

O, Dea, Dove of Peace, be with us.

(Extinguish the candles after the meal.)

~

May Our Lady Bless you.

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides.

Note:

Please note that the Lucienne Tradition uses the Ostara Cycle in the lighting of the Sun Wheel while the Janite Tradition uses the Divine Life Cycle, but the basic meaning is the same.

Sunwheel – The Violet Candle of Faith

From https://deanic.com/2016/12/11/the-violet-candle-of-faith/

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

great-mother-veiled-origin-of-eternity-fora-of-faith (Image by Sister/Sorella Sophia)

Today, within the Divine Life Cycle, we honor Mysteria, the Great Mother, as the Veiled Fora of Faith. She is known in both the Janite and Lucienne communities as Dea Matrona, which means the Great Mother Goddess (Great Mother God). “The Gaulish theonym (which should be theanym, in this case) Mātr-on-ā signifies “great mother.”

The title, Matrona, comes from the Goddess, Dea Matrona (1)  for whom the river, Marne, was named (in ancient times it was called the Matrona river). She is Absolute Deity, the Dark beyond the light and the Light beyond the darkness. 

The Violet candle also signifies the Season of Moura, the direction of Center, the time of the Dark Hour before the Dawn, the Fora and Madrias Candre, Theia and Rhea. The Mystery is Moura which encompasses the Descent of the Holy Daughter and as Madria Erin of the Auroran Tradition so aptly phrased it, The Divine Shattering. (2)

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First light the Green Candle of Wisdom and say, “O, Dea, Apple of Wisdom, be with us.”

Then, light the Yellow Candle of Hope and say, “O, Dea, Star of Hope, be with us.”

Light the Violet Candle of Faith and say, “O, Dea, Fora of Faith, be with us.”

The candle is lit before dinner or early evening, followed by a the brief scripture reading and prayers on Sunnadi. We will continue to light the Violet candle each evening of the week, although the same scripture reading and prayers are not necessary. A devotee may say a brief prayer, in their own words, for the candle lighting during the remainder of the week. The candle is extinguished after the evening meal.

~

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)

The scripture readings for this Sunnadi and the lighting of the Violet Candle of Faith are:

~~~

Title 2, Chapter 1
THE CRYSTAL TABLET Verses 1 – 11

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.
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 Soteria, the Holy Daughter.

From https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/10/15/the-crystal-tablet-with-commentary-by-mr-glenn-king/

with important alteration to verse 11 by ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

~~~

The reading may be followed by a prayer in your own words:

Psalm 9: O, Veiled Fora of Faith

O, Veiled Fora of Faith,
You are the Still Centre of All Being.
You are the Luminosity of Darkness.
You are the Wellspring of the Rivers of Life.
You are the Tabernacle of Divinity.
O, Veiled Fora of Faith, be with us.

~~~

or by simply praying the following:

Trace the Sign of the Fora:

https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/03/04/tracing-the-fora/

In the Name of the Mother, and of the Daughter, and of the Great Mother. Blessed is She.

The Full Hail, Mysteria: (or Hail, Dea)

Hail, Mysteria, Fountainhead of Grace, glory be to Thee. Blessed art Thou, O, Empress of Heaven and blessed are the Mother and Daughter. Holy Dea, Great Mother God, bless us, Thy children, now and unto the ages of ages. Amen. (so be it)

Blessing

(Irish).

May love and laughter light your days
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life’s passing seasons bring
the best to you and yours.

Psalm 14: O, Great Mother.

O, Great Mother, Dark beyond the light and Light beyond the darkness, powerful are Your ways and great is Your Mystery. Through the shimmering Veil, we glimpse you not. In the Still Point of the Centre, do You reside. The Grace of All Life pours forth from the Fountainhead of Your very Being. Source of the Four Great Rivers, You are beyond all knowing. The Celestial Mother and the Holy Daughter find Their Completion in You. O, Great Mother, Dark beyond the light and Light beyond the darkness, may all Blessings Be.

The Eternity Prayer:

Eternal is the Light of the Mother.

Eternal is the Love of the Daughter.

Eternal is the Life of the Great Mother.

Glorious is the Eternity of Dea.

~

O, Dea, Apple of Wisdom, be with us. 

~

The Traditional Janite ending:

Let us bless the High Queen of Heaven.

Blessed is She.

Let us thank the Seven Janati of Power.

Thanks be to the Seven Janati.

and then

Trace the Sign of the Fora:

In the Name of the Mother, and of the Daughter, and of the Great Mother. Blessed is She.

Note:

Please note that the Lucienne Tradition uses the Ostara Cycle in the lighting of the Sunwheel while the Janite Tradition uses the Divine Life Cycle, but the basic meaning is the same.

Sunwheel – The Yellow Candle of Hope

From https://deanic.com/2016/12/04/the-yellow-candle-of-hope/

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

(Please note the retention and reordering of prayers and the addition of a nursery rhyme by Sophia Ruth)

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http://www.sebnini.com/product-category/christmas/pillar-candles/

(Instructions for the remainder of the week may be found at the end of this post.)

Today, on our Sunwheel, we light the Yellow Candle of Hope in honor of the Holy Daughter, Kore. (Kor-a, which means Maiden.) The Mystery which it represents is the Winter Mystery of the Nativity. Unlike the Christ of Christianity, the Holy Daughter did not incarnate as an human being here on Earth, rather, in the manner of the Divine Sophia, She emanated from the Celestial Mother and took on the rarefied Form of Soul. This is the Mystery which we celebrate on Daughter’s Day/Yule.

The Yellow Candle of Hope also represents Winter, North, Air, Midnight, the North Star and Madria Sofia.

Sunna Daughter Goddess Sunna

Mother’s Night/Daughter’s Day is an old Norse Tradition for whom the day is celebrated in honor of the young Goddess, Sunna; Sol being her mother. (1)

Mother’s Night was also celebrated by the Anglo-Saxons in honor of the Matronae/Matres, the pan-European Triple Mothers. (2) The idea of Mother’s Night has been retained as a tradition, in many parts of European Christianity, but the night has been transferred from Yule Eve to Christmas Eve, as it is now celebrated in honor of the Virgin Mary.

The candle is lit before dinner or early evening, followed by a brief scripture reading and prayers on Sunnadi.

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First, light the Green Candle of Wisdom and pray, O, Dea, Apple of Wisdom, be with us.

Then, light the Yellow Candle of Hope and pray: O, Dea, Star of Hope, be with us.

~

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)

The scripture readings for this Sunnadi and the lighting of the Yellow Candle of Wisdom are:

~~~

Title 1, Chapter 4, The Holy Mythos
(
Chapters 4-7 known as  The Daughter born to accepting the fate )
Also known as Chapter 1, The Mythos of the Divine Maid

1. When the first night had come upon the world, the Mistress of All Things stood alone once more, as She had in the beginning. 2. For a terrible abyss had opened to lie between the world and She, and Her creatures could not look upon Her brightness.
 
3. And She stood in contemplation upon the waters of the first darkness; like a great dove upon the waters She brooded. 4. She became absorbed within Her and communed with Her own self; and Her light ceased to shine forth from Her, and yet Her light grew greater. 5. Then She fell to Her knees, and the surface of the waters became turbulent and the great waves curled over Her, and their white foam could not be seen in all that darkness.
 
6. When the waters became calm again, the Mistress of All Things rose to Her feet: 7. for She had conceived a daughter that was not separate from Her, but one with Her, and the child of Her light.

~~~

Title 1, Chapter 5, The Holy Mythos
(
Chapters 4-7 known as  The Daughter born to accepting the fate )
Also known as Chapter 2, The Mythos of the Divine Maid

1. And She walked across the seas and deep into the forests of the earth until She came upon the deep cave that was at the centre. 2. And She entered the cave, and a star rose above the sacred grove that lay about the cave, brighter and more resplendent than all the stars of the heavens, 3. and the star was seen all over the earth; and the children of the earth were filled with wonder, and they came to the place where the star stood in the sky.

~~~

The reading may be followed by a prayer in your own words:

(A devotee may say a brief prayer, in their own words, for the candle lighting during the remainder of the week.)

Sophia Ruth used a favourite English nursery  rhyme from her childhood. Now I understand the traveler means the soul incarnated. Diamond in the Madrian Geniae correspondences are Sun and Theia therefore as a diamond star, it symbolically suggests to me our Holy Mother and Her Holy Daughter being one, as in the Scripture above.

https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/10/13/madrian-geniae-correspondences/

“Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.

When the blazing sun is gone,
When She nothing shines upon,
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.

Then the traveler in the dark,
Thanks you for your tiny spark,
He could not see which way to go,
If you did not twinkle so.

In the dark blue sky you keep,
And often through my curtains peep,
For you never shut your eye,
Till the sun is in the sky.

As your bright and tiny spark,
Lights the traveler in the dark.
Though I know not what you are,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star.
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star.
How I wonder what you are.
How I wonder what you are.

I prefer this New Zealand singer’s short video, where she looks like a priestess and the tune is traditional: Hayley Westenra – Twinkle Twinkle [Official Video] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mli-1N5MWGc
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” is a popular English lullaby. The lyrics are from an early 19th-century English poem by Jane Taylor, “The Star”. The poem, which is in couplet form, was first published in 1806 in Rhymes for the Nursery, a collection of poems by Taylor and her sister Ann. It is sung to the tune of the French melody Ah! vous dirai-je, maman, which was published in 1761 and later arranged by several composers including Mozart with Twelve Variations on “Ah vous dirai-je, Maman”.[1] The English lyrics have five stanzas, although only the first is widely known. It has a Roud Folk Song Index number of 7666. This song is usually performed in the key of C Major.
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or by simply praying the following:

Trace the Sign of the Fora:

https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/03/04/tracing-the-fora/

In the Name of the Mother, and of the Daughter, and of the Great Mother. Blessed is She.

The Silver Star of the Waters:

Silver Star of the Waters, Who has fashioned all the Cosmos into Being. Beyond all knowing is the splendor of Your Light. Enfold my spirit in Your Might Mantle and may the Pure Stream of Your Grace flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come. Amen. (so be it)

(Please note the retention of The Silver Star of the Waters prayer by Sophia Ruth from the Green Candle of Wisdom Sun Wheel Ritual)

Hail, Kore:

Hail, Kore, Fountain of Grace, Glory be to Thee. Blessed art Thou, O, Queen of Heaven and blessed is Thy beloved Mother. Holy Dea, Daughter God, bless us, Thy children, now and unto the ages of ages. Amen. (so be it)

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Blessing

(Irish Blessing).

May the blessings of light be upon you,
Light without and light within.
The blessed sunlight shine on you
and warm your heart
till it glows like a great peat fire.
And in all your comings and goings,
May you ever have a kindly greeting
From them you meet on the road.

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Psalm 13: Star of Hope

Divine Daughter, Star of Hope, Blessed Soteria! You, Who are the Princess of the World; You, Who are the Priestess of the World and You, Who are the Daughter of Wisdom, all splendor and blessings be upon You! You, Who are the First Light of Dawn; You, Who are the Midnight Star of Wonder; You Who are the Holy Soul, we rejoice and exult in You! More precious than fragrance most rare! More brilliant than jewels most dazzling! More sublime than music most sweet! Beyond all expressions of words, of song, of art, are You! All praises of love and joy and worship are rightly Yours, O, Kyria!

The Eternity Prayer:

Eternal is the Light of the Mother.

Eternal is the Love of the Daughter.

Eternal is the Life of the Great Mother.

Glorious is the Eternity of Dea.

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O, Dea, Star of Hope, be with us. 

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The Traditional Janite ending:

Let us bless the Queen of Heaven.

Blessed is She.

Let us thank the Seven Janati of Power.

Thanks be to the Seven Janati.

and then

Trace the Sign of the Fora:

In the Name of the Mother, and of the Daughter, and of the Great Mother. Blessed is She.

(Extinguish candle after the meal.)

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Each night for the following week, as we light the Sun Wheel for the evening meal:

First, light the Green Candle of Wisdom and pray:

O, Dea, Apple of Faith, be with us.

Then, light the Yellow Candle of Hope and pray:

O, Dea, Star of Hope, be with us.

(Extinguish the candles after the meal.)

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May Our Lady Bless you.

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides.

  1. http://freya.theladyofthelabyrinth.com/?page_id=397
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C5%8Ddraniht

Note:

Please note that the Lucienne Tradition uses the Ostara Cycle in the lighting of the Sun Wheel while the Janite Tradition uses the Divine Life Cycle, but the basic meaning is the same.