Warning: Lux Madriana (not the Order of Ekklasia Madriana that we originate from) have drawn a stabbed dove on the front cover. ArchMadria Pamela Lanides of the Janite Tradition states that it could be traumatising and that the Janite Tradition does not contain such violence.
I am wholeheartedly in agreement with this statement. Sorella (Sister) Sophia Ruth aligned to the Janite Faith.
Early Madrian Motifs/Symbols Part 2
In The Coming Age Issue 2, Moura 1976
Front cover: Chalice, Fora, Holy Dove with a Sword piercing Her Heart:
As stated in this issue: “…Sacrament of Communion, where the very being of our Lady is directly transmuted into the matter of the Sacrament for our spiritual nourishment.”
In The Coming Age Issue 1, Winter 1975: The Symbolism of The Sacred Names Article: “‘E Vo ‘E … the cry of the pre-Hellenic Madrian ecstatics… The letters symbolise the Daughter’s beginning in pure Spirit, Her descent into matter and death, [Janites would replace death with suffering and soul shattering], and Her resurrection to Spirit again.”
“Salt is born of the purest of parents: the sun and the sea.”
Pythagoras (580 BC – 500 BC)
Janite interpretation: The Supernal Sun, Dea Madria, Creator and Her primordial waters.
““Salt is the only rock directly consumed by man. It corrodes but preserves, desiccates but is wrested from the water. It has fascinated man for thousands of years not only as a substance he prized and was willing to labour to obtain, but also as a generator of poetic and of mythic meaning. The contradictions it embodies only intensify its power and its links with experience of the sacred.”
Margaret Visser, 20th century author
“The great majority of early salt-working dates to the Early Iron Age and Roman periods, but in Germany, Poland and Romania there is extensive evidence for salt exploitation from the Neolithic.
The Bronze Age is the first period in which such material is found with any regularity; thereafter, it increased in frequency, especially from the Iron Age onwards.”
 Jodlowski 1971, 68ff.; Muller 1987; Ursulescu 1977.
“In the early days of mankind, or at least the days prior to industrialization, the process of harvesting salt was time consuming and labor intensive. This meant that salt was a pretty valuable commodity, and only rich people could afford it. The Romans actually paid their soldiers with salt, because it was so important for things like food preservation. In fact, the word “salary” has its root in the Latin word for salt.”
European Societies in the Bronze Age
A. F. Harding
Department of Archaeology
University of Durham
Cambridge University Press, 2000
Introduction only from the book: http://www.cesq.it/articoli/european_societies_bronze_age.pdf
“The book is arranged roughly chronologically, starting with the Chinese, who were the first of record to appreciate the strategic and economic importance of salt, willing to go to war over its control, the revenue from which filled the royal coffers and financed its territorial expansion. The scene then shifts to the Mediterranean, where early salt works were designed by Phoenicians and Egyptians, and to the Celts in central Europe, “huge and terrifying men in bright fabrics,” but great salt miners and likely the first to salt-cure ham, a distant cousin to prosciutto and Danish ham-in-a-can.”
Peter Lewis in the San Francisco Chronicle
Review of Mark Kurlansky’s book, Salt: A World History
“What is known is that as hunters, humans got all the sodium they needed by eating meat, but with the switch to agriculture came the need to add salt to a grain and vegetable diet. (This dietary deficiency explains why deer and other herbivores gravitate to salt licks). To ancient agrarian civilizations such as those in China and Egypt, salt was as vital as water. Not surprisingly, salt came to acquire a totemic significance.
Perhaps because of its association with the teeming oceans, salt has been associated with fertility. The Romans called a man in love salax, in a salted state, the origin of the word salacious. In Germany, brides’ shoes were sprinkled with salt, and in Egypt celibate priests abstained from salt because it was thought to excite sexual desire.
Just as often (clearly because of its ability to preserve), salt has been seen as embodying permanence, longevity and loyalty. Because it inhibits the growth of bacteria, salt is a popular food preservative, and the ancient Egyptians used it to mummify bodies. Elsewhere in Africa and in Japan, salt was thought to ward off evil spirits; in Haiti it was thought to bring zombies back to life.
In language, proverbs using salt suggest reliability and permanence. The Bible describes God’s covenant with Israel as “a covenant of salt forever ….” and in Islam and Judaism, Kurlansky tells us, “salt seals a bargain because it is immutable.” In the secular realm, a solid, unpretentious, trustworthy person is “the salt of the Earth.” A sensible individual knows to how to take exaggerated claims “with a grain of salt.” A good employee is “worth his [or her] salt.” Indeed, Roman soldiers were paid in salt, the origin of the word “salary.” And we shouldn’t forget the salt that went into”salami” and “salad.””
Merle Rubin in the Los Angeles Times
“Part of salt’s appeal is evident. “There is no better food than salted vegetables,” an Egyptian papyrus said; other cultures added herring, soybeans, beef, cheese, anchovies, salami and potato chips. The salting of greens, preferred by the Romans, led to the Latin “sal” (salt) as an integral part of “salad.””
Edward Rothstein in The New York Times
My mother always placed hand picked berries and green leaves into salted water, to remove bacteria and insects before rinsing and serving as food. Sorella (Sister) Sophia Ruth
“1. Ancient Greeks exchanged their slaves for salt
2. Romans paid their soldiers partly in salt
3. Chinese, in 2700 BC, wrote of 40 different kinds of salt
4. The French Revolution was sparked, in part, by a salt tax
5. Ancient Ethiopians used salt disks as a form of currency
6. In the United States, the Erie Canal was built largely to transport salt
7. In Slavic countries, salt is given to a bride and groom to symbolize health and happiness
8. Many of Napoleon’s troops died during [their] retreat from Moscow due to a lack of salt
9. The English increased their use of salt during Queen Elizabeth’s reign when she required her subjects to eat fish on Wednesday and Friday”
“Basque and Viking ships ply the seas seeking and trading salt; the Chinese come up with myriad innovations involving the quest for salt (including drilling and gunpowder); the Hebrews seal covenants with salt; the first great Roman road, the Via Salaria (Salt Road) is built to transport salt…”
Zsuzi Gartner in Globebooks.com
“Salt is one of the most precious natural compounds known to man. Being the “salt of the earth” or being “worth one’s salt” has long been a compliment.
Throughout history people have used salt to make bread and more importantly as a vital food preservative to keep bacteria from growing on cured meats and cheeses.
What the ancients may not have realized is just how essential salt (sodium chloride) is for life. It is required for blood, sweat, digestive juices and efficient nerve transmission.”
“For Jews, salt represents God’s covenant with Israel. As the Old Testament book of Leviticus explains, God told Moses that, “You shall season all your cereal offerings with salt; you shall not let the salt of the covenant with your God be lacking.”
For Christians, the New Testament touts salt as a sign of wisdom, and in Roman Catholic rites it has symbolized cleansing and purification.”
Amanda Watson Schnetzer in Insight on the News (March 11, 2002)
Salt from early days had a sacred and religious character
Often, salt is used in purification spells.”
“Salt’s importance was practical as well. Salt was used to clean chimneys, solder pipes, glaze pottery and alleviate toothaches.”
Edward Rothstein in The New York Times
Used in the production of leather.
60+ Ways to Use Salt
“pre-Hellenic Madrian ecstatics” does this mean pre-Hellenic Goddess worshipping ecstatics, as in the worship of Demeter?
Origins of ‘E Vo ‘E:
Rather difficult to research on the internet.
Pronunciation YOH Ev-OH-hay
A chant used to invoke mystical powers during rituals and celebrations.
Its origins are cloudy.”
has multiple meanings.
Cross of Resurrection (early Madrian)
Stated in The Coming Age Issue 2, Moura 1976: “…it is a cross of equal arms…strictly speaking the cross alone represents only the death of our Lady.” [Janites would replace death with suffering and soul shattering.]
“A yet more glorious symbol signifies the full glory of Her resurrection. It is the Cross of Resurrection, sometimes called the Celtic Cross, because the matriarchal Celts were among the last peoples to preserve this most precious symbol. It consists of the equal-armed Cross superimposed upon a circle with the arms of the cross extending a little beyond the circle. The circle, like the full moon [or Sun], is a symbol of completion or Divine Perfection. The Cross of Resurrection signifies the return of the Daughter from death, [Janites would replace death with suffering and soul shattering], to full Divinity and the diffusion of the light of the Divine throughout the world of [removed fallen] matter.”
“A consistent matriarchy, which was attributed to Celtic women by Romantic authors of the 18th and 19th centuries and by 20th century Feminist authors, is not attested in reliable sources.
Fora of Faith
“In our Faith, the word Fora is not the Latin plural for forum, but rather is a word from our heritage meaning foundation, fundamental and fundamental form or pattern. It also indicates the fundamental or foundational Principle of the Cosmos.”
Copywrite of ArchMadria Pamela Lanides
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.
A solar cross.
“The Fora is an equi-distant solar cross whose vertical and horizontal rays extend beyond the circle. It is the main symbol of our Faith.”
Not as the sun cross, solar cross, wheel cross shown here:
A symbol of Avala
“The true significance of the fora can best be understood by recalling the first explanation that young children are given: that it is a picture of Avala. Avala, the paradise of the Daughter, has the Tree of Life at its centre, and from directly beneath this Tree flow four rivers, down the axial mountain, Caravalas, in the four cardinal directions. After the exploration of everything furthest from Dea by the Children of Dea, a circular wall was placed about the orchard garden. Thus the cross of the fora represents the four rivers, the circle the wall, and the central point the world-Tree.
Now the tree is the World-Axis, and Avala itself, being closest to the Good Realm of Dea, represents the realm of the Archetypes, where things are still perfect Forms, rather than the broken and imperfect reflections of them upon the world of matter (as such, it corresponds to the hub of the wheel, just as the Tree corresponds to the axle). The four rivers represent the extension of the Divine Ideas, first as perfect Forms in the Archetypal realm, and then out into the world of matter.”
Holy Dove with a Sword piercing Her Heart
“…the titles ‘Great Dove of the Waters’ and ‘Dove of the Sacrifice’, used in the Rites of the Goddess are connected with the two sacred events also associated with the egg: the Creation and the Resurrection.
…In the portrayal of the Dove of the Sacrifice, the heart may be pierced by one sword or by seven…”
[This borrows from Roman Catholic Christianity, which the early Madrians did.]
Symbolism: Easter Symbols: The Egg and the Dove from The Coming Age, Issue 2, Moura, 1976
For further information:
Dove Articles by ArchMadria Pamela Lanides
The meaning of the Dove symbol of our Janite Tradition
Sorella (Sister) Sophia Ruth’s own blessing tradition:
The Coming Age, Issue 2, Moura, 1976, Back Cover Illustrations:
See Rose (5 petals) https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2017/01/20/early-madrian-motifssymbols-part-1/
Egg with Silver Star of The Waters
…The Egg has been primarily associated with the Goddess as the ovum mundi, the cosmic egg which is the source of life, hatching the heaven and the earth. The Goddess has either brought forth the ovum mundi or else as the Daughter, has been born from it. Through these associations, the egg has been seen as the symbol of the Life Force.”
Symbolism: Easter Symbols: The Egg and the Dove from The Coming Age, Issue 2, Moura, 1976
“The egg is the symbol of life and resurrection.”
The Coming Season from The Coming Age, Issue 2, Moura, 1976
Prayer: Silver Star of The Waters (was published in The Rite of Sacrifice 1976).
and an Egg with the Cross of Resurrection (as the Fora was called at that time).
In The Coming Age Issue 1, Winter 1975, on the back cover text states: Booklets The Rite of Sacrifice and The Catechism of the Children of the Goddess are available.
In The Coming Age Issue 2, Moura 1976, on the back cover text states: Booklets The Rite of Sacrifice and The Catechism of the Children of the Goddess are available as well as The Creation & The Crystal Tablet, The Mythos of The Divine Maid.
[Which dates those publications although they were possibly without illustrations.]
By The Coming Age, Issue 4, Autumn, 1977, Work in Progress:
NEW BOOKLETS FOR OLD
New editions of the Rite and Catechism have now been brought out. They are better-produced, slightly expanded (the third appendix of the Catechism, for example, contains more prayers, including the Daughter of Light and a Canticle of the Goddess), contain some illustrations…
The Rite of Sacrifice Booklet (probably 1977)
Chalice un-inscribed (hand drawn)
Inside Pages: Roman Catholic Our Lady of the Sacred Heart,
Altar with Fora on the altar cloth,
Combined Symbol: For Half Moon Day: Cross of Resurrection, Heart, 5 Pointed Star, Crescent Moon on its side above cross. Symbolising the Holy Daughter in the worlds(cross), guiding with Her Divinity (5 pointed star), spreading Her Holy Love (heart) and gentle Light (half moon). (Sorella (Sister) Sophia Ruth).
The Catechism of the Children of the Goddess booklet (probably 1977)
Front Cover: Greek or Roman Oil Lamp influenced by basing the Madrian Creation in part upon The Kosmopoiia which begins with Light.
“ The divinity created by the first demiurgic laugh is Augé, the “luminous ray”. Its appearance therefore coincides with the establishment of a physical universe as the world of light and fire. …in Kosmopoiia the Light is absolute beginning.
 Genna, divine personification of the seed, is the fourth divinity produced by the laughter of the god.
…(1) The ritual contexts of this logos generally evoke the appearance of a divinity in the light of a lamp.”
The Use of The Divine Names in The Kosmopoiia by Michela Zago
It has all the primary concepts and characters of the Madrian Creation Mythos.
Summary by Sorella Sophia:
Helios was the personification of the Sun in Greek mythology. Creator in The Kosmopoiia “The divine light of the world”. (For us, of course, the Celestial Mother is the Supernal Sun. A. M. Pam.)Divine Laughter creates, it also allows the Divine and human to communicate. From the divine names article: Greek Demeter and Egyptian Hathor being sited as influencing reconciliation stories for this part of Kosmopoiia.
In my opinion this is why The Catechism of The Children of The Goddess has a lit classical Roman/Greek oil lamp on the cover. (Interesting as the oiled lamp is my personal symbol. A. M. Pam.)
I am presently translating all The Use of The Divine Names in The Kosmopoiia by Michela Zago in preparation for a series of articles on my blog. (Sorella (Sister) Sophia Ruth).
Replica to purchase: http://www.britishmuseumshoponline.org/homeware/roman-lamp/invt/cmcr91100
Inside Front Cover: Mother God and Child (not hand drawn),
Chalice (not hand drawn),
In most traditions, including certain forms of Christianity and also Wicca and neo-Paganism they are:
East is Air; South is Fire, West is Water and North is Earth.
“…The current attribution used in most forms of Wicca and modern Paganism,( ie Air = East, Fire = South, Water = West and Earth = North) most likely originates with Eliphas Levi, which means it is mid-nineteenth century, when he switches the directions attributing Salamanders (fire) to the South and Sylphs (air) to the East, with Undines (Water) in the West and Gnomes (Earth) in the North (Transcendental Magic). Levi’s work was available and studied by the members of the Golden Dawn, so likely this is where they picked it up and whence it filtered down into other forms of modern magic and the pagan revival.”
Sorita L. d’Este
August 24, 2013 at 1:44 pm
“Golden Dawn association of Air in the East, fire in the south, water in the west, earth in the north are based on the elemental attributions of the letters of YHVH, starting in the East and going clockwise.
[Aleister] Crowley later used this same association a lot since he came from the Golden Dawn, which is why I think it caught on with modern magic and paganism. Since Wicca began as an OTO [Ordo Templi Orientis] offshoot, that association stuck and was further popularized.
Crowley also changed it though…In Liber V vel Reguli the associations of the quarters are derived from taking the tetragrammaton backwards, also starting in the East and going counterclockwise to get earth in the east, air in the north, water in the west, and fire in the south.”
June 21, 2015 at 5:07 pm
The Madrian system is different: East is Water, South is Fire, West is Earth and North is Air.
My own thoughts are that being situated in Oxford, a city in central southern England:
To the east is the sea (water).
To the south are the warmer countries (fire) of Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece (Southern Europe), and hot North Africa with the Sahara desert.
To the north are the icy countries (air) of Northern Europe / Iceland / the Arctic.
To the West is Eire (earth).
But I am still researching which traditional resources the Madrians might have used.
So far I have one corelation only:
“…in Buddhism, with the Dhyani Buddhas
1) East-Water-Spring: with the morning dew, life begins, the Water of life, the Fountain of Youth, our childhood, we gestate in the womb-water-sack (where it is as if we & the Water are One).”
April 7, 2016 at 4:31 pm
Germanic origin of names
During the Migration Period, the Germanic languages’ names for the cardinal directions entered the Romance languages, where they replaced the Latin names borealis (or septentrionalis) with north, australis (or meridionalis) with south, occidentalis with west and orientalis with east. It is possible that some northern people used the Germanic names for the intermediate directions. Medieval Scandinavian orientation would thus have involved a 45 degree rotation of cardinal directions.
north (Proto-Germanic *norþ-) from the proto-Indo-European *nórto-s ‘submerged’ from the root *ner- ‘left, below, to the left of the rising sun’ whence comes the Ancient Greek name Nereus.
east (*aus-t-) from the word for dawn. The proto-Indo-European form is *austo-s from the root is *aues- ‘shine (red)’. See Ēostre.
south (*sunþ-), derived from proto-Indo-European *sú-n-to-s from the root *seu- ‘seethe, boil’. Cognate with this root is the word Sun, thus “the region of the Sun.”
west (*wes-t-) from a word for “evening.” The proto-Indo-European form is *uestos from the root *ues- ‘shine (red)’, itself a form of *aues-. Cognate with the root are the Latin words vesper and vesta and the Ancient Greek Hestia, Hesperus and Hesperides.
 See e.g. Weibull, Lauritz. De gamle nordbornas väderstrecksbegrepp. Scandia 1/1928; Ekblom, R. Alfred the Great as Geographer. Studia Neophilologica 14/1941-2; Ekblom, R. Den forntida nordiska orientering och Wulfstans resa till Truso. Förnvännen. 33/1938; Sköld, Tryggve. Isländska väderstreck. Scripta Islandica. Isländska sällskapets årsbok 16/1965.
 entries 765-66 of the Indogermanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch
 entries 86-7 of the Indogermanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch
 entries 914-15 of the Indogermanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch
 entries 1173 of the Indogermanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch
 entries 86-7 of the Indogermanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch
Combined symbol: Madrian Rosary, Pentagram with equal armed cross, dove’s head, rose, apple, star symbols of the Sacred Seasons, 5 petaled Rose.
Included in this article: https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2017/01/20/early-madrian-motifssymbols-part-1/
The Creation & The Crystal Tablet (1976)
Above See Fora One: Cross of Resurrection (early Madrian) symbolism as explained previously in this article
These are used to denote the 3 principles of the Holy Triunity in The Crystal Tablet (1976) which I perceive to be the Fora Two: Fora of Faith symbolism as explained previously in this article.
Combined Symbol: In The Coming Age Issue 1, Winter 1975: The Symbolism of The Sacred Names Article: “Iot ‘E Vo (IVH) is the primordial name of Deity. The symbolism of the letters represents in order the three Persons of the Trinity – Iot is always the first principle or primal urge, thus in its most sublime sense it is the unknowable Dark Mother – Absolute Deity, before time and before space, from Whom all manifestation proceeds. ‘E the aspirate or ‘breathing’ of the Ancient Greeks represents the breath or Spirit of Deity (in both Greek and Hebrew the word for breath and spirit is the same: Pneuma in Greek, Ruach in Hebrew); the great Mother and Creator of the universe. Vo is the letter of death and is as such it represents the Daughter.”
Clarification: I would like to know the source for Vo being a letter of death. I could not find it in Greek, although this article is interesting (number 7 and enlightenment) http://greece.greekreporter.com/2013/10/12/decoding-hidden-meanings-of-ancient-greek-alphabet-letters/ Maybe there are some clues here: http://www.wicca-chat.com/bos/lessons/divine-names.txt
Fora of Faith, symbolism as explained previously in this article. Interesting that in this version there are 4 crystals / diamond shapes. I am still thinking about this symbolism.
Rose and Pentacle included in this article: https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2017/01/20/early-madrian-motifssymbols-part-1/
The Mythos of The Divine Maid (1976)
5 Pointed Star / Pentagram
Guiding Star of Hope
“The Daughter as the Guide of humanity, is symbolised by the guiding star, the hope of travelers.
The guiding aspect of the star is illustrated powerfully in the Mythos II, where it draws all the children of the earth to the sacred grove.” 
 Symbolism article: Star and the Sacred Grove from The Coming Age, Issue 5, (maybe Winter, 1976 unconfirmed as yet)
“Midnight Star of Wonder
I view the upright pentagram (5 pointed star) as the Midnight Star of Wonder, the “epiphany” star announcing the presence of the Holy Daughter in the manifest planes.” (Sorella (Sister) Sophia Ruth)
Full Moon (top left), Waning Crescent Moon (top right), Dark / New Moon (bottom right),
Waning Crescent Moon (bottom left).
All Prefaces of the Natural Rites in The Rite of Sacrifice booklet (moon rites) are directed towards Kyria (Lady in the ‘lord’ sense), the Holy Daughter.
The booklets mentioned are collated in The Sacred Myths and Rites of the Madrians, edited by Philip P Jackson which may be obtained here http://www.biblio.com/book/sacred-myths-rites-madrians-philip-jackson/d/634576068