The Reasons for Deanic Head Covering

The Reasons for Deanic Head Covering

by ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

The other day, I saw a woman go to mass in skin tight yoga pants. In summer time many of these women and girls wear shorts to church. This is a church where just a few decades ago, the women wore dresses, skirts and chapels veils or hats and the men wore suits and ties.

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Dressing decently for worship showed respect for the “meeting place” between Heaven and Earth. It further showed reverence for God, the Blessed Sacrament and for the angels who were present at mass.

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Traditional Catholics still dress this way for mass. Spanish women wear their beautiful, traditional mantillas during Holy Week in Spain. Many Eastern Orthodox women wear head coverings in church, as well and, of course, Orthodox Jewish and Muslim women cover their hair. True modesty and dignity of dress need never be frumpy and unattractive.

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Who, having been invited to an important dinner function where dignitaries would be present, would wear yoga pants, jeans or shorts to the function? No-one. We would wear our very best. Why do we no longer wear our very best for God? Lately, it seems that more Christian women, coming from different denominations, are recognizing this problem and are beginning to look at veiling for church in a new light.

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It is amazing how many neo-Pagans and Wiccans are drawn to veiling during their Esbats, Sabbats and other sacred rites. It seems that it is especially those devotees of goddesses who are usually depicted as being veiled, such as Hecate and Hestia, that feel called to do so. It is an holy and altogether intensely feminine custom and people do it for differing reasons.

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As Deanic women, we take pride in dressing both in a feminine manner and with basic modesty in our daily wear. This does not mean we must wear skirts to our ankles and sleeves down to our elbows (although there is nothing wrong with that), nor do we feel the need to completely cover our hair, but we dress with common decency and with respect for both ourselves and for others.

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Some of our members ‘cover’, that is, they wear a head covering when out in public. There are many different reasons for doing so and we support them in their choice. Many of them, as they place their scarf or hat on their heads will consciously ask Our Lady to place them beneath Her Great Mantle of Protection. The scarf or hat then becomes symbolic of Our Lady’s Mantle.  (By the way, the idea of Our Lady’s Mantle of Protection originated with the Catholic Church.)

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A majority of our members do not ‘cover’ in this manner, but we do veil during our sacred rites. Many will immediately say to me, well, what about men? Customs do not always have to be the same for men as for women. I grew up during a time when it was considered rude, inconsiderate and extremely bad manners for a male to wear a hat indoors. Now, they do, even in restaurants which boggles my mind. That is something that I will never get used to. But, some men might feel drawn to wear a men’s religious head covering during religious rites and that is fine. Baseball and other sports types of hats are not appropriate for religious rites.

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Recently, in addition to wearing my mantilla chapel veil during liturgy and during the prayer times of Aurora, Noontide and Evensong, I have begun wearing my veil during my rosary. For me, it is symbolic of a ‘time set apart’ for prayer and for being in the immediate Presence of Dea and the Janya. Wearing a veil during formal prayer makes me feel sheltered,  focused and it lends an air of sacredness to my time of communing with Dea.

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Veiling during formal prayer might not be for everyone. But, for those who feel called or drawn, it is a very special custom. It is a sacred and holy custom. It lends self-dignity and shows respect to our Deity and in its own way, it helps to create ‘sacred space’.  Additionally, as Deanic women, we should be mindful of our status as representatives of Dea on Earth and so we should dress with dignity, self-respect and basic modesty.

https://matronite.com/2015/11/18/veiling-during-formal-prayer-and-the-dignity-of-women/

The Moons of Moura 1st Moura/20th February – 28th Moura/March 19th 2017

The Moons of Moura
1st Moura/20th February
– 28th Moura/March 19th 2017

Dark Moon

Dark Moon

Moura:

February 26th: Dark Moon. (For the Great Mother).

March 3rd: (5 days after the Dark Moon): Crescent Moon. (For the Holy Daughter).

March 12th: Fora Moon. (For the Celestial Mother).

http://www.calendar-uk.co.uk/lunar-calendar/february/2017/
http://www.calendar-uk.co.uk/lunar-calendar/march/2017/

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

Sacred Month of Hestia 26th December – January 22nd

Sacred Month of Hestia 26th December – January 22nd

goddess-hertha

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.

hestia_tapestry

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/

 

Sacred Season of Winter, Month of Astrea, November 28 – December 25

Sacred Season of Winter, Month of Astrea, November 28 – December 25

star-body

Sacred Season of Winter
The Season of Air and Star.

Sacred Month of Astrea (Star Maiden) November 28 – December 25
Star, (“Stella”), symbol of hope and guidance

astrea-the-starry-mother-posters-by-jabart12357

Astrea The Starry Mother Posters by jabart12357

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From https://deanic.com/2016/11/27/the-sacred-season-of-winter/

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides – Janite  Order

Lunadi, 1 Astrea, is the first day of the Sacred Season of Winter
and it is also the Feast of Madria Sofia.

Our five Seasons are considered to be sacred because each of them encapsulates one of our Five Main Mysteries and so, we enter each Season with deep devotion and humble joy.

The Sacred Season of Winter marks the beginning of the Daughter time of year beginning with the Mystery of the Nativity. It is the time when we are guided by the North Star, the Sacred Symbol of Winter. (More on the North Star to come.) The Holy Daughter, Dea Filia, is both the Star of Hope and the Midnight Star of Wonder.

During Astrea, the Holy Daughter first appears as our Star of Hope, She Who enfolds us within Her Soul and guides us back to Our Celestial Mother. Though we may feel, at times, like we are plunging and flailing beneath the depths of turbulent, inky seas, She uplifts us and shows us the way back to safe shores and the comforting light of home. So united with us is She, that there is nothing we experience that She does not experience with us, nothing within us that She does not understand. She sails those seas with us and is with us every moment of each day.

The darkest nights of Winter are a time of great hope and beauty. When better, can we see that fantastic display of starlight flashing against the velvet backdrop of space?

When other, (depending upon where one lives), are we able to witness the varied-colored display of the Aurora, the northern and southern lights?

Here in the North, we experience a time of stillness, of quietness when the snow-pack covers the ground. In the South, it is a time when the harshness of the summer heat retreats and soft winter breezes stream through the land.

Winter is a time of introspection and relative rest for our souls, if we allow it to be so. We are able to take a step back and relax in the surety of our Faith, knowing that we are accomplishing Dea’s Sovereign Will in our daily lives. Let us take time for meditation and contemplation as we sit by our hearths or enjoy the beauty of Nature.

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From https://hermaidenpriestess.wordpress.com/2016/11/27/the-sacred-month-of-astraea/

Madria Erin – Independent Filianic Priestess

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Tomorrow is the first day of the Deanic month of Astraea, meaning Star Maiden. It’s also the first day of the Deanic season of Winter.
The correspondence of the stars to the winter makes a lot of sense to me.
Just as sailors in the days before our advanced navigational technology would use the North Star to guide them to safety, the Holy Daughter is our guide to safety. As we sail on the ocean of the universe, we can often feel lost and overwhelmed. But we turn our heads to the sky, and She is there to guide us home.
We decorate our homes with little lights that look like stars. After a long day of work in the winter, when the bus is late, when you’re freezing, wet, hungry and tired, you still know you have a warm, inviting home lit up with lights waiting for you. As does our Mother have a heavenly home lit up with lights prepared for us.
When we look up at the nights sky, we often forget that we are looking at suns. They are obviously much further away, which is why they seem tiny compared to the miraculous golden orb that lights our day times, but they are still suns. On a clear night, when you look at the night sky and see stars, you are in fact looking at thousands and thousands of far away suns. No matter how dark things seem, the universe is full of light, and this world is full of goodness. It is full of kind, selfless, courageous, wonderful people. It is full of miraculous beauty. And although clouds may hide the stars from our sight sometimes, they remain.
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Starday / Wednesday – honours the Holy Daughter as the Love and Divine Soul Form of the World. Diva Jana is the Star of Hope.
Starday is presided over by Lady Sofia of the Fourfold Earth and is the Guardian of North and Air. The season of Winter.
I will strive to emulate Lady Sofia in Intelligence, Intuition and Wisdom.

Solar: Winter Solstice

Mystery:
Dea as The (Yellow) Star of Hope, The Bright Light:
Shining through the Darkness of the Longest Night, The Midnight Star of  Wonder
(ArchMatrona Georgia Cobb of the Lady of Light Chantry)

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Prayful awaiting of the coming of the light of Di-Jana amidst deepening darkness

Direction: North.

Element: Air.

Symbol: Star.

Time of Day: Midnight.

Sacred Color: Yellow.

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For my predecessors in the Deanic Faith this month was also named Astraea (Latin)
which has been modernised to Astrea

Astraea or Astrea (Ancient Greek: Ἀστραῖα;[1] “star-maiden”), in ancient Greek religion, was a daughter of Astraeus and Eos. She was the virgin goddess of innocence and purity and is always associated with the Greek goddess of justice, Dike (daughter of Zeus and Themis and the personification of just judgement). She is not to be confused with Asteria, the goddess of the stars and the daughter of Coeus and Phoebe.

Astraea, the celestial virgin, was the last of the immortals to live with humans during the Golden Age, one of the old Greek religion’s five deteriorating Ages of Man.[2] According to Ovid, Astraea abandoned the earth during the Iron Age.[3] Fleeing from the new wickedness of humanity, she ascended to heaven to become the constellation Virgo. The nearby constellation Libra reflected her symbolic association with Dike, who in Latin culture as Justitia is said to preside over the constellation. In the Tarot, the 8th card, Justice, with a figure of Justitia, can thus be considered related to the figure of Astraea on historical iconographic grounds.

According to legend, Astraea will one day come back to Earth, bringing with her the return of the utopian Golden Age of which she was the ambassador.

References

[1] Astraea – Zeno.org (German)
[2] Aratus, Phaenomena 97–128.
[3] Ovid, Metamorphoses 1.149–50: See The Metamorphoses. Translated by Frank Justus

Miller (1916). New York: Barnes & Noble Classics. p. 6 Book I. ISBN 978-1-59308-276-5.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astraea_(mythology)

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Classical Literature Quotes

GREEK

Hesiod, Works and Days – Greek Epic C8th – 7th B.C.
Aratus, Phaenomena – Greek Astronomy C3rd B.C.
Nonnus, Dionysiaca – Greek Epic C5th A.D.

ROMAN

Hyginus, Astronomica – Latin Mythography C2nd A.D.
Ovid, Metamorphoses – Latin Epic C1st B.C. – C1st A.D.
Valerius Flaccus, The Argonautica – Latin Epic C1st A.D.

http://www.theoi.com/Titan/Astraia.html

astrea-sword-and-circle-of-blue-flame

 

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

Sacred Month of Samhain October 31st – November 27th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Note:

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

Feast of Simovane

Notes from Madria Olga transcribed by Arch Matrona Georgia

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

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

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

Meditation

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

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Originally 3 days at the beginning of the month.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FEAST OF ANCESTORS (Silent Supper)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By the threads that still connect us,

by the silver cord unbroken,

by the love that is eternal

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

As the Western Gate stands open

to that land of golden sunsets.

In that peace that is unending

in that life that is eternal.

On this night of ancient wonder

where our souls can join together,

I’ll close my eyes and see you smiling

as I slowly reach to touch you,

in that land beyond the dawning

where your journey never ended

where the pathway still leads upward

on that circle laid through time.

May the moonlight guide your footsteps,

may the starlight be your pathway,

as we journey to the center

on this ancient night together.

When our souls can be united,

when our worlds are now the closest,

when the silence choirs our love

when the circle is unbroken.

By the mystery all surrounding

with this breath by which I call you,

in the flickering of the firelight,

I say your name(s) within my heart.

It echoes down through time unending

in the protection of this evening.

May your presences wash through me

and together we are one.

You, who have passed to another plane

(read names, again)

I remember you. (6)

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Let us bless the Queen of Heaven.

Blessed is She.

Let us thank the Seven Great Geniae.

Thanks be to the Seven Genaie.

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ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

1) Thank you to Shoshanna Marie Woods.

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

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

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

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

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

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

FEAST OF ANCESTORS (continued)

Important thealogy of the scary imagery

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Oil Lamp Beauty by  forsakenraptor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2016 autumn in Britain became tropical with pineapple carved lanterns.

We played apple games:
Apple ducking or bobbing

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

Snap Apple

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

Snap apple night, or Halloween or Colcannon night.

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

Sophia Ruth]

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

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

You will need:

A packet of seeds of your choice

A small dish

A small white candle in a suitable holder

A pouch or bag for your seeds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bagley amber glass angel wing shaped 1930s candlestick

Janite Deanic Altar Instructions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sacred Month of Ourania 3rd October – October 30th

Sacred Month of Ourania 3rd October – October 30th

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This is a Clan Jana named month.

Ourania (“Cosmic” or “Heavenly”)
in this case meaning Cosmic Order

Ourania, in Greek mythology, was the muse of astronomy, astrology and celestial forces. The name comes from the Greek word ouranios which means heavenly as in the cosmos.

Aphrodite’s title of Ourania, the Heavenly, corresponds to Astarte’s as Queen of Heaven, and various aspects of her cult, such as the use of incense-altars and dove-sacrifices…
https://books.google.co.uk/books?isbn=0415186366
The Routledge Handbook of Greek Mythology: Based on H.J. Rose’s Handbook of Greek
Mythology
by Robin Hard

The Madrian1&2 named this month Hathor

The following is an article which indicates how Dea, in her manifestation as Hathor is connected to both the upper word of light and life and the nether world of darkness and death. Hathor (Greek) Het-Hert (Egyptian) [from het-hert the house above] One of the oldest known Egyptian deities. Het-Hert refers to the sky or heaven, known by the Greeks as Hathor. Originally, Hathor was a cosmic goddess, mother of light — the production of which was considered the opening act in cosmogony, producer of the twin deities Shu and Tefnut (the sky and the moisture of the sky).

Later she was regarded as the great Mother, bringing forth all the other deities — Mother
Nature personified. She has been associated with all the goddesses of Egypt, partaking of all their attributes; but her principal title was Lady of Amentet (the Holy Land or underworld).

The Greeks identified Hathor with Aphrodite, for she was the patron deity of beauty and joy in life, of artists and their creative work as was the celestial and earthly Venus. Her chief position, however, was goddess of the Underworld, providing the deceased with food and drink.
Astronomically she was associated with the star Sept (Sothis or Sirius), which rose heliacally on the first day of the Egyptian New Year. Hathor was closely connected with Neith (at Sais), and in Ptolemaic times with Nekhebet, Uatchet, and Bast. “Hathor is the infernal Isis, the goddess pre-eminently of the West or the nether world” (SD 1:400). Yet this was but the lower aspect of Hathor, Neith, and Isis. Neith, or the celestial Hathor, was one of the most spiritual, recondite, and abstract of all the deities of the Egyptian pantheon, in this sense the celestial womb of light, out of which came in hierarchical procession the world or the cosmos and all in and of it.

October is a month known for its “bright blue weather” when the skies are clear and the sun shines brightly. By the end of October the weather is turning very cold. In the Celtic Calendar, the season of light, Summer aka Samon is coming to and end and the season of darkness, Winter aka Gamon is about to begin.

More thoughts of the month
I have researched the names of the 8th month of the Deanic calendar and concluded the
following: The 8th month begins on 03 October and ends on 30 October It is called “The Golden Month” because: The month of October is called “the Golden Month” in art, poetry and song in recognition of the fact that, in the Northern Hemisphere, Mother Nature turns the leaves on many trees to golden yellow during this season of the year. It is called “The Month of Hathor” because: The Egyptian festival dedicated to the goddess Hathor was celebrated on 03 October

ArchMatrona Georgia
http://willendorf.org/the-golden-month
http://willendorf.org/more-thoughts-of-the-month

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Hathor’s sacred menat necklace details the heavy semi-circular pectoral that hung from four sistra pendants. Chains attached to these pendants linked the necklace with its counterweight that hung down the back of the wearer. Dendara, Egypt.

The month named as Hathor being the Rosary month (prayer knots or beads).
I discovered why an Egyptian Solar goddess is associated with beads –
Hathor is associated with two objects in particular: the rattle or sistrum and the menit, a
necklace of turquoise beads with an elaborate counterpoise.
https://henadology.wordpress.com/theology/netjeru/hathor/
The menit:
http://egyptartifacts.weebly.com/menit-necklace.html

Sophia Ruth
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Deanic_conversations/conversations/topics/1922

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Bead
From the Old English “gebed,” meaning, “prayer.”
http://www.westegg.com/etymology/

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The Madrians decided that with the evenings becoming darker, and activity centering around the fireplace, that the Roman Catholic Rosary Month could be integrated spiritually. This month became dedicated to learning prayer beads or a knotted string or improving a person’s meditation upon them.

 

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

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

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

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

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

Solar: Autumn Equinox

Mystery:

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

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

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

Direction: West.

Element: Earth.

Symbol: Apple.

Time: Twilight.

Elemental Colour: Green
Liturgical Colours: Blue and Purple.

Cox's Orange Pippin Apples

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

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

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

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Madrian Meditation:
“Now stand at the centre of the flux, and at the centre of the mysteries of the flux.
All things of all time convolve about Eternity; all things of space about the infinate still Point which is the Centre.
Mother has not Thy Daughter said that not a sparrow lights upon a twig but it shadows forth the conflict of evil with the Good, nor any grain of sand shifts in the desert reflecting not some spiritual truth, neither does a comet fall in the furthest corner of the cosmos without an inner meaning.
Mother, Who seest and knowest all these things , what is the wisdom of this world compared to the mystery that lies within the humblest weed that we bruise beneath our feet?
Guide us through the subtle labyrinth, that we may come safe to the centre.”

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More Research & Etymology

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

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

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

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

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

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Mala

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

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

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

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

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

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I thought that the most likely was

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hebrew feminine first name and also a surname

Pronunciation: \m(a)-la\

Meaning: woman from Magdala; the fifth month

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

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

There are 2 names that reference Mala.

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

Origin: Hebrew

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

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

Isis Demeter

Isis Demeter

Using the comparative methodology known as interpretatio graeca, the Greek historian Herodotus (5th century BCE) described Isis by comparison with the Greek goddess Demeter, whose mysteries at Eleusis offered initiates guidance in the afterlife and a vision of rebirth. Herodotus says that Isis was the only goddess worshiped by all Egyptians alike. ( Herodotus, Histories. 2.42 and 156. )
After the conquest of Egypt by Alexander the Great and the Hellenization of the Egyptian culture initiated by Ptolemy I Soter, Isis became known as Queen of Heaven. ( R.E Witt, Isis in the Ancient World, 1997, ISBN 0-8018-5642-6 ) Other Mediterranean goddesses, such as Demeter, Astarte, and Aphrodite, became identified with Isis, as did the Arabian goddess Al-‘Uzzá through a similarity of name, since etymology was thought to reveal the essential or primordial nature of the thing named. This is particularly characteristic of Stoic philosophy. ( See in general Davide Del Bello, Forgotten Paths: Etymology
and the Allegorical Mindset (Catholic University of America Press, 2007). )

An alabaster statue of Isis from the 3rd century BCE, found in Ohrid, in the Republic of Macedonia

An alabaster statue of Isis from the 3rd century BCE, found in Ohrid, in the Republic of Macedonia, is depicted on the obverse of the Macedonian 10 Macedonian denar banknote, issued in 1996. “Banknotes in circulation: 10 Denars”. National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia. Retrieved 20 November 2013.

http://www.upcscavenger.com/wiki/Isis/#page=wiki

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Roman statue of Isis 1st half 2nd CE Naples, Italy

Roman statue of Isis, black and white marble, first half of the second century CE, found in Naples, Italy. Collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. The Romanization of the Egyptian Isis is complete with her vesture and iconography. Photo by Gryffindor/Wikimedia Commons.

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Diodorus of Sicily (first century BCE) was of the opinion that two of the known world’s most ancient deities would also be the most long-lived—Isis, the moon, and Osiris, the sun. To the newly-forming Roman society, sense had to be made of Egypt’s plethora of deities. As per Diodorus, the Greeks would often appropriate the most famous gods and heroes of Egypt.
As was seen a few centuries earlier under Ptolemy I, Isis and Osiris were decreed to be on the top of the hierarchy. Isis was identified with Hera, Selene, Demeter, Artemis, and other major Greek deities. Both Diodorus and Herodotus preserve claims of the Eleusinian and Demeter mysteries as originating from those of Isis. Diodorus even confidently states that the priestly families of Eleusis at Eumolpidae are Egyptian because they are the only Greeks who “swear by Isis.” When Greece came under Roman dominion, the amalgamated Greek Isis would again merge, this time with Roman counterparts.

An Isis Timeline
Katherine Schaefers, M.A.
https://92d8dda75447112de0c1-0e939f13a06bd1dbeb5309286eaa14e5.ssl.cf5.rackcdn.com/01_schaefers.pdf

(This scholar, makes the mistake of equating a Goddess with the moon, when she was/is a Goddess of the Cosmos).

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Comparing Initiation Rites: Isis and Demeter
http://www.gaiaonline.com/guilds/viewtopic.php?t=13419091

Sacred Month of Ceres August 8th – September 4th

Sacred Month of Ceres August 8th – September 4th

This is a Clan Jana named month.

Goddess of Corn and grains. The word cereal stems from Ceres.

The Madrian1&2 name was Hesperis meaning evening star because the evenings lengthen.
The month renamed by Clan Jana as Sunna was originally named Kerea from the root word Ker, which means Horn as in Horn of Plenty or Cornucopia.

I see this month as a celebration and thanks giving to
“The Bright Mother and Her gifts to the world. We find in the world a memory of that golden time when the Bright Mother was near to the world and joy held sway over all.
137 From “A Year with Dea” by Brythwen Sinclair
Recommended purchase for Dea’nists and Filianics
http://www.lulu.com/shop/brythwen-sinclair/a-year-with-dea/paperback/product-22209702.html

Ceres

In ancient Roman religion, Ceres Latin: Cerēs was a goddess of agriculture, grain crops, fertility and motherly relationships.[3]
The Romans saw her as the counterpart of the Greek goddess Demeter.

Ceres was a kind and benevolent goddess to the Romans and they had a common expression, “fit for Ceres,” which meant splendid.
[http://www.ceresva.org/Goddess/Ceres.htm]

Ceres was credited with the discovery of spelt wheat (Latin far), the yoking of oxen and ploughing, the sowing, protection and nourishing of the young seed, and the gift of agriculture to humankind; before this, it was said, man had subsisted on acorns, and wandered without settlement or laws. She had the power to fertilise, multiply and fructify plant and animal seed, and her laws and rites protected all activities of the agricultural cycle.

Ceres Enthroned

Etymology

Ceres’ name derives from the reconstructed Proto-Indo-European root *ḱerh₃-, meaning “to satiate, to feed”,[5] which is also the root for Latin crescere “to grow” and through it, the English words create and increase. Roman etymologists thought ceres derived from the Latin verb gerere, “to bear, bring forth, produce”
Throughout the Roman era, Ceres’ name was synonymous with grain and, by extension, with bread.

Notes
[3] Room, Adrian, Who’s Who in Classical Mythology, p. 89-90. NTC Publishing 1990. ISBN 0-8442-5469-X.
[5] Lexikon der Indogermanischen Verben

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceres_(mythology)

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