Travel Altars by Sorella Shoshana and ArchMadria Kathi

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Many devotees, of certain religious traditions such as Orthodox Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism and Wicca carry portable altars or shrines with them whenever they travel or take a trip or vacation. Traditional Catholics might bring along a statue of Mary and a crucifix along with their missals and rosary beads. Here are some examples:

Orthodox Christians have an home shrine called an Icon Corner. And so, some Orthodox Christians might carry a foldable Triptych such as this one from Holy Trinity Store, http://www.holytrinitystore.com/icons-diptychs-triptychs-section.html (please note, prices on Triptychs vary widely):

Orthodox Christian Icon Corner
Orthodox Christian Icon Corner

There are all kinds of beautiful Buddhist travel altars:

Buddist Travel Altar
Buddhist Travel Altar

https://www.amazon.com/Buddhist-Travel-Altar-Medicine-Buddha/dp/B00TNJSE5C

Hindu travel altars vary widely from a small tin size or a bit more elaborate:

Hindu Altar Tin

Hindu Altar Tin

Hindu Altar Box
Hindu Altar Box

Wiccan altars also vary from small tin sizes to the larger altars:

Wiccan Altar 1

Wiccan Altar 2

Sorella Shoshana:

Our own Sorella Shoshana of the Iremian Janite Order of Priestesses and Sisterhood has fashioned her own unique Deanic travel altar.

Sorella Shoshana Deanic Travel Altar 1
Sorella Shoshana Deanic Travel Altar 1
Sorella Shoshana Deanic Travel Altar 2
Sorella Shoshana Deanic Travel Altar 2

Here, Sorella Shoshana is using electric candles for the health and safety of her bird, Lyric.

I believe that boxes like these may be found in most major craft stores. They can be painted or varnished according to taste. Priestesses might add a small chalice and plate (patene’) if liturgy is to be served.

Of course, it’s nice to carry along the scriptures, too. Where I pray the rosary, I always carry my rosary beads in my purse.

Thank you, Sorella Shoshana for such an inspiring idea. Your travel altar is beautiful!

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

Travel Altars

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ArchMadria Kathi:

In reference to our past article on travel altars, I would like to share some travel altar and Janati mandala photos sent in by ArchMadria Kathi:

Travel Altar, closed:

ArchMadria Kathi Deanic Travel Altar Closed

Travel Altar, open:

ArchMadria Kathi Deanic Travel Altar Open

Janati Mandala:

ArchMadria Kathi Deanic Janati Mandala

Thank you, ArchMadria Kathi. Truly lovely and inspiring!

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

https://deanic.com/2017/02/26/bits-and-pieces-and-the-origin-of-our-spirits/

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I am still gathering items for my home altar.
Which I have to pack away after a ritual.
But I have been so inspired by these 2 Deanic travel altars, I could take photographs of my large crocheted altar cloths and large wooden 5 Sacred Symbols to line my travel altar box. The mirror underneath the candle is a good idea too.
Sophia Ruth

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/

The Moons of Brighid 1st Brighid / 23rd January 2017 – 28th Brighid / February 19th 2017

The Moons of Brighid

1st Brighid / 23rd January 2017 –

28th Brighid / February 19th 2017

Brigid by tattereddreams
Brigid by tattereddreams

Brighid:

Jan 27th : Dark Moon. (For the Great Mother).

Feb 1st: (4 days after the Dark Moon): Crescent Moon. (For the Holy Daughter).

Feb 11th: Bright Moon. (For the Celestial Mother).

http://www.calendar-uk.co.uk/lunar-calendar/january/2017/

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

The Moons of Hestia 1st Hestia / 26th December 2016 – 28th Hestia / January 22nd 2017

The Moons of Hestia

1st Hestia / 26th December 2016 –

28th Hestia / January 22nd 2017

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Full moon over candle lit home

Hestia:

Jan 1st: (4 days after the Dark Moon): Crescent Moon. (For the Holy Daughter).

Jan 12th: Hearth Moon. (For the Celestial Mother).

Jan 27th / 5th Brighde: Dark Moon. (For the Great Mother).

http://www.calendar-uk.co.uk/lunar-calendar/january/2017/

Sun Wheel – Yellow Candle – A Reminder of Hope

Reblogged from

https://underthevioletmoon.wordpress.com/2016/12/06/a-reminder-of-hope/

Sun Wheel – Yellow Candle – A Reminder of Hope

(Please note Sophia Ruth amended the title wording of this blog post, for my own clarity)

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Today I put up the yellow candle of hope on my Sunwheel for the second week of Astraea.

ArchMadria Pamela has posted the Scripture readings for this week’s candle lighting, which I recited while putting up my yellow candle.

Last Sucridi evening I was out late and was walking home with my girlfriend when I noticed that the sky, which has been covered with clouds for quite some time, had cleared and the stars were clearly visible. As I gazed up at them I found myself thinking of Anna because of something Madria Erin posted recently regarding the correspondence of stars to the season of winter:

“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.” -Madria Erin

In my post last week I spoke about the need for light and Sophia Ruth responded with some information on a thealogy of rain which I found fascinating. I would like to highlight one part in particular:

“We have an expression in England: ‘it is sheeting it down!’ – meaning a bed sheet obscuring the sun. This directly relates to the Scripture: Title 3, Chapter 7, The Veil of Matter, Verse 11. For matter is like to a veil that darkens the eyes, giving them to see only a little part of the things that lie about them.” -Sophia Ruth

I have been meditating on this connection and Madria Erin’s observance about the suns in the sky since I saw the stars last Sucridi. The sight of the stars was short-lived, as I knew it would be. The sky was soon veiled with clouds again, and today we actually had our first snow of the year.

But this glimpse of the stars (and the few glimpses of our own sun that I’ve had since) are like little peeps beyond the Veil of Matter, under which I live most of the time. It was like a little reminder that this darkness will not always endure, that Anna is coming, that She is bringing the light with Her, that no matter how dark and dreary things seem, on the other side of the Veil we know we have a Mother who loves and cares for us.

And a God who has penetrated this Veil in order to bring us back to Her.

Dea Bless!❤

Jacqueline

The Moons of Astrea 1st Astrea / 28th November – 28th Astrea / December 25th 2016

The Moons of Astrea 1st Astrea / 28th November – 28th Astrea / December 25th 2016

 

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Astrea:

Dec 3rd: (4 days after the Dark Moon): Crescent Moon. (For the Holy Daughter).

Dec 14th: Star Maiden Moon. (For the Celestial Mother).

Dec 28th / 3rd Hestia: Dark Moon. (For the Great Mother).

http://www.calendar-uk.co.uk/lunar-calendar/december/2016/

The Moons of Samhain 1st Samhain / 31st October – 28th Samhain / November 27th 2016

The Moons of Samhain 1st Samhain / 31st October – 28th Ourania / November 27th 2016

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Samhain:

Nov 3rd: (4 days after the Dark Moon): Crescent Moon. (For the Holy Daughter).

Nov 14th: Ancestor Moon. (For the Celestial Mother).

Nov 29th / 2nd Astrea: Dark Moon. (For the Great Mother).

http://www.calendar-uk.co.uk/lunar-calendar/november/2016/

The Moons of Ourania 1st Ourania / 3rd October – 28th Ourania / October 30th 2016

The Moons of Ourania 1st Ourania / 3rd October – 28th Ourania / October 30th 2016

 

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Ourania:

http://www.pronouncenames.com/search?name=ourania

Oct 5th: (4 days after the Dark Moon): Crescent Moon. (For the Holy Daughter).

Oct 15th: Cosmic Moon. (For the Celestial Mother).

Oct 30th: Dark Moon. (For the Great Mother).

http://www.calendar-uk.co.uk/lunar-calendar/october/2016/