Early Madrian Motifs/Symbols Part 2

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:

The Coming Age Issue 2, Sacred Month and Sacred Season Moura, 1976 Front Cover, Combined Illustration of Chalice, Cross of Resurrection and Dove of Sacrifice
The Coming Age Issue 2, Sacred Month and Sacred Season Moura, 1976 Front Cover, Combined Illustration of Chalice, Cross of Resurrection and Dove of Sacrifice

Chalice

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.”

Notes:
Chalice

Sun evaporating below freezing sea water revealing sea salt.
Sun evaporating below freezing sea water revealing sea salt.

“Salt is born of the purest of parents: the sun and the sea.”
Pythagoras (580 BC – 500 BC)
http://www.foodreference.com/html/qsalt.html

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
http://www.foodreference.com/html/qsalt.html

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European salt chalices in the Bronze Age

“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.[1]
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.”
[1] 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
https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=EbIVASSe9jcC&pg=PA251&lpg=PA251&dq#v=onepage&q&f=false
Introduction only from the book: http://www.cesq.it/articoli/european_societies_bronze_age.pdf

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“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
http://www.saltinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/kurlansky_review.pdf

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“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
http://www.saltinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/kurlansky_review.pdf

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“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
http://www.saltinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/kurlansky_review.pdf

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

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“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”
https://msnucleus.org/membership/html/k-6/rc/chemistry/4/rcc4_3a.html

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“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
http://www.saltinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/kurlansky_review.pdf

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“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.”
http://www.saltinstitute.org/salt-101/

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“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)
http://www.saltinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/kurlansky_review.pdf

Salt from early days had a sacred and religious character
http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/13403b.htm

Religions
http://salt.org.il/frame_rel.html

Often, salt is used in purification spells.”
http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/othermagicspells/fl/Salt-Folklore-and-Magic.htm

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“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
http://www.saltinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/kurlansky_review.pdf

Used in the production of leather.
http://salt.org.il/frame_uses.html

60+ Ways to Use Salt
http://www.rd.com/home/cleaning-organizing/over-60-ways-to-use-salt/

Clarification required:
“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.

“Io Evohe
Pronunciation YOH Ev-OH-hay
Meaning
A chant used to invoke mystical powers during rituals and celebrations.
Its origins are cloudy.”
http://www.gregoryamerind.com/goddessongs-text%20only.pdf

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Fora
has multiple meanings.

One
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.”

Clarification:
“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.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Celtic_women
http://matriarchy.info/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=9

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

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.
https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/03/02/finger-handbag-trouser-pocket-rosary-for-moura-great-mother-veiled-origin-of-eternity-fora-of-faith/

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

Not as the sun cross, solar cross, wheel cross shown here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_cross

Four
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.”
https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/03/17/the-cross-and-the-fora/

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
https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/04/15/dove-articles-by-archmadria-pamela-lanides/

Sorella (Sister) Sophia Ruth’s own blessing tradition:
https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/04/17/dove-blessing-gesture/

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The Coming Age, Issue 2, Moura, 1976, Back Cover Illustrations:

Madrian Rosary
See Rose (5 petals) https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2017/01/20/early-madrian-motifssymbols-part-1/
and https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/10/09/the-madrian-rosary-of-five-mysteriesfive-solar-seasons/

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

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The Coming Age, Issue 2, Sacred Month and Season Moura, 1976. Egg with Silver Star of The Waters.

Prayer: Silver Star of The Waters (was published in The Rite of Sacrifice 1976).
https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/12/13/about-the-silver-star-of-the-waters-prayer/

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The Coming Age, Issue 2, Sacred Month and Season Moura, 1976. Egg with Cross of Resurrection (as the Fora was named at that time).

and an Egg with the Cross of Resurrection (as the Fora was called at that time).

The Coming Age, Issue 2, Moura, 1976, Back Cover. Madrian Rosary with Rose and Pentagram symbols, Egg with Silver Star of The Waters and Egg with the Cross of Resurrection.
The Coming Age, Issue 2, Moura, 1976, Back Cover. Madrian Rosary with Rose and Pentagram symbols, Egg with Silver Star of The Waters and Egg with the Cross of Resurrection.

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.]

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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)

Front Cover:

The Rite of Sacrifice Booklet, Front Cover, 1977. Chalice
The Rite of Sacrifice Booklet, Front Cover, 1977. Chalice

Chalice un-inscribed (hand drawn)

Inside Pages: Roman Catholic Our Lady of the Sacred Heart,

The Rite of Sacrifice Booklet, 1977, Madrian Altar Cloth with Cross of Resurrection.
The Rite of Sacrifice Booklet, 1977, Madrian Altar Cloth with Cross of Resurrection.

Altar with Fora on the altar cloth,

The Rite of Sacrifice Booklet, 1977, Half Moon Day Cross of Resurrection, Heart, Star, Crescent Moon
The Rite of Sacrifice Booklet, 1977, Half Moon Day Cross of Resurrection, Heart, Star, Crescent Moon

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)

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The Catechism of the Children of the Goddess, 1977 Roman or Greek Oil Lamp

Front Cover: Greek or Roman Oil Lamp influenced by basing the Madrian Creation in part upon The Kosmopoiia which begins with Light.

Notes:

“[1] 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.

[4] 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

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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.)
https://deanic.com/2016/12/08/the-origins-of-the-creation-mythos/

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),

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Chalice not hand drawn inside The Catechism of the Children of the Goddess, 1977.

Chalice (not hand drawn),

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Elemental Pentagram inside The Catechism of the Children of the Goddess, 1977.

Elemental Pentagram

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

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“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.”
AIWASS
June 21, 2015 at 5:07 pm

Comments on
https://aaronleitch.wordpress.com/2013/08/24/the-elements-and-the-four-cardinal-directions/

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).”
lovecaste
April 7, 2016 at 4:31 pm
Comments on
https://aaronleitch.wordpress.com/2013/08/24/the-elements-and-the-four-cardinal-directions/

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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.[4]

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.[5]

east (*aus-t-) from the word for dawn. The proto-Indo-European form is *austo-s from the root is *aues- ‘shine (red)’.[6] See Ēostre.

south (*sunþ-), derived from proto-Indo-European *sú-n-to-s from the root *seu- ‘seethe, boil’.[7] 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)’,[8] itself a form of *aues-.[9] Cognate with the root are the Latin words vesper and vesta and the Ancient Greek Hestia, Hesperus and Hesperides.

Notes:
[4] 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.
[5] entries 765-66 of the Indogermanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch
[6] entries 86-7 of the Indogermanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch
[7] entries 914-15 of the Indogermanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch
[8] entries 1173 of the Indogermanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch
[9] entries 86-7 of the Indogermanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indogermanisches_etymologisches_W%C3%B6rterbuch

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

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Combined Symbol inside The Catechism of the Children of the Goddess, 1977.

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)

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The Creation and The Crystal Tablet 1976 Cross of Resurrection

Above See Fora One: Cross of Resurrection (early Madrian) symbolism as explained previously in this article

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2 Fora Solar Cross Madrian The Crystal Tablet booklet 1976
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1 Fora Solar Cross Madrian The Crystal Tablet booklet 1976

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.

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Illustration of combined Madrian Fora, Rose, Star inscribed IHV

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)

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5 Pointed Star Pentagram Full Moon Crescent Moon Dark New Moon Madrian The Mythos of The Divine Maid booklet 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.” [1]
Note:
[1] Symbolism article: Star and the Sacred Grove from The Coming Age, Issue 5, (maybe Winter, 1976 unconfirmed as yet)
AND
“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)
https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/12/22/guiding-star-of-hope-midnight-star-of-wonder/

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.

Chalice inside Madrian The Mythos Of The Divine Maid Booklet 1977
Chalice inside Madrian The Mythos Of The Divine Maid Booklet 1977

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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

 

 

Early Madrian Motifs/Symbols Part 1

Early Madrian Motifs/Symbols Part 1

We know some of the earliest motifs of the Madrian Faith.
In The Coming Age Issue 1, 1975, Page 13:

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Labrys
or double headed axe has multiple meanings.

One

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Swamper axe (left) and double-bit Michigan Pattern felling axe (right)

“The double-bitted axe remains a forestry tool to this day,[2] and the labrys certainly functioned as a tool and hewing axe[3] before it was invested with symbolic function.[4]”

Used for clearing woods for temples (Sorella – Sister – Sophia Ruth)

“Once a tree was on the ground, a different crew of men called “swampers” would remove limbs from the tree so it could be cut into lengths.  The swampers were also responsible for clearing underbrush before a tree was felled and also constructed logging roads in the pineries.  (Because, swamping required less skill than felling, swampers were paid less than fellers.)  A Swamping Pattern axe was different than that used by fellers.  The bit on a “swamping” axe had a different profile than a felling axe.  Designed for limbing, the bit was usually wider and more rounded than a felling axe of similar size and weight.” http://midmichigannatureandscience.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/logging-tools-part-1-axe-and-saw.html

Read this article: Celtic Tree and Plant Worship
http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/celt/rac/rac16.htm

“If we go back far enough in time, early Britain was covered with forests. Back then trees must have seemed as plentiful as blades of grass are now. The sort of concrete jungle we have transformed our world into, must have been unimaginable to our early ancestors, who could scarcely have thought of a world as soulless as ours. Though, sadly, this did not stop several tribes using slash-and-burn farming techniques, which deforested large areas and turned them into moorlands.

From a purely practical point of view, trees played (and continue to play) a vital role in human survival. The old tribes built their houses from wood, depending on trees for firewood, the materials with which to build boats, make tools, carve religious statuary, harvest fruit for themselves and food for their animals. It can scarcely be any wonder that those people viewed trees as holy things.”
https://druidnetwork.org/what-is-druidry/learning-resources/polytheist/lesson-fifteen/

“Regardless of any metaphysical connections, there exists a special relationship between trees and humans, as we both produce the gasses that enable the other to exist: They produce the oxygen that we need to breathe, and we  produce carbon dioxide which trees breathe.”
http://www.ancient-wisdom.com/treelore.htm

Notes:
[2] Representative collections of modern double axeheads are conserved in the Canada Science and Technology Museum, Ottawa, and elsewhere.
[3] The functions of Neolithic stone axeheads are discussed by Marija Gimbutas, “Battle axe or cult axe?”, Man 53 (April 1953:51-54).
[4] “Just as the bishop’s crozier is derived from the functional shepherd’s crook,” according to A. Trevor Hodge, “The Labrys: Why Was the Double Axe Double?” American Journal of Archaeology 89.2 (April 1985:307–308), p. 307.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labrys

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Two
“In Crete, the symbol of the double-axe always accompanies goddesses, and it seems that it was the symbol of the beginning (arche) of the creation.”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labrys

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Three

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Triple Bronze double axes. Hanging from a wooden sceptre, these objects declared the hieratic office of their owner, a priestess. (10th-8th century BC)

The Double Axe has a fascinating association with a Priestesses wand depicting a Butterfly Goddess in Minoan civilisation.
“The Labyris (labyris – labris – labrus) is an ancient Minoan symbol that looks like a double axe and was quite common on the island of Crete. Scholars have reason to believe that the symbol actually represents a butterfly, a symbol of transformation.
This symbol was most likely the one at the end of a wand that was supposedly used by a goddess (Circe, Athena).”
http://www.amazonation.com/BattleAxe.html

Read this informative article: Labyris – the Double Axe (and the Butterfly Goddess)
http://potnia.theladyofthelabyrinth.com/symbols-of-the-minoan-goddess-religion/

The Butterfly Goddess (which Sorella Shoshana touched upon in her head piece symbolism article: https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2017/01/06/the-spiritual-significance-of-head-wear-through-the-ages-by-sorella-shoshana/ “Butterflies represent change, beauty emerging from the ugly…”), is actually I believe about human life.

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Butterfly Life Cycle

The egg being the incarnation into the manifest planes, the caterpillar being a human centred pleasure seeking-pain avoiding existence. Transformed within the awareness of the Mantle of Dea (chrysalis) and by Her Grace into a life directed towards Dea, moving upwards perfecting ourselves in preparation of assumption. The glorious patterns and colours of a butterfly symbolising Dea Creator.

I have just discovered “Marija Gimbutas believed that the labyris was a symbol of the Goddess as butterfly.
The various stages of the life cycle of this insect can be seen as representing the cycle of life, death and rebirth – or resurrection.”
http://potnia.theladyofthelabyrinth.com/symbols-of-the-minoan-goddess-religion/

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Bronze age Etruscan double sided axe from Etruscan colony Knossos, Crete

“The labrys symbol has been found widely in the Bronze Age archaeological recovery at the Palace of Knossos on Crete.[15] This double-axe was used specifically by Minoan priestesses for ceremonial uses and any woman seen with one was thought to have a high status in the society.[16] Sometimes the double-axe is combined with the sacral-knot which seems that was a symbol of holiness. Such symbols have been found in Crete, and also on some goldrings from Mycenae.[17]”

Notes:
[15] C. Michael Hogan, Knossos fieldnotes, Modern Antiquarian (2007)
http://www.themodernantiquarian.com/site/10854/knossos.html#fieldnotes
[16] Raphael, Melissa (2000). Introducing Thealogy : Discourse on the Goddess. Cleveland, OH: Pilgrim.
[17] F.Schachermeyer:Die Minoische Kultur des alten Kreta”. p.163, 164 W.Kohlhammer Verlag Stuttgart
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labrys

Divine Kisses

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Angel in the wings of a butterfly

God was making butterflies,
An angel pleaded with the Most High ~
She wished to come to earth
To be close to flowers ~ with each
Kiss the butterflies receive from flowers,
The angel wished the kisses to suffering souls.
God made a bargain with the angel: “If you bless
Everyone, not just the suffering, I will grant your request.”
“Most Compassionate, Most Merciful, Most Gracious,
I accept your conditions”, the angel replied as she flew off on butterflies’ wings ~

A stunningly beautiful Poem

by

http://palestinerose.wordpress.com
from https://endlesslightandlove.com/2013/04/20/devine-kisses/

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Four


The Madrian explanation.
The Coming Age, Issue 10, Moura 1979
Symbolism: The Heart and the Moon-Axe

“The Labrys was taken from our Lady at the first gate of Hell, and when Her body was hung upon the pillar of the world, “above Her head they hung the great Moon-Axe, in symbol of the greatness of the deed.” (Mythos V, 19).

…moon-axe (or labrys) was… widespread. It was the emblem of the divine authority of the priestess-queen in the Cretan Empire. …It was widely used amongst the… Lydians, Lycians and Etruscans, and in… Rome.

It is painted on the temple-walls of the recently excavated 10,000 year old city of Catal Huyuk in Turkey, and carved into the sacred stones of pre-Celtic Stonehenge.

The Labrys… is a dual figure being lunar and psychic… it operates on the level of the manifestation, rather than on that of the Principle whence all manifestation proceeds and whereto it must return. The two moon-blades of the labrys, one crescent (waxing) and the other decrescent (waning) , correspond respectively to all the oppositions and complementarities which are the necessary condition of manifest existence: life and death, summer and winter, pleasure and pain, activity and rest, day and night, etc. The labrys is strictly equivalent to the far-eastern yin-yang symbol, itself a device of matriarchal origin.

Yet the crucial point of the labrys is not the axe-head, but the central haft that passes through it. This haft represents the world-axis that passes through the centre of the cosmos, and upon which maid, the “central” being on her own plane of existence, takes her station (provided she is true to her own nature, or thamë).

This is made abundantly clear by the fact that in the Mythos the Axe is hung upon the Pillar of Hell, which is in truth the lowest section of the world-axis. In iconographic the axe-haft is always shown parallel to the pillar.

The haft, therefore, represents maid [humanity], or psyche (soul) as the mediatrix between earth and Heaven and between all the dualities of manifest existence. It also represents Our Lady as perfect Maid and perfect Mediatrix; the Priestess and Princess of the world, Who has said: “I am between the ripple and the water; I am between the breathing and the breath; between the lightest word of greeting and the thought from which it flows”.

The upper part of the haft, above the blades, represents the transcendent “shaft of Sunlight”: the permanent Essences or Divine Ideas that are manifested through the impermanent and dualistic “play” of matter. This shaft of Solar, Essential Light, descending from above, is represented only by a short section of the haft, indicating its “point of descent”. This is because the moon-axe represents the cosmos seen from “below” – that is from a human and psychic rather than a transcendent and Spiritual point of view.

Nevertheless, it is a vital element in the symbolism, for psyche (or maid) [human], in a higher sense, mediates between the transient flux of matter itself and the eternal Essence which it imperfectly expresses. At the same time, being on the Axis, she is a continuation of the Essential light, just as the lower portion of the haft is a continuation of the upper, while the blades represent a development (or “world”) at one particular level of existence (the material in this case), branching off the haft at one particular point. That is why psyche alone (whether Inanna as Perfect Soul, or maid as Her regent) can redeem material creation.

The Axis descends through every level of being, both above and below the material as we know it, and countless “worlds”, both super-physical and sub-physical, branch off it at the different planes. The labrys, however, simply gives us a concise picture of our own particular level of being, its situation in psychic and spiritual “space”, and our place within it.

From a slightly different perspective, we may take the parallel symbols of the heart and the labrys as symbols of the contemplative life and the active life respectively. The heart represents the mystical heuresis, the return of the soul to the Mother. The labrys is an image of life in thamë, with maid acting in accordance with her true nature as mediatrix and princess regent of the world.

It is for this reason that the labrys was the emblem of the divine authority of the royal house of Crete and other matriarchal states: for a princess is supremely a mediatrix, and rules not according to her own wishes, but wholly in obedience to the law of thamë.”

Note:

Çatalhöyük was not matriarchal, but egalitarian.

“Also confirming the description of earlier Neolithic cultures in The Chalice and the Blade is Ian Hodder, the archeologist excavating Çatalhöyük, one of the largest Neolithic sites found to date. In his 2004 Scientific American article Hodder wrote: “Even analyses of isotopes in bones give no indication of divergence in lifestyle translating into differences in status and power between women and men.” He further noted that this points to “a society in which sex is relatively unimportant in assigning social roles, with neither burials nor space in houses suggesting gender inequality.” In short, Hodder explicitly confirms that gender equity was a key part of a more partnership-oriented social configuration in this more generally equitable early farming site where there are no signs of destruction through warfare for over 1,000 years.”
Hoddard, I. (2004). Women and men at Catalhoyuk. Scientific American. January, pp. 77-83.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Chalice_and_the_Blade#Subsequent_Findings_Supporting_The_Chalice_and_the_Blade

Video: Ian Hodder: “Origins of Settled Life; Göbekli and Çatalhöyük”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKwSg7OyvoE

See the gallery depicting female figurines/goddess figures and houses:
http://potnia.theladyofthelabyrinth.com/catal-hoyuk-gallery/

Stonehenge

“Long after the monument was built, when Bronze Age burial mounds rich in grave goods began to be scattered across the plain around Stonehenge, and the archaeological evidence suggests those who could make or trade in metal goods had an almost shamanic status, people carved little images of daggers and axes, many now invisible to the naked eye, into the stones. Scores more have been revealed by the scan, including 71 new axe heads, bringing the total to 115 – doubling the number ever recorded in Britain.”
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2012/oct/09/stonehenge-digital-laser-3d-survey

See also the photos here: https://mikepitts.wordpress.com/2015/08/01/a-short-blog-about-axe-blades-carved-onto-stonehenge-megaliths/

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Five
“The labrys, as a historic goddess movement symbol representing the memory of Pre-patriarchal matristic societies,[30]…”

Note:
[30] Keller, Mara (1988). “Eleusinian Mysteries” (PDF). Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion (Vol 4 No 1): 42. Retrieved 2016-06-21.
http://www.ciis.edu/Documents/Keller%20Eleusinian%20Mysteries%201988%20part2_1.pdf
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labrys

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Six

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Lesbian Pride Rainbow Labrys

“…has also has been used since the 1970s[31][32] as a lesbian,[32] and feminist,[33] symbol said to represent women’s strength and self-sufficiency.[34]”

Notes:
[31] Cottingham, Laura (1996). Lesbians Are So Chic. Bloomsbury. ISBN 9780304337217. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
https://books.google.com/books?id=TWgbAAAAYAAJ
[32] Murphy, Timothy (2013-10-18). Reader’s Guide to Lesbian and Gay Studies. Routledge. p. 44ff. ISBN 9781135942342. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
https://books.google.com/books?id=FeWMAQAAQBAJ&pg=PA44
[33] Morrow, Deana F.; Messinger, Lori (2006-04-02). Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression in Social Work Practice: Working with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender People. Columbia University Press. pp. 476–. ISBN 9780231127295. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
https://books.google.com/books?id=AkyrAgAAQBAJ&pg=PA476
[34] SwadePages “Origin & History of Gay & Lesbian Symbols”
http://www.swade.net/gallery/symbols.html#labrys
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labrys

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Rose-and-Pentacle

One
Directly relates to the previous symbol the labrys.

In section Four

“The labrys is an image of life in thamë, with maid acting in accordance with her true nature as mediatrix and princess regent of the world.”
The Coming Age, Issue 10, Moura 1979
Symbolism: The Heart and the Moon-Axe

I am theorising again from snippets of Madrian information.
The Madrians keep using the incorrect term – pentacle.
The pentagram (five pointed star) can symbolically mean a combined

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Divine Mystery Symbols around the central Rose and Pentagram. Large Pentagram and Madrian Rosary surrounding the central symbol. From Appendix 2 The Rosary in The Catechism of The Goddess. In The Coming Age magazine, Issue 4, Autumn, 1976 states that new editions of the Rite and Catechism have been produced with some illustrations.

Divine Drama:
(drawing the pentagram)
Top point: Moura: Spirit: Fora: Purity and Divine Love of Dea creating our spirit.
Left Lower point: Autumn: Earth: Apple: Choosing to incarnate into matter.
Right Top point: Spring: Water: Dove: Suffering and Sacrifice of Di-Jana’s soul shattering.
Left Top point: Winter: Air: 5 Pointed Star: Di-Jana immanent with us, star of Her Guidance.
Right Lower point: Summer: Fire: 5 Petaled Rose: Di-Jana leading us to through the Divine Fire, we are purged of imperfection and return to our first purity, touching Spirit (Top point) again.
Our personal assumption/re-unification with Dea.

with

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Human Ages and Element Symbols around the central Rose and Pentagram. Madrian Rosary surrounding the central symbol with phases of the moon as a border. From The Coming Age magazine, Issue 8, Autumn, 1978.

Human life:
(round sunwise/clockwise)
Top point: Moura: Darkest Hour before the Dawn: Spirit: Birth/incarnation to learn a spiritual lesson
Right Top point: Spring: Dawn/Sunrise: Water: Childhood
Right Lower point: Summer: Noon: Fire: Youth
Left Lower point: Autumn: Twilight/Sunset: Earth: Maturity
Left Top point: Winter: Midnight: Air: Old Age
return by the gateway of death to Spirit (Top point) again.

Rose (5 petals)

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Madrian Rosary with Rose and Pentagram From The Coming Age magazine, Issue 2, Moura, 1976

“This Rose has also been seen as a type of the human soul, aspiring for fulfilment in the multifoliate Rose of the Divine, and exemplifying the transcendent virtues of simplicity and humility.
…In the meditation of The Three Roses, each soul is described as a petal of the multifoliate Rose which is the Mother-Heart of the Goddess, retaining its fragrance although scattered. This is particularly the white rose, the rose of pure love which is “unfolding and everlasting, which changes not nor ever will change.” The white rose is also seen as creator and sustainer of the universe, and is thus a symbol of the Mother.”[1]

“As the emblem of perfection, the rose represents the end of all searching and all desire – thus journey’s end, the aim [replacing goal] of the spiritual quest which is pre-eminently symbolised by the Way or faith.

The journey of the soul is the central meaning of all religious practice…”[2]
The aim is personal assumption/re-unification with our Divine Mother – Dea whose unconditional love is “the Rose that is the Flame and the Flame that is a Rose.” [3]
She who is Eternal, Essence, Spirit, Joy, Perfection.

Notes:

[1] Symbolism: Rose and the Ear of Corn from The Coming Age, Issue 3, Summer, 1976
[2] Symbolism: The Rose and the Way from The Coming Age issue 7, Summer, 1978
[3] The Catechism of the Children of the Goddess [Dea] Appendix 1: Making The Pentacle.
The Sacred Myths and Rites of the Madrians, edited by Philip P Jackson

Two
The Rose and Pentagram can mean:
The 5 pointed star (pentagram) representing “the Silver Star of the Waters symbolises the Mother as Creatrix of the world, Whose light shone over the sea before the shaping of Her creatures.” [1]
The 5 petaled rose representing Her creatures, specifically axial beings: humanity. [2]

Notes:
[1] Symbolism article: Star and the Sacred Grove from The Coming Age, Issue 5, (maybe Winter, 1976 unconfirmed as yet)
[2] Previous section: Rose (5 petals) Symbolism: Rose and the Ear of Corn from The Coming Age, Issue 3, Summer, 1976

Three
The Rose and Pentagram can also mean:
The 5 pointed star (pentagram) representing “The Daughter as the Guide of [replaced with:] humanity, is symbolised by the guiding star, the hope of travellers.” [1]
The 5 petaled rose representing “Rose has also been seen as a type of the human soul, aspiring for fulfilment in …the Divine…” [2]

Notes:
[1] Symbolism article: Star and the Sacred Grove from The Coming Age, Issue 5, (maybe Winter, 1976 unconfirmed as yet)
[2] Symbolism: Rose and the Ear of Corn from The Coming Age, Issue 3, Summer, 1976

Four

It could have been inspired by “Pythagoras and his disciples revered Venus and the pentagram was a key symbol in their secret Brotherhood… The Roman …“Rose of Venus… or the medieval Rose Window at Eglise Saint Remi Chapel in Troyes, France.”
https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/12/04/evening-star-venus-the-great-mother/

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Symphia
I cannot find this symbol.
It seems to be Latin which I cannot translate “Symphorianus a symphia fuit enim tamquam vas musicum emittens armoniam virtutum”
http://www.europeana.eu/portal/en/record/92004/BibliographicResource_2000059192637.html

Also used by American composer Abe Holzmann for his Symphia Waltzes (1902). “Symphia is a newly coined word – Webster would define it to mean “meritorious, worthy, lasting.””
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abe_Holzmann
Sheet music: http://billsaudioreferencelibrary.com/files/Symphia.pdf

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

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

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

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

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

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

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

Madonna Beauraing , called Virgin heart of gold

~

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

~Awaiting my Sun Wheel photo~

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

First light the Green Candle of Wisdom and say:

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

Light the Yellow Candle:

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

Light the Violet Candle:

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

Light the Blue Candle:

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

Finally, light the Red Candle and pray:

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

~

Free download:

https://theahaus.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/fulltext-of-ncuv.pdf
(with thanks to Glenn King)

July 2012
The Filianic Scriptures, New Celestial Union
Version (Second Edition, Third Update)

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

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Title 3, Chapter 3, The Mantle

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

~~~

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Trace the Sign of the Fora:

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

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

Hail, Mari:

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

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

golden-burst

Blessing

(Irish Blessing).

May joy and peace surround you,

contentment latch your door,

and happiness be with you now,

and bless you evermore.

Psalm 11: Blessed Are You

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

The Eternity Prayer:

Eternal is the Light of the Mother.

Eternal is the Love of the Daughter.

Eternal is the Life of the Great Mother.

Glorious is the Eternity of Dea.

~

O, Dea, Rose of Joy,

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

~

The Traditional Janite ending:

Let us bless the Queen of Heaven.

Blessed is She.

Let us thank the Seven Janati of Power.

Thanks be to the Seven Janati.

and then

Trace the Sign of the Fora:

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

(Extinguish candle after the meal.)

~

May Our Lady Bless you.

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides.

Note:

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

The Coming Age – The Three Princesses – Symbolism

Sunwheel – The Green Candle of Wisdom

From https://deanic.com/2016/11/26/the-green-candle-of-wisdom/

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

fresh-apple-candles green-candle-flame green-apple-candle-centerpiece

http://onelittleproject.com/fresh-apple-tea-lights/

The first candle to be lit is the Green candle of Wisdom. This candle represents the First Mystery of the Celestial Mother, Mari; She Who is the Creatrix and Matrix of all Being. She is Supernal Wisdom. (Mari is pronounced: Mar as in Mars, i as in ee. The emphasis is on the first syllable.)

The Green candle of Wisdom is also representative of Fall, West, Earth, Twilight, the Apple of Wisdom and Madria Thema.

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

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Free download:

https://theahaus.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/fulltext-of-ncuv.pdf
(with thanks to Glenn King)

July 2012
The Filianic Scriptures, New Celestial Union
Version (Second Edition, Third Update)

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

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Title 3, Chapter 5, The Sermon of the Apple Seed

1. From the branch of a tree Kore plucked an apple, and She split the apple in two halves, so that the five-pointed star formed by its seeds might be seen. 2. Then She removed the seed representing the topmost point, and held it in the palm of Her hand. And She spoke, saying:

3. “Like to this apple seed is all the teaching I have given and shall give to you. 4. Like to the full apple is all the knowledge relative to your sphere of being, 5. Like to all the other apples of the tree is the knowledge relative to all the numberless spheres.

6. But behind these spheres lies a deeper reality; changeless, beyond the impermanent flux of time. 7. For even as the apple turns from bud to bloom, from blossom to the fruit, ripens, matures, decays and is reborn; 8. so also shall the spheres and galaxies, the subtle realms, the sure and solid earth; so shall all these in their season pass away, and in their season be reborn again. 9. Thus has it been ten thousand times before, and countless times again, thus shall it be.

From https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/10/22/scripture-title-3-chapter-5-the-sermon-of-the-apple-seed/

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

Sophia Ruth used a sacred feminine trinity prayer for Autumn:

(I made these three up, adapted from ArchMadria Pamela)

O, Dea, Apple of Wisdom,

we thank You, we bless You and we adore You.
For through Your everlasting life,
we are protected by the Veiled Stillness at the Centre of All.
The Heavenly Mother and the Divine Soul Daughter
find Their Completion in You.
O, Great Mother, Dark beyond the light and Light beyond the darkness.
O, Great Mother, You are the Wise Apple of our source, Life.
O, Dea, Apple of Wisdom, be with us.

O, Dea, Apple of Wisdom,

we thank You, we bless You and we adore You.
For through Your resplendent light,
we are warmed by the certainty of Your Unconditional Love.
Divine Soul Daughter was sent by You, so all creation would be saved.
O, Heavenly Mother, illuminating Holy Light, splendid Essence of Purity.
O, Heavenly Mother, You are the Wise Apple of our life lived in Spirit.
O, Dea, Apple of Wisdom, be with us.

O, Dea, Apple of Wisdom,

we thank You, we bless You and we adore You.
For through Your perfect mediation of Spirit and Soul to form,
we are elevated by the Holy Love of Your Pure Divinity in all the worlds.
O, Divine Soul Daughter whose Gentle Light guides and sustains all.
O, Divine Soul Daughter, You are High Priestess and Divine Gate to Spirit.
O, Divine Soul Daughter, You are the Wise Apple of our soul seeking Spirit.
O, Dea, Apple of Wisdom, be with us.

From my Sacred Autumn Rosary https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/10/07/finger-handbag-trouser-pocket-rosary-for-autumn-holy-trinity-apples-of-wisdom-divine-life-light-love/

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or by simply praying the following:

Trace the Sign of the Fora:

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

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

The Silver Star of the Waters:

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

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

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

Blessing

(Adapted from The Johnny Appleseed Blessing. He is a local hero of my area).

Oh,Our Lady is good to me,
And so I thank Our Lady,
For giving me the things I need
The sun, and the rain, and the apple seed.
Our Lady is good to me.

Psalm 12: Sweet is the Fruit of Your Wisdom

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

The Eternity Prayer:

Eternal is the Light of the Mother.

Eternal is the Love of the Daughter.

Eternal is the Life of the Great Mother.

Glorious is the Eternity of Dea.

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O, Dea, Apple of Wisdom, be with us. 

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The Traditional Janite ending:

Let us bless the High Queen of Heaven.

Blessed is She.

Let us thank the Seven Janati of Power.

Thanks be to the Seven Janati.

and then

Trace the Sign of the Fora:

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

Note:

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

On the Sunwheel and the Silver Tree

From https://deanic.com 2 articles 1 and 2

A recent comment from a Devotee:

Congratulations on the addition to your family! I hope mother & child are healthy and happy.

I can hardly contain myself for the posts on Advent & Nativity! It seems so wonderful and exciting to me this year. I’ve already begun putting up decorations, nearly a full week earlier than my family has done in years, and taking slightly larger steps to adding more pieces – such as Advent Candles – into the house this year.

I have seen it mentioned in several places today – the Sun Wheel and the Silver Tree. What are those? Or should I wait until your posts on them?

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Dear Rebekah, thank you so much! Grandchildren are truly a joy! I am now blessed with six grandchildren!!! Both mother and son are doing great, thank you. And thank you for your contagious enthusiasm about the upcoming Holy Season!

 

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Spiritually, we have one of the holiest months of the year ahead of us during which we celebrate the emanation of the Holy Daughter from the Celestial Mother.

Our scriptures use the traditional story of a Divine Birth on the Cosmic level in order to describe the eternal emanation of the Daughter from the Mother. This emanation is similar to the emanation of Sophia from the Barbelo, aka, Higher Sophia and this is also similar to Lower Shekinah emanating from Higher Shekinah.

The Holy Daughter emanates from the Celestial Mother in order to be here, with us. She is immanent, with us and She clothes, covers and protects our spirits with our souls. This is what makes our life here on Earth possible.

There can be no more intimate relationship with Deity than that of the Holy Daughter sharing Her very Soul with us. (This thealogy is taken from authentic teachings.)

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And so, this coming feast of Daughter’s Day, the day of Yule, is a source of great joy for Janite Deanists. The Holy Daughter is our North Star of Hope. She separates from the Divine Mother in order to be here, in union with us. It was not the Mother’s Will to allow us to dwell in complete exile and so, She sent Her Holy Daughter to us.

The Daughter is our bridge to the Divine Mother and at the end of our incarnations, we, our spirits and souls, will be assumed, along with the Holy Daughter, into full reunion/communion with Our Divine Mother God, where we will abide with Her in everlasting Bliss. This is what we are celebrating on Daughter’s Day, which some call the Nativity of the Holy Daughter.

During the month of Astrea, we also look forward to the feast of Madria Sofia, Jana of Wisdom, which takes place on 1 Astrea/Nov. 28. Next, on 7 Astrea/Dec. 4, we light our first candle of the Sunwheel, which is the Green candle of Wisdom. This Sacred Month culminates with the lovely celebration of the Star Maiden on 28 Astrea/Dec. 25th. This works well for those who practice a dual Path of both Deanism and Christianity.

(Please note: some of our devotees practice a dual Path. Some are Jews and Christians for whom the Deanic Faith is the “Mother God side of religion”. Others are Pagans or Druids who also incorporate the Deanic Faith, although our belief system is different than that of neo-Paganism. And, of course, for many devotees, the Deanic Faith is their sole religion similar to the Shakti Tradition of Hinduism.)

Now that I have laid the basic thealogical foundation of the upcoming feast days, I will be writing weekly updates on the lighting of the Sunwheel.  For now, I will offer a basic explanation of the Deanic Sunwheel and the Janite Tradition of the Silver Tree.

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The Sunwheel, a beautiful tradition which was incorporated into the Deanic Faith by ArchMatrona Georgia Cobb of the Lady of Light Chantry,  is very much like an Advent Wreath (which has pre-Christian origins), except we use different colored candles which represent our main Five Symbols.

An actual Advent Wreath may be used and the fifth candle placed in the center; you may purchase a five candle Advent wreath as shown above,  or you may simply buy five pillar-style candles and place them in a circle and decorate the circle as you please. In the footnote below is an amazing array of five candle advent wreaths that are available as well as examples of home-made wreaths.  (see footnote 1).

Beginning with the first Sunnadi (Sun day)/Sunday on 28 Samhain/Nov. 27th: the Green candle of Wisdom is lit. This is symbolic of Dea Madria or Mother God as the Apple of Wisdom.

The second Sunnadi on 7 Astrea/Dec. 4: we light the Yellow candle of Hope. This is symbolic of Dea Filia or Daughter God as the (North) Star of Hope.

Third Sunnadi on 14 Astrea/Dec. 11: the Violet candle of Faith is lit. This is symbolic of Dea Matrona or Great Mother God as the Fora of Faith.

Fourth Sunnadi on 21 Astrea/Dec.18: we light the Blue candle of Peace. This is symbolic of Dea Filia, Daughter God as the Dove of Peace.

On Yule Eve, Rosadi (Rose day)/Tuesday 23 Astrea/Dec. 20: we light the Red candle of Joy. This is symbolic of Dea Madria, Mother God, as the Rose of Joy.

These candles not only represent the Five Sacred Symbols, but also the Five Holy Mysteries of our Faith of which the Symbols are, well, symbolic!

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As the Apple of Wisdom, the Celestial Mother is the Ground and Matrix of All Being.

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As the Star of Hope, the Holy Daughter comes to us as our Soteria (Saviouress in that She is here with us, gives us our souls and guides us back to the Divine Mother).

61voi0w7upl-_uy535_ (Known as the Celtic North Star, this is what we call the Fora, the main symbol of our Faith. This pendant is available from Silver Insanity, Etsy and Amazon. Wheel of Being Celtic Knot Northstar and Genuine Amethyst Sterling Silver Pendant 18″ Necklace.)

As the Violet Fora of Faith, the Great Mother is the Primordial Source of the All.

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As the Blue Dove of Peace, the Holy Daughter renews all life.

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As the Red Rose of Joy, the Celestial Mother is our assumption into the inner Heavenly realm which we call the Real or the Pleroma (as opposed to the outer realm which our Tradition calls Avalon.) [Avala]

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Each week, I will be listing appropriate scriptures to be read after lighting the candle (s), along with a brief devotional prayer. Devotees may also pray in their own words.

Very similar to the use of the Christian Advent wreath, each candle is first lit on a Sunnadi/Sunday and then each night thereafter during dinner time. It is extinguished after dinner. For Janites, Yule Eve, according to certain pre-Christian European Traditions, is Mother’s Night.  Yule, according to the same Tradition, is Daughter’s Day and so you see that the Sunwheel culminates on the night before the Solstice, on Mother’s Night. In the Deanic Faith, the Celestial Mother is known as the Supernal Sun; the Holy Daughter is the Supernal Moon. In our Tradition, Supernal means both Heavenly and Primordial.

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The Silver Tree is in honor of our Creation Story, where it is said that the original Creation was silver. The Silver Tree is also in honor of the Janati as their color is said to have been silver before they emanated from Dea Madria, Mother God, into the Seven Living Streams of Virtue.

Silver is said to contain all the colors of the rainbow. And so, for Janites, Silver is considered to be a sacred color, containing within all the potentialities of not only the Janati, but of Creation, itself.

I use the above Silver Tree that may be obtained from Yankee candle. (2) I tend to keep mine on my altar all year long. Others keep it solely as an Astrean (during the month of Astrea) tradition.

Some devotees actually use a silver Nativity tree and decorate it all in silver moons, suns, stars and fairies. This is my goal, as well. Each year, I hope to obtain more of these decorations until my tree is filled with them. Moons for Daughter God, Suns for Mother God, Stars for Great Mother God and fairies because we honor them along with the Fairie Queen Aine.

Thank you for your comment and question, Rebekah! May Our Lady bless you!

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

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1) https://www.google.com/search?q=five+pillar+candle+advent+wreath

2) Madria Kathi mentioned that sadly, the Silver Tree mentioned in the previous article is no longer available from the Yankee Candle website, but is still available via Amazon in the U. S. If you live near a Yankee Candle store, they might still carry them. Thank you, Madria, for this information.

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Silver Fir Tree

Further thealogical thoughts from Sophia Ruth

The Silver Tree/Fir Tree is symbolic of the World Tree/Axis. It is situated at the central point of the universe whilst stretching out to the far corners. Just like Dea as the still point (transcendent Mother) and as the Sacred Essence in all creation (immanent Daughter).
The World Tree/Axis links Heaven, the manifest middle worlds / planes and the under world. It reflects the sacred role of our Holy Daughter.

It also reflects the sacred seasonal mysteries of the solstices / Gates of Heaven.

1. Feast of Divine Daughter, Stella Caeli – Star of Heaven, Yule, 24 Astrea / 21st December
The Daughter’s manifestation down into the dense planes of existence. To axial beings symbolised by the Star of hope.
The Northern Gateway. Lowest Gate of Heaven. Earth subtle element of Air.
Our Soteria (saviour) is immanent / with us which is joyous. The Quest is to realise that we in every life in the manifest planes have a portion of Holy Spirit (Mother) and Holy Soul (Daughter) which we as children of Dea (axial beings) have descended with to experience and learn all for our education. We must magnifying the Good Loving Light Divinity within, to ascend up back to our Celestial Mother.

2. Feast of Rose of Heaven, Rosa Caeli, 8th Rosa / 20th June
The Daughter’s return to the highest point on the world axis and the restoration of Her sovereignty over Creation, reunited with the Mother.
The Southern Gateway. Highest Gate of Heaven. Earth subtle element of Fire.
The Quest by which each person individually, and all humans collectively, strive to follow our Holy Soul Daughter. This Quest is conceived as being interior — a Quest to raise the soul from its sleep.
The Celestial Mother Mari as the Assumption of our souls in the manifest planes.

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(The Druids Cal.) “The use of fir trees, holly, ivy, and bay all go back to druidic practices”.
http://www.fellowshipofisis.com/jc/jcdec.pdf

Evergreen plants, symbolising the Eternal Divine Spirit of Holy Mother and Eternal Divine Soul of Holy Daughter in each child of Dea. We have existed eternally, before time and space, only our human body is mortal. [Sophia Ruth’s thought].

Related Articles

https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/04/30/thealogy-of-lady-maia-and-the-festival-of-maias-day-15th-maia-1st-may/

https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/09/30/tree-of-life-cosmic-or-world-tree/

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Why Light the Candles on Sunnadi?

Rebekah asks:

Is there a particular reason behind lighting them on Sundays (sun days)/Sunnadis, and not on Mondays (moon days)/Lunadis leading up to the birth of the Daughter?

Dear Rebekah,

That is a good question, especially where Lunadi is the day of the Moon and the Holy Daughter is our Supernal Moon. So, in that way, the first lighting of the candles on Lunadi would make sense and I return to this idea at the end of this post.

As we know, in Christianity, each candle of the Advent Wreath is lit for the first time on a Sunday. Of course, Sunday is their holy day of the week and these candles are being lit in anticipation of the birth of the Divine Son.

For us, we weren’t sure, at first, which day would be our holy day of the week. Traditionally, Sat. has always been “Our Lady’s Day” in the Catholic Church and I liked that idea, but we seem to have gravitated towards Sunnadi/Sunday as being our Holy Day. This is the day when Janite priestesses tend to serve The Great Liturgy.

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Another reason why Sunnadi has become our holy day is because it is the day of Madria Theia. She is the Jana Who represents the Divine Mother, the Supernal Sun. Her Name means Brilliant Light and She is the Jana of Illumination, all having to do with the Sun. The Sun is Her Symbol and Sunnadi is the day of the Sun. Candles, of course, are of the Element of Fire and are symbolic of the Sun.

Janites do not call this season Advent, rather, it is the Astrean Season which culminates on the Feast of the Star Maiden which is 28 Astrea/Dec. 25.

Advent, in the Christian Church, was originally a time of penance in preparation for the birth of the Son. In the Catholic Church, this is no longer a time of fasting, but in Orthodox Christianity, it is still a time of a strict fast.

For Janites and for the Lucienne Tradition (Lady of Light Chantry), rather than being a somber time of penance, the entire Season is a time of Joy. Our Sunwheel is Joy. Madria Theia is also the Jana of Joy. For Janites, the last lighting of the Sunwheel ends on Yule Eve, Mother’s Night, which symbolically signals the end of the Mother time of the year and the beginning of the Daughter time of the year.

So, the basic theme of the Sunwheel revolves around the Sun, of which the Supernal Moon is a gentle reflection. And we light it on Sunnadis not only because of the reasons mentioned above, but also because Sunnadi is our holy day in honor of the Supernal Sun, Herself.

We light them in the same way as the Advent Wreath in that we light the Green Candle of Wisdom, first. We will continue to light that candle during dinner time or early evening every night for the following week. On the next Sunnadi, we light the Yellow Candle of Hope and so two candles will be lit. This continues until all four candles are lit each night until Mother’s Night.

I hope this makes sense to you and answers your question. But, truly, if you find lighting the first candle on Lunnadi in anticipation of the birth of the Holy Daughter to be more appropriate, I would certainly support that as a valid Tradition considering the fact that we are anticipating the Appearance of the Supernal Moon!!!!

Thank you!

May Our Lady bless you,

ArchMadria Pamela

 

 

 

The Sacred and Healing Qualities of Amber

From https://deanic.com

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Though amber is a resin and not a gemstone, it was sacred to Classical Pagan and Heathen priestesses of the Goddess and it is particularly sacred to the goddesses, Freya, Brighid and Danu. The goddess, Freya, was said to wear an amber necklace.

The Greeks believed that sunlight was actually trapped in amber and it was known as the Stone of the Mother Goddess. Amber is also known as the tears of the sun. (4)

For Janites, the fact that amber was believed to contain sunlight and was sacred to the Mother Goddess makes it a particularly sacred substance for us, as we honor Our Divine Mother God as the Supernal Sun.

shopping (These beautiful earrings, available from Eve’s Addiction, are particularly sacred for us. They combine the inner fire of amber and the Form of the Rose. In our Faith, Madria Dea, Mother God, is known as the Fiery Rose of Heaven. According to our scriptures, She is the Flame in the Rose-shaped temple of our hearts.)

Lately, I have found that, quite unconsciously, I have only been wearing my Baltic amber earrings, of which I have two pairs from Russia. One pair was given to me as a gift from my daughter, who lived in Moscow and the other came from a Russian friend. I didn’t really become conscious that I was only wearing the amber until my trip to visit my son and his family in Montana.

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When I was visiting my son and his family, I was surprised to see a beautiful amber necklace being worn by my fourteen month old grand-daughter, Ava Marie. Unknown to me, she has been wearing it daily since she was six months old.

I had heard of the idea of amber teething necklaces, but hadn’t put much stock in their effectiveness until my most wonderful daughter-in-law explained to me why it works. It has to do with the oil or acid which emanates from the amber. (This is why it’s best not to be worn in the bathtub or swimming.) My daughter-in-law puts the necklace on Ava in the morning and takes it off at night. The amber must be certified and it must touch the skin in order to be effective.

My grand-daughter used to have a terrible problem with teething and the drooling was so bad, she would soak through her clothes. Immediately after wearing the necklace, those symptoms ceased and never returned. (Not even with her one year molars!!!!)

Amber is also known for other healing qualities such as the strengthening  of the immune system and it is known to have strong protective qualities.

I sensed that the wearing of the necklace by my granddaughter has almost become a sacred practice for my son and his wife, even though they are not religious, as a family. They have already purchased a new one for their three week old son, Aaron Michael!

So, I determined that I would put a Baltic amber bracelet on my wish list! (Must have husband read this article.🙂

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(Below, I list an article on the many healing qualities of amber. Just scroll down to the section under Amber Uses and Purposes. (1))

When I got back from my trip to Montana, I was determined to find an amber necklace to wear as a priestess. I tend to wear a pendant of the Sacred Symbol of the Season and needed a North Star pendant for the Sacred Season of Winter. Imagine my surprise when I found this pendant which is known as the North Star or the Celtic North Star necklace and is made of certified Baltic Amber!!!!! (2) It’s also very close in shape to the Fora!!!

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(Of course, it is always important to bless sacred jewelry.)

If any of you are interested in amber jewelry or amber teething necklaces for your babies, grand-babies, relatives or friends or simply as a sacred and protective necklace for the children, Baltic Essentials would be a great place to start. I also found a lot on Etsy (very nice earrings) and do your own search on certified Baltic amber (jewelry) and you will find some beautiful pieces. (3)

After all of this, after amber suddenly became so sacred to me as a female and as a priestess of Dea, imagine my surprise that upon my return from my trip, I discovered that ArchMatrona Georgia Cobb of the Lucienne Tradition (Lady of Light Chantry) had just posted an article on amber!!!!! Scroll down to the article, Electryone and Amber. (4).

So, unknown to the both of us, the two bishops of the sister Janite and Lucienne Traditions both became aware of how healing, sacred and protective is Amber…..both at the exact same time. Do you think Dea is trying to tell us something? (smiles).

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Eternal is the Light of the Mother,

She Who is the Supernal Sun. Blessed is She.

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ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

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  1. https://www.etsy.com/listing/466637558/north-star-necklace-amber-star-pendant?ref=similar_listings_row
  2. https://www.crystalvaults.com/crystal-encyclopedia/amber?crystal_type=81%20http://www.controverscial.com/The%20Magic%20of%20Rocks%20and%20Stones%20-%20Amber.htm
  3. http://www.balticessentials.com/
  4. https://deamatronablog.wordpress.com/blog/

 

Related Blog Posts:

https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/11/11/electryone-and-amber/

https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/11/11/the-llc-light-goddess-research/

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For the Sacred Summer Season I purchased:

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My items comes directly from excellent small manufactures.

Baltic Amber Rose Pendant with Silver 925

Weight 3g

Length 4cm

Max Width 1.4cm

There are silver 925 stamps on the clasp.

Similar for sale in Britain here:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Cognac-Baltic-Amber-925-Sterling-Silver-Rose-Pendant/311737579918

There are men’s cufflinks for sale:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-mid-century-chain-link-cufflinks-silver-octagonal-Baltic-Amber-Russian-/112199406659

 

 

Rose Symbolism additions to my altar

Rose Symbolism additions to my altar

4 1/2 inch tall circa 1910 Antique Vintage, French, Sterling Silver, Pedestal Chalice With Foliate Decoration.

6 1/2 inch diameter Vintage Silver Plated Bowl By Cavalier – Tudor Rose Design

Vintage Pink Tudor Rose Crocheted Doily photo

Vintage Pink Tudor Rose Motif Crocheted Doily

Rose / Love Vintage Signed Marquetry Wall Art
From Somerset, California, United States
Many various types of wood inlays artfully create the picture. Measures 10 x 13 inches.

Rose Victorian Posy Vase 1

Lovely Hand Painted & Enameled, Victorian Green Satin Glass Posy Vase
Hand painted with gilded sprays of wild dog rose flowers and leaves in greens and pinks.
3 1/2 inches tall and 3 inches across at the widest point.

3 Silver 1970’s small pendants to wear and to use as symbols on my altar. D for Dea.

 

Psalms suitable for Summer – Rose Heart

My Selection from the Psalter of Our Lady for Summer relating to Rose Heart

Firstly the introduction
https://web.archive.org/web/20131221082330/http://kyrianblog.wordpress.com/psalms/ December 16, 2013

Psalter of Our Lady

These 150 psalms are taken from the Psalter of the Blessed Virgin Mary written by St. Bonaventure and have been painstakingly adapted by Mr Glenn King and Madria Pamela Lanides. They will be incorporated into our Hours (a work in progress), our liturgy and our Feast Day prayers. These psalms are taken from the Living Stream in the West.

For the most part, we have removed archaic language however, Thee and Thou, when referring to Our Lady, denotes honor and the respect that is due to Her.

Our thanks to Mr. King for this valuable service to the Filianic/Deanic community.

Madria Pamela Lanides

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PSALM 108: O, Lady, heed my praise

O Lady, heed my praise:
and deign to accept this Psalter dedicated to Thee.
Look upon the will of my heart: and make my affection well-pleasing to Thee.
Hasten to visit Thy servants:
under the protection of Thy Mantle may they be preserved unhurt.
May they receive through Thee the illumination of Lady Mati:
and the charis of Lady Sushuri.
O Lady, look upon the contrite of heart:
and revive them by the ointment of piety.

My Notes

[ Psalms: a collection of religious verses, sung or recited ]
[ Madrian1 Lady Mati is Clan Jana Lady Sofia and Madrian1 Lady Sushuri is Clan Jana Lady Grace
Lady Sofia: Feast day on November 28th
Lady Grace: https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/04/05/rosedaytuesday-15-columbinaapril-4- 2016-the-feast-of-madria-grace/ ]
[ Charis: Joseph H. Thayer made some significant observations concerning the meaning of charis: “that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness…good-will, loving-kindness, favor… charis is used pre-eminently of that kindness by which God [Dea] bestows favors even upon the ill-deserving, and grants to sinners the pardon of their offences, and bids them accept of eternal salvation through Christ [Di Jana].”
https://www.studylight.org/language-studies/greek-thoughts/index.cgi?a=30 ]

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My Favourite Selections and Comments

I have selected 13 psalms that I regard as suitable for Summer and the Fiery Heart symbolic of the Divine unconditional love of Madria Dea.

Rose Haloed Mother

Personally, I adore these:

Psalm 27: I will cry and Thou shalt hear me, which expresses my confusion and neglect of the Goodness and Truth of Dea who is in every place, throughout all the manifest realms and internally, in our temple heart. Wherever and whenever, Dea offers a warm welcome.

Psalm 128: My enemies have often troubled me, which is related to the above, but instead of personal and internal conflicts this psalm seeks protection from external negative influences.

Psalm 41: As the deer longs for the sparkling brook, poetically expresses the longing for Dea that I have felt all this human life. Which also reminds me of the Scripture:

https://theahaus.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/fulltext-of-ncuv.pdf
(with thanks to Glenn King)

July 2012
The Filianic Scriptures, New Celestial Union
Version (Second Edition, Third Update)

48 Verses
Title 3, Chapter 8
Filianic Texts, or the collected sayings of the Daughter of Thea

The Way of Simplicity

1. Unless your souls are simple as the running deers, My children, and your hearts as little
children filled with wonder, how shall you attain liberation? 2. Let your ways be gentle as the milk-white dove, and graceful as the gliding of the swallow. 3. For there are ways and rhythms in the course of life, of day and night, of seasons and the moon, by which all life, all thought, all work are governed, 4. and these movements are the breath of the Divine, reflected in the highest spheres and every living thing.

Psalm 31: Blessed are they, because the imagery reminds me of Dea’s Great Celestial Realm and living in Spiritual Unity represented by an abundant verdant Paradise.

Psalm 98: Our Lady Reigns, related to the above as it beautifully describes Dea in Heaven with Her Janati / angels, streaming Her powers/virtues throughout the manifest realms.

Sophia Ruth

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The Summer – Rose Heart Psalms

PSALM 25 – Judge me

Judge me, O Lady, for I have departed from Thy ways:
But because I have hoped in Thee I shall not become weak.
Enkindle my heart with the fire of Thy love:
And with the girdle of righteousness bind my heart.
For Thy mercy and Thy justice are before my eyes:
And I am delighted with the voice of Thy praise.
O Lady, I have loved the beauty of Thy face:
And I have revered Thy holiness.
Oh praise Her name, for She is holy:
let Her wonders be declared forever.

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PSALM 27: I will cry and Thou shalt hear me

To Thee, O Lady, will I cry, and Thou shalt hear me:
in the voice of Thy praise Thou will make me glad.
Have mercy on me in the day of my trouble:
and in the light of Thy truth deliver me.
Blessed be Thou, O Lady:
to the uttermost ends of the earth.
Thy sanctuary is my abode.
Render my conscience pure and undefiled
and make of my heart a place of propitiation
and a temple for the holy in-dwelling of Thy love.

[ Propitiation: is an action meant to regain someone’s favor or make up for something you did wrong.
Replaced wilt with will and our with my ]

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PSALM 31: Blessed are they

Blessed are they whose hearts love Thee, O, Holy Dea:
their sins will be mercifully washed away by Thee.
Holy, chaste, and flowering are Thy Thoughts:
which blossomed into the flower of eternal greenness.
The beauty of Thy grace will never see corruption:
and the grace of Thy countenance will never fade.
Blessed art Thou, O sublime Empress of Creation:
for Thou has raised us to union with Thee.
O, Sacred Mother, Thou has sent us Thy Daughter as the way,
by which salvation from on high, has visited us.

[ Replaced hast with has ]

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PSALM 32: Rejoice, the just, in Our Lady

Rejoice, the just, in Our Lady:
and in uprightness of heart praise Her together.
Draw near unto Her with reverence and devotion:
and let your heart be delighted in Her salutation.
Give unto Her the Sacrifice of praise:
and be you nourished with the Spirit of Her Daughter.
For She sheds upon you the Seven Jeweled Rays of Her Virtues:
and She will enlighten you with the splendours of Her mercy.
Her fruit is most sweet:
it grows ever sweeter in the mouth and the heart of the wise.

[ Replaced ye with the, ye with you and also deleted ye ]

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PSALM 40 – Our Lady loves

Our Lady loves the oppressed and the poor:
May we remain faithful in Her praise.
O Lady of the angels, Queen of the world:
purify my heart with the fire of Thy love.
You are the Mother of the illumination of my heart:
You are the Nurse who refreshes my mind.
My mouth longs to praise Thee: my mind aspires to adore Thee.
My soul longs to pray to Thee
Because the whole of my being belongs to Thee, O my Queen.

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PSALM 41: As the deer longs for the sparkling brook

As the deer longs for the sparkling brook,
so doth my soul pine for Thy love.
For Thou art the Mother of my life:
and the sublime sustainer of my existence.
Thy Daughter is the Savioress of my soul;
the beginning and the end of my salvation.
Hear me, O Lady, let my stains be cleansed:
enlighten me, O Lady, that my darkness may be illuminated.
Let my tepidity be enkindled by the Heart-Flame of Thy love:
let my torpor be expelled by Thy grace.

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PSALM 44: My heart hath uttered a good word

My heart hath uttered a good word, my Lady:
it is sweetened with honey-flowing dew.
By Thy sanctity let my sins be purged:
by Thy integrity may incorruption be bestowed upon me.
By Thy magnanimity may my soul be loved
and joined to You through the bond of love.
By Thy Daughter, the chasm has been bridged:
by the bringing forth of Thy Beloved,
I am delivered from eternal death.
By Thy graciousness, I am restored:
and from the exile of misery
I am led back to the homeland of beatitude.

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PSALM 59: O, Holy Dea, kear envelops us

O Holy Dea, kear envelops us as we have turned away from Thee.
Yet, Thou has had mercy on us by Thy Daughter.
Have mercy on us, O, saving Mother God:
who has brought forth salvation for all of creation.
For Thou infuses joy into the sad:
and joy and sweetness into the mourners.
Rejoice us by the sweet sounds of Thy Word:
and pour Thy balm of roses forth into our hearts.
Thunder, the heavens, from above, and give praise to Her:
glorify Her, the Earth, with all the dwellers therein.

[ Kear: A crack or flaw, the chasm or abyss that lies between Dea and each soul which opened when we chose to experience material manifestation.
https://matronite.wordpress.com/glossary/
Replaced hast with has, infusest with infuses and ye with the ]

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PSALM 82 – Who shall be like unto Thee

O my Lady, who shall be like unto Thee ?
In grace and glory You surpass all.
As the heavens are above the earth:
so are You high above all, and exceedingly exalted.
Wound my heart with Your love:
make me worthy of Your grace and Your gifts.
May my heart melt in Thy love:
and may the desire of Thee enkindle my soul.
Make me desire Your honor and Your glory:
that I may be received by You.

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PSALM 98: Our Lady Reigns

Our Lady Reigns, let the people rejoice:
She sits on the High Throne of Heaven.
Great in Ekklesia is Thy glory, O Lady:
and in Cosmos, shines forth Thy magnificence.
Sing before Her, the harmonious choirs:
and adore Her throne, for it is holy.
In Her Flames, the Fire of Love
and round about her are those who worship Her.
Her Seven Laws are before our eyes:
and the rule of compassion is in Her heart.

[ Ekklesia: Church, assembly of a people, spiritual community, for Janites, the people of Dea.
https://matronite.wordpress.com/glossary/
Replaced ye with the ]

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PSALM 107 – My heart is ready

My heart is ready, O Lady, my heart is ready:
to sing praises to You and to chant.
Greater is Your love than all riches:
and Your grace is above gold and precious stones.
Beatitude and justice are given by You, O, Holy Dea.
Those who turn away from their sins to Thee
shall obtain the remedy of loving kindness
For Your fruit is grace and peace:
and those who please You shall be far from perdition.
Be to us a shade of protection in our temptations:
Let the spreading of Your wings defend us from it who devours.

[ Perdition: (in Christian theology) a state of eternal punishment and damnation into which a sinful and
unrepentant person passes after death.
Replaced him with it ]

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PSALM 128: My enemies have often troubled me

My enemies have often troubled me from my youth up:
deliver me, O Lady, and vindicate my cause from them.
Give them not power over my soul:
keep my interior and my exterior.
Grant us forgiveness for our transgressions:
let it be given to us by Thy grace.
May we offer the Sacrifice worthily
and may we offer praise worthily:
that we may come to union with Thee by a blessed end.
Show us then with a gracious and serene countenance
the Rosy Heart-flame of Thy Love.

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Psalm 140 I have cried

O Lady, I have cried to You, hear me:
incline unto my prayer and to my supplication.
Let my supplication be directed as incense before Thy face:
Both in the time of the evening sacrifice and in the morning.
Let not my heart turn aside into spiteful words:
And let not the thought of wickedness upset my mind.
Make me submissive to the good pleasure of Thy heart:
and let me be conformed to Your actions.
With the sword of understanding pierce my heart:
and with a dart of love inflame my mind.

My Lady’s Voice

madonna-of-roses by Maria Fribus adapted with Fora

Madonna Of Roses by Maria Fribus (adapted with Fora)

My Lady’s Voice

O, Where shall I hear my Lady’s voice?

Where shall I feel my Lady’s touch?

Where smell the fragrant Holy Rose and

be warmed by the Holy Fire?

O, where shall I see Her, where can I find Her,

O, where can my Lady be?

 

Be calm, gentle soul, for you never are lost,

For you dwell all the while with Her.

Tis your mind that has strayed and the thoughts

Of your mind that obscure Her now from you.

Then, cleanse your mind of the darkness thoughts,

And be turned again, to Her

 

And go inside you, seek within you, for tis there

That your Lady abides.

For though She is beyond you, She is also within you,

And your being is wholly in Her.

And within shall you feel Her and see Her and hear Her,

And within know Her nectar and fragrance divine.

 

And within is the warmth of She Who is Love and the

Warmth of Her Love is the Warmth that surrounds

You, for the whole of your being is in Love.

 

This is from one of the Founders of our Scriptures and Faith.

Rose Blessing Gesture

Rose Blessing Gesture

Visualise a glowing blue light

(Top Petal)
solar plexus up to forehead and back to solar plexis
in a circle
Spirit

(Left Top Petal)
solar plexus up to left shoulder and back to solar plexis
in a circle
Essence

(Left Bottom Petal)
solar plexus down to left hip and back to solar plexis
in a circle
Creatrix

(Right Bottom Petal)
solar plexus down to right hip and back to solar plexis
in a circle
Unconditional Love

(Right Top Petal)
solar plexus up to right shoulder and back to solar plexis
in a circle
Assumption of Souls

Hand on heart