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

Guiding Star of Hope, Midnight Star of Wonder

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8 point Northern Star of Hope & 5 point Pentagram Star of Wonder

Guiding Star of Hope

Dea Filia or Daughter God is the (North) Guiding Star of Hope.
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).
The Northern Star is a symbol for North, which is the corresponding direction for Winter in the Deanic Faith.

When I compare the sun symbol shape to the Northern Star – visually it is emanation.

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The Holy Daughter is said to have been born of (She emanates from) the Holy Mother during Winter at Midnight in our Cosmic Drama. The Sacred Time for Winter, according to our correspondences, is Midnight. The Northern Star is also sometimes known as the Midnight Star.Sailors use the Northern Star to navigate the often-times treacherous seas of the northern hemisphere, it was the Guiding Star home, just as the Holy Daughter, the Great Dove of the Waters, guides us back to the Celestial Mother and to the Supernal Realm which is our True Home. Our Lady is known as Stella Maris, Star of the Sea. The Star itself was once known as Stella Mars (Star of the Sea).stella-maris-blue

The North Star became a symbol for finding your way home safely and symbolically finding your way in life. But beyond that, as many sailors were deeply superstitious with a rich history of lore about life and death at sea, they were always looking for lucky charms. So many sailors began to place nautical star tattoos on their forearms or hands as a symbol of good luck and a desire to get home safely.
Skip forward through the centuries and the meaning of the nautical star tattoo has become broader. Not only is it a symbol of the sea, but also a sign of security and guidance for all sailors and travelers. It has also become a sign of following your dreams and achieving success in your life.

The Northern Star, or Polaris, also appears to ‘stand still’ in the sky, while all the other stars revolving around it just as the Janati and all hosts of Heaven surround Our Lady. It is a ‘fixed’ point in the sky, a constant companion for setting one’s course just as the Holy Daughter is ever with us to guide us on our own Soul Path.

This star was also sacred to the Greeks, Egyptians and other ancient world cultures.

Reblogged from
On the Sunwheel and the Silver Tree
https://matronite.com/2016/02/19/the-northern-star/
ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

Midnight Star of Wonder

I have a personal difference to Janite thealogy.
Our predecessors in the Madrian Faith used the upright pentagram which probably arose from studying Pythagoras.

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.

The ArchMadria and majority within the Janite Tradition have taken the decision that the upright pentagram (5 pointed star) has been adopted by Wicca and neo-Paganism faiths as their main symbol. Also despite the fact that the pentagram was used in early Christianity, it is still associated with evil, unfortunately.

Therefore the guiding Northern Star is more appropriate.

Crafts

star-origami

Star Origami – Japanese paper folding

or a 5 minute ribbon star hair style

http://www.princesshairstyles.com/2010/06/ribbon-star-hairstyle.html

 

Sunwheel – The Blue Candle of Peace

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

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

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

 

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

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

Dove of Peace
Dove of Peace

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

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

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

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

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

~

Free download:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sophia Ruth discovered this wonderful poem on the internet.

My Beautiful White Dove

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

or by simply praying the following:

Trace the Sign of the Fora:

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

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

Hail, Kore:

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

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Blessing

(Adapted Gaelic Blessing).

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

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

Psalm 1: Blessed are the souls

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

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

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

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

The Eternity Prayer:

Eternal is the Light of the Mother.

Eternal is the Love of the Daughter.

Eternal is the Life of the Great Mother.

Glorious is the Eternity of Dea.

~

O, Dea, Dove of Peace, be with us. 

~

The Traditional Janite ending:

Let us bless the Queen of Heaven.

Blessed is She.

Let us thank the Seven Janati of Power.

Thanks be to the Seven Janati.

and then

Trace the Sign of the Fora:

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

(Extinguish candle after the meal.)

~

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

First, light the Green Candle of Wisdom and pray:

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

Then, light the Yellow Candle of Hope and pray:

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

Then, light the Violet Candle of Faith and pray:

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

Light the Blue Candle of Peace and pray:

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

(Extinguish the candles after the meal.)

~

May Our Lady Bless you.

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides.

Note:

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

Star Blessing Gesture

Star Blessing Gesture

pentagram (sometimes known as a pentalpha or pentangle or a star pentagon)

Visualise a glowing yellow light

The Catechism of the Children of the Goddess [Dea]
Appendix 1: Making The Pentacle

The Pentacle (Note 1) is a powerful protective symbol. It is a variant of the five-pointed star of the Goddess [Dea] (the Madrian Rosary, the archetype of the rosaries used in all the masculist world religions, has one decade for each petal of the Rose – hence its name).

To form the Pentacle, one should first touch the forehead, then visualising a line of silver etheric light, bring the hand diagonally to touch the left hip, then draw another line to touch the right shoulder; then the left left shoulder; the right hip and finally the forehead again.

One of the most important symbolisms of the Pentacle is that of the elements or seasons. The uppermost point represents the fifth element: Spirit, and the fifth season, Moura. The other elements are arranged sunwise (clockwise) around the remaining points in order of the seasons: Water (Spring), Fire (Summer), Earth (Autumn) and Air (Winter). See diagram.

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On page 83 of Sacred Myths and Rites of the Madrians. Edited by Philip P Jackson.

The forming of the Pentacle symbolises the Cosmic Drama. We touch first Spirit, which represents the purity of the first creation; then Earth – the descent into matter; then Water (the Easter element) – the sacrifice of our Lady in coming to us; then Air – the star of Her coming and the bringing of Her light; She brings us to the consuming Fire of Her Mother’s Love – to “the Rose that is the Flame and the Flame that is a Rose”; through the Divine Fire, we are purged of imperfection and return to our first purity, touching Spirit again.

As well as its devotional value, the Pentacle can form a barrier against harmful spiritual and psychological influences.

One very effective visualisation, having made the Pentacle, is to envision a small flame at the tip of each point. Allow these to grow in size until their bases meet at the centre of the Pentacle. Thus each is a fiery petal of one great Rose of flame. This is particularly apt for the final decade of the Rosary, when completing the Great Pentacle and contemplating the Mystery of the Rose of the World. (1)

Notes

1
The term Pentacle is incorrect. This is a Pentagram. The terms pentagram and pentacle are sometimes used interchangeably. An upright pentacle is generally defined as an upright pentagram surrounded by a circle.

2
[The Janite Tradition uses Rose of Heaven, Rosa Caeli. NOT Rosa Mundi or Rose of the World because that means something else besides what the Madrians thought it did. (Or the Aristasians/DOSH).

Rosa Mundi. A Poem. By Aleister Crowley as H. D. Carr. One of a suite of poems written by Crowley for his then-wife, Rose on 7 January 1904 while Rose was suffering from an attack of fever. The frontispiece is a color lithograph of executed by Auguste Clot after an original pencil and wash design by Auguste Rodin. Published by Ph. Renouard, Paris (1905).
Aleister Crowley was an occultist involved in sex magic.
Beware of illustrations of naked people alongside this article.
http://dolorosa-reveries.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/rosa-mundi-excerptshd-carr-aleister.html

The following is a Deanic understanding:

“This image of the Rosa Mundi, or Rota Mundi, is the solar wheel of Apollo, the Lord of movement, of the ever passing/present moment. It is the Solar Citadel, the abode of the Heart, the symbolic center of the Supreme Center which is everywhere centered at once. It is a door through which this invisible place may be accessed by one with a pure heart and an unblemished soul. If one gains access to the center of the rose…”

…”A rose with seven petals each alludes, in all probability, to secret doctrines of septenary emanation…
Joscelyn Godwin, in Robert Fludd – Hermetic Philosopher of Two Worlds. Shambala, Boulder, 1979: 10 [w/illustration.]”

Commentary on Dat Rosa Mel Apibus by John Eberly
http://www.esoteric.msu.edu/Eberly/DatRosa.htm
24″ x 36,” acrylic on canvas, 2000
http://www.esoteric.msu.edu/Eberly/CommentaryDR.htm

“The Rota Mundi is a term frequently occurring in the early manifestos of the Fraternity of the Rose Cross. The word Rota by a rearrangement of its letters becomes Taro, the ancient name of these mysterious cards.”
http://gnosticteachings.org/glossary/t/2917-tarot.html ]

Other articles of interest:

The Madrian Rosary of Five Mysteries/Five Solar Seasons
https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/10/09/the-madrian-rosary-of-five-mysteriesfive-solar-seasons/

Evening Star – Venus – The Great Mother – Roman Era Rose of Venus
https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/12/04/evening-star-venus-the-great-mother/

 

Rite of Sacrifice for the Star Maiden Full Moon

Rite of Sacrifice for the Star Maiden Full Moon

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Altar for Star Maiden Moon

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Star altar cloth close up for Star Maiden Moon

From: https://deanic.com/the-rite-of-sacrifice-for-full-moons/

The Rite of Sacrifice

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

Blessed is Our Mother God, the Holy One,

She Who is the Celestial Mother,

She Who is the Holy Daughter,

She Who is the Great Mother,

Blessed is She.

TEMPLATION

C/H Let us seek sanctuary of the Janati of the fourfold Earth and of the Three-fold Heaven, that no harmful thing may come between ourselves and our devotion.

C: O, Most Holy Janati, in the most sacred Name of She that we are come to honor

IOT ‘E VOH

(all trace the Fora upon themselves)

In the Name of the Mother

And of the Daughter

And of  the Great Mother,

Dark beyond the light

And Light beyond the darkness;

We entreat you that your vigilance shall keep our service pure.

(C: turns to each quarter, tracing in the air, each time, the sign of the Fora  while saying)

O, Madria Grace, Guardian of East and Water, may there be peace, be with us.

O, Madria Vicka, Guardian of South and Fire, may there be peace, be with us.

O, Madria Thema, Guardian of West and Earth, may there be peace, be with us.

O, Madria Sofia, Guardian of North and Air, may there be peace, be with us.

O, Madria Candre, Madria Theia and Madria Rhea, Guardians of Spirit and Center, may there be peace,  be with us.

INVOCATION

C: Madria Dea,

Star of the Shimmering Depths, look upon us.

Light of the nocturnal heavens, Protector of the running deer

And of all free spirits, O, hear us.

We are come to celebrate Your resplendent purity and to solemnly devote ourselves to Your service. Mistress of the Silver-Helmed wave, come among us.

C/H Let us confess together our belief in that which alone is true.

CREED

THE JANITE DEANIC CREED

A (stand)

I believe that I am created from before the dawn of time

by the Eternal One, Madria Dea;

I believe that She is One and there are none beside Her,

and I believe that She is also Three.

~

I believe in the Mother, She Who is Pure Light;

the Creator of the Earth and of the Heavens,

and of all the infinite Cosmos.

~

And I believe in Her Holy Daughter, born of the Holy Mother;

She Who rules all the energies of Creation,

Whose Nature is Perfect Love.

~

And I believe that there is She, Who stands beyond these Two,

Whose Name has not been spoken on this Earth;

for She is the Beginning and the End,

the First Principle and the Final Cause,

the unoriginated Origin of Being;

the Great Mother of all that is and all that is not;

~

VERITATION:

I believe that I am created from before the dawn of time

by the Eternal One, Madria Dea;

I believe that She is One and there are none beside Her,

and I believe that She is also Three.

~

I believe in the Mother, She Who is Pure Light;

the Creator of the Earth and of the Heavens,

and of all the infinite Cosmos.

~

And I believe in Her Holy Daughter, born of the Holy Mother;

She Who rules all the energies of Creation,

Whose Nature is Perfect Love.

~

And I believe that there is She, Who stands beyond these Two,

Whose Name has not been spoken on this Earth;

for She is the Beginning and the End,

the First Principle and the Final Cause,

the unoriginated Origin of Being;

the Great Mother of all that is and all that is not;

~

I believe in the Seven Janati, the Seven Great Powers of Dea. I believe that

they are the Living Streams of Virtue who flow from the Mother and

that together, these Living Streams form the River of Life.

~

I believe that through the Holy Daughter, we are assumed to Eternal Communion with the Eternal One, Madria Dea, in the Completion of the Wholeness of Her Will.

LECTION

C/H: Let us, who are true believers, receive into our hearts, the words of Our Lady.

(Scripture or Sacred Text reading)

Title 3, Chapter 3 The Mantle

https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/12/13/scripture-title-3-chapter-3-the-mantle/

PREPARATION FOR THE SACRIFICE  

C:

Silver Star of the Waters, Who has fashioned all the world into being, beyond all knowing is the Splendour of Your Light. Enfold my spirit, within your Mighty Mantle and may the Pure Stream of Your Grace flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come. Blessed is She.

Madria Dea, we pray that You will Bless the gifts we bring to You, for we bring them not only in our own names, but for all who love You; may they be nourished and grow strong in Your true

Beloved Kyria, we bring these gifts for Your blessing in the name of Holy Ekklesia, who has gathered all of Your children into one Body, knowing no bounds of either time or space.

For we know that Ekklesia transcends this world, even as this sacred altar transcends the earthly stuff of which its parts are made. For we know that as we stand before this altar within Ekklesia, we stand at once before Your Celestial Altar, which is both in Heaven and in every place where Your children come together in Your Name.

C: Holds the sacrifice (bread) in the smoke of incense with both hands.

C: We know that there is but one Sacrifice made by all Your children in every place, eternally. Bless this gift, that we may take part in that one Sacrifice.

(All kneel on one knee. C bows her head.)

IOT ‘E VOH

THE SACRIFICE

C: Places Sacrifice back on plate. (May either be safely burned as an offering or placed outside on the ground.)

C: Mother of all that is, accept the gift Your children bring to You.

(All rise. C; lifts the Chalice in her left hand and traces the Fora over it with her right)

C: Let us offer libation to Dea.

(She dips two fingertips into the wine and sprinkles a few drops onto the sacrifice. The action is repeated three times. She then traces the Fora, again.)

C: Madria Dea, as we drink of the one cup, may Your Divine Spirit be infused within our being.

(The Chalice is passed to all. All drink. If a handmaid (server) is present, she serves them, afterwards drinking, herself. The celebrant drinks last.)

CONTEMPLATION (The celebrant may give food for contemplation, speak about the Mysteries of the season, spiritual truths, etc.)

C/H: Let us kneel before this altar that is both upon Earth and in the Heaven.

(All kneel except C and close eyes).

C: Let us consider that the earthly things we see about us are but illusion and that could we see with clearer eyes, a more glorious vision would appear before us.

Let us feel the Spirit of Dea, as it grows within us and seek to catch a glimpse of that vision.

(C kneels. During Contemplation, certain meditations may be spoken, including the following):

C: Great Dove of the Waters,

Fiery Rose of Heaven,

Help us to aspire to the heart of the flame.

C: You are the Music of the Spheres,

You are the Meaning of all words,

You are the end of every road and also its beginning.

Help us to know you.

I said

The Verses of The Seven Streams
The Seven Jeweled Rays
for Lady Justina

I am Justina, the Blue Ray of Justice.

I am the Natural Law of the Cosmos.

The Four-Fold Earth is where I reign and it is Earth that I guard.

Come to me when you are in need of truth and fairness

and I will defend you with all my might.

Learn of me the Jade Stones of Order and Harmony

and your Path shall be made clear.

If you are in need of material sustenance,

you shall never go without.

Lean on me in times of trial and I shall heed your cry.

I am Justina.

Copywrite of the Matriarch of the Janite Deanic Ekklasia, ArchMadria (Bishop) Pamela

DISMISSAL

(C: traces the Fora three times, once at each blessing)

C: May the blessing of the Mother be upon you (we add: and upon this world.)

May the blessing of the Daughter be upon you and upon this world.

May the blessing of the Great Mother be upon you and upon this world.

Dark beyond the Light and Light beyond the Darkness.

C/H:

Beloved Kyria, we pray that you will bless us on our parting from Your Temple and infuse us with Your delight, so far as we are able to contain it.

SILVER LIGHT OF THE FORESTS

A:
Silver Light of the darkling forests, send us forth in the protection of Your Spirit that no profane thing may enter into us.

Grant us to see all things with delight that are lovely and to glory and increase in force and energy.

Fill us with wonder in the sight of the seas and of the heavens and of every place wherein You are.

Commander of the roaring wave, help us to turn from all that is low or inglorious neither with anger nor with pain, but to know that in You we stand above all such things.

Guiding Light of the faithful soul, fill the deepest caverns of our spirit with the exhilaration of Your love. Send us forth upon the world as torchbearers of Your delight and grant us strength in You and in ourselves that we may value all things rightly, regardless of the consuming weight of the profane and the frailty of all that is beautiful.

C: (Makes the sign of the Fora and says)

In the Name of the Mother

And of the Daughter

And of the Great Mother.

Blessed is She.

Let us bless the Queen of Heaven.

Blessed is She.

Let us thank the Seven Janati of Power.

Thanks be to the Seven Janati.

Thus may it remain.

~

    • We believe that like Sophia/Shekinah, the Holy Daughter suffered a Descent through the Realms in order to become the World Soul or Soul of the World, the Soul of humanity. By taking on rarefied Form, She becomes Soul. In giving Herself to us in this Earthly state of density and isolation, She, as the World Soul, becomes shattered. Thus, She represents the ultimate archetype of selfless sacrifice.

    Just as the soul allows for the opposites of body and spirit to unite, so too does the Shekinah play this role for us.  Indeed, the Shekinah is the Soul of Man, what Kabbalists call the Neshamah, for She has given a portion of Herself in order for each human to come into being in this world.  In giving of Herself to humans, in this state of physical density and isolation, the World Soul becomes shattered. This shattering can be metaphorically grasped in considering what might happen to a glass alembic or flask when too much pressure is put upon in the alchemical works.  Thus, the Shekinah represents the ultimate archetype of selfless sacrifice.  All Her sacrifices have been for the benefit of creation so that humankind may experience this life in order to fulfill its destiny and purpose.

    http://www.universalkabbalah.net/Shekinah

~~~

With thanks to https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/AgathaBee
AgathaBee
in Bucharest, Romania

White Star
Material: cotton
handmade crocheted doily.
diameter 10.23 inch/26 cm

I just adore the centre of the doily, as the “holes” look so much like 5 apple seeds.

Star Fairy

Sophia Ruth

Star Fairy

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Cicely Mary Barker Christmas tree fairy

When I inherit our family “Star Fairy” a 1930s painted doll of my Mothers, I shall make sure that she wears a star ribbon headband around her forehead. I periodically replace her star wand, which I craft from paper, card and foil.

Thank you for the inspiring link to the Christmas Tree Fairy statue of Cicely Mary Barker.
https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/11/25/2015-sun-wheels/

2016 Update:
My heirloom star fairy is still packed in my parent’s attic and will remain so. My Dad is visiting our Scottish family for the festive period and New Years/Hogmanay.
I have purchased a Christmas Tree Fairy statue of Cicely Mary Barker from the USA, as even with postage it is more affordable than the sole one that I found in Britain!

She arrived all the way from Cumberland, Providence County, Rhode Island, United States, last week, in a gigantic box – therefore I did not realise that it was her!

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I have also purchased a 925 silver locket, Christmas Tree Fairy by Cicely Mary Barker, with silver 5 pointed star underneath.

Traditions and Thealogy of the Star Fairy

From ArchMadria Pamela Lanides posts with additions by Sophia Ruth

We prepare our hearts for the coming of Our Lady through unselfish acts, devotion, contemplation, scripture readings and prayer. We cook special foods for the season. We set our homes alight with candles and colorful bulbs (which represent the Eternal Light and the Angelic powers) in the midst of the ever-growing darkness while awaiting the One Who reflects our Mother’s Light to us.

The Silver Tree/Fir Tree is symbolic of the World Tree/Axis and, in our tradition, is decorated with stars, moons and suns. It is topped with the Star Fairy with her chariot and her team of seven white horses with silver hoofs, and her train of sylphs. It is a tradition to leave bread, milk and cheese for the Star Fairy.

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From Madrian member, David Kay, we read: What I have read about the Star Fairy in Madrian writings is that she visits houses on Nativity Eve to increase the sense of joy in that household, and it is customary to place some refreshment under the Nativity Fir to refresh her on her travels.

~

From The Coming Age Issue 1
118 years after Lourdes apparition of 1858
1976

“The Star-Fairy
Legend has it that throughout the period of the Advent, the sylphs of air elements travel about the period of the Advent, the sylphs or air elementals travel about the earth spreading the peace and joy of our Lady’s coming Nativity. The chief among them was always depicted as carrying a symbolic representation of the Star of Nativity, and is called the Star-Sylph or Star-Fairy. Some later traditions say that she and her followers become semi-visible on the night before Nativity-dawn, and fly in and out of every house and dwelling-place, creating presents out of the air for all who have deserved them through the year. Some have doubts about this last point, but the most sensible section of the community has always believed it – that is, the children!”

From The Coming Age Issue 17

“The Star Fairy, the bright, regal princess of the air sylph-folk, who drives her chariot abroad on Nativity Eve with its seven white horses giving presents to all who have deserved them. There was also the possibility that she might leave nothing but a rod, which our mothers by this would know that we had not been good throughout the year.”

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From Madrian traditions, it is usual for the Fir to be named (usually by the youngest child).
This is an internet found illustration of another Madrian belief: the Star Fairy always lights the tree candles for the first time.

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Again, thanks to our sister in the Faith, Sophia Ruth, who has provided us with the following research and information:

There are those in the British Isles who still give due respect to the Fair Folk who are Elementals of Earth, Air, Water and Fire. Near a cultivated garden or field would be left a wild area for the land fairies to live, this is where water soaked bread, cake, biscuit crumbs were scattered for the Fair Folk and the wild birds.

So the Star Fairy with her magic wand in certain households, was honoured at Midwinter. Other children had tree dolls.

I (Sophia Ruth) also wrote a short note of good deeds and intentions which was held above the hearth fire and the updraft carried it up the the Star Fairy (Dea). Etymology: cheminée (chimney) is closely related to chemin (way or road). The chimney in the house is like the fontanelle in the head (the opening we have as babies that symbolically opens up to heaven) or the sun-door in the universe which is the way out of the material world to the higher realms.

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Therefore the Deanic/Filianic tradition of the Star-Fairy was a continuation with added religious significance, the Divine Spirit entering the World through the Northern Portal.

~

~

Sophia Ruth:

I have just found this on Fellowship Of Isis
Juno Covella Perpetual Calendar of the Fellowship of Isis
By Lawrence Durdin-Robertson

All formatting has been retained from the original.
Goddesses appear in BOLD CAPITAL letters.

THE STAR FAIRY; THE GODDESS OF NATURE. (Doreen Valiente, ABC of Witchcraft, p. 323) on the Yuletide tree:

“With its bright, baubles and the star on the top, fir is a miniature version of World Tree of our pagan ancestors, with its roots deep in earth, the sun, moon and stars hung on its spreading branches, and the Pole Star on its topmost point. Sometimes the star is replaced by a fairy doll, who represents the goddess of Nature ruling over the world”.

(The Coming Age, No. 13) on the Yule tree: “The fir tree, with its ruler the: Star Fairy, stand always in the heart of the home”.

http://www.fellowshipofisis.com/jc/jcdec25.html

~

All legends have their beginnings, including Santa Claus. While our legend of the Star Fairy may be of more recent origin, from the above statement, we can see that this has been a long-standing tradition with some families in the British Isles.

~

flower-fairy-christmas

The Christmas Tree Fairy

The little Christmas tree was born
And dwelt in open air;
It did not guess how bright a dress
Someday it’s boughs would wear;
Brown cones were all, it thought, a tall
And grown-up Fir would bear.

O little Fir! Your forest home
is far and far away;
And here indoors these boughs of yours
With coloured balls are gay,
With candle-light, and tinsel bright
For this is Christmas Day

A dolly-fairy stands on top, Till children sleep, then she
(A live one now!) from bough to bough
Goes gliding silently.
O magic sight, this joyous night!
O laden, sparkling tree!

http://www.crewsnest.vispa.com/flowerfairies.htm

~~~

Comments:

French: DAME ABONDE. (Brewer, Dict.) “Abonde (Dame). The French Santa Claus, the good fairy who comes at night to bring toys to children while they sleep, especially on New Year’s Day”.

Sophia Ruth

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Reply
rtrvpamelalanides
DECEMBER 23, 2015 at 1:15 pm
Oh, Thank you, Ruth! You have found the Star Fairy of my paternal ancestors! (Lorraine). I will add this to a new post. Thank you. This information will also be nice to have for MidSummer’s Eve and the Feast of the Fairies.

About the Silver Star of the Waters Prayer

Reblogged from

https://deanic.com/2016/10/25/about-the-silver-star-of-the-waters-prayer/#comments

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

About the Silver Star of the Waters Prayer

I would like to take a moment to explain the recent changes in the Silver Star of the Waters prayer. This prayer is very basic to our Faith. It is to the Janite Deanic religion, what the Our Father is to Christianity. It is our most sacred prayer.

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The original prayer:

Silver Star of the Waters, that have laughed all the world into being, beyond all knowing is the splendour of Your Light. Enfold my spirit in Your Mighty Hand, that the Pure Stream of Your Force may flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come. 

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This image is based upon Yogananda’s description that the devotee experiences at the spiritual eye.

Silver Star of the Waters, that have laughed all the world into being: this verse comes directly from scripture, from the Mythos of Creation. And yes, we believe that Dea created the Cosmos through Pure Joy, from the laughter of Her Heart. But further, The Janites and the LLC teach that Dea created the Cosmos through the Divine Song or the Oran Mor, which means the Divine Song of Creation . And so, laughed would also rightly be sung. However, we chose fashioned for the prayer to indicate that Dea not only sung creation into being, She designed it using the cunning of Her hands which gave shape to each fragment. 5) and Her hands knew cunning. 6) And She stretched forth Her hands and gave a shape to each fragment and no one was like any other. (The Mythos of Creation, Chapter I verses 4-6).

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mary-mantle-of-mercy

 

While Mighty Hand certainly expresses the Power and Might of Dea, Her Mantle of Protection is a much more potent, feminine and significant form of imagery taken from within both our scriptures and our Faith.

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 you enfolded in My Mantle.

2) In the inner silence you shall hear Me and in the inner darkness, shall you 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 you 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 splendour and sweet with the singing of blessed souls.

7) And I shall by your comfort in the darkness. The Mantle, verses 1-7).

 

And finally, while the Pure Stream of Force means Energy or Grace, for some, it seemed to convey coercion or compulsion. For the Divine Feminine religion, Grace is a beautiful translation for Streams of Force or Divine Energy.

And so we have our final form:

Silver Star of the Waters, Who has fashioned all the world into being, beyond all knowing is the Splendour of Your Light. Enfold my spirit, within your Mighty Mantle and may the Pure Stream of Your Grace flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come. Blessed is She.

~

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

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Note: This prayer is the first one that I learnt and loved as a Madrian. It is wonderful to have a relevant version to my Janite Deanic Faith now.

Within The Night

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ArchMatrona Georgia found this internet graphic.

Goddess Mother of love and light,

Stand with us within the night.

Free our souls of grief and pain,

That love shall be our truest gain.

Together let our love now blend,

For unto all a peace we shall send.

Goddess Mother of love and light,

You hold our hearts in love this night.

by Lady Abigail