2 Abalon/Sept. 6
O, Madria Vicka, Jana of Courage, Strength and Valor, be with us.
The Sacred Season of Fall
As we faced South and bid farewell to the Noontide of Summer, during which we honored the Celestial Mother as the Rose of Joy, we expressed gratefulness for all its blessings and benefits. Now, as the Wheel spins yet again, we turn to the West and enter the time when we honor the Twilight of Autumn; a time when we revere the Holy Mother as the Apple of Wisdom.
Ruled over by Madria Thema, whose Feast Day is 1 Abalon/Sept. 5, Fall is the time of year when the last of the harvest is gathered and we prepare our hestias (homes consecrated to Dea) and our souls for the deep darkness of winter.
Like Spring, Fall is a time between times; a time of transition from one state of being to another. Where Spring marks new beginnings, Fall marks a time of endings; a time when those aspects of our lives which no longer serve us are cast off in order to plant new seeds of Wisdom and Grace within our souls. These seeds will germinate in our inner gardens through the Winter in order to better serve us at the Aurora (Dawn) of Spring.
It is a time to examine our lives and see where we are headed. We need to ask ourselves if our current Path, our goals and our life events are the ones which are true to our souls, to our higher selves. It is often said that where we are in our lives as we approach death is where we will begin our new lives in our next incarnation.
I sometimes ponder what kind of person I would like to be in my next life and then begin to work on those goals. I would like to be kinder and more harmonious. I would like to attain an inner serenity that I have not had in this life. I wish to be faithful to Dea. I want to strive to remember that my moods and words affect those around me. These are some of the inner seeds of Wisdom that I wish to plant in my soul-garden.
During this time, I have realized that there is much that I must let go in order for the seeds that I have planted to grow and to be nourished. I must take care that these seeds will not be destroyed by the choking weeds of strife and disharmony. It’s a time for me to concentrate on living my Faith, caring for my family and for being true to my True Self.
Though eternity is out of time, here, in manifest creation, time is considered sacred because each moment of life is sacred. Each hour, each day, each month and each Season of life is holy and is meant to be lived to its fullest with gratitude. Even during times of trial and suffering, there is always something to be found for which we may be grateful and Our Holy Mother and the Great Janati are always ready to assist us. I am grateful for my Faith and for my family.
The Twilight time of Autumn, which is associated with the Element of Water in our Tradition, is a time of intuition and introspection. It is a time to assess our emotions and to search out those areas of our lives where we may foster greater Order and Harmony. Once our souls are ruled by Harmony, this Grace, which stems from the Fountain of Madria Thema, will flow within us, through this world and in all the worlds to come, as our beautiful Silver Star of the Waters prayer so aptly states.
The Apple or Abal from the Old Welsh, is the symbol for this Season containing within, the five seeds of wisdom. I bless and wear an apple pendant during this Season in honor of Our Lady, Apple of Wisdom.
May Our Lady bless you,
Blessed is She.
Title 3, Chapter 5 THE SERMON OF THE APPLE SEED
1. From the branch of a tree, the Daughter 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 our calendar:
The Sacred Season of Fall. Season of the Celestial Mother as the Apple of Wisdom.
Jana: Madria Thema. Element: Earth. Elemental Color: Green. Liturgical colors: Blue and Purple. Direction: West. Time of Day: Twilight. Mystery: Our Lady, Apple of Wisdom.
Abalon (Old Welsh meaning Appleland.): Sept. 5 – Oct. 2
1 Abalon/Sept. 5- The Feast of Madria Thema.
17 Abalon/Sept. 21- Mabon: Harvest Festival.
Full Moon: Apple Moon.
Ourania: (Meaning Heavenly, Cosmic: in this case meaning Cosmic Order): Oct. 3 – Oct. 30.
Full Moon: Cosmic Moon.
Shimovane: (Older form of Samhain meaning Summer’s End.): Oct. 31- Nov. 22.
1 Shimovane: Samhain: Feast of the Dead.
Jana: Madria Thema, which means, Queen and also Divine and natural Law, Order and Harmony.
Virtues: Order, Harmony and Justice.
She is of the four-fold Earth and is Guardian of West and Earth.
Feast Day: 1 Abalon/Sept. 5
Weekday: Abaldi/Thurs. (Abal is the old Welsh for apple.)
Color of Robes: Blue and purple.
Note: F (fa)
Incense: Amber, Frankincense, Benzoin, Pine Resin, Dragon’s Blood, Sage, Cloves and Copal
Sacred Oil: Cedarwood
Sacred Herb: Mugwort.
Sacred Flower: Marigolds
Sacred Tree: Oak
Sacred Jewel: Jade
Sacred Symbol: The Apple.
Mantra: O, Madria Thema, Jana of Order, Harmony and Justice, be with us.