27 Samhain/Nov. 26
O, Madria Rhea, Jana of Steadfastness, Temperance and Self-restraint, be with us. (Jana is pronounced Jah-na. A as in awe).
May the Pure Stream of Your Virtues flow within us, in this world and in all the worlds to come.
Tomorrow, Sunnadi, marks the first lighting of the Sunwheel for the upcoming Astrean Season.
The candles should be arranged according to their direction: Blue in the East, Red in the South, Green in the West, Yellow in the North and Violet in the Center.
The first candle to be lit is the Green candle of Wisdom. This candle represents the First Mystery of Fall, that of the Celestial Mother, Mari; She Who is the Ground and Matrix of all Being. She is Supernal Wisdom. (Mari is pronounced: Mar as in Mars, i as in ee. The emphasis is on the first syllable.)
The Green candle of Wisdom representats Fall, West, Earth, Twilight, the Apple, the Mystery of the Matrix and Ground of All Being and Madria Thema.
The candle is lit before dinner or early evening, followed by a brief scripture reading and prayer. We will continue to light the Green candle each evening of the week, although the rest of the time that we light the Green Candle, we simply say, O, Dea, Apple of Wisdom, be with us. The candle is extinguished after the meal.
Trace the Fora and pray: In the Name of the Mother, and of the Daughter and of the Great Mother.
As we light the candle we say: O, Dea, Apple of Faith, be with us.
The scripture reading for this Sunnadi and the lighting of the Green Candle of Wisdom:
From The Seed of Truth:
1)From the branch of a tree, the Holy 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) And, She removed the seed representing the topmost point and held it in the palm of Her hand. And She spoke, saying:
3) Like this apple seed is all the teaching that I have given to you and shall give to you. 4) Like the full apple is like all the knowledge relative to your sphere of being. 5) Like all the other apples of the tree is the knowledge relative to all the numberless spheres.
6) But, behind the 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 all the spheres and galaxies, the subtle realms , the sure and solid Earth, so shall all these things, in their season, pass away and in their season, be reborn, again. 9) Thus, has it been ten thousands times before and countless times, again, shall it be.
Psalm 12: Sweet is the Fruit of Your Wisdom
My Lady, Sweet is the Fruit of Your Wisdom and profound is the Mystery contained therein. Astonished am I, to find the secrets of the vast cosmos hidden within the tiniest seed of life. Overjoyed am I, to taste of its knowledge; the surety of its faith uplifts me. Raise me up when I am wallowing in despair. Strengthen me when doubt overwhelms. And, I will contemplate the Real of the Above hidden within the seed of the Below. Everything, in its Season, must be.
(Adapted from The Johnny Appleseed Blessing. He is a local hero of my area).
Oh,Our Lady is good to me,
And so I thank Our Lady,
For giving me the things I need
The sun, and the rain, and the apple seed.
Our Lady is good to me.
The Full Hail, Mari: (or Hail, Dea)
Hail, Mari, fount of grace, glory be to Thee. Blessed art Thou, O, High Queen of Heaven and blessed is Thy beloved Daughter. Holy Dea, Mother God, bless us, Thy children, now and unto the ages of ages, Amen.
The Eternity Prayer:
Eternal is the Light of the Mother.
Eternal is the Love of the Daughter.
Eternal is the Love of the Great Mother.
Glorious is the Eternity of Dea.
The Traditional Janite ending for the Celestial Mother:
Let us bless the High Queen of Heaven.
Blessed is She.
Let us thank the Seven Janati of Power.
Thanks be to the Seven Janati.
Trace the Sign of the Fora: In the Name of the Mother, and of the Daughter, and of the Great Mother. Blessed is She.
Reminder: Each night for the rest of the week, light the candle before dinner and pray: O, Dea, Apple of Faith, be with us.
Let us also remember that Lunadi/Mon, 1 Astrea/Nov. 28 is the Feast of Madria Sophia, which may also be celebrated tomorrow with the Great Liturgy (priestesses) or the Rite of Sacrifice (devotees).
May Our Lady bless you. Blessed is She.
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