Tonight and tomorrow are the Full Blessing Moon. Sometimes, when the exact full moon occurs overnight, it can be celebrated either day and the three days thereafter. The Rite of Sacrifice may be offered. A nice option would be to offer a poetry reading to Dea or in Her honor during the Rite.(There is a time set aside for this or meditation right after the wine is consumed.) Other offerings might be flowers, a special incense, hymns, chants, Full Moon poems and prayers (do an internet search), etc.
Pursuant to Sorella Shoshana’s article on the religious significance of historical head-wear is this stunning headpiece that she designed and hand-sewed. Sorella Shoshana is a very talented seamstress and educator of historical fashion. She has since designed a dress to go with the hat. We look forward to seeing the end result!
The Seven Offering Bowls
I have always been drawn to the Buddhist practice of the seven offering bowls. Seven small brass bowls are placed upon the altar before a statue of Quan Yin, Tara, etc. Daily offerings are placed in each, each having a symbolic meaning. Some simply pour water in each bowl representing the seven offerings. The Traditional offerings are: Flowers (I used to float a single flower in one of the brass bowls with water), water for drinking, water for bathing, incense, perfume (can be a pure essential oil in a carrier oil), a candle (or oil light, tea candles work well in these bowls), food (usually in the form of rice), and a spiral shell, or tiny bells or cymbals. If you research the seven offering bowls of Buddhism, you will see different variations as to the symbolism behind the offerings, depending upon which school of Buddhism you are researching.
I think this would be a lovely tradition to develop within Deanism.
Madria Erin, of the Auroran Tradition, is developing and designing a Deanic Tarot!!!!! We are all soooo excited about this! May Dea continue to inspire you, Madria! We can’t wait to purchase our own decks!!!
And finally, recently, members of the greater community were discussing the scriptures concerning the snake and Irkalla. There have been some who have wondered in the snake could be the earlier form of Irkalla,
ArchMatrona Georgia addressed this issue and more in the following correspondence. It is posted her with her kind permission:
The Snake is not a person (he or it or she). The snake is a concept. The concept is “distraction: from Dea and Her Divine Will. It is the “space” between that which Dea has Created and that which she allows to happen (i.e. the consequence of free thought and free will). Embracing the snake (embracing those things which “distract” her from looking to Dea for guidance) does not give the snake (“distraction”) a life of it/his/her own. It is only a weight which drags the soul of the first maid away from Dea. This weight, takes on the shape of she who embraces it. But this weight (distraction) does not then become a person like the first maid (nor does it enter into a relationship with her).
ArchMatrona (Bishop) Georgia
And her further thoughts:
“When people, in their wild imaginings, think they are wandering away from the Light of Her Goodness, into the darkness of wickedness (personified in the Creation Mythos by the symbolic character of Irkalla), they are really fooling only themselves. All paths lead back to Dea Matrona. And one cannot be lost in the dark, for She is always there. She allows Her children to travel every path. She wants us to know, by experience, that no mater whether it is the right road or the wrong road, no matter whether we took a road because we were just curious, or made a mistake, or because we were lead astray into wickedness, She is still with us, still loves us, and will lead us back Home.
While there are wild evil forces with power over lying spirits, and they roam hither and yon seeking prey, She Who is Goodness and Truth is stronger, and every ready and able to free you from evil and lies and restore Thame in various corners of the World, and in your life in particular. The rule of the tyrant is only permitted to last for a season. Dea’s Sunlight always melts the ice.
The portion of the Madrian Creation Story describing the descent of the Maid/Daughter of Heaven into Hell (the Nether Realm of Irkalla, the Queen of Evil), is metaphysically symbolic of the Journey of the Divine Hero. [Note: Because the story was written for, and from the perspective of, an All Girl World, all the main characters, and minor characters, are feminine. Other versions of the same story are told elsewhere, where that particular world is structured differently, and major, and minor, characters are of different genders. However, in all the oldest stories, Deity is still Feminine]. The only parts of the Story that we need to concern ourselves with are the following: 1) The Mistress of All things destroyed the Gates of Hell, 2) She repelled the servants of Irkalla, the gatekeepers, and they ran away, 3) She found Her Daughter, restored Her to Life, and They embraced, and 4) “After this the Daughter stood alone. And the souls of the Nether World were awakened by Her gentle light, and followed Her through the shattered gates of Hell”.
The outcome of this Madrian Story is that Irkalla’s Tyranny over Hell and Death and Evil is over, the gates of her realm have been shattered, and her servants have fled. All of Irkalla’s further claims to Power are based upon lies and deceit and fear. She is now an Outlaw roaming about without a permanent country or a guarded stronghold. Unfortunately, many souls are still being swayed by her false claims to power and fame and do cause trouble. But The Mistress of All Things (The Empress), through Her Heavenly Daughter (Queen of Heaven and Princess/Principle Ruler of Earth), and the Virtuous Janatie are in charge and are willing and able to help every needy soul to resist the outnumbered and weaker forces of Irkalla and her duped servants. And, while evil tyrants, and their wicked and lying ways, may seem to be winning for a time (a delusion which The Mistress of All Things allows), their ultimate destruction is assured. Goodness and Righteousness and Truth are always stronger and will prevail everywhere, in the end.”
Thanks be to Dea.
Let us bless the Holy One.
Blessed be Dea.
Let us thank the Seven Janati of Power.
Thanks be to the Seven Janati.
ArchMadria Candra Sophia