21 Hestia/Jan. 15
Feast of Carmentalia
O, Madria Theia, Jana of Illumination, Joy and Benevolence, be with us. May the Pure Stream of Your Virtues flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come.
Today is the Feast of Carmentalia. Carmentalia was known as ‘The Woman’s Festival” as Carmenta was known as the goddess of women. Here is a good article on it with a nice prayer:
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/religioromana/2013/01/carmentalia-the-womens-festival/. Please note that this article is using the Julian calendar. There were originally two feast days, Jan. 11 and 15.
We have two guest articles today. We begin with an offering for Vespers by ArchMadria Kathi. I have added the Hail, Mysteria prayer, so that I can substitute Madria Kathi’s version for our Evensong Rite. This will be posted in our Prayers and Rites drop-down menu under Evensong. Thank you, ArchMadria Kathi.
We end today’s Bits and Pieces with an historical fashion article by Sorella Shoshana. Thank you, Sorella Shoshana.
Vespers Ceremony by ArchMadria Kathi
I wrote this Janite Rite as an optional “Vespers” ceremony. Although I work at an ‘outside’ job inside my home, I sometimes find myself at the end of the day having only had a few moments for morning prayer, and so busy during the day that by 5 p.m., the day has just flown by with no opportunity for true spiritual expression. This Rite may suffice for those of us who want to wind down at the end of the day and refocus our attention. It also helps to move from one mode of thinking (our daily work) to tending our sacred Hearths and homes, with loving gratitude.
In the evening after finishing with the day’s activities, before moving into the evening, light candles and incense.
Trace the Fora upon yourself while saying:
In the Name of the Mother, and of the Daughter, and the Great Mother. Blessed is She.
Blessed is Our Mother God,
She Who is Mari,
She Who is Kora,
She Who is Mysteria,
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.
Prayer of Thanksgiving
O Celestial Mother Mari, O Holy Daughter Kora, O Great Mother of Mystery
As we move into the peaceful night
We are grateful for the works of our hands and our hearts
May we bless our loved ones, and our Sacred Hestias
as You have blessed us this day.
Gather us into the folds of Your Mighty Mantle, Madria Dea
Kindle in us Your gentle light, Beloved Kyria
Comfort us in the darkness, Great Mother
And May the Seven Janati be with us this night
Blessed be the Holy Ones.
Hail, Mysteria, Fountainhead of Grace, glory be to Thee. Blessed art Thou, O, Empress of Heaven, and blessed are the Beloved Mother and Daughter. Holy Dea, Great Mother God, bless us, Thy children, now and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
Optional: Scripture reading or Rosaries, as desired.
Silver Light of the Forests
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.
The Prayer of Eternity
Eternal is the Light of the Mother.
Eternal is the Love of the Daughter.
Eternal is the Life of the Great Mother.
Glorious is Eternity of Dea.
Let us bless the Holy One.
Blessed is She.
Let us thank the Seven Janati of Power.
Thanks be to the Seven Janati.
Trace the Fora upon yourself and say: In the Name of the Mother, and of the Daughter, and the Great Mother. Blessed is She.
A change in the calendar: As it happens, I blessed my son’s house on the day of the Full Blessing Moon. This ended up being so powerful, I am changing the day of the Blessing of the Hestia to the day/night of the Full Blessing Moon.
Janite Deanics observe three main prayer times of the day in honor of the Divine Feminine Trinity. Aurora (meaning Dawn) is in honor of the Holy Daughter. Janites model the Holy Daughter on the Divine Sophia/Shekinah. Noon-tide is in honor of the Celestial Mother (modeled on Higher Sophia/Shekinah) and Evensong celebrates the Great Mother (the Monas/Absolute Deity).
Each Person of the Divine Feminine Trinity has a royal Title:
Holy Daughter Kore: Queen of Heaven.
Celestial Mother Mari: High Queen of Heaven.
Great Mother Mysteria: Empress of Heaven.
As Janites, we have traditional endings to our prayers. This is a very powerful cementing of a religious foundation and it provides synchronicity and continuity for the Faith. You find this in other religions as well, especially within Catholic and Orthodox Christianity.
Perhaps even more so than other forms of Deanism, Janites (as well as the Lucienne Tradition) are very highly Trinitarian focused. This is reflected in our three main prayer times.
And so, during Aurora, in honor of the Holy Daughter, we include the full Hail, Kore prayer and we end our prayers with: Let us bless the Queen of Heaven. Blessed is She, etc.
During Noontide, in honor of the Celestial Mother, we pray the full Hail, Mari prayer and we end with, let us bless the High Queen of Heaven, etc.. (Noontide is purposefully short so that people may pray during lunch hour at work.)
During Evensong, in honor of the Great Mother, we pray the full Hail, Mysteria prayer and end with, let us bless the Empress of Heaven, Blessed is She etc.
However, when we are praying a general prayer where we are not praying specifically to a Person of the Trinity, such as after a rosary, the Rite of Sacrifice, the liturgy, etc., we wish to honor the Trinity as One and so we say: Let us bless the Holy One. Blessed be Dea. I will be making this changes in our Prayer Rites.
Nature is a very important aspect of our Faith. Where we are moving to our camp on the lake, I have begun to take an interest in the local plants and wildlife. I am incorporating lake themes and local plants into my home decor. For example, we have wild irises growing along the shoreline and I was fortunate enough to find plates, a tea pot and other items painted with wild irises. We have an owl that comes to our yard every evening and so I found a wonderful owl clock. We have hundreds of beautiful waterlilies in the lake each year and so I found another clock with waterlilies. These are just some of the ideas I have had in incorporating the wildlife that I love outdoors, into my home to honor them. There are many other ideas that I am using, as well.
In Cordova, Alaska, my son’s fiance works in a shop called The Net Loft. http://thenetloftak.com/. There, they use only good yarns and they are all hand-dyed from plants, lichen, berries and mushrooms! She recently gifted me with some of the yarn and the colors are far, far more vibrant than those that are synthetically dyed. Their tradition is that local meaning is incorporated into the colors of the yarns and also, the patterns. Their Gansey sweater project incorporates patterns that are symbolic of the person or the area along with ‘Cordova colors’. You find this local pride symbolized in many areas of their life. It helps you to truly appreciate where you live in a more traditional village sense. Even if you live in a big city, you can find local plants, trees and the native meaning of your area.
Another nice thing to do is to find out what plants are native to your area and grow some more. I will be planting a wild flower meadow with flowers that are native to my area. I have also been researching local medicinal and edible plants and was astonished to find that many plants that I have known all my life, that I thought were ‘weeds’ (my sister, a master gardener, says there is no such thing as ‘weeds’. I agree with her) are either edible or medicinal. (Always be careful, many plants are quite poisonous.)
It’s also nice to research your local waterways, even brooks and creeks and learn the constellations above your head!
Nature isn’t just about ‘casting spells for magick’; Nature is part of us and we are part of Nature. Nowadays, people are becoming more and more divorced from Nature, which is not healthy for either our bodies or our souls.
Many think that just because plants don’t have brains or physiology similar to humans and animals, that they are essentially non-conscious, but many are finding out, otherwise. We, ourselves, have to remember that our consciousness does not reside in our brains.
Though still controversial, remember back to when you were a child and how you experienced plants and trees.
Here are some interesting books/articles:
Upcoming: Bits and Pieces Part II.
Let us bless the Holy One.
Blessed is She.