O, Madria Sofia, Jana of Intelligence, Intuition and Wisdom, be with us.
May the Pure Stream of Your Virtues, flow within me, in this world and it all the worlds to come.
Tomorrow is Candlemas. Candlemas is celebrated by devotees of several religions and for each, the day holds a different meaning. For Roman Catholics, it is the celebration of the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary according to Mosaic Law and also the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple. It is the day when the holy candles for the year are blessed. (This important feast day is also celebrated in the Orthodox Church, but in the Russian Church, it is celebrated on Feb. 15, as they follow the Julian calendar.)
Many neo-Pagan and Wiccan Traditions celebrate Candlemas, also known as Imbolc, in honor of the Triple Goddess Brighid (who later became St. Brighid in the Catholic Church and, as such, is considered to be a Living Stream goddess).
Candlemas is the time of the growing light and so, it is symbolic of the growing Light of the Daughter in this world, represented by the waxing Crescent Moon.
On Candlemas night, it is traditional to turn on all the lights in the home and (safely) light all candles or electric candles for a space of time.
Recommended scriptures for the day:
The Mythos of the Divine Maid, Chapter III, verses 1-13.
The Rite of Sacrifice may be celebrated, if desired. Priestesses may celebrate the Great Liturgy using the Crescent Moon preface of the Holy Daughter. (Appropriately enough, it is the time of the waxing Crescent Moon!)
It is also nice to recite the Litany of the Holy Daughter on Her feast days.:
Litany of the Holy Daughter
Hail, Dea Filia, Divine Daughter God.
Hail, Sustainer of the Cosmos.
Hail, Princess of the Earth.
Hail, O, Queen Daughter.
Hail, Our High Priestess.
Hail, Divine Wisdom.
Hail, Pure Love.
Hail, Pure Form.
Hail, Supernal Moon.
Hail, Great Dove of the Waters.
Hail, Dove of Peace.
Hail, Holy Soul.
Hail, Divine Spark.
Hail, Star of Hope.
Hail, Most Immanent.
Hail, Fountain of Grace.
Hail, Our Spiritual Wine.
Hail, Our Soteria.
Hail, Divine Lily.
Hail, Silver Light of the Forests.
Hail, O, First Light of Dawn.
We glorify you, we magnify you and we adore you.
For a very thorough article on Candlemas/Imbolc and its traditions, please see: https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/
Candlemas, Feast of Flames, by Amber K., available on Amazon, includes crafts, rituals and recipes for this holy day which serves to remind us that Spring is coming.
School of the Seasons has a very nice article on the feast day: http://www.schooloftheseasons.com/candlemas.html.
The Irish Peatland Conservation Council has clear, simple and illustrated instructions for making a Brighid’s Cross as well as a link to an helpful video. http://www.ipcc.ie/discover-and-learn/resources/how-to-make-a-st-bridgets-cross/.
Put in a search for Candlemas/Imbolc crafts and search through the images for great craft ideas! Then, do a second one for Candlemas/Imbolc recipes. Just too many from which to choose!
On behalf of the Janite and Lucienne Tradition of the Deanic Faith, we wish everyone a very blessed Candlemas!
Let us bless the Queen of Heaven.
Blessed is She.
Let us thank the Seven Janati of Power.
Thanks be to the Seven Janati.
ArchMadria Candra Sophia