Today is the last day of the Sacred Season of Winter and my, it seems to have flown by.
(Please see links at end of article.)
Tomorrow, marks the first day of Moura, our Fifth Holy Season, the correspondences for which are as follows:
Janati: Madria Candra, Madria Theia and Madria Rhea. Element: Spirit. Elemental Color: Violet: Liturgical colors: Violet, Silver, Orange, Indigo and Black. Direction: Center, Time of Day: Darkest Hour before the Dawn.
Mystery: The Descent and Sacrifice of the Daughter.
Moura: (Meaning Dark, Destiny): Feb. 22- March 19.
15 Moura/March 6 (5 if a leap year): Feast of Madria Candra, Madria Rhea and Madria Theia.
28 Moura/March 19: The Sacrifice of the Holy Daughter.
Hiatus: March 20. (There are two days of Hiatus during a leap year. )
Full Moon: Moura Moon, which this year will take place on 21 Moura/March 12.
As listed above, the Symbol for this Season is the Fora and so some of us choose to wear a Fora pendant. There are many beautiful examples available online.
This is the time of the Year of the Great Mother, also known as the Dark Mother, not because She is a severe, Kali-like figure of destruction, but because, as Absolute Deity, She is beyond knowing. She is the Dark beyond the Light and the light beyond the Darkness.
During this time, we also observe the Descent of the Holy Daughter through the Seven Realms and Her Divine Shattering as explained in the Mythos of Shekinah/Sophia.
During Moura, we also observe the Feast Days of Madrias Candre, Thea and Rhea as they are the Guardians of Spirit and Center, the Element and Direction of the Season of Moura.
And so, though it is a busy time of year, it is also a deeply spiritual time of year. It is a time of somber observance, prayer, meditation and scripture reading. Speaking of which, our scriptures include the Descent and Death of Inanna in the Mythos of the Divine Maid. While Janites consider the Descent to be symbolic of the Descent of the Holy Daughter, we do not accept an actual Death of the Holy Daughter for thealogical reasons.
And so, as we begin the Holy Season of Moura, I offer two links. The first explains the Divine Shattering in a way that I’ve not seen , before, from a Jewish perspective. While we would not accept the idea that the First Creation was purposefully flawed and meant to fail, the rest of the article is excellent.
And for your edification, this hauntingly beautiful tribute to Holy Sophia:
May Our Lady bless you,
Blessed is She.
ArchMadria Candra Sophia