The Deanic Definition of Maid


24 Columbina/April 13


Dear Sisters and Devotees,

I never really thought it made much sense to refer to all of humanity as ‘Maid’, though that was how it had been explained to me by some.

I have discovered, in the Sacred Myths and Rites of the Madrians, the following definition:

“The term Maid, as used in this book (which includes the full scriptures), means any woman who has completed her fourteenth year in this incarnation. (So, a 15 year old female.)

This definition of Maid may now be found in our glossary.

2 thoughts on “The Deanic Definition of Maid”

  1. I was once told that “Maid” is short for “Maiden”. We would never refer to a male as a maiden. In a historical sense, a maiden would mean a young unmarried woman.


  2. Yes,I learned the importance of etymology from ArchMatrona Georgia. When we look up the etymology of maid, it is the Middle English for maiden. It meant a young girl, or virgin girl. There are some male devotees who mistakenly refer to themselves as maid because of the scriptures. But, it’s important to remember that the scriptures were written for an all female community. The term, maid, was never meant for the male population.

    As a noun: Old English mægden, mæden “maiden, virgin, girl; maid, servant,” diminutive of mægð, mægeð “virgin, girl; woman, wife,” from Proto-Germanic *magadinom “young womanhood, sexually inexperienced female” (source also of Old Saxon magath, Old Frisian maged, Old High German magad “virgin, maid,” German Magd “maid, maidservant,” German Mädchen “girl, maid,” from Mägdchen “little maid”), fem. variant of PIE root *maghu- “youngster of either sex, unmarried person” (source also of Old English magu “child, son, male descendant,” Avestan magava- “unmarried,” Old Irish maug “slave”).
    As an adjective: maiden (adj.) Look up maiden at
    “virgin, unmarried,” c. 1300, from maiden (n.). The figurative sense of “new fresh, first” (as in maiden voyage) is first recorded 1550s. Maiden name is from 1680s.

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