Eve of Adoria

Eve of Adoria*

We prepare our hearts for the coming of Our Lady through unselfish acts, devotion, contemplation, scripture readings and prayer. We cook special foods for the season. We set our homes alight with candles and colorful bulbs (which represent the Eternal Light and the Angelic powers) in the midst of the ever-growing darkness while awaiting the One Who reflects our Mother’s Light to us.

The Silver Tree/Fir Tree is symbolic of the World Tree/Axis and, in our tradition, is decorated with stars, moons and suns. It is topped with the Star Fairy with her chariot and her team of seven white horses with silver hoofs, and her train of sylphs. It is a tradition to leave bread, milk and cheese for the Star Fairy.

 

There are those in the British Isles who still give due respect to the Fair Folk who are Elementals of Earth, Air, Water and Fire. Near a cultivated garden or field would be left a wild area for the land fairies to live, this is where water soaked bread, cake, biscuit crumbs were scattered for the Fair Folk and the wild birds.

So the Star Fairy with her magic wand in certain households, was honoured at Midwinter. Otherwise known as Nativity tree dolls.

All legends have their beginnings, including Santa Claus. While our legend of the Star Fairy may be of more recent origin, from the above statement, we can see that this has been a long-standing tradition with some families in the British Isles.

ArchMadria Candra Sophia

This is an internet found illustration of a Madrian belief: the Star Fairy always lights the tree candles for the first time.

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On the Fellowship Of Isis
Juno Covella Perpetual Calendar of the Fellowship of Isis
By Lawrence Durdin-Robertson

All formatting has been retained from the original.
Goddesses appear in BOLD CAPITAL letters.

THE STAR FAIRY; THE GODDESS OF NATURE. (Doreen Valiente, ABC of Witchcraft, [1973,] p. 323) on the Yuletide tree:

“With its bright, baubles and the star on the top, fir is a miniature version of World Tree of our pagan ancestors, with its roots deep in earth, the sun, moon and stars hung on its spreading branches, and the Pole Star on its topmost point. Sometimes the star is replaced by a fairy doll, who represents the goddess of Nature ruling over the world”.

(The Coming Age, No. 13 [Winter & Moura 1979]) on the Yule tree: “The fir tree, with its ruler the: Star Fairy, stand always in the heart of the home”.

http://www.fellowshipofisis.com/jc/jcdec25.html

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The star fairy is Princess of the air sylphs, who can be a representative of Jana Madria Sage ultimately Déa, Herself.
Spiritually the star fairy, brings Joy of Déa on earth and spiritual gifts. It is usual to offer good intentions to her.

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“I also wrote a short note of good deeds and intentions which was held above the hearth fire and the updraft carried it up the the Star Fairy (Déa). Etymology: cheminée (chimney) [1] is closely related to chemin (way or road) [2]. The chimney in the house is like the fontanelle in the head (the opening we have as babies that symbolically opens up to heaven) or the sun-door in the universe which is the way out of the material world to the higher realms”

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Christmas Eve painting – Gustave Dore

Therefore the Déanic / Filianic tradition of the Star-Fairy was a continuation with added religious significance, the Divine Spirit entering the World through the Northern Portal.

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This can be, in a more secular viewpoint, a bringing of material gifts for the children, like Santa Claus.

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The Christmas Tree Fairy

The little Christmas tree was born
And dwelt in open air;
It did not guess how bright a dress
Someday it’s boughs would wear;
Brown cones were all, it thought, a tall
And grown-up Fir would bear.

O little Fir! Your forest home
is far and far away;
And here indoors these boughs of yours
With coloured balls are gay,
With candle-light, and tinsel bright
For this is Christmas Day

A dolly-fairy stands on top, Till children sleep, then she
(A live one now!) from bough to bough
Goes gliding silently.
O magic sight, this joyous night!
O laden, sparkling tree!

http://www.crewsnest.vispa.com/flowerfairies.htm

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Cicily Mary Barker – Christmas Tree Fairy statue

2016
I have purchased a Christmas Tree Fairy statue of Cicely Mary Barker from the USA, as even with postage it is more affordable than the sole one that I found in Britain!

She arrived all the way from Cumberland, Providence County, Rhode Island, United States, last week, in a gigantic box – therefore I did not realise that it was her!

I have also purchased a 925 silver locket, Christmas Tree Fairy by Cicely Mary Barker, with silver 5 pointed star underneath.

Madrina Sophia

Notes:

* Eve of Adoria may either be on Astrea 23 / Dec. 20 Mother’s Night or on Astrea 27 / Dec. 24 as it is a devotee’s decision whether to celebrate Adoria on 24 Astrea / Dec. 21 or 28 Astrea / Dec. 25.

[1] & [2] Is rather fitting symbolism for Déanics / Filianics but is etymologically unconnected.

[1] Middle English (denoting a fireplace or furnace): from Old French cheminee ‘chimney, fireplace’, from late Latin caminata, perhaps from camera caminata ‘room with a fireplace’, from Latin caminus ‘forge, furnace’, from Greek kaminos ‘oven’. Google

[2] P.S.—A note on chemin : Amateur linguist that I am, and knowing just enough French to make me dangerous, I initially wondered if the French word cheminée derived from the word chemin, meaning “way” or “path.” It would make sense, I thought, seeing that the chimney is the path the smoke takes to exit. It was a promising theory, but obviously not the right one. Chemin doesn’t have an etymological link at all with cheminée. Chemin, as it turns out, comes from an old Gaulish word. © 2012 Samuel Michael Bell, all rights reserved https://jeparleamericain.com/2012/02/15/got-a-chimney-its-french/

Etymology From Old French, from Vulgar Latin cammīnus, from Gaulish(Late Latin or Medieval Latin) way https://en.wiktionary.org/

Origin of chimneys

http://ultimatehistoryproject.com/chimneys.html
https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/quick-history-chimneys-162580

Origins of supernatural creatures and fires, hearths, chimneys

Hearths, for example, were thought to house spirits or gods who were critical to the prosperity of the household, and fire itself was held sacred. It would not be surprising, then, for a myth to develop in which bounty is bestowed by way of the sacred openings associated with these powers.

The primitive belief that supernatural creatures like elves and fairies enter houses through chimneys.

—reprinted with permission from Were They Wise Men or Kings? The Book of Christmas Questions by Joseph Walsh, Ph.D., professor of classics and history
http://www.christmasatloyola.com/days/dec22-chimney/

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