Living Seasonally – Sacred Season of Moura

5 Moura/Feb 24
Foradi/Sat

Oh, Sai Rhea, Shield of Steadfastness, Temperance and Self Restraint, be with us.

Dear Devotees,

As Janites, we are very focused on both the Trinity and the sacredness of the Seasons of the Déanic Wheel of the Year. And so we have been discussing ways to implement living this focus more fully. As such, we have devised what we call Seasonal Living.

This is now Moura , which is not only the Season and the Month whereby we are mindful of the Descent of Holy Daughter, but it is also the Time and the Season of the Great Mother and the Janati of the Threefold Heaven, i. e., Sai Raya Theia, who represents the Celestial Mother, Sai Candre’, who represents the Holy Daughter, and Sai Rhea, who represents the Great Mother. We celebrate Their feast day on Med-Moura, 14 Moura/March 4.

There are many ways we can spiritually live and observe the Seasons. And since this is Moura, we will start with this Season.

Wear The Fora

The Fora [1] is the Sacred Symbol for the Season of Moura. It is also the Symbol of the Great Mother, Whom we call the Veiled Fora of Faith. For this reason, I wear the Fora during Moura. Unfortunately, certain white supremacist groups have adopted versions of the Fora as a symbol of their hate. Due to this, the Celtic knot cross or Witches cross may be used as a Fora.

Madrina (deaconess) Sophia’s silver coloured metal Fora
Celtic Knot Loop Necklace
Celtic Trinity Knot Cross Pendant

Altar Picture/Icon of the Great Mother

I also place a picture/icon of the Great Mother on my altar. I use Nicholas Roerich’s veiled Mother of the World. There are many other suitable images for the Great Mother, Who is Dea Matrona.

nicholas-roerich-mother-of-the-world-1924
Mother Of The World by Nicholas Roerich 1924

Our Great Mother loves us unconditionally. She Who is Ancient Wisdom.

When we speak of the Darkness associated with the Great Mother, it merely signifies Mystery and That which is Hidden. Shimmering, Velvet Darkness, Mystery, That Which is Hidden. Hence the Great Mother is veiled.

We use the preface of the Great Mother for the Rite of Veneration and for the Liturgy which is, O Dea Matrona, Dark Moon of Origin, shelter us beneath Your Veil of Mystery. RoV

There are no flowers on the altar during Moura with the exception of the Feast of the Janati of the Three-Fold Heaven on Med-Moura.

Prayer/Chants/ Hymn

During prayer, we concentrate on the psalms, litanies and prayers to the Great Mother. And there will be more of those to come during this holy month. We can also pray to Her in our own words and spend time in contemplation of Her and communion with Her.

The Great Mother, Dea Matrona. We call Her Mysteria because She is Mystery and has no Name on Earth. She is the Source of Spirit, the Origin of Spirit, the One Spirit. From Her, all things come.

Dea Matrona, Great Mother God, the Veiled Fora of Faith.
Great Mother Mysteria: Empress of Heaven.
Eternal is the Life of the Great Mother.
Eternal is the Life of the Empress, the Fountainhead of the All.
Hail, Deantha Vespera: Divine Flower of the Evening, Life & Source of All, be with us.
Ave, Mysteria, Deantha Cosma, Gloria Plena/Hail, Mysteria, Deantha of the Cosmos, Full of Glory

Litany of the Great Mother: Litany

Hail, Mysteria: Hail, Mysteria, Fountainhead of Grace, Glory be to Thee. Blessed art Thou, O, Divine Empress of Heaven and Blessed art Thou, O, Fora of Faith. 

O, Dea, Fora of Faith,
we thank You, we bless You and we adore You.
For through Your everlasting life, we are infused with Your luminous Graces
and are protected by the Veiled Stillness at the Centre of All. O, Great Mother,
You are the steadfast Fora of our return to Spirit.
O, Dea, Fora of Faith, be with us.

Seasonal Rosary

For the Five Mystery Rosary, the Hail, Dea prayer for each of the beads of the Five Septads is:

Hail, Sophia, (Kore or Kore Sophia), Fountain of Grace, Glory be to Thee. Blessed art Thou, O, Divine Queen of Heaven and Blessed art Thou, O, Gentle Dove of Peace. This is the Janite Mantra to the Holy Daughter during the Sacred Season of Spring.

Seasonal Scriptures

The Scriptures upon which we focus during Moura are: The Secret of the World; The Three Loves; The Teachings of the Daughter / Thoughts of The Mind; The Veil of Matter; The Way of Simplicity; The Temple of the Heart and The Heart of Water with the exception of verses 32- 39, which are not relevant for Janites.

Seasonal Virtues

During Moura, we especially concentrate on the virtues of Sai Rhea. These virtues, Steadfastness, Temperance and Self-Restraint, are especially appropriate for the somber, reflective, and spiritually contemplative Season of Moura.

We do not believe in harsh aesthetic practices, strict fasting or severe methods of self-denial during Moura. For Janites, it is a time of self-reflection and a time of deep spiritual practices. In our opinion, these have nothing to do with a Goddess religion. The idea of a sacrificial Lent stems from Babylonia and from my own research, it originated as a time of 40 days of weeping for Tamuz in honor of his death and before his resurrection. Later, Christianity would adopt the idea from the time of Jesus fasting in the desert.

May Our Lady bless you,
Blessed is She.

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides.