Newsletter/Book Club/Sacred Season of Fall.

1 Abalon/Sept. 5
Pomadi/Wed. (Apple Day).

Day of Sai Thema, Foundation of Justice, Order and Harmony.

1. From the branch of a tree Kore plucked an apple, and She split the apple in two halves, so
that the five-pointed star formed by its seeds might be seen. 2. Then She removed the seed
representing the topmost point, and held it in the palm of Her hand. And She spoke, saying: 3.
“Like to this apple seed is all the teaching I have given and shall give to you.

[From the Sermon of the Apple Seed, New Celestial Union edition, vs 1- 3. Kore means Divine Daughter. (1) ]

Announcements:

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We are very pleased to announce the launch of our monthly online newsletter, The Agora Gazette, published and edited by ArchSorella Minna! Each month will feature Seasonal articles, poetry, crafts, recipes, resources, devotions, Deanic customs, entries from our readers and much, much more!

Stay tuned as tomorrow, 2 Abalon/Sept. 6, is the formal launching date. Free online subscriptions will be available. We thank ArchSorella Minna for all of her outstanding work!

Book Club reminder:

Tonight is the first meeting of  Hypatia’s Grove Book Club, hosted by ArchSorella Minna. We will begin reading Women Who Run With the Wolves, by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes. It is also available on Kindle and may be purchased here: Women Who Run With the Wolves.

It’s not too late to sign up for those who are interested. You may sign up here: Hypatia’s Grove. 

THE SACRED SEASON OF FALL

Each Season, each month and each day are considered to be sacred in the Deanic religion because each Season, month and day are symbolic of our Sacred Mysteries and the 21 Divine Virtues. They are ruled over by the Janati, who are the Seven Angelic Powers of Dea, Our Divine Mother God. Each Season, each month and each day are gifts to be lived, celebrated and honored.

Today, in the Deanic Calendar, marks the first day of the Sacred Season of Fall. Fall happens to be my own favorite Season and here in New England, there is so much to celebrate! Apples, pumpkins, perfect weather, deep blue skies, air that turns almost a golden hue during the incredible, breathtaking beauty of the Fall foliage.

It’s a time of Fall festivals, scarecrows, chrysanthemums, sunflowers and that first slight chill hovering over the morning dew. It’s a time when we gather the garden harvest, light our first hearth-fires and treasure the last remaining moments before the blanket of Winter snows brings slumber to the land.

Spiritually, for Janites, it marks the second Season of Our Heavenly Mother and is the Time of the Mystery of the Ground and Matrix of All Being or Terra, as this First Mystery is known to Janites, which means Earth.

Janites believe that while the Great Mother, Absolute Deity, is the Source of All Being, but it is Our Divine Mother, Herself, Who is the Ground and Matrix of all manifest Creation. It is She Who takes the Primordial Ideas/Blueprints/Essence which stem from the Great Mother, Who is the Absolute, the Dark beyond the light and the Light beyond the darkness, and manifests them into Creation.

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Etymologically speaking, Matrix is a derivative of  Mother. It also means, womb. And so just as the ground of the Earth is the matrix/womb of all life on our beautiful and astoundingly diverse planet, so Our Divine Mother is the matrix/womb of all life in the Cosmos.

Fall is the time of both life and death. It is the time of the Feast of Divine Life and thanksgiving for the Harvest on 17 Abalon/Sept. 21 and it is the time when we remember our ancestors with the Feast of the Dead on 1 Samhain/Oct. 31.

The Sacred Symbol for Fall is the Apple, the symbolism of which is best recounted in The Seed of Truth aka The Sermon of the Apple Seed, from our Deanic scriptures, which may be read in full, below (1).

The Jana of the Season is Sai Thema, who has worked countless miracles in my life.  Her Correspondences may be found here. (Scroll down to Sai Thema, same picture as above.)

The Correspondences for the Sacred Season of Fall are:

Season of the Celestial Mother as the Apple of Wisdom.

Correspondences:

Jana: Sai Thema.

Sacred Symbol: The Apple.

Element: Earth.

Elemental Color: Green.

Liturgical colors: Blue and Purple.

Direction: West.

Time of Day: Twilight.

Mystery: Terra: the Matrix of All Being.

Months:
Abalon, which means Apple Land. Full Moon: Apple Moon.
Ourania, which means, Heavenly or Cosmos. Full Moon: Cosmic Moon.
Samhain, (Janite pronunciation: Sah-vin), which means Summer’s end. Full Moon: Spirit Moon.

O, Dea Madria, we thank you for the Gifts of Your Creation and for the Blessings of the Harvest. We praise You for the Beauty of this Season. We glorify You for all that is Sacred and Holy in this Land. Blessed are You.

ArchMadria Pamela 

1) Title 3, Chapter 5 From the New Celestial Union Edition
THE SERMON OF THE APPLE SEED
1. From the branch of a tree Kore plucked an apple, and She split the apple in two halves, so
that the five-pointed star formed by its seeds might be seen. 2. Then She removed the seed
representing the topmost point, and held it in the palm of Her hand. And She spoke, saying: 3.
“Like to this apple seed is all the teaching I have given and shall give to you. 4. Like to the full
apple is all the knowledge relative to your sphere of being, 5. Like to all the other apples of the
tree is the knowledge relative to all the numberless spheres. 6. But behind these spheres lies a
deeper reality; changeless, beyond the impermanent flux of time. 7. For even as the apple turns
from bud to bloom, from blossom to the fruit, ripens, matures, decays and is reborn; 8. so also
shall the spheres and galaxies, the subtle realms, the sure and solid earth; so shall all these in
their season pass away, and in their season be reborn again. 9. Thus has it been ten thousand
times before, and countless times again, thus shall it be.
10. But knowledge of the truth beyond this flux is like to knowledge of the tree itself,
which does not change while the fruit is born and dies. 11. Like to the spreading boughs is the
love that sustains all creation which is fallen from pure Spirit. 12. Like to the trunk is that Spirit
Herself, from whom all creation flows. 13. And still beneath the branches and the trunk lie the
roots in darkness, like unto She that is beyond both being and unbeing; 14. and even as the
tree’s roots are not seen, so can there be no knowledge of the Absolute; for to know is to have
passed beyond knowledge. 15. And from this tree of all knowledge and of the boundaries
beyond which knowledge cannot pass, I have given to you but the seed of one apple.
16. For I have come that you may have deliverance. 17. There are many questions
concerning the nature of things and of being whose answers you may know, or partly know;
and many whose answers lie beyond the understanding possible to you. 18. But I am not sent
to discourse with you upon these matters, but to lead you to deliverance in perfection. 19. And
all the knowledge that shall bring you to deliverance is contained within the seed of an apple.
20. Yet within the seed is the essence of the tree, and from the seed the whole tree may unfold.
21. So from essential truth unfolds all other knowledge as the music of the spheres unfolds
from a single note.
22. Therefore when you think upon the questions of life, of time or of the spheres,
contemplate first the seed of truth, and let your thoughts unfold from that seed. 23. Let the
pure and single note of truth attune your soul. Then your mind shall rise up into soul, and soul
breathe the breath of Spirit. 24. Do this, and your thoughts shall be in harmony with the
universal music of eternity. 25. But let your thoughts grow from lower or from lesser or from
merely accidental things, and they shall wax rank and dissonant; 26. For it cannot be that the
tree of life shall grow from a nettle. 27. If her thoughts are bound to accidental thing, the soul
cannot attain liberation. 28. Dissonant and jarring with eternal harmony, the little sphere is
severed from the great.
29. Seek not for certainty in anything beyond the seed of truth. 30. That the sky is
above you and the earth below; that you breathe and eat and move; to these and to many things
must you give your assent that the life of the world may proceed. 31. Yet even of these there is
no certainty, for the world is but a dream from which you must some day awaken. 32. Within
the world you may be certain only of that truth which my Mother has given from beyond the
world.
33. Therefore know well the sacred mythos and the words that I reveal to you, 34. and
let your knowledge dwell not only on the surface, but go deep into the inner soul; and let this
knowledge be the seed of all your knowing. 35. For the sacred word does not cry in the
marketplace, but whispers in the heart of every soul that truth which she alone may
understand. 36. It is not necessary that you should seek knowledge of the highest things
outside the sacred mythos and My words. 37. For I have revealed to you all that is necessary
that you should attain liberation; and what I have not revealed, that is not needed. 38. But if
you shall discourse on that which is unnecessary, I give to you three words. Let you not become
forgetful of them:
39. that there can be no certainty beyond the seed of truth, therefore you may speak of
likelihood only;
40. that you shall let your speculation be in harmony with the seed of truth, for speculation
that is dissonant does not give knowledge, but leads to the abyss of those that have rejected
truth;
41. and you who have care of My children, do not let them become confounded by dissonant
thought and work.
42. But beyond all else is this word: that the purpose of speculation is that mind and soul shall
grow with the seed of truth, 43. and any discourse that leads away from inward love of truth;
be that discourse high and pure, be it even harmonic, yet it is the spawn of kear, and you, My
children, shall turn from it. 44 Yet do not be afraid, for the seed of truth shall be your guide
and your protector and shall bring you deliverance.
45. And I give to you one word which shall conquer every danger. 46. That word is
love, and the humility that flows from love. 47. Receive with love the seed of truth and all
things shall be well.

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ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

I am an ordained ISM priest and an ordained DLS priestess.