4 Astrea/Dec. 1
Sunnadi, Day of Lady Theia, Lamp of Illumination, Joy and Benevolence.
Today, after lighting the Green Candle of Wisdom, we then light the Yellow Candle of Hope in honor of the Holy Daughter as the Star of Hope. In Janite/Lucienne Tradition, She is known as the Triple Star, the Star of Hope, the Midnight Star of Wonder and the Guiding North Star.
During the Astrean time of year, we contemplate the Holy Daughter, Who is not yet Separate from Her Mother, as Our Star of Hope. We then look upon the vast darkness of the Cosmos, sprinkled with points of light, to She Who is the Guiding North Star above us, as we await Her birth as the Midnight Star of Wonder.
Most fittingly, after lighting the Candle of Hope, the following scripture is suggested:
1. When the first night had come upon the world, the Mistress of All Things stood alone once more, as She had in the beginning. 2. For a terrible abyss had opened to lie between the world
and She, and Her creatures could not look upon Her brightness.
3. And She stood in contemplation upon the waters of the first darkness; like a great
dove upon the waters She brooded. 4. She became absorbed within Her and communed with
Her own self; and Her light ceased to shine forth from Her, and yet Her light grew greater. 5.
Then She fell to Her knees, and the surface of the waters became turbulent and the great waves
curled over Her, and their white foam could not be seen in all that darkness.
6. When the waters became calm again, the Mistress of All Things rose to Her feet: 7.
for She had conceived a daughter that was not separate from Her, but one with Her, and the
child of Her light.
1. And She walked across the seas and deep into the forests of the earth until She came upon the
deep cave that was at the centre. 2. And She entered the cave, and a star rose above the sacred
grove that lay about the cave, brighter and more resplendent than all the stars of the heavens, 3.
and the star was seen all over the earth; and the children of the earth were filled with wonder
and they came to the place where the star stood in the sky. The Mythos of the Holy Daughter, The Filianic Scriptures, New Celestial Union Edition, online.
We honor several stars in the Deanic Faith: the five-pointed star, the North Star and the seven-pointed star. This year, as previously noted, we will be introducing a new custom revolving around the seven-pointed star as gifted to the community by ArchMatrona Ghrian. How perfect for the month of Astrea, meaning Star or Star Maiden!
The Eye of God Nebula.
More and more, it is said that the entire universe is alive, is conscious! That consciousness, in Janite belief, is the Holy Daughter, She Who is the Soul of All Nature and that Consciousness is also that of Our Celestial Mother, Mari/Sophia, Who is the Spirit of the manifest Universe. Our Holy Mother gives birth to the Primordial Ideas of the Great/Dark Mother. She breathes into it the Holy Breath of spirit and the Holy Daughter wraps it all and us in Her Wondrous Soul.
Silver Star of the Waters: (Janite edition of the original Madrian).
Silver Star of the Waters, Who has fashioned all the Cosmos into Being, Beyond all knowing is the Splendour of Your Light. Enfold my spirit, beneath Your Mighty Mantle, and may the Pure Stream of Your Grace flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come, Amena.
Alone in the night
On a dark hill
With pines around me
Spicy and still,
And a heaven full of stars
Over my head,
White and topaz
And misty red;
Myriads with beating
Hearts of fire
Cannot vex or tire;
Up the dome of heaven
Like a great hill,
I watch them marching
Stately and still,
And I know that I
Am honored to be
Of so much majesty. Source
Continue to light the green and yellow candles each night. Traditionally, the scripture is read each night. Extinguish after each meal.
ArchMadria Pamela Lanides
*The Season of Startide has been created and developed by ArchMatrona Georgia (Ghrian) E. B. Cobb of The Lady of Light Chantry/Lucienne Tradition.