Calendars Early Madriana Ekklesia + Madrian Rhennish September 1982-June 1983 + Aristasian

Important Madrian Symbolism

A. Wheel
“What then is the wheel? It is a symbol of such complexity that only an outline can be given here. When the wheel has eight spokes, it is called the Wheel of Themis. The spokes correspond to the seasonal festivals of the four cardinal points of the year, the solstices and equinoxes, and to those of the cross-quarter days which fall midway between them. These mark the rhythmic progression of the year, and thus symbolise the order and harmony of the Divinely-ordained cosmos. It is also called the Wheel of the Law.
(The Coming Age periodical, issue 11, Summer 1979)

B. The Sacred Year
“Time to the modern mentality is a straight line. To the traditional mind, it is a circle. The year, for example, is a recurring cycle of feasts and fasts, each with its own distinct character.
Each year, for example, is a reflection of the Great Year. The major events of the year are not the ephemera of ‘current affairs’ but the eternal Events of the one Year that stands beyond time.
The year has thirteen months, each of twenty-eight days. The twenty-eight day month symbolises the lunar month, although the four quarters of the real lunar month are also celebrated. The calendar is made up of four seven-day weeks. They represent the four elements of fire, water, earth and air. The seven days of the week each belong to one of the Geniae.
The year has four seasons plus a fifth. Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter are each three months long. The fifth season of Moura lasts only a single month. Spring belongs to water, Summer to fire, Autumn to earth and Winter to air. Moura belongs to the fifth element of spirit, which contains and gives rise to the other four.
The great festivals of the four seasons fall on the solstices and equinoxes – the four extreme points of the Sun’s yearly journey. The year may be seen as a cross with Winter in the North, Summer in the south, Spring in the east and Autumn in the west. The centre of the cross is Moura.
Athwart the great Cross of the Year lies another cross. This second cross marks the cross-quarter days between each solstice and equinox. These are the other great festivals of the Madrian Faith.
It is through this structure that the patterns of Eternity are lived out in time. The person living in the Faith, deepening her or his participation in the Mysteries of the Cycle with each passing year – instead of running along the the endless, aimless treadmill or linear or ‘progressive’ time… And when she or he leaves this world, her or his soul is more advanced than when she or he entered it. This is the only progress that has any meaning or value whatever.”
(Typed document titled “The Sacred Year” from Madria (Priestess) Olga Lotar founder of Ordo Rosa Madriana, date unknown)

The Cycle of the Seasons

“My mother told me as a child that if one could but live a single year to the full: wholly entering the Mysteries of each of the seasons; truly living and knowing the inner Truth of each Festival and fast; waxing and waning inwardly with the moon and feeling the companionship and influence of each of the seven Great Geniae on the day of the week governed by Her, then truly one would know all that is to be known. Truly one would die with our Lady on the final day of that year, and be reborn with Her in glory and perfection upon the Feast of Resurrection which began the new year; freed by Her Hand from the wheel of becoming.”
(The Coming Age periodical, issue 16, Autumn 1980)

Early Madriana Ekklesia

EARLY The Sacred Year Wheel Perpetual of Ekklesia Madriana

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Starting at the Centre.
1. Drawing of what was known in 1977 as a Resurrection Cross
(The Coming Age periodical, issue 2, Easter Spring 1977)
2. Like spokes on a wheel, the Major / High Festivals of the Madrians.
3. A segmented circle of 12 secular months.
4. A spoke/segmented circle of secular dates for Major / High Festivals.
5. A segmented circle delineating the Cycle of Light and the Cycle of Life. [see below]
6. A segmented circle of 13 sacred months with sacred dates for Major / High Festivals.
EASTRË ËASTER March 21 | 1 COLUMBINA (Sacred Year begins)
EXALTIA May 1 | 14 MAIA
ROSA MUNDI June 11 | 9 ROSEA
REGENERATION – RENEWAL August 1 | 22 KEREA
DIVINE LIFE September 21 | 17 MALA
SAMHAIN October 32 (mistake) | 1 SAMHAIN
NATIVITY December 25 | 28 ASTRAEA
FEAST OF LIGHTS – LICHTFEST February 1 | 10 BRIGHDE

7. Written in a spoke
TWILIGHT
HIATUS
Drawing of what was known in 1977 as a Resurrection Cross.
(This is the day beyond space and out of time. Symbolising the Sacrifice of Holy Daughter)

8. A segmented circle of 5 Sacred Seasons:
[Please read all the drawings from the outside].
Drawing of a Waxing (increasing) Moon.
SPRING [read from the inside]
Drawing of an 8 ray Wind Rose E for East.
Drawing of the Sacred Seasonal Madrian symbol of water waves.
Drawing of the Greek alchemical symbol for the element of Water (point downward triangle).
Drawing of a dove chick emerging from an egg.

[Please read all the drawings from the outside].
Drawing of a Full Moon.
SUMMER [read from the inside]
Drawing of an 8 ray Wind Rose S for South.
Drawing of the Sacred Seasonal Madrian symbol of a flame.
Drawing of the Greek alchemical symbol for the element of Fire (point upward triangle).
Drawing of a 5 petalled Rose.

[Changed Please read all the drawings from the inside].
Drawing of a Waning (decreasing) Moon.
AUTUMN [read from the inside]
Drawing of an 8 ray Wind Rose W for West.
Drawing of the Sacred Seasonal Madrian symbol of parallel lines representing ploughing a ridge and furrow.
Drawing of the Greek alchemical symbol for the element of Earth (point downward triangle with a line through)
Drawing of an apple.

[Changed Please read all the drawings from the inside].
Drawing of a Dark (New) Moon.
WINTER [read from the inside]
Drawing of an 8 ray Wind Rose N for North.
Drawing of the Sacred Seasonal Madrian symbol of a cloud.
Drawing of the Greek alchemical symbol for the element of Earth (point upward triangle with a line through)
Drawing of a 5 pointed star.

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MOURA
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Meaning of the quarter year Cycle of Light

From Scripture:

The Crystal Tablet
10 As in the world of matter there are four fixed points by which the corporeal vessel may know its course, so, in the compass of the spirit, are there three to guide the soul.
11 …the second is Light, or Energy, the light of the Mother…
18 Light is pure force, or energy, or delight. It is the joy of the Goddess, and Her breath and Spirit.
19 Light is the outpouring of Life into existence. All things that exist come from Life; they are made and sustained by Light.
20 Though an existing thing appear never so solid, yet its body is made of light. All material things are but consolidated force; and the vibration of force is the whole of their being.
21 Yet material things are far from the Source of Light. They have become subject to consolidation and restriction.
22 Pure Light knows no bounds, but is perfect joy, and breathes its own perfection.
23 How shall the soul approach to Light?
24 Let her make her every act a resplendent creation, and let every outpouring of her energy be a well made gift for her Lady. Let her not fall into dullness, but be ever creating herself anew in the delight of her energy.
25 Let her not seek for reward, but only for her own perfection; thus shall the action itself become perfect. Let her turn from the transient and find delight in the Eternal.
26 For every earthly action is the shadow of some higher form; and the soul must choose whether in her act she shall approach that form, or sink from it into deeper shadows and the morass of illusion.
27 She who rejects the light of the Spirit in this world shall, beyond death, be plunged into darkness and the confusion of bodiless echoes.
28 But every act that is performed in dedication to the Mother is an expression of the soul’s true self, and loosens the chains of her bondage.
29 If the soul live in Light, no thing shall be impossible to her, for her will shall become one with the will of our Lady.

“Feast of Lights to Exaltation. Its themes echo the great theme of the Sacrifice of the Daughter, bringing out especially the meaning of the Sacrifice in human life. The Mother, whose continuous Act of creation maintains the cycles of life from seed to harvest.” [1]

Meaning of the quarter year Cycle of Life

From Scripture:

The Crystal Tablet
10 As in the world of matter there are four fixed points by which the corporeal vessel may know its course, so, in the compass of the spirit, are there three to guide the soul.
11 The first is Life, or Wholeness, the light of the Absolute…
12 Life is the life of the spirit – the first principle; beyond being and unbeing. Life Was before existence. Life is the cause of existence.
13 How shall the soul live in Life?
14 Let her realise the truth of her self and the Truth of the Absolute. Let her know that her life is beyond even her existence, that the Absolute Life, the Life of the Goddess, is beyond all existence.
15 Let her not be held from herself or from her Goddess by any thing that exists, for all the things that are have come from nothing and to nothing shall return. But the Divine Life, and her life within it, Was ever and shall ever Be, though time itself shall only last a space.
16 Let her not trust the ground her feet are set upon and doubt the Ground upon which that ground stands. Rather let her doubt the sea, the sky, the fingers of her hand and the breath of her mouth; for all these things may be illusions, as in some sense they are.
17 But let her know Life Divine as the Truth beyond truth and the Faith beyond faith and doubt.

The late Summer ‘Life’ festivals – festivals of Regeneration and the Day of Moira
AND
The Autumn months – the Feast of Divine Life and Samhain.
“These have as their common theme the flux of all life under the hand of the Goddess [Déa]. They celebrate the cycles of existence, the progress of the soul and the mysterious connections between all things. They are especially concerned with the Goddess [Déa] as the Source of life to Whom all life returns.” [1]

[1] The Coming Age periodical, issue 4, Autumn 1977

Madrian Rhennish September 1982-June 1983

Included in both editions
1st September-December 1982 1st edition of the publication, The Coming Age presents The book of Rhiannë: The definitive introduction to matriarchy and the feminine tradition.
2nd First 6 months of 1983 2nd edition of the publication.

Calendar from The Book of Rhiannë page 21

Aristasian

http://aristasia-central.com  February 9, 2008 – ?
http://www.mother-god.com July 28, 2007 – present day
http://sundaughterpress.com January 28, 2011 – present day

Wheel of the Year Aristasian & Chelouranyan (Daughters of Shining Harmony)
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