Quick Notes

13 Ourania/Oct. 15
Rosadi/Tues.


Day of Lady Vikhe’, Flame of Courage, Strength and Valor.

Just a few notes:

Sai Thema:

Due to the fact that our staff was either ill or otherwise indisposed at the same time, we were not able to post an article for the Feast of Sai Thema, which was on 1 Ourania/Oct. 3.

Her feast day occurs in Ourania, which means Heavenly/Cosmos, because she is the Ruler of Divine/Cosmic Order and Harmony, which is what the month of Ourania is all about! It is not too late to celebrate her feast day. Stay tuned for an upcoming article on Lady Thema.

Seven Janati Rosary Page:

A Janati Rosary Page has been added Here.

New Janati Correspondences Pages for easier nagivation:

For easier navigation, there is now a separate Correspondence Page for each Jana. These may be found under our drop-down menu Here.

May Our Lady bless you,

Blessed is She.

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:

αγορά

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.

Johfra Bosschart

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.

New Book Club/Icons/Plans for Calendar

22 Sunna/Aug. 29

Pomedi/Thurs.

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

Today, we would like to announce the opening of the Hypatia’s Grove Book Club for women, hosted by ArchSorella Minna. (ArchSorella means High Sister and indicates a member of our Sisterhood who has begun to study for the priestesshood.)

Those who wish to participate may join by clicking on this link: https://www.goodreads.com/group/invite/1009116-hypatia-s-grove?invite_token=YmMxYTY1MjAtYTEzZi00NGU5LTgxOTgtYTFhNWRjMGE4MGY5&utm_medium=email&utm_source=copypastegroup.

The first book we are reading will be, Women Who Run With the Wolves, by Clarissa Pinkola Estes: https://www.amazon.com/Women-Who-Run-Wolves-Archetype/dp/0345409876. This book is also available on Kindle.

The first meeting will be 1 Abolan/Sept. 5. (What a great way to start the Sacred Season of Fall!). We wish to thank ArchSorella Minna for hosting this exciting new book club!

The Correspondences of the Janati page has been completely over-hauled and expanded. It is now in alphabetical order for easier use. It may be found in the upper part of the menu (at the left) and also at this link: https://deanic.com/the-correspondences-of-the-seven-janati/.

                     

The above paintings by Nicolas Roerich may be found as prints, framed prints, canvas prints or prints on wood, the latter of which is similar to print icons. In the Janite Tradition, the Mother of the World (upper) is often used as an image for the Great Mother and the Madonna Oriflamma (lower), is often used as an image of the Celestial Mother. These prints on wood would make an excellent addition to a home icon corner, shrine, altar, etc., and may be found, here: https://fineartamerica.com/shop/wood+prints/nicholas+roerich.

And, finally, in other news, plans are in place for the publication of a Janite Deanic Calendar by the secular New Year!

May Our Lady Bless you,

Blessed is She.

 

 

 

Lady Olivia Robertson on Female Priestesses

Columbadi/24 Flora

O, Sushuri Grace (which means Kind Grace), bless all of our loved ones with good health and may Your Compassion flow through us as we meet each person on the walk of our daily lives. Blessed are You.

Two articles on the Fellowship of Isis have been recommended to me. In the first, I was not aware that the priesthood of the Robertsons may be traced back to Egypt. http://www.fellowshipofisis.com/priesthood.html. One of my ordaining bishops had the honor of having been ordained by Lady Olivia Robertson.

This second article might be of interest to our priestesshood and those aspiring to the priestesshood. It explains why women are particularly suitable for this service. What especially resonated with me is how humility must be our footstool.  A good reminder. Enjoy!

http://www.fellowshipofisis.com/ordainintro.html

 

Bits and Pieces

18 Maia/Foradi

Day of Sai Rhea, Jana of Steadfastness, Temperance and Self-restraint.

O, Sai Rhea, be with us.

Image result for image of a crown of roses

Dear Devotees,

For those who have placed a crown of silk flowers on an image of the Holy Daughter, the crown may remain in place through the holy month of Flora. It is removed on the evening of 28 Flora as the next day begins the Sacred Season of the Celestial Mother, Mari Sophia.

As an aside, we keep finding more and more exciting connections between the Sophian Mythos and the Deanic Scriptures. As with the Holy Daughter in the scriptures and the Blessed Virgin Mary of Christianity, the Holy Daughter Sophia was also crowned as Queen in the Pleroma/ Heaven.

One thing that I did that was fun on the day of Coronam, was that I wore a crown of green silk flowers over my pink veil. {Pink and Green are the colors of the robes of Agia Grace (Sai Sushuri)}.

We are not Gnostic

It is important to explain that while Janites obtain some of our Sophian Mythos from Gnosticism, we are not Gnostic, per se . Just as there are many basic Gnostic teachings within Deanism/Filianism, neither the Deanic nor the Filianic religious streams are Gnostic.  As Janites,  we choose to draw our teachings about Dea from non-Pagan sources and so we take them from esoteric Judaism, Goddess Christianity and both pre-Christian and Christian Gnosticism.

In the near future, we will outline our basic mythos and show how they correlate with the Deanic scriptures.

Divine Sophia Icon

It has come to my attention that there are those who think that Sophia is Sai Mati. This is an understandable misunderstanding as Sai Mati is often depicted as Holy Sophia. This is one of the reasons why Janites do not use goddess images to represent the Janae as we find it leads to confusion and misunderstanding. It is similar to how the Blessed Virgin Mary is used, in some circles, to represent Sai Raya Theia, Sai Mati Sage and Sai Thema and yet, none of these Janati are the Blessed Virgin Mary nor are they any Pagan goddess.

Coming up will be a further article.

Image result for image of icon of adam and eve Adam and Eve

Another exciting discovery is how Adam and Eve (Eve is the First Daughter who represents all of humanity, Adam is the First Son, who also represents humanity), originally were etheric beings before entering manifest creation. Adam and Eve were beings of Light who spoke the Primordial Language. Upon leaving the Realm of Perfection, they were clothed with skins. While some biblical translations say ‘animal skins’ others simply say they were clothed with garments of skin. This really means that they were given their human bodies. This all flows very nicely with Deanic teachings.

My apologies, I had a list of links here supporting this story about Adam and Eve, but they have disappeared. I am just getting used to my new notebook. I also lost two more topics. So, there will be a Bits and Pieces II coming up.

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

Sun Wheel – The Yellow Candle of Hope

2 Astrea / November 29

Stelladi or Star Day. (Wednesday).
Day of Madria Sage.

Dear Friends and devotees of Déa,

Here, so that we may all be prepared to participate in our custom, is the prayerful act of lighting the Yellow Candle of Hope & Green Candle of Wisdom. The candle is lit (electric tea light or table lamp switched on) before dinner or early evening, followed by a brief scripture reading and prayers on Sunnadi or Sun Day 6th Astrea / 3rd December.

Madrina Sophia

Sun Wheel – The Yellow Candle of Hope

http://www.sebnini.com/product-category/christmas/pillar-candles/

This follows the Cosmic Drama on our wheel of the year.
Yellow Candle of Winter, the Mystery of Adoria and Great Symbol of the Star.

See: https://deanic.com/2017/11/28/the-sacred-season-of-winter-is-a-hopeful-and-joyful-season-of-the-cosmic-drama/

See Star of Hope section of The Triple Stars of Dea Filia at Adoria: https://deanic.com/2017/11/29/the-triple-stars-of-dea-filia-at-adoria/

Prayerful Act:

On our Sunwheel, we light the Yellow Candle of Hope in honour of the Holy Daughter, Koré. (Pronounced Korah or Koree, which means Maiden.) The Mystery which it represents is the Winter Mystery of Adoria. Unlike the Christ of Christianity, the Holy Daughter did not incarnate as an human being here on Earth, rather, in the manner of the Divine Sophia, She emanated from the Celestial Mother and took on the rarefied Form of Soul. She is the Triple Star: the Star of Hope; the Midnight Star of Wonder and the Guiding North Star. This is the Mystery which we celebrate on Daughter’s Day / Adoria.

On Sunnadi or Sun Day / 6th Astrea / 3rd December.

The Yellow candle of Hope is also representative of North, Air, Midnight and Jana Madria Sage.

We trace the Sign of the Fora. https://deanic.com/prayers-and-rites/tracing-the-fora/

Before dinner or early evening, light (electric tea light or table lamp switched on) the Green Candle of Wisdom
and pray, O, Déa, Apple of Wisdom, be with us.

Then, light (electric tea light or table lamp switched on) the Yellow Candle of Hope and pray: O, Déa, Star of Hope, be with us.

Scriptures:
Title 3, Chapter 2, The Mythos of the Divine Maid, verses 1-2.
(Chapters 4-7 known as The Daughter born to accepting the fate).
and
Title 1, Chapter 5, The Mythos of the Divine Maid, verses 3-7.
(Chapters 4-7 known as The Daughter born to accepting the fate).

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) And 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) And 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) And 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]

The reading may be followed by any one or a combination of the various devotional methods.
A prayer in your own words, or any of the following:

1. Hail, Koré [2]
https://deanic.com/holy-feminine-trinity/hail-kore/

2. O, Déa, Star of Hope [2]
https://deanic.com/prayers-and-rites/o-dea-star-of-hope/

3. Guiding Star [2]
https://deanic.com/prayers-and-rites/guiding-star/

4. Holy Daughter’s Royal/Priestly Titles chant [2]
https://deanic.com/becoming-a-devotee/chants-with-short-janite-prayers/

5. Daughter of Light [2]
https://deanic.com/prayers-and-rites/daughter-of-light/

6. Princess, Priestess, Queen (Janite ending added) [3]

Princess, Priestess, Queen
Winged with glory and
Crowned with moonlight
Kore Di Jana of the golden dawn
Daughter of Eternity
Guide us to our Heavenly Mother
In this world and all worlds to come.
Blessed is She.

7. Light the candle! [4]
(page 116)

8. Holy Child [4]
(page 117)

9. Litany of the Holy Daughter [2]
https://deanic.com/holy-feminine-trinity/litany-of-the-holy-daughter/

A Janite Psalm:
10. Psalm 13: Star of Hope [2]
https://deanic.com/prayers-and-rites/janite-psalms/

A Rosary:
11. Second Mystery Adoria on a five septad/seven bead rosary.
https://deanic.com/prayers-and-rites/the-janite-mysteries-rosary/ [2]

A Song:

I use a favourite English nursery rhyme from my childhood. Now I understand the traveler means the soul incarnated. Diamond in the Madrian Geniae correspondences are Sun and Theia therefore as a diamond star, it symbolically suggests to me our Holy Mother and Her Holy Daughter being one, as in the Scripture above. [5]

Full Lyrics to “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” [6]

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.

When the blazing sun is gone,
When She nothing shines upon,
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.

Then the traveler in the dark,
Thanks you for your tiny spark,
He could not see which way to go,
If you did not twinkle so.

In the dark blue sky you keep,
And often through my curtains peep,
For you never shut your eye,
Till the sun is in the sky.

As your bright and tiny spark,
Lights the traveler in the dark.
Though I know not what you are,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star.
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star.
How I wonder what you are.
How I wonder what you are.

Full version of the song on video: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Full Version – cute animation. Perfect for homeschool families https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLN0og245YI

I prefer this New Zealand singer’s short video, where she looks like a priestess and the tune is traditional:
Hayley Westenra – Twinkle Twinkle [Official Video] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mli-1N5MWGc

“Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” is a popular English lullaby. The lyrics are from an early 19th-century English poem by Jane Taylor, “The Star”. The poem, which is in couplet form, was first published in 1806 in Rhymes for the Nursery, a collection of poems by Taylor and her sister Ann. It is sung to the tune of the French melody Ah! vous dirai-je, maman, which was published in 1761 and later arranged by several composers including Mozart with Twelve Variations on “Ah vous dirai-je, Maman”.[1] The English lyrics have five stanzas, although only the first is widely known. It has a Roud Folk Song Index number of 7666. This song is usually performed in the key of C Major.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twinkle,_Twinkle,_Little_Star

Madrina Sophia

Blessing:
(slightly adapted celtic oral tradition – 1st millennium) [7]

You are the peace of all things calm
You are the place to hide from harm
You are the light that shines in the dark
You are the heart’s eternal spark
You are the door that’s open wide
You are the guest who waits inside
You are the stranger at the door
You are the calling of the poor
You are my Kyria and with me still
You are my love, keep me from ill
You are the light, the truth, the way
You are my Soteria this very day.

Scottish Blessing: [7]

May the blessing of light be on you – light without and light within.
May the blessed sunlight shine on you like a great peat fire,
so that stranger and friend may come and warm himself at it.
And may light shine out of the two eyes of you,
like a candle set in the window of a house,
bidding the wanderer come in out of the storm.
And may the blessing of the rain be on you,
may it beat upon your Spirit and wash it fair and clean,
and leave there a shining pool where the blue of Heaven shines,
and sometimes a star.

Meditate:

Her Star – your Soteria [8]

Close your eyes and start to breathe deeply
And begin to relax
Remember you are safe and Divinely Guided
Take deep breaths, relax your shoulders.

Visualise the Brightest Star in Her galaxy
She shines so brilliantly among all the other hundreds of stars
And is becoming brighter and brighter
This moment is eternal suspended outside of time
It is a moment of anticipation, of Hope, of Wonder, of Guidance
Of Divinity descending.

Suddenly Her star – your Soteria
Shoots through Her galaxy
Bringing grace and love as She courses
Her way towards you.

Feel the emotions of elation and comfort because of Her arrival.
Now let go of all images and rest in the silence; then slowly open up your eyes.

Finish with:

The Eternal Trinity Prayer:

Eternal is the Light of the Mother.
Eternal is the Love of the Daughter.
Eternal is the Life of the Great Mother.
Glorious is the Eternity of Dea.

~

Oh, Déa Filia, Star of Hope, be with us.

~

The Traditional Janite ending:

Let us bless the Queen of Heaven*.
Blessed is She.
Let us thank the Seven Janae of Power.
Thanks be to the Seven Janae.

*Holy Daughter https://deanic.com/correspondences-of-the-trinity/
A way of expressing the Divine Royal emanations / lineage.
~

Trace the Sign of the Fora:

In the Name of the Mother, and of the Daughter, and of the Great Mother. Blessed are They.

~

(Extinguish the 2 candles after the prayers or your meal).

Notes:
[1] July 2012
The Filianic Scriptures, New Celestial Union Version (Second Edition, Third Update)
Free download:
https://theahaus.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/fulltext-of-ncuv.pdf
(with thanks to Glenn King)
[2] Copyright of the Janite Order. For personal use, only. Permission for the members of the JOP to share on their media with all due crediting.
[3] Copyright of Madria / Sorella Erin / Guinevere. Seek Permission and share with all due crediting. For private use only.
https://daughterofdea.wordpress.com/2016/04/28/devotional-anthology-preview/
[4] Rose Petals: A Filianic Psalter by Brythwen Sinclair
paperback
http://www.lulu.com/shop/brythwen-sinclair/rose-petals-a-filianic-psalter/paperback/product-21839306.html
ebook
http://www.lulu.com/shop/brythwen-sinclair/rose-petals-a-filianic-psalter/ebook/product-21824179.html
[5] https://deanic.com/the-seven-great-janae/correspondences-of-the-seven-janae/
[6] http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/jewel/twinkletwinklelittlestar.html
[7] http://www.faithandworship.com/Celtic_Blessings_and_Prayers.htm
[8] Adapted from Star Prosperity Visualisation by Dianne Pegler June 1997
http://www.diannepegler.com/page14.htm

Sun Wheel – The Green Candle of Wisdom

Samhain 23/Nov. 22

Stelladi or Star Day. (Wednesday).

Day of Madria Sage.

Dear Friends and devotees of Dea,

Here, so that we may all be prepared to participate in our custom, is the prayerful act of lighting the Green Candle of Wisdom. The candle is lit (electric tea light or table lamp switched on) before dinner or early evening, followed by a brief scripture reading and prayers on Sunnadi or Sun Day 27th Samhain / 26th November. Or this ritual can be more appropriately incorporated (if you have the time) into the Feast Day of Jana Madria Thema on Rosadi or Rose Day, (Tuesday), 1st Astrea / 28th November.

Madrina Sophia

Sun Wheel – The Green Candle of Wisdom

http://onelittleproject.com/fresh-apple-tea-lights/

This follows the Cosmic Drama on our wheel of the year.
Green Candle of Autumn/Fall, the Mystery of Terram and Great Symbol of the Apple.

See: https://deanic.com/2017/11/08/autumn-is-when-the-janite-tradition-begins-the-cycle-of-the-cosmic-drama/

Prayerful Act:

The Green candle of Wisdom is also representative of West, Earth, Twilight and Jana Madria Thema.

We trace the Sign of the Fora. https://deanic.com/prayers-and-rites/tracing-the-fora/

The candle is lit (electric tea light or table lamp switched on) before dinner or early evening, followed by a brief scripture reading and prayers on Sunnadi or Sun Day 27th Samhain / 26th November. Or this ritual can be more appropriately incorporated (if you have the time) into the Feast Day of Jana Madria Thema on Rosadi or Rose Day, (Tuesday), 1st Astrea / 28th November. [1]

Scripture:
The scripture reading for the lighting of the Green Candle of Wisdom is:
Title 3, Chapter 5, The Sermon of the Apple Seed [2]

The reading may be followed by any one or a combination of the various devotional methods.
A prayer in your own words, or any of the following:

1. Hail, Mysteria
https://deanic.com/holy-feminine-trinity/hail-mysteria/ [3]

2. All 3 Hails for the Holy Feminine Trinity
https://deanic.com/holy-feminine-trinity/hail-mysteria/ [3]
https://deanic.com/holy-feminine-trinity/hail-mari/ [3]
https://deanic.com/holy-feminine-trinity/hail-kore/ [3]

3. English Titles Trinity Chant. [3]
4. Personal Names Trinity Chant. [3]
5. Latin Titles Trinity Chant. [3]
6. Royal Titles Trinity Chant. [3]
7. Flowing Titles Trinity Chant. [3]
8. Eternal Trinity Chant. [3]
https://deanic.com/becoming-a-devotee/chants-with-short-janite-prayers/

9. Litany of the Great Mother.
https://deanic.com/holy-feminine-trinity/litany-of-the-great-mother/ [3]

A Janite Psalm:

10. Psalm 9: O, Veiled Fora of Faith. [3]
11. Psalm 12: Sweet is the Fruit of Your Wisdom. [3]
12. Psalm 14: O, Great Mother. [3]
https://deanic.com/prayers-and-rites/janite-psalms/

A Rosary / Auroram:

13. First Mystery Terram on a five septad/seven bead rosary.
https://deanic.com/prayers-and-rites/the-janite-mysteries-rosary/ [3]

14. An Auroram to Mysteria (I shield my eyes).
To be done on a string of 108 knots or beads.
https://deanic.com/prayers-and-rites/auroram-by-sorella-minna/ [5]

Play a Janite Hymn:

Psalm 14: O, Great Mother.
https://deanic.com/hymns/ [6]

My own adapted prayer: [7]

O, Dea, Apple of Wisdom,

we thank You, we bless You and we adore You.
For through Your everlasting life,
we are protected by the Veiled Stillness at the Centre of All.
The Heavenly Mother and the Divine Soul Daughter
find Their Completion in You.
O, Great Mother, Dark beyond the light and Light beyond the darkness.
O, Great Mother, You are the Wise Apple of our source, Life.
O, Dea, Apple of Wisdom, be with us.

O, Dea, Apple of Wisdom,

we thank You, we bless You and we adore You.
For through Your resplendent light,
we are warmed by the certainty of Your Unconditional Love.
Divine Soul Daughter was sent by You, so all creation would be saved.
O, Heavenly Mother, illuminating Holy Light, splendid Essence of Purity.
O, Heavenly Mother, You are the Wise Apple of our life lived in Spirit.
O, Dea, Apple of Wisdom, be with us.

O, Dea, Apple of Wisdom,

we thank You, we bless You and we adore You.
For through Your perfect mediation of Spirit and Soul to form,
we are elevated by the Holy Love of Your Pure Divinity in all the worlds.
O, Divine Soul Daughter whose Gentle Light guides and sustains all.
O, Divine Soul Daughter, You are High Priestess and Divine Gate to Spirit.
O, Divine Soul Daughter, You are the Wise Apple of our soul seeking Spirit.
O, Dea, Apple of Wisdom, be with us.

Blessing:

(Adapted from The Johnny Appleseed Blessing. He is a local hero of my area. ArchMadria Candra Sophia).

Oh,Our Lady is good to me,
And so I thank Our Lady,
For giving me the things I need
The sun, and the rain, and the apple seed.
Our Lady is good to me.

Meditate.

Holy Apple Orchard in a Field [8]

1. Begin by imagining yourself as a ‘tree’ in the Holy Apple Orchard in a Field. Imagine the Holy Daughter’s presence surrounding you and then spreading out to cover the whole of the field.
2. Visualise the other trees in the field, feel them vibrating with the Holy Daughter’s presence. Visualise the celestial birds and other creatures that inhabit this spiritual domain. Hear their different sounds and calls as they fill the air of the field. Feel the sunlight and the warmth, the rich, nurturing soil and the cool, soothing breeze.
3. Now turn your mind up to the sky towards heaven. Sense the overshadowing presence of the Holy Celestial Mother, blessed be, Her. Feel the power and majestic glory of Her Presence.
4. Now visualise the givine dew as it falls down from heaven upon the field. Feel the gentle caress of its drops. Feel the rejuvenating effects of this life-giving energy as it is absorbed inside you.
Now let the gentle descent of dew turn into a great downpour of supernal rain. Watch as the heavenly waters pierce the ground all around you and soak deep into the soil. Feel it penetrate into the whole of your being and fill you with the Divine Spirit.
Now rest in the overshadowing presence of the transcendent Divine Mother and the imminent presence of the Divine Daughter.
7. Feel the peace and tranquility that permeate this higher world. Feel the joy and the freedom. Sense its strength and its solidity, all from the Great Mother: stand tall and still and firm.
8. Now let go of all images and rest in the silence; then slowly open up your eyes.

Finish with:

The Eternal Trinity Prayer:

Eternal is the Light of the Mother.
Eternal is the Love of the Daughter.
Eternal is the Life of the Great Mother.
Glorious is the Eternity of Dea.

~

O, Dea, Apple of Wisdom, be with us.

~

The Traditional Janite ending:

Let us bless the High Queen, Queen, Empress of Heaven*.
Blessed are They.
Let us thank the Seven Janae of Power.
Thanks be to the Seven Janae.

*Celestial Mother, Holy Daughter, Great Mother https://deanic.com/correspondences-of-the-trinity/
A way of expressing the Divine Royal emanations / lineage.

~

Trace the Sign of the Fora:

In the Name of the Mother, and of the Daughter, and of the Great Mother. Blessed are They.

~

(Extinguish the candle after the prayers or your meal).

Notes:
[1] Janite Calendar
[2] July 2012
The Filianic Scriptures, New Celestial Union Version (Second Edition, Third Update)
Free download:
https://theahaus.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/fulltext-of-ncuv.pdf
(with thanks to Glenn King)
[3] Copyright of the Janite Order. For personal use, only. Permission for the members of the JOP to share on their media with all due crediting.
[5] Copyright of Sorella Minna. Seek Permission and share with all due crediting. For private use only.
[6] Copyright Lyrics by ArchMadria Candra Sophia (sung by Monica Stehle). For private use only.
[7] Copyright of Madrina Sophia. For personal use, only. Permission for the members of the JOP to share on their media with all due crediting.
[8] Adaptation of Meditation for Tu B’Shvat by Rabbi Yuel Glick, hebrew meaning literally “New Year of the Trees.”
http://daatelyon.org/2012/02/meditation-for-tu-bshvat-the-holy-apple-field/

The Astrean Silver Fir Tree & Decorations

Samhain 21/Nov. 20

Lunadi/Monday

Dear Friends and devotees of Dea,

I know that until 28 Samhain / November 27 we are still enjoying the sacred season of Autumn / Fall but the sacred season of Winter will arrive and we will be fully emerged in joyous festivities. So I am posting about the Astrean Silver Fir Tree early so that we may all be prepared to participate in our custom.

Madrina Sophia

Thealogy

European Silver Fir Abies alba (Pinaceae)

The Silver Tree/Fir Tree is symbolic of the World Tree/Axis. It is situated at the central point of the universe whilst stretching out to the far
corners. Just like Dea as the still point (transcendent Mother) and as the Sacred Form in all creation (immanent Daughter).
The World Tree/Axis links Heaven, the manifest middle worlds / planes and the under world. It reflects the sacred role of our Holy Daughter.

It also reflects the sacred seasonal mysteries of the solstices / Gates of Heaven.

1. Feast of Divine Daughter, Stella Caeli – Star of Heaven, Yule, 24 Astrea / 21st December
The Daughter’s manifestation down into the dense planes of existence. To axial beings symbolised by the Northern Star.
The Northern Gateway. Lowest Gate of Heaven. On earth the subtle element of Air.
Our Soteria (saviour) is immanent / with us which is joyous. The Quest is to realise that we in every life in the manifest planes carry a portion
of Holy Soul (Daughter) which we as created and generated (by Great & Celestial Mothers), Her children (axial beings) have descended with
in order to experience and learn everything for our education. We must magnifying the Good Loving Light Divinity within, to ascend up back to
our Celestial Mother.

2. Feast of Holy Mother, Rose of Heaven, Rosa Caeli, 9th Rosa / 21st June
The Daughter’s return to the highest point on the world axis and the restoration of Her sovereignty over Creation, reunited with the Mother.
The Southern Gateway. Highest Gate of Heaven. On earth the subtle element of Fire.
The Quest by which each person individually, and all humans collectively, strive to follow our Holy Soul Daughter. This Quest is conceived as being interior — a Quest to raise the soul from its sleep. The Celestial Mother Mari as the Assumption of our souls in the manifest planes.

Madrina Sophia

~

The Silver Fir Tree

 

Silver tea light candle holder

The Silver Tree is in honor of our Creation Story, where it is said that the original Creation was silver. The Silver Tree is also in honor of the Janae as their color is said to have been silver before they emanated from Dea Madria, Mother God, into the Seven Living Streams of Virtue. Silver is said to contain all the colors of the rainbow. [1]

I use the above Silver Tree (discontinued by Yankee candle). I tend to keep mine on my altar all year long. Others keep it solely as an Astrean (during the month of Astrea) tradition.

ArchMadria Candra Sophia

 

~

The Astrean Tree should be put up in the hestia (blessed & sacred home) on the 1st Astrea / 28th November

Table top silver aluminium vintage christmas tree
Ceramic table top tree

An Astrean Tree may be purchased new or vintage. It can be silver or green.

(The Druids Cal.) “The use of fir trees, holly, ivy, and bay all go back to druidic practices”. [2]

“For example, the evergreen tree and holly which remain green throughout the long months of cold and darkness, were widely used in the
Northern European celebration of Yule because they hold promise that spring will once again return to the land.” [3]

Evergreen plants, symbolise the Eternal Divine Spirit of Holy Mother and the Eternal Divine Soul of Holy Daughter. As Her children, we have
existed eternally, before time and space, it is our human (physical, mental & emotional) body that is mortal. In our Scriptures, moving outwards
to impermanence, the child of Dea becomes tired, and day and night are created, then other planes of existence.

screenshot krokotak christmas trees

We can also hand craft an Astrean Tree from paper, card, fabric, ribbons.
Here is a small selection of ideas:
http://krokotak.com/tag/christmas-tree/
https://deepeningmindfulness.org/8697/how-to-do-christmas-decorations-22-07-2017/

During World War 2 and the bombing of London City, England.
“Home-made decorations, such as paper-chains, and any available artificial decorations were used to enliven the home and offer cheer – despite the constant threat of bombing. A small artificial tree was a great asset, as it could be easily transported to the bomb shelter as required. One East End family had one made of goose feathers, which could be decorated with tinsel and paper decorations.” [4]

Tree Decorations.

Hazelnuts turned Mini Wreath Ornaments
long, golden-red cinnamon stick bundle
Pine Cone Bow Ornament

Natural pine cones and nuts are seeds therefore symbolic of creation.

white tree coloured decorations

The coloured light bulbs represent the Janae, the 7 Supernal Genetrixes, Guardians or Wellsprings of the Seven Streams of Life or Virtue.
They are the Seven Faces/Powers/Spirits of Dea, Our Divine Mother God, in rarefied angelic form.
Also the 5 Sacred seasonal colours. [5]

Red & Gold African American Angels
vintage wooden angels
Handmade Felt angel
Handmade mini guardian angel tree decorations
Handmade crochet white angels

As well as actual angel or Janae figurines.

Reindeers of felt or wood are “actually the stags that drew the chariot of Freya, the Sun Goddess of the North”. [3]

Other symbolic decorations are stars for both Holy Daughter & Great Mother, suns for Celestial Mother and moons for Holy Daughter.

The Janite Calendar

Please note: some of our devotees practice a dual Path. Some are Jews and Christians for whom the Deanic Faith is the “Mother God side of
religion”. Others are Pagans or Druids who also incorporate the Deanic Faith, although our belief system is different than that of neo-
Paganism. And, of course, for many devotees, the Deanic Faith is their sole religion.

The Daughter Day, or in Latin Filiadi known as the Feast of Adoria, can be celebrated either on Winter Solstice / Yule / 24th Astrea / 21st
December or on Nativity 28th Astrea / 25th December. This is a choice for the individual.

May Dea bless you.
Blessed is She.

Madrina Sophia

~~~

Notes:
[1] Critical Treatment, 2.2 Systematic Selections and Emendations.
2.2.7 The Primordial Color
(starting on page 69 of the PDF, actual page numbers 61-66)
The Eastminster Critical Edition of the Clear Recital 3rd Edition
http://apronstrings.racemochridhe.com/ece/
[2] http://www.fellowshipofisis.com/jc/jcdec.pdf
[3] http://moontides-mxtodis123.blogspot.co.uk/2010/12/dec-20the-mother-night-yule-eve.html
[4] http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/ten_ages_gallery_09.shtml
[5] https://deanic.com/the-seven-great-janae/correspondences-of-the-seven-janae/

 

 

How to obtain a Deanic Sun Wheel & when to use it as a prayerful act

How to obtain a Déanic Sun Wheel & when to use it as a prayerful act.

We prepare our hearts for the coming of Kore Di-Jana through unselfish acts, devotion, contemplation, scripture readings and prayer. We cook special foods for the season. We set our homes aglow with candles and colorful bulbs (which represent the Eternal Light and the Janae powers) in the midst of the ever-growing darkness while awaiting the One who reflects our Mother’s Light to us.
ArchMadria Pamela

The Sun Wheel, a beautiful prayerful act which was incorporated into the Déanic Faith, designed and originated by ArchMatrona Ghrian of the Lady of Light Chantry, [1] is very much like an Advent Wreath (which has pre-Christian origins) [2], except we use different coloured candles which represent our Five Great Mysteries, symbols and elemental seasonal colours.

lolly pop stick candles and paper plate
Toilet Paper Roll Advent Wreath
5 card candle advent wreath

This does not have to be expensive. Use paper or card to make a sun wheel, 1 or 3 dimensional. Just google images with the wording “paper candle advent wreath”
A small selection of tutorials that I have picked out:
http://alittlegraceandmercy.blogspot.co.uk/2011/12/tutorial-paper-advent-wreath.html
https://www.eggloentertainment.com/advent-wreath-childrens-craft/
https://www.eskaamakes.com/diy-easy-paper-advent-wreath/
or draw ithttp://artteacherscloset.blogspot.co.uk/2011/11/in-art-room-easy-advent-wreath.html

An actual evergreen Advent Wreath may be made [3] or bought and the fifth candle placed in the centre; or you may simply buy five pillar-style candles and place them in a circle and decorate the circle as you please. In the footnote below is an amazing array of five candle advent wreaths that are available as well as examples of home-made wreaths. [4].

Old jar, salt and candles
Old tin cans, candles
Advent Wreath in Cake Tin
Wine glasses baubles or scrunched up paper electric tea candles

Found household objects can be used.

Battery Operated LED Tea Light Candle Warm White Flame

Those with a fire phobia or with pets may substitute a white battery LED tea light or table lamp either a wreath or an altar cloth in the appropriate elemental seasonal colour (as in the candle colour).

When to use it as a prayerful act

Either on the first Sunnadi/Sunday on 27 Samhain/November 26th.
(Janites have 3 Holy Days, Sunnadi/Sunday is symbolic of our Celestial Mother).
Or the Feast Day of Jana Madria Sage on Rosadi/Rose Day, (Tuesday), 1 Astrea/Nov. 28. This is a choice for each individual depending upon their weekly commitments.
The Green candle of Wisdom is lit.
This is symbolic of Dea Matrona, Great Mother God as the Source seeds of Wisdom. The Holy Feminine Trinity are all connected to the Apple of Wisdom. The Revealing and Refreshing Fruit growing on the (Evergreen) Tree of Life, atop the (Blue-Violet) Sacred Mountain, on the Mystic Isle. [5]

The second Sunnadi/Sunday on 6 Astrea/December 3rd, we light the Yellow candle of Hope. This is symbolic of Dea Filia, Daughter God as the Star of Hope. As Soteria (Saviouress) She Shines Her Light of Hope amidst the Sad and Lonely Blue-Black Darkness of Despair. [5]

Third Sunnadi/Sunday on 13 Astrea/December 10th: the Purple/Lilac candle of Faith is lit. This is symbolic of Dea Matrona, Great Mother God as the Fora of Faith. The word “fora” means “foundation” or “fundamental” because it is a symbol of the “foundational form” or “fundamental pattern” of the “foundational-fundamental principle of the Cosmos”. [6]

Fourth Sunnadi/Sunday on 20 Astrea/December 17th: we light the Blue candle of Peace. This is symbolic of Dea Filia, Daughter God as the Dove of Peace, the Comforting Presence hovering (in the Blue Sky) above the (Blue) Primal Waters of Creation. [5]

On Madria Noctis: Mother Night, 23 Astrea/December 20 (Yule Eve / Winter Solstice Eve) [8]: we light the Red candle of Joy. This is symbolic of Déa Madria, Mother God, as the Rose of Joy. As the Red Rose of Joy, the Celestial Mother is our assumption into the inner Heavenly realm which we call the Real or the Pleroma, visualised as a Rose Garden (as opposed to the outer realm which our Faith calls Avala the Apple Orchard).

(A Rite of Sacrifice/Veneration [7] is served in honour of the Celestial Mother as She awaits the Appearance of the Holy Daughter.)

Very similar to the use of the Christian Advent wreath, each candle is first lit on a Sunnadi/Sunday and then each night thereafter during dinner time. It is extinguished after dinner.
Keeping it alight is not mandatory, as we may not all be able to afford candle (wax or led) replacement. I replace with card candles.

[1] https://deamatronablog.wordpress.com/lighting-the-sun-wheel-ringing-the-silver-branch/
[2] It is believed that pre-Christian Germanic peoples used a wheel of evergreens upon which they placed lit candles. This evergreen wheel was said to have represented the cycle of the seasons. Prayers were then offered to the gods, asking them to ‘turn’ the Wheel back to a season of increasing light and warmth.
Sorry, I have lost the reference website.
[3] https://www.save-on-crafts.com/wreatmakandd.html
[4] https://www.google.com/search?q=five+pillar+candle+advent+wreath
[5] Symbolism by ArchMatrona Ghrian of the Lady of Light Chantry.
[6] https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2017/03/06/a-wealth-of-information-on-the-fora-by-archmatrona-ghrian/
[7] https://deanic.com/the-rite-of-sacrifice/
[8] Madria: Mother.
https://deanic.com/glossary/
Latin noctis night Gender: feminine
https://www.latin-is-simple.com/en/vocabulary/noun/112/
Greek νύχτα (nýchta, “night”)
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/καληνύχτα
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/νύχτα#Greek
[8] “Norse mythology …the night before the Solstice which they called the Mother Night…for it was in the darkness that the goddess Freya labored to bring Baldur, the young son (light) to birth once more. It was also a night for spirit contact and celebration with one’s ancestors in much the same way that the Celts did at Samhain.

The festival itself was called Yule, derived from the Norse word Jul, means wheel, a symbol of the Sun revolving across the sky. It was traditionally held for 12 days or more, beginning on Mother Night and ending on January 6th. The most important symbols of Yule continue to live on in our modern Christmas celebrations. For example, the evergreen tree and holly which remain green throughout the long months of cold and darkness, were widely used in in the Pagan celebration of Yule because they hold promise that spring will once again return to the land.

Because ancient Norwegians believed the sun was returning, as part of their Winter Solstice celebration, the Vikings would cut a huge log, drag it back to the village and set it on fire. This Yule Log was supposed to drive away the evil spirits and bring good luck to the people as well as welcome back the sun. From Scandinavia, the Yule log custom spread through the European content and England. Some decked out their Yule log with greenery, ribbons, and paper flowers and sang Yuletide songs as they dragged it home.

Thousands of years ago, the Scandinavian god, Odin, rode through the world at Midwinter bringing reward or punishment, and Thor, his son, came from the far North. His color was red, and at Midwinter, he fought the gods of ice and snow …conquering the cold. The elves connected with our current Santa Claus are remnants of the supernatural nature folk of the Old Religion, and our modern custom of leaving cookies and milk for Santa is most likely a modern continuation of leaving offerings for the Alvar and other nature folk. Although usually associated with Santa, many believe that the reindeer, northern animals, actually represent the stags that drew the chariot of Freya, the Sun Goddess of the North.”
http://moontides-mxtodis123.blogspot.co.uk/2010/12/dec-20the-mother-night-yule-eve.html

 

What is a Sun Wheel & When is Mothers Night?

What is a Sun Wheel?

A Pagan Sun Wheel

In pre-Christian Germany, the people used wreaths with lit candles during the cold, dark days of December as a sign of hope for the return of the sun and for longer days and warmth. In Scandinavia, during Winter, lighted candles were placed around a wheel and prayers were offered to the God of Light to turn “the wheel of the Earth” back toward the sun in order to lengthen the days and to restore warmth. (1) Others hung up cartwheels and decorated them with candles and evergreens and spun them around in order to invoke the return of the sun. Some Pagans did so in preparation for the ‘birth of the Sun-God’; others, for the Sun-Goddess, Sunna. (2) During the Middle Ages, Christians adopted this tradition in anticipation of the birth of the Son-God.

When is Mothers Night?

Modraniht is Old English for `Mothers-night`, an ancient Anglo-Saxon feast referred to by the Venerable Bede in De temporum ratione 13. He wrote that the still heathen Anglo-Saxons hold a sacrifice in the New Year in the modraniht id est matrum nocturum [“the Modraniht, that is, in the night of the mothers (=matrons?)” ]

This feast corresponds to other Germanic Yule-tide festivals. It was once speculated that this may have been a Celtic festival but this is largely refuted these days.

Three Matronae display their bounty, Gloucestershire, England.
Three Matronae display their bounty, Gloucestershire, England.

Modraniht may be associated with the cult of the mothers or the matrons largely found amongst the West Germanic tribes and the disablot celebrated by the North Germanic tribes in Scandinavia.
The Matrons or matronae are Mother-goddesses to whom votive stones and altars were set up between the 1st and 5th centuries CE. There are approximately 1100 inscriptions and half give Germanic matron names. The matron cult was also to found amongst the Celtic tribes.
Almost exclusively these matrons were presented in groups of three. These females were worshipped as matrons or Mother-goddesses.

Their functions involved fertility, childbirth, the protection of the family and occasionally to act as war-goddesses. These correspond to the disir in the North Germanic areas.
The disir were female fertility deities. The word stems from the Old Swedish dis.
This is possibly related to the Old Saxon Idisi mentioned in the First Merseburg Charm.
The disablot is recorded twice in two Icelandic sagas from the middle of the 13th century CE.
In Viga-Glums saga 6 the disablot is celebrated at a Norwegian farm at the beginning of winter in mid-October. Egilssaga 44 also mentions a disablot at an autumnal festival in Norway.
Snorri Sturluson writing in the Ynglinga saga 33 identifies a similar feast at Uppsala in Sweden.
Literary sources indicate that the cult of the disir was more common in Sweden than in West Nordic regions.

First Merseburg Charm
Once the Idisi set forth, to this place and that;
Some fastened fetters; some hindered the horde,
Some loosed the bonds from the brave
Leap forth from the fetters! Escape from the foes! (3)

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“In the work called De Temporum Ratione, written by the Venerable Bede, we read that the Anglo-Saxons celebrated a festival which he called modranect or modraniht, which when translated into modern English means mothers night or night of the mothers. The celebration of mothers night was held during the season of Yule and approximately around the same time that the Heathen Anglo-Saxons celebrated their new year. And already we can see how sacred and important this particular time of the year was to the Heathens of ancient England. For within this short space of time we have three festivals or celebrations that fall very close to one another, those being Yule, the new year and of course mothers night. But who were the mothers that shared this sacred time of the year?. It is very likely that the Anglo-Saxon mothers are one and the same, or at least very similar, to the Germanic matronae (matrons, mothers), goddesses that we find venerated within the borders of the Roman Empire.

…the night of the mother’s celebration took place sometime close to the Heathen Anglo-Saxon new year, approximately the 25th December… ” (4)

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Helya’s Night – The night of the mother

This was the night that saw the children of each household committed into the protection of “Midder Mary”, or Mother Mary.

On first glance, although this looks like a purely Christian ritual, the veneration of the Virgin Mary was a later addition to a pagan tradition.

Helya’s night is undoubtedly the same as “Mother’s Night” – a night that, wrote the 8th century monk Bede, coincided with Christmas Eve.

In his account of the pagan calendar in 725 AD, the Venerable Bede wrote:

“And the very night that is sacrosanct to us, these people call modranect, that is, the mothers’ night, a name bestowed, I suspect, on account of the ceremonies which they performed while watching this night through.”

The “mother” connection and the “watching” ceremonies of Mother’s Night seem to indicate that Helya’s Night was the same event, although overlaid with a Christian veneer.

On Helya’s Night, just as the children had once been committed to the protection of a goddess, ancestor, or the female deities known as the Disir, the ceremony became Christianised and the “mother” was naturally equated with the Virgin Mary, Christ’s mother.

But what was the ceremony?

An account written in the 19th century recounts the experience of one woman who remembered her grandmother carrying out the ritual. She explained that, once the children were in bed, the old woman rose from her place by the peat fire and made her way over to the cradle where the youngest lay.

Raising her hands over the slumbering infant, she spoke aloud:

“Mary Midder had de haund
Ower aboot for sleepin-baund
Had da lass an’ had da wife,
Had da bairn a’ its life.
Mary Midder had de haund.
Roond da infants o’ wur land.”

[Mary Mother had a hand,
Over, about for sleeping bound
Had the lass (young woman) and had the wife (mature woman)
Had the baby and its life.
Mary Mother had a hand,
Round the infants of our land.]

This procedure was repeated over all the children, while the grandfather sat raking the peats in the hearth. The old man was also thought to have been reciting something but, unfortunately, his softly spoken words were inaudible.

As to the name, Helya strikes me as a corruption of the Old Norse heilagr, meaning holy – Holy Night being an obvious later name for Christmas Eve. (5)

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In Bulgaria

Virgin Mary bore Jesus Christ one day before the Christmas, but actually went into labor four days prior to his birth. This day is celebrated on the 20th of December and is known as St. Ignat’s Day or ‘Ignazhden’. Households light candles on this day and commemorate the strength of Virgin Mary and anticipate the ‘arrival’ of Jesus Christ. (6)

Bulgarians are primarily Eastern Orthodox, however, in Bulgarian folk belief, we see a similar honoring of Mary. Christmas Eve or Mother’s Night is one of their most sacred folk festivals.

After the days of the labor pains of the Mother of God comes the last evening, Christmas Eve. This last night of the labor pains of the Holy Mother of God is the day filled with the most excitement and rites, culminating in a ritual supper. They bake different types of bread, most significantly a large, round loaf upon which a cross, circle, x and other symbols are placed. These symbols represent the solar cross, an equal-armed cross, and the x represents the World Soul whom the ancients identified as the Goddess.

They must dress in clean, festive clothes and prepare a special sourdough bread, a bloodless offering, with sacred herbs and decorations. Only the women may take part in this ritual. The bread is connected with the Sacred Hearth and the Goddess as Keeper of the Hearth.

Ring shaped buns are given to carolers. The women cook food without any animal products. The men must prepare a special fire from certain woods and an end hole is made into which is placed frankincense, wine and oil. The rituals continue with other rites and a censing of the home. The first piece of bread is intended for the Mother of God and is placed upon Her home altar. Others pieces are for the house spirits. (7)

Notes
(1) http://bustedhalo.com/questionbox/what-are-the-origins-of-the-advent-wreath-isnt-it-pagan
(2) http://www.blogher.com/simple-seasonal-practice-christians-pagans-and-those-between
(3) http://celto-germanic.blogspot.com/2008/12/modrnihtnight-of-mothers.html
(4) http://beyondthemystery.forumotion.com/t834-mothers
(5) http://www.orkneyjar.com/tradition/yule/yule3.htm
(6) http://www.indobase.com/holidays/christmas/world/christmas-in-bulgaria.html
(7) I do apologise, I have lost the link.