Apple Moon

10 Abalon/Sept. 14
Foradi/Sat.

Day of Sai Rhea, Shield of Steadfastness, Temperance and Self-Control.

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Today is the Full Apple Moon (around 9:30 this morning USA time). For those who desire, the Rite of Veneration may be offered to Our Divine Mother God. RoV. It may be offered for up to three nights following the Full Moon.

It’s also a great time to charge sacred objects under the light of the Full Moon. I often will place my rosary beads, runes, tarot cards (which must be protected from morning dew), my blessing wand, etc., on our dock (on the lake) over-night where it will receive moonlight all night long.

ArchMatrona Ghrian, of the Lady of Light Chantry, has published links for various vegan apple recipes including apple cakes and caramel apple cheese cakes (I’m not Vegan, but I might have to try that one!) Lady of Light Chantry

In the previous article, she has also published the list of the Feast Days and other info for the Lucienne month of Harvest Apple.

Blessed be Dea.

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

 

Why the Rosary

Rosadi/21 Flora

 

O, Sai Vikhe, (which means Victory), may Your Shield of Protection cover us and our loved ones. Blessed are You.

Janites have a tradition of praying three times a day, during Aurora (Morning Prayer), Noon-tide and Evensong (Evening prayer).  During these times, devotees either pray in their own words, take inspiration from one of our three daily rituals, read scripture, meditate, say a brief, Hail, Dea or pray the rosary.

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Rosary: from the Latin Rosarium, meaning ‘rose garden’ or ‘garland of roses’. It is a set of prayer beads which combines vocal or silent prayer and meditation. 

The rosary is a garland of roses which we offer to Our Lady and which may be prayed anywhere and at any time. During the Sacred Season of Winter, for example, when I have to leave for work well before sunrise, I will usually pray the Janae rosary of the day while I am driving. I prefer to pray my Mysteries Rosary during Evensong, before an image of Our Lady at my home altar where I will light candles and incense.

A Shiva sadhvi gives blessings in Haridwar, India.  (1)

The history of the rosary goes back many thousands of years, the oldest being the Hindu mala rosary. The Hindu rosary is used as an aid to meditation, to keep the mind from wandering in order to make it concentrate, without distractions, on the meaning of the prayer being recited. Recitation is usually murmured, or silent. (1) This basic statement may be applied to all forms of the rosary including the Catholic and Deanic rosaries. Various forms of a rosary style form of prayer are also found in the Orthodox, Episcopalian, Buddhist, Lutheran and Islamic Traditions.

In the Traditional Catholic Church, the rosary is said to be the devotion par excellence and that after the liturgy, it is considered to be the most powerful form of prayer. Indeed, an apparition where the Blessed Virgin Mary has not either asked the faithful to recite the daily rosary or when she has not been holding or wearing the rosary is quite rare. For many, many centuries, the rosary has been the major form of devotion to the Blessed Mother. It is a chain of roses which connects us to Our Lady.

One of the reasons why the rosary is so powerful is because, while we are chanting the prayers, we are meditating upon the central Cosmic Drama of our salvation. This is why the rosary is divided up into ‘Mysteries”.

Where the Madrian rosary was modeled after the Catholic rosary, let’s take a brief look at it. Some of the Mysteries in our rosary are actually the same as the Catholic, (highlighted in blue) but have different meanings. The Traditional Catholic rosary is divided into fifteen decades which are divided up into three sets of Mysteries, the Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious. (A decade consists of ten small beads). Each decade represents a Mystery in the life of Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary.

These Mysteries are:

Joyful: (Usually said on Mondays and Thursdays),  the Joyful Mysteries follow the events leading up to, including and immediately after the birth of Jesus: The Annunciation, Visitation, Nativity and Presentation.

Sorrowful: (Usually said on Tuesdays and Fridays), The Sorrowful Mysteries concern the Passion of Jesus:

The Agony in the Garden, The Scourging, The Crowning with Thorns, The Carrying of the Cross and the Crucifixion. (In the Madrian rosary it is the Passion of the Daughter.)

Glorious: (Usually said on Wednesdays and Saturdays, (which was always the day of Our Lady in the Catholic Church. These Mysteries concentrated on the events during and after the Resurrection of Jesus and includes the Assumption and Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.)

The Resurrection, The Ascension, the Descent of the Holy Spirit, The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin and The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin.

The Mysteries to be recited on Sunday were dependent upon the liturgical season.

The Madrian and Catholic are five decades. The Janite models its main rosary (the Janite Rosary) on the Anglican, where there are seven beads in honor of the Seven Janati so our ‘decades’ are called septads and there are five of them (the Anglican has four septads.)

There are three main ways to pray the rosary… simply concentrating on the words of the prayers; concentrating on an image and Presence of Our Lady and meditating on the Mysteries.

There are also three main forms of praying the rosary and that is reciting the prayers out loud; reciting the prayers silently though moving the lips, eyes may be opened or closed in inner concentration.

The Five Mysteries in Janite Tradition:

  1. Terra: The Ground of All Being. (Celestial Mother. See question 11 of the Catechism.)

2) Adoria: The Nativity/Emanation of the Holy Daughter. 

3) Dolora: The Passion of the Daughter.

4) Rosa Mundi: The Holy Daughter becomes the World Soul.

5) Rosa Caeli: The Assumption of the Daughter (and Our Lady as our Assumption).

So, when we are praying each of the decades or, in the case of Janites, the septads, we are meditating upon the Cosmic Drama while chanting the sacred prayers.  The correspondences to each Mystery aid in contemplation. This is why they are listed after each Mystery.

Let us take one of our Mysteries as an example from a Janite perspective.

 (An example of a Celtic Knot Fora.)

We begin our prayers by tracing the Fora.  We stopped using the Pentacle a few years back because, as we are not neo-Pagan and the Fora is the main symbol of our Tradition, we felt that tracing the Fora was a more appropriate choice for Janites.

The First Mystery is a meditation upon the Celestial Mother as the Ground of All Being. The Madrian catechism states that it is Dea Madria, the Celestial Mother, Who is both the Ground of All Being and the Creatrix.

The accompanying scripture is: Let her not trust the ground her feet are set upon and doubt the Ground upon which that ground stands.

In addition to the scriptural references on the Chapel page, there are others which we may find relevant to the Mystery, as well. For example, the Sermon of the Apple Seed would also be a source of scripture for the First Mystery as the Symbol of the First Mystery is the Apple. In the Janite Rite, the Celestial Mother is known as the Apple of Wisdom.

Correspondences for the First Mystery: Jana: Sai Thema. Element: Earth. Symbol: Apple. Elemental Color: Green. Liturgical colors: Blue and Purple. Direction: West. Time of Day: Twilight. Season: Autumn/Fall. And for us, the Celestial Mother is the Apple of Wisdom (a symbol of Her as Ground of All Being) and She is the Great Dove of the Waters (as Creatrix). 

These basic correspondences and the scriptural verses help to foster a deep meditation of the Mystery. As we chant the prayers, we think of the Celestial Mother as the sure Ground of All Being.

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Or, again, we might meditate on the deep symbolism of the Apple as found in The Sermon of the Apple Seed in the Deanic Scriptures. We may ponder Our Lady as being Wisdom, Herself. We might think of how She is our Mother and what that means to us. We might imagine Her creating the Cosmos in Her sheer delight, scattering the stars across the sky or how She is Our True Mother and how much She loves us. If we pray the rosary with love, attention and reverence, we are transported into the Cosmic Drama, itself with all its many connecting streams. And this is why Janites consider each Season to be sacred…. because each Season encompasses a Mystery of the Divine Cosmic Drama of Dea.

This is why the rosary is so powerful, because through it, we enter the very Life and Mysteries of the Trinity. We walk along the Cosmic road with Our Lady Oftentimes, we receive enlightening insights.

Let us look at one more Mystery, the Second Mystery which is Adoria/the Nativity.

For She had conceived a Daughter that was not separate from Her, but one with Her, and the Child of Her Light. (See Chapel rosary page for further verses.)

The Correspondences in the Janite Tradition:

Jana: Sai Mati Sage/ Element: Air. Symbol: the North Star. Elemental Color: yellow. Liturgical color: yellow. Direction: North. Time of Day: Midnight. Season: Winter.

The Holy Daughter is the Star of Hope, the Midnight Star of Wonder and the Guiding North Star.

It is so easy to imagine that first visible Gentle Light of Our Kyria, Our Lady, as She emanates from the Bright Light of the Celestial Mother. I love to think of Her image as the Three Stars. As She begins Her Journey towards Fate, She becomes Our Star of Hope. We first see Her appear at Midnight, so She is the Midnight Star Who fills us with wonder and awe. And, She is ever, ever, for every moment, every second of our lives, Our True Guiding Star.

This is one of the reasons why the Janite Rite uses the North Star rather than the Pentacle as the Star Symbol for this Mystery. As the North Star guides sailors to safe the port of harbor, Our Guiding Star guides our souls to the safe portal of Our Divine Mother.

I also love to meditate on the story of the Three Princesses. As a priestess, this story is very meaningful to me.

There are several versions of a Divine Feminine Our Father prayer within Goddess Christianity. On a personal level, I’ve never been comfortable with them. When I first prayed the Silver Star of the Waters prayer, I fell in love with it. This is the primary prayer of the Janites and it quite naturally fell into the place of the Our Father bead on the Janite rosary.

The rosary is a powerful, enlightening and protective form of prayer. It keeps us close to Our Lady and it truly enfolds us beneath Her Mantle.

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It is the never-ending Chant of the Children of the Earth that is prayed, in one form or another, all around the world.

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sacramentals

Foradi/18 Flora

O, Sai Rhea/, Shield of Steadfastness, Temperance and Self-Restraint, be with us.

This is an update to last year’s post on sacramentals.

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Sacramentals are ritual objects that have been blessed such as holy water, rosaries, holy medals (pendants), scapulars, prayer books, etc. Other holy objects are icons, holy paintings, religious statues, etc. A sacramental also includes the powerful ritual tracing of the Fora. All of these things should be blessed for proper efficacy.

A blessed object, such as a pendant of Our Lady,  becomes a focused channel of Dea’s Power, Grace and protection. A blessed icon or painting becomes a open portal to Heaven.

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This idea, of icons or paintings become open portals or (as found in the teachings of Orthodox Christianity) windows to Heaven can actually be explained on a conscious, quantum level, the same explanation as to how the bread and white wine are transmuted during a liturgy that is presided over by a validly ordained priestess), but this subject is beyond the scope of this brief article.

Icons and religious paintings are not the same thing. Icons are painted by properly trained iconographers. These iconographers are trained to paint in a certain style while using certain materials while fasting and praying. (1 and 2).

Holy cards, which also may be blessed, might also be considered a sacramental. They may be carried in a purse or pocket and they make wonderful book marks for prayer, scripture and holy books.  I hope, someday in the future, that we have our own holy cards with Janite prayers on the back.

Here is an example of an Icon:

The Everflowing Cup

https://notofthisworldiconsandbooks.com/

I also hope that in the future, there will be those artists who would take the time to study proper iconography and be able to produce beautiful icons like these for Dea and the Janae.

And let’s not forget the little things that go along with our sacramentals like a lovely rosary pouch: 

Rosary pouches are available in any Catholic religious store or simply put in a search and look at the images.

And incense burners both hanging and standing. (The hanging ones are great for

icon corners or wall shrines): 

These styles are available from any online Orthodox Christian catalog.

This one is available on ebay: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Orthodox-Incense-Burner-13cm-In-6-Variations-Weihrauchfass-Weihrauch-Incenso-/132019265688

May Our Lady bless you,

Blessed is She.

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

  1.  https://russianicon.com/whats-difference-holy-icons-paintings/https://www.orthodoxartsjournal.org/today-tomorrow-principles-training-future-iconographers-pt-1/

 

Recipes for Ritual

13 Columbina/April 2

Lunadi/Monday

O, Sai Candre’, Jana of Reflection, Intuition and Purity, be with us.

Dear Devotees,

For both the Rite of Veneraton, we may offer bread, honey cakes or almond crescent cookies, while for the Great Liturgy, fresh bread is used.

Here is a recipe that may be used for the RoV. I am hoping to add a recipe for honey cakes in the near future.

Almond Crescent Cookies, a recipe shared by ArchMatrona Ghrian

Ingredients:

1 cup softened butter

Confectioner’s sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1 3/4 cups flour

3/4 cup finely chopped almonds

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

Cream butter and gradually beat in 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar. Add the almond and vanilla extracts, the flour, almonds and blend well. Chill for about three hours. Bring to room temp and shape dough into crescent shaped cookies. Place on ungreased  baking sheets and bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Then combine 1 cup confectioner’s sugar with 1 teaspoon vanilla. Roll warm cookies in sugar mixture.

 

 

 

 

Tenebrae

27 Moura/March 18

Sunnadi/Sunday

Day of Sai Raya Theia, Lamp of Illumination, Joy and Benevolence. O, Sai Raya Theia, be with us. Blessed are You.

Tomorrow, within marks the most somber day of the year. In Janite Tradition, these next two days are called Tenebrae, which means Darkness.

On this day, Janite females are veiled while Janite male devotees wear a hat. Veiling for females make take the form of a wide headband, scarf, kerchief, veil, hat, mantilla. Normally, a silk rose would be included in this list, but not for Tenebrae. The colors should be black, indigo or purple/violet.

There should be no lit candles on the altar and all statues and icons removed.

Janites do not have mandatory fasting laws because everyone’s health and circumstances differ. At the very least, we recommend abstaining from alcohol and sweets. The rest is up to the devotee. However, we caution against being overly scrupulous. Fast with moderation.

On the first day of Tenebrae, 28 Moura/March 19, we preform a lustration. This is a ritual bath or shower of purification.

This is the time when the Celestial Mother, in Her Daughter Form, descends down through the Seven Realms. Each Realm is a lower vibration and each becomes more dense. This causes excruciating suffering for She Who loves us so much, to the point that in Janite thealogy, which is based upon that of Sophia/Shekina,  Her Most Pure Soul Shattered as a crystal chandelier might shatter should it fall to the floor from the ceiling.

The Mythos of Shekinah/Sophia.

Sources for this Myth of the Divine Shattering of Shekinah/Sophia may be found within certain traditions of Kabbalism, in Gnostic schools of thought and in ancient Syrian Gnostic Christianity.

In Kabbalistic teaching:For, it is the Shekinah that is ascribed by Kabbalists to be the Middle Pillar of Balance that unites the opposites, just as the soul allows for the opposites of body and spirit to unite, so too does the Shekinah play this role for us. Indeed, the Shekinah is the Soul of Man, what Kabbalists call the Neshamah, for She has given a portion of Herself in order for each human to come into being in this world. In giving of Herself to humans, in this state of physical density and isolation, the World Soul becomes shattered. This shattering can be metaphorically grasped in considering what might happen to a glass alembic or flask when too much pressure is put upon in the alchemical works. Thus, the Shekinah represents the ultimate archetype of selfless sacrifice. All Her sacrifices have been for the benefit of creation so that humankind may experience this life in order to fulfill its destiny and purpose.

The Shekinah plays another very important role in the story of creation, and in particular in the Great Plan of humankind.  It is believed that in man’s fall to a denser, less perfect state of being in the physical, the Shekinah stayed with us as we separated from God or were exiled from the ‘Garden’.  Thus, the Shekinah, once again, was voluntarily removed from God/En Sof in order for us to have our experience.  She has always stayed with us, wherever we were exiled or isolated or shut out, the Shekinah was always there in exile and isolation with us.” [1]

The following is, what I think is the best definition of Sophia as the World Soul as written by an Episcopalian Priest:

“As the living centre or Soul of all creatures […] She includes the manifoldness of living souls; She is all of humanity together in one, or the Soul of the World. She is ideal humanity, containing all individual living creatures or souls and uniting them through Herself […]. Her task is to mediate and unify the manifoldness of living creatures, who constitute the actual content of Her life and the absolute unity of God.

She contains all living creatures, She is the unity that binds them, and Her work in the world is to unify outwardly that which is already one in essence—in Her.” (Episcopal Priest, Father Matthew Wright.) [2]

The hauntingly beautiful Mari-Anna chant, as found on the Chapel of Our Mother God, is most especially appropriate for these two days of Tenebrae, of Darkness. Two days that are both in and out of time. This solemn and gentle chant has always reminded me of the  the Traditional Catholic Stabat Mater, an hymn that was sung in honor of the sufferings of the Blessed Virgin Mary during the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday. Please note that Traditional Catholic refers to the pre-Vat. II Church and those modern Chapels and Societies which follow the Traditional  Catholic religion. We are not referring to the post-Vatican II Church known as the Novus Ordo or New Order.

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

Notes:
[1] http://www.universalkabbalah.net/Shekinah

 

 

 

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

1st Astrea / November 28th: Putting up the Astrean World-Axis Fir Tree

Our predecessors in the Madrian Faith put up the Astrean World-Axis Fir Tree on this first day of Winter.
See: https://deanic.com/2017/11/20/the-astrean-silver-fir-tree-decorations/

Astrean tree with Janae colours

There is a tree naming ritual:
Choose a name with a wintery feeling or meaning.
http://www.momjunction.com/articles/baby-names-that-mean-snow-winter_00399535/#gref
If you have a relative or friend who was born in the month of Astrea, you may name your tree to honour them.

“I shall name this tree __________”.
or “I shall name this tree in honour of __________”.
Trace the fora over the tree.
https://deanic.com/prayers-and-rites/tracing-the-fora/

Turn on the tree lights.

Turn off all lights except for the Astrean tree

“Star Fairy, (Princess of air-elementals, Sylphs), I invite you into my/our hestia.
May you rule here, and may the Spirit of the Astrean season be bright.”

Star Fairy, Princess of Sylphs

(Adapted from http://www.oxfordgoddessrevivalarchive.org/cms/items/show/68)

I purchased these vintage items in 2015.
A circular glass flower stand (1″ / 2.5cm high x 6″ / 15cm across) for 5 candles (supplied with red but I have purchased the appropriate colours from hereditary witch https://www.freyascauldron.com) and a Spode fine earthenware votive candle holder combining the sacred star with the evergreen tree of life (2.5″ / 6.5cm high x 4.5″ / 11.5cm across). These are petite which helps in my small hestia (blessed and sacred home).

votive candle holder combining the sacred star with the evergreen tree of life Madrina Sophia

I cannot find any actual ivy/holly/mistletoe in the city. As is usual with me, I do enjoy artistic representations.

Wishing you all peace, joy, and wisdom,
May She bless you. Blessed is She.

Madrina Sophia