The 13 days of daily meditation during the Sacred Month of Hestia

The Sacred Month of Hestia

Sacred month of Hestia https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/12/26/sacred-month-of-hestia-26th-december-january-22nd/
Hestia, Vesta. Ever-living flame of the hearth https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2017/01/08/hestia-vesta-ever-living-flame-of-the-hearth/
The Goddess Hestia as The Keeper of the Flame https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2017/01/04/the-goddess-hestia-as-the-keeper-of-the-flame/

Spiritual Act

We spend the beginning of the Sacred month of Hestia, 13 days in total, in daily meditation for a few minutes in the spiritual practice of concentrating upon a spiritual month and it’s mystery.

Scripture [1]

Title 1
The Holy Mythos
Chapter 5, Verse 35

35. Then for twelve nights the star returned to the sky; and on the thirteenth night it did not return. And this was a sign of things that were to come.

Daily Reflections

Madria Olga Lotar’s Madrian Calendar

1 Hestia / December 26 – Sacred month of Columbina – Mystery of Aurora
This is the reflection that I find personally meaningful and beneficial:
Resurrection of all Manifestation, Restoration, Good Always Triumphs, Peace.

2 Hestia / December 27 – Sacred month of Maia
This is the reflection that I find personally meaningful and beneficial:
Manifestation lived in Harmony, Order is Soul Path to Re-unification with Déa.

3 Hestia / December 28 – Sacred month of Flora
This is the reflection that I find personally meaningful and beneficial:
Gifts from Déa, Virtuous Spiritual Life.

4 Hestia / December 29 – Sacred month of Rosa – Mystery of Assumpta
This is the reflection that I find personally meaningful and beneficial:
Unconditional Love of Déa, Remembering & Nurturing Spirit in our Rose Heart Temple, Assumption of our souls.

5 Hestia / December 29 – Sacred month of Sunna
This is the reflection that I find personally meaningful and beneficial:
Illumination, Love, Motivation, Spiritual Growth.

6 Hestia / December 30 – Sacred month of Ceres
This is the reflection that I find personally meaningful and beneficial:
Motherly Relationship between Déa and us, taking stock of Spiritual Harvest.

7 Hestia / December 31 – Sacred month of Abalon – Mystery of Terram
This is the reflection that I find personally meaningful and beneficial:
Trinity of Déa, Life, Spirit, Soul, Wisdom.

8 Hestia / January 1 – Sacred month of Ourania
This is the reflection that I find personally meaningful and beneficial:
Cosmic Order, Living Harmoniously, Praying the Rosary, Spiritual Enrichment.

9 Hestia / January 2 – Sacred month of Samhain
This is the reflection that I find personally meaningful and beneficial:
End of Life Lived in Spirit, Death, soul Journeys.

10 Hestia / January 3 – Sacred month of Astrea – Mystery of Adoria
This is the reflection that I find personally meaningful and beneficial:
Prayful awaiting of the coming of the light of Kore Di-Jana amidst deepening darkness.

11 Hestia / January 4 – Sacred month of Hestia
This is the reflection that I find personally meaningful and beneficial:
Kore Di-Jana is immanent: Déa’s Light and Life and Love, human life designed as a way back to Déa.

12 Hestia / January 5 – Sacred month of Brighid
This is the reflection that I find personally meaningful and beneficial:
Déa inspiring, inciting, creating, crafting, nourishing & healing.

13 Hestia / January 6 – Sacred month of Moura – Mystery of Quassare
This is the reflection that I find personally meaningful and beneficial:
Great Mother as the Foundation of Faith, somber, quiet in honour of the suffering that the Holy Daughter endures during Her painful Descent down through the realms. We should contemplate Her Sacrificial Shattering which gave us our souls.

Personally, I appreciate the quiet few minutes spent daily in contemplation in my cosy love filled home.
May Déa bless you. Blessed is She.
Madrina Sophia

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)

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Adoria – Greetings to all

To our friends and devotees,
as Christian friends, we wish you a Merry Christmas.
as Jewish friends, we wish you a Happy Hanukkah.
as Filianic friends, we wish you a Holy Nativity.

as Deanic friends, we wish you a Blessed Adoria – Glory & Praise to our Holy Daughter Kore Di-Jana.

Adoria with star & Janae rays copyright of Madrina Sophia. Only share with this caption.
I have traced the cover artwork from The Coming Age periodical, Issue 5, 1977
This is the white skin coloured version.
I plan to produce brown, black and yellow tones.
It is altered and my copyright but as long as this is not used for profit, I am happy for it to be shared.
   I have chosen old gold for Mother Mari’s holy halo, stars and head veil symbolising Her as supernal Sun. Her blue dress symbolising sky and Heaven. Her indigo shoes symbolising Mysteria the Dark Mother. The Star of Hope a blue silver for our Holy Daughter. See: https://deanic.com/2017/11/29/the-triple-stars-of-dea-filia-at-adoria/ Her dress is green for regeneration.
  (Their hair colour has no significance being merely a contrast to all the gold).
Janae Rays (3 for the Holy Feminine Trinity)

The positions have no significance.
Starting at approx 9 o’clock going sunwise
3 rays of Violet Indigo for Jana Madria Rhea

approx 11 o’clock
3 rays of Old Gold for Jana Madria Theia

approx 1 o’clock
3 rays of Violet for Jana Madria Candra

approx 2 o’clock
3 rays of Custom Blue for Jana Madria Grace

approx 4 o’clock
3 rays of Fiery Red for Jana Madria Vicka

approx 5 o’clock
3 rays of Custom Green for Jana Madria Thema

approx 7 o’clock
3 rays of Yellow Saffron for Jana Madria Sage

Madrina Sophia

Eve of Adoria

Eve of Adoria*

We prepare our hearts for the coming of Our Lady through unselfish acts, devotion, contemplation, scripture readings and prayer. We cook special foods for the season. We set our homes alight with candles and colorful bulbs (which represent the Eternal Light and the Angelic powers) in the midst of the ever-growing darkness while awaiting the One Who reflects our Mother’s Light to us.

The Silver Tree/Fir Tree is symbolic of the World Tree/Axis and, in our tradition, is decorated with stars, moons and suns. It is topped with the Star Fairy with her chariot and her team of seven white horses with silver hoofs, and her train of sylphs. It is a tradition to leave bread, milk and cheese for the Star Fairy.

 

There are those in the British Isles who still give due respect to the Fair Folk who are Elementals of Earth, Air, Water and Fire. Near a cultivated garden or field would be left a wild area for the land fairies to live, this is where water soaked bread, cake, biscuit crumbs were scattered for the Fair Folk and the wild birds.

So the Star Fairy with her magic wand in certain households, was honoured at Midwinter. Otherwise known as Nativity tree dolls.

All legends have their beginnings, including Santa Claus. While our legend of the Star Fairy may be of more recent origin, from the above statement, we can see that this has been a long-standing tradition with some families in the British Isles.

ArchMadria Candra Sophia

This is an internet found illustration of a Madrian belief: the Star Fairy always lights the tree candles for the first time.

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On the Fellowship Of Isis
Juno Covella Perpetual Calendar of the Fellowship of Isis
By Lawrence Durdin-Robertson

All formatting has been retained from the original.
Goddesses appear in BOLD CAPITAL letters.

THE STAR FAIRY; THE GODDESS OF NATURE. (Doreen Valiente, ABC of Witchcraft, [1973,] p. 323) on the Yuletide tree:

“With its bright, baubles and the star on the top, fir is a miniature version of World Tree of our pagan ancestors, with its roots deep in earth, the sun, moon and stars hung on its spreading branches, and the Pole Star on its topmost point. Sometimes the star is replaced by a fairy doll, who represents the goddess of Nature ruling over the world”.

(The Coming Age, No. 13 [Winter & Moura 1979]) on the Yule tree: “The fir tree, with its ruler the: Star Fairy, stand always in the heart of the home”.

http://www.fellowshipofisis.com/jc/jcdec25.html

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The star fairy is Princess of the air sylphs, who can be a representative of Jana Madria Sage ultimately Déa, Herself.
Spiritually the star fairy, brings Joy of Déa on earth and spiritual gifts. It is usual to offer good intentions to her.

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“I also wrote a short note of good deeds and intentions which was held above the hearth fire and the updraft carried it up the the Star Fairy (Déa). Etymology: cheminée (chimney) [1] is closely related to chemin (way or road) [2]. The chimney in the house is like the fontanelle in the head (the opening we have as babies that symbolically opens up to heaven) or the sun-door in the universe which is the way out of the material world to the higher realms”

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Christmas Eve painting – Gustave Dore

Therefore the Déanic / Filianic tradition of the Star-Fairy was a continuation with added religious significance, the Divine Spirit entering the World through the Northern Portal.

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This can be, in a more secular viewpoint, a bringing of material gifts for the children, like Santa Claus.

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The Christmas Tree Fairy

The little Christmas tree was born
And dwelt in open air;
It did not guess how bright a dress
Someday it’s boughs would wear;
Brown cones were all, it thought, a tall
And grown-up Fir would bear.

O little Fir! Your forest home
is far and far away;
And here indoors these boughs of yours
With coloured balls are gay,
With candle-light, and tinsel bright
For this is Christmas Day

A dolly-fairy stands on top, Till children sleep, then she
(A live one now!) from bough to bough
Goes gliding silently.
O magic sight, this joyous night!
O laden, sparkling tree!

http://www.crewsnest.vispa.com/flowerfairies.htm

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Cicily Mary Barker – Christmas Tree Fairy statue

2016
I have purchased a Christmas Tree Fairy statue of Cicely Mary Barker from the USA, as even with postage it is more affordable than the sole one that I found in Britain!

She arrived all the way from Cumberland, Providence County, Rhode Island, United States, last week, in a gigantic box – therefore I did not realise that it was her!

I have also purchased a 925 silver locket, Christmas Tree Fairy by Cicely Mary Barker, with silver 5 pointed star underneath.

Madrina Sophia

Notes:

* Eve of Adoria may either be on Astrea 23 / Dec. 20 Mother’s Night or on Astrea 27 / Dec. 24 as it is a devotee’s decision whether to celebrate Adoria on 24 Astrea / Dec. 21 or 28 Astrea / Dec. 25.

[1] & [2] Is rather fitting symbolism for Déanics / Filianics but is etymologically unconnected.

[1] Middle English (denoting a fireplace or furnace): from Old French cheminee ‘chimney, fireplace’, from late Latin caminata, perhaps from camera caminata ‘room with a fireplace’, from Latin caminus ‘forge, furnace’, from Greek kaminos ‘oven’. Google

[2] P.S.—A note on chemin : Amateur linguist that I am, and knowing just enough French to make me dangerous, I initially wondered if the French word cheminée derived from the word chemin, meaning “way” or “path.” It would make sense, I thought, seeing that the chimney is the path the smoke takes to exit. It was a promising theory, but obviously not the right one. Chemin doesn’t have an etymological link at all with cheminée. Chemin, as it turns out, comes from an old Gaulish word. © 2012 Samuel Michael Bell, all rights reserved https://jeparleamericain.com/2012/02/15/got-a-chimney-its-french/

Etymology From Old French, from Vulgar Latin cammīnus, from Gaulish(Late Latin or Medieval Latin) way https://en.wiktionary.org/

Origin of chimneys

http://ultimatehistoryproject.com/chimneys.html
https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/quick-history-chimneys-162580

Origins of supernatural creatures and fires, hearths, chimneys

Hearths, for example, were thought to house spirits or gods who were critical to the prosperity of the household, and fire itself was held sacred. It would not be surprising, then, for a myth to develop in which bounty is bestowed by way of the sacred openings associated with these powers.

The primitive belief that supernatural creatures like elves and fairies enter houses through chimneys.

—reprinted with permission from Were They Wise Men or Kings? The Book of Christmas Questions by Joseph Walsh, Ph.D., professor of classics and history
http://www.christmasatloyola.com/days/dec22-chimney/

Sun Wheel – The Red Candle of Joy – Mothers Night

Astrea 23 / Dec. 20

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 (Yellow Candle of Hope, Green Candle of Wisdom, Violet / Purple Candle of Faith, Blue Candle of Peace), Red Candle of Joy. 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 tonight on Stelladi or Wednesday 23rd Astrea / 20th December. This evening is known as Modraniht which is Old English for `Mothers-night`. [1]

Madrina Sophia

With thanks to ArchMadria Candra Sophia for her previous articles.

Sun Wheel – The Red Candle of Joy

LED red rose night light

Tonight is Mother’s Night, a native European Tradition as well as a Christian Tradition (when it was moved to Christmas Eve.) How appropriate that the candle of the Celestial Mother, as the Rose of Joy, be lit on this night, the night of Her Joy, the night of our Joy.

As we wait with the Holy Mother, we might offer Her incense and flowers, milk and honey, a rosary, hymns, special prayers or the Rite of Sacrifice. We also light the last candle on our Sun Wheel. [2]

So, we light the Red Candle of Joy in honour of the Celestial Mother as Déa, Rose of Joy. The Red Candle also signifies the Sacred Season of Summer, the direction of South, the time of Noon, the Symbol of the Rose and Madria Vicka. The Mystery is Assumpta, meaning that the Celestial Mother, is the Assumption of our souls when our incarnations are complete. It is also the Feast of Rose of Heaven, Rosa Caeli. The Celestial Mother, is the Rose of Joy and the Fiery Rose of Heaven.

Dea as the Rose of Joy, the Glad Welcome:
Radiating from the center Heart-Hearth of Home,
The Flowering and Fruitful Rose Garden of Delight. [3]

The Rose is known as the Queen of Flowers and so is a fitting symbol for the Celestial Mother.

The Rosette symbol Scorpions and Rosette Steatite, Stamp seal, North Mesopotamia.

The oldest known use of a rose as the basis for a stylized design come from Sumeria. One is a Sumerian seal showing two scorpions protecting the rosette of the Goddess Inanna, dating to the Early Bronze Age or Uruk period, circa 3300 BC. The rosette was a sacred symbol of this Goddess.

“As a symbol, the rosette is often thought to evoke the goddess Inanna/Ishtar. Given its pervasiveness in Neo-Assyrian iconography, especially in association with figures of the genii and the king, there may be a more universal symbolism behind the motif, such as regeneration, rebirth, or initiation, all of which may after all be thought of to be encompassed by Inanna/Ishtar’s religious symbolism in ancient Mesopotamia.”
– The Mythology of Kingship in Neo-Assyrian Art by Mehmet-Ali Ataç, Cambridge University Press, 2010

Gold rosette from the Royal tombs of Ur
Stone carving of a rose with eight petals Arab, thus Muslim meaning love
17th Century oak an eight petal rose was a symbol of rebirth and regeneration

The petals are often illustrated as heart-shaped, which allows the four to be seen as eight. This symbol, usually termed a rosette, is very ancient indeed and is seen from India, across the Middle East, to Egypt. It is a solar symbol (and the source of the ancient swastika). [4]

The Blue Bird, part of a wall-painting from Knossos, Crete by K. Kyria Koulis

Blue Bird Fresco, Frieze, or Panel from the House of Frescoes at Knossos, Crete of the Minoan civilisation. Dated LM IA = Late Bronze Age Minoan (Crete) 1600-1525: LM IA end, eruption of Santorini. [Fresco photos 5]

The oldest known visual evidence of roses is preserved in a fresco from the palace of Knossos on Crete. This piece of art dates from around 1600 BC. The fresco was partially destroyed during the earthquake of 1500 BC which brought down the palace. Portions of the fresco, though broken, vividly depict animals and flowers – among them are several examples of roses. [8]

The red thorny flower known as the rose [6] derived its name from the sea nymph “Rhodos”, [7] who according to Greek mythology lived on the island of Rhodes. In the Greek language, the word “rose” means red which is coincidentally the official color of the Roman Empire. The rose subsequently appeared on Rhodian coinage and was routinely used in Greco-Roman ceremonies in worship to the goddess Isis. [8]

In Egypt during the Greco-Roman period, wall paintings within Egyptian tombs included roses as a part of their subject matter, objects were decorated with rose motifs, and roses were used in funerary wreaths.

Evidence of two types of roses used in pharaonic Egypt have survived. One is the “Rosa Gallica” (Rosa gallica officinalis ‘The Apothecary’s Rose’) which was widely cultivated in parts of Europe, in Rome and Greece, and still survives today. The other is “Rosa Ricardii” or Richardii , which became extinct in Egypt by Islamic times. It was “Rosa Ricardii” also known as “Rosa Sancta” that was identified as the type of rose included in the funerary wreaths found in tombs of Hawara by Egyptologist William M. Flinders Petrie in the later part of the nineteenth century. These wreaths have been dated to 170 AD. [9]

The Rose Burial of Magician / Priestess of Isis named Myrithis

Archeologist, Albert Guyet (1856-1916), discovered a female, Egyptian magician/priestess named Myrithis, who belonged to the cult of Isis, in her small crypt within a Christian Coptic necropolis of Antinoopolis. A town that was officially founded by the emperor Hadrian on 30 October AD 130 in memory of his favorite Antinous, who is drowned here while apparently saving his master. Abandoned in the 10th Century.

mummy of magician priestess of Isis named Myrithis in Christian Coptic necropolis of Antinoopolis Antinopolis Antinoë archaeologist Albert Guyet
Postcard of Leoukaionia Excavations of Antinoe (Egypt) Guimet Museum Paris France

Myrithis, as illustrated in Guyet’s 1904 publication Fantômes d’Antinoë, p.35.
The other findings in the grave included a tambourine and a mirror, which identified Gayet’s Myrithis as a magician/priestess. These creative attempts at illustrations to revive the findings are characteristic of Gayet interpretations.
From http://daes.dk/nytsite/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Papyrus10_2.pdf

Myrithis’ mummy had been on display in a prominent museum in Paris, the Guimet. (“…The paraphernalia of the sorceress Myrithis, including her gorilla skin, mystic lamps, magic papyrus, tambourine and complicated mirror of various faces, all of which, with the yellow clothed mummy, have been transferred to the museum.” page 560 The late Dr. Charles Beke’s discoveries of Sinai in Arabia and of Midian, by Ch. T. Beke). Myrithis worshiped Isis and practiced magic. Among her grave goods were rosebuds, rose petals, wreaths and garlands. Her ceremonial mantle was embroidered throughout with five-petaled roses. Rosa ricardii, that had been introduced into Egypt around the 8th Century B.C., probably from Syria, or more likely, Phoenicia (Rosa phoenicia) – modern day Lebanon. Rosa ricardii rose is a single, five-petaled rose that is very fragrant. [10]

Rosa x richardii is known as the Holy Rose of Abyssinia

This rose plant can be purchased from specialty rose sites on the Internet. https://www.davidaustinroses.co.uk/r-x-richardii

Without going into the complexity of Egyptian religion and magic, at some point the rose overtook the role of the sacred lotus flower in Isis theology because of its association with the planet Venus and the five-pointed star.

Statue of Isis Hadrianic period (117-138 CE) Marble

The images of priestesses of Isis show them dressed with a scarf tied at the center of her breastbone into a knot resembling a rose. Rose oil and rose incense was used by priestesses of Isis during funeral ceremonies in the belief that being exposed to the scent of the burning incense induced a mystical state — the soul of the departed merged into the smoke.

After the introduction to Egypt of Rosa gallica during the Greco-Roman period, by the Greeks and Romans, roses also became part of the Egyptian economy through rose farming, commissioned by the Romans to supply the Roman public. When the Greek dynastic family of the Ptolemies took political control of Egypt in the 4th Century B.C., they also followed the cult of Isis knowing it would give them greater validity among the native Egyptians. In fact, Cleopatra, a Ptolemy, had the sails of her barge seeped in rosewater — less likely because it was Isis’ flower but more because of her obsession with the fragrance. [10]

Attar of roses was one of the oils used in the later periods during mummification. Roses and rose oil were used in ancient Egyptian medicine. Private and temple gardens included roses in their flower beds. In ancient Egypt, it was the emblem of immortality and beauty.

A temple dedicated to Isis located near Mikro Elos in Brexiza on the borders of the Marathon and Nea Makri (has been) under excavation (since 1968). This area is located in Attica in southern Greece. Statues of Osiris and Isis have been recovered from the area, the originals are in the Marathon Museum, copies have been situated on the excavation site for tourists. [9]

Isis holding a rose in each hand from Mikro Elos in Brexiza, Marathon, Attica, S Greece [11]
In Rome, an effigy of the goddess Cybele, known as the Magna Mater, (Great Mother) was celebrated by being carried in procession covered with roses. A Greek legend tells that it was Cybele herself who created the rose. [12]

Goddesses of the Rose

This flower has been intricately connected to our ideas of love and beauty and as such has enjoyed an association with several Goddesses, among them are Inanna, Ishtar, Aphrodite, Venus, Lakshmi, Chloris, Cybele, Flora, Demeter, Astarte, Aurora, and Hecate. [9] Amaterasu of Japan and Iamanja of Brazil. [13]

It is sacred to the Fairy Queen. In ancient India, the Great Mother was the Holy Rose. In China, the flower of the Goddess was the red China rose. [14]

Under Christianity, the foremost personification of the Divine Feminine was, of course, the Virgin Mary, so it was perhaps inevitable that the Rose became her special flower as it had been for the goddesses of old. [12]
The Blessed Virgin Mary in Christianity, became known as Rosa Mystica or Mystical Rose.

Déanic Symbolism

The symbolism of the Rose, which is known as the Lotus of the West, is complex. What is relevant to us is the hidden heart at the center which conceals the Secrets of the Divine Mystery.

The opening petals of the Rose symbolize the unfolding of higher consciousness and the life of the soul, itself. [15]

The sacred season of Summer is dedicated to the Celestial Mother as Centre and Essence, and the Supernal blazing sun of the Generatrix of creation. The solar fire within the world is blazing up to consume the separation of matter and raise us across the abyss of separation to be one within our hearts with the Heart of the Mother. [16]

Immortal Love Heart mandala by OlgaKuczer http://www.olgakuczer.com

Our Faith teaches us that our hearts are temples which are in the shape of a Rose and so, in the Deanic Faith and in the Marian devotions within Catholicism, the Heart of Dea and the heart of Mary have always been symbolized by the rose or being surrounded by roses. [15]

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In medieval Europe, the Rose as a symbol of union with the divine may have been influenced by Arabian and Persian teachings from the time when Spain was an Islamic country. The Sufi teacher, Hazrat Inayat Khan writes:

“Just as the rose consists of many petals held together, so the person who attains to the unfoldment of the soul begins to show many different qualities. The qualities emit fragrance in the form of a spiritual personality. The rose has a beautiful structure, and the personality which proves the unfoldment of the soul has also a fine structure, in manner, in dealing with others, in speech, in action. The atmosphere of a spiritual being pervades the air like the perfume of a rose.” [12]

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Rosa Mundi flower a sport or mutation of Rosa gallica ‘Officinalis’

Rosa Mundi is a species of rose. (recorded as far back as the fifteenth century). The color is pale pink to white with deep Rose-pink stripes overlaid. (A sport or mutation of Rosa gallica ‘Officinalis’, sharing all of its virtues except colour). Its fragrance has been described as quite intense to moderately strong. [9]

As Lady Olivia Robertson (of the Fellowship of Isis) once stated, “Through the understanding gained of how to live pleasantly with those around us (to become Wholly Love), cosmic awareness begins to dawn. This is a natural awakening of the soul, (just) as a plant grows, flowers and bears fruit. This community of souls
interconnected through love and wisdom has been symbolized by medieval philosophers as ‘Rosa Mundi’, a rambling rose bush that grows throughout all spheres, and flowers in the hearts of all beings and existences.” [15]

We believe that, if the Celestial Mother is Transcendent, then She is the Rose of Heaven, Rosa Coeli, not Rose of the World, Rosa Mundi.

Prayerful Act:

On our Sunwheel, we light the Red Candle of Joy in honour of the Celestial Mother as Déa, Rose of Joy. The Mystery is Assumpta, meaning that the Celestial Mother, Mari, is the Assumption of our souls. It is also the Feast of Rose of Heaven, Rosa Caeli. The Celestial Mother, Mari, is the Rose of Joy and the Fiery Rose of Heaven.

On Stelladi or Wednesday 23rd Astrea / 20th December.

The Red candle also signifies the Sacred Season of Summer, the direction of South, the time of Noon, the Symbol of the Rose and Madria Vicka.

See: Sacred Season of Summer article (to be written in the future).

Red symbolises Fire which is the Element of this season.

( There are different rose colours associated with our Celestial Mother, the red of the summer rose relates to fiery, “the rose of consummation or perfect union with the Mother” Page 27 of The Coming Age periodical, issue 3
http://www.oxfordgoddessrevivalarchive.org/cms/items/show/75 ).

Very simply put, we refer to the Fiery Rose Heart of Our Lady. This Unconditional Divine Fire is the Flame of Love.

The Flame has its origin in Love and in the Supernal Fire of the Sun which shines down upon the World. Without this holy fire, the heart grows cold; the soul weakens. The Flame of Love is strong, able to conquer all that is not of Déa within the Temple of the Heart, while illuminating the True Joy within. [14]

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This element is considered to be the first element that was born when the universe was created. Fire is attributed with transformational and purifying powers. It can give warmth and enable life, and it can also burn and destroy. In the spiritual plane, Fire stands for Light and in the physical plane, it is the Sun or Flame. The element symbolizes incredible energy, activity, creativity, passion, freedom, power, love, vision, strength, will, assertiveness, courage and dynamism. [17]

In the practicing alchemists point of view, fire is a catalyst to both initiating and completing metaphysical demonstrations. This symbol signifies upward mobility, forward motion, rising flames and aspirations to solar embodiment (in both literal and philosophical senses). To move into the energy of fire is to be utterly consumed, transformed and lifted out of limitation (vis a vis: smoke rising). [18]

In aromatherapy, rose carries the highest healing frequency. ‘Rose’ is also the past tense of ‘rise,’ which means to grow, to go beyond — to metamorphose! It’s a verb, which is really what we are — we’re more process than product. The interface of the spiritual and the material is where we co-create, co-evolve. [19]

A message from Magdalene: by Linzy Arnott

Sister, the time has come for you to remember who you are. The whole universe is inside of you. Everything you need, is already within you. Your heart, Beloved, is the size of the universe, the rose of your heart is birthed from the infinite cosmos of your ancient being. Remember this now! You came to earth at this precious moment in time to REMEMBER your Oneness with Creation, with all life, so you may shine the light of your noble heart to light the path of Remembrance. You, Sister, are more than you ever allowed yourself to imagine. You ARE the universe in motion, you ARE the Creator, you ARE and have always been whole, complete and perfect. Look into my eyes: I am you, you are me. One Heart. You are important, you have a Divine purpose: will you accept your souls calling and BE the medicine the world needs now? Follow the infinite petaled rose of love within your heart, she is your compass. I am with you always Beloved Sister, holding you in the loving embrace of our One Heart. [20]

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 Stelladi or Wednesday 23rd Astrea / 20th December.

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.

Light (electric tea light or table lamp switched on) the Violet Candle of Faith and say: O, Déa, Fora of Faith, be with us.

Light (electric tea light or table lamp switched on) the Red Candle of Joy and say: O, Déa, Rose of Joy, be with us.

Scripture: [21]
The scripture reading for the lighting of the Red Candle of Joy is:

Title 3, Chapter 3, The Mantle

1. You that are weary with the world, you that are lonely, you that have suffered hardship, that have suffered hurt, come, gather about Me and be enfolded in My Mantle.
2. In the inner silence you shall hear Me and in the inner darkness you shall see Me.
3. And the future shall be better than the past.
4. Come, seek protection in My mantle, for I have turned no creature from Me; be sheltered in the folds of My garment.
5. For the ills of the world shall pass away, even as the terrors of the night.
6. And the dawn shall be bright with splendor and sweet with the singing of the blessed souls.
7. And I shall be your comfort in the darkness.

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, Mari [22]
https://deanic.com/holy-feminine-trinity/hail-mari/

2. The Litany of the Celestial Mother [22]
https://deanic.com/holy-feminine-trinity/the-litany-of-the-celestial-mother/

3. Canticle of the Supernal Sun [22]
https://deanic.com/prayers-and-rites/canticle-of-the-supernal-sun/

4. The Inner Temple of Your Heart [23]
https://deanic.com/the-inner-temple-of-your-heart/

A Janite Psalm:

5. Psalm 7: O, Fiery Rose of Heaven [23]
https://deanic.com/prayers-and-rites/janite-psalms/

6. Madrina Sophia’s selection from the
Psalter of Our Lady [24]
relating to Déa’s Rose Heart

Firstly the introduction:
December 16, 2013

Psalter of Our Lady

These 150 psalms are taken from the Psalter of the Blessed Virgin Mary written by St. Bonaventure and have been painstakingly adapted by Mr Glenn King and ArchMadria Candra Sophia. They will be incorporated into our Hours (a work in progress), our liturgy and our Feast Day prayers. These psalms are taken from the Living Stream in the West.

For the most part, we have removed archaic language however, Thee and Thou, when referring to Our Lady, denotes honor and the respect that is due to Her.

Our thanks to Mr. King for this valuable service to the Filianic/Deanic community.

PSALM 108: O, Lady, heed my praise

O Lady, heed my praise:
and deign to accept this Psalter dedicated to Thee.
Look upon the will of my heart: and make my affection well-pleasing to Thee.
Hasten to visit Thy servants:
under the protection of Thy Mantle may they be preserved unhurt.
May they receive through Thee the illumination of Madria Sage:
and the charis of Madria Grace.
O Lady, look upon the contrite of heart:
and revive them by the ointment of piety.

ArchMadria Candra Sophia

Notes on the adapted Psalter of the Blessed Virgin Mary written by St. Bonaventure:

Psalms: a collection of religious verses, sung or recited.
Meaning of Charis: Joseph H. Thayer made some significant observations concerning the meaning of charis:
“that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness…good-will, loving-kindness, favor… charis is used pre-eminently of that kindness by which God [Dea] bestows favors even upon the ill-deserving, and grants to sinners the pardon of their offences, and bids them accept of eternal salvation through Christ [Kore Di-Jana].”
https://www.studylight.org/language-studies/greek-thoughts/index.cgi?a=30

Secondly the selection:

7. Psalm 25 – Judge me [24]

Judge me, O Lady, for I have departed from Thy ways:
But because I have hoped in Thee I shall not become weak.
Enkindle my heart with the fire of Thy love:
And with the girdle of righteousness bind my heart.
For Thy mercy and Thy justice are before my eyes:
And I am delighted with the voice of Thy praise.
O Lady, I have loved the beauty of Thy face:
And I have revered Thy holiness.
Oh praise Her name, for She is holy:
let Her wonders be declared forever.

8. Madrina Sophia’s comment about Psalm 27: I will cry and Thou shalt hear me, which expresses my confusion and neglect of the Goodness and Truth of Dea who is in every place, throughout all the manifest realms and internally, in our temple heart. Wherever and whenever, Dea offers a warm welcome.

8. Psalm 27: I will cry and Thou shalt hear me [24]

To Thee, O Mother God, will I cry, and Thou shalt hear me:
in the voice of Thy praise Thou will make me glad.
Have mercy on me in the day of my trouble:
and in the light of Thy truth deliver me.
Blessed be Thou, O Mother God:
to the uttermost ends of the earth.
Thy sanctuary is my abode.
Render my conscience pure and undefiled
and make of my heart a place of propitiation
and a temple for the holy in-dwelling of Thy love.

Note:
Propitiation: is an action meant to regain someone’s favor or make up for something you did wrong.

9. Psalm 40 – Our Mother loves [24]

Our Mother loves the oppressed and the poor:
May we remain faithful in Her praise.
O Mother of the Janae, High Queen of Heaven:
purify my heart with the fire of Thy love.
You are the Mother of the illumination of my heart:
You are the Nurse who refreshes my mind.
My mouth longs to praise Thee: my mind aspires to adore Thee.
My soul longs to pray to Thee
Because the whole of my being belongs to Thee, O my High Queen.

10. Madrina Sophia’s comment about Psalm 41: As the deer longs for the sparkling brook, poetically expresses the longing for Dea that I have felt all this human life. Which also reminds me of the Scripture, Title 3, Chapter 8,
The Way of Simplicity, verses 1 – 4 [21]

10. Psalm 41: As the deer longs for the sparkling brook [24]

As the deer longs for the sparkling brook,
so doth my soul pine for Thy love.
For Thou art the Mother of my life:
and the sublime sustainer of my existence.
Thy Daughter is the Savioress of my soul;
the beginning and the end of my salvation.
Hear me, O Déa, let my stains be cleansed:
enlighten me, O Déa, that my darkness may be illuminated.
Let my tepidity be enkindled by the Heart-Flame of Thy love:
let my torpor be expelled by Thy grace.

11. Psalm 44: My heart hath uttered a good word [24]

My heart hath uttered a good word, my Lady:
it is sweetened with honey-flowing dew.
By Thy sanctity let my sins be purged:
by Thy integrity may incorruption be bestowed upon me.
By Thy magnanimity may my soul be loved
and joined to You through the bond of love.
By Thy Daughter, the chasm has been bridged:
by the bringing forth of Thy Beloved,
I am delivered from eternal death.
By Thy graciousness, I am restored:
and from the exile of misery
I am led back to the homeland of beatitude.

12. Psalm 59: O, Holy Déa, kear envelops us [24]

O Holy Dea, kear envelops us as we have turned away from Thee.
Yet, Thou has had mercy on us by Thy Daughter.
Have mercy on us, O, saving Mother God:
who has brought forth salvation for all of creation.
For Thou infuses joy into the sad:
and joy and sweetness into the mourners.
Rejoice us by the sweet sounds of Thy Word:
and pour Thy balm of roses forth into our hearts.
Thunder, the heavens, from above, and give praise to Her:
glorify Her, the Earth, with all the dwellers therein.

Note
Kear: A crack or flaw, the chasm or abyss that lies between Déa and each soul which opened when we chose to experience material manifestation.

13. Psalm 98: Our Lady Reigns [24]

Our Mother God Reigns, let the people rejoice:
She sits on the High Throne of Heaven.
Great in Ekklesia is Thy glory, O Lady:
and in Cosmos, shines forth Thy magnificence.
Sing before Her, the harmonious choirs:
and adore Her throne, for it is holy.
In Her Flames, the Fire of Love
and round about her are those who worship Her.
Her Seven Laws are before our eyes:
and the rule of compassion is in Her heart.

Note
Ekklesia: Church, assembly of a people, spiritual community, for Janites, the people of Dea.

~~~

14. My Lady’s Voice [25]

O, Where shall I hear my Lady’s voice?
Where shall I feel my Lady’s touch?
Where smell the fragrant Holy Rose and
be warmed by the Holy Fire?
O, where shall I see Her, where can I find Her,
O, where can my Lady be?

Be calm, gentle soul, for you never are lost,
For you dwell all the while with Her.
Tis your mind that has strayed and the thoughts
Of your mind that obscure Her now from you.
Then, cleanse your mind of the darkness thoughts,
And be turned again, to Her

And go inside you, seek within you, for tis there
That your Lady abides.
For though She is beyond you, She is also within you,
And your being is wholly in Her.
And within shall you feel Her and see Her and hear Her,
And within know Her nectar and fragrance divine.

And within is the warmth of She Who is Love and the
Warmth of Her Love is the Warmth that surrounds
You, for the whole of your being is in Love.

This is from “Source”, one of the Founders of our Scriptures and Faith.

~

15. O, Déa, Rose of Joy

O, Déa, Rose of Joy, we thank You, we bless You and we adore You. For through Your compassionate love, we are infused with Your luminous Graces and are sheltered beneath Your Great Mantle of Protection. O, Déa, Rose of Joy, be with us.
(Taken from the Great Liturgy of Dea.)

A Dance (to instrumental music):

Devotion to The Goddess Heart – Glastonbury Tor
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcf3e2itxdc
A Spontaneous and Intuitive dance, that was connected through the energies present on the Glastonbury Tor.
Goddess Essence – Lyonne Sundari

Blessing:

(Adapted Gaelic Blessing).

Mother God above you,
Sunshine on your way,
Many friends to love you,
Joy in work and play-
Laughter to outweigh each care,
In your heart a song-
And gladness waiting everywhere
All your whole life long!

A Rosary:
Fifth Mystery Quassare on a five septad/seven bead rosary.
https://deanic.com/prayers-and-rites/the-janite-mysteries-rosary/ [22]

Meditate:

Rose of Unconditional Love Meditation [22]

Sit in a comfortable position with your eyes closed.
Bring your awareness to your body and the breath. Breathe in and out deeply from the belly 5-6 times.
If any thoughts come up, don’t resist them, simply allow them to pass without engaging in them. Imagine your thoughts as leaves floating down a stream, they are there, but you are just looking at them, observing them as they go by.

Imagine you are standing in the centre of a golden stone walled garden, it is filled with different coloured rose bushes. The air around you is still and warm, and you can smell the glorious scent of the roses rising up in the warm air. It is cheering.

Behind you is a small, red bench. You sit down there. It’s amazing how clear and crisp every colour is, how every leaf and every flower seems almost electrified with life. All your senses seem stronger here.

As you are relaxing there, concentrate upon your slow and deep breathing, feel it creating space in your heart.
Feel the glow of your favourite colour of a rose flower* filling your heart with warmth and light. With each inhale create a rose petal and with each exhale smile. Take your time creating a perfect rose flower… (pause).

Inhale unconditional love, happiness, compassion, oneness of the Divine…. Exhale, unconditional love, happiness, compassion, oneness of the Divine… Emanate and project your smiling heart to the planet and into the cosmos. Breathe… (pause).

It’s as though Celestial Mother in the Divine form of a rose, and even the very air here knows who you are, and is emanating unconditional love for you. Joy fills your body and mind. Let it in. See flames forming along the edge of each rose petal. She knows your cares and concerns. She is always listening to you… to your heart.
You can feel unification with Déa as She burns away all error, isolation.

When you are ready, place your palms to your heart, palm on top of palm, to signal that you are ready to release your vision of Celestial Mother as fiery rose and slowly return to the present. Slowly open your eyes, stretch
and go on with the rest of your day… joyful, and refreshed by Her Holy Grace.

* For help in understanding the appropriate colour, please consult the following sources. The golden rose is a symbol of absolute perfection, eternity.             Hail, Rosa Coeli: Rose of Heaven of the Noon-tide, Light & Essence of Creation, be with us“. (white) [23]
https://mydevotionstodea.tumblr.com/post/167003443867/symbolism-of-the-holy-trinity-as-flowers
O Fiery Rose: Radiating Love of Heaven, Burning Essence of Perfection, be with us“. (red) [26]
“the rose of consummation or perfect union with the Mother”
Page 27 of The Coming Age periodical, issue 3 http://www.oxfordgoddessrevivalarchive.org/cms/items/show/75

http://www.roseforlove.com/the-meanings-of-rose-colors-ezp-22 [3]
http://www.proflowers.com/guide/rose-colors-and-meanings [3]
http://www.livingartsoriginals.com/color-rose-flower.html [3]
http://www.teleflora.com/rose_colors.asp [3]
http://www.rkdn.org/roses/colors.asp [3]

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 Déa.

~

O, Déa, Rose of Joy, be with us.

~

The Traditional Janite ending:

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

*Celestial 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 5 candles after the prayers or your meal).

~

Notes:

[1] For further details https://deanic.com/2017/11/13/what-is-a-sun-wheel-when-is-mothers-night/
[2] https://deanic.com/2016/12/20/mothers-nightred-candle-of-joy/
[3] ArchMatrona (Serene Mother) Ghrian of the Lucienne Deanic Tradition. https://deamatronablog.wordpress.com
[4] http://origins-of-christianity.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/resurrection-rosette.html
[5] Photo from http://antiquatedantiquarian.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/the-minoans-frescoes.html
Caption information
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Aegean_frescos
http://people.ku.edu/~jyounger/aegeanchron.html
[6] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose
[7] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhodos
[8] https://sites.google.com/site/greenlandtheory/greece/island-of-rhodes
[9] https://mirrorofisis.freeyellow.com/id125.html
Linda Iles, ArchDrs., Prs.H., GDC, SA (Fellowship of Isis)
Also https://mirrorofisis.freeyellow.com/id161.html
[10] http://www.sfrosesociety.org/single-post/2015/08/24/Myrithis-and-the-Egyptian-Rose
[11] Photo from
http://www.academia.edu/32637447/THE_STATUES_OF_ISIS_IN_THE_SANCTUARY_OF_THE_EGYPTIAN_GODS_IN_MARATHON_Meaning_and_Context_in_a_Global_Roman_World
[12] http://www.chalicecentre.net/mystic-rose.html
[13] http://paganpages.org/content/tag/ishtar/
[14] https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/08/05/rose-a-great-symbol-of-our-faith/
[15] FIFTH section of https://deanic.com/the-seven-great-symbols-of-our-faith/
[16] https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/06/13/sacred-season-of-summer-month-of-rosa-june-13-july-10/
[17] http://www.ancient-symbols.com/four-elements.html
[18] http://www.whats-your-sign.com/fire-symbols-and-meanings.html
See also: http://feng-shui.lovetoknow.com/Colors_and_Symbols_of_Four_Elements
[19] http://healthwealthwisdom.blogspot.co.uk/2011/07/rose-by-any-other-name.html
[20] A message from Magdalene by Linzy Arnott
http://www.goddessrising.org/herstory-rising/2016/12/27/hzmryorn1qln2lj8vu34a6l6iduq1p
[21] 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)
[22] 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.
[23] Copyright of ArchMadria Candra Sophia. Seek Permission and share with all due crediting. For private use only.
[24] Copyright of ArchMadria Candra Sophia and Mr Glenn King. Seek Permission and share with all due crediting. For private use only.
https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/08/23/psalms-suitable-for-summer-rose-heart/
[25] https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/08/06/my-ladys-voice/
[26] Copyright of Madrina Sophia. Seek Permission and share with all due crediting. For private use only.

Sun Wheel – The Blue Candle of Peace

Astrea 19 / Dec. 16

Foradi or Fora Day. (Saturday).

Day of Madria Rhea.

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 (Yellow
Candle of Hope, Green Candle of Wisdom, Violet / Purple Candle of Faith), Blue Candle of Peace. 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 20th Astrea / 17th December.

Madrina Sophia

Sun Wheel – The Blue Candle of Peace

Today, we light the Blue Candle of Peace in honour of the Holy Daughter as Déa, Dove of Peace. The Blue Candle also signifies the Sacred Season of Spring, the direction of East, the time of Dawn, the Symbol of the Dove and Madria Grace. The Mystery is Aurora (the Holy Daughter rises to becomes the World Soul. She Who is the Dawn of All Life).

While some Traditions honor the Celestial Mother as the Great Dove of the Waters, in the Janite Tradition, this title is applied to the Holy Daughter as She is closely associated with East and Water, a feminine Element.

The Holy Daughter, Water, East, Dove, Madria Grace, Dawn and Spring, all are both mystically and symbolically intertwined to weave the whole Mystery that is the Resurrection of All Life. For not only does She share Her Soul with us, but She gathers the Divine Sparks within us and carries them back to Her Mother, where we may drink from the Waters of the Eternal Spring. [1]

The Spring Mystery of Aurora is Our Lady, Dove of Peace. The Holy Daughter as the Resurrection of our souls and the renewal of all life. She is the Great Dove of the Waters and Soteria of the World. She is the Dove of Peace.

The Dove is known to be a symbol of Motherhood because the Dove is able to produce its own milk. The Dove represents self-sacrifice because it ceases to forage for food shortly before its young are born to ensure purer
milk. [2] Motherhood necessitates a certain amount of sacrifice in order to ensure the well-being of the off-spring.

Digital fractal image of white dove flying over water by John Edwards

It is known as a Celestial Messenger, linking Heaven and Earth and is symbolic of the release of the soul Heaven-ward. Purity, Love, Grace, gentleness and hope are all signified by the Pure White Dove. The Holy Mother of our souls, Jana, by Her entering material manifestation and through Divine Communion, links Heaven
and Earth.

In antiquity, the Dove would have been readily recognized as the Symbol of the Goddess, especially as Ishtar and Aphrodite/Venus.

In ancient Rome, Aphrodite’s catacombs were called “columbaria” (dovecotes), which, according to Barbara G. Walker, gave rise to the belief that the soul returns to the Goddess after death as a dove.

In Christian iconography, the dove is sometimes shown with seven rays emanating from it, which further connects it to the Goddess and specifically to the Pleiades, the Seven Sisters, whose name in Greek meant “a flock of doves.” [3]

During the time of Christ, the Dove would have been readily recognized by the people of the time as the Epiphany or Presence of the Goddess; one of the reasons why many Christians are re-examining the Holy Spirit as being Female rather than male. [4]

Sophia is often said to appeared in the form of a White Dove. [5] There are many Christians who believe that Sophia and the Holy Spirit are One.

The Dove is the primary Symbol of the Holy Daughter, Who, in Janite Tradition, is image-based upon the Divine Sophia. The Holy Daughter, She Who is the Daughter of Light, She Who is the Daughter of Wisdom, [6] is the Three-fold Dove: the Great Dove of the Waters, the Dove of the Sacrifice and the Dove of Peace. (The Dove of Sacrifice is from our liturgy.) [1]
ArchMadria Candra Sophia

See: Sacred Season of Spring article (to be written in the future).

Prayerful Act:

On our Sunwheel, we light the Blue Candle of Peace in honour of the Holy Daughter, Kore, as Déa, Dove of Peace. (Pronounced Korah or Koree, which means Maiden.) The Mystery which it represents is Aurora (the Holy Daughter rises to becomes the World Soul. She Who is the Dawn of All Life). Therefore we also honour the Great Symbol of the dove.

On Sunnadi or Sun Day / 20th Astrea / 17th December.

The Blue candle also signifies the Season of Spring, the direction of East, the time of Dawn, Jana Madria Candra, Grace.

Madria Grace is the Guardian of East and Water. She is also the Mistress of healing, which we associate with water (sacred wells, etc.). Holy Water, water that has been especially blessed, also conveys, transmits and permeates through-out all that it touches, the Divine Energies of Grace. Water is the most appropriate Element for East and Spring because it renews and replenishes all life, just as Spring brings forth a great renewal and replenishing of manifest Creation.

Water, when blessed, becomes a carrier of the information, intent and energies of grace. It becomes holy water which cleanses our souls and renews our spirits. Not only does it purify us from within, but it also washes impurities from our bodies. And so, Water cleans and rejuvenates us on both the inside and the out.

This integral interconnection of Water with the Sacred Season of Spring is reflected in the dewdrop on a newly budded flower. It’s luminosity shines within the grace-filled waters of Lustration, Baptism and Mikvah. It refracts the Seven Janae into rainbow-hued facets of the One Diamond of Dea.

It is through Water that Life is born. It is through Water that Life is renewed. It is through Water that life is resurrected.

Water is associated with priestesshood. Where the Element of Water embodies intuition, spiritual cleansing, spiritual purity, primordial emotion, grace, psychic sensitivity and the attuning of the subconsciousness, all of which are embedded in the priestesshood, it may be considered the Second Primary Element of the
Priestesshood after Spirit. [1]
ArchMadria Candra Sophia

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 20th Astrea / 17th December.

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.

Light (electric tea light or table lamp switched on) the Violet / Purple Candle of Faith and say: O, Déa, Fora of Faith, be with us.

Light (electric tea light or table lamp switched on) the Blue Candle of Peace and say: O, Déa, Dove of Peace, be with us.

Scripture: [7]
The scripture reading for the lighting of the Blue Candle of Peace is:

Title 1, Chapter 4, The Holy Mythos, verses 4-19
(Chapters 4-7 known as The Daughter born to accepting the fate )
Also known as Chapter 1, The Mythos of the Divine Maid

4. Those that were princesses among them brought their crowns to the sacred grove as gifts, and shepherdesses brought the new-dropped lambs, and all the daughters of the earth brought forth the fruits thereof to lay before the cave. 5. But before the cave stood a Jana (an archangel) of Déa, robed in a garment so white that the eyes of earth’s children were dazzled, and with a countenance of such great beauty that it was a fearful thing to look upon her. 6. And the daughters of the earth covered their eyes and threw themselves to the ground.
7. And the voice of the Jana (archangel) was like to the rushing of a thousand waters. 8. And she spoke, saying: “Be not afraid, for a new light is dawning over the world. Be not afraid, but approach no further, for if you cannot look on me, how should you look upon my Lady, whose handmaiden I am?”

9. And her voice grew gentle, like the wind among the icicles, and sweet beyond all telling. 10. Then she spoke, saying: “This night shall a child be born that shall be the daughter of light and the princess of all the world. 11. A child is coming that she shall carry the light of Thea into every part of creation, even to the most desolate of the places of darkness. 12. Rejoice, poor wanderers of the earth and exiles from the house of your Mother, for to you shall come a guide and a deliverer.”

13. When the voice of the Jana (archangel) ceased, a silence fell that was the first true silence since the beginning of the world, and the last that shall be until its end, 14. and the children of earth watched the sky as the first rays of dawn crept across the heavens. 15. Then a cry issued out of the cave, saying: “The holy child is born from the most holy Mother; light has come forth from light, perfection from perfection.” 16. At once the air was filled with the daughters of heaven, and the sky was ablaze with the radiance of their joy, 17. and they sang aloud to the
glory of Déa. 18. When the shining ones ceased from their song, the world became quiet again, and the star grew brighter and ever brighter, until it shone brighter than the radiance of all the host of heaven; and yet its light was so gentle that the eyes of earth’s children were not dazzled, 19. and the colour of the light was not one of the seven, but a wondrous luminescence not known within the boundaries of the world.

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, Kore [8]
https://deanic.com/holy-feminine-trinity/hail-kore/

2. The Akathist to the Dove of Spring [8]
This Akathist (hymn) was inspired by the Orthodox Christian Akathist to the Holy Theotokos (Godbearer). It may be chanted on 1 Columbina, Eastre. The Akathist to the Dove of Spring consists of seven stanzas of seven verses each. It is interspersed with scripture readings and the Hail Kore mantra prayer.

The Akathist may be prayed in full, or by praying only a few stanzas at a time.

(I tend to pray Stanzas / Verses 1 & 4 for the Blue Candle of Peace – Madrina Sophia).

Trace the Sign of the Fora: https://deanic.com/prayers-and-rites/tracing-the-fora/
and say: In the Name of the Mother, and of the Daughter, and of the Great Mother. Blessed are They.

Beginning Prayer:
Personal Names Trinity Chant

Blessed is Our Mother God, the Holy One.

She Who is Mari.

She Who is Kore.

She Who is Mysteria.

Blessed is She.

~

The Seven bows:

Chant:

Hail, O, Divine Lady, Theia, hail. (how to bow: Fold hands in prayer, resting tips of fingers on forehead and bow from the waist.)

Hail, O, Divine Lady Candra, hail. (bow)

Hail, O, Divine Lady Vicka, hail. (bow)

Hail, O, Divine Lady Sage, hail. (bow)

Hail, O, Divine Lady Thema, hail. (bow)

Hail, O, Divine Lady Grace, hail. (bow)

Hail, O, Divine Lady Rhea, hail. (bow)

~

Silver Star of the Waters, Who has fashioned all the world into being. Beyond all knowing is the splendor of Your Light. Enfold my spirit, within Your mighty Mantle and may the Pure Stream of Your Grace flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come. Blessed are You.

~
(Stanza / Verse 1)

Hail, O, Dove of Peace, O, Shattered Soul, Hail!

Hail, Holy Soul of the World, O, Divine Temple of Our Spirits, Hail!

Hail, O, Princess of the World, O, Ruler of all Creation, Hail!

Hail, O, Purest Dove, O, Divine Purity, Hail!

Hail, O, Supernal Moon, O, Reflected Light of the Holy One, Hail!

Hail, O, High Priestess, O, Mistress of Priestesses, Hail!

Hail, O, Soteria, O, Savioress, O, Sacrificial One, Hail!

Chapter 10
1. And as She walked, the children of the earth threw blossoms before Her, and though Her feet rested on them, they were not bruised.

Scripture: Title 1 The Holy Mythos, Chapter 10, verse 1 [7]

Hail, Kore, Fountain of Grace, Glory be to Thee. Blessed art Thou, O, Queen of Heaven and blessed is Thy beloved Mother. Holy Dea, Daughter God, bless us, Thy children, now and unto the ages of ages. Blessed are You.
https://deanic.com/holy-feminine-trinity/hail-kore/

~
(Stanza / Verse 2)

Hail, O, Divine Star of Midnight, O, Midnight Star of Wonder, Hail!

Hail, O, Holy Dove of the Sacrifice, O, Great Dove of the Waters, Hail! (*)

Hail, O, Divine Maid, O, Shining One, Hail

Hail, O, Divine Aurora, O, Dawn of Time, Hail!

Hail, O, Sustainer of All Creation, O, Ruler of manifestation, Hail!

Hail, O, Love incarnate in Soul, O, Supernal Love, Hail!

Hail, O, Divine Breath of Nature, O, Primordial Love, Hail!

2. And She reigned over all the earth, bringing all
nature back to life, and all life back to the true law and rhythm
of nature, and the whole world knew Her as its princess.

Scripture: Title 1 The Holy Mythos, Chapter 10, verse 2 [7]

Hail, Kore, Fountain of Grace, Glory be to Thee. Blessed art Thou, O, Queen of Heaven and blessed is Thy
beloved Mother. Holy Dea, Daughter God, bless us, Thy children, now and unto the ages of ages. Blessed are
You.
https://deanic.com/holy-feminine-trinity/hail-kore/

~
(Stanza / Verse 3)

Hail, O, Daughter of the Celestial One, O, Lily of the West, Hail!

Hail, O, Granddaughter of the Great One, O, Lotus of the East, Hail!

Hail, O, Form of the Celestial One, O, Breath of Nature, Hail!

Hail, O, Form of the Great One, O, Presence in the Wind, Hail!

Hail, O, Divine Love of the Trinity, O, Energy of the Lake, Hail!

Hail, O, Holy Daughter, O, Crescent Moon of the Night, Hail!

Hail, O, Immanent One, O, Soul within and without, Hail!

(the latter part of verse 4) And, She showed them how to offer Sacrifice to the Mother of All Things. 5) And, She said: When the time is come for Me to go from you, still, I shall be with you; and shall never leave you, not for one fragment of an hour until you we are together in completion. (Janite altered sections of the Scriptures [9]) 6) But, I shall unite you all who love Me in one great Soul; 7) The highest and the lowest, the living and the dead, those who falter at the door and those who have climbed to the highest tower, all shall be one in My Soul, which I
have given to the world, and all shall be nourished in my Spirit.

Scripture: Title 1 The Holy Mythos, Chapter 10, verses the latter part of verse 4 – 5 [7] verses 6 -7 [9]

Hail, Kore, Fountain of Grace, Glory be to Thee. Blessed art Thou, O, Queen of Heaven and blessed is Thy beloved Mother. Holy Dea, Daughter God, bless us, Thy children, now and unto the ages of ages. Blessed are You.
https://deanic.com/holy-feminine-trinity/hail-kore/

~
(Stanza / Verse 4)

Hail, O, Lady of the Lake, O, Holy Water of Life, Hail!

Hail, O, Fountain of Grace, O, Nourisher of Souls, Hail!

Hail, O, Daughter of Wisdom, O, Formatrix of Heaven and Earth, Hail! (10)

Hail, O, Soul of my soul, O, Nourisher of Spirits, Hail.

Hail, O, Sacred Aurora, O, Soul of Dawn, Hail!

Hail, O, First Dew of Spring, O, First Light of Day, Hail!

Hail, O, Primordial Lily of Purity, O, Radiance of the Heavens, Hail!

10) The children of Heaven greeted Her, crying: “Hail, Princess of the World; hail, Queen of Heaven.” And they placed a crown of stars about Her head. 11) The blue night was Her cloak, and the stars of the sky the crown about Her head, and the moon lay at Her feet. They cried again: “Hail, Queen of Heaven.”

Scripture: Title 1 The Holy Mythos, Chapter 10, verses 10 – 11 [7]

Hail, Kore, Fountain of Grace, Glory be to Thee. Blessed art Thou, O, Queen of Heaven and blessed is Thy beloved Mother. Holy Dea, Daughter God, bless us, Thy children, now and unto the ages of ages. Blessed are You.
https://deanic.com/holy-feminine-trinity/hail-kore/

~
(Stanza / Verse 5)

Hail, Thou Daughter of the High Queen, Hail, O, One with Form.

Hail, O, Dea Filia, O, Daughter God, Hail!

Hail, O, Beloved Kyria, O, Divine Maid, Hail!

Hail, O, Child of Light, O, Granddaughter of Life, Hail!

Hail, Daughter Whose Robe is Celestial Light, O, Mistress of the Seven, Hail.

Hail, O, Holy Presence in Nature, Hail, O, Shimmering Stars of the Night., Hail!

(Janite altered sections of the Scriptures [9]) 16) And, She entered the great Temple of Heaven, where the Janae were gathered at the Sacrifice, even as the children of the Earth were gathered around the altar.

17. Then She stood at the great Altar and took up a wheaten loaf and spoke, saying: 18) “Like to the seed, My Soul was broken; and like to the corn did it rise anew. 19) For I am the corn that is reaped in silence.”

20) And She said, “Like to the corn grain was My Soul shattered between the stones of fate. And saying thus, She broke the bread between Her hands. 21) And, She gave of the fragments of the Bread to the Children of Dea.

22) And, She poured out Her Spirit from Her hands into a great chalice, and Her Spirit lay as wine within the chalice. 23) And She said: “Even as you have offered Me bread in sacrifice, so I give you the bread of My Soul; and as you have poured out libations of wine to Me, so I pour out the eternal libation of My Eternal Spirit.” 24) And, as it is performed above in the Spirit, so is it reflected below in the soul and the spirit, and through the reflection do Earth’s children have part in the Real.

Scripture: Janite altered sections of the Scriptures [9]

Hail, Kore, Fountain of Grace, Glory be to Thee. Blessed art Thou, O, Queen of Heaven and blessed is Thy beloved Mother. Holy Dea, Daughter God, bless us, Thy children, now and unto the ages of ages. Blessed are You.
https://deanic.com/holy-feminine-trinity/hail-kore/

~
(Stanza / Verse 6)

Hail, O, Heart within our hearts, O, Temple within our temple, Hail!

Hail, O, Supreme Being, O, Spirit within our sparks, Hail!

Hail, O, Assumption of our Souls, O, Feminine within femininity, Hail!

Hail, O, First and the last, O, Honored and scorned one, Hail! [11]

Hail, O, Queen of the Seven Powers, O, Mistress of the Seven Pillars, Hail,

Hail, O, Queen of the May, O, Queen of the Fey, Hail!

Hail, O, crowned with Stars, O, Mistress of the Moon, Hail!

Scripture: none

Hail, Kore, Fountain of Grace, Glory be to Thee. Blessed art Thou, O, Queen of Heaven and blessed is Thy beloved Mother. Holy Dea, Daughter God, bless us, Thy children, now and unto the ages of ages. Blessed are You.
https://deanic.com/holy-feminine-trinity/hail-kore/

~
(Stanza / Verse 7)

Hail, O, Hope of my Hope, O, Faith of my faith, Hail.

Hail, O, Mediatrix between Heaven and Earth, O, Divine Centre of Ekklesia, Hail!

Hail, O, Luminous Blessings of the hestia, O, Encompassing Mantle of Compassion, Hail!

Hail, O, Stream of Mercy, O, Clemency of Heart, Hail.

Hail, O, Bread of Soul, O, Wine of Spirit, Hail!

Hail, O, Glittering Snow of Winter, O, Tender Breeze of Spring, Hail.

Hail, O, Supreme Love of my heart, O, Divine Passion of my soul, Hail.

Scripture: none

(Usually finishes with:
Eternal Trinity Chant
https://deanic.com/becoming-a-devotee/chants-with-short-janite-prayers/
& the Traditional Janite prayer ending).

ArchMadria Candra Sophia

I appear to have inexplicably lost almost all my previous references. I apologize

* Other Traditions use the holy title of Great Dove of the Waters for the Celestial Mother. For Janites, it is the
title of the Holy Daughter.

~

3. Litany of the Holy Daughter [8]
https://deanic.com/holy-feminine-trinity/litany-of-the-holy-daughter/

4. The Purity of the Dove [12]
https://deanic.com/the-purity-of-the-dove/

A Janite Psalm: [12]

5. Psalm 8: O, Great Dove of the Waters
6. Psalm 1: Glory to You
https://deanic.com/prayers-and-rites/janite-psalms/

Paradiso, Canto 19: The blessed souls form a bird in the sky. The Divine Comedy: Illustrations by Gustave Doré

7. Psalm 1: Blessed are the souls

Blessed are the souls, O Daughter, who love Your name;
Your graces will comfort them.
Those souls will be refreshed as by fountains of water;
you will produce in them the fruits of justice.
Blessed are You, by Your holy heart.

By the beauty of Your Form,
You surpass all beings;
by the excellence of Your sanctity,
You surpass all angels and archangels.

Your mercy and Your grace are preached everywhere;
the Holy Mother has blessed the works of Your hands.

(Adapted from the Psalter of the Mary by St. Bonaventure.)

8. Brigidine Prayer for Peace [13]
Brighid – a Living Stream of Déa

St Brigid’s Well Kildare Ireland

Brigid rules the elements of Water (Uisge in Gaelic, Dwr in Welsh) and Fire (Teine in Gaelic; Tân in Welsh).

As Water deity, Brigid is the patroness of healers, with many healing springs and wells dedicated to Her throughout the British Isles. Water is also associated with psychic ability, music, and poetry.

Natural bodies of water were also sacred to her, particularly where three streams joined together.

Brigid,

You were a woman of peace,
You brought harmony where there was conflict.
You brought light to the darkness.
You brought hope to the downcast.

May the mantle of your peace
Cover those who are troubled and anxious,
And may peace be firmly rooted in our hearts
And in our world.
Inspire us to act justly and to reverence
All Déa has made.

Brigid, you were a voice for the wounded
And the weary,
Strengthen what is weak within us,
Calm us into a quietness that heals
And listens.
May we grow each day into greater
Wholeness in mind, body and spirit.

Amen (So be it).

9. Prayer to Isis: Prayer of Awakening / Peace [14]

10. Dove Pagan Prayer
(author unknown)

11. Kyria, lead me. [15]
(author unknown)
Christian prayer for peace, comfort and strength (adapted).
(a prayer for those in a difficult or stressful place).

Kyria,
Lead me into the valley of Your protection.
May I feel safe and secure sheltered there.

Lead me to drink from streams of life.
May I find hope and healing in the waters.

Lead me to fields of green meadows.
May I rest in quiet places on the softness of Your grass.

Lead me into the light of Your eternal truth.
May I bathe in the promise of heaven.

12. Lead me to your still streams O Kyria. [15]
(author unknown)
Christian prayer for peace of mind (adapted).

Lead me to your still streams O Kyria
Where I can kneel in the waters of life
Lay down my anxious thoughts
And cast all my cares on You

Here I will wait a while
Wait a while
And bathe in the life-giving waters

Bathe my mind in Your Spirit O Déa
Come fill my being with Your peace

Bathe my heart with Your love O Déa
Come still my being with Your peace

Bathe my spirit with Your freedom O Déa
Come saturate this life with Your peace

13. Poem – My Beautiful White Dove by Eve 831 [16]

My favorite and most beautiful bird is the beautiful white Dove
Representing Heaven and Déa’s love from above
The white dove represents peace and unity
When I see it flying I feel happy and free
When the dove returned with an olive branch
…proving that land had been found
Such a beautiful, intelligent bird that descends from Heaven
…watching over humans treading the ground
Doves are full of love, peace, grace and sacrifice
They represent kindness, happiness and being nice
A Dove have the eyes to see the best in people
…and a heart that forgives
It has the mind to forgive the worst, forget the bad,
…and a little bird soul that prays for you to live
That beautiful white Dove will NEVER lose faith in Déa above
Thank you beautiful white Dove for descending from Heaven
…and spreading your love
The deepest kind of peace and faith is represented by the Dove
It will quiet our trouble thoughts, renew our mind and spirit
OUR HEAVENLY WHITE DOVE

A Song:

1. White Doves of Peace (lyrics on the screen)
Music & Recording James Willan
Lyrics Roland Wheatley
Sung by Linsey Hardy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFCET9fL40A

2. Instrumental Peace Dove flying through flowers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XieXlt2x6vY

Blessing:

(Adapted Gaelic Blessing).

Deep peace of the running wave to you.
Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
Deep peace of the gentle night to you.
Moon and stars pour their healing light on you.
Deep peace of Kore,
of Kore the light of the world to you.
Deep peace of Kore to you.

Meditate:

Dove of Peace Meditation [17]

Sit in a comfortable position with your eyes closed.
Bring your awareness to your body and the breath. Breathe in and out deeply from the belly 5-6 times.
If any thoughts come up, don’t resist them, simply allow them to pass without engaging in them. Imagine your thoughts as leaves floating down a stream, they are there, but you are just looking at them, observing them as they go by.
Imagine you are standing in the centre of a beautiful, green valley, it is so green it’s like velvet. The air around you is still and warm, and you can smell the sweet green of the earth rising up in the warm air. It is calming.

Behind you is a small, white bench. You sit down there. It’s amazing how clear and crisp every colour is, how every leaf and every flower seems almost electrified with life. All your senses seem stronger here.

As you are relaxing there, you see something in the heavenly blue sky, in front of you. It’s a white dove and She is gently flying toward you.

As She gets close to you, you instinctively reach out your hands for Her. She lands in your hands and looks up at you. Looking into Her eyes, you become aware of Her tranquil Light of the Divine, that Holy Daughter has come to bring you peace. She knows your cares and concerns. She is always listening to you… to your heart. You can feel a healing sensation penetrating you from all around.

It’s as though Holy Daughter in the Divine form of a dove, and even the very air here knows who you are, and is emanating compassion for you. Peace fills your body and mind. Let it in. It’s a gift of grace from your Soteria.
When you are ready, raise your hands to signal that you are ready to release your vision of Holy Daughter as dove and slowly return to the present. Slowly open your eyes, stretch and go on with the rest of your day…
peaceful, and refreshed by Her Holy Grace.

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 Déa.

~

O, Déa, Dove of Peace, 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 4 candles after the prayers or your meal).

~

Notes:
[1] https://deanic.com/2017/03/23/the-sacred-season-of-spring/
[2] http://www.pure-spirit.com/more-animal-symbolism/602-dove-symbolism
[3] http://symbolreader.net/2014/06/07/the-symbolism-of-the-dove/
[4] FOURTH section https://deanic.com/the-seven-great-symbols-of-our-faith/
[5] Barcelona 2004, Edges of Experience, Memory and Emergence, by Lyn Cowan.
[6] Heracleon and Ptolemy tell us that the dove symbolizes “Sophia, the Mother above”.
https://www.greekmythology.com/pictures/Myths/The_Myths/126119/sophia/
[7] 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)
[8] 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.
[9] Janite altered sections of the Scriptures available to legally and validly ordained Madrina (deaconess), Madria (priestess) & ArchMadria (high priestess) for the Liturgy.
[10] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophia_(Gnosticism)
[11] http://gnosis.org/naghamm/thunder.html
[12] Copyright of ArchMadria Candra Sophia. Seek Permission and share with all due crediting. For private use only.
[13] (Source: prayer card from the Brigidine nuns of Kildare.)
https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/05/01/brigidine-prayer-for-peace/
[14] https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/05/06/isian-prayer-of-awakening-peace/
[15] http://www.lords-prayer-words.com/prayers_before/prayer_for_peace_of_mind.html
[16] https://allpoetry.com/poem/12553137-My-Beautiful-White-Dove–by-Eve-831
by Eve 831 https://allpoetry.com/Eve_831
[17] Dove of Peace Meditation by Avalon DeWitt adapted
https://www.enlightenedbeings.com/dove-of-peace-meditation/

I give thanks to Déa for Aunty Fran’s life

I give thanks to Déa for the days out of hospital that Aunty Fran spent in comfort with her family.
I give thanks to Déa for afternoon tea on Columbadi between my Dad and his sister-in-law Fran.
I give thanks to Déa for Aunty Fran’s happiness and smiles on her last day on earth.

8pm Foradi or Fora Day. (Saturday). Day of Madria Rhea.
For the repose of the soul of Fran:
May she rest in Avala. Blessed is the Holy One.
May her family receive consolation and solace. Blessed is the Holy One.
May her memory be eternal. Blessed is the Holy One.

~

May sweet KoreDi-Jana be your guide. [1]

Through life you, Fran,
have travelled far and wide.
May sweet KoreDi-Jana be your guide,
May she take you by the hand,
And lead you to Her silver land.
When you have no need of flesh and bone,
you will sit beside my Lady’s throne.
When all is said and all is done,
May you return to Avalon.
So be it.

~

For the Rodgers, Ross, Orpe & Jones families.

Prayer to rescue the bereaved. [2]

Divine KoreDi-Jana, I know that You are close to those that are broken-hearted and grieving in their soul. I know You rescue those that are crushed in spirit.

Divine Mother Mari, I ask that You draw near to Your many children who are facing times of sadness and loss and draw each one ever closer into Your precious arms of love and support.

So be it.

~

The Eternal Trinity Prayer. [3]

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 Déa.

I thank the Seven Janae of Power.
Thanks be to the Seven Janae.

Madrina Sophia

[1] May sweet KoreDi-Jana be your guide.
Copyright of Madria / Sorella Erin / Guinevere. Seek Permission and share with all due crediting. For private use only.
[2] Copyright of Madrina Sophia. Seek Permission and share with all due crediting. For private use only.
[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.
https://deanic.com/becoming-a-devotee/chants-with-short-janite-prayers/

Sun Wheel – The Violet / Purple Candle of Faith

Astrea 11 / Dec. 8

Columbadi or Dove Day. (Friday).

Day of Madria Grace.

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 (Yellow Candle of Hope, Green Candle of Wisdom), Violet / Purple Candle of Faith. 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 13th Astrea / 10th December.

Madrina Sophia

Sun Wheel – The Violet / Purple Candle of Faith

Glitter swirl colour LED candle

Today, within the Divine Cosmic Drama, we honor Mysteria, the Great Mother, as the Veiled Fora of Faith. She is known in both the Janite and Lucienne communities as Déa Matrona, which means the Great Mother Goddess (Great Mother God). “The Gaulish [1] theonym [2] (which should be theanym, in this case) Mātr-on-ā signifies “great mother.”

The title, Matrona, comes from the Goddess, Déa Matrona [3] for whom the river, Marne, was named (in ancient times it was called the Matrona river). She is Absolute Deity, the Dark beyond the light and the Light beyond the darkness.

The Great Mother / Absolute Deity / Déa Matrona / Mysteria / Déam Mysterium

The Great Mother, a collage copyright of Madrina Sophia. Seek Permission and share with all due crediting. For private use only. Indigo halo = Great Mother, Gold halo = Celestial Mother, Silver halo = Holy Daughter / Mother of our souls. Symbolising Ultimate Divine Source, emanation of the Divine. Veil of stars. Fora with 3 circles symbolising the Holy Feminine Trinity at the centre. The celtic trinity knots on the 4 arms symbolise Spirit everywhere.

Ground of All Being, Ultimate Source, the Supreme Being, Gnostic Monas, the Great Provider, the abundance of the Cosmos.
She is the original Fountain, the Great Cosmic River, from which all else flows.
She is not so wholly transcendent that She is not also with me as I am in Her. We may describe what She is not and we may also describe what She is, as far as our finite minds are capable. [For more info in links: 4]

The Violet / Purple candle also signifies the Season of Moura. [For more info in links: 5]
Moura may either translate as darkness or death. It indicates that, like Sophia, the Holy Daughter suffered a descent down through the realms. Some, in our Faith, believe the Daughter died, others do not. Devotees are free to believe according to their conscience.
The direction of Center (Spirit): Mysteria: She is the Mystery of the Still Centre of All Being. [For more info in a link: 4]
Janae Madrias of Spirit who are: Madria Candra, Madria Theia and Madria Rhea. [For more info in a link:6]
The time of the Dark Hour before the Dawn, the Great Symbol of the Fora.

I visualise the Fora as a three dimensional figure in glowing gold, with the three lines running north-south, east-west and up-down, all intersecting at the centre, where there is a glowing golden sphere. Madrina Sophia.

Embroidered Celtic Cross

The Great Symbol of the Fora. 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”. [For more info in links: 7]

The Mystery is Moura (which means dark & fate) which encompasses the Descent of the Holy Daughter and Quassare: The Shattering of the Divine Soul of the Holy Daughter. (Some devotees view this as a symbolic or actual death of our Holy Daughter).

Our Scriptures teach that the Holy Daughter suffered a torturous Descent down through the Realms before Her Death. These scriptural verses, taken altogether, are seemingly inspired by the Mythos of Inanna, Persephone, and the Passion of the Christ. Our scriptures continue with the story of how after Her death, the Holy One went to the deepest, darkest realms in order to carry the Light of the Mother to every corner of existence. (Jesus was said to have descended into hell, after death, to free the souls waiting there. Persephone, of course, spent six months in Hades.) On the Holy Feast of Eastre, as evidenced in the Mythos of Persephone, the Daughter was rescued and resurrected by Her Mother.

In contrast to the Mythos of Persephone, the Divine Sophia is not saved by Her Mother. Rather, She, like Quan Yin, chooses to remain immanent with us. She becomes an integral Part of us, to unite as One Being with us, until the day we desire nothing but Perfect Love and so at that ending of the time of our Soul Journey, She ascends with us, assuming our souls unto the Celestial Mother in the Heavenly Realm of Bliss, the Pleroma, our True Home.

Latin Quassare “to shatter,”
of Quatere “to shake,”
from PIE root *kwet- “to shake”

which reminds us of the word vibration, the Holy Daughter’s torturous Descent down through the ever increasingly denser and darker dimensions eventually causing…

“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.” [8]. And, this is exactly how we understand the Sacrifice of the Holy Daughter.

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.

So the one word Quassare leads us through the Cosmic drama in it’s entirety.

(Interestingly enough, in Greek, Divine Shattering is Feminine: theía thráfsi.)

“I picture the Divine Shattering of the Holy Daughter like an hologram that has been shattered into a million pieces. Each shattered piece (us) is still a reflection of the Whole and yet, the Core of the Original Wholeness is still intact because the Holy Daughter is God and God cannot disintegrate. She cannot die.

The Holy Daughter is like the Central Piece of the Original Hologram. Though the fragile, rarefied outward pieces of the Daughter’s Soul was Shattered (and Sophia is said to have had a rarefied Body—Soul), Her Essence, Her Spirit, did not, could not, shatter, disintegrate.

Thus, the Original Immanent Image of She Who is the Holy Daughter, was Shattered, and yet, remained Whole in and of Herself and we, Her Divine Sparks, each were en-souled with Her Soul. She is the Soul of our souls and the Spirit of the Divine Sparks within us.

To summarize: In Her desire to be immanent with us, we who are the Children of the Earth / the Children of Dea, after our fall into density, the painful Descent through the denser, lower vibrational Realms proved to be too much for the delicate, rarefied Soul-Body of the Holy Daughter, one which was not protected by a material body and so, it Shattered. We became One in Soul with the Holy Daughter. We contain souls that were given to us out of Her Sacrifice; we contain within our souls Her Divine Sparks.” [9]
ArchMadria Candra Sophia

Janite Déa-nic Tradition: Tenebrae, latin meaning darkness. [10]

The Importance of this day:

“On this day, Janites spend a day in somber remembrance of this greatest, most heart-rending, soul wrenching, sacrificial myrrh-infused, stopped moment out of time when all the Cosmos holds its breath; the most knee-bowing, head-veiling, thunderstruck, awestruck, Shining Being witnessed, Ultimate, Primordial Love Sacrifice of the Most Pure and Holy Daughter. She literally gave Herself to us. And, She never left us. She stayed.” [9]
ArchMadria Candra Sophia

See: Sacred Season of Moura article (to be written in the future).

Prayerful Act:

On our Sunwheel, we light the Violet / Purple Candle of Faith in honour of the Holy Daughter, Koré. (Pronounced Korah or Koree, which means Maiden.) The Mystery which it represents is the Quassare: The Shattering of the Divine Soul of the Holy Daughter. We also honour the Great Symbol of Fora (Great Mother).

On Sunnadi or Sun Day / 13th Astrea / 10th December.

The Violet / Purple candle also signifies the Season of Moura, the direction of Center, the time of the Dark Hour before the Dawn, Jana Madrias Candra, Theia and Rhea.

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 13th Astrea / 10th December.

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.

Light (electric tea light or table lamp switched on) the Violet Candle of Faith and say: O, Déa, Fora of Faith, be with us.

Scripture: [11]
The scripture reading for the lighting of the Lilac / Purple Candle of Faith is:

Title 2, The Crystal Tablet, verses 1-11.

1. Existence is a web of tapestry. 2. A web is a pattern of many crossroads connected by short paths. 3. Some crossroads are the intersection of many paths, some of but a few. Some are great and some are small. Each path has its own colour.
4. Every crossroads is a choice, and every choice has a spiritual meaning. 5. In each turning we choose either to come closer to Perfection or else to move away from Her. 6. In the first way the soul perfects herself in beauty; in the second she grows duller and more coarse. 7. In the first way she learns happiness even in dearth, and gathers riches of the spirit; in the second she learns pain even amid opulence, and the spirit walks in rags.
8. Where lead the paths? The first to the foot of the celestial throne; the second to the dark gates of the realm of death. 9. How shall the soul know her direction? 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; the second is Light, or Energy, the Light of the Holy Mother; the third and gentlest Light is Love, the Light of Our Soteria, the Holy Daughter.

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/ [12]
(For the Sacred Season of Moura or Great Symbol of the Fora)

2. Hail, Koré [12]
https://deanic.com/holy-feminine-trinity/hail-kore/
(For the Sacred Mystery of the Descent of the Holy Daughter and Quassare: The Shattering of the Divine Soul of the Holy Daughter.)

3. Déa Matrona, Great Mother God, the Veiled Fora of Faith.
Déa Filia, Daughter God, the Holy Soul of all Creation. [12 & 13]

4. Eternal is the Life of the Empress, the Fountainhead of the All.
Eternal is the Love of the Queen, the Fountain of the All. [12 & 13]

5. Litany of the Great Mother.
https://deanic.com/holy-feminine-trinity/litany-of-the-great-mother/ [12]

6. Litany of the Holy Daughter [12]
https://deanic.com/holy-feminine-trinity/litany-of-the-holy-daughter/

A Janite Psalm:

7. Psalm 2: You Have Ever Been With Me. [14]
(Daughter God as immanent)
8. Psalm 6: We Give Praise unto Our Lady. [14]
(Déa as the Holy One)
9. Psalm 9: O, Veiled Fora of Faith. [14]
10. Psalm 14: O, Great Mother. [14]
(Great Mother God)

11. Oh Koré of the Descent and Shattering. [15]

Oh Koré, how deeply You have been hurt and humiliated in Descending,
my understanding is too shallow,
how strong Your Divine determination to reach every place in reality and imagination,
to seek those who have forgotten they need a Saviour,
my memory is too unreliable,
how You shattered Your own Holy Soul, perfect, gentle and light,
remaining inside each of us, experiencing every act with us,
my voice is too weak,
to give adequate appreciation, devotion and praise to You,
Oh Koré, I glorify you, I magnify you and I adore You.

12. O, Déa, Fora of Faith. [16]

O, Déa, Fora of Faith
we thank You, we bless You and we adore You.
For through Your everlasting life, we are infused with Your luminous Graces
and are protected by the Veiled Stillness at the Centre of All. O, Great Mother,
You are the steadfast Fora of our return to Spirit.
O, Déa, Fora of Faith, be with us.

13. O Great Mystery. (Janite ending added) [17]

O Great Mystery
Veiled Origin of Eternity
The First Principle
And the Final Cause
It is you who gives life,
And you who gives death
That we may have life anew
To guide our souls through profane realms.
O Great One,
Darkness who births the Light,
Mother of our Mother,
We praise You.
Blessed is She.

14. Light the candle! [18]
(page 116)

15. Holy Child. [18]
(page 117)

A Rosary:
16. Third Mystery Quassare on a five septad/seven bead rosary.
https://deanic.com/prayers-and-rites/the-janite-mysteries-rosary/ [12]

17. An Auroram to Mysteria (I shield my eyes). [19]
https://deanic.com/prayers-and-rites/auroram-by-sorella-minna/

18. Immah (Mother) Barbelo [20]

Holy Barbelo,
Eternal mystery,
Mother supreme,
From your womb comes forth all light,
And in your darkness all find peace,
Only you, Great One,
Are the foundation of all things,
Unbreakable. Irrevocable. Immovable.
Your faces are many and yet your heart is One,
That which pulses through the multiverse,
Through all heavens and hells and spiritual planes.
There is nothing beyond You and nothing before You.
O Imma Regina. Triple Powered. Triple Pure.
May all come to know that they have never been separate from You,
May those bound up in sorrow and suffering break through this illusion.
For we have been held in your arms since the beginning,
And to your embrace shall all come to sleep.
Blessed art thou, Goddess, Our Lady,
So be it.

19. A Call To Our Lady [21]

O Princess of the Stars,
I call unto thee,
Heiress of the Heavens,
Voyager of all Hells,
Hear my prayer this day.

Daughter Divine,
Shine your wisdom down upon me,
Let your love be a beacon,
That illuminates the cosmos.
May your resolve that helped you face,
All the suffering of the aeons,
Be shared out upon all who seek you.

Zoe, Anna, Kore,
Maiden of a thousand names,
Allow me to cleave to your silver gown,
Take my hand through the strife before me,
And sing your courage into my heart.

For you are the gift of Life unto us,
O Sotaria Regina,
Who flung Her net of starlight unto the world,
To gather us home to the Mother’s garden.
Blessed are you, Our Lady of All Souls,

Blessed Be The Queen.

A Song:

(For the Sacred Season of Moura or Great Symbol of the Fora)

1. Psalm 14: O, Great Mother.
https://deanic.com/hymns/ [22]

(For the Sacred Mystery of the Descent of the Holy Daughter and Quassare: The Shattering of the Divine Soul of the Holy Daughter.)

2. Two Worlds Collide copywrite of Demi Lovato. [23]

“She was scared
Unprepared.
Lost in the dark.
Falling Apart,
I can survive,
With you by my side.
We’re gonna be alright.
This is what happens when two worlds collide.”

(For the Sacred Mystery of the Death of the Holy Daughter.)

3. A Hymn for Kala & The Hiatus: Lament for our Lady. [24]

4. Track 10 – Our Lady Of The Underground (Anaïs Mitchell – album Hadestown). [25]

Blessing:

Ancient celtic oral traditions – carmina gadelica (slightly adapted) [26]

Déa to enfold me,
Déa to surround me,
Déa in my speaking,
Déa in my thinking.

Déa in my sleeping,
Déa in my waking,
Déa in my working,
Déa in my hoping.

Déa in my life,
Déa in my lips,
Déa in my soul,
Déa in my heart.

Déa in my doing,
Déa in my slumber,
Déa in mine ever-living soul,
Déa in mine eternity.

Meditate:

Basic Soul Connection Meditation [27]

Sit in a comfortable position with your eyes closed.
Bring your awareness to your body and the breath. Breathe in and out deeply from the belly 5-6 times.
Start to sense the space and stillness surrounding your body. Don’t judge, just observe.
If any thoughts come up, don’t resist them, simply allow them to pass without engaging in them. Imagine your thoughts as leaves floating down a stream, they are there, but you are just looking at them, observing them as they go by.
Continue noticing the space that is inside of you, use your breath to increase the space inside and around your body. If it helps, you can imagine this space as Divine Light filling you and the space around you.
This may correspond with the Holy Feminine Trinity: [26]
Great Mother – Luminous, Shimmering Darkness.
Celestial Mother – Bright Yellow.
Holy Daughter – Bright White.
Or it may be another coloured light of significance to you.
Go deeper into this space, allow your entire body and mind to sink deeper- keep up with your breathing and use each inhale and exhale to guide you.
Once you feel a connection to this space you may begin to feel tingles or the gentle hum of your soul.
At this stage, ask your soul for guidance, for a healing, or to present itself to you more clearly through life.
Notice what starts to occur within you now. All experiences will be different so stay open to what your soul is communicating to you.
Finish the mediation by gently coming back into the awareness of your physical body; 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 Déa.

~

O, Déa, Fora of Faith, be with us.

~

The Traditional Janite ending:

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

*Great Mother, 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 3 candles after the prayers or your meal).

~

Notes:
[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaulish_language
[2] https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/theonym
[3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea_Matrona
[4] Information including the meaning of crone by ArchMatrona Ghrain
Mysteria Dea Matrona – Mysterious Great Mother
https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/10/13/mysteria-dea-matrona-mysterious-great-mother/
The Cailleach
https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/category/cailleach/
Dea Matrona as Deantha Vespera
https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/03/17/deantha-vespera/
[5] https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2017/02/23/etymology-of-moura/
https://deanic.com/2017/02/19/moura/
[6] Janae Trinity of Spirit https://deanic.com/2017/03/07/the-feast-of-the-trinitarian-janati/
[7] The Great Symbol of the Fora
https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/03/17/the-cross-and-the-fora/
https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2017/03/06/a-wealth-of-information-on-the-fora-by-archmatrona-ghrian/
[8] http://www.universalkabbalah.net/Shekinah
[9] https://deanic.com/2017/04/05/the-meaning-of-the-day-of-lustrationkala-from-a-janite-perspective/
[10] tenebrae f pl (genitive tenebrārum); first declension
1. darkness, especially the darkness of night
2. (poetic) shadow of death
3. prison, dungeon
4. (by extension) gloom or darkness of the mind
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/tenebrae
[11] 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)
[12] 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.
[13] https://deanic.com/becoming-a-devotee/chants-with-short-janite-prayers/
[14] Copyright of ArchMadria Candra Sophia. Seek Permission and share with all due crediting. For private use only.
https://deanic.com/prayers-and-rites/janite-psalms/
[15] Copyright of Madrina Sophia. Seek Permission and share with all due crediting. For private use only.
[16] Copyright of Madrina Sophia. Seek Permission and share with all due crediting. For private use only.
I made this one up, adapted from ArchMadria Candra Sophia
https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/03/02/finger-handbag-trouser-pocket-rosary-for-moura-great-mother-veiled-origin-of-eternity-fora-of-faith/
[17] 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/
[18] 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
[19] Copyright of Sorella Minna. Seek Permission and share with all due crediting. For private use only.
https://deanic.com/prayers-and-rites/auroram-by-sorella-minna/
[20] Copyright of Sorella Rose / Roselyn. Seek Permission and share with all due crediting. For private use only.
https://priestessofholywisdom.wordpress.com/2017/11/25/immah-barbelo/
https://priestessofholywisdom.wordpress.com/2017/11/13/barbelo-dea-mysteria/
[21] Copyright of Sorella Rose / Roselyn. Seek Permission and share with all due crediting. For private use only.
https://priestessofholywisdom.wordpress.com/2017/11/25/a-call-to-our-lady/
[22] Copyright Lyrics by ArchMadria Candra Sophia (sung by Monica Stehle). For private use only.
[23] – Two Worlds Collide by Demi Lovato, a cheesy pop song from my tween years, about friendship.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTD11kmo1PA
From Thoughts on the Divine Shattering. Copyright of Madria / Sorella Erin / Guinevere. Seek Permission and share with all due crediting. For private use only.
https://hermaidenpriestess.wordpress.com/2016/12/11/thoughts-on-the-divine-shattering/
[24] Copyright of Madria / Sorella Erin / Guinevere. Seek Permission and share with all due crediting. For private use only.
Lyrics: https://daughterofdea.wordpress.com/2016/03/18/a-hymn-for-kala-the-hiatus-lament-for-our-lady/
Vocals by Madria / Sorella Erin / Guinevere: soundcloud.com/erinsian/lament-for-our-lady?
[25] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-JJKI6lMlE
Track 10, featuring Ani DiFranco as Persephone. From the 2010 album Hadestown by Anaïs Mitchell. The album is a “folk opera” of the story of Orpheus and Eurydice.

Lyrics:
[PERSEPHONE]
I don’t know about you, boys
But if you’re like me, then hanging around
This old manhole is bringing you down
Six-feet-under getting under your skin
Cabin fever is a-setting in
You’re stir crazy! You’re stuck in a rut!
Or you could use a little pick-me-up
I can give you what it is you crave
A little something from the good old days
I got the wind right here in a jar
I got the rain on tap at the bar
I got sunshine up on the shelf
Allow me to introduce myself

Brother, what’s my name?
My name is…

[CROWD]
Our Lady of the Underground!

[PERSEPHONE]
Brother, what’s my name?

[CROWD]
Our Lady of Ways!
Our Lady of Means!

[PERSEPHONE]
Brother, what’s my name?
My name is…

[CROWD]
Our Lady of the Upside Down!

[PERSEPHONE]
Brother what’s my name?
I’ll tell you my name…
Persephone!

Come here, brother, let me guess
It’s the little things you miss
Spring flowers, autumn leaves
Ask me, brother, and you shall receive
Or maybe these just ain’t enough
Maybe you’re looking for some stronger stuff
I got a sight for the sorest eye
When’s the last time you saw the sky?
Wipe away your tears, brother
Brother, I know how you feel
I can see you’re blinded by the sadness of it all
But look a little closer, everything will be revealed
Look a little closer, there’s a crack in the wall

You want stars? I got a skyful
Put a quarter in the slot, you’ll get an eyeful
You want the moon? I got her too
She’s right here waiting in my pay-per-view
Oh, how long’s it been?
A little moonshine ain’t no sin
One at a time, boys, straight line
What the boss don’t know, the boss won’t mind

Now a folk opera follows Orpheus’ mythical quest to overcome Hades and regain the favor of his one true love,
Eurydice. Together we travel from wide open plains where love and music are not enough nourishment to
survive the winter, down to Hadestown, an industrialized world of mindless labor and full stomachs. Inspired by
traditions of classic American folk music and vintage New Orleans jazz, Mitchell’s beguiling melodies and poetic
imagination pit nature against industry, faith against doubt, and love against death.

[26] http://www.faithandworship.com/Celtic_Blessings_and_Prayers.htm
[27] http://foreverconscious.com/3-ways-to-connect-with-your-soul