I purchased these vintage items in 2015.
A circular glass flower stand (1″ / 2.5cm high x 6″ / 15cm across) for 5 candles (supplied with red but I have purchased the appropriate colours from hereditary witch https://www.freyascauldron.com) and a Spode fine earthenware votive candle holder combining the sacred star with the evergreen tree of life (2.5″ / 6.5cm high x 4.5″ / 11.5cm across). These are petite which helps in my small hestia (blessed and sacred home).
I cannot find any actual ivy/holly/mistletoe in the city. As is usual with me, I do enjoy artistic representations.
Wishing you all peace, joy, and wisdom,
May She bless you. Blessed is She.
Here, so that we may all be prepared to participate in our custom, is the prayerful act of lighting the Green Candle of Wisdom. The candle is lit (electric tea light or table lamp switched on) before dinner or early evening, followed by a brief scripture reading and prayers on Sunnadi or Sun Day 27th Samhain / 26th November. Or this ritual can be more appropriately incorporated (if you have the time) into the Feast Day of Jana Madria Thema on Rosadi or Rose Day, (Tuesday), 1st Astrea / 28th November.
The candle is lit (electric tea light or table lamp switched on) before dinner or early evening, followed by a brief scripture reading and prayers on Sunnadi or Sun Day 27th Samhain / 26th November. Or this ritual can be more appropriately incorporated (if you have the time) into the Feast Day of Jana Madria Thema on Rosadi or Rose Day, (Tuesday), 1st Astrea / 28th November. 
The scripture reading for the lighting of the Green Candle of Wisdom is:
Title 3, Chapter 5, The Sermon of the Apple Seed 
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:
we thank You, we bless You and we adore You.
For through Your everlasting life,
we are protected by the Veiled Stillness at the Centre of All.
The Heavenly Mother and the Divine Soul Daughter
find Their Completion in You.
O, Great Mother, Dark beyond the light and Light beyond the darkness.
O, Great Mother, You are the Wise Apple of our source, Life.
O, Dea, Apple of Wisdom, be with us.
O, Dea, Apple of Wisdom,
we thank You, we bless You and we adore You.
For through Your resplendent light,
we are warmed by the certainty of Your Unconditional Love.
Divine Soul Daughter was sent by You, so all creation would be saved.
O, Heavenly Mother, illuminating Holy Light, splendid Essence of Purity.
O, Heavenly Mother, You are the Wise Apple of our life lived in Spirit.
O, Dea, Apple of Wisdom, be with us.
O, Dea, Apple of Wisdom,
we thank You, we bless You and we adore You.
For through Your perfect mediation of Spirit and Soul to form,
we are elevated by the Holy Love of Your Pure Divinity in all the worlds.
O, Divine Soul Daughter whose Gentle Light guides and sustains all.
O, Divine Soul Daughter, You are High Priestess and Divine Gate to Spirit.
O, Divine Soul Daughter, You are the Wise Apple of our soul seeking Spirit.
O, Dea, Apple of Wisdom, be with us.
(Adapted from The Johnny Appleseed Blessing. He is a local hero of my area. ArchMadria Candra Sophia).
Oh,Our Lady is good to me,
And so I thank Our Lady,
For giving me the things I need
The sun, and the rain, and the apple seed.
Our Lady is good to me.
Holy Apple Orchard in a Field 
1. Begin by imagining yourself as a ‘tree’ in the Holy Apple Orchard in a Field. Imagine the Holy Daughter’s presence surrounding you and then spreading out to cover the whole of the field.
2. Visualise the other trees in the field, feel them vibrating with the Holy Daughter’s presence. Visualise the celestial birds and other creatures that inhabit this spiritual domain. Hear their different sounds and calls as they fill the air of the field. Feel the sunlight and the warmth, the rich, nurturing soil and the cool, soothing breeze.
3. Now turn your mind up to the sky towards heaven. Sense the overshadowing presence of the Holy Celestial Mother, blessed be, Her. Feel the power and majestic glory of Her Presence.
4. Now visualise the givine dew as it falls down from heaven upon the field. Feel the gentle caress of its drops. Feel the rejuvenating effects of this life-giving energy as it is absorbed inside you.
Now let the gentle descent of dew turn into a great downpour of supernal rain. Watch as the heavenly waters pierce the ground all around you and soak deep into the soil. Feel it penetrate into the whole of your being and fill you with the Divine Spirit.
Now rest in the overshadowing presence of the transcendent Divine Mother and the imminent presence of the Divine Daughter.
7. Feel the peace and tranquility that permeate this higher world. Feel the joy and the freedom. Sense its strength and its solidity, all from the Great Mother: stand tall and still and firm.
8. Now let go of all images and rest in the silence; then slowly open up your eyes.
The Eternal Trinity Prayer:
Eternal is the Light of the Mother.
Eternal is the Love of the Daughter.
Eternal is the Life of the Great Mother.
Glorious is the Eternity of Dea.
O, Dea, Apple of Wisdom, be with us.
The Traditional Janite ending:
Let us bless the High Queen, Queen, Empress of Heaven*.
Blessed are They.
Let us thank the Seven Janae of Power.
Thanks be to the Seven Janae.
In the Name of the Mother, and of the Daughter, and of the Great Mother. Blessed are They.
(Extinguish the candle after the prayers or your meal).
 Janite Calendar
 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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 Copyright of Sorella Minna. Seek Permission and share with all due crediting. For private use only.
 Copyright Lyrics by ArchMadria Candra Sophia (sung by Monica Stehle). For private use only.
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 Adaptation of Meditation for Tu B’Shvat by Rabbi Yuel Glick, hebrew meaning literally “New Year of the Trees.” http://daatelyon.org/2012/02/meditation-for-tu-bshvat-the-holy-apple-field/
I know that until 28 Samhain / November 27 we are still enjoying the sacred season of Autumn / Fall but the sacred season of Winter will arrive and we will be fully emerged in joyous festivities. So I am posting about the Astrean Silver Fir Tree early so that we may all be prepared to participate in our custom.
The Silver Tree/Fir Tree is symbolic of the World Tree/Axis. It is situated at the central point of the universe whilst stretching out to the far
corners. Just like Dea as the still point (transcendent Mother) and as the Sacred Form in all creation (immanent Daughter).
The World Tree/Axis links Heaven, the manifest middle worlds / planes and the under world. It reflects the sacred role of our Holy Daughter.
It also reflects the sacred seasonal mysteries of the solstices / Gates of Heaven.
1. Feast of Divine Daughter, Stella Caeli – Star of Heaven, Yule, 24 Astrea / 21st December
The Daughter’s manifestation down into the dense planes of existence. To axial beings symbolised by the Northern Star.
The Northern Gateway. Lowest Gate of Heaven. On earth the subtle element of Air.
Our Soteria (saviour) is immanent / with us which is joyous. The Quest is to realise that we in every life in the manifest planes carry a portion
of Holy Soul (Daughter) which we as created and generated (by Great & Celestial Mothers), Her children (axial beings) have descended with
in order to experience and learn everything for our education. We must magnifying the Good Loving Light Divinity within, to ascend up back to
our Celestial Mother.
2. Feast of Holy Mother, Rose of Heaven, Rosa Caeli, 9th Rosa / 21st June
The Daughter’s return to the highest point on the world axis and the restoration of Her sovereignty over Creation, reunited with the Mother.
The Southern Gateway. Highest Gate of Heaven. On earth the subtle element of Fire.
The Quest by which each person individually, and all humans collectively, strive to follow our Holy Soul Daughter. This Quest is conceived as being interior — a Quest to raise the soul from its sleep. The Celestial Mother Mari as the Assumption of our souls in the manifest planes.
The Silver Fir Tree
The Silver Tree is in honor of our Creation Story, where it is said that the original Creation was silver. The Silver Tree is also in honor of the Janae as their color is said to have been silver before they emanated from Dea Madria, Mother God, into the Seven Living Streams of Virtue. Silver is said to contain all the colors of the rainbow. 
I use the above Silver Tree (discontinued by Yankee candle). I tend to keep mine on my altar all year long. Others keep it solely as an Astrean (during the month of Astrea) tradition.
ArchMadria Candra Sophia
The Astrean Tree should be put up in the hestia (blessed & sacred home) on the 1st Astrea / 28th November
An Astrean Tree may be purchased new or vintage. It can be silver or green.
(The Druids Cal.) “The use of fir trees, holly, ivy, and bay all go back to druidic practices”. 
“For example, the evergreen tree and holly which remain green throughout the long months of cold and darkness, were widely used in the
Northern European celebration of Yule because they hold promise that spring will once again return to the land.” 
Evergreen plants, symbolise the Eternal Divine Spirit of Holy Mother and the Eternal Divine Soul of Holy Daughter. As Her children, we have
existed eternally, before time and space, it is our human (physical, mental & emotional) body that is mortal. In our Scriptures, moving outwards
to impermanence, the child of Dea becomes tired, and day and night are created, then other planes of existence.
During World War 2 and the bombing of London City, England.
“Home-made decorations, such as paper-chains, and any available artificial decorations were used to enliven the home and offer cheer – despite the constant threat of bombing. A small artificial tree was a great asset, as it could be easily transported to the bomb shelter as required. One East End family had one made of goose feathers, which could be decorated with tinsel and paper decorations.” 
Natural pine cones and nuts are seeds therefore symbolic of creation.
The coloured light bulbs represent the Janae, the 7 Supernal Genetrixes, Guardians or Wellsprings of the Seven Streams of Life or Virtue.
They are the Seven Faces/Powers/Spirits of Dea, Our Divine Mother God, in rarefied angelic form.
Also the 5 Sacred seasonal colours. 
As well as actual angel or Janae figurines.
Reindeers of felt or wood are “actually the stags that drew the chariot of Freya, the Sun Goddess of the North”. 
Other symbolic decorations are stars for both Holy Daughter & Great Mother, suns for Celestial Mother and moons for Holy Daughter.
The Janite Calendar
Please note: some of our devotees practice a dual Path. Some are Jews and Christians for whom the Deanic Faith is the “Mother God side of
religion”. Others are Pagans or Druids who also incorporate the Deanic Faith, although our belief system is different than that of neo-
Paganism. And, of course, for many devotees, the Deanic Faith is their sole religion.
The Daughter Day, or in Latin Filiadi known as the Feast of Adoria, can be celebrated either on Winter Solstice / Yule / 24th Astrea / 21st
December or on Nativity 28th Astrea / 25th December. This is a choice for the individual.
How to obtain a Déanic Sun Wheel & when to use it as a prayerful act.
“We prepare our hearts for the coming of Kore Di-Jana through unselfish acts, devotion, contemplation, scripture readings and prayer. We cook special foods for the season. We set our homes aglow with candles and colorful bulbs (which represent the Eternal Light and the Janae powers) in the midst of the ever-growing darkness while awaiting the One who reflects our Mother’s Light to us.”
The Sun Wheel, a beautiful prayerful act which was incorporated into the Déanic Faith, designed and originated by ArchMatrona Ghrian of the Lady of Light Chantry,  is very much like an Advent Wreath (which has pre-Christian origins) , except we use different coloured candles which represent our Five Great Mysteries, symbols and elemental seasonal colours.
An actual evergreen Advent Wreath may be made  or bought and the fifth candle placed in the centre; or you may simply buy five pillar-style candles and place them in a circle and decorate the circle as you please. In the footnote below is an amazing array of five candle advent wreaths that are available as well as examples of home-made wreaths. .
Found household objects can be used.
Those with a fire phobia or with pets may substitute a white battery LED tea light or table lamp either a wreath or an altar cloth in the appropriate elemental seasonal colour (as in the candle colour).
When to use it as a prayerful act
Either on the first Sunnadi/Sunday on 27 Samhain/November 26th.
(Janites have 3 Holy Days, Sunnadi/Sunday is symbolic of our Celestial Mother). Or the Feast Day of Jana Madria Sage on Rosadi/Rose Day, (Tuesday), 1 Astrea/Nov. 28. This is a choice for each individual depending upon their weekly commitments. The Green candle of Wisdom is lit.
This is symbolic of Dea Matrona, Great Mother God as the Source seeds of Wisdom. The Holy Feminine Trinity are all connected to the Apple of Wisdom. The Revealing and Refreshing Fruit growing on the (Evergreen) Tree of Life, atop the (Blue-Violet) Sacred Mountain, on the Mystic Isle. 
The second Sunnadi/Sunday on 6 Astrea/December 3rd, we light the Yellow candle of Hope. This is symbolic of Dea Filia, Daughter God as the Star of Hope. As Soteria (Saviouress) She Shines Her Light of Hope amidst the Sad and Lonely Blue-Black Darkness of Despair. 
Third Sunnadi/Sunday on 13 Astrea/December 10th: the Purple/Lilac candle of Faith is lit. This is symbolic of Dea Matrona, Great Mother God as the Fora of Faith. The word “fora” means “foundation” or “fundamental” because it is a symbol of the “foundational form” or “fundamental pattern” of the “foundational-fundamental principle of the Cosmos”. 
Fourth Sunnadi/Sunday on 20 Astrea/December 17th: we light the Blue candle of Peace. This is symbolic of Dea Filia, Daughter God as the Dove of Peace, the Comforting Presence hovering (in the Blue Sky) above the (Blue) Primal Waters of Creation. 
On Madria Noctis: Mother Night, 23 Astrea/December 20 (Yule Eve / Winter Solstice Eve) : we light the Red candle of Joy. This is symbolic of Déa Madria, Mother God, as the Rose of Joy. As the Red Rose of Joy, the Celestial Mother is our assumption into the inner Heavenly realm which we call the Real or the Pleroma, visualised as a Rose Garden (as opposed to the outer realm which our Faith calls Avala the Apple Orchard).
(A Rite of Sacrifice/Veneration  is served in honour of the Celestial Mother as She awaits the Appearance of the Holy Daughter.)
Very similar to the use of the Christian Advent wreath, each candle is first lit on a Sunnadi/Sunday and then each night thereafter during dinner time. It is extinguished after dinner.
Keeping it alight is not mandatory, as we may not all be able to afford candle (wax or led) replacement. I replace with card candles.
The festival itself was called Yule, derived from the Norse word Jul, means wheel, a symbol of the Sun revolving across the sky. It was traditionally held for 12 days or more, beginning on Mother Night and ending on January 6th. The most important symbols of Yule continue to live on in our modern Christmas celebrations. For example, the evergreen tree and holly which remain green throughout the long months of cold and darkness, were widely used in in the Pagan celebration of Yule because they hold promise that spring will once again return to the land.
Because ancient Norwegians believed the sun was returning, as part of their Winter Solstice celebration, the Vikings would cut a huge log, drag it back to the village and set it on fire. This Yule Log was supposed to drive away the evil spirits and bring good luck to the people as well as welcome back the sun. From Scandinavia, the Yule log custom spread through the European content and England. Some decked out their Yule log with greenery, ribbons, and paper flowers and sang Yuletide songs as they dragged it home.
Thousands of years ago, the Scandinavian god, Odin, rode through the world at Midwinter bringing reward or punishment, and Thor, his son, came from the far North. His color was red, and at Midwinter, he fought the gods of ice and snow …conquering the cold. The elves connected with our current Santa Claus are remnants of the supernatural nature folk of the Old Religion, and our modern custom of leaving cookies and milk for Santa is most likely a modern continuation of leaving offerings for the Alvar and other nature folk. Although usually associated with Santa, many believe that the reindeer, northern animals, actually represent the stags that drew the chariot of Freya, the Sun Goddess of the North.” http://moontides-mxtodis123.blogspot.co.uk/2010/12/dec-20the-mother-night-yule-eve.html
In pre-Christian Germany, the people used wreaths with lit candles during the cold, dark days of December as a sign of hope for the return of the sun and for longer days and warmth. In Scandinavia, during Winter, lighted candles were placed around a wheel and prayers were offered to the God of Light to turn “the wheel of the Earth” back toward the sun in order to lengthen the days and to restore warmth. (1) Others hung up cartwheels and decorated them with candles and evergreens and spun them around in order to invoke the return of the sun. Some Pagans did so in preparation for the ‘birth of the Sun-God’; others, for the Sun-Goddess, Sunna. (2) During the Middle Ages, Christians adopted this tradition in anticipation of the birth of the Son-God.
When is Mothers Night?
Modraniht is Old English for `Mothers-night`, an ancient Anglo-Saxon feast referred to by the Venerable Bede in De temporum ratione 13. He wrote that the still heathen Anglo-Saxons hold a sacrifice in the New Year in the modraniht id est matrum nocturum [“the Modraniht, that is, in the night of the mothers (=matrons?)” ]
This feast corresponds to other Germanic Yule-tide festivals. It was once speculated that this may have been a Celtic festival but this is largely refuted these days.
Modraniht may be associated with the cult of the mothers or the matrons largely found amongst the West Germanic tribes and the disablot celebrated by the North Germanic tribes in Scandinavia.
The Matrons or matronae are Mother-goddesses to whom votive stones and altars were set up between the 1st and 5th centuries CE. There are approximately 1100 inscriptions and half give Germanic matron names. The matron cult was also to found amongst the Celtic tribes.
Almost exclusively these matrons were presented in groups of three. These females were worshipped as matrons or Mother-goddesses.
Their functions involved fertility, childbirth, the protection of the family and occasionally to act as war-goddesses. These correspond to the disir in the North Germanic areas.
The disir were female fertility deities. The word stems from the Old Swedish dis.
This is possibly related to the Old Saxon Idisi mentioned in the First Merseburg Charm.
The disablot is recorded twice in two Icelandic sagas from the middle of the 13th century CE.
In Viga-Glums saga 6 the disablot is celebrated at a Norwegian farm at the beginning of winter in mid-October. Egilssaga 44 also mentions a disablot at an autumnal festival in Norway.
Snorri Sturluson writing in the Ynglinga saga 33 identifies a similar feast at Uppsala in Sweden.
Literary sources indicate that the cult of the disir was more common in Sweden than in West Nordic regions.
First Merseburg Charm
Once the Idisi set forth, to this place and that;
Some fastened fetters; some hindered the horde,
Some loosed the bonds from the brave
Leap forth from the fetters! Escape from the foes! (3)
“In the work called De Temporum Ratione, written by the Venerable Bede, we read that the Anglo-Saxons celebrated a festival which he called modranect or modraniht, which when translated into modern English means mothers night or night of the mothers. The celebration of mothers night was held during the season of Yule and approximately around the same time that the Heathen Anglo-Saxons celebrated their new year. And already we can see how sacred and important this particular time of the year was to the Heathens of ancient England. For within this short space of time we have three festivals or celebrations that fall very close to one another, those being Yule, the new year and of course mothers night. But who were the mothers that shared this sacred time of the year?. It is very likely that the Anglo-Saxon mothers are one and the same, or at least very similar, to the Germanic matronae (matrons, mothers), goddesses that we find venerated within the borders of the Roman Empire.
…the night of the mother’s celebration took place sometime close to the Heathen Anglo-Saxon new year, approximately the 25th December… ” (4)
Helya’s Night – The night of the mother
This was the night that saw the children of each household committed into the protection of “Midder Mary”, or Mother Mary.
On first glance, although this looks like a purely Christian ritual, the veneration of the Virgin Mary was a later addition to a pagan tradition.
Helya’s night is undoubtedly the same as “Mother’s Night” – a night that, wrote the 8th century monk Bede, coincided with Christmas Eve.
In his account of the pagan calendar in 725 AD, the Venerable Bede wrote:
“And the very night that is sacrosanct to us, these people call modranect, that is, the mothers’ night, a name bestowed, I suspect, on account of the ceremonies which they performed while watching this night through.”
The “mother” connection and the “watching” ceremonies of Mother’s Night seem to indicate that Helya’s Night was the same event, although overlaid with a Christian veneer.
On Helya’s Night, just as the children had once been committed to the protection of a goddess, ancestor, or the female deities known as the Disir, the ceremony became Christianised and the “mother” was naturally equated with the Virgin Mary, Christ’s mother.
But what was the ceremony?
An account written in the 19th century recounts the experience of one woman who remembered her grandmother carrying out the ritual. She explained that, once the children were in bed, the old woman rose from her place by the peat fire and made her way over to the cradle where the youngest lay.
Raising her hands over the slumbering infant, she spoke aloud:
“Mary Midder had de haund
Ower aboot for sleepin-baund
Had da lass an’ had da wife,
Had da bairn a’ its life.
Mary Midder had de haund.
Roond da infants o’ wur land.”
[Mary Mother had a hand,
Over, about for sleeping bound
Had the lass (young woman) and had the wife (mature woman)
Had the baby and its life.
Mary Mother had a hand,
Round the infants of our land.]
This procedure was repeated over all the children, while the grandfather sat raking the peats in the hearth. The old man was also thought to have been reciting something but, unfortunately, his softly spoken words were inaudible.
As to the name, Helya strikes me as a corruption of the Old Norse heilagr, meaning holy – Holy Night being an obvious later name for Christmas Eve. (5)
Virgin Mary bore Jesus Christ one day before the Christmas, but actually went into labor four days prior to his birth. This day is celebrated on the 20th of December and is known as St. Ignat’s Day or ‘Ignazhden’. Households light candles on this day and commemorate the strength of Virgin Mary and anticipate the ‘arrival’ of Jesus Christ. (6)
Bulgarians are primarily Eastern Orthodox, however, in Bulgarian folk belief, we see a similar honoring of Mary. Christmas Eve or Mother’s Night is one of their most sacred folk festivals.
After the days of the labor pains of the Mother of God comes the last evening, Christmas Eve. This last night of the labor pains of the Holy Mother of God is the day filled with the most excitement and rites, culminating in a ritual supper. They bake different types of bread, most significantly a large, round loaf upon which a cross, circle, x and other symbols are placed. These symbols represent the solar cross, an equal-armed cross, and the x represents the World Soul whom the ancients identified as the Goddess.
They must dress in clean, festive clothes and prepare a special sourdough bread, a bloodless offering, with sacred herbs and decorations. Only the women may take part in this ritual. The bread is connected with the Sacred Hearth and the Goddess as Keeper of the Hearth.
Ring shaped buns are given to carolers. The women cook food without any animal products. The men must prepare a special fire from certain woods and an end hole is made into which is placed frankincense, wine and oil. The rituals continue with other rites and a censing of the home. The first piece of bread is intended for the Mother of God and is placed upon Her home altar. Others pieces are for the house spirits. (7)
O, Madria Thema, Jana of Justice, Order and Harmony, be with us.
I have always loved the video of the dance of the Thousand-Hand Quan Yin as found on the Chapel of Our Mother God. (scroll down to the second kinema: http://www.mother-god.com/.)
Recently, I found the beautiful video of the sacred Lotus Dance: http://www.mother-god.com/spiritual-inspiration-video-clips.html. This inspired me to look up more videos of the Lotus Dance. I found so many dazzling displays of this ancient dance that I couldn’t just choose one and so I will supply the search links below.
In the East, Quan Yin is the Lotus of the East.
Just so, the Celestial Mother Mari is the Water Lily of the West. How wonderful it would be to develop such awe-inspiring dances in Her honor!
For images: https://www.google.com/search?q=Lotus+Dance&safe=active&rlz=1C1CHBD_enUS692US692&tbm=isch&imgil=KBM-FM24mzJBjM%253A%253B2zAvHhuR25E1LM%253Bhttps%25253A%25252F%25252Fwww.dreamstime.com%25252Fstock-photos-lotus-dance-image18745103&source=iu&pf=m&fir=KBM-FM24mzJBjM%253A%252C2zAvHhuR25E1LM%252C_&usg=__-O9Y2XIc8YRHvDRyhAAVr1sOAJo%3D&biw=1067&bih=673&ved=0ahUKEwiD6Mn8qbvVAhVH94MKHUwnAHMQyjcIQA&ei=PzqDWcPMOsfujwTMzoCYBw#imgrc=6h7viaydfyXXLM:
O, Madria Sofia, Jana of Intelligence, Intuition and Wisdom, may the Pure Stream of Your Virtues flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come. Blessed are You.
We have readers and members of the Sisterhood who are not of the Janite Tradition. Some readers might be Madrian, others are Filianic, Auroran, Lucienne, etc. We also have male followers of our blog. Additionally, the JOP Sisterhood includes Madrians and Aurorans.
As such, we do not expect everyone to follow Janite customs. For instance, when I announce the Rite of Sacrifice for the Full Moon each month, it is a Janite and Lucienne custom to veil (wear a scarf or hat) during our rituals. We had also expected males to wear some type of religious hat, so this custom was not just for females.
For us, as Janites, it is an highly symbolic gesture in honor of Our Lady. It is part of our ‘religious garb’ if you will.
I have written extensively about veiling during our rites in the past and so, I will not repeat this here.
Just because a religious custom is right for Janites does not mean it is right for everyone. Nor do we expect it to be. And that goes for all of our religious customs and ways.
And so, when I or Madria Rosalie are giving specific instructions for our rites, rituals and holy days, they are intended as instructions for the Janite Tradition only, especially for our clergy and those in priestess training. Others may feel free to adopt them or not, as they wish.
Even Janite devotees, who are not clergy, are not fully obligated to follow our customs outside of our future chapels/temples.
The Filianics had a perfect and lovely monthly Calendar which may be found here: http://archive.li/zZJzV.
I copied and pasted it into a word doc and edited it for the Janite Calendar. The excerpt below does not do my copy justice because my copy retained the pretty colors of the original and also, I was able to copy the Filianic idea of having two pictures on top of each month. So, for example, for the month of Rosa, I have two pictures of the Rosa Mundi rose at each corner. I print them out, put each month in a protective sheet and have a copy of each month hanging next to my secular calendar.
Our thanks to our fore-mothers for creating such a perfect and lovely calendar. I have always treasured mine.
Jana: Madria Vicka. Sacred Symbol: the Rose. Element: Fire. Elemental Color: Red. Liturgical Color: Red. Direction: South. Time of Day: Noon. Mystery: Assumpta.
Tonight and into tomorrow is the Full Flower Moon.
Charging and Blessing Sacred Items:
Oftentimes during the Full Moon, especially during warmer Seasons, I will charge my holy items beneath the light of the Full Moon, symbolic of the Celestial Mother.
Here at our new hestia on our lake, I will place the items on my dock in full light of the Moon. So, tonight, I will place my two auroram (rosaries), my wand, runes, gemstones, blessed besom, my staff (which serves to guard my hestia (consecrated home) and also as a walking staff as I sometimes have trouble walking due to complications from a chemo drug) and any other similar items. If charging tarot cards, I am careful to not let them be exposed to the dew or possible rain. I will say a brief prayer in my own words.
Where we are about to change from the Sacred Season of Spring to the Sacred Season of Summer, I will place my rose pendant beneath the moonlight, as well. And, where I have recently moved into a new hestia, I will be performing the full hestia blessing and consecration, tomorrow. Both the secular date of the 9th and the religious date of the 25 which, numerologically speaking, adds up to 7, are both sacred numbers in our Faith and so that is an auspicious date upon which to bless my hestia.
The Moon Bowl
As I have mentioned before, before I serve the Rite of Sacrifice, I will place my ‘moonbowl’ (a blue glass shallow bowl) outside beneath the rising moon. After the Rite, I will take my wand and point it towards the moon. When I see the ray of light reach my wand, I will channel it towards the water. I then take three sips in honor of Our Lady. I pour the rest onto the ground.
Purification Bath or Shower
It is also the time for a Full Moon purification ritual. Sorella Shoshana had sent us a beautiful one to use for the Rose Moon.
Here is a suggestion for the Flower Moon:
Take a relaxing bath with white sea salt, white flower petals, if desired, and jasmine, gardenia, magnolia or other white flower pure essential oil. (Just a few drops is all you need.) Alternatively, you can mix the oil with sea salt to make a salt scrub for use in the shower.
Use flower water on the body and hair or adorn your hair with a flower or make a crown of flowers to wear during the ritual.
I think the RoS is a great time for a private, sacred dance beneath the moon. I have called our little cove, Moonlight Cove because as the moon rises over the lake, a straight path of reflected moonlight comes closer and closer across the water until it reaches my shoreline. I also love the old song, On Moonlight Bay as sung by Doris Day (from the movie of the same title.)
Poems and Prayers
There are so many beautiful poems and prayers in honor of the Full Moon I couldn’t choose between them to offer them here. Just do a search of poems and prayers of the Full Moon and you will find a plethora of wonderful readings to include in the RoS. Of course, you can certainly write your own!
And don’t forget a time of pure simplicity…just sitting beneath the beautiful moon in contemplation or meditation, by a fire or on a balcony or in a local (safe) park!
There’s an old ‘Fairy Tale’ poem. Here it is with Dea rather than god. I chant it to my grandchildren. It’s a wonderful chant for children to sing:
I see the moon and the moon sees me.
Dea bless the moon and Dea bless me.
For family craft ideas, do a search for moon crafts for children and look through all the images. Some great ideas!
And the Flower Moon is a great time to plant a moon garden!!!!!
O, Madria Themis, Jana of Justice, Order and Harmony, be with us.
May the Pure Stream of Your Virtues flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come.
ROSE COOKIES (cakes)
As we draw near to the Holy Feast of the Coronation or Rosalia, we have some wonderful recipes that we would like to share. These are most fitting for both Rosalia, where we crown Our Lady with roses (even if we ‘lay them at Her feet’ beneath a painting or icon and the feast of Rosa Coeli, this Summer. They are also suitable for the Floralia, the Feast of Flowers and the feast of the Fairie Queen, Aine.
Sorella Shoshana shared with us an historical Rose Cake recipe. We share with you the modern version followed by the original recipe. http://shakespeareandbeyond.folger.edu/2017/04/07/recipe-1610-rose-cakes/
Yield: Approximately 36 cookies
This recipe is from the 1610 handwritten recipe book of Sarah Longe. Ms. Longe intended the book only for her personal use and the recipes were not published during her lifetime. Holding this small, 400 year old book and reading Ms. Longe’s artistic calligraphy, in faded ink, I could easily imagine Shakespeare writing on similar paper and using similar ink, perhaps even purchased at the same London stationer’s shop.
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground mace
1/4 cup rose syrup
2 tablespoons cream
2 large egg yolks
2 cups pastry flour
2 tablespoons crushed candied rose petals (optional)
Using an electric mixer on medium speed, cream the butter, sugar, mace, 2 tablespoons of the rose syrup, and the cream until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolks, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add the flour, one cup at a time, and mix until just incorporated.
Preheat the oven to 350° F. Using a cookie press in the shape of a flower, (or drop with a tablespoon) press out the cookies onto a well-buttered, nonstick baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Brush the remaining 2 tablespoons of rose syrup on the hot cookies and sprinkle with the crushed rose petals.
To make: https://www.seedtopantry.com/2015/09/01/make-your-own-rose-syrup/
To buy: https://www.amazon.com/Monin-Rose-Syrup-750-ml/dp/B000TMKST2
I don’t like to cook with fresh flowers and there was a rose syrup substitute made with brandy, but that recipe appears to have been deleted.
Original recipe: To make sugar Cakes
Take a pound of butter, and wash it in rose-water, and halfe a pound of sugar, and halfe a douzen spoonefulls of thicke Cream, and the yelkes of 4 Eggs, and a little mace finely beaten, and as much fine flower as it will wett, and worke it well together then roll them out very thin, and cut them with a glasse, and pricke them very thicke with a great pin, and lay them on plates, and so bake them gently.
Mistress Sarah Longe her Receipt Booke, c1610
ROSE CAKE RECIPE
Here is a rose cake recipe: http://www.mysanantonio.com/food/recipes-cooking/article/Recipe-Rose-Pound-Cake-with-Rose-Petal-Syrup-4674728.php.
WINE & CREAM RECIPE
Submitted by Sorella Sophia
This recipe would be suitable not only for the Feasts of Coronation and Rosa Mundi, but also would be a lovely offering to the Fairy Queen Aine on her feast day.
½ cup cream
1 level tablespoon of sugar.
Warm the cream (30 seconds in microwave) and whisk to bubbles. Add:
½ cup white wine
Pour into a glass and drink. There were supposed to be lemon parings and lemon juice but these aren’t needed because the wine will serve as an acid to thicken the cream. This is a recipe for one, make as many as you like.
This is suitable for Divina Regina or, here in the Northeast of the U.S., for , the Floralia, or the feast of Queen Aine as strawberries are in season in June and for Rosalia.
Submitted by Sorella Sophia
May punch, a punch made using fresh strawberries (which are in season), white wine, soda water or lemonade
Non alcoholic white grape juice can be substituted for the wine.
She also found this wonderful Veggie Crown recipe: