Sacra Hestia – Feast of blessing our home

You may live in a bedroom in a shared parental or rental house, a trailer / static caravan, an apartment / a flat, or a house. You may have put lots of time, energy, money into your residence, but it is living there with love and caring which transforms it into a home. This is as much a part of your soul path as other aspects of life.
Therefore we bless, consecrate and dedicate our homes to Déa, our Holy Divine Mother God, transforming them into hestias (sacred homes).

Richmond North Yorkshire England

Sacra Hestia is the day of blessing. Where the sacred month of Hestia focuses on the hearth, both literally and
symbolically, it is a proper time of year for the home blessing.
A decision for the Janite devotee when it can be performed on
1. The end of the secular year 6 Hestia / December 31
2. The appropriate day in the 13 daily meditations 11 Hestia / January 5
3. On the night of the Full Moon RoS
4. On a Sunnadi (Sunday) if 2 or 3 occurs on a weekday.

When we bless our homes, we are formally consecrating and dedicating them to Déa. We are placing our homes (and all who are in that household) beneath Her Mighty Mantle of Protection and under the watchful care of the Janae.

Queen of the Night Scene, for Mozart’s Magic Flute print by Simon Quaglio

Preparation:

1. Clean yourself, get dressed in modest clothing and cover your head. Covering our head shows respect and honor to Déa.
2. Obtain a small evergreen branch that you found on the ground or a wand (can be a finger of your blessing hand).
3. Bless the branch or wand as an object. https://deanic.com/rituals/the-blessing-rite/
4. Make holy water. https://deanic.com/rituals/making-holy-water/

Extra for the Consecration Rite
1. Make holy oil. https://deanic.com/rituals/making-holy-oil/

The Riverside Caravan Park, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, England.

There are two versions of this blessing:

Basic Blessing (Holy Water only)

1. Use the blessed small evergreen branch or wand. Dip in holy water [1] as needed.
2. Bless each room of your house, beginning with the East wall.
3. Sprinkle (asperge) the holy water towards each wall, each window, each doorway and each corner of the room, clockwise (sunwise), while saying,
May this hestia is blessed in the Name of the Mother, and of the Daughter, and of the Great Mother. Iot ‘E Voh.’
4. Continue with each room in the house, the cellar and towards the attic. You may also stand in your yard and bless in the four cardinal directions, if you wish.

Consecration Rite

1. Perform the Basic Blessing with Holy Water.
2. Bless with incense* [2] (plain or scented candle flame or plug in air freshener if you are allergic to incense).
3. Either use the incense itself or blessed small evergreen branch or wand above the scent to trace the Fora in each direction while saying,
May this hestia be consecrated in the Name of the Mother, and of the Daughter, and of the Great Mother. Iot ‘E Voh.’
4. Finally, anoint the top of each outside door by dipping a finger of your blessing hand in holy oil [3] and trace the Fora on the outside of the house (either just above the door or near the top of the door) and say,
May this hestia be anointed in the Name of the Mother, and of the Daughter, and of the Great Mother. Iot ‘E Voh.’

Dusk view of the Putney Wharf Tower apartment block along the Thames River near Putney Bridge in west London.

You should also bless your house whenever you move into a new home.

Sacra Hestia is a day of rest by the hearth-fire with family and friends, or within the warmth of your hestias, if possible. Warm, nourishing winter foods and beverages, especially those native to your area, make a nice Sacra Hestia feast.

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May Our Lady bless you,

Blessed is She.

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ArchMadria Candra Sophia

with additions by Madrina Sophia

[1] Holy Daughter Kore Di-Jana’s role in a blessing rite: blessing through holy water.
https://deanic.com/correspondences-of-the-trinity/

*The incense can be resin, which is burned on charcoal in a bowl full of sand or in an incense burner, or, it can be a stick incense of good quality. (Substitute plain or scented candle flame or plug in air freshener if you are allergic to incense).

[2] Celestial Mother Mari’s role in a blessing rite: consecration through incense.
https://deanic.com/correspondences-of-the-trinity/

[3] Great Mother Mysteria’s role in a blessing rite: anointing through holy oil.
https://deanic.com/correspondences-of-the-trinity/

Do have a look at the Russian artist: http://vladimirkush.com/Lushpin/

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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/

The Triple Stars of Dea Filia at Adoria

“Astrea brings the frost and snow
And also brings a Star –
Sign of our Lady’s love, to show
Her coming is not far.”
The Thirteen Months, anonymous. [1]

Adoria will begin after the appearance of the First Star of the Evening, which I think is a really beautiful and lovely Tradition. Even more so as we are celebrating not only the Appearance of the Holy Daughter, but we are also celebrating Her as the Triple Stars: She is the Star of Hope, the Midnight Star of Wonder and the North Guiding Star.

Evening Star / Venus : Star of Hope

The evening star represents the hopeful and joyful anticipation of the Divine Appearance of Daughter God on earth within our cosmic drama. Humanity when we chose to leave our Mother God to explore and know everything, distanced ourselves from Déa. “The evening star Venus often symbolized a fall from grace.” [2] Janites would re-phrase ‘fallen’ to ‘separation’.

THE MYTHOS OF THE DIVINE MAID

PART ONE
CHAPTER I

1 When the first night had come upon the world, the Mistress of All Things stood alone once more, as She had in the beginning.

2 For a terrible abyss had opened to lie between the world and She, and Her creatures could not look upon Her brightness. [3]

The Mother being “too bright for us to look upon.” [3] “The Celestial Mother is often compared to the (Supernal) Sun, in how She can be seen to us, but also too bright to fully look upon from our perspective. We see glimpses of Her, but She does not have One True Face to be seen, for She dazzles all of us differently. While the Mother’s radiance is too bright to look upon for long, the Daughter acts as a mirror to reflect that light in a gentle but dimmed form for us to experience.” (Supernal Moon) [4]

“For Adoria [Nativity] is the beginning of everything. It is the act by which Déa brings Herself back to us after we have become utterly cut off from Her.” [1]

THE MYTHOS OF THE DIVINE MAID
CHAPTER II

1 And She walked across the seas and deep into the forests of the earth until She came upon the deep cave that was at the centre. 2 And She entered the cave. And a star rose above the sacred grove that lay about the cave, brighter and more resplendent than all the stars of the heavens. 3 And the star was seen all over the earth; and the children of the earth were filled with wonder, and they came to the place where the star stood in the sky.

With the appearance of that first star / planet, the Janae and also humanity, are waiting in hope for our Celestial Mother Mari to proceed (emanate) Kore Di Jana, who mediates the Divine Light to all creation, She sustains and preserves all planes of manifestation (worlds). Kore Di Jana, our Madria Filia is the Holy Hope whom uplifts, inspires and thereby leads and guides humanity’s words, thoughts and deeds in this world back to focus upon Madria Déa.

“Originally, the terms “morning star” and “evening star” applied only to the brightest planet of all, Venus. Far more dazzling than any of the actual stars in the sky, Venus does not appear to twinkle, but instead glows with a steady, silvery light. The fact that Venus was a “wandering star” soon became obvious to ancient sky watchers, who noticed its motion relative to the background stars, going from the eastern sky in the morning to the western sky in the early evening. I myself like to refer to Venus as the “night light of the sky.”” [5]

“Even the most sophisticated of mortals cannot help but sense the awesome majesty of the evening skies nor, beholding it, long refrain from wondering and pondering deep and far away thoughts, as the immense canopy of the stars descends upon them.” [6]

Symbol

vedic cosmology

The word pentagram comes from the Greek: “pente means 5 (as in Pentagon). “Gram” comes from the Greek verb graphein, “to write”. The same ending is found in such words as telegram. Thus, pentagram refers to a five pointed star, or “any figure of five lines.”
An upright pentagram is a 5 pointed star with one point aligned upwards. [7]

The symbol itself dates back to Roman times, where it was called the “Rose of Venus.” [8]

The planet Venus is associated with Jana Madria Grace, and one of Her virtues is Love and Her path of Love. This is for those who are of an emotional or spiritual inclination: lovers of the world, Priestesses, and mystics.
All this path requires is to love Déa and keep moving upwards towards Her.

This symbol apparently originated as the symbol of a Goddess who was worshiped over an area which extends from present-day England to Egypt and beyond. Her name was Kore (a.k.a. Car, Cara, Carnac, Ceres, Core, Kar, Karnak, Kaur, Kauri, Ker, Kerma, Kher, Kore, Q’re, etc.). As Carmenta she was said to have invented the Roman alphabet. From her alternative Roman name Ceres have evolved many English words: cardiac, carnal, cereal, core, corn, and kernel. The port of Caraalis, (now Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia), was named after her.
[9]

Kore was worshiped within the Coptic Gnostic Christian religion in Alexandria, Egypt, during the 4th century CE. Her festival, the Koreion, was held yearly on JAN-6. This was adopted by the Christian church as Feast of Epiphany (a.k.a. Twelfth Night). [10]

5000 years ago, the people of Eastern Europe and Alexandria, Egypt worshipped the Holy Virgin Goddess Kore, holding her to be the inner soul of Mother Earth, the female spirit of the universe. Her festival, the Koreion, was held on the Winter Solstice’s shortest day, which by their calendar calculations was January 6th.
The Koreion Festival celebrated Kore giving birth to the New Year god, the Aeon. At this festival, the priests announced to the public that the Holy Virgin had brought forth the Savior, the Aeon, whose image was decorated with gold stars and the sign of the cross, and was carried seven times around the temple.

3000 years later — in the early centuries CE — Eastern European Christians superimposed a new holiday onto the ancient Koreion Festival of the Holy Virgin Goddess. They transformed Kore’s January 6 festival into a holiday they named “Epiphany,” [11]

On this day Kore was supposed to be giving birth to the New Year god, the Aeon (originally meaning life but tended to mean ‘age’, ‘forever’ or eternity). In the story of Kore and Aeon, we can see the probable origin of the concepts of Virgin Births and Saviors. [12]

Easy Origami Modular 5 Pointed Star: http://www.origami-instructions.com/easy-modular-5-pointed-star.html

Another evening star shape:
Indigenous American Peoples.

 

This is fascinating as the Evening Star / Venus : Star of Hope reflects the shape of the North Guiding Star, both symbols of our Holy Daughter God.

Star of Hope & Guiding North Star

Which emanates from Sun symbols representative of our Mother God. (Demonstrated at the end of this article).

Notes:

[1] The Coming Age periodical, Issue 1 Winter & Moura, 1976.
http://www.oxfordgoddessrevivalarchive.org/cms/items/show/2
The Coming Age periodical, Issue 5 Winter & Moura, 1977.
http://www.oxfordgoddessrevivalarchive.org/cms/items/show/77
[2] http://www.revolutioninreligion.com/index.php?page=morning-star
[3] 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)
[4] Copyright of Sorella Rose (Sophian Déanist) Seek Permission and share with all due crediting. For private use only.
https://priestessofholywisdom.wordpress.com/the-trinity/
[5] Joe Rao serves as an instructor and guest lecturer at New York’s Hayden Planetarium. He writes about astronomy for Natural History magazine, the Farmer’s Almanac and other publications, and he is also an on-camera meteorologist for News 12 Westchester, New York. https://www.space.com/31851-what-is-morning-star-evening-star.html
[6] Rt. Rev. Louis B. King http://www.swedenborgstudy.com/articles/christmas/lbk81.htm
[7] “Webster’s New World Dictionary: 3rd college edition”
[8] http://symboldictionary.net/?p=1510
[9] http://www.religioustolerance.org/wic_pent.htm
[10] Barbara G Walker, “The woman’s encyclopedia of myths and secrets,” Harper & Row, (1983), Page 514-515.
[11] http://www.netdeva.com/lisalindberg/seasonal-celebrations/winter-solstice.htm
[12] 4. Koreion http://ananyavayam.com/festivals/?p=5

The Christmas Midnight Sun 8 Pointed Fire Flower – Ukraine

Night or Midnight – Sun or Star : Star of Wonder

THE MYTHOS OF THE DIVINE MAID

PART ONE
CHAPTER 5

7. And the voice of the Jana 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 appear 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 Déa 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.” [1]

Midnight marks Adoria the eternal appearance of Holy Daughter God, amongst creation, from Divine Mother God.

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Spinning Star wheels

“The Languages of Symbolism is very deep, rich and very ancient and it is an art to be able to saturate yourself into it, and then test it in the actions of yours and other peoples lives. If writing is the invention of the language of the mind and all that comes with that… prior to history, symbolism was the language of the soul and all that comes with that. It is the root language of the empaths, the dreamers, the artists and the shamans which existed long before any creation of the runes, the alphabet or any written language…

My focus is on one of the symbols of my ancestors which is called the “Star” or what was in prehistory the “Midnight Sun”. In Ukraine traditions, its called the Mysteries of Kolyadky…” [3]

In Latvia, the Hexagonal Star is this

Ancient Nordic Latvian, Lithuanian Design Symbol homemade ornaments star

The 8 sided star is the star of redemption. (The action of saving or being saved from error, sin or evil).

Saule as Feminine Sun (which remember is also a star [2a])
is the Hexagonal Star within a Circle.

SAULES ZĪME In Latvian folk folklore this description of the symbol means heavenly shining, the Sun is central. The sun sign is strong.

“Latvian folklore specially points that central star of the space is Saule (Sun). Sun is symbol of eternal movement and life. In the line of other stars, Sun is placed in one of the highest hierarchical star rating. Sun sees everything and knows everything. In the territory of Latvia Sun symbols are found on bone tools already in Late Stone Age. Rhomb or cube is also seen as symbol of Sun and is seen on the ceramics of Middle Stone Age.
Sun is placed to be in the most honorable position any symbol can be. It is also because Sun is represented as mother of all children.” [2b]

“…the festival which is called that of Kolyáda,…seems to have referred in ancient times to the renewed life universally attributed to the Sun after the winter solstice, when the gloom of the long nights begins to give way to the light of the lengthening day. At that time, according to popular tradition, the Sun–a female being–arrays herself in her holiday robe and head-dress, takes her seat in her teléga, and urges her horses upon the summer track.

Kolyada (Коляда)

And to this solar goddess the people have given the name of Kolyada, and a custom used once to prevail in many places, and in some may still be kept up, of representing her by a girl dressed in white, who was seated on a sledge and driven about from house to house, while Kolyadki were sung by the young people who attended her, and who had various presents made to them in return; such gifts being supposed to have represented the contributions to a sacrifice which used to be made in the days of old. Here is one of the songs still sung at the Christmas festivals:–

Kolyada! Kolyada!
Kolyada has arrived
On the Eve of the Nativity.
We went about, we sought
Holy Kolyada,
Through all the courts, in all the alleys.
We found Kolyada
In Peter’s Court.
Round Peter’s Court there is an iron fence,

In the midst of the Court there are three rooms:
In the first room is the bright Moon;
In the second room, the red Sun;
And in the third room, the many Stars.” [Déanic symbolism 4a]

The name of Kolyáda, or Koleda, being derived by one philologist from Kolo, a wheel, and connected by another with Kolóda, a kind of yule log. [4b]

“On Christmas Eve was Kolyada born
Beyond the rapid river” [5]

Explanation of the song lyrics:
Like the Celts, Greeks and Balts, the Slavs believed that the western isle of paradise, Bouyan (from bui, “burning, ardent, fruitful, vernal”), [vernal means spring], was ruled by the sun-maiden Zorya. Zorya is the same word as Surya and can simply be taken to mean “Sun”. The details of Bouyan closely resemble the Baltic isle, home of Saule. Zorya sits not upon the cold grey stone of the Baltic or Swedish Sun-goddess, but upon the wonderful “fiery stone” Alatuir which is either a crystal, like the Sun-stone of the Celts, or amber, well-known in
northern lands for its solar connotations. [6a & 6b]
The “rapid river” is that which flows from beneath the Alatuir-stone of the western isle. Beneath its cold and turbulent waters lies the underworld, through which the Sun must pass every night. [6b]

Another song describes how “Holy Kolyada” is sought everywhere on the Eve of Nativity (that is, the Sun is “lost” in the darkness of Solstice night). [3]

“The main attribute of Christmas and the Mysteries of Kolyadky is since ancient times, as it was pagan octagonal star, called by the ancestors as Sura (from al-atar “white or heat-combustible”) in Ukraine. Star-Sura is a Ukrainian eight pointed star which represents the eight major cycles of nature within the four seasons. Its
characteristics are within folk ornamentation, especially the Hutsul. Overall, this symbol is found in every area of folk art in Ukrainian pysanky, Ukrainian embroidery, folk carving, etc. Esoteric, Sura is oktahramu: projection
diamond (heavenly light) to the square (the material world) [Déanic symbolism 7] and their mutual peresikannya. It [She] connects all
corners of the world and marks the absolute balance, harmony and balance, making a powerful healing effect.

Kolyadki Ukraine

The very high star attached to a pole firmly and rays swirled around the axis using the power and extended in lace from her. On one side of the star depicting the human face or the sun, the second – kolyadky scene. Inside sometimes inserted a candle, creating a sort of “magic lantern”.

In Latvia, its the Night Sun or Midnight Star as it is associated with Winter, the Winter Solstice and the protection from evil and shadows of the underworld.

Star symbol

Simplest form of star is simple cross which symbolizes as elements, the Fire and the Light which are basically the same thing, called Spirit. Pagan Latvians believes that magical rituals can be performed with this symbol and it often has a great meaning to those who use it in a sacred way.” [3]

“In Latvia, stars symbolise the victory of light over darkness. Protects from dark forces. It is a star with eight rays and symbolizes light victory in the fight against darkness. The mark protects and prevents dark forces, magicians and evil people.

Reverse Sawtooth Star Quilt Pattern

The star collar at night protects the sleeping soul.
If your bed sheet is covered with a star symbol then the bed sheet protects the sleeping soul from bad spirits.

The mark needed in every Latvian house to bring blessing and prosperity.

In the sauna, you can put the blinds on both the window sills, the staves (if any) and the doors.

Octalpha eight fold endless triangle reproduced to infinity
Slavic Protection Symbol – 8 pointed Star, the feminine Midnight Sun (Kolyadki)

Let’s put the mark on the air with your left hand: on purchased goods, on food. Applying 2 times must be said in the thoughts or words: “Holy Blessings, burn harmful fields”. The sign uses the honorary medicine, it hangs on the horse’s astra, in the children’s rooms, window panes, decorates the dwellings.

A selburose (meaning Selbu Rose) is a knitted rose pattern from Selbu in Norway in the shape of a regular octogram. It is a traditional pattern used for winter clothing. Perhaps the most typical garment is the Selbu mitten, selbuvott. It may also be used as a design on luseckofte (sweaters)
https://thornews.com/2012/09/06/the-story-of-the-selbu-mitten-selbuvotten/

Red Latvian Lielvarde Belt motif
The Embroidery and Knitting of Muhu Island, Estonia
kolyadky

It adorned in gloves, socks, belts, waistcoats, aprons, hugs. The sleeveless jacket of Lielvārde’s folk costume shirt.

Latvian Symbolism

In the archaeological materials, the motif of the star appears only in the 16th and 17th centuries. The symbol of the star is more common in the Finno-Ugrian peoples, Estonians and Livonians.

The Sign of the Moon Star
In songs it is often referred to as a protector and contains numerous references to “star blankets” and “star coats.” [8]

Star blanket

“During late paganism eras (after the 8th-10th century), with the influences of Christian and Catholic Religions, the Midnight Star has been called Koliada in Ukraine and other Slavic and Balkan pagan winter traditions, which is most important in ancient winter ceremonies and celebrations and then later into Christmas and Christian Religions.

Belarusian Каляда, Kalada, Kalyada
Bosnian, Croatian, Czech, Slovak, Slovene koledsa
Bulgarian, Macedonian, Serbian Коледа, Коледе
Kashubian kòlãda
Latvian an older ancient symbol Auseklis
Lithuanian Kalėdos, Kalėda
Polish Kolęda
Old Polish Kolenda
Old Church Slavonic Колѧда
Romanian Kolinda
Russian Коляда, Kolyada
Ukraine Коляда, Kolyadá

One question is: “Were the origins of the Winter Solstice Ceremonies Dances or Songs or both” ? Koleda is always celebrated with Carolers, but the root of the term “Carol” actually refers to “dancing” rather than its common connotation regarding song or singing. In Old French, “carole” is translated to “dance.” Similarly, in both Latin (choraula) and Greek (choraules) the root of the term means “to dance with the accompaniment of flute”. Thus caroling can actually be traced to more archaic traditions of solstice ritual dance much like kukeri,
the bear dances or mummer’s purification dances (in some purer villages) in its shamanic roots.

In Pre-Christian eras, Northern Europeans and Eastern Europeans would travel in order to join together to sing and dance in honor of the sacredness of the Winter Solstice. Although after the 13th century most carols centered around religion or pagan celebrations. These dances were directly birthed from the sacred shamanic dances of women that occurred during the winter moons of the time of peace when the oceans became calm and they were joined in dreaming by all their shaman and sacred sisters around the earth, called dream incubation of the cave eras.

The verb ‘koliadovat’ means to go from door to door, singing ritual songs, asking for sweets and the pagan aspects of wearing animal masks. Koliada is the time between Korochun (the Winter Solstice) and the first week of January. Lighted fires and candles are to light the darkest time of the year which was to echo the
ancient pagan custom of banging the sparks from the burning Budnik ritual log, that is lit up at Koliada, much like the English Yule log. Sviatky in Russia is equivalent to yuletide and is celebrated in January where all the young
girls and women in the family would practice folk divination, which is mostly melted wax into a water bowl.

The modern term of children and caroler’s singing is called kolyadovannya in Ukrainian and is now applied to similar Old East Slavic celebrations. In Bulgarian and Macedonian traditions of koleduvane (коледуване) or koledarenje (коледарење) which are also around Christmas and the Kolyadka (songs) are sung as well.
Koleda is also celebrated across northern Greece by the Slavs of Macedonia in Florina to Thessaloniki which is called Koleda (Κόλιντα, Κόλιαντα) and Koleda Babo (Κόλιντα Μπάμπω) which means “Koleda Grandmother” in Slavic and this directly ties Koleda (Winter Solstice) to the Winter Goddess Marzana making it the most archaic Koleda. This is a ritual of gathering in the village square and lighting a bonfire, followed by local Macedonian dancing. There is also a dance from Dubrovnik called “The Dubrovnik Koleda.”

Wigilia is the traditional Polish Christmas eve celebrations and sometimes called “gwiazdory” which is reference to the “Star” carriers. Before the 11th century they were all pagan celebrations and rituals and the oral traditions which were passed down for millenniums for generation to generation were lost and all we have left is a very small narrow culture of religious songs that lack the mystery. Poland’s Koledy, like other Slavic countries still [feature a] bright Star along with the singers and folk musician spreading seasonal good wishes.

Men parade the Kolyada plague, Balamut

Before wars descended upon the earth, men also had their essential roles and parts in the great rituals of the tribe and clans. Their rites (like most cultures) are historically viewed as war dances, but in actuality there was no war-based intentions in their origins, that was propaganda, a myth projected as real when they were just dances.

The ancient tradition of creating art is also an important path, as both talisman (to be worn) and amulet (to be placed or hung) has also been carried on in Slavic traditions of Christmas.” [3]

Slavic Alatyr Necklace Shield

See handicrafts on: https://ztzks.wordpress.com/zvaigznes-zime/

Artisan Star brooches by Mara Genere http://www.lraksti.lv/2014/02/auseklis-sign-of-star-liela-piespraude.html

Origami Fuse 8 pointed Star: http://www.origami-instructions.com/origami-fuse-8-pointed-star.html

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)
[2a] “When we look up at the nights sky, we often forget that we are looking at suns. They are obviously much further away, which is why they seem tiny compared to the miraculous golden orb that lights our day times, but they are still suns. On a clear night, when you look at the night sky and see stars, you are in fact looking at thousands and thousands of far away suns.”
Copyright of Madria / Sorella Erin / Guinevere. Seek Permission and share with all due crediting. For private use only.
https://hermaidenpriestess.wordpress.com/2016/11/27/the-sacred-month-of-astraea/
[2b] http://skyforger.lv/en/albums/stories/ancient-latvian-signs/
[3] By Phoenix of Elder Mountain, Edited by Sarah Burnt Stone.
https://eldermountaindreaming.com/2015/12/30/a-a-slavic-winter-her-midnight-sun/
[4a] Peter’s Court is a christianising of the pagan, celestial palace.
In Déa-nic terms we would state the pleroma, Heaven, the realm of Perfect Good.
This describes the realms of “O, Celestial Mother, You are our Universal Light, shining like the Sun; O, Holy Daughter, You are the gentle Moon of our salvation; O, Great Mother, You are the sheltering Stars above us.” from our Liturgy.
Copyright of the Janite Order of Priestesses. For personal use, only. Permission for the members of the JOP to share on their media with all due crediting.
[4b] http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/srp/srp08.htm
pages 186 – 188 The Songs of the Russian People by W. E. S. Ralston, M.A., London, 1872
[5] page 38, Vol. 2, Encyclopaedia of Religion, edited by Mircea Eliade, London, 1987
[6a] Amber, Golden Gem of The Ages by Patty Rice, New York, 1974
[6b] Pages 87 & 92 Eclipse of the Sun by Janet McCrickard, 1990
[7] In Déa-nic terms: diamond in the Madrian Geniae (Janae) correspondences is Sun and Theia and square symbolises the four-fold Janae of earth elements which Holy Daughter God sustains. It is Madria Déa caring for Her creations who have wandered away exploring and learning by sending Her Daughter into manifestation.
[8] Google translated https://ztzks.wordpress.com/zvaigznes-zime/

Guiding North Star

THE MYTHOS OF THE DIVINE MAID

PART ONE
CHAPTER 5

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 luminance not known within the boundaries of the world. [1]

The Northern Star, or Polaris, also appears to ‘stand still’ in the sky, while all the other stars revolving around it just as the Janae and all hosts of Heaven surround Our Lady. It is a ‘fixed’ point in the sky, a constant companion for setting one’s course just as the Holy Daughter is ever with us to guide us on our own Soul Path.
It represents infinity, eternity. The eternity symbolism can also represent going from a temporal, mortal state to an eternal, immortal, re-united state.

Lucky Star True North

Sailors use the Northern Star to navigate the often-times treacherous seas of the northern hemisphere, it was the Guiding Star home, just as the Holy Daughter, guides us back to the Celestial Mother and to the Supernal Realm which is our True Home.

This is why Janites call Her Holiness Kore Di-Jana meaning Daughter Divine Gate of Our Mother God.

Our Lady is known as Stella Maris, Star of the Sea. The Star itself was once known as Stella Mars (Star of the Sea). [2]

[1] July 2012
The Filianic Scriptures, New Celestial Union Version (Second Edition, Third Update)
Free download:
https://theahaus.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/fulltext-of-ncuv.pdf
(with thanks to Glenn King)
[2] https://deanic.com/the-seven-great-symbols-of-our-faith/
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.

Emanation within Symbols

8 point gold star
8 pointed star compass star 14 kt gold from markdefrates dotcom

Stars – Great Mother God

sun 8 point rays
sun symbol by zavraan-d94tyu3

Suns – Mother God

Indigenous American Evening Star / Venus, Star of Hope – Daughter God

North Star / Polaris, Star of Guidance – Daughter God

May Déa bless you with HOPE, WONDER, JOY & GUIDANCE. Blessed are They.

Madrina Sophia

1st Astrea / November 28th: the Feast of Jana Madria Sage

Feast of Jana Madria Sage
1st Astrea / November 28th

Salvation has come to us; from thee is salvation.
Thou art wisdom, thou knowledge; thou art truthfulness.
On account of thee is life; from thee is life.
On account of thee is mind; from thee is mind.
Thou art mind, thou a world of truthfulness,
thou a triple power, thou threefold.
The Three Steles of Seth, an Egyptian Gnostic scripture
http://www.gnosis.org/naghamm/steles.html

 

Sophia Icon

O, Lady Sofia, Jana of Intelligence, Intuition and Wisdom, be with us. May the Pure Stream of your Virtues flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come.

Winter is the Season ruled over by one of the Janae of the Four-fold Earth. These govern the four cardinal directions and their corresponding Elements and Seasons and therefore, they are known as the Janae of the four-fold Earth.

Jana Madria Sage is the Guardian of North and Air and Guardian of the corresponding Season of Winter.
See: https://deanic.com/2017/11/28/the-sacred-season-of-winter-is-a-hopeful-and-joyful-season-of-the-cosmic-drama/

And so, today is the Feast of the Jana, Madria Sage. On this, her feast day, time may be spent in quiet prayer, maybe a Janae mantra rosary or contemplation in Her honor. Lady Sage may also be celebrated with the Liturgy (priestesses) or the Rite of Sacrifice (devotees), which may also be celebrated this coming Sunday.

Everyone celebrates the feast days of the Janati differently. Some offer flowers and incense, feast foods and drink. Others incorporate some of Their correspondences into the day in the way they decorate, in the foods they choose or in the colors they wear. Others might incorporate special crafts or rituals, but usually these are reserved for our High Holy Days.

Download a colouring page of Sapientia, (sah-pee-ehn-tee-ah), whose name means “feminine wisdom” in Latin, who is the archetype of wisdom.
http://maryellenb.typepad.com/files/sapientia.pdf
http://maryellenb.typepad.com/o_night_divine/2009/12/o-sapientia-o-wisdom.html

So for Madria Sage’s feast day, some devotees might wear the color yellow in Her honor. They might use a yellow tablecloth and place vases of yellow flowers on the home altar or shrine and around the hestia (sacred blessed home).

They might burn the incenses that are sacred to her and decorate with images of owls and other items symbolic of Air such as feathers and bells.

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The Rite of Sacrifice (Offering): https://deanic.com/the-rite-of-sacrifice/
Janae Mantra Rosary: https://deanic.com/auroram-or-rosary/janae-mantra-rosary/
The Seven Jeweled Rays Prayers: https://deanic.com/the-seven-jeweled-rays/
Drawing: https://deanic.com/janae-illustrations-by-maiden-of-ravens-of-maidenofravens-tumblr-com/
Cocoa Prayer: https://deanic.com/janae-cocoa-prayers-by-clara/
Prayers: pages 22 through 25,
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

Correspondences: https://deanic.com/the-seven-great-janae/correspondences-of-the-seven-janae/
https://deanic.com/janae-colours-planets-metals/
https://deanic.com/janae-in-practical-day-to-day-spheres-by-sorella-minna-of-iremian-order/

Some Wisdom Goddesses:

Metis, Goddess of Practical Wisdom In Mature Women

Metis (Meh-tis) is a Greek goddess who is the personification of wisdom. Her name means “prudent counsel,”
and it was said that Metis knew more than all the gods. Some sources say Metis was the same as Medusa, who
is an ancient archetype of feminine wisdom.
Contemplation
I look deeply within myself to find or receive
prudent counsel in all my affairs.

Goddesses for Every Day: Exploring the Wisdom and Power of the Divine Feminine around the World by Julie Loar, New World Library, 2010

http://www.theoi.com/Titan/TitanisMetis.html

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Athena by deathangelpadma on DeviantArt Copyright 2007-2014

Athene, Athena (as Wisdom)
“According to the Pelasgians (prehistoric peoples inhabiting Mediterranean lands), Athene was born beside the
lake or river Triton, and nurtured by three nymphs. The cult of Athene went back to the Cretan civilization, which
predated that of classical Greece by about 1,500 years. Athens was inhabited even before the Bronze Age
(2000-1000 B.C.). Capital of modern Greece situated in Attica. It was named after the goddess Athene.

Zeus had swallowed his consort, Metis, on learning that she would soon bear a child who would rule the gods.
Metis was renowned for her wisdom. The myth may be a way of saying that when Zeus came to power he
absorbed wisdom (Metis), and from this wisdom came the knowledge from which the arts (Athene) developed.

Athene appears in innumerable myths, but none better displays her unique intellectual qualities than her role in
the Odyssey as the constant friend and adviser of the clever and imaginative Odysseus.”

Greek and Roman Mythology A to Z by Kathleen N. Daly, Marian Rengel

“She would also come to be known as the goddess of wisdom as philosophy became applied to cult in the later fifth century. She remained the patroness of weaving especially and other crafts (Athena Ergane) and the more
disciplined side of war, where she led the battle (Athena Promachos). She is attended by an owl. In classical myth she never had a consort or lover, and thus was often known as Athena Parthenos (“Athena the virgin”), hence her most famous temple, the Parthenon, on the Acropolis in Athens.”
https://www.greekmythology.com/pictures/Olympians/Athena/14944/athena

http://www.theoi.com/Olympios/Athena.html#Index

Hymn: http://inhername.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/hymn-to-athena.html

Images: https://www.greekmythology.com/pictures/Olympians/Athena/

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Mnemosyne. Alternately titled: Lamp of Memory. Alternately titled: Ricordanza. Dante Gabriel Rossetti. 1876-1881 (circa)

Mnemosyne (mim-ohs-sen-ee) was the Titaness of memory and remembrance and the inventress of language and words.
http://www.theoi.com/Titan/TitanisMnemosyne.html
http://www.goddessgift.com/goddess-myths/g-mnemosyne.htm
Images: https://www.greekmythology.com/pictures/Titans/Mnemosyne/

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Come eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed. Wisdom of God, Sophia.

Artist: http://www.betsyporter.com/Creation.html

Sophia, pre patriarchal and unfallen. http://www.suppressedhistories.net/articles/sophia.html
http://northernway.org/sophia.html     http://northernway.org/presentations/godwife/1.html

“Sophia (soh-fee-ah or soh-fi-ah) means “wisdom” in Greek, and to the Gnostics of two millennia ago, Sophia was the Holy Spirit and the third person of the Trinity. She is considered by the Gnostics to be the creator of the physical universe. Certain Gnostic texts call the Holy Spirit “God the Mother”.
Contemplation
Incline your ear to Wisdom, and
apply your heart to Understanding.
Bible, Proverbs 2:2

Goddesses for Every Day: Exploring the Wisdom and Power of the Divine Feminine around the World by Julie Loar, New World Library, 2010

Prayers: http://www.inhername.com/honor/devotions_sophia.html

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Realm of the Fire Queen by Barrington Coleby

The name Hokmah comes from an Egyptian goddess called Heq-ma’a, or Hek-ma’at – a  goddess of – you guessed it – wisdom and deep mysteries.

Heq-ma’a is originally mentioned in the Egyptian Book of the Dead, a scripture which predates the entire Bible by centuries.
Heq-ma’a’s name loosely translates as “Underworld Mother of Wisdom, Law, and Words of Power.” Heq is translated as “intelligence,” or “knowledge”. From heq we get the word “hex” meaning magic words of power.

Heq-ma’a’s name became Hokmah.  And words like Hagia (holy) and hag (wisewoman, holy woman) come from the heq part of her name. She evidently scared the heck out of the church authorities because they demonized her.

The word Hag now has a negative connotation and is associated with witch. One of the oldest Greek Goddesses, Hecate, also gets her name directly from this Egyptian goddess.

The illustration is Sophia as Hokmah, that supposedly masculine sphere on the Tree of Life.
She is obviously female and is adeptly wielding the fires of creation.  Have you noticed since she’s been on the screen she’s been looking you in the eye, as if to say, I’m trying to tell you something, he that hath an eye let him see?

Well, her secret message is her name. See how the balls in her hands look like spheres on the Tree of Life? They are.

Wisdom = Sophia
Glory = Shekinah

She’s holding them in the positions of her two names, Wisdom and Glory, Sophia and Shekinah.
We just saw that her Egyptian name means Underworld Mother of Wisdom.
See how she is rooted in the underworld, coming up from a grave?
Volcanic fires also, come-up-from-the-depths.
Earth science has proven volcanoes go hand in hand with planetary formation.
Sophia is said to have created the world.

http://northernway.org/presentations/godwife/1.html

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Chokmah (pronounced hok-mah) is the second stage in the process of manifestation, and the first actual “manifestation” of energy itself.

Hebrew Hokmah, Chockmah, Chokhmah, Khokhmah (hok-mah)
“Her separateness was clear in the eleventh century CE, when the Spanish Arab scholar Ibn Hazm noted she had the powers of a goddess. The earliest creation of YHWH, Hokmah was also his favourite. Hokmah cast her shadow on the primeval waters stilling them. Hokmah gave consciousness to humankind. By the time of Hellenistic Judaism (first century BCE), Hokmah appeared as a figure in her own right. She became more and more clearly personified, even splitting into positive (“wisdom”) and negative (“folly”) aspects.”
Encyclopedia of Goddesses and Heroines by Patricia Monaghan, PhD, New World Library, 2014

Who Is Hokmah/Wisdom? http://yeshuas-kin-dom-of-heaven.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/who-is- hokmahwisdom.html
http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/14950-wisdom
https://www.preciousseed.org/article_detail.cfm?articleID=3367

Hebrew Chokhmah
The “wisdom” of Chokhmah also implies the ability to look deeply at some aspect of reality and abstract its conceptual essence till one succeeds in uncovering its underlying axiomatic truth. These seeds of truth can then be conveyed to the companion power of Binah for the sake of intellectual analysis and development.
Chokhmah is the primary (“beginning”) force in the creative process, Creativity, as it is said: “You have made them all with Chokhmah.” (Psalms 104:24) The first word of the Torah in Genesis, Breishit means “In the beginning (God created the heavens and the earth)”, is translated (Targum Yonatan) as “With Chokhmah (God created…).
The word Chokhmah itself may be broken into two words — koach (“potential”) and ma (“what is”). Thus,
Chokhmah means “the potential of what is”, or, “the potential to be.”
In the soul, Chokhmah is associated with the power of intuitive insight.”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chokhmah_(Kabbalah)

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Sarasvati

Saraswati (Saara-swa-ti) (as Learning/Wisdom)
“It is believed that goddess Saraswati endows human beings with the powers of speech, wisdom and learning.
She has four hands representing four aspects of human personality in learning: mind, intellect, alertness and ego.
In visual representations, she has sacred scriptures in one hand and a lotus–the symbol of true knowledge–in the opposite hand.
Learned and the erudite individuals attach great importance to the worship of goddess Saraswati as a representation of knowledge and wisdom. They believe that only Saraswati can grant them moksha– the final liberation of the soul.”
https://www.thoughtco.com/saraswati-goddess-of-knowledge-and-arts-1770370

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/whitehindu/2014/09/saraswati-everything-you-need-to-know/

http://www.shreemaa.org/worship-of-goddess-saraswati/

https://fthmb.tqn.com/-gjznG94mxeIe9UP7CpRcbCYow0=/768×0/filters:no_upscale()/ma-saraswati-
56a483f53df78cf77282cbaf.jpg

Prayers to Saraswati
http://www.inhername.com/honor/devotions_sarasvati.html
http://inhername.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/happy-vasant-panchami.html
http://inhername.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/sarasvati-vandana.html
12 Mantras illustrated Saraswati
https://www.astrospeak.com/slides/12-powerful-saraswati-mantras-that-will-change-your-life
15 Mantras to Saraswati
http://www.lotussculpture.com/blog/15-mantras-appeasing-hindu-goddess-saraswati/

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The Seven Virtues Sapientia by Kristina Gehrmann on DeviantArt
Traditionally, the figure of prudence is shown with a snake, a bird and a torch.
Maybe: “…wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” Matthew 10:16b A torch for prudential illumination.

Artist: https://kristinagehrmann.deviantart.com/art/The-Seven-Virtues-Sapientia-19061717

Our Lady Mary as Sedes Sapientiae (Seat of Wisdom)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seat_of_Wisdom  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sedes_Sapientiae,_Leuven

Apse Mosaic in Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey Seat of Wisdom Virgin And Child Photograph by Ayhan Altun

Sapientia (sah-pee-ehn-tee-ah), whose name means “feminine wisdom” in Latin, is the archetype of wisdom.
Sapientia has been termed the “goddess of the Bible” by some scholars, indicating the presence of the Divine Feminine in monotheism. She was ackowledged up until medieval times but has been forgotten with the passage of time. In fact, she thrived as a hidden goddess of philosophical inquiry between the fifth and fifteenth centuries at a time when the sacred feminine was considered heresy.

Mystics spoke of her as dwelling in the heart of God and, in some cases, saw her as bringing all creation into being. She embododied the World Soul, or the collective of humanity, and the mystical union with the Divine sought by sages and spiritual pilgrims.”
Goddesses for Every Day: Exploring the Wisdom and Power of the Divine Feminine around the World by Julie Loar, New World Library, 2010

A 5th century beautiful series of antiphons are still chanted as part of Advent liturgy, including:
O Sapientia, quae ex ore Altissimi prodiisti, attingens a fine usque ad finem fortiter, suaviterque disponens omnia: veni ad docendum nos viam prudentiae.

“O Wisdom, who came from the mouth of the Most High,
reaching from end to end and ordering all things mightily and sweetly,
Come, and teach us the way of prudence.
Video: “Antiphon: o Sapientia” Latin lyrics, Gregorian chant by Capella Gregoriana
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ngcQDQfhlA

Composed by Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber, 2013
O come, o come Wisdom from on high – You who were, who are and who is.
Send your wisdom and cast aside the stupidity
that comes from thinking only of ourselves, only of our species, only of our wellbeing,
only of our country, only of our religion, only of our historical moment.
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/nadiabolzweber/2013/12/sermon-on-secret-codes-wibbly-wobbly-time-and-the-o-antiphons/#zzgWTEwpB0BhsrBq.99

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Star fruit: https://www.thespruce.com/prepare-star-fruit-and-nutrition-information-3217091

Foods for the feast meal might tend to be airy and light and well, yellow such as yellow vegetables and jello salads. Light and airy (for the Element of Air over which She rules) foods and beverages such as angel food cake, salads, champagne, white wine or white grape juice, light soups, rice, white beans, apples, pears might be an important part of the feast. All these ideas make the feast meal festive and fun.

Seasonal Foods: http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/seasons/november
https://www.thespruce.com/whats-in-season-november-foods-1665715

Though our days can be busy and hectic, it’s nice to take a moment, perhaps in the morning, to reflect about which of Her Virtues we wish to emulate and strengthen within ourselves on Her feast day and Her weekly day
Stelladi / Star day / Wednesday.

Sometimes, I choose a Virtue that I know I’m going to need that day. I call on Her help with the Virtue of Wisdom whenever I must make an important decision about the Janite Tradition or when writing articles or counseling someone in need.

I am slowly learning to pay closer attention to my intuition. For example, so often, as I was leaving the house, I would see something and my inner voice was telling me I should take it with me, but my logical side would dismiss it as not being necessary. And, nine times out of ten, it ended up that I needed the item.

When I started my new job, I prayed for the Virtue of Intelligence to see me through. This is helpful when studying for and taking tests or in a zillion other areas. There are two types of Intelligence, the IQ and the EQ.
EQ is Emotional Intelligence and is just as important as the Intelligence Quotient.

There are so many areas where Madria Sage may help us. I love consciously surrounding myself with the Presence of the Janae during my Aurora Rite each morning. I feel like they are with me all day when I do this.
And when I try to connect in a special way with the Jana of the day, I find I come to experience Them and know Them on an intimate, soul level.

O, Madria Sage, we thank You for this day and for all Your blessings and benefits. Be with us.

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May Our Lady bless you, Blessed is She.

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ArchMadria Candra Sophia

With additional information from Madrina Sophia.

Feast of Madria Thame’

1 Abalon/Sept. 5

Rosadi/Tues.

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Today is the Feast of Madria Thame’ (Thema). The Feast of the Janati is known as the Feast of All Heras in the former Madrian religion. In Janite Tradition, we observe the feast days of each individual Jana according to Their Season. The Sacred Season of Madria Thame’ is, of course, Fall and today marks the first day of Fall in the Deanic calendar.

We believe that Dea, Our Divine Mother God, is One and Three and Seven. The Seven are known as the Janati (Divine Gates of the Rivers of Life). Janati is a Sanskrit word for to generate; to have knowledge; to beget; to create; to cause to be born. We regard the Janati as the Seven Living Streams of Life and Virtue in manifest reality.

Jana, in ancient times, meant both moon and gate. And so, each Jana (singular of Janati in our religion, also spelled Janyati/Janya in the Filianic branch) is a Divine Gate or Divine Generator of the Seven Streams of Life and Virtue, all of which flow out of the Still Centre of the Absolute.

The Janati are the Seven Living Intelligent Streams or Rays of Dea in angelic form.

Madria Thame’ (Thema/Themis) is of the Fourfold Earth and is an angelic Face of the Celestial Mother, so to speak. We must remember that just as the Trinity is One and yet, Three, so the Janati are One and yet, Seven. Each is Dea and yet, each is an Individual. Madria Thame’ rules West and the Element of Earth.

At Her highest level, She rules the Power of the Harmony and Order of the Universe. At the planetary/Earthly level, She is the Mistress of all that is associated with harmony, justice and order on our planet.

At Her most Personal, intimate level, She is the Mistress of all that is associated with the needs of the hestia, all needs and categories that are normally associated with Earth and the Tarot suit of Pentacles or Discs. She can help us with employment, our homes and finances. She also helps in court and justice matters.  She has helped me and my family many times in miraculous ways. Harmony within the family, in relationships and amongst friends is also Her area of provenance.

The Janati are no more abstract Powers than are the Trinity. Just as the Trinity is Personal, the Members being actual Persons of the Trinity, so too, the Janati are Personal and are Persons of the Godhead. They are Forms of Dea and as such, we may pray to Them; we may call to Them; we may honor and worship Them. There is a Deanic saying: when you pray to a Jana, you are praying to Dea.

Let us honor Madria Thame’ with worship, prayer, flowers, candles, incense and hymns.

Praise and thanksgiving be unto You, O, Madria Thame’. May the Pure Stream of Your Virtues of Justice, Order and Harmony flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come.  Blessed are You.

Correspondences:

Jana: Madria Thame, which means, Queen and also Divine and natural Law, Order and Harmony. She is of the Four-fold Earth and Guardian of West and Earth.

Greek Name: Themis

English Name: Lady Justice

Face/Power/Blue Ray/Spirit/Form of the Celestial Mother

Mystery: Terram
Virtues: Order, Harmony and Justice.

Power: Justice.

Chakra: Throat
She is of the four-fold Earth and is Guardian of West and Earth.
Feast Day: 1 Abalon/Sept. 5
Planet: Jupiter.
Weekday: Abaldi/Thurs. (Abaldi-Appleday).
Metal: Tin
Color of Robes: Blue and purple.
Note: F (fa)
Element: Earth

Cardinal Direction: West

Tarot Association: Minor Arcana

Elemental Tool: Pentacle or Disc
Bird: Swan
Incense: Amber, Frankincense, Benzoin, Pine Resin, Dragon’s Blood, Sage, Cloves and Copal
Sacred Oil: Flaxseed Oil.
Sacred Herb: Mugwort.
Sacred Flower: Marigolds
Sacred Tree: Oak
Sacred Jewel: Jade
Sacred Symbol: The Apple.

Mantra: O, Madria Thame, Jana of Order, Harmony and Justice, be with us.

Abaldi Prayer (add to the Mantra:) May the Pure Stream of your Virtues flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come.

 

 

 

 

 

Moira’s Day

16 Vespera/Aug. 23

Stelladi

O, Madria Mati, Jana of Intelligence, Wisdom and Intuition, be with us.

Please note: due to recent evidence that has come to light, the JOP has elected to restore the original names of the Janati within our Tradition. All rites and prayers have been updated to reflect this change. Thank you.

Today is known, in our Faith, as Moira’s Day (Madrian). It is also known as the Day of Werde’ (Filianic).  It is a day of contemplating our personal fates (as determined by our behavior) and the fate of the larger society.

Lady Moira is the genia of Fate in the Madrian and Janite Traditions. The Three Fates are also  known as the Moirai.

In Janite Tradition, Lady Moira is the Spinner of Fate; Lady Werde (pronounced Weird-a or Word-a) is the Weaver of Fate and Lady Kala is the Cutter of Fate.

On this day, we consider the direction of our lives and where we might make better choices. We contemplate the Seven Streams of the 21 Virtues and think about which areas of improvement are needed in our lives.

Personally, I must always pray to Madria Rhave to help strengthen me in the areas of Steadfastness, Temperance and Self-restraint because I tend to be impulsive and to rush headlong into things. I also pray to Madria Vikhe for help in having the courage to say no when I need to say no for the sake of my health and self-preservation. All these issues and choices result in either good or bad karma for my personal destiny.

Our personal fate is not determined only by the choices we make in this life, but it is also a culmination of each and every choice we have made in the entire past life-stream of our souls. Often-times, things we are going through in this life are issues we failed to resolve previous lives.

Through-out the life-stream of our soul, everything is a pattern that is woven from our choices. We are bound to keep repeating the same pattern until we learn to make a different choice which allows our souls to evolve. And so, if we wish a different pattern to our lives, then we must examine our lives and make different choices in order to break the pattern.

I have begun to observe, in my own life, that a certain set of circumstances will keep repeating in my life….like a pattern, until I finally become conscious that this set of circumstances is repeating because I continuously make the wrong choice or handle it in the wrong way. When I become aware that this is a self-repeating pattern, I consciously make a different choice or handle the situation in a different way and then the pattern does not repeat because I have finally learned that particular soul lesson. The thread to that pattern has been cut and a new thread is spun which will create a different pattern.

On this day of Lady Moira, let us honor the Three Fates by closely examining our lives to determine where to cut the thread of the pattern we don’t wish to repeat. Let us pray to the Janati for guidance and help. And, let us pray the prayer of Reflection as found in our liturgy:

O, Madria Dea, we are Your true children now and Eternally; may our hearts turn from all transient things that we be rid of kear and guided by Your Holy Daughter, returned to Perfect Union with You.

Finally, let us become conscious of those times when we have a chance to cut the threads of negative patterns in order to help to change our destiny and to strengthen our Soul Path.

Here is a Madrian meditation for Moira’s Day:

Moira’s Day Meditation

Madria Moira, spinner of the wheel of time,

weaver of the thread of destiny,

guide my feet upon the labyrinth of existance.

 

Everything I am, my choice has made me

– all I shall be, my choice is making now.

Help me see beyond the veil of matter,

that I shall choose aright in every turning.

 

Guide me by the light of the Spirit,

that I may come safe to the Centre

in She Who is the Spirit and the Light.

(Page 9 of The Coming Age periodical, issue 7, 1978)

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May Our Lady bless you,

Blessed is She.

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A. M. Candre Sophia