THE JANITE RITE CALENDAR
The Janite Rite Calendar consists of 13 Months and five Sacred Seasons. Each day is named after one of the Seven Sacred Symbols using the French ‘di’ for day (pronounced dee).
Please note that our Cardinal Directional system is different than that of other spiritual Traditions.
The Janite year begins with Spring and the month of Columbina. Our day begins at Dawn, which, along with Midnight are the symbolic times of the Holy Daughter. Noontime and Twilight are symbolic of the Celestial Mother and the Darkest Hour before the Dawn is symbolic of the Great Mother.
Please note that many of our holy days are pre-Christian and were later adopted by Christianity as their own. Epiphany being but one example.
Days of the Week:
French word ending di for day (pronounced dee).
Sunnadi or Sun Day. Day of Agia Raya Theia.
Lunadi or Moon Day. (Monday). Day of Agia Candre.
Rosadi or Rose Day. (Tuesday). Day of Agia Vikhe.
Stelladi or Star Day. (Wednesday). Day of Agia Mati Sage.
Pomedi or Apple Day. (Thursday). Day of Agia Thema.
Columbadi or Dove Day. (Friday). Day of Agia Sushuri Grace.
Foradi or Fora Day. (Saturday). Day of Agia Rhea.
THE SACRED SEASON OF SPRING
Season of the Holy Daughter as the Gentle Dove of Peace.
Jana: Agia Sushuri Grace.
Sacred Symbol: the Dove.
Elemental Seasonal Color: Blue.
Liturgical Colors: Pink and Green. (Keep in mind, the liturgical colors are the colors of the robes of the Janae. These are colors that are symbolic of Who They Are in Their Spiritual Essence. The colors are taken from the planetary metal.
Time of Day: Dawn.
Mystery: Aurora The Holy Daughter becomes the World Soul. The Resurrection of the Holy Daughter.
Columbina: (Meaning Little Dove): March 21 – April 17.
1 Columbina/March 21: Eastre. The Mystery of Aurora.
5 Columbina/March 25: Lady Day
15 Columbina/April 4: Feast of Agia Sushuri Grace.
Full Moon: Dove Moon.
Maia: (Meaning Great): April 18 – May 15.
1 Maia/April 18: MariMaia, also known as Maia’s Day : In the Janite Rite, celebrating the month of May has long been celebrated in honor of the Motherhood and the High Queenship of Mari.
14 Maia/May 1: Coronam, also known as the Exaltation of the Queen of Heaven. The Coronation of the Holy Daughter, as the Queen of Heaven.
Full Moon: Great Moon.
Flora: (Meaning Flower): May 16 – June 12.
8 Flora/ May 23, Memory of Madria Olga Lotar, Madrian priestess. (The Rite of Sacrifice may be offered in her memory.)
10 Flora/May 25: Floralia. The Feast of Flowers.
Full Moon: Flower Moon.
THE SACRED SEASON OF SUMMER
Season of the Celestial Mother as the Rose of Joy.
Jana: Agia Vikhe.
Sacred Symbol: the Rose.
Elemental Seasonal Color: Red.
Liturgical Color: Red.
Time of Day: Noon.
Mystery: Assumpta. (The Assumption of the Holy Daughter. The Celestial Mother is the Assumption of our souls).
Rosa: (Meaning Rose): June 13 – July 10.
1 Rosa/June 13: Feast of Agia Vikhe.
9 Rosa/June 21: Rosalia, also known as Rosa Mundi. The Mystery of Assumpta. The Assumption of the Holy Daughter. The Celestial Mother, Mari Sophia, is the Assumption of Our Souls. It is also the Feast of Roses. (Please note that in the Janite Rite, Rosa Mundi is most rightly the Holy Daughter Who, as the Holy World Soul, is truly the Rose of the World. Janites regard the Celestial Mother as Rosa Caeli, Rose of Heaven.)
Full Moon: Rose Moon.
Ceres: (Meaning Grain): July 11 – Aug. 7
22 Ceres/Aug. 1: Cerealia. The Feast of Grains. Also known as the Feast of Regeneration.
Full Moon: Corn Moon.
Vespera (Latin for Evening): Aug. 8 – Sept. 4.
16 Vespera/Aug. 23: Moira. (The Day of Werde).
Full Moon: Evening Moon.
THE SACRED SEASON OF FALL
Season of the Celestial Mother as the Apple of Wisdom.
Jana: Agia Thema.
Sacred Symbol: The Apple
Elemental Seasonal Color: Green.
Liturgical colors: Blue and Purple.
Time of Day: Twilight.
Mystery: Terram: The Mystery of the Celestial Mother as the Ground of All Being. (The Madrian catechism states that the Celestial Mother is the Ground of All Being.)
Abalon (Old Welsh meaning Appleland.): Sept. 5 – Oct. 2
1 Abalon/Sept. 5- The Feast of Agia Thema.
17 Abalon/Sept. 21- Matralia, also known as the Feast of Divine Life.
Full Moon: Apple Moon.
Ourania: (Meaning Heavenly, Cosmic): Oct. 3 – Oct. 30.
Full Moon: Cosmic Moon.
Samhain: (meaning Summer’s End. For the Celts, summer ended in October.): Oct. 31- Nov. 27.
1 Samhain/Oct. 31: Shimovane: (Older form of Samhain meaning Summer’s End.) Feast of the Dead.
Full Moon: Spirit Moon.
SACRED SEASON OF WINTER
Season of the Holy Daughter as the Triple Star: She is the Star of Hope, the Midnight Star of Wonder and the Guiding North Star.
Jana: Agia Mati Sage.
Sacred Symbol: The North Star.
Elemental Seasonal Color: yellow.
Liturgical color: yellow.
Time of Day: Midnight.
Mystery: Adoria: the Birth of the Holy Daughter. (In this we do not mean an incarnation into the flesh, but the emanation of the Holy Daughter from the Celestial Mother.)
Pendant: North Star.
Astrea: (Meaning Star. It also means Light Maiden): Nov. 28 – Dec. 25.
Feast Days for Astrea:
1 Astrea/Nov. 28: Feast of Madria Sage and First Lighting of the Sun Wheel for the beginning of Advent.
11 Astrea/Dec. 8. Conceptia: the Feast of the Conception of the Holy Daughter.
28 Astrea/Dec. 25: Adoria (meaning Glory). The Nativity of the Holy Daughter, She Who is the Star of Hope, the Midnight Star of Wonder and the Guiding North Star.
Full Moon: Glory Moon.
Hestia (Meaning: Sacred Hearth): Dec. 26 – Jan. 22).
11 Hestia/Jan 5: DuoDecima (or Twelfth Day).
12 Hestia/Jan. 6: Epiphania: The Feast of the Appearance of the Holy Daughter as the Princess of the World.
Full Moon: Blessing Moon: Feast of Sacra Hestia. This is the day our hestias (sacred homes) are blessed and consecrated to Dea Madria, Our Divine Mother God. In the rare instances when there is no Full Moon for the month, the blessing of Sacra Hestia may take place on the first Sunnadi in Hestia.
Brighid: (Meaning exalted or bright one): Jan. 23- Feb. 19
11 Brighid/Feb. 2: Lucidi (or Luciad) : Festival of Light. Luci derives from Lucia the feminine given name from the Latin word Lux (Light) with the French word ending di for day (pronounced dee).
For Janites, This day honors the Bright Light of the Celestial Mother; the Gentle Light of the Holy Daughter and the Shimmering Dark Light of the Great Mother/Absolute Deity. It is also the time when the Holy Daughter takes on Fate.
28 Brighid/Feb. 19: Moura Eve
Full Moon: Bright Moon.
SACRED SEASON OF MOURA
Season of the Great Mother as the Fora of Faith.
Janae: Madria Candra, Madria Theia and Madria Rhea.
Sacred Symbol: the Fora.
Elemental Seasonal Color: Violet:
Liturgical colors: Madria Theia Orange & Gold, Madria Candra Violet & Silver, Madria Rhea Indigo & Brown or Black.
Time of Day: Darkest Hour before the Dawn.
Mystery: Moura: The Death of the Holy Daughter. (1)
Pendant: the Fora (Celtic Knot Cross).
The Month of Moura: (Meaning Dark, Destiny): Feb. 20- March 19.
Please note: Unlike the Celestial Mother and the Holy Daughter, the Great Mother (Absolute Deity) does not have a specific feast day, rather, the entire Month of Moura is observed in Her honor.
14 Moura/March 5 (March 4 if a leap year): Med-Moura. Feast of Madria Candra, Madria Theia and Madria Rhea. *
28 Moura/March 19 and March 20/ Hiatus outside of space & not in time. The day between the old year and the new. The Mystery of Tenebrae (which means darkness). The Mystery of Moura, the Death of the Holy Daughter. (1) A day of veiling, fasting and lustration.
Full Moon: Veiled Moon.
- And when we speak of the death of the Daughter, we must understand that we are dealing with a highly complex subject. It is not possible for the Daughter to cease to exist (although in a certain symbolic sense the Filianists regard the Hiatus — the day between the years, after the Sacrifice of the Daughter and before Her resurrection at the new year — as a time when She is not); but then it is not possible for any soul to cease to exist. Death is the transition from one state to another, and for the Divinity to enter death is for Her to enter the world of transition — to be bound to samsara, the turning wheel of Werde — descending from the realm of Pure Being to that of becoming.Thealogically it may be expressed in the form that since the Mother, who is Pure Being, is Life itself, separation from Her is death. : http://www.mother-god.com/taking-on-of-fate.html