Crafting Apple Dolls

13 Samhain/Nov. 12

Sunnadi or Sun Day.

Day of Madria Theia.

Instructions for making Apple Dolls

Peel an apple (Granny Smith or Golden Delicious apples work well), cutting away any bruises (some people say to core the apple, others say not to. Experiment for yourself). Carve as life-like a face as possible into the apple (don’t cut too deeply so as to avoid rotting). Don’t forget the little things that make a face so human — the little lines running from nose to mouth, the hollows of the eyes, the depressions caused by cheekbones, etc. Depending on the “skin” tone desired, soak the carved apple for about 45 minutes in a mixture of lemon juice (or cider vinegar) and water (the longer you soak, the lighter the “skin” tone will be).

Hang the apple up in the dryest, darkest room of your home. Come back in 3 to 4 weeks to see what you have! (Hallowe’en would be perfect time for the unveiling!) It should have shrunk by about two thirds its original size, darkened some, and show the wizened features of an old woman or man. When thoroughly dry, decorate using very diluted food colorings for rouge; corn silk, cotton, or yarn for hair; cloves or food colorings for eyes; fabric triangles for scarves, etc. Secure onto a “body” made of a bottle, styrofoam cone, wooden dowel, etc., and make clothes as desired.


One of my earliest childhood memories is of two dried apple head dolls my mum had displayed on a shelf in the living room. They were so special and interesting to look at. Last year I decided to try making one for myself and actually took some photos of the work-in-progress. So I thought I’d share them here. Smiley

I peeled an apple and carved in some facial features with a parring knife. I hung it by the stem to dry.

It really started to look interesting as it dried!

After about 2 1/2 weeks it felt thoroughly dry, so it was time to put the doll together.

She’s got a little trinket box for a base so she stands nice and steady, and the rest of her body is just some waded up fabric held together with tape. Her dress is an old wool sock, and her shawl came from an old cushion that was beyond repair which belonged to my grandma. She’s got a pipe cleaner arm to hold her cane. I shoved two pins in her head for eyes and her hair is some cotton stuffing from inside the cushion. Smiley

What’s really neat about this project is that the apple continues to dry out and the doll ages! She looks older today than when I took these photos a year ago.


Autumn is when the Janite Tradition begins the cycle of the Cosmic Drama.

9 Samhain/Nov. 8

Stelladi or Star Day. (Wednesday).

Day of Madria Sage.


Dear Friends and devotees of Dea,

The sacred season of Autumn is when the Janite Tradition begins the cycle of the Cosmic Drama.
The five Great Mysteries are incomprehensible to our limited state of understanding, although symbols may point towards Spiritual Truths. We can contemplate or concentrate upon a Mystery which enables our divine souls to remember and advance towards Dea.


From our Deanic catechism:
“9. What is a Mystery?

A Mystery is a truth beyond the grasp of reason which Dea has nonetheless revealed to us.” [1]

This is the Mystery of Terram symbolising The Great Mother Mysteria who is the Ground of All Being.
“God is the first, and highest and only necessary thing that exists, and thus, had God not created, God would be the only thing that exists. Could one somehow ponder a universe in which God had not created, in which God was all that was, one might well ask “what is it to be in this universe where there is only God?” In such a universe the only conceivable answer is “to be is to be God.” In that sense God is Being Itself.” [2]

From our Deanic catechism:
“17. Who is the Great Mother? *

She is Absolute Deity, Who existed before the beginning of existence and is beyond being and unbeing.

18. What is Her Nature?

She is outside space and time; She is all that is and all that is not.” [1]

From our scripture:
July 2012
The Filianic Scriptures, New Celestial Union
Version (Second Edition, Third Update)

Title 4, Chapter 1
The Clew of the Horse

44. … She takes on unnumbered shapes, and numberless conditions…
46. She that is the maker of being and of unbeing; She that is all that is and all that is not…

Free download:
(with thanks to Glenn King)

Every being and thing, from Celestial Mother and Holy Daughter onwards finds their “Pure Source” [3] in Her.

The Great Symbol is the Apple of Wisdom. [4]

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[3] Copyright of the Janite Order. For personal use, only. Permission for the members of the JOP to share on their media with all due crediting.
[4] 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.


The Jana who governs the sacred season of Autumn is Madria Thema. Her Divine Virtues are Order, Harmony and Justice. Which we can implement in our lives, in whichever ways we find appropriate. (I have tips and systems which I use, that I may share in the future).

Autumn Months
It is advantageous for people seeking to become closer to Dea to use devotional methods for integrating the Sacred seasons, months, weeks and days of the deanic wheel of the year (a year and a day) into their lives.

Abalon, September 5 – October 2
(Old Welsh meaning Appleland).
These are the reflections that I find personally meaningful and beneficial:
Trinity of Dea, Life, Spirit, Soul, Wisdom.
Full Moon: Apple Moon.

Ourania, October 3 – October 30
(Meaning Heavenly, Cosmic).
These are the reflections that I find personally meaningful and beneficial:
Cosmic Order, Living Harmoniously, Praying the Rosary, Spiritual Enrichment.
Full Moon: Cosmic Moon.

Samhain, October 31 – November 27
(Meaning Summer’s End. For the Celts, summer ended in October.)
These are the reflections that I find personally meaningful and beneficial:
End of Life Lived in Spirit, Death, Soul Journeys.
Full Moon: Spirit Moon.


The lunar month is 4 weeks comprising 28 days.
Each week representing again the Solar year in miniature.
When the moon is Decrescent (waning / shrinking) – Autumn Equinox

7th – 13th Abalon / 11th – 17th September

7th – 13th Ourania / 9th – 15th October

7th – 13th Samhain / 6th – 12th November

Pomedi / Appleday / Thursday – honours the Great Mother / Holy Trinity as the Apple of Wisdom.
Appleday is presided over by Jana Madria Thema of the Fourfold Earth. She is the Guardian of West and Earth. The season of Autumn.

On Her day we say:
O, Madria Thame, Jana of Order, Harmony and Justice, be with us.
May the Pure Stream of your Virtues flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come.

The sacred season of Autumn altar cloth is the elemental seasonal colour of green. This can be a doily, hankey/handkerchief, table cloth. (Which should be object blessed).
An altar candle can be the elemental seasonal colour of green, rather than white.
Priestesses will accent their white dresses/robes with accessories in the liturgical colours of blue and purple.
(Which are the colours of the robes of the Jana Thema. These are colours that are symbolic of Who They Are in Their Spiritual Essence).

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May Dea bless you.

Blessed is She.

Madrina Sophia

You’ve been washing fruit wrong your whole life – here’s how to get rid of pesticides before eating

8 Samhain/Nov. 7

Rosadi or Rose Day. (Tuesday).

Day of Madria Vicka.

Dear Friends and devotees of Dea,

As we are in the last month of the sacred season of Autumn, whose Deanic great symbol is an apple. See the first Great Mystery on this page:

I was pleased to learn about baking soda. I use it instead of harsh chemicals around the hestia (blessed & sacred home) for cleaning.

See: What is the difference between baking soda & baking powder?
51 Fantastic Uses for Baking Soda

You’ve been washing fruit wrong your whole life – here’s how to get rid of pesticides before eating

How do you like them apples?


You may think that polishing an apple on your shirt or running it under the kitchen tap is enough to get rid of most dust and dirt.

But scientists claim that getting rid of pesticide residues could take a little more work.

Pesticides are commonly used in farming to increase crop yield, but concerns over their potential effects on human health have been raised over the years.

In the food industry, it is standard practise to wash fruit before serving, but some of the plant-protecting compounds that get absorbed by fruits and vegetables might not be easily removed with water alone.

Now scientists from the American Chemical Society have revealed that a common household product could make all the difference when it comes to removing residues on the surfaces of the fruit.

According to the researchers, baking soda is more effective than bleach at removing two of the most common pesticides – thiabendazole and phosmet.

When tested on organic Gala apples, a 1% baking soda/water solution removed 80% of the thiabendazole and 96% of the phosmet after 12 and 15 minutes respectively.

The different percentages are likely due to thiabendezole’s greater absorption into the apple, according to the scientists.

Mapping images showed that thiabendazole had penetrated up to 80 micrometers deep into the apples, while phosmet was detected at a depth of only 20 micrometers.

By comparison, washing the apples with either plain tap water or a commercial bleach solution for two minutes, as per the industry standard, was far less effective.

The only way to remove 100% if the pesticides is to peel the fruit, according to Dr Lili He from the department of food science at Massachusetts University, who led the study.

However, important nutrients such as polyphenolic compounds, fibres, pigments, vitamins and minerals will also be lost through peeling.

“In practical application, washing apples with baking soda solution can reduce pesticides mostly from the surface,” he said.

Sophie Curtis, Technology And Science Editor
18:46, 27 OCT 2017 Updated17:10, 28 OCT 2017

May Dea keep you safe under Her Mantle,

Madrina Sophia

The World Soul

4 Samhain/Nov. 3

Columbadi/Fri. Day of Madra Grace.

Dear Devotees,

I have been learning so much about the Holy Daughter Sophia, I can’t wait to return and share what I have been learning.

For us, the Holy Daughter is Kore Sophia. Though both the Shekinah and Sophia are known to have descended through the Seven Realms to become the World Soul, there is a difference between how They are each the World Soul. The Shekinah is the Soul of Her people, the Israelite community. She is bonded to Her people. The Divine Sophia, becomes the Soul of the World, the Soul of the Cosmos. As I have explained in the past, She is very much the Soul of Nature. When She has appeared in visions, She has shown Herself as the mountains, glens, lakes….all of Nature. She is not the mountain, the glen or the lake, but rather, She is the breath of each and everything; the sustaining Force or Energy. While we are not pantheistic, we are close to being panentheaistic. This is how we understand the Holy Daughter.

When you stand quietly in Nature, you can feel Her Presence. Sometimes, She will send a sign, like a morning dove or an owl.

See article:

She is with us so intimately, in a way that the Mother cannot be. And She loves us. And She offers us Her wisdom. And She offers us Her Wine/Water and Her Bread. And She offers us Her Soul and as, in Christianity, the Son raises us to the Father; the Daughter restores us to the Mother.

Sophia is not limited to one religion. She is the Soul of the entire World. She is of all people, everywhere….whoever will accept Her. She is waiting for all of us to recognize Her. It is Her Time. It is the prophesied Time of the Daughter.

This does not take away from the True Father or the Father and the Son, rather, it completes Them. This Time of the Daughter forms the final piece of the puzzle. As the prophesy stated: First was the Time of the Mother; then was the Time of the Father. Now  is the Time of the Son, then will come the Time of the Daughter. She is the last Member of the Divine Family to have Her Time and Place in our hearts.

We hold that Trinitarianism is not strictly monotheistic.  We believe in One Godhead with Divine Persons. There will be more on this teaching in the future.

See articles: Under the heading: The Question of Trinitarianism and Monotheism.

I wish to explain that the newly named religion may practice the newly named Tradition, alone…. which focuses worship on the Divine Feminine Trinity, or they may practice a Blended Path such as newly named-Christian/newly named-Pagan/newly named-Jewish, etc. For myself, I am transitioning to newly named-Episcopalian.

This must be brief, as I must leave, but I wish to thank Madrina Sophia for the beautiful Shrine that she posted.

Blessings to all.

ArchMadria Candra Sophia


My virtual shrine – animation

My virtual shrine – animation

2 Samhain/Nov. 1

Stellardi/Wed. Day of Madra Sage

Page link:

I had this lovely silver skinned youthful faced Isis tea light holder statue for years. I am clumsy and knocked Holy Daughter off my shrine. (Knocked bits off Her, head rolled, wings damaged).

So this is the first animated gif that I have ever produced. My virtual shrine. The noon day sun represents Celestial Mother God, over water symbolising creation. Also that we are drops in the Ocean that is our Great Mother. The candles represent Madria Dea’s Spirit on earth and my humble offerings to Her. Isis statue represents Holy Daughter, Mother of my soul.

Blessed be Them.

Madrina Sophia

Simple instructions to animate in Photoshop CS2
Saving and exporting as a gif in Photoshop CS2

Blessed Shimovane.

2 Samhain/Nov. 1

Stellardi/Wed. Day of Madra Sage

Blessings of Shimovane from ArchMadra Candra.

As many of you know, I have retired from online ministry due to health reasons. However,  I will occasionally be posting guest articles and guiding the Tradition from behind the scenes.

Awhile back, I announced that the New To Be Named Tradition had left the Deanic community.  The New To Be Named Tradition are no longer of the Deanic religion. This decision was made for undisclosed reasons. As a result, we are making some minor adjustments in certain areas. One of which, we are changing from the Madrian, Madria to Madra for mother. The Filianic term Janati has been changed to Janae. And this site will be parked around January. The New To Be Named Tradition moving to a new blog.

We are now fully  accepting of those who believe in Father God and our Tradition is open to all devotees.

Our Mysteries will no longer be based upon the Filianic-Madrian scriptures, but rather upon the Divine Sophia, Who, Herself, is known as  Triune.

We take The Teachings of the Daughter as a source of inspiration, but we will also find that  certain other scriptures are sources for our basic Mythos.

The New To Be Named Tradition is now whole in and of itself. Publications that are in progress must be re-worked to reflect our exodus from Deanism.

I have been wanting to write a guest article on the Seven Creations , but, unfortunately, my computer has crashed, yet, again. I will try to get to the library and write the article before I leave for Hawaii . If not I will post it upon my return.

In the meantime, I wish to express my appreciation to Madrina Sophia and Sorella Ayako for the fine work that they are doing on the blog and with the Janites.

May Our Lady bless you,

Blessed is She.

ArchMadra Candra Sophia.









Foradi 5 Samhain / Saturday Nov. 4 – Spirit Full Moon Rite

Nov. 4th: Spirit Full Moon. (For the Celestial Mother).
The Rite of Sacrifice (RoS) may be served by anyone of the Janite Tradition.

It would be nice if the RoS is served by the members of the J.O.P. Sisterhood at least on the Full Moons.
On the Trinity days (Foradi/Sunnadi/Lunadi) if they so desire, although this is not mandatory.

Exceptions may be made for the members of the Iremian Order who have difficulty with these types of rituals. In that case, they may compose their own prayers, hymns or a more informal method of worship.


What this ritual is all about

Nov. 18th: Dark Moon. (For the Great Mother).

Nov. 22nd: (4 days after the Dark Moon): Crescent Moon. (For the Holy Daughter).