Happy Thanksgiving

Abaldi/Thurs.

25 Samhain/Nov. 24

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O, Madria Thema, 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.

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On behalf of the Janite Deanic community, we wish all our devotees and friends in the U.S. a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving.

 

May Our Lady Bless you, Blessed is She.

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ArchMadria Candra Sophia

Am I not your Mother? A Special Message

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Listen and let it penetrate your heart…do not be troubled or weighed down with grief. Do not fear any illness or vexation, anxiety or pain.  Am I not here who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not your fountain of life? Are you not in the folds of my mantle? In the crossing of my arms? Is there anything else you need?” (Our Lady of Guadalupe).

 

 

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You, that are weary with the world, you, that are lonely, you that have suffered hardship, that have suffered hurt, come, gather about Me and be enfolded in My Mantle.

2) In the inner silence, you shall hear Me and in the inner darkness, shall you see me.

3) And the future shall be better than the past.

4) Come, seek protection in My Mantle, for I have turned no creature from Me; be sheltered in the folds of My Garment.

5) For the ills of the world shall pass away, even as the terrors of the night.

6) And the dawn shall be bright with splendour and sweet with the singing of the blessed souls.

7) And I shall be your comfort in the darkness. (The Mantle).

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26) Know then, your heart and render it to Me; 27) and I shall lead you to the innermost temple of your heart, whose form is the form of a rose. (The Temple of the Heart.)

11) All the complexities of the world are but the turnings of the labyrinth and at the center is the fiery rose-heart of our Mother, burning with Perfect Love. (Cry, Madria!)

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We are with you. She is with you. You are never alone.

From those of us who love you.

 

The Sacred and Healing Qualities of Amber

23 Samhain/Nov.22

Rosadi/Tues.

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Though amber is a resin and not a gemstone, it was sacred to Classical Pagan and Heathen priestesses of the Goddess and it is particularly sacred to the goddesses, Freya, Brighid and Danu. The goddess, Freya, was said to wear an amber necklace.

The Greeks believed that sunlight was actually trapped in amber and it was known as the Stone of the Mother Goddess. Amber is also known as the tears of the sun. (4)

For Janites, the fact that amber was believed to contain sunlight and was sacred to the Mother Goddess makes it a particularly sacred substance for us, as we honor Our Divine Mother God as the Supernal Sun.

shopping (These beautiful earrings, available from Eve’s Addiction, are particularly sacred for us. They combine the inner fire of amber and the Form of the Rose. In our Faith, Madria Dea, Mother God, is known as the Fiery Rose of Heaven. According to our scriptures, She is the Flame in the Rose-shaped temple of our hearts.)

Lately, I have found that, quite unconsciously, I have only been wearing my Baltic amber earrings, of which I have two pairs from Russia. One pair was given to me as a gift from my daughter, who lived in Moscow and the other came from a Russian friend. I didn’t really become conscious that I was only wearing the amber until my trip to visit my son and his family in Montana.

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When I was visiting my son and his family, I was surprised to see a beautiful amber necklace being worn by my fourteen month old grand-daughter, Ava Marie. Unknown to me, she has been wearing it daily since she was six months old.

I had heard of the idea of amber teething necklaces, but hadn’t put much stock in their effectiveness until my most wonderful daughter-in-law explained to me why it works. It has to do with the oil or acid which emanates from the amber. (This is why it’s best not to be worn in the bathtub or swimming.) My daughter-in-law puts the necklace on Ava in the morning and takes it off at night. The amber must be certified and it must touch the skin in order to be effective.

My grand-daughter used to have a terrible problem with teething and the drooling was so bad, she would soak through her clothes. Immediately after wearing the necklace, those symptoms ceased and never returned. (Not even with her one year molars!!!!)

Amber is also known for other healing qualities such as the strengthening  of the immune system and it is known to have strong protective qualities.

I sensed that the wearing of the necklace by my granddaughter has almost become a sacred practice for my son and his wife, even though they are not religious, as a family. They have already purchased a new one for their three week old son, Aaron Michael!

So, I determined that I would put a Baltic amber bracelet on my wish list! (Must have husband read this article. 🙂

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(Below, I list an article on the many healing qualities of amber. Just scroll down to the section under Amber Uses and Purposes. (1))

When I got back from my trip to Montana, I was determined to find an amber necklace to wear as a priestess. I tend to wear a pendant of the Sacred Symbol of the Season and needed a North Star pendant for the Sacred Season of Winter. Imagine my surprise when I found this pendant which is known as the North Star or the Celtic North Star necklace and is made of certified Baltic Amber!!!!! (2) It’s also very close in shape to the Fora!!!

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(Of course, it is always important to bless sacred jewelry.)

If any of you are interested in amber jewelry or amber teething necklaces for your babies, grand-babies, relatives or friends or simply as a sacred and protective necklace for the children, Baltic Essentials would be a great place to start. I also found a lot on Etsy (very nice earrings) and do your own search on certified Baltic amber (jewelry) and you will find some beautiful pieces. (3)

After all of this, after amber suddenly became so sacred to me as a female and as a priestess of Dea, imagine my surprise that upon my return from my trip, I discovered that ArchMatrona Georgia Cobb of the Lucienne Tradition (Lady of Light Chantry) had just posted an article on amber!!!!! Scroll down to the article, Electryone and Amber. (4).

So, unknown to the both of us, the two bishops of the sister Janite and Lucienne Traditions both became aware of how healing, sacred and protective is Amber…..both at the exact same time. Do you think Dea is trying to tell us something? (smiles).

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Eternal is the Light of the Mother,

She Who is the Supernal Sun. Blessed is She.

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ArchMadria Candra Sophia

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  1. https://www.etsy.com/listing/466637558/north-star-necklace-amber-star-pendant?ref=similar_listings_row
  2. https://www.crystalvaults.com/crystal-encyclopedia/amber?crystal_type=81%20http://www.controverscial.com/The%20Magic%20of%20Rocks%20and%20Stones%20-%20Amber.htm

  3. http://www.balticessentials.com/
  4. https://deamatronablog.wordpress.com/blog/

Why Light the Candles on Sunnadi?

23 Samhain/Nov. 22

Rosadi/Tues.

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Oh, Madria Vicka, Jana of Courage, Strength and Valor, be with us.

May the Pure Stream of Your Virtues flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come.

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Rebekah asks:

Is there a particular reason behind lighting them on Sundays/Sunnadis, and not on Lunadi leading up to the birth of the Daughter?

Dear Rebekah,

That is a good question, especially where Lunadi is the day of the Moon and the Holy Daughter is our Supernal Moon. So, in that way, the first lighting of the candles on Lunadi would make sense and I return to this idea at the end of this post.

As we know, in Christianity, each candle of the Advent Wreath is lit for the first time on a Sunday. Of course, Sunday is their holy day of the week and these candles are being lit in anticipation of the birth of the Divine Son.

For us, we weren’t sure, at first, which day would be our holy day of the week. Traditionally, Sat. has always been “Our Lady’s Day” in the Catholic Church and I liked that idea, but we seem to have gravitated towards Sunnadi/Sunday as being our Holy Day. This is the day when Janite priestesses tend to serve The Great Liturgy.

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Another reason why Sunnadi has become our holy day is because it is the day of Madria Theia. She is the Jana Who represents the Divine Mother, the Supernal Sun. Her Name means Brilliant Light and She is the Jana of Illumination, all having to do with the Sun. The Sun is Her Symbol and Sunnadi is the day of the Sun. Candles, of course, are of the Element of Fire and are symbolic of the Sun.

Janites do not call this season Advent, rather, it is the Astrean Season which culminates on the Feast of the Fairy Maiden which is 28 Astrea/Dec. 25.

Advent, in the Christian Church, was originally a time of penance in preparation for the birth of the Son. In the Catholic Church, this is no longer a time of fasting, but in Orthodox Christianity, it is still a time of a strict fast.

For Janites and for the Lucienne Tradition (Lady of Light Chantry), rather than being a somber time of penance, the entire Season is a time of Joy. Our Sunwheel is Joy. Madria Theia is also the Jana of Joy. For Janites, the last lighting of the Sunwheel ends on Yule Eve, Mother’s Night, which symbolically signals the end of the Mother time of the year and the beginning of the Daughter time of the year.

So, the basic theme of the Sunwheel revolves around the Sun, of which the Supernal Moon is a gentle reflection. And we light it on Sunnadis not only because of the reasons mentioned above, but also because Sunnadi is our holy day in honor of the Supernal Sun, Herself.

We light them in the same way as the Advent Wreath in that we light the Green Candle of Wisdom, first. We will continue to light that candle during dinner time or early evening every night for the following week. On the next Sunnadi, we light the Yellow Candle of Hope and so two candles will be lit. This continues until all four candles are lit each night until Mother’s Night.

I hope this makes sense to you and answers your question. But, truly, if you find lighting the first candle on Lunnadi in anticipation of the birth of the Holy Daughter to be more appropriate, I would certainly support that as a valid Tradition considering the fact that we are anticipating the Appearance of the Supernal Moon!!!!

Thank you!

May Our Lady bless you,

ArchMadria Candra Sophia

On the Sunwheel and the Silver Tree

22 Samhain/Nov. 21

Lunadi/Monday

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O, Madria Candra, Jana of Reflection, Reason and Purity, be with us.

May the Pure Stream of Your Virtues flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come.

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A recent comment from a Devotee:

Congratulations on the addition to your family! I hope mother & child are healthy and happy.

I can hardly contain myself for the posts on Advent & Nativity! It seems so wonderful and exciting to me this year. I’ve already begun putting up decorations, nearly a full week earlier than my family has done in years, and taking slightly larger steps to adding more pieces – such as Advent Candles – into the house this year.

I have seen it mentioned in several places today – the Sun Wheel and the Silver Tree. What are those? Or should I wait until your posts on them?

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Dear Rebekah, thank you so much! Grandchildren are truly a joy! I am now blessed with six grandchildren!!! Both mother and son are doing great, thank you. And thank you for your contagious enthusiasm about the upcoming Holy Season!

We are excited about the coming month on so many levels both spiritually and within our Ekklesia.

Within our Ekklesia, we are happy to announce that one of our priestesses, Madria Kathi, will be elevated to ArchMadria during the holy month of Astrea and another member is preparing to become a Madrina (deaconess) after the Winter season!

(Janites have three levels of clergy: 1) Madrina, which means god or guardian mother, for the office of deaconess. This office is symbolic of the Holy Daughter. 2) Madria, which means mother, for the office of priestess, symbolic of the Celestial Mother. And, 3) ArchMadria, for the office of high priestess or bishop, symbolic of the Great Mother.)

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Spiritually, we have one of the holiest months of the year ahead of us during which we celebrate the emanation of the Holy Daughter from the Celestial Mother.

Our scriptures use the traditional story of a Divine Birth on the Cosmic level in order to describe the eternal emanation of the Daughter from the Mother. This emanation is similar to the emanation of Sophia from the Barbelo, aka, Higher Sophia and this is also similar to Lower Shekinah emanating from Higher Shekinah.

The Holy Daughter emanates from the Celestial Mother in order to be here, with us. She is immanent, with us and She clothes, covers and protects our spirits with our souls. This is what makes our life here on Earth possible.

There can be no more intimate relationship with Deity than that of the Holy Daughter sharing Her very Soul with us. (This thealogy is taken from authentic teachings.)

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And so, this coming feast of Daughter’s Day, the day of Yule, is a source of great joy for Janite Deanists. The Holy Daughter is our North Star of Hope. She separates from the Divine Mother in order to be here, in union with us. It was not the Mother’s Will to allow us to dwell in complete exile and so, She sent Her Holy Daughter to us.

The Daughter is our bridge to the Divine Mother and at the end of our incarnations, we, our spirits and souls, will be assumed, along with the Holy Daughter, into full reunion/communion with Our Divine Mother God, where we will abide with Her in everlasting Bliss. This is what we are celebrating on Daughter’s Day, which some call the Nativity of the Holy Daughter.

During the month of Astrea, we also look forward to the feast of Madria Sofia, Jana of Wisdom, which takes place on 1 Astrea/Nov. 28. Next, on 7 Astrea/Dec. 4, we light our first candle of the Sunwheel, which is the Green candle of Wisdom. This Sacred Month culminates with the lovely celebration of the Star Maiden on 28 Astrea/Dec. 25th. This works well for those who practice a dual Path of both Deanism and Christianity.

(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 similar to the Shakti Tradition of Hinduism.)

Now that I have laid the basic thealogical foundation of the upcoming feast days, I will be writing weekly updates on the lighting of the Sunwheel.  For now, I will offer a basic explanation of the Deanic Sunwheel and the Janite Tradition of the Silver Tree.

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The Sunwheel, a beautiful tradition which was incorporated into the Deanic Faith by ArchMatrona Georgia Cobb of the Lady of Light Chantry,  is very much like an Advent Wreath (which has pre-Christian origins), except we use different colored candles which represent our main Five Symbols.

An actual Advent Wreath may be used and the fifth candle placed in the center; you may purchase a five candle Advent wreath as shown above,  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.  (see footnote 1).

Beginning with the first Sunnadi/Sunday on 1 Astrea/Nov. 27th: the Green candle of Wisdom is lit. This is symbolic of Dea Madria or Mother God as the Apple of Wisdom.

The second Sunnadi on 8 Astrea/Dec. 4, we light the Yellow candle of Hope. This is symbolic of Dea Filia or Daughter God as the (North) Star of Hope.

Third Sunnadi on 15 Astrea/Dec. 11: the Violet candle of Faith is lit. This is symbolic of Dea Matrona or Great Mother God as the Fora of Faith.

Fourth Sunnadi on 22 Astrea/Dec.18: we light the Blue candle of Peace. This is symbolic of Dea Filia, Daughter God as the Dove of Peace.

On Yule Eve, 23 Astrea/Dec. 20: we light the Red candle of Joy. This is symbolic of Dea Madria, Mother God, as the Rose of Joy.

These candles not only represent the Five Sacred Symbols, but also the Five Holy Mysteries of our Faith of which the Symbols are, well, symbolic!

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As the Apple of Wisdom, the Celestial Mother is the Ground and Matrix of All Being.

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As the Star of Hope, the Holy Daughter comes to us as our Soteria (Saviouress in that She is here with us, gives us our souls and guides us back to the Divine Mother).

61voi0w7upl-_uy535_ (Known as the Celtic North Star, this is what we call the Fora, the main symbol of our Faith. This pendant is available from Silver Insanity, Etsy and Amazon. Wheel of Being Celtic Knot Northstar and Genuine Amethyst Sterling Silver Pendant 18″ Necklace.)

As the Violet Fora of Faith, the Great Mother is the Primordial Source of the All.

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As the Blue Dove of Peace, the Holy Daughter renews all life.

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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 (as opposed to the outer realm which our Tradition calls Avalon.)

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Each week, I will be listing appropriate scriptures to be read after lighting the candle (s), along with a brief devotional prayer. Devotees may also pray in their own words.

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. For Janites, Yule Eve, according to certain pre-Christian European Traditions, is Mother’s Night.  Yule, according to the same Tradition, is Daughter’s Day and so you see that the Sunwheel culminates on the night before the Solstice, on Mother’s Night. In the Deanic Faith, the Celestial Mother is known as the Supernal Sun; the Holy Daughter is the Supernal Moon. In our Tradition, Supernal means both Heavenly and Primoridal.

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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 Janati 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. And so, for Janites, Silver is considered to be a sacred color, containing within all the potentialities of not only the Janati, but of Creation, itself.

I use the above Silver Tree that may be obtained from Yankee candle. (2) I tend to keep mine on my altar all year long. Others keep it solely as an Astrean (during the month of Astrea) tradition.

Some devotees actually use a silver Nativity tree and decorate it all in silver moons, suns, stars and fairies. This is my goal, as well. Each year, I hope to obtain more of these decorations until my tree is filled with them. Moons for Daughter God, Suns for Mother God, Stars for Great Mother God and fairies because we honor them along with the Fairie Queen Aine.

Thank you for your comment and question, Rebekah! May Our Lady bless you!

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

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1)https://www.google.com/search?q=five+pillar+candle+advent+wreath&safe=active&rlz=1C1CHBD_enUS692US692&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiWucTEwbrQAhUB_mMKHS7qCioQsAQIXA&biw=1067&bih=624

2) https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/yankee-candle-reg-scentplug-trade-tree-deluxe-base-in-silver/1046726919?skuId=46726919&mcid=PS_googlepla_nonbrand_seasonal_&product_id=46726919&adpos=1o3&creative=43742632429&device=c&matchtype=&network=g&gclid=Cj0KEQiA08rBBRDUn4qproqwzYMBEiQAqpznsx5FrhpKzyeh5o-2O00lliXD38Wv-URhPuC31oMgQbkaAu5e8P8HAQ

 

 

We’re Back

19 Samhain/18 Nov.

Columbadi/Friday

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Lady Columba

 

O, Madria Grace, Jana of Compassion, Love and Mercy, be with us.

May the Pure Stream of Your Grace flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come.

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Hello, everyone. I am back from greeting my newest grandchild in the beautiful state of Montana.

During the upcoming week, we will be discussing the feast days and traditions of the Holy Month of Astrea/Dec., the first month of the Sacred Season of Winter, which begins on 1 Astrea/Nov. 28.

We also hope that some of our members will graciously share their most favored traditions and recipes!

Many blessings!

Bits and Pieces

5 Samhain/Nov. 4

Columbadi/Friday

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O, Madria Grace, Jana of Compassion, Love and Mercy, be with us.

May the Pure Stream of Your Grace flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come.

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I will be away until 15 Samhain/Nov. 14th, the night of the Full Spirit Moon.

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In the meantime, we wish Madria Erin congratulations on the upcoming anniversary of her ordination as a Deanic priestess on 10 Samhain/Nov.9.  Many blessings to you, Madria!

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I am also pleased to announce that priestess Madria Kathi will be formerly consecrated as an ArchMadria during the holy month of Astrea/Dec. We are very excited for her!

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Prayer is so powerful. I’ve had so many dire situations over the past few years and in each case, nothing short of a miracle has occurred to rectify them. Now, I am in the midst of yet another crisis for which I have been praying most ardently, especially to Madria Thema.

Yesterday, on Abaldi/Thurs, which is the day of Madria Thema, I was praying to Her in complete distress when She very unexpectedly sent Her colors to me (blue and purple) in a way that could not be otherwise explained. Prayer is so powerful, especially when we are praying for our children or for those we love most dearly. Never doubt the power of prayer.

Additionally, during my rosary, when I prayed the Mystery of Moura, I truly felt the Presence of the Great Mother…. Grandmother, in an all-wise, comforting way. All we have to do is let go of everything, close our eyes and place ourselves in the Presence of a member of the Trinity or of the Janati and They are right there, always. No words are necessary, just commune. Never doubt their Presence.

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In scripture, I find that The Veil of Matter and The Way of Simplicity are very appropriate texts for the sacred month of Samhain, Summer’s End. The time when the Veil is thin. (In Janite Tradition, the name of the Feast of the Dead is called Shimovane, which is an older form of Samhain. The month itself is called Samhain.)

Though at times, some verses of these texts might sound a bit harsh or even a bit ‘preachy’, none of us are perfect. We all have areas of ourselves that we need to examine and to change, in all honesty, within ourselves in order to bring us closer to Dea rather than further away from Her.

These texts provide much food for thought and contemplation. We must keep in mind when reading The Way of Simplicity, that chastity does not mean physical chastity in the sense of abstinence from intimate relations, rather it encourages us to return to purity of thought, soul and intention.

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And, finally, the busiest month of our year is coming up, Astrea!!!! Don’t forget to have your Sunwheels ready for 1 Astrea/Nov. 28th! (Please see the Janite calendar for details.) Further instructions will be given beforehand.

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May the blessing of the Mother be upon you and upon this world.

May the blessing of the Daughter be upon you and upon this world.

May the blessing of the Great Mother be upon you and upon this world.

Dark beyond the light and Light beyond the Darkness.

Blessed is She.

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See you on the day of the Spirit Moon!

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides