The Trinity and the Apple Tree/Part 2: The Trunk of Light

100 year old bramley apple tree in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, England
100 year old bramley apple tree in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, England

3 Ourania/Oct. 5

Stelladi/Wed.

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O, Madria Sage, 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.

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Apple tree trunk at Bolton Orchards, Bolton, Massachusetts by Russell Steven Powell

12) Like to the bole (trunk) is that Spirit Herself, from Whom all creation flows. (The Seed of Truth).

As the canopy of the tree represents the Holy Daughter, so the Trunk represents the Divine Mother, the Genetrix of all Creation. And, just as the trunk is the strong core, bringing life to and supporting the swaying and dancing branches of the tree, so, too, is the Holy Mother the life-giving Core of the All. All creation flows out from Her and dances to Her Divine Melody.

This is further exemplified by those who teach about life between lives and near death experiences and that is that the Divine Mother is understood to be the Divine Core of Creation. She is truly the Genetrix of All Being and as the trunk of the tree swirls with life-sustaining energy, it is within Her that all energies flow.

18) Light is pure force, or energy or delight. It is the joy of the Goddess and Her breath and Spirit. 19) Light is the outpouring of Life into existence….

20) Though an existing thing appear ever so solid, yet its body is made of light. All material things are but consolidated force; and the vibration of force is their whole being. The Crystal Tablet.

Though the trunk looks solid and dense, all matter is merely consolidated light and all Light is energy as is borne out by quantum physics.

The solidity of the trunk, like the solidity of all matter, is an illusion. It is truly made up of light and the Holy Celestial Mother is Supernal Light.

The tree trunk is an incredible design. Outer tree bark protects the whole from potentially harsh cruelties of the world – while on the inside there is an intricate system of circulation and energetic flow. Trees are renewed from the inside out. This is sacred wisdom passed on from tree to humankind: Our prime source for renewal must first be activated from within. (1) See Madrina Sophia’s comment.

Our Lady with children of the world under Her mantle of protection

When I was a child in Catholic School, we would look up at the blue sky and pray that Our Lady would keep Her Mantle of Protection over us. As a young mother, I would ask Our Lady to spread Her Mantle of Protection over my home and my family.

The protective armor of the outer bark of the tree protects the life within, so, too, have I always believed in the power of Our Lady’s blue mantle to protect my home and loved ones. The power of Our Lady’s mantle has long been a tradition within Catholicism just as it is a tradition within the Deanic Faith.

  1. Ye that are weary with the world, ye that are lonely, ye that have suffered hardship, that have suffered hurt, come, gather about Me and be ye enfolded in my mantle. 4) Come, seek protection in My mantle, for I have turned no creature from Me; be thou sheltered in the folds of my garment. The Mantle.

Like the strong core of the tree that is made of light, the Holy Mother, Supernal Light, is the strong Core of all manifest Life. Like the bark which covers and protects the inner tree, Her Hallowed Mantle, Her Mighty Mantle, enfolds us all within Her loving, protective Force. With out the trunk, the tree could not stand. Without the Heavenly Core, Creation would collapse in and of itself. (3)

Praise be to the Celestial Mother, She Who is the Supernal Light and the Core of All Being.

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Silver Star of the Waters, Who has fashioned all the cosmos into being, beyond all knowing is the Splendor of Your Light. Enfold our spirits, beneath your Hallowed Mantle and may the Pure Stream of Your Grace flow with me, in this world and in all the worlds to come.

Eternal is the Light of the Mother.

Eternal is the Love of the Daughter.

Eternal is the Life of the Great Mother.

Blessed is She.

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ArchMadria Candra Sophia

(1). http://www.tokenrock.com/articles/ecointuiting-tree-symbolism-127.html

Madrina Sophia says:
I have been so inspired by ArchMadria Candra Sophia, that I wish to add my own thoughts at this point.

To continue the quote:

Furthermore, there is a section of tree anatomy called the Heartwood. It’s the centermost pillar of stabilization for the trunk of a tree. This center core, the Heartwood, supports the entire tree system. Ironically this heart is ‘dead,’ meaning there is utter stillness in biological reproduction within this area. (1)

This immediately caused me to think, of course the Heartwood is not biological, not matter, it is All Spirit of the Holy Celestial Mother.

12. For the Spirit is one, and I am the Spirit. 13. And you are the spirit also, in the innermost temple of your heart. (Title 3, Chapter 11 THE TEMPLE OF THE HEART)

As previously quoted:
Trees are renewed from the inside out. This is sacred wisdom passed on from tree to humankind: Our prime source for renewal must first be activated from within. (1)

23. Change that within you and the world without will change. But seek to change the world, and all of essence will remain the same. (Title 3, Chapter 4 THE SECRET OF THE WORLD)

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(2). https://willowplaceforwomen.com/symbolism-of-the-willow-tree/

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(3). Madrina Sophia says:
As a child I would gaze out at the starry sky and know that Mother God was watching over everyone and every creature and every thing from Heaven above.

Nut-the sky goddess (mesu nebu) by Michael Cash

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Scripture:

Title 3. Filianic Texts, or the collected sayings of the Daughter of Thea
Chapter 3, The Mantle
Chapter 4, The Secret of the World
Chapter 5, The Sermon of the Apple Seed
Chapter 11, The Temple of the Heart
and
Title 2. The Crystal Tablet

The Filianic Scriptures, New Celestial Union Version (Second Edition, Third Update)
Free download:
https://theahaus.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/fulltext-of-ncuv.pdf
(with thanks to Glenn King)

 

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The Trinity and the Apple Tree/Part I, the Canopy of Love

Solitary apple tree

1 Ourania/Oct. 3

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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125 Year Old Wolf River Apple Tree

The Seed of Truth has always been one of my favorite Deanic scriptures. These are the fundamental scriptures for the Sacred Season of Fall, a time when the fruit of the apple tree has reached its fullness and the Seasons of the Celestial Mother (Summer and Fall) eventually give way to the first Season of the Holy Daughter (Winter).

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As we know, when the apple is cut in half, five seeds appear in the shape of a pentagram. This pentagram represents the Seven Janati, the five cardinal directions, the five elements and so much more. The scriptures state that the apple seeds are symbolic of all the Wisdom that is reflected in the Order of the Cosmos.

Chinese Garden Canopy Tree

But the tree itself, it’s canopy, it’s trunk and it’s roots, radiantly represent the Divine Feminine Trinity. The canopy: the Holy Daughter. The trunk: the Celestial Mother. The roots: the Great Mother.

Let us look first, at the Canopy of Love.

Verse 11 from The Seed of Truth: Like to the spreading boughs is the Love that sustains all creation which is fallen from pure Spirit. Love is, of course, the Holy Daughter, Who eternally emanates from the Divine Mother just as Sophia emanates from the Barbelo; Lower Shekinah emanates from Higher Shekinah and similar to the birth of Persephone {or Kore, pronounced Kor-ee, which means, Maid} from Demeter and Sunna from Sol.

 

The World Tree
The World Tree by AnasteziA on DeviantArt

The Holy Daughter, as Divine Love, rules and sustains all of Creation. Like the spreading boughs or the canopy of the World Tree, the Love of the Daughter covers all of the Earth. The Energy of Love shelters the All.

As we read in The Crystal Tablet

30) Love is the force of Harmony by which all existence is made possible. 

33) It is Love that holds the drop of dew pendent upon a blade of grass…

34) It is Love that holds the stars within their courses and all the worlds of the immeasurable cosmos within the harmony of the celestial music.

35) Truly, all the cycles of the times and the seasons; all the rhythms of the soul and of the mind and of the body; truly all these flow from the love of our Lady, the Maid, that creation may not decompose, each several member flying away into black eternal chaos.

36) ….Love is the form. And it is by Love that the essence of a tree remains a tree. 

In every single place where we read Love, we may substitute the Holy Daughter. The Holy Daughter is the Force of Harmony by which all existence is made possible. It is the Holy Daughter Who holds the drop of dew. It is the Holy Daughter Who holds the stars and all the worlds in harmony. The Holy Daughter is the Form and it is by Her that the essence of a tree remains a tree.

Jewish Alexandrine philosophy teaches that Lower (Daughter) Sophia formed and ordered the natural universe and beneath Her are the Seven Planetary Powers.

Rudolph Steiner taught of Sophia: In this regard She is much more than the Creatrix and the Creation. She is the very substratum of the Cosmos and foundation of the Universe. She is the ground of being and the very beingness of existence itself. Just as Shakti is the divine consort of Shiva in this ever-unfolding Play of Consciousness*, Sophia is inseparable from Her Creation much like a tapestry is indistinguishable from the fabric and its threads. The highest understanding illuminates Anthroposophia as the weaver and the weaving, the thread and the fabric, the spinning wheel and the loom, the warp and the woof, as well as the tapestry itself and the space that it occupies. She is both the form of Creation and formlessness from whence it emerged. (1)

Of the Shekinah, we read: The Shekinah is the primordial Light of Creation… the Shekinah is the manifestation of the Feminine Divinity from the unnamed Wisdom Goddess of the Old Testament found in the Jewsh mystical systems known as the Kabbalah and Merkavah mysticism. (2) And, like Sophia, She is the World Soul. As Binah, She is the Pillar of Form. (3) And, as this Form, the Holy Daughter orders the Cosmos through Her great love, a love so great, that like Sophia/Shekinah, it caused a great ‘shattering’ of Herself in order to give of Herself.

for She has given a portion of Herself in order for each human to come into being in this world. In giving of Herself to humans, in this state of physical density and isolation, the World Soul becomes shattered. This shattering can be metaphorically grasped in considering what might happen to a glass alembic or flask when too much pressure is put upon in the alchemical works. Thus, the Shekinah represents the ultimate archetype of selfless sacrifice. All Her sacrifices have been for the benefit of creation so that humankind may experience this life in order to fulfill its destiny and purpose. (3). And, this is exactly how we understand the Sacrifice of the Holy Daughter. 

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The goddess, Ourania.

The inner beauty and underlying harmony of our religion is amazing. This is the time of year that is ruled by Madria Thema, Jana (Divine Gate) of Justice, Order and Harmony. In our religion, Fall is a time when we are reminded of the essential Harmony of the Cosmos. It is the time of Twilight when the first stars begin to appear in the skies.

These themes are especially reflected in the names of the first two months of our calendar, Abalon, for the sacred apple of Wisdom or Apple Land and Ourania, which means heavenly or cosmos. Ourania signifies the harmony and order of the universe. (Ourania was the Muse of Astronomy and she was the goddess of music, song and dance, all associated with the creation, order and harmony of the universe, i.e.; the music of the spheres.)

The Holy Daughter is the Divine Canopy which over-shadows and spreads itself over the All. It is only through Her Sacrifice, a Sacrifice that entailed the suffering of Her Descent through the Realms which resulted in the Shattering of Her Being as She becomes the World Soul  (as is said of both the Shekinah and Sophia) in order to give a portion of Herself to each of us. This reminds us of how Persephone must descend to the underworld, like a seed must be buried in the soil, before the Earth may blossom in splendour.

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This Shattering of Herself, in order to give each of us a portion of Herself, is celebrated with solemn reverence in our Great Liturgy and is the basis for our Communion Rite. It is the action of Pure, Sacrificial Love which sustains not only the Order and Harmony of the Cosmos, but also our very souls and which raises us to eternal life. The Holy Daughter, as the Form, Ruler and Sustainer of Creation, She Who has given us a Portion of Herself, is truly our Soteria, our Divine Canopy of Love. Blessed is She.

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Eternal is the Light of the Mother.

Eternal is the Love of the Daughter.

Eternal is the Life of the Great Mother.

Glorious is the Eternity of Dea.

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May Our Lady bless you.

Blessed is She.

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ArchMadria Candra Sophia

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1) http://cosmicconvergence.org/?p=12361

2) The Cosmic Shekinah by Sorita D’Este and David Rankine

3) http://www.universalkabbalah.net/Shekinah

Scripture:

Title 3. Filianic Texts, or the collected sayings of the Daughter of Thea
Chapter 5, The Sermon of the Apple Seed
and
Title 2. The Crystal Tablet

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)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sacred Month of Ourania

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1 Ourania/Oct. 3

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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Today marks the first day of Ourania, which means heavenly or cosmic.

This is my favorite month here in New England. Vibrantly hued leaves, orange pumpkins , strangely shaped gourds, golden hazed air, crisp blue skies and cheerful apple festivals rule the day; all culminating in the holy Feast of Samhain, a time when we remember those loved ones who have passed beyond the Veil.

The Full Cosmic Moon takes place on 14 Ourania/Oct. 16.

May Our Lady bless you,

Blessed is She.

 

A comment from a sister in the Faith

Re: Simple Methods to Pray the Rosary:

ArchMadria Pamela, this is such a comfort to me. I thought that I was not praying this correctly, just concentrating and saying the words.

Dear Ruth, thank you so much for your kind words. I’m grateful that this issue has been raised. It has helped me to realize that I must modify the directions on praying the rosary.

Honestly, it was not until I was a young adult that I learned that we were supposed to meditate on the Mysteries when praying the rosary and I was a life-long Traditional Catholic! The chanting of the Hail, Mary was supposed to be conducive to a meditative state.

But, I feel that while meditating on the Mysteries is important, this is something that can be done at other times, when not praying the rosary. It can also be done through studying the scriptures, for example or simply during times of quiet contemplation. My favorite way to pray the rosary is to simply to chant the prayers while concentrating on the Presence of Our Lady or while gazing at an image of her.

Thank you, Ruth.

Simple Methods to Pray the Rosary (in response to Under the Violet Moon)

19 Abalon/Sept. 23

Columbadi/Friday.

Today is named after the Dove (Columba means dove), one of our Seven Sacred Symbols which represents the Holy Daughter as Our Lady, Dove of Peace. Madria Grace rules this day. She is the Guardian of East and Water and the Jana (Divine Gate) of Compassion, Love and Mercy. She is also the Matron Jana of healing.

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O, Madria Grace, Jana of Compassion, Love and Mercy, 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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Recently, the author of Under the Violet Moon,

https://underthevioletmoon.wordpress.com/,

wrote an important article on the challenges that are often faced by those who are new to praying the rosary. For those coming from Protestant backgrounds along with devotees who were raised in the Novus Ordo (post Vatican II) Catholic Church, the rosary may seem foreign and overwhelming. At the end of this article, I offer several ways to pray the rosary in a simpler manner.

One reason why most Catholics, (until the post-Vat. II generation), prayed the rosary every day with such great devotion was due to the appearances of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In a majority of these apparitions, she always requested the daily rosary. It was considered to be the most powerful form of prayer short of the Catholic mass and many miracles and heavenly promises have been attached to it. It is traditionally understood to be a garden of roses which we offer to Our Lady.

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The contemplation of the Virgin Mary, her privileges, and the favors she bestows on her children was considered a joy exceeding all other joys. It was this joyful piety of the “Hail, Our Lady” that gave the name of the Rosary. In the Middle Ages, the symbol of joy was the rose. To crown one’s head with a garland of roses (a chaplet) was a sign of joy. The Virgin Mary was even called “a garden of roses.” In medieval Latin, a garden of roses is rosarium. 1

In so many images and statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we see her offering the rosary to us.

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While I no longer accept the veracity of every apparition, or, at the very least, I think the Church misrepresented them, I still believe in the rosary as a very powerful form of prayer. I’ve had way too many miracles happen in my life as a result of praying the rosary to ever doubt its efficacy. It is a direct line to Our Lady.

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In previous generations, entire families would gather to pray the rosary, together. I remember when visiting my relatives, all of my aunts, my mother and my grandmother would get down on their knees and pray ‘the beads’.

When I was young, around six or seven, I had rosary beads that ‘glowed in the dark’. It was comforting to lie beneath my blankets and pray my gently illuminated rosary in the night. I would sense/feel the presence of Our Lady, almost as if she was hovering over me while I prayed myself to sleep. Through the wearing of the Miraculous Medal (2) and praying the daily rosary, Our Lady was with me every day and always.

There is a funny story my mother always told me. When she was five years old, at a time when she was bilingual, her family would always pray the rosary in French. One day, my grandmother stopped praying in order to listen more closely to my mother’s recitation of the Hail, Mary. My mother related that she had no idea what she was saying wrong, but they never said the rosary in French, again. 🙂

So great was Catholic devotion to Our Lady and her rosary before the devastating aftermath of Vatican II, that most parishes had a weekly rosary night and some had a public rosary after mass on Sundays. We prayed the rosary during Marian processions and in church on her feast days. I used to conduct a neighborhood rosary, once a week. Those devoted to Our Lady of Fatima would hold a public rosary in their homes. We made rosaries for the missions and provided The Secret of the Rosary to whomever was interested.

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It was a very stirring experience to pray a public rosary. One side of the church would chant the first half of the Hail, Mary, while the other side would respond by chanting the latter half. It was a powerful time which bound us together as children of Our Blessed Mother, Our Lady.

It is important to understand that one is not obligated to pray the rosary if they are a Deanic devotee. In fact, the rosary is not even mandated for Catholics. As with all of our prayers, they are simply offerings of choice.

There are those who prefer to always pray in their own words; there are those who prefer to pray more formal prayers and there are those, like me, who pray both ways. Each devotee must pray in the manner that best suits their individual Soul Path and their personal inclinations.

For those who desire to pray the rosary and yet find it daunting, here are a few quick tidbits:

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(1) When you are new to praying the rosary, don’t worry about concentrating on the Mysteries. Don’t even try to meditate on them until you’ve been praying the rosary for such a long time that the words are second nature to you. It’s fine to simply concentrate on the words themselves, or to put yourself in Our Lady’s Presence by gazing at a statue, icon or even a candle flame while praying. Sometimes, I simply gaze at the sunlight glinting off the lake. In doing so, you will find that certain thoughts or inspirations might enter your mind. Don’t try to brush them aside, that is Our Lady communicating with you.

Once the prayers come second nature to you, even then it is still fine to       concentrate on the words or to quietly place yourself in the Presence of       Our Lady.

Oftentimes, I will think of a single aspect of the Mystery. For example, the first Mystery is Our Lady, Apple of Wisdom; She Who is the Ground of all Being. I might simply think about apple seeds or something else relevant from the appropriate scripture verses. Sometimes, I think about what Ground of All Being really means. I contemplate the spiritual meaning of Twilight or any of the aspects of this Mystery. Sometimes, I just think about Our Lady, Herself. There is no set way to meditate on the Mysteries. (Scripture verses will be added to our rosary page.)

(2) It is fine to pray just one or two septads a day. I recommend this for the Janati rosary. For example: On Sunnadi/Sunday, the septad in honor of Madria Theia may be prayed. On Lunadi/Monday, the septad in honor of Madria Candra. On Rosadi/Tues., the septad in honor of Madria Vicka, etc. The same can be done with the Janite Deanic rosary.

(3) The first part of the Hail, Mary comes directly from the New Testament and that was how the rosary was prayed for centuries. It wasn’t until the 16th century that the latter half of the rosary was added. And so, it is perfectly fine to simply pray the first half of the Hail, Mari which would be: Hail, Mari, Fount of Grace, glory be to Thee. Blessed art Thou, O, High Queen of Heaven and blessed is Thy beloved Daughter.

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I hope this has been helpful. If anyone has questions about praying the rosary, please contact us at Deanicfaith at gmail.com.

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Hail, Mari, Fount of Grace, glory be to Thee. Blessed art Thou, O, High Queen of Heaven and blessed is Thy beloved Daughter. Holy Dea, Mother God, bless us, Thy children, now and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

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(1) https://olrl.org/sacramental/rosary.shtml

(2)

http://www.amm.org/aboutamm/miraculous%20medal%20story.aspx

 

 

 

Happy Feast of the Harvest Hestia

17 Abalon/Sept. 21

Stelladi/Wed.

Today is named after the North Star, one of our Seven Sacred Symbols, which represents the Holy Daughter as Our Lady, Star of Hope. Madria Sofia rules this day. She is the Guardian of North and Air and the Jana (Divine Gate) of Intelligence, Intuition and Wisdom.

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O, Madria 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. Amen.

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Today is the Feast of Harvest Hestia or Harvest Home.

We wish all of our friends and devotees a day of gratitude and thanksgiving.

May Our Lady bless you and yours, always.

 

Harvest Hestia: The Nature of Gratitude

16 Abalon/Sept. 20

Rosadi/Tuesday.

Today is named after the Rose, one of our Seven Sacred Symbols, which represents the Holy Mother as Our Lady, Rose of Joy. Madria Vicka rules this day. She is the Guardian of South and Fire and the Jana (Divine Gate) of Courage, Strength and Valor.

(We will continue these informative explanations through next Rosadi.)

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Madria Vicka

O, Madria Vicka, Jana of Courage, Strength and Valor, be with us. May the Pure Stream of your Virtues flow within me, into this world and in all the worlds to come.

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Tomorrow, 17 Abalon/Sept. 21, is the Feast of Harvest Hestia. In our religious Tradition, an hestia is a home which has been blessed and consecrated to Dea, Our Divine Mother God.

On the feast of Harvest Hestia, we offer our gratitude to Our Heavenly Mother, not only for the great blessings of the Harvest, but also for the safety of our homes, for the blessings of our Faith and for our families, for our friends, our jobs and our daily joys. No matter where we are in our lives, even if we are struggling or have been going through tough times, there is always something for which we may offer our gratitude to Dea.

Gratefulness is a form of joy-filled humility. When we are grateful, we are not puffed up; we are not full of ourselves, rather we acknowledge the Fount of all Joy, a Source higher than ourselves; She Who is Our Divine Mother. For what Mother would not wish to fill Her child’s life with Joy?

When we search our lives to discover those things for which we are truly grateful and then offer up that gratitude to our Heavenly Mother, this gratitude is not only an expression of our love and thankfulness towards Her,  it also helps to lift our minds into a more positive light. It becomes a source of comfort to our souls. The expression of gratitude is a Grace-filled way of erasing the negativity which weighs heavy on our minds and which tends to drag down our hearts into the muddy mire of our personal dramas.

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Gratitude is an important concept in the Universe. The late Dr. Masaru Emoto, author of The Hidden Messages in Water series, taught that love and gratitude are the vibration of true healing. This is the vibration of life. In his teachings of Hado, he states: “Hado creates words. Words are the vibrations of nature. Therefore beautiful words create beautiful nature, ugly words create ugly nature. This is the root of the universe.” (1)

Words are the outward expression of an inner emotion.

As we read in the Teachings of the Daughter, Chapter 1 (SMR edition):

Thoughts of the mind pass not away, nor vanish into air. For every thought is a builder in the subtle world that lieth about thee.

20) Forget not the power of words, for a word hath all the power of a thought and a thought hath power to move the Earth and the Heavens.

Both as a word and as an emotion, gratitude is a much more powerful force or energy than is commonly realized. As Dr. Deepak Chopra states, “Gratitude is an immensely powerful force that we can use to expand our happiness, create loving  relationships, and even improve our health.”

Psychologists recently began to study the effects of gratitude upon the psyche. Some of their findings are:

  • Improved physical, emotional, and social well-being
  • Greater optimism and happiness,
  • Improved feelings of connection in times of loss or crises
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Heightened energy levels
  • Strengthened heart, immune system, and decreased blood pressure
  • Improved emotional and academic intelligence
  • Expanded capacity for forgiveness
  • Decreased stress, anxiety, depression, and headaches
  • Improved self-care and greater likelihood to exercise
  • Heightened spirituality — ability to see something bigger than ourselves. (3)

On a spiritual level, gratitude, when it truly comes from the heart and the soul, i.e., from our True Self, is the highest form of prayer. It is a gentle expression of Joyful-Love. At its fullest, it is physically possible to feel this emotion within the heart. We experience it as inner pulses of joy within our heart chakra.

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Whether we are speaking about anger, love, moroseness or joy, emotions are a state of being. As a state of being, we may be or exist in a state of anger or we may be or exist in a state of gratitude. As an emotion, there are some who believe that gratitude is the most important emotion in the Cosmos and feel that it is the key to a more peaceful world. (4)

These findings contain an important insight: gratitude is, above all, a social emotion. It’s possible to be happy or miserable and for those feelings to have nothing to do with other human beings. But gratitude is always about your connection to the outside world, to someone who has extended a hand to help you. (When you feel grateful to something non-human, such as fate, or the weather, it’s likely you’re thinking of it as an agent with intention – personifying it. Even atheists say “thank God”.) (4.) (This is an inspiring article about survivors of the Holocaust and their stories of gratitude.)

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Gratitude flows out from love. During these dark times, this era of seemingly utter despair and depravity during which we live, perhaps gratitude is a key towards a more Golden future for our world. On a microcosmic level, the emotion of gratitude is important as we express it in our daily lives. When it flows, like a wave, from our personal life towards our families, our friends and on into our towns and out into the world, it becomes significant on a macro-cosmic scale.

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When we are consciously manifesting the emotion of gratitude outward into the world, it does not just dissipate into the air. It is not annihilated. As emotions are a form of energy, they can never be entirely annihilated. They are eternal and, as with the effect of the word gratitude on water crystals, they must go somewhere and affect someone or something. On a quantum level, emotions are a living reality and we create them on a subconscious or conscious level, whether we realize it or not.

4) Every crossroads is a choice, and every choice has a spiritual meaning. 5) In each turning, we choose either to come closer to Perfection or else to move away from Her. 6) In the first way, the soul perfects herself in beauty; in the second, she grows duller and more coarse. (The Crystal Tablet, verses 4-6. SMR edition.)

Just as a brook meanders away from a great river, gratitude flows out of the Living Stream of Madria Theia, She who represents the Celestial Mother. Gratitude flows from Illumination, Joy and Benevolence. Ultimately, it stems from Our Celestial Mother Who is Supernal Joy and She wishes to extend this Joy into our lives. We must learn to always recognize these daily joys and to consciously express humble gratitude each and every day.

Starting tomorrow, as we sit down to our Harvest feasts, let us begin this first day on the rest of our Soul Path by consciously practicing gratitude.

May the blessings of Harvest Hestia be with you and those you love.

Let us bless the Queen of Heaven.

Blessed is She.

Let us thank the Seven Janati of Power.

Thanks be to the Seven Janati.

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(I recommend this lovely article: Creating an Autumnal Equinox Celebration: https://www.wildgratitude.com/how-to-autumnal-equinox-celebration/).

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

  1. http://masaru-emoto.net/english/index.html
  2. http://www.chopra.com/articles/cultivate-the-healing-power-of-gratitude
  3. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/randy-kamen-gredinger/the-transformative-power-_2_b_6982152.html
  4. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/oct/30/gratitude-most-important-emotion