Of Rainbows and Fairies

8 Rosa/June 20

Feast of the Fairie Queen

O, Madria Vicka, Jana of Courage, Strength and Valor, may the Pure Stream of Your Virtues flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come. Blessed are You.

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12) And the Mistress of All Things was filled with delight and ran laughing through the forests of the Earth. 13) And every peal of Her voice became the image of a silver fragment of Her Spirit. 14) And the trees and rivers were filled with nymphs and every kind of sprite and all were Her daughters. And Her love for each was inexhaustible, for each was a reflection of some boundless fragment of Her unbounded Spirit. 16) And to each was given the governance of some earthly thing. The Mythos of Creation, verses 12-16

Tonight is the Feast of the Fairie Queen Aine, who was once a Celtic Mother Goddess. It is also the feast of the fairies and Nature spirits.

We see from the above scripture that these beings are also the daughters of Dea and She loves them. They have been given the governance of a portion of Nature, be it flowers, trees, brooks and all of Nature.

Since moving to my camp on the lake, we have seen three double-rainbows hovering over the lake. Each time the lower arc was exceptionally brilliant, each color so vibrant, all other colors looked like a washed-out pastel in comparison. They always remind me of the things we are not able to see every day….like fairies.

There is no Rite of Sacrifice or liturgy served this evening. This is a Twilight of magick, mystery and wonder.

I offer for you, just for fun, an excerpt from my book. This is copy-righted material and may not be used or copied in any way or form. Thank you. 

    Regina took in her breath and watched, open-mouthed, as long fire trails of every color imaginable flashed and streaked high above them. The streams of light splayed out in all directions before dying out, only to be replaced by new sets of ever-widening trails of fire-color. Sparks shot off in all directions, resembling shooting stars racing across a clear, midnight sky. Booms and whizzing noises followed each new burst of color.

     The finale began with the entire night sky being lit up by hundreds of fire trails looping and crisscrossing all at once. The very air itself was ablaze with shining shades of gold, copper, bronze, red and indigo resembling curtains of Northern Lights. Regina was so delighted; she joined her new friends in wolf-whistling between her fingers.

    Finally, all fireworks ended. The last trail diminished overhead.  A treble rainbow appeared; one rainbow atop the other graced the sky as if performing this nature-defying feat entirely of its own accord. The bowed arcs dimmed and imploded in an explosion of spark-emitting diamonds which showered back to the ground and melted into puddles of liquid colors.

     Thunderous applause, hoots and whistles from the audience expressed their enjoyment of the stunning finale.

   Kalin and Miss Moss appeared together on the stage. The Elder and the Guardian waited patiently while the last of the audience sat back down. When all was quiet, Miss Moss formerly nodded her head towards the back of the circle, behind the audience and beyond the Stones.

     As one, the audience turned their heads, wondering what was to come next. Everyone had assumed the fireworks completed the Celebration.

    A collective gasp escaped the crowd when a line of hovering green orbs entered the circle. Regina looked around at the faces of the audience, trying to figure out what was going on. The audience immediately stood-up and from the looks of sheer astonishment on the villager’s faces, Regina surmised that whatever was happening was not a normal event.

     Each opaque bubble was a bit larger than a softball. They bobbed slightly up and down in mid-air, as they flowed gracefully, up to the podium like little escaping balloons. The people in each aisle bowed their heads and kept them bowed from the time the first bubble approached their row until the last, much larger orb had passed them by.  Their actions gave Regina the feeling that perhaps she was in the presence of some type of royalty.

     Slowly and respectfully, the green orbs circled around Kalin and Miss Moss before heading away from the table and back down towards the rear of the circle from which they had entered.

     The very last larger bubble broke away from the floating formation and lilted straight towards Regina. She could sense those around her stiffen as the Being approached.

     The orb came to a hovering rest right in front of her face. The sweet fragrance of lilacs emanated from the orb. A faint tinkling sound reached her ears that reminded her of shattering crystal. Try as she might, Regina could not see through the bubble to glimpse what could possibly be inside.

    Seemingly satisfied with what the Being within the orb saw in Regina, the bubble hovered over her head for a moment and then touched her forehead. The touch felt surprisingly cool.  The largest orb then languidly bobbled to the rear of the retreating line of green bubbles and finally vanished beyond the rear Circle Stones.

     It was with humiliating embarrassment that Regina realized she was the only one still standing.  Everyone around her, including Gabriel, Saari and the others were bowed low on bended knee. She felt her face flush a deep red. She must have committed some horrible village blunder and there was no way she could possibly make up for it. She tried to kneel down before anyone else noticed, but it was too late. Gabriel, Saari and the rest, together with the other villagers around her, stood up and regarded her with silent awe. (Copyright, Pamela M. Lanides). 

Don’t forget to leave a fairie feast, tonight!

May the Queen of the Fairies, Aine, bless us and bless all of Nature.

 

 

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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