Looking Up to the Heavens

23 Ceres/Aug. 2

Artwork by Breanna Glasson (An accompanying prayer, by Michelene Glasson may be found here:

http://www.faithhopecharity.org/434930823.)

           

This picture was discovered by Miss Taylor, of the Auroran Filianic Tradition, and posted on her tumblr account:  https://praisestoaurora.tumblr.com/.

For Deani/Filiani, this painting is breathtaking in its significance. Though the artist is apparently Morman, for those of us who are Deani/Filiani, it clearly portrays the Celestial Mother and the Holy Daughter with the Sacred Star of the Daughter’s Nativity shining in the background. The star in the painting is the North Star.

For the Janite and Lucienne Traditions, the North Star is the Sacred Star of the Nativity of the Holy Daughter. It is the Symbol of Winter and one of the Five main Symbols of our Holy Mysteries. Wed., in the Janite calendar, is named Stelladi, in honor of this Nativity Star.

Serene Mother Ghrian has recently been doing some research on the further significance of the North Star and she has discovered that it is actually a binary (Mother/Daughter) and Triple (Trinity) star. It is also known as the Lodestar (a star the leads or guides).

Interestingly enough, the North Star, also known as Stella Polaris, is in the Little Dipper or Ursa Minor (the Little Bear). This constellation has seven stars.

Other seven star constellations in the northern hemisphere are the Corona Borealis (the Northern Crown), the Big Dipper or Ursa Major, the Pleiades or Seven Sisters among others. The Northern Crown looks like a semi-circle with the stars as embedded jewels. Though much fainter and harder to spot, the Seven Sisters are one of the few constellations that can be seen  anywhere on Earth.

 

The Northern Crown, or Corona Borealis, has always been one of my favorite constellations. According to Serene Mother Ghrian’s research, the Northern Crown is also known as Caer Arianrhod or Castle Silverwheel and, alternatively, it is known as Caer Sidi or Castle Revolving.

 From Serene Mother Ghrian,  “There is also an Earthly correspondence to the heavenly Caer Arianrhod on an Island in the ocean off the West coast of Wales (comparable in symbolism to the other Celtic Mystical Isle of the West, Avalon). “

As Serene Mother Ghrian further speculated from a Deanic perspective: “it can be discerned that later The Patriarchal legend about Arianrhod scrambles the original Matriarchal mythos of Arianrhod by having a Virgin-Maiden, Arianrhod suddenly give birth [become Mother] to two sons, one heavenly/solar, and one earthly/marine, and then run off embarrassed, rejecting, abandoning, them both [to be raised by foster fathers]. However, the Starry Heavenly Constellations, and the Isle of the Sea, [both named after the Goddess Arianrhod] declare the true story. 

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Both Her children are daughters and their mother acknowledges, protects, rears each of them.  The Big Dipper [Big Mother Bear] protects the Little Dipper [Little Daughter Bear].  The two daughters are also symbolic of the Divine Daughter, in Her two roles as Queen of Heaven and Princess of Earth.  Arianrhod is said to be a Lunar Goddess as well as a Star Goddess, and this lunar symbolism matches with the Divine Daughter’s Lunar symbolism [the Heavenly Moon regulating the Tides of the Earthly Sea].”

I used to spend night after night after night with my star chart and telescope gazing at the stars, the planets and wondering about the Cosmos. It was enthralling to learn to identify all the constellations and to be able to navigate the celestial wonders above me.

Now, I can see how important it was for the ancients to be able to paint their myths amongst the stars.

When I see the Northern Crown, I will see the Crown of Our Lady.

When I spot the Seven Sisters, I will think of the Seven Janati.

When I view the seven-starred Ursa Major and the seven-starred Ursa Minor in the night skies, I will envision the Celestial Mother watching over and protecting Her Most Beloved Daughter.

And when I look up to the North Star, Stella Polaris, I will welcome the Holy Daughter, our Guiding Light, Who is an hidden Trinity.

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Thanks to ArchMatrona Ghrian of the Lady of Light Chantry and Miss Taylor of the Auroran Filianic Tradition for their contributions to this post.

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May Our Lady bless you,

Blessed is She.

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ArchMadria Candra Sophia

 

 

 

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Sacred Season of Fall ruled by Madria Thema

2 Abalon/Sept. 6

Rosadi/Tues.

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

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The Sacred Season of Fall

As we faced South and bid farewell to the Noontide of Summer, during which we honored the Celestial Mother as the Rose of Joy, we expressed gratefulness for all its blessings and benefits. Now, as the Wheel spins yet again, we turn to the West and enter the time when we honor the Twilight of Autumn; a time when we revere the Holy Mother as the Apple of Wisdom.

Ruled over by Madria Thema, whose Feast Day is 1 Abalon/Sept. 5, Fall is the time of year when the last of the harvest is gathered and we prepare our hestias (homes consecrated to Dea) and our souls for the deep darkness of winter.

Like Spring, Fall is a time between times; a time of transition from one state of being to another. Where Spring marks new beginnings, Fall marks a time of endings; a time when those aspects of our lives which no longer serve us are cast off in order to plant new seeds of Wisdom and Grace within our souls. These seeds will germinate in our inner gardens through the Winter in order to better serve us at the Aurora (Dawn) of Spring.

It is a time to examine our lives and see where we are headed. We need to ask ourselves if our current Path, our goals and our life events are the ones which are true to our souls, to our higher selves. It is often said that where we are in our lives as we approach death is where we will begin our new lives in our next incarnation. 

I sometimes ponder what kind of person I would like to be in my next life and then begin to work on those goals. I would like to be kinder and more harmonious. I would like to attain an inner serenity that I have not had in this life. I wish to be faithful to Dea. I want to strive to  remember that my moods and words affect those around me. These are some of the inner seeds of Wisdom that I wish to plant in my soul-garden.

During this time, I have realized that there is much that I must let go in order for the seeds that I have planted to grow and to be nourished. I must take care that these seeds will not be destroyed by the choking weeds of strife and disharmony. It’s a time for me to concentrate on living my Faith, caring for my family and for being true to my True Self.

Though eternity is out of time, here, in manifest creation, time is considered sacred because each moment of life is sacred. Each hour, each day, each month and each Season of life is holy and is meant to be lived to its fullest with gratitude. Even during times of trial and suffering, there is always something to be found for which we may be grateful and Our Holy Mother and the Great Janati are always ready to assist us. I am grateful for my Faith and for my family.

 

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The Twilight time of Autumn, which is associated with the Element of Water in our Tradition, is a time of intuition and introspection. It is a time to assess our emotions and to search out those areas of our lives where we may foster greater Order and Harmony. Once our souls are ruled by Harmony, this Grace, which stems from the Fountain of Madria Thema, will flow within us, through this world and in all the worlds to come, as our beautiful Silver Star of the Waters prayer so aptly states.

The Apple or Abal from the Old Welsh, is the symbol for this Season containing within, the five seeds of wisdom. I bless and wear an apple pendant during this Season in honor of Our Lady, Apple of Wisdom.

May Our Lady bless you,

Blessed is She.

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Title 3, Chapter 5 THE SERMON OF THE APPLE SEED

1. From the branch of a tree, the Daughter plucked an apple, and She split the apple in two halves, so that the five-pointed star formed by its seeds might be seen. 2. Then She removed the seed representing the topmost point, and held it in the palm of Her hand. And She spoke, saying: 3. “Like to this apple seed is all the teaching I have given and shall give to you. 4. Like to the full apple is all the knowledge relative to your sphere of being, 5. Like to all the other apples of the tree is the knowledge relative to all the numberless spheres. 6. But behind these spheres lies a deeper reality; changeless, beyond the impermanent flux of time. 7. For even as the apple turns from bud to bloom, from blossom to the fruit, ripens, matures, decays and is reborn; 8. so also shall the spheres and galaxies, the subtle realms, the sure and solid earth; so shall all these in their season pass away, and in their season be reborn again. 9. Thus has it been ten thousand times before, and countless times again, thus shall it be.

From our calendar:

The Sacred Season of Fall. Season of the Celestial Mother as the Apple of Wisdom.

Jana: Madria Thema. Element: Earth. Elemental Color: Green. Liturgical colors: Blue and Purple. Direction: West. Time of Day: Twilight. Mystery: Our Lady, Apple of Wisdom.

Abalon (Old Welsh meaning Appleland.): Sept. 5 – Oct. 2

1 Abalon/Sept. 5- The Feast of Madria Thema.

17 Abalon/Sept. 21- Mabon: Harvest Festival.

Full Moon: Apple Moon.

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Ourania: (Meaning Heavenly, Cosmic: in this case meaning Cosmic Order): Oct. 3 – Oct. 30.

Full Moon: Cosmic Moon.

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Shimovane: (Older form of Samhain meaning Summer’s End.): Oct. 31- Nov. 22.

1 Shimovane: Samhain: Feast of the Dead.

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Jana: Madria Thema, which means, Queen and also Divine and natural Law, Order and Harmony.
Virtues: Order, Harmony and Justice.
She is of the four-fold Earth and is Guardian of West and Earth.
Feast Day: 1 Abalon/Sept. 5
Planet: Jupiter.
Weekday: Abaldi/Thurs. (Abal is the old Welsh for apple.)
Metal: Tin
Color of Robes: Blue and purple.
Note: F (fa)
Element: Earth
Bird: Swan
Incense: Amber, Frankincense, Benzoin, Pine Resin, Dragon’s Blood, Sage, Cloves and Copal
Sacred Oil: Cedarwood
Sacred Herb: Mugwort.
Sacred Flower: Marigolds
Sacred Tree: Oak
Sacred Jewel: Jade
Sacred Symbol: The Apple.
Mantra: O, Madria Thema, Jana of Order, Harmony and Justice, be with us.