Feast of Rosalia
9 Rosa/June 21
Stelladi/Wed. (Star day. Day of Madria Sofia.)
The Star is one of our Five Sacred Mystery Symbols. The North (guiding) Star is the Symbol of the third Mystery of Adoria, the Appearance (or Nativity) of the Holy Daughter. She is our Star of Hope, our Guiding Star and the Midnight Star of Wonder.
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. Blessed are You.
Today is the beautiful feast of Rosalia in the Janite Tradition or Rosa Mundi, which means Rose of the World, in the Filianic/Madrian Tradition.
It is the High Feast of the Celestial Mother, She Who is the Assumption of our souls. It is also the feast of roses.
Janites take the name of Rosalia, which means rose flower, from the ancient Roman festival of roses. (1)
Before the aftermath of Vatican II really took hold in the Catholic Church, the shrines of the Virgin Mary, which could be found both inside the churches and outside on the grounds, were laden with roses of every color and hue. Faithful devotees and families would carry them to church on the feast days of the Virgin Mary and place them at the feet of her statues. Dozens of candles would be lit in her honor. In this way, they celebrated Our Lady with fire and roses.
Today, Deanics offer roses to Our Lady in our hestia shrines and we sing to Her in sweet sounding hymns. We praise Her and thank Her in worship and we light a fire in honor of Her Fiery Rose Heart.
(Even candles, for those who do not have access to campfires, wood-stoves or fireplaces or are a form of natural Fire! And for those who cannot afford florist roses, grocery store roses or one or three good roses are fine. It’s also nice to wear a silk rose in our hair, today.)
The fire represents the flame of Our Lady’s love for Her children, a flame which resides in each of our hearts. It is up to us as to whether we fan this flame into the fire of Love, or if we let it smolder and turn to ash through neglect.
The rose is known as the queen of flowers. There is some controversy as to when the rose was first referenced in this way, but evidence appears to point to a date as early as 600 BC and was attributed to the Greek poetess, Sappho:
Would Jove appoint some flower to reign,
In matchless beauty on the plain,
The rose (mankind would all agree),
The rose, the Queen of Flowers should be. (2)
As such, it is only fitting that the rose eventually became associated with Our Lady, the Queen of Heaven.
The rose also represents the inner temple of our hearts. In Hermetic philosophy, the Rosa Mundi, or Rota Mundi, is the solar wheel of Apollo, the Lord of movement, of the ever passing/present moment. It is the Solar Citadel, the abode of the Heart, the symbolic center of the Supreme Center which is everywhere centered at once. It is a door through which this invisible place may be accessed by one with a pure heart and an unblemished soul. If one gains access to the center of the rose…” (3)
For Deanists, the solar wheel is that of the Supernal Sun, our Divine Mother God. It represents the inner temple of our hearts, which is in the shape of a rose. This inner temple is where the Divine Spark resides, the jana or gate to the Still Centre of Being.
2) But, within the innermost temple of thy heart shalt thou find the seas and the heavens and all the illimitable cosmos, 3) for the space within this temple is as vast as all the manifest universe. 8) Beyond life, beyond death is the temple, for it is the temple of the spirit. (The Temple of the Heart.)
In Esoteric lore, the seven petaled rose alludes to the secret doctrines of septenary emanation while the five petaled rose, the wild rose, represents the five Elements and Spirit.
In our religion, the Septenary Emanations are the Seven Janati while the five petals of the wild rose, represent the Five Mysteries in addition to symbolizing the Elements and Spirit.
Rosalia is also a feast day of the assumption of the Holy Daughter and our own promised assumption unto union and bliss with our Heavenly Mother in the Realm of Perfection or Pleroma.
So, let us celebrate this holy feast day with roses and with fire, for She is the Fiery Rose of Heaven.
Let us celebrate with worship and song, because She is Our Assumption.
Let us celebrate with joy and happiness, because She is Our Rose of Joy.
26) Know then, thy heart and render it to Me; 27) and I shall lead thee to the innermost temple of thy heart, whose form is the form of a rose. (The Temple of the Heart).
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May Our Lady bless you on this most holy day,
Blessed is She.
ArchMadria Candra Sophia
3) Joscelyn Godwin, in Robert Fludd – Hermetic Philosopher of Two Worlds. Shambala, Boulder, 1979: 10 [w/illustration.]” (Thanks to Madrina Sophia for contributing this info.)