The Day of Maia
The Day of Maia is a minor festival falling on the first day of Maia (Maia 1st/April 18th) - the second month of Spring in the Déanic calendar.
Maia is the first person of the Werde Triplicity. Each member of this Triplicity has her own festival day during the year.
Maia is the creative principle and thus (in a minor sense) related to the concept of the Mother-Creatrix in the feminine Holy Trinity itself.
However it must be understood that while the Mother is both Essence and Substance, Maia governs more the substantial aspect of creation.
While the name Maia can be taken (in Tellurian terms) to be Graeco-Roman, it is also found in Sanskrit (as Maya) where it refers to the world-illusion. In Classical myth Maia is the mother of Hermes/Mercury. In Buddhism, Maya is the name of the mother of the Buddha. Naturally both Hermes/Mercury and the Buddha (derived from Budhi - the planet mercury) are names of Sai Mati.
Why is Sai Mati seen as the daughter of Sai Maia? In Tellurian traditon, this is perhaps best explained with reference to Vedantic Sankhya philosophy, which shows that "the first degree of the manifestation of Atma is Buddhi, the higher Intellect" and that Buddhi, viewed in relation to the domain of individual manifestation (our domain) is its immediate but transcendent principle, just as the subtle domain, or Anima Mundi is the immediate but transcendent principle of manifestation as a whole.
In other words, since Sai Maia is the very basis of the projection of Essence or the Supreme Spirit (Atma) into manifestation, her very first production must be Sai Mati, the higher Intellect (Buddhi) which is the transcendent principle of all other manifestation.
Returning to Sai Maia herself, she is the all-creative principle. She is associated with ignorance, or nescience, because if we could see truly we would see through the world-illusion of manifestation and see that in truth there is only the Spirit, our Mother God.
However, in feminine thealogy, this "illusion" and "nescience" is not regarded as a purely negative thing as it is in some of the more world-denying patriarchal doctrines. It is far more sutble, since the world is the beautiful and generous manifestation of Our Mother God, allowing us to enjoy Her bounty and loveliness at the spiritual level we currently find ourselves.
As it says in the Devi Gita:
Through Thy power of nescience doth the world appear, like to a rope appearing as a serpent or as a garland of flowers.
This really sums up the dual understanding of Sai Maia in traditional feminine religion. Maia is Dea's "power of nescience" - that is both (in a certain sense) illusory and also all-creative. The world may be illusion, but it is a beautiful dream created for us by our loving Mother - and whether She is creating the world of Maya (Maia) or delivering us through Pure Knowledge, this is all part of Her Divine play.
The analogy of mistaking a rope for a serpent (referring to mistakenly seeing the material universe, which is but illusion) is common to Vedantic writing, but only in the feminine Scriptures is its positive aspect also stressed" "as a serpent of a garland of flowers" - for flowers, with all their variety, color, form and abundance are the perfect symbol of the vast, opulent beautiful and loving creativeness of Our Mother God.
The Day of Maia is the celebration of that loving abundance and, not accidentally, it i also celebrated as a flower festival. As the year begins to blossom in every way, we celebrate the beauty and generosity of Our Mother's manifested universe - the garland of flowers she has given to her children.
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