The final festival before the Nativity season celebrates Death as perhaps the most mysterious of the Mysteries of Life.
The image here represents Catrina, a central figure in the Mexican Day of the Dead festival. Though relatively recent in this elegant form, Catrina embodies a folk-tradition of the Aztec goddess Mictecacihuatl, Lady of the Dead, Keeper of the Bones. The festival is celebrated with altars to the honoured dead, with sugar skulls and crossed-bone buns, and with grave-visiting. Though the idea of death is very much to the forefront, it is far from a sombre festival and includes dressing-up and dancing.
Cuivanya, the Autumn Equinox festival, celebrates our Mother God as the Ground of All Being and the Creatrix of the World. As a Harvest Festival, it celebrates abundance of life — life as it comes to fruition and completion.
The Three Fates hold the threads of life and destiny. In the Greek tradition they are the Moirai: Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos. In the Scandinavian tradition they are the Norns: Urðr, Verðandi and Skuld. In Déanic religion, the three fates are considered to be a single Janya named Werde, who has three Persons: Maia, Werde and Kala. Maia is the Spinner, Werde the Weaver and Kala the Cutter. Three of the months of the Déanic Calendar are named for these Three Persons.
The Day of Werde is celebrated as part of the Mysteries of Life season.
Read more about the three manifestations of Werde.
Chelanya, often called the Golden Festival, opens the Mysteries of Life season. The Mysteries of Life may be seen as harvest festivals, as Nature's harvests reflect the metaphysical realities of the Spirit.
Symbols of Chelanya include the corn dolly and the crescent moon-shaped sickle.
The High Feast of Rosa Mundi marks the beginning of the Fire and Rose season.
Associated with the season is the motif of the Sleeping Beauty, who may be protected by thorns like the rose or by a circle of fire. The heart of the tale is the quest of the soul for the Spirit.
Sai Rayanna, Daughter of the Sun and first Raihiranya (Empress) of Sai Herthe, is said to have used the power of the Sun to defeat a demon invasion. The Sun is of course a primary symbol of Dea.
The three titles of the Divine Daughter are Princess of the World, Priestess of the World and Queen of Heaven. The May Day festival celebrates the Daughter as Queen of Heaven. In this celestial aspect She is often depicted with a crown of stars and with the moon at her feet, watching over and sending down blessings to the world.
In the Mythos of the Divine Maid, the Maid is restored to life by the tears of her Mother and walks on the Earth bringing all nature back to life. Flowers spring up as she passes.
Easter Day is also the first day of Spring and the first day of the year.
You can read more in All About Easter.
The association of Easter with eggs is a natural one as they represent new life at springtime, but there is also a deeper symbolism in connection with the creation of the world; in a very real sense, Easter is the re-creation of the world. See Great Dove of the Waters.
Now from the time when the Daughter of Heaven had passed through the first gate of Hell, a barrenness had fallen on the earth; and neither bird had sung nor any flower showed its beauty forth; nor was there joy in any heart. But when the Maid was slain upon the pillar of the world, an awful darkness fell on all the earth. And the rivers of the earth ceased to flow, but drained away into the salt sea, and the sea ceased to move, but stood still in awful stagnancy... And every growing thing began to wither from its roots.
From The Mythos of the Divine Maid
The story-beyond-time of the Maid's journey to the Dark Realm has been expressed throughout history; for some ancient examples see the article on Demeter and Persephone.
Many Filianists practice small acts of renunciation in preparation. Of course, our Moura disciplines are little more than tokens, but they are important tokens that help to align our will with the Will of Dea. Our Moura disciplines are simply the enactment of willingness and surrender that allows Dea to Act in us.
The Feast of Lights is the first festival of the Easter cycle and marks the Daughter's undertaking to carry the Light of the Mother into every part of manifestation, an undertaking that will lead Her to the Realm of Death.
Candles represent the frail flickering Light of the Daughter, a pure divine light that nonetheless "trembles before the winds of death". They are traditionally blessed during services at this festival, and candlelight processions may be held.
The Day of Sai Herthe is the festival of the home and the hearth-fire. The fiery center of the cozy fireside not only represents the heart of the home but is also symbolic of the Supernal Sun. The Sun in the Cosmos is incarnated by the hearth within the microcosm of the house just as it is by the heart within the microcosm of the body.
As many of us do not have hearth-fires in our modern homes, we may choose a shrine as a focal point, and light a candle to stand for the fire.
We wish all our readers a happy and blessed Nativity. May your faith and joy be enriched through the coming year.
You may like to listen to the beautiful Filianic carol "Hail to the Princess" and sing along!
The coming of winter also brings the joyous season of Advent, anticipating the Nativity of God the Daughter.
It is especially a time for preparing for the coming festival – not just the physical preparations in our homes but the spiritual readying of our hearts also.
The festival sees the embracing of death as one part of the soul's journey toward union with the Mother, and remembrance of loved ones, telling ghost stories, and decorating with skeletons are all a part of this.
Cuivanya, the central festival of the Mysteries of Life season, is often called the Harvest Festival, but while this is an important aspect, the festival is far more than a celebration of material bounty.
Chelanya opens the Mysteries of Life season and is the festival of regeneration. Celebrated on the cross-quarter day of summer, it marks the beginning of the harvest season, symbolic of the bounty of Dea.
It is known as the Golden Festival, reflecting the goldenness of both the summer sun and the ripening grain.
The Summer Solstice festival of Rosa Mundi opens the joyous Fire and Rose season. The celebrations with flowers and fireworks are the popular aspect of this deeply mystical festival which concerns ascent into heaven.
The final festival of the Easter cycle, falling half-way between the spring equinox and the summer solstice, celebrates the Daughter as Queen of Heaven. This ancient title reflecting Archetypal Reality has resurfaced in many times and places and is used today in the West for Mary and in the East for Ma-Tsu.
Part of the season of Eastre, the Day of Our Sovereign Lady celebrates the Daughter as Princess of the World.
And the children of the earth cried: lift up your voices in song and laughter, for the Princess of the World was dead and is alive again, was broken and is whole; and there is no place whereto Her joyous rule does not extend. Give praise to the Mother of All Things and praise to Her Daughter. Rejoice, for the world is renewed.
Happy Easter! Happy New Year!
The last day of Moura, which is the last day of the year and the first day of the Easter festival, is known as Kala. This is also the name of that aspect of Werde associated with cutting the thread of being. It is the day when the Daughter passes through the seven gates of the Nether World and is slain by the Dark Queen.
For more about this festival, which this year begins on March 18, read All About Easter.
For Filianists, it is a time of discipline and purification, being mindful of the Daughter's purpose and preparing for the renewal of the world at the New Year.
The Feast of Lights, also known as Luciad, is a day when candles are blessed and snowdrops often adorn the altar. Both are symbolic of the pure trembling light of the Daughter as she vows to take the light of the Divine even into the darkest places of manifestation.
And a cry issued out of the cave, saying: The holy Child is born from the most holy Mother; Light has come forth from Light, Perfection from Perfection. And at once the air was filled with the daughters of heaven, and the sky was ablaze with the radiance of their joy.
The joyous festival of the Nativity of the Daughter celebrates the birth of Light in the Cave of the World, the great Event that sustains the life of the cosmos.
A blessed Nativity to you all.
Amaterasu Omikami is the Japanese form of the great Sun Goddess. Her spiritual importance extends far beyond Japan.
The Feast of the Conception of the Daughter is at the heart of the Advent season and marks the transition between the two halves of the Sacred Year as Nativity approaches.
The whole universe is but the manifestation of the Spirit of Dea. All things, from the vast galaxies to a blade of grass, are Divine Ideas in the Mind of Our Lady infused into material substance. Traditionally "the World" refers both to the particular world we inhabit (the ground beneath our feet and all that stands thereon or flies above it) and the entire cosmos, both physical and non-physical.
The Day of Werde on 16th Vaskaras, 23rd August, celebrates the Janya of destiny, who spins and weaves the thread of our lives.
It provides an occasion for contemplating our personal fate, which is not fixed but influenced by our choices, and making resolutions for the future.
The dominant symbol of the festival is corn or wheat, which flourishes at the touch of the Sun, manifesting the rich Solar Gold upon the field of matter. The corn is also symbolic of sacrifice and resurrection, as it is cut down and grows again – in this connection it is usually paired with the sickle.
The Fire and Rose season opens on Sunday Rosea 9th (June 21st) with the High Feast of Rosa Mundi. The central theme of this festival is the ascent of maid to Heaven, the return of the soul to our Mother God.
See the article for the connection between Rosa Mundi and the story of the Sleeping Beauty.
Florimaia is the day when we celebrate the wonder and beauty of flowers, perhaps the loveliest of Our Lady's gifts to us.
Following our recent article on solar eclipses, Filianic blogger Myryam Hildotter has produced a very detailed article on the subject of eclipses and their dangers.
"And the children of earth threw blossoms before Her."
Welcome to this new year. Our Lady is risen and the world is renewed!
This year is a Year of Sai Rhave, which means that every month begins on Rhavedi (Saturday) and the influence of the Great Janya Sai Rhave is strong throughout the year.
The Daughters of Shining Harmony have produced a full calendar for this year giving all the festivals of the Wheel of the Year and other information of value to Filianists and other devotees of Our Mother God. Please find it here.
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These are the last days of Moura, the fifth season and the thirteenth month.
It will end soon with the feast of Kala, the Death of Our Lady, the end of the month, the end of the year, and symbolically, the end of the world.
After that comes the time that is no time, the Day that has no Date, when we veil the statues and try as far as possible to act as if there were no future.
Should that time miraculously pass; should the world and Our Lady somehow be reborn, there will be a glorious new year.
As the Sacred season of Moura begins,let us learn a little more about it.
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At the end of the secular year, we wish all our readers a very happy new year and take this opportunity to thank you for making this site the most popular resource on the web for the love and worship of our Mother God.
This year we had an average of around thirty thousand page views every month (December was closer to forty thousand).
To put this in perspective: the concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. If this site were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 12 sold-out performances for that many people to see it in an average month last year.
Our latest articles on the meaning of Christmas had hundreds of views within the first few days, as has become usual with major new articles on the site.
Thank you all for your loving support. We are honored to be able to serve you and our Mother God in the coming year.
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