Tamala is a three-day fire festival known as the Feast of the Dead, celebrated with bonfires, candle lanterns and fireworks. Death is the last of the mysteries and Tamala appropriately brings to a close the Mysteries of Life season.
Pictured is Atropos, the Greek Fate who cuts the thread of life. She should not be seen as shortening life but as signifying its proper completion.
The generous outpouring of Divine Life symbolized by the fruits of the harvest is the central mystery of the Mysteries of Life season.
The Mysteries of Life season opens with Chelanya, the Festival of Regeneration. The grain harvested to be resown for the new crop is emblematic of this mystery.
Chelanya is known as the Golden Festival, the ripening grain and the summer sun reflecting the Solar Mother.
The image here is Demeter, the Mother in the Greek Mother and Daughter mythos that formed the heart of the Eleusinian Mysteries. She carries the sickle and a sheaf of grain, symbolic of regeneration.
Midsummer is the beginning of the half-year of festivals concerning the Mysteries of the Mother, Creatrix of the Universe.
The central festival of Summer is Rosa Mundi, which opens the season of the Fire and the Rose. The season is a solar-lunar one, beginning with the summer solstice and ending with the full moon, this year almost two weeks later.
It is celebrated with bonfires, fireworks and displays of roses. Fairies and other subtle entities are felt to be about and magic and divination are traditionally practiced.
Queen of Heaven is perhaps the most ancient of all religious titles, appearing all over the world. For example, in ancient Sumer she was known as Inanna, in the Levant as Astarte, in Egypt as Isis, in Greece as Hera (pictured here enthroned) and in Christian Europe as Mary.
In the Filianist faith, the Divine Daughter is both Queen of Heaven and Princess of the World, ruling over all with love and gentleness.
The Daughter is risen, Spring has sprung and the new year has begun.
The renewal of the world in springtime is associated with its creation and the World Egg. The egg has through many cultures been a primary symbol of this time of year. The dyeing of eggs symbolizes the wonderful variety of manifestation.
The brave and trembling snowdrop, the fragile crescent moon and the flickering light of the candle symbolize the birth of the Daughter's own light. Luciad, also known as the Feast of Lights, celebrates Her vow to take the light of the Divine even into the lowest and darkest places of manifestation, bringing hope to every lost creature.
Reminders of death – memento mori – are seen in carved lanterns, sugar skull candy, and dangling skeletons and ghosts, though the atmosphere of the festival is notably upbeat and even exciting.
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. One of its particular symbols is the apple.
The festival of high summer, Chelanya, is the festival of regeneration, symbolized by the grain harvest. Golden sunlight is poured into life-giving crops, the first fruit of Our Mother's bounty for the first feast of the Mysteries of Life.
The image here shows Chicomecoatl, the Aztec Corn Mother.
Rosa Mundi is the Summer Solstice Festival of Our Mother God.
The festival celebrates the ascent of maid to Heaven. Since Heaven is not only "upward" but "inward", the journey prefigured in the Rosa Mundi festival is also into "the innermost temple of your heart, whose form is the form of a rose".
May Day is the Festival of the Queen of Heaven, celebrated with flowers and dancing and the coronation of the Queen of the May.
Queen of Heaven is an ancient title reflecting an archetypal reality that the human heart readily responds to. The image here is the Chinese Queen of Heaven, Mazu, who has statues and temples all over the world.
The Divine Maid dies on the Pillar of the World and the world she sustains begins to die too. This is expressed in a poignant Easter Hymn.
She is restored to life by the tears of Her Mother and Her return brings all nature back to life and restores the world.
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The Feast of Lights, also known as Luciad, celebrates the vow of the Daughter to take the light of the Divine even into the deepest and darkest places of manifestation. Candles and snowdrops are associated with the day, reminders of the Daughter's gentle light, which is also symbolized by the light of the moon.
The Mysteries of Nativity and of the Hearth are closely related and bound up with the Northern Gate of Heaven through which the Princess of the World enters our homes and hearts.
The festivals of early winter pave the way for the celebration of the Nativity of God the Daughter.
The Commencement of the Advent sees the start of preparations for the season, while on the Feast of the Conception we contemplate the Mystery of the Daughter's coming.
While it is known especially for its tradition of pleasant frights - scarily carved pumpkins, ghost stories, witch costumes – the late-autumn festival of Tamala is a part of the Mysteries of Life season and concerns the end of life and the restarting of the cycle.
During the three-day festival, we remember the departed and look forward to eventual reunion - which is ultimately of course our reunion with the Spirit.
Cuivanya, the Autumn Equinox festival, celebrates our Mother God as the Ground of All Being and the Source of All Life.
Divine Life is present throughout the cosmos, in all creation, and this autumnal equinox festival traditionally expresses that through the agricultural symbolism of the harvest, which is not simply a "metaphor" but a ritual in the fullest and deepest sense of the word.
The Mysteries of Life season opens with Chelanya, often called the Golden Festival, which celebrates regeneration. The principal symbol of the festival is grain of all kinds, cut down to rise again in the cycle of time.
The image shows the Slavic Great Mother Makosha or Mokosh who is strongly associated with the Mysteries of Life.
The Rose of the World festival, Rosa Mundi, begins the Fire and Rose season.
It is a time when the veil between the worlds is thin and magic is all around.
This festival is especially associated with the soul's quest for union with the Spirit our Mother.
The three titles of the Divine Daughter are Princess of the World, Priestess of the World and Queen of Heaven. The May Day festival, the final festival of the Easter season, celebrates the Daughter as Queen of Heaven. The crowning of the Queen of Heaven is often reflected in celebrations by the crowning of statues or of a chosen May Queen.
The Easter season follows the Daughter of Heaven as she takes the light of the Divine to the deepest of the places of darkness, dies and is reborn and ascends to become the Princess of the Earth, our Sovereign Lady, as recounted in Mythos of the Divine Maid.
Easter Day is also the first day of Spring and the first day of the year, this time the year of Sai Raya, the janya who represents the golden Solar Principle and gives health, abundance and life to all creation.
You can read more in All About Easter.
The Feast of Lights, also known as Luciad, is the primary festival of the Daughter as Light Bringer, with her promise to bring Divine Light to every corner of the universe. It signals the beginning of the end of Winter and is the very first festival of the Easter season.
Candles and snowdrops are associated with the day, reminders of the Daughter's gentle light.
We wish all our readers a happy and blessed Nativity. May your faith and joy be enriched through the coming year.
The Birth of the Daughter is a universal Event that in one sense took place "before" time as we know it. In another sense it takes place constantly and sustains the universe in being. Both these things are hard for a time-bound being to grasp, and so – as in all such things – Dea has given us other ways to see it. We can see it as taking place annually, as part of the Cycle of the Year, and this is the way it manifests for us on this world.
Tamala, the final celebration of the Mysteries of Life season, is a three-day fire festival known as the Feast of the Dead. Festival fires include blazing bonfires and the flickering candles in turnip lanterns and carved pumpkins.
A theme of the festival is re-connection with the spirits of the departed and the union of souls.
The Feast of Divine Life, the Autumn Equinox festival, celebrates our Mother God as the Ground of All Being and the Creatrix of the World. The keynote of the festival is abundance, the flow of spiritual blessings represented on the material plane by the harvest. Its symbols include the sickle, the cornucopia and the apple.
Chelanya, the Golden Festival, 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.
The image here is Ceres, the Roman mother goddess, with her particular motif of ripe grain. Note the snakes, also a symbol of regeneration from the shedding of their skin.
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 connected with the Southern Gate of 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. This image depicts a garlanded icon of the Queen of Heaven from eastern Europe.
Happy Easter, everybody! Mother and Daughter are reunited and the spring is here.
The world is renewed in springtime and the egg has for long ages been associated with this time. Ancient cultures including the Chinese, the Egyptians and the Romans decorated eggs to celebrate the coming of spring.
The Feast of Lights, also known as Luciad, is the first festival of the Easter cycle. It is a custom on this day for the coming year's candles to be blessed. Candlelight is symbolic of the gentle light of the Daughter that lightens the darkness of the world.
The Day of Sai Herthe, celebrated on the 7th Day of Nativity, is the Festival of Hearth and Home.
Her Name shall be called Inanna
For She shall be Lady of Heaven
And the star vanished from the sky and yet its light remained. And the shape of the light became a vision. And the vision was a vision of the Mistress of All Things, bearing in Her arms the Holy Child.
The early winter festivals, the Commencement of the Advent and the Conception of the Daughter, prepare for the spiritual coming of the Daughter at the Great Feast of Nativity.
This is in general a time of preparation both in decorating and gathering all things in readiness in physical terms and in preparing our hearts for the joyful season.
The Feast of the Conception of the Daughter marks the transition between the two halves of the Sacred Year as Nativity approaches.
Tamala is a three-day fire festival known as the Feast of the Dead, when the barriers between the worlds weaken. Death is the last and strangest of the mysteries of life, and Tamala is the culmination of the Mysteries of Life season.
Autumn leaves represent the death that opens the way to new life: the falling leaves die in splendour as the tree prepares for a new season. And so all things pass through their cycles.
The Feast of Divine Life, the Autumn Equinox festival, celebrates our Mother God as the Ground of All Being and the Creatrix of the World. Its symbols include the sickle, the cornucopia and the apple.
The plaque pictured represents Mokosh, the life-giving Great Mother of the Slavic people.
Chelanya, the Festival of Regeneration, opens the Mysteries of Life season. Celebrated on the cross-quarter day of summer, it marks the beginning of the harvest season, symbolic of the spiritual bounty of Dea.
It is known as the Golden Festival, reflecting the Solar Mother in both the summer sun and the ripening grain.
The Fire and Rose season opens on the summer solstice 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, as the sparks of the traditional bonfires fly up to the sky. The rose garden symbolizes the perfect union of soul and spirit.
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. One of the customs in celebration of the day is the crowning of statues of the Divine Maid, whether with a simple chaplet of flowers or an elaborate golden diadem.
However, the cycle runs deeper than that of mere this-worldly events. "As above, so below". Things of the world are but reflections of those things that transcend, predate, and are the causes of all worldly being.
Thus the rebirth of the day, and of the year, are but shadows of the rebirth of the cosmos itself and of Deity Herself.
It is the primary festival of the Daughter as Light Bringer and a time for the blessing of candles.
Like a great Dove upon the waters She brooded. And She became absorbed within Her and communed with Her own Self.
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 three Fates are closely associated with the season, and at Tamala the central Fate is she who cuts the thread. This may refer to human death, to the collapse of a civilization or to the eventual end of the universe itself. All these events are circular, for maids die and are reborn, civilizations rise, fall and rise again, and even the universe, after the night of time, shall be re-manifested.
The Autumn Equinox festival of Cuivanya, the Feast of Divine Life, is the central festival of the Mysteries of Life season. It is the festival of life abundant, all of which depends on the Divine Mother.
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