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Merry Weather

Dear readers,

The Lucienne Deanic Tradition refers to the 2nd & 3rd Triskaidekas of the Deanic Calendar Year as 2) “May Flower” and 3) “Merry Weather”; whereas, the Janite Deanic Tradition refers to the 2nd and 3rd Months of the Deanic Calendar Year as 2) “Maia” and 3) “Flora”.

The Common Era Calendar Month of “May”, named after the goddess “Maia”, is also called the “Merry” Month of May.  May falls partially within the 2nd and partially within the 3rd Triskaideka/Month of the Deanic Calendar year.  Hence the Lucienne Tradition incorporates one name for May in the 2nd Triskaideka and the other name for May in the 3rd Triskaideka.

The Lucienne and Janite festivals held during these two Triskaidekas/Months are similar in some ways, and different in others.  Please refer to the Lady of Light Chantry, (recently revises) Calendar Page for a detailed explanation of each.

Kind regards,

Serene Mother Georgia

Tarot Suits & Compass Directions “addition”

Dear readers,

I have amended the AIR…1ST ESTATE- NORTH  correspondences and “added” a second category.  It seems to me that “Ordained” Clergy & “Consecrated” Monastics go together rather than being separated.

AIR-Wands/Rods (Clubs)-1ST ESTATE:”Ordained” Clergy & “Consecrated” Monastics-NORTH

Regards,

 

Serene Mother Georgia

Tarot Suites & Compass Directions

Changes & Restorations

Dear Readers,

I have made some slight changes on certain documents and restored some calendar observances on others.  See the following pages: 1) About, 2) Calendar, 3) Calendar (LLC) & Calendar (CE) Dates, and 4) Handbook

I have clearly explained how the name Dea means “Shining” [rather than just “Deity” or “Divine”).  I have simplified the name Matrona to “Mother”. [rather than “Great-Mother”] since it is a direct cognate of Matre (“Mother”).

I have also shown how the titles ArchMatrona (or ArchMatron) and Matriarch mean the same thing.  The “arch” in each word is not an architectural term, and does not refer to a “bow”/half-circle”/arc or “peaked” shaped structure that holds up a doorway or vaulted ceiling or aqueduct.  The “arch” in these words is a term meaning “ruler” as in “chief” or “principle” of a group of like persons (ex: archduchess “chief duchess”) .

I have made note of how the Divine Mothers (referring to the Three Divine Mothers: aka Dea Matres or Dea Matronas, or the Seven Divine Mothers: aka Janyati-Geniae) have been remembered through Celtic and Germanic fairy tales as the Godmothers.  It is a common practice of Patriarchal, historical revisionists to reduce very powerful, “feminine” divine beings to the status of presumably harmless “feminine” nature spirits.

I have deleted all references to clergy, alternative titles, [like deacon, reverend-deacon, priest, reverend, or high-priest, right-reverend], which were the same as Christian clergy titles and used only the LLC titles.  I have also found other, non-Christian office holder titles to us as equivalent comparisons.

I have added a few extra notations to the Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, Autumn Equinox, and Winter Solstice festivals.

I have restored Easter/Eostre/Ostara to its singular, “fixed” calendar date of Easter Dove 01 (March 21).  I had tried to use both the “Star Date/s” and the “Old Style” date, [the one day or two days, of Oran Mor 29, or 29 & 30 (March 19 or March 19 & 20) in addition to the one day of Easter Dove 01 (March 21), but this proved to be too difficult.  Ester Dove 01 (March 21) is also considered Mid-Spring, rather than the 1st day of Spring, on the LLC calendar. So, I was not observing the beginning of spring a day or two late, by not observing it on Oran Mor 29/30 (March 19/20) and waiting until Ostara 01 (March 21) to celebrate Easter.  I  have also restored the Hiatus (one or two days) to its Inter-Calendar position.

Kind Regards,

Srn. Mthr. Georgia

Solar Seasons II

Dear Readers,

The Solar Calendars of most Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, and Norse Cultures (like the CE Calendar) are, nowadays, divided into four Seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.  [Our Deanic Solar Calendar also contains a 5th, season, which occurs in the 28 days + 1 or 2 days,  falling just before the Spring Equinox.]   Some older Anglo-Saxon, Celtic & Norse Calendars were divided into only two Seasons:  Summer (May 01-October 31 CE) and Winter (November 01-April 30 CE).  These Two Seasons marked the Beginning and the Middle of the Solar Year.   Contrary to popular Neo-Pagan beliefs, the Celtic New Year most likely occurred around May 01, Summer, (Feast of Beltain, “Bright Fire”), not around November 01, Winter (Feast of Samhain, “Summer’s End”). [See the following website caeraustralis.com.au/CNYnotsamhain.htm].

Using a Four Season Calendar, with Summer beginning on, or around, May 01 (Autumn beginning on, or around August 01) and Winter beginning on, or around November 01  (and Spring beginning on, or around February 01, also explains the Anglo-Saxon/ Celtic use of the term “Midsummer” for the Summer Solstice, on, or around, June 21, and “Midwinter” for the Winter Solstice, on, or around December 21.  (Following this format, The LLC Calendar refers to the Spring Equinox, on, or around, March 21, as “Mid-Spring”, and the Autumn Equinox, on,or around, September 21, as “Mid-Autumn”).

The Western Roman (and the Eastern Persian) Calendars placed the New Year around the Spring Equinox (or Dawn-Sunrise on a Day-Year Calendar).  The Deanic Calendar uses Dawn-Sunrise for the beginning of the Day, and the beginning of the Solar Year, as well.  This is because our Deanic faith honors Dea Madria, the Supernal Sun, and Her Solar (Stellar) Daughter, in the form of Arora-Eos, (or Venus, the “Morning Star”) as “Herald of the Dawn” or New Day.

While the The LLC Calendar begins the New Solar Year with the Spring Equinox, we refer to the Cross Quarter Day, between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox (February 01, “Feast of Brighid”) as the Beginning of the Season of Spring.  We, then, refer to the Spring Equinox as “Mid Spring”.  This is similar to the Chinese New Year, aka “Spring Festival” which is usually observed in late January, or early February.  The Celtic, Triple Mother Goddess Brighid, “Muther Bandia Brighid”, who is honored at this Season, is a form of  the three Divine Mothers, “Dea Matronae”, (Dea Matrona, Dea Madria, and Dea Matria) who are honored during the Season of Quintessence, aka the 13th Triskaideka of Oran Mor.  Just as the conception or germination or stirring of a New Life Form takes place in the darkness before birth or blooming, so we place the beginning of Spring in the darkness of the last few hours before Dawn-Sunrise of the Solar Year.

Kind regards,

Srn. Mthr. Georgia

 

Solar Seasons

Dear Readers,

There have been (and still are) at least Four (and possibly many more) Traditional ways of calculating the Seasons of the Solar Year, which have been used by various Communities, whose Calendar Heritage is derived from the Old Anglo-Saxon or Celtic or Norse Peoples.  These Traditions have been passed on using the Roman Calendar aka Common Era Dates.  All of these Traditions are correct.  Each of these Traditions begins a Season with either a Cross Quarter Day (half way between a Solstice and an Equinox) or with a Quarter Day (a Solstice or an Equinox).

Some Communities have chosen to use I-A) a Fixed Date, which occurs on or near the Astronomical Cross Quarter Day, which falls at the beginning of a CE Calendar Month: (Ex: February 01, May 01, August 01 and November 01) and I-B) a Fixed Date, which occurs on or near the Astronomical Quarter Date, which falls on the 21st of a CE Calendar Month (Ex: March 21, June 21, September 21, December 21).

Other Communities have chosen to use II-A) a Variable “Star” Date, which occurs precisely on the Astronomical Cross Quarter Day, and falls at a different CE Calendar Date, from year to year (Ex: February 03, May 05, August 07, November 07, 2017 CE), or II-B) a Variable “Star” Date, which occurs precisely on the Astronomical Quarter Day, and, also falls at a different CE Calendar Date, from year to year (Ex: March 20, June 21, September 22, December 21, 2017 CE).

Still other Communities have chosen to use a mixture of Fixed and Variable Dates.

Within the Deanic Faith (as within the various regional branches, or particular rites, of other Divine Mother faiths), there are some Communities which prefer to use Fixed Dates, some Communities which prefer to use Variable “Star” Dates, and some Communities which prefer to use a mixture of Fixed and Variable Dates, as Solar Seasonal markers.  All of these Deanic Community choices are appropriate.  Each of these Deanic Community choices has been carefully thought out and planned and is following a Traditional example.  None of these Deanic Community choices in any way violates the “spirit of accord” between different sects of our common Deanic Faith. The Deanic Faith is not a monolithic structure with only one, orthodox form of Devotion to Dea, or only one way of constructing a Solar Yearly Calendar of Solar Seasons.

Kind Regards,

Srn. Mthr. Georgia