Candredi, 16 Abalon. Day of Sai Candre’
by Neil Levin
Tonight is the Full Harvest Home Moon on the Eve of the Feast of Divine Life. This feast day is also known as Harvest Home in Celtic lands.
The Mystery of this Holy Season of Fall is the Ground of All Being, which has an integral part in this feast day, but there seems to be some confusion as to whether it is the Celestial Mother or the Great Mother Who is the Ground of all Being.
The Madrian catechism states that the Ground of All Being is the Celestial Mother. 11): Who is Our Celestial Mother? +The Mother is the Creator (Creatrix) of the world and the Ground of All Being.
About the Great Mother it states:
17) Who is the Dark Mother? + She is Absolute Deity, Who existed before the beginning of existence and is beyond being and unbeing. Then it goes on to state that the exhalation of Her Breath or Spirit is Our Mother.
As the catechism explains, the Great or Dark Mother is beyond Being. She emanates the Ground of All Being. This is emanation theology/thealogy. Our Mother emanates from the Great Mother and the Holy Daughter emanates from the Mother, similar to the emanation theology of Gnosticism. And this is how Dea is One.
Whether we see the Great Mother or the Celestial Mother as the Ground of All Being, perhaps quantum physics states it best…the Ground of All Being is Consciousness. Dea is Consciousness and it is Consciousness which permeates the Cosmos.
Though Fall is the Season of Our Celestial Mother, I look upon the Feast of Divine Life as a Feast of the Great Mother, the Absolute. In our correspondences, Twilight is the time of Fall and it is also the time of the Great Mother, or Dea in Her Great Mother Form. In the Fall, She is the Evening Star. During Moura, She is the Darkest hour before the Dawn.
Tomorrow’s Feast Day is about beginnings and endings. A time of fruition and a time of death. A time of seeds falling asleep within the care of Mother Earth until it is time for them to awaken, yet, again. Birth, Life, Death or Transition, because nothing truly dies, all is Energy, all is Consciousness. Conscious Energy cannot die, it can only be transformed.
For many of us, depending upon where we live, during Autumn, the air takes on a golden hue. It is a stunningly beautiful time of year, and yet, it is a time right before much of the Earth falls asleep, like a last blast of glory before the darkness of Winter sets in. I see what is happening around me as a reflection of the golden years of our lives.
The golden years doesn’t mean that everything is perfect, but it does mean that older folks have reached a stage where we have hopefully gained wisdom, hindsight and have learned from our mistakes. In this way, we will be ready for our next life. We will be ready to live at an higher level of the upward spiral of soul evolution because our soul life, as in Nature, is never stagnant, Life is a cycle of spiraling rhythm.
In the Fall of our golden years, we are aging, we are not young and spritely as in our Spring maiden years. But, we have a lot more freedom. We have more time for spirituality and contemplation. We have more time to appreciate Nature.
And this wisdom leads us to fully understand that like the seeds, full of potential essence, which must first rest within the sweet darkness of Mother Earth before being reborn in the Spring, so we too, must return to our True Home, to rest and to germinate the potential within to be ready for the Spring of our next life.
All potential, all essence comes from the Absolute…the Darkness beyond the light and the Light beyond the darkness. There is a time for the manifestation of that potentiality and a time for it to germinate. As we feast on the fruits of the abundance of the Summer, we realize that there is a time for everything in its Season and each Season has a reason for being.
Harvest Home is one of the oldest harvest celebrations in Europe. The original festival included cider pressing, grain threshing, dancing, feasting and the crowing of the Harvest King and Queen.
This year, the feast of my hestia (hearth and home) will center around the traditional root vegetables and apples of my area. I plan to cook an old fashioned New England boiled dinner with two different kinds of turnips, squash, onions, carrots, potatoes (and carrots). I’m also making an old favorite of my family….Apple Pan Dowdy. I was hoping to get my mother’s recipe, but we haven’t been able to find it.
Here is a modern version of this tasty dessert.
As this is also the Season of Sai Thame’ and her bird is the swan, Serene Mother Gigi offered these directions for making an edible apple swan:
Website #1, is a link to a video of how to make an edible Apple Swan, for the Feast of Harvest Home
For those sisters who wish to dip their apples in honey, but are Vegan, [like myself, and do not eat bee honey], Website #2 is a recipe for Apple Honey.
I will close with this Litany to the Great Mother:
Litany of the Great Mother, Absolute Deity, by ArchMadria Valentina Marie, HFT.
Hail, Great Mother God.
Hail, Absolute Deity.
Hail, Pure Source.
Hail, Ground of All Being,
Hail, Pure Life.
Hail, Deantha Cosma.
Hail, Supernal Evening Star.
Hail, Veiled Origin of Eternity.
Hail, Dark beyond the light.
Hail, Light beyond the Darkness.
Hail, Veiled Shield of Faith.
Hail, Luminous Darkness.
Hail, Primordial Mystery.
Hail, Last Twilight of Sunset.
Hail, Shining Darkness before the Dawn.
Hail, O, Still Centre of the All.
Hail, Light of the Depths of the Cosmos.
Hail, Completeness of the All.
Hail, O, Holy Monas.
Hail, Shadowed Moon.
Hail, Apple Seed of Wisdom.
Hail, Bright Light of Origin.
We glorify You, we magnify You and we adore You.
Happy Feast day to you and yours!
A. M. Valentina, HFT.