Rosadi (Rose Day)
Day of Jana Vicka
8 Flora 2017 ACG
O Madria Vicka, Jana of Courage, Strength and Valour, be with us.May the Pure Stearm of your Virtues flow within me, in this world,and in all the worlds to come.
Flowers delight the devas*. The devas reside in flowers ... The supreme light manifests itself in flowers and is delighted by flowers.
- quotation from the Kalika Purana
This Abaldi - 10 Flora - is the 'little festival'** of Flowers. ('Florimaia' is the Filianic name for this festival.) While being a 'little' festival, it has a wonderful meaning, which I adore. In all traditional cultures and religious traditions flowers are of important spiritual implications.
Personally, I love this time of the year! While I am prone to say this about every season ;) it is this time of the year - at least where I live - that stands or for three of my favourite things: flowers, lush foliage, and birds.
Everywhere are the beautiful Enlish flowers - especially Roses, a precursor to Rosalia. While Rosalia (celebrated at the Summer Solstice) is indeed the height of Summer and the natural year - (remember, the natural world, as per Traditional Essentialist view, is always a reflection of higher spiritual levels) - it feels that Floralia is really the height of 'Life' - the height of Spring. Since I suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, I prefer the light half of the year, (from the Spring Equinox to the Autumn Equinox), in terms of well-being/well-feeling and productiveness. Of course, there is the Return of Light at Lucidi (a noticeable increase in daily natural light), and of course Eastre, when the light half of the natural year starts. Yet, even at Eastre, it is often still cold, rainy and uncomfortable (again, where I live). And then wonderful wonderful Rosalia - the time of the Mother's Solar Light, commencing the Mother half of the year in Janite (and Filianic) Deanic Tradition. Yet, it means knowing that from this point on, the light will ever so slightly and soon all too noticeable decrease. And this is why - amongst many more reasons - I adore the time of Floralia.
Naturally, part of [Janite] tradition for Floralia, as well as a custom within my family, is to indulge in even more flowers than usual. (Ever since I started my conscious transition into a true Deanic lady, I have been going by the premise that 'fresh flowers are a necessity'.) Another custom we practice as family for Floralia is to craft simple tissue-paper-flowers, made from colourful crepe-tissue. We create a stash for the year, which I use to adorn statues and my sacrarium, and even use for offerings. Since they wear out after a while (they cease being 'crisp' and just look a bit worn), it is good to make fresh ones at least once a year.
There is so much more to say about the deeper meaning of flowers ... especially also in Hindu tradition. However, I believe it is not even necessary to describe this from a scholarly point of view, it is something which is inherent in our nature, that we understand the 'language of flowers'.
So, at this time - for Floralia - 'say it with flowrs' (as a German saying goes); and delight in the heavenly beauty of the flowers. (Note the 'light' in 'delighted' ... )
* 'devas' is often translated as 'gods'; however more accurate, (although there's not much in terms of accuracy when translating sanscrit terms in English), would be 'angels', or the Greek 'daimon' (equally misunderstood in modern English context; and -not- to be confused with the similar sounding 'demon')
nota bene: Abrahamic culture reversed the ancient terms for 'angels' = devas, suras, and 'demons' = 'asuras' (non-suras).
** I prefer the term 'little' in this context to 'minor' - as little sounds softer, cuter, whereas 'minor' sounds somewhat disparaging.