Mystai of the Moon
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History: The Mystai of the Moon was founded as a Tradition in October 2008 by the Sisters of the Dream a New Dream Coven. We did this when we realized that our spiritual path collectively was taking us in a direction that none of us had experienced before in our many years on our various Paths. Under the Full Moon we dedicated ourselves as the Mystai, and while the Mother Coven chose to remain just the original members, the doors were opened to other women who had contacted us interested in joining our spiritual journey under the aegis of the Mystai to learn and grow and create their own covens - covens that would educate women through mentoring and loving guidance to a feminist spiritual awakening. To help achieve this end, we created the initiatory paths of the Mystai Tradition, which if followed all the way through, educate women to the point where they will have a deep understanding of the Mysteries as they have developed within the group, as well as a foundation in mentoring and leadership so that they are fully ready to train women independently of the Mother Coven as leaders in their own right. These Paths are taught both in person and through our online school, The Lyceum. We accept all self-identified women, both cis-gendered and fully transgendered.
Holidays:The Mystai observe a sacred calendar based on the Lunar Cycles, using months named for epithets of our Matron Goddess, Hekate. We also observe the annual Rites of the Mysteries of Hekate each August around the time of the Perseid meteor shower.
Clergy: The Mystai of the Moon, as a Mystery tradition, has a number of sacred offices within the group that are deeply involved in the work of the Mysteries. Each one has a specific role within the Sisterhood for both daily work and for the Rites of Hekate. It is not a hierarchy, for the Sisterhood has no hierarchy, but a sacred responsibility to take on these roles and fulfill them. It demands patience, devotion, and a passion for the work. Three must be Mentor Sisters or Mystai. The other three can be any Sister who has at least studied to Arktos.
Priestess of the Flames: This Priestess maintains the Central Altar of the Mystai as a daily work. She is responsible for care of the items needed for special rituals and tends the Flame of the Goddess. She also prepares the kykeon and honey cakes for the Rites. Ritual Roles: Carries the Flame of Hekate within and acts as the Oracle of the Mysteries.
Priestess of the Keys: This Priestess keeps the Keys of Hekate and maintains an altar to the Goddess where these are kept. She holds the spirit gateway of the Ethereal Temple of the Sisterhood between Rituals. She also prepares the asperging waters for the Rites. Ritual Roles: Oversees the purifications in preparation for the Mysteries and Guides the Sisters to the Oracle.
Priestess of the Blades: This Priestess keeps the Blade of Hekate and maintains an altar to the Goddess where this is kept. She is the Guardian of the Ethereal Temple of the Sisterhood. She also prepares the anointing oil for the Mysteries. Ritual Roles: Prepares the Sisters for the Mysteries by leading them on the guided meditation after the purification and Anoints them in preparation for entry to the Oracle after they have met her challenge. The Priestess of the Keys and the Priestess of the Blades are the last two to enter the Oracle and ritually close the space behind them when they enter.
Circe Priestess: The Circe Priestess studies directly with the Priestess of the Flames. She learns all the ritual functions of the office and assists the Priestess with her duties. She is also responsible for standing in for the Priestess of the Flames during the Rites if there is a reason she cannot attend.
Iphigenia Priestess: The Iphigenia Priestess studies directly with the Priestess of the Keys. She learns all the ritual functions of the office and assists the Priestess with her duties. She is also responsible for standing in for the Priestess of the Keys during the Rites if there is a reason she cannot attend.
Medea Priestess: The Medea Priestess studies directly with the Priestess of the Blades. She learns all the ritual functions of the office and assists the Priestess with her duties. She is also responsible for standing in for the Priestess of the Blades during the Rites if there is a reason she cannot attend.
Core Beliefs and Ethics: These can be summed up in the Manifesta of the Mystai, which was created by the Mother Coven at our founding.
Manifesta of the Mystai
1) We were once held by patriarchy, but it no longer has us.
2) We recognize that negative emotions such as hatred and fear only feed on themselves and cause destruction of our souls.
3) We believe that happiness is something we can nurture in our daily lives.
4) We believe that Joy is a natural state of being.
5) We can create the world in a new vision by daring to dream and think our vision and then living our vision into reality by treating it as already present in the world.
6) We believe that even in the most ordinary moments life can be great.
7) We believe that love can change the course of the world.
8) We believe that the fundamental purpose in life is to allow ourselves to experience emotional and spiritual growth.
9) Learning from and sharing with our sisters enables us to grow strong together.
10) We know that hate, anger, and violence are the tools of patriarchy and its weakness. These tools can be met by and countered with our own inner power and strength.
11) We are competent womyn and have much to offer the world.
12) We are responsible for our own actions. We are not responsible for the actions of others, but we can be responsive to their needs.
13) We are the Daughters of the Goddesses in all Their myriad and wonderful manifestations. As such, we claim our own birthright of Goddess power and womonspirit and sisterhood to dream our new dream and make it real!
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