Moura is the thirteenth month and the fifth season of the Sacred Year of Our Mother God.
Unlike the other seasons, which each consist of three 28-day months, Moura is a single-month season. While the other seasons correspond to the four “material” elements, Moura corresponds to the fifth element (literally, the quintessence), Aethyr.
The correspondences are as follows:
Spring : Water : East
Summer : Fire : South
Autumn : Earth : West
Winter : Air : North
Moura : Aethyr : the Center/Vertical Axis
Moura is sometimes called “the Filianic Lent”, and this is certainly not an inaccurate description, since it is the period of purification that precedes the death and resurrection of the Daughter. It is a time of discipline and sacrifice, of cleansing and purification on all levels.
Interestingly, the (long pre-Christian) name of February, the secular month in which Moura begins, means “the month of purifications”. The word “Lent” was actually the Old English name for the season of Spring, and while Filianists regard Moura as a separate season, neither Winter nor Spring, the tradition of “Spring cleaning” in Filianic households actually takes place in Moura. It is cleaning for Spring rather than in Spring.
And cleaning for Spring means specifically cleaning for the first day of Spring, which is also the first day of the year, and the day of the Daughter’s resurrection. Thus Spring cleaning and Moura purifications are all part of the same thing. By making personal sacrifices and undertaking disciplines, we are purifying and preparing our souls and bodies for the New Year and the Resurrection. By cleaning the house – which is always a microcosm of the world and of the body – we are doing the same thing on another level.
The household, or hestia, is particularly important in feminine faith and tradition, so what is happening is that, while on the cosmic level the Daughter, by Her sacrifice, renews the cosmos, we renew the microcosmos, both of ourselves and of the hestia.
So, while on one level the disciplines of Moura are seen (as such things tend to be seen in the Christian West) on a moral and personal level, they should also be seen on the level of ritual action, as participating in the Cosmic Drama which is embodied in the Wheel of the Year.