Septena/Priestess of Holy Wisdom

2 Maia/April 19

Pomedi/Thurs

O, Madria Thema, Jana of Justice, Order and Harmony, be with us.

Dear Devotees,

Throughout this beautiful month of Maia …..(although here in Northern Massachusetts, we are still waiting for Spring. Snowing, yet, again)…….we will be posting various devotions, inspirational readings and crafts.

First, Madria Sophia had an excellent suggestion. In yesterday’s post, I mentioned the time honoured tradition of praying novenas….where certain prayers are said for nine days in a row for an express purpose such as for healing or employment.  Novenas may also be prayed for the purpose of praise, thanksgiving and devotion without a specific request.

Madria Sophia has suggested that a septena or a seven day novena might be more appropriate for Janites and, of course, this is a perfect idea.

http://www.quintoils.com/pages/candlesholderspages/chakravotiveholder.html

Like novenas, septenas may be prayed in any time of need. Madria Sophia has done a lovely job of taking our Litany of the Celestial Mother https://deanic.com/holy-feminine-trinity/litany-of-the-celestial-mother/ and divided it up for a seven day novena or septena.

We might start a tradition whereby we begin the septena on 1 Maia or the first Sunnadi in Maia, but it may also be prayed at any time throughout the year.

It may be found, below.

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I would also like to point out that Sorella Roselyn, on her blog has written an informative post for 1 Maia, followed by an hauntingly beautiful and inspirational writing about the Holy Daughter that is reminiscent of Thunder, Perfect Mind. See: https://priestessofholywisdom.wordpress.com/2018/04/18/marimaia/
and https://priestessofholywisdom.wordpress.com/2018/04/19/eve-norea-magdalena/

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One popular craft in Maia is the May basket. There are many examples and ‘how tos’ to be found online including instructions for children’s May Basket. Here are some great ideas : https://www.skiptomylou.org/10-simple-may-day-baskets-to-celebrate-may-day/

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The Litany of the Celestial Mother Septena

Day 1
 
Hail, Dea Madria; Our Divine Mother God,
Hail, Guardian of the Supernal Realm,
Hail, Most Transcendent,
We Glorify You, we worship You and we adore You. Blessed are You.
 
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Day 2
Hail, Dea Madria; Our Divine Mother God,
Hail, Pure Essence,
Hail, Holy Spirit,
We Glorify You, we worship You and we adore You. Blessed are You.
 
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Day 3
Hail, Dea Madria; Our Divine Mother God,
Hail, Regina Caeli; the High Queen of Heaven,
Hail, Fount of Grace,
Hail, Assumption of Souls,
We Glorify You, we worship You and we adore You. Blessed are You.
 
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Day 4
Hail, Dea Madria; Our Divine Mother God,
Hail, Genetrix of the Cosmos,
Hail, Ray of Precious Jewels,
Hail, Music of the Spheres,
We Glorify You, we worship You and we adore You. Blessed are You.
 
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Day 5
 
Hail, Dea Madria; Our Divine Mother God,
Hail, Supernal Sun,
Hail, Pure Light,
Hail, O, Mid-day Light of Noon-tide,
We Glorify You, we worship You and we adore You. Blessed are You.
 
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Day 6
 
Hail, Dea Madria; Our Divine Mother God,
Hail, Fiery Rose of Heaven,
Hail, Fiery Rose Heart,
Hail, Rose of Joy,
Hail, Apple Flower of Wisdom,
We Glorify You, we worship You and we adore You. Blessed are You.
 
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Day 7
Hail, Dea Madria; Our Divine Mother God,
Hail, Shining Star of the Shimmering Waters,
Hail, Light of the Nocturnal Heavens,
We Glorify You, we worship You and we adore You. Blessed are You.
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With thanks to both Madria Sophia and Sorella Roselyn.
May Our Lady bless you,
Blessed is She.
A. M. Candra Sophia,
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MariMaia

1Maia/April 18

Stelladi/Wed.

O, Madria Sage, Jana of Intelligence, Intuition and Wisdom, be with us.

Today, in the Janite calendar, we have added the Feast of MariMaia for what is traditionally  the Month of Mary or Lady Month, as it was known, centuries ago.

(Please note that Janites celebrate the Feast of Flowers, Floralia, on 10 Flora/May 25.)

The month of May has long been celebrated in honor of the Motherhood and the Queenship of Mary. Originally, this consisted of 30 days of various devotions to Mary during Aug./Sept. This was later transferred to the lovely month of May.

Now that we are officially Sophian Deanic, something that we have been unofficially for quite some time, Marian devotions, traditions and culture takes on an even greater significance. As I have mentioned in past posts, not only do we have Marian roots stemming from the beginning of Madrianism, but in some areas of traditional Russian Christian Culture and in present-day Goddess Christian Culture, along with many Sophian Traditions, Mary is believed to have been the incarnation of Divine Sophia. It is significant that the feast day of Sophia, in the Gnostic calendar, falls on Aug. 15, which is the Feast of the Assumption of Mary.

Additionally, Sophia has appeared to many and to one mystic She has said, ‘those who have prayed to Mary have been praying to Me’ And, so, many of the images we have of Mary may authentically be understood to be Images of Sophia.

Though the month of Maia is part of the Season of the Holy Daughter, it has traditionally been the month of the Mother. And, of course, the purpose of the Holy Daughter is to restore us to Our Divine Mother.

As it says in the Oral Tradition of the Secret Gospel of Mary, (not the fictional novel by the same name), “If you know the Woman of Light, you will know your Mother and be reborn of the Mother Spirit as a child of light.  Because the light is bornless, you will have eternal light.

“The body is born of the earthly mother, but the soul of light is born of the Heavenly Mother, and it is the Mother Spirit that awakens the soul of light.” (1)

Christos Sophia by Hikaru

In Janite Tradition, on the Feast of Coronam on 14 Maia/May 1, we crown the Holy Daughter, Our Princess of the World, as the Queen of Heaven.

Traditionally, going back many centuries, the Blessed Mother (Mary) was crowned as Queen of Heaven  And so, in Janite Tradition, on the Feast of Coronum, we may crown the Holy Daughter, Zoe (Daughter Sophia) as Queen of Heaven and, since it is the month of the Mother, we may crown the Celestial Mother, Mari/Maria (Mother Sophia) as Our High Queen.

So, each day of the month of Our Divine Mother, we may strive to do a little something in Her honor.

Plant marigolds, one of several flowers named after Our Lady.

Start a Mary Garden or outdoor shrine. Plant a flower pot and place an appropriate-sized statue of Mary inside or next to the pot for an apartment or windowsill or balcony. This site lists traditional Marian flowers.  https://www.slideshare.net/mobile/TheCatholicCompany/mary-garden-49004828 https://www.reallifeathome.com/how-to-start-a-mary-garden-in-7-easy-steps/

Marian houseplants suitable for the blind due to their form, texture and fragrance:
Mary’s Rose – Miniature Rose – Rosa hybrida
Mary’s Tresses – Asparagus Fern – Asparagus plumosus
Our Lady’s Fringes – Star Begonia – Begonia heracleifolia
Mary’s Bouquet – Rosemary – Rosmarinus officinalis
Mary’s Sword – Apostle Plant – Neomarcia gracilis
Mother of Thousands – Strawberry Geranium – Saxifraga sarmentosa
Beautiful Lady – Geranium (scented) – Pelargonum crispum
https://ecommons.udayton.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgiarticle=1000&context=imri_stokes_gardenguides

Recite Her litany, rosary, psalms or other of Her prayers.

We will be composing 9 day novenas to Her. In the meantime, any of the Marian novenas can be adapted for Janite use  such as the Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes, Who was very important to the Madrians. (2) Each day of the nine day novena, light a devotional candle to Our Lady and pray the prayer. When your prayers are answered, make an offering to Our Lady in Thanksgiving.

Offer Her flowers, incense, milk and honey.

Sing Her hymns. You do not have to be Catholic to sing these hymns. If you are devoted to Mother Sophia, these hymns are yours to sing. A beautiful hymn which needs no adaptation may be found here: https://www.songandpraise.org/daily-daily-sing-to-mary-hymn.htm. To hear it sung: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4oTnqZjthck

On this day of MariMaia, let us begin Lady Month by fostering True Devotion to She Who is the Mother of All the Cosmos. Blessed is She.

A. M. Candra Sophia

1) Excerpts from the Secret of Gospel of Mary, http://sophian.org/secret%20gospel%20of%20mary.html . This is the Gnostic Christian Order of Tai Malachi.

(2) http://www.catholicdevotions.org/2014/02/novena-to-our-lady-of-lourdes/

 

 

 

Merger Update

22 Columbina/April 11

Stelladi/Wed

Mnemosyne. Alternately titled: Lamp of Memory. Alternately titled: Ricordanza. Dante Gabriel Rossetti. 1876-1881 (circa)

O, Madria Sage, Jana of Intelligence, Intuition and Wisdom, be with us.

Dear Devotees and friends,

The Tradition of the Janites has been merged with that of Sorella Roselyn on https://priestessofholywisdom.wordpress.com.

Sorella Roselyn’s Tradition and the Janites are both the same Sophian Déanic Tradition. We are on the same page thealogically. Together, we are an Independent Déanic Tradition which stems from the Divine Feminine side of Gnosticism.

Divine Sophia Icon

We will continue to focus on Déa as we have been. But, we are making it clear that we do not deny the Divine Masculine as long as it is understood that Déa is Supreme.

It is also important to know that Sophian Deanism is specifically a Déanic Order. Those of our devotees of Déa who also worship the Divine Masculine come from different religious denominations and many practice a Blended Path.

It is interesting to note, for those who are also Christian, that in Gnosticism, Jesus calls the Holy Spirit, His Mother. He acknowledged the Divine Feminine.

This Sophian Déanic Tradition will be strong because the Sophian Trinity is a perfect Form for Déa, for Janites, with the Barbelo or Sige, which means Silence, as the perfect Form for the Great Mother. Maria Sophia, who is Mother Sophia for the Celestial Mother, and Who, in Gnosticism, is known as the original Creatrix and Zoe Sophia as the Form for the Sacrificial Daughter. She is known as the Daughter Incarnate. All of this has an authentic base for a Déanic Order. We need not look to Pagan goddesses when we have our Own Divine Mother.

And there are very many beautiful scriptures in addition to the Madrian Scriptures that are available to us . And I have just discovered, through Sorella Roselyn, a beautiful oral tradition where Mary Magdalene speaks about the Mother Spirit in ways that sound like they come straight out of the Déanic religion. I have written to Tau Malachi to request permission to post some of those verses on the Janite blog.

In fact, those who practice a blended path with Christianity may choose to follow what many are beginning to do and that is, instead of saying Holy Spirit, say Mother Spirit. ( Also, research the many online articles and books which explain how the Holy Spirit is the Divine Feminine as She was explicitly acknowledged in the liturgy of the early Syrian Church.)

Like Goddess Judaism, which honors their fore-mothers such as Ruth, Naomi, Sarah, etc., we will also have our own fore-mothers in the form of Gnostic goddesses and women like the Gnostic Mary Magdalene and Eve, Nora, etc.,  from whom we take inspiration.

In fact, during the ordination ceremony in the Catholic Church, it is said …..you are a priest forever according to the Order of Melchizedek. When I was ordained as a priest of Sophia, it was stated to me that I am a priest forever according to the Order of Sarah. We will honor Sarah, as well.

A few years ago, ArchMatrona Ghrian made the decision to follow the goddesses of her pre-Christian ancestors. By doing so, she created the beautiful Deanic Tradition that we know today as the Lady of Light Chantry , otherwise known as the Lucienne Tradition.

I am now following the complete goddess Tradition of my own ancestors.  Sophia has always been worshiped in one form or another. She’s been worshiped as the Holy Spirit ; She has been worshiped by many Russians as as well as by many modern Goddess Christians as being incarnate in Mary and She has been worshiped in Gnosticism.

Now, She’s becoming known in mainstream religions like the Episcopalian Church, some (though rare) Baptist churches and in certain Catholic and other Christian circles. She is recognized as the True Divine Sophia, as Mother, Daughter and Holy Soul, as Mary-Isis-Sophia and as the Holy Spirit as opposed to the Fallen Goddess as some Gnostic schools would come to later portray Her. We, of course, know Her as Absolute Deity, Mother and Daughter.

She has appeared in visions to Russian mystics and to others. And She was known to Saint Hildegarde of the 12th century.

The Divine Sophia has said to one of the seers, ‘When they have prayed to Mary, they were praying to Me.’

She is the Great Goddess Who was hidden under the guise of Mary. She and no other.

This is an incredibly exciting time for us and one which brings me full circle to the beginning of my own Soul Path and to my greatest Desire.

I love you. Love me. I am Sophia. [1]

ArchMadria Candra

[1] (Sophia to the seeress Aurora Terreness in the New Forest of England, 1971).

Priestesshood/Roots/Sophian Deanic

20 Columbina/April 9, 2018

Lunadi/ Monday

O, Madria Candra, Jana of Reflection, Reason and Purity, be with us.

It has come to our attention that our priesthood and some of our beliefs and practices are causing confusion and criticism amongst some devotees of Déa, especially amongst those that are new and who are not completely aware of the history of the religion.

First of all, we have never laid claim to being either Madrian or Filianic priestesses. Except for one brief, experimental month last year, our Tradition has always been Independent and my own ordination does not stem from either group.

As far as the Madrian priestesshood is concerned, many do not realize that the complete Madrian catechism allows for two ways to become a Madrian priestess. And those two ways were through sacramental initiation and charisma.

Initiation through Charisma is not unheard of even within Catholicism. But that would be only acceptable under dire circumstances where no priest (for Baptism) or Bishop (for ordination) are available. As soon as a priest/bishop was available, a proper baptism or ordination was to be performed in order to publicly affirm what God had already accomplished though Charisma and to supply for any possible deficiencies.

At one time, Janites recognized Madrian Ordination through Charisma as Madria Olga Lotar, ArchMatrona Ghrian and the former Madria Erin/Gwenevere had become Madrian priestesses through this means. However, we do not, nor have we ever recognized ordination by Charisma for the Janite Tradition.

We understand that in the past, the sacramental initiatory Madrian priestesshood ended due to an excommunication. This is well-known, although I don’t think it has ever been made public. And though the Madrian priestesshood may have ended, that does not mean that there cannot be a valid priesthood of Déa within other Traditions

The Janites have been influenced by two of the Madrian Orders. But, we are not, nor have we ever been Madrian. To our knowledge, no Madrian Order exist, although there are a few devotees.

Our Madrian influence stems from the fact that we have adopted and adapted their system of worship, their Creed, a majority of the original, long-form Madrian catechism (the Filianic is the short form), and many of their basic beliefs for our Tradition.

I have been accused of adding things to the Madrian catechism. The only thing I added was our belief in the Janae. I have deleted some things that we don’t believe in and I changed some words like using Déa instead of Goddess, etc., but other than the Janae, I have added nothing that I can recall. And, I’m pretty sure I indicated which were Janite changes. I will, in all fairness, go over it again. But, the complete Madrian catechism may be found in the Sacred Myths and Rites for an honest comparison.

Our Deanic roots mainly stem from Madrian Orders other than Lux Madriana.

And our liturgy, in its original form, and our Creed, in its original form, came to us from the Madria Olga Lotar materials.

We must remember that much of what the 1970’s Madrians did stemmed from Marian worship, the adoption of Marian holy days, (for example, the recent Déanic Lady Day is the Feast of the Annunciation in the Traditional Catholic Church, it was called Lady Day), Marian iconography and certain Marian dogmas, prayers, customs and apparitions. Even the idea of Déa’s Mantle of Protection came straight out of Marian folk worship.  They claimed that Mary was really the Goddess under the guise of Mary.

Madria Olga, herself, continued to attend mass at the Catholic Church in order to worship Mary.

It is also important to understand, especially for those who are not familiar with the Christian Gospels, that much of what is found in the Mythos of the Divine Maid/Holy Daughter came straight out of the Christian gospels, sometimes word for word. If anyone doubts this, I will be happy to point out the verses in question. The verse from Jeremiah 44 is also often quoted. So, all of these things were originally appropriated from the Catholic Church and the scripture of Jeremiah 44/17.

My point is, though I began to refer to the Filianists as being Orthodox about six or seven years ago in order to distinguish them from other Deanic Traditions, in actuality, there really is no such thing because most of their source materials were not original to themselves.

Some of those who had formed the Madrians went on to form Aristasia. They appear to have retained much of the Madrian basics and evolved it into the Filianism that we know, today. And, all in all, beginning with the Madrians, they did a fine job of creating a beautiful system of worship and writing inspiring scriptures. And those of us who found the Sacred Myths and Rites of the Madrians and the Chapel are grateful for this system of worship.

But, we must be clear, this is a system whereby the founders got together, and we know this, there were witnesses who have come forward, and appropriated elements from Wicca, which was growing in popularity in England at the time, and Catholic Christianity, especially all things Marian along with the infancy and Passion Gospels of Jesus Christ.  They also included some Gnostic and Greek concepts. They  borrowed from the Mythos of Eurynome, the Titans and Inanna all the while leaving out any and all male consorts.

And there is nothing wrong with doing that. Not at all. But, I have always believed in being honest about our sources rather than being vague, coy or deceptive.

Because the Madrian/Filianic Traditions drew from so many different sources in order to piece together their narrative and their beautiful Mythos, I was wrong to assign the label of Orthodox to any of the Traditions  because it has since been misconstrued by those who are new.

Additionally, it is hard to hear it stated that the Filianic/Deanic religion has absolutely nothing to do with any of the Abrahamic Faiths when a good portion of it was derived, sometimes almost word for word, along with the iconography, rosary, holy days, etc., from Catholic Christianity!

It would be similar to our adopting the image of Quan Yin for our God and appropriating Buddhist prayers and devotions to Her, and rewriting Buddhist scriptures into our own Mythos, while having the gall to say that our Tradition has no connection and cannot have any connection to Buddhism. This  would be an example of misappropriation in the extreme and quite hypocritical on our part. It is important to be honest about our roots.

And, we also must remember that much of what is in the The Coming Age periodical is fiction and has no basis in actual Amazonian history.

As to Janite history:

ArchMatrona Ghrian was ordained as a Bishop through what was then, the Collyridian Filianic Church. She was the bishop who first ordained me as a priestess of Dea. Additionally, I was later ordained by two Gnostic Christian bishops explicitly as a priest of Sophia for my Tradition. I was later elected as a bishop of my Tradition.

Where my beliefs differed from that of other Gnostic Churches, I simply considered myself to be a Deanic priestess as I am most assuredly a priest of Dea under Her Form of Sophia.

Since that time, we have spent years, both as Kyrians and now as Janites, in fully developing our Deanic Sophian thealogy.  With the final piece of our thealogical puzzle in place, thanks to the work of Sorella Roselyn of the Priestess of Holy Wisdom blog (please see links section) our thealogical development is fully complete.

It has also been recommended that we return to referring to ourselves as priests rather than priestesses because there is, oftentimes, a difference. This is not too unlike our referring to Dea as God rather than goddess because in modern usage, there can be a difference.

And so, as to our priesthood, we are validly ordained priests of the Divine Sophia in Her Triune Form. Our priesthood is completely independent of either Madrianism or Filianism.

Finally, after nearly a year of discussion, thought and prayer, and due to events both past and present, in addition to certain theological beliefs, we have decided that we are more rightly an Independent Tradition.

We are a Gnostic Déanic priesthood, a new Tradition that we will continue to develop over time and one which does not deny the Divine Masculine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog: Priestess of Holy Wisdom & Sophian Filianism & Demotion Myths

15 Columbina/April 4

Stelladi/Wed

O, Madria Sage, Jana of Intelligence, Intuition and Wisdom, be with us.

I would like to draw your attention to the following About Page: priestessofholywisdom.wordpress.com/about

This is an excellent introduction to what the authoress calls Sophian Filianism.

I’m not sure the About Page is listed on her menu, and so we will be including this particular link in our links section.

The Janites might also refer to themselves as Sophian Deanic as the Janite Tradition, like the Kyrian Tradition before it, was created to honor Sophia as Our Mother/Daughter God.

I am in complete agreement with this well written article and I, too, have come to understand the Barbelo, ( though some Gnostics tried to claim She was either male or androgynous), as being Absolute Deity. She is understood by many scholars to be the Higher Avatar or Form of Sophia.

Both Monad and Monogenes, terms used by Gnostics to describe the Absolute, were originally feminine nouns. This is why Janites often refer to the Absolute, the Great Mother, as the Monas, the original form of Monad.

The teachings on this priestessofholywisdom website are perfectly compatible with Janite Tradition. Zoe is an acceptable Form for the Holy Daughter and the authoress does a fine job of tying in the story of Zoe-Eve with the idea of the Filianic Sacrifice. In fact, there is a connection here, with our communion rite, something which we received from the Madrians and known to our priestesses both past and present, if they could but make the connection.

It must be remembered that like Christianity, Gnosticism is more of an umbrella term for different schools of Gnostic thought which oftentimes resulted in the variations of the myths.

In Sophian Filianism, we are merely restoring Sophia to Her original Glory because only in Gnosticism is there the idea that the Divine Daughter of Wisdom could possibly commit an huge error by choosing to create by Herself and so, just as the powerful Roman Church blamed a human female, Eve, for the Fall of Creation, so Gnostic Christians blamed the Divine Female for the Fall of Creation and through their myths, raped Eve.

This is why I left Gnosticism. I had enough of the extremely misogynistic, evil teachings of Catholic (I am a former Catholic) and Gnostic Christianity where females are blamed for the plight of humanity and creation and thereby needing a male saviour. In Gnosticism, the Divine Sophia, Who is trapped here, is forced to beg, through singing many songs of repentance, for Her male savior to allow Her to re-ascend through the realms .

I have lived the results of these false teachings as have my fore-mothers before me. It results in women becoming second class citizens in their churches, taking part of the blame for Eve’s ‘fault’ and, at times, being considered spiritually inferior but saved through childbirth or obeying their husbands. This might sound farfetched, but it was the experience of females in my former church for almost two millennia until just a few short decades ago. It has yet to be completely eradicated.

Let me make clear that here, I am not speaking about women becoming priests in the Catholic Church. I am a firm believer that males should liturgically channel the Divine Masculine while females should liturgically channel the Divine Feminine.

I feel that those who have resurrected the Gnostic Churches since the finding of the Nag Hamadi texts should stop and think about what they are doing when they perpetuate an ancient MYTH which, perhaps without meaning to, demonizes, degrades, traps, rapes and humiliates the Divine Female. Even if they consider Her to be the lowest Aeon, She is still Divine and on the same level as Christ, the Logos, Her Twin. Imagine if all of this stuff was taught about the Christ Aeon!

And what is even worse, this time, it is not just an human female, the mother of all humanity on Earth, but the Divine Female, the Mother of the Cosmos, Wisdom, Herself, Who is degraded blamed, ultimately forcing the Divine Daughter of Wisdom to beg for mercy from Her male consort.

If modern Gnostics can veer away from the Gnostic belief that manifest creation is evil, why can’t they realize that the demotion of the Divine Feminine is just as erroneous. It is clear that some Gnostic Christians re-wrote some of the pre-Christian texts to suit their inherent bias.

Why don’t they restore Her to Her original place and reveal Her to be the Sacrificial Heroine that Kabbalists see in Her counterpart, the Shekinah? (www.universalkabbalah.net/Shekinah. See especially the second paragraph under Shekinah and Creation.)

In Gnostic Christianity….it is ok for a Male to create without His Female consort, but, apparently, a Female may not do the same without wreaking havoc, destruction and causing immense suffering.

We do not accept such teachings. And certainly, the Russian mystics did not and do not see Sophia that way nor do those Christians, both ancient and modern, who understood Her to be the Holy Spirit, Whom, in Gnostic texts, Jesus referred to as his MOTHER.

And so, in summary, the male theologians took our human mother and blamed her for the Fall and all the evils and sickness of creation.

They blamed her for ‘enticing her husband to sin’. And the Roman Church went so far as to say we all had to inherit this sin….that we are literally born with the stain of Original Sin on our souls which is why Jesus had to be tortured and killed so that the stain could be removed through baptism and the gates of heaven be re-opened.

So, in other words, ultimately, according to mainstream Christianity, the male savior had to come because the female Eve sinned against the male god and caused her husband to sin. So, they demoted and demonized our human mother, the mother of all the Living.

The Gnostics did the exact same thing to Our Divine Mother, Sophia,  Divine Wisdom, the Mother of all the Cosmos, Who as part of the Godhead, cannot make such an error.

And, they went so far as to have our human mother, who had the Light of the Daughter, Zoe-Sophia within Her, raped and defiled! (Though, I believe the Light of Zoe first departed from Eve)!

Let us remember that these were myths that  were  written by men; they were not historical  events. We do not have to accept parts of myths that defile and demote the female whether human or divine. This is what gives religious zealots, both past and present, the idea that it is ok to treat women as being spiritually inferior.

At the same time that the Gnostics defamed, demoted, trapped, raped and defiled the Divine Feminine, the Roman Church, took Her away completely by making Her into a male with the erroneous teaching that both the Logos and His Twin, Wisdom, incarnated forever as the male, Jesus and further  teaching that the Holy Spirit is male, thereby  leaving us with only the human mother, Mary, who must never be considered divine, because only the male can be considered divine.

(And I don’t want to hear any excuses as to how the Church really believes that God is either genderless  or that God is both male and female. The Traditional Catholic Church clearly taught that God was male and explained why.)  And this human mother, Mary, was dependent upon her son for her immaculate conception. (There is an excruciating attempt to explain this in Catholic theology where this was preordained for her through the future merits of her son.)

So, again, thanks to male theology, we have yet another female who, though this time is not blamed for the Fall, she is still dependent on a male saviour and cannot be divine. So, we can have a divine Father, but not a Divine Mother.

Thankfully, there is a school of Russian thought where Mary is considered to be the incarnation of Sophia.

I say that there is no place in the 21st century for these antiquated, misogynist in the extreme, harmful teachings. And I am not making these statements as a radical feminist. Quite the contrary, I am a traditional, conservative woman. But, I am a woman who has the Divine Spark of my Mother residing within the temple of my soul and it is for Her, for Our Very and True Mother, that I fight.

I fight for Her right to be recognized as being Divine in Her Own Right; Who is not dependent on a male consort or a male saviour in order to be part of the Godhead.

She is Supreme. She gave birth to the Male. She is God in Her Own right. She did not sin, or error, or cause the Fall. She did not get raped or create the half aborted demi-urge or half-maker. She is not trapped here against Her Divine and Powerful Will. Nor is She the Ruler of the Seven Hebdomas who are evil archonic planetary powers. This is an inversion of the truth.

Why must we accept these awful myths that were written by men, not women…..  thousands of years ago? Especially when we have the evidence that they changed some of the original texts to suit their narrative? (More on that to come in the near future.)

This is why, decades ago, I sought to somehow become a valid priestess and form an Order through which She could be honored and worshiped as God in Her Own Right, just as did the Collyridians of old. (Evidence has recently come to light that the Collyridians were more far-reaching than previously thought and may have lasted for centuries).

This is also why Janites believe that the worship of the Mother must be kept separate from Divine Masculine worship because, as many of us have experienced, She is all too quickly subsumed by the Divine Masculine. The painting of Sophia and Jehovah in the Sistine Chapel is a clear illustration of this experience. Jehovah is huge, mighty, strong while Sophia is tiny and shadowed beneath his arm.

Through the blessing of the Deanic/Filianic religion, whose roots may go back further than I initially thought, we have the tools to take Sophia, Our Divine Mother God, out of the shadow of the Divine Masculine and restore Her to Her proper place.

We can free Her from being raped, demoted, trapped, demonized, humiliated and restore for Her, the recognition of Her Glory, Her Divinity…..

Her very GODHOOD.

ArchMadria Candra Sophia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sophia Pages

14 Columbina/April 3

Rosadi/Tues.

Dear Devotees,

We have been learning and discovering so very much, it has been nothing short of stunning. There are some things that we must wait for further confirmation before sharing publicly. But, in many ways, we  are affirmed in our worship of Higher and Lower Sophia as the Transcendent Celestial Mother and the Immanent Holy Daughter along with the use of Marian imagery, iconography and prayers.

We take the stricture of using only Living Stream Forms for Dea very seriously. It is expressly forbidden for Janites to use non-Living Stream forms for any member of the Trinity.

We recognize the Hindu Goddesses and the Goddess, Tara as Living Stream Goddesses. And though She is not understood to be God, per se, Quan Yin is considered, by many, to be the Mary of the East and so is included in our list of Living Stream Forms. For various reasons, we also recognize Bridget and of course, the  Shekinah.

But, I believe that we could readily say that, the True Mother/Daughter Goddess of the West is Sophia. Her Mother or Higher Avatar is the Barbelo. In some Gnostic Schools, Her Mother is Siege or Silence.

Kore Di-Jana is a title which loosely translates as The Divine Daughter, the Divine Gate. Sophia is the Divine Gate to Her Holy Mother.

(Of course, we do not believe in the Patriarchal teachings which diminish Sophia’s sovereignty by claiming that She is ‘trapped here or that She needed a male savior. Please see Max Dashu’s articles.)

We are also very careful about which images we use to depict the Holy Daughter. (I am currently writing up the Canons of the Janite Ekklesia and the use of images will be covered in our Canons.) One requirement is that the images and depictions must always show Her as being modestly dressed and never posed in a sensual manner.

Sophia, the Daughter of Wisdom, is known as the Daughter INCARNATE. She is known as the Creatrix of the Cosmos. She is called Saviouress. She (along with Her Counterpart, the Shekinah) is the World Soul.  She is Wisdom and the Daughter of Wisdom. In Proverbs, She gives us Her Bread and Wine. She (along with Her Counterpart…the Shekinah) is known as the Holy Spirit. She rules over the Seven Planetary Powers. She is the Highest Ruler of the manifest universe and is the mediatrix between the upper and lower realms. She is the Mother of the Living and the Great Mother Principle Who rules over the Four Elements.

Her Mother, the Barbelo, was known as the Perfect Glory from Whom came the Father and the Mother and the Son. She might rightly be considered Absolute Deity.

And so, we will shortly begin a brief series on Sophia beginning with The Sophia of Creation. This series will be comprised of authentic teachings and sayings about Sophia or Sophia/Shekinah.

Please note, we agree with those who teach that Sophia is not derived or evolved from Pagan goddesses; nor is She to be equated with Pagan goddesses. Sophia, a member of the Godhead, is Supreme Being. The Pagan goddesses, for the most part, were not Supreme Being/God, nor were they ‘aspects’ of God. Those goddesses who were understood, by their devotees, to be the Great Goddess or the Great Mother, are not Living Stream goddesses.

Blessed be Our Lady.

A. M. Candra Sophia.