27 Vespera/Sept. 3
O, Madria Rhea, Jana of Steadfastness, Temperance and Self-restraint, be with us.
1. As the rain fell, the light came again, and a rainbow appeared in the sky, shedding its light upon all things. 2. And whereas all things had been silver, now they took on every hue and colour, and the world was beautiful; but it was not so beautiful as it had formerly been.
3. [And She set Her seven powers in the firmament, giving one to rule each colour of the earth.] The Creation, Chapter 3, vs. 1-3. New Celestial Union Edition.
Within the Janite Deanic Faith (which loosely translates as Gate of the Mother God religion), devotion to the Seven Janati is central to our religious practice. The Seven Janati are the Seven Powers or Faces of Dea, Our Divine Mother God.
Traditionally, certain Forms/Aspects of the Supreme/Parthenogenetic Goddess have been associated with these Seven Powers such as Eurynome, Sophia and the Shekinah. They are also known as the Seven Planetary Powers; the Seven Pillars and the Seven Faces.
Our Tradition teaches that the Janati flow from Mother God and take on rarefied angelic form. And so, the Seven Janati, a Sanskrit word meaning to generate, cause, to be born, create, beget and to produce, are the Seven Intelligent Living Streams of Dea in angelic form.
Though we may think of them as female archangels, reminding us of the female Bountiful Immortals of Zoroastrianism or the female angels of ancient Judiasm, it is important to remember that they are the Living Streams of Dea, Herself. It is as though they flow from Dea through a prism, thereby separating into Seven Jeweled, Living, Intelligent Rays who generate and produce the Seven Rivers of Life.
Do not be afraid to approach the Janati on a very personal level. They respond to our prayers and are ever-ready to assist us.
One personal custom that I have developed to honor the Janati on a daily basis is five-fold:
1) I try (although it is not always possible) to wear a color associated with the Jana (1) of the day.
2) I take a gemstone that has been charged beneath the Full Moon, bless it according to our blessing rite (found in our drop-down menu beneath the Prayers and Rites section). This stone will have been blessed with specific intentions. The intentions are: that her blessings, benefits and protection be upon me and may her virtues (here I name the specific Virtues of the Jana) be instilled within me. After this powerful blessing, I will wear it as a pendant in a gemstone cage similar to those found here:
The color of the gemstone of the day will be associated with the color(s) of the robes of the Jana.
So, for instance, today is Foradi/Sat., (2), the day of Madria Rhea, whose robes are indigo and black. So, I will choose a crystal or gemstone as close in color as possible to indigo like dark lapis lazuli or I will choose a black stone like obsidian. During the blessing rite, along with the intentions of invoking her blessings and protection, I add the intention of instilling within me her virtues of Steadfastness, Temperance and Self-restraint.
3) I pray a septad (a group of seven beads similar to a decade of the rosary) of her mantra in the morning and through-out the day. For Madria Rhea it is: O, Madria Rhea, Jana of Steadfastness, Temperance and Self-restraint, be with us.
4) I try to be mindful of her presence by praying to her and talking to her during the day. I try to spend time in contemplating both her and her virtues.
5) I choose one of her virtues to manifest in my life for that day. So, for instance, today I might choose to focus on Steadfastness or Self-restraint.
Any one of these customs or others similar to them will help to bring us ever closer to each Jana on a personal level and to Dea, Herself.
Let us bless the Queen of Heaven.
Blessed be Our Lady.
Let us thank the Seven Janati of Power.
Thanks be to the Seven Janati.
May Our Lady bless you.
Blessed is She.
- Here the name/word Jana indicates an individual member of the Seven Janati. Jana translates as Gate. The name Jana was widely associated with the goddess Diana who was well-known, in ancient Rome, as Di-Jana which meant, Divine Gate. Each individual Jana is a Gate of one of the Seven Living Streams of Life.
- Our religious names for the days of the week are taken from our Seven Symbols with the French ending of di. Foradi is named after the Fora which is an equi-distant solar cross with rays extending beyond the circle.
- Please see Janati mantras on the Janati Correspondence page and also on the Janati Rosary page.