16 Ourania/Oct. 18
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ArchMatrona Georgia Cobb of the Lady of Light Chantry, recently sent me an article on the Trinity and the Apple Tree theme. This article compared the Christian Trinity to an apple tree with the very interesting analogy that specifically referred to the the Fuji and Gala apple trees. I think the theology and comparison here are quite sound. How appropriate it would be to apply this article to the Divine Feminine Trinity, as the apple has always represented the Goddess and Wisdom and the apple tree and its seeds are featured in our scriptures under The Seed of Truth.
The idea that the true original tasting apple does not come from the seed, but must come from a grafting from the original tree would equally apply to the Janati. Rather than being separate ‘angels’ or daughter goddesses, the Janati are part of the Original ‘Tree’, the Original Trinity, Herself. They are not the fruit of the tree, nor are they new trees from seeds; they are the original tree in Seven (grafted) Forms. This is why we say that Dea is One and Three and Seven. She is a Unity, a Trinity and a Septet. Like the Trinity, the Janati are One, of One Essence, and yet, Individual. They are our Guardian Mothers as well as being the Seven Planetary Powers or the Seven Spirits of Dea.
Altar set up:
Images of Dea and the Janati may be pictures, icons or statues. Devotees may have one image or many according to desire.
The three main images I use for the Trinity are as follows, but devotees may use any images which speak to them on the soul level:
The altar is placed in the East or as close as possible to the East. The devotee or priestess should be facing East when facing the altar.
Two main altar candles are placed at the back of the altar. These may be in the form of oil lamps or candle lamps.
A central candle for Dea is placed in the middle of the altar. One Janati candle should be placed in something silver. I use the silver tree sold by Yankee Candle as shown above. It can also be a simple silver candle holder or it can have other forms that might be symbolic of the Janati. The Janati candle is placed to the right of the altar.
On the altar should be a bowl of holy water, a vial of holy oil and incense (unless one is allergic to incense.)
The altar cloth is always the Elemental color of the Season. In the Deanic Faith, the color for Fall is Green, for Earth. Priestesses will accent their white dresses/robes with the liturgical colors which are the colors of the Jana of the Season. For Fall, the liturgical colors are blue and purple for Madria Thema. So, a priestess might wear a sash, shawl or scarf/mantilla/chapel veil in either purple or blue colors or both.
During liturgy or ritual, the patene’ or sacred plate of bread, which is placed to the right and the chalice of white wine, on the left. (I will take a picture of my new altar in the near future. We are in the process of moving and I am not at my new home where my main altar is.)
The Short Form of the Creed.)
And, finally for today, we have both a long and a short form of the Creed similar to Christianity which has multiple Creeds, but two main ones, the Nicene and the Apostle’s Creed. The short form has been chosen for the Rite of Sacrifice and for our liturgy. The short form is now included in the Rite of Sacrifice as found on our above menu.
May Our Lady bless you,
Blessed is She.