Part II has been (greatly) edited and the Twilight Rite has been posted under our Prayers and Rites section.
In Bits and Pieces II, we will address the correspondences of the Trinity and the significance of the Hamsa pendent. Part III, which will be published by the middle of the week, will concern our conclusions on whether Deanism may be rightly classified as monotheism. This will be followed by an article by Sorella Shoshana of the Iremian Order of Janites.
Note to our priestesses: Liturgy may be celebrated either on Foradi, in honor of the Great Mother; on Sunnadi, in honor of the Divine Mother or on Lunadi, in honor of the Divine Daughter. The Rite of Sacrifice is served on the Full Moons.
The Correspondences of the Trinity
Our religion is very highly symbolic in nature. Part of this symbolism is reflected in, The Correspondences of the Seven Janati, as found under our Janati Page on the above menu.
Many may wonder why correspondences are important or relevant to our understanding of the Divine.
Correspondences help us to be able to relate to the Infinite Unseen Divine from an human, third density level. They give us sub-conscious roots which help us to grow in our understanding of the Cosmic Level. I understand them to be visible analogies which help us to comprehend Infinite Perfection from a Finite Imperfection point of view.
Symbolic Correspondences help us to be able to better relate to the Janati. The Janati are magnificent Divine Intelligent Powerful Jewels of Dea. They are Dea. And yet, we somehow need to be able to interact with Them and come to know them, personally and soul-fully.
The symbol of the Owl helps us to understand Madria Sofia as the Jana of Wisdom. The Sun is symbolic of Madria Theia because She is the Jana of the Sun. As such, She is the Perfect Reflection/Representation of the Supernal Sun, Madria Dea, Mother God. Madria Thema’s Symbol is the Apple because She is the Jana of Fall/Autumn. The thealogy behind each symbol is further developed from our scriptures and our Tradition.
The whole point is, our subconscious thrives on symbols. The subconscious mind thinks in the form of symbols. The conscious mind does need to form information into symbols in order to understand it.
When a religion combines a strong use of symbolism in addition to words such as teachings and prayers, both the conscious and subconscious benefit.
By definition, a correspondence is a kind of connection that exists between things. In a manner of speaking, smoke may be said to be a correspondence of fire and the occurrence of one of these phenomena usually indicates the presence of the other. The nature of the correspondence between fire and smoke is obviously causal, but the kinds of relationships posited between something and its magical correspondences are often not this obvious and require a little research and meditation in order to appreciate. Why, for example, should the chemical element iron be a correspondence of the planet Mars? Surely there is no causal connection between the two, and the correspondence makes little sense until one learns, through a study of mythology, that Mars was a god of war and that the correspondence itself probably dates from the time when iron weapons were the most effective form of arms in use on the battlefield. The association of the planet Mars with various war gods is probably much older and based on the reddish color of the planet. Red is the color of blood and blood is spilled in battle and in other acts of aggression, so the connection with war and deities of battle makes sense. (1)
Many religions hold symbolism in high regard. It is fascinating to look at the symbolism of Judaism and that of Christianity in art and sacred objects . Its a subject of study in and of itself.
And so, also, within Deanism, we have a beautiful system symbolism that is unique to our Faith. A system of symbolism is the teacher of our subconscious mind, while words are the teachers of our conscious mind.
A correspondence list for the Divine Feminine Trinity will be forthcoming.
I have long been interested in the Hamsa or Hamesh hand. In fact, I think I have written about it in the past. I have discovered some new information about it that really surprised me and caused me to consider the Hamsa symbol in a new light.
It is often consider to be a ‘good luck charm’ or something which wards off the evil eye. And, while this is true as the open hand is a universal sign of protection, it is much, much more than just a good luck charm and its origins might be surprising.
The Hamsa is a symbol used by Judaism, Islam and in Levantine Christianity until it was banned by Emperor Charles V.
The Hamesh or Hamsa Hand is known as the Hand of Fatima; the Hand of Miriam; the Hand of Mary and the Hand of God. And so, within the three Abrahamic Faiths, it was the symbol of the hidden Divine Feminine. The Hamsa was also known as the Hand of Venus (or Aphrodite). (2).
Surprisingly, its origins trace back to Ishtar/Inanna (2) and the Goddess, Tanit. One theory postulates a connection between the khamsa and the Mano Pantea (or Hand-of-the-All-Goddess), an amulet known to ancient Egyptians as the Two Fingers. And so, with its connections to ancient Mesopotamia and ancient Egypt, its origins trace back to the mists of time beyond memory as a uniquely Feminine symbol of blessings and protection .
The Hand of Fatima also represents femininity, and is referred as the woman’s holy hand. It is believed to have extraordinary characteristics that can protect people from evil and other dangers.
If the Hand did, indeed, predate the Abrahamic Faiths, then the Hand belongs to all devotees of the Divine Feminine. It is a universal symbol of Her Protection and Blessing.
It breaks my heart when I see such an powerful symbol of the Divine Feminine demeaned as merely a ‘good luck charm’. It is the amulet of the of the Divine Mother, Herself, in Her Living Stream Forms. It is Her mighty Hand of Protection.
(Please note that all pendants should be suitably blessed.)
In Catholic and Orthodox Christianity, we wore blessed medals and icon pendants of the Virgin Mary, known as the Holy Theotokos, or God-bearer, in Eastern Orthodoxy. We believed that these ‘sacramentals’ as they were called, were an indelible sign of the Protection of Mary, whom some Russian traditions considered to be the incarnation of Holy Sophia.
The icon pendants and Marian medals were potent signs and symbols of Her blessings and many graces (see the story of the Miraculous Medal). They marked us as Her child.
The wearing of the medal or the icon pendant was a constant living prayer on our part, and an assurance of love, blessing and protection on the part of the Blessed Mother. It is like a delicate chaining linking One to the other. It connects us with Her. The wearing of the icon or medal places us continuously in Her Presence. Anyway, that was how we understood them on a soul level. We would never have considered them to be good luck charms.
I have to wonder that if, in ancient times, the open Hand was symbolic of the Hand of the Goddess, then did they think of it as a good luck charm, or did they think of it as the presence, blessing and protection of the Goddess? I would think that if a symbol could survive for 6,000 years, then it must, at one time, have had a tremendous significance. Just my own musings from the experience of my own past religious tradition and perspective.
Each religious tradition values the Hand in different ways. Here is an article on the Jewish understanding of the Hamsa: https://www.jewishgiftplace.com/Hamsa-Hand-Symbology.html
In Kabbalism, we read: However, the power of the universal gesture is that the universal energy field, which works through order rather than force, is most easily transmitted through the hands. From this fact is derived the principle that smikhah (the “laying on of hands”) can physically confer benefits. It takes from what belongs to the givers (status, authority, and leadership among others, health, vitality, and peace within oneself) and transmits it to the receiver. http://beginning-kabbalah.com/the-spiritual-energy-of-the-jewish-hamsa.
Perhaps, where this symbol is so ancient, and had its beginnings as a sign of the Divine Feminine in the ancient world, that perhaps it belongs to all who love Our Lady, in whatever Living Stream Form you honor Her.
The Hamsa Prayer:
Let no sadness come to this heart.
Let no trouble come to these arms.
Let no conflict come to these eyes.
Let my soul be filled with the blessing
of joy and peace.