13 Maia/April 30
O, Madria Theia, Jana of Illumination, Joy and Benevolence, be with us.
May the Pure Stream of Your Virtues flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come. Blessed are You.
There is a new page under our Calendars menu which gives a brief explanation of our major feast days. Eastre has been restored to its original date and Adoria has been moved to the Filianic date.
Setting the Record Straight
By this title, I do not mean to sound presumptuous. It is merely an attempt to be forthright and honest about our origins.
As more and more people are beginning to show interest in our religion, it is very important that our Faith be represented as honestly, forthrightly and accurately as possible. This means that we must discard certain misleading claims that may have been made in the past, though they may have been well-intended at the time.
Many religions begin by adopting previous mythos, epithets, beliefs, etc., and formulating or re-interpreting them into a new religion. Some might think this process enables the religion to rightly lay claim to roots from antiquity, but common sense would tell us that this is not always the case.
For example, when Wicca was new, the impression was given that Wicca, in its modern form, was practiced in ancient times. And the Burning Times were often exaggerated. There were other false claims attributed to its founder and so forth. But, as Wicca matured and grew, it humbly admitted its past mistakes, corrected those historically inaccurate claims and that honesty has been rewarded with a greater respect by its adherents and its resulting legal acceptance as a religion.
Our religion stems from Orders of the early Madrians as founded in the mid-twentieth century. The Filianic branch of the Faith came a bit later. All other branches of the Faith are of a more recent origin. However, there was an original claim to antiquity on the part of the early Madrians.
The Madrian religion, as an organization, has long since disbanded, though there are a few remaining, faithful devotees of this branch of the Faith. Though the last Madrian priestess has passed away and other past priestesses have simply gone on with their lives, the loyalty of these 21st century Madrian devotees has never once wavered.
What the Madrians created, in the founding of the Faith, was truly brilliant. And, in all fairness, they had no way to envision future modern technology and social media, let alone the idea of the Internet. They had no way to know that one day, the beautiful religion that they had created in honor of the Divine Mother, would be available to the entire world at the touch of a cyber-button. They are the fore-mothers of the modern Deanic Faith.
To our knowledge, Madria Olga Lotar was the last practicing Madrian to to teach the Madrian religion. If there are still others out there, no-one seems to know.
The early Madrians tended to add a bit of a legendary flare to the Faith. This is nothing new, as many religions have been known to do the same in order to appear to have Divine provenance. But, again, it is very important that we, as modern Deanics, are forthright and honest about not only our origins as a religion , but also the origins of things like the scriptures, the names of the Janati and so forth. But, this isn’t always as easy as it sounds.
Recently, some devotees have asked where the names of the Janati originated. The answer that is usually given is that the lovely Filianic names were the ‘secret’ original names from the ‘Rhennish language’, (related to the German language). Or sometimes, a ‘primordial language’ is vaguely mentioned.
It has been explained that these original or true Janati names were not revealed to the public and so the Madrians only used the Greek-Titan names publicly, while using the Filianic names, privately.
There does not appear to be any foundation to this explanation and it was explained to me, otherwise, by my own sources. I have learned the hard way not to blindly trust or believe in a spiritual history without critically examining it for oneself. (See 5).
The following are several areas with regards to Deanic origins which I feel need more clarity. If anyone has actual and verified evidence to the contrary, please contact us because it would be of great importance.
1) To my knowledge and from what has been explained to me from early sources, our scriptures were not handed down to us from remote antiquity through matriarchal households as was claimed in the Madrian edition of the scriptures. (And, I don’t believe that the Filianists try to make such a claim.)
Nor were the scriptures necessarily ‘channeled’ by one person. Our scriptures, (though seemingly to be truly inspired and I don’t rule out the possibility of channeling for some of them), were written by several people who made use of various sources. These people chose to remain anonymous.
2) The Madrian religion was not pre-Christian as was sometimes claimed. However, the religion of the Divine Mother does stem from deep antiquity. Indeed, there have been recent archaelogical finds which push the date back even further than previously known. There are scholars, both western and eastern, who believe that the Divine Mother God religion was the first religion of humanity.
3) Recently, there was an unintended controversy over our experiment to change the Eastre date. However, it should be noted that while both the Madrians and the Filianists hold the same Eastre date, they do not hold the same date for Nativity or Epiphany. And so, the early branches did not always observe the same dates for the holy days.
4) It should be understood that many of the articles in the now out of print, The Coming Age, sponsored by Lux Madriana, were fiction and they were written as such. Additionally, one should do their own critical research on the history of the Amazons. Other articles do contain a wealth of relevant information.
5) In Madrianism, the Janati were known as the Geniae and were written as the Geniae or the Genia in the Madrian edition of the scriptures. They were originally modeled upon the Greek Titans, as the Planetary Powers of Eurynome. (Janites use additional sources for the Janati.) The Madrians referred to them by their Titan names. The Filianic names came later. Filianic was also a word that was not used by the Madrians.
The understanding of the nature of the Janati also appears to have evolved, through time.
My understanding and what I have been told is that the Filianic names were not the secret names from the Rhennish language nor did they originate from any type of primordial language.
It seems evident to many and it has been explained to us that the Filianists adopted certain Hindu influences into the Faith that was not to be found in the earlier Madrian Tradition. As one example, there appears to be a certain Hindu influence to be found with regards to the titles of Sai and the very name, Janati/Janyati, both Sanskrit words.
However, that being said, the adoption of certain Hindu influences in the Filianic branch of the Faith is certainly appropriate. The longest Living Stream Mother God religion is the Shakti branch of Hinduism. And, within the Hindu Faith may be found some exquisitely beautiful devotions and hymns to the Divine Mother. Some of these hymns may be found in the Gospel of Our Mother God, which is the Filianic edition of the scriptures. (Please see our links section.)
The very word, Janati, first coined by the Filianists for use in the Faith, ( the Y was added for certain reasons), comes from the Sanskrit language. Janati is Sanskrit for generate, cause, to be born, create, beget and to produce.
Sai is a Sanskrit word which means saint. It is a term of respect.
Raya (as in Sai Raya) is a Sanskrit word which means King or a member of Royalty.
Vikha is also a Sanskrit word, but its meaning has no relation to the Janati that I can see.
Mati is Sanskrit for Intellect (which is so appropriate for Sai Mati.)
I do not mean to indicate that all of the Filianic names for the Janati stem from the Sanskrit, I only wish to emphasize that the Filianic names for the Janati came later and were not used by the early Madrians. Madria Olga Lotar, who was Madrian for 30 years, never referred to the Geniae as the Janyati or used their Filianic names to her long-time student’s knowledge.
Finally, I do feel that the Filianists were correct in assigning new names for the Janati because it is important to distinguish them from the actual Titan goddesses.
This is why it is fine for other, more recent, Deanic Traditions to use names for the Janati that are right for their own Tradition just as the Filianists chose names that were right for theirs.
May Our Lady bless you,
Blessed is She.
ArchMadria Candra Sophia