The following has been re-posted from reginite.com… a blog for those who also believe in the Father and the Son and is still very much under construction.
I thought this might be helpful for those new to the Janite Tradition and for ‘oldies’, I included a personal story which I hope that others find inspirational.
The post has been slightly edited for deanic.com. Many blessings.
For our subscribers: many of you will already be familiar with the fundamental basics of the Divine Feminine Sophian Trinity. Thank you for your patience as we continue to present the basics of the Reginite Sophian Faith. Near the end is a story of how Our Lady once helped me in my time of need.
Reginites believe in the Divine Feminine Trinity. There are many Christians and Sophians who believe that She is Mother, Daughter and Holy Soul as taught by Robert Powell and others. (1) We know Her as Mother, Daughter and Great Mother as interpreted from certain Gnostic texts. And though we share many basic beliefs as the pre-Christian Gnostics, we are not Gnostic, per se.
We believe in Divine Emanation theology. This means that for us, the Great Mother, the Monas, is Absolute Deity, the Origin of Origins, the One Source from Whom emanates the Heavenly Mother and the True Father. We believe that from the Mother emanates the Holy Daughter and that from the True Father emanates the Divine Son.
We refer to the Divine Feminine Trinity as Dea in each of Her Forms. For example, Our Heavenly Mother is known as Dea Madria, which means Mother God. The Holy Daughter is Dea Filia, or Daughter God. Dea, pronounced Day-a is the feminine word for God. Deus is the masculine form. We never used the word, goddess, to refer to Our Heavenly Mother because the meaning behind goddess is quite different from the meaning of God in our modern era.
Though She is known as Aletheia and Pistis Sophia, we call Her Mari, which means Mother Sea. It has been said that this is the oldest known goddess name in the world. Indeed, there is an ancient town in Syria named after this ancient goddess. Mari is also the same name by which the 12th-14th century Cathars knew the Heavenly Mother. It is the Name for Our Lady that has been handed down to us.
Though Dea Mari is not Mary, the Mother of Jesus, there are times when we might use certain Marian images for Her, albeit rarely. The above icon, Our Lady of Protection by iconographer, Valentina Murenkova, is one of my favorites. She holds a banner with the Fora imprinted on it! The Fora, for Reginites and for our sisters and brothers in the Deanic community, is a equi-distant solar cross where the rays extend beyond the circle. This symbol has much significance for us and is one of the five main Sacred Symbols of our religious Tradition.
Where there is a tradition in Russian Orthodoxy, that Mary was Holy Sophia incarnate, we are not necessarily taking liberties by using certain Marian icons to represent Our Heavenly Mother, Mari Sophia.
We believe that Our Heavenly Mother is Transcendent; She is the Supernal Sun. Pre-Christian Gnostic texts referred to Sophia as the Creatrix and Mother of the Universe.
She is Our Mother is a deeply personal way. She is always beside us; She is always aware of us; She resides in the Inner Temple of our hearts. She hears our cries and shares with us our joys. There is a bond of love that is incredible.
There are so many times when She has come to my aide in the most miraculous of ways.
One time, not too long ago, my eldest son was in a serious ATV accident. As a result, he was in danger of losing his leg. I prayed the rosary each day. I fell asleep with the Hail, Mari on my lips. I woke up in the middle of the night still, automatically praying the Hail, Mari. The next day, we discovered that they would be able to save my son’s leg. Praise Dea! But, the most amazing thing was what my son related to me. My son is not religious….at all, which makes the story even more credible. At the same time that I woke up with the Hail, Mari still on my lips… I must have been praying it constantly in my sleep, my son woke up in his hospital bed. He said that his room was full of incense and light and he connected it to me. He experienced something very powerful. I was in profound awe when I heard his story.
Time and time and time, again, through-out my life, Our Lady has come to my aide in a powerful way.
Allow Her to live your daily life along-side of you. All you have to do is tell Her that you love Her and wish to come to know Her. She will be there for you. You may also consecrate your life to Her.
Here is a prayer from our Noon-tide Rite (from the Madrian):
Canticle of the Supernal Sun
There is no thing fairer on the Earth than She,
Nor any thing upon the Heaven, fairer.
Before Her splendour, does the noon-day Sun burn as the dying embers of a fire.
Madria Dea, does not Thy Spirit breathe in all created things?
Is not all darkness scattered by Thy Fire?
And but for Thee, would not all the cosmos decompose? Would not the black abyss of chaos swallow all?
And as Thine universal music reins the furthest spheres, so does it tune the beating of my heart. For as the running doe longs for the cooling streams, so is my soul athirst for Thy dear Grace; and as long as hunger brings the limbs to weakness, trembles my souls for confluence with Thee.
Have pity on my soul and end its trembling. Fill it with the good nourishment of Thy love. For there is no thing other than will cool its fever and there is no way other it shall find content.
O, let my soul be chastened by its suffering. O, let it care no longer for its pride; O, let it cry to Thee in childlike trustfulness; let it be humbled in Thy gentle Light.
Of mine own self, I can accomplish nothing;
only so far as Thou art acting through me.
How dull my soul is, like the ashes of a fire;
but, pierced through with Thine eternal rays,
is it not radiant as the noon-day sun?
There is no thing fairer on the Earth than Thee,
nor any thing upon the Heaven fairer. https://reginite.com/the-three-times-of-prayer/rite-of-noon-tide/
May Our Lady bless you,
blessed is She.
Rev. Pamela Lanides