8 Samhain/Nov. 7
Stelladi/Wed. Day of the Star.
Day of Sai Mati Sage, Messenger of Intelligence, Intuition and Wisdom.
Our readers might be interested in the story of the Russian cosmonauts who saw Seven Angels in Space. I have seen the interviews and have watched their stories on several television shows and it has now been widely reported. These are highly trained professionals, the claims of others that they were suffering from a mass hallucination is bunk, especially considering that other cosmonauts also saw them 12 days later. http://www.techeblog.com/index.php/tech-gadget/mind-blowing-story-of-russian-cosmonauts-who-saw-angels-in-space
When we think of the Janati as Planetary or Cosmic Powers, they can seem very far away. We might often feel that they have better things to do rather than helping us with our own, personal needs. And they might appear foreign to us. Impersonal. Out of touch and out of reach like the farthest stars in our galaxy.
That was how I felt when I first encountered them. At the same time, I was very intrigued by not only the idea of them but the beauty of them and what each of them represented.
Hailing from a Catholic background where we were personal friends with the saints in heaven and devotees of the Archangels, I had a deep desire to come to know the Janati. I wished to interact with each them on a personal and emotional basis rather than on just a thealogical and intellectual level. Both are necessary for true devotion!
I realized that if they are Emanations of Déa, then they are no more impersonal than is She. If I can have a close relationship with Déa, then I can have a close relationship with each of Her Seven Intelligent Emanations. The Seven Jeweled Rays. The Seven Royal Ladies of Déa.
They weren’t just Planetary Powers, they were also assigned to rule over the Cardinal Directions and the Five Primordial Elements. So each Jana ruled over the associations of their Primordial Element.
I began to think about Sai Thema (Thamé). She is of my favorite time of year: Fall. And my favorite time of day: Twilight. In our system, She rules over Earth and is Guardian of the West. She is the Janya of Justice, Order and Harmony. She shares this Season with Our Celestial Mother, Who manifests Law, Order and Harmony into motion.
(It is important to note that ‘Lady Justice’ was never depicted as being blindfolded until the 1500’s. Images of Sai Thema (Thamé) should never be blindfolded.)
Her Filianic name (and the noun), Thamé, is from Dharma, which means Firm Law and The Laws of Nature. (1) For Déanists, it also means the Harmony of Order. Her Greek name, Themis, means Law of Nature and Divine Law. Natural and Cosmic Law. Her Reginite/Janite name, Thema, translates to Queen. Sai Thema is the Queen of Natural and Cosmic Law, Order and Harmony.
She Rules over the Cosmic Above and the Earthly Below. Here below, I realized, she could help with all things that are related to Earth in addition to Justice, Order and Harmony. In answer to my prayers over the years, she has provided homes, jobs, court-related victories and all the things symbolized and embodied by the Element of Earth. There were times when right after praying for help, things would happen in such a way, there would be no doubt in my mind that it was Sai Thema who helped me. At times, the answers were downright miraculous. I try to always remember to end my prayer for the ‘highest good’ of the individual or situation.
In the same vein, I began to come to know Sai Vikhé as well. She protects my family; she protects the Ekklesia and she helps me when I need the courage to do things that are uncomfortable for me. When I sit before my campfire, I thank her for the warmth and wonder of Fire. Over time, I have become closer to some of the Janati than others, but they are always with me.
It was ArchMatrona Georgia Cobb of the Lady of Light Chantry who first came up with the Janati rosary. This was the origin of our beautiful Janati mantra prayers. She is the one who composed them by focusing on their Virtues. And that is when we realized how very important those Virtues were. She and I began to place a greater emphasis on them in our daily lives and in our teachings.
ArchMatrona Georgia also taught me, through her Janati rosary, that the Janati are Déa. They are not angels. They are not goddesses. They are Déa. That is when I realized that they are Emanations of Déa, Herself, in Seven Angelic Forms. As she had explained to me, when we pray to the Janati, we are praying to Dea. Once I became aware of that, I realized that Déa is One and Three and Seven. I was very happy to see this formula picked up in an article on the Chapel of Our Mother God website. I believe it is foundational thealogy for all Deanists.
And so I learned that the Janati were not just the Planetary Powers. They were not the Greek Titanides. They were Déa, Herself in Seven Angelic Forms.
These Seven are seen elsewhere, as the Seven Pillars of Sophia, the Seven Virgins of Sophia, the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit (Who is Female), the Seven Spirits before the Throne of God (the Seven Gifts are the Seven Spirits) and all of these have been shown to tie in with the Seven Planetary Powers in one way or another.
I greet the Janati each morning during my Aurora prayers. Oftentimes, this is when I will say a brief pray for others. I will ask Sai Sushuri Grace to help those who are sick. I will pray to Sai Thema for someone who is looking for a new home. I will ask Sai Vikhé to watch over my family and our country.
There are times, especially when I am working, that all I have time for is the greeting of the Janati in the Five Directions, a Hail, Déa prayer for the Holy Daughter and a quick scripture reading. I do like to include the Daughter of Light prayer if I have time.
I usually pray the Janati rosary of the day on my way to work. It doesn’t take long. These prayers and encounters (through the greeting) surround me with the Janati in the morning and all through the day. As I face each direction and greet the Janya, I am able to sense their Presence in my life.
After the rosary, during my 35 minute drive to work, I will try to think about which Virtue I will try to practice for the day. For example, if it is Columbadi/Fri, the Day of Sai Sushuri Grace, I will choose to try and be more compassionate or more merciful or more loving. I don’t always remember, especially if my day gets very busy, but I start the day with that intention. And, I often fail. Sometimes, quite miserably! But I realize it is a learning process along my True Soul Path.
My way is not right for everyone. Some devotees simply offer a quick prayer in their own words or read scripture before heading off to work or starting their day. Just because I’m a rosary person, doesn’t mean that everyone is. I grew up with the rosary, so it is as much a part of me as brushing my teeth. Others prefer to pray in their own words or with simple prayers.
I found that what is important, as I was beginning to come to know the Janati, was being mindful of them and remembering that they are here to help and aide the Children of Déa in a deeply personal way. They are Déa! They are Déa in Her Seven Emanations!
During Evensong, I thank each of them for the day. I might whisper a quick little prayer of thanksgiving for any help and aide that I’ve been granted or for prayers answered. If the prayer was for something vital or for an emergency, I will often offer flowers and a liturgy or RoS/V in thanksgiving.
We don’t always see the ‘big picture’ as do the Janati. Sometimes, if prayers are not answered the way we would like, it is usually because either it is not for the highest good of the person or karma might be involved. But even then, help is offered in one way or another. Always.
Sometimes, we don’t realize that things have happened for a reason until we are much further down the road of Life. Sometimes, we don’t realize that we have received the help we needed at the time. This knowledge often comes to us when we are in Avala, the resting place between lives. (See books by Dr. Michael Newton and Dr. Brian Weiss).
All in all, I have learned that Trust comes and Love follows. Relationships are a two-way street. I have benefited, greatly, from coming to know and experience the Janati and I try to honor them, in return. I believe that their Virtues form the Pathway to Heaven.
Let us bless the Holy One.
Blessed is She.
Let us thank the Seven Janati of Déa.
Thanks be to the Seven Janati.
Thus it is and thus may it be.
ArchMadria Pamela Lanides