15 Ourania/Oct. 17
Day of Sai Thema, Foundation of Justice, Order and Harmony.
The Feast of Sai Thema was on 1 Ourania/Oct. 3. Unfortunately, due to our staff being either ill or otherwise indisposed, we were not able to post an article in time for her Feast Day. However, Her Feast Day may be celebrated any time during the month of Ourania.
ON THE NATURE OF THE JANATI
There is a common misunderstanding regarding the difference between a Living Stream Form/Image of Dea and a Jana/Janya. This article hopes to address this common misconception.
A Living Stream Image/Form of Dea is one where there is an uninterrupted devotional cult to a particular Goddess, one Who is usually understood to be Dea in the way that we understand Dea….. as Mother God. Additionally, the devotional cult must not have included nefarious practices.
Examples of Living Stream Goddesses include Brighid (Who became St. Bridget), the Hindu Goddesses, Tara, the Shekinah, Sophia and certain others. (It is beyond the scope of this article to explain why each particular Goddess is Living Stream.)
Examples of goddesses who are not Living Stream would be Artemis, Juno, Hera, etc. (Please note, we use Goddess, with a capital G, to denote Living Stream Goddesses Who are understood to be Mother or Daughter God and goddesses with a small g, to denote goddesses who are not Living Stream.
As an aside, it is sad to see that the doctrine of Living Stream Goddesses is no longer the norm within Greater Deanism. It is an important doctrine. A brilliant doctrine. It is what separates Deanism from Paganism and Wicca. It is one of the main things which made Deanism unique. Janites follow the Living Stream doctrine.
From a Janite perspective, Living Stream Goddesses are not appropriate Images/Forms for the Janati. They not appropriate because the line between Our Mother God and the Living, Intelligent Ray which emanates from Her becomes blurred.
For example, in Deanism, Divine Sophia, Who is Living Stream, is often depicted as an Image/Form for Sai Mati. This has caused confusion within the community with devotees who are either not really familiar with Holy Sophia, or who are new to the Faith. The misconception is that Holy Sophia, Who is Mother God, is the Ruler of the Seven Planetary Powers, becomes conflated/identified with Sai Mati, one of the Janati, a Planetary Power.
As we know, in Deanism, the idea of the Geniae/Janati was originally based on the seven female Greek Titans and the Creation story of Eurynome by Robert Graves. That Creation story has been debunked by literary scholars as being largely a work of fiction. There is also no evidence of the Titans as the Planetary Powers in Greek mythology. However, the idea of the Janati is a valid one. There are certainly Planetary Powers and the Seven Planetary Rays in various religious mythologies.
The Planetary Powers may be found in various forms of Christian and Esoteric Traditions along with angelic and magickal based systems in the forms of the Seven Archangels.
The idea of Seven Planetary Rays goes back to ancient Greece. Do a search on the Seven Rays and you will find them, everywhere. So, though the Planetary Powers/Seven Planetary Rays were never the Greek Titans, the Planetary Powers do exist.
There is much on the internet about the Seven Colored Rays, some of it within the realm of New Age understanding, others Esoteric, still others quite ancient and spanning many religions. (A). In ancient Greece, the Seven Rays represented the Seven Alchemical Planets. (Please note: these Planetary Rays have no associated with the Seven Female Titans.)
In Gnostic Christianity, the Planetary Powers were demoted to being Archons. In Gnostic Mythos, Holy Sophia rules over the Planetary Powers. Even in Her Form of Lady Wisdom in the Jewish text it states that She “hews out the Seven Pillars” which is interpreted as the Seven Planetary Heavens.
She (Sophia) sits at “the gates of the mighty,” i.e. at the approaches to the realms of the seven Archons, and at the “entrances” to the upper realm of light her praise is sung. The Sophia is therefore the highest ruler over the visible universe, and at the same time the mediatrix between the upper and the lower realms. She shapes this mundane universe after the heavenly prototypes, and forms the seven star-circles with their Archons under whose dominion are placed, according to the astrological conceptions of antiquity, the fates of all earthly things, and more especially of man. She is “the mother” or “the mother of the living. Wiki.
(It is very important to remember that Sophia, as happened with so many goddesses in ancient times, was greatly demoted by Gnostic Christians as has been clearly demonstrated in the works of Max Dashu, Rose Horman Arthur and many others. She was not ‘trapped’ here and She was not in need of a male saviour. She, Herself, is Saviouress. She, (in the original texts,) is Creatrix.)
So while Most Holy Sophia is often used as an image/form for Sai Mati in Deanism, Janites understand that Divine Sophia is not a Jana; She is not a Planetary Power/Ray, rather She rules over the Seven Planetary Powers, She created their Realms. Sophia is not a Living, Intelligent Ray Who comes from the Mother, She is the Mother.
Our Most Holy Sophia, the Janite Living Stream Image/Form of Dea, is She Who is Creatrix; She Who put the Stars and Planets in their place; She Who is the Divine Feminine; She Who is Our Mother God; She Who is the Holy Spirit; She Who is the World Soul; She Who is the Rosa Mundi (Sophia is known as the Rosa Mundi, the Rose of the World); She Who is the Soul of all Nature; She Who is the Soul of the Cosmos, She Who is our Saviouress.
And so, it is important to understand that there is a difference between a Living Stream Form/Image of Dea, such as Holy Sophia, and a Jana/Planetary Power.
Janites believe that it is not necessary to use goddess images for the Janati. They are of a Divine angelic nature, they are not goddesses, per se.
In Janite practice, it has been found that female, non-specific angelic images or images which depict a non-specific Divine Feminine Being better represent the Janati than Pagan goddesses of various pantheons or Living Stream Goddesses Who are Living Faces of Dea.
And when we live with them on a daily basis, they become a constant Presence in our lives. We come to know them. And they, us. There is no need to look to Athena to understand Sai Mati Saige or to Nike to understand Sai Vikhe’ or to the Virgin Mary to understand Sai Candre’. When we are devoted to them, they reveal themselves to us, sometimes, quite dramatically.
May Our Lady bless you,
Blessed is She.
A. M. Pamela Lanides
A) This is just one article out of many: The Seven Rays