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The purification of the soul, through the seven planetary experiences, was common to many cultures and traditions. (Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom and Bride of God).
So, we have Seven Handmaidens of Sophia and the Seven Pillars of Wisdom. We will revisit these Seven Handmaidens when we study the correlation of Divine Sophia as our High Priestess.
Now, we look at the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Sophia is the Holy Spirit both pre- Christian and Christian.
The Seven Planetary Powers of Pagan Tradition become the seven gifts of the Spirit in Christianity: Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety (Faith) and Fear of God (nowadays this is rendered as Awe)… [Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom and Bride of God]. (Capitals and comments are mine. A. M. Pamela Lanides). This amazes me. I had already correlated the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit with the Seven Janati before I had read this.
Ms. Matthews, in her above-mentioned book, does a fine job of showing forth Sophia as the Holy Spirit. The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit are often referred to as individual spirits, the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of might,
the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord, etc.
The New Testament speaks about The Seven Spirits of God. In Revelations, these Seven Spirits are also known as the Seven Lamps which are before the throne of God. And it talks about ‘He who has the Seven Spirits of God.” This is a much neglected concept within Christianity probably due to the fact that it would call into question the theology of the Trinity and yet, these Seven Spirits of God are mentioned a few times in the New Testament.
Again, I was blown away by the following article which came to the same conclusion as did I: http://www.lasan.org/lasan-readings/english/holy-spirit/seven-holy-spirit-gifts.htm and that is, the Seven Spirits of the Holy Spirit. This article refers to the Holy Spirit as “he”, but the Holy Spirit is the Mother Spirit.
The above mentioned article expertly disproves the various theories about the identity of the Seven Spirits. The author even mentions the Three-Fold Spirits of Heaven and the Four-fold Spirits of Earth…. Déanic teaching right there of the Janati!!!!
The author begins his summary thusly: It is erroneous to argue that the seven Spirits are seven angels, and it is insufficient to claim that the title the seven Spirits refers to the Spirit of God merely in a general way. It is not even adequate to assert that the seven Spirits are the Spirit of God in the fullness or completeness of His energies or operation. The title the seven Spirits, like all appellations of the Spirit, unveils something very particular concerning the divine Spirit.
While quite lengthy, this is a remarkable article and it is highly recommended as one of the ways of understanding the Janati.
In summary, Divine Sophia is the Ruler of the Planetary Powers; She emanates the Seven Feminine Aeons; She sends out Her Seven Handmaidens and hews out the Seven Pillars of Wisdom which have variously been identified, as Ms. Matthews explains, with the Seven Liberal Arts, the seven days of the week, the seven heavens and the Holy Spirit and finally, She is the Seven-Fold Holy Spirit, Who, as Caitlyn Matthews so beautifully depicts in her book, holds the Seven Spirits in Her lap as Doves, ready to be sent out into the world.
I would like to conclude with this prayer to the Janati by Sorella Roselyn.
[inspired by the Faith of the Seven in A Song of Ice and Fire]
May Lady Theia fill our hearts with joy,
May Lady Candre” keep us pure in spirit,
May Lady Grace enfold us in her love,
May Lady Vikhe’ strengthen our courage,
May Lady Thema balance the scales of justice,
May Lady Saige enlighten our minds with truth,
May Lady Rhea guide us safely through the dark.
May the Seven Rays of Déa shine down upon our souls, in this world and all the worlds to come.
By the Mother, the Daughter, and the Great Mysteria,
Blessed is She. Sorella Roselyn
Article by ArchMadria Pamela Lanides