WHO WE ARE:
We are a branch of the Greater Deanic (Day-an-ic) religion, the religion of Our Divine Mother.
The Deanic Faith is neither an Abrahamic nor a neo-Pagan religion. Just as Christianity is the umbrella term for different denominations such as Anglican, Baptist, Russian Orthodox, etc.; Deanic is the umbrella term for several Traditions such as the Janite (Yan-ite), Lucienne, Madrian, etc.,
Though this modern form of the Faith was founded in the 1970’s, it is believed by several scholars that our religion, that of Our Divine Mother, is the oldest in the known history of humanity. (1) Shaktism, one of the four main branches of Hinduism, is the oldest known form of the Mother God religion:
The roots of Shaktism – a Hindu denomination that focuses worship upon Shakti or Devi, the Hindu Divine Mother – penetrate deeply into India’s prehistory. From the Devi‘s earliest known appearance in Indian Paleolithic settlements more than 20,000 years ago, through the refinement of her cult in the Indus Valley Civilization, her partial eclipse during the Vedic period, and her subsequent resurfacing and expansion in Sanskrit tradition, it has been suggested that, in many ways, “the history of the Hindu tradition can be seen as a reemergence of the feminine.” (2)
In some ways, this modern version of the ancient Great Mother religion, the Deanic Faith, might be considered the Shakti of the West. Our traditions, teachings and mythos, though they may be modern interpretations, all stem from ancient, authentic sources.
This religion is open to all females. It is considered to be a feminine mystery religion such as the Eleusinian Mysteries were all feminine. Some of our devotees practice a blended Path such as Deanic-Shaktism, Deanic-Christianity, Deanic-Judaism or Deanic-Paganism.
Within the pages of this blog, you will find the teachings, prayers, customs and resources that you will need to practice Janite Tradition of the Deanic Faith.
The Janite Order of Priestesses (JOP) is a sisterhood which trains and ordains priestesses. Some of these women will go out into the world in the public service of Dea (Day-a), Our Divine Mother; others will choose to serve Dea privately, in their hestias (sacred hearth: our homes which have been blessed and consecrated to Dea).
The JOP consists of three sub-Orders, the Agoran, the Hestian and the Iremian.
The JOP is open to all Deanic clergy and women, regardless of Tradition (Deanic denomination).
Many teachings, both ancient and modern, Pagan, Jewish and Christian, speak of a Divine Mother/Daughter, a Triple or Triune Goddess, Three Matres/Mothers or a Divine Feminine Trinity. We understand Her, in Her Triune Form, to be Absolute Deity, the Holy Daughter and the Celestial Mother. (Janites refer to Absolute Deity as the Great Mother. Other Traditions, such as Filianism, refer to Her as the Dark Mother (as in She Who is beyond knowing).
Three denominations of the Faith, the Janite, the Filianic and the Madrian, also model the Mythos of the Holy Daughter on that of Kore and Demeter.
The Janite and Madrian liturgy takes its inspiration from the Eleusinian Mysteries. It is thought by many, including modern Goddess Christians, that Kore and Demeter were the True Divine Mother and Daughter for the Classical Greeks. Kore (Kor-a or Kor-eh) means maid, in this case, Divine Maid. Demeter means Divine Mother.
We use icons, statues and paintings of Living Stream Goddesses for our sacred images of Dea. By Living Stream, we mean those devotional cults of Dea which have continued, un-interrupted, through-out the ages. These Goddesses represent the True Divine Feminine in Her Mother, Daughter and Her Absolute/Dark Mother Forms.
By True Divine Feminine, we mean Supreme Being, God. We try to avoid the word goddess because in our era, goddess does not necessarily mean Supreme Being nor does it compare to our understanding of God. A goddess, though considered divine, does not necessarily have the Nature of God, or God-Nature.
The images that we use to represent this True Divine Feminine would include, Sophia, Shekinah, Quan Yin, Tara, the Hindu Goddesses, Brighid (who survived as St. Brighid), Amaterasu, Mary (there is a school of Russian Orthodoxy which believes that Mary was the Divine Sophia incarnate), Kore, Demeter (as they were the True Daughter and Mother in Classical Greece) and Isis (who survived underground and also, Isis and Sophia are often thought to be the same Divine Person).
Other images which hold meaning for us as Icons of Dea would be two paintings by Nicholas Roerich: The Mother of the World and Madonna Oriflama. (4)
Additionally, there are many beautiful, modern renditions of the Divine Mother, Sophia, etc., that are entirely suitable for our home shrines.
We invite you to look through our pages to learn more about the Faith. We will be adding more pages in the near future.
If you have any questions please contact us through: Deanicfaith at gmail.com.
ArchMadria Pamela Lanides, Prima Madria, JOP
(1) http://www.mother-god.com/matriarchy.html; http://www.liberospirito.org/Testi/M.Gimbutas/Charlene%20Spretnak%20-%20Anatomy%20of%20a%20Backlash.pdf; https://goddessdocumentary.wordpress.com/marija-gimbutas/; http://www.decohen.com/articles/gimbutas.htm
(3)By other sources, we mean we eliminate the Patriarchal elements of demotion of Sophia. http://www.suppressedhistories.net/articles/GnosticGoddessFallenSophia.pdf