Primordial Pre Patriarchal Sophia and Creatrix Eurynome

28 Brighid / Feb. 19

Lunadi or Moon Day. (Monday).

Day of Madria Candra.

 

To our friends and devotees,

Sorry, this article may be rather clumsily constructed, as I am still so excited by this news.

It is in 2 sections. Section 1 is the most recent find by ArchMadria Candra Sophia. The connection between primordial pre-patriarchal Sophia and prehistoric Eurynome (pronounced euren AW mee) meaning “Wide-Ruling” and why this is so significant to the Déanic Order of Kore Di-Jana a.k.a. Janites.

Section 2 is background information for those unfamiliar with the Pelasgian first nation peoples of the Aegean Sea region in Europe and the Creation Myth of Eurynome which includes the Seven Planetary Powers. This is yet another patriarchal demotion of the Divine Feminine. Credited with thanks to ArchMatrona Ghrian of the Lucienne tradition
https://deamatronablog.wordpress.com

May Déa as Matrix & Creatrix, Genetrix and Soteria ever be centring us in Her,

Madrina Sophia

Section 1

Pre Patriarchal Sophia as a True Universal Goddess

Unknown Artist. Sophia is the central pivot of creation and represents the feminine aspect in all things.

Sophia is a pre-Greek goddess, and also a Christian goddess, which goes to show that She is truly a Universal Goddess. Bridgid, Herself, is both a Pagan Goddess and one of the most important Christian saints in the Catholic Church.
A Church, that we must admit, is worldwide. So She, who was once a Primary Celtic goddess, became a worldwide saint.
Therefore, Bridgid is also a True Universal Goddess because She, like Sophia, is revered in both the Pagan and Christian worlds.
In my personal opinion, perhaps this renders Bridgid and Sophia as two of the most Universal Forms of Dea on Earth. [1]

Déanic Myth of Creation

We view the Myth of Creation and the Myth of the Divine Maid/ Daughter as sacred, inspiring stories which use various sources to speak of a perennial Mystery. The scriptures are based, in part, upon the Pelasgian Mythos, the Myth of Persephone and Demeter, the Christian Mysteries and the Passion mythos of Inanna, although I think most would agree that the goddess of sex and war is not a suitable Image/Form for the Most Pure Holy Daughter. These mythos were never meant to be taken literally. Rather, they are human stories which speak of a Sacred Cosmic Drama which takes place out of time. [2]

Pre Patriarchal Sophia as Celestial Mother Genetrix of ALL & Soteria Holy Daughter

This is such a revelatory article, uncovering “the original blueprint” / pre-patriarchal Sophia similarities to Eurynome. Pre-patriarchal Sophia who is the basis of the Déanic Order of Kore Di-Jana a.k.a. Janites as Holy Daughter. She is also confirmed in a pagan context as Eurynome – Celestial Mother Genetrix of ALL creation. [3a] Including the Seven Great Janae – the Supernal Genetrixes, Guardians or Wellsprings of the Seven Streams of Life or Virtue. They are the Seven Faces/Powers/Spirits of Dea, Our Divine Mother God, in rarefied angelic form. [3b]

As ArchMadria Candra Sophia stated “I can’t begin to explain how reading this has unified the Christian Goddess in whom I strongly believe, with the very Goddess [Eurynome] whose myth underlies the foundation of Filianism. Like the floor safe built into the foundation.”

Do read the whole article, only an extract is reproduced here.

https://thegodabovegod.com/pagan-origins-gnostic-sophia/

The Pagan Origins of the Gnostic Sophia

by Miguel Conner | Jul 26, 2016

QUOTE
The Primordial Sophia

The original blueprint for the Gnostic Sophia is located in one of the earliest creation stories (older even than Genesis): The Pelasgian Creation Myth.

In this narrative, a divine being named Eurynome descends from the void and fashions the cosmos from the chaos. Creation is ushered by her dance upon the primordial waters, resulting in the formation of the planets, stars and elements into actuality. She also conceives a godlike serpent named Ophion. Eurynome and Ophion engage in a second, more seductive dance that ends in copulation. She then transforms into a dove and hovers over the sea, eventually laying a massive egg. Ophion coils around the egg seven times until it is hatched and all living creatures come forth. Eurynome sets a male and female Titan to overlook each heaven.
Eurynome and Ophion rule over creation in harmony, until the serpent claims he is the sole supreme being of the universe. This causes Eurynome to wage war against Ophion and ultimately banish him into the depths of the earth. In the end, she finds herself alone atop of the cosmos, yearning for another like her to keep her company.

At first glance, the Pelasgian Creation Myth appears like another dramatic, Greek account of how reality came to be. However, a deeper look reveals a proto-Sophia in the character of Eurynome:

► Sophia is cast into the chaos from an undivided nothingness (The Secret Book of John, On the Origin of the World). The Gnostic Valentinians referred to the fundamental principles of consciousness, the primaeval Father and Mother, as Bythos and Sege (Abyss and Silence in Greek). They represented a state of ultimate, undivided existence, similar to where Eurynome originated from.

► Sophia is responsible for the conception of matter (The Valentinian Cosmology, The Secret Book of John). Like Eurynome, she moves back and forth over the primordial waters, as well as gives birth to a serpent-like monster (Sophia’s offspring was called Yaldabaoth, often associated with the Old Testament God).

► Sophia is symbolized as a dove in Gnosticism. The Acts of Thomas proclaims, “Come, she that manifests the hidden things and makes the unspeakable things plain, the holy dove.” As her aspect of Wisdom/Shekinah in the Old Testament, Sophia is referred to as a dove (Song of Solomon 1:15, Song of Solomon 5:2). The symbol would be later adopted by Christianity in the form of the Holy Spirit, although both the Shekinah and Sophia were also recognized as the Holy Spirit.

► Sophia’s offspring rebels against her, claiming to be the only Supreme Being (The Secret Book of John, The Hypostasis of the Archons). The Hypostasis of the Archons relates how Yaldabaoth “because of his power and his ignorance and is arrogance he said, with his power, ‘It is I who am God; there is none apart from me.’ When he said this, he sinned against the entirety.” In The Pelasgian Creation Myth, the serpent Ophion “vexed Eurynome by claiming to be the author of the Universe.”

► In her higher avatar of Barbelo, Sophia assigns a male and female pair of Aeons to each of the layers of the mind of God (The Secret Book of John). Eurynome does the same, albeit with Titans ruling over the planetary spheres.

► In virtually all Gnostic texts, Sophia finds herself yearning for another like her once she lingers in the manifest Unlike the open-ended story of Eurynome, Jesus Christ comes to her like a saving knight or lost friend.

It should be noted that The Pelasgian Creation Myth is also a foundation for the Book of Genesis. Eurynome is responsible for naming all the creatures of Earth, as was Adam. The serpent in both myths plays the antagonist role (however, the serpent is often associated with wisdom goddesses in Paganism, and is frequently a positive figure in Gnosticism). During the conflict between Eurynome and Ophion, she “bruised his head with her heel.” In Genesis 3:15, the seed of Eve is prophesized to bruise the head the serpent with her heel, which has been taken as the coming of Jesus Christ to redeem the world from Satan.”
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Notes:
[1] ArchMadria Candra Sophia
[2] https://deanic.com/2016/09/16/quick-word-on-the-scriptures/
[3a] Madrina Sophia
[3b] https://deanic.com/the-seven-great-janae/who-are-the-seven-great-janae/

Section 2

Who were the Pelasgians?

A fantastic wiew of Dodona, (where Dione meaning Divine One had Her oracle, perhaps the centre of the Pelasgians.

The Histories of Herodotus is considered one of the seminal works of history in Western literature. Written from the 450s to the 420s BC in the Ionic dialect of classical Greek. The Histories were at some point divided into the nine books of modern editions.

The Cynurians and Achaeans were Pelasgians

Book 8 – URANIA

[8.73] Seven nations inhabit the Peloponnese. Two of them are aboriginal, and still continue in the regions where they dwelt at the first – to wit, the Arcadians and the Cynurians. A third, that of the Achaeans, has never left the Peloponnese, but has been dislodged from its own proper country, and inhabits a district which once belonged to others.

The Arcadians were Pelasgians

Book 2 – EUTERPE

[2.171] On this lake it is that the Egyptians represent by night his sufferings whose name I refrain from mentioning, and this representation they call their Mysteries. I know well the whole course of the proceedings in these ceremonies, but they shall not pass my lips. So too, with regard to the mysteries of Ceres, which the Greeks term “the Thesmophoria,” I know them, but I shall not mention them, except so far as may be done without impiety. The daughters of Danaus brought these rites from Egypt, and taught them to the Pelasgic women of the Peloponnese. Afterwards, when the inhabitants of the peninsula were driven from their homes by the Dorians, the rites perished. Only in Arcadia, where the natives remained and were not compelled to migrate, their observance continued. [4a]

~and~

Virgil (Aeneid, VIII, V. 62-63), writes:
“It is said that the first dwellers of our Italy were the Pelasgians” .
From the ancient authors we have learned that before the arrival of the Greeks, those territories were known as Pelasgia, the several sources inform to us moreover, than the Greeks learned from the Pelasgians not only the art of the working of the metals, of the construction of walls, but they learned, improving it, their way of writing and made their divinity their own.
Several populations, species the pelasgic one, have given to the country their name. [4b]

~and~

Aegean Sea

The name Pelasgians (Greek: Πελασγοί, Pelasgoí; singular: Πελασγός, Pelasgós) was used by some ancient Greek writers to refer to populations that were either the ancestors of the Greeks or preceded the Greeks in Greece, “a hold-all term for any ancient, primitive and presumably indigenous people in the Greek world”. In general, “Pelasgian” has come to mean more broadly all the indigenous inhabitants of the Aegean Sea region and their cultures before the advent of the Greek language.

In 1955, Robert Graves in his mythography The Greek Myths claims that the Pelasgian creation myth involves a singular creatrix goddess who dominates humans and predates other deities. The goddess gives birth to all things, fertilised not by any male opposite, but by symbolic seeds in the form of the wind, beans, or insects. [4c]

Comment by ArchMatrona Ghrian of the Lucienne tradition https://deamatronablog.wordpress.com : “In its original, matriarchal version, it was probably a beautiful story”.

Déanic Scriptural links to Eurynome

1. The Creation

1:1. Before and beyond all things is the Mistress of All Things, and when nothing was, She was. 2. And having no solid place that Her feet might rest upon, She divided the sea from the sky, and made a dance of solitary splendour upon the crested deeps.

2:1. But one there was that had not been shaped by Her, and that was not Her daughter, nor a creature of spirit. But this was the space between the fragments and the nothingness that had been before things were. It had not energy nor delight, but only weight. It had not shape, but could only coil and uncoil itself about the things that were. It was the Snake, and was not silver, but black. 2.
The Snake hated all things that had become, and hated the separation of the waters and the sky. It hated light and energy, desiring all to be darkness and nothingness.

2:15. But the Mistress of All Things saw this and descended to the earth, placing Her heel upon the head of the Snake and bruising it.

3:3. And She set Her seven Powers in the firmament, giving one to rule each colour of the earth.

The Mythos of the Divine Maid

1:1. When the first night had come upon the world, the Mistress of All Things stood alone once more, as She had in the beginning. 2. For a terrible abyss had opened to lie between the world and She, and Her creatures could not look upon Her brightness.

3. And She stood in contemplation upon the waters of the first darkness; like a great Dove upon the waters She brooded. 4. And She became absorbed within Her and communed with Her own Self; and Her light ceased to shine forth from Her, and yet Her light grew greater. 5. And She fell to Her knees. And the surface of the waters became turbulent, and the great waves curled over Her, and their white foam could not be seen in all that darkness.

6. And when the waters became calm again, the Mistress of All Things rose to Her feet. 7. For She had conceived a Daughter that was not separate from Her, but one with Her, and the child of Her Light.

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Version: ECE 3rd Edition

Pelasgian Creation Myth – the earliest in Europe

Eurynome by Hong Eun-Young [5]
Eurynome was easily the most important Goddess of Pelasgian myth. She was the Great Goddess, Mother, Creatrix, Ruler, called the Goddess of All Things.

Eurynome was born from Chaos, and her first work was to separate the water from the sky. When she had accomplished this, she began to dance across the water. It was a beautiful, sensual dance of creation. [6]

Dove sat on the world egg artist unknown

She assumed the form of a dove, brooding on the waves and, in due process of time, laid the Universal Egg. [7]

Out tumbled all things that exist, her children: sun, moon, planets, stars, the earth with its mountains and rivers, its trees, herbs, and living creatures. [7]

Easily adapted Paper Plate Creation for Déanic children
https://ithappensinablink.com/paper-plate-the-days-of-creation/

She created the Seven Planetary Powers, putting a Titaness and a Titan over each.

the Sun and the power of illumination;
Theia (meaning Lady of the shining blue of the sky, sight as in the all-seeing and precious value of gold, silver and gemstones)
and Hyperion (meaning watcher from above, light and the cycles of day and night, sun and moon)

the Moon and the power of enchantment;
Phoebe (meaning brilliance, prophetic wisdom at earth’s oracular midpoint – Delphi)
and Atlas (navigation, and the art of astronomy)

the planet Mars and the power of growth;
Dione (meaning Divine One and Oracle at Dodona) or Eurybia (bright goddess)
and Crius (leadership, heavenly constellations and domestic animals)

the planet Mercury and the power of wisdom;
Metis (wisdom, prudence and deep thought) or Mnemosyne (memory, learning and remembrance)
and Coeus (rational intelligence)

the planet Jupiter and the power of law;
Themis (meaning the Lady of good counsel, natural order, divine law, tradition, fairness, and the oracles of the earth)
and Eurymedon (meaning ruling far and wide)

the planet Venus and the power of love;
Tethys (meaning nurse and primal font of fresh water which nourishes the earth, springs, rivers, streams, fountains, subterranean aquifers, clouds and rain-clouds.)
and Oceanus (earth-encircling River Okeanos, he regulated the heavenly bodies which rose from and set into his waters.)

the planet Saturn with the power of peace;
and Rhea (meaning ground or flow, mistress of all, nature’s fertile mother, and lady of the wilds, dread goddess)
and Cronus (pure, maintains the course and cycles of seasons and the periods of time, time when viewed as a destructive, all-
devouring force)

[6 through12]

Patriarchal Demotion of the Divine Feminine

Myth version 2 introduces a male spouse

Eurynome by Hrana Janto

Catching the north wind at her back and rubbing it between her hands, she warms the pneuma and spontaneously generates the
serpent Ophion, who mates with her. [6]

Eurynome’s husband Ophion “the Serpent” & Eurynome wife of Ophion [13]

 

 

Greek Pelasgian Creation Myth by jessicasroux

At her bidding, Ophion coiled seven times about this egg, until it hatched and split in two. Out tumbled all things that exist, her children: sun, moon, planets, stars, the earth with its mountains and rivers, its trees, herbs, and living creatures. [6]

Comment by ArchMatrona Ghrian of the Lucienne tradition https://deamatronablog.wordpress.com  : Furthermore, instead of sitting on the Cosmic Egg herself, [like a normal, mother bird would do], Eurynome tells Ophion, the male snake, to wrap himself around it, [as snakes do their eggs] and warm it and hatch it.

Myth version 3

The male spouse attempts to usurp.

Eurynome and Ophion made their home upon Mount Olympus, where he vexed her by claiming to be the author of the Universe.
Forthwith she bruised his head with her heel, kicked out his teeth, and banished him to the dark caves below the earth. [6]

In the soil of Arcadia the Pelasgians spring up from Ophion’s teeth, scattered under the heel of Eurynome, who kicked the serpent from their home on Mount Olympus for his boast of having created all things. [7]

Myth 4

Her daughter and son banish their parents.

Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 1. 503 ff (trans. Aldrich) (Greek mythographer C2nd A.D.) :
“He [Orpheus] sang of . . . How, in the beginning, Ophion and Eurynome, daughter of Okeanos (Oceanus), governed the world from
snow-clad Olympos; how they were forcibly supplanted, Ophion by Kronos (Cronus), Eurynome by Rhea; of their fall into the waters
of Okeanos.” [7]

Myth 5

Comment by ArchMatrona Ghrian of the Lucienne tradition https://deamatronablog.wordpress.com : “And still later, another goddess by the same name, Eurynome, the Oceanide, ends up as one of the many wives of, Zeus, and the mother of the Graces.

Patriarchal redactors have rewritten all three stories about Eurynome:  She is pictured as a female-failure in need of a male-savior, just like the Gnostic Sophia.  Eurynome is portrayed as a failed wife [divorced and estranged from Ophion, the snake], failed Queen of Heaven, Creatrix and Mother of the Gods [because She is not powerful enough to punish, and banish Her ungrateful and rebellious children].  It is only later, when She becomes the wife of Her grandson, the male god, i.e.,  Zeus, the Son of God, that she is redeemed and becomes the mother of the Graces.”

Myth 6 – A male Demon

Found whilst composing this article, male dominance cannot stoop any lower. Taking the Mother God and inverting Her Purity, Power and Divinity.

Debasing a Creatrix into a demon

The Demon Eurynome from the illustrated The Dictionnaire Infernal by Jacques Auguste Simon Collin de Plancy, 1863 edition, which included sixty-nine illustrations by Louis Le Breton depicting the appearances of several of the demons. [14]

Notes:

[4a] http://realhistoryww.com/world_history/ancient/Misc/Lineage_of_the_Ancient_Greeks/Lineage_of_the_Ancient_Greeks.htm
[4b] http://www.thelosttruth.altervista.org/SitoEnglish/pelasgian_etruscan_english.html
[4c] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pelasgians
[5] Picture Credit. Korean Manwha artist named Hong Eun-Young. She designed beautiful manwha characters based on Ancient Greek and Roman mythology.
https://www.pinterest.co.uk/jacklee26/hongs-classical-mythology/
[6] https://www.paleothea.com/Myths/Eurynome.html
[7] The Greek Myths 1 by Robert Graves, (1990) [1955] Penguin Books. ISBN 978-0-14-001026-8.
[8] http://www.theoi.com/Titan/Titanides.html
[9] http://www.theoi.com/Titan/Titanes.html
[10] https://greekgodsandtheirstories.weebly.com/titans.html
[11] https://www.greekmythology.com/Titans/titans.html
[12] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titan_(mythology)
[13] http://www.theoi.com/Titan/TitanisEurynome2.html
[14] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dictionnaire_Infernal

Illustrations of Myth version 2

https://www.behance.net/gallery/15347049/Eurynome-and-Ophion
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New York, NY, USA

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Fairfield, CT, USA

Ono Kine Artists
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Weekly Prayer List – 25 Brighid / Feb. 16

25 Brighid / Feb. 16

Columbadi or Dove Day (Friday).

Day of Madria Grace.

 

For the healing of Trevor.

For the healing of Frank.

For the highest good of Matt

For the highest good of Greg

For the help of Adam.

For the healing of Ava.

For the healing of Amanda.

For the healing of Aaron.

For the healing and protection of Violet.

For the help of K.

For the healing of M.

For the guidance of and highest good of E.

For the guidance of and highest good of J.

For the employment and protection of Kyle and his roommate from eviction.

For the healing of Rose’s dog’s leg torn up with barbed wire.

For the employment and protection of Kirsty from eviction.

For the employment of R.

For the employment of S.

For the healing of Margaret and for the comfort and strength of Ronnie.

For the finding and recovery of Kay’s engagement and wedding rings and for the comfort and strength of John.

O, Most Holy Dea, Mother, Daughter and Great Mother, have mercy upon these, Your souls and may they attain mental, physical and spiritual health. May those who have passed beyond the Veil be assumed, through Your Holy Daughter, unto Perfect Union with You. Through the Pure Stream of Your Grace, may all events unfold for their highest good and according to their True Soul Path.

Let us bless the Holy One,

Blessed is She.

Let us thank the Seven Janae of Power,

Thanks be to the Seven Janae.

~~~

(For additions either first name or initial for yourself (anonymous if you wish) or others, pets included please email Madrina Sophia at maidsophiawelsh@gmail.com)

Weekly Prayer List – 12 Brighid / February 3

Weekly Prayer List

12 Brighid / Feb. 3

Foradi or Fora Day (Saturday).

Day of Madria Rhea.

For the healing of Frank.

For the highest good of Matt

For the highest good of Greg

For the help of Adam.

For the healing of Ava.

For the healing of Amanda.

For the healing of Aaron.

For the healing and protection of Violet.

For the help of K.

For the healing of M.

For the healing from chronic pain and stress of Kerie.

For the guidance of and highest good of J.

For the employment and protection of Kyle and his roommate from eviction.

For the healing of Rose’s dog’s leg torn up with barbed wire.

For the employment and protection of Kirsty from eviction.

For the employment of R.

For the employment of S.

For the healing of Margaret and for the comfort and strength of Ronnie.

For the healing of Kay and for the comfort and strength of John.

O, Most Holy Dea, Great Mother, Mother and Daughter, have mercy upon these, Your souls and may they attain mental, physical and spiritual health. May those who have passed beyond the Veil be assumed, through Your Holy Daughter, unto Perfect Union with You. Through the Pure Stream of Your Grace, may all events unfold for their highest good and according to their True Soul Path.

Let us bless the Holy One,

Blessed is She.

Let us thank the Seven Janae of Power,

Thanks be to the Seven Janae.

~~~

(For additions either first name or initial for yourself (anonymous if you wish) or others, pets included please email Madrina Sophia at maidsophiawelsh@gmail.com)

The Feast of Lucidi : Festival of Light

Luci derives from Lucia the feminine given name from the Latin word Lux (Light) with the French word ending di for day (pronounced dee). [1]

Traditionally, this is the day when all Astrean greenery, wreaths, etc. are removed from the home.
Poem Ceremonies For Candlemas Eve by Mr Robert Herrick [2]

At night, every light and every candle is lit rendering the hestia (our sacred homes) into blazing beacons of love for Déa, the Holy One. This is the night
when our faith in Her as the Most Pure, Primordial Light, shines forth like a living torch. The glow from our hestias and hearts symbolically extends out into
the cosmos. (For those with children and pets, LED candles may be substituted for natural candles).

For devotees of the Déanic Order of Kore Di-Jana (Janites) this is the Time of Light… symbolic of the Bright Light of the Mother; the Gentle Light of the
Daughter, and the Shimmering Dark Light of the Great Mother Who is Absolute Source.

Britains only sunshine 26 January 2018 by Alamy

On this night, let us soak up the Light of the graces (Divine Energies) of the Celestial Mother to fill every aspect of our being so that it may over-spill into
our daily lives and illumine all whom we may meet upon our path.

The January 2018 supermoon rises above the Light & Life statue in Glasgow, Scotland by PA. [3]
Let the Love of the Holy Daughter determine our every act, our every thought, our every word.

shimmer of light on dark ocean

Let the Life of the Great Mother fill us with gratitude and well-being.

Those who are drawn to formal ritual may celebrate the Rite of Sacrifice.
https://deanic.com/the-rite-of-sacrifice/

The light from our candles and lamps prefigures the renewal of the coming Sacred Season of Spring and the Most Holy Daughter as our Soteria.
The suggested scripture reading is:

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The Teachings of God the Daughter, The Light, verses 1-6

1). I am sent of My Mother to bring you a light, that you may find your souls before the darkness comes. 2). Seek not advantage over other creatures, but let you be indifferent as to whose is the advantage. 3). Seek excellence, but seek nor praise nor honour nor reward. 4) Practice not revenge, but offer only love to them that harm you; and those that would take from you, give to them freely. 5). Be you the servant of every person, ranking not yourself above the lowest; nor for the highest, lest ungentleness or envy touch your soul. 6). But before and beyond the love of humanity there lies the love of Déa; for She is the Source and Fountain of all love.

Please note that these verses have been altered to become gender neutral when referring to “children of Dea”/humanity and person.

There are many beautiful rituals, prayers and poems online for the Goddess Brighid (pronounced BRIGG-id or BREE-id), for Imbolc/Candlemas which
may be included in the Rite (during Contemplation in the clearly marked section). Liturgy is mandatory for Madrinas and Madrias.

Those whose spirituality is more free-flowing, may simply bask in the candle-glow while being mindful of the Presence of Déa and/or perform any
meaningful practice or ritual. It is a good night for divination and prayers asking for Our Lady’s Will and guidance in our lives.

The Holy Trinity as Celestial Light [4]

O, Celestial Mother, You are our Universal Light, shining like the Sun;
O, Holy Daughter, You are the gentle Moon of our salvation;
O, Great Mother, You are the sheltering Stars above us.
Blessed are They.

On This Day [5]

On this day,
as we kindle the flame in our hearts,
We pray that the flame of Bridie ignites in our souls,
and the souls of all we meet.
We pray that no envy and malice, no hatred or fear,
may smother the flame.
We pray that indifference and apathy, contempt and pride,
may not pour like cold water on the flame.
Instead,
may the spark of Bridie
light the love in our souls
so that it might burn brightly throughout the year.
May we warm those that are lonely;
our light guide those who are lost,
so that all may know the comfort of Bridie’s Love.

by ©2002 Morgana West

Prayer for Light in my Heart [6]

Dea, our Divine Mother, hear my prayer
and let the radiance of your love
scatter the gloom of my heart.
The light of Your Holy Daughter’s love will guide me –
free me from the distractions that belong to darkness.

Temple of our Fiery Rose Heart Meditation [7]

Sit in a comfortable position with your eyes closed.
Bring your awareness to your body and the breath. Breathe in and out deeply from the belly 5-6 times.
If any thoughts come up, don’t resist them, simply allow them to pass without engaging in them. Imagine your thoughts as leaves floating down a stream,
they are there, but you are just looking at them, observing them as they go by.

Imagine you are sitting in the centre of your favourite landscape at this time of year.

It is a cold, crisp night in the hours just before dawn. The starry sky arches as a vast, twinkling darkness above you. You are sat upon the earth; the soil is
hard and frozen; the grass glistening with frost. The land is silent and asleep. Your body and being are motionless, chilled and inert like the winter earth but
you sense inside yourself the stirrings of change and you know that you must prepare for its coming.

Draw your attention inward to the very centre of yourself; this place is the centre of the sacred circle of your being, it is the spark of life; it is the fuelling heat at the centre of the planet; it is the burning sun at the heart of our galaxy; it is the fire of the smith that will magically melt and transform you; it is a candle flame of hope in the darkness. It is from this Divine Fiery Rose Heart Temple that you will ignite and spread the sacred fire.

Standing at the centre of your inner sacred circle, you see the tinder and dry wood of your life, ready to be lit, and in their lighting you know that the heat of
this fire will bring a change in the land, will bring the first tender signs of new life and renewal, of growing strength.

Become aware of your solar plexus. There is a flame that always burns here. Take some of this perpetual flame upon your blessing fingers* and now light
the wood at the centre of your inner circle from it. At first it glows only beneath the dark wood. Blow upon it the breath of your ideas and inspiration. As you
do this, the flames begin to grow until the fire lights up the darkness.

You find yourself back beneath the vast starry sky, upon the frosty, frozen earth, but now you are aware that there is a glow at the centre of your being. Feel its warmth and light spread out through your chest, down your pelvis, into your legs and feet; feel it moving up through your shoulders, down your arms and into your hands and fingers, up through your neck and into your head, until your whole body is filled with its golden heat and light. You are radiant in the darkness. Stay here in this moment for a while – take note of the feelings and images that rise…

Your attention moves from the inner glow to the land around where you sit. You gaze down at the once frozen soil beneath. The frost has melted into life
giving moisture, droplets hanging from the blades of green, and through the earth a carpet of snowdrops rises, drinking in the life giving melt,
strengthening themselves in the warmth of your glow. As if by magic you watch their brave green shoots pierce through, their delicate, white blossoms
unfurl and hang in gentle bells of white. You have lit the fires of passion within and the land responds with the first tender signs of a new beginning. Pause
for a moment; take note of all you feel and see…You gaze at the horizon; along the line of the land, a slim strip of the sky begins to lighten…Our Holy
Daughter, the Mystery of Aurora, She Who is the Dawn of All Life.

When you are ready, slowly return to the present. Slowly open your eyes, stretch and go on with the rest of your day… joyful, and refreshed by Déa’s Holy Light within your Divinely Created self.

*The Déanic Order of Kore Di-Jana (Janites) blessing hand is the right hand, we hold the thumb and first two fingers of the right hand together, symbolizing the Holy Feminine Trinity.

~~~

It is also the Feast of the Celtic Triple Goddess Brighid, (meaning exalted one, pronounced BRIGG-id or BREE-id), who is considered to be a Living Stream Goddess, as Her devotional cult has continued, unto this day, under the guise of St. Bridgit.

Crafts

Colouring

St. Brigid of Ireland coloring page © 2009 C.M.W.

TERMS OF USE: All of my coloring pages are my own artwork and are free for any fair, not-for-profit use by individuals, families, home schooling groups,
or other educational cooperatives and schools.

Copies may not be sold or reproduced for profit.
Charlotte [8]

Craft a Brighde’s Cross https://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-St-Brigid%27s-Cross-with-Pipe-Cleaners (this is the same technique for other materials)
for the Déanic symbolism see https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2017/01/31/symbolism-of-brigids-cross/

Craft a paper or card Candle see the section here https://deanic.com/2017/11/14/how-to-obtain-a-deanic-sun-wheel-when-to-use-it-as-a-prayerful-act/

My personal favourite form of Déa, in Ireland Brighde Queen of Heaven.
Icon (and prayers) of Saint Brighde “recalling the celestial nature of Goddess Brighde, the blue mantle symbolising the sky, and the golden hair the fire of
the sun.” “Blue mantle, a girdle and a staff, garb which resembled that worn by Celtic priestesses in Roman Europe : since the nuns were reported as
wearing a special costume, we may reasonably suppose that it looked something like this.” page 6, Brighde The Folklore of the Irish Goddess and Saint
by Janet E McCrickard, 1 Sept 1987.
Community of virgin priestesses tending an ashless fire possibly fueled by butter within a circular building. Kildare (Gaelic Cill – Dara “cell of the oak”).
Males were excluded.
Symbol: harp or wheatsheaf
Animal: white cow
Bird: oystercatcher which is called in Gaelic gille-Brìde, servant of Bridget [9]
Flowers: dandelion is called in Gaelic ‘beannan Bride’ or ‘the little notched plant of Bride’ and its milk-like sap is food for the early lambs.
snowdrop locally called “Candlemas Bells” and “Purification flowers”. [10]

A traditional Manx invitation Song to Brigid – Arrane Y Ben Thie (aka Clean Suggane) [11]

Originally collected by Manx folklorist Mona Douglas
Sung by Emma Christian

English lyrics

Bridget, Bridget, come to my house,
come to my house tonight.

Bridget, Bridget, come, oh come,
To my house this night.

Open the door to Bridget,
and let Bridget come in.

Bridget, Bridget, come to my house,
come to my house tonight.

My personal playlist for The Feast of Lucidi : Festival of Light
https://mydevotionstodea.tumblr.com/post/170362531867/playlist-for-the-feast-of-lucidi-festival-of

Prayers

Brigit be Bithmaith

Brigit,
eternally good woman,
bright, golden,
quickening flame.

May she carry us
to the eternal lands.
She, radiant fire
of the sun.

11th century
Irish Liber Hymnorum

~

‘Brigit, excellent woman, sudden flame,
may the bright fiery sun take us to the lasting kingdom.’

Ancient Irish song

~

See:
https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2017/01/28/sacred-month-of-brighid-23rd-january-february-19th/
Also See:
https://www.druidry.org/library/gods-goddesses/brighid-and-fires-love
https://www.druidry.org/library/gods-goddesses/brigid-survival-goddess
https://www.druidry.org/library/gods-goddesses/brigit

Weather Divination

“If Candlemas Day be bright and fair
Half the winter is to come and mair (more)
If Candlemas Day be dark and foul
Half the winter was over at Yowl (Christmas) [12]

~

À la Chandeleur, l’hiver cesse ou reprend vigueur
On Candlemas, winter ends or strengthens

À la Chandeleur, le jour croît de deux heures
On Candlemas, the day grows by two hours

Chandeleur couverte, quarante jours de perte
Candlemas covered (in snow), forty days lost

Rosée à la Chandeleur, hiver à sa dernière heure
Dew on Candlemas, winter at its final hour [13]

Feast Foods

Known as Lupercalia to the Romans, Sul-Minerva to the ancient Brits, or Imbolc or Brigid’s Day to the ancient Celts, this “cross quarter day” occurred
halfway between winter solstice and spring equinox (somewhere between January 31st to February 4th). It is believed to be dated as far back as the
Neolithic when megalithic chambers marked the light of the rising sun on this day.

Imbolc is believed to be derived from the old Irish word for milk “Oilmec” and it referred to the time when impregnated ewes began to lactate the “new
milk” or “Oilmec” associated with purification. It customary to offer this sacred milk to Brigid by pouring it onto the earth to speed the return of green and
fertility to the land. And today it is still made into special cheese and butter along with other magical ingredients associated with the sun (such as egg yolks
and honey) for the Imbolc feast. [14]

Bannock is a slightly sweet fruit loaf or like a scone, an excellent partner to cheese or with a strong cup of tea.
https://mydevotionstodea.tumblr.com/post/170369898452/bonnach-bride-or-bannock-of-bride-brighid-recipe

Cheese Fondue (flame) http://theanticraft.com/archive/imbolc08/flamingcheese.htm

Herb butter https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/herbbutters_8631

Any Pancake (their shape suggests the solar disk)
Blueberry & Oat Pancakes with Cinnamon pancakes
https://mydevotionstodea.tumblr.com/post/170370262957/pancakes-for-breakfast-blueberry-oat-pancakes

In the past it was customary for women to dress in white (to honour the bride of the new year) as they gathered together at sundown to light sacred bonfires to purify the fields in preparation for the new year. These fires burned off the old year and invited in the fertilizing, life giving power of the new sun. Because Brigid was the goddess of smithcraft, poetry and inspiration, her fires symbolized inner sight and illumination, and many women practiced the arts of fire divination.

Then, returning home, hearths were lit, and lighted candles placed in each window to light Brigid’s way to their homes. Gifts of food were presented to the
goddess before the traditional Imbolc or Brigid’s Feast was served. [14]

Afterwards “A sheaf of corn and an oaten cake used to be placed on the doorstep on St Brigid’s Eve for the ‘wee’ folk (fairies) and also as a thanksgiving for the plenteous grain-crop and for good luck during the following year.” [15]

By the late 16th century (when the potato first arrived in Ireland) a dish called Colcannon made of mashed potato, cabbage, butter and onion), joined the
list of now traditional Imbolc dishes. And it was customary for the whole family to be involved in the mashing. [15]

Another important food ritual involved the Bonnach Bride or Bannock of Bride (an oatcake made with fruits and nuts). These cakes or “bannocks” were made to attract health and prosperity for the coming year, and on Imbolc day mothers gave out these bannocks to girls who carried the Bridey Doll through the village going house to house. The Bonnach Bride was also eaten in the fields so that a piece could be thrown over the shoulder to honour Brigid and nourish the land. [15]

Blessing

Dear Saint Bridget of the Kine
Bless these little fields of mine,
The pastures and the shady trees,
Bless the butter and the cheese,
Bless the cows with coats of silk
And the brimming pails of milk,
Bless the hedgerows, and I pray
Bless the seed beneath the clay,
Bless the hay and bless the grass,
Bless the seasons as they pass,
And heaven’s blessings will prevail,
Brigid – Mary of the Gael. [16]

(I will be saying this for my Mom’s family’s farm in the English Midlands. Madrina Sophia).

~~~

Let us join our ancestors in the observance of this most sacred night and may we trust in its promise of growing light, the return of Spring and in the hope
of the Holy Daughter as our Soteria.

~

May the Light of Déa ever illumine your hearts and guide your souls.

~

ArchMadria Candra Sophia and Madrina Sophia

Notes:

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucia_(name)
http://french.languagedaily.com/wordsandphrases/days-of-the-week

[2] Ceremonies For Candlemas Eve
Poem by Mr Robert Herrick, 1891.

Down with the rosemary and bays,
Down with the mistletoe;
Instead of holly, now up-raise
The greener box, for show.

The holly hitherto did sway;
Let box now domineer,
Until the dancing Easter-day,
Or Easter’s eve appear.

Then youthful box, which now hath grace
Your houses to renew,
Grown old, surrender must his place
Unto the crisped yew.

When yew is out, then birch comes in,
And many flowers beside,
Both of a fresh and fragrant kin,
To honour Whitsuntide.

Green rushes then, and sweetest bents,
With cooler oaken boughs,
Come in for comely ornaments,
To re-adorn the house.
Thus times do shift; each thing his turn does hold;
New things succeed, as former things grow old.

http://www.luminarium.org/sevenlit/herrick/candlemas1.htm

[3] Bill Ritchie, a director of Atelier Ten design consultants and engineers, commissioned the statue as a tribute to his grandmother, Ruby, from artist
Kenny Mackay.
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14625249.Light_and_Life_golden_statue_replaced_on_Glasgow_s_former_Co_op_building/
[4] from our Madrian / Janite Liturgy.
Copyright of the Janite Order of Priestesses. For personal use, only. Permission for the members of the JOP to share on their media with all due crediting.
https://mydevotionstodea.tumblr.com/post/168054697747/symbolism-of-the-holy-trinity-as-celestial-light
[5] https://www.unitythroughdiversity.org/brides-mound.html
©2002 Morgana West of http://morganawest.weebly.com/
[6] Copyright of Madrina Sophia. Seek Permission and share with all due crediting. For private use only.
[7] Adaptation of Maria Ede-Weaving’s Lighting the Inner Fire Meditation
https://luckyloom1.wordpress.com/?s=Lighting+the+Inner+Fire
[8] Should be downloadable (could not be found) from her blog as this requires a subscription https://www.scribd.com/doc/26197102/St-Brigid-of-Ireland
by Charlotte http://www.waltzingm.com/p/coloring-pages-month.html I saved it as a jpeg here.

[9] http://www.highlandbiodiversity.com/the-seashore-through-gaelic-eyes.asp#subpage4
[10] Dandelion http://www.goddessalive.co.uk/issue-2-home/brighde-of-the-isles-2/
Snowdrop http://celticways.com/blog/2005/01/this-is-season-of-brigid.html
[11] A traditional Manx invitation to Brigid – Arrane Y Ben Thie (aka Clean Suggane) you can find a modern arrangement with sheet music here, and an
audio file with pronunciation help (minus one verse) here. http://www.gaolnaofa.org/library/music/clean-suggane/
[12] An old traditional Scottish poem
http://www.rampantscotland.com/gaelic/gaelic_fada_farsaig_candlemas.htm
[13] Breton Chandeleur / Candlemas sayings
https://www.lavenderandlovage.com/2013/02/recipe-crepes-de-la-chandeleur-candlemas-pancakes-for-candlemas-day.html
[14] https://gathervictoria.com/2017/12/15/sympathetic-magic-and-the-midwinter-festival-of-lights/
[15] https://gathervictoria.com/2016/01/20/midwinter-feast-of-light-reviving-the-magical-foods-of-imbolc/
[16] Saint Bridget of the Kine blessing http://celticways.com/blog/2005/01/this-is-season-of-brigid.html

This Christian candlemass idea could be adapted for Déanic & Filianic children
http://www.barnabasinschools.org.uk/candle-prayers-for-reflection/

Weekly Prayer List – 9 Brighid / January 31

Weekly Prayer List

9 Brighid / Jan. 31

Stelladi or Star Day. (Wednesday).

Day of Madria Sage.

 

For the help of Adam.

For the healing of Ava.

For the healing of Amanda.

For the healing of Aaron.

For the healing and protection of Violet.

For the help of K.

For the healing of M.

For the healing from chronic pain and stress of Kerie.

For the guidance of and highest good of J.

For the employment and protection of Kyle and his roommate from eviction.

For the healing of Rose’s dog’s leg torn up with barbed wire.

For the employment and protection of Kirsty from eviction.

For the employment of R.

For the employment of S.

For the healing of Margaret and for the comfort and strength of Ronnie.

For the healing of Kay and for the comfort and strength of John.

O, Most Holy Dea, Great Mother, Mother and Daughter, have mercy upon these, Your souls and may they attain mental, physical and spiritual health. May those who have passed beyond the Veil be assumed, through Your Holy Daughter, unto Perfect Union with You. Through the Pure Stream of Your Grace, may all events unfold for their highest good and according to their True Soul Path.

Let us bless the Holy One,

Blessed is She.

Let us thank the Seven Janae of Power,

Thanks be to the Seven Janae.

~~~

(For additions either first name or initial for yourself (anonymous if you wish) or others, pets included please email Madrina Sophia at maidsophiawelsh@gmail.com)

Weekly Prayer List – 7 Hestia / December 31

Weekly Prayer List

7 Hestia / Dec. 31

Sunnadi or Sun Day.
Day of Madria Theia.

 

For the healing from mental ill health and for the physical and emotional protection of Madria Erin.
For the return of stolen property to Madria Erin.
For the healing from chronic pain and stress of Kerie (her Mum).
For the healing from chest illness of Carol (her Grandma).
For the healing of broken ribs due to brittle bone disease of Ian (her Dad).
For the training success and employment of R.
For the employment of S.
For the healing of Margaret and for the comfort and strength of Ronnie.
For the healing of Kay and for the comfort and strength of John.

O, Most Holy Dea, Great Mother, Mother and Daughter, have mercy upon these, Your souls and may they attain mental, physical and spiritual health. May those who have passed beyond the Veil be assumed, through Your Holy Daughter, unto Perfect Union with You. Through the Pure Stream of Your Grace, may all events unfold for their highest good and according to their True Soul Path.

Let us bless the Holy One,

Blessed is She.

Let us thank the Seven Janae of Power,

Thanks be to the Seven Janae.

~~~

(For additions either first name or initial for yourself (anonymous if you wish) or others, pets included please email Madrina Sophia at maidsophiawelsh@gmail.com)

Sacra Hestia – Feast of blessing our home

You may live in a bedroom in a shared parental or rental house, a trailer / static caravan, an apartment / a flat, or a house. You may have put lots of time, energy, money into your residence, but it is living there with love and caring which transforms it into a home. This is as much a part of your soul path as other aspects of life.
Therefore we bless, consecrate and dedicate our homes to Déa, our Holy Divine Mother God, transforming them into hestias (sacred homes).

Richmond North Yorkshire England

Sacra Hestia is the day of blessing. Where the sacred month of Hestia focuses on the hearth, both literally and
symbolically, it is a proper time of year for the home blessing.
A decision for the Janite devotee when it can be performed on
1. The end of the secular year 6 Hestia / December 31
2. The appropriate day in the 13 daily meditations 11 Hestia / January 5
3. On the night of the Full Moon RoS
4. On a Sunnadi (Sunday) if 2 or 3 occurs on a weekday.

When we bless our homes, we are formally consecrating and dedicating them to Déa. We are placing our homes (and all who are in that household) beneath Her Mighty Mantle of Protection and under the watchful care of the Janae.

Queen of the Night Scene, for Mozart’s Magic Flute print by Simon Quaglio

Preparation:

1. Clean yourself, get dressed in modest clothing and cover your head. Covering our head shows respect and honor to Déa.
2. Obtain a small evergreen branch that you found on the ground or a wand (can be a finger of your blessing hand).
3. Bless the branch or wand as an object. https://deanic.com/rituals/the-blessing-rite/
4. Make holy water. https://deanic.com/rituals/making-holy-water/

Extra for the Consecration Rite
1. Make holy oil. https://deanic.com/rituals/making-holy-oil/

The Riverside Caravan Park, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, England.

There are two versions of this blessing:

Basic Blessing (Holy Water only)

1. Use the blessed small evergreen branch or wand. Dip in holy water [1] as needed.
2. Bless each room of your house, beginning with the East wall.
3. Sprinkle (asperge) the holy water towards each wall, each window, each doorway and each corner of the room, clockwise (sunwise), while saying,
May this hestia is blessed in the Name of the Mother, and of the Daughter, and of the Great Mother. Iot ‘E Voh.’
4. Continue with each room in the house, the cellar and towards the attic. You may also stand in your yard and bless in the four cardinal directions, if you wish.

Consecration Rite

1. Perform the Basic Blessing with Holy Water.
2. Bless with incense* [2] (plain or scented candle flame or plug in air freshener if you are allergic to incense).
3. Either use the incense itself or blessed small evergreen branch or wand above the scent to trace the Fora in each direction while saying,
May this hestia be consecrated in the Name of the Mother, and of the Daughter, and of the Great Mother. Iot ‘E Voh.’
4. Finally, anoint the top of each outside door by dipping a finger of your blessing hand in holy oil [3] and trace the Fora on the outside of the house (either just above the door or near the top of the door) and say,
May this hestia be anointed in the Name of the Mother, and of the Daughter, and of the Great Mother. Iot ‘E Voh.’

Dusk view of the Putney Wharf Tower apartment block along the Thames River near Putney Bridge in west London.

You should also bless your house whenever you move into a new home.

Sacra Hestia is a day of rest by the hearth-fire with family and friends, or within the warmth of your hestias, if possible. Warm, nourishing winter foods and beverages, especially those native to your area, make a nice Sacra Hestia feast.

~

May Our Lady bless you,

Blessed is She.

~

ArchMadria Candra Sophia

with additions by Madrina Sophia

[1] Holy Daughter Kore Di-Jana’s role in a blessing rite: blessing through holy water.
https://deanic.com/correspondences-of-the-trinity/

*The incense can be resin, which is burned on charcoal in a bowl full of sand or in an incense burner, or, it can be a stick incense of good quality. (Substitute plain or scented candle flame or plug in air freshener if you are allergic to incense).

[2] Celestial Mother Mari’s role in a blessing rite: consecration through incense.
https://deanic.com/correspondences-of-the-trinity/

[3] Great Mother Mysteria’s role in a blessing rite: anointing through holy oil.
https://deanic.com/correspondences-of-the-trinity/

Do have a look at the Russian artist: http://vladimirkush.com/Lushpin/