Matriarchy and the Nature of Ritual

A few explanations:

When the Madrians speak of the Madrian religion as if it has long been a hidden, living tradition which goes back into deep antiquity, today we take this to mean the nature of the ancient Mother God religion and not the modern form of the Madrian religion from which Janites stem.

This following article is also very important. I’m afraid there is no other way to state this: it does rather denigrate Christianity, and for that, we offer our apologies as we do not wish to offend; but the rest of this text is too important to allow to collect dust because of that fact. It is especially vital because it explains the importance and reality of the sacraments.

Another disclaimer that we must make is that, again, rather unfortunately, there are archives in this collection that have to do with ‘caning’ and ‘discipline’…. all areas that we find both abhorrent and vulgar have nothing whatsoever to do with the Deanic religion. It is a shame that these documents were included in the archives for historical purposes. Personally, I would prefer that they were to be found either elsewhere, or not at all. Anyway, suffice it to say that these practices of certain groups have nothing to do with us or the Deanic Faith.

http://www.oxfordgoddessrevivalarchive.org/cms/items/show/37

Weekly Prayer List

15 Vespera/Aug. 22

Rosadi/Tues.

For the repose of the soul of Christopher:

May he rest in peace. Blessed are You, Most Holy Dea.

May his memory be eternal. Blessed are Most O, Holy Dea.

May his family receive comfort and solace. Blessed are You, Most Holy Dea.

For the comfort and solace of Connie and her family,

For peace in Phoenix,

For Marilyn,

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 Janati of Power,

Thanks be to the Seven Janati.

Clarification of the Place of Men in a Matriarchal religion

Dear Sisters and Devotees,

I am not at my home computer, so this will be a bit informal.

Not too long ago, I wrote a post about the place of men in the Deanic religion. Unfortunately, that post needed further clarification.

Our view of the place of men in a matriarchal religion might differ from that of the early Madrians. We believe that both women and men are spiritually equal and that both female and male spirits are eternal. In the latest studies of matriarchal societies, there appears to be no notion of males obeying the females as  opposed to the viewpoint that the Madrians may have held. However, in traditional matriarchal societies, it does appear that the females were the spiritual heads of the household.

And so, in a matriarchal religion, the female is the spiritual head of the household while the male may be considered to be the physical head of the household. (Of course, this is not applicable to an all-female household). For a more recent example of a true matriarchal society, please see the society of the Mic Mac or Mi’kmaw Native Tribe of the Canadian maritimes: http://www.muiniskw.org/pgCulture2g.htm

Though both may work outside the home, in our religion, the spiritual vocation of the female is within her hestia, while the spiritual vocation of the male is out in the agora. (More on this principle in the future.)

We believe that every marriage is an equal partnership between two people, one that is based upon mutual respect, trust and cooperation.

Any male may practice the Deanic religion as long as it is recognized that this is a matriarchal religion and that the leadership and priestesshood of the Deanic Faith must always be female. There are many reasons for this stricture, some of which we have examined in the past.

There will always be all-female groups within the Deanic religion such as the Daughters of Shining Harmony; the Janite Order of Priestesses and Sisterhood (JOP); the Elegant Lady Feminine Seminary (ELFS) and the Lady of Light Chantry. But, the Deanic religion itself may be practiced by all members of the family within their hestia and males would be welcome to public liturgy and services. Some groups might choose to hold private liturgies and services for their female members, only.

Finally, we believe there was an initial misunderstanding about the etymology of the word, maid. According to our research, we have found no evidence that the word maid  stems  from the word ‘may’ meaning one who has a choice. For centuries, maid has been short for maiden referring to an unmarried woman, a virgin or to a young woman. There is evidence that in the 13th century, the word may have been used to refer to a young man as well, but this research seems to indicate that, in this case, the word was used in conjunction with the word, man as in maid-man. In the Deanic Faith, it has come to mean any female devotee of Dea.

Where do not live in the 13th century , we follow the Madrian practice, (as it is known to us), of referring to maids and men rather than using the word maid as a generic term for all humanity; just as we no longer use the term ‘man-kind’ to refer to all of humanity. We are human-kind and in our Faith, we are both maids and men.

 

 

 

Bits and Pieces

15 Vespera/Aug. 22

Rosadi/Tues.

Exciting New Madrian Info/ECE//Janyati Names/Anthea/Moira Day/

Dear Sisters and Devotees,

There is so much happening, it’s been hard to keep up with it all! There have been and continue to be new Madrian documents being discovered which are shedding a greater light on the original beliefs of the Deanic religion. There will be additional new material being made public shortly.  As Serene Mother Ghrian recently commented, if only some of this material had previously been made known to us, we would have had a much greater understanding of the Madrian religion. I second that sentiment. It has long been my own desire to have a greater understanding of the foundations of our Faith other than what had previously been available to us.

This is, indeed, a joyful, exciting time and it is thanks to the hard work of Mr. David Kay and Sorella Sophia who have faithfully kept many documents and the recent work of archivist, Race MoChridhe.

We have added links to the Oxford Goddess Revival archive to our resources section under Madrian Archives I and II and Madrian Resources. Please note our important disclaimer under description.

 The Eastminster Critical Edition of the Clear Recital

  This is the latest edition of our scriptures as arranged and edited by Race MoChridhe. Personally, I appreciate having each edition of the scriptures and the ECE is no exception. In addition to a fine rendering of the text, the appendixes and critical apparatus are invaluable. This edition may be found through his blog, http://apronstrings.racemochridhe.com/, and directly, here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxNSeYUBjbtFM2ZhZ1d6V2NhYWs/view. (Both are to be found in our links section.)

Janati Names:

We are currently researching the origin of the Aristasian names of the Janati. New evidence has surfaced that the Madrians may have been aware of the Hindu translation of the Greek  names. If so, this would be very important information for us. I’m so grateful that all of this exciting information is coming to us now. In relation to the Seven Janati, please see this entire article on the Seven Planetary Principles:

 http://www.oxfordgoddessrevivalarchive.org/cms/items/show/18

And note the following fragment, the one on the right of the Crystal Tablet, it appears to be quite old, but has not been professionally examined, to my knowledge. If you magnify it, you are able to read it and it mentions Sai Raya/Madria Theia.

http://www.oxfordgoddessrevivalarchive.org/cms/items/show/70.

(Please note, rayin means queen).

Other evidence has come to light about the Madrian knowledge of the Sanskrit names of the Janati. As such, the issue of whether or not to restore the Sanskrit names within Clan Jana is currently being discussed within the JOP.

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Lady Anthea

Please note that under geniae, we are using the original name of Lady Anthea rather than Lady Thalia for the geniae of blossoms.

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Moira Day

Tomorrow is Moira Day, or the Day of Werde’.

We  will offer a Madrian meditation for this day of contemplating personal fate.

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May Our Lady bless you,

Blessed is She.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Great Mother-Janite Resources for Devotion.

9 Vespera/Aug. 16

Stelladi/Wed.

Day of Madria Sophia

O, Madria Sophia, Jana of Intelligence, Intuition and Wisdom, be with us. May the Pure Stream of Your Virtues flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come. Blessed are You.

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(Please note that the recent post has been edited. Hopefully it makes more sense!)

And also, all of our prayers and rites are completely optional. They are merely offerings or suggestions and are not mandatory for either JOP members of Janite devotees.

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Recently, we were asked about rituals and devotions to the Great Mother. Here are a few of our devotions in Her honor:

Evensong:

The first devotion in honor of the Great Mother that comes to mind is our Evensong Rite. Evensong, in the Janite Tradition, is the prayer ritual during the time of Twilight; the time of the Great Mother. It is the last of the three major prayer times of the day.

 But, it is traditional to pray or lift up our minds to Dea three times a day. These prayer times can be as simple as telling Our Lady we love Her; it could be a quick prayer or hymn; or it could be a time of scripture reading or a rosary. 

But, we do offer three rites and Evensong is the last of the day. It may be found, here: https://deanic.com/prayers-and-rites/evensong-rite/.

Litany to the Great Mother

https://deanic.com/prayers-and-rites/litany-of-the-great-mother/

Hail, Mysteria

https://deanic.com/prayers-and-rites/hail-mysteria/

The Trinitarii Rosary may be prayed in Her honor simply by substituting the Hail, Mysteria for the Hail, Mari prayer.

https://deanic.com/prayers-and-rites/the-janite-deanic-rosary/

Short Prayers, anyone of which may be used for a mantra rosary

Ave, Mysteria, Dea Matrona, Gloria Plena.

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Eternal is the Life of the Great Mother,

She Who is the Supernal Star. Blessed is She.

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O, Veiled Fora of Faith,
we glorify You, we magnify You, we adore You.

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O, Veiled Fora of Faith, be with us.

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O, Last Twilight of Sunset, be with us.

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O, Shining Darkness before the Dawn, be with us.

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Psalms:

Psalms 9 and 14 were written in Her honor:

https://deanic.com/prayers-and-rites/janite-psalms/

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We will be developing more psalms, prayers and rites in the future.

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May She Who is the Dark beyond the light and Light beyond the darkness, be with you.

ArchMatrona Candra Sophia.

 

Bits and Pieces/Music of the Spheres/Janati/geniae

8 Vespera/Aug. 15

Music of the Spheres/Janati/geniae/Odin’s Cross vs Celtic Fora/Altar set up. 

Great Dove of the Waters, Rose of the World, Help us to aspire to the heart of the flame.

You are the Music of the Spheres, You are the Meaning of all words, You are the end of every road and also its beginning.

Help us to know You. (From the Madrian Rite of Sacrifice.)

20) Yet, within the seed is the essence of a tree, and from the seed, the whole tree may unfold. 21) So, from essential Truth unfoldeth all other knowledge as the music of the spheres unfoldeth from a single note. (From The Seed of Truth, vs 20 and 21). 

The Music of the Spheres, the idea of which originated with the renowned mathematician and philosopher, Pythagoras, (1) also has a place within our religion. It represents the sublime harmony of Creation or, as in the Lucienne Tradition (Lady of Light Chantry), it represents the Oran Mor or the Great Melody of Creation. {See this beautiful article (2)}.

Astoundingly, and yet, perhaps not too surprisingly, scientists have found proof of this heavenly music; they found that the Music of the Spheres, of the stars and of the planets is real!  To listen to the Music of  the Spheres, please see the articles under :(3-5)

Janati/geniae in the Janite Tradition.

The Seven Living, Intelligent Streams of Dea, Who are the planetary powers or the rulers of the planets, were originally known, by the Madrians, as Geniae, plural or Genia/singular. It was later that the Geniae became known, through Filianism, as the Janyati.

Because the ‘y’ has a special meaning that is not relevant or appropriate for Janites, we spell it as it is in Sanskrit: Janati for the plural and Jana for the singular. 

Aside from the Seven Who are Living Streams of Dea in angelic form, there were also lesser geniae/janati, who were considered to be the ‘daughters’ of the Seven.

In the Janite Tradition, these lesser geniae/janya are not considered to be the daughters of the Janati per se, but they are considered to be divine beings in angelic form. To differentiate them from the Seven Janati, we refer to them as geniae (with a lower case g). We give them the title of Lady as opposed to Madria/Mother as with the Janati.

The geniae of the Janite Tradition are:

Lady Annya: genia of fire, the reflection of the Sun.

Lady Chara: genia of joy

Lady Charis: genia of beauty, splendour, glory and adornment.

Lady Herthe’: genia of hearth and home.

Lady Kala: genia. She is the cutter of fate. (The three fates are said to be a reflection of the Holy Trinity on manifest plane of flux and change. (Gospel of Our Mother God.)

Lady Maia: genia. She is the spinner of fate.

Lady Ouranya: genia of the sky.

Lady Thalia: genia of blossoms. (Also known as Anthea).

Lady Vaya: genia of wind spirit or spirit of breath.

Lady Werde’: genia. She is the weaver of fate.

The feast day of the geniae, which included the Janati in the Madrian religion was held on Dec. 25, as their date of Nativity differed from that of the Filianists. The Janites assign individual feast days for the Seven Janati according to Their Season. And so, the feast day for the geniae shall be celebrated on 1 Maia/April 18.

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‘Odin’s Cross’ vs Celtic Knot Cross

It is absolutely reprehensible when hate groups misappropriate sacred symbols as being symbolic of hate, genocide and racism such as the Nazi swastika which was and still is a symbol of great holiness within Hinduism. The very word, swastika comes from the Sanskrit word, svastika which means, good fortune. It was first used in Neolithic Eurasia in honor of Dea in Her form of Sunna, a Form and Image of the Supernal Sun. She was the primary Goddess in Germanic society for thousands of years. (7)

The pentagram is another example. Always a sacred symbol since time beyond memory, it also came to signify the five wounds of Christ! Now, anyone who walks around wearing a pentacle with be met with averted eyes and airs of suspicion.

Now, what is being called Odin’s Cross (it is a Celtic solar cross) is used as a symbol of White Supremacists groups. .

I, for one, refuse to allow our most sacred symbol be overtaken by these people. We know the depths of meaning this symbol has for the Deanic religion. And it has meaning in Celtic Christianity, too.

Image result for Celtic solar cross pendants

Odin’s crosses tend to be very rugged looking and very straight. I wear one that is very Celtic looking and is probably closer to the Celtic knot cross.

Yes, we could change our main symbol. But, how many times do we have to change symbols because some evil group decides to use it to represent them?

To those who are concerned about wearing a symbol that has been taken over by evil, and I do understand, then I suggest a Celtic knot cross such as the following. Not all have the inner circle which represents the Still Centre of Being, but, they are close enough.

 

 

Janite Altar Set Up

Janite hestia altars are to be found everywhere:  a corner table; the top of an hope chest; a bureau, an icon corner, or a specially made altar. Some have room for  seven candles, others have room for one central candle.

Right now, as I have recently moved and we are still renovating the interior of my hestia, I am actually using an antique vanity table. I have a picture of the Holy Daughter on my altar and images of the Celestial Mother and the Great Mother up above the altar.

The altar is placed in the East. When the Mistress of the Hestia or the madria/madrina is facing the altar, she is facing East.

So, the number of candles to be found on a Janite altar would be one of of sacred numbers: one, three, five or seven. They can be arranged any way.

The altar cloth or scarf is the color of the Season and so right now, the altar cloth would be red.

When I had my main altar set up, I had the five directional candles and two main altar candles for the sacred number seven. For safety sake,if using the seven, these candles may also be lined up along the back of the altar. Today, I have two antique globe lights as my main altar candles, two pillar lights and a central tea light.

The scriptures should be on a side-table, to the left. (If they fit on the altar, great!)

If not allergic to incense, there should be an incense holder, which is placed to the back-right-hand side of the altar, along with a bowl of holy water, which is placed to the right and  a vial of holy oil which is placed on the left of the altar.

We use wands to bless in the five directions, to stir the water when making holy water and for other liturgical reasons. A fresh evergreen  branch, that has been found on the ground, may be used instead of the wand. The wand is placed on the right side of the altar, near the holy water.

If the altar is small, then the central candle is moved to the back of the altar and the chalice and patene’ are placed in the center of the altar.

A statue, icon or image of Our Lady may be placed in the middle of the altar (behind the chalice and patene’) or above or near the altar. Of course, images of the entire Trinity and the Janati may surround the altar as well. Look up icon corners and see how many images Orthodox Christians have in their home shrines!

The Madrians had a ritual to consecrate an altar or home shrine which will be found in the prayer book. For now, simply following the Blessing Rite and bless (with holy water), consecrate (with incense) and anoint(with holy oil) your altar.

The blessing with holy water is done through the Grace of the Holy Daughter, Kora.

The consecrating with incense is done through the Energy or Force of the Celestial Mother, Mari. (If allergic, this step may be skipped.)

The anointing with holy oil is done through the Power of the Great Mother.

The Blessing Rite may be found here:

https://deanic.com/prayers-and-rites/the-blessing-rite/.

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Eternal is the Light of the Mother,

Eternal is the Love of the Daughter,

Eternal is the Life of the Great Mother.

Glorious is the Eternity of Dea.

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ArchMadria Candra Sophia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. For an easy to understand article: http://www.crystalinks.com/musicspheres.html
  2. http://www.obskure.info/threads/celtic-cosmology-the-oran-m%C3%B3r-and-celtic-creation-myth.21/
  3. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/space/8114694/Stars-song-captured-by-scientists.html
  4. Sound recording of the stars: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7TfNrIBKGI
  5. The planets (scroll down to video).http://thespiritscience.net/2015/06/15/nasa-discovers-planets-and-stars-give-off-music-this-is-what-it-sounds-like/. (Do your own search…there are a lot of them from NASA.)
  6. See under etymology: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janus.
  7. Madria Dini and https://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10007453
  8. https://www.adl.org/education/references/hate-symbols/celtic-cross