The Violet Candle of Faith

10 Astrea/Dec. 7, Foradi/Sat.

Day of Sai Rhea, Shield of Steadfastness, Temperance and Self-Restraint.

Announcements:

Please see the previous article for the Weekly prayer list. Thank you.

A member of our sisterhood, ArchSorella Minna, will be ordained as a Janite deaconess on 15 Astrea/Dec. 12. Please keep her in your prayers as she prepares for her priestess path. Thank you.

As the number of our new devotees continues to grow, we will begin preparing a series of introductory lessons/classes for those who are interested in joining Clan Jana. (1) In the meantime, we offer the following suggestions on our Becoming a Devotee page. Please note that our contacts page has been updated.

THE VIOLET CANDLE OF FAITH.

Tomorrow, on Sunnadi, we will light the Violet Candle of Faith in honor of the Great Mother, She Who is Absolute Deity and the Source of All Life. She is Primordial Being, the Primal Consciousness in Whom all dwells.

For Janites (pronouonced Yan-ites), She is not a Kali-like figure, but rather, She is a like a Grandmother in our relationship to Her, although one Whose Face is Veiled. While She is Beyond All Knowing, She knows us, intimately. She hears our prayers and sings with us our chants. She reaches down to us through the Celestial Mother and the Holy Daughter.

In Deanism, She is known as the Dark beyond the light and the Light beyond the darkness. Dark because She is beyond knowing. She is that Still Centre of All Being. She is the Still Centre because She is the Singularity of the All. She is known as the Fora of Faith. (The Fora, which is a suncross with the four rays extending beyond the circle is the main symbol of Deanism.)

Tomorrow, before the Eventide meal, on our Sunwheels, we first light the Green Candle of Wisdom followed by the Yellow Candle of Hope. We then light the Violet Candle of Faith in the Centre of the Sunwheel, representing the Still Centre of All Being. This Still Centre is symbolized by the circle on a Fora/Suncross.

After lighting the Violet Candle of Faith, the following scripture reading is suggested:

(Please note that both Theia, as found in the following text, is Greek for goddess just as Dea is Latin for goddess. In Deanism, both mean Goddess as in the God sense, just as Kyria means Lady in the Lord sense.)

Scriptures: 

This scripture was inspired, in part, by the Christian infancy narrative. From both Deanic and Sophian Mythos, we know that the Holy Daughter separated/emanated Herself from Her Mother and took on or incarnated into Soul-Form and in that way, though Eternal, She may be said to have been ‘born’.

Just as there is Higher/Mother Sophia/Shekinah and Lower Daughter Sophia/Shekinah Who incarnated as Soul, we have our eternal higher self  and our incarnational lower self. But after all, it is said that the story of Sophia taking on the Form of Soul is the story of our own souls as well.  (More on this topic to come).

The following scriptures may be thought of as the Divine Feminine form of the Eternal Story. And here, Archangel means Jana, a member of the Janati.

Chapter 5:

4. Those that were princesses among them brought their crowns to the sacred grove as
gifts, and shepherdesses brought the new-dropped lambs, and all the daughters of the earth
brought forth the fruits thereof to lay before the cave. 5. But before the cave stood an archangel
of Thea, robed in a garment so white that the eyes of earth’s children were dazzled, and with a
countenance of such great beauty that it was a fearful thing to look upon her. 6. And the
daughters of the earth covered their eyes and threw themselves to the ground. 7. And the voice
of the archangel was like to the rushing of a thousand waters. 8. And she spoke, saying: “Be not
afraid, for a new light is dawning over the world. Be not afraid, but approach no further, for if
you cannot look on me, how should you look upon my Lady, whose handmaiden I am?”
9. And her voice grew gentle, like the wind among the icicles, and sweet beyond all
telling. 10. Then she spoke, saying: “This night shall a child be born that shall be the daughter
of light and the princess of all the world. 11. A child is coming that she shall carry the light of
Thea into every part of creation, even to the most desolate of the places of darkness. 12.
Rejoice, poor wanderers of the earth and exiles from the house of your Mother, for to you shall
come a guide and a deliverer.”
13. When the voice of the archangel ceased, a silence fell that was the first true silence
since the beginning of the world, and the last that shall be until its end, 14. and the children of
earth watched the sky as the first rays of dawn crept across the heavens. 15. Then a cry issued
out of the cave, saying: “The holy child is born from the most holy Mother; light has come
forth from light, perfection from perfection.” 16. At once the air was filled with the daughters
of heaven, and the sky was ablaze with the radiance of their joy, 17. and they sang aloud to the
glory of Thea. 18. When the shining ones ceased from their song, the world became quiet
again, and the star grew brighter and ever brighter, until it shone brighter than the radiance of
all the host of heaven; and yet its light was so gentle that the eyes of earth’s children were not
dazzled, 19. and the colour of the light was not one of the seven, but a wondrous luminance
not known within the boundaries of the world. The Mythos of the Holy Daughter. The New Celestial Union Edition

Suggested Prayer: in honor of the Great Mother. (Taken from our Eventide Rite.)

Shimmering Darkness composed by ArchMadria Pamela Lanides.

O, Shimmering Darkness beyond the light,

O, Sublime Light beyond the dark,

You, Who are unknowable, but knows all,

You, Who are unmanifest, but manifests all,

Veiled Stillness,

Centre of All Life, All Mind, All Soul,

We bow before you in reverent awe.

Blessed are You.

Suggested Ritual:

Research videos of Sacred Dance or create one of your own to beautiful music. Dance, hymns and chanting are very powerful forms of prayer.

Closing Prayer:

Hail, Mysteria, Fountainhead of Grace, Glory be to Thee. Blessed art Thou, O, Empress of Heaven and Blessed art Thou, O, Divine Fora of Faith. Ameena. (Based on the Traditional Hail, Mary. Traditionally, many Russians understood Mary to be Sophia incarnate and so we have no qualms adapting this time honored prayer for the Triune Sophia. As Holy Sophia once said to a seer, “those who have prayed to Mary have been praying to me.”)

Continue to light the green, yellow and violet candles each night. Traditionally, the scripture is read before each meal. Extinguish the candles after the Eventide meal. 

May Our Lady bless you,

Blessed is She.

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

  1. Clan Jana consists of those hestias which are members of the Janite Deanic Ekklesia. An hestia is the blessed and consecrated hearths and homes of Janite devotees.

The Yellow Candle of Hope includes Contemplation/Craft/Music

4 Astrea/Dec. 1

Madria Theia

Sunnadi, Day of Lady Theia, Lamp of Illumination, Joy and Benevolence.

Today, after lighting the Green Candle of Wisdom,  we then light the Yellow Candle of Hope in honor of the Holy Daughter as the Star of Hope. In Janite/Lucienne Tradition, She is known as the Triple Star, the Star of Hope, the Midnight Star of Wonder and the Guiding North Star.

During the Astrean time of year, we contemplate the Holy Daughter, Who is not yet Separate from Her Mother, as Our Star of Hope.  We then look upon the vast darkness of the Cosmos, sprinkled with points of light, to She Who is the Guiding North Star above us, as we await Her birth as the Midnight Star of Wonder.

Most fittingly, after lighting the Candle of Hope, the following scripture is suggested:

SCRIPTURE

Chapter 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. 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.
Then 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. 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.
Chapter 5
1. And She walked across the seas and deep into the forests of the earth until She came upon the
deep cave that was at the centre. 2. And She entered the cave, and a star rose above the sacred
grove that lay about the cave, brighter and more resplendent than all the stars of the heavens, 3.
and the star was seen all over the earth; and the children of the earth were filled with wonder
and they came to the place where the star stood in the sky. The Mythos of the Holy Daughter, The Filianic Scriptures, New Celestial Union Edition, online.

We honor several stars in the Deanic Faith: the five-pointed star, the North Star and the seven-pointed star. This year, as previously noted, we will be introducing a new custom revolving around the seven-pointed star as gifted to the community by ArchMatrona Ghrian. How perfect for the month of Astrea, meaning Star or Star Maiden!

CONTEMPLATION

The Eye of God Nebula.

More and more, it is said that the entire universe is alive, is conscious! That consciousness, in Janite belief, is the Holy Daughter, She Who is the Soul of All Nature and that Consciousness is also that of Our Celestial Mother, Mari/Sophia, Who is the Spirit of the manifest Universe. Our Holy Mother gives birth to the Primordial Ideas of the Great/Dark Mother. She breathes into it the Holy Breath of spirit and the Holy Daughter wraps it all and us in Her Wondrous Soul.

SUGGESTED PRAYER

 Silver Star of the Waters: (Janite edition of the original Madrian).

Silver Star of the Waters, Who has fashioned all the Cosmos into Being, Beyond all knowing is the Splendour of Your Light. Enfold my spirit, beneath Your Mighty Mantle, and may the Pure Stream of Your Grace flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come, Amena. 

SUGGESTED POETRY

Stars

by Sara Teasdale

Alone in the night
On a dark hill
With pines around me
Spicy and still,

And a heaven full of stars
Over my head,
White and topaz
And misty red;

Myriads with beating
Hearts of fire
That aeons
Cannot vex or tire;

Up the dome of heaven
Like a great hill,
I watch them marching
Stately and still,

And I know that I
Am honored to be
Witness
Of so much majesty. Source

FUN CRAFT:
CLOSING MUSIC:

 

CLOSING PRAYER:

 Silver Light of the Forests .

Amena. 

Continue to light the green and yellow candles each night. Traditionally, the scripture is read each night. Extinguish after each meal. 

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

*The Season of Startide has been created and developed by ArchMatrona Georgia (Ghrian) E. B. Cobb of The Lady of Light Chantry/Lucienne Tradition.

 

The First Lighting the SunWheel

1 Astrea/Nov. 28
Pomadi/Thurs.

Day of Sai Thema, Foundation of Justice, Order and Harmony.

Today is the Feast Day of Holy Sophia!!! Sophia is the Living Stream Form for Dea in the Janite Deanic Ekklesia.

First day of the Sacred Season of WINTER.

Please see previous article (before Weekly Prayer List), Preparing for the SunWheel for basic instructions.

Today, before the evening meal, we light the first Green Candle of Wisdom on the Sunwheel in honor of Our Celestial Mother as the Apple of Wisdom. She Who is Wisdom and is the Mother of Wisdom.

This lighting is followed by a scripture reading. The Scriptures may be found online here. (You need to scroll down a ways to get to the beginning of the scriptures.) Other sources for the scriptures may be found in our links section.

Suggested Scripture: The Creation vs 1-16. 

SUGGESTED PRAYERS AND RITUALS

Sophia’s Light

In darkest night, when lights are dim,
and all in sight seems sad and grim,
I find you there, your arms surround me,
your spirit fills me and it grounds me.
I look to you, Lady of Truth,
most ancient One, yet eternal youth,
to keep me safe, protect my heart,
and with the wisdom you impart
fill up my empty mind and soul
so that, my Lover, you can make whole,
all that was broken in this day –
and that is what I ask and pray. Amena.

Excerpts from Sisters of Earth Song

Sophia was, and is, one of the most worshiped Goddesses. Even today, a huge Sophia cult still exists. Her name means “Wisdom”. Sophia is the Greek version of her name. Others include:

Hohkma (Hebrew)
Sapienta (Latin)
Mother of All (Gnostic)
Holy Spirit (Early Christian)

As a biblical figure, she has been described as a co-partner of God and sometimes as THE female God. The early Christians sometimes used her as a metaphor for Christ.

Her origins are almost impossible to trace. She can be traced to every era, culture and society. She is the manifestation of the Divine Feminine and can be linked with practically every goddess. Including: Lilith, Isis, Inanna, Hecate, Spider Grandmother, Ishtar, Sekmet, Maat, Hera, Anath, Virgin Mary, Eve, Mary Magdalene, Juno, Tara, Demeter and Persephone.

Her feast day is November 28th. She has a sacred shrine in Istanbul, Hagia Sophia, which is one of the 21 finalists for the new 7 wonders of the world. (You can vote for your 7 favorites at www.new7wonders.com). She is symbolized by a dove, crescent moon, stars, a cup or a tree. Russia has always adored and venerated Sophia. They dedicated a cathedral to her in Kiev, The Cathedral of St. Sophia. Many Russians to this day maintain a double faith, in Paganism and Christianity.

The Ritual may be found here, please scroll down to the end of the article: Sister of Earth Song

                                  Closing Prayer to Sophia

O Gentle, O Kind, O Blessed Sophia,
Thy children on earth call unto Thee.
We pray Thee, Beloved Mother, to cast forth
thy net of woven starlight.
Fling it wide across the ocean of the universe
to gather us home to the realms of Light.
Amena.

Extinguish the candle after the evening meal.

Each evening, light the Green Candle before the meal and extinguish it when the meal is done. 

It is traditional to read the scripture reading each evening.

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One wing soars in heaven,
one wing sweeps the earth,
and the third flies all around us.

Praise to Sophia!
Let all the earth praise her!

-Hildegard of Bingen

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Optional Prayer

As your lost child, give me assurance that your grace is with me always. All streams spring from the font of your heart.
Your eyes shine as the blue sea into my heart,
and you forever find me worthy of your love.
In the spirit of this revelation, I offer to reveal myself fully to you,
who is my Divine Feminine being, at all times and in all ways.
Amen.      By: Rev. Maia Chrystine Nartoomidophiu of the whirling wings,
circling, encompassing
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Closing Prayer to Sophia

O Gentle, O Kind, O Blessed Sophia,
Thy children on earth call unto Thee.
We pray Thee, Beloved Mother, to cast forth
thy net of woven starlight.
Fling it wide across the ocean of the universe
to gather us home to the realms of Light.
Amen.

 

 

 

Weekly Prayer List

28 Samhain/Nov. 27
Stelladi/Wed.

Day of Sai Mati Sage, Messenger of Intelligence, Wisdom and Creativity.

Please note that all prayer requests must be received by Sunnadi/Sunday at the latest. Petitions will be kept on the prayer list for one week unless otherwise requested. Contact info may be found at the end of this post.

WEEKLY PRAYER LIST

If you or a loved one is in need of prayer, our contact info may be found at the end of this post.  You or your loved one will be remembered in our daily prayers, our liturgy and during our Rite of Veneration.

We pray :

For the emotional healing of C.,

For the strength of P.,

For the emotional healing of A.,

For the strength and healing of Aidan.

For the strength and comfort of Minna.

For employment for R.

For the assistance of B. K.

And we pray for the continual blessing and protection of the Janite Deanic Ekklesia and all Deanic devotees.

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. Blessed are You.

Let us bless the Holy One,

Blessed is She.

Let us thank the Seven Janati of Power,

Thanks be to the Seven Janati.

( For prayer requests, please send either first name or initial for yourself or others, pets included. We must receive the prayer requests by Sunnadi/Sunday of each week. We keep the names on the list for one week unless otherwise requested.)

Send requests to either Prima Madria Sophia at maidsophiawelsh@gmail.com, ArchMadria Pamela at deanicfaith@gmail.com, or ArchSorella Minna at theagoragazette@gmail.com. Thank you. 

Thank you.

Preparing for the SunWheel

21 Samhain/Nov. 20

Sai Thema, Be with us.

Dear friends and devotees,

Please note that the book club and the Agora Gazette will return after the holidays. Thank you.

Astrean festivities: The Sun Wheel.

(This article has been shortened.)

 Available from Etsy

(Many believe that the Advent wreath, like so many Christian Traditions, originated as a Pagan custom, most likely from Germany. article.  )

On 1 Astrea/ Nov. 28, we begin the ceremony of the lighting of the SunWheel. This ceremony was created by ArchMatrona Georgia (Ghrian) E. B. Cobb of the Lady of Light Chantry.  She has also created the new Star Guardian ceremony (see end of article). These ceremonies help to enrich our spiritual practice and to deepen our ties to our community. Already, for many devotees, the SunWheel has become both a time honored custom and yearly tradition for our hestias (Deanic homes) and families.

If you wish to plan ahead, you will need five candles: green, yellow, violet, blue and red. While the other colors are readily available as tea lights, the violet/purple is harder to come by.

One option is to use the tea lights in the appropriate colors of green, red, yellow and blue and purchase one large violet candle for the center of the wreath. (I actually think this is what I’m going to do this year.) Otherwise, all the colors are available in chakra candle sets that may be found online. (Also at end of article.) So tea lights, taper candles and pillar candles are all acceptable as long as they are in the proper colors.

Advent wreath with pillar candles.

Everyone has different ways to set up their SunWheels. I use either fresh or synthetic evergreens and place them in a circle (or make a large wreath). If using taper candles, a store-bought advent wreath is fine, too.

Advent wreaths are readily available online and in most department stores. Whether using a traditional advent wreath or making one of your own, in each case, the fifth Violet/Purple candle is placed in the center of the wreath. Many devotees also include a mother/daughter figurine. Of course, the evergreens/wreath may be decorated to taste.

 

Our Veiled Great Mother holding the Fora.
(Courtesy of Prima Madria Sophia.)

Interestingly enough, the Fora/Solar Cross is known as the SunWheel. In Deanic Tradition, the four rays of the Fora must extend beyond the circle.

Each candle on the SunWheel represents an aspect of Our Lady, of each Season, of each Jana, of each Sacred Symbol, of each Mystery and of each Virtue. And as with the Fora, we imagine the Four Rays extending beyond the circle of the Wreath as the Four Flowing Rivers of the 21 Virtues of Life flowing out into the Cosmos.

May Our Lady bless you,
Blessed is She.

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

Weekly Prayer List

21 Samhain/Nov. 20

O, Lady Thema, Foundation of Justice, Order and Harmony, be with us.

Please note that all prayer requests must be received by Sunnadi/Sunday at the latest. Petitions will be kept on the prayer list for one week unless otherwise requested. Contact info may be found at the end of this post.

WEEKLY PRAYER LIST

If you or a loved one is in need of prayer, our contact info may be found at the end of this post.  You or your loved one will be remembered in our daily prayers, our liturgy and during our Rite of Veneration.

We pray :

For the highest good of Violet.

For healing of Kyle from an accident.

For the strength and healing of Aidan.

For the strength and comfort of Minna.

For employment for R.

For the assistance of B. K.

And we pray for the continual blessing and protection of the Janite Deanic Ekklesia and all Deanic devotees.

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. Blessed are You.

Let us bless the Holy One,

Blessed is She.

Let us thank the Seven Janati of Power,

Thanks be to the Seven Janati.

( For prayer requests, please send either first name or initial for yourself or others, pets included. We must receive the prayer requests by Sunnadi/Sunday of each week. We keep the names on the list for one week unless otherwise requested.)

Send requests to either Prima Madria Sophia at maidsophiawelsh@gmail.com, ArchMadria Pamela at deanicfaith@gmail.com, or ArchSorella Minna at theagoragazette@gmail.com. Thank you. 

Thank you.