With prayers and time I am slowly healing

To friends and devotees,
With heartfelt thanks for your emails expressing such kind concern and prayers.
With such a loving community of faith and with the unconditional love and compassion of Déa and Her Janae, I am slowly healing from this Summer’s traumas and easing myself back into public life. (Please do not ask as have a tendency to relapse into ill health again) .
Please be patient,

May Déa bless each and every one of you. Blessed is She.
Madria Sophia

 

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Lady Olivia Robertson on Female Priestesses

Columbadi/24 Flora

O, Sushuri Grace (which means Kind Grace), bless all of our loved ones with good health and may Your Compassion flow through us as we meet each person on the walk of our daily lives. Blessed are You.

Two articles on the Fellowship of Isis have been recommended to me. In the first, I was not aware that the priesthood of the Robertsons may be traced back to Egypt. http://www.fellowshipofisis.com/priesthood.html. One of my ordaining bishops had the honor of having been ordained by Lady Olivia Robertson.

This second article might be of interest to our priestesshood and those aspiring to the priestesshood. It explains why women are particularly suitable for this service. What especially resonated with me is how humility must be our footstool.  A good reminder. Enjoy!

http://www.fellowshipofisis.com/ordainintro.html

 

Insights on the Silver Star of the Waters and the Divine Names (Bits and Pieces)

Pomedi, 22 Flora

O, Agia Thema, may Divine Justice, Order and Harmony reign in this country, in this world and in all the worlds to come. Blessed are You.

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Recently, Race MoChridhe and I have been discussing the Silver Star of the Waters prayer. It has always been assumed that this most basic of prayers (for the Madrians and Janites), had been written in honor of the Celestial Mother. But, it didn’t seem to make sense that it referred to Her as the Silver Star because Silver is the color of the Gentle Light of the Holy Daughter.

However, as Mr. MoChridhe noted and, quite synchronistically, I, myself recently noticed, the Celestial Mother is referred to as the Silver Star in our scriptures.

In the Mythos of the Divine Maid (God the Daughter) chapter 6 vs 8 we read:

(8) And in the darkness after the second day, a silver star appeared in the Heavens, Whose brightness was too great for them to look upon. (SMR)

It is clear, in the Mythos, that this is referring to the Divine Mother. It is She, Whose ‘Brightness is too great to look upon’ and in the next verse, we see the children of the Earth rejoicing because they recognize that it is the Mistress of All Things or the Mother of All things coming to rescue Her Holy Daughter.

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(9) And the children of the Earth rejoiced, saying, it is the Mistress of All Things come to seek Her Daughter. (SMR)

Race MoChridhe has given me permission to share his insights:

I wanted to share an insight I had only recently, as I have been working on the fourth edition critical text for the Teachings, about the Silver Star. I realized that the opening of the prayer is constructed as an appeal to the three persons of the Trinity as a single addressee. As you mention, “Silver Star of the waters” obviously refers most directly to the Daughter through its invocation of the color silver and its oblique reference to the star of the Nativity, but it can also have reference to the Mother in light of Mythos 6:8, which identifies the star that represents Her in Her descent to the underworld as “silver”. The following phrase, “That have laughed all the world into being” naturally pertains most specifically to the Mother through the Creation story. The third line, “beyond all knowing is the splendour of Your Light,” then seems to address the Dark Mother by reference to the fourteenth verse of the Sermon of the Apple-Seed, which declares that “there can be no knowledge of the Absolute; for to know is to have passed beyond knowing” (some versions, including the third edition ECE, read “beyond knowledge”, but I now favour the “beyond knowing” reading as more likely to have been original). Thus (if my reading is correct), Mother, Daughter, and Dark Mother all receive a particular acknowledgement in the prayer’s opening without compromising the sense of unity in addressing the one Dea. Race MoChridhe

Of course, Mr. MoChridhe made it clear to me that this was a personal insight on his part and does not necessarily reflect the intention of the original composer of the prayer.

For Janites, as it was for the Madrians, the Silver Star prayer is the basic prayer of our Rite. The Madrians  put it in the place of the Hail, Mary on their rosary. For Janites, the Silver Star prayer is the equivalent of the Our Father in Christianity and so that is its place on the Janite Mysteries Rosary. https://deanic.com/prayers-and-rites/the-janite-mysteries-rosary/

As we are very Trinitarian in our devotions and in our Wheel of the Year, (the Fifth Season of Moura being the time of the Great or Dark Mother in the Janite Rite), this interpretation of the Silver Star prayer, where the entire Trinity is being addressed in the very first sentence, is perfect for us.

I wish to thank Mr. MoChridhe for sharing this wonderful insight with me and for allowing me to share it with our devotees.

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Another area of recent research has been the Filianic names of the Janati. While there appears to be some controversy as to the origins of these names, ArchMatrona Georgia has researched the Sanskrit definitions of the names of the Janati in Filianism in comparison with the Greek Titan names. Her research may be found here: https://deamatronablog.wordpress.com/janati-titanide-names/. (Scroll down to find the article.)

While the Madrians, for the most part, used only the Titanide names, I feel that it was wise for the Filanists to assign different names for the Janae because it helps to make clear that the Janae are not the actual Titan goddesses.

Until the research of ArchMatrona Ghrian, many of us were not familiar the meanings of the Filianic names for the Janae. However, thanks to her research, we now have this information available and are able to see how entirely appropriate the Filianic names are for each of the Janae.

If the Janite Ekklesia elects to become a Rite of Filianism, a decision that has yet to be made, the Names of the Trinity and Janae would be as follows (see below).

These Names, in part,  include the new-found information on the meanings of the Filianic names for the Janae. In the cases where the Janite and Filianic Names are combined, they would reflect our becoming a Janite Rite of Filianism. As such, the Names become a radiant blend of spiritual meaning.

The Meanings of the Names of the Trinity in the (potential) Janite Rite of Filianism:

The Celestial Mother is Mari Sophia  a name which (according to the oldest translation of Mari) means Mother Sea of Wisdom.

The Holy Daughter is Zoe Anna which means Life Grace or the Grace of Life.

The Great Mother is Mysteria Sige which means Mystery Silence or the Silence of Mystery.

The Janae in the Janite Rite

Raya Theia which means Heavenly Goddess. (Raya has other meanings, as well, including queen and  flow of a river. Any names which mean flowing river or stream are entirely appropriate for the Janae.) Filianic-Madrian.

The proper pronunciation for Raya is Rye-a which differentiates it from Rhea (Ray-a or Rhee-a).

Candre which means of the Moon. Filianic

Vikhe which means Victory.  Filianic

Mati Sage which means Spiritual Thought of Wisdom. Filianic-Janite

Thema which means Queen. Janite

Sushuri Grace which means Kind Grace. Filianic-Janite

Rhea which means Flowing Stream (or River). Madrian

Of course, as always, Janite devotees may use whichever Divine Names resonate with them whether the Madrian, Filianic, Janite or Janite-Filianic which is a reflection of all three spiritual Traditions.

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May Dea Sapientiae, guide us. Blessed is She.

ArchMadria Candre Sophia

Bits and Pieces

Pomedi/9 Flora

Recent Ecumenical Talks

There is so much happening behind the scenes it is so exciting! Through ecumenical talks, we have come to virtually a complete accord within the community. More to come in the near future, but for now, our catechism has been largely restored to its original. The only exceptions being that we added a question about the Janae and a couple of questions (that do not appear in the Filianic edition of the catechism) have been eliminated for the time being, until the talks are complete. We have also restored the Creed, although we have retained one or two elements from the long-form along with our stanza on the Janae.

This accord has largely come about due to a past clarification on both Original Sin and a recent clarification (well, I discovered it only recently) on the Death of the Holy Daughter by the Chapel of Our Mother God, taken together with recent discussions that I have had with two members of our greater community.

This Filianic clarification on the Death of the Daughter, with which we are in complete agreement because these have always been our own teachings, as well, has made all the difference for Janites, as far as our place in the community is concerned. And we are very edified and grateful for this clarification.

And when we speak of the death of the Daughter, we must understand that we are dealing with a highly complex subject. It is not possible for the Daughter to cease to exist (although in a certain symbolic sense the Filianists regard the Hiatus — the day between the years, after the Sacrifice of the Daughter and before Her resurrection at the new year — as a time when She is not); but then it is not possible for any soul to cease to exist. Death is the transition from one state to another, and for the Divinity to enter death is for Her to enter the world of transition — to be bound to samsara, the turning wheel of Werde — descending from the realm of Pure Being to that of becoming.

Thealogically it may be expressed in the form that since the Mother, who is Pure Being, is life itself, separation from Her is death.

Feast of Flowers

Tomorrow is the beautiful festival of Flowers, called Floralia in the Janite Tradition after the ancient Roman festival (which, unfortunately, eventually became a bit debauched. But that was not how it was when it originated.) It is also known, in our religion, as Flori-Maia. The Rite of Sacrifice or the Liturgy is not mandatory. But, for those who wish to offer the RoS, Madria Sophia will be offering some lovely ideas for scriptures and prayers.

Sophian connection to Madrian Daughter God:

We have been told, by sources that will remain un-named, that the Madrian Inanna Is equivalent to the Gnostic Aeon named Sophia. This is in addition to the fact that Sophia is Living Stream.

Sophian Poem as found in an issue of the Madrian Magazine, The Coming Age:

Sophia has come :-

Hear the words

She uttered as I knelt before Her

Heedless of the storm and drowning rain :

“You have seen the curve of a rainbow –

I am come to complete the circle

And bring you joy”…

I have lain under my new colours

And bathed in their radiant fullness

While She smiled above me,

Her hand upraised in haunting peace.

Chaste Her mind, Her heart, Her soul,

For friends She has the creatures of the field…

Her peace guards the autumn winds from harm

And lingers softly in the green spring rain.

One look from Her clear-eyed Truth

And the sullen run like stags

Gladdened by the sunlight on a mountain range…

sent in and printed on page 2 of The Coming Age periodical, issue 3, Summer, 1977 (spelling corrected).   Thanks to the research of Madria Sophia.

This poem, especially the quote, remind me so much of other apparitions of Sophia that have occurred, including to well known Russian mystics. Unlike the majority of Marian apparitions in which Mary gives very long-Catholic Church oriented speeches (which, many suspect were words coming from the Church authorities rather than the actual visionaries), and usually, Her visions are very closely tied with Sophia’s connection to Nature.

The Ground of All Being

The First Mystery in our religion is known in Janite Tradition as ‘Terram’ which means earth or land. The Mystery itself is Our Lady as the Ground of All Being. Some have taught that the Ground of All Being is Absolute Deity, but the Madrian Catechism states that it is the Celestial Mother Who is the Ground of All Being. Under Chapter II, question 11: “Who is our Celestial Mother?

Answer: The Mother is the Creator (Creatrix) of the world and the Ground of All Being.

Janites understand Absolute Deity to be the Source of All Being. We agree with the Madrian teaching that it is the Celestial Mother Who is the Creatrix and Ground of All Being. Therefore, the Sacred Season of Fall and the First Mystery rightly belongs to the Celestial Mother. In Filianism, the Wheel of the Year is divided into two halves, the Daughter half of the year which begins with Nativity and ends the day before Rosa Mundi. And the Mother half of the year which begins on Rosa Mundi and ends the day before Nativity.

Janites divide it up slightly differently. We begin the Daughter half of the year with the first day of Astrea and it ends on the last day of Flora. The Mother half of the year begins on the first day of Rosa and ends on the last day of Samhain. However, the in-between time of Moura, we consider to be the time of the Great Mother, although it is also the time of the Passion of the Holy Daughter.

The crux of the matter being that the Sacred Season of Autumn or Fall is the Time of the Celestial Mother. She is the Apple of Wisdom.

1920’s Madrians? A call for information. 

And, finally, I think it’s time we make public what some of us have been discussing privately. In the beginnings of Madrianism, it was stated that the Madrian religion came out of Traditional Households and that this was begun in the latter 1920’s.

Interestingly enough, a few short years ago, I had discovered a wiki article about various Madrian Households through-out England and along the Rhine area, if I remember correctly. About a year later, I was searching for that article and it disappeared. It was very short. Just a paragraph or two. No details.

It is said that the first Madrians practiced under the guise of Traditional Catholicism and that it began with eleven women, shortly before WWI, who saw a vision of Our Lady. When I first heard this, as a former Traditional Catholic, myself, a TON of stuff about the Madrians finally made sense. But, that is a matter for another time. It is our understanding that the religion, as it has been handed down to us, is not quite the same as that of the earlier, Traditional Madrian households, if they existed. But, it took its inspiration from them.

We, all of us, truly want to learn the truth of the origins of our beautiful religion and so we are putting out a call:  if you or anyone you know has information about the earlier Madrians, the Traditional Households, (if they indeed existed), please get in touch with us. My own email is deanicfaith@gmail.com. I am Candra Sophia. Thank you.

After our feast day, we will resume our series on Holy Sophia and the Clear Recital.

Amadea

And finally, and perhaps, appropriately, Sorella Roselyn has introduced an intimate ending to prayer for private use. Amadea. Loosely translated, it means to love Dea. 

Hail, Zoe, Fountain of Grace, Glory Be to Thee.

Blessed art Thou, O, Divine Queen of Heaven and

Blessed is Thy Beloved Mother.

Holy Dea, Daughter God, bless us, Thy children, now and unto the ages of ages.

Amadea.

(copyright Janite Ekklesia.)

ArchMadria Sophia Candra

Bits and Pieces

18 Maia/Foradi

Day of Agia Rhea, Jana of Steadfastness, Temperance and Self-restraint. (Agia, pronounced eye-ya, is Greek for Saint).

O, Agia Rhea, be with us.

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Dear Devotees,

For those who have placed a crown of silk flowers on an image of the Holy Daughter, Zoe Sophia, the crown may remain in place through the holy month of Flora. It is removed on the evening of 28 Flora as the next day begins the Sacred Season of the Celestial Mother, Mari Sophia.

As an aside, we keep finding more and more exciting connections between the Sophian Mythos and the Deanic Scriptures. As with the Holy Daughter in the scriptures and the Blessed Virgin Mary of Christianity, the Holy Daughter Sophia was also crowned as Queen in the Pleroma/ Heaven.

One thing that I did that was fun on the day of Coronam, was that I wore a crown of green silk flowers over my pink veil. {Pink and Green are the colors of the robes of Agia Grace (Sai Sushuri)}.

We are not Gnostic

It is important to explain that while Janites obtain some of our Sophian Mythos from Gnosticism, we are not Gnostic, per se . Just as there are many basic Gnostic teachings within Deanism/Filianism, neither the Deanic nor the Filianic religious streams are Gnostic.  As Janites,  we choose to draw our teachings about Dea from non-Pagan sources and so we take them from esoteric Judaism, Goddess Christianity and both pre-Christian and Christian Gnosticism.

In the near future, we will outline our basic mythos and show how they correlate with the Deanic scriptures.

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It has come to my attention that there are those who think that Sophia is Sai Mati. This is an understandable misunderstanding as Agia Sage/Sai Mati is often depicted as Holy Sophia. This is one of the reasons why Janites do not use goddess images to represent the Janae as we find it leads to confusion and misunderstanding. It is similar to how the Blessed Virgin Mary is used, in some circles, to represent Agia Thea (Sai Raya), Agia Sage (Sai Mati) and Agia Thema (Sai Thame’) and yet, none of these Janae are the Blessed Virgin Mary nor are they any Pagan goddess.

Coming up will be a further article.

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Another exciting discovery is how Adam and Eve (Eve is the First Daughter who represents all of humanity, Adam is the First Son, who also represents humanity), originally were etheric beings before entering manifest creation. Adam and Eve were beings of Light who spoke the Primordial Language. Upon leaving the Realm of Perfection, they were clothed with skins. While some biblical translations say ‘animal skins’ others simply say they were clothed with garments of skin. This really means that they were given their human bodies. This all flows very nicely with Deanic teachings.

My apologies, I had a list of links here supporting this story about Adam and Eve, but they have disappeared. I am just getting used to my new notebook. I also lost two more topics. So, there will be a Bits and Pieces II coming up.

Bits and Pieces

10 Maia/27 April

Columbadi/Friday

O, Madria Grace, Jana of Compassion, Love and Mercy, be with us.

The Great Moon will occur over 11/12 Maia, this weekend. I believe that Madria Sophia will be sharing with us the scripture and preface readings for the RoS.

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We will be beginning a series of short classes, via email, on Dr. Rose Harmon Arthur’s, “The Wisdom Goddess: Feminine Motifs in Eight Nag Hammadi Documents”, a book that belongs not only in every Gnostic library, but certainly on the bookshelves of anyone who is devoted to Holy Sophia, Our Divine Mother.

This book was a main source for the articles written by scholar Max Dashu.

It is unfortunate that this book is out of print, but copies are still available through Amazon both here in the U.S. and also, I believe, in the U.K.

It is also available through the online catalogs of the National Library of Australia, the World Catalog.org., I believe the online catalog of Stanford University and other sources.

This book is not just a valuable resource for understanding the Mother God of the West, but it is also a clear example of how the “masculinization  of religion” in the West took place. It clearly shows how the early Christians took pre-Christian Gnostic texts and not only Christianized them, but also either y demoted the Divine Sophia in the process or turned Her into a male (Jesus).

The study of this book is required for Janite clergy as well as for those studying for the priestesshood.

Right now, where I still don’t have a computer, these ‘classes’ will basically be in email form for informational purposes and not really a discussion group, per se. Down the road, there will be more required for priestess studies.

Because this book is out of print and because this info is so vital, not just for Sophians, but for all Déanists who wish to see a scholarly example of how the Divine Feminine was demoted in the West, we are offering these informal email classes to all, regardless of Déanic/Filianic Tradition. If any devotee is interested in receiving these classes, please write to me, ArchMadria Candra at deanicfaith@gmail.com and I will put you on the list. Thank you.

Please note that these are not classes on Gnosticism, we are Deanic, not Gnostic, nor is a reading of Gnostic scriptures required.

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So, I’ve been debating whether to mention this or not, because I can’t give out any details whatsoever and in fact, I know very little about them, so feel free to believe or disbelieve. And please keep in mind that here I am not speaking about the Madrians or Traditional Households or anything similar to what we are doing.

It has come to my attention that there is an Order of priestesses of the Goddess, in what is clearly a Déanic style religion, in a remote area whose Tradition goes back thousands of years. Yes, thousands of years.  They have, quite understandably, chosen to remain hidden from the world. But, nice to know that we are not alone. 🙂

Please don’t send me questions, this is all I can share and much I do not know.

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We are going to be resuming the weekly prayer list. If you or a loved one (including pet family members) are in need of prayer, please send your prayer requests to either me at the above email address or to Madria Sophia at maidsophiawelsh@gmail.com. Thank you.

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As we know, the Feast of Coronam is right around the corner. Stay tuned for suggested hymns, customs and scripture readings.

May Our Lady Bless you,

Blessed is She.

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The 13 days of daily meditation during the Sacred Month of Hestia

The Sacred Month of Hestia

Sacred month of Hestia https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/12/26/sacred-month-of-hestia-26th-december-january-22nd/
Hestia, Vesta. Ever-living flame of the hearth https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2017/01/08/hestia-vesta-ever-living-flame-of-the-hearth/
The Goddess Hestia as The Keeper of the Flame https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2017/01/04/the-goddess-hestia-as-the-keeper-of-the-flame/

Spiritual Act

We spend the beginning of the Sacred month of Hestia, 13 days in total, in daily meditation for a few minutes in the spiritual practice of concentrating upon a spiritual month and it’s mystery.

Scripture [1]

Title 1
The Holy Mythos
Chapter 5, Verse 35

35. Then for twelve nights the star returned to the sky; and on the thirteenth night it did not return. And this was a sign of things that were to come.

Daily Reflections

Madria Olga Lotar’s Madrian Calendar

1 Hestia / December 26 – Sacred month of Columbina – Mystery of Aurora
This is the reflection that I find personally meaningful and beneficial:
Resurrection of all Manifestation, Restoration, Good Always Triumphs, Peace.

2 Hestia / December 27 – Sacred month of Maia
This is the reflection that I find personally meaningful and beneficial:
Manifestation lived in Harmony, Order is Soul Path to Re-unification with Déa.

3 Hestia / December 28 – Sacred month of Flora
This is the reflection that I find personally meaningful and beneficial:
Gifts from Déa, Virtuous Spiritual Life.

4 Hestia / December 29 – Sacred month of Rosa – Mystery of Assumpta
This is the reflection that I find personally meaningful and beneficial:
Unconditional Love of Déa, Remembering & Nurturing Spirit in our Rose Heart Temple, Assumption of our souls.

5 Hestia / December 29 – Sacred month of Sunna
This is the reflection that I find personally meaningful and beneficial:
Illumination, Love, Motivation, Spiritual Growth.

6 Hestia / December 30 – Sacred month of Ceres
This is the reflection that I find personally meaningful and beneficial:
Motherly Relationship between Déa and us, taking stock of Spiritual Harvest.

7 Hestia / December 31 – Sacred month of Abalon – Mystery of Terram
This is the reflection that I find personally meaningful and beneficial:
Trinity of Déa, Life, Spirit, Soul, Wisdom.

8 Hestia / January 1 – Sacred month of Ourania
This is the reflection that I find personally meaningful and beneficial:
Cosmic Order, Living Harmoniously, Praying the Rosary, Spiritual Enrichment.

9 Hestia / January 2 – Sacred month of Samhain
This is the reflection that I find personally meaningful and beneficial:
End of Life Lived in Spirit, Death, soul Journeys.

10 Hestia / January 3 – Sacred month of Astrea – Mystery of Adoria
This is the reflection that I find personally meaningful and beneficial:
Prayful awaiting of the coming of the light of Kore Di-Jana amidst deepening darkness.

11 Hestia / January 4 – Sacred month of Hestia
This is the reflection that I find personally meaningful and beneficial:
Kore Di-Jana is immanent: Déa’s Light and Life and Love, human life designed as a way back to Déa.

12 Hestia / January 5 – Sacred month of Brighid
This is the reflection that I find personally meaningful and beneficial:
Déa inspiring, inciting, creating, crafting, nourishing & healing.

13 Hestia / January 6 – Sacred month of Moura – Mystery of Quassare
This is the reflection that I find personally meaningful and beneficial:
Great Mother as the Foundation of Faith, somber, quiet in honour of the suffering that the Holy Daughter endures during Her painful Descent down through the realms. We should contemplate Her Sacrificial Shattering which gave us our souls.

Personally, I appreciate the quiet few minutes spent daily in contemplation in my cosy love filled home.
May Déa bless you. Blessed is She.
Madrina Sophia

Notes
[1] July 2012
The Filianic Scriptures, New Celestial Union Version (Second Edition, Third Update)
Free download:
https://theahaus.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/fulltext-of-ncuv.pdf
(with thanks to Glenn King)