Recipes for Ritual

13 Columbina/April 2


O, Madria Candra, Jana of Reflection, Reason and Purity, be with us.

Dear Devotees,

For both the Rite of Sacrifice, we may offer bread, honey cakes or almond crescent cookies, while for the Great Liturgy, fresh bread is used.

Here is a recipe that may be used for the RoS. I am hoping to add a recipe for honey cakes in the near future.

Almond Crescent Cookies, a recipe shared by ArchMatrona Ghrian


1 cup softened butter

Confectioner’s sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1 3/4 cups flour

3/4 cup finely chopped almonds


Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

Cream butter and gradually beat in 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar. Add the almond and vanilla extracts, the flour, almonds and blend well. Chill for about three hours. Bring to room temp and shape dough into crescent shaped cookies. Place on ungreased  baking sheets and bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Then combine 1 cup confectioner’s sugar with 1 teaspoon vanilla. Roll warm cookies in sugar mixture.







27 Moura/March 18


Madria Theia

Day of Madria Theia, Jana of Illumination, Joy and Benevolence. O, Madria Theia, be with us. Blessed are You.

Nature by Rassouli often named Sophia on the internet.

Tomorrow, within the Greater Deanic community, marks the most somber day of the year. In Janite Tradition, these next two days are called Tenebrae, which means Darkness.

On this day, Janite females are veiled while Janite male devotees wear a hat. Veiling for females make take the form of a wide headband, scarf, kerchief, veil, hat, mantilla. Normally, a silk rose would be included in this list, but not for Tenebrae. The colors should be black, indigo or purple/violet.

There should be no lit candles on the altar and all statues and icons removed.

Janites do not have mandatory fasting laws because everyone’s health and circumstances differ. At the very least, we recommend abstaining from alcohol and sweets. The rest is up to the devotee. However, we caution against being overly scrupulous. Fast with moderation.

On the first day of Tenebrae, 28 Moura/March 19, we preform a lustration. This is a ritual bath or shower before which we offer prayers for the forgiveness of the impurities with which we have sullied our souls, souls that She gave us through such a Great Sacrifice.

This is the time when the Celestial Mother, in Her Daughter Form, descends down through the Seven Realms. Each Realm is a lower vibration and each becomes more dense. This causes excruciating suffering for She Who loves us so much, to the point that in Janite thealogy, which is based upon that of Sophia/Shekina,  Her Most Pure Soul Shattered as a crystal chandelier might shatter should it fall to the floor from the ceiling.

The Mythos of Shekinah/Sophia.

Sources for this Myth of the Divine Shattering of Shekinah/Sophia may be found within certain traditions of Kabbalism, in Gnostic schools of thought and in ancient Syrian Gnostic Christianity.

The motive for the Sophia’s fall was defined according to the Anatolian school to have lain therein, that by Her desire to know what lay beyond the limits of the knowable, She had brought Herself into a state of ignorance and formlessness. Her suffering extends to the whole Pleroma.

In Kabbalistic teaching:For, it is the Shekinah that is ascribed by Kabbalists to be the Middle Pillar of Balance that unites the opposites, just as the soul allows for the opposites of body and spirit to unite, so too does the Shekinah play this role for us. Indeed, the Shekinah is the Soul of Man, what Kabbalists call the Neshamah, for She has given a portion of Herself in order for each human to come into being in this world. In giving of Herself to humans, in this state of physical density and isolation, the World Soul becomes shattered. This shattering can be metaphorically grasped in considering what might happen to a glass alembic or flask when too much pressure is put upon in the alchemical works. Thus, the Shekinah represents the ultimate archetype of selfless sacrifice. All Her sacrifices have been for the benefit of creation so that humankind may experience this life in order to fulfill its destiny and purpose.

The Shekinah plays another very important role in the story of creation, and in particular in the Great Plan of humankind.  It is believed that in man’s fall to a denser, less perfect state of being in the physical, the Shekinah stayed with us as we separated from God or were exiled from the ‘Garden’.  Thus, the Shekinah, once again, was voluntarily removed from God/En Sof in order for us to have our experience.  She has always stayed with us, wherever we were exiled or isolated or shut out, the Shekinah was always there in exile and isolation with us.” [1]

The following is, what I think is the best definition of Sophia as the World Soul as written by an Episcopalian Priest:

“As the living centre or Soul of all creatures […] She includes the manifoldness of living souls; She is all of humanity together in one, or the Soul of the World. She is ideal humanity, containing all individual living creatures or souls and uniting them through Herself […]. Her task is to mediate and unify the manifoldness of living creatures, who constitute the actual content of Her life and the absolute unity of God.

She contains all living creatures, She is the unity that binds them, and Her work in the world is to unify outwardly that which is already one in essence—in Her.” (Episcopal Priest, Father Matthew Wright.) [2]

The scripture verses, from a Filianic point of view, may be found in the Mythos of the Divine Maid: all of chapter V and chapter VI through verse 6.

The hauntingly beautiful Mari-Anna chant, as found on the Chapel of Our Mother God, is most especially appropriate for these two days of Tenebrae, of Darkness. Two days that are both in and out of time. This solemn and gentle chant has always reminded me of the  the Traditional Catholic Stabat Mater, an hymn that was sung in honor of the sufferings of the Blessed Virgin Mary during the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday. Please note that Traditional Catholic refers to the pre-Vat. II Church and those modern Chapels and Societies which follow the Traditional  Catholic religion. We are not referring to the post-Vatican II Church known as the Novus Ordo or New Order.

Janites may chant the names Mari-Kore, Mari-Sophia or Maria-Sophia.

During these days of Tenebrae, of Darkness, we act, in all ways, with moderation, avoiding excessive frivolity and the like. Our minds, hearts and souls should be traveling down through the Realms with Our Precious Kyria.

ArchMadria Candra Sophia



Relevant articles:


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

The Sacred Month of Hestia

Sacred month of Hestia
Hestia, Vesta. Ever-living flame of the hearth
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

[1] July 2012
The Filianic Scriptures, New Celestial Union Version (Second Edition, Third Update)
Free download:
(with thanks to Glenn King)


A very blessed Adoria to everyone.

I wish to thank Madrina Sophia for the brilliant job she is doing as the new administrator of the Deanic Janite blog.

Coming in the near future, a sister Janite blog devoted to those who also believe  in the Divine Masculine.

On this, the day upon which  we celebrate the appearance of our Beloved Star of Hope, Dea Filia, the Holy Daughter,  we wish everyone blessings, peace and joy.

And an holy and Merry Christmas to our Christian friends.

May Our Divine Kyria bless you,

Blessed is She.

ArchMadra Candra














Adoria – Greetings to all

To our friends and devotees,
as Christian friends, we wish you a Merry Christmas.
as Jewish friends, we wish you a Happy Hanukkah.
as Filianic friends, we wish you a Holy Nativity.

as Deanic friends, we wish you a Blessed Adoria – Glory & Praise to our Holy Daughter Kore Di-Jana.

Adoria with star & Janae rays copyright of Madrina Sophia. Only share with this caption.
I have traced the cover artwork from The Coming Age periodical, Issue 5, 1977
This is the white skin coloured version.
I plan to produce brown, black and yellow tones.
It is altered and my copyright but as long as this is not used for profit, I am happy for it to be shared.
   I have chosen old gold for Mother Mari’s holy halo, stars and head veil symbolising Her as supernal Sun. Her blue dress symbolising sky and Heaven. Her indigo shoes symbolising Mysteria the Dark Mother. The Star of Hope a blue silver for our Holy Daughter. See: Her dress is green for regeneration.
  (Their hair colour has no significance being merely a contrast to all the gold).
Janae Rays (3 for the Holy Feminine Trinity)

The positions have no significance.
Starting at approx 9 o’clock going sunwise
3 rays of Violet Indigo for Jana Madria Rhea

approx 11 o’clock
3 rays of Old Gold for Jana Madria Theia

approx 1 o’clock
3 rays of Violet for Jana Madria Candra

approx 2 o’clock
3 rays of Custom Blue for Jana Madria Grace

approx 4 o’clock
3 rays of Fiery Red for Jana Madria Vicka

approx 5 o’clock
3 rays of Custom Green for Jana Madria Thema

approx 7 o’clock
3 rays of Yellow Saffron for Jana Madria Sage

Madrina Sophia

Eve of Adoria

Eve of Adoria*

We prepare our hearts for the coming of Our Lady through unselfish acts, devotion, contemplation, scripture readings and prayer. We cook special foods for the season. We set our homes alight with candles and colorful bulbs (which represent the Eternal Light and the Angelic powers) in the midst of the ever-growing darkness while awaiting the One Who reflects our Mother’s Light to us.

The Silver Tree/Fir Tree is symbolic of the World Tree/Axis and, in our tradition, is decorated with stars, moons and suns. It is topped with the Star Fairy with her chariot and her team of seven white horses with silver hoofs, and her train of sylphs. It is a tradition to leave bread, milk and cheese for the Star Fairy.


There are those in the British Isles who still give due respect to the Fair Folk who are Elementals of Earth, Air, Water and Fire. Near a cultivated garden or field would be left a wild area for the land fairies to live, this is where water soaked bread, cake, biscuit crumbs were scattered for the Fair Folk and the wild birds.

So the Star Fairy with her magic wand in certain households, was honoured at Midwinter. Otherwise known as Nativity tree dolls.

All legends have their beginnings, including Santa Claus. While our legend of the Star Fairy may be of more recent origin, from the above statement, we can see that this has been a long-standing tradition with some families in the British Isles.

ArchMadria Candra Sophia

This is an internet found illustration of a Madrian belief: the Star Fairy always lights the tree candles for the first time.


On the Fellowship Of Isis
Juno Covella Perpetual Calendar of the Fellowship of Isis
By Lawrence Durdin-Robertson

All formatting has been retained from the original.
Goddesses appear in BOLD CAPITAL letters.

THE STAR FAIRY; THE GODDESS OF NATURE. (Doreen Valiente, ABC of Witchcraft, [1973,] p. 323) on the Yuletide tree:

“With its bright, baubles and the star on the top, fir is a miniature version of World Tree of our pagan ancestors, with its roots deep in earth, the sun, moon and stars hung on its spreading branches, and the Pole Star on its topmost point. Sometimes the star is replaced by a fairy doll, who represents the goddess of Nature ruling over the world”.

(The Coming Age, No. 13 [Winter & Moura 1979]) on the Yule tree: “The fir tree, with its ruler the: Star Fairy, stand always in the heart of the home”.


The star fairy is Princess of the air sylphs, who can be a representative of Jana Madria Sage ultimately Déa, Herself.
Spiritually the star fairy, brings Joy of Déa on earth and spiritual gifts. It is usual to offer good intentions to her.


“I also wrote a short note of good deeds and intentions which was held above the hearth fire and the updraft carried it up the the Star Fairy (Déa). Etymology: cheminée (chimney) [1] is closely related to chemin (way or road) [2]. The chimney in the house is like the fontanelle in the head (the opening we have as babies that symbolically opens up to heaven) or the sun-door in the universe which is the way out of the material world to the higher realms”


Christmas Eve painting – Gustave Dore

Therefore the Déanic / Filianic tradition of the Star-Fairy was a continuation with added religious significance, the Divine Spirit entering the World through the Northern Portal.


This can be, in a more secular viewpoint, a bringing of material gifts for the children, like Santa Claus.


The Christmas Tree Fairy

The little Christmas tree was born
And dwelt in open air;
It did not guess how bright a dress
Someday it’s boughs would wear;
Brown cones were all, it thought, a tall
And grown-up Fir would bear.

O little Fir! Your forest home
is far and far away;
And here indoors these boughs of yours
With coloured balls are gay,
With candle-light, and tinsel bright
For this is Christmas Day

A dolly-fairy stands on top, Till children sleep, then she
(A live one now!) from bough to bough
Goes gliding silently.
O magic sight, this joyous night!
O laden, sparkling tree!


Cicily Mary Barker – Christmas Tree Fairy statue

I have purchased a Christmas Tree Fairy statue of Cicely Mary Barker from the USA, as even with postage it is more affordable than the sole one that I found in Britain!

She arrived all the way from Cumberland, Providence County, Rhode Island, United States, last week, in a gigantic box – therefore I did not realise that it was her!

I have also purchased a 925 silver locket, Christmas Tree Fairy by Cicely Mary Barker, with silver 5 pointed star underneath.

Madrina Sophia


* Eve of Adoria may either be on Astrea 23 / Dec. 20 Mother’s Night or on Astrea 27 / Dec. 24 as it is a devotee’s decision whether to celebrate Adoria on 24 Astrea / Dec. 21 or 28 Astrea / Dec. 25.

[1] & [2] Is rather fitting symbolism for Déanics / Filianics but is etymologically unconnected.

[1] Middle English (denoting a fireplace or furnace): from Old French cheminee ‘chimney, fireplace’, from late Latin caminata, perhaps from camera caminata ‘room with a fireplace’, from Latin caminus ‘forge, furnace’, from Greek kaminos ‘oven’. Google

[2] P.S.—A note on chemin : Amateur linguist that I am, and knowing just enough French to make me dangerous, I initially wondered if the French word cheminée derived from the word chemin, meaning “way” or “path.” It would make sense, I thought, seeing that the chimney is the path the smoke takes to exit. It was a promising theory, but obviously not the right one. Chemin doesn’t have an etymological link at all with cheminée. Chemin, as it turns out, comes from an old Gaulish word. © 2012 Samuel Michael Bell, all rights reserved

Etymology From Old French, from Vulgar Latin cammīnus, from Gaulish(Late Latin or Medieval Latin) way

Origin of chimneys

Origins of supernatural creatures and fires, hearths, chimneys

Hearths, for example, were thought to house spirits or gods who were critical to the prosperity of the household, and fire itself was held sacred. It would not be surprising, then, for a myth to develop in which bounty is bestowed by way of the sacred openings associated with these powers.

The primitive belief that supernatural creatures like elves and fairies enter houses through chimneys.

—reprinted with permission from Were They Wise Men or Kings? The Book of Christmas Questions by Joseph Walsh, Ph.D., professor of classics and history

Sun Wheel – The Red Candle of Joy – Mothers Night

Astrea 23 / Dec. 20

Stelladi or Star Day. (Wednesday).

Day of Madria Sage.

Dear Friends and devotees of Dea,

Here, so that we may all be prepared to participate in our custom, is the prayerful act of lighting the (Yellow Candle of Hope, Green Candle of Wisdom, Violet / Purple Candle of Faith, Blue Candle of Peace), Red Candle of Joy. The candle is lit (electric tea light or table lamp switched on) before dinner or early evening, followed by a brief scripture reading and prayers tonight on Stelladi or Wednesday 23rd Astrea / 20th December. This evening is known as Modraniht which is Old English for `Mothers-night`. [1]

Madrina Sophia

With thanks to ArchMadria Candra Sophia for her previous articles.

Sun Wheel – The Red Candle of Joy

LED red rose night light

Tonight is Mother’s Night, a native European Tradition as well as a Christian Tradition (when it was moved to Christmas Eve.) How appropriate that the candle of the Celestial Mother, as the Rose of Joy, be lit on this night, the night of Her Joy, the night of our Joy.

As we wait with the Holy Mother, we might offer Her incense and flowers, milk and honey, a rosary, hymns, special prayers or the Rite of Sacrifice. We also light the last candle on our Sun Wheel. [2]

So, we light the Red Candle of Joy in honour of the Celestial Mother as Déa, Rose of Joy. The Red Candle also signifies the Sacred Season of Summer, the direction of South, the time of Noon, the Symbol of the Rose and Madria Vicka. The Mystery is Assumpta, meaning that the Celestial Mother, is the Assumption of our souls when our incarnations are complete. It is also the Feast of Rose of Heaven, Rosa Caeli. The Celestial Mother, is the Rose of Joy and the Fiery Rose of Heaven.

Dea as the Rose of Joy, the Glad Welcome:
Radiating from the center Heart-Hearth of Home,
The Flowering and Fruitful Rose Garden of Delight. [3]

The Rose is known as the Queen of Flowers and so is a fitting symbol for the Celestial Mother.

The Rosette symbol Scorpions and Rosette Steatite, Stamp seal, North Mesopotamia.

The oldest known use of a rose as the basis for a stylized design come from Sumeria. One is a Sumerian seal showing two scorpions protecting the rosette of the Goddess Inanna, dating to the Early Bronze Age or Uruk period, circa 3300 BC. The rosette was a sacred symbol of this Goddess.

“As a symbol, the rosette is often thought to evoke the goddess Inanna/Ishtar. Given its pervasiveness in Neo-Assyrian iconography, especially in association with figures of the genii and the king, there may be a more universal symbolism behind the motif, such as regeneration, rebirth, or initiation, all of which may after all be thought of to be encompassed by Inanna/Ishtar’s religious symbolism in ancient Mesopotamia.”
– The Mythology of Kingship in Neo-Assyrian Art by Mehmet-Ali Ataç, Cambridge University Press, 2010

Gold rosette from the Royal tombs of Ur
Stone carving of a rose with eight petals Arab, thus Muslim meaning love
17th Century oak an eight petal rose was a symbol of rebirth and regeneration

The petals are often illustrated as heart-shaped, which allows the four to be seen as eight. This symbol, usually termed a rosette, is very ancient indeed and is seen from India, across the Middle East, to Egypt. It is a solar symbol (and the source of the ancient swastika). [4]

The Blue Bird, part of a wall-painting from Knossos, Crete by K. Kyria Koulis

Blue Bird Fresco, Frieze, or Panel from the House of Frescoes at Knossos, Crete of the Minoan civilisation. Dated LM IA = Late Bronze Age Minoan (Crete) 1600-1525: LM IA end, eruption of Santorini. [Fresco photos 5]

The oldest known visual evidence of roses is preserved in a fresco from the palace of Knossos on Crete. This piece of art dates from around 1600 BC. The fresco was partially destroyed during the earthquake of 1500 BC which brought down the palace. Portions of the fresco, though broken, vividly depict animals and flowers – among them are several examples of roses. [8]

The red thorny flower known as the rose [6] derived its name from the sea nymph “Rhodos”, [7] who according to Greek mythology lived on the island of Rhodes. In the Greek language, the word “rose” means red which is coincidentally the official color of the Roman Empire. The rose subsequently appeared on Rhodian coinage and was routinely used in Greco-Roman ceremonies in worship to the goddess Isis. [8]

In Egypt during the Greco-Roman period, wall paintings within Egyptian tombs included roses as a part of their subject matter, objects were decorated with rose motifs, and roses were used in funerary wreaths.

Evidence of two types of roses used in pharaonic Egypt have survived. One is the “Rosa Gallica” (Rosa gallica officinalis ‘The Apothecary’s Rose’) which was widely cultivated in parts of Europe, in Rome and Greece, and still survives today. The other is “Rosa Ricardii” or Richardii , which became extinct in Egypt by Islamic times. It was “Rosa Ricardii” also known as “Rosa Sancta” that was identified as the type of rose included in the funerary wreaths found in tombs of Hawara by Egyptologist William M. Flinders Petrie in the later part of the nineteenth century. These wreaths have been dated to 170 AD. [9]

The Rose Burial of Magician / Priestess of Isis named Myrithis

Archeologist, Albert Guyet (1856-1916), discovered a female, Egyptian magician/priestess named Myrithis, who belonged to the cult of Isis, in her small crypt within a Christian Coptic necropolis of Antinoopolis. A town that was officially founded by the emperor Hadrian on 30 October AD 130 in memory of his favorite Antinous, who is drowned here while apparently saving his master. Abandoned in the 10th Century.

mummy of magician priestess of Isis named Myrithis in Christian Coptic necropolis of Antinoopolis Antinopolis Antinoë archaeologist Albert Guyet
Postcard of Leoukaionia Excavations of Antinoe (Egypt) Guimet Museum Paris France

Myrithis, as illustrated in Guyet’s 1904 publication Fantômes d’Antinoë, p.35.
The other findings in the grave included a tambourine and a mirror, which identified Gayet’s Myrithis as a magician/priestess. These creative attempts at illustrations to revive the findings are characteristic of Gayet interpretations.

Myrithis’ mummy had been on display in a prominent museum in Paris, the Guimet. (“…The paraphernalia of the sorceress Myrithis, including her gorilla skin, mystic lamps, magic papyrus, tambourine and complicated mirror of various faces, all of which, with the yellow clothed mummy, have been transferred to the museum.” page 560 The late Dr. Charles Beke’s discoveries of Sinai in Arabia and of Midian, by Ch. T. Beke). Myrithis worshiped Isis and practiced magic. Among her grave goods were rosebuds, rose petals, wreaths and garlands. Her ceremonial mantle was embroidered throughout with five-petaled roses. Rosa ricardii, that had been introduced into Egypt around the 8th Century B.C., probably from Syria, or more likely, Phoenicia (Rosa phoenicia) – modern day Lebanon. Rosa ricardii rose is a single, five-petaled rose that is very fragrant. [10]

Rosa x richardii is known as the Holy Rose of Abyssinia

This rose plant can be purchased from specialty rose sites on the Internet.

Without going into the complexity of Egyptian religion and magic, at some point the rose overtook the role of the sacred lotus flower in Isis theology because of its association with the planet Venus and the five-pointed star.

Statue of Isis Hadrianic period (117-138 CE) Marble

The images of priestesses of Isis show them dressed with a scarf tied at the center of her breastbone into a knot resembling a rose. Rose oil and rose incense was used by priestesses of Isis during funeral ceremonies in the belief that being exposed to the scent of the burning incense induced a mystical state — the soul of the departed merged into the smoke.

After the introduction to Egypt of Rosa gallica during the Greco-Roman period, by the Greeks and Romans, roses also became part of the Egyptian economy through rose farming, commissioned by the Romans to supply the Roman public. When the Greek dynastic family of the Ptolemies took political control of Egypt in the 4th Century B.C., they also followed the cult of Isis knowing it would give them greater validity among the native Egyptians. In fact, Cleopatra, a Ptolemy, had the sails of her barge seeped in rosewater — less likely because it was Isis’ flower but more because of her obsession with the fragrance. [10]

Attar of roses was one of the oils used in the later periods during mummification. Roses and rose oil were used in ancient Egyptian medicine. Private and temple gardens included roses in their flower beds. In ancient Egypt, it was the emblem of immortality and beauty.

A temple dedicated to Isis located near Mikro Elos in Brexiza on the borders of the Marathon and Nea Makri (has been) under excavation (since 1968). This area is located in Attica in southern Greece. Statues of Osiris and Isis have been recovered from the area, the originals are in the Marathon Museum, copies have been situated on the excavation site for tourists. [9]

Isis holding a rose in each hand from Mikro Elos in Brexiza, Marathon, Attica, S Greece [11]
In Rome, an effigy of the goddess Cybele, known as the Magna Mater, (Great Mother) was celebrated by being carried in procession covered with roses. A Greek legend tells that it was Cybele herself who created the rose. [12]

Goddesses of the Rose

This flower has been intricately connected to our ideas of love and beauty and as such has enjoyed an association with several Goddesses, among them are Inanna, Ishtar, Aphrodite, Venus, Lakshmi, Chloris, Cybele, Flora, Demeter, Astarte, Aurora, and Hecate. [9] Amaterasu of Japan and Iamanja of Brazil. [13]

It is sacred to the Fairy Queen. In ancient India, the Great Mother was the Holy Rose. In China, the flower of the Goddess was the red China rose. [14]

Under Christianity, the foremost personification of the Divine Feminine was, of course, the Virgin Mary, so it was perhaps inevitable that the Rose became her special flower as it had been for the goddesses of old. [12]
The Blessed Virgin Mary in Christianity, became known as Rosa Mystica or Mystical Rose.

Déanic Symbolism

The symbolism of the Rose, which is known as the Lotus of the West, is complex. What is relevant to us is the hidden heart at the center which conceals the Secrets of the Divine Mystery.

The opening petals of the Rose symbolize the unfolding of higher consciousness and the life of the soul, itself. [15]

The sacred season of Summer is dedicated to the Celestial Mother as Centre and Essence, and the Supernal blazing sun of the Generatrix of creation. The solar fire within the world is blazing up to consume the separation of matter and raise us across the abyss of separation to be one within our hearts with the Heart of the Mother. [16]

Immortal Love Heart mandala by OlgaKuczer

Our Faith teaches us that our hearts are temples which are in the shape of a Rose and so, in the Deanic Faith and in the Marian devotions within Catholicism, the Heart of Dea and the heart of Mary have always been symbolized by the rose or being surrounded by roses. [15]


In medieval Europe, the Rose as a symbol of union with the divine may have been influenced by Arabian and Persian teachings from the time when Spain was an Islamic country. The Sufi teacher, Hazrat Inayat Khan writes:

“Just as the rose consists of many petals held together, so the person who attains to the unfoldment of the soul begins to show many different qualities. The qualities emit fragrance in the form of a spiritual personality. The rose has a beautiful structure, and the personality which proves the unfoldment of the soul has also a fine structure, in manner, in dealing with others, in speech, in action. The atmosphere of a spiritual being pervades the air like the perfume of a rose.” [12]


Rosa Mundi flower a sport or mutation of Rosa gallica ‘Officinalis’

Rosa Mundi is a species of rose. (recorded as far back as the fifteenth century). The color is pale pink to white with deep Rose-pink stripes overlaid. (A sport or mutation of Rosa gallica ‘Officinalis’, sharing all of its virtues except colour). Its fragrance has been described as quite intense to moderately strong. [9]

As Lady Olivia Robertson (of the Fellowship of Isis) once stated, “Through the understanding gained of how to live pleasantly with those around us (to become Wholly Love), cosmic awareness begins to dawn. This is a natural awakening of the soul, (just) as a plant grows, flowers and bears fruit. This community of souls
interconnected through love and wisdom has been symbolized by medieval philosophers as ‘Rosa Mundi’, a rambling rose bush that grows throughout all spheres, and flowers in the hearts of all beings and existences.” [15]

We believe that, if the Celestial Mother is Transcendent, then She is the Rose of Heaven, Rosa Coeli, not Rose of the World, Rosa Mundi.

Prayerful Act:

On our Sunwheel, we light the Red Candle of Joy in honour of the Celestial Mother as Déa, Rose of Joy. The Mystery is Assumpta, meaning that the Celestial Mother, Mari, is the Assumption of our souls. It is also the Feast of Rose of Heaven, Rosa Caeli. The Celestial Mother, Mari, is the Rose of Joy and the Fiery Rose of Heaven.

On Stelladi or Wednesday 23rd Astrea / 20th December.

The Red candle also signifies the Sacred Season of Summer, the direction of South, the time of Noon, the Symbol of the Rose and Madria Vicka.

See: Sacred Season of Summer article (to be written in the future).

Red symbolises Fire which is the Element of this season.

( There are different rose colours associated with our Celestial Mother, the red of the summer rose relates to fiery, “the rose of consummation or perfect union with the Mother” Page 27 of The Coming Age periodical, issue 3 ).

Very simply put, we refer to the Fiery Rose Heart of Our Lady. This Unconditional Divine Fire is the Flame of Love.

The Flame has its origin in Love and in the Supernal Fire of the Sun which shines down upon the World. Without this holy fire, the heart grows cold; the soul weakens. The Flame of Love is strong, able to conquer all that is not of Déa within the Temple of the Heart, while illuminating the True Joy within. [14]


This element is considered to be the first element that was born when the universe was created. Fire is attributed with transformational and purifying powers. It can give warmth and enable life, and it can also burn and destroy. In the spiritual plane, Fire stands for Light and in the physical plane, it is the Sun or Flame. The element symbolizes incredible energy, activity, creativity, passion, freedom, power, love, vision, strength, will, assertiveness, courage and dynamism. [17]

In the practicing alchemists point of view, fire is a catalyst to both initiating and completing metaphysical demonstrations. This symbol signifies upward mobility, forward motion, rising flames and aspirations to solar embodiment (in both literal and philosophical senses). To move into the energy of fire is to be utterly consumed, transformed and lifted out of limitation (vis a vis: smoke rising). [18]

In aromatherapy, rose carries the highest healing frequency. ‘Rose’ is also the past tense of ‘rise,’ which means to grow, to go beyond — to metamorphose! It’s a verb, which is really what we are — we’re more process than product. The interface of the spiritual and the material is where we co-create, co-evolve. [19]

A message from Magdalene: by Linzy Arnott

Sister, the time has come for you to remember who you are. The whole universe is inside of you. Everything you need, is already within you. Your heart, Beloved, is the size of the universe, the rose of your heart is birthed from the infinite cosmos of your ancient being. Remember this now! You came to earth at this precious moment in time to REMEMBER your Oneness with Creation, with all life, so you may shine the light of your noble heart to light the path of Remembrance. You, Sister, are more than you ever allowed yourself to imagine. You ARE the universe in motion, you ARE the Creator, you ARE and have always been whole, complete and perfect. Look into my eyes: I am you, you are me. One Heart. You are important, you have a Divine purpose: will you accept your souls calling and BE the medicine the world needs now? Follow the infinite petaled rose of love within your heart, she is your compass. I am with you always Beloved Sister, holding you in the loving embrace of our One Heart. [20]

We trace the Sign of the Fora.

The candle is lit (electric tea light or table lamp switched on) before dinner or early evening, followed by a brief scripture reading and prayers on Stelladi or Wednesday 23rd Astrea / 20th December.

Before dinner or early evening, light (electric tea light or table lamp switched on) the Green Candle of Wisdom and pray: O, Déa, Apple of Wisdom, be with us.

Then, light (electric tea light or table lamp switched on) the Yellow Candle of Hope and pray: O, Déa, Star of Hope, be with us.

Light (electric tea light or table lamp switched on) the Violet Candle of Faith and say: O, Déa, Fora of Faith, be with us.

Light (electric tea light or table lamp switched on) the Red Candle of Joy and say: O, Déa, Rose of Joy, be with us.

Scripture: [21]
The scripture reading for the lighting of the Red Candle of Joy is:

Title 3, Chapter 3, The Mantle

1. You that are weary with the world, you that are lonely, you that have suffered hardship, that have suffered hurt, come, gather about Me and be enfolded in My Mantle.
2. In the inner silence you shall hear Me and in the inner darkness you shall see Me.
3. And the future shall be better than the past.
4. Come, seek protection in My mantle, for I have turned no creature from Me; be sheltered in the folds of My garment.
5. For the ills of the world shall pass away, even as the terrors of the night.
6. And the dawn shall be bright with splendor and sweet with the singing of the blessed souls.
7. And I shall be your comfort in the darkness.

The reading may be followed by any one or a combination of the various devotional methods.
A prayer in your own words, or any of the following:

1. Hail, Mari [22]

2. The Litany of the Celestial Mother [22]

3. Canticle of the Supernal Sun [22]

4. The Inner Temple of Your Heart [23]

A Janite Psalm:

5. Psalm 7: O, Fiery Rose of Heaven [23]

6. Madrina Sophia’s selection from the
Psalter of Our Lady [24]
relating to Déa’s Rose Heart

Firstly the introduction:
December 16, 2013

Psalter of Our Lady

These 150 psalms are taken from the Psalter of the Blessed Virgin Mary written by St. Bonaventure and have been painstakingly adapted by Mr Glenn King and ArchMadria Candra Sophia. They will be incorporated into our Hours (a work in progress), our liturgy and our Feast Day prayers. These psalms are taken from the Living Stream in the West.

For the most part, we have removed archaic language however, Thee and Thou, when referring to Our Lady, denotes honor and the respect that is due to Her.

Our thanks to Mr. King for this valuable service to the Filianic/Deanic community.

PSALM 108: O, Lady, heed my praise

O Lady, heed my praise:
and deign to accept this Psalter dedicated to Thee.
Look upon the will of my heart: and make my affection well-pleasing to Thee.
Hasten to visit Thy servants:
under the protection of Thy Mantle may they be preserved unhurt.
May they receive through Thee the illumination of Madria Sage:
and the charis of Madria Grace.
O Lady, look upon the contrite of heart:
and revive them by the ointment of piety.

ArchMadria Candra Sophia

Notes on the adapted Psalter of the Blessed Virgin Mary written by St. Bonaventure:

Psalms: a collection of religious verses, sung or recited.
Meaning of Charis: Joseph H. Thayer made some significant observations concerning the meaning of charis:
“that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness…good-will, loving-kindness, favor… charis is used pre-eminently of that kindness by which God [Dea] bestows favors even upon the ill-deserving, and grants to sinners the pardon of their offences, and bids them accept of eternal salvation through Christ [Kore Di-Jana].”

Secondly the selection:

7. Psalm 25 – Judge me [24]

Judge me, O Lady, for I have departed from Thy ways:
But because I have hoped in Thee I shall not become weak.
Enkindle my heart with the fire of Thy love:
And with the girdle of righteousness bind my heart.
For Thy mercy and Thy justice are before my eyes:
And I am delighted with the voice of Thy praise.
O Lady, I have loved the beauty of Thy face:
And I have revered Thy holiness.
Oh praise Her name, for She is holy:
let Her wonders be declared forever.

8. Madrina Sophia’s comment about Psalm 27: I will cry and Thou shalt hear me, which expresses my confusion and neglect of the Goodness and Truth of Dea who is in every place, throughout all the manifest realms and internally, in our temple heart. Wherever and whenever, Dea offers a warm welcome.

8. Psalm 27: I will cry and Thou shalt hear me [24]

To Thee, O Mother God, will I cry, and Thou shalt hear me:
in the voice of Thy praise Thou will make me glad.
Have mercy on me in the day of my trouble:
and in the light of Thy truth deliver me.
Blessed be Thou, O Mother God:
to the uttermost ends of the earth.
Thy sanctuary is my abode.
Render my conscience pure and undefiled
and make of my heart a place of propitiation
and a temple for the holy in-dwelling of Thy love.

Propitiation: is an action meant to regain someone’s favor or make up for something you did wrong.

9. Psalm 40 – Our Mother loves [24]

Our Mother loves the oppressed and the poor:
May we remain faithful in Her praise.
O Mother of the Janae, High Queen of Heaven:
purify my heart with the fire of Thy love.
You are the Mother of the illumination of my heart:
You are the Nurse who refreshes my mind.
My mouth longs to praise Thee: my mind aspires to adore Thee.
My soul longs to pray to Thee
Because the whole of my being belongs to Thee, O my High Queen.

10. Madrina Sophia’s comment about Psalm 41: As the deer longs for the sparkling brook, poetically expresses the longing for Dea that I have felt all this human life. Which also reminds me of the Scripture, Title 3, Chapter 8,
The Way of Simplicity, verses 1 – 4 [21]

10. Psalm 41: As the deer longs for the sparkling brook [24]

As the deer longs for the sparkling brook,
so doth my soul pine for Thy love.
For Thou art the Mother of my life:
and the sublime sustainer of my existence.
Thy Daughter is the Savioress of my soul;
the beginning and the end of my salvation.
Hear me, O Déa, let my stains be cleansed:
enlighten me, O Déa, that my darkness may be illuminated.
Let my tepidity be enkindled by the Heart-Flame of Thy love:
let my torpor be expelled by Thy grace.

11. Psalm 44: My heart hath uttered a good word [24]

My heart hath uttered a good word, my Lady:
it is sweetened with honey-flowing dew.
By Thy sanctity let my sins be purged:
by Thy integrity may incorruption be bestowed upon me.
By Thy magnanimity may my soul be loved
and joined to You through the bond of love.
By Thy Daughter, the chasm has been bridged:
by the bringing forth of Thy Beloved,
I am delivered from eternal death.
By Thy graciousness, I am restored:
and from the exile of misery
I am led back to the homeland of beatitude.

12. Psalm 59: O, Holy Déa, kear envelops us [24]

O Holy Dea, kear envelops us as we have turned away from Thee.
Yet, Thou has had mercy on us by Thy Daughter.
Have mercy on us, O, saving Mother God:
who has brought forth salvation for all of creation.
For Thou infuses joy into the sad:
and joy and sweetness into the mourners.
Rejoice us by the sweet sounds of Thy Word:
and pour Thy balm of roses forth into our hearts.
Thunder, the heavens, from above, and give praise to Her:
glorify Her, the Earth, with all the dwellers therein.

Kear: A crack or flaw, the chasm or abyss that lies between Déa and each soul which opened when we chose to experience material manifestation.

13. Psalm 98: Our Lady Reigns [24]

Our Mother God Reigns, let the people rejoice:
She sits on the High Throne of Heaven.
Great in Ekklesia is Thy glory, O Lady:
and in Cosmos, shines forth Thy magnificence.
Sing before Her, the harmonious choirs:
and adore Her throne, for it is holy.
In Her Flames, the Fire of Love
and round about her are those who worship Her.
Her Seven Laws are before our eyes:
and the rule of compassion is in Her heart.

Ekklesia: Church, assembly of a people, spiritual community, for Janites, the people of Dea.


14. My Lady’s Voice [25]

O, Where shall I hear my Lady’s voice?
Where shall I feel my Lady’s touch?
Where smell the fragrant Holy Rose and
be warmed by the Holy Fire?
O, where shall I see Her, where can I find Her,
O, where can my Lady be?

Be calm, gentle soul, for you never are lost,
For you dwell all the while with Her.
Tis your mind that has strayed and the thoughts
Of your mind that obscure Her now from you.
Then, cleanse your mind of the darkness thoughts,
And be turned again, to Her

And go inside you, seek within you, for tis there
That your Lady abides.
For though She is beyond you, She is also within you,
And your being is wholly in Her.
And within shall you feel Her and see Her and hear Her,
And within know Her nectar and fragrance divine.

And within is the warmth of She Who is Love and the
Warmth of Her Love is the Warmth that surrounds
You, for the whole of your being is in Love.

This is from “Source”, one of the Founders of our Scriptures and Faith.


15. O, Déa, Rose of Joy

O, Déa, Rose of Joy, we thank You, we bless You and we adore You. For through Your compassionate love, we are infused with Your luminous Graces and are sheltered beneath Your Great Mantle of Protection. O, Déa, Rose of Joy, be with us.
(Taken from the Great Liturgy of Dea.)

A Dance (to instrumental music):

Devotion to The Goddess Heart – Glastonbury Tor
A Spontaneous and Intuitive dance, that was connected through the energies present on the Glastonbury Tor.
Goddess Essence – Lyonne Sundari


(Adapted Gaelic Blessing).

Mother God above you,
Sunshine on your way,
Many friends to love you,
Joy in work and play-
Laughter to outweigh each care,
In your heart a song-
And gladness waiting everywhere
All your whole life long!

A Rosary:
Fifth Mystery Quassare on a five septad/seven bead rosary. [22]


Rose of Unconditional Love Meditation [22]

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 standing in the centre of a golden stone walled garden, it is filled with different coloured rose bushes. The air around you is still and warm, and you can smell the glorious scent of the roses rising up in the warm air. It is cheering.

Behind you is a small, red bench. You sit down there. It’s amazing how clear and crisp every colour is, how every leaf and every flower seems almost electrified with life. All your senses seem stronger here.

As you are relaxing there, concentrate upon your slow and deep breathing, feel it creating space in your heart.
Feel the glow of your favourite colour of a rose flower* filling your heart with warmth and light. With each inhale create a rose petal and with each exhale smile. Take your time creating a perfect rose flower… (pause).

Inhale unconditional love, happiness, compassion, oneness of the Divine…. Exhale, unconditional love, happiness, compassion, oneness of the Divine… Emanate and project your smiling heart to the planet and into the cosmos. Breathe… (pause).

It’s as though Celestial Mother in the Divine form of a rose, and even the very air here knows who you are, and is emanating unconditional love for you. Joy fills your body and mind. Let it in. See flames forming along the edge of each rose petal. She knows your cares and concerns. She is always listening to you… to your heart.
You can feel unification with Déa as She burns away all error, isolation.

When you are ready, place your palms to your heart, palm on top of palm, to signal that you are ready to release your vision of Celestial Mother as fiery rose and slowly return to the present. Slowly open your eyes, stretch
and go on with the rest of your day… joyful, and refreshed by Her Holy Grace.

* For help in understanding the appropriate colour, please consult the following sources. The golden rose is a symbol of absolute perfection, eternity.             Hail, Rosa Coeli: Rose of Heaven of the Noon-tide, Light & Essence of Creation, be with us“. (white) [23]
O Fiery Rose: Radiating Love of Heaven, Burning Essence of Perfection, be with us“. (red) [26]
“the rose of consummation or perfect union with the Mother”
Page 27 of The Coming Age periodical, issue 3 [3] [3] [3] [3] [3]

Finish with:

The Eternal Trinity Prayer:

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 Déa.


O, Déa, Rose of Joy, be with us.


The Traditional Janite ending:

Let us bless the High Queen of Heaven*.
Blessed is She.
Let us thank the Seven Janae of Power.
Thanks be to the Seven Janae.

*Celestial Mother
A way of expressing the Divine Royal emanations / lineage.

Trace the Sign of the Fora:

In the Name of the Mother, and of the Daughter, and of the Great Mother. Blessed are They.


(Extinguish the 5 candles after the prayers or your meal).



[1] For further details
[3] ArchMatrona (Serene Mother) Ghrian of the Lucienne Deanic Tradition.
[5] Photo from
Caption information
Linda Iles, ArchDrs., Prs.H., GDC, SA (Fellowship of Isis)
[11] Photo from
[15] FIFTH section of
See also:
[20] A message from Magdalene by Linzy Arnott
[21] July 2012
The Filianic Scriptures, New Celestial Union Version (Second Edition, Third Update)
Free download:
(with thanks to Glenn King)
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