Blessed Adoria!

Feast of Adoria

 Sulamith Wulfing illustration

Sulamith Wulfing copyright: © by Petra Michel, CA & Aquamarin Verlag, Germany  (1) 

Dear Devotees,

We wish all of you a very Blessed Feast of Adoria!

Last night, we observed Mother’s Night by lighting the final candle on our Sunwheel, the red Candle of Joy, in honor of Our Celestial Mother, Mari Sophia, Who is the Rose of Joy.  We awaited with Our Divine Mother, the birth/Emanation of Her Holy Daughter, Janah Sophia, Who is the Midnight Star of Wonder.

Today, on Daughter’s Day, known as Adoria to the Janites, we celebrate the Holy Daughter through the full lighting of the Sunwheel. We offer praise, glory and gratitude and we may  worship Her through the Rite of Veneration. (The Solitary Rite may be found here.)

Our clergy shall be offering the Great Liturgy for all of our devotees, our Ekklesia and Clan Jana.

 Sulamith Wulfing illustration

Sulamith Wulfing copyright: © by Petra Michel, CA & Aquamarin Verlag, Germany 

31. When the archangel ceased to speak, a new voice filled the air, more beautiful and
more formidable than hers. The voice said:
“Her name shall be called Kore, *
for She shall be the Lady of heaven.”
32. Then the star vanished from the sky and yet its light remained; then the shape of the light
became a vision: 33. it was a vision of the Mistress of All Things, bearing in Her arms the holy
child. 34. For all the wondrous things the children of earth had seen that night, not the whole
of them was one thousandth part as wondrous as this vision.
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.

*Here, Kore means Daughter. Taken from the Mythos of the Divine Maid/Holy Daughter.

Sulamith Wulfing copyright: © by Petra Michel, CA & Aquamarin Verlag, Germany 

Praise be to Dea Madria, Our Divine Mother!

Praise be to Dea Filia, the Holy Daughter!

Praise and Blessings and Glory Be!

Blessed is She.

  1. https://artpassions.net/wulfing/wulfing.html

The Blue Candle of Grace

17 Astrea/Dec. 14

Foradi/Sat. Day of Lady Rhea.

Aurora (morning) prayer: O, Sai Rhea, Shield of Steadfastness, Temperance and Self-Restraint, be with us.

Eventide prayer: Hail, Lady Rhea, I thank you for this day and for all your blessings, benefits Gifts and Virtues. Blessed are You. (All prayers are suggestions, only.)

Announcements:

There will be an upcoming article on Sai Mati Sage during her Sacred Season of Winter. In the meantime, the RoV  may be offered in honor of her recent feast day. The Solitary Rite of Veneration may be found here. Flowers, oils and incense suggestions may be found on her Correspondence Page. At the bottom of the  Correspondence Page may be found suggested mantra/morning and evening prayers and an explanation of her patronage.

Startide:

For those who plan the Startide Ritual in honor of the Seven Janati on 28 Astrea/Dec. 25, remember to buy your Seven color chakra candles!

(Any small votive or tea candles in the liturgical colors will suffice.)

Mother’s Night/Daughter’s Day: 

In the Janite Deanic Calendar, 23 Astrea/Dec. 20 is Mother’s Night. We will light the fifth and final candle on our SunWheel, the Red Candle of Joy in honor of Our Celestial Mother.

On 24 Astrea/Dec. 21, on Yule, we celebrate Adoria, which means Glory. This is also known as Daughter’s Day.  In Traditional Northern European cultures, Mother’s Night and Daughter’s Day were celebrated in honor of the sun goddess, Sol and her daughter, Sunna (although others state that Sunna was the mother and her daughter was Sol.) Mother’s Night was adapted by Christians for the Blessed Virgin Mary on Christmas Eve.

Traditionally, Mother’s Night/Yule Eve began after the first three stars appeared in the sky.

As  Janite Deanists, we celebrate Mother’s Night and Daughter’s Day in honor of Mother and Daughter Sophia Whose Janite Deanic Names are Mari and Janah (Yah-nah), respectively. (In other Traditions, the Deanic Name of the Holy Daughter is Anna.) The Feast of Adoria is the Janite equivalent of the Deanic Feast of Nativity.

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The Blue Candle of Grace.

Tomorrow, after before the Eventide meal, we will light the blue candle in honor of the Holy Daughter as the Pure Dove of Grace.

The dove has long been understood to represent the Divine Feminine going back thousands of years. The Divine Feminine Dove symbol has long-predated the biblical use of the dove to represent the Holy Spirit.

When the Dove Form of the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus during his baptism, the Dove would have readily been recognized, by those of the time of Jesus, to be Feminine. This Tradition of recognizing the Holy Spirit as Feminine continued in early Syriac Christianity.

Over the years, we have discovered that the Mythos of Holy Sophia (minus Her purposeful demotions,) most closely mirrors the Deanic Mythos of the Divine Daughter.

Daughter Sophia, Whose Janite name is Janah (Yah-nah), (in Filianism, Anna), separates or emanates from Her Celestial Mother. Where Dea is of the Godhood and shares the Eternal Nature of God, this is considered to be an ‘Eternal Act’, one taken outside of time. Outside of time, the past, present and future exist all at once.

At the moment of Separation/Emanation, She Eternally becomes a Person in Her Own Right and yet, She remains One with Her Mother in Essence. Another way to think of this separation is the Mother is the ‘Higher Self’ of the Daughter.

Holy Sophia is then said to have ‘taken on Form’, that of Soul. In this way, She is the Holy Daughter incarnate.

Lucky Star True North

During Adoria, we celebrate the Emanation of the Holy Daughter from Her Divine Mother, symbolized by the Midnight Star of Wonder.

As we approach the Feast of Adoria, we light the blue candle, which celebrates the Holy Daughter as the Pure Dove of Grace. She, Who is Our High Priestess and the Fountain of All Grace.

Tomorrow, before the Eventide meal, for our Sunwheels, we first light the green Candle of Faith, followed by the  yellow Candle of Hope. We then light the violet Candle of Faith and finally, the Blue Candle of Grace.

Scriptures:

The following scripture verses are amongst the most beloved of Deanists. (Please note that verse numbers may not be the same):

Chapter 5 

20. The archangel at the cave’s mouth called forth the children of the earth that they
might present their gifts. And the three great princesses of the earth came forward: 21. First the
greatest of them, who ruled more land than either of the others and also possessed more
treasure. 22. Her crown was of pure gold; and as she took it from her head, the light of the star
fell upon it, and it shone with a glister lovelier than any earthly jewel. 23. And she laid it at the
feet of the archangel. 24. The archangel said: “It is good that you bring your crown, for you
are a great princess, but the holy child shall be princess of all the world.”
25. The second princess held neither so much land nor treasure, but she was a maid of
deep wisdom and profound meditation. Her crown was of pure silver; and as she took it from
her head, the light of the star fell upon it, and it shone with a radiance yet lovelier than that of
the golden crown. 26. And she laid it at the feet of the archangel. 27. The archangel said: “It is
good that you bring your crown, for you have great wisdom, but the holy child is the daughter
of wisdom herself.”
28. The last princess possessed only but few of the worldly things, but she was a
priestess of Thea, and she praised Her in the morning and at evening and at all the seven hours
of the day. Her crown was made from glittering crystal; and as she took it from her head the
light of the star fell upon it, and she was bathed in rays of a thousand different colours, and the
children of the earth drew in their breath at the sight of its beauty. 29 And she laid it at the feet
of the archangel. 30. The archangel said: “It is good that you bring your crown, for you are a
true and loving priestess and a servant of your people, but the holy child shall be priestess of all
the world, and shall serve Her children even to the last and greatest service.”
31. When the archangel ceased to speak, a new voice filled the air, more beautiful and
more formidable than hers. The voice said:
“Her name shall be called Kore,
for She shall be the Lady of heaven.”
32. Then the star vanished from the sky and yet its light remained; then the shape of the light
became a vision: 33. it was a vision of the Mistress of All Things, bearing in Her arms the holy
child. 34. For all the wondrous things the children of earth had seen that night, not the whole
of them was one thousandth part as wondrous as this vision.
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. The Mythos of the Holy Daughter. The New Celestial Union Edition

Prayer:

Daughter of Light (Madrian)

Daughter of Light,
that reigns as Queen of Heaven,
all praise and honour we joyfully give to Thee.
Give me/us to learn that Thou art by my/our side
in every act that we make.
Teach me/us obedience and humility
and joy of heart that comes of self-forgetting.
Help us to be clear mirrors of Thy Love;
reflecting all the beauty of the world;
for beauty is the echo of Eternity.
Fix our hearts on the Eternal
and let us not be turned from Thee
by transient things.
Rescue us from the hands of darkness
that we may serve Thee with all our being here
and in Thy bright Eternity.
Blessed are You.

Suggested Ritual:

Mediation on the Holy Daughter as the Pure Dove of Grace. Suggested mantra for meditation:

Ave, Sophia, Columbina Gratia, Gloria Plena.

Hail, Sophia, Dove of Grace, Full of Glory.

Suggested Closing Prayer:

Hail, Janah, Fountain of Grace, Glory be to Thee. Blessed are Thou, O, Queen of Heaven, and Blessed art Thou, O, Star of Hope. Ameena.

Let us Bless the Queen of Heaven, 

Blessed is She.

Let us thank the Seven Janati of Dea,

Thanks be to the Seven Janati.

Extinguish the candles.

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

May the Love of the Holy Daughter, nourish your soul. Blessed is She. Ameena.

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

 

 

 

 

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. (2)

Let us Bless the Queen of Heaven, 

Blessed is She.

Let us thank the Seven Janati of Dea,

Thanks be to the Seven Janati.

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.
  2. (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.”)

The Full Spirit Moon and the Star Guardians/Seven Janati Customs for Astrea

14 Samhain/Nov. 13

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

Yesterday was the night of the Full Spirit Moon. The full moon energies will continue tonight and tomorrow night so the RoV may be celebrated, if desired. The Rite may be found here.

ArchMatrona Ghrian, of the Lady of Light Chantry, has been developing some lovely customs in honor of the Seven Janati or the Star Guardians as they are known in the Lucienne Tradition.

Rather than having individual feast days for the Janati/Guardians, she will be celebrating them on one great feast day, 28 Astrea/Dec. 25, which is also the feast of the Star Fairy in Deanic Tradition. (The original customs of the Star Fairy are to be found in British tradition.)

These new Janati/Guardian customs have been designed to compliment rather than replace the practice of the Sunwheel, which ArchMatrona Ghrian also created. For example, for the Feast day, she proposes: “Custom 1: Display Seven Angel Figurines, Robed in the Seven Light Spectrum Colors (or Seven Colored Stars, made from Paper or Cloth), in a “Seven-Pointed-Star” configuration, a circle, or a half circle, around a Divine Lady Figurine, Robed in White &/or 2) Display a Crystal Prism in a window, which catches the rays of the Sun, and forms a Rainbow of Light on a White Surface.” (1)

She recommends the following illustration for placement of the figurines, although, as she has stated, ” the Lucienne planetary colors are almost the same as the illustration, with the exception of Jupiter being Blue [vs Violet], and the Moon being Violet [vs Blue]”.

  (2)

Serene Mother Ghrian also recommends these delightful angel ornaments:

mini angel ornamentsbeautiful stained glass angel ideasand these are my favorites, hopefully more will be produced.

And for children, ArchMatrona Ghrian has found this delightful little ebook:

Seven little fairies– Seven good deeds ebook by Mary Costantini

book.

We thank Serene Mother Ghrian for all these wonderful ideas and for continuing to create Deanic Traditions that will surely last for generations.

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Blessings of Dea,

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

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  1. Guiding Star 28 (December 25) Feast of STAR-GUARDIANS:Solar and Lunar Feast Days
  2. Natural Magick Shop: Planetary Magick

Apple Moon

10 Abalon/Sept. 14
Foradi/Sat.

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

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Today is the Full Apple Moon (around 9:30 this morning USA time). For those who desire, the Rite of Veneration may be offered to Our Divine Mother God. RoV. It may be offered for up to three nights following the Full Moon.

It’s also a great time to charge sacred objects under the light of the Full Moon. I often will place my rosary beads, runes, tarot cards (which must be protected from morning dew), my blessing wand, etc., on our dock (on the lake) over-night where it will receive moonlight all night long.

ArchMatrona Ghrian, of the Lady of Light Chantry, has published links for various vegan apple recipes including apple cakes and caramel apple cheese cakes (I’m not Vegan, but I might have to try that one!) Lady of Light Chantry

In the previous article, she has also published the list of the Feast Days and other info for the Lucienne month of Harvest Apple.

Blessed be Dea.

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

 

Why the Rosary

Rosadi/21 Flora

 

O, Sai Vikhe, (which means Victory), may Your Shield of Protection cover us and our loved ones. Blessed are You.

Janites have a tradition of praying three times a day, during Aurora (Morning Prayer), Noon-tide and Evensong (Evening prayer).  During these times, devotees either pray in their own words, take inspiration from one of our three daily rituals, read scripture, meditate, say a brief, Hail, Dea or pray the rosary.

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Rosary: from the Latin Rosarium, meaning ‘rose garden’ or ‘garland of roses’. It is a set of prayer beads which combines vocal or silent prayer and meditation. 

The rosary is a garland of roses which we offer to Our Lady and which may be prayed anywhere and at any time. During the Sacred Season of Winter, for example, when I have to leave for work well before sunrise, I will usually pray the Janae rosary of the day while I am driving. I prefer to pray my Mysteries Rosary during Evensong, before an image of Our Lady at my home altar where I will light candles and incense.

A Shiva sadhvi gives blessings in Haridwar, India.  (1)

The history of the rosary goes back many thousands of years, the oldest being the Hindu mala rosary. The Hindu rosary is used as an aid to meditation, to keep the mind from wandering in order to make it concentrate, without distractions, on the meaning of the prayer being recited. Recitation is usually murmured, or silent. (1) This basic statement may be applied to all forms of the rosary including the Catholic and Deanic rosaries. Various forms of a rosary style form of prayer are also found in the Orthodox, Episcopalian, Buddhist, Lutheran and Islamic Traditions.

In the Traditional Catholic Church, the rosary is said to be the devotion par excellence and that after the liturgy, it is considered to be the most powerful form of prayer. Indeed, an apparition where the Blessed Virgin Mary has not either asked the faithful to recite the daily rosary or when she has not been holding or wearing the rosary is quite rare. For many, many centuries, the rosary has been the major form of devotion to the Blessed Mother. It is a chain of roses which connects us to Our Lady.

One of the reasons why the rosary is so powerful is because, while we are chanting the prayers, we are meditating upon the central Cosmic Drama of our salvation. This is why the rosary is divided up into ‘Mysteries”.

Where the Madrian rosary was modeled after the Catholic rosary, let’s take a brief look at it. Some of the Mysteries in our rosary are actually the same as the Catholic, (highlighted in blue) but have different meanings. The Traditional Catholic rosary is divided into fifteen decades which are divided up into three sets of Mysteries, the Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious. (A decade consists of ten small beads). Each decade represents a Mystery in the life of Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary.

These Mysteries are:

Joyful: (Usually said on Mondays and Thursdays),  the Joyful Mysteries follow the events leading up to, including and immediately after the birth of Jesus: The Annunciation, Visitation, Nativity and Presentation.

Sorrowful: (Usually said on Tuesdays and Fridays), The Sorrowful Mysteries concern the Passion of Jesus:

The Agony in the Garden, The Scourging, The Crowning with Thorns, The Carrying of the Cross and the Crucifixion. (In the Madrian rosary it is the Passion of the Daughter.)

Glorious: (Usually said on Wednesdays and Saturdays, (which was always the day of Our Lady in the Catholic Church. These Mysteries concentrated on the events during and after the Resurrection of Jesus and includes the Assumption and Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.)

The Resurrection, The Ascension, the Descent of the Holy Spirit, The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin and The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin.

The Mysteries to be recited on Sunday were dependent upon the liturgical season.

The Madrian and Catholic are five decades. The Janite models its main rosary (the Janite Rosary) on the Anglican, where there are seven beads in honor of the Seven Janati so our ‘decades’ are called septads and there are five of them (the Anglican has four septads.)

There are three main ways to pray the rosary… simply concentrating on the words of the prayers; concentrating on an image and Presence of Our Lady and meditating on the Mysteries.

There are also three main forms of praying the rosary and that is reciting the prayers out loud; reciting the prayers silently though moving the lips, eyes may be opened or closed in inner concentration.

The Five Mysteries in Janite Tradition:

  1. Terra: The Ground of All Being. (Celestial Mother. See question 11 of the Catechism.)

2) Adoria: The Nativity/Emanation of the Holy Daughter. 

3) Dolora: The Passion of the Daughter.

4) Rosa Mundi: The Holy Daughter becomes the World Soul.

5) Rosa Caeli: The Assumption of the Daughter (and Our Lady as our Assumption).

So, when we are praying each of the decades or, in the case of Janites, the septads, we are meditating upon the Cosmic Drama while chanting the sacred prayers.  The correspondences to each Mystery aid in contemplation. This is why they are listed after each Mystery.

Let us take one of our Mysteries as an example from a Janite perspective.

 (An example of a Celtic Knot Fora.)

We begin our prayers by tracing the Fora.  We stopped using the Pentacle a few years back because, as we are not neo-Pagan and the Fora is the main symbol of our Tradition, we felt that tracing the Fora was a more appropriate choice for Janites.

The First Mystery is a meditation upon the Celestial Mother as the Ground of All Being. The Madrian catechism states that it is Dea Madria, the Celestial Mother, Who is both the Ground of All Being and the Creatrix.

The accompanying scripture is: Let her not trust the ground her feet are set upon and doubt the Ground upon which that ground stands.

In addition to the scriptural references on the Chapel page, there are others which we may find relevant to the Mystery, as well. For example, the Sermon of the Apple Seed would also be a source of scripture for the First Mystery as the Symbol of the First Mystery is the Apple. In the Janite Rite, the Celestial Mother is known as the Apple of Wisdom.

Correspondences for the First Mystery: Jana: Sai Thema. Element: Earth. Symbol: Apple. Elemental Color: Green. Liturgical colors: Blue and Purple. Direction: West. Time of Day: Twilight. Season: Autumn/Fall. And for us, the Celestial Mother is the Apple of Wisdom (a symbol of Her as Ground of All Being) and She is the Great Dove of the Waters (as Creatrix). 

These basic correspondences and the scriptural verses help to foster a deep meditation of the Mystery. As we chant the prayers, we think of the Celestial Mother as the sure Ground of All Being.

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Or, again, we might meditate on the deep symbolism of the Apple as found in The Sermon of the Apple Seed in the Deanic Scriptures. We may ponder Our Lady as being Wisdom, Herself. We might think of how She is our Mother and what that means to us. We might imagine Her creating the Cosmos in Her sheer delight, scattering the stars across the sky or how She is Our True Mother and how much She loves us. If we pray the rosary with love, attention and reverence, we are transported into the Cosmic Drama, itself with all its many connecting streams. And this is why Janites consider each Season to be sacred…. because each Season encompasses a Mystery of the Divine Cosmic Drama of Dea.

This is why the rosary is so powerful, because through it, we enter the very Life and Mysteries of the Trinity. We walk along the Cosmic road with Our Lady Oftentimes, we receive enlightening insights.

Let us look at one more Mystery, the Second Mystery which is Adoria/the Nativity.

For She had conceived a Daughter that was not separate from Her, but one with Her, and the Child of Her Light. (See Chapel rosary page for further verses.)

The Correspondences in the Janite Tradition:

Jana: Sai Mati Sage/ Element: Air. Symbol: the North Star. Elemental Color: yellow. Liturgical color: yellow. Direction: North. Time of Day: Midnight. Season: Winter.

The Holy Daughter is the Star of Hope, the Midnight Star of Wonder and the Guiding North Star.

It is so easy to imagine that first visible Gentle Light of Our Kyria, Our Lady, as She emanates from the Bright Light of the Celestial Mother. I love to think of Her image as the Three Stars. As She begins Her Journey towards Fate, She becomes Our Star of Hope. We first see Her appear at Midnight, so She is the Midnight Star Who fills us with wonder and awe. And, She is ever, ever, for every moment, every second of our lives, Our True Guiding Star.

This is one of the reasons why the Janite Rite uses the North Star rather than the Pentacle as the Star Symbol for this Mystery. As the North Star guides sailors to safe the port of harbor, Our Guiding Star guides our souls to the safe portal of Our Divine Mother.

I also love to meditate on the story of the Three Princesses. As a priestess, this story is very meaningful to me.

There are several versions of a Divine Feminine Our Father prayer within Goddess Christianity. On a personal level, I’ve never been comfortable with them. When I first prayed the Silver Star of the Waters prayer, I fell in love with it. This is the primary prayer of the Janites and it quite naturally fell into the place of the Our Father bead on the Janite rosary.

The rosary is a powerful, enlightening and protective form of prayer. It keeps us close to Our Lady and it truly enfolds us beneath Her Mantle.

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It is the never-ending Chant of the Children of the Earth that is prayed, in one form or another, all around the world.

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sacramentals

Foradi/18 Flora

O, Sai Rhea/, Shield of Steadfastness, Temperance and Self-Restraint, be with us.

This is an update to last year’s post on sacramentals.

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Sacramentals are ritual objects that have been blessed such as holy water, rosaries, holy medals (pendants), scapulars, prayer books, etc. Other holy objects are icons, holy paintings, religious statues, etc. A sacramental also includes the powerful ritual tracing of the Fora. All of these things should be blessed for proper efficacy.

A blessed object, such as a pendant of Our Lady,  becomes a focused channel of Dea’s Power, Grace and protection. A blessed icon or painting becomes a open portal to Heaven.

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This idea, of icons or paintings become open portals or (as found in the teachings of Orthodox Christianity) windows to Heaven can actually be explained on a conscious, quantum level, the same explanation as to how the bread and white wine are transmuted during a liturgy that is presided over by a validly ordained priestess), but this subject is beyond the scope of this brief article.

Icons and religious paintings are not the same thing. Icons are painted by properly trained iconographers. These iconographers are trained to paint in a certain style while using certain materials while fasting and praying. (1 and 2).

Holy cards, which also may be blessed, might also be considered a sacramental. They may be carried in a purse or pocket and they make wonderful book marks for prayer, scripture and holy books.  I hope, someday in the future, that we have our own holy cards with Janite prayers on the back.

Here is an example of an Icon:

The Everflowing Cup

https://notofthisworldiconsandbooks.com/

I also hope that in the future, there will be those artists who would take the time to study proper iconography and be able to produce beautiful icons like these for Dea and the Janae.

And let’s not forget the little things that go along with our sacramentals like a lovely rosary pouch: 

Rosary pouches are available in any Catholic religious store or simply put in a search and look at the images.

And incense burners both hanging and standing. (The hanging ones are great for

icon corners or wall shrines): 

These styles are available from any online Orthodox Christian catalog.

This one is available on ebay: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Orthodox-Incense-Burner-13cm-In-6-Variations-Weihrauchfass-Weihrauch-Incenso-/132019265688

May Our Lady bless you,

Blessed is She.

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

  1.  https://russianicon.com/whats-difference-holy-icons-paintings/https://www.orthodoxartsjournal.org/today-tomorrow-principles-training-future-iconographers-pt-1/