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.
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.
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.)
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.
(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.
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.
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.
The following scripture verses are amongst the most beloved of Deanists. (Please note that verse numbers may not be the same):
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
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.
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.
Day of Sai Rhea, Shield of Steadfastness, Temperance and Self-Restraint.
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.)
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.
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,
Centre of All Life, All Mind, All Soul,
We bow before you in reverent awe.
Blessed are You.
Research videos of Sacred Dance or create one of your own to beautiful music. Dance, hymns and chanting are very powerful forms of 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
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.
(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.”)
Sunnadi, Day of Lady Theia, Lamp of Illumination, Joy and Benevolence.
Today, after lighting the Green Candle of Wisdom, we then light the Yellow Candle of Hope in honor of the Holy Daughter as the Star of Hope. In Janite/Lucienne Tradition, She is known as the Triple Star, the Star of Hope, the Midnight Star of Wonder and the Guiding North Star.
During the Astrean time of year, we contemplate the Holy Daughter, Who is not yet Separate from Her Mother, as Our Star of Hope. We then look upon the vast darkness of the Cosmos, sprinkled with points of light, to She Who is the Guiding North Star above us, as we await Her birth as the Midnight Star of Wonder.
Most fittingly, after lighting the Candle of Hope, the following scripture is suggested:
Chapter 1 1. When the first night had come upon the world, the Mistress of All Things stood alone once more, as She had in the beginning. 2. For a terrible abyss had opened to lie between the world and She, and Her creatures could not look upon Her brightness. 3. And She stood in contemplation upon the waters of the first darkness; like a great dove upon the waters She brooded. 4. She became absorbed within Her and communed with Her own self; and Her light ceased to shine forth from Her, and yet Her light grew greater. 5. Then She fell to Her knees, and the surface of the waters became turbulent and the great waves curled over Her, and their white foam could not be seen in all that darkness. 6. When the waters became calm again, the Mistress of All Things rose to Her feet: 7. for She had conceived a daughter that was not separate from Her, but one with Her, and the child of Her light. Chapter 5 1. And She walked across the seas and deep into the forests of the earth until She came upon the deep cave that was at the centre. 2. And She entered the cave, and a star rose above the sacred grove that lay about the cave, brighter and more resplendent than all the stars of the heavens, 3. and the star was seen all over the earth; and the children of the earth were filled with wonder and they came to the place where the star stood in the sky.The Mythos of the Holy Daughter, The Filianic Scriptures, New Celestial Union Edition, online.
We honor several stars in the Deanic Faith: the five-pointed star, the North Star and the seven-pointed star. This year, as previously noted, we will be introducing a new custom revolving around the seven-pointed star as gifted to the community by ArchMatrona Ghrian. How perfect for the month of Astrea, meaning Star or Star Maiden!
The Eye of God Nebula.
More and more, it is said that the entire universe is alive, is conscious! That consciousness, in Janite belief, is the Holy Daughter, She Who is the Soul of All Nature and that Consciousness is also that of Our Celestial Mother, Mari/Sophia, Who is the Spirit of the manifest Universe. Our Holy Mother gives birth to the Primordial Ideas of the Great/Dark Mother. She breathes into it the Holy Breath of spirit and the Holy Daughter wraps it all and us in Her Wondrous Soul.
Silver Star of the Waters: (Janite edition of the original Madrian).
Silver Star of the Waters, Who has fashioned all the Cosmos into Being, Beyond all knowing is the Splendour of Your Light. Enfold my spirit, beneath Your Mighty Mantle, and may the Pure Stream of Your Grace flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come, Amena.
by Sara Teasdale
Alone in the night
On a dark hill
With pines around me
Spicy and still,
And a heaven full of stars
Over my head,
White and topaz
And misty red;
Myriads with beating
Hearts of fire
Cannot vex or tire;
Up the dome of heaven
Like a great hill,
I watch them marching
Stately and still,
And I know that I
Am honored to be
Of so much majesty. Source
Please see previous article (before Weekly Prayer List), Preparing for the SunWheel for basic instructions.
Today, before the evening meal, we light the first Green Candle of Wisdom on the Sunwheel in honor of Our Celestial Mother as the Apple of Wisdom. She Who is Wisdom and is the Mother of Wisdom.
This lighting is followed by a scripture reading. The Scriptures may be found online here. (You need to scroll down a ways to get to the beginning of the scriptures.) Other sources for the scriptures may be found in our links section.
Suggested Scripture: The Creation vs 1-16.
SUGGESTED PRAYERS AND RITUALS
In darkest night, when lights are dim,
and all in sight seems sad and grim,
I find you there, your arms surround me,
your spirit fills me and it grounds me.
I look to you, Lady of Truth,
most ancient One, yet eternal youth,
to keep me safe, protect my heart,
and with the wisdom you impart
fill up my empty mind and soul
so that, my Lover, you can make whole,
all that was broken in this day –
and that is what I ask and pray. Amena.
Sophia was, and is, one of the most worshiped Goddesses. Even today, a huge Sophia cult still exists. Her name means “Wisdom”. Sophia is the Greek version of her name. Others include:
Hohkma (Hebrew) Sapienta (Latin) Mother of All (Gnostic) Holy Spirit (Early Christian)
As a biblical figure, she has been described as a co-partner of God and sometimes as THE female God. The early Christians sometimes used her as a metaphor for Christ.
Her origins are almost impossible to trace. She can be traced to every era, culture and society. She is the manifestation of the Divine Feminine and can be linked with practically every goddess. Including: Lilith, Isis, Inanna, Hecate, Spider Grandmother, Ishtar, Sekmet, Maat, Hera, Anath, Virgin Mary, Eve, Mary Magdalene, Juno, Tara, Demeter and Persephone.
Her feast day is November 28th. She has a sacred shrine in Istanbul, Hagia Sophia, which is one of the 21 finalists for the new 7 wonders of the world. (You can vote for your 7 favorites at www.new7wonders.com). She is symbolized by a dove, crescent moon, stars, a cup or a tree. Russia has always adored and venerated Sophia. They dedicated a cathedral to her in Kiev, The Cathedral of St. Sophia. Many Russians to this day maintain a double faith, in Paganism and Christianity.
O Gentle, O Kind, O Blessed Sophia,
Thy children on earth call unto Thee.
We pray Thee, Beloved Mother, to cast forth
thy net of woven starlight.
Fling it wide across the ocean of the universe
to gather us home to the realms of Light.
Extinguish the candle after the evening meal.
Each evening, light the Green Candle before the meal and extinguish it when the meal is done.
It is traditional to read the scripture reading each evening.
One wing soars in heaven, one wing sweeps the earth, and the third flies all around us.
Praise to Sophia! Let all the earth praise her!
-Hildegard of Bingen
As your lost child, give me assurance that your grace is with me always. All streams spring from the font of your heart.
Your eyes shine as the blue sea into my heart,
and you forever find me worthy of your love.
In the spirit of this revelation, I offer to reveal myself fully to you,
who is my Divine Feminine being, at all times and in all ways.
Amen. By: Rev. Maia Chrystine Nartoomidophiu of the whirling wings,
circling, encompassing **********************
Closing Prayer to Sophia
O Gentle, O Kind, O Blessed Sophia,
Thy children on earth call unto Thee.
We pray Thee, Beloved Mother, to cast forth
thy net of woven starlight.
Fling it wide across the ocean of the universe
to gather us home to the realms of Light.
(Many believe that the Advent wreath, like so many Christian Traditions, originated as a Pagan custom, most likely from Germany. article. )
On 1 Astrea/ Nov. 28, we begin the ceremony of the lighting of the SunWheel. This ceremony was created by ArchMatrona Georgia (Ghrian) E. B. Cobb of the Lady of Light Chantry. She has also created the new Star Guardian ceremony (see end of article). These ceremonies help to enrich our spiritual practice and to deepen our ties to our community. Already, for many devotees, the SunWheel has become both a time honored custom and yearly tradition for our hestias (Deanic homes) and families.
If you wish to plan ahead, you will need five candles: green, yellow, violet, blue and red. While the other colors are readily available as tea lights, the violet/purple is harder to come by.
One option is to use the tea lights in the appropriate colors of green, red, yellow and blue and purchase one large violet candle for the center of the wreath. (I actually think this is what I’m going to do this year.) Otherwise, all the colors are available in chakra candle sets that may be found online. (Also at end of article.) So tea lights, taper candles and pillar candles are all acceptable as long as they are in the proper colors.
Advent wreath with pillar candles.
Everyone has different ways to set up their SunWheels. I use either fresh or synthetic evergreens and place them in a circle (or make a large wreath). If using taper candles, a store-bought advent wreath is fine, too.
Advent wreaths are readily available online and in most department stores. Whether using a traditional advent wreath or making one of your own, in each case, the fifth Violet/Purple candle is placed in the center of the wreath. Many devotees also include a mother/daughter figurine. Of course, the evergreens/wreath may be decorated to taste.
Our Veiled Great Mother holding the Fora.
(Courtesy of Prima Madria Sophia.)
Interestingly enough, the Fora/Solar Cross is known as the SunWheel. In Deanic Tradition, the four rays of the Fora must extend beyond the circle.
Each candle on the SunWheel represents an aspect of Our Lady, of each Season, of each Jana, of each Sacred Symbol, of each Mystery and of each Virtue. And as with the Fora, we imagine the Four Rays extending beyond the circle of the Wreath as the Four Flowing Rivers of the 21 Virtues of Life flowing out into the Cosmos.
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]”.
Serene Mother Ghrian also recommends these delightful angel ornaments:
Please note that when I recently spoke of Amena, a derivative of an Arabic word meaning “to make complete”, which may be used in the place of Amen, I neglected to add that the proper pronunciation is A-meen-a.
Lady Thema, Foundation of Justice, Order and Harmony. (Originally composed by ArchMatrona Ghrian.)
Lady Thema is one of my three Patroness Janas, along with Lady Vikhe’ and Lady Candre’. (Lady Candre’ is the Patroness of priestesses in the Janite Ekklesia.)
It’s funny how things work out. When I first learned about the Janati, they were an answer to a prayer, one of two constant prayers that I would pray each day during my 20 years as a Wiccan. I would constantly beseech the Universe to help me find the True Mother God and the goddesses of the Five Elements/Directions.
I was not Wiccan because I wanted to be a witch, I became Wiccan because I believed in the basic teachings of Wicca (and still do) and because the religious system of Wicca brought me back into close contact with Nature. Wicca also taught me about the Great Goddess whereas the Catholic Church had taught me that the highest Feminine form was a glorified human being (the Virgin Mary) who couldn’t even conceive in the same way as the rest of us humans or it would have tainted her.
However, try as I might, I never could fully resonate with the gods and goddesses of the various Pantheons. I love the Greek goddesses, but they were not Mother God to me. None of the goddesses of various pantheons was Mother God to me. And some, I knew to have been historical people.
For a short while, I did have a special connection to Mother Holle aka Frau Holda as my Wiccan Tradition was Seax-Wica, but that was before I was to later discover that, like Hecate, She actually pre-dates the pantheons with which She is associated. She is so ancient, Her origins were lost to the mists of time.
Now we know that non-only did She pre-exist the Germanic/Norse pantheon, She was originally considered to be Supreme. Often-times, I have noticed that when a goddess pre-dates the pantheon with which she is associated and when she was originally supreme, it often indicates that she was considered to be the Great Mother in the way that we understand Dea, Our Divine Mother God.
In light of Frau Holda/Mother Holle being ancient and having been considered to be Supreme, we have recently discovered that She is a Living Stream Goddess! Her devotional cult has lived on through the centuries through hereditary families. (She did not just come down to us as Mother Goose!) Through both recent research and from the testimony of a witness from an hereditary family, there is no doubt that Mother Holle/Holda is a Northern-European Living Stream Image/Form of Dea! But, I did not know this when I was Wiccan and so, yet again, my search went on and I continued my prayers because though I felt close to Frau Holda, I did not recognized Her as Mother God. My search for Dea and the female Guardians continued.
Eventually, I did find the Five goddesses of the Elemental Directions through my study of Shingon Buddhism. And though I was happy to have finally found female Guardians, they were not of my culture and there wasn’t much written about them.
Finally, after 20 years of searching, my prayers were answered in a big way when I found Dea and the Janati through Filianism. And, thanks to my religious background, I was able to see the Janati as both Awesome Cosmic Powers and as personal Guardians with whom we may have a personal relationship.
And though these Powers incarnate into angelic form, they are higher than the angels. Neither are they considered to be ‘goddesses’ in Janite thealogy, because they are higher than the goddesses. They are of Dea. They are sent of Her. And together, ArchMatrona Ghrian and I developed a meaningful devotional cult in their honor, the results of which are reflected in both Lucienne and Janite Tradition.
Having been Wiccan, I naturally began to call upon them in their Directions every morning and I would thank them for the day at the end of the night. I would say little prayers of supplications in the morning, during Aurora and I would thank each of them for their blessings of the day and specific help, during Evensong.
Very early on, I quickly developed a closeness to Lady Vikhe’ and Lady Thema. It happened so naturally. And when I needed to pray to them for help, help came quickly.
Lady Vikhe’ is the protector of my home, my family, the Janite Ekklesia and I pray to her for the protection of this country. There have been times when the protection of family and home have been nothing short of miraculous. Someday, I must write down these stories, but there are so many!
Lady Thema has answered my prayers with so many miracles, I have lost count. And by miracles, I mean that the answers or help that I needed at the time appeared to be impossible to solve, and yet, she always found a way.
Most recently, a close family member was in dire straits through no fault of his own. He was about to lose so much. The situation was so grave, that I felt we must prepare ourselves for the inevitable, there simply appeared to be no way out of the situation. But, I never stopped praying to Lady Thema. And lo and behold, a miracle occurred that is astonishing to all of my family. What was about to be lost has been saved. I owe Lady Thema a dozen roses in thanksgiving!
Some of the ways I develop a relationship with them is by praying to them every day. In addition to greeting them morning and night, I pray the short Seven Janati rosary to the Jana of the day. (1) This beautiful rosary was inspired by the original Invocations composed by ArchMatrona Ghrian (Georgia E. B. Cobb). Oftentimes, I pray this rosary on my way to work. I also talk to the Janati in my own words.
(Sea glass earrings by Sweetstones Jewelry on Etsy.)
On the fun side, I often incorporate into my jewelry or clothing the color/s of the Jana of the day. For example, on Pomedi/Thurs., the day of Lady Thema, I might wear purple or blue earrings, gemstone/crystal pendant or bracelet or other sacred jewelry in her colors.
Often, I will wear an item of clothing that reflects her colors. As Prima Madria Sophia explains, these colors are symbolic of the spiritual essence of the Jana and by incorporating these colors into my daily wear, it is a reminder of their constant presence in my life and the Virtues I am endeavoring to emulate.
Day of Sai Thema, Foundation of Justice, Order and Harmony.
The Feast of Sai Thema was on 1 Ourania/Oct. 3. Unfortunately, due to our staff being either ill or otherwise indisposed, we were not able to post an article in time for her Feast Day. However, Her Feast Day may be celebrated any time during the month of Ourania.
ON THE NATURE OF THE JANATI
There is a common misunderstanding regarding the difference between a Living Stream Form/Image of Dea and a Jana/Janya. This article hopes to address this common misconception.
A Living Stream Image/Form of Dea is one where there is an uninterrupted devotional cult to a particular Goddess, one Who is usually understood to be Dea in the way that we understand Dea….. as Mother God. Additionally, the devotional cult must not have included nefarious practices.
Examples of Living Stream Goddesses include Brighid (Who became St. Bridget), the Hindu Goddesses, Tara, the Shekinah, Sophia and certain others. (It is beyond the scope of this article to explain why each particular Goddess is Living Stream.)
Examples of goddesses who are not Living Stream would be Artemis, Juno, Hera, etc. (Please note, we use Goddess, with a capital G, to denote Living Stream Goddesses Who are understood to be Mother or Daughter God and goddesses with a small g, to denote goddesses who are not Living Stream.
As an aside, it is sad to see that the doctrine of Living Stream Goddesses is no longer the norm within Greater Deanism. It is an important doctrine. A brilliant doctrine. It is what separates Deanism from Paganism and Wicca. It is one of the main things which made Deanism unique. Janites follow the Living Stream doctrine.
From a Janite perspective, Living Stream Goddesses are not appropriate Images/Forms for the Janati. They not appropriate because the line between Our Mother God and the Living, Intelligent Ray which emanates from Her becomes blurred.
For example, in Deanism, Divine Sophia, Who is Living Stream, is often depicted as an Image/Form for Sai Mati. This has caused confusion within the community with devotees who are either not really familiar with Holy Sophia, or who are new to the Faith. The misconception is that Holy Sophia, Who is Mother God, is the Ruler of the Seven Planetary Powers, becomes conflated/identified withSai Mati, one of the Janati, a Planetary Power.
As we know, in Deanism, the idea of the Geniae/Janati was originally based on the seven female Greek Titans and the Creation story of Eurynome by Robert Graves. That Creation story has been debunked by literary scholars as being largely a work of fiction. There is also no evidence of the Titans as the Planetary Powers in Greek mythology. However, the idea of the Janati is a valid one. There are certainly Planetary Powers and the Seven Planetary Rays in various religious mythologies.
The Planetary Powers may be found in various forms of Christian and Esoteric Traditions along with angelic and magickal based systems in the forms of the Seven Archangels.
The idea of Seven Planetary Rays goes back to ancient Greece. Do a search on the Seven Rays and you will find them, everywhere. So, though the Planetary Powers/Seven Planetary Rays were never the Greek Titans, the Planetary Powers do exist.
There is much on the internet about the Seven Colored Rays, some of it within the realm of New Age understanding, others Esoteric, still others quite ancient and spanning many religions. (A). In ancient Greece, the Seven Rays represented the Seven Alchemical Planets. (Please note: these Planetary Rays have no associated with the Seven Female Titans.)
In Gnostic Christianity, the Planetary Powers were demoted to being Archons. In Gnostic Mythos, Holy Sophia rules over the Planetary Powers. Even in Her Form of Lady Wisdom in the Jewish text it states that She “hews out the Seven Pillars” which is interpreted as the Seven Planetary Heavens.
She (Sophia) sits at “the gates of the mighty,” i.e. at the approaches to the realms of the seven Archons, and at the “entrances” to the upper realm of light her praise is sung. The Sophia is therefore the highest ruler over the visible universe, and at the same time the mediatrix between the upper and the lower realms. She shapes this mundane universe after the heavenly prototypes, and forms the seven star-circles with their Archons under whose dominion are placed, according to the astrological conceptions of antiquity, the fates of all earthly things, and more especially of man. She is “the mother” or “the mother of the living. Wiki.
(It is very important to remember that Sophia, as happened with so many goddesses in ancient times, was greatly demoted by Gnostic Christians as has been clearly demonstrated in the works of Max Dashu, Rose Horman Arthur and many others. She was not ‘trapped’ here and She was not in need of a male saviour. She, Herself, is Saviouress. She, (in the original texts,) is Creatrix.)
So while Most Holy Sophia is often used as an image/form for Sai Mati in Deanism, Janites understand that Divine Sophia is not a Jana; She is not a Planetary Power/Ray, rather She rules over the Seven Planetary Powers, She created their Realms. Sophia is not a Living, Intelligent Ray Who comes from the Mother,She is the Mother.
Our Most Holy Sophia, the Janite Living Stream Image/Form of Dea, is She Who is Creatrix; She Who put the Stars and Planets in their place; She Who is the Divine Feminine; She Who is Our Mother God; She Who is the Holy Spirit; She Who is the World Soul; She Who is the Rosa Mundi (Sophia is known as the Rosa Mundi, the Rose of the World); She Who is the Soul of all Nature; She Who is the Soul of the Cosmos, She Who is our Saviouress.
And so, it is important to understand that there is a difference between a Living Stream Form/Image of Dea, such as Holy Sophia, and a Jana/Planetary Power.
Janites believe that it is not necessary to use goddess images for the Janati. They are of a Divine angelic nature, they are not goddesses, per se.
In Janite practice, it has been found that female, non-specific angelic images or images which depict a non-specific Divine Feminine Being better represent the Janati than Pagan goddesses of various pantheons or Living Stream Goddesses Who are Living Faces of Dea.
And when we live with them on a daily basis, they become a constant Presence in our lives. We come to know them. And they, us. There is no need to look to Athena to understand Sai Mati Saige or to Nike to understand Sai Vikhe’ or to the Virgin Mary to understand Sai Candre’. When we are devoted to them, they reveal themselves to us, sometimes, quite dramatically.