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]”.

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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

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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

Sai Thema

1 Samhain/Nov. 1
Columbadi/Fri. (Dove Day).

Day of Sai Sushuri Grace, Fountain of Compassion, Love and Mercy.

New Reginism Tradition 

Great New Articles.

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.

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I am actually thinking of collecting seven wrist mantra rosaries in the colors of each Jana.

Additionally, I will strive to focus on one of their Virtues. So, again, using Pomedi as an example, on that day, I might try instill more Harmony in my day.

The Janati always surround us, if we invite them to do so. They will help us if we call upon them. And we may thank them, by striving to incorporate their Virtues into our daily lives.

For the correspondences of Lady Thema, please see here.

May Our Divine Lady and Lady Thema bless you,

Blessed are They.

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

 

 

 

(1) The Seven Janati Rosary.
(Please note that some of the original invocations have been altered for the Janite Ekklesia.)

 

 

 

 

On the Nature of the Janati

15 Ourania/Oct. 17
Pomadi/Thurs.

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

Guest Post.

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 with Sai 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.)

Holy Sophia

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.

May Our Lady bless you,

Blessed is She.

A. M. Pamela Lanides

A) This is just one article out of many: The Seven Rays

 

 

 

 

 

Eastre, Rejoice the Divine Daughter God is Risen

1 Columbina / March 21

Pomedi or Apple Day. (Thursday). Day of Sai Thema.

To all devotees and friends,

REJOICE, She is Risen.
Our Holy Daughter is with us.
All Praise to our Saviouress.
Blessed is She.

Daffodils – Isabel Florrie Saul. Daffodils are a symbol of a trumpet announcing success

May She bless all the Children of Déa,
during a year governed by Jana: Agia Thema and Her virtues of Justice, Order and Harmony.

Devotees offer a Rite of Veneration
https://deanic.com/the-rite-of-sacrifice/
including
https://deanic.com/prayers-and-rites/the-akathist-prayer-to-the-dove-of-spring/

All praise be to Déa. Blessed is She.
ArchMadria Sophia

Happy Flora-Maia!

Columbadi/10 Flora

Today is Flori-Maia, the Feast of Flowers. This is one of the (many) things I love about our religion….that we have a feast day which expresses appreciation to Dea for her bounteous gift of varied-hued flowers.

Though not mandatory, Madria Sophia has provided us with inspiring readings for this day in our previous post, Floralia, Feast of Flowers for those who would like to celebrate the RoS in Thanksgiving for flowers.

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Amazingly, there are over 400,000 known flower species in the entire world! The Ghost Orchid is said to be one of the rarest. There are about 2,000 of them which grow in South Florida. They may also be found in Cuba and the Bahamas.  These  elusive flowers only bloom about one or two weeks out of the year. Poachers are one of the problems which endanger this delicate plant, but thanks to scientists in Florida, they are successfully restoring these ‘frog-like’ plants to the wild. http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/ghost-orchid-facts/

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The Kadupul flower of Sri Lanka is so rare, it is literally priceless. It blooms only at night, surviving just a few short hours. They are known for their exotic scent.

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Even the most common of plants can fill our memories with those we love or remind us of happy times. The humble pansy has always been one of my favorites because my grandmother’s garden was never without them raising their cheerful faces to the sky.

One of the best ways to express our appreciation for flowers is to learn about endangered wildflowers and plants. There are currently almost 10,000 species on the endangered list. Other studies show that 22 % of known plant species are endangered. Plants are the basis of all life on Earth. And everything that we need for our health….all medicines that we need are provided by Dea here on Earth, especially in the Amazon rain forest which continues to be clear cut. In fact, since 1978, almost 300,000 square miles of rain forest have been destroyed.

For info on the rain forest: https://rainforests.mongabay.com/amazon/amazon_destruction.html.

For info on endangered plant species: https://planetsave.com/2011/05/20/endangered-plants-list/

How can you help in your area. Here is an example from my own state of Massachusetts: https://www.mass.gov/rare-plant-conservation.

And to help protect all endangered species in your area: http://www.endangered.org/10-easy-things-you-can-do-to-save-endangered-species/

Tess Whitehurst-Magical and Metaphysical Properties of Flowers

Each flower, as with everything in the Cosmos, has it’s own vibration. And each are associated with certain things. Here are two sources, one from the Victorian era and one from the modern era, on the secret language of flowers and their magick: https://magic-spells-and-potions.com/files/flower-language-dictionary.htm and https://tesswhitehurst.com/the-magical-and-metaphysical-properties-of-flowers/.

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So, for those of us who will be offering the RoS in appreciation for the bountiful gift of flowers which grace our amazing planet, let us also say a prayer that we may all learn how to protect those species that are in danger of becoming extinct.

artwork by Sulamith Wulfing: http://artpassions.net/wulfing/wulfing.html

“And as She walked, the children of the Earth threw blossoms before Her, and though Her feet rested on them, yet, they were not bruised. 2 And She reigned over all the Earth, bringing all Nature back to life and all life back to the true law and rhythm of Nature.  And the whole world knew Her as its Princess.” The Mythos of the Divine Maid, Chapter VII, verses 1-2 (SMR edition).

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

Making a floral crown and Hymns for the Feast of Coronam

Sunnadi of the Great Moon.

The Deanic custom of the crowning of the Holy Daughter, like many of our holy days and customs, was inspired from the Catholic Church Marian devotional cult, in this case, specifically the yearly May Procession and Crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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Please see this link to make a crown for Our Lady:

http://www.catholicinspired.com/2011/05/making-crown-for-mary-during-month-of.html

And to make one out of floral wire:

http://www.thereseheckenkamp.com/2014/05/may-crowning-make-a-silk-flower-crown-for-mary/

Please note that if you do not have a statue or your statue is too small for a crown of flowers, the crown may be placed on or over an icon of Our Lady or it may be placed before the statue.

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Before the Vatican II Council of the early 1960’s, which largely Protestent-ized the Church, devotion to Mary was common to every Catholic household and parish.

Families would pray the daily rosary together and the faithful would gather in large numbers for the yearly May Procession and Crowning of Our Lady as Queen of Heaven, while sweet smelling incense would waft through the air and gentle hymns were sung in Her honor.

Girls would wear white dresses with crowns of flowers in their hair. Everyone wore their Sunday best, men and boys in their sharp looking suits, girls and women in their finest dresses. Back then, people did not dress disrespectfully when going to church. They were very aware of the Divine Presence,  of Mary and the angels and dressed accordingly.

To make a flower wreath for yourself see:

While devotion to Mary may have waned in the U. S. and Europe since the Vatican Council, many around the world still hold these time-honored processions for Our Lady.

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The main hymn that is sung to her is Bring Flowers of the Rarest (O, Mary We Crown Thee). Click on this link and the song will appear.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ld4FNjK4IEQ

And, Hail, Holy Queen, the first four stanzas: http://www.catholictradition.org/Mary/hail-holyqueen.htm. During liturgy, I always sing this hymn. I think that if you click on the top link, you can hear the hymn. (Sorry, I do not have access to speakers right now, so I’m not sure.)

On This Day, O, Beautiful Mother: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x18UfKCnli4

And, of course, Daily, Daily sing to Mary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oTnqZjthck

You can simply substitute the Name Sophia or Zoe for Maria.

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Bring flow’rs of the fairest,
Bring flow’rs of the rarest,
From garden and woodland
And hillside and vale;
Our full hearts are swelling,
Our Glad voices telling
The praise of the loveliest
Rose of the vale.

O Mary! we crown thee with blossoms today,
Queen of the Angels, Queen of the May,
O Mary! we crown thee with blossoms today,
Queen of the Angels, Queen of the May.

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Hail, holy Queen enthroned above, O Maria.
Hail, Queen of mercy and of love, O Maria.

Triumph, all ye cherubim, Sing with us, ye seraphim,
Heaven and earth resound the hymn:
Salve, salve, salve Regina!

Our life, our sweetness, here below, O Maria!
Our hope in sorrow and in woe, O Maria!

Triumph, all ye cherubim, Sing with us, ye seraphim,
Heaven and earth resound the hymn:
Salve, salve, salve Regina!

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Rose of Sharon, Lovely flow’r,
Beauteous bud of eden’s bow’r;
Cherished lily of the vale,
Virgin Mother’ Queen we hail.

We worship You; We magnify You; We adore You.

Blessed are You.

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides