Part III, Sophia, Eurynome and the Seven Janati

10 Abalon/Sept. 14

Abaldi/Thurs. Day of Madria Thame’ (Themis).

O, Madria Thame’, Jana of Justice, Order and Harmony, be with us.

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  (The Seven Rays of Divine Manifestation.)  In Deanic language, the Seven are of the Three-Fold Heaven (3 upward: (Madrias Candre, Raya and Rhave)  and of the Four-Fold Earth (4 downward: Madrias Sushuri, Thame’, Vikhe and Mati).

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When ArchMatrona Ghrian and I first formulated the idea that Dea is One and Three and Seven, this formula expressed both the thealogy of the One Dea in Her Tri-une Form of Mother, Daughter and Great Mother and also of the One Dea in Her Septad Form of the Seven Janati.

 

 

In our religion, we are often presented with the analogy of the prism. Just as white light flows through the prism and separates into seven colored rays, so too, the Pure Light of Dea is diffracted into Seven Intelligent Living Streams (each Stream expressing itself through a certain color.) These Seven Rays of Intelligent Light take on the form of angels.

Just as the Holy Daughter takes on the Form of Soul, and yet, She remains Dea Filia (the Divine Daughter God); so the Janati take on the form of angels, but yet, They remain Dea.

Janite Thealogy is based, in part, upon the Divine Sophia, Who is known as both Mother and Daughter in Her Tri-une Form as Mother, Daughter and Holy Soul.

Sophia is pan-cultural. She is not limited to Judaic-Christianity. Many worship Her from all religious walks of life.

As Rudolph Steiner and others have noted, Sophia is the Mother of the Seven Powers. These Seven Powers were sometimes considered to be angels although Gnosticism refers to them as Archons (which we consider a patriarchal demotion of the Sophian Myth as at the time, Gnostics did not see manifest creation in a positive light). Although archon means ruler, in Gnosticism, Archons were not the good guys.

Sophia is also known as the Goddess of Heaven and the Mother of the Stars. Even in Gnosticism, She is known as the Mother of All the Living and the Highest Ruler over the visible Universe. She is said to have shaped manifest creation based upon the heavenly prototypes and She forms the seven star circles or spheres over which the planetary powers are placed. These planetary spheres, or heavens, were, for the ancients, the highest regions of the created universe.

Considered by Steiner to be the new Isis, and, indeed, She was often equated with Isis in the past, Sophia is the Pneumatic Essence from which all souls draw their origin. In Her lower or Daughter form, She is the Mediatrix between the upper and lower realms. It is She, Who is the one Who is crowned with the Seven Stars.

More and more, within and without Christianity, Sophia is swiftly returning to Her original Divine status. (1 +2) Many mainstream Christians, are beginning to recognize Her as the Holy Spirit from Whom emit the Seven Gifts/the Seven Spirits.

Proverbs mentions Her Seven Pillars.

As we see from the above, in many ways, it is from Sophia that comes the Seven.

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In the Myth of Eurynome, She created the Seven Planetary Powers, putting a Titaness and a Titan over each. From the Primordial Feminine standpoint, Theia ruled the Sun and was given the power of illumination; Phoebe ruled the Moon and was given the power of enchantment; Dione  ruled Mars and was given the power of growth; Metis was given the planet Mercury and the power of wisdom; Themis was given the planet Jupiter and the power of law; Tethys was given the planet Venus and the power of love; and Rhea was set over the planet Saturn and given the power of peace.

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In Janite thealogy, the Janati are not the actual Powers, themselves. Rather, the Janati rule over the Planetary Spheres and They were given the Powers. These Powers represent the Seven Streams of life which contain the Primordial Essence or, perhaps we could say, the quantum information which is the base of all that is manifested into reality.

We believe that like the Holy Daughter, the Janati are Immanent, meaning, though They stem from the Pleroma, They work within and throughout manifest creation. And while Dea, on one level, is Supreme and Above the All and yet She is One with us and She hears our cries, so too, the Janati, being angelic Forms of Dea, though they represent Powers beyond our ken, can hear us and help us.

We are often asked, what is the difference between a Jana and an angel?  Angels were created by God. They are not God. And so, we may pray to them in the form of asking their help and assistance. But, we may not honor them as God. We may not worship them.

The Janati are UnCreated because They are God, They are Forms of Dea and so we may pray to Them. We may honor Them as God. We may worship Them. Especially when we consider Sophia. She is Their Mother… She gave Them birth… They are of Her. They are One with Her. They are Her Seven Spirits. Her Seven Stars.

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ArchMadria Candre Sophia

 

 

 

  1. http://www.suppressedhistories.net/articles/sophia.html
  2. http://www.suppressedhistories.net/articles/GnosticGoddessFallenSophia.pdf
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The Festival of Cerealia

21 Ceres/July 31

Lunadi/Monday.

Day of Madria Candra.

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

 

22 Ceres/Aug.1 marks the Summer festival of Cerealia. This feast is named after the ancient Roman festival which was celebrated in honor of Ceres, the Roman form of Demeter, in April.

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Ceres was one of the Di Consentes or chief deities of the Roman pantheon. Known as the goddess of agriculture, grain and the love a mother bears her child , she taught the people how to grow food and make flour and bread. She was kind and benevolent and was considered to be the nurturer of the human race. There was a Roman saying that if something was ‘fit for Ceres’, it was splendid. (1).  The word cereals comes from the name, Ceres.

Like her Greek counterpart, Demeter, the sacrifice of Ceres lay in the loss of her daughter, Prosperina (Greek:Persephone) who was also titled, Kore Soteria, meaning, the Saviour Maiden. (2)

 

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The sacrificial Corn Mother or Corn Maiden is honored in North America by the First Nations. There are two main versions of her mythos. In the following version, the Corn Maiden willingly gives up her life in order to nourish humanity. She is called the First Mother: 

http://www.firstpeople.us/FP-Html-Legends/CornMother-Penobscot.html (If the link doesn’t work, put Native American Indian Legends-Corn Mother-Penobscot in a search.)

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Our scriptures and our liturgy speak of the Holy Daughter as being like the corn that was reaped in silence. Like to the corn, My Soul was cut down by the scythe of death and like to the corn did it rise anew. 19) For I am the ear of corn that is reaped in silence. And She said: Like to the grain was My Body broken between the stones of death.  (The Mythos of the Divine Maid, Chapter VII vs 18-20.

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These three myths speak of great sacrifice on the part of either the Mother or the Daughter. And each is in relation to or symbolized by corn.

Corn, unique to the Americas and is sacred. It is also sacred to the First Nations who believed it was of divine origin and it has a very important tradition here in Massachusetts. If Squanto, of the Wampanoag Tribe, did not teach the Mayflower pilgrims how to grow corn and the secret of its fertilization, who knows how they would have fared.

https://www.sail1620.org/educational/history-of-corn-and-the-pilgrims

During the Festival of Cerealia, we bow our heads in thanksgiving for the first harvest of grains; these edible seeds used for food.

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We shower gratitude upon our Holy Mother Who, in the fullness of the Sacred Season of Summer, blesses the fruitfulness of the earth with the golden grains of life. We also thank the Holy Daughter, Our Kore Soteria, the ear of corn that is reaped in silence for Her holy Sacrifice.

The Supernal Mother nourishes our bodies through the bread of the earth. The Holy Daughter nourishes our souls through the Bread of Communion. Blessed are They.

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Celebrating with crafts and food:

 

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Make a corn wheel or wreath: http://www.earthwitchery.com/cornwheel.html

 

Check out all of these magnificent corn related crafts!

http://dishfunctionaldesigns.blogspot.com/2012/09/indian-corn-crafts-decor.html

Cerealia festival meals might consist of breads, especially corn bread, corn muffins, cornmeal pancakes, Indian Bread pudding (popular here in the North-East), barley soups, fresh corn on the cob, rice, oatmeal or oat cookies, etc.

12 Yummy Recipes:

https://www.brit.co/cornmeal-recipes/

For the truly adventurous, you might want to try your hand at this wheat sheaf bread: https://thecakeshaker.com/2011/09/05/ready-bready-dough-make-your-own-harvest-wheat-sheaf-you-know-you-want-too/

Light, fluffy, and perfect for with soup or chili, this #vegan cornbread is the best!

Vegan corn bread recipe: http://theprettybee.com/2015/04/vegan-cornbread.html

or these delicious looking whole-grain pineapple up-side down muffins, both recipes submitted by Madrina Sophia:

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/248771/pineapple-upside-down-muffins/

And lots of other recipes including barley soup (may be made without the beef).

http://recipesforapagansoul.weebly.com/lammas-aug-1.html

http://druidsegg.reformed-druids.org/newslughnasadh08-14.htm

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May Our Lady bless you and yours with abundance and joy.

Blessed is She.

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ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

  1. http://www.ceresva.org/Goddess/Ceres.htm (thanks to Madrina Sophia was providing this information.)
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persephone
  3. For further reading on Ceres: http://www.tribunesandtriumphs.org/roman-gods/myths-about-the-roman-goddess-ceres.htm
  4. http://www.tribunesandtriumphs.org/roman-gods/ceres.htm
  5. For further reading on grains:
    New research indicates that oats were ground to make a rough flour or meal 32,600 years ago. That is, firmly in the Palaeolithic era. This was the conclusion of a team from the University of Florence, based on evidence from a tool found in the Paglicci caves in Puglia, southern Italy. In June 1989, a kind of stone pestle or grinding tool was found in the cave. It was carefully stored, and a in 2010 a new study began. The researchers were able to isolate and analyse starch residues from the tool. There were five types identified but the most common was Avena barbata, a species of wild oat. Another grass grain was a form of millet. Acorns from oak trees were also present.
    And just how did Paglicci people eat the ground grain? “Presumably they mixed the flour with water and cooked [it],” says Mariotti Lippi.
    But she’s unwilling to speculate whether the outcome was a kind of flat oatcake or a gruel or porridge.
    As the historical breadbasket of Italy, the southern region carries on the bulk of the country’s bakery traditions. Puglia has cone-shaped trullis, traditional seaside villas. Photo with a sun and ascending dove. http://www.authenticluxurytravel.net/2014/04/puglia-italy-new-trend-luxury-travel.html
    Previous work shows that sorghum, another cereal grain, could have entered the human diet as early as 105,000 years ago.

    (Thanks, again, to Madrina Sophia).

Where East meets West

28 Maia/15 May

 

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  Quan Yin, Mary, Sophia, Tara and Durga (the Mother Goddess of the Universe). These are Living Stream Images/Form of Dea from both the East and the West.

The Lotus of the East

The Water Lily of the West.

It’s interesting, the difference between the Eastern and Western spiritual mindset. I’m sure that many books have and will continue to be written upon the subject. But, perhaps, the most important point, is that very point where East and West are able to meet. Symbolic of that meeting point are the above Living Stream Images/Forms of the Divine Mother/Daughter: Quan Yin, Mary, Sophia, Tara and Durga. Indeed, Mary is known as the Quan Yin of the West, while conversely, Quan Yin is known as the Mary of the East. Many, including my former Reiki teacher, taught that Mary and Quan Yin are the same Divine Being.

I have experienced three of their devotional cults, that of Tara, Quan Yin and Mary and they have all left me with the same feeling: that of being most intimately Loved by my Mother; She Who never left my side.

 (The goddess Sunna, Daughter of the Goddess, Sol or the Sun Goddess of the West.)

 (The goddess Amaterasu, the Sun Goddess of the East.)

I have always appreciated Serene Mother Georgia’s astute observance of the fact that Dea presents Her Face to all of Her people in an image through which they may recognize as their Mother.

She and She alone, Our Divine Mother God, is the meeting point between East and West. Each have their mantras. Each have their rosaries. Each have their system of worship. And each appear in many images and under many names. For example, there are many forms of Tara, the Mother of all the Buddhas. There are many images of Quan Yin, She Who hears the cries of the World. There are many cultic apparitions of the Blessed Mary, She Who is the Mother of Mercy. (Remember that many in the Russian Church understood Her to be the incarnation of the Divine Sophia.)

 The Goddess Mawu by Lisa Iris.

Through-out tens of thousands of years, if not longer, each people had their own specific cultural image of the Great Mother; a Face through which they could recognize their own Mother.

For other Faces of the Mother, we may also look to the African Nations, the Latin Nations, the Native American tribes, the Inuit, the Aborignal Tribes and the Polynesians, the Arabians and the ancient Hebrews, indeed, you cannot point to anyplace on Earth where the Divine Mother was not worshiped in one form or the other, without interruption, until the onset of the Abrahamic religions.

And, I can’t help but think how these religions have, through-out the centuries, often used their Form/Idea of the Father God, as an excuse and as a tool for violence and war, believing that their Father God was the only True Form of the Father. On the other hand, there is no evidence of any devotional cults of the Divine Mother warring with each other over whose Form/Image of the Mother was right or wrong. Nor in the present. I don’t see any disagreement amongst those who worship the Divine Mother God as to Her identity. We all intuitively understand that She appears to Her children in an Image/Form that they may recognize and so, She appears in many diverse Forms.

While the Divine Mother is the True Meeting Point between East and West, the methods of worship, terminology, prayers, ritual, liturgy, feast days, thealogy and so forth are as far apart as, well, East and West! They are two hemispheres that when joined together, form the whole sphere. Together, they form the whole spectrum of worship.

Many of those who have had Near Death Experiences will state (as I have posted many times): religion does not matter to God. Religion is important to God because it is important to us. Religions are cultural institutions.

And so, we each, through-out the world, tend to see Deity through our own cultural lenses. And oftentimes, these cultural lenses are misunderstood or degraded by others not of our culture.

Janites consider themselves to be pan-European. This does not preclude the last 2,000 years of European history. We may not have had a Tara or a Durga, but we had Mary and the goddesses-turned-saints, especially St. Brighid.

We know that Mary was conflated with Isis/Diana and Sophia, Whom I call the Cosmic Mary.  Who can deny that She was treated as Divine through-out the millennia?

The image of Mary being crowned with twelve stars and the moon at Her feet has long been a traditional rendition of the Blessed Virgin Mary based upon Revelation in the Christian bible: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars” (12:1). This was attributed to Mary by the Church.

She is often depicted as crushing the snake with the heel of her foot. Stars also grace her dark blue mantle/cloak. The miraculous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, shows Her being clothed with the sun, the moon at Her feet, Her mantle covered in stars. (This same is said about the Holy Daughter in our scriptures.)

The Woman crowned with stars, with the moon at her feet. The one we called Queen of Heaven.  She was always the Great One in disguise. She was veiled, but we knew Her, intuitively, yes, we knew Her. And as the Divine Sophia once told a seer, “When you prayed to Mary, you were praying to Me“.

The Madrians were very Marian-oriented. It is my understanding that some of the original Madrians came out of the Catholic Church. Back then, the Catholic Church was still very highly Marian-centered from Her magnificent shrines to the right of the altar, always graced with flowers and candles, to Her many feast days, public rosaries, public processions, coronation and novenas. Great cathedrals, which were magnificent works of art in stone, were built in Her honor. Countless parishes and numerous children were named after Her if not by the first name, often by the middle name. Those of us who have the middle name of Marie were named after the Blessed Mary. There was not a day that went by when a devout Catholic would not have prayed their rosary or have been seen without their Miraculous Medal.

It quickly became obvious to me that many of the feast days of the Holy Daughter, in the Deanic Faith, were based upon Marian feast days, as was the rosary, the coronation, praying to be protected beneath Her Mantle and so forth.

It was precisely because the Madrians seemed to have so much in common with Marian worship and imagery that I was initially drawn to the Faith. I immediately felt at home. I was overjoyed. I had found Dea, not as the human Mary of Nazareth, who, we were told was not Divine, but as Mother God, Herself.

The Cosmic Mary was the Western Image/Form of Her for the past 2,000 years. Pre-dating Mary, those of us in the West had our  Greek/Roman/Celtic/Germanic and Norse pre-Christian forms of the Divine Mother.

Moving on from imagery, another important aspect of the Western mindset is faith. I like this definition of faith from the Christian bible:

Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Simply put, the biblical definition of faith is “trusting in something you cannot explicitly prove.” 

We sometimes call our religion the Faith. I’ve even heard Wicca referred to as ‘the Faith‘. This is because in Western Tradition, Faith also means a ‘religion’. A religion, any religion, requires a certain amount of faith.

There were Gnostics who derided the notion of faith. They taught that one must have gnosis in order to be saved. I agree that it is gnosis which leads to enlightenment, but before gnosis, one must have faith. Faith is always the beginning, the first step in any religion. Though there are those who have come to their spiritual beliefs through a most profound, otherwise-un-explainable experience, these doors to spirituality are rare.

Every single religion on this planet requires faith as well as knowledge. Every religion has its god/s and tenets that requires faith. You might believe in something because it is reasonable and makes sense to you, but if it is not something that has concrete evidence, then it still requires belief/faith on your part. You assent to believe in it, though there is no evidence. That is faith.

Belief: to have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so

Belief and faith are pretty much the same thing. We cannot recite the Creed without first having the faith that it is true. Every time we say: I believe, we are saying: I have faith in…. So, faith is a large and important part of the Western mindset. 

The Western mindset also would include relating to the Janati through the Western cultural lens.

We, in the more Western forms of the Deanic religion, have a deeply personal and intimate relationship not only with the Divine Feminine Trinity, but also with the Janati. This stems from, well, I can only speak from Catholic and Orthodox Christian culture… (Western and Eastern forms of Christianity)… where the angels are revered. We prayed to them for help when we were in need. Each Archangel is the Patron of certain areas of specialty; each had their correspondences and there are so many tales of miracles! We wore their medals/amulets. We prayed their rosary chaplets (especially the chaplet of St. Michael.) We had a personal relationship with them.

We believed in the community of the saints… just as it does teach in our scriptures…we are all One Body in Dea, in Heaven and on Earth; although Janites will say, we are all One Soul in Dea.

And so, when we understand that the Janati are Streams of Dea in angelic form, and we are all part of the One Great Soul which includes the Janati. Why would we not have an intimate relationship with Them just as we have an intimate relationship with Dea? They are all One with Dea. They are part of the Communion of Ekklesia. In the liturgy, as in the original liturgy, we call upon the Janati to guard and witness our worship. Like Dea, They are always with us.

The Western goddesses in ancient times as well as modern were/are reverenced, revered; honored. They were worshiped, then and now, with hymns and incense, ritual and prayer. They had their own temples.  Why would the Janati be any different? For instance, the goddess Rhea, Whose name means flow; ease;,  was closely associated with the Great Mother Cybele. She was called the Great Mother, the Mother of the Gods and so forth. http://www.theoi.com/Titan/TitanisRhea.html. There were hymns in Her honor:

[13] XIII. TO RHEA http://www.theoi.com/Text/OrphicHymns1.html

The Fumigation from Aromatics.
Daughter of great Protogonus, divine, illustrious Rhea, to my pray’r incline,
Who driv’st thy holy car with speed along, drawn by fierce lions, terrible and strong.
Mother of Jove [Zeus], whose mighty arm can wield th’ avenging bolt, and shake the dreadful shield.
Drum-beating, frantic, of a splendid mien, brass-sounding, honor’d, Saturn’s [Kronos’] blessed queen.
Thou joy’st in mountains and tumultuous fight, and mankind’s horrid howlings, thee delight.
War’s parent, mighty, of majestic frame, deceitful saviour, liberating dame.
Mother of Gods and men, from whom the earth [Gaia] and lofty heav’ns [Ouranos] derive their glorious birth;
Th’ ætherial gales, the deeply spreading sea goddess ærial form’d, proceed from thee.
Come, pleas’d with wand’rings, blessed and divine, with peace attended on our labours shine;
Bring rich abundance, and wherever found drive dire disease, to earth’s remotest bound.

People prayed to Her and revered Her. The Jana, Rhea, aka Sai Rhave, is modeled upon this Titaness. Why should She be different in our ability to approach Her?

Janites do not view the Janati as Transcendent Powers Who are so far away and above us, that They cannot be reached. Dea is Power, itself and yet, we are One with Her, intimately one with Her and so we may be intimate with Her Seven Powers/Faces. This, if I may be so bold as to state, is the Western way of worship.

Distance is an illusion. The Celestial Mother is here and now, right beyond the Veil, but She is too Bright for us to see. In the Western form of the Faith, we do not limit the Power of Dea nor that of the Janati. There are no limitations of time or distance for Them. They exist in the Eternal Now, outside of time, space and distance.

Just as the Mother loves us and cares for us, so the Janati love and care for us because They are She. And just as there have been many miracles from the Archangels, so many of us have experienced great help and yes, even miracles from praying to the Janati and asking for Their help. They are an important part of the daily lives of the Janite and Lucienne communities.

The Janite and Lucienne Traditions formed because there was a need for a more Westernized version of the Faith. To the Western mind, many Eastern concepts, phrases, etc., might be very hard to grasp. And for many, mixing East and West does not always work well for them.

This does not mean that the Western mind or spirituality is inferior; it simply means that oftentimes, we each understand best through our own cultural lenses. The Janite Tradition attempts to present the Faith through the cultural lens of the West.

The Lucienne Tradition attempts to present the Faith through the specific cultural lens of the pre-Christian Norse.

Those of us who worship the Divine Mother through our own Western cultural lens realize how rich and varied and magickal and mystical is our own pan-European Tradition. We have so much from which to draw…both from Marian/Sophian and Celtic Pagan/Norse Heathen Traditions. We value our Western Tradition. It is our history; it is our way and it is our culture. It is in our forests; it is in our music and it is in feasts. It is in our hearts; it is in our souls and it is in our subconscious.  It is an integral part of us. It is our Soul Path. It is what is right for us. The Eastern Soul Path is right for others.

Here is a very interesting article I just stumbled upon. I found the personal experience of the author especially worth noting: http://www.interfaithmary.net/pages/mary_Buddha.html

Whether we approach the Deanic/Filianic religion from the West, from the East or from a blend of both, the Meeting Place always, always, most profoundly remains, Our Divine Mother and we, from both East and West, are Her Children of the Earth.

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Eternal is the Light of the Mother.

Eternal is the Love of the Daughter. 

Eternal is the Life of the Great Mother,

Dark beyond the light and Light beyond the Darkness.

Blessed is She.

It takes faith to recite this simple, yet most cosmically profound prayer. It implies belief. 

May Our Lady bless you,

Blessed is She.

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ArchMadria Candra Sophia