Simplicity

11 Ceres

Columbadi

Day of Madria Grace.

O, Madria Grace, Jana of Compassion, Love and Mercy, be with us.

~

I have removed my last post, not because I have changed my mind, but because I wish to return to a simpler spirituality within our Faith.

So often, spending time alone in Nature gets us away from the world, clears the mind and helps the soul to refocus on what is truly important.

Dogmas and doctrines beyond the basics are not important.  Most dogmas and doctrines are man-made. As a wise Wiccan lady once said to me, “The Truth is in the basics”. Our basic doctrines and teachings may be found in our prayers, in our rites, in our scriptures and in our catechism.

Continuously defending one’s belief system and customs against those who are not in agreement is not important. They don’t have to agree.

Constantly discussing and arguing about thealogy comes from patriarchy, not matriarchy; it is not important. It only causes strife, stress and disharmony. It is a distraction away from true devotion to Dea.

What is important is worshiping and loving Dea and being grateful for each day.

What is important is not losing that intimate connection with Nature, no matter where one lives.

What is important is walking with Dea every moment of each day in a natural and not a forced way.

It is time to simplify. It is time to follow one’s true Soul Path.

It is time to focus on living one’s real life.

It is time to center our religion on our worship, our customs and our traditions and let go of the rest.

Our scriptures have given us all we need as a guide to life.

“Therefore, walk thou in simplicity in the world, and let thy heart be as the heart of a little child. 39) And that the world laugh at thee, count it an honor; that they scorn thee, count it a blessing.

46) For the truth is such that a child may understand it…

47) What is thy Truth if it cannot be shared with a child?

48) For in the eyes of Eternity, how little is the space between an infant and the wisest of the world. The Way of Simplicity

 

The Spiritual Implications of Eclipses, Part III

3 Ceres/July 13

Abaldi/Thurs.

O, Madria Thema, Jana of Justice, Order and Harmony, may the Pure Stream of Your Virtues flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come. Blessed are You.

In Part I of this series, we discussed the spiritual/social ‘Eclipse’ which began in the early 1960’s. This premise is adequately explained in The Feminine Universe. (1)

We also discussed the cycles of time. At present, we find ourselves in the Eclipse at the end of the Iron Age or Kali Yuga.

In Part II of this series, we touched on the present, seemingly overwhelming evil of our world. An evil that is being exposed more and more each day, not through the controlled mainstream media, but through the gift of the internet.

In Part III, we will discuss our own various roles in the war between good and evil.

Oftentimes, the evil that is being exposed can be spiritually and physically overwhelming. It is hard to believe that humans are capable of the utter level of monstrous depravity and sub-human cruelty that we are witnessing in our day. The victims are usually women and defenseless children.

Dr. Stephen Hoeller has written an insightful and thoughtful article on good and evil from a Gnostic point of view which I recommend: http://www.newdawnmagazine.com/articles/the-mystery-of-iniquity.

Perhaps we will never truly understand the origin of evil, but we must keep in mind that with every eclipse, comes a return of the light. And this light exposes the darkness for what it truly is. This is what we are beginning to witness in our own day.

For example, recently, the elite pedophiles who rule this world and who run Hollywood are being exposed and thousands of arrests, world-wide, have occurred in the past six months. Many human traffickers and other ultimate evil monsters are being brought to light and justice and innocent lives are being rescued and saved.

The literal insanity of many political leaders (on both sides of the spectrum), university level educators and others who are wreaking havoc within our society are swiftly falling into disfavor when their ‘fruits’ become known.

The facade of the false media is falling like a ton of bricks, revealing their own true nature.

This list could go on and on. What has been long hidden is being revealed, but there is a ways to go.

How are we to handle such times? What is our own, personal role on this planet?

We are all here, during this present era, for a reason. We all have a part to play, whether we like it or not.

Some choose to set themselves apart from this world and who can blame them? By setting themselves apart, they are also setting an example. They set the example of the kind of life or society that they feel should be lived, whether it be the Amish farmer plowing his field; the Carmelite nun praying in her cloister or Christian sects who form their own private communities. There are homeschoolers, preppers, tiny homers and those who choose to live their lives according to their own conscience and not according to the dictates of the latest fashions, trends and political dictates. In this way, they are fighting evil in their own lives.

But, if everyone chose to live apart from the world, its possible that evil would triumph and take away their right to live according to their conscience. We saw this happen in Tibet. We continue to see this happening all the time. There are states in this country where living off the grid, living in a tiny home or collecting your own rainwater are actually illegal.  As the statesman, Edmund Burke stated: The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.  

And so, there are those who must set themselves apart from this world and that is their role, they are a shining example of what life should be, but there are also those who must champion their right to do so.

A majority of people are simply trying to get through life and yet, they care about the world around them. They might only be able to contribute a few dollars to a cause that is important to them, but those dollars add up. Sometimes, signing a petition brings about powerful change. Being aware and informed is an amazing deterrent to evil, because evil wishes to remain hidden in the darkness. It fears being brought out into the light.

Exercising our right to vote is another means to an end. Many have become soured on our democratic process because it often seems like it doesn’t matter for whom we vote, nothing changes. Recently, I realized how important just one vote can be. Every valid vote counts. These sector of society, often known as the ‘silent majority’, continue to live their quiet, dignified lives, but also exercise their civic duties and participate in their local communities to help improve society. In this way, the silent majority are fighting evil on a community level.

And then there are the heroes. Those who become actively involved. Either they volunteer, become politically active or become law officers and those who work for justice. They fight evil on a country or world-wide level.

There is no one right way to overcome evil, but first it must begin with our own example. We must live according to our own conscience even when our conscience dictates that we not follow the rest of the world in dress, speech, actions, morals or values.

We must become the hands and feet of Dea on Earth in our daily lives and with each person who comes across our path. If we surrender our hearts and our souls to Her Will, only then Her Will may become manifest in this world.

If good is to triumph over evil, then we must become that good, we must live that good and we must believe in that good.

Right now, we are at the darkest part of the Eclipse. But, the edges of light will soon shine at the outer edge of the opaque shadow. I can see it. This is why evil is raging all over the world right now. This is why what is insane is being taught as sanity. This is why ugliness is promoted as beauty. This is why society is so completely upside-down and inside-out right now. It is because they are all being exposed by the light, by the good.

In whatever way each of us chooses to live the good, we must always follow our own Path, our own conscience. For some, this means living apart. For others, it is through performing their civic duties. And for those who risk their lives, it is through sheer heroism. Each part we play is important to the whole.

Light always triumphs over darkness. The Eclipse will pass away and the Light of goodness and decency shall shine, again. Let us hope and pray that the Eclipse passes quickly and does not linger.

Eternal is the Light of the Mother,

Eternal is the Love of the Daughter,

Eternal is the Life of the Great Mother, She Who is Dark beyond the light and Light beyond the Darkness.

~

ArchMadria Candra Sophia

https://www.amazon.com/Feminine-Universe-Exposition-Primordial-Perspective/dp/1453789529

Filianic/Deanic/ The Feminine Universe

20 Rosa/July 2

Sunnadi/Sunday

O, Madria Theia, Jana of Illumination, Joy and Benevolence, be with us.

May the Pure Stream of Your Virtues flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come. Blessed are You.

~

I must confess that I’m not as aware as Madria Rosalie and a couple other members of the JOP are as to what is going on in the tumbler/blogospheres. However, I guess I have been given the basic gist of the situation.

As far as I know, both the terms Deanic and Filianic were originally coined by the Aristasians who are now the Shining Daughters of the Chapel of Our Mother God. http://www.mother-god.com/. My understanding is that the earlier Madrians were not familiar with these terms and only referred to themselves as being Madrian.

Here is their definition of Deanism: http://www.mother-god.com/filianism.html (Scroll down to Filianism and Deanism). 

And so, it is my understanding that Deanic means of the Mother. It is a monotheastic religion where God is Female and is Supreme and there are none beside Her. Someone who is Deanic does not believe that God is both male and female. Nor does someone who is Deanic practice a blended path of Deanism together with a patriarchal religion (a mistake I had made in the past for my former Kyrian group.)

However, as this article states: most Déanists have at least some relation to the Filianic faith, and in practice the separation between the two is less clear-cut than it might seem. http://www.mother-god.com/filianism.html.

This does not necessarily mean that there might not be other Deanic religions such as Shaktism. But, while some of us may have tried to re-defined what Deanism means in the past, I think that the people who coined the phrase in the first place are the ones who best know how to define it.

Filianism means of the Daughter or Daughter God believer. A Filianist is Trinitarian and believes in the Filianic Creed. (Found below.) A Filianist believes that the Holy Daughter is our Soteria, our Saviouress. Filianism is a feminine Mystery religion and is presided by females, only.

The Filianic Faith, as a former leader of the religion once wrote, means certain things.  It is not a ‘free-for-all’ religion.

In order to prevent a religion from becoming a free-for-all, religions, such as Christianity, Filianism and the former Madrian religion, have creeds and a catechism. (The CMG uses the shorter form of the catechism.) Within the Creed and the catechism, the teachings of the religion are spelled out, clearly and concisely.

When one becomes Orthodox Christian or Catholic, they must accept the teachings of the Nicene Creed. For an adult to convert, they must undertake a six month study of the religion. If they cannot accept the Creed or the teachings of Catholic or Roman Christianity, they do not convert.

By the same token, one who is Filianic accepts the Creed and the teachings, especially as expounded in The Feminine Universe. 

In the past, we had refrained from referring to ourselves as being Filianic because we did not accept everything that the Creed taught,  (mainly due to misunderstandings). We also desired to create our own Tradition that had more of a Western devotional culture. And so, out of respect for Filianism, we only referred to ourselves as being Deanic.

It is my feeling that this is currently causing too much confusion. When we are really making Filianic statements, they are being misconstrued, by many, as being statements for all of Deanism. And so, we will, in the future, refer to ourselves as being Filianic. We believe in the Creed, the catechism (when properly understood) and the teachingbys of The Feminine Universe. But, we are a separate Tradition of Filianism than that of the Chapel.

The Feminine Universe is the first book each Janite priestess in training, must read and study.  In my personal opinion, this is a must read for every Filianic devotee. In my estimation, it is the companion text to the scriptures. Through the reading and studying of The Feminine Universe, a devotee cannot help but come away with a very clear understanding of the religion and the truth about and a proper understanding of matriarchal societies.

As far as the scriptures are concerned, those who are familiar with the Faith (and we use the term Faith within the western context of meaning a ‘religion’, hence the capital F) affirm that the scriptures were written for a matriarchal society. Of course, they may be used and read by everyone who loves Our Lady. It is only when they are taken out of their matriarchal context, that they are being misunderstood.

The Filianic/Madrian religion is a feminine religion and Madrian men understood and accepted this. They understood that the Madrian religion was a matriarchal, feminine religion presided over by females.

We are sorry if some find our beliefs and practices to be upsetting, but as has been stated time and time again, we realize that our religion isn’t right for everyone. It is simply right for us.

I believe that Madria Rosalie has one more future post to offer on these subjects.

(Please note that Janites use the longer form of the Creed as found on our website.)

The Filianic Creed  (for an explanation of the Creed, please see: http://www.mother-god.com/I-believe.html)

I believe that I am created
from before the dawn of time
by the one eternal Dea.

I believe that Dea is One
and there are none beside Her,
And I believe that She is also Three.

I believe in the Mother,
Who is pure Light,
the Creatrix of the earth and of the heavens
and of all the illimitable cosmos.

And I believe in Her virgin Daughter,
born of the virgin Mother,
the ruler of all the energies of creation,
Whose nature is perfect Love.

And I believe in She that stands beyond these Two,
Whose Name has not been spoken on this earth:
For She is the Beginning and the End;
the First Principle and the Final Cause;
the unoriginated Origin of being.

I believe that I was made a perfect creature
and at the dawn of time my soul did turn
from the Perfection of existence
in the infirmity of her sovereign will:
And through this fault do I suffer
the limitation of imperfect being.

I believe that the Daughter of Eternity
gave herself to be cast down into darkness and death.
I believe that She rose from death triumphant
And reigns as Queen of Heaven.

I believe that through Her death
the fault of my soul shall perish,
And I believe, through Her triumphant life,
My soul shall rise renewed in her perfection
that she may return to eternal communion
with the one eternal Dea.

 

 

 

Reposted from Pantheacraft

by Madria Rosalie  http://pantheacraft.blogspot.com/

O, Madria Rhea, Jana of Steadfastness, Temperance and Self-restraint, be with. May the Pure Stream of your Virtues flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come.

Lately there has been quite a bit of confusion, anxiety and anger happening in the Deanic-Filianic community, based on the question who can be Deanic or Filianic – and who the Filianic scriptures are for, respectively who may use them. This upset has been voiced publicly online on some blogs, as well as privately via email. I have found myself surprised at all of this, uneasy at the responses, and disconcerted by how the situation has developed. Some individuals have even declared to not be Deanic because of this.

ArchMadria Candra Sophia – Prima Madria of the Janite Tradition – has made a statement in two parts on the Janite Tradition’s blog ‘Di-Jana’, declaring our position – as Janites – on this matter.
‘We Have A Right To Be Who We Are – Part I’
‘We Have A Right To Be Who We Are – Part II’
Personally, I will not get involved in contentious discussions; and as far as the Janite Tradition is concerned – of which I am the Prima Filia – I feel, with ArchMadria’s statement we have said everything that there is to say from our position.

However, because I have been made aware of this upset, I have been pushed to re-examine my own understanding; and will offer here a brief and concise ‘definition of terms’, in the hope that this will help those who are genuinely interested to understand particulars of the religion.
Deanism/Deanic – Deanism is not a religion. At least not a single religion. It is an umbrella definition for any and all religions and traditions which understand and declare Dea/Shakti/Devi/”Goddess” as Absolute – One without another. This is the fundamental premise to be Deanic. It does not matter, which Deanic religion is followed – or if any at all.
In comparison to male religion, Deanism/Deanic would equate to Abrahamism/Abrahamic, respectively to an understanding of God as ‘He’; whether that be in a context of any particular religion – Abrahamic, Hindu (yes, there are male Hindu religions, which actually form the majority within Hindu religions), or other – or not.
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Finianism (Trinitarian Deanism)/Filianic – Filianism is a modern/contemporary form of the Ancient Mystery Tradition of Mother God (Demeter) and The Holy Daughter who is The Saviour (Kore/Persephone).
It is a specific religion – as is Hindu Shaktism – which falls under the umbrella of Deanism.
Filianism is a Female Mystery Tradition.
One might compare – to male religion – what is Filianism to Deanism, is Christianity to Abrahamism. (Christianity also being the only Mystery Tradition – at least that is the original idea – within the Abrahamic context.)
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The Janite Tradition, as example of a Filianic/Trinitarian Deanic Tradition
This is a specific tradition (one might use the term Church, when comparing to Christian traditions), of the Filianic religion. As ours is a very small religion – in terms of followers – we do not have many distinct traditions/Churches at present. As far as I’m aware, at this time, there are only the Janite Tradition and Lucienne Tradition (headed by ArchMatrona Ghrian).
Looking back at the beginning of formation of our Filianic religion in its contemporary form, one could say that there was the original Madrian Tradition, which branched off into distinct groups/congregations – of which the Aristasians were one such group, which developed and later presented – most notably with the website A Chapel of Our Mother God – the Filianic religion.
One might compare – to male religion – what the Janite Tradition is in relation to Filianism, is what Roman Catholicism is in relation to Christianity.
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The Janite Order of Priestesses and Sisterhood
As some of the Christian traditons have religious and lay-religious orders, the Janite Tradition – as far as I am aware – is the only tradition within the Filianic religion to have lay-religious orders.

The JOP (Janite Order of Priestesses and Sisterhood) to the Janite Tradition and Filianic religion, is what for example the Benedictine Order is to Roman Catholicism and the Christian religion.
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There are also non-tradition-affiliated Filianic groups and congregations
The Chapel mentions online and on-the-ground Filianic congregations; and there is also the sub-culture group of the Daughters of Shining Harmony (Chelouranya) who are based on the Filianic religion. Chelouranya and the mentioned Filianic congregations are female-only groups.

To illustrate this on my own personal example: I am Deanic; I am Filianic, i.e. follow the Filianic religion; I am Janite, i.e. follow the Janite Tradition; I am a member/madria of the Janite Order of Priestesses and Sisterhood, and am of the Janite Hestian Order (which is again one of our three sub-orders within the JOP).

To answer, to whom all this may apply:
Anyone can be Deanic – if they accept the essential definition.
Anyone can be Filianic – if they follow the religions tenets, which includes understanding and respecting that this is a Female Mystery Tradition, which is not only Deanic and Female-centred, but also exclusively women-led.
Anyone can be Janite – if they follow the traditions tenets, which includes customs and modes of worship.
Only adult women who are Janite (and thus by default Deanic and Filianic) may be members of the Janite Order of Priestesses and Sisterhood.

Lastly, – and that really should go without saying –
every being in this world, every being in any world – be that in this universe or any other – is a child of Dea, regardless of any characteristic whatsoever.

This post will be followed up by a post regarding ‘soul, gender & the afterlife’ – in which I hope to clarify certain things which, likewise, have caused a lot of angst and confusion, which often have led to anger and strife.

We Have the Right to Be Who We Are Part II

My mentor and my bishop, ArchMatrona Ghrian, studied under a Madrian priestess and was a devout Orthodox Filianic before founding her own Lady of Light Chantry, a Tradition which, while staunchly Deanic, is based upon the Nordic culture of her ancestral mothers. And so, we have a clear understanding of what the Deanic/Filianic religion is and what it is not.

In the past, I probably should have left the Filianic religion if I couldn’t accept the religion for what it was. But for some reason, I could not bring myself to do that. There was too much about it that I loved. .

When I found the Chapel, I not only found Our Divine Mother God,  I also found the inherent celebration of femininity within the religion and within the scriptures; a femininity that has been so crushed since the Eclipse. I found values similar to my own. And so, despite my misgivings about certain aspects of the Faith, I knew I was home. But, I wanted to ‘re-decorate’ my new religious home… drastically… to make it fit in with what I thought it should be.

As I stated in my Humble Admission post,  I had no right. This was a religion that was not of my design and creation. The scriptures were not mine to re-write. The authors of the scriptures are still alive. They have chosen to remain anonymous so that the scriptures might speak for themselves. And the way the religion was created is perfect. Each part blends beautifully with the rest.

Each religion has its own inherent culture. Catholicism, the denominations of Orthodox Christianity, Judiasm, Hinduism, Buddhism, all have their own underlying culture. A religious culture is what helps to make a religion strong, vital and meaningful to their devotees. A religious culture is only wrong when it is forced upon those who do not wish to participate or when it is harmful to others.

We have, within Filianism and within our own sister Traditions of Janites and Luciennes, our own culture. Part of that culture is a celebration of femininity and all that is feminine. We realize this culture is not for everyone and that’s fine. But, that does not mean that we have to change or police our own culture because others find it to be objectionable.

We are certainly not all 50’s era wives and many of our devotees would take great exception to being put under that umbrella. Some of us have traditional marriages, yes. Others are in lesbian or intermorph relationships. Still others might be in more unconventional relationships or marriages.  However, if a devotee is a 50’s era wife, that is her choice and we uphold her right to that choice. It is one that is respected and honored by us just as all relationships should be respected and honored.This personal relationship style should be a threat to no-one.

If we choose to share about our marriages or our relationships with others of our female community, we have a right to do so without being disparaged by others. We try to create a safe online community where we may feel free to be ourselves.

As both feminist and non-feminist members of the JOP, those of our Tradition believe that we do not have to sacrifice our femininity in order to have equal rights with men.

The bottom line is, as I have learned the hard way: we do not have to change who we are, nor do we have to change our religion or our scriptures in order to please everyone else. I have tried to do that in the past and it did not work for me. Others have tried it and it did not work for them.

And yes, our customs include dressing in a feminine manner, with dignity and modesty. (Not meaning people have to wear skirts to their ankles.) We celebrate femininity and beauty and gentleness and politeness.  The Lucienne and Janite traditions include the custom of veiling (wearing a head scarf, mantilla or hat), for symbolic reasons, during our rites. These are our own ways and we do not expect those outside of our Traditions, to follow them.

No-one is being prevented from starting their own Deanic religion. And, there are those who have. There are different forms of a Deanic religion. A Deanic religion simply means a religion that recognizes the Divine Feminine as Supreme Being. Shaktism and Dianic Wicca immediately come to mind.

But, a Deanic religion that is based upon our scriptures, our Creed, and the teachings of the Madrians and Filianists means certain things.

What really surprises me, I think more than anything, is that those who have been the most wrathful about our decisions for the Janite Tradition do not now, nor have they ever, belonged to the Janite community. Not a single one of them.

The Janites are who we are. The Luciennes are who they are. The Filianists are who they are. The Madrians were who they were. If someone wants to start a Deanic religion where men may be clergy or where femininity is not an aspect of their custom and culture more power to them, but that is not who we are.

So, in summary: with our desire to have a feminine only clergy, it is not because we believe males to be spiritually inferior, it is because:

1) As Janites, we believe that females best channel the Divine Feminine in a feminine religion. We believe that our communion rite is a Feminine Mystery.

This is similar to many Wiccan religions who have the female priestess channel the Great Goddess while the male priest channels the God  (including those Traditions where there is a communion rite rather than a symbolic fertility rite).

There have been some Goddess Christian groups where there are male and female priests: the female priest(ess) channels the Divine Feminine and the male priest channels the Divine Masculine during the communion rite.

We understand that many won’t agree with this belief either, but they don’t have to. This isn’t about the beliefs of others; it is about our beliefs. We are not asking anyone outside of Janite Tradition to accept them.

2) We agree with the following statements as found on the Chapel website:  “In Western societies there is a tendency, if power is not placed firmly in feminine hands, for a feminine devotion to become very patriarchal and to end up as a power-game for male egos.

But the Feminine Congregation of Dea will always be very important to us. Our personal spirituality is inherently a feminine spirituality.

For us and for many women, past, present and future, that will always be so.  www.mother-god.com/feminine-spirituality.html. End of Quote.

What we believe should be of no concern to those who are not Janites. We speak for ourselves and for no-one else. We understand that our Tradition, our culture, our customs and a feminine religion are not for everyone, nor are they intended to be.

But, to those who find value in it, no matter what gender they may be, that is wonderful, as long as it is clearly understood that this is an inherently feminine religion.

We hope that we have made our position clear.

Thank you.

~

ArchMadria Candra Sophia

1)

107. Who shall celebrate the Sacrifice?

The spiritual head of household shall celebrate the Sacrifice.

108. Who is the spiritual head of the household?

Either the mother, or else the temporal matriarch, or any other maid who has made a solemn undertaking to act as spiritual head of her household.

109. Who shall celebrate if she is absent?

Either her eldest daughter, or any other maid whom she has chosen to act as her surrogate. (The Madrian edition of the catechism.)

(Here maid means female member of the hestia.)

 

 

 

 

We Have a Right to be Who We Are Part I

Stelladi/Wed.

16 Rosa/June 28

Part I revolves around Ekklesia matters.

Part II involves more personal matters.

Dear Friends,

This is not a response to any one person. This is a response to recent conversations amongst several blogs and tumblr posts. It also covers several areas, hence it’s length.

First of all, let me make clear that we are not saying that men and women are not spiritually equal. Of course we are equal! I have four sons and four grandsons along with the most wonderful husband in the world. Of course I believe that my husband, my sons and my grandsons are spiritually equal to females. And, all are children of Dea.

We are only stating the fact that the Filianic/Deanic religion is a feminine religion; something that has been stated many times by our fore-mothers.

We are not planting any ‘seed’ for the future; we are simply one Tradition which follows the Madrian teaching of a female-only clergy and we follow the Chapel’s and Lucienne’s prerogative of having female-only  groups, such as our Deanic Ladies group.

Having a female-only clergy and a female spiritual head (or mistress) of the household for a feminine religion is to be found in the Madrian edition of the catechism .

The duty or role of the female in a Janite hestia (home), just as it states in the Madrian edition of the catechism, is to serve as the spiritual head or mistress of the household. This means that she is to conduct the Rite of Sacrifice and the holy days for her family. If there is no female in the household, I have been told by Mr. David Kay, that the male may serve the Sacrifice. However, males may not be clergy.

And so, again, because I can’t emphasize this enough, the idea of a female-only clergy and a female spiritual head or mistress of the household are Madrian teachings, the teaching of our fore-mothers, not our own. (1) Keep in mind that this is in reference to a clearly feminine religion. 

It is the duty and role of the female, as priestess of Ekklesia or as mistress of her hestia, to serve the sacred rites for a feminine religion. 

If a feminine religion is not being practiced in the household, then there is no need to have a female spiritual head of the household. (A. M. Candra Sophia). 

Our homes are sacred. They have been blessed and consecrated to Dea. And so they become hestias. Taken together, these hestias form the body of Ekklesia in addition to (84) all souls who are in communion with the Goddess (Dea) and heras, Geniae (Janati/Janyati), and other souls, both incarnate and disincarnate. (86). The catechism, where these questions may be found, also states that Ekklesia exists on every plane of being.

As mentioned in a previous post, while the mistress of the hestia has the duty to offer the Rite of Sacrifice for her household, the priestess offers the Great Liturgy for Ekklesia and for all of Dea’s children.

Future public congregations don’t really come into question for us at this moment in time, as the Divine Feminine is traditionally worshiped in the home.

As it is now, in Janite Tradition, the priestess may serve a private liturgy in her hestia; one that is offered for Ekklesia and for all of Dea’s children. She may also invite devotees into her hestia for liturgy.

A mistress of an hestia may invite the local priestess to serve liturgy for her household and invited guests.

Initiation rites may also be served in the hestias by a local priestess or by the mistress of the hestia.

    I’m not sure that I would like to see these practices expanded into public chapels, temples or churches in the future. My own feeling is that these more organized, public settings always seem to face the danger of eventually becoming patriarchal. This has happened time and time again. If the religion is hestia-bound, there is less chance of this happening. (A. M. Candra).

We highly recommend, for those who are interested in our religion, to read, “The Feminine Universe” by Miss Alice Lucy Trent. www.mother-god.com/ancient-wisdom.html. Next to our scriptures, this is the most important book of our religion.

Please also see the full description of the Gospel of Our Mother God: http://www.mother-god.com/gospel.html where it states: It is not a “feminist spirituality” text. The myths and sutras in The Gospel of Our Mother God are purely feminine. No male figures appear at any point.

   This is not a compilation of current thought with a “spiritual” tinge, it attempts to reflect pure and very traditional religion in its feminine form – the form in which religion first appeared on this earth. If you are seriously seeking real feminine devotion, this could be the most important purchase of your life. End of quote.

Elsewhere on the CMG the Gospel of Our Mother God is described as the bible of the feminine religion.

We understand that there has been quite a controversial stir over our decision to become more Orthodox in our views. While we maintain that this is our right, it is vital to remember that we do not speak for others, only for ourselves.

 

The Spiritual Implications of Eclipses/Part II

4 Rosa/June 16

Columbadi/Fri. (Dove day. Day of Madria Grace. Sacred Symbol of the Dove.)

O, Madria Grace, Jana of Compassion, Love and Mercy, be with us. May the Pure Stream of Your Grace flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come. Blessed are You.

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Lately, I’ve been considering writing a post about the nature of evil in this world. It is often hard to understand how something that Dea created for our use could both harbor and foster so much true evil. And where the media tends to focus on the negative, it often appears that evil far out-weighs good.

This may lead to feelings of overwhelming disillusionment and depression. It often becomes difficult to look forward to the future as being one of hope and bright promise. The darkness appears to swallow up the light. But, as the shadow does not truly devour the sun during an eclipse, evil is not truly conquering good. That is an illusion.

There have been many dark times or epochs in this world. But, it seems that in our era, evil is mushrooming across the globe in a way that has not been witnessed in living memory.

The Christian bible states: For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was anything kept secret, but that it should be revealed. (Mark 4:22, KJV.) We see this happening in our day. And the more this evil is being exposed, the more it is becoming increasingly unstable, insane and violent. Evil is currently in a blind rage because it knows that its time, and its Age, is nearing an end. This unmasking of evil is part of our awakening.

To the observant eye, evil tends to work in certain ways. Evil is a lie which pretends to be truth. Evil is quick to point to good and declare it to be evil. It points to evil and calls it good.

Evil hides behind a facade of benevolence. Evil resorts to name-calling and false accusations in order to deflect others from seeing it’s own sins and depravity.

Evil stifles the voices of its opponents in the name of ‘righteousness’. Evil is relentless in manufacturing one crisis after another, usually to its own benefit and to the detriment of others. Evil is enslaving while pretending to be liberating. In everything and in every way, evil inverts and twists and society suffers for it.

Evil works by inverting the good through cunning and misuse of intellectAlways, always, always, this is how it works. 

Lately, we have been witnessing this twisted inversion to an astonishing degree on the mundane level.

On a religious level, we witness satanists who invert the crucifix, the pentacle and the Catholic mass. We see perverted people posting our scriptures on their depraved websites. And down through the ages, we have seen members of one religion torture and kill the members of other religions, always in the name of their god.

This latest, modern inversion, which is happening on a massive, socially engineered scale, manifested during what Deanics and Filianics refer to as the Eclipse, which began in the late 1950’s/early 60’s (as explained in the previous post.) And, in our day, we can’t help but wonder just how much lower society can possibly sink into the bottomless mud-pit.

We are all aware of the darkness that is engulfing this world; a darkness that is becoming more and more violent with each passing week. The solar eclipse is symbolic of this engulfing darkness.

As Bishop Katia explained (in my first post) and as it is pointed out in this article, http://www.mother-god.com/what-is-a-solar-eclipse.html, solar eclipses represent a time out of time. It is neither day nor night. The Supernal Light of Our Lady has, symbolically, become obscure. It has become engulfed in darkness to our eyes.

I have often contemplated the nature of evil, along with the pervading ‘system’ in this world, the predator vs prey system of life. No matter what dietary choices one makes in life, life in this world exists by the living consuming the living.

For humans: pescetarianism may be more humane than eating animals. Vegetarianism may be more humane than eating fish. Veganism may be more humane than eating dairy products…. but each and every diet on Earth, including veganism, consumes the living. Plants are living and are more aware than ever previously understood or recognized, as scientists are beginning to discover. The living must eat the living in order to survive on this Earth.

So, right off the bat, the most fundamental system of this world is based upon the predator vs prey paradigm. I truly believe this system is the root of all evil and is not of our Creatrix.

I once read that in the beginning, the ‘Primordial’ Golden and Silver Ages, humans were not quite as dense, in body, as we are, now. (Our religion teaches this, but I have also read this, elsewhere.)  And so, the nutritional needs of these rarefied, less dense bodies, were different. Consuming the dense bodies of the living was not necessary. And, indeed, this would have been true of all creatures on the Earth.

It only makes sense that as we pulled further and further away from Our Mother, the higher vibration of the Pleroma and the higher realms, our world and our bodies would become more and more dense. This density (please pardon my over-use of the word), requires a more dense fuel or nutrition hence, the predator vs prey system.

I’ve had a couple of interesting experiences which will illustrate the density of our bodies and how these bodies are not our True Selves.

Yesterday, I was having a particularly difficult day due to chronic pain. I opened the scriptures and it opened to The Clew of the Horse verse 47,  Thou art not thy body, nor is thy body any portion of thee. 48) It is an estate which thou holdest for a time, and after a time shall pass from thee. 

As so often happens, I was guided to the exact passage that would be the most beneficial to me. Through these verses, Dea reminded me that we are not our bodies that are so often wracked with pain and illness.

Then, I opened to this passage from the Temple of the Heart:

12) For the Spirit is One and I am the Spirit. 13) And thou art the Spirit, also, in the innermost temple of thy heart. 14) And She Who is the Spirit, My Mother, holdeth out Her hands to thee in happiness beyond all knowing and joy beyond expression of all words.

These passages further emphasized that I am not my body and that my inner joy is not dependent on this body. My body is something I use so I can exist in manifest creation, but my True Self is my spiritual self that does not need this heavy body in our True Home.

I have often read, from people who have had either out of body experiences or near death experiences, how sometimes it can be difficult to return to the body. They all seem to agree that the body is very dense and heavy compared to our True Self.

I actually had an out of body experience, for the first time ever, a few days ago. And, it should have shocked me or frightened me, but it didn’t. Quite the opposite, it seemed most natural. It happened because I woke up very suddenly.

Many believe that our spirits leave our bodies while we are in a deep sleep when our brains are at delta level. A few days ago, I woke up in such a way that I experienced my spirit returning to my body. I cannot emphasize enough that nothing like this has ever, ever happened to me, before. I was in the state between sleep and wake-fullness called hypnagogia. I can still remember this experience very clearly and my thought at the time was: wow, they were right, our bodies really are very heavy.

I always think of our bodies as being like organic android bodies that we animate with our souls while we are here. And they are very heavy compared to our rarefied soul forms and our energy spirits. These heavy bodies which are run by electricity can break down, but the spirit does not.

My father was a strong and active sea captain before his stroke which left him half-paralyzed and in a wheel chair for fifteen years. When he lay dying with his family surrounding him, he seemed to be struggling to let go. And so I put one hand on his forehead and the other on his arm. I let go…in my mind… I took a step back in my mind so to speak and I prayed that he could pass, safely.

At that very moment, I felt a flood, a rush of his energy go through my hand and up my arm.  This energy ‘leaned on my shoulder’ just as my dad would have. I sensed that his energy then hovered in the air…and he was so joyful. I could sense it so strongly….he was ecstatic. He was free of that old, broken, heavy body. He was young again, because the spirit never ages. He was free and rejuvenated. Then, he was gone. I stood up, but everyone else in my family still had their heads bowed and so I thought I must have been mistaken. But, at that moment, the nurse, who had been monitoring my father’s brain waves in the next room, came in and confirmed that my father was gone.

I never mourned my father, because I knew what had happened to him and I knew where he went.

These stories serve to illustrate not only how heavy and dense our bodies are, but also the fact that they are a reflection of how heavy, dark and dense our realm has become in this Iron Age, this Kali Yuga.  This dark, heaviness is exemplified by the solar eclipse. And through all of this, I have gained a tiny inkling of what the Holy Daughter must have suffered during Her Descent.

It is due to the fact that we live in such a dense dimension and inhabit such heavy, low-vibrational bodies, that I feel we misunderstand the ‘Cosmic War’ between good and evil. We tend to think of it in religious terms. Christianity teaches that this is a war between heaven and hell; between Satan and St. Michael; between angels and demons. And, yes, this is one way to describe it, but it is not the only way.

We may also think of this war as being interdimensional or inter-realm between beings of Light and beings of darkness. Between true humans and those who are not from here. And between those of the Light and those of the darkness. Whether this war is carried on beyond our cosmic borders, we have no way of knowing.

Yet another way to view this war between good and evil is to understand that someone or some force came here, long before living history, and interfered with the natural order of this planet. This someone or these beings or this force may have been supernatural, interdimensional, purely spiritual or inter-cosmic. These beings have been called by many names, most notably demons, Archons and fallen angels.

We well may be in the darkest hour before the dawn in this on-going war; in that exact moment immediately before the sun’s rays are no longer fully eclipsed. We have entered an ‘in-between’ time. This is where we are in the Iron Age, that ‘in-between’ time. The time between the descending and ascending yuga or age.

There are conflicting opinions as to how long each age lasts and our place upon the timeline of the Iron Age. I find this chart to be helpful:

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(Hesiod included an Heroic Age. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ages_of_Man

http://www.bibhudevmisra.com/2012/07/end-of-kali-yuga-in-2025-unraveling.html (The accompanying article is highly recommended, even if you just skim read parts of it.)

If we are, indeed, at the end of the ascending Iron Age,  is it any wonder that evil is roaring like a mighty bull, threatening to take over our beautiful planet? It’s time is short. The Eclipse is almost over. The Sun will soon reappear in all it’s radiant glory.

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Next week: What is our role during this final Eclipse of the ascending Iron Age? And what do our scriptures have to say about our times?

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May Our Lady bless you and keep you and your loved ones beneath Her Mighty Mantle.

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ArchMadria Candra Sophia