The Feast of Lucidi : Festival of Light

Luci derives from Lucia the feminine given name from the Latin word Lux (Light) with the French word ending di for day (pronounced dee). [1]

Traditionally, this is the day when all Astrean greenery, wreaths, etc. are removed from the home.
Poem Ceremonies For Candlemas Eve by Mr Robert Herrick [2]

At night, every light and every candle is lit rendering the hestia (our sacred homes) into blazing beacons of love for Déa, the Holy One. This is the night
when our faith in Her as the Most Pure, Primordial Light, shines forth like a living torch. The glow from our hestias and hearts symbolically extends out into
the cosmos. (For those with children and pets, LED candles may be substituted for natural candles).

For devotees of the Déanic Order of Kore Di-Jana (Janites) this is the Time of Light… symbolic of the Bright Light of the Mother; the Gentle Light of the
Daughter, and the Shimmering Dark Light of the Great Mother Who is Absolute Source.

Britains only sunshine 26 January 2018 by Alamy

On this night, let us soak up the Light of the graces (Divine Energies) of the Celestial Mother to fill every aspect of our being so that it may over-spill into
our daily lives and illumine all whom we may meet upon our path.

The January 2018 supermoon rises above the Light & Life statue in Glasgow, Scotland by PA. [3]
Let the Love of the Holy Daughter determine our every act, our every thought, our every word.

shimmer of light on dark ocean

Let the Life of the Great Mother fill us with gratitude and well-being.

Those who are drawn to formal ritual may celebrate the Rite of Sacrifice.
https://deanic.com/the-rite-of-sacrifice/

The light from our candles and lamps prefigures the renewal of the coming Sacred Season of Spring and the Most Holy Daughter as our Soteria.
The suggested scripture reading is:

Free download:
http://apronstrings.racemochridhe.com/ece/

(with thanks to the Madrian, independent Déanic & Filianic contributors and editor Mr Race MoChridhe)

November 2017
The Filianic Scriptures, The Eastminster Critical Edition of the Clear Recital
Version: ECE 3rd Edition

The Teachings of God the Daughter, The Light, verses 1-6

1). I am sent of My Mother to bring you a light, that you may find your souls before the darkness comes. 2). Seek not advantage over other creatures, but let you be indifferent as to whose is the advantage. 3). Seek excellence, but seek nor praise nor honour nor reward. 4) Practice not revenge, but offer only love to them that harm you; and those that would take from you, give to them freely. 5). Be you the servant of every person, ranking not yourself above the lowest; nor for the highest, lest ungentleness or envy touch your soul. 6). But before and beyond the love of humanity there lies the love of Déa; for She is the Source and Fountain of all love.

Please note that these verses have been altered to become gender neutral when referring to “children of Dea”/humanity and person.

There are many beautiful rituals, prayers and poems online for the Goddess Brighid (pronounced BRIGG-id or BREE-id), for Imbolc/Candlemas which
may be included in the Rite (during Contemplation in the clearly marked section). Liturgy is mandatory for Madrinas and Madrias.

Those whose spirituality is more free-flowing, may simply bask in the candle-glow while being mindful of the Presence of Déa and/or perform any
meaningful practice or ritual. It is a good night for divination and prayers asking for Our Lady’s Will and guidance in our lives.

The Holy Trinity as Celestial Light [4]

O, Celestial Mother, You are our Universal Light, shining like the Sun;
O, Holy Daughter, You are the gentle Moon of our salvation;
O, Great Mother, You are the sheltering Stars above us.
Blessed are They.

On This Day [5]

On this day,
as we kindle the flame in our hearts,
We pray that the flame of Bridie ignites in our souls,
and the souls of all we meet.
We pray that no envy and malice, no hatred or fear,
may smother the flame.
We pray that indifference and apathy, contempt and pride,
may not pour like cold water on the flame.
Instead,
may the spark of Bridie
light the love in our souls
so that it might burn brightly throughout the year.
May we warm those that are lonely;
our light guide those who are lost,
so that all may know the comfort of Bridie’s Love.

by ©2002 Morgana West

Prayer for Light in my Heart [6]

Dea, our Divine Mother, hear my prayer
and let the radiance of your love
scatter the gloom of my heart.
The light of Your Holy Daughter’s love will guide me –
free me from the distractions that belong to darkness.

Temple of our Fiery Rose Heart Meditation [7]

Sit in a comfortable position with your eyes closed.
Bring your awareness to your body and the breath. Breathe in and out deeply from the belly 5-6 times.
If any thoughts come up, don’t resist them, simply allow them to pass without engaging in them. Imagine your thoughts as leaves floating down a stream,
they are there, but you are just looking at them, observing them as they go by.

Imagine you are sitting in the centre of your favourite landscape at this time of year.

It is a cold, crisp night in the hours just before dawn. The starry sky arches as a vast, twinkling darkness above you. You are sat upon the earth; the soil is
hard and frozen; the grass glistening with frost. The land is silent and asleep. Your body and being are motionless, chilled and inert like the winter earth but
you sense inside yourself the stirrings of change and you know that you must prepare for its coming.

Draw your attention inward to the very centre of yourself; this place is the centre of the sacred circle of your being, it is the spark of life; it is the fuelling heat at the centre of the planet; it is the burning sun at the heart of our galaxy; it is the fire of the smith that will magically melt and transform you; it is a candle flame of hope in the darkness. It is from this Divine Fiery Rose Heart Temple that you will ignite and spread the sacred fire.

Standing at the centre of your inner sacred circle, you see the tinder and dry wood of your life, ready to be lit, and in their lighting you know that the heat of
this fire will bring a change in the land, will bring the first tender signs of new life and renewal, of growing strength.

Become aware of your solar plexus. There is a flame that always burns here. Take some of this perpetual flame upon your blessing fingers* and now light
the wood at the centre of your inner circle from it. At first it glows only beneath the dark wood. Blow upon it the breath of your ideas and inspiration. As you
do this, the flames begin to grow until the fire lights up the darkness.

You find yourself back beneath the vast starry sky, upon the frosty, frozen earth, but now you are aware that there is a glow at the centre of your being. Feel its warmth and light spread out through your chest, down your pelvis, into your legs and feet; feel it moving up through your shoulders, down your arms and into your hands and fingers, up through your neck and into your head, until your whole body is filled with its golden heat and light. You are radiant in the darkness. Stay here in this moment for a while – take note of the feelings and images that rise…

Your attention moves from the inner glow to the land around where you sit. You gaze down at the once frozen soil beneath. The frost has melted into life
giving moisture, droplets hanging from the blades of green, and through the earth a carpet of snowdrops rises, drinking in the life giving melt,
strengthening themselves in the warmth of your glow. As if by magic you watch their brave green shoots pierce through, their delicate, white blossoms
unfurl and hang in gentle bells of white. You have lit the fires of passion within and the land responds with the first tender signs of a new beginning. Pause
for a moment; take note of all you feel and see…You gaze at the horizon; along the line of the land, a slim strip of the sky begins to lighten…Our Holy
Daughter, the Mystery of Aurora, She Who is the Dawn of All Life.

When you are ready, slowly return to the present. Slowly open your eyes, stretch and go on with the rest of your day… joyful, and refreshed by Déa’s Holy Light within your Divinely Created self.

*The Déanic Order of Kore Di-Jana (Janites) blessing hand is the right hand, we hold the thumb and first two fingers of the right hand together, symbolizing the Holy Feminine Trinity.

~~~

It is also the Feast of the Celtic Triple Goddess Brighid, (meaning exalted one, pronounced BRIGG-id or BREE-id), who is considered to be a Living Stream Goddess, as Her devotional cult has continued, unto this day, under the guise of St. Bridgit.

Crafts

Colouring

St. Brigid of Ireland coloring page © 2009 C.M.W.

TERMS OF USE: All of my coloring pages are my own artwork and are free for any fair, not-for-profit use by individuals, families, home schooling groups,
or other educational cooperatives and schools.

Copies may not be sold or reproduced for profit.
Charlotte [8]

Craft a Brighde’s Cross https://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-St-Brigid%27s-Cross-with-Pipe-Cleaners (this is the same technique for other materials)
for the Déanic symbolism see https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2017/01/31/symbolism-of-brigids-cross/

Craft a paper or card Candle see the section here https://deanic.com/2017/11/14/how-to-obtain-a-deanic-sun-wheel-when-to-use-it-as-a-prayerful-act/

My personal favourite form of Déa, in Ireland Brighde Queen of Heaven.
Icon (and prayers) of Saint Brighde “recalling the celestial nature of Goddess Brighde, the blue mantle symbolising the sky, and the golden hair the fire of
the sun.” “Blue mantle, a girdle and a staff, garb which resembled that worn by Celtic priestesses in Roman Europe : since the nuns were reported as
wearing a special costume, we may reasonably suppose that it looked something like this.” page 6, Brighde The Folklore of the Irish Goddess and Saint
by Janet E McCrickard, 1 Sept 1987.
Community of virgin priestesses tending an ashless fire possibly fueled by butter within a circular building. Kildare (Gaelic Cill – Dara “cell of the oak”).
Males were excluded.
Symbol: harp or wheatsheaf
Animal: white cow
Bird: oystercatcher which is called in Gaelic gille-Brìde, servant of Bridget [9]
Flowers: dandelion is called in Gaelic ‘beannan Bride’ or ‘the little notched plant of Bride’ and its milk-like sap is food for the early lambs.
snowdrop locally called “Candlemas Bells” and “Purification flowers”. [10]

A traditional Manx invitation Song to Brigid – Arrane Y Ben Thie (aka Clean Suggane) [11]

Originally collected by Manx folklorist Mona Douglas
Sung by Emma Christian

English lyrics

Bridget, Bridget, come to my house,
come to my house tonight.

Bridget, Bridget, come, oh come,
To my house this night.

Open the door to Bridget,
and let Bridget come in.

Bridget, Bridget, come to my house,
come to my house tonight.

My personal playlist for The Feast of Lucidi : Festival of Light
https://mydevotionstodea.tumblr.com/post/170362531867/playlist-for-the-feast-of-lucidi-festival-of

Prayers

Brigit be Bithmaith

Brigit,
eternally good woman,
bright, golden,
quickening flame.

May she carry us
to the eternal lands.
She, radiant fire
of the sun.

11th century
Irish Liber Hymnorum

~

‘Brigit, excellent woman, sudden flame,
may the bright fiery sun take us to the lasting kingdom.’

Ancient Irish song

~

See:
https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2017/01/28/sacred-month-of-brighid-23rd-january-february-19th/
Also See:
https://www.druidry.org/library/gods-goddesses/brighid-and-fires-love
https://www.druidry.org/library/gods-goddesses/brigid-survival-goddess
https://www.druidry.org/library/gods-goddesses/brigit

Weather Divination

“If Candlemas Day be bright and fair
Half the winter is to come and mair (more)
If Candlemas Day be dark and foul
Half the winter was over at Yowl (Christmas) [12]

~

À la Chandeleur, l’hiver cesse ou reprend vigueur
On Candlemas, winter ends or strengthens

À la Chandeleur, le jour croît de deux heures
On Candlemas, the day grows by two hours

Chandeleur couverte, quarante jours de perte
Candlemas covered (in snow), forty days lost

Rosée à la Chandeleur, hiver à sa dernière heure
Dew on Candlemas, winter at its final hour [13]

Feast Foods

Known as Lupercalia to the Romans, Sul-Minerva to the ancient Brits, or Imbolc or Brigid’s Day to the ancient Celts, this “cross quarter day” occurred
halfway between winter solstice and spring equinox (somewhere between January 31st to February 4th). It is believed to be dated as far back as the
Neolithic when megalithic chambers marked the light of the rising sun on this day.

Imbolc is believed to be derived from the old Irish word for milk “Oilmec” and it referred to the time when impregnated ewes began to lactate the “new
milk” or “Oilmec” associated with purification. It customary to offer this sacred milk to Brigid by pouring it onto the earth to speed the return of green and
fertility to the land. And today it is still made into special cheese and butter along with other magical ingredients associated with the sun (such as egg yolks
and honey) for the Imbolc feast. [14]

Bannock is a slightly sweet fruit loaf or like a scone, an excellent partner to cheese or with a strong cup of tea.
https://mydevotionstodea.tumblr.com/post/170369898452/bonnach-bride-or-bannock-of-bride-brighid-recipe

Cheese Fondue (flame) http://theanticraft.com/archive/imbolc08/flamingcheese.htm

Herb butter https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/herbbutters_8631

Any Pancake (their shape suggests the solar disk)
Blueberry & Oat Pancakes with Cinnamon pancakes
https://mydevotionstodea.tumblr.com/post/170370262957/pancakes-for-breakfast-blueberry-oat-pancakes

In the past it was customary for women to dress in white (to honour the bride of the new year) as they gathered together at sundown to light sacred bonfires to purify the fields in preparation for the new year. These fires burned off the old year and invited in the fertilizing, life giving power of the new sun. Because Brigid was the goddess of smithcraft, poetry and inspiration, her fires symbolized inner sight and illumination, and many women practiced the arts of fire divination.

Then, returning home, hearths were lit, and lighted candles placed in each window to light Brigid’s way to their homes. Gifts of food were presented to the
goddess before the traditional Imbolc or Brigid’s Feast was served. [14]

Afterwards “A sheaf of corn and an oaten cake used to be placed on the doorstep on St Brigid’s Eve for the ‘wee’ folk (fairies) and also as a thanksgiving for the plenteous grain-crop and for good luck during the following year.” [15]

By the late 16th century (when the potato first arrived in Ireland) a dish called Colcannon made of mashed potato, cabbage, butter and onion), joined the
list of now traditional Imbolc dishes. And it was customary for the whole family to be involved in the mashing. [15]

Another important food ritual involved the Bonnach Bride or Bannock of Bride (an oatcake made with fruits and nuts). These cakes or “bannocks” were made to attract health and prosperity for the coming year, and on Imbolc day mothers gave out these bannocks to girls who carried the Bridey Doll through the village going house to house. The Bonnach Bride was also eaten in the fields so that a piece could be thrown over the shoulder to honour Brigid and nourish the land. [15]

Blessing

Dear Saint Bridget of the Kine
Bless these little fields of mine,
The pastures and the shady trees,
Bless the butter and the cheese,
Bless the cows with coats of silk
And the brimming pails of milk,
Bless the hedgerows, and I pray
Bless the seed beneath the clay,
Bless the hay and bless the grass,
Bless the seasons as they pass,
And heaven’s blessings will prevail,
Brigid – Mary of the Gael. [16]

(I will be saying this for my Mom’s family’s farm in the English Midlands. Madrina Sophia).

~~~

Let us join our ancestors in the observance of this most sacred night and may we trust in its promise of growing light, the return of Spring and in the hope
of the Holy Daughter as our Soteria.

~

May the Light of Déa ever illumine your hearts and guide your souls.

~

ArchMadria Candra Sophia and Madrina Sophia

Notes:

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucia_(name)
http://french.languagedaily.com/wordsandphrases/days-of-the-week

[2] Ceremonies For Candlemas Eve
Poem by Mr Robert Herrick, 1891.

Down with the rosemary and bays,
Down with the mistletoe;
Instead of holly, now up-raise
The greener box, for show.

The holly hitherto did sway;
Let box now domineer,
Until the dancing Easter-day,
Or Easter’s eve appear.

Then youthful box, which now hath grace
Your houses to renew,
Grown old, surrender must his place
Unto the crisped yew.

When yew is out, then birch comes in,
And many flowers beside,
Both of a fresh and fragrant kin,
To honour Whitsuntide.

Green rushes then, and sweetest bents,
With cooler oaken boughs,
Come in for comely ornaments,
To re-adorn the house.
Thus times do shift; each thing his turn does hold;
New things succeed, as former things grow old.

http://www.luminarium.org/sevenlit/herrick/candlemas1.htm

[3] Bill Ritchie, a director of Atelier Ten design consultants and engineers, commissioned the statue as a tribute to his grandmother, Ruby, from artist
Kenny Mackay.
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14625249.Light_and_Life_golden_statue_replaced_on_Glasgow_s_former_Co_op_building/
[4] from our Madrian / Janite Liturgy.
Copyright of the Janite Order of Priestesses. For personal use, only. Permission for the members of the JOP to share on their media with all due crediting.
https://mydevotionstodea.tumblr.com/post/168054697747/symbolism-of-the-holy-trinity-as-celestial-light
[5] https://www.unitythroughdiversity.org/brides-mound.html
©2002 Morgana West of http://morganawest.weebly.com/
[6] Copyright of Madrina Sophia. Seek Permission and share with all due crediting. For private use only.
[7] Adaptation of Maria Ede-Weaving’s Lighting the Inner Fire Meditation
https://luckyloom1.wordpress.com/?s=Lighting+the+Inner+Fire
[8] Should be downloadable (could not be found) from her blog as this requires a subscription https://www.scribd.com/doc/26197102/St-Brigid-of-Ireland
by Charlotte http://www.waltzingm.com/p/coloring-pages-month.html I saved it as a jpeg here.

[9] http://www.highlandbiodiversity.com/the-seashore-through-gaelic-eyes.asp#subpage4
[10] Dandelion http://www.goddessalive.co.uk/issue-2-home/brighde-of-the-isles-2/
Snowdrop http://celticways.com/blog/2005/01/this-is-season-of-brigid.html
[11] A traditional Manx invitation to Brigid – Arrane Y Ben Thie (aka Clean Suggane) you can find a modern arrangement with sheet music here, and an
audio file with pronunciation help (minus one verse) here. http://www.gaolnaofa.org/library/music/clean-suggane/
[12] An old traditional Scottish poem
http://www.rampantscotland.com/gaelic/gaelic_fada_farsaig_candlemas.htm
[13] Breton Chandeleur / Candlemas sayings
https://www.lavenderandlovage.com/2013/02/recipe-crepes-de-la-chandeleur-candlemas-pancakes-for-candlemas-day.html
[14] https://gathervictoria.com/2017/12/15/sympathetic-magic-and-the-midwinter-festival-of-lights/
[15] https://gathervictoria.com/2016/01/20/midwinter-feast-of-light-reviving-the-magical-foods-of-imbolc/
[16] Saint Bridget of the Kine blessing http://celticways.com/blog/2005/01/this-is-season-of-brigid.html

This Christian candlemass idea could be adapted for Déanic & Filianic children
http://www.barnabasinschools.org.uk/candle-prayers-for-reflection/

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Adoria – Greetings to all

To our friends and devotees,
as Christian friends, we wish you a Merry Christmas.
as Jewish friends, we wish you a Happy Hanukkah.
as Filianic friends, we wish you a Holy Nativity.

as Deanic friends, we wish you a Blessed Adoria – Glory & Praise to our Holy Daughter Kore Di-Jana.

Adoria with star & Janae rays copyright of Madrina Sophia. Only share with this caption.
I have traced the cover artwork from The Coming Age periodical, Issue 5, 1977
This is the white skin coloured version.
I plan to produce brown, black and yellow tones.
It is altered and my copyright but as long as this is not used for profit, I am happy for it to be shared.
   I have chosen old gold for Mother Mari’s holy halo, stars and head veil symbolising Her as supernal Sun. Her blue dress symbolising sky and Heaven. Her indigo shoes symbolising Mysteria the Dark Mother. The Star of Hope a blue silver for our Holy Daughter. See: https://deanic.com/2017/11/29/the-triple-stars-of-dea-filia-at-adoria/ Her dress is green for regeneration.
  (Their hair colour has no significance being merely a contrast to all the gold).
Janae Rays (3 for the Holy Feminine Trinity)

The positions have no significance.
Starting at approx 9 o’clock going sunwise
3 rays of Violet Indigo for Jana Madria Rhea

approx 11 o’clock
3 rays of Old Gold for Jana Madria Theia

approx 1 o’clock
3 rays of Violet for Jana Madria Candra

approx 2 o’clock
3 rays of Custom Blue for Jana Madria Grace

approx 4 o’clock
3 rays of Fiery Red for Jana Madria Vicka

approx 5 o’clock
3 rays of Custom Green for Jana Madria Thema

approx 7 o’clock
3 rays of Yellow Saffron for Jana Madria Sage

Madrina Sophia

The Triple Stars of Dea Filia at Adoria

“Astrea brings the frost and snow
And also brings a Star –
Sign of our Lady’s love, to show
Her coming is not far.”
The Thirteen Months, anonymous. [1]

Adoria will begin after the appearance of the First Star of the Evening, which I think is a really beautiful and lovely Tradition. Even more so as we are celebrating not only the Appearance of the Holy Daughter, but we are also celebrating Her as the Triple Stars: She is the Star of Hope, the Midnight Star of Wonder and the North Guiding Star.

Evening Star / Venus : Star of Hope

The evening star represents the hopeful and joyful anticipation of the Divine Appearance of Daughter God on earth within our cosmic drama. Humanity when we chose to leave our Mother God to explore and know everything, distanced ourselves from Déa. “The evening star Venus often symbolized a fall from grace.” [2] Janites would re-phrase ‘fallen’ to ‘separation’.

THE MYTHOS OF THE DIVINE MAID

PART ONE
CHAPTER I

1 When the first night had come upon the world, the Mistress of All Things stood alone once more, as She had in the beginning.

2 For a terrible abyss had opened to lie between the world and She, and Her creatures could not look upon Her brightness. [3]

The Mother being “too bright for us to look upon.” [3] “The Celestial Mother is often compared to the (Supernal) Sun, in how She can be seen to us, but also too bright to fully look upon from our perspective. We see glimpses of Her, but She does not have One True Face to be seen, for She dazzles all of us differently. While the Mother’s radiance is too bright to look upon for long, the Daughter acts as a mirror to reflect that light in a gentle but dimmed form for us to experience.” (Supernal Moon) [4]

“For Adoria [Nativity] is the beginning of everything. It is the act by which Déa brings Herself back to us after we have become utterly cut off from Her.” [1]

THE MYTHOS OF THE DIVINE MAID
CHAPTER II

1 And She walked across the seas and deep into the forests of the earth until She came upon the deep cave that was at the centre. 2 And She entered the cave. And a star rose above the sacred grove that lay about the cave, brighter and more resplendent than all the stars of the heavens. 3 And the star was seen all over the earth; and the children of the earth were filled with wonder, and they came to the place where the star stood in the sky.

With the appearance of that first star / planet, the Janae and also humanity, are waiting in hope for our Celestial Mother Mari to proceed (emanate) Kore Di Jana, who mediates the Divine Light to all creation, She sustains and preserves all planes of manifestation (worlds). Kore Di Jana, our Madria Filia is the Holy Hope whom uplifts, inspires and thereby leads and guides humanity’s words, thoughts and deeds in this world back to focus upon Madria Déa.

“Originally, the terms “morning star” and “evening star” applied only to the brightest planet of all, Venus. Far more dazzling than any of the actual stars in the sky, Venus does not appear to twinkle, but instead glows with a steady, silvery light. The fact that Venus was a “wandering star” soon became obvious to ancient sky watchers, who noticed its motion relative to the background stars, going from the eastern sky in the morning to the western sky in the early evening. I myself like to refer to Venus as the “night light of the sky.”” [5]

“Even the most sophisticated of mortals cannot help but sense the awesome majesty of the evening skies nor, beholding it, long refrain from wondering and pondering deep and far away thoughts, as the immense canopy of the stars descends upon them.” [6]

Symbol

vedic cosmology

The word pentagram comes from the Greek: “pente means 5 (as in Pentagon). “Gram” comes from the Greek verb graphein, “to write”. The same ending is found in such words as telegram. Thus, pentagram refers to a five pointed star, or “any figure of five lines.”
An upright pentagram is a 5 pointed star with one point aligned upwards. [7]

The symbol itself dates back to Roman times, where it was called the “Rose of Venus.” [8]

The planet Venus is associated with Jana Madria Grace, and one of Her virtues is Love and Her path of Love. This is for those who are of an emotional or spiritual inclination: lovers of the world, Priestesses, and mystics.
All this path requires is to love Déa and keep moving upwards towards Her.

This symbol apparently originated as the symbol of a Goddess who was worshiped over an area which extends from present-day England to Egypt and beyond. Her name was Kore (a.k.a. Car, Cara, Carnac, Ceres, Core, Kar, Karnak, Kaur, Kauri, Ker, Kerma, Kher, Kore, Q’re, etc.). As Carmenta she was said to have invented the Roman alphabet. From her alternative Roman name Ceres have evolved many English words: cardiac, carnal, cereal, core, corn, and kernel. The port of Caraalis, (now Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia), was named after her.
[9]

Kore was worshiped within the Coptic Gnostic Christian religion in Alexandria, Egypt, during the 4th century CE. Her festival, the Koreion, was held yearly on JAN-6. This was adopted by the Christian church as Feast of Epiphany (a.k.a. Twelfth Night). [10]

5000 years ago, the people of Eastern Europe and Alexandria, Egypt worshipped the Holy Virgin Goddess Kore, holding her to be the inner soul of Mother Earth, the female spirit of the universe. Her festival, the Koreion, was held on the Winter Solstice’s shortest day, which by their calendar calculations was January 6th.
The Koreion Festival celebrated Kore giving birth to the New Year god, the Aeon. At this festival, the priests announced to the public that the Holy Virgin had brought forth the Savior, the Aeon, whose image was decorated with gold stars and the sign of the cross, and was carried seven times around the temple.

3000 years later — in the early centuries CE — Eastern European Christians superimposed a new holiday onto the ancient Koreion Festival of the Holy Virgin Goddess. They transformed Kore’s January 6 festival into a holiday they named “Epiphany,” [11]

On this day Kore was supposed to be giving birth to the New Year god, the Aeon (originally meaning life but tended to mean ‘age’, ‘forever’ or eternity). In the story of Kore and Aeon, we can see the probable origin of the concepts of Virgin Births and Saviors. [12]

Easy Origami Modular 5 Pointed Star: http://www.origami-instructions.com/easy-modular-5-pointed-star.html

Another evening star shape:
Indigenous American Peoples.

 

This is fascinating as the Evening Star / Venus : Star of Hope reflects the shape of the North Guiding Star, both symbols of our Holy Daughter God.

Star of Hope & Guiding North Star

Which emanates from Sun symbols representative of our Mother God. (Demonstrated at the end of this article).

Notes:

[1] The Coming Age periodical, Issue 1 Winter & Moura, 1976.
http://www.oxfordgoddessrevivalarchive.org/cms/items/show/2
The Coming Age periodical, Issue 5 Winter & Moura, 1977.
http://www.oxfordgoddessrevivalarchive.org/cms/items/show/77
[2] http://www.revolutioninreligion.com/index.php?page=morning-star
[3] July 2012
The Filianic Scriptures, New Celestial Union Version (Second Edition, Third Update)
Free download:
https://theahaus.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/fulltext-of-ncuv.pdf
(with thanks to Glenn King)
[4] Copyright of Sorella Rose (Sophian Déanist) Seek Permission and share with all due crediting. For private use only.
https://priestessofholywisdom.wordpress.com/the-trinity/
[5] Joe Rao serves as an instructor and guest lecturer at New York’s Hayden Planetarium. He writes about astronomy for Natural History magazine, the Farmer’s Almanac and other publications, and he is also an on-camera meteorologist for News 12 Westchester, New York. https://www.space.com/31851-what-is-morning-star-evening-star.html
[6] Rt. Rev. Louis B. King http://www.swedenborgstudy.com/articles/christmas/lbk81.htm
[7] “Webster’s New World Dictionary: 3rd college edition”
[8] http://symboldictionary.net/?p=1510
[9] http://www.religioustolerance.org/wic_pent.htm
[10] Barbara G Walker, “The woman’s encyclopedia of myths and secrets,” Harper & Row, (1983), Page 514-515.
[11] http://www.netdeva.com/lisalindberg/seasonal-celebrations/winter-solstice.htm
[12] 4. Koreion http://ananyavayam.com/festivals/?p=5

The Christmas Midnight Sun 8 Pointed Fire Flower – Ukraine

Night or Midnight – Sun or Star : Star of Wonder

THE MYTHOS OF THE DIVINE MAID

PART ONE
CHAPTER 5

7. And the voice of the Jana was like to the rushing of a thousand waters. 8. And she spoke, saying: “Be not afraid, for a new light is dawning over the world. Be not afraid, but approach no further, for if you cannot look on me, how should you look upon my Lady, whose handmaiden I am?”
9. And her voice grew gentle, like the wind among the icicles, and sweet beyond all telling. 10. Then she spoke, saying: “This night shall a child appear that shall be the daughter of light and the princess of all the world. 11. A child is coming that she shall carry the light of Déa into every part of creation, even to the most desolate of the places of darkness. 12. Rejoice, poor wanderers of the earth and exiles from the house of your Mother, for to you shall come a guide and a deliverer.” [1]

Midnight marks Adoria the eternal appearance of Holy Daughter God, amongst creation, from Divine Mother God.

~~~

Spinning Star wheels

“The Languages of Symbolism is very deep, rich and very ancient and it is an art to be able to saturate yourself into it, and then test it in the actions of yours and other peoples lives. If writing is the invention of the language of the mind and all that comes with that… prior to history, symbolism was the language of the soul and all that comes with that. It is the root language of the empaths, the dreamers, the artists and the shamans which existed long before any creation of the runes, the alphabet or any written language…

My focus is on one of the symbols of my ancestors which is called the “Star” or what was in prehistory the “Midnight Sun”. In Ukraine traditions, its called the Mysteries of Kolyadky…” [3]

In Latvia, the Hexagonal Star is this

Ancient Nordic Latvian, Lithuanian Design Symbol homemade ornaments star

The 8 sided star is the star of redemption. (The action of saving or being saved from error, sin or evil).

Saule as Feminine Sun (which remember is also a star [2a])
is the Hexagonal Star within a Circle.

SAULES ZĪME In Latvian folk folklore this description of the symbol means heavenly shining, the Sun is central. The sun sign is strong.

“Latvian folklore specially points that central star of the space is Saule (Sun). Sun is symbol of eternal movement and life. In the line of other stars, Sun is placed in one of the highest hierarchical star rating. Sun sees everything and knows everything. In the territory of Latvia Sun symbols are found on bone tools already in Late Stone Age. Rhomb or cube is also seen as symbol of Sun and is seen on the ceramics of Middle Stone Age.
Sun is placed to be in the most honorable position any symbol can be. It is also because Sun is represented as mother of all children.” [2b]

“…the festival which is called that of Kolyáda,…seems to have referred in ancient times to the renewed life universally attributed to the Sun after the winter solstice, when the gloom of the long nights begins to give way to the light of the lengthening day. At that time, according to popular tradition, the Sun–a female being–arrays herself in her holiday robe and head-dress, takes her seat in her teléga, and urges her horses upon the summer track.

Kolyada (Коляда)

And to this solar goddess the people have given the name of Kolyada, and a custom used once to prevail in many places, and in some may still be kept up, of representing her by a girl dressed in white, who was seated on a sledge and driven about from house to house, while Kolyadki were sung by the young people who attended her, and who had various presents made to them in return; such gifts being supposed to have represented the contributions to a sacrifice which used to be made in the days of old. Here is one of the songs still sung at the Christmas festivals:–

Kolyada! Kolyada!
Kolyada has arrived
On the Eve of the Nativity.
We went about, we sought
Holy Kolyada,
Through all the courts, in all the alleys.
We found Kolyada
In Peter’s Court.
Round Peter’s Court there is an iron fence,

In the midst of the Court there are three rooms:
In the first room is the bright Moon;
In the second room, the red Sun;
And in the third room, the many Stars.” [Déanic symbolism 4a]

The name of Kolyáda, or Koleda, being derived by one philologist from Kolo, a wheel, and connected by another with Kolóda, a kind of yule log. [4b]

“On Christmas Eve was Kolyada born
Beyond the rapid river” [5]

Explanation of the song lyrics:
Like the Celts, Greeks and Balts, the Slavs believed that the western isle of paradise, Bouyan (from bui, “burning, ardent, fruitful, vernal”), [vernal means spring], was ruled by the sun-maiden Zorya. Zorya is the same word as Surya and can simply be taken to mean “Sun”. The details of Bouyan closely resemble the Baltic isle, home of Saule. Zorya sits not upon the cold grey stone of the Baltic or Swedish Sun-goddess, but upon the wonderful “fiery stone” Alatuir which is either a crystal, like the Sun-stone of the Celts, or amber, well-known in
northern lands for its solar connotations. [6a & 6b]
The “rapid river” is that which flows from beneath the Alatuir-stone of the western isle. Beneath its cold and turbulent waters lies the underworld, through which the Sun must pass every night. [6b]

Another song describes how “Holy Kolyada” is sought everywhere on the Eve of Nativity (that is, the Sun is “lost” in the darkness of Solstice night). [3]

“The main attribute of Christmas and the Mysteries of Kolyadky is since ancient times, as it was pagan octagonal star, called by the ancestors as Sura (from al-atar “white or heat-combustible”) in Ukraine. Star-Sura is a Ukrainian eight pointed star which represents the eight major cycles of nature within the four seasons. Its
characteristics are within folk ornamentation, especially the Hutsul. Overall, this symbol is found in every area of folk art in Ukrainian pysanky, Ukrainian embroidery, folk carving, etc. Esoteric, Sura is oktahramu: projection
diamond (heavenly light) to the square (the material world) [Déanic symbolism 7] and their mutual peresikannya. It [She] connects all
corners of the world and marks the absolute balance, harmony and balance, making a powerful healing effect.

Kolyadki Ukraine

The very high star attached to a pole firmly and rays swirled around the axis using the power and extended in lace from her. On one side of the star depicting the human face or the sun, the second – kolyadky scene. Inside sometimes inserted a candle, creating a sort of “magic lantern”.

In Latvia, its the Night Sun or Midnight Star as it is associated with Winter, the Winter Solstice and the protection from evil and shadows of the underworld.

Star symbol

Simplest form of star is simple cross which symbolizes as elements, the Fire and the Light which are basically the same thing, called Spirit. Pagan Latvians believes that magical rituals can be performed with this symbol and it often has a great meaning to those who use it in a sacred way.” [3]

“In Latvia, stars symbolise the victory of light over darkness. Protects from dark forces. It is a star with eight rays and symbolizes light victory in the fight against darkness. The mark protects and prevents dark forces, magicians and evil people.

Reverse Sawtooth Star Quilt Pattern

The star collar at night protects the sleeping soul.
If your bed sheet is covered with a star symbol then the bed sheet protects the sleeping soul from bad spirits.

The mark needed in every Latvian house to bring blessing and prosperity.

In the sauna, you can put the blinds on both the window sills, the staves (if any) and the doors.

Octalpha eight fold endless triangle reproduced to infinity
Slavic Protection Symbol – 8 pointed Star, the feminine Midnight Sun (Kolyadki)

Let’s put the mark on the air with your left hand: on purchased goods, on food. Applying 2 times must be said in the thoughts or words: “Holy Blessings, burn harmful fields”. The sign uses the honorary medicine, it hangs on the horse’s astra, in the children’s rooms, window panes, decorates the dwellings.

A selburose (meaning Selbu Rose) is a knitted rose pattern from Selbu in Norway in the shape of a regular octogram. It is a traditional pattern used for winter clothing. Perhaps the most typical garment is the Selbu mitten, selbuvott. It may also be used as a design on luseckofte (sweaters)
https://thornews.com/2012/09/06/the-story-of-the-selbu-mitten-selbuvotten/

Red Latvian Lielvarde Belt motif
The Embroidery and Knitting of Muhu Island, Estonia
kolyadky

It adorned in gloves, socks, belts, waistcoats, aprons, hugs. The sleeveless jacket of Lielvārde’s folk costume shirt.

Latvian Symbolism

In the archaeological materials, the motif of the star appears only in the 16th and 17th centuries. The symbol of the star is more common in the Finno-Ugrian peoples, Estonians and Livonians.

The Sign of the Moon Star
In songs it is often referred to as a protector and contains numerous references to “star blankets” and “star coats.” [8]

Star blanket

“During late paganism eras (after the 8th-10th century), with the influences of Christian and Catholic Religions, the Midnight Star has been called Koliada in Ukraine and other Slavic and Balkan pagan winter traditions, which is most important in ancient winter ceremonies and celebrations and then later into Christmas and Christian Religions.

Belarusian Каляда, Kalada, Kalyada
Bosnian, Croatian, Czech, Slovak, Slovene koledsa
Bulgarian, Macedonian, Serbian Коледа, Коледе
Kashubian kòlãda
Latvian an older ancient symbol Auseklis
Lithuanian Kalėdos, Kalėda
Polish Kolęda
Old Polish Kolenda
Old Church Slavonic Колѧда
Romanian Kolinda
Russian Коляда, Kolyada
Ukraine Коляда, Kolyadá

One question is: “Were the origins of the Winter Solstice Ceremonies Dances or Songs or both” ? Koleda is always celebrated with Carolers, but the root of the term “Carol” actually refers to “dancing” rather than its common connotation regarding song or singing. In Old French, “carole” is translated to “dance.” Similarly, in both Latin (choraula) and Greek (choraules) the root of the term means “to dance with the accompaniment of flute”. Thus caroling can actually be traced to more archaic traditions of solstice ritual dance much like kukeri,
the bear dances or mummer’s purification dances (in some purer villages) in its shamanic roots.

In Pre-Christian eras, Northern Europeans and Eastern Europeans would travel in order to join together to sing and dance in honor of the sacredness of the Winter Solstice. Although after the 13th century most carols centered around religion or pagan celebrations. These dances were directly birthed from the sacred shamanic dances of women that occurred during the winter moons of the time of peace when the oceans became calm and they were joined in dreaming by all their shaman and sacred sisters around the earth, called dream incubation of the cave eras.

The verb ‘koliadovat’ means to go from door to door, singing ritual songs, asking for sweets and the pagan aspects of wearing animal masks. Koliada is the time between Korochun (the Winter Solstice) and the first week of January. Lighted fires and candles are to light the darkest time of the year which was to echo the
ancient pagan custom of banging the sparks from the burning Budnik ritual log, that is lit up at Koliada, much like the English Yule log. Sviatky in Russia is equivalent to yuletide and is celebrated in January where all the young
girls and women in the family would practice folk divination, which is mostly melted wax into a water bowl.

The modern term of children and caroler’s singing is called kolyadovannya in Ukrainian and is now applied to similar Old East Slavic celebrations. In Bulgarian and Macedonian traditions of koleduvane (коледуване) or koledarenje (коледарење) which are also around Christmas and the Kolyadka (songs) are sung as well.
Koleda is also celebrated across northern Greece by the Slavs of Macedonia in Florina to Thessaloniki which is called Koleda (Κόλιντα, Κόλιαντα) and Koleda Babo (Κόλιντα Μπάμπω) which means “Koleda Grandmother” in Slavic and this directly ties Koleda (Winter Solstice) to the Winter Goddess Marzana making it the most archaic Koleda. This is a ritual of gathering in the village square and lighting a bonfire, followed by local Macedonian dancing. There is also a dance from Dubrovnik called “The Dubrovnik Koleda.”

Wigilia is the traditional Polish Christmas eve celebrations and sometimes called “gwiazdory” which is reference to the “Star” carriers. Before the 11th century they were all pagan celebrations and rituals and the oral traditions which were passed down for millenniums for generation to generation were lost and all we have left is a very small narrow culture of religious songs that lack the mystery. Poland’s Koledy, like other Slavic countries still [feature a] bright Star along with the singers and folk musician spreading seasonal good wishes.

Men parade the Kolyada plague, Balamut

Before wars descended upon the earth, men also had their essential roles and parts in the great rituals of the tribe and clans. Their rites (like most cultures) are historically viewed as war dances, but in actuality there was no war-based intentions in their origins, that was propaganda, a myth projected as real when they were just dances.

The ancient tradition of creating art is also an important path, as both talisman (to be worn) and amulet (to be placed or hung) has also been carried on in Slavic traditions of Christmas.” [3]

Slavic Alatyr Necklace Shield

See handicrafts on: https://ztzks.wordpress.com/zvaigznes-zime/

Artisan Star brooches by Mara Genere http://www.lraksti.lv/2014/02/auseklis-sign-of-star-liela-piespraude.html

Origami Fuse 8 pointed Star: http://www.origami-instructions.com/origami-fuse-8-pointed-star.html

Notes:

[1] July 2012
The Filianic Scriptures, New Celestial Union Version (Second Edition, Third Update)
Free download:
https://theahaus.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/fulltext-of-ncuv.pdf
(with thanks to Glenn King)
[2a] “When we look up at the nights sky, we often forget that we are looking at suns. They are obviously much further away, which is why they seem tiny compared to the miraculous golden orb that lights our day times, but they are still suns. On a clear night, when you look at the night sky and see stars, you are in fact looking at thousands and thousands of far away suns.”
Copyright of Madria / Sorella Erin / Guinevere. Seek Permission and share with all due crediting. For private use only.
https://hermaidenpriestess.wordpress.com/2016/11/27/the-sacred-month-of-astraea/
[2b] http://skyforger.lv/en/albums/stories/ancient-latvian-signs/
[3] By Phoenix of Elder Mountain, Edited by Sarah Burnt Stone.
https://eldermountaindreaming.com/2015/12/30/a-a-slavic-winter-her-midnight-sun/
[4a] Peter’s Court is a christianising of the pagan, celestial palace.
In Déa-nic terms we would state the pleroma, Heaven, the realm of Perfect Good.
This describes the realms of “O, Celestial Mother, You are our Universal Light, shining like the Sun; O, Holy Daughter, You are the gentle Moon of our salvation; O, Great Mother, You are the sheltering Stars above us.” from our Liturgy.
Copyright of the Janite Order of Priestesses. For personal use, only. Permission for the members of the JOP to share on their media with all due crediting.
[4b] http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/srp/srp08.htm
pages 186 – 188 The Songs of the Russian People by W. E. S. Ralston, M.A., London, 1872
[5] page 38, Vol. 2, Encyclopaedia of Religion, edited by Mircea Eliade, London, 1987
[6a] Amber, Golden Gem of The Ages by Patty Rice, New York, 1974
[6b] Pages 87 & 92 Eclipse of the Sun by Janet McCrickard, 1990
[7] In Déa-nic terms: diamond in the Madrian Geniae (Janae) correspondences is Sun and Theia and square symbolises the four-fold Janae of earth elements which Holy Daughter God sustains. It is Madria Déa caring for Her creations who have wandered away exploring and learning by sending Her Daughter into manifestation.
[8] Google translated https://ztzks.wordpress.com/zvaigznes-zime/

Guiding North Star

THE MYTHOS OF THE DIVINE MAID

PART ONE
CHAPTER 5

18. When the shining ones ceased from their song, the world became quiet again, and the star grew brighter and ever brighter, until it shone brighter than the radiance of all the host of heaven; and yet its light was so
gentle that the eyes of earth’s children were not dazzled, 19. and the colour of the light was not one of the seven, but a wondrous luminance not known within the boundaries of the world. [1]

The Northern Star, or Polaris, also appears to ‘stand still’ in the sky, while all the other stars revolving around it just as the Janae and all hosts of Heaven surround Our Lady. It is a ‘fixed’ point in the sky, a constant companion for setting one’s course just as the Holy Daughter is ever with us to guide us on our own Soul Path.
It represents infinity, eternity. The eternity symbolism can also represent going from a temporal, mortal state to an eternal, immortal, re-united state.

Lucky Star True North

Sailors use the Northern Star to navigate the often-times treacherous seas of the northern hemisphere, it was the Guiding Star home, just as the Holy Daughter, guides us back to the Celestial Mother and to the Supernal Realm which is our True Home.

This is why Janites call Her Holiness Kore Di-Jana meaning Daughter Divine Gate of Our Mother God.

Our Lady is known as Stella Maris, Star of the Sea. The Star itself was once known as Stella Mars (Star of the Sea). [2]

[1] July 2012
The Filianic Scriptures, New Celestial Union Version (Second Edition, Third Update)
Free download:
https://theahaus.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/fulltext-of-ncuv.pdf
(with thanks to Glenn King)
[2] https://deanic.com/the-seven-great-symbols-of-our-faith/
Copyright of the Janite Order. For personal use, only. Permission for the members of the JOP to share on their media with all due crediting.

Emanation within Symbols

8 point gold star
8 pointed star compass star 14 kt gold from markdefrates dotcom

Stars – Great Mother God

sun 8 point rays
sun symbol by zavraan-d94tyu3

Suns – Mother God

Indigenous American Evening Star / Venus, Star of Hope – Daughter God

North Star / Polaris, Star of Guidance – Daughter God

May Déa bless you with HOPE, WONDER, JOY & GUIDANCE. Blessed are They.

Madrina Sophia

The World Soul

4 Samhain/Nov. 3

Columbadi/Fri. Day of Madra Grace.

Dear Devotees,

I have been learning so much about the Holy Daughter Sophia, I can’t wait to return and share what I have been learning.

For us, the Holy Daughter is Kore Sophia. Though both the Shekinah and Sophia are known to have descended through the Seven Realms to become the World Soul, there is a difference between how They are each the World Soul. The Shekinah is the Soul of Her people, the Israelite community. She is bonded to Her people. The Divine Sophia, becomes the Soul of the World, the Soul of the Cosmos. As I have explained in the past, She is very much the Soul of Nature. When She has appeared in visions, She has shown Herself as the mountains, glens, lakes….all of Nature. She is not the mountain, the glen or the lake, but rather, She is the breath of each and everything; the sustaining Force or Energy. While we are not pantheistic, we are close to being panentheaistic. This is how we understand the Holy Daughter.

When you stand quietly in Nature, you can feel Her Presence. Sometimes, She will send a sign, like a morning dove or an owl.

See article: https://deanic.com/2016/10/27/the-holy-daughter-wears-the-garb-of-creation-but-she-is-not-creation/

She is with us so intimately, in a way that the Mother cannot be. And She loves us. And She offers us Her wisdom. And She offers us Her Wine/Water and Her Bread. And She offers us Her Soul and as, in Christianity, the Son raises us to the Father; the Daughter restores us to the Mother.

Sophia is not limited to one religion. She is the Soul of the entire World. She is of all people, everywhere….whoever will accept Her. She is waiting for all of us to recognize Her. It is Her Time. It is the prophesied Time of the Daughter.

This does not take away from the True Father or the Father and the Son, rather, it completes Them. This Time of the Daughter forms the final piece of the puzzle. As the prophesy stated: First was the Time of the Mother; then was the Time of the Father. Now  is the Time of the Son, then will come the Time of the Daughter. She is the last Member of the Divine Family to have Her Time and Place in our hearts.

We hold that Trinitarianism is not strictly monotheistic.  We believe in One Godhead with Divine Persons. There will be more on this teaching in the future.

See articles: https://deanic.com/2017/08/28/the-trinitytrinitarian-correspondences-in-the-janite-tradition/ Under the heading: The Question of Trinitarianism and Monotheism. https://deanic.com/2017/01/22/bits-and-pieces-iii/

I wish to explain that the newly named religion may practice the newly named Tradition, alone…. which focuses worship on the Divine Feminine Trinity, or they may practice a Blended Path such as newly named-Christian/newly named-Pagan/newly named-Jewish, etc. For myself, I am transitioning to newly named-Episcopalian.

This must be brief, as I must leave, but I wish to thank Madrina Sophia for the beautiful Shrine that she posted.

Blessings to all.

ArchMadria Candra Sophia

 

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.

Related image  (Eurynome is on the far left).

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.

Image result for the seven alchemical planets

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.

~

ArchMadria Candre Sophia

 

 

 

  1. http://www.suppressedhistories.net/articles/sophia.html
  2. http://www.suppressedhistories.net/articles/GnosticGoddessFallenSophia.pdf

Feast of Madria Thame’

1 Abalon/Sept. 5

Rosadi/Tues.

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Today is the Feast of Madria Thame’ (Thema). The Feast of the Janati is known as the Feast of All Heras in the former Madrian religion. In Janite Tradition, we observe the feast days of each individual Jana according to Their Season. The Sacred Season of Madria Thame’ is, of course, Fall and today marks the first day of Fall in the Deanic calendar.

We believe that Dea, Our Divine Mother God, is One and Three and Seven. The Seven are known as the Janati (Divine Gates of the Rivers of Life). Janati is a Sanskrit word for to generate; to have knowledge; to beget; to create; to cause to be born. We regard the Janati as the Seven Living Streams of Life and Virtue in manifest reality.

Jana, in ancient times, meant both moon and gate. And so, each Jana (singular of Janati in our religion, also spelled Janyati/Janya in the Filianic branch) is a Divine Gate or Divine Generator of the Seven Streams of Life and Virtue, all of which flow out of the Still Centre of the Absolute.

The Janati are the Seven Living Intelligent Streams or Rays of Dea in angelic form.

Madria Thame’ (Thema/Themis) is of the Fourfold Earth and is an angelic Face of the Celestial Mother, so to speak. We must remember that just as the Trinity is One and yet, Three, so the Janati are One and yet, Seven. Each is Dea and yet, each is an Individual. Madria Thame’ rules West and the Element of Earth.

At Her highest level, She rules the Power of the Harmony and Order of the Universe. At the planetary/Earthly level, She is the Mistress of all that is associated with harmony, justice and order on our planet.

At Her most Personal, intimate level, She is the Mistress of all that is associated with the needs of the hestia, all needs and categories that are normally associated with Earth and the Tarot suit of Pentacles or Discs. She can help us with employment, our homes and finances. She also helps in court and justice matters.  She has helped me and my family many times in miraculous ways. Harmony within the family, in relationships and amongst friends is also Her area of provenance.

The Janati are no more abstract Powers than are the Trinity. Just as the Trinity is Personal, the Members being actual Persons of the Trinity, so too, the Janati are Personal and are Persons of the Godhead. They are Forms of Dea and as such, we may pray to Them; we may call to Them; we may honor and worship Them. There is a Deanic saying: when you pray to a Jana, you are praying to Dea.

Let us honor Madria Thame’ with worship, prayer, flowers, candles, incense and hymns.

Praise and thanksgiving be unto You, O, Madria Thame’. May the Pure Stream of Your Virtues of Justice, Order and Harmony flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come.  Blessed are You.

Correspondences:

Jana: Madria Thame, which means, Queen and also Divine and natural Law, Order and Harmony. She is of the Four-fold Earth and Guardian of West and Earth.

Greek Name: Themis

English Name: Lady Justice

Face/Power/Blue Ray/Spirit/Form of the Celestial Mother

Mystery: Terram
Virtues: Order, Harmony and Justice.

Power: Justice.

Chakra: Throat
She is of the four-fold Earth and is Guardian of West and Earth.
Feast Day: 1 Abalon/Sept. 5
Planet: Jupiter.
Weekday: Abaldi/Thurs. (Abaldi-Appleday).
Metal: Tin
Color of Robes: Blue and purple.
Note: F (fa)
Element: Earth

Cardinal Direction: West

Tarot Association: Minor Arcana

Elemental Tool: Pentacle or Disc
Bird: Swan
Incense: Amber, Frankincense, Benzoin, Pine Resin, Dragon’s Blood, Sage, Cloves and Copal
Sacred Oil: Flaxseed Oil.
Sacred Herb: Mugwort.
Sacred Flower: Marigolds
Sacred Tree: Oak
Sacred Jewel: Jade
Sacred Symbol: The Apple.

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

Abaldi Prayer (add to the Mantra:) May the Pure Stream of your Virtues flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come.

 

 

 

 

 

Part II: The Holy Daughter

23 Vespera/Aug. 30

Stelladi/Wed.

Day of Madria Mati-Metis (Sophia)

O, Madria Mati, Jana of Intelligence, Intuition and Wisdom, be with us.

The Shattering of the Divine Soul of the Holy Daughter was, in our interpretation, prefigured by the tearing of Her Soul by the keres.  (Chapter IV, Mythos of the Divine Maid, verse 3),

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Dear Sisters and Devotees,

Some of this has been discussed in the past, but some of this is new. Though this is meant for the benefit of those readers and JOP members who are new to Janite thealogy and for our sisters in priestess training, I hope that all of our readers might benefit as to how Janites differ from other forms of Deanism in our view of  the Sacrifice of the Holy Daughter. Each way to understand the Cosmic Drama is but one facet of the One Sparkling Diamond of Divine Truth.

 

At the very beginning of our religion, before even Lux Madriana, the original teaching about Dea was that She was more of a Triple Goddess rather than an actual Trinity of three Distinct Persons. (According to what I had been told and to the best of my understanding.) She was Mari/Jana/Dark Mother (Jana probably should be pronounced Yana) and She was truly One. Interestingly enough, at the time of Christ, there was a a very popular goddess named Mari-Anna-Ishtar.

In this original Madrian thealogy, Mari was the Transcendent Celestial Mother and Jana was Mari in Her Immanent-earthly Form. (More rightly stated: heavenly-earthly Form).

It is my understanding that there was NOT the notion of a birth or of a nativity of the Holy Daughter.  Likewise, there was no idea of the Sacrificial Death of the Daughter. This latter doctrine, to my knowledge and to the best of my understanding, was not in place at the very beginning of our religion and probably would not have been looked upon with favor.

Today, Janites, as with a majority of the rest of the community, are more Trinitarian in our approach to Dea. We do believe that the Holy Daughter emanates or proceeds from the Celestial Mother and this, in earthly terms, may be thought of as a birth (janana) or nativity. And we do accept a Sacrificial Daughter. But, we, as Janites, differ in our approach to and interpretation of the Mythos of the Sacrificial Daughter than perhaps other Traditions within our religion.

The inspiration for the Passion of the Holy Daughter, in our scriptures, is based upon the Myth of the Descent of Inanna, which was the name given the Holy Daughter in the scriptures.

While the goddess Inanna was a goddess of promiscuous sex and war; and one who did not die for altruistic reasons; it is easy to understand why her passion mythos was chosen as a metaphor for the Death of the Daughter in our scriptures. Inanna descended down through the Seven Realms (1), which caused Her great suffering and She was hung on a tree which , in our scriptures, represents the world/axis/tree. All of this has a great and deep meaning and is certainly one way to contemplate the Great Cosmic Sacrifice. One thing that I have always loved about the Mythos of the Divine Maid is how the Celestial Mother smashes through the Gates of Hell to save Her Daughter and to resurrect Her as depicted in the imagery of Persephone and Demeter.

Janites take a different approach to the Sacrificial Mythos. We believe that Dea cannot separate Herself from Herself without destroying Her Eternal One-ness, Her Eternal Essential Nature. We also believe that a Person of the Trinity cannot give up Her Spirit because the Spirit of the Trinity is One. There is only One Spirit in the Godhead. It cannot be separated or given up for any reason without destroying Her Eternal Essence.

Furthermore, we believe that the  Eternal Spirit of a Person of the Trinity cannot absolutely die without the Person ceasing to be the Eternal God. We do not believe that the spirit, any spirit, can die. I am not familiar with other religions which teach that it is possible for a spirit to die, to be completely annihilated. The Spirit is the Eternal Nature of God and the spirit is our own eternal nature. So, Janites do not believe in the actual Death of the Spirit of the Daughter or of the Daughter, per se.

In summary of the above:

  1. The Daughter cannot be separated, even for a single instant, from Her Mother or They would cease to be eternally One.
  2. The God-self of the Holy Daughter cannot be taken from Her or She would cease to be Eternally God.
  3. The Spirit of God, even of the Holy Daughter, cannot die, cannot be completely annihilated for that is not possible. The spirit cannot die.
  4. The entire Nature of God, God’s Oneness, God’s Spirit, the God-self of the Daughter is Eternal, without ever ceasing. 

In the case of Jesus within Christianity, his human body died, yes, but his eternal spirit, his God-self did not die. In Christianity, he incarnated as an human, but he was still God. He was both God and man. His man-self died; his God-self did not die.

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While the Holy Daughter took on the Form of Soul (which the keres ripped with their talons in the Mythos: Chapter IV, Mythos of the Divine Maid, verse 3), She did not have a body.

So, rather than making use of the Mythos of Inanna to represent the Cosmic story of the Sacrifice of the Holy Daughter, we apply the non-Patriarchal Mythos of the Descent of Holy Sophia, Who, it is becoming recognized by many mainstream Christians, is a part of the Godhead. She is Mother and Daughter. And there are many who recognize Holy Sophia as the Divine Feminine Trinity of Mother, Daughter and Holy Soul.

As with the Shekinah, there was an Higher Sophia who was called by Gnostics, Barbelo and there was Lower Sophia, the Daughter.

In Sophian Mythos, the Daughter, Sophia. leaves Her Mother and suffers a painful Descent down through the Realms which causes a Shattering of Her Soul. Janite refer to this Mystery as Quassare, which means, to shatter.

This Shattering of the Most Holy Soul of Sophia gave birth to our own Souls which makes it possible for us to come into manifestation. The Holy Sophia literally shares with us, Her very Soul and so we are One with Her. This is the Passion Mythos that Janites use to contemplate the Divine Mystery of the Sacrificial Daughter, which was, in our interpretation, prefigured by the tearing of Her Soul by the keres in our scriptures. 

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When the Shekinah/Holy  Sophia rise, in each of Their Mythos, They become the World Soul, the Cosmic Soul. Patriarchy will say that Sophia was trapped here. That is a demotion and a belittling of what She has done for us. It is a denial of Her Divine sovereignty and in typical Patriarchal fashion, makes Her dependent upon Her consort for salvation when it is actually, She, Who is our Salvation, our Soteria.

And so this, we believe of the Holy Daughter. That She is the Holy World/Cosmic Soul and our Soul. This is how She rules and sustains all of Nature through Her Sacrificial Love. She truly remains here with us, as the World Soul, until She can gather up the very last Divine Spark within us unto Assumption into Perfect Union with Her Divine Mother. When She rises, we rise with Her. All in the Eternal Cosmic Wheel of time outside of time.

As it is said of the Holy Daughter in the teachings of our religion, where these are Cosmic and not historical events, each is always taking place, eternally. When we observe each feast day, we should observe it as if it is taking place right now. We should observe it with deep reverence and profound gratitude.

  (Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom).

And so, the Holy Daughter Eternally Descends in the Omni-Present Now. The Soul of the Holy Daughter Eternally Shatters in the Omni-Present Now. The Holy Daughter Eternally rises in the Omni-Present Now.

It is said of the Shekinah, that She is always descending and rising. Christianity has a similar teaching of the Eternal nature of the Sacrifice, Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus…that these are Eternal Events outside of time.

The graces and blessings of these events are brought into time, both in the Christian liturgies and in the Madrian/Janite Great Liturgy, through the Mystery of the Communion Rite.

It is because we live in such ultimate, intimate union with the Holy Daughter that there is nothing that we experience that She does not experience with us, down to the very last breath of our lives and through the first Light of the assumption of our souls.

Blessed be God, the Holy Daughter. Blessed is She.

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Coming up, Part III, the Seven Janati.

ArchMadria Candra Sophia.

  1. There were many underground cities at that time and in that area. These cities contained many levels and some were capable of sustaining upwards of 20,000 people. Archaeologists are continuing to find many of these massive underground cities which had methods of plumbing, channeling fresh air, etc. More and more, archaeologists are discovering that what was once thought of as pure myths, had a basis in historical fact.