Where East meets West

28 Maia/15 May

 

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

The Lotus of the East

The Water Lily of the West.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 The Goddess Mawu by Lisa Iris.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Eternal is the Light of the Mother.

Eternal is the Love of the Daughter. 

Eternal is the Life of the Great Mother,

Dark beyond the light and Light beyond the Darkness.

Blessed is She.

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

May Our Lady bless you,

Blessed is She.

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ArchMadria Candra Sophia

 

 

 

 

The Janati and the Tarot

6 Maia/April 23

Sunnadi/Sunday

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O, Madria Theia, Jana of Illumination, Joy and Benevolence, be with us. May the Pure Stream of Your Virtue flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come. Blessed are You.

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The Deanic Faith differs in the assigning of the Elements to the  Cardinal Direction than most Traditions. For example, most Traditions have Air in the East, Earth in the North, Fire in the South and Water in the West. The Deanic Faith uses the system whereby Water is in the East, Fire in the South, Earth in the West and Air in the North.

It took me a few years to get used to this system, but now, nothing makes more perfect sense to me, especially when we consider the complete correspondences of each Direction and Element taken in conjunction with the Five Deanic Mysteries of the Faith.

The other difference, for Janites, is with the tarot symbols. In our system, swords represent Fire and wands are the symbol for Air. Whereas with a majority of modern spiritual Traditions, it is the other way around.

I was happy to find, through research, that there are other traditions (and even tarot decks!) which support my own premise. Swords are forged in Fire, they are a symbol of great strength. We think of someone, an hero, perhaps, who was ‘tried in fire’ as it were. Like the sword, a person of great inner strength is forged in Fire either through suffering, hard work or other means. Swords are very often associated with fire.

If we look at the manufacturing of each of these tools, I think we’ll also find a natural alignment between the blade and fire and the wand and air.  Though both the wand and the athame are created from materials that come from the earth, the argument could be made that both are ‘tempered’ in their respective elements.  For example, casting and shaping the athame’s blade requires a great deal of heat to melt and temper the metal.  Similarly, wands are harvested from tree branches–not the roots or the trunks.  Therefore, they come from the parts of the trees that are shaped by the wind:  branches must be pliable enough to bend with the breeze but strong enough to resist its forces.  Wind, then, tempers branch wood as much as flame does metal. (1)

Those who use the Swords/Air, Wand/Fire tradition are following the Gardnerian/Crowley/Golden Dawn system. However, there are those who say that this was switched on purpose to preserve the oath of secrecy and to ‘throw-off the uninitiated’. (See Techniques of High Magic by King and Skinner.)

And way may also read:

However, Waite’s membership in the Golden Dawn included an oath of secrecy, so he hesitated to reveal too much in his deck or accompanying book. He decided to switch two of the elemental correspondences in order to preserver his oath. He couldn’t very well change the association of Cups to Water, since that’s a pretty obvious one, and Pentacles are mostly depicted as coin – and again the association between money and Earth is straightforward and obvious. But Swords and Wands are abstract tools, that were not in common usage at the turn of the last century. The Golden Dawn associated Air with Wands and Fire with Swords, so Waite reversed these two and filled his deck with Fiery Wands and Airy Swords.The Way of Four Spellbook by Deborah Lipp. (2)

For ‘changed-element-association tarot decks see the following:

http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot/cards/changed-suit-element-associations.shtml. Unfortunately, the tarot deck that I like the best, the Medieval Enchantment, is no longer in print. The Celtic Dragon, Arthurian and Shapeshifter Tarot decks do follow this system.

By the same token, our custom of placing Air in the North is also seen as the original placement for Air and was switched for similar reasons as the above.

What do tarot associations have to do with the Janati? Each suit is linked to the energy of the Element and each Jana is a ruler of that energy.

Correspondences and associations are very powerful. They are powerful to the human subconscious mind and when combined, they are powerful in universal energy. Correspondences tend to ‘pull everything together’ so to speak,; they form a cohesive whole. Even in certain forms of Christianity, we see correspondences with regards to liturgical colors, the associations of the Archangels and the like.

Where each symbol of the Elements: Swords, Cups, Wands, Pentacles/ Discs and the bell (for Spirit), these symbols would naturally be associated with a Jana due to the fact that each Jana (like the male Archangels) are Guardians of a Cardinal Direction and each rule over an Element. The male Archangels are also naturally associated with a suit of the Tarot.

The Janati of the Four-fold Earth: Madria Grace, Madria Vicka, Madria Thema and Madria Sofia, are considered to be ‘of the Four-fold Earth’ precisely because they are the Guardians of the Four Cardinal Directions. And so, they may be easily associated with the Minor Arcana or the minor secrets/mysteries of the Journey of Life. The Minor Arcana represent the material journey and life on the material plane.

Let us take a look at Madria Vicka with the Janite tradition of placing swords as the symbol of Fire in the South. Swords represents strength, valor, protection and courage, all of which are Virtues of the Life Stream  of Madria Vicka.

The sword is often the symbol of valor and courage. The valiant medieval knights or the Three Musketeers swiftly come to mind. Madria Vicka is the Mistress of Martial Arts which would include the noble art of fencing. (Please note that there are those who feel there is a difference between fencing and sword-fighting.) (3)

 (Arthurian Tarot which uses swords/Fire and spears (rather than wands) for Air. Also, I don’t always use the accompanying book for tarot decks. I choose the cards that resonate with me while using the interpretations with which I am the most familiar.)

Madria Grace is associated with Cups because She is the Guardian of East and Water. When we think of Her Virtues of Compassion and Mercy or Her gifts of healing and grace, all are associated with Cups and Water.

Even though all tarot books will provide a brief description of the meaning of the Suit (Cups, Swords, Pentacles, Wands and Trumps), when it comes to the Minor Arcana, I look to the Ace of each suit to find what the suit really means as each Ace contains within itself the potentiality of the entire suit. From the Ace of Cups, we learn that Cups contains within itself the potentiality of: devotion, charity, amity, empathy; the life forces of fertility, nourishment and nurture as well as love all of which come under the purview of Madria Grace.

 (A beautiful rendition of the High Priestess as found in the Illuminati deck, which has no association with the secret society of Illuminati.)

Now let us turn our attention to the Major Arcana or Trumps, which is represented by the Element of Spirit. The Major Arcana represents the path to self-awareness/gnosis/enlightenment. It represents the more spiritual aspects of our Journey. (4) The Janati of the Three-fold Heaven, Madria Candra, Madria Theia and Madria Rhea, are the Guardians of Spirit and the Heavenly Realm. Therefore, they may be associated with the Major Arcana.

In all things, correspondences represent many different aspects of life, like pieces of a puzzle. And like a puzzle more pieces or correspondences you join together, the clearer the vision of the completed picture, in the case of tarot correspondences, the picture of Life.

Our list of Janati correspondences now include the tarot associations:  https://deanic.com/the-seven-great-geniae/correspondences-of-the-seven-geniae/.

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May Our Lady bless you,

Blessed is She.

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ArchMadria Candra Sophia

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(1) https://threehundredandsixtysix.wordpress.com/2014/08/14/wand-and-blade-which-is-fire-and-which-is-air/

(2) http://www.lunarwisdom.net/songs-of-a-cricket—blog/swords-fire; https://www.llewellyn.com/product_excerpt.php?ean=9780738708584&excerpt_id=3885

(3) https://www.quora.com/What-are-the-differences-between-swordfighting-and-fencing

(4) https://www.buildingbeautifulsouls.com/symbols-meanings/five-elements-symbolic-meaning/spirit-element-symbolic-meaning/

 

Eastre Scriptures II

24 Columbina/April 14

Abaldi/Thurs.

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 Sulamith Wulfing

9) And when the time was at hand, two of the Janati descended, one on either side of Her, and She went with them into Heaven.

12) And thus began Her dear and glorious reign. And for the children of Heaven, Her very Presence was the completion of their joy. 13) And She poured forth Her Grace and Blessing from Her hands upon them and upon the Earth. And Her Grace and Blessing were as rays of Perfect Light which penetrate the heart and flood the soul.

It is said, in Kabbalistic and Gnostic Traditions, that Sophia/Shekinah continuously (Eternally) Ascends and Descends. This is how we understand the Eternal Now. It is the same in the Myth of Kore/Persephone, each year, She descends and ascends.

This idea, of things happening in the Eternal Now, is a very hard concept for us to grasp while we are living in the Realm of Time.

Those who have had NDE’s often report that there is no time or space in the spiritual world, which we call Avala, the Outer Realm of Perfection. They will state that their time on Earth seems to have happened in the blink of an eye.

“When you die, everything stops and you enter eternity. It is like finally getting to the nanosecond, where time stops. Like a watch, our body stops at that time. Yet our spirit and consciousness continue to live on in a dimension beyond sequential time. We go beyond nanoseconds into a space-time measurement we cannot know here on earth. It is the eternal now, where past, present, and future are all merged into one. Eternity is the present, the now that never ends.” (Dr. Gerard Landry) http://www.near-death.com/science/research/time.html#a04.

This is why, when we experience each holy day in our calendar, we are truly experiencing that Eternal Moment out of time. We can truly say that the Holy Daughter is Eternally Ascending and Descending, because that is the Nature of Eternity.

And so, at the same time that the Holy Daughter is Immanent with us as the World Soul; She is simultaneously in the Realm of Perfection of Fullness with the Children of Heaven

(Children of the Earth and Heaven are capitalized not because the Children are Divine, but because Children of the Earth/Heaven is a proper title for humanity.)

I have explained in the past that liturgy is a spiritually magickal act. That act serves to unite Heaven and Earth in the meeting place of the altar, shrine, chapel or temple where it is being served.

When we are at liturgy, we are facing the Presence of Heaven. The Veil is barely there. It is said that angels are present. (My mother saw an angel walk across the altar when she was 14). Certainly, the Janati are present.

4) And She showed them how to offer Sacrifice to the Mother of All things.

From our scriptures, we see that it pleases Our Lady when we offer Sacrifice, just as did the faithful Jewish women of old. (Jer. 44: 17). And so we have both, the Rite of Sacrifice that we serve on the Full Moons and the Great Liturgy which we serve on a Trinity Day (Foradi, Sunnadi or Lunadi: Sat./Sun./Mon).

During the liturgy, Our Lady comes to us, from the East, just beyond the Veil of Time. We bow our heads as She enters and stands before us.

Thus continues the main portion of the Communion Rite:

16) And She entered the great Temple of Heaven, where the spirits of the Earth’s children were gathered at the Sacrifice, even as their souls were gathered upon the Earth.

(This verse has been slightly adapted in the Janite liturgy. It reads:  And She entered the Great Temple of Heaven where the Seven Janati were gathered at the Sacrifice, even as the Children of Dea were gathered upon the Earth.)

And so, She has entered the Great Temple before us! Here we are, in the Presence of the Holy Daughter! We bow in reverence before Her!

And She stood at the Great Altar and took up a wheaten loaf and spoke, saying: 18) Like to the corn, My Soul was cut down by the scythe of darkness and like to the corn did it rise anew. 19) For I am the ear of corn that is reaped in silence. 

And She said: Like to the grain was my Soul broken (Janite:shattered) between the stones of death (Janite: Fate). And saying thus, She broke the Bread between Her hands.

And further:

22) And She poured out Her Spirit from Her hands into a Great Chalice and Her Spirit lay as wine within the Chalice.

23) And She said: Even as you have offered Me bread in sacrifice, so I give to you the Bread of My  Body (Soul in the Janite); and as you have poured out libations of wine to Me, so I pour out the Eternal Libation of My Eternal Spirit.

And so, because we offer to Her bread and wine during the Rite of Sacrifice, She, in turn, gives us the most heavenly, most exquisite gifts of Her Soul and Spirit.

This most radiant communion rite is seemingly inspired from the Mythos of Kore/Persephone and I would not be surprised if the communion rite of the Eluesinian Mysteries might not have been so very different.

During liturgy, we are truly in Her Heavenly Presence. The priestess is but Her channel through which She, from the Heavenly Altar, sends Her Graces and Energies and pours them into the wine and bread in order to gift us and to nourish us.

As the priestess says when distributing the Bread: May the Soul of Our Lady nourish your soul and the Wine: May the Spirit of Our Lady nourish your spirit

Thus, the Eastre Scriptures teach us how to worship Our Lady through both the Rite of Sacrifice and the Great Liturgy. They teach us that She is right there with us; She is Present with us as Our High Priestess; She Who stands before the Heavenly Altar, performing the Sacrifice in union with and through Her handmaid.

The Holy Daughter has three titles in scripture: Princess, Daughter of Wisdom and Priestess. All three are visible in the Eastre scriptures as she, the Princess of the World has become the Princess of heaven; She, as the Daughter of Wisdom teaches us many things and She, as the High Priestess leads us in Sacrifice

She is both Immanent, as the World Soul and Transcendent, as the High Priestess in Heaven. She is the Perfect Bridge between Heaven and Earth as She leads us back to Our Heavenly Mother and our True Home.

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May Our Lady bless you,

Blessed is She.

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ArchMadria Candra Sophia

 

 

 

(1) The Holy Sacrifice, because it makes present the one sacrifice of Christ the Savior and includes the Church’s offering.

http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p2s2c1a3.htm

 

 

 

Eastre Scriptures part I

23 Columbina/April 12

Stelladi/Wed.

O, Madria Sofia, Jana of Intelligence, Intuition and Wisdom, be with us. May the Pure Stream of Your Virtues flow within us, in this world and in all the worlds to come. Blessed are You.

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 (Kore).

And as She walked, the children of the Earth threw blossoms before Her and though Her feet rested on them, yet, they were not bruised. 2) And She reigned over all the Earth, bringing all Nature back to life and all life back to the true law and rhythm of Nature.  And the world knew Her as its Princess. 3) And the children of the Earth were filled with love for Her, and gathered about Her with tears of joy, touching Her robes and giving themselves to Her in their hearts. The Mythos of the Divine Maid Chapter VII, 1-3 SMR edition

These passages beautifully illustrate the Janite concept of the Holy Daughter as the World Soul. In the above passage, the children of the Earth are able to see and touch the Divine Princess. But, we must remember that these passages are not meant to be taken literally. They are part of a description of a Cosmic Drama which takes place out of time.

For Janites, the Princess of the World, as the World Soul, truly revives and sustains all of Nature. And while She did not ‘walk’ among us, there are those who have had visions of Her, especially in connection with Nature. Here are but a few, some I have mentioned in the past:

 Sophia by Pamela Matthews

Among several Russian mystics who had visions of Sophia, Vladimir Solovyov had three, the first when he was only 9 years old. She appeared as a beautiful woman–“an image so radiant and powerful that he would come to pursue its meaning throughout his adult life.” (Kristi A. Groberg, “The Eternal Feminine: Vladimir Solov’ev’sVisions Of Sophia,” in Alexandria Journal #1, ed. David Fideler, 77).

His second vision: 

I said to her: O, blossom of a deity!
You’re here, I sense it–why haven’t you revealed
Yourself to my eyes since childhood years?

And no sooner had I thought this prayer
Than everything was filled with a golden azure,
And before me she shined once more–
But only her face–it alone. . . .

I said to her: your face has appeared,
But I want to have a look at all of you. . . .

“Be in Egypt!” a voice within me sounded.
 (Groberg, “Eternal Feminine,” 81)

From his third vision of Sophia he wrote:

And in the purple of the heaven’s splendor,
With eyes filled with an azure fire,
You looked like the first radiance
Of a universal and creative day. . . .

I saw everything, and everything was one thing only–
A single image of female beauty. . .
The infinite fit within its dimensions:
Before me, in me–were you alone.

O, radiant woman! In you I am not deceived:
In the desert I saw all of you. . .
Those roses will not wither in my soul wherever life’s wave may speed.

This third vision changed him, forever.

Let it be known: today the Eternal Feminine In an incorruptible body is descending to Earth. In the unfading light of the new goddess Heaven has become one with the deeps.

Vladimir Solovyov~

Russian theologian and mystic, Sergei Bulgakov had a vision of Sophia within the context of Creation. He saw Her in the mountains and in Nature.

Therefore Sophia is twofold, at once Divine and creaturely—above and before creation and “in” creation. The world is created in Sophia and Sophia, at the same time, is in the world, throughout it, in the form of divine energies and spiritual beings, as its boundary. Hence creation is, as it were, “the separation of Sophia’s potentiality from her actuality.” In the world, Sophia is actualized—as the earth’s eros for heaven, all creation “longing for liberation from the bondage of corruption, for the radiance of Sophianic light, for beauty and transfiguration.” http://ivashek.com/en/texts/554-sophia-the-wisdom-of-god.

Through-out Her pre-Christian and post-Christian ‘history’, Sophia is associated with Creation and entering Creation (She is immanent with us as the World Soul.)  She has been known as “Perfect Nature”.  But, as with the Divine Feminine in general, She has long been demoted from Her original status.

  1. Her divine status, evident from her speeches, does not easily fit into monotheism. (Meaning Patriarchal monotheism. PL.)
  2. Her teachings are rooted in life, not in obedience to rules, gods or priests; these teachings demand individual integrity and justice in the marketplace and royal court, and are achieved through clear perception and devotion to her, Wisdom, and by abandoning “marketplace consciousness”–giving up the quest for gold & possessions.
  3. She is associated with the natural order and meaning of creation, rather than the revelation and salvation of monotheistic religions. Sophia had many of the characteristics of earlier wisdom goddesses who carry the banner of the supremacy, primacy, and justice of the natural order of the cosmos rather than the capricious brutal rule of man whose focus is on profit and domination.
  4. Her gender is unacceptable in religions that deify only the male. The strenuous effort of Hebrew prophets to turn their people away from the worship of popular local deities to an ever-stricter monotheism admitted no divine reality save one demanding a wifeless male god.

http://www.sophiaandthedragon.com/sophia/soul_of_world.htm

Male-oriented spiritual paths generally lead the seeker to leave the world, to abandon its call to power and prestige.  But women are already outside the power structure.  For woman then the “direction” of the spiritual path is not to leave the world, but to enter it.  http://www.sophiastemple.com/goddess-sophia/ (Note: Just as the Divine Sophia enters the World as its Soul).

Sophia is seen as being expressed in all creation and the natural world.

The Holy Daughter, in the Form of Sophia, is re-emerging in this world. She is slowly, but surely, being freed of Patriarchal chains. She is the Soul of Nature and She shares Her Soul with us.

With every flower we see sprouting to greet the Spring Sun; with each baby leaf budding upon the branch; with each soft breeze that caresses our cheek, there is the Presence of the Holy Daughter in the Form of Sophia; She Who brings all of Her Creation back to life. And, through Her words of Wisdom, She speaks to us who are gathered before Her. Through the sharing of Her Soul, we are able to ‘touch Her robes’.

“I love you. Love me. I am Sophia.”

http://cosmicwind.net/800/Cmwl/ExperiencingSophia/AuroraSophia.html

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ArchMadria Candra Sophia

 

 

 

The Meaning of the Day of Kala from a Janite Perspective.

16 Columbina/April 4

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Madria Erin, in her most engaging and thoughtful post on Lustration/Kala, asked the question, what is the full thealogy of the day, if the Daughter is not dead?

Our Scriptures teach that the Holy Daughter suffered a torturous Descent down through the Realms before Her Death. These scriptural verses, taken altogether, are seemingly inspired by the Mythos of Inanna, Persephone, and the Passion of the Christ. Our scriptures continue with the story of how after Her death, the Holy One went to the deepest, darkest realms in order to carry the Light of the Mother to every corner of existence. (Jesus was said to have descended into hell, after death, to free the souls waiting there. Persephone, of course, spent six months in Hades.) On the Holy Feast of Eastre, as evidenced in the Mythos of Persephone, the Daughter was rescued and resurrected by Her Mother.

And though, I cannot speak for Filianists, I would assume that Kala is spent in the remembrance of the Passion and Death of the Holy Daughter. (We must keep in mind that there were many dead and resurrecting pre-Christian gods. This timeless myth extends thousands of years B. C.)

There is an hauntingly beautiful Filianic lament in honor of Mari-Anna that is often chanted on this day. {Anna is the name of the Holy Daughter in Filianic Tradition. Though it is said to come from the name Hannah, it also stems from Inanna and Jana as in Di-Jana or Di-Anna. (Jana is correctly pronounced Yanna}.

We must also be mindful of the fact that the name, Demeter, translates to God the Mother and Persephone (per seph o nay), before Her Descent into Hades, was called Kore (Kor-eh or Kora), which means the Maid/Maiden or Daughter. It was after the Divine Kora returned to the Earth from the Underworld that She was called Persephone. (1)

I and both of my bishops, believe that the Eleusinian Mysteries, served in honor of Demeter/Persephone, were truly based upon the Divine Mother and Daughter.

These ancient rites were liturgical in nature and had a Divine Communion Rite. The Eluesinian Mysteries were based on a Mother-God and Daughter-God Who were separated, the Daughter descended into hell, and Her resurrection was celebrated, annually.  During this Rite, devotees truly believed that they were receiving the Body of Demeter,’ God the Mother’,  through the Communion Bread.

The deeply meaningful and mystical Communion Rite of the original Madrian liturgy, part of which is to be found in our scriptures, was inspired by the Myth of Persephone. Though Persephone did not die, per se; rather, She was trapped in the underworld where Her Mother shattered the gates of Hades in order to rescue Her; this Mythos may be considered symbolic of a death and resurrection. Certainly, the resurrection of all life on Earth followed the return of Persephone from the under-world.

In Sophian Tradition, there is also a Communion Rite that may be based upon Proverbs. 

 

Just as Filianists and other Matriarchal scholars have managed to discover the pre-Patriarchal roots of many Goddess-based myths, in Janite Tradition, the Cosmic Drama of the Holy Daughter is founded upon the pre-Patriarchal Mythos of Sophia/Shekinah (see http://www.suppressedhistories.net/articles/GnosticGoddessFallenSophia.pdf).

The Divine Sophia is pan-religious, meaning, She is not confined to one religion. She is actually pre-Christian and all may worship Her. She is the Image/Form that Janites use for the Holy Daughter. Included in the Mythos of Shekinah/Sophia is the Divine Shattering.

Sources for this Myth of the Divine Shattering of Shekinah/Sophia may be found within certain traditions of Kabbalism, in Gnostic schools of thought and in ancient Syrian Gnostic Christianity.

In Kabbalism, this Descent is not considered to be the punishment it is in Gnostic Christianity; it is a voluntary act on the part of Lower (meaning immanent—so Daughter-Form) Shekinah out of Her love for the Children of Israel and this Descent through lower-vibrational density resulted in the Shattering of Her Soul.

Unlike Kabbalism, the Christian Sophian Tradition, unfortunately, blames this Shattering on a mistake that Sophia supposedly made by trying to create without Her Male Partner. We, and many modern Christians and Sophian devotees, do not accept this Patriarchal view of Lower (again, meaning immanent-so Daughter-Form) Sophia. She is said, in ancient sources, to always do the will of Her Mother (Higher Sophia) and so, She descended down through the Realms, like the Shekinah (they are One and the same Being) to be immanent with the Children of the Earth, but this torturous Descent down through the ever increasingly denser and darker dimensions eventually caused Her Soul to Shatter. This Shattering, as taught in Shekinan/Sophian Mythos, did not cause Her death, rather, it caused Her to become the World Soul or the Holy Soul of the World (of all of us and all of Nature).

In contrast to the Mythos of Persephone, the Divine Sophia is not saved by Her Mother. Rather, She, like Quan Yin, chooses to remain immanent with us. She becomes an integral Part of us, to unite as One Being with us, until the day we desire nothing but Perfect Love and so at that ending of the time of our Soul Journey, She ascends with us, assuming our souls unto the Celestial Mother in the Heavenly Realm of Bliss, the Pleroma, our True Home.

I picture the Divine Shattering of the Holy Daughter like an hologram that has been shattered into a million pieces. Each shattered piece (us) is still a reflection of the Whole and yet, the Core of the Original Wholeness is still intact because the Holy Daughter is God and God cannot disintegrate. She cannot die.

The Holy Daughter is like the Central Piece of the Original Hologram. Though the fragile, rarefied outward pieces of the Daughter’s Soul was Shattered (and Sophia is said to have had a rarefied Body—Soul), Her Essence, Her Spirit, did not, could not, shatter, disintegrate. Thus, the Original Immanent Image of the Celestial Mother, She Who is the Holy Daughter, was Shattered, and yet, remained Whole in an of Herself and we, Her Divine Sparks, each were ensouled with Her Soul. She is the Soul of our souls and the Spirit of the Divine Sparks within us. This is the Divine Mystery of the Feasts of Moura and Eastre in the Janite Tradition.

Returning to the holographic analogy: As found in Stanislav Grof’s,  the Holotropic Mind: ‘Unlike normal photographs, every portion of a piece of holographic film contains all the information of the whole. Thus if a piece of a holographic plate is broken into fragments, each piece can still be used to reconstruct the entire image.’

To reconstruct the entire image. That is why Sophia, the Holy Daughter, seeks the Sparks within us, so that She may recreate the Original Image and render us back into that Perfect Hologram in order to reunite us with the Celestial Mother, the Origin of the Image.

But, just as with the brain, where the whole is carried in the part— as the brain is damaged or sections removed, the more it is cut up, the more the memory, though it remains intact, becomes fuzzy, just so, an hologram becomes fuzzier the more it is shattered. Thus, we of the Shattered One are but imperfect, fuzzy reflections of the Divine Daughter, Who is the Immanent Image of the Celestial Mother, Who, in turn, Who comes from the Source, the Great Mother and so we must seek, through Her Grace and Her Sacraments (2) to become ever more perfect reflections of Her. And, we do so out of love of Dea, and, as our scriptures teach, out of love for Her children. We do so by striving through every thought, word and action to draw ever closer to the Holy One rather than retreating further away from Her.

 Green Sophia, by Daniel Mirante, contributing artist to the Artists Envisioning the Divine project.

To summarize: In Her desire to be immanent with us, we who are the Children of the Earth/the Children of Dea, after our fall into density, the painful Descent through the denser, lower vibrational Realms proved to be too much for the delicate, rarefied Soul-Body of the Holy Daughter, one which was not protected by a material body and so, it Shattered. We became One in Soul with the Holy Daughter. We contain souls that were given to us out of Her Sacrifice; we contain within our souls Her Divine Sparks.

In Kabbalistic teaching: The Shekinah plays another very important role in the story of creation, and in particular in the Great Plan of humankind.  It is believed that in man’s fall to a denser, less perfect state of being in the physical, the Shekinah stayed with us as we separated from God or were exiled from the ‘Garden’.  Thus, the Shekinah, once again, was voluntarily removed from God/En Sof in order for us to have our experience.  She has always stayed with us, wherever we were exiled or isolated or shut out, the Shekinah was always there in exile and isolation with us. http://www.universalkabbalah.net/Shekinah.

On the day of Lustration (Kala in the Auroran and Filianic Traditions), Janites spend a day in somber remembrance of this greatest, most heart-rending, soul wrenching, sacrificial myrrh-infused, stopped moment out of time when all the Cosmos holds its breath; the  most knee-bowing, head-veiling, thunderstruck, awestruck, Shining Being witnessed, Ultimate, Primordial Love Sacrifice of the Most Pure and Holy Daughter. She literally gave Herself to us. And, She never left us. She stayed. 

In this way, She lives every single moment of every single day with us. Whether we are in pain; whether we experience joy; whether we glory in love or suffer abandonment, She is literally part of us and we of Her and so, She experiences exactly as we do with all our pain, emotions and bliss.

This is the full thealogy of the day of Kala in the Janite Tradition.

Janites practice the ancient rite of lustration/purification and veil in solemn observance of Her Descent and Shattering on the day of Lustration, 28 Moura/March 19 (if not a leap year).

May the Queen of Heaven, She Who is the Divine Shattered One; She Who is the Holy Soul of the World; She Who is the Queen of Heaven, bless you and be with you. Blessed is She.

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ArchMadria Candra Sophia

 

  1. The meaning behind Persephone is a little bit of a mystery. It could derive from the Greek pertho (“to destroy”) or from phone (“murder”). She may be a Greek and Roman goddess, but that doesn’t prove that her name comes from either language. In fact, the multiple spellings of her name in ancient sources suggest that the Greeks found her name difficult to pronounce, which would suggest that it was foreign to them. Some historians believe that worship of her, as well as her mother Demeter, predate the Olympian pantheon. http://bewitchingnames.blogspot.com/2012/10/persephone.html. (Though this is the most common guessed meaning of Persephone, there are those who believe it may mean She Who lightens the darkness.)

Spring, a Season of the Holy Daughter

Stelladi/Wed.

2 Columbina/March 28.

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O, Madria Sofia, Jana of Intelligence, Intuition and Wisdom, 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.

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Quite joyfully, it is the Sacred Season of Spring, the Season of the Holy Daughter as the Great Dove of the Waters.

While some Traditions honor the Celestial Mother as the Great Dove of the Waters, in the Janite Tradition, this title is applied to the Holy Daughter as She is closely associated with East and Water, a feminine Element.

One of  the two ‘Faces/Powers/Forms’ of the Holy Daughter is Madria Grace, Whose feast day is 5 Columbina/March 25.  Madria Grace is the Guardian of East and Water. She is also the Mistress of healing, which we associate with water (sacred wells, etc.). Holy Water, water that has been especially blessed, also conveys, transmits and permeates through-out all that it touches, the Divine Energies of Grace.  And so it is that through Her Face/Form of Madria Grace, the Holy Daughter is very closely associated with the Sacred Element of Water.

(A side-note to priestesses and deaconesses: A reminder that the color of the Element of Water is blue and so blue is the Elemental color of Spring. The colors of the robes of Madria Grace are pink and green. So, it follows that our altar cloths are blue while our veils, shawls/sashes are green/pink. For those who wear the Sacred Symbol pendant of the Season, it is, of course, the Dove.)

As is traditional, we face East when we serve our liturgies and rites. It is indicated in both our liturgy and in our scriptures that when we stand before our own altar on  Earth, we are standing before the Presence the Holy Daughter at the Heavenly altar.

We have come before Your Earthly altar within Ekklesia, in union with the Great Janati Who stand before Your Celestial Altar in Heaven. (The Great Liturgy, Janite edition.)

And She entered the Great Temple of Heaven, where the Seven Janati were gathered at the Sacrifice, even as the Children of Dea were gathered upon the Earth.

And She stood at the Great Altar and took up a wheaten loaf and spoke, saying: (The Great Liturgy, and verses 16 and 17 of The Mythos of the Divine Maid (Kora),  Janite editions.

For we know that as we stand before this altar within Ekklesia, we stand, at once, before Your Celestial Altar, which is both in Heaven and in every place where Your children come together in Your Name. (The Great Liturgy, Janite edition and the Rite of Sacrifice).

When I first entered the Deanic world, it took me a long time to get used to the Cardinal directional/Elemental system that we received from the Madrians. But now, I would never consider using any other system, whether Eastern or Western. The system we inherited from our Fore-Mothers is perfect for our Faith, for the Mysteries, for the Times, for the Seasons… it is ultimate perfection in every way and a great Blessing for all Deanic devotees.

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I slowly came to understand that Water is the most appropriate Element for East and Spring because it renews and replenishes all life, just as Spring brings forth a great renewal and replenishing of manifest Creation.

Water, when blessed, becomes a carrier of the information, intent and energies of grace. It becomes holy water which cleanses our souls and renews our spirits.  Not only does it purify us from within, but it also washes impurities from our bodies. And so, Water cleans and rejuvenates us on both the inside and the out.

This integral interconnection of Water with the Sacred Season of Spring is reflected in the dewdrop on a newly budded flower. It’s luminosity shines within the grace-filled waters of Lustration, Baptism and Mikvah. It refracts the Seven into rainbow-hued facets of the One Diamond of Dea.

It is through Water that Life is born. It is through Water that Life is renewed. It is through Water that life is resurrected.

Water is associated with priestesshood. Where the Element of Water embodies intuition, spiritual cleansing, spiritual purity, primordial emotion, grace, psychic sensitivity and the attuning of the subconsciousness, all of which are embedded in the priestesshood, it may be considered the Second Primary Element of the Priestesshood after Spirit.

The Great Dove of the Waters.

We have now seen how the Holy Daughter is intimately associated with the Element of Water. How is She the Great Dove?

We must remember that in the ancient world, the dove was always the symbol of the goddess. To those of the time of Jesus, the dove symbol of the Holy Spirit would have readily been recognized as a Feminine symbol. (See this great article: http://ancestorsandarchetypes.weebly.com/dove-goddess.html).

And more and more, many Christians have come to realize what the ancient Syrian Christians believed and taught: the Holy Spirit is Feminine.

We read in Genesis (the origins of which predates Judaism) And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. The Spirit of God was the Feminine Holy Spirit Whose symbol is the Dove.

Sophia is often said to appeared in the form of a White Dove.  1) There are many Christians who believe that Sophia and the Holy Spirit are One. 

The Dove is the primary Symbol of the Holy Daughter, Who, in Janite Tradition, is image-based upon the Divine Sophia. The Holy Daughter, She Who is the Daughter of Light, She Who is the Daughter of Wisdom, is the Three-fold Dove: the Great Dove of the Waters, the Dove of the Sacrifice and the Dove of Peace. (The Dove of Sacrifice is from our liturgy.)

Well, there is so much more that could be said, but it’s getting late and this article is long enough.

The Holy Daughter, Water, East, Dove, Madria Grace, Dawn and Spring, all are both mystically and symbolically intertwined to weave the whole Mystery that is the Resurrection of All Life. For not only does She share Her Soul with us, but She gathers the Divine Sparks within us and carries them back to Her Mother, where we may drink from the Waters of the Eternal Spring.

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Let us Bless the Holy One,

Blessed is She.

Let us thank the Seven Janati of Power.

Thanks be to the Seven Janati.

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ArchMadria Candra Sophia

 

 

  1. Barcelona 2004, Edges of Experience, Memory and Emergence.
  2. Heracleon and Ptolemy tell us that the dove symbolizes ‘Sophia,!the!Mother! above.’
  3. https://aras.org/sites/default/files/docs/00024Birds.pdf

For our Furry and Feathered Family Members:

At times, we also include beloved furry/feathered friends on our prayer list. We believe that they deserve prayer as they are members of our families. We also believe, as is taught in Orthodox Christianity and is well, obvious to anyone who loves animals and birds, that they, too have souls and each has a purpose in life.

Oftentimes, we read of inspiring NDE stories where the departed has been greeted by a beloved dog, etc.

In light of this, I have changed part of the Prayer for the Sick and Those in Need: O, Most Holy Dea, Mother, Daughter and Great Mother, have mercy upon  these, Your children and may they attain mental, physical and spiritual health. Through the Pure Stream of Your Grace, may all events unfold according to their highest good and to their Soul Path.

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O, Most Holy Dea, Mother, Daughter and Great Mother, have mercy upon  these, Your souls and may they attain mental, physical and spiritual health. Through the Pure Stream of Your Grace, may all events unfold according to their highest good and to their Soul Path.