Septena to Agia Rhea and Quick Note on Rosary Page

Columbadi/3 Flora

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

First, a couple of notes:

Recently, I wrote about septenas, which are our version of novenas.  A septena is a prayer that is prayed for seven days in a row for a special request. In addition to the previous septena for Agia Grace (Sai Sushuri), we offer another one to Agia Rhea (Sai Raya). When these initial septenas are complete, they will be posted on a septena page under our Prayers section. An announcement will be made when the prayers are complete.

Also, many of our pages are in need of updating and so I am slowly working on them. The Mysteries Rosary page has been updated with some minor corrections:  https://deanic.com/prayers-and-rites/the-janite-mysteries-rosary/

Speaking of the rosary, I must confess, I experimented with a mantra style rosary for the Five Mysteries where I would concentrate on just the Mystery of the Season, but I really felt there was ‘something missing’ when I prayed the rosary in that manner, and so I have returned to the more traditional style for the Janite Mysteries Rosary. I do prefer to have my rosary without all the large beads and instead, using our wonderful Five Symbols charms in their place. I feel the charm symbols stylize the rosary as being specifically and uniquely Deanic. These charms may be found on etsy. For the Fora, simply put ‘equal armed solar cross or solar cross’ in the etsy search.

O, Glorious Agia Theia, brightly shining One, be with us. O, Resplendent One, clothed in radiant gold, dazzling as the Sun, hear our prayer. 

Illumine us with Truth and instil in us the sweetness which comes with a serene mind and a joy-filled heart. Help us to remember that joy comes from within and not from without. May we learn to nurture it in our hearts that it may overflow unto others who might be in need of the flame of cheer and comfort in their lives. And may (state request).

Blessed are You.

 

O, Most Holy Agia Grace, Whose blessing hands shower us with healing waters and  Whose Crystal Chalice spills silvery graces, be with us. May Your face shine upon us with gentleness. May Your luminous eyes gaze upon us with tenderness. And may Your heart beat as one with ours as we lay our cares before You.

O, Agia Grace, Ruler of the Supernal Waters, (state request) and may (she/he) be immersed in the Shimmering Streams of Compassion, Love and Mercy.  Blessed are You. (copyright Janite Ekklesia).

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Septena to Agia Grace, The Five Primordial Elements

Columbina, 24 Maia

Day of Agia Grace/Sai Sushuri, Jana of Compassion, Love and Mercy.

O, Agia Grace, be with us.

Recently, we discussed how novenas are nine day prayers during which we request a special intention, whether it be for healing, employment, or something spiritual. These requests may be for our loved ones, friends or even for ourselves. Novenas are a very powerful means of prayer. In the Janite Tradition, we are now developing septenas, that is, seven days of our own prayers.

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Novenas/septenas are usually written in a certain style with three main sections, i.e., invocation, intention and either spiritual request or thanksgiving. And so, each novena usually begins with an invocation, for example in the novena to St. Michael the Archangel we read:

Saint Michael the Archangel, loyal champion of God and His People. I/we turn to you with confidence and seek your powerful intercession. For the love of God, Who made you so glorious in grace and power, and for the love of the Mother of Jesus, the Queen of the Angels……, etc.

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Usually, the request of intention occurs either in the middle or at the end of the prayer such as in this example for St. Therese of Liseux:

Please pick for me a rose
from the heavenly garden
and send it to me
as a message of love.

O Little Flower of Jesus,
ask God to grant the favors
I now place with confidence
in your hands
( mention your special prayer request here such as….. may (name of person) be healed of their addiction or may (name) find gainful employment.)

(St. Therese, who died of tuberculous at age 24, promised to spend her Heaven doing good for the people on Earth. Oftentimes, her devotees will receive a rose signifying that their prayer has been heard.)

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The intention request is usually followed by a prayer for spiritual help and/or a prayer of thanksgiving such as this spiritual request at the end of the Novena for Our Lady of LaSalette:

Reject not my prayer, O Virgin of reconciliation, convert me, obtain for me the grace to love Jesus Christ above all things and to console thee, too, by living a holy life, in order that one day I may be able to see thee in Heaven. Amen.

Most novenas end with the three main Catholic prayers, i.e.; the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Glory Be.  [The three main prayers of the Janites are the Shining Star (formerly Silver Star), the Hail, Dea and the Eternity Prayer.]

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The Novena to Our Lady of Carmel is followed by the traditional three main Catholic prayers:

O Beautiful Flower of Carmel, most fruitful vine, splendor of heaven, holy and singular, who brought forth the Son of God, still ever remaining a pure virgin, assist us in our necessity! O Star of the Sea, help and protect us! Show us that you are our Mother!
(pause and mention petitions) Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

So, keeping these guidelines in mind, the following is a septena to Agia Grace/Sai

A septena for Agia (Aye-a) Grace/Sai Sushuri, the Lady of healing.

The first seven of these septenas will have a mystical reference to the Element over which They rule. Agia Grace/Sai Sushuri is not only the Patroness of Healing, She is also the Guardian and Ruler of the Primordial Element of Water.

When we speak about the Five Elements (the Fifth or Spirit Element being God), we are not talking about water, fire, earth and air as in a drop of rain, the flame of a fire, a handful of soil or the wind in our hair; rather we are referring to the four Primordial (Energy) Form or Gestalt, (1) which informs the vibrations of the four lower elements. They could be understood as Primordial Patterns or Ideas.

To perform the septena, if possible, light a blessed seven day novena candle. (Be sure to extinguish it when not at home.) Or use an LED candle. Otherwise, again, if possible, light a blessed candle and pray the following once a day for seven days in a row:

O, Most Holy Agia Grace, Whose blessing hands shower us with healing waters and  Whose Crystal Chalice spills silvery graces, be with us. May Your face shine upon us with gentleness. May Your luminous eyes gaze upon us with tenderness. And may Your heart beat as one with ours as we lay our cares before You.

O, Agia Grace, Ruler of the Supernal Waters, (state request) and may (she/he) be immersed in the Shimmering Streams of Compassion, Love and Mercy.  Blessed are You. (copyright Janite Ekklesia).

End with: Shining Star of the Waters, the full Hail Dea and the Eternity Prayer. Followed by the traditional Janite blessings. (2 & 3)

If you wish to share your own septena with us, please send it either to Madria Sophia at maidsophiawelsh@gmail.com or myself, ArchMadria Candra Sophia at deanicfaith@gmail.com. (And, this email address is again working, sorry about the recent mix-up).

May Our Lady bless you,

Blessed is She.

  1. noun plural  forms,  design 

    a configuration, pattern, or organized field having specific properties that cannot be derived from the summation of its component parts; unified whole.

     An instance or example of such a unified whole.        

    2. In Janite Tradition, the mantra Hail, Dea is the shortened version of the full Hail, Dea. Here is the mantra Hail, Dea, for example, the Hail, Dea to the Celestial Mother, Mari: 

    Hail, Mari, Font of Grace, Glory Be to Thee, Blessed art Thou, O, High Queen of Heaven and Blessed art Thou, O, Divine Rose of Joy. – mantra

    Holy Dea, Mother God, bless us, Thy children, now and unto the Ages of Ages. Blessed are You. (Full Hail, Dea.)

    3) Shining Star of the Shimmering Waters:

    Shining Star of the Shimmering Waters Who has fashioned all the cosmos into being. Beyond all knowing is the Splendour of Your Light. Enfold my spirit, beneath Your Mighty Mantle and may the Pure Stream of Your Grace flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come. Blessed are You.

    Full Hail Dea for the Holy Daughter:

    Hail, Zoe, Fountain of Grace, Glory be to Thee. Blessed art Thou, O, Divine Queen of Heaven and Blessed art Thou, O, Gentle Dove of Peace. Holy, Dea, Daughter God bless us, Thy children, now and unto the ages of ages. Blessed are You.

    The Eternity Prayer:

    Eternal is the Light of the Mother,

    Eternal is the Love of the Daughter,

    Eternal is the Life of the Great Mother,

    and Glorious is the Eternity of Dea.

    Final Blessings:

    Let us Bless the Holy One,

    Blessed is She.

    Let us thank the Seven Janae of Power.

    Thanks be to the Seven Janae  

Septena/Priestess of Holy Wisdom

2 Maia/April 19

Pomedi/Thurs

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

Dear Devotees,

Throughout this beautiful month of Maia …..(although here in Northern Massachusetts, we are still waiting for Spring. Snowing, yet, again)…….we will be posting various devotions, inspirational readings and crafts.

First, Madria Sophia had an excellent suggestion. In yesterday’s post, I mentioned the time honoured tradition of praying novenas….where certain prayers are said for nine days in a row for an express purpose such as for healing or employment.  Novenas may also be prayed for the purpose of praise, thanksgiving and devotion without a specific request.

Madria Sophia has suggested that a septena or a seven day novena might be more appropriate for Janites and, of course, this is a perfect idea.

http://www.quintoils.com/pages/candlesholderspages/chakravotiveholder.html

Like novenas, septenas may be prayed in any time of need. Madria Sophia has done a lovely job of taking our Litany of the Celestial Mother https://deanic.com/holy-feminine-trinity/litany-of-the-celestial-mother/ and divided it up for a seven day novena or septena.

We might start a tradition whereby we begin the septena on 1 Maia or the first Sunnadi in Maia, but it may also be prayed at any time throughout the year.

It may be found, below.

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I would also like to point out that Sorella Roselyn, on her blog has written an informative post for 1 Maia, followed by an hauntingly beautiful and inspirational writing about the Holy Daughter that is reminiscent of Thunder, Perfect Mind. See: https://priestessofholywisdom.wordpress.com/2018/04/18/marimaia/
and https://priestessofholywisdom.wordpress.com/2018/04/19/eve-norea-magdalena/

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One popular craft in Maia is the May basket. There are many examples and ‘how tos’ to be found online including instructions for children’s May Basket. Here are some great ideas : https://www.skiptomylou.org/10-simple-may-day-baskets-to-celebrate-may-day/

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The Litany of the Celestial Mother Septena

Day 1
 
Hail, Dea Madria; Our Divine Mother God,
Hail, Guardian of the Supernal Realm,
Hail, Most Transcendent,
We Glorify You, we worship You and we adore You. Blessed are You.
 
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Day 2
Hail, Dea Madria; Our Divine Mother God,
Hail, Pure Essence,
Hail, Holy Spirit,
We Glorify You, we worship You and we adore You. Blessed are You.
 
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Day 3
Hail, Dea Madria; Our Divine Mother God,
Hail, Regina Caeli; the High Queen of Heaven,
Hail, Fount of Grace,
Hail, Assumption of Souls,
We Glorify You, we worship You and we adore You. Blessed are You.
 
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Day 4
Hail, Dea Madria; Our Divine Mother God,
Hail, Genetrix of the Cosmos,
Hail, Ray of Precious Jewels,
Hail, Music of the Spheres,
We Glorify You, we worship You and we adore You. Blessed are You.
 
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Day 5
 
Hail, Dea Madria; Our Divine Mother God,
Hail, Supernal Sun,
Hail, Pure Light,
Hail, O, Mid-day Light of Noon-tide,
We Glorify You, we worship You and we adore You. Blessed are You.
 
~
 
Day 6
 
Hail, Dea Madria; Our Divine Mother God,
Hail, Fiery Rose of Heaven,
Hail, Fiery Rose Heart,
Hail, Rose of Joy,
Hail, Apple Flower of Wisdom,
We Glorify You, we worship You and we adore You. Blessed are You.
 
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Day 7
Hail, Dea Madria; Our Divine Mother God,
Hail, Shining Star of the Shimmering Waters,
Hail, Light of the Nocturnal Heavens,
We Glorify You, we worship You and we adore You. Blessed are You.
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With thanks to both Madria Sophia and Sorella Roselyn.
May Our Lady bless you,
Blessed is She.
A. M. Candra Sophia,

Oh Kore of the Descent and Shattering

A prayer of praise. Copyright of Madrina Sophia. Seek Permission and share with all due crediting. For private use only.

Lightpaintings by Stephen Knapp

Oh Kore of the Descent and Shattering

Oh Kore, how deeply You have been hurt and humiliated in Descending,

my understanding is too shallow,

how strong Your Divine determination

to reach every place in reality and imagination,

to seek those who have forgotten they need a Saviour,

my memory is too unreliable,

how You shattered Your own Holy Soul, perfect, gentle and light,

remaining inside each of us, experiencing every act with us,

my voice is too weak,
to give adequate appreciation, devotion and praise to You,

Oh Kore, I glorify you, I magnify you and I adore You.

Prayer: Silver Star of the waters / Shining Star of the shimmering waters

I would like to take a moment to explain the recent changes in the Silver Star of the waters prayer. This prayer is very basic to our Faith. It is to the Order of Kore Di-Jana aka Janite Déanic religion, what the Our Father is to Christianity. It is our most sacred prayer.

The original Madrian prayer [1]:

Silver Star of the waters
that have laughed all the world into being,
beyond all knowing is the splendour of Your light.
Enfold my spirit in Your mighty hand
that the pure stream of Your force may flow within me
in this world and in all the worlds to come.

Silver Star of the waters, that have laughed all the world into being: this verse comes directly from scripture, from the Mythos of Creation chapter 6, verse 8 when the silver star represents Celestial Mother in Her descent to the underworld. However, this relates to the Inanna Mythos. The Order of Kore Di-Jana aka Janites base our Mythos on pre-patriarchal non-fallen Divine Sophia. Also within the Eastminster Critical Edition of scripture version 3, Critical Apparatus, 2.2.7 The Primordial Color, there is no single color for Celestial Mother white precedes supernal silver, gold, a supernal color unknown. Therefore we chose a verse directly from our Liturgy which is Shining Star of the shimmering and replace depths with waters clearly indicating the primordial waters of creation.

And yes, we believe that Déa created the Cosmos through Pure Joy, from the laughter of Her Heart. But further, the Janites and the Luciennes teach that Déa created the Cosmos through the Divine Song or the Oran Mor, which means the Divine Song of Creation. And so, laughed would also rightly be sung. However, we chose fashioned for the prayer to indicate that Déa not only sung creation into being, She designed it using the cunning of Her hands which gave shape to each fragment. 5) and Her hands knew cunning. 6) And She stretched forth Her hands and gave a shape to each fragment and no one was like any other. (The Mythos of Creation, Chapter I verses 4-6).

mary mantle of mercy

While Mighty Hand certainly expresses the Power and Might of Déa, Her Mantle of Protection is a much more potent, feminine and significant form of imagery taken from within both our scriptures and our Faith.

1) Ye, that are weary with the world, ye that are lonely, ye that have suffered hardship, that have suffered hurt, come, gather about Me and be ye enfolded in My Mantle.

2) In the inner silence thou shall hear Me, and in the inner darkness shalt thou see Me.

3) And the future shall be better than the past.

4) Come, seek protection in My mantle, for I have turned no creature from Me; be thou sheltered in the folds of My garment.

5) For the ills of the world shall pass away, even as the terrors of the night,

6) And the dawn shall be bright with splendour and sweet with the singing of the blessed souls.

7) And I shall be thy comfort in the darkness. (The Mantle, verses 1-7).

And finally, while the Pure Stream of Force means Energy or Grace, for some, it seemed to convey coercion or compulsion. For the Divine Feminine religion, Grace is a beautiful translation for Streams of Force or Divine Energy.

And so we have our final form [2]:

Shining Star of the shimmering waters,
Who has fashioned all the world into being,
beyond all knowing is the Splendour of Your Light.
Enfold my spirit, within your Mighty Mantle
and may the Pure Stream of Your Grace flow within me,
in this world and in all the worlds to come. Blessed are You.

Included under our Prayer menu here

Let us Bless The Holy One,
Blessed is She.

Let us thank the Seven Janae of Power.
Thanks be to the Seven Janae.

ArchMadria Candra Sophia & Madrina Sophia

Notes:
[1] No copyright is claimed over any of the Madrian materials. These appear to be under orphan copyrights, and are reproduced under fair use/fair dealing provisions (where applicable), in the belief that this is consistent with the intention and desires of any likely authors.
[2] Copyright of the Order of Kore Di-Jana a.k.a. Janite/J.O.P. For personal use, only. Permission for the members of the Order of Kore Di-Jana a.k.a. Janite/J.O.P. to share on their media with all due crediting.

Living Daily – Sacred Day of Sunnadi or Sun Day

If you look at the main menu there is now a Sacred Daily Living section, with this guest post by ArchMadria Candra Sophia in the drop down menu.

https://deanic.com/sunnadi-or-sun-day-day-of-dea-madria-our-celestial-mother-jana-madria-theia/

20 Moura/March 11
Sunnadi/Sunday

Dear Devotees,

Recently, we spoke about Seasonal Living. Within Janite culture, there is also the practice of Daily Living.

Daily Living in Janite culture begins with a focus on the meaning of the Sacred Symbol and the ruling Jana of the day along with Her Stream of Virtues.

For example, today is Sunnadi. Sunna is a feminine name Janites give to the Sun rather than the more masculine Sol. Sunna is the Nordic goddess of the Sun. The Sacred Symbol is, of course, the Sun. Similar to how many refer to the Moon as Luna, who is the Roman feminine embodiment of the Moon.

abstract sun symbol of earth life made of human silhouettes and a home by Chantall

Sunnadi is our holy day of the week during the Sacred Season of Summer. During Summer, the priestess will serve the liturgy on this day. Hestians, (meaning members of our hestias. Hestias are Déanic homes which have been blessed and consecrated in the Name of Déa), might choose to serve the Rite of Sacrifice (meaning offering).

See: https://deanic.com/the-rite-of-sacrifice/

Icon of the Mother of God “Shroud” 2013 by Valentina Murenkova

The Symbol of the Sun represents Dea Madria, Our Celestial Mother, She Who is the Supernal Sun. She Who is Light. She Who is Brightness. The ruling Jana of the day, Madria Theia, is the Jana or Gateway of the Illumination which flows from this Brightness. She is a Living Stream of the outpouring of the Celestial Mother, shining and glowing in Her orange robes, bringing us Joy and teaching us Benevolence.

Madria Theia

On Sunnadi, we may recite the mantra rosary of Madria Theia. The Jana mantra rosary is very simple. It consists of one large bead and 35 small beads. (5 Mysteries of the Sacred Seasons x a septad or seven beads). The devotee may recite just seven beads or the entire rosary, it is the choice of the devotee. A five septad rosary may also be used, just skip all of the large beads except the first one.

On the first large bead of the mantra rosary, we recite the Blessed is Our Mother God prayer followed by the Shining Star prayer. The Shining Star prayer was formally titled the Silver Star prayer. The reason for this minor change will be explained in a future article.

See: https://deanic.com/auroram-or-rosary/janae-mantra-rosary/

On the small beads, we recite the mantra of the Jana of the day while envisioning Her, placing ourselves in Her Presence and contemplating Her Stream of Virtues in our lives. The mantra for Sunnadi is:

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

We may also simply think about the Jana of the day and certainly pray to Her in our own words and ask Her to be with us and to guide us throughout the day.

We can also think about which of Her three virtues we wish to express in our lives that day and ask Her help in that endeavor. Illuminating in being informed relevant to our Soul Path and a joyous light filled presence on earth; Generosity in thought, word and action and Benevolence which is willing to do good for and to others.

And we may always express our gratitude to the ruling Jana during our Evensong prayers.

We might choose to light a candle or incense for Her and wear just a little something of Her color to remind us of Her throughout the day. For Madria Theia, this could be an orange colored gemstone pendant or other piece of jewelry, a hair ornament, a piece of clothing, a pen, badge, scarf, hat or whatever you may have.

See: https://deanic.com/2018/03/05/med-moura-the-feast-of-the-trinitarian-janae-of-spirit/ which has a Madria Theia paragraph, verse from From the Seven Jeweled Rays copyright of ArchMadria Candra Sophia. Also Her correspondences.

There are many different ways to honor the Jana of the Day.  The key point to Daily Living, specially during this time of Moura, is the furthering and flowering of the 21 Virtues in our lives both for the benefit of others and for the growth and maturity of our own souls. And in this, the Janae will assist us.

Let us Bless The Holy One,
Blessed is She.

Let us thank the Seven Janae of Power.
Thanks be to the Seven Janae.

ArchMadria Candra Sophia

Living Seasonally – Sacred Season of Moura

If you look at the main menu there is now a Sacred Seasonal Living section, with this guest post by ArchMadria Candra Sophia in the drop down menu.

https://deanic.com/moura-feb-20-march-19/

5 Moura/Feb 24
Foradi/Sat

Oh, Madria Rhea, Jana of Steadfastness, Temperance and Self Restraint, be with us.

Dear Devotees,

Due to a crashed computer, I have not been able to help write articles over the last few months. I am now writing them in email form and Madrina Sophia, who will be ordained as a priestess on the Holy Feast of Eastre, has kindly offered to post them for me. Thank you, Madrina.

As Janites, we are very focused on both the Trinity and the sacredness of the Seasons of the Déanic Wheel of the Year. And so we have been discussing ways to implement living this focus more fully. As such, we have devised what we call Seasonal Living.

This is now Moura , which is not only the Season and the Month whereby we are mindful of the Descent of Holy Daughter, Kore Sophia, but it is also the Time and the Season of the Great Mother and the Janae of the Threefold Heaven, i. e., Madrias Candra, Theia and Rhea. We celebrate Their feast day on Med-Moura, 14 Moura/March 4.

There are many ways we can spiritually live and observe the Seasons. And since this is Moura, we will start with this Season.

Wear The Fora

The Fora [1] is the Sacred Symbol for the Season of Moura. It is also the Symbol of the Great Mother, Whom we call the Veiled Fora of Faith. For this reason, I wear the Fora during Moura. Unfortunately, certain white supremacist groups have adopted versions of the Fora as a symbol of their hate. Due to this, the Celtic knot cross or Witches cross may be used as a Fora.

Madrina (deaconess) Sophia’s silver coloured metal Fora
Celtic Knot Loop Necklace
Celtic Trinity Knot Cross Pendant

Altar Picture/Icon of the Great Mother

I also place a picture/icon of the Great Mother on my altar. I use Nicholas Roerich’s veiled Mother of the World. There are many other suitable images for the Great Mother, Who is Dea Matrona. Dea Matrona means Great Mother Goddess.

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Mother Of The World by Nicholas Roerich 1924
Charcoal_of_Mother_of_the_World_by_Nicholas_Roerich_by_Oxana
Charcoal of the above by Oxana
great-mother_medium_veiled-origin-of-eternity-fora-of-faith
The Great Mother, a collage copyright of Madrina Sophia. Seek Permission and share with all due crediting. For private use only. 

Indigo halo = Great Mother, Gold halo = Celestial Mother, Silver halo = Holy Daughter / Mother of our souls. Symbolising Ultimate Divine Source, emanation of the Divine. Veil of stars. Fora with 3 circles symbolising the Holy Feminine Trinity at the centre. The celtic trinity knots on the 4 arms symbolise Spirit everywhere.

Lady Sophronia
Lady Sophronia
an-cailleach-by-helen-osullivan
An Cailleach by Helen O’Sullivan
http://www.helenosullivan.com/gallery/an-cailleach-crone/
stone-caillech-bhear-veiled-stone-statue-memphis-and-horn-lake
stone Caillech Bhear veiled stone statue memphis and horn lake
Isis, Goddess of Life by Auguste Puttemans facing Herbert Hoover birthplace
Isis, Goddess of Life by Auguste Puttemans facing President Herbert Hoover’s birthplace. http://apairofrubyreds.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/virgin-day-11.html
veiled-goddess-of-lybia
Veiled Goddess of Libya

Our Great Mother is Grandmother. She Who loves us unconditionally. She Who is Ancient Wisdom.

When we speak of the Darkness associated with the Great Mother, it merely signifies Mystery and That which is Hidden. Shimmering, Velvet Darkness, Mystery, That Which is Hidden. Hence the Great Mother is veiled.

Liturgy

We use the preface of the Great Mother for the Rite of Sacrifice and for the Liturgy which is, O Dea Matrona, Dark Moon of Origin, shelter us beneath Your Veil of Mystery.

The liturgy, during Moura, for clergy, shall be served on Foradi or Fora Day, (Saturday), if possible, which is the day of Madria Rhea, the Jana Who represents the Great Mother. As such, we refer to Madria Rhea as the ̔ Face̕  of the Great Mother. The Symbol for this day is the Fora, of course. Madrinas and Priestesses will accent their white dresses/robes with accessories in the liturgical colour of Violet.

The Rite of Sacrifice

The Rite of Sacrifice may be served on the Dark Moon. ( It may also be served on the Full Moon if desired.) The Full Moon for Moura is the Veiled Moon, which, this year, falls on 11 Moura/March 2.

The candles on the altar (which should be object blessed) and the veil/hat that we wear during formal prayer and ritual should be either black or indigo [2]. (Keep in mind, the liturgical colors are the colors of the robes of the Janae. These are colors that are symbolic of Who They Are in Their Spiritual Essence.) The Moura altar cloth is the elemental seasonal color of violet. This can be a doily, hankey/handkerchief, table cloth. (Which should be object blessed). There are no flowers on the altar during Moura with the exception of the Feast of the Trinitarian Janae on Med-Moura.

Prayer/Chants/ Hymn

During prayer, we concentrate on the psalms, litanies and prayers to the Great Mother. And there will be more of those to come during this holy month. We can also pray to Her in our own words and spend time in contemplation of Her and communion with Her.

The Great Mother, Dea Matrona. We call Her Mysteria because She is Mystery and has no Name on Earth. She is the Source of Spirit, the Origin of Spirit, the One Spirit. From Her, all things come.

Dea Matrona, Great Mother God, the Veiled Fora of Faith.
Great Mother Mysteria: Empress of Heaven.
Eternal is the Life of the Great Mother.
Eternal is the Life of the Empress, the Fountainhead of the All.
[3] Mantra sentences from https://deanic.com/becoming-a-devotee/chants-with-short-janite-prayers/

[4] Hail, Deantha Vespera: Divine Flower of the Evening, Life & Source of All, be with us.

[3] Litany of the Great Mother
https://deanic.com/holy-feminine-trinity/litany-of-the-great-mother/

[3] Hail Mysteria
https://deanic.com/holy-feminine-trinity/hail-mysteria/

[5] A Silent Auroram to Mysteria (I shield my eyes) on a string of 108 knots or beads.
https://deanic.com/prayers-and-rites/auroram-by-sorella-minna/

[6] Psalm 9: O, Veiled Fora of Faith and Psalm 14: O, Great Mother.
https://deanic.com/prayers-and-rites/janite-psalms/

[7] Hymn Psalm 14: O, Great Mother
https://deanic.com/hymns/

[8] Great Mother steadfast Fora of our return to Spirit

O, Dea, Fora of Faith,
we thank You, we bless You and we adore You.
For through Your everlasting life, we are infused with Your luminous Graces
and are protected by the Veiled Stillness at the Centre of All. O, Great Mother,
You are the steadfast Fora of our return to Spirit.
O, Dea, Fora of Faith, be with us.

[9] Immah (Mother) Barbelo
Holy Barbelo,
Eternal mystery,
Mother supreme,
From your womb comes forth all light,
And in your darkness all find peace,
Only you, Great One,
Are the foundation of all things,
Unbreakable. Irrevocable. Immovable.
Your faces are many and yet your heart is One,
That which pulses through the multiverse,
Through all heavens and hells and spiritual planes.
There is nothing beyond You and nothing before You.
O Imma Regina. Triple Powered. Triple Pure.
May all come to know that they have never been separate from You,
May those bound up in sorrow and suffering break through this illusion.
For we have been held in your arms since the beginning,
And to your embrace shall all come to sleep.
Blessed art thou, Goddess, Our Lady,
So be it.

Seasonal Rosary

For the Five Mystery Rosary, the Hail, Dea prayer for each of the beads of the Five Septads is:

Hail, Sophia, (Kore or Kore Sophia), Fountain of Grace, Glory be to Thee. Blessed art Thou, O, Divine Queen of Heaven and Blessed art Thou, O, Gentle Dove of Peace. This is the Janite Mantra to the Holy Daughter during the Sacred Season of Spring.

Hail, Mysteria, Fountainhead of Grace, Glory be to Thee. Blessed art Thou, O, Divine Empress of Heaven and Blessed art Thou, the Veiled Fora of Faith. [6]

In contrast, during the Sacred Season of Winter, I was praying, on the seven small beads, the mantra in honor of the Holy Daughter during Winter:

Hail, Kore Sophia, Glory be to Thee. Blessed art thou, O, Queen of Heaven and Blessed art Thou, the Star of Hope. [6]

Seasonal Scriptures

The Scriptures upon which we focus during Moura are the Mythos of the Divine Maid, chapters III through V and chapter VI through verse six. Also, The Secret of the World; The Three Loves; The Teachings of the Daughter / Thoughts of The Mind; The Veil of Matter; The Way of Simplicity; The Temple of the Heart and The Heart of Water with the exception of verses 32- 39, which are not relevant for Janites.

November 2017 Eastminster Critical Edition of The Filianic Scriptures known as ECE or The Clear Recital, edition 3. Free download as a PDF file, MOBI for Kindle, and EPUB for iOS and Android phones. http://apronstrings.racemochridhe.com/ece/

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

This is a more complete and accurate rendition of The Madrian Scriptures within the book Sacred Myths and Rites of the Madrians edited by Philip P Jackson. Hardback copies may be available to purchase here https://www.biblio.com/book/sacred-myths-rites-madrians-philip-jackson/d/634576068

It is important to keep in mind that the tale of the Passion of the Holy Daughter in the Mythos of the Divine Maid is not to be taken literally. It is simply a metaphor for the suffering She undertook as She Descended down through the realms.

Seasonal Virtues

During Moura, we especially concentrate on the virtues of Madria Rhea, Who, as stated above, is the Jana ̔ Face̕ of the Great Mother. These virtues, Steadfastness, Temperance and Self-Restraint, are especially appropriate for the somber, reflective, and spiritually contemplative Season of Moura. Steadfastness in being loyal to our Soul Path; Temperance in not harming our body and Self-restraint from causing harm to others either through action or word.

Other Suggestions

Copyright Birds of Duality by Sue Halstenberg https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/HalstenbergStudio

Meditation on the esoteric meaning of the Fora; decorating with the symbolic birds of Madria Rhea which are the peacock and the raven and using Her incense and oils along with eating a simpler diet are all ways of observing the Season. Living more simply and concentrating on the spiritual more than on the material are also part of Living Seasonally during Moura.

Indigo is the color of the Third Eye chakra, ruled over by Madria Rhea. The Third Eye chakra is the energy vortex of intuition, wisdom and spiritual insight. Both the Crown and Third Eye chakras are relevant areas of study during the Season of Moura. If interested, do a search about Third Eye meditation or opening the Third Eye.

Purple Auras and Spiritual Balance. If an advisor tells you that your aura is purple at the moment, this is a good thing. A purple aura (also known as violet or indigo) means that you are in a good space spiritually and that you are close to experiencing a state of equilibrium and open awareness. (Beth Asaff).

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Dianthus Everlast
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Dark Purple Dianthus graphic copyright of Madrina Sophia
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Light Beyond the Dark

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Great Mother Correspondences: https://deanic.com/correspondences-of-the-trinity/

Madria Rhea Correspondences: https://deanic.com/the-seven-great-janae/correspondences-of-the-seven-janae/

We do not believe in harsh aesthetic practices, strict fasting (except for Tenebrae) or severe methods of self-denial during Moura. For Janites, it is a time of self-reflection and a time of deep spiritual practices. In our opinion, these have nothing to do with a Goddess religion. The idea of a sacrificial Lent stems from Babylonia and from my own research, it originated as a time of 40 days of weeping for Tamuz in honor of his death and before his resurrection. Later, Christianity would adopt the idea from the time of Jesus fasting in the desert.

Physically Experiencing

Copyright March thaw at Highbanks by Tom Conrad http://www.centralohiopleinair.com/conrad.html

Finally, pay attention to the physicality of this Sacred Season. Note the changing of the seasons in your area. The oncoming of Spring, the melting of the ice and snows, the first bloom of the flower, the budding of the leaves.

Get out in Nature. Watch the moon. Gaze at the stars. Look for the birds returning from the long Winter as the secular month of February ends and the month of March begins. Praise Dea as the Lady of All Nature. Thank the spirits of each Element and give glory to the Great Mother as the Absolute Source of the All.

And let us rest in the Silence of the Great Mother and dwell in Her Stillness. And let that Silence and Stillness reflect itself in our daily lives; in our words, our thoughts and in how we treat others and in how we speak about others. May we be mindful of the Virtues of Madria Rhea. And let us ask Madria Rhea to instil Her Virtues within us, that we may practice them with Wisdom. With Sophia Whose Name means Wisdom.

May Our Lady bless you,
Blessed is She.

ArchMadria Candra Sophia

Notes:

[1] The Great Symbol of the Fora
https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2017/03/06/a-wealth-of-information-on-the-fora-by-archmatrona-ghrian/

https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/03/17/the-cross-and-the-fora/

[2] Indigo appears between blue and violet in a rainbow. Purple grapes and blueberries are indigo. The deep blue of dark denim blue jeans is indigo.
https://www.thoughtco.com/what-color-is-indigo-1077388
[3] 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.
[4] Copyright of Madrina Sophia. Seek Permission and share with all due crediting. For private use only.
[5] Copyright of Sorella Minna. Seek Permission and share with all due crediting. For private use only.
[6] Copyright of ArchMadria Candra Sophia. Seek Permission and share with all due crediting. For private use only.
[7] Copyright Lyrics by ArchMadria Candra Sophia (sung by Monica Stehle). For private use only.
[8] Copyright of Madrina Sophia. Seek Permission and share with all due crediting. For private use only.
I made this one up, adapted from ArchMadria Candra Sophia
https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/03/02/finger-handbag-trouser-pocket-rosary-for-moura-great-mother-veiled-origin-of-eternity-fora-of-faith/
[9] Copyright of Sorella Rose / Roselyn. Seek Permission and share with all due crediting. For private use only.
https://priestessofholywisdom.wordpress.com/2017/11/25/immah-barbelo/
https://priestessofholywisdom.wordpress.com/2017/11/13/barbelo-dea-mysteria/