1Maia/April 18


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

Today, in the Janite calendar, we have added the Feast of MariMaia for what is traditionally  the Month of Mary or Lady Month, as it was known, centuries ago.

(Please note that Janites celebrate the Feast of Flowers, Floralia, on 10 Flora/May 25.)

The month of May has long been celebrated in honor of the Motherhood and the Queenship of Mary. Originally, this consisted of 30 days of various devotions to Mary during Aug./Sept. This was later transferred to the lovely month of May.

Now that we are officially Sophian Deanic, something that we have been unofficially for quite some time, Marian devotions, traditions and culture takes on an even greater significance. As I have mentioned in past posts, not only do we have Marian roots stemming from the beginning of Madrianism, but in some areas of traditional Russian Christian Culture and in present-day Goddess Christian Culture, along with many Sophian Traditions, Mary is believed to have been the incarnation of Divine Sophia. It is significant that the feast day of Sophia, in the Gnostic calendar, falls on Aug. 15, which is the Feast of the Assumption of Mary.

Additionally, Sophia has appeared to many and to one mystic She has said, ‘those who have prayed to Mary have been praying to Me’ And, so, many of the images we have of Mary may authentically be understood to be Images of Sophia.

Though the month of Maia is part of the Season of the Holy Daughter, it has traditionally been the month of the Mother. And, of course, the purpose of the Holy Daughter is to restore us to Our Divine Mother.

As it says in the Oral Tradition of the Secret Gospel of Mary, (not the fictional novel by the same name), “If you know the Woman of Light, you will know your Mother and be reborn of the Mother Spirit as a child of light.  Because the light is bornless, you will have eternal light.

“The body is born of the earthly mother, but the soul of light is born of the Heavenly Mother, and it is the Mother Spirit that awakens the soul of light.” (1)

Christos Sophia by Hikaru

In Janite Tradition, on the Feast of Coronam on 14 Maia/May 1, we crown the Holy Daughter, Our Princess of the World, as the Queen of Heaven.

Traditionally, going back many centuries, the Blessed Mother (Mary) was crowned as Queen of Heaven  And so, in Janite Tradition, on the Feast of Coronum, we may crown the Holy Daughter, Zoe (Daughter Sophia) as Queen of Heaven and, since it is the month of the Mother, we may crown the Celestial Mother, Mari/Maria (Mother Sophia) as Our High Queen.

So, each day of the month of Our Divine Mother, we may strive to do a little something in Her honor.

Plant marigolds, one of several flowers named after Our Lady.

Start a Mary Garden or outdoor shrine. Plant a flower pot and place an appropriate-sized statue of Mary inside or next to the pot for an apartment or windowsill or balcony. This site lists traditional Marian flowers.

Marian houseplants suitable for the blind due to their form, texture and fragrance:
Mary’s Rose – Miniature Rose – Rosa hybrida
Mary’s Tresses – Asparagus Fern – Asparagus plumosus
Our Lady’s Fringes – Star Begonia – Begonia heracleifolia
Mary’s Bouquet – Rosemary – Rosmarinus officinalis
Mary’s Sword – Apostle Plant – Neomarcia gracilis
Mother of Thousands – Strawberry Geranium – Saxifraga sarmentosa
Beautiful Lady – Geranium (scented) – Pelargonum crispum

Recite Her litany, rosary, psalms or other of Her prayers.

We will be composing 9 day novenas to Her. In the meantime, any of the Marian novenas can be adapted for Janite use  such as the Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes, Who was very important to the Madrians. (2) Each day of the nine day novena, light a devotional candle to Our Lady and pray the prayer. When your prayers are answered, make an offering to Our Lady in Thanksgiving.

Offer Her flowers, incense, milk and honey.

Sing Her hymns. You do not have to be Catholic to sing these hymns. If you are devoted to Mother Sophia, these hymns are yours to sing. A beautiful hymn which needs no adaptation may be found here: To hear it sung:

On this day of MariMaia, let us begin Lady Month by fostering True Devotion to She Who is the Mother of All the Cosmos. Blessed is She.

A. M. Candra Sophia

1) Excerpts from the Secret of Gospel of Mary, . This is the Gnostic Christian Order of Tai Malachi.







27 Moura/March 18


Madria Theia

Day of Madria Theia, Jana of Illumination, Joy and Benevolence. O, Madria Theia, be with us. Blessed are You.

Nature by Rassouli often named Sophia on the internet.

Tomorrow, within the Greater Deanic community, marks the most somber day of the year. In Janite Tradition, these next two days are called Tenebrae, which means Darkness.

On this day, Janite females are veiled while Janite male devotees wear a hat. Veiling for females make take the form of a wide headband, scarf, kerchief, veil, hat, mantilla. Normally, a silk rose would be included in this list, but not for Tenebrae. The colors should be black, indigo or purple/violet.

There should be no lit candles on the altar and all statues and icons removed.

Janites do not have mandatory fasting laws because everyone’s health and circumstances differ. At the very least, we recommend abstaining from alcohol and sweets. The rest is up to the devotee. However, we caution against being overly scrupulous. Fast with moderation.

On the first day of Tenebrae, 28 Moura/March 19, we preform a lustration. This is a ritual bath or shower before which we offer prayers for the forgiveness of the impurities with which we have sullied our souls, souls that She gave us through such a Great Sacrifice.

This is the time when the Celestial Mother, in Her Daughter Form, descends down through the Seven Realms. Each Realm is a lower vibration and each becomes more dense. This causes excruciating suffering for She Who loves us so much, to the point that in Janite thealogy, which is based upon that of Sophia/Shekina,  Her Most Pure Soul Shattered as a crystal chandelier might shatter should it fall to the floor from the ceiling.

The Mythos of Shekinah/Sophia.

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.

The motive for the Sophia’s fall was defined according to the Anatolian school to have lain therein, that by Her desire to know what lay beyond the limits of the knowable, She had brought Herself into a state of ignorance and formlessness. Her suffering extends to the whole Pleroma.

In Kabbalistic teaching:For, it is the Shekinah that is ascribed by Kabbalists to be the Middle Pillar of Balance that unites the opposites, just as the soul allows for the opposites of body and spirit to unite, so too does the Shekinah play this role for us. Indeed, the Shekinah is the Soul of Man, what Kabbalists call the Neshamah, for She has given a portion of Herself in order for each human to come into being in this world. In giving of Herself to humans, in this state of physical density and isolation, the World Soul becomes shattered. This shattering can be metaphorically grasped in considering what might happen to a glass alembic or flask when too much pressure is put upon in the alchemical works. Thus, the Shekinah represents the ultimate archetype of selfless sacrifice. All Her sacrifices have been for the benefit of creation so that humankind may experience this life in order to fulfill its destiny and purpose.

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.” [1]

The following is, what I think is the best definition of Sophia as the World Soul as written by an Episcopalian Priest:

“As the living centre or Soul of all creatures […] She includes the manifoldness of living souls; She is all of humanity together in one, or the Soul of the World. She is ideal humanity, containing all individual living creatures or souls and uniting them through Herself […]. Her task is to mediate and unify the manifoldness of living creatures, who constitute the actual content of Her life and the absolute unity of God.

She contains all living creatures, She is the unity that binds them, and Her work in the world is to unify outwardly that which is already one in essence—in Her.” (Episcopal Priest, Father Matthew Wright.) [2]

The scripture verses, from a Filianic point of view, may be found in the Mythos of the Divine Maid: all of chapter V and chapter VI through verse 6.

The hauntingly beautiful Mari-Anna chant, as found on the Chapel of Our Mother God, is most especially appropriate for these two days of Tenebrae, of Darkness. Two days that are both in and out of time. This solemn and gentle chant has always reminded me of the  the Traditional Catholic Stabat Mater, an hymn that was sung in honor of the sufferings of the Blessed Virgin Mary during the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday. Please note that Traditional Catholic refers to the pre-Vat. II Church and those modern Chapels and Societies which follow the Traditional  Catholic religion. We are not referring to the post-Vatican II Church known as the Novus Ordo or New Order.

Janites may chant the names Mari-Kore, Mari-Sophia or Maria-Sophia.

During these days of Tenebrae, of Darkness, we act, in all ways, with moderation, avoiding excessive frivolity and the like. Our minds, hearts and souls should be traveling down through the Realms with Our Precious Kyria.

ArchMadria Candra Sophia



Relevant articles:


The 13 days of daily meditation during the Sacred Month of Hestia

The Sacred Month of Hestia

Sacred month of Hestia
Hestia, Vesta. Ever-living flame of the hearth
The Goddess Hestia as The Keeper of the Flame

Spiritual Act

We spend the beginning of the Sacred month of Hestia, 13 days in total, in daily meditation for a few minutes in the spiritual practice of concentrating upon a spiritual month and it’s mystery.

Scripture [1]

Title 1
The Holy Mythos
Chapter 5, Verse 35

35. Then for twelve nights the star returned to the sky; and on the thirteenth night it did not return. And this was a sign of things that were to come.

Daily Reflections

Madria Olga Lotar’s Madrian Calendar

1 Hestia / December 26 – Sacred month of Columbina – Mystery of Aurora
This is the reflection that I find personally meaningful and beneficial:
Resurrection of all Manifestation, Restoration, Good Always Triumphs, Peace.

2 Hestia / December 27 – Sacred month of Maia
This is the reflection that I find personally meaningful and beneficial:
Manifestation lived in Harmony, Order is Soul Path to Re-unification with Déa.

3 Hestia / December 28 – Sacred month of Flora
This is the reflection that I find personally meaningful and beneficial:
Gifts from Déa, Virtuous Spiritual Life.

4 Hestia / December 29 – Sacred month of Rosa – Mystery of Assumpta
This is the reflection that I find personally meaningful and beneficial:
Unconditional Love of Déa, Remembering & Nurturing Spirit in our Rose Heart Temple, Assumption of our souls.

5 Hestia / December 29 – Sacred month of Sunna
This is the reflection that I find personally meaningful and beneficial:
Illumination, Love, Motivation, Spiritual Growth.

6 Hestia / December 30 – Sacred month of Ceres
This is the reflection that I find personally meaningful and beneficial:
Motherly Relationship between Déa and us, taking stock of Spiritual Harvest.

7 Hestia / December 31 – Sacred month of Abalon – Mystery of Terram
This is the reflection that I find personally meaningful and beneficial:
Trinity of Déa, Life, Spirit, Soul, Wisdom.

8 Hestia / January 1 – Sacred month of Ourania
This is the reflection that I find personally meaningful and beneficial:
Cosmic Order, Living Harmoniously, Praying the Rosary, Spiritual Enrichment.

9 Hestia / January 2 – Sacred month of Samhain
This is the reflection that I find personally meaningful and beneficial:
End of Life Lived in Spirit, Death, soul Journeys.

10 Hestia / January 3 – Sacred month of Astrea – Mystery of Adoria
This is the reflection that I find personally meaningful and beneficial:
Prayful awaiting of the coming of the light of Kore Di-Jana amidst deepening darkness.

11 Hestia / January 4 – Sacred month of Hestia
This is the reflection that I find personally meaningful and beneficial:
Kore Di-Jana is immanent: Déa’s Light and Life and Love, human life designed as a way back to Déa.

12 Hestia / January 5 – Sacred month of Brighid
This is the reflection that I find personally meaningful and beneficial:
Déa inspiring, inciting, creating, crafting, nourishing & healing.

13 Hestia / January 6 – Sacred month of Moura – Mystery of Quassare
This is the reflection that I find personally meaningful and beneficial:
Great Mother as the Foundation of Faith, somber, quiet in honour of the suffering that the Holy Daughter endures during Her painful Descent down through the realms. We should contemplate Her Sacrificial Shattering which gave us our souls.

Personally, I appreciate the quiet few minutes spent daily in contemplation in my cosy love filled home.
May Déa bless you. Blessed is She.
Madrina Sophia

[1] July 2012
The Filianic Scriptures, New Celestial Union Version (Second Edition, Third Update)
Free download:
(with thanks to Glenn King)

Sacred Month of Samhain October 31st – November 27th

Nov 1 / Samhain 2

Stelladi or Star Day. (Wednesday).
Day of Madria Sage.

Sacred Month of Samhain October 31st – November 27th

Autumn colors by Martin

The elemental green of the sacred season of Autumn. Decaying and dying to sprout again. Life time after life time, until our souls are perfected enough to rejoin Mother God. The lesson of Madria Thema.


For my predecessors in the Deanic Faith this month was also named Samhain (pronounced Sa-Win or Sow-in).

ArchMatrona Ghrian has mentioned that another pronunciation for Samhain (usually pronounced Sow-en) is also Shah-vin. And I have found this here: (

It is also the Irish for November.

Samhain: (meaning Summer’s End. For the Celts, summer ended in October.)
For those devotees of Dea residing in the British Isles, our clocks have fallen back 1 hour, leaving Summer Time behind us on the last Saturday of October.

This is the last month in the sacred season of Autumn. Because of the dark evenings and increasingly cold weather, I spend time reflecting upon and praying to Madria Thema. How can I add order and harmony to my blessed sacred hestia, relationships and life? So I tidy and sort items for donation to charity shops, clean and delight in small daily achievements. I smile at and acknowledge strangers in the street.

I find seasonal recipes with either apples or pomegranates or green coloured foods.

Kale and Pomegranate Salad
400g/14oz kale, trimmed, washed, shredded and excess water squeezed out
2 pomegranates, seeds removed
1 lime, juice only
3 tbsp rapeseed oil

Spiced Bean and Kale Pot

Cannellini Alubias by kendyll hillegas

These are affordable and vegan
Kidney bean and peanut butter burger (I am allergic to peanuts therefore I use more expensie almond butter)
Carrot, cumin & kidney bean burgers
Irish Colcannon

Beans are a symbol of being manifest on Dea’s created earth, whom we Deanists respect as our sister.

On Pomedi or Apple (or Pomegranate) Day. (Thursday). The Day of Madria Thema, we say:
O, Madria Thame, Jana of Order, Harmony and Justice, be with us.
May the Pure Stream of your Virtues flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come.

Madrina Sophia