The Seven Janae of Divine Sophia

Foradi/ 5 Flora

O, Agia Rhea, be with us. Blessed are You.

Setpena to Agia Thea:

(Say for seven days).

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.

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Today, as part of our series on the correlations of Divine Sophia and our Clear Recital scriptures, we are going to take a moment to discover the relationship between Sophia and the Seven Janae.

At the end of this article is a very exciting discovery, a lengthy article showing my own thealogy that the Holy Spirit is Seven-fold.

Holy Sophia is associated with the Divine Seven in different ways.  In Gnosticism, She emanates/creates the Seven Feminine Aeons;  in the book of Proverbs, She sends out her Seven Virgin Handmaidens and She has hewn out the Seven Pillars and as the Holy Spirit in Christianity, Who is more appropriately called Mother Spirit as in ancient times, She sends forth the Seven Rays of the Gifts.

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In Gnosticism, Sophia is the Ruler of the Seven Planetary Powers, however, these Powers are Archons. (i.e. not the good guys) and in Gnostic cosmology, Sophia triumphs over them and becomes Ruler over the Seven Spheres.

In her book, Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom, Bride of God, author and scholar, Caitlin Matthews includes a picture of an unusual statue of Sophia made of rosewood where She is holding a seven pointed star. This sculpture based upon a vision or apparition that was experienced by the artist, Bryce Muir.  This star signifies Her overcoming of the seven planetary Archons and Her rising to become the Mother of the Ogdoad or Eighth Realm. Ms. Matthews goes on to state that “the Descents of Sophia, like the Seven-fold Descent of Inanna to the Underworld, pass through all levels of experience making Sophia a potent Companion to all souls.”

Similar to the Titans, which inform the Seven Janyati, these Aeons were male and female. The Female Aeons are: Rejoicing; Blessedness; Love; Peace; Gladness; Truth and Faith. Like the Janae, these Seven Aeons are both Divine, having emanated from Holy Sophia and They are also angelic in Being.

In some (though not all) Gnostic texts, Aeons are often referred to as being androgynous. A better way to think of them is that they are ‘twin souls’.  We must remember that there are many different cosmologies in Gnosticism and various belief systems as well. While some Gnostics understood the Aeons to be androgynous, others thought of them as Primordial Ideas, while still others believed they were syzygies or ‘yoked pairs’, the latter being the Janite point of view.  They are Light Beings and are sometimes likened to angels. And so, similar to the Deanic/Filianic teachings on the Janae, they are both Divine and angelic.

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Moving on to Proverbs, the Divine Sophia has sent out Her Seven Virgins or Handmaidens and has ‘hewn out Her Seven Pillars”.

Now, keep in mind, when Wisdom is personified in the biblical texts, we capitalize the W. Wisdom personified is Sophia. When wisdom is not being personified, we do not capitalize the first letter.

In this particular text, Wisdom is personified. Wisdom, Sophia, sends out Her Handmaidens to invite everyone to Her feast of wisdom. Ms. Matthews states, that the Handmaidens are the assessors of Wisdom.

It would not be until the Middle Ages when they would be transformed into the Daughters of Sophia and an English cleric, Alcuin (735-804 AD) would associate the Seven Pillars with the Seven Liberal Arts.

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These Handmaidens are depicted on the right-hand doorway of the Portail Royal at Chartres. The central figure is the Black Virgin of Wisdom, the Virgin Mary being surrounded by the Seven Handmaidens representing the Liberal Arts. As Albert the Great taught that Mary, herself was the possessor of the Seven Liberal Arts. Elsewhere, Ms. Matthews explains that the Seven Pillars have also been conflated with h the Seven Liberal Arts, the seven days of the week, the seven heavens and the Holy Spirit .

As we can see, there is a correlation between each of the Seven Liberal Arts and the Janae, Themselves.

Grammar/Moon/Agia Candre.

Dialectic/Mercury/Agia Sage/ Mati.

Rhetoric/Venus/Agia Grace/ Sushuri

Music/Sun/Agia Theia/ Raya

Arithmetic/Mars/Agia Vikhe

Geometry/Jupiter/Agia Thame’

Astronomy/Saturn/Agia Rhea/ Rhave.

The purification of the soul, through the seven planetary experiences, was common to many cultures and traditions. (Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom and Bride of God).

So, here we have Seven Handmaidens of Sophia and the Seven Pillars of Wisdom. We will revisit these Seven Handmaidens when we study the correlation of Divine Sophia as our High Priestess.

Now, we look at the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Sophia is the Holy Spirit both pre- Christian and Christian.

The Seven Planetary Powers of Pagan Tradition become the seven gifts of the Spirit in Christianity: Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety (Faith) and Fear of God (nowadays this is rendered as Awe)….(Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom and Bride of God).  (Caps and comments are mine. A. M. Candra Sophia).

This amazes me. I had already correlated the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit with the Seven Janae before I had read this.

Ms. Matthews, in her above-mentioned book, does a fine job of showing forth Sophia as the Holy Spirit. The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit are often referred to as individual spirits, the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
    the Spirit of counsel and of might,
    the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord, etc. 

The New Testament speaks about The Seven Spirits of God. In Rev., these Seven Spirits are also known as the Seven Lamps which are before the throne of God. And it talks about ‘He who has the Seven Spirits of God.” This is a much neglected concept within Christianity probably due to the fact that it would call into question the theology of the Trinity and yet, these Seven Spirits of God are mentioned a few times in the New Testament.

Again, I was blown away by the following article which came to the same conclusion as did I: http://www.lasan.org/lasan-readings/english/holy-spirit/seven-holy-spirit-gifts.htm and that is, the Seven Spirits of the Holy Spirit. This article refers to the Holy Spirit as “he”, but the Holy Spirit is the Mother Spirit, Dea Madria, Mari Sophia.

The above mentioned article expertly disproves the various theories about the identity of the Seven Spirits. The author even mentions the Three-Fold Spirits of Heaven and the Four-fold Spirits of Earth…. Deanic teaching right there of the Janae!!!!

The author begins his summary thusly: It is erroneous to argue that the seven Spirits are seven angels, and it is insufficient to claim that the title the seven Spirits refers to the Spirit of God merely in a general way. It is not even adequate to assert that the seven Spirits are the Spirit of God in the fullness or completeness of His energies or operation. The title the seven Spirits, like all appellations of the Spirit, unveils something very particular concerning the divine Spirit.

While quite lengthy, this is a remarkable article and it is highly recommended as one of  the ways of understanding the Janae.

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In summary,  Divine Sophia is the Ruler of the Planetary Powers; She emanates the Seven Feminine Aeons; She sends out Her Seven Handmaidens and hews out the Seven Pillars of Wisdom which have variously been identified, as Ms. Matthews explains, with the Seven Liberal Arts, the seven days of the week, the seven heavens and the Holy Spirit and finally, She is the Seven-Fold Holy Spirit, Who, as Caitlyn Matthews so beautifully depicts in her book, holds the Seven Spirits in Her lap as Doves, ready to be sent out into the world.

I would like to conclude with this prayer to the Janae by Sorella Roselyn.  With her permission, I shall be adding it to our Aurora prayers (morning prayers).

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[inspired by the Faith of the Seven in A Song of Ice and Fire]

May Lady Theia fill our hearts with joy,

May Lady Candra keep us pure in spirit,

May Lady Grace enfold us in her love,

May Lady Vicka strengthen our courage,

May Lady Thame balance the scales of justice,

May Lady Sage enlighten our minds with truth,

May Lady Rhea guide us safely through the dark.

May the Seven Rays of Déa shine down upon our souls, in this world and all the worlds to come.

By the Mother, the Daughter, and the Great Mysteria,

Blessed is She.    Sorella Roselyn

Article by ArchMadria Candra Sophia.

 

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Page on Traditional Janae Colours, Planets and Metals

23 Abalon / October 25

Stelladi or Star Day. (Wednesday).

Day of Madria Sage.

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Ever wondered about why the Great Seven Janae are robed in certain colours which are symbolic of Who They Are in Their Spiritual Essence. (Hence liturgical, meaning that heads of household performing the Rite of Sacrifice (or Priestesses in the J.O.P.) wear accent colours.

The answer, as discovered by extensive research by ArchMatrona (Serene Mother) Ghrian of the Lucienne Deanic Tradition. https://deamatronablog.wordpress.com Is the ancient link between the Classical Planets and the metals of alchemy.

“Alchemy itself is most often described as the ancient tradition of sacred chemistry by which one discovers the truth about the nature, both spiritual and temporal, of reality, its structure, laws and functions.”
http://www.alphachisigmamuchapter.org/alchemy.htm

Illustrated with metal ores.

Also the links between the Janae and a rainbow.

Loads of additional (some un-related) colour information.

See the page: https://deanic.com/janae-colours-planets-metals/

May Dea bless you. Blessed is She. Madrina Sophia

Part III, Sophia, Eurynome and the Seven Janati

10 Abalon/Sept. 14

Abaldi/Thurs. Day of Madria Thame’ (Themis).

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

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  (The Seven Rays of Divine Manifestation.)  In Deanic language, the Seven are of the Three-Fold Heaven (3 upward: (Madrias Candre, Raya and Rhave)  and of the Four-Fold Earth (4 downward: Madrias Sushuri, Thame’, Vikhe and Mati).

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When ArchMatrona Ghrian and I first formulated the idea that Dea is One and Three and Seven, this formula expressed both the thealogy of the One Dea in Her Tri-une Form of Mother, Daughter and Great Mother and also of the One Dea in Her Septad Form of the Seven Janati.

 

 

In our religion, we are often presented with the analogy of the prism. Just as white light flows through the prism and separates into seven colored rays, so too, the Pure Light of Dea is diffracted into Seven Intelligent Living Streams (each Stream expressing itself through a certain color.) These Seven Rays of Intelligent Light take on the form of angels.

Just as the Holy Daughter takes on the Form of Soul, and yet, She remains Dea Filia (the Divine Daughter God); so the Janati take on the form of angels, but yet, They remain Dea.

Janite Thealogy is based, in part, upon the Divine Sophia, Who is known as both Mother and Daughter in Her Tri-une Form as Mother, Daughter and Holy Soul.

Sophia is pan-cultural. She is not limited to Judaic-Christianity. Many worship Her from all religious walks of life.

As Rudolph Steiner and others have noted, Sophia is the Mother of the Seven Powers. These Seven Powers were sometimes considered to be angels although Gnosticism refers to them as Archons (which we consider a patriarchal demotion of the Sophian Myth as at the time, Gnostics did not see manifest creation in a positive light). Although archon means ruler, in Gnosticism, Archons were not the good guys.

Sophia is also known as the Goddess of Heaven and the Mother of the Stars. Even in Gnosticism, She is known as the Mother of All the Living and the Highest Ruler over the visible Universe. She is said to have shaped manifest creation based upon the heavenly prototypes and She forms the seven star circles or spheres over which the planetary powers are placed. These planetary spheres, or heavens, were, for the ancients, the highest regions of the created universe.

Considered by Steiner to be the new Isis, and, indeed, She was often equated with Isis in the past, Sophia is the Pneumatic Essence from which all souls draw their origin. In Her lower or Daughter form, She is the Mediatrix between the upper and lower realms. It is She, Who is the one Who is crowned with the Seven Stars.

More and more, within and without Christianity, Sophia is swiftly returning to Her original Divine status. (1 +2) Many mainstream Christians, are beginning to recognize Her as the Holy Spirit from Whom emit the Seven Gifts/the Seven Spirits.

Proverbs mentions Her Seven Pillars.

As we see from the above, in many ways, it is from Sophia that comes the Seven.

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In the Myth of Eurynome, She created the Seven Planetary Powers, putting a Titaness and a Titan over each. From the Primordial Feminine standpoint, Theia ruled the Sun and was given the power of illumination; Phoebe ruled the Moon and was given the power of enchantment; Dione  ruled Mars and was given the power of growth; Metis was given the planet Mercury and the power of wisdom; Themis was given the planet Jupiter and the power of law; Tethys was given the planet Venus and the power of love; and Rhea was set over the planet Saturn and given the power of peace.

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In Janite thealogy, the Janati are not the actual Powers, themselves. Rather, the Janati rule over the Planetary Spheres and They were given the Powers. These Powers represent the Seven Streams of life which contain the Primordial Essence or, perhaps we could say, the quantum information which is the base of all that is manifested into reality.

We believe that like the Holy Daughter, the Janati are Immanent, meaning, though They stem from the Pleroma, They work within and throughout manifest creation. And while Dea, on one level, is Supreme and Above the All and yet She is One with us and She hears our cries, so too, the Janati, being angelic Forms of Dea, though they represent Powers beyond our ken, can hear us and help us.

We are often asked, what is the difference between a Jana and an angel?  Angels were created by God. They are not God. And so, we may pray to them in the form of asking their help and assistance. But, we may not honor them as God. We may not worship them.

The Janati are UnCreated because They are God, They are Forms of Dea and so we may pray to Them. We may honor Them as God. We may worship Them. Especially when we consider Sophia. She is Their Mother… She gave Them birth… They are of Her. They are One with Her. They are Her Seven Spirits. Her Seven Stars.

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ArchMadria Candre Sophia

 

 

 

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

Dea and the Janati; Dea is One

Columbadi/Friday

19 Moura/March 10

O, Madria Grace, Jana (pronounced Yana) * of Compassion, Love and Mercy, be with us.

May the Pure Stream of Your Virtues flow within us, in this world and in all the worlds to come. Amen. (Madria Grace is a Face/Power/Ray/Spirit/Form of the Holy Daughter.)

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  These four angels are tracing the sign of the cross. Originally, all Christians traced the sign of the cross by first touching the forehead and then touching the right shoulder first, then the the left. Orthodox Christians trace the sign of the cross in this manner, to this day. However, eventually the Roman Catholic faithful began to copy the priest as he turned to bless them and so began to make the sign of the cross in reverse, left shoulder first. In a way, this might be considered symbolic of the differences between the mystical East and the more Scholastic West.

We trace the Fora by, touching the forehead, then touching the right shoulder, first, then the left. If we added a fifth angel who stood in the center and traced a small circle over her heart chakra, this would complete the tracing of the Fora. The Fora is the Sacred Symbol of the Season of Moura. We will be discussing the Fora in an upcoming article.

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This brief post is important to read before proceeding onto the forthcoming article. It’s significance underlies the fact that Deanists are monotheaistic. And so, please bear with me if I repeat some things in this post that I’ve already stated in the past. This is basic Janite thealogy and I believe that the Lucienne Tradition would agree with most of it, as well.

We are coming to understand, more and more, how the Seven Janati (pronounce Yanati) are the Faces/Forms of Dea in addition to being Her Seven Powers, Seven Spirits, Seven Rays or Seven Aspects, although I really don’t like to use the word, aspect. I think it is misleading.

As is taught in the Tradition of our Faith, just as the white light of the sun, when passing through a prism or a droplet of water, refracts into the seven colors of the rainbow, the Supernal Light that is Dea refracts into Her Seven Faces/Powers/Spirits/Rays/Forms. Think of a diamond that has many facets, all reflecting different hues of light, and yet, it is the one diamond. And so, the sun remains the one sun, though it’s rays separate into seven colors and the diamond remains the one diamond, though its facets reflect differing hues. Just so, Dea remains the One Dea and yet, from the one droplet, from the one River, She ‘flows out’ into Seven Living Streams.

Dea begins as a Still, Dark Pool of Origin, the Fountainhead, the Great Mother. She swirls into a basin, a Font, the Celestial Mother, from there, She, as the Mother, flows and fills a Fountain till it is brimming, the Holy Daughter, Whose Graces over-flow into the world.

From the Still Dark Light of the Great Mother, Mysteria, is refracted the Indigo Ray of  Madria Rhea. We may also think of an Indigo Stream which flows out of the Pool of Origin.

From the Bright Light of the Celestial Mother, Mari, is refracted the Orange, Red and Blue Rays: Madrias Theia, Vicka and Thema.

From the Silver Light of the Holy Daughter, Kora, is refracted the Purple, Yellow and Green Rays: Madrias Candra, Sofia and Thema.

We may also think of the Janati as Living Colored Streams flowing from Their One Source.

In a recent article, we showed how the Trinitarian Janati represent the Trinity. They are the Faces or Rays of the Great Mother, the Celestial Mother and the Holy Daughter. We may take this further: Madrias Thema and Vicka are the Faces/Rays/Powers/Streams/Forms of the Celestial Mother, Mari. Madrias Grace and Sofia are the Faces/Rays/Powers/Streams/Forms of the Holy Daughter, Kora.

There is a lot of thealogy that may be developed from this, which will further our understanding and appreciation of the Janati. For now, it is important to note that in every way, in each aspect, it is always the one River, the same Water which flows in each Stream, the One Light which is refracted in all Seven Rays all of which stem the same Origin/Source, Absolute Deity, She Who is the Great Mother. In this way, Dea is One. We are monotheastic. We believe in One God Who is One and Three and Seven at one and the same time, Eternally and within Whom are contained the Female and the Male.

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ArchMadria Candra Sophia

  • We thank Madrina Rosalie for her assistance in the correct pronunciation of both the Roman, Jana and the Sanskrit, Janati.

 

 

Open Prayer to Madria Vicka

Feast of Hearthblessing.

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O, Most Holy and Mighty Madria Vicka, on this day of Hearthblessing, I thank you for this great miracle. I thank you for rescuing our loved one.

I also thank all of the Janati for their powerful assistance in this matter.

I thank the Holy Daughter, Kore.

 

 

Update on the Seven Powers

26 Ourania/Oct. 28

Columbadi/Fri.

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Lady Tethys

 

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

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Previously we had listed the Seven Powers based upon their Planetary Powers. For Janites, the Powers will be based upon the Virtues and core role of each Jana, which is perhaps, more proper for the Janite expression of the Faith. In Janite thealogy, the Power is the Wellspring or main function, so to speak, of each Jana, from which the other Virtues flow.

They are as follows:

Madria Theia: Illumination

Madria Candre: Priestesshood.

Madria Vicka: Heroism.

Madria Sofia: Wisdom

Madria Thema: Justice.

Madria Grace: Healing.

Madria Rhea: Faith.

The Janati Are Not Angels, They Are Dea.

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23 Ourania/Oct. 25

Rosadi/Tues.

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One of the ways that we have explained the Janati in the past, taken from a tradition that was handed down to us, is that the Janati take on angelic form and though they are the Living Streams of Dea, they may be considered to be goddesses or angels. Unfortunately, this explanation has been misleading for many, including yours truly, when I first entered the Faith over six years ago.

Janites tend to stay away from using the words goddess or goddesses because the true nature and roles of the Classical and Celtic goddesses are greatly misunderstood in the 21st century. The modern sense of ‘goddess’ would not apply to either Dea in general, nor to the Janati in particular.

For equally valid reasons, we will no longer be referring to the Janati as angels or as being angelic-like. While angels are created beings, the Seven Janati, as the Seven Spirits of God/Dea, are uncreated Divine Beings. They are Dea, Herself.

angels A Being of Light (with Form).

The Deanic Faith teaches that Dea is One and Three and Seven. This signifies that She is a Singularity, a Trinity and a Septet. So, when we pray to Madria Thema, for example, or when we ask for the mighty help of Madria Vicka; when we honor Madria Candre as Matroness of priestesses or appeal to Madria Rhea for help in the area Self-Restraint; when we ask Madria Grace for healing or need Madria Sofia’s assistance with Wisdom; when we consciously open our minds and hearts to the Joy of Madria Theia, we are praying to Dea, Herself. They are the same as the Trinity. They have the Essence/Nature of the Godhood.

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Janites are careful to never refer to the Janati as ‘aspects’ of Dea, because, again, that may be misleading. Just as the Trinity is Three Distinct Separate Beings and yet, are of one Essence (think of the grafting of the apple tree analogy), so too, the Janati are Distinct, Separate Beings and yet, are of one Essence, i.e., the one Essence or Divine Nature of Godhood as mentioned, above. They are not goddesses in the modern sense of the word, nor are they created angelic beings. They are Dea in Her Septat Form and so, in the Janite Tradition, they are called Madria, Mother. They are our Guardian Mothers. In imagery, though they may be depicted as goddesses or as angels, it is important to always remember that they are the Living, Intelligent, Streams of Dea. They are the Seven Spirits of Dea. They are the Seven Faces of Dea.

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The Great Mother, who is Absolute is the Mother of our conscious awareness. 
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The Celestial Mother, Who is Spirit is the Mother of our spirits. 
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 The Daughter, Who is Soul is the Mother of our souls. 
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The Janati, Who are the Seven Streams of Life,  generate the Supernal Virtues.
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The Janati are the Seven Faces of Dea. It is through them and in surrounding ourselves with them each day, through invocation and prayer and in coming to personally know them, that we come to know the Trinity and through the Trinity, we come to know the One.
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Let us bless the Queen of Heaven.
Blessed is She.
Let us thank the Seven Janati of Power.
Thanks be to the Seven Janati.
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ArchMadria Pamela Lanides