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
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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.

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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

Honoring the Janati in Our Daily Lives.

27 Vespera/Sept. 3

Foradi/Sat.

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O, Madria Rhea, Jana of Steadfastness, Temperance and Self-restraint, be with us.

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1. As the rain fell, the light came again, and a rainbow appeared in the sky, shedding its light upon all things. 2. And whereas all things had been silver, now they took on every hue and colour, and the world was beautiful; but it was not so beautiful as it had formerly been.

3. [And She set Her seven powers in the firmament, giving one to rule each colour of the earth.]  The Creation, Chapter 3, vs. 1-3. New Celestial Union Edition.

Within the Janite Deanic Faith (which loosely translates as Gate of the Mother God religion), devotion to the Seven Janati is central to our religious practice. The Seven Janati are the Seven Powers or Faces of Dea, Our Divine Mother God.

Traditionally, certain Forms/Aspects of the Supreme/Parthenogenetic Goddess have been associated with these Seven Powers such as Eurynome, Sophia and the Shekinah. They are also known as the Seven Planetary Powers; the Seven Pillars and the Seven Faces.

Our Tradition teaches that the Janati flow from Mother God and take on rarefied angelic form. And so, the Seven Janati, a Sanskrit word meaning to generate, cause, to be born, create, beget and to produce, are the Seven Intelligent Living Streams of Dea in angelic form.

Though we may think of them as female archangels, reminding us of the female Bountiful Immortals of Zoroastrianism or the female angels of ancient Judiasm, it is important to remember that they are the Living Streams of Dea, Herself. It is as though they flow from Dea through a prism, thereby separating into Seven Jeweled, Living, Intelligent Rays who generate and produce the Seven Rivers of Life.

Do not be afraid to approach the Janati on a very personal level. They respond to our prayers and are ever-ready to assist us.

One personal custom that I have developed to honor the Janati on a daily basis is five-fold:

1) I try (although it is not always possible) to wear a color associated with the Jana (1) of the day.

2) I take a gemstone that has been charged beneath the Full Moon, bless it according to our blessing rite (found in our drop-down menu beneath the Prayers and Rites section). This stone will have been blessed with specific intentions. The intentions are: that her blessings, benefits and protection be upon me and may her virtues (here I name the specific Virtues of the Jana) be instilled within me. After this powerful blessing, I will wear it as a pendant in a gemstone cage similar to those found here:

https://www.etsy.com/market/gemstone_cage.

The color of the gemstone of the day will be associated with the color(s) of the robes of the Jana.

So, for instance, today is Foradi/Sat., (2), the day of Madria Rhea, whose robes are indigo and black. So, I will choose a crystal or gemstone as close in color as possible to indigo like dark lapis lazuli or I will choose a black stone like obsidian. During the blessing rite, along with the intentions of invoking her blessings and protection, I add the intention of instilling within me her virtues of Steadfastness, Temperance and Self-restraint.

3) I pray a septad (a group of seven beads similar to a decade of the rosary) of her mantra in the morning and through-out the day. For Madria Rhea it is: O, Madria Rhea, Jana  of Steadfastness, Temperance and Self-restraint, be with us.

4) I try to be mindful of her presence by praying to her and talking to her during the day. I try to spend time in contemplating both her and her virtues.

5) I choose one of her virtues to manifest in my life for that day. So, for instance, today I might choose to focus on Steadfastness or Self-restraint.

Any one of these customs or others similar to them will help to bring us ever closer to each Jana on a personal level and to Dea, Herself.

Let us bless the Queen of Heaven.

Blessed be Our Lady.

Let us thank the Seven Janati of Power.

Thanks be to the Seven Janati.

May Our Lady bless you.

Blessed is She.

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  1. Here the name/word Jana indicates an individual member of the Seven Janati. Jana translates as Gate. The name Jana was widely associated with the goddess Diana who was well-known, in ancient Rome, as Di-Jana which meant, Divine Gate. Each individual Jana is a Gate of one of the Seven Living Streams of Life.
  2. Our religious names for the days of the week are taken from our Seven Symbols with the French ending of di. Foradi is named after the Fora which is an equi-distant solar cross with rays extending beyond the circle.
  3. Please see Janati mantras on the Janati Correspondence page and also on the Janati Rosary page.