Glossary

GLOSSARY

Abal: Old Welsh word for apple.

Abalon: Old Celtic form of Avalon which means land of apples.

Absolute Deity: the Source of all Life, the Origin of Origins.

Adoria: Glory. The Glory of the Appearance of the Holy Daughter.

ACG – Anno Calendum Gregori – year of the Gregorian calendar.

Agora: Agora is Greek for the gathering places of old. It meant assembly place or open space. It was also a place where philosophers, like Socrates might teach. It comes from the root word meaning to assemble or to gather together.

ArchMadria: High Mother or ArchPriestess.

Asperging: Sprinkling with Holy Water.

Astrea: Star. Also means Light Maiden.

Aurora: Dawn; Morning Prayers.

Auroram: The word Janites use for rosaries. Translates as, ‘The Dawn (which I act upon)’. With a base in the word Aurora, symbolizing the Daughter.

Avala: Meaning ‘breath of life’.  It is the Silver Lunar Realm of the Holy Daughter where we go to rest in-between incarnations.

Ave: Hail

Brighde: Bright, high and mighty.

Canticle: A hymn or chant.

Cerealia: The feast of grains in Janite Tradition. It was originally the Roman Feast of the Goddess Ceres/Demeter in April.

Chantria: A Chantria is the Head or Lead Chantress in each Clan and for each local temple/chapel. She shall be responsible for the hymnology and the chants for worship.

Charis: Grace.

Children of Dea: Humanity.

Columba: Dove

Columbina: Little Dove.

Coronam: Crown

Dae Matronae: The Divine Feminine Trinity. (Literally: Goddess Mothers.)

Dea (Day-a): Goddess, Our Mother God, from the Roman.

Deanic:  (Day-anic) comes from the Roman word, Dea: Divine Goddess. Deanic means the religion of the devotees of Dea.

Dea Filia, the Holy Daughter. She is referred to as Our Lady.

Dea Madria: Mother Goddess, the Celestial Mother. She is referred to as the Holy Mother.

Dea Matrona: Great Goddess, the Great Mother. She is referred to as the Great Mother.

Dea Volente: Dea Willing.

Dia: Divine

Di-Jana, Divine Gate. This was also an ancient name for the goddess, Diana.

Diosa: Divine Goddess

Divalia Coeli: Literally translates as divine-like Heaven.

Divina Reginae: Feast of the Divine Princess.

Divine Maid: The Holy Daughter

Ekklesia: Church, assembly of a people, spiritual community, for Deanics, the people of Dea.

Evensong: Evening prayers.

Floralia: Floralia was a Roman festival in honor of the Goddess, Flora. While originally a chaste feast day, over time, it became a bit debauched. I am heartened to see that there is a modern Floralia within Nova Roma which celebrates the true nature of the feast day.

Fora: The main symbol of our Faith. A Fora is an equi-distant solar cross with the rays extending beyond the circle.

Fourfold Earth: The term Fourfold Earth signifies the four cardinal directions and is associated with the four Janati who are guardians of the four cardinal directions and their corresponding Elements.

Genia: An  higher being who lives in the higher realms, much like an angel or archangel. One that has never fallen from perfection. They are considered to be the daughters or the emanations of the Seven Janati.

Genetrix: Mother or Ancestress; a female progenitor.  In the Deanic Faith, the Geniae or Janati are the progenitors or primal generators of the Primordial Virtues.

Genetrices: Plural of Genetrix.

Gender: A state of being. A divine quality. Not to be confused with biological (sexual) gender.

Golden Realm: The Realm of the Celestial Mother.

Grace: Divine Energies.

Great Dove of the Waters: The Holy Daughter in Her Form as Primordial, Eternal Love.

Immanent: Present with us.

Iremia: Greek for calm or stillness. In the Janite Deanic Faith, this word means the Still Centre of Being which is represented by the center of the Fora.

Hera: An heroine or hero of our Faith. One who has lived a life in service to Dea and to others. From the root word meaning hero, protectress, defender.

Hestia: A home which has been blessed and consecrated to Dea.

Jana (Yah-na): Sanskrit for both Gate and Moon. Used to designate one of the The Seven Primoridal Powers of Dea who may be viewed either as aspects of Dea or as the Seven Feminine Archangels. (See Di-Jana).

Janana: (Yah-nan- ah). Janana is a Sanskrit word meaning birth or to come into existence and it also means Queen Mother. And so, for Janites, this takes on a sacred double meaning, the Holy Daughter emanated from the Queen Mother and took on Form/Soul. She was ‘birthed’ into Her Soul Form.

Janati: (Jah, nah, tee). Sanskrit for generate, cause, to be born, create, beget and to produce. Also used for the Seven Feminine Powers of Dea/the Seven Powers of Mother God as the Generators of the Seven Streams of Life.

Kear:  A crack or flaw, the chasm or abyss that lies between Dea and each soul which opened when we chose to experience material manifestation.

Kear moira: Negative karma.

Kerea: From the root word Ker, this means Horn as in Horn of Plenty or Cornucopia.

Keres: From the Greek. Malicious spirits.

Kore: Pronounced Kora. Ancient title for the Holy Daughter specifically used for the child, Persephone. It means Maiden.

Kyria: Lady in the Lord sense.

Living Stream Forms of Dea: Living Stream Images/Forms/Faces of Dea are those of the Divine Feminine Whose worship is unbroken since ancient times. These Living  Stream Forms of Dea would be the Hindu and Buddhist goddesses, Sophia, Shekinah, Isis (Her worship continued underground), Bridget (She went underground as St. Bridget), Persephone and Kore (as their names literally mean Mother and Daughter God).

Lucidi: The Festival of Lights. Literally: Light Day. Luci means light and di is the French form of Day.

Madria: Mother. Title for priestess.

Madrina: Godmother. Title for deaconess.

Maia: Great; Mother, She Who brings increase.

Maid: In the Deanic Faith: A woman who has

Mari: The Celestial, Solar Mother. Mari, which means Mother Sea, is one of the oldest, pan-cultural names for the Goddess on Earth.

Mantle: Cloak.

 

Matres: The Celtic Three Mothers.

Matrix:  Matrix means a place or situation where something develops, takes shape or is contained. It also can mean womb or mother. So, when we say that the Holy Mother is the Matrix of all Being, it simply means that She gave birth, so to speak, to all Creation. She takes the Primordial Ideas and Spiritual Essence from the Source, the Great Mother and manifests it into Creation.

Matrona: Great Mother Goddess. In the Deanic Faith: She is Absolute Deity, the Dark Mother. She is not a destructive, Kali-like deity, rather, She is of the Luminous Shining, Unknowable Darkness.

Matronae: The Celtic Three Great Mothers.

Moira: The Geniae of Fate.

moira: karma, destiny, wyrde, doom, death.

moira karma: negative karma.

Moura: Dark. In our Tradition, the Darkest Hour before the Dawn, the Season of Purification and the Sacrifice of the Holy Daughter.

In the Deanic Faith, this is the Season of the Great Mother and Moura is the Sacrifice of the Daughter. The word “moura”, (moira, maura) (medieval: mora) feminine of “mouro”, is thought to originate from the Celtic *MRVOS and the indo-european mr-tuos that originated in Latin the word mortuus and in Portuguese/Galician the word morto (dead). Some authors think that the mouras are the deceased. 

The Holy Daughter sacrificed Herself for us by Descending through the Realms to become the World Soul.  In giving of Herself to humans, in this state of physical density and isolation, the World Soul becomes shattered.  She gives a portion of Herself to each of us. She is the Divine Spark of our souls.

Mysteria: Name-Title for the Great Mother, Who is Absolute Deity, the Dark Mother. She is not a destructive, Kali-like Person, rather, She is of the Luminous Shining, Unknowable Darkness.

Noontide: Noon Prayers.

Patene’: Pronounced,  pa ta nee, accent on ta; as in ma, is a sacred plate made of natural materials and set aside for sacramental communion use.

Plena: Latin for Full.

Pleroma: Supernal Fullness of the All and Fullness of Perfection, the place of Bliss and Union with Dea different than Avalon, where we rest between incarnations. It is also known in our scriptures as the Real.

Proceed: The Holy Daughter proceeds or emanates from the Celestial Mother.

Primordial: Existing since the beginning of time; primeval.

Quassare: From the old French meaning: shatter.

Quintessence: The Fifth Element. Aethyr. Spirit. Essence. (For the esoteric interpretation, please do a search on quintessence.)

Rosa: Rose.

Rosa Coeli: The Celestial Mother as the Fiery Rose of Heaven.

Rosalia: The Feast of Assumpta and the Feast of Roses.

Sacred Language: The use of sacred language has been handed down to us by our predecessors in the Faith. As the Deanic Faith is pan-European, the sacredness of certain concepts are contained within words from the Latin, Greek and ancient Celtic languages.

Septifluous: seven flowing streams.

Silver Realm: The Lunar Realm of the Holy Daughter.

Sorella: A Janite Sister.

Soteria: Salvation, saviouress, preserver. (So-tay-ree-a) from the Greek meaning salvation. Soteria is what we would today call the self-actualizing principle, a beneficent force that guides our development, helping us to reach the desired end of psychological salvation, integration and happiness.

Stella Maris: Star of the Sea was the North Star. This title originally belonged to Isis. Isis is equated with Sophia.

Supernal: Primordial and Heavenly. Of Divine origin or quality; heavenly, celestial, or divine.

Supernality: The quality of being supernal. A supernal being or thing.

Terram: Ground.

Threadpath: the thread of the pattern of our lives which leads us either closer to or further away from Dea.

Threefold Heaven: The term, Threefold Heaven signifies the Trinitarian Heaven and is associated with the three Janati (Geniae) who are Guardians of Spirit and Center and who represent the Trinity.

Transcendent: Beyond and above.

Triunity: Three united in One.

Trinity: Three distinct Persons in One.

Veiled Origin of Eternity: Our Lady in Her Form of Primordial, Eternal Life.

Wyrde: Karma, fate.