Part II: The Holy Daughter

23 Vespera/Aug. 30

Stelladi/Wed.

Day of Madria Mati-Metis (Sophia)

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

The Shattering of the Divine Soul of the Holy Daughter was, in our interpretation, prefigured by the tearing of Her Soul by the keres.  (Chapter IV, Mythos of the Divine Maid, verse 3),

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Dear Sisters and Devotees,

Some of this has been discussed in the past, but some of this is new. Though this is meant for the benefit of those readers and JOP members who are new to Janite thealogy and for our sisters in priestess training, I hope that all of our readers might benefit as to how Janites differ from other forms of Deanism in our view of  the Sacrifice of the Holy Daughter. Each way to understand the Cosmic Drama is but one facet of the One Sparkling Diamond of Divine Truth.

 

At the very beginning of our religion, before even Lux Madriana, the original teaching about Dea was that She was more of a Triple Goddess rather than an actual Trinity of three Distinct Persons. (According to what I had been told and to the best of my understanding.) She was Mari/Jana/Dark Mother (Jana probably should be pronounced Yana) and She was truly One. Interestingly enough, at the time of Christ, there was a a very popular goddess named Mari-Anna-Ishtar.

In this original Madrian thealogy, Mari was the Transcendent Celestial Mother and Jana was Mari in Her Immanent-earthly Form. (More rightly stated: heavenly-earthly Form).

It is not my understanding that there was the notion of a birth or of a nativity of the Holy Daughter.  Likewise, there was no idea of the Sacrificial Death of the Daughter. This latter doctrine, to my knowledge and to the best of my understanding, was not in place at the very beginning of our religion and probably would not have been looked upon with favor.

Today, Janites, as with a majority of the rest of the community, are more Trinitarian in our approach to Dea. We do believe that the Holy Daughter emanates or proceeds from the Celestial Mother and this, in earthly terms, may be thought of as a birth (janana) or nativity. And we do accept a Sacrificial Daughter. But,we, as Janites, differ in our approach to and interpretation of the Mythos of the Sacrificial Daughter than perhaps other Traditions within our religion.

 

The inspiration for the Passion of the Holy Daughter, in our scriptures, is based upon the Myth of the Descent of Inanna, which was the name given the Holy Daughter in the scriptures.

 

While the goddess Inanna was a goddess of promiscuous sex and war; and one who did not die for altruistic reasons; it is easy to understand why her passion mythos was chosen as a metaphor for the Death of the Daughter in our scriptures. Inanna descended down through the Seven Realms (1), which caused Her great suffering and She was hung on a tree which , in our scriptures, represents the world/axis/tree. All of this has a great and deep meaning and is certainly one way to contemplate the Great Cosmic Sacrifice. One thing that I have always loved about the Mythos of the Divine Maid is how the Celestial Mother smashes through the Gates of Hell to save Her Daughter and to resurrect Her as depicted in the imagery of Persephone and Demeter.

Janites take a different approach to the Sacrificial Mythos. We believe that Dea cannot separate Herself from Herself without destroying Her Eternal One-ness, Her Eternal Essential Nature. We also believe that a Person of the Trinity cannot give up Her Spirit because the Spirit of the Trinity is One. There is only One Spirit in the Godhead. It cannot be separated or given up for any reason without destroying Her Eternal Essence.

Furthermore, we believe that the  Eternal Spirit of a Person of the Trinity cannot absolutely die without the Person ceasing to be the Eternal God. We do not believe that the spirit, any spirit, can die. I am not familiar with other religions which teach that it is possible for a spirit to die, to be completely annihilated. The Spirit is the Eternal Nature of God and the spirit is our own eternal nature. So, Janites do not believe in the actual Death of the Spirit of the Daughter or of the Daughter, per se.

In summary of the above:

  1. The Daughter cannot be separated, even for a single instant, from Her Mother or They would cease to be eternally One.
  2. The God-self of the Holy Daughter cannot be taken from Her or She would cease to be Eternally God.
  3. The Spirit of God, even of the Holy Daughter, cannot die, cannot be completely annihilated for that is not possible. The spirit cannot die.
  4. The entire Nature of God, God’s Oneness, God’s Spirit, the God-self of the Daughter is Eternal, without ever ceasing. 

In the case of Jesus within Christianity, his human body died, yes, but his eternal spirit, his God-self did not die. In Christianity, he incarnated as an human, but he was still God. He was both God and man. His man-self died; his God-self did not die.

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While the Holy Daughter took on the Form of Soul (which the keres ripped with their talons in the Mythos: Chapter IV, Mythos of the Divine Maid, verse 3), She did not have a body.

So, rather than making use of the Mythos of Inanna to represent the Cosmic story of the Sacrifice of the Holy Daughter, we apply the non-Patriarchal Mythos of the Descent of Holy Sophia, Who, it is becoming recognized by many mainstream Christians, is a part of the Godhead. She is Mother and Daughter. And there are many who recognize Holy Sophia as the Divine Feminine Trinity of Mother, Daughter and Holy Soul.

As with the Shekinah, there was an Higher Sophia who was called by Gnostics, Barbelo and there was Lower Sophia, the Daughter.

In Sophian Mythos, the Daughter, Sophia. leaves Her Mother and suffers a painful Descent down through the Realms which causes a Shattering of Her Soul. Janite refer to this Mystery as Quassare, which means, to shatter.

This Shattering of the Most Holy Soul of Sophia gave birth to our own Souls which makes it possible for us to come into manifestation. The Holy Sophia literally shares with us, Her very Soul and so we are One with Her. This is the Passion Mythos that Janites use to contemplate the Divine Mystery of the Sacrificial Daughter, which was, in our interpretation, prefigured by the tearing of Her Soul by the keres in our scriptures. 

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When the Shekinah/Holy  Sophia rise, in each of Their Mythos, They become the World Soul, the Cosmic Soul. Patriarchy will say that Sophia was trapped here. That is a demotion and a belittling of what She has done for us. It is a denial of Her Divine sovereignty and in typical Patriarchal fashion, makes Her dependent upon Her consort for salvation when it is actually, She, Who is our Salvation, our Soteria.

And so this, we believe of the Holy Daughter. That She is the Holy World/Cosmic Soul and our Soul. This is how She rules and sustains all of Nature through Her Sacrificial Love. She truly remains here with us, as the World Soul, until She can gather up the very last Divine Spark within us unto Assumption into Perfect Union with Her Divine Mother. When She rises, we rise with Her. All in the Eternal Cosmic Wheel of time outside of time.

As it is said of the Holy Daughter in the teachings of our religion, where these are Cosmic and not historical events, each is always taking place, eternally. When we observe each feast day, we should observe it as if it is taking place right now. We should observe it with deep reverence and profound gratitude.

  (Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom).

And so, the Holy Daughter Eternally Descends in the Omni-Present Now. The Soul of the Holy Daughter Eternally Shatters in the Omni-Present Now. The Holy Daughter Eternally rises in the Omni-Present Now.

It is said of the Shekinah, that She is always descending and rising. Christianity has a similar teaching of the Eternal nature of the Sacrifice, Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus…that these are Eternal Events outside of time.

The graces and blessings of these events are brought into time, both in the Christian liturgies and in the Madrian/Janite Great Liturgy, through the Mystery of the Communion Rite.

It is because we live in such ultimate, intimate union with the Holy Daughter that there is nothing that we experience that She does not experience with us, down to the very last breath of our lives and through the first Light of the assumption of our souls.

Blessed be God, the Holy Daughter. Blessed is She.

~

Coming up, Part III, the Seven Janati.

ArchMadria Candre Sophia.

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The Trinity/Trinitarian Correspondences in the Janite Tradition

21 Vespera/Aug. 28

Lunadi/Mon. Day of Madria Candre.

O, Madria Candre, Jana of Reflection, Reason and Purity, be with us.

It is true that God as creator, revealer, and savior is not to be identified with the Absolute as such; it is likewise true that God in Himself, in the full depth of His reality, is not to be reduced to the creative Function: 

Schuon, Frithjof (1974). “Form and Substance in the Religions”  

(Trinity Correspondences at the end of this post.)

Dear Sisters and Devotees,

We have new members of the JOP as well as new readers of our blog. Where questions have arisen regarding our basic beliefs and how we might be differ from other Traditions of the Deanic community, we are offering a three part series on (1) the Trinity, (2) the Holy Daughter and (3) the Janati as They are experienced and worshiped in the Janite Tradition.

One way that we might be different from other other Traditions is that like the Madrians, we are liturgical. We use the original Madrian liturgy which we have expanded and to which we have added Janite prayers.

We also faithfully serve the Rite of Sacrifice on each Full Moon. (The Madrians served it four times a month.) As it states in the communion rite of our liturgy and in our scriptures: And She said: Even as you have offered to Me bread in sacrifice, so I give to you the Bread of my Soul; and as you have poured out libations of wine to Me, so I pour out the Eternal Libation of My Eternal Spirit. (Chapter VII, verse 23 of the Mythos of the Divine Maid).

We have also re-introduced a valid priestesshood into our Tradition of the Faith. (This heritage shall be explained to each person in priestess training.)

We are very personal in our approach to the Trinity, especially in the areas of the Great Mother and the Janati. (Dea is One and Three and Seven.)

We view Dea as:

The Still Centre of the All/Absolute Source/Creatrix (Great Mother),

The Genetrix (the One Who births or manifests all of Creation into existence (the Celestial Mother),

and the Sustainer/Ruler of Creation and Soteria of our souls (the Holy Daughter).

We may differ from other Traditions in that do not tend to view the Great Mother as the ultimate Destroyer at the end of the Cosmic Age and of the three conceptions of Absolute Deity in this Wiki article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absolute_(philosophy), Janites probably come closest to the first concept: In conception (1) the Absolute is the most true and intelligible reality. It can be spoken of and known. For example, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel‘s Absolute Spirit is the most true reality. It is thinkable, speakable, and exists in the objective world by comprehending everything, including people, states, and world history. 

While we would say that the Great Mother is Transcendent, She is also the Ocean of All Being. She knows us, intimately. We tend to see the Her as both knowable and unknowable at the same time, i.e., there are things that we can know about Her and things that are beyond our knowledge and understanding. This is why I have always loved Nicholas Roerich’s painting of the Mother of the World as an image for the Great Mother. Though She is veiled, meaning that there are things we cannot know about Her and so She is Mystery (Mysteria), She clearly has Personhood (though a Being of Light w/o Form).

The Great Mother is the Person/Being from Whom All Life Flows. She is the Person/Being from Whom the Mother and the Daughter emanate. She is the One and we are all within that One.

My remote viewing teacher taught us that God is not in us, we are in God….we are like drops of water in the ocean of God. This is very similar to the teaching of the Filianists. And this is how I see the Great Mother. The Great Mother is the Source, the Ocean of our very being and we exist in Her.

Emanating from Her: the Celestial Mother is the Holy Fire of our spirits and birthed from the Celestial Mother: the Holy Daughter is the Soul of All Nature and She shares Her Soul with us. (More on that in the next post.)

So, we are One with the Great Mother in our essential being; we are One with the Celestial Mother in our spirits and we are One with the Holy Daughter in our Souls. This is the ultimate and intimate relationship that we share with Dea. Blessed is She.

We would not see the Trinity as Functions nor the Janati as Powers, per say. Each Person of the Trinity has a function, yes. But They are much more than Their functions. Each Person of the Janati has a Power, yes, but They are not the Power.

Ultimately, Janites would agree with the following: Philosophers such as Shankara denied the Absolute any personal sense, whereas philosophers such as Ramanuja and Madhva, tended to identify the Absolute with a personal God. The Traditionalist School, via Frithjof Schuon, admits:

It is true that God as creator, revealer, and savior is not to be identified with the Absolute as such; it is likewise true that God in Himself, in the full depth of His reality, is not to be reduced to the creative Function: 

Schuon, Frithjof (1974). “Form and Substance in the Religions”  

and I think I prefer this approach, myself. I prefer to teach the Trinity as Creatrix; Genetrix  and Soteria. I think of the Great Mother as being the Creatrix within the Still Centre of All Being; while the Celestial Mother gives birth to the Creation in manifestation and the Holy Daughter saves all of Creation, rules and sustains it.

So, for Janites, Dea, in Her Triple Form is Creatrix (Great Mother), Genetrix (Celestial Mother) and Soteria (Holy Daughter).

We also believe that we may directly approach the Celestial Mother.

I was devoted to Mary, the Blessed Mother, all of my life… since I was six years old. Though we were always taught that she was human and not divine, we treated her as if she was Divine. Because I had such a close bond with her all of my life, and she granted so many miracles in my life and never, ever once ceased to help me when I called upon her, in this form of the Holy Mother, I while I believed that She was transcendent; She was by my side every single day because the Veil of Illusion is nothing to Her. (In an apparition of Sophia, She said that those who prayed to Mary were really praying to Her.)  So while the Celestial Mother is Transcendent  the Holy Daughter is Immanent.

 

The Holy Daughter is the Holy Soul of the World, of All the Cosmos. She is part of us and we of Her. The Jews teach of the Shekinah, who, like Sophia is considered to be the World Soul, that because She is the World Soul, there is nothing that we go through that She does not experience with us.

And so, the Holy Daughter is immanently here with us in a way that the Celestial Mother is not.  Our scriptures state that we are One with the Holy Daughter in Body; we teach that we are One with the Holy Daughter in Soul. Both are two ways of saying essentially the same thing, but with a different emphasis. (More in the next post.)

So, to summarize this first post: we are highly Trinitarian and very personal in our approach to each Person of the Trinity. Each has Her time of day, Her titles, Her Seasons, Her days, Her roles, Her worship and Her prayers. We find correspondences very helpful because each is a wealth of symbolism which helps to give us an intuitive understanding of Dea and the Janati. These are Their basic correspondences in the Janite (and many are also of the Lucienne) Tradition:

Great Mother:

Name: Mysteria: She is the Mystery of the Still Centre of All Being.

Mystery over which She presides: Quassare (The Descent of the Holy Daughter and the Shattering of Her Divine Soul).

Titles: Veiled Fora of Faith; Veiled Origin of Eternity

Role: Creatrix

Role in Blessing Rite: Anointing through holy oil.

Time of Day: Twilight (and the Darkest Hour before the Dawn  in the Moura Mysteries).

Direction: Still Centre

Season: Moura

Royal Title: Empress of Heaven

Day: Foradi

Symbol: Fora

Flower: Deantha  (Five petaled Evening Flower)

Light: Brilliant White

She is the Being of All Life.

 

Celestial Mother:

Name: Mari: She is the Sea of All Life.

Role: Genetrix

Role in Blessing Rite: Consecration through incense.

Time of Day: Noon

Direction: South

Seasons: Summer and Fall

Mysteries: Terram  (The Holy Mother as the Ground of All Being) and Assumpta (the Holy Mother is the Assumption of our Souls).

Titles: Fiery Rose of Heaven; Rose of Joy). (We don’t use the title Rose of the World because that means something very different. See Daniel Andreev. Also, if the Celestial Mother is Transcendent, then She is the Rose of Heaven, Rosa Coeli, not Rose of the World, Rosa Mundi.)

Role: Genetrix

Royal Title: High Queen of Heaven

Day: Sunnadi

Symbol: the Sun (there are really Seven symbols in our religion, the Five Symbols of the Mysteries and the Sun and Moon.)

Flower: the Rose

Light: Luminous, Shimmering Darkness.

She is the Spirit of All Life.

 

Holy Daughter:

Name:

Role: Soteria

Time of Day: Dawn

Direction: East

Seasons: Winter and Spring

Mysteries: Adoria (Janana or birth of the Holy Daughter) and Quassare (the Descent of the Holy Daughter through the Seven Realms and the ultimate Shattering of the Divine Soul that this Descent caused.)

Role: Soteria

Role in Blessing Rite: Blessing through holy water.

Royal Title: Queen of Heaven

Day: Lunadi

Symbol: Moon

Flower: Lily

Light: Bright White

She is the Soul of All Life.

 

Dea is One and Three and Seven. (I will get to  Dea being Seven in the page on the Janati.)

 

Weekly Prayer List

21 Vespera/Aug. 28

Lunadi/Monday

For the healing of Arlene,

For the healing of Jim,

For the help of Jess,

For the healing of Marilyn,

For the comfort and solace of Connie,

O, Most Holy Dea, Mother, Daughter and Great Mother, have mercy upon these, Your souls and may they attain mental, physical and spiritual health. May those who have passed beyond the Veil be assumed, through Your Holy Daughter, unto Perfect Union with You.  Through the Pure Stream of Your Grace, may all events unfold for their highest good and according to their True Soul Path.

Let us bless the Holy One,

Blessed is She.

Let us thank the Seven Janati of Power,

Thanks be to the Seven Janati.

Moira’s Day

16 Vespera/Aug. 23

Stelladi

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

Please note: due to recent evidence that has come to light, the JOP has elected to restore the original names of the Janati within our Tradition. All rites and prayers have been updated to reflect this change. Thank you.

Today is known, in our Faith, as Moira’s Day (Madrian). It is also known as the Day of Werde’ (Filianic).  It is a day of contemplating our personal fates (as determined by our behavior) and the fate of the larger society.

Lady Moira is the genia of Fate in the Madrian and Janite Traditions. The Three Fates are also  known as the Moirai.

In Janite Tradition, Lady Moira is the Spinner of Fate; Lady Werde (pronounced Weird-a or Word-a) is the Weaver of Fate and Lady Kala is the Cutter of Fate.

On this day, we consider the direction of our lives and where we might make better choices. We contemplate the Seven Streams of the 21 Virtues and think about which areas of improvement are needed in our lives.

Personally, I must always pray to Madria Rhave to help strengthen me in the areas of Steadfastness, Temperance and Self-restraint because I tend to be impulsive and to rush headlong into things. I also pray to Madria Vikhe for help in having the courage to say no when I need to say no for the sake of my health and self-preservation. All these issues and choices result in either good or bad karma for my personal destiny.

Our personal fate is not determined only by the choices we make in this life, but it is also a culmination of each and every choice we have made in the entire past life-stream of our souls. Often-times, things we are going through in this life are issues we failed to resolve previous lives.

Through-out the life-stream of our soul, everything is a pattern that is woven from our choices. We are bound to keep repeating the same pattern until we learn to make a different choice which allows our souls to evolve. And so, if we wish a different pattern to our lives, then we must examine our lives and make different choices in order to break the pattern.

I have begun to observe, in my own life, that a certain set of circumstances will keep repeating in my life….like a pattern, until I finally become conscious that this set of circumstances is repeating because I continuously make the wrong choice or handle it in the wrong way. When I become aware that this is a self-repeating pattern, I consciously make a different choice or handle the situation in a different way and then the pattern does not repeat because I have finally learned that particular soul lesson. The thread to that pattern has been cut and a new thread is spun which will create a different pattern.

On this day of Lady Moira, let us honor the Three Fates by closely examining our lives to determine where to cut the thread of the pattern we don’t wish to repeat. Let us pray to the Janati for guidance and help. And, let us pray the prayer of Reflection as found in our liturgy:

O, Madria Dea, we are Your true children now and Eternally; may our hearts turn from all transient things that we be rid of kear and guided by Your Holy Daughter, returned to Perfect Union with You.

Finally, let us become conscious of those times when we have a chance to cut the threads of negative patterns in order to help to change our destiny and to strengthen our Soul Path.

Here is a Madrian meditation for Moira’s Day:

Moira’s Day Meditation

Madria Moira, spinner of the wheel of time,

weaver of the thread of destiny,

guide my feet upon the labyrinth of existance.

 

Everything I am, my choice has made me

– all I shall be, my choice is making now.

Help me see beyond the veil of matter,

that I shall choose aright in every turning.

 

Guide me by the light of the Spirit,

that I may come safe to the Centre

in She Who is the Spirit and the Light.

(Page 9 of The Coming Age periodical, issue 7, 1978)

~

May Our Lady bless you,

Blessed is She.

~

A. M. Candre Sophia

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matriarchy and the Nature of Ritual

Please note, this article contains statements which may be offensive to some.

We regret those statements and apologize for them; but we feel that the information contained in this article regarding the sacraments to be very important: http://www.oxfordgoddessrevivalarchive.org/cms/items/show/37

 

Weekly Prayer List

15 Vespera/Aug. 22

Rosadi/Tues.

For the repose of the soul of Christopher:

May he rest in peace. Blessed are You, Most Holy Dea.

May his memory be eternal. Blessed are Most O, Holy Dea.

May his family receive comfort and solace. Blessed are You, Most Holy Dea.

For the comfort and solace of Connie and her family,

For peace in Phoenix,

For Marilyn,

O, Most Holy Dea, Mother, Daughter and Great Mother, have mercy upon these, Your souls and may they attain mental, physical and spiritual health. May those who have passed beyond the Veil be assumed, through Your Holy Daughter, unto Perfect Union with You.  Through the Pure Stream of Your Grace, may all events unfold for their highest good and according to their True Soul Path.

Let us bless the Holy One,

Blessed is She.

Let us thank the Seven Janati of Power,

Thanks be to the Seven Janati.