LLC Announcement

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19 Ourania/Oct.21

Columbadi/Friday

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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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We are happy to announce that ArchMatrona Georgia E. B. Cobb, religious title: ArchMatrona Georgia Rosenhearth Bonnie-Fire, of the Lady of Light Chantry, has opened a new blog. ArchMatrona is well known within the Deanic community and holds the position of senior clergy.

The Rt. Reverend has been the hostess of the Elegant Lady Feminine Seminary (ELFS) discussion group for many years and has been the instructress to many in the Faith.

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/the_elfs/info.

The LLC blog is named after Dea Matrona, Our Great Mother God. We look forward to enjoying her future articles from the LLC perspective of the Deanic religion. The link from her blog may be permanently found under our links section of the menu to the right. https://deamatronablog.wordpress.com/.

Here is an excerpt from her About Page:

Welcome to The Lady of Light Chantry. The description “The Lady of Light” is one of the many titles of Our Divine Mother. The word “Chantry” comes from the French root “chanter” and means “to sing”. This is a reference to the idea that the Cosmos came into being through “singing”, as expressed in the Irish phrase “Oran-Mor” or “Song-Great” (an eternal song, without beginning or end, which continues in every expression of musical harmony today). I am your weblog hostess (and The LLC Founder): ArchMatrona Georgia Rosenhearth Bonnie-Fire. My title “arch-matrona” means that I am a “high priestess” in the Deanic Faith. The Deanic Faith is a “feminine monotheistic” religion which has its ancient roots in the idea of “the primordial divine motherhood” and its modern roots in a worldwide movement which promotes the rekindling of devotion to “the divine mother”. The LLC’s particular expression of devotion to Dea Matrona (Divine Mother) is European (Western) in Orientation. Nevertheless, we acknowledge all Worldwide forms of Divine Mother as equally valid. The Greater Deanic Faith is a Community of Devotees of Dea Matrona, which is open to all people. The Lady of Light Chantry is a Feminine Mystical Order, within the Greater Deanic Faith Community which is open to ladies only. ArchMatrona Georgia Cobb.

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Best Wishes, ArchMatrona Georgia, on your new blog.

 

 

 

 

 

Bits and Pieces

16 Ourania/Oct. 18

Rosadi/Tues.

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ArchMatrona Georgia Cobb of the Lady of Light Chantry, recently sent me an article on the Trinity and the Apple Tree theme. This article compared the Christian Trinity to an apple tree with the very interesting analogy that specifically referred to the the Fuji and Gala apple trees. I think the theology and comparison here are quite sound. How appropriate it would be to apply this article to the Divine Feminine Trinity, as the apple has always represented the Goddess and Wisdom and the apple tree and its seeds are featured in our scriptures under The Seed of Truth.

https://alexandriantheologian.wordpress.com/2012/10/23/just-a-thought-apple-trees-and-the-trinity/.

 

The idea that the true original tasting apple does not come from the seed, but must come from a grafting from the original tree would equally apply to the Janati. Rather than being separate ‘angels’ or daughter goddesses, the Janati are part of the Original ‘Tree’, the Original Trinity, Herself. They are not the fruit of the tree, nor are they new trees from seeds; they are the original tree in Seven (grafted) Forms. This is why we say that Dea is One and Three and Seven. She is a Unity, a Trinity and a Septet. Like the Trinity, the Janati are One, of One Essence, and yet, Individual. They are our Guardian Mothers as well as being the Seven Planetary Powers or the Seven Spirits of Dea.

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Altar set up:

Images of Dea and the Janati may be pictures, icons or statues. Devotees may have one image or many according to desire.

The three main images I use for the Trinity are as follows, but devotees may use any images which speak to them on the soul level:

 

The altar is placed in the East or as close as possible to the East. The devotee or priestess should be facing East when facing the altar.

Two main altar candles are placed at the back of the altar. These may be in the form of oil lamps or candle lamps.

A central candle for Dea is placed in the middle of the altar. One Janati candle should be placed in something silver. I use the silver tree sold by Yankee Candle as shown above. It can also be a simple silver candle holder or it can have other forms that might be symbolic of the Janati. The Janati candle is placed to the right of the altar.

On the altar should be a bowl of holy water, a vial of holy oil and incense (unless one is allergic to incense.)

The altar cloth is always the Elemental color of the Season. In the Deanic Faith, the color for Fall is Green, for Earth. Priestesses will accent their white dresses/robes with the liturgical colors which are the colors of the Jana of the Season. For Fall, the liturgical colors are blue and purple for Madria Thema. So, a priestess might wear a sash, shawl or scarf/mantilla/chapel veil in either purple or blue colors or both.

During liturgy or ritual, the patene’ or sacred plate of bread, which is placed to the right and the chalice of white wine, on the left. (I will take a picture of my new altar in the near future. We are in the process of moving and I am not at my new home where my main altar is.)

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The Short Form of the Creed.)

And, finally for today, we have both a long and a short form of the Creed similar to Christianity which has multiple Creeds, but two main ones, the Nicene and the Apostle’s Creed. The short form has been chosen for the Rite of Sacrifice and for our liturgy. The short form is now included in the Rite of Sacrifice as found on our above menu.

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May Our Lady bless you,

Blessed is She.

Cosmic Moon Announcements

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12 Ourania/Oct. 14

Columbadi/Fri.

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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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A few quick announcements:

Tomorrow, Foradi/Sat., is the Full Cosmic Moon. The Rite of Sacrifice (found under our Prayers and Rites page in the drop-down menu) may be offered.

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On the night of Samhain, the last night of Ourania, the Greater Ekklesia will be welcoming into its fold, a newly consecrated member of the Faith, a Child of Dea. Let us be with this devotee in spirit on this most holy night.

O, Most Holy Dea, Mother, Daughter and Great Mother, bless this, Thy child, on the night of Samhain and enfold this child beneath Your Hallowed Mantle of Protection, now and unto the ages of ages. 

Blessed is She.

The Solitary Rite of Consecration may be found under our Prayers and Rites page. Many thanks to Madria Erin Sian Wynn for her beautiful and compelling meditations. https://hermaidenpriestess.wordpress.com/

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The Lady of Light Chantry, which hosts the discussion group: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/the_elfs/info, is a Mystical Order of the LLC Tradition of the Deanic Faith and is open to females over the age of 18.

The Janite Order, which hosts this blog, is open to priestesses and female devotees over the age of 18. (The Janite Tradition of the Deanic Faith may be practiced by everyone.)

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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

 

A Meditation for Solitary Devotee Consecration

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10 Ourania/Oct. 12

Stelladi/Wed.

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O, Madria Sofia, Jana of Intelligence, Intuition and Wisdom, 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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The Deanic religion has a self-consecration ceremony for those who wish to formerly enter the Faith.

Madria Erin Wynn, a Deanic priestess in England, has written a compelling meditation as part of her ceremony. She has given me permission to share it here. For the entire article, please see her blog: https://hermaidenpriestess.wordpress.com/.

(Please note that each Deanic Tradition uses their own names for the Janati and Feast Days.)

….when I think of ‘Ekklesia’, I think of not only my siblings in faith on this earth, in this time frame, but all my siblings in faith from worlds that existed before this one, worlds that exist alongside this one and worlds that will exist after this one. I picture all of us standing in the ethereal, glistening palace of our Mother. There are millions of us. We are all beautiful garments, wearing crowns because we are Her heirs. While we appear, in my meditation, with bodies: in the palace of Ekklesia we are no longer defined by our bodies and appearances. Our souls are what matter, and each soul can see the beauty and excellence in each one around them. We are no longer bound by wordly limitations and through our interconnectedness with the Source of All, who is Dea, we all know each other and are familiar with each other. Dea sits on a high throne, surrounded by the Seven Janati. In my mind I am picturing Dea in the form of Dea Madria, or Mari, but that does not mean I am not trinitarian. Dea Madria is one with Dea Filia and Dea Mysterium, so in this meditation, they appear as one.

Without further ado, here is a meditation I wrote up that one can use to consecrate themselves to Dea and become part of the great Deanic Ekklesia that is of this world and all the worlds. I will, some time this week, record myself reading this aloud, and accompany it with some nice ambient music, to help the listener achieve a deep meditative state. One should burn incense and seven candles surrounded one larger one before beginning, representing Dea and Her Janitic Streams.

Part 2 is optional, and the meditation can be ended at Part 1. Part 2 is for helping a new devotee to pick a patron Jana, but this is not necessary if one is not ready to make that decision, or for those of us who have already consecrated ourselves to Dea and chosen one. Of course, the names of the Janati I use here can be changed according to tradition.

Our Mother’s Palace: A Conversion Meditation

Part 1: Homecoming

Your Mother, the Queen, is summoning you, her son/daughter/child, to Her court. 

For a long time, you did not know you were royalty. Perhaps you believed you were nothing but an unimportant, insignificant speck of dust in a world that cares not for you. Perhaps you thought that your birth was an accident, that you were merely bacteria with consciousness. Perhaps you were afraid to acknowledge the truth: that you possess within you a jewel of divinity, and that you were destined for much greater things. Perhaps you were even afraid of your Mother, afraid She would be too disgusted by your mistakes, your shortcomings, to accept you in to Her arms. 

No matter. Now you know the truth. And you have been away from home for far too long.

It is time for you to enter Ekklesia, the glistening palace at the centre of the realm of the Empress of the Universe. The gathering place of all of those who have accepted Dea as their Mother, their God, their Source. You approach the glistening palace of your Mother. You turn your head to look up to the sky, and you see a huge rainbow, brighter and more beautiful than any you’ve ever seen on Earth. There is not a cloud to be seen. The sun in its gentle heat falls down on your shoulders and face, yet your skin does not burn. Instead, its rays tickle your nose and cheeks. You laugh to yourself.

You look down, and notice what you are wearing. Beautiful raiment, created by light, and you feel beautiful, radiant, as you should feel always. You place your hands atop your head, and feel a delicate crown atop it. You, like all of your siblings, are royalty, and what’s more: you are, in essence, one with God, who is the greatest Queen of all.

The palace is getting closer, and you can now make out your siblings, waiting outside for you. They wave, jump up and down, cheer. Suddenly, you realise you know all of these people. You know their names in every incarnation, you understand their divine qualities, and you feel such abundant love for each and every one of them. 

You can make out the more intricate details of the palace now. You notice it has seven great towers, each one topped with an image of one of the seven Janati; your eldest siblings, who are direct streams of Dea Herself. You notice how the palace, like your clothing, seems to literally be made of light: the same light of the sun, of the rainbow.

You are now right outside the castle, and your siblings throw petals at your feet. “Welcome home!” they cheer, and they hug you, kiss your cheeks, take your hands and hold them to their hearts. They are overjoyed to see you are joining them at Dea’s court.

Finally, you take a deep breath, and you enter the palace. You walk down a hallway, and find yourself in a throne room. The lovely scent of incense perfumes the air, and beautiful music kisses your ears. You take a moment to take everything in. This is your home, your birth right, your destiny. 

Look around the throne room. Note the beautiful decorations. Pay attention to the smells, the sounds, the sights around you. Let yourself be happy. Revel in this moment, and promise yourself you will remember it whenever you feel lost.

You look up, and you finally see her. Dea, God, the Creator of the Universe, atop a throne of sunlight, the likeness of the moon at her feet. She wears a stunning jewelled crown representing Her seven Janatic Streams. She is clothed in a garment of stars. Her warm smile fills you with so much emotion. Look in to Her sparkling eyes, and believe that She is your Origin. No matter how wary, useless, hopeless you sometimes feel, the figure before you is GOD, and She birthed you in to existence through an overflowing of Her perfect love. In Her countenance, you can see the love She feels for all of Creation. 

She descends from Her throne. She holds out Her arms to you, and You run in to them. She laughs. Are you laughing or crying with joy? Maybe a combination of both? In Her embrace, you feel free from the burdens of the world. You feel like, through Her, you can conquer any evil. And you can.

“Welcome home,” she whispers.

Part 2: The Seven Thrones

In breaking the hug, she kisses you atop your head, and looks in to your eyes. “My child,” she says gently, and gestures to the seven smaller thrones that line the other walls of the throne room. Three on one wall, four on the other. On each seats a beautiful being, radiating power and divinity. “These are your elder sisters, the Janati. They are my daughters whom hold governance over the Seven Great Powers, and are your guides. Each one teachers three different virtues, and while you should listen to all of their voices, you may choose one to be your patroness, your mentor. Follow your heart.” 

The seven Janati stand up from their thrones and smile at you. Each holds a pendant in her hand, which they extend towards you. You understand that you should take the pendant of the Jana who you feel should be your Patroness.

The first Jana wears orange-golden robes, and dons a bright, gleaming smile. “I am Lady Lucia of Three-Fold Spirit. My virtues are Illumination, Joy and Benevolence. If this be your path, take this pendant.” The pendant in her hand, being offered to you, is of the sun.

The second wears robes the colours of violet and silver. She has a very gentle face and is youthful in appearance. “I am Lady Clara of the Three-Fold Spirit. My virtues are Reason, Reflection and Purity. If you would follow me on this path, take upon yourself my pendant.” The pendant in her hand is a symbol of the moon.

The third Jana wears indigo and black robes and a veil that covers her eyes. She seems slightly more stern than her sisters, but still kind and loving. “I am Lady Constance, also of the Three-Fold Spirit. My virtues are Steadfastness, Temperance and Self Restraint. Take my pendant if you would be my student.” The pendant she offers you is of the Fora.

You turn to the four thrones on the other side of the room, now.

A strong, firey looking swordmaiden in red robes smiles at you. “I am Lady Valora, of Four-Fold Matter. I teach the virtues of Courage, Strength and Valor. Join me, if this is the path you would follow.” She presents you with her pendant, depicting a rose.

The next Jana stands before you in yellow robes and a confident demeanour. “I am Lady Sofia, of Four-Fold Matter. I lead in teaching the virtues of Wisdom, Intuition, and Intelligence. Take my pendant if this be the path of virtue that you would follow.” She offers you her pendant, which depicts a star.

The second to last Jana has a very kind and motherly face. She wears robes of green. “I am Lady Grace of Four-Fold Matter. My virtues are Love, Compassion and Mercy. Take my pendant if you would have me as your patroness.” Her pendant depicts a dove in flight.

The final Jana looks very radiant and queenly indeed, and dons robes of blue. “I am Lady Harmonia of Four-Fold Matter. I govern the virtues of Harmony, Order and Justice. Take upon you this pendant if you feel so called to.” The pendant in her hand depicts an apple.

Take some time to think upon these virtues, and, with your Mother’s guidance, take the pendant from the Jana whom you feel called to take as your patroness. If you do not feel called to take a patron Jana at this time, that is okay, too. You can return to the throne room at any time to do so.

Your chosen patron Jana fastens the corresponding pendant around your neck, and hugs you, symbolically taking you under her wing.

Feel free to spend some time with Dea, with the Janati, and with your other siblings in Ekklesia. Walk around the palace, if you like. Visit the tower of your patroness Jana. Explore the gardens. Take a swim in the moat. Dance to the music played by the celestial chorus. This is your spiritual home, after all. 

When you are ready, thank your Mother for inviting you to the Palace, and welcoming you in to Her ekklesia, and say goodbye. Know that you can return any time.

In the name of the Mother, the Daughter, and Absolute Deity,
Thus may it remain. Madria Erin.

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Beyond Space and Time (For the Mother)

9 Ourania/Oct. 11

 

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O, Madria Vicka, Jana of Courage, Strength and Valor, 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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We are always happy to learn of new Deanic blogs and to share them with our devotees.

Please check out Beyond Space and Time: http://filianism-deanism.blogspot.co.uk/. This link has been added to our blogroll.

Lovely pictures and gently inspiring articles.

The Trinity and the Apple Tree Part 3/The Roots of Life

4 Ourania/Oct. 6Abaldi/Thurs.

O, Sai Thema, Jana of Justice, Order and Harmony, be with us.

May the Pure Stream of your Virtues flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come.

13) and still beneath the branches and the bole (trunk) lie the roots in darkness, like unto She that is beyond both being and unbeing. 14) and even as the tree’s roots are not seen, so can there be no knowledge of the Absolute; for to know is to have passed beyond knowledge. The Seed of Truth.

As the canopy of the tree represents the Love of the Daughter and the trunk represents the Light of the Mother, so do the roots represent the Life of the Great Mother Who is Absolute Deity or the Monas (One). The Great Mother is the Ground of All Being, the Divine Source of the All. Our Celestial Mother and the Holy Daughter find Their completeness within Her.

Some Traditions understand the Great Mother to be similar to the goddess Kali, a goddess of both life and destruction and that is perfectly acceptable from a more Eastern approach to the Divine Feminine Trinity, principally from Shaktism. As such, certain Traditions are careful to not approach the Absolute, directly.

As Janites (along with the Lady of Light Chantry, headed by ArchMatrona Ghrian), we tend to be more Western in our approach to the Great Mother. We are Trinitarian-focused in our prayers and rites. We do not fear to approach the Great Mother.

In the same manner, in certain denominations of Christianity, God the Father is understood to be the Ground of All Being/Absolute Deity and yet, the Father is known through His Son and He is worshiped. Christians do not fear to approach the Father.

Though the Great Mother is the Darkness beyond the light and the Light beyond the darkness and as such, there is much that we cannot know about Her, She is revealed to us through the Divine Mother, the Holy Daughter and especially, through Madria Rhea who represents the Great Mother.

The Great Mother is the Source of the All and so what flows from Her helps us to know Her. She is the Eternal Wellspring of the River of Life and the Eternal Source of the Celestial Mother, of the Holy Daughter, of the Janae and all the living.

Though there is much that is unknowable about the Great Mother, as Our Mother who gave us Life, She knows us, intimately. Though we call Her by Name, that Name is Mystery: Mysteria. (Thanks to ArchMatrona Ghrian.)

The roots in the dark soil, such a fitting analogy for the Great Mother Who is the Root of All Life in Her Shimmering Darkness. In Her Twilight time of day, She is the Sheltering Stars above us.  In Her time of the Darkest Hour before the Dawn. She brings us the Light.

12 )Life is the life of the spirit- the First Principle; beyond being and unbeing. Life Was before existence. Life is the cause of existence. 

16) Let her (the soul) not trust the ground her feet are set upon and doubt the Ground upon which that ground stands. Rather, let her doubt the sea, the sky, the fingers of her hand and the breath of her mouth; for all these things may be illusions, as, in some sense, they are.

17) But, let her know Life Divine as the Truth beyond truth and the Faith beyond faith and doubt. The Crystal Tablet.

In our day and age, in this time of troubled confusion, many have given up on the idea of faith. They feel it is an outmoded idea and tend to forget the strong roots that Faith can bring into our lives and into our hestias (sacred hearth-homes). But, the tree cannot stand, the tree does not have life without the roots that cannot be seen. So deep into the ground do they go, but, they are there.

Some believe it is folly to believe in that which cannot be seen and yet, we learn from quantum physics that the unseen is the source and potential of all that is seen and so it is with the Great Mother.

The One Absolute Root remains buried deep within the cosmic soil. Hidden. Beyond the soil. Beyond the cosmos. Beyond manifest creation. And yet, without that One Root there would be no manifest creation. There would be no Life.  The Great Mother is that Still Centre Point of the great Cosmic Fora from Whom the All flows.

Though She is hidden, though She is Mystery, like the Holy Daughter and the Celestial Mother, we may approach Her as we would a beloved Grandmother. In Her quiet Stillness, in Her luminous Darkness, She is always there, waiting.

The Holy Daughter gives us our soul through Her Love.

The Celestial Mother gives us our spirit through Her Light.

The Great Mother gives us life for She is Life.

And that is enough for us to know. As the scriptures state: 15) And from this tree of all knowledge and of the boundaries beyond which knowledge cannot pass, I have given you but the seed of one apple.  18) But, I am not sent to discourse with you upon these matters, but to lead you to deliverance in Perfection. 19) And all the knowledge that shall bring you to deliverance is contained within the seed of an apple. 22) Therefore, when you think upon the questions of life, of time or of the spheres, contemplate first, the seed of Truth and let your thoughts unfold from that seed. 23) Let the pure and single note of Truth attune your souls. Then, shall mind rise up into soul and soul breathe the breath of Spirit. (The Seed of Truth.)

Blessed is Our Mother God, the Holy One.

She Who Mari,

She Who Jana/Anna,

She Who is Mysteria,

Dark beyond the light and Light beyond the Darkness.

Blessed is She.

May Our Lady bless you,

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides.

Scripture:  The Sacred Myths and Rites of the Madrians, edited by Philip P. Jackson. SMR