Full Apple Moon/Resuming Prayer List

11 Abalon/Sept. 15

Abaldi/Thurs.

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

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Abal is the ancient Welsh word for apple. Thursday is named in honor of the Celestial Mother as Our Lady, Apple of Wisdom. Madria Thema rules this day, whose Greek name is Themis.

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Tomorrow night, 12 Abalon/Sept. 16, is the night of the Full Apple Moon. Priestesses and Devotees may serve the Rite of Sacrifice, if they desire. (Some of our priestesses are now serving the Rite of Sacrifice on Full Moons and the Liturgy on Sunnadis/Sundays). Please see the above menu for the Rite of Sacrifice. These Rites may be served either outdoors or at an indoor shrine/altar.

On Lunadi/Monday, we will resume our Weekly Prayer List. If you or a loved one (and loved ones may include pets!) is in need of prayer, please send their names to ArchMadria Pamela at Deanicfaith@gmail.com. Our prayer warriors will keep them in our prayers for the coming week and our priestesses will remember them during Sunnadi/Sunday liturgy. Thank you.

Finally, I will shortly be adding a page to the above menu for the list of the Full Moons through the rest of our year. Our new year begins 1 Columbina, March 21.)

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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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Deity is to be Worshiped, not ‘Worked With’

Stelladi/Wed.

10 Abalon/Sept. 14

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

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Dea Madria/Mother God, the Fiery Rose of Heaven. (Fiery here means the Fire of Her Love for us. Her loving Flame.)

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Dea Filia, Daughter God, the Great Dove of the Waters.

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Dea Matrona, Great Mother God, the Veiled Fora of Faith.

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Goddess worship has been with us, in one form or another, since the beginning of humanity. While Hinduism has never lost its sense of the Divine Feminine and  Buddhism has their goddesses, the Patriarchal Abrahamic religions squelched the worship of the Divine Feminine almost 3,000 years ago. Traces of Asherah, the Shekinah, the Barbelo (Supreme Divine Mother), the pre-demoted/fallen Sophia (1-2) , the Christian Feminine Holy Spirit (3-6) and certainly, the Goddesses Diana and Isis, who, together with Sophia, were later subsumed into Mary, are still to be found and, indeed, are returning in strength, to Western consciousness.

Also returning to Western consciousness are the goddesses of what I refer to as Classical Paganism (the religions of Rome, Greece, the Celtic lands, etc.) However, oftentimes, within some Traditions of neo-Paganism, we find the opinion that the Goddess is not to be worshiped, rather the goddesses are to be ‘worked with’ in order to perform this or that spell, etc. I’m not sure where this notion originated because it certainly was not the way the ancients viewed their deities. If we look back to their own literature, we see that the ancients felt their gods should be worshiped, honored and treated with great respect.

Those of us who have come from living goddess traditions, whether Hinduism, Buddhism or yes, even Catholic Christianity, (we treated Mary as if she was a goddess whether Catholics understand this to be so or not), are rather taken aback at this modern-day disrespectful attitude towards the Divine Feminine (goddesses). The goddesses of every pantheon are not there to basically help a spell to work correctly, especially without regard to the inherent culture and worship of the goddess. While it is fine to ask our deities for assistance through prayer and worship, they should not be treated as if they are always standing by awaiting our whim, as if they were our personal servants, while being ignored when we have no need of them.

If we take the time to research the prayers and worship rituals of the ancient Greeks and Egyptians, for example, it is clear that far from considering their gods to be ‘worked with’, they had a profound sense of respect, deference and piety towards them.

This is why Deanics do not refer to the Divine Mother as ‘goddess’. As the 21st century West is so utterly divorced from ancient goddess worship, it is truly difficult to understand the great devotion these goddesses inspired in their devotees and so in modern day, the term ‘goddess’ has a different connotation than it did in ancient times. To Deanics, the Divine Mother is not a ‘goddess’, She is God.

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Living Stream Goddesses: Mary (Catholic, upper left picture, Orthodox, upper right), Mater Durga, Tara and Quan Yin.

Look closely at these images. These are not goddesses that we ‘work with’ according to our whim. They are the Divine Feminine and are worthy of our deepest reverence and respect.

As indicated above, it is better to look to ‘Living Streams’ of goddess worship in order to understand what true and authentic goddess worship entails. Living Stream refers to those religions which have had an unbroken line of goddess worship such as Hinduism, Buddhism and, yes, I’m going to say it, Catholicism. (I was Catholic.) Research how Hindus and Buddhists worship and revere their goddesses. Find out how Traditional, pre-Vatican II Catholics (both past and modern) honor/ed Mary, though they weren’t allowed to consider her divine.

Hindus offer pujas, offerings, flowers, mantras and heavenly prayers. Buddhists place offerings, flowers, perfumes and pray mantra rosaries. They bow and act with the deepest of reverence.

As Catholics, we prayed to Mary on our knees. We offered her flowers and crowned her with roses. We had both indoor and outdoor shrines to her. We would say to family and friends: May Our Lady bless you. We prayed her rosary and sang her hymns, chanted her litanies and read her psalms . We attended countless liturgies in her honor and observed her many feast days (several of which were adapted from Paganism). Though we were not allowed to worship her as divine, in the respect and devotion we gave to her, she might as well have been. She was the veiled Goddess who never left us. She remained with us in the Form of Mary. The ancient Church took the images and titles of Diana, Isis and Sophia and applied them to Mary. (Which is why we often use images of Mary to portray the Celestial Mother.)

As in Shaktism, (9) we regard Her to be Supreme Being Who, through parthenogenesis, birthed the Cosmos and all that is within the Cosmos. Why do people find this idea to be heretical? If we were to see what was said of the Shekinah and of Sophia, before they were demoted, we would see that She was Creatrix.

In Classical Antiquity, there were many Forms of the Supreme Goddess Who birthed creation. Why is it so hard to believe that a Mother God birthed creation, but it is ok to believe that a Father God birthed creation? It is only through three millennia of brain washing, threats, name-calling (heretic, etc.,) and intimidation that we forgot our Divine Mother. Heresy is not to be found in the worship of the Divine Mother. The heresy is in the denial of Our Divine Mother. How can they deny their Mother?

Yes, over 2500 years since the time of the King Josiah is a long, long time to have ingrained in our heads that God is only male. But, that is just a drop in the time bucket compared to the tens upon tens of thousands of years when the Divine Feminine reigned Supreme and from Her was birthed the Male.

The Deanic religion does not view the Divine Feminine as a ‘goddess’ who is a sex object or as someone who ‘helps out with spell work’. Nor is She the planet Earth, a Jungian projection of our minds or an Archetype. She is Supreme Being. She is Creatrix. She is Supreme Mother.  She is Dea, Diosa, both words meaning goddess, but stemming from a time when the Goddess was clearly understood to be Divine. She is Kyria, Lady in the Lord sense. She is Madria, Mother. She is Filia, Daughter. She is Matrona, Great Mother. (7-8).

We worship Her. We honor Her. We revere Her. We love Her. She is our Mother. She is our God. We sing hymns to Her and pray to Her. We offer Sacrifice and Liturgy in Her honor. We shower Her with flowers and Crown Her in May. Our Mother is veiled and so we veil in our Rites. Our Mother is Feminine and so we value femininity. (10) Our Mother is modest and so we are modest. Our Mother loves all of Her children and so must we. We, Her priestesses and Her devotees, are Her face and hands in this world. Of this, though we often fail, we must always be mindful.

Silver Star of the Waters, Who has fashioned all the Cosmos into being, beyond all knowing is the splendour of Your Light. Enfold our spirits, beneath Your Hallowed Mantle, and may the Pure Stream of Your Grace flow within me, into this world and in all the worlds to come. Blessed are You. 

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May Our Lady bless you,

Blessed is She.

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ArchMadria Candra Sophia

  1. http://www.suppressedhistories.net/articles/sophia.html
  2. http://www.academia.edu/10319559/The_Gnostic_Goddess_Female_Power_and_the_Fallen_Sophia
  3. http://www.womenpriests.org/theology/brock.asp
  4. http://www.theology.edu/journal/volume3/spirit.htm
  5. http://www.hts.org.za/index.php/HTS/article/view/3225/html
  6. http://sor.cua.edu/Intro/
  7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea_Matrona
  8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matres_and_Matronae
  9. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaktism
  10. Gender is a quality and state of being and is not to be confused with carnal biology. This is why those who state that God and the angels can be neither male nor female are incorrect.)

 

The Glossary

Lunadi/Monday

8 Abalon/Sept. 12

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

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Just a brief note: I did not realize the glossary was not visible in the above menu. I have corrected this error.

Also, the Rite of Sacrifice will shortly be added to the menu. This Rite may be served on the Full Moon. We also have a liturgy for our priestesses, which is not being published at this time, but will be in the future.

May Our Lady bless you,

Blessed is She.

Sacred Season of Fall ruled by Madria Thema

2 Abalon/Sept. 6

Rosadi/Tues.

O, Madria Vicka, Jana of Courage, Strength and Valor, be with us.

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The Sacred Season of Fall

As we faced South and bid farewell to the Noontide of Summer, during which we honored the Celestial Mother as the Rose of Joy, we expressed gratefulness for all its blessings and benefits. Now, as the Wheel spins yet again, we turn to the West and enter the time when we honor the Twilight of Autumn; a time when we revere the Holy Mother as the Apple of Wisdom.

Ruled over by Madria Thema, whose Feast Day is 1 Abalon/Sept. 5, Fall is the time of year when the last of the harvest is gathered and we prepare our hestias (homes consecrated to Dea) and our souls for the deep darkness of winter.

Like Spring, Fall is a time between times; a time of transition from one state of being to another. Where Spring marks new beginnings, Fall marks a time of endings; a time when those aspects of our lives which no longer serve us are cast off in order to plant new seeds of Wisdom and Grace within our souls. These seeds will germinate in our inner gardens through the Winter in order to better serve us at the Aurora (Dawn) of Spring.

It is a time to examine our lives and see where we are headed. We need to ask ourselves if our current Path, our goals and our life events are the ones which are true to our souls, to our higher selves. It is often said that where we are in our lives as we approach death is where we will begin our new lives in our next incarnation. 

I sometimes ponder what kind of person I would like to be in my next life and then begin to work on those goals. I would like to be kinder and more harmonious. I would like to attain an inner serenity that I have not had in this life. I wish to be faithful to Dea. I want to strive to  remember that my moods and words affect those around me. These are some of the inner seeds of Wisdom that I wish to plant in my soul-garden.

During this time, I have realized that there is much that I must let go in order for the seeds that I have planted to grow and to be nourished. I must take care that these seeds will not be destroyed by the choking weeds of strife and disharmony. It’s a time for me to concentrate on living my Faith, caring for my family and for being true to my True Self.

Though eternity is out of time, here, in manifest creation, time is considered sacred because each moment of life is sacred. Each hour, each day, each month and each Season of life is holy and is meant to be lived to its fullest with gratitude. Even during times of trial and suffering, there is always something to be found for which we may be grateful and Our Holy Mother and the Great Janati are always ready to assist us. I am grateful for my Faith and for my family.

 

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The Twilight time of Autumn, which is associated with the Element of Water in our Tradition, is a time of intuition and introspection. It is a time to assess our emotions and to search out those areas of our lives where we may foster greater Order and Harmony. Once our souls are ruled by Harmony, this Grace, which stems from the Fountain of Madria Thema, will flow within us, through this world and in all the worlds to come, as our beautiful Silver Star of the Waters prayer so aptly states.

The Apple or Abal from the Old Welsh, is the symbol for this Season containing within, the five seeds of wisdom. I bless and wear an apple pendant during this Season in honor of Our Lady, Apple of Wisdom.

May Our Lady bless you,

Blessed is She.

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Title 3, Chapter 5 THE SERMON OF THE APPLE SEED

1. From the branch of a tree, the Daughter plucked an apple, and She split the apple in two halves, so that the five-pointed star formed by its seeds might be seen. 2. Then She removed the seed representing the topmost point, and held it in the palm of Her hand. And She spoke, saying: 3. “Like to this apple seed is all the teaching I have given and shall give to you. 4. Like to the full apple is all the knowledge relative to your sphere of being, 5. Like to all the other apples of the tree is the knowledge relative to all the numberless spheres. 6. But behind these spheres lies a deeper reality; changeless, beyond the impermanent flux of time. 7. For even as the apple turns from bud to bloom, from blossom to the fruit, ripens, matures, decays and is reborn; 8. so also shall the spheres and galaxies, the subtle realms, the sure and solid earth; so shall all these in their season pass away, and in their season be reborn again. 9. Thus has it been ten thousand times before, and countless times again, thus shall it be.

From our calendar:

The Sacred Season of Fall. Season of the Celestial Mother as the Apple of Wisdom.

Jana: Madria Thema. Element: Earth. Elemental Color: Green. Liturgical colors: Blue and Purple. Direction: West. Time of Day: Twilight. Mystery: Our Lady, Apple of Wisdom.

Abalon (Old Welsh meaning Appleland.): Sept. 5 – Oct. 2

1 Abalon/Sept. 5- The Feast of Madria Thema.

17 Abalon/Sept. 21- Mabon: Harvest Festival.

Full Moon: Apple Moon.

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Ourania: (Meaning Heavenly, Cosmic: in this case meaning Cosmic Order): Oct. 3 – Oct. 30.

Full Moon: Cosmic Moon.

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Shimovane: (Older form of Samhain meaning Summer’s End.): Oct. 31- Nov. 22.

1 Shimovane: Samhain: Feast of the Dead.

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Jana: Madria Thema, which means, Queen and also Divine and natural Law, Order and Harmony.
Virtues: Order, Harmony and Justice.
She is of the four-fold Earth and is Guardian of West and Earth.
Feast Day: 1 Abalon/Sept. 5
Planet: Jupiter.
Weekday: Abaldi/Thurs. (Abal is the old Welsh for apple.)
Metal: Tin
Color of Robes: Blue and purple.
Note: F (fa)
Element: Earth
Bird: Swan
Incense: Amber, Frankincense, Benzoin, Pine Resin, Dragon’s Blood, Sage, Cloves and Copal
Sacred Oil: Cedarwood
Sacred Herb: Mugwort.
Sacred Flower: Marigolds
Sacred Tree: Oak
Sacred Jewel: Jade
Sacred Symbol: The Apple.
Mantra: O, Madria Thema, Jana of Order, Harmony and Justice, be with us.

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.