Silver Star of the Waters

Silver Star of the Waters

(Slightly adapted for the Janite Tradition from the original Madrian. Please see Trinitarian interpretation below).

Silver Star of the Waters
Who has fashioned all the world into being,
beyond all knowing is the Splendour of Your Light.
Enfold my spirit, within your Mighty Mantle
and may the Pure Stream of Your Grace flow within me,
in this world and in all the worlds to come. Blessed are You.

 The prayer is constructed as an appeal to the three persons of the Trinity as a single addressee. As you mention, “Silver Star of the waters” obviously refers most directly to the Daughter through its invocation of the color silver and its oblique reference to the star of the Nativity, but it can also have reference to the Mother in light of Mythos 6:8, which identifies the star that represents Her in Her descent to the underworld as “silver”. The following phrase, “That have laughed all the world into being” naturally pertains most specifically to the Mother through the Creation story. The third line, “beyond all knowing is the splendour of Your Light,” then seems to address the Dark Mother by reference to the fourteenth verse of the Sermon of the Apple-Seed, which declares that “there can be no knowledge of the Absolute; for to know is to have passed beyond knowing” (some versions, including the third edition ECE, read “beyond knowledge”, but I now favour the “beyond knowing” reading as more likely to have been original). Thus (if my reading is correct), Mother, Daughter, and Dark Mother all receive a particular acknowledgement in the prayer’s opening without compromising the sense of unity in addressing the one Dea.  (as interpreted by Race MoChridhe).

Janites have chosen to retain ‘fashioned all the world into being’ as opposed to laughed. Both express the Creation of the Mother, but Janites refer to the Secret of the World verse 4, “All that is was fashioned by My Mother out of the laughter of Her heart and the cunning of Her hands”. Therefore, we feel that ‘fashioned’ is correct (for Janites) because the Celestial Mother did not so much ‘laugh’ Creation into being, rather She fashioned it out of the joy of Her Heart and with the cunning of Her hands. (ArchMadria Candre Sophia)

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