How does Sophia fulfill the Madrian-Déanic Scriptures? Part 2

Part 2: Sophia as Supernal Mother & Daughter

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PART 2

SOPHIA AS SUPERNAL MOTHER AND DAUGHTER

SCRIPTURE CORRESPONDS TO DAUGHTER SOPHIA’S TITLES

Disclaimer: Please note that Janites are not Gnostic, nor do we accept all Gnostic schools of thought or teachings. We are Déanic and so, for the most part, we base our Tradition on our Scriptures.

We Janites had been working on Sophian Déanic thealogy for a number of years before I discovered the work of Sorella Roselyn of https://priestessofholywisdom.wordpress.com/ . I was simply amazed that an whole other dimension of Sophian Déanic thealogy opened up through her work. And so, with her work and mine taken together, we continue to explore the correlations of our Clear Recital scriptures with the Mythos of Sophia.

From the creation of the first of Her daughters or the First Daughter, we move onto the mythology of the snake, which we also find in the book of Genesis and earlier texts such as those of Zoroastrianism, for example, Gnosticism presents a different ‘take’ on the snake.  We must be very careful with the snake and evil queen story in the Mythos of Creation, because Déanism, in general, does not teach Original Sin. Many have misunderstood Chapter II in the Creation Mythos to be describing an original sin committed by the First Daughter after having been tempted by the snake.  Please see [1]. In Gnosticism, the snake also makes an appearance, but we accept the teachings of the Mythos as it is told in the Clear Recital Scriptures.

Moving on to the Mythos of the Divine Maid or Holy Daughter, we see Our Lady, the Celestial Mother, brooding upon the Primordial Waters like a Dove. Of course, in Christianity, the Holy Spirit, Who is Feminine, appears in the Form of a Dove, which, at that time, would have been readily recognizable by the people as a symbol of the Goddess, of the Divine Feminine. It would not have been understood as a male symbol, never. Sophia is not just present in the Gnostic Mythos, She is the Holy Spirit of Christianity Who takes the Form of a Dove.  We also see Sophia as the Holy Spirit in certain aspects of Judaism. [2]

In Janite Tradition, Mari-Sophia (the Celestial Mother) is the Great Dove of the Waters. Zoe-Sophia (the Holy Daughter) is the Gentle Dove of Peace as well as the Dove of the Sacrifice.  Both ‘Great Dove of the Waters’ and ‘Dove of the Sacrifice’ stem from our Rite of Veneration (slightly modified Madrian Rite of Sacrifice) and Great Liturgy.

As an aside, scholar Rose Horman Arthur, in the Wisdom Goddess, reminds us that speculation on Sophia is very much older than Christianity. She goes on to say that ‘when Philo writes of man’s becoming divine by union with Sophia, he is not to be interpreted as presenting a new theological trend in sophialogy, which was forming already before the book of Proverbs was written.” The worship of Sophia is nothing new and certainly is not limited to, nor is it derived solely from Christianity. Rather, the Gnostic Christians took the pre-Christian Sophia and turned Her into a fallen divinity. They took the Daughter of Wisdom and turned Her into ignorance, folly and passion. (Words they actually used to describe Her.)

Returning to the Mythos of the Holy Daughter, we see that the Divine Mother has conceived and birthed an Holy Daughter. Time does not permit me to share all the Gnostic texts which speak of Sophia as the Holy Mother. So, suffice it to say, that from Mother Sophia or as we know Her, Mari-Sophia is proceeded the Holy Daughter, Zoe-Sophia, She Who is the Daughter of Light.

Next comes one of my favorite sections of scriptures, the verses of The Three Princesses. In the verses, the Genia or Jana before Whom the princesses lay their gifts, thealogically declare the three main titles of the Holy Daughter. (Verses 20 – 30) http://filianicstudies.org/publishing/ece/ and The Coming Age periodical Issue 9, Winter & Moura 1978, pages 18 & 19. Both Free.
http://www.filianicstudies.org/cms/items/show/109

GOLD CROWN – Daughter Sophia is Princess of the World/Cosmos

When the first princess lays her crown of gold at the feet of the Jana, the Jana declares, “the Holy Child shall be Princess of all the World“. (24)  The Holy Daughter is Princess of the Cosmos. She is Princess before She is crowned Queen of Heaven upon Her resurrection. It is the same with Daughter Sophia. She, also, will not be crowned as Queen of the Pleroma until after Her resurrection. And so, until She becomes Queen, Daughter Sophia is Princess of the World/Cosmos. In icons, statues and other imagery, she is often shown wearing a crown: Image result for image of statue of divine sophia

From https://www.sacredsource.com/Sophia-7-3_4/productinfo/SOF/

SILVER CROWN – Daughter Sophia is the Daughter of Wisdom, Herself

When the second princess lays down her silver crown, the Jana states: the Holy Child is the Daughter of Wisdom, Herself. (27)  ‘Lower’ or Daughter Sophia is literally the Daughter of Wisdom and that is how She is known.

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The image above right hangs above my hestian altar and will hopefully hang above all future public Janite altars. (Hestian refers to ‘of the hestia’ which is a home that has been blessed, consecrated and anointed in the Name of Déa.)

CRYSTAL CROWN – Daughter Sophia is the Priestess of all the World/Cosmos

Finally, when the third princess lays her crystal crown upon the ground, the great Jana states, the Holy Child shall be Priestess of all the World. In icons and paintings of Sophia, She is depicted as holding a chalice and usually, we read Her words from Proverbs: 9:5, “Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed. (When Wisdom speaks in Proverbs, that is Wisdom Personified… Primordial Wisdom Who is Sophia, Wisdom.) And so, in Proverbs, She acts as our High Priestess.

Notes:

[1] http://www.mother-god.com/original-sin.html and http://www.mother-god.com/christianity-original-sin.html

[2] https://www.beth-elsa.org/Worship/Sermons/Guest_Speakers/Do_Jews_Believe_in_the_Holy_Spirit_01_15_10 (While the article, in its entirety is recommended, please read the last paragraph.)

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