Divine Sophia and the Clear Recital Part II

Pomedi/2 Flora

(Please see previous post on upcoming events in the Holy Month of Flora).

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

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Janites accept all true Living Stream Forms for Dea such as Tara, the Hindu Goddesses, Quan Yin, etc. For the Janite Tradition in particular, our Form for Dea is the Divine Sophia.

We had been working on Sophian Deanic 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 Deanic thealogy opened up through her work. And so, with her work and mine taken together, we continue to explore the correlations of our Recital scriptures with the Mythos of Sophia.

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In Part I, we saw how, similar to the Celestial Mother in the Creation Mythos, Sophia is both God and Creatrix. We have also shown how the Supernal Eve, i. e., Zoe-Eve, is the first of Her Daughters or First Daughter. Both the First Daughter of the Creation Mythos and Zoe-Eve were created through the use or metaphor of  water. (See verses 9-10 in the Creation Mythos).

In On the Origin of the World, in which we do not find a Sophia Who is identified with fallen and imprisoned souls as She would later come to be depicted, Mother Sophia sends forth a light-drop upon the water (113-23) which is the conception and birth of Eve, who is the First Daughter of Sophia.  Eve took on bodily form in the Image of the Divine Mother, Sophia.

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It is important to note that similar to the Recital Mythos which focuses on only the feminine aspects of the classical mythologies, we also focus on the Divine Feminine in the Gnostic texts.

In the earliest texts of many of the Classic Myths, such as that of Demeter and Persephone,  Demeter (the Mother ) and Kore-Persephone (the Daughter) only the Goddesses were present and Persephone went to the underworld of Her own free will. These texts were later changed into the myths as we know them, today.  So, too, have the earliest Gnostics  texts about Sophia become corrupted.  (1)

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 Deanism, 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 2)]. In Gnosticism, the snake also makes an appearance, but we accept the teachings of the Mythos as it is told in the Recital.

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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. (3)

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 RoS 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 born the Holy Daughter, Zoe-Sophia, She Who is the Daughter of Light.

Next comes one of my favorite scriptures, the story of the Three Princesses. In the story, the Genia or Jana before Whom the princesses lay their gifts, thealogically declare the three main titles of the Holy Daughter.

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

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 above image 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 Dea. )

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.

Before moving on to the next section of the Daughter Mythos, in part III, we shall show how the Seven Jana come from Divine Sophia.

May Our Lady Bless you,

Blessed is She.

  1. http://www.mother-god.com/demeter_and_persephone.html

2) http://www.mother-god.com/original-sin.html and http://www.mother-god.com/christianity-original-sin.html

3)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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Hail Savioress Kore, Happy year of Madria Sage

1 Columbina / March 21

Stelladi or Star Day. (Wednesday).

Day of Madria Sage.
O,Madria Sage, 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.

To all devotees and friends,
REJOICE, She is Risen. For we are greeting our Divine Daughter God, Spring and the year of Madria Sage.
I awoke to bright sunshine streaming into the kitchen.
We have been experiencing Siberian wind chills and snow in Britain. Which reminded me in my discomfort about how brave our Daughter God is, how She strives to reach every single desolate and chill place in existence. To lead us back to the light and warmth Eternal of our Mother God.

All praise be to Déa. Blessed is She.

Madrina Sophia

St James’s Park, London during snow and windy weather this morning. Photo credit: Vickie Flores LNP
Daffodils and snow Picture: Solent News & Photo Agency

Hence a small gallery of Chirila Corina’s artwork:

Kore bringing renewal
Reunited Demeter and Kore, Mother God and Daughter God

Copyright of Chirila Corina. Be warned I have been very selective, her website https://korethemaiden.wordpress.com/greek-mythology-and-history/ contains what Max Dashu describes as ‘A Gallery of Toxific and Pornified “Goddesses”’ see http://www.sourcememory.net/veleda/?p=146

 

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.)