Part II: The Holy Daughter

23 Vespera/Aug. 30

Stelladi/Wed.

Day of Madria Mati-Metis (Sophia)

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

The Shattering of the Divine Soul of the Holy Daughter was, in our interpretation, prefigured by the tearing of Her Soul by the keres.  (Chapter IV, Mythos of the Divine Maid, verse 3),

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Dear Sisters and Devotees,

Some of this has been discussed in the past, but some of this is new. Though this is meant for the benefit of those readers and JOP members who are new to Janite thealogy and for our sisters in priestess training, I hope that all of our readers might benefit as to how Janites differ from other forms of Deanism in our view of  the Sacrifice of the Holy Daughter. Each way to understand the Cosmic Drama is but one facet of the One Sparkling Diamond of Divine Truth.

 

At the very beginning of our religion, before even Lux Madriana, the original teaching about Dea was that She was more of a Triple Goddess rather than an actual Trinity of three Distinct Persons. (According to what I had been told and to the best of my understanding.) She was Mari/Jana/Dark Mother (Jana probably should be pronounced Yana) and She was truly One. Interestingly enough, at the time of Christ, there was a a very popular goddess named Mari-Anna-Ishtar.

In this original Madrian thealogy, Mari was the Transcendent Celestial Mother and Jana was Mari in Her Immanent-earthly Form. (More rightly stated: heavenly-earthly Form).

It is my understanding that there was NOT the notion of a birth or of a nativity of the Holy Daughter.  Likewise, there was no idea of the Sacrificial Death of the Daughter. This latter doctrine, to my knowledge and to the best of my understanding, was not in place at the very beginning of our religion and probably would not have been looked upon with favor.

Today, Janites, as with a majority of the rest of the community, are more Trinitarian in our approach to Dea. We do believe that the Holy Daughter emanates or proceeds from the Celestial Mother and this, in earthly terms, may be thought of as a birth (janana) or nativity. And we do accept a Sacrificial Daughter. But, we, as Janites, differ in our approach to and interpretation of the Mythos of the Sacrificial Daughter than perhaps other Traditions within our religion.

The inspiration for the Passion of the Holy Daughter, in our scriptures, is based upon the Myth of the Descent of Inanna, which was the name given the Holy Daughter in the scriptures.

While the goddess Inanna was a goddess of promiscuous sex and war; and one who did not die for altruistic reasons; it is easy to understand why her passion mythos was chosen as a metaphor for the Death of the Daughter in our scriptures. Inanna descended down through the Seven Realms (1), which caused Her great suffering and She was hung on a tree which , in our scriptures, represents the world/axis/tree. All of this has a great and deep meaning and is certainly one way to contemplate the Great Cosmic Sacrifice. One thing that I have always loved about the Mythos of the Divine Maid is how the Celestial Mother smashes through the Gates of Hell to save Her Daughter and to resurrect Her as depicted in the imagery of Persephone and Demeter.

Janites take a different approach to the Sacrificial Mythos. We believe that Dea cannot separate Herself from Herself without destroying Her Eternal One-ness, Her Eternal Essential Nature. We also believe that a Person of the Trinity cannot give up Her Spirit because the Spirit of the Trinity is One. There is only One Spirit in the Godhead. It cannot be separated or given up for any reason without destroying Her Eternal Essence.

Furthermore, we believe that the  Eternal Spirit of a Person of the Trinity cannot absolutely die without the Person ceasing to be the Eternal God. We do not believe that the spirit, any spirit, can die. I am not familiar with other religions which teach that it is possible for a spirit to die, to be completely annihilated. The Spirit is the Eternal Nature of God and the spirit is our own eternal nature. So, Janites do not believe in the actual Death of the Spirit of the Daughter or of the Daughter, per se.

In summary of the above:

  1. The Daughter cannot be separated, even for a single instant, from Her Mother or They would cease to be eternally One.
  2. The God-self of the Holy Daughter cannot be taken from Her or She would cease to be Eternally God.
  3. The Spirit of God, even of the Holy Daughter, cannot die, cannot be completely annihilated for that is not possible. The spirit cannot die.
  4. The entire Nature of God, God’s Oneness, God’s Spirit, the God-self of the Daughter is Eternal, without ever ceasing. 

In the case of Jesus within Christianity, his human body died, yes, but his eternal spirit, his God-self did not die. In Christianity, he incarnated as an human, but he was still God. He was both God and man. His man-self died; his God-self did not die.

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While the Holy Daughter took on the Form of Soul (which the keres ripped with their talons in the Mythos: Chapter IV, Mythos of the Divine Maid, verse 3), She did not have a body.

So, rather than making use of the Mythos of Inanna to represent the Cosmic story of the Sacrifice of the Holy Daughter, we apply the non-Patriarchal Mythos of the Descent of Holy Sophia, Who, it is becoming recognized by many mainstream Christians, is a part of the Godhead. She is Mother and Daughter. And there are many who recognize Holy Sophia as the Divine Feminine Trinity of Mother, Daughter and Holy Soul.

As with the Shekinah, there was an Higher Sophia who was called by Gnostics, Barbelo and there was Lower Sophia, the Daughter.

In Sophian Mythos, the Daughter, Sophia. leaves Her Mother and suffers a painful Descent down through the Realms which causes a Shattering of Her Soul. Janite refer to this Mystery as Quassare, which means, to shatter.

This Shattering of the Most Holy Soul of Sophia gave birth to our own Souls which makes it possible for us to come into manifestation. The Holy Sophia literally shares with us, Her very Soul and so we are One with Her. This is the Passion Mythos that Janites use to contemplate the Divine Mystery of the Sacrificial Daughter, which was, in our interpretation, prefigured by the tearing of Her Soul by the keres in our scriptures. 

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When the Shekinah/Holy  Sophia rise, in each of Their Mythos, They become the World Soul, the Cosmic Soul. Patriarchy will say that Sophia was trapped here. That is a demotion and a belittling of what She has done for us. It is a denial of Her Divine sovereignty and in typical Patriarchal fashion, makes Her dependent upon Her consort for salvation when it is actually, She, Who is our Salvation, our Soteria.

And so this, we believe of the Holy Daughter. That She is the Holy World/Cosmic Soul and our Soul. This is how She rules and sustains all of Nature through Her Sacrificial Love. She truly remains here with us, as the World Soul, until She can gather up the very last Divine Spark within us unto Assumption into Perfect Union with Her Divine Mother. When She rises, we rise with Her. All in the Eternal Cosmic Wheel of time outside of time.

As it is said of the Holy Daughter in the teachings of our religion, where these are Cosmic and not historical events, each is always taking place, eternally. When we observe each feast day, we should observe it as if it is taking place right now. We should observe it with deep reverence and profound gratitude.

  (Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom).

And so, the Holy Daughter Eternally Descends in the Omni-Present Now. The Soul of the Holy Daughter Eternally Shatters in the Omni-Present Now. The Holy Daughter Eternally rises in the Omni-Present Now.

It is said of the Shekinah, that She is always descending and rising. Christianity has a similar teaching of the Eternal nature of the Sacrifice, Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus…that these are Eternal Events outside of time.

The graces and blessings of these events are brought into time, both in the Christian liturgies and in the Madrian/Janite Great Liturgy, through the Mystery of the Communion Rite.

It is because we live in such ultimate, intimate union with the Holy Daughter that there is nothing that we experience that She does not experience with us, down to the very last breath of our lives and through the first Light of the assumption of our souls.

Blessed be God, the Holy Daughter. Blessed is She.

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Coming up, Part III, the Seven Janati.

ArchMadria Candra Sophia.

  1. There were many underground cities at that time and in that area. These cities contained many levels and some were capable of sustaining upwards of 20,000 people. Archaeologists are continuing to find many of these massive underground cities which had methods of plumbing, channeling fresh air, etc. More and more, archaeologists are discovering that what was once thought of as pure myths, had a basis in historical fact.
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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.)