28 Hestia/Jan. 22
O, Madria Theia, Jana of Illumination, Joy and Benevolence, be with us. May the Pure Stream of Your Virtues flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come.
Bits and Pieces III is a bit belated. In it, we will make a couple of brief announcements; post about our conclusion as to whether or not we might consider ourselves to be monotheistic and ending with the long-awaited article on the spiritual symbolism of historical fashion by our Sorella Shoshana.
Lady of Light Chantry
First, I would like to inform readers that of one of our sister blogs, Lady of the Light Chantry, deamatronablog.wordpress.com/blog, has been quiet lately due to computer issues. Hopefully, ArchMatrona Georgia, of the Lucienne Tradition, will be able to resuming posting in the near future. Thank you.
Brighid/Candlemas/Full Bright Moon
Today is the last day of the holy month of Hestia. It is incredible how fast time has been flying these last few years. Everyone talks about it, even the young. Tomorrow is the first day of Brighe, which means, Exalted or Bright One. It is the last month of the Sacred Winter Season. The major feast day of Brighe is Candlemas on Brighe 11/Feb. 2, which, wonderfully enough, occurs on the night of the Full Bright Moon!!!!!!
More to come on this sacred feast day.
The Question of Trinitarianism and Monotheism.
Please note that we are speaking of the Janite and Lucienne views, only. A few weeks ago, a vitally important conversation was taking place within the greater community as to whether or not Trinitarians may consider themselves to be monotheistic. I came to the conclusion that we certainly cannot consider ourselves to be monotheistic in the same sense that Jews and Muslims are monotheistic. My conclusion, at the time, was that strict monotheists believe in One God/One Person while we believe in One Godhead/Multiple Persons.
We then, privately, examined the question as to whether or not we might be panentheistic. My problems with the consideration of panentheism is that it would easily lend itself to misconception if we tried to apply it to the Deanic religion. But, those reasons are too lengthy for a Bits and Pieces article.
ArchMatrona Georgia E. B. Cobb put it this way:
Once again, our perspectives regarding Deanisms are in accord. When I first delved into the study of Pan-en-theism (in recent weeks), it did seem at first, to me, to be a philosophical position which could, possibly, resolve some of the conflicts between mono-theism and pan-theism (or poly-theism). I had studied pan-en-theism before, but without a clear understanding of its ramifications. Upon further reflection, (this time around), I am now inclined to see pan-en-theism as an attempt to teach pan-theism in disguise. It appears to me to be a very subtle and dangerous divergence from true Theism. As I gave read about the development of Panentheism, it appears to have grown more and more absurd, and to have caused more problems and misunderstanding than it was supposed to have solved (regarding the Nature of the Divine and the nature of the cosmos, and regarding the nature of the life forms within the cosmos.
Theism, and Theology, includes the idea that The Divine is both immanent and transcendent. At the same time, true Theology does not confuse the Divine Being with the cosmos. Contrary to a) various old mythologies, and b) various modern speculations, neither the cosmos, nor the Earth, is God’s body, (in manifest form). Furthermore, true Theology does not confuse the Divine Nature with the human nature (nor does it equate The Divine Intelligence with the human intellect-mind-thoughts-reason). True Theology discerns the difference between the knowledge of the Divine, (which comes by revelation and through grace, directly from the Divine), with the study of the human psyche and the study of the physical world (which is developed through human reason, aka mental study or scholarship and experimentation).
I am now more inclined than ever to define Deanism as simply Feminine Monotheism.
ArchMatrona E. B. Cobb of the Lady of Light Chantry.
We thank Serene Matrona for her insights.
Later that evening, as I was praying my rosary, an image formed in my mind and I was able to understand this question from a different viewpoint. The image was a way to understand how Trinitarians may be monotheistic using Janite/Lucienne imagery and titles.
It must be kept in mind that Janites are emanationists. While there are differing forms of emanation, one definition of emanation is:
to flow out, issue, or proceed, as from a source or origin; come forth; originate.
Or it is understood to be a radiation from the Godhead (3)
The Thesaurus lists flow or flowing as a synonym for emanation. (4)
The Janite and Lucienne Traditions have always used the word flow or flowing when describing Dea. We say that the Janati flow as Seven Streams from Dea and that from the Still Centre Point of the Fora flow the Four Great Rivers of Life, etc. And so, the flowing river is very much used as traditional imagery for the Janite/Lucienne Traditions of Deanism.
I saw, in my mind, an image of a great and sacred river. It began in the Form of a Still Dark Pool. This is the Source. The One. The Eternal Still Pointe of the Centre. At this One Point, it is the Fountainhead. It is She, the Empress, the Great Mother, She Who is the Fountainhead of all Life.
Fountainhead: an original source of something; a principle source; origin; a spring that is the source or head of the stream.
From this Dark Pool flows a River which becomes Lighter as it flows onward. At one point and Eternally, this River Forms a basin, a Font. It is She, the High Queen, the Celestial Mother, the Matrix, She Who is the Font of All Light.
Font: a receptacle for water or, metaphorically, for wisdom; reservoir.
The Waters of the Font over-flow and become the River, again. The Eternal River, spilling out of the Font, begins to glow and flows onward. At the third point and Eternally, the River Forms a Fountain. It is the Holy Daughter, the Priestess of Grace, She, Who is the Fountain of All Love.
Fountain: (Spiritual definition:) A spring of living water in distinction from a well.
At each Eternal Point of the River, Dea takes on Form and Personhood and yet, Each Form and Personhood spring from the One River; from the One Source. In this way, both views of understanding Dea are but two ways of stating the same Truth. Dea is One with Three Forms. Dea is One in Three Persons. Ultimately, when speaking of the Trinity, they mean the same thing. And, in this way, Trinitarians may be said to be monotheistic.
For Deanics, this River goes on to form the Seven Streams of Power and Virtue. And so, though the traditional shamrock and the original apple tree analogies are fine ways of explaining Trinitarian doctrine, for Deanics, the idea of the River that is One and Three and Seven might better blend with our thealogical style.
For those who follow a Blended Path, simply picture the River of the Divine Feminine and the River of the Divine Masculine as Twin Rivers flowing from the One Fountainhead/ Source of All Life.
From guest authoress, Sorella Shoshana, we have another article on The Spiritual Symbolism of Historical Fashion:
Throughout my time studying and recreating historical fashion, I have noticed that many periods have the option of 3, 5, or 7 layers underneath the layer we can see.
3 can represent Dea as Mother, Daughter, and Dark Mother.
5 can reprent the 5 points of the star (https://deanic.com/the-five-symbols-of-our-faith/)
7 can represent the seven Janyait (https://deanic.com/the-seven-great-geniae/who-are-the-seven-great-geniae/)
The fact that these layers are unseen can represent Dea behind all things. She is the unseen presence everywhere!
In this article, I will be discussing a few of the time periods I am most familiar with and have recreated.
During the rennaissance era, an option for under garments could’ve included 3 items: the chemise, the kirtle, and the farthingale. The chemise is the garment closest to the skin and typically made of linen. It was used to protect the other garments from bodily oils. The kirtle was a boned under dress and a pre-cursor to the corset. The farthingale was the cone shaped hoop skirt that was worn inspired by boned Spanish skirts. These would be the minimum one would need as the basis to the look above.
Underneath the 18th century look, the bare minimum one would need is similar to the rennaissance era. We have the chemise. But, by this era, stays have come into being. These are basically a corset without the front hook and eye busk. Towards the end of the previous period covered, stays came into being by eliminating the skirt part of the kirtle. Panniers, or basket hoops are next. These can basically be thought of as having a basket on each hip tied to the waist.
The regency era had a simpler look. But, it still had layers underneath the clothing. This can be the chemise, a softer corded stays and a petticoat. The fabrics by this period were very thin and one may have wanted that petticoat to maintain modesty.
Next, we move into the Victorian era. This is the styles of the mid-Victorian period. Here, we have the chemise again, along with an actual corset with the metal hook and eye front closure called a busk. Drawers, the hoop skirt, and 2-3 petticoats were worn. Sometimes, one may have been worn underneath the hoop skirt to protect one’s modesty if the wind caught the hoop skirt underneath. Corset covers also may have been worn to protect from the corset being seen through thin materials. Contrary to popular belief, corsets can be a comfortable support garment and hoop skirts are not difficult to wear. They are quite flexible. One may also note that on skirts with ruffles like the pink one above, the ruffles also frequently appeared in sets of 3, 5, or 7.
I wear mid-century styles quite regularly. Its an easy style to incoorperate into daily wear. There were many different items worn underneath many different styled clothes during this period. I have spoken to a few women who lived during this period and more than once I have been told about the desire to wear 3 petticoats underneath their full dresses and skirts. girdles were also frequently worn, along with the merry widow corset and other under garments very similar to our own modern variety.
I hope you have enjoyed this brief look into the many layers underneath historical fashions and how they can have spiritual symbolism just simply by the amount that can be worn.
Thank you, Sorella Shoshana.
Eternal is the Life of the Empress, the Fountainhead of the All.
Eternal is the Light of the High Queen, the Font of the All.
Eternal is the Love of the Queen, the Fountain of the All.
Blessed is She.
ArchMadria Candra Sophia