An Official Statement on Who We Are/Our Creed

20 Sunna/Aug.27

Rosadi/Tues. Day of the Sacred Rose.

The Janite Deanic Ekklesia is neither Madrian nor Filianic, nor are we associated with their history.  Members of the former two Orders of the Madrians (some of whom went on to found present-day Filianism) are the founders of the Deanic religion as we practice it, but just as there are many Christian denominations which are very different from the founding religion of Christianity, so it is with the Janites.

It is similar to the difference between say, Baptists and Roman Catholics. Though there were several groups who were the first followers of ‘The Way’ of Jesus (who were Jewish),  Christianity, as it has been handed down to us today, is the product of the combined Roman Catholic (RCC) and Orthodox Christian Churches. These two churches were one, undivided Church for over the first 1,000 years of Christianity.

The Christianity that has been handed down to us today, is the result of centuries of debate, argument and discussion of doctrines and practices. The core doctrines of Christianity slowly evolved over those centuries.

All Christians received their New Testament scriptures through the undivided Church (RCC and Orthodox Christian), though many don’t like to admit that.

There were many gospels and writings circulating at that time. Some were spurious, yes, but many had the same antiquity and acceptance as the gospels which were finally chosen, by the leaders of the undivided Church, to be included in the canon of the New Testament. Others were rejected if they did not meet the doctrinal requirements of the RCC.

So, in a nutshell, Baptists and Catholics share the same God (the Trinity), core doctrines, beliefs, scriptures and the prayer of Christianity, the Our Father. However, in practice, culture and in the interpretation of many of the doctrines and  scriptural verses, they could not possibly be further apart. Though they are both Christian, essentially they are not the same religious expression of Christianity, they do not share the same history and they are not in communion or formal association with each other.

By the same token, though we share a belief in most (not all) of the fundamental doctrines of Madrianism/Filianism and share some of the same prayers, the same scriptures and the belief in the Divine Feminine Trinity/ Janati, we are very far apart from Madrianism and Filianism in certain fundamental doctrines, culture and practice and we do not share the same history.

Nor are we in communion with or in association with Madrianism and Filianism, nor are they with us. And though we are both exceedingly and eternally grateful for the work of our founding mothers and fathers, we do not represent them and they do not represent us.

The Janite Deanic Ekklesia consists of Clan Jana, the Janite Order of Priestesses (JOP) and the Iremian Deanic Sisterhood (IDS). In addition to the foundational doctrines and scriptures which we inherited from the founders of Madrianism and Filianism, we have our own way of interpreting some of the scriptures and we have our own culture, practices and doctrines.

Clan Jana is made up of those hestias (sacred homes which have been blessed and consecrated to Dea) whose members consider themselves to be Janite devotees.

The JOP is the Order of our priestesses, including those archsorellas, (high sisters), who have begun priestess training.

The Iremian Sisterhood is open to all female Janite devotees.

We are hoping that a future Brotherhood will be formed, as well.

I will end with our Creed, which is a slightly adapted form of the Filianic/Secret Order Madrian with the additional verse in honor of our belief in the Seven Janati:

I believe that I am created from before the Dawn of Time,
by the Eternal One, Madria Dea.
And I believe that She is One and Three and Seven.

I believe in the Celestial Mother, She Who is Pure Light;
The Creatrix of the Earth and of the Heavens,
and of all the infinite Cosmos.

And I believe in Her Holy Daughter, born of the Celestial Mother;
She Who rules all the energies of Creation,
Whose Nature is Perfect Love.

And I believe that there is She, Who stands beyond these Two,
Whose Name has not been spoken upon this Earth;
For She is the Beginning and the end,
The First Principle and the Final Cause,
The unoriginated Origin of Being;
The Great Mother of all that is and all that is not; She, Who Is.

I believe in the Seven Janati, the Seven Great Powers of Dea.
I believe that they are the Living Streams of Virtue who flow from the Mother
and that, together, these Living Streams form the River of Life.

I believe that it is through the Holy Daughter,
that my soul shall rise renewed in its Perfection,
that I may return to Eternal Communion with the Eternal One,
Madria Dea,
In the Completion of the Wholeness of Her Will. Blessed is She.

Thank you.

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides, founder of the Janite Deanic Ekklesia/Clan Jana/Janite Order of Priestesses and the Iremian Sisterhood.

Part III, Sophia, Eurynome and the Seven Janati

10 Abalon/Sept. 14

Abaldi/Thurs. Day of Madria Thame’ (Themis).

O, Madria Thame’, Jana of Justice, Order and Harmony, be with us.

~

  (The Seven Rays of Divine Manifestation.)  In Deanic language, the Seven are of the Three-Fold Heaven (3 upward: (Madrias Candre, Raya and Rhave)  and of the Four-Fold Earth (4 downward: Madrias Sushuri, Thame’, Vikhe and Mati).

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When ArchMatrona Ghrian and I first formulated the idea that Dea is One and Three and Seven, this formula expressed both the thealogy of the One Dea in Her Tri-une Form of Mother, Daughter and Great Mother and also of the One Dea in Her Septad Form of the Seven Janati.

 

 

In our religion, we are often presented with the analogy of the prism. Just as white light flows through the prism and separates into seven colored rays, so too, the Pure Light of Dea is diffracted into Seven Intelligent Living Streams (each Stream expressing itself through a certain color.) These Seven Rays of Intelligent Light take on the form of angels.

Just as the Holy Daughter takes on the Form of Soul, and yet, She remains Dea Filia (the Divine Daughter God); so the Janati take on the form of angels, but yet, They remain Dea.

Janite Thealogy is based, in part, upon the Divine Sophia, Who is known as both Mother and Daughter in Her Tri-une Form as Mother, Daughter and Holy Soul.

Sophia is pan-cultural. She is not limited to Judaic-Christianity. Many worship Her from all religious walks of life.

As Rudolph Steiner and others have noted, Sophia is the Mother of the Seven Powers. These Seven Powers were sometimes considered to be angels although Gnosticism refers to them as Archons (which we consider a patriarchal demotion of the Sophian Myth as at the time, Gnostics did not see manifest creation in a positive light). Although archon means ruler, in Gnosticism, Archons were not the good guys.

Sophia is also known as the Goddess of Heaven and the Mother of the Stars. Even in Gnosticism, She is known as the Mother of All the Living and the Highest Ruler over the visible Universe. She is said to have shaped manifest creation based upon the heavenly prototypes and She forms the seven star circles or spheres over which the planetary powers are placed. These planetary spheres, or heavens, were, for the ancients, the highest regions of the created universe.

Considered by Steiner to be the new Isis, and, indeed, She was often equated with Isis in the past, Sophia is the Pneumatic Essence from which all souls draw their origin. In Her lower or Daughter form, She is the Mediatrix between the upper and lower realms. It is She, Who is the one Who is crowned with the Seven Stars.

More and more, within and without Christianity, Sophia is swiftly returning to Her original Divine status. (1 +2) Many mainstream Christians, are beginning to recognize Her as the Holy Spirit from Whom emit the Seven Gifts/the Seven Spirits.

Proverbs mentions Her Seven Pillars.

As we see from the above, in many ways, it is from Sophia that comes the Seven.

Related image  (Eurynome is on the far left).

In the Myth of Eurynome, She created the Seven Planetary Powers, putting a Titaness and a Titan over each. From the Primordial Feminine standpoint, Theia ruled the Sun and was given the power of illumination; Phoebe ruled the Moon and was given the power of enchantment; Dione  ruled Mars and was given the power of growth; Metis was given the planet Mercury and the power of wisdom; Themis was given the planet Jupiter and the power of law; Tethys was given the planet Venus and the power of love; and Rhea was set over the planet Saturn and given the power of peace.

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In Janite thealogy, the Janati are not the actual Powers, themselves. Rather, the Janati rule over the Planetary Spheres and They were given the Powers. These Powers represent the Seven Streams of life which contain the Primordial Essence or, perhaps we could say, the quantum information which is the base of all that is manifested into reality.

We believe that like the Holy Daughter, the Janati are Immanent, meaning, though They stem from the Pleroma, They work within and throughout manifest creation. And while Dea, on one level, is Supreme and Above the All and yet She is One with us and She hears our cries, so too, the Janati, being angelic Forms of Dea, though they represent Powers beyond our ken, can hear us and help us.

We are often asked, what is the difference between a Jana and an angel?  Angels were created by God. They are not God. And so, we may pray to them in the form of asking their help and assistance. But, we may not honor them as God. We may not worship them.

The Janati are UnCreated because They are God, They are Forms of Dea and so we may pray to Them. We may honor Them as God. We may worship Them. Especially when we consider Sophia. She is Their Mother… She gave Them birth… They are of Her. They are One with Her. They are Her Seven Spirits. Her Seven Stars.

~

ArchMadria Candre Sophia

 

 

 

  1. http://www.suppressedhistories.net/articles/sophia.html
  2. http://www.suppressedhistories.net/articles/GnosticGoddessFallenSophia.pdf

The Trinity/Trinitarian Correspondences in the Janite Tradition

21 Vespera/Aug. 28

Lunadi/Mon. Day of Madria Candra.

O, Madria Candra, Jana of Reflection, Reason and Purity, be with us.

It is true that God as creator, revealer, and savior is not to be identified with the Absolute as such; it is likewise true that God in Himself, in the full depth of His reality, is not to be reduced to the creative Function: 

Schuon, Frithjof (1974). “Form and Substance in the Religions”  

(Trinity Correspondences at the end of this post.)

Dear Sisters and Devotees,

We have new members of the JOP as well as new readers of our blog. Where questions have arisen regarding our basic beliefs and how we might be differ from other Traditions of the Deanic community, we are offering a three part series on (1) the Trinity, (2) the Holy Daughter and (3) the Janae as They are experienced and worshiped in the Janite Tradition.

One way that we might be different from other other Traditions is that like the Madrians, we are liturgical. We use the original Madrian liturgy which we have expanded and to which we have added Janite prayers.

We also faithfully serve the Rite of Sacrifice on each Full Moon. (The Madrians served it four times a month.) As it states in the communion rite of our liturgy and in our scriptures: And She said: Even as you have offered to Me bread in sacrifice, so I give to you the Bread of my Soul; and as you have poured out libations of wine to Me, so I pour out the Eternal Libation of My Eternal Spirit. (Chapter VII, verse 23 of the Mythos of the Divine Maid).

We have also re-introduced a valid priestesshood into our Tradition of the Faith. (This heritage shall be explained to each person in priestess training.)

We are very personal in our approach to the Trinity, especially in the areas of the Great Mother and the Janae. (Dea is One and Three and Seven.)

We view Dea as:

The Still Centre of the All/Absolute Source/Matrix [1] & Creatrix [2] (the Great Mother),

The Genetrix [3] (the One Who births or manifests all of Creation into existence (the Celestial Mother),

and the Sustainer/Ruler of Creation and Soteria [4] of our souls (the Holy Daughter).

We may differ from other Traditions in that do not tend to view the Great Mother as the ultimate Destroyer at the end of the Cosmic Age and of the three conceptions of Absolute Deity in this Wiki article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absolute_(philosophy), Janites probably come closest to the first concept: In conception (1) the Absolute is the most true and intelligible reality. It can be spoken of and known. For example, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel‘s Absolute Spirit is the most true reality. It is thinkable, speakable, and exists in the objective world by comprehending everything, including people, states, and world history. 

While we would say that the Great Mother is Transcendent, She is also the Ocean of All Being. She knows us, intimately. We tend to see the Her as both knowable and unknowable at the same time, i.e., there are things that we can know about Her and things that are beyond our knowledge and understanding. This is why I have always loved Nicholas Roerich’s painting of the Mother of the World as an image for the Great Mother. Though She is veiled, meaning that there are things we cannot know about Her and so She is Mystery (Mysteria), She clearly has Personhood (though a Being of Light without Form).

The Great Mother is the Person/Being from Whom All Life Flows. She is the Person/Being from Whom the Mother and the Daughter emanate. She is the One and we are all within that One.

My remote viewing teacher taught us that God is not in us, we are in God….we are like drops of water in the ocean of God. This is very similar to the teaching of the Filianists. And this is how I see the Great Mother. The Great Mother is the Source, the Ocean of our very being and we exist in Her.

Emanating from Her: the Celestial Mother is the Holy Fire of our spirits and birthed from the Celestial Mother: the Holy Daughter is the Soul of All Nature and She shares Her Soul with us. (More on that in the next post.)

So, we are One with the Great Mother in our essential being; we are One with the Celestial Mother in our spirits and we are One with the Holy Daughter in our Souls. This is the ultimate and intimate relationship that we share with Dea. Blessed is She.

We would not see the Trinity as Functions nor the Janae as Powers, per say. Each Person of the Trinity has a function, yes. But They are much more than Their functions. Each Person of the Janae has a Power, yes, but They are not the Power.

Ultimately, Janites would agree with the following: Philosophers such as Shankara denied the Absolute any personal sense, whereas philosophers such as Ramanuja and Madhva, tended to identify the Absolute with a personal God. The Traditionalist School, via Frithjof Schuon, admits:

It is true that God as creator, revealer, and savior is not to be identified with the Absolute as such; it is likewise true that God in Himself, in the full depth of His reality, is not to be reduced to the creative Function: 

Schuon, Frithjof (1974). “Form and Substance in the Religions”  

and I think I prefer this approach, myself. I prefer to teach the Trinity as Matrix & Creatrix; Genetrix  and Soteria. I think of the Great Mother as being the Matrix & Creatrix within the Still Centre of All Being; while the Celestial Mother gives birth to the Creation in manifestation and the Holy Daughter saves all of Creation, rules and sustains it.

So, for Janites, Dea, in Her Triple Form is Matrix & Creatrix (Great Mother), Genetrix (Celestial Mother) and Soteria (Holy Daughter).

We also believe that we may directly approach the Celestial Mother.

I was devoted to Mary, the Blessed Mother, all of my life… since I was six years old. Though we were always taught that she was human and not divine, we treated her as if she was Divine. Because I had such a close bond with her all of my life, and she granted so many miracles in my life and never, ever once ceased to help me when I called upon her, in this form of the Holy Mother, while I believed that She was transcendent; She was by my side every single day because the Veil of Illusion is nothing to Her. (In an apparition of Sophia, She said that those who prayed to Mary were really praying to Her.)  So while the Celestial Mother is Transcendent  the Holy Daughter is Immanent.

 

The Holy Daughter is the Holy Soul of the World, of All the Cosmos. She is part of us and we of Her. The Jews teach of the Shekinah, who, like Sophia is considered to be the World Soul, that because She is the World Soul, there is nothing that we go through that She does not experience with us.

And so, the Holy Daughter is immanently here with us in a way that the Celestial Mother is not.  Our scriptures state that we are One with the Holy Daughter in Body; we teach that we are One with the Holy Daughter in Soul. Both are two ways of saying essentially the same thing, but with a different emphasis. (More in the next post.)

So, to summarize this first post: we are highly Trinitarian and very personal in our approach to each Person of the Trinity. Each has Her time of day, Her titles, Her Seasons, Her days, Her roles, Her worship and Her prayers. We find correspondences very helpful because each is a wealth of symbolism which helps to give us an intuitive understanding of Dea and the Janae. These are Their basic correspondences in the Janite (and many are also of the Lucienne) Tradition:

Great Mother:

Name: Mysteria: She is the Mystery of the Still Centre of All Being.

Mystery over which She presides: Terram  (The Great Mother as the Ground of All Being).

Titles: Veiled Fora of Faith; Veiled Origin of Eternity.

Role: Creatrix.

Role in Blessing Rite: Anointing through holy oil.

Time of Day: Twilight (the time of day between daylight and darkness), and the Darkest Hour before the Dawn (in the Moura Mysteries).

Direction: Still Centre.

Season: Moura (and Autumn/Fall as the Divine Feminine Trinity).

Royal Title: Empress of Heaven.

Day: Foradi (Saturday).

Symbol: Fora (or Celtic Eternal Knot Cross).

Flower: Deantha  (Five petaled Evening Flower).

Light: Luminous, Shimmering Darkness.

She is the Being of All Life.

 

Celestial Mother:

Name: Mari: She is the Sea of All Life.

Role: Genetrix.

Role in Blessing Rite: Consecration through incense.

Time of Day: Noon.

Direction: South.

Seasons: Summer (and Autumn/Fall as the Divine Feminine Trinity).

Mysteries:  Assumpta (the Holy Mother is the Assumption of our Souls).

Titles: Fiery Rose of Heaven; Rose of Joy. (We don’t use the title Rose of the World because that means something very different. See Daniel Andreev. Also, if the Celestial Mother is Transcendent, then She is the Rose of Heaven, Rosa Coeli, not Rose of the World, Rosa Mundi.)

Role: Genetrix.

Royal Title: High Queen of Heaven.

Day: Sunnadi (Sunday).

Symbol: the Sun (there are really Seven symbols in our religion, the Five Symbols of the Mysteries and the Sun and Moon.)

Flower: the Rose.

Light: Brilliant Yellow.

She is the Spirit of All Life.

 

Holy Daughter:

Name:

Role: Soteria.

Time of Day: Dawn.

Direction: East.

Seasons: Winter and Spring.

Mysteries: Adoria (Janana or birth of the Holy Daughter) and Quassare (the Descent of the Holy Daughter through the Seven Realms and the ultimate Shattering of the Divine Soul that this Descent caused.)

Role: Soteria.

Role in Blessing Rite: Blessing through holy water.

Royal Title: Queen of Heaven.

Day: Lunadi (Monday).

Symbol: Moon.

Flower: Lily.

Light: Brilliant White.

She is the Soul of All Life.

 

Dea is One and Three and Seven. (I will get to  Dea being Seven in the page on the Janae.)

ArchMadria Candra Sophia

Definitions:

Matrix an enclosure within which something originates or develops (from the Latin for womb)
http://www.finedictionary.com/matrix.html

Creatrix
1. noun A female creator.
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/creatrix

1. n creator One who creates, in any sense of that word, or brings something into existence; especially, one who produces something out of nothing; specifically (with a capital letter), God considered as having brought the universe into existence out of nothing.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
http://www.finedictionary.com/creator

Genetrix
1. noun genitor the direct cause of an offspring.
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/genitor

Genetrix mother (from the Latin, stem of gignere to beget)
to cause, bring about
https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/genetrix

Soteria is a Greek feminine word for Saviour

Scriptures for the Iremian Order

3 Vespera/Aug. 10

Abaldi/Thurs.

Day of Madria Thema

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The JOP consists of three Orders which are fairly new in the making.

The third Order is the Iremian Order. It’s Symbol is the Fora and it is the Order of stillness and quiet contemplation. It’s Season is Moura and the time of day is Evening.

Those clergy and sorellas (sisters) who serve in the Iremian Order are the Hands and Feet of the Great Mother. They exist, metaphorically, within the Still Centre of the Fora. (Inside the circle of the Fora.) Iremians may work, if they desire, in the areas of hymns, chants, sacred dance, Deanic artwork, poetry and prayers, automatic writing.

The following scripture verses apply to the Iremian Order:

21 In thy work, praise Her and in thy resting, in thy speech and in thy silence. 22 For thou wert made one with Her and this is thy true estate. It is good for a maid to till the soil, but it is better to live with her Lady. It is good to serve maids in every way, but it is better to live with her Lady. 23 She that liveth wholly with her Lady is the servant of all the world; no labour is so great at this, nor so greatly to be honored. The Pillar of Truth vs 21-23.

Rather than being concerned that the choice of serving in the Iremian Order does not accomplish much in this world, be mindful that it accomplishes everything.

You, as an Iremian, reflect that quiet Stillness and Tranquility of the Veiled One, the Great Mother. That inner serenity, which you try to foster as a member of the Iremians, radiates outward from you in your daily life.

You never know which person you might encounter during the day who was the most in need of your quiet look of acceptance or your shy smile. Someone might be having the worst day of their life and your look of kindness might remind them that they have worth as an human being. They might remember that they have purpose in this world. You may have lifted someone spirits from the depths of utter despair.

Your prayers and devotion to Dea are powerful. They are not just for you and your loved ones; each prayer radiates out into the world like a cry of praise or longing which echoes around the globe. We, as humans, are One. And when one prays, it is as if the One is praying.

When you live each day with Dea; when you mindfully perform each task as an act of love; when you offer up your joys and sufferings to Our Lady in perfect trust, you are radiating that Light, Love and Life that has its beginning within the Stillness of the Centre; you are radiating it outwards, beyond the circle of the Fora and along the Four Rivers of Life.

~

A. M. Candra

 

The Lotus Dance

24 Ceres/Aug. 3

Abaldi/Thurs.

Day of Madria Thema.

O, Madria Thema, Jana of Justice, Order and Harmony, be with us.

~

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I have always loved the video of the dance of the Thousand-Hand Quan Yin as found on the Chapel of Our Mother God. (scroll down to the second kinema: http://www.mother-god.com/.)

Recently, I found the beautiful video of the sacred Lotus Dance: http://www.mother-god.com/spiritual-inspiration-video-clips.html. This inspired me to look up more videos of the Lotus Dance. I found so many dazzling displays of this ancient dance that I couldn’t just choose one and so I will supply the search links below.

In the East, Quan Yin is the Lotus of the East.

Just so, the Celestial Mother Mari is the Water Lily of the West. How wonderful it would be to develop such awe-inspiring dances in Her honor!

https://www.google.com/search?q=lotus+dance&rlz=1C1CHBD_enUS692US692&oq=lotus+dance&aqs=chrome..69i57.2726j0j9&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

For images: https://www.google.com/search?q=Lotus+Dance&safe=active&rlz=1C1CHBD_enUS692US692&tbm=isch&imgil=KBM-FM24mzJBjM%253A%253B2zAvHhuR25E1LM%253Bhttps%25253A%25252F%25252Fwww.dreamstime.com%25252Fstock-photos-lotus-dance-image18745103&source=iu&pf=m&fir=KBM-FM24mzJBjM%253A%252C2zAvHhuR25E1LM%252C_&usg=__-O9Y2XIc8YRHvDRyhAAVr1sOAJo%3D&biw=1067&bih=673&ved=0ahUKEwiD6Mn8qbvVAhVH94MKHUwnAHMQyjcIQA&ei=PzqDWcPMOsfujwTMzoCYBw#imgrc=6h7viaydfyXXLM:

 

 

 

Looking Up to the Heavens

23 Ceres/Aug. 2

Artwork by Breanna Glasson (An accompanying prayer, by Michelene Glasson may be found here:

http://www.faithhopecharity.org/434930823.)

           

This picture was discovered by Miss Taylor, of the Auroran Filianic Tradition, and posted on her tumblr account:  https://praisestoaurora.tumblr.com/.

For Deani/Filiani, this painting is breathtaking in its significance. Though the artist is apparently Morman, for those of us who are Deani/Filiani, it clearly portrays the Celestial Mother and the Holy Daughter with the Sacred Star of the Daughter’s Nativity shining in the background. The star in the painting is the North Star.

For the Janite and Lucienne Traditions, the North Star is the Sacred Star of the Nativity of the Holy Daughter. It is the Symbol of Winter and one of the Five main Symbols of our Holy Mysteries. Wed., in the Janite calendar, is named Stelladi, in honor of this Nativity Star.

Serene Mother Ghrian has recently been doing some research on the further significance of the North Star and she has discovered that it is actually a binary (Mother/Daughter) and Triple (Trinity) star. It is also known as the Lodestar (a star the leads or guides).

Interestingly enough, the North Star, also known as Stella Polaris, is in the Little Dipper or Ursa Minor (the Little Bear). This constellation has seven stars.

Other seven star constellations in the northern hemisphere are the Corona Borealis (the Northern Crown), the Big Dipper or Ursa Major, the Pleiades or Seven Sisters among others. The Northern Crown looks like a semi-circle with the stars as embedded jewels. Though much fainter and harder to spot, the Seven Sisters are one of the few constellations that can be seen  anywhere on Earth.

 

The Northern Crown, or Corona Borealis, has always been one of my favorite constellations. According to Serene Mother Ghrian’s research, the Northern Crown is also known as Caer Arianrhod or Castle Silverwheel and, alternatively, it is known as Caer Sidi or Castle Revolving.

 From Serene Mother Ghrian,  “There is also an Earthly correspondence to the heavenly Caer Arianrhod on an Island in the ocean off the West coast of Wales (comparable in symbolism to the other Celtic Mystical Isle of the West, Avalon). “

As Serene Mother Ghrian further speculated from a Deanic perspective: “it can be discerned that later The Patriarchal legend about Arianrhod scrambles the original Matriarchal mythos of Arianrhod by having a Virgin-Maiden, Arianrhod suddenly give birth [become Mother] to two sons, one heavenly/solar, and one earthly/marine, and then run off embarrassed, rejecting, abandoning, them both [to be raised by foster fathers]. However, the Starry Heavenly Constellations, and the Isle of the Sea, [both named after the Goddess Arianrhod] declare the true story. 

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Both Her children are daughters and their mother acknowledges, protects, rears each of them.  The Big Dipper [Big Mother Bear] protects the Little Dipper [Little Daughter Bear].  The two daughters are also symbolic of the Divine Daughter, in Her two roles as Queen of Heaven and Princess of Earth.  Arianrhod is said to be a Lunar Goddess as well as a Star Goddess, and this lunar symbolism matches with the Divine Daughter’s Lunar symbolism [the Heavenly Moon regulating the Tides of the Earthly Sea].”

I used to spend night after night after night with my star chart and telescope gazing at the stars, the planets and wondering about the Cosmos. It was enthralling to learn to identify all the constellations and to be able to navigate the celestial wonders above me.

Now, I can see how important it was for the ancients to be able to paint their myths amongst the stars.

When I see the Northern Crown, I will see the Crown of Our Lady.

When I spot the Seven Sisters, I will think of the Seven Janati.

When I view the seven-starred Ursa Major and the seven-starred Ursa Minor in the night skies, I will envision the Celestial Mother watching over and protecting Her Most Beloved Daughter.

And when I look up to the North Star, Stella Polaris, I will welcome the Holy Daughter, our Guiding Light, Who is an hidden Trinity.

~

Thanks to ArchMatrona Ghrian of the Lady of Light Chantry and Miss Taylor of the Auroran Filianic Tradition for their contributions to this post.

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May Our Lady bless you,

Blessed is She.

~

ArchMadria Candra Sophia

 

 

 

The Festival of Cerealia

21 Ceres/July 31

Lunadi/Monday.

Day of Madria Candra.

O, Madria Candra, Jana of Reflection, Reason and Purity, be with us.

 

22 Ceres/Aug.1 marks the Summer festival of Cerealia. This feast is named after the ancient Roman festival which was celebrated in honor of Ceres, the Roman form of Demeter, in April.

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Ceres was one of the Di Consentes or chief deities of the Roman pantheon. Known as the goddess of agriculture, grain and the love a mother bears her child , she taught the people how to grow food and make flour and bread. She was kind and benevolent and was considered to be the nurturer of the human race. There was a Roman saying that if something was ‘fit for Ceres’, it was splendid. (1).  The word cereals comes from the name, Ceres.

Like her Greek counterpart, Demeter, the sacrifice of Ceres lay in the loss of her daughter, Prosperina (Greek:Persephone) who was also titled, Kore Soteria, meaning, the Saviour Maiden. (2)

 

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The sacrificial Corn Mother or Corn Maiden is honored in North America by the First Nations. There are two main versions of her mythos. In the following version, the Corn Maiden willingly gives up her life in order to nourish humanity. She is called the First Mother: 

http://www.firstpeople.us/FP-Html-Legends/CornMother-Penobscot.html (If the link doesn’t work, put Native American Indian Legends-Corn Mother-Penobscot in a search.)

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Our scriptures and our liturgy speak of the Holy Daughter as being like the corn that was reaped in silence. Like to the corn, My Soul was cut down by the scythe of death and like to the corn did it rise anew. 19) For I am the ear of corn that is reaped in silence. And She said: Like to the grain was My Body broken between the stones of death.  (The Mythos of the Divine Maid, Chapter VII vs 18-20.

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These three myths speak of great sacrifice on the part of either the Mother or the Daughter. And each is in relation to or symbolized by corn.

Corn, unique to the Americas and is sacred. It is also sacred to the First Nations who believed it was of divine origin and it has a very important tradition here in Massachusetts. If Squanto, of the Wampanoag Tribe, did not teach the Mayflower pilgrims how to grow corn and the secret of its fertilization, who knows how they would have fared.

https://www.sail1620.org/educational/history-of-corn-and-the-pilgrims

During the Festival of Cerealia, we bow our heads in thanksgiving for the first harvest of grains; these edible seeds used for food.

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We shower gratitude upon our Holy Mother Who, in the fullness of the Sacred Season of Summer, blesses the fruitfulness of the earth with the golden grains of life. We also thank the Holy Daughter, Our Kore Soteria, the ear of corn that is reaped in silence for Her holy Sacrifice.

The Supernal Mother nourishes our bodies through the bread of the earth. The Holy Daughter nourishes our souls through the Bread of Communion. Blessed are They.

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Celebrating with crafts and food:

 

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Make a corn wheel or wreath: http://www.earthwitchery.com/cornwheel.html

 

Check out all of these magnificent corn related crafts!

http://dishfunctionaldesigns.blogspot.com/2012/09/indian-corn-crafts-decor.html

Cerealia festival meals might consist of breads, especially corn bread, corn muffins, cornmeal pancakes, Indian Bread pudding (popular here in the North-East), barley soups, fresh corn on the cob, rice, oatmeal or oat cookies, etc.

12 Yummy Recipes:

https://www.brit.co/cornmeal-recipes/

For the truly adventurous, you might want to try your hand at this wheat sheaf bread: https://thecakeshaker.com/2011/09/05/ready-bready-dough-make-your-own-harvest-wheat-sheaf-you-know-you-want-too/

Light, fluffy, and perfect for with soup or chili, this #vegan cornbread is the best!

Vegan corn bread recipe: http://theprettybee.com/2015/04/vegan-cornbread.html

or these delicious looking whole-grain pineapple up-side down muffins, both recipes submitted by Madrina Sophia:

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/248771/pineapple-upside-down-muffins/

And lots of other recipes including barley soup (may be made without the beef).

http://recipesforapagansoul.weebly.com/lammas-aug-1.html

http://druidsegg.reformed-druids.org/newslughnasadh08-14.htm

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May Our Lady bless you and yours with abundance and joy.

Blessed is She.

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ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

  1. http://www.ceresva.org/Goddess/Ceres.htm (thanks to Madrina Sophia was providing this information.)
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persephone
  3. For further reading on Ceres: http://www.tribunesandtriumphs.org/roman-gods/myths-about-the-roman-goddess-ceres.htm
  4. http://www.tribunesandtriumphs.org/roman-gods/ceres.htm
  5. For further reading on grains:
    New research indicates that oats were ground to make a rough flour or meal 32,600 years ago. That is, firmly in the Palaeolithic era. This was the conclusion of a team from the University of Florence, based on evidence from a tool found in the Paglicci caves in Puglia, southern Italy. In June 1989, a kind of stone pestle or grinding tool was found in the cave. It was carefully stored, and a in 2010 a new study began. The researchers were able to isolate and analyse starch residues from the tool. There were five types identified but the most common was Avena barbata, a species of wild oat. Another grass grain was a form of millet. Acorns from oak trees were also present.
    And just how did Paglicci people eat the ground grain? “Presumably they mixed the flour with water and cooked [it],” says Mariotti Lippi.
    But she’s unwilling to speculate whether the outcome was a kind of flat oatcake or a gruel or porridge.
    As the historical breadbasket of Italy, the southern region carries on the bulk of the country’s bakery traditions. Puglia has cone-shaped trullis, traditional seaside villas. Photo with a sun and ascending dove. http://www.authenticluxurytravel.net/2014/04/puglia-italy-new-trend-luxury-travel.html
    Previous work shows that sorghum, another cereal grain, could have entered the human diet as early as 105,000 years ago.

    (Thanks, again, to Madrina Sophia).

Rosalia

Feast of Rosalia

9 Rosa/June 21

Stelladi/Wed. (Star day. Day of Madria Sofia.)

The Star is one of our Five Sacred Mystery Symbols. The North (guiding) Star is the Symbol of the third Mystery of Adoria, the Appearance (or Nativity) of the Holy Daughter. She is our Star of Hope, our Guiding Star and the Midnight Star of Wonder.

O, Madria Sofia, 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. Blessed are You.

 (Rosa Mundi)

Today is the beautiful feast of Rosalia in the Janite Tradition or Rosa Mundi, which means Rose of the World, in the Filianic/Madrian Tradition.

It is the High Feast of the Celestial Mother, She Who is the Assumption of our souls. It is also the feast of roses.

Janites take the name of Rosalia, which means rose flower, from the ancient Roman festival of roses. (1)

Before the aftermath of Vatican II really took hold in the Catholic Church, the shrines of the Virgin Mary, which could be found both inside the churches and outside on the grounds, were laden with roses of every color and hue. Faithful devotees and families would carry them to church on the feast days of the Virgin Mary and place them at the feet of her statues. Dozens of candles would be lit in her honor. In this way, they celebrated Our Lady with fire and roses.

Today, Deanics offer roses to Our Lady in our hestia shrines and we sing to Her in sweet sounding hymns. We praise Her and thank Her in worship and we light a fire in honor of Her Fiery Rose Heart.

(Even candles, for those who do not have access to campfires, wood-stoves or fireplaces or are a form of natural Fire! And for those who cannot afford florist roses, grocery store roses or one or three good roses are fine. It’s also nice to wear a silk rose in our hair, today.)

The fire represents the flame of Our Lady’s love for Her children, a flame which resides in each of our hearts. It is up to us as to whether we fan this flame into the fire of Love, or if we let it smolder and turn to ash through neglect.

The rose is known as the queen of flowers. There is some controversy as to when the rose was first referenced in this way, but evidence appears to point to a date as early as 600 BC and was attributed to the Greek poetess, Sappho:

Would Jove appoint some flower to reign, 

In matchless beauty on the plain,

The rose (mankind would all agree),

The rose, the Queen of Flowers should be. (2)

As such, it is only fitting that the rose eventually became associated with Our Lady, the Queen of Heaven.

The rose also represents the inner temple of our hearts. In Hermetic philosophy,  the Rosa Mundi, or Rota Mundi, is the solar wheel of Apollo, the Lord of movement, of the ever passing/present moment. It is the Solar Citadel, the abode of the Heart, the symbolic center of the Supreme Center which is everywhere centered at once. It is a door through which this invisible place may be accessed by one with a pure heart and an unblemished soul. If one gains access to the center of the rose…” (3)

For Deanists, the solar wheel is that of the Supernal Sun, our Divine Mother God. It represents the inner temple of our hearts, which is in the shape of a rose. This inner temple is where the Divine Spark resides, the jana or gate to the Still Centre of Being.

2) But, within the innermost temple of thy heart shalt thou find the seas and the heavens and all the illimitable cosmos, 3) for the space within this temple is as vast as all the manifest universe. 8) Beyond life, beyond death is the temple, for it is the temple of the spirit. (The Temple of the Heart.)

In Esoteric lore, the seven petaled rose alludes to the secret doctrines of septenary emanation while the five petaled rose, the wild rose, represents the five Elements and Spirit.

In our religion, the Septenary Emanations are the Seven Janati while the five petals of the wild rose, represent the Five Mysteries in addition to symbolizing the Elements and Spirit.

Rosalia is also a feast day of the assumption of the Holy Daughter and our own promised assumption unto union and bliss with our Heavenly Mother in the Realm of Perfection or Pleroma.

So, let us celebrate this holy feast day with roses and with fire, for She is the Fiery Rose of Heaven.

Let us celebrate with worship and song, because She is Our Assumption.

Let us celebrate with joy and happiness, because She is Our Rose of Joy.

 

26) Know then, thy heart and render it to Me; 27) and I shall lead thee to the innermost temple of thy heart, whose form is the form of a rose. (The Temple of the Heart).

For further reading:

http://www.mother-god.com/rosa-mundi.html.

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May Our Lady bless you on this most holy day,

Blessed is She.

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ArchMadria Candra Sophia

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1) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosalia_%28festival%29

2) http://www.therosarianlibrary.co.uk/

3) Joscelyn Godwin, in Robert Fludd – Hermetic Philosopher of Two Worlds. Shambala, Boulder, 1979: 10 [w/illustration.]” (Thanks to Madrina Sophia for contributing this info.)

http://www.esoteric.msu.edu/Eberly/CommentaryDR.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Feast of Madria Vicka

1 Rosa/June 13

Today is the Feast of our greatest Champion, Madria Vicka. She is known by Filianists as Sai Vikhe and She is Lady Victory in the Lucienne Tradition.

Madria Vicka is the Face of the Celestial Mother and is of the Four-Fold Earth. As a Jana ((yah-na) of the Four-Fold Earth, She is closely connected with manifest creation. As the Power of spiritual and material defense, She is often called upon for protection. Janites place Her as the Mistress and Protectress of Ekklesia and of our hestias.  Her Power is connected to Heroism.  Her main Virtues are Courage, Strength and Valor.

In our religion, we often pray that we are placed beneath Our Lady’s Mantle of Protection. When praying specifically to Madria Vicka, we ask to be placed (or our homes, Ekklesia, etc.,) beneath Her armor of Protection.

Certainly, the martial arts, military, police, fire fighters and all others who train and fight for freedom and safety are considered to be especially under Her matronage.

Sai Vikhë is the principle of discord or combat that is always inherent in manifestation: for only Heavenly things are in perfect harmony. If there were no discord, there would be no universe. However, in the Goddess Religion, all discord is but part of the Greater Harmony. War is not part of the culture centered on Goddess Spirituality, but when it is necessary to defend, the courage of Sai Vikhë comes to the fore.

Sai Vikhë as the principle of spiritual and material defence, who descends to earth when harmony (thamë) is disrupted, is perhaps best illustrated in patriarchal times by the Goddess Durga.  http://www.mother-god.com/goddess-religion.html

This feast day may be celebrated today or on any Trinity Day (Foradi, Sunnadi, Lunadi (Sat.-Mon.) as many work outside the hestia during the week. Where the feasts of the Janati are considered to be important feast days of Our Lady in Her Seven Forms, clergy shall serve the liturgy and sisters may serve the RoS in Her honor.

Roses are most appropriate offerings for Madria Vicka. The rose is both Her flower and Her Symbol. Incense: Frankincense, Dragon’s blood, Sandalwood, Rosemary, Rose, Myrrh, Copal, Benzoin.
Sacred Oil: Rose oil.

Aside from offering ritual, some devotees also choose to decorate their hestias in Her honor and offer a meal suitable for the occasion. Foods that are appropriate for this feast day would be hot, spicy foods, red berries and fruits, and red wines and beverages.

Divine Lady Rosa

Here are Her Janite Correspondences (the Lucienne is very similar):

Jana: Madria Vicka meaning victory. She is of the four-fold Earth and is Guardian of South and Fire.

Greek Name: Nike

English Name: Lady Victory

Filianic Name: Sai Vikhe.

Face/Power/Red Ray/Spirit/Form of the Celestial Mother
Virtues: Courage, Strength and Valor.

Power: Heroism
Feast Day: 1 Rosa/June 13.
Planet: Mars
Weekday: Rosadi/Tues. (Rosadi-Roseday).
Metal: Iron
Color of Robes: Red
Note: E (mi)
Element: Fire

Cardinal Direction: South

Tarot Association: Minor Arcana

Elemental Tool: The Sword
Bird(s): Falcon/Hawk
Incense: Frankincense, Dragon’s blood, Sandalwood, Rosemary, Rose, Myrrh, Copal, Benzoin.
Sacred Oil: Rose oil.
Sacred Herb: Rue.
Sacred Flower: Red Rose.

Sacred Tree: Rowan.
Sacred Jewel: Ruby
Sacred Symbol: the Rose.

Mantra: O, Madria Vicka, Jana of Courage, Strength and Valor, be with us.

Rosadi Prayer (add to the Mantra:) May the Pure Stream of your Virtues flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come.
She is the Mistress and Protectress of the Janite Ekklesia and of our hestias/sacred homes.

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May Our Lady, in Her Form of Madria Vicka, keep us ever safe, watch over our hestias and protect our countries.

O, Madria Vicka, Guardian of Fire and admirable Defender of the Janite Ekklesia, deliver us from all negativity, we pray. O, holy Protectress, guide us away from the deceptions of the those who would do us harm. O, courageous and mighty arm of Dea, vanquish all evil; protect our planet and all of her inhabitants. May we live in peace; may we honor all the living and may we serve Dea in all unity, in all worlds and for all time. Blessed are You.

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ArchMadria Candra Sophia

Bits and Pieces

18 Flora/June 2

Columbadi/Friday  Day of Madria Grace.

O, Madria Grace, Jana of Compassion, Love and Mercy, be with us. May the Pure Stream of Your Virtues flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come. Blessed are You.

This brief Bits and Pieces covers Fairies, Auroram and our Trinity Days.

Fairies

Dear Sisters,

One thing that I love about our religion is that we believe in fairies and the nature spirits.

12) And the Mistress of All Things was filled with delight and ran laughing through the forests of the Earth. 13) And every peal of Her voice became the image of a silver fragment of Her Spirit. 14) And the trees and rivers were filled with nymphs and every kind of sprite. And all were Her daughters. And Her love for each was inexhaustible, for each was a reflection of some boundless fragment of Her unbounded Spirit. 15) And all their multitude did not exhaust the number of the fragments of Her Spirit. 16) And to each was given the governance of some earthly thing. The Creation, verses 12-16 (SMR edition.)

I had read the amazing story of Findhorn some time ago. https://www.amazon.com/Findhorn-Garden-Story-Inspired-Photos/dp/184409135X

Recently, I have discovered a book entitled, Seeing Fairies, From the Lost Archives of the Fairy Investigation Society, Authentic Reports of Fairies in Modern Times by Marjorie T. Johnson. It is available on Kindle as well as Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Seeing-Fairies-Archives-Investigation-Authentic/dp/1938398262

This woman spent decades writing this book. The first intro and forward are a bit tedious, but contains some important information. On the other hand, the author’s ‘voice’ is engaging and I have been enthralled with what I’ve read so far.

Hundreds of people have seen fairies over many centuries. How can they all be mistaken?

We are coming to understand that not only is life most likely on other planets, but possibly in other dimensions. Our eyes are capable of seeing only so much. There might be a lot of things around us, that we are not able to see. If we can believe in angelic beings who live on an higher vibrational realm, why do so many discount the possibility of fairies who also live at an higher vibration?

One thing the author of this book explained was: All these beings are the manipulators of the forces of Nature. They are active in the Mineral, Vegetable , Animal and Human Kingdoms and play an essential part in the Divine Plan. Their bodies are fluidic and self-luminous and they can assume different forms, but mostly imitate the human They may be seen as pulsating clouds of colour or as tiny etheric lights. Some have wands, which are a symbol of authority in the Fairy World. All these nature spirits are part of the Angelic Hierarchy and evolve eventually into Angels.

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Every flower and tree contains within it, the archetype, or Divine Idea, of what it is to become, and it is the nature spirits who help to bring this into manifestation. They are ready and willing to cooperate with us in every aspect of human life if we will learn to obey Nature’s fundamental laws. (This latter was borne out at Findhorn.)

As you can see, we find some Deanic teachings in the above paragraph. There are other compatible spiritual concepts mentioned in this lovely book that would be of interest to Deanics, as well.

With the Feast of the Fairy Queen, Aine, coming up on 8 Rosa/June 20, this is quite a suitable book to read in preparation for the upcoming festival. The Fairy Queen Aine was the Divine Mother Goddess Aine.

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Beautiful rosary hand-crafted by Miss Leah of the Deanic Ladies Community.

Auroram

I am very pleased with Sorella Minna’s idea of referring to rosaries as Auroram. The Janites will be adopting this practice, as well.

This is her beautiful rosary:

The Auroram by Sorella Minna, http://humbleladyofdea.tumblr.com/devotion

I am not fond of the term ‘Rosary’ for Déanic prayer beads. The Catholic church is too rife with controversy and abuses for me to be comfortable sharing any terms. So instead, I offer a term for Déanics in reference to prayer beads:‘The Auroram’, which translates as, ‘The Dawn (which I act upon)’. With a base in the word Aurora, symbolizing the Daughter, I feel it quite fitting. 

An Auroram to Mysteria (I shield my eyes)

*An Auroram to be done silently, in honor of Her

To be done on a string of 108 beads (picture coming soon). Nine sets of a trio of small beads with a larger bead in between each trio, repeated three times total for 108 beads. A small charm can be put between each set of 36 beads (nine trios with a large bead between each trio) as well.

On each small bead (entire prayer is done on each small bead, so that the entirety is repeated 3 times in a row):

Let me be steadfast
Let me be silent
Let me be still

On each large bead:

Hail, Mysteria, Fountainhead of Grace, glory be to Thee.
Blessed art Thou, O,  Empress of Heaven and blessed is the beloved Mother and Daughter.
Holy Dea, Great Mother God, bless us, Thy children, now and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

On each of the three charms (sourced from the Janite Website):

Hail to the Queen, the Nebula of Nebulae
The First before all, whose hand holds Creation
The stars are but diamonds in your hair
The Universe is but a gem upon your hand
I reach out to you, a child to their Mother,
on this day, and every day
For the rest of my life.

Our Trinity Days:

While each day is Sacred, the three days of Foradi, Sunnadi and Lunadi are considered, within Janite Tradition, to be the Trinity Days.

Foradi/Sat. is not only the day of Madria Rhea, but it is also the day of the Great Mother, Mysteria.

Sunnadi/Sunday is the day of Madria Theia and of the Celestial Mother, Mari.

Lunadi is the day of Madria Candra and of the Holy Daughter, Kora.

Most of our devotees serve the Rite of Sacrifice on the Full Moon, only. Madrians served it on other Moons, too. Some devotees are also drawn to serving the Rite of Sacrifice each week. In this case, the practice of our priestesses might be adopted. We serve our liturgy on any one of the Trinity Days. And so we might serve the liturgy either on Foradi/Sat. (in honor of the Great Mother); Sunnadi/Sunday, in honor of the Celestial Mother or Lunadi/Monday in honor of the Holy Daughter.

One practice might be to serve the Rite of Sacrifice or liturgy according to the nearest moon. For instance, for the weekend after the Full Moon, the RoS or the liturgy could be served on Sunnadi, in honor of the Celestial Mother. On the weekends after the waxing and waning Crescent Moons, Lunadi would be chosen. On the weekend after the Dark Moon, Foradi would be chosen, each with their appropriate Preface. But, this is entirely according to personal desire. I do think I’m going to start making this my personal praxis. This way, the liturgy becomes very Trinitarian.

However, I wish to make clear that for devotees and our Sisterhood, the only mandate is to serve the RoS on the Full Moon. All else is optional, according to personal desire. 

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May Our Lady bless you,

Blessed is She

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ArchMadria Candra Sophia