Where East meets West

28 Maia/15 May

 

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  Quan Yin, Mary, Sophia, Tara and Durga (the Mother Goddess of the Universe). These are Living Stream Images/Form of Dea from both the East and the West.

The Lotus of the East

The Water Lily of the West.

It’s interesting, the difference between the Eastern and Western spiritual mindset. I’m sure that many books have and will continue to be written upon the subject. But, perhaps, the most important point, is that very point where East and West are able to meet. Symbolic of that meeting point are the above Living Stream Images/Forms of the Divine Mother/Daughter: Quan Yin, Mary, Sophia, Tara and Durga. Indeed, Mary is known as the Quan Yin of the West, while conversely, Quan Yin is known as the Mary of the East. Many, including my former Reiki teacher, taught that Mary and Quan Yin are the same Divine Being.

I have experienced three of their devotional cults, that of Tara, Quan Yin and Mary and they have all left me with the same feeling: that of being most intimately Loved by my Mother; She Who never left my side.

 (The goddess Sunna, Daughter of the Goddess, Sol or the Sun Goddess of the West.)

 (The goddess Amaterasu, the Sun Goddess of the East.)

I have always appreciated Serene Mother Georgia’s astute observance of the fact that Dea presents Her Face to all of Her people in an image through which they may recognize as their Mother.

She and She alone, Our Divine Mother God, is the meeting point between East and West. Each have their mantras. Each have their rosaries. Each have their system of worship. And each appear in many images and under many names. For example, there are many forms of Tara, the Mother of all the Buddhas. There are many images of Quan Yin, She Who hears the cries of the World. There are many cultic apparitions of the Blessed Mary, She Who is the Mother of Mercy. (Remember that many in the Russian Church understood Her to be the incarnation of the Divine Sophia.)

 The Goddess Mawu by Lisa Iris.

Through-out tens of thousands of years, if not longer, each people had their own specific cultural image of the Great Mother; a Face through which they could recognize their own Mother.

For other Faces of the Mother, we may also look to the African Nations, the Latin Nations, the Native American tribes, the Inuit, the Aborignal Tribes and the Polynesians, the Arabians and the ancient Hebrews, indeed, you cannot point to anyplace on Earth where the Divine Mother was not worshiped in one form or the other, without interruption, until the onset of the Abrahamic religions.

And, I can’t help but think how these religions have, through-out the centuries, often used their Form/Idea of the Father God, as an excuse and as a tool for violence and war, believing that their Father God was the only True Form of the Father. On the other hand, there is no evidence of any devotional cults of the Divine Mother warring with each other over whose Form/Image of the Mother was right or wrong. Nor in the present. I don’t see any disagreement amongst those who worship the Divine Mother God as to Her identity. We all intuitively understand that She appears to Her children in an Image/Form that they may recognize and so, She appears in many diverse Forms.

While the Divine Mother is the True Meeting Point between East and West, the methods of worship, terminology, prayers, ritual, liturgy, feast days, thealogy and so forth are as far apart as, well, East and West! They are two hemispheres that when joined together, form the whole sphere. Together, they form the whole spectrum of worship.

Many of those who have had Near Death Experiences will state (as I have posted many times): religion does not matter to God. Religion is important to God because it is important to us. Religions are cultural institutions.

And so, we each, through-out the world, tend to see Deity through our own cultural lenses. And oftentimes, these cultural lenses are misunderstood or degraded by others not of our culture.

Janites consider themselves to be pan-European. This does not preclude the last 2,000 years of European history. We may not have had a Tara or a Durga, but we had Mary and the goddesses-turned-saints, especially St. Brighid.

We know that Mary was conflated with Isis/Diana and Sophia, Whom I call the Cosmic Mary.  Who can deny that She was treated as Divine through-out the millennia?

The image of Mary being crowned with twelve stars and the moon at Her feet has long been a traditional rendition of the Blessed Virgin Mary based upon Revelation in the Christian bible: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars” (12:1). This was attributed to Mary by the Church.

She is often depicted as crushing the snake with the heel of her foot. Stars also grace her dark blue mantle/cloak. The miraculous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, shows Her being clothed with the sun, the moon at Her feet, Her mantle covered in stars. (This same is said about the Holy Daughter in our scriptures.)

The Woman crowned with stars, with the moon at her feet. The one we called Queen of Heaven.  She was always the Great One in disguise. She was veiled, but we knew Her, intuitively, yes, we knew Her. And as the Divine Sophia once told a seer, “When you prayed to Mary, you were praying to Me“.

The Madrians were very Marian-oriented. It is my understanding that some of the original Madrians came out of the Catholic Church. Back then, the Catholic Church was still very highly Marian-centered from Her magnificent shrines to the right of the altar, always graced with flowers and candles, to Her many feast days, public rosaries, public processions, coronation and novenas. Great cathedrals, which were magnificent works of art in stone, were built in Her honor. Countless parishes and numerous children were named after Her if not by the first name, often by the middle name. Those of us who have the middle name of Marie were named after the Blessed Mary. There was not a day that went by when a devout Catholic would not have prayed their rosary or have been seen without their Miraculous Medal.

It quickly became obvious to me that many of the feast days of the Holy Daughter, in the Deanic Faith, were based upon Marian feast days, as was the rosary, the coronation, praying to be protected beneath Her Mantle and so forth.

It was precisely because the Madrians seemed to have so much in common with Marian worship and imagery that I was initially drawn to the Faith. I immediately felt at home. I was overjoyed. I had found Dea, not as the human Mary of Nazareth, who, we were told was not Divine, but as Mother God, Herself.

The Cosmic Mary was the Western Image/Form of Her for the past 2,000 years. Pre-dating Mary, those of us in the West had our  Greek/Roman/Celtic/Germanic and Norse pre-Christian forms of the Divine Mother.

Moving on from imagery, another important aspect of the Western mindset is faith. I like this definition of faith from the Christian bible:

Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Simply put, the biblical definition of faith is “trusting in something you cannot explicitly prove.” 

We sometimes call our religion the Faith. I’ve even heard Wicca referred to as ‘the Faith‘. This is because in Western Tradition, Faith also means a ‘religion’. A religion, any religion, requires a certain amount of faith.

There were Gnostics who derided the notion of faith. They taught that one must have gnosis in order to be saved. I agree that it is gnosis which leads to enlightenment, but before gnosis, one must have faith. Faith is always the beginning, the first step in any religion. Though there are those who have come to their spiritual beliefs through a most profound, otherwise-un-explainable experience, these doors to spirituality are rare.

Every single religion on this planet requires faith as well as knowledge. Every religion has its god/s and tenets that requires faith. You might believe in something because it is reasonable and makes sense to you, but if it is not something that has concrete evidence, then it still requires belief/faith on your part. You assent to believe in it, though there is no evidence. That is faith.

Belief: to have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so

Belief and faith are pretty much the same thing. We cannot recite the Creed without first having the faith that it is true. Every time we say: I believe, we are saying: I have faith in…. So, faith is a large and important part of the Western mindset. 

The Western mindset also would include relating to the Janati through the Western cultural lens.

We, in the more Western forms of the Deanic religion, have a deeply personal and intimate relationship not only with the Divine Feminine Trinity, but also with the Janati. This stems from, well, I can only speak from Catholic and Orthodox Christian culture… (Western and Eastern forms of Christianity)… where the angels are revered. We prayed to them for help when we were in need. Each Archangel is the Patron of certain areas of specialty; each had their correspondences and there are so many tales of miracles! We wore their medals/amulets. We prayed their rosary chaplets (especially the chaplet of St. Michael.) We had a personal relationship with them.

We believed in the community of the saints… just as it does teach in our scriptures…we are all One Body in Dea, in Heaven and on Earth; although Janites will say, we are all One Soul in Dea.

And so, when we understand that the Janati are Streams of Dea in angelic form, and we are all part of the One Great Soul which includes the Janati. Why would we not have an intimate relationship with Them just as we have an intimate relationship with Dea? They are all One with Dea. They are part of the Communion of Ekklesia. In the liturgy, as in the original liturgy, we call upon the Janati to guard and witness our worship. Like Dea, They are always with us.

The Western goddesses in ancient times as well as modern were/are reverenced, revered; honored. They were worshiped, then and now, with hymns and incense, ritual and prayer. They had their own temples.  Why would the Janati be any different? For instance, the goddess Rhea, Whose name means flow; ease;,  was closely associated with the Great Mother Cybele. She was called the Great Mother, the Mother of the Gods and so forth. http://www.theoi.com/Titan/TitanisRhea.html. There were hymns in Her honor:

[13] XIII. TO RHEA http://www.theoi.com/Text/OrphicHymns1.html

The Fumigation from Aromatics.
Daughter of great Protogonus, divine, illustrious Rhea, to my pray’r incline,
Who driv’st thy holy car with speed along, drawn by fierce lions, terrible and strong.
Mother of Jove [Zeus], whose mighty arm can wield th’ avenging bolt, and shake the dreadful shield.
Drum-beating, frantic, of a splendid mien, brass-sounding, honor’d, Saturn’s [Kronos’] blessed queen.
Thou joy’st in mountains and tumultuous fight, and mankind’s horrid howlings, thee delight.
War’s parent, mighty, of majestic frame, deceitful saviour, liberating dame.
Mother of Gods and men, from whom the earth [Gaia] and lofty heav’ns [Ouranos] derive their glorious birth;
Th’ ætherial gales, the deeply spreading sea goddess ærial form’d, proceed from thee.
Come, pleas’d with wand’rings, blessed and divine, with peace attended on our labours shine;
Bring rich abundance, and wherever found drive dire disease, to earth’s remotest bound.

People prayed to Her and revered Her. The Jana, Rhea, aka Sai Rhave, is modeled upon this Titaness. Why should She be different in our ability to approach Her?

Janites do not view the Janati as Transcendent Powers Who are so far away and above us, that They cannot be reached. Dea is Power, itself and yet, we are One with Her, intimately one with Her and so we may be intimate with Her Seven Powers/Faces. This, if I may be so bold as to state, is the Western way of worship.

Distance is an illusion. The Celestial Mother is here and now, right beyond the Veil, but She is too Bright for us to see. In the Western form of the Faith, we do not limit the Power of Dea nor that of the Janati. There are no limitations of time or distance for Them. They exist in the Eternal Now, outside of time, space and distance.

Just as the Mother loves us and cares for us, so the Janati love and care for us because They are She. And just as there have been many miracles from the Archangels, so many of us have experienced great help and yes, even miracles from praying to the Janati and asking for Their help. They are an important part of the daily lives of the Janite and Lucienne communities.

The Janite and Lucienne Traditions formed because there was a need for a more Westernized version of the Faith. To the Western mind, many Eastern concepts, phrases, etc., might be very hard to grasp. And for many, mixing East and West does not always work well for them.

This does not mean that the Western mind or spirituality is inferior; it simply means that oftentimes, we each understand best through our own cultural lenses. The Janite Tradition attempts to present the Faith through the cultural lens of the West.

The Lucienne Tradition attempts to present the Faith through the specific cultural lens of the pre-Christian Norse.

Those of us who worship the Divine Mother through our own Western cultural lens realize how rich and varied and magickal and mystical is our own pan-European Tradition. We have so much from which to draw…both from Marian/Sophian and Celtic Pagan/Norse Heathen Traditions. We value our Western Tradition. It is our history; it is our way and it is our culture. It is in our forests; it is in our music and it is in feasts. It is in our hearts; it is in our souls and it is in our subconscious.  It is an integral part of us. It is our Soul Path. It is what is right for us. The Eastern Soul Path is right for others.

Here is a very interesting article I just stumbled upon. I found the personal experience of the author especially worth noting: http://www.interfaithmary.net/pages/mary_Buddha.html

Whether we approach the Deanic/Filianic religion from the West, from the East or from a blend of both, the Meeting Place always, always, most profoundly remains, Our Divine Mother and we, from both East and West, are Her Children of the Earth.

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Eternal is the Light of the Mother.

Eternal is the Love of the Daughter. 

Eternal is the Life of the Great Mother,

Dark beyond the light and Light beyond the Darkness.

Blessed is She.

It takes faith to recite this simple, yet most cosmically profound prayer. It implies belief. 

May Our Lady bless you,

Blessed is She.

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ArchMadria Candra Sophia

 

 

 

 

The Meaning of the Day of Kala from a Janite Perspective.

16 Columbina/April 4

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Madria Erin, in her most engaging and thoughtful post on Lustration/Kala, asked the question, what is the full thealogy of the day, if the Daughter is not dead?

Our Scriptures teach that the Holy Daughter suffered a torturous Descent down through the Realms before Her Death. These scriptural verses, taken altogether, are seemingly inspired by the Mythos of Inanna, Persephone, and the Passion of the Christ. Our scriptures continue with the story of how after Her death, the Holy One went to the deepest, darkest realms in order to carry the Light of the Mother to every corner of existence. (Jesus was said to have descended into hell, after death, to free the souls waiting there. Persephone, of course, spent six months in Hades.) On the Holy Feast of Eastre, as evidenced in the Mythos of Persephone, the Daughter was rescued and resurrected by Her Mother.

And though, I cannot speak for Filianists, I would assume that Kala is spent in the remembrance of the Passion and Death of the Holy Daughter. (We must keep in mind that there were many dead and resurrecting pre-Christian gods. This timeless myth extends thousands of years B. C.)

There is an hauntingly beautiful Filianic lament in honor of Mari-Anna that is often chanted on this day. {Anna is the name of the Holy Daughter in Filianic Tradition. Though it is said to come from the name Hannah, it also stems from Inanna and Jana as in Di-Jana or Di-Anna. (Jana is correctly pronounced Yanna}.

We must also be mindful of the fact that the name, Demeter, translates to God the Mother and Persephone (per seph o nay), before Her Descent into Hades, was called Kore (Kor-eh or Kora), which means the Maid/Maiden or Daughter. It was after the Divine Kora returned to the Earth from the Underworld that She was called Persephone. (1)

I and both of my bishops, believe that the Eleusinian Mysteries, served in honor of Demeter/Persephone, were truly based upon the Divine Mother and Daughter.

These ancient rites were liturgical in nature and had a Divine Communion Rite. The Eluesinian Mysteries were based on a Mother-God and Daughter-God Who were separated, the Daughter descended into hell, and Her resurrection was celebrated, annually.  During this Rite, devotees truly believed that they were receiving the Body of Demeter,’ God the Mother’,  through the Communion Bread.

The deeply meaningful and mystical Communion Rite of the original Madrian liturgy, part of which is to be found in our scriptures, was inspired by the Myth of Persephone. Though Persephone did not die, per se; rather, She was trapped in the underworld where Her Mother shattered the gates of Hades in order to rescue Her; this Mythos may be considered symbolic of a death and resurrection. Certainly, the resurrection of all life on Earth followed the return of Persephone from the under-world.

In Sophian Tradition, there is also a Communion Rite that may be based upon Proverbs. 

 

Just as Filianists and other Matriarchal scholars have managed to discover the pre-Patriarchal roots of many Goddess-based myths, in Janite Tradition, the Cosmic Drama of the Holy Daughter is founded upon the pre-Patriarchal Mythos of Sophia/Shekinah (see http://www.suppressedhistories.net/articles/GnosticGoddessFallenSophia.pdf).

The Divine Sophia is pan-religious, meaning, She is not confined to one religion. She is actually pre-Christian and all may worship Her. She is the Image/Form that Janites use for the Holy Daughter. Included in the Mythos of Shekinah/Sophia is the Divine Shattering.

Sources for this Myth of the Divine Shattering of Shekinah/Sophia may be found within certain traditions of Kabbalism, in Gnostic schools of thought and in ancient Syrian Gnostic Christianity.

In Kabbalism, this Descent is not considered to be the punishment it is in Gnostic Christianity; it is a voluntary act on the part of Lower (meaning immanent—so Daughter-Form) Shekinah out of Her love for the Children of Israel and this Descent through lower-vibrational density resulted in the Shattering of Her Soul.

Unlike Kabbalism, the Christian Sophian Tradition, unfortunately, blames this Shattering on a mistake that Sophia supposedly made by trying to create without Her Male Partner. We, and many modern Christians and Sophian devotees, do not accept this Patriarchal view of Lower (again, meaning immanent-so Daughter-Form) Sophia. She is said, in ancient sources, to always do the will of Her Mother (Higher Sophia) and so, She descended down through the Realms, like the Shekinah (they are One and the same Being) to be immanent with the Children of the Earth, but this torturous Descent down through the ever increasingly denser and darker dimensions eventually caused Her Soul to Shatter. This Shattering, as taught in Shekinan/Sophian Mythos, did not cause Her death, rather, it caused Her to become the World Soul or the Holy Soul of the World (of all of us and all of Nature).

In contrast to the Mythos of Persephone, the Divine Sophia is not saved by Her Mother. Rather, She, like Quan Yin, chooses to remain immanent with us. She becomes an integral Part of us, to unite as One Being with us, until the day we desire nothing but Perfect Love and so at that ending of the time of our Soul Journey, She ascends with us, assuming our souls unto the Celestial Mother in the Heavenly Realm of Bliss, the Pleroma, our True Home.

I picture the Divine Shattering of the Holy Daughter like an hologram that has been shattered into a million pieces. Each shattered piece (us) is still a reflection of the Whole and yet, the Core of the Original Wholeness is still intact because the Holy Daughter is God and God cannot disintegrate. She cannot die.

The Holy Daughter is like the Central Piece of the Original Hologram. Though the fragile, rarefied outward pieces of the Daughter’s Soul was Shattered (and Sophia is said to have had a rarefied Body—Soul), Her Essence, Her Spirit, did not, could not, shatter, disintegrate. Thus, the Original Immanent Image of the Celestial Mother, She Who is the Holy Daughter, was Shattered, and yet, remained Whole in an of Herself and we, Her Divine Sparks, each were ensouled with Her Soul. She is the Soul of our souls and the Spirit of the Divine Sparks within us. This is the Divine Mystery of the Feasts of Moura and Eastre in the Janite Tradition.

Returning to the holographic analogy: As found in Stanislav Grof’s,  the Holotropic Mind: ‘Unlike normal photographs, every portion of a piece of holographic film contains all the information of the whole. Thus if a piece of a holographic plate is broken into fragments, each piece can still be used to reconstruct the entire image.’

To reconstruct the entire image. That is why Sophia, the Holy Daughter, seeks the Sparks within us, so that She may recreate the Original Image and render us back into that Perfect Hologram in order to reunite us with the Celestial Mother, the Origin of the Image.

But, just as with the brain, where the whole is carried in the part— as the brain is damaged or sections removed, the more it is cut up, the more the memory, though it remains intact, becomes fuzzy, just so, an hologram becomes fuzzier the more it is shattered. Thus, we of the Shattered One are but imperfect, fuzzy reflections of the Divine Daughter, Who is the Immanent Image of the Celestial Mother, Who, in turn, Who comes from the Source, the Great Mother and so we must seek, through Her Grace and Her Sacraments (2) to become ever more perfect reflections of Her. And, we do so out of love of Dea, and, as our scriptures teach, out of love for Her children. We do so by striving through every thought, word and action to draw ever closer to the Holy One rather than retreating further away from Her.

 Green Sophia, by Daniel Mirante, contributing artist to the Artists Envisioning the Divine project.

To summarize: In Her desire to be immanent with us, we who are the Children of the Earth/the Children of Dea, after our fall into density, the painful Descent through the denser, lower vibrational Realms proved to be too much for the delicate, rarefied Soul-Body of the Holy Daughter, one which was not protected by a material body and so, it Shattered. We became One in Soul with the Holy Daughter. We contain souls that were given to us out of Her Sacrifice; we contain within our souls Her Divine Sparks.

In Kabbalistic teaching: The Shekinah plays another very important role in the story of creation, and in particular in the Great Plan of humankind.  It is believed that in man’s fall to a denser, less perfect state of being in the physical, the Shekinah stayed with us as we separated from God or were exiled from the ‘Garden’.  Thus, the Shekinah, once again, was voluntarily removed from God/En Sof in order for us to have our experience.  She has always stayed with us, wherever we were exiled or isolated or shut out, the Shekinah was always there in exile and isolation with us. http://www.universalkabbalah.net/Shekinah.

On the day of Lustration (Kala in the Auroran and Filianic Traditions), Janites spend a day in somber remembrance of this greatest, most heart-rending, soul wrenching, sacrificial myrrh-infused, stopped moment out of time when all the Cosmos holds its breath; the  most knee-bowing, head-veiling, thunderstruck, awestruck, Shining Being witnessed, Ultimate, Primordial Love Sacrifice of the Most Pure and Holy Daughter. She literally gave Herself to us. And, She never left us. She stayed. 

In this way, She lives every single moment of every single day with us. Whether we are in pain; whether we experience joy; whether we glory in love or suffer abandonment, She is literally part of us and we of Her and so, She experiences exactly as we do with all our pain, emotions and bliss.

This is the full thealogy of the day of Kala in the Janite Tradition.

Janites practice the ancient rite of lustration/purification and veil in solemn observance of Her Descent and Shattering on the day of Lustration, 28 Moura/March 19 (if not a leap year).

May the Queen of Heaven, She Who is the Divine Shattered One; She Who is the Holy Soul of the World; She Who is the Queen of Heaven, bless you and be with you. Blessed is She.

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ArchMadria Candra Sophia

 

  1. The meaning behind Persephone is a little bit of a mystery. It could derive from the Greek pertho (“to destroy”) or from phone (“murder”). She may be a Greek and Roman goddess, but that doesn’t prove that her name comes from either language. In fact, the multiple spellings of her name in ancient sources suggest that the Greeks found her name difficult to pronounce, which would suggest that it was foreign to them. Some historians believe that worship of her, as well as her mother Demeter, predate the Olympian pantheon. http://bewitchingnames.blogspot.com/2012/10/persephone.html. (Though this is the most common guessed meaning of Persephone, there are those who believe it may mean She Who lightens the darkness.)

The Spirit of Moura

20 Moura/March 11

Foradi/Sat.

O, Madria Rhea, Jana of Steadfastness, Temperance and Self-restraint, be with us. May the Pure Stream of Your Virtues flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come.

Madria Rhea is the Face/Power/Violet Ray/Spirit/Form of Dea Matrona, the Great Mother.

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First of all, I have updated the Janati correspondence page to include which Persons of the Trinity Each represents and the chakras over which they rule. Please don’t worry about any updates. I still have to update a few other things, including some minor issues with the latest edition of the liturgy, the Mysteries of the rosary and the calendar, add terms to the glossary, etc. Once all the prayers, rites, the liturgy, calendar etc., are published in the prayer book, they will be set in stone, so to speak and there will be no more editing.

This article speaks about the importance of the correspondences of the Season, the Great Mother and the meaning of the time of Moura. Each correspondence is filled with deep, symbolic meaning. 

Tomorrow night is the full Spirit Moon, which is appropriate because this Season is all about Spirit.

The symbol of this month, the Fora, represents the Element of Spirit, Spirit being the Fifth Element of the Sacred Season of Moura.

Let us remember that when we trace the Fora over ourselves in blessing, we hold the thumb and first two fingers of the right hand together, symbolizing the Trinity, then we begin by touching the forehead and then the heart chakra and say, In the Name of the Mother. This line or ray symbolizes the Celestial Mother. Next we touch the right shoulder and then the left shoulder and say, and of the Daughter. This line or ray symbolizes the Holy Daughter. Next we trace a small circle in the air directly above our heart chakra while saying, and of the Great Mother. This symbolizes the Great Mother. Finally, we end by placing our hand on our heart chakra and say: Blessed is She.

The Seasonal color of Moura is Purple, which is the Elemental color of Spirit in the Janite Tradition. Purple is also the color of the crown chakra, the spiritual chakra. The crown chakra is our connection to the Divine and some believe that upon death, we exit our bodies through our crown chakra.

Interestingly enough, in life between lives and reincarnational studies, the energy/light of those guides and beings who have attained an high evolution of spirituality is violet/purple. Here on Earth, I think it is the aura than tends towards purple for highly spiritual people.

Purple Auras and Spiritual Balance. If an advisor tells you that your aura is purple at the moment, this is a good thing. A purple aura (also known as violet or indigo) means that you are in a good space spiritually, and that you are close to experiencing a state of equilibrium and open awareness. (Beth Asaff).

When we think about it, this makes sense. Violet/Purple is at the furthest end of the light spectrum and so, it may symbolize the highest form of spiritual enlightenment or awake-fullness which means, in essence, Gnosis.

Chakras are our energy system. Do a search on the Crown Chakra is the Spiritual Chakra and you might find some articles of deep interest. Of course, where Madria Candra is the Violet Ray of Dea, the Crown Chakra would come under Her ruler-ship. 1)

While Purple is the Elemental color of Moura, Indigo is one of the liturgical colors of the Season. (Keep in mind, the liturgical colors are the colors of the robes of the Janati . These are colors that are symbolic of Who They Are in Their Spiritual Essence.  The Seasonal colors are the colors of the Five Elements.)

Indigo is the color of the Third Eye chakra, ruled over by Madria Rhea. The Third Eye chakra is the energy vortex of intuition, wisdom and spiritual insight. Both the Crown and Third Eye chakras are relevant areas of study during the Season of Moura. If interested, do a search about Third Eye meditation or opening the Third Eye.

 

 

Moura means dark or darkness. This Season is two-fold. On the one hand, we are mindful of the sacrificial Descent of the Holy Daughter down through the Seven Realms. On the day of Moura, also known in the Greater Faith as Hiatus, 28 Moura/March 19, we veil and observe the Day of the Divine Shattering.  So, Moura has a triple meaning in the Janite Tradition: it is the Fifth Season, it is the Month of the Fifth Season and it is the Day of Hiatus. Each of these three are named, Moura.

Moura is also the time of the Great Mother, Dea Matrona. We call Her Mysteria because She is Mystery and has no Name on Earth. She is the Source of Spirit, the Origin of Spirit, the One Spirit. From Her all things come. From Her all things have consciousness. Moura is the time of the Darkness, the Darkest Hour before the Bright Aurora-Dawn of Columbina.

The Darkest Hour before the Dawn is the Time of the Great Mother, but this Darkness is not evil. It has hidden Light. Always. Forever. Eternally. When those who have had Near Death Experiences speak of the Mother Light, they always describe It as a shimmering velvet Dark Light. I find this to be entrancing and enthralling.

When we speak of the Darkness associated with the Great Mother, it merely signifies Mystery and That which is Hidden. She is the Ground of All Being, whereas the Celestial Mother is the Garden of All Being. Shimmering, Velvet Darkness, Mystery, That Which is Hidden are all intensely Feminine. Intuitively, as females, we understand why this is so.

Our Great Mother is Grandmother. She Who loves us unconditionally. She Who is Ancient Wisdom. When we look up at the Spirit Moon, tomorrow night, let us think of the Great Mother and of Spirit and of the Light beyond the darkness and be encompassed in this Love. She is our Origin. She cares so much for us, She reaches out to us as Mother, and when that Light became too bright for us in this material realm, She became for us the Daughter. What greater love and care for Her creatures can this be?

Moura for us, is not a time of self-sacrifice or austere practices. The idea of a sacrificial Lent stems from Babylonia and from my own research, it originated as a time of 40 days of weeping for Tamuz in honor of his death and before his resurrection. Later, Christianity would adopt the idea from the time of Jesus fasting in the desert.

For Janites, it is a time of self-reflection, a time of deep spiritual practices, not austerities. It is a time of meditation on scripture and of the contemplation of the Great Mother and the Trinitarian Janati.

Moura is a most fitting time to concentrate on the Virtues of Madria Rhea: Steadfastness, Temperance and Self-restraint. Steadfastness in being loyal to our Soul Path; Temperance in not harming our body and Self-restraint from causing harm to others either through action or word. Moura is a somber time, but one that is the heralding of the Bright Dawn to come.

The Great Mother is veiled and so we ritually veil, if not during the entire month of Moura in Her honor, then, at least on the day of Moura/Hiatus in honor of the Holy Daughter. And let’s not forget that in the Janite and Lucienne Tradition, veiling may be symbolized by a rose in the hair or a wide head band in addition to a scarf or chapel veil, veil, head-wrap or hat. Garlands of Grace has an awesome variety! https://garlandsofgrace.com/.

So, tomorrow for the Spirit Moon, feel free to research an extra ritual or poem that you can include in your Rite of Sacrifice or Liturgy in honor of the Great Mother.

Though it is the Full Moon, please use the Preface of the Great Mother/Dark Moon in ritual.

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Let us bless the Empress of Heaven,

Blessed is She.

Let us thank the Seven Janati of Power.

Thanks be to the Seven Janati.

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ArchMadria Candra Sophia

 

  1. A nice article for beginners: http://www.zenlama.com/the-7-chakras-a-beginners-guide-to-your-energy-system/

The Challenge of an Unknown Religion

Columbadi/Friday

19 Moura/March 10

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We all feel it. We all know what it’s like to belong to a religion that is virtually unknown and unrecognized. It’s a lonely place to be, that is for sure. Lonely and not so lonely, because we have each other; we have the Janati surrounding us, always, and we have Dea, Our Divine Mother. We are never alone.

Some people poke fun at ‘online religious communities’. Our religion began on-the-ground, in England, in the 1970’s. Ours is but one latter expression of it.

Many religions began as a small, relatively unknown band or group of people who shared certain beliefs. Perhaps they started out being called by G-d Who spoke to their prophet through a fiery bush or maybe the Son of the Father incarnated to dwell amongst them. Other religions may have begun with an charismatic prophet who attained enlightenment under a Bodhi tree or from sacred texts older than historical time. One way or another, through the preaching of prophets, the performance of miracles, sacred writings or through just plain word of mouth, these religions all grew over the years, the decades, the centuries. Some were controlled and promulgated by governments, others were not. They were all fostered and subsequently flourished on the ground, in the material world not by ‘ instant mass media’ in cyber space.

The Deanic Faith began with a group of highly educated Oxford women who came to understand that we have a Divine Mother God. These scholars were quick to point out that She is not a goddess, a superhuman, semi-divine or angelic being but She is God, Herself. Supreme Being. Supreme Being is the same way that same way that Jews and Christians understand the Father to be God and so we understand Dea to be God in the same way that Jews and Christians understand the Father to be God. Supreme Being.

These women further intuited that Dea is God in Her Own Right. She is complete within Herself. And they discovered that the religion of the Divine Mother is the oldest religion in the world.

The only religion still in existence who never forgot their Mother; who never allowed their Living Stream to dry up, is Hinduism, especially in the Shakti denomination. Other religions demoted Her.

It is hard to over-estimate the brilliance of this thinking which took place an half a century before our own day when the Holy Spirit, the Divine Sophia and the Shekinah are coming to be recognized as part of the Godhead in Their Own Right.

These women came up with a perfect system of worship for Her, for Dea Madria, Our Mother God. It was to be a very Feminine system of worship, the sum of which exists in perfect harmony with its parts. And, the gift of the scriptures, though perhaps interpreted in slightly different ways, has proven to be foundational to the over-all inner strength and spirit of the Faith.

They gave us the Five Sacred Symbols, the Five Mysteries, the perfect Five Seasons,the Feminine 28 day calendar, the understanding of the Janati and so much more. And though these things may be little understood by those not of our Faith, they are our greatest treasures.  They are our way of understanding, honoring and worshiping the Divine Feminine in this realm. They are our mindset and our heartset. 

The women from Oxford shared similar beliefs. They spread the Faith through magazines and printed publications. They formed small communities.

Today, we of the greater Deanic religion share similar beliefs. In today’s world, the internet is the fastest way to ‘spread the word’, so to speak and it also connects believers from diverse parts of the world who would otherwise never come to know of each other.

This relatively obscure religion is growing, growing all the time. I see it with my own eyes. I believe it has a future because so many want to worship the Divine Mother, but they don’t know how.

Even those mainstream denominations who are coming to believe in Holy Sophia or the Feminine Holy Spirit or Holy Sophia, these churches might have some Divine Feminine hymns; they might have some Sophian prayers, but they don’t have an outright worship of Dea. They have yet to understand Her as being God in Her Own Right. We do. We are so fortunate.

I know it’s hard when we don’t know how to respond to people when they ask us about our religion/spirituality. It’s hard because we are unable to respond with something that is immediately identifiable like Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist or Pagan. We can’t even say that we are of a ‘goddess religion’ because, as previously explained, there is a difference between goddess and God. I believe that one day, the term Deanic will be identifiable, but right now, it is not.

After we are asked about our religious affiliation, the thought that goes through our heads is, ok, they’ve never heard of Deanism so how on Earth am I going to put this in a nutshell? I can’t just say I worship Mother God, because mainstream people will either have no idea what I’m talking about, or they will immediately think I’m an heretic or that I’m making it all up. Or, they will assume that I am Wiccan or Pagan, which I am neither.

Next thought: Ok, there would be too much to explain in too little time and so I’m just going to say that I’m (and then name the nearest spirituality to Deanism).

This is a tough situation for us and sometimes can make us feel a bit alienated from the world because our religion is so unique.

We cannot identify as being a part of any of the Abrahamic Faiths, although we model Dea on Sophia/Shekinah.

We cannot identify as being Buddhist or Hindu (although we might be considered a type of Western Shaktism).

We cannot identify as being Wiccan, Heathen or Pagan. Pagans and Heathens are polytheistic, we are monotheastic. Pagans believe in gods that are superhuman. We believe in God that is Supreme Being.

As an aside, this is why Janites are very careful to only use Living Stream ‘goddesses’ as Forms for Dea rather than Pagan goddesses. A Pagan goddess is not Supreme Being and therefore is not a suitable Form for Dea just as Zeus is not a Form of the Father God of Jews and Christians. They are not the same!

Our religion is unique, brilliantly conceived, complex, beautiful and relatively unknown. If we are asked about our Faith, we, as Her devotees, Her priestesses, Her daughters, should be honest. This is hard, even for me because I don’t want to have to give a quick answer, leaving the querent with the wrong impression of our Faith. I want the person to have a correct understanding of our Faith. But, that is over-whelming because no-one’s ever heard of us and there’s too much to tell!!!!!

I’ve been thinking about this a lot, lately. Only a couple of people at my work know that I am a priest (ess) of the Divine Mother. But, as a priestess, I need to be ready to answer for my beliefs, for my calling.

ArchMatrona Georgia has explained the Faith to many and has been very well received. When asked, we should strive to follow her example. We can keep it very simple. I am Deanic. It’s a religion which honors our Divine Mother. And we can leave it at that. If someone is truly interested, they can be referred to our websites and future publications. (We NEED to print up some basic brochures in addition to the prayer book that is still in progress.)

Finally, we should never feel alone. It’s wonderful that we have the internet. It is the fastest way to spread information. It is a modern vehicle of long-distance community. I always have a sense of our sisters and brothers in the Faith. I feel like we are always spiritually together. I think of all of us when I serve the liturgy, pray or write an article. I think of all of us when I am walking down the road or driving to work. We might not live near each other. We might not have on-the-ground communities because we worship in our hestias, but I feel that our spiritual bond and our instant and sometimes daily communications, teachings, posts, our sharing and our caring, though it takes place through the cyber realm, is just as real as if we attended church service together.

Let us remember the words of our liturgy, “Madria Dea, we have come before Your Earthly altar within Ekklesia, in union with the Great Janati Who stand before Your Celestial Altar in Heaven. May we be one in Spirit with all Your children, everywhere who are gathered together in Your Name.

And further: For we know that Ekklesia transcends this world, even as this sacred altar transcends the earthly stuff of which its parts are made. For we know that as we stand before this altar within Ekklesia, we stand at once before Your Celestial Altar, which is both in Heaven and in every place where Your children come together in Your Name. 1)

We are always one in Spirit and one in Ekklesia. We are always bound together in Dea.  Always together in Spirit, out of time, out of space, which is more real than the material illusion around us.

This is why Orthodox Christianity and Roman Catholicism teaches that the church, or more specifically, the liturgy is heaven on Earth or the meeting place between Heaven and Earth. This is due to the Power of what takes place during the liturgy. This is why, in most Orthodox and Traditional Catholic churches/chapels, people still dress in their Sunday best for liturgy. This same Power which brings Heaven down to Earth during the liturgy, is the same Power which binds us together as a community in Her Love, Her Spirit and beneath the enfolding shelter of Her Mantle. And we all share in the Daughter’s Soul.

We have so much for which to be grateful with this beautiful Faith. And though it can be hard for us when the mainstream people all around us, even those who aren’t so ‘main-stream’, do not know of our religion let alone understand it; we still have to be those beacons filled with light. We need to pray to Madria Vicka for the courage we need and we need to ask Madria Sofia to guide us in all Wisdom.

We may keep our answers simple and we must use discernment in what we say to whom, but we must not be afraid though our religion is little  known by the mainstream. Someday, our religion will be known.

Guiding Light of the faithful soul, fill the deepest caverns of our spirit with the exhilaration of Your love. Send us forth upon the world as torchbearers of Your delight and grant us strength in You and in ourselves that we may value all things, rightly, regardless of the consuming weight of the profane and the frailty of all that is beautiful.  

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Let us bless the Holy One,

Blessed is She.

Let us thank the Seven Janati of Power.

Thanks be to the Seven Janati.

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ArchMadria Candra Sophia

*Our thanks to Madrina Rosalie for her assistance in the proper pronunciation.

  1. The Great Liturgy of Dea, Janite Edition.
  2. Silver Light of the Forests from the Great Liturgy of Dea, Janite Edition.

 

 

 

 

 

Bits and Pieces III

28 Hestia/Jan. 22

Sunnadi/Sunday

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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.

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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.

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Lady of Light Chantry

First, I would like to inform readers that of one of our sister blogs, Lady of the Light Chantrydeamatronablog.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.

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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.

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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:

1.

to flow out, issue, or proceed, as from a source or origin; come forth; originate.

Synonyms: arise, spring, flow.  (1, 2)
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.
This was the meditation:
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.

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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.

Rennaissance:

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.

18th Century:

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.
Regency:

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.

Mid-Victorian:

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.

1950s:

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.

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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.

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ArchMadria Candra Sophia

 

 

  1. http://www.dictionary.com/browse/emanate
  2. http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/emanation
  3. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emanation
  4. http://www.thesaurus.com/browse/emanation?s=t

 

 

 

 

 

Feast of Carmentalia/Bits and Pieces I

21 Hestia/Jan. 15

Feast of Carmentalia

Sunnadi/Sunday

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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.

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Today is the Feast of Carmentalia. Carmentalia was known as ‘The Woman’s Festival” as Carmenta was known as the goddess of women. Here is a good article on it with a nice prayer:

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/religioromana/2013/01/carmentalia-the-womens-festival/. Please note that this article is using the Julian calendar. There were originally two feast days, Jan. 11 and 15.

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We have two guest articles today. We begin with an offering for Vespers by ArchMadria Kathi. I have added the Hail, Mysteria prayer, so that I can substitute Madria Kathi’s version for our Evensong Rite. This will be posted in our Prayers and Rites drop-down menu under Evensong. Thank you, ArchMadria Kathi.

We end today’s Bits and Pieces with an historical fashion article by Sorella Shoshana. Thank you, Sorella Shoshana.

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Vespers Ceremony by ArchMadria Kathi

I wrote this Janite Rite as an optional “Vespers” ceremony. Although I work at an ‘outside’ job inside my home, I sometimes find myself at the end of the day having only had a few moments for morning prayer, and so busy during the day that by 5 p.m., the day has just flown by with no opportunity for true spiritual expression. This Rite may suffice for those of us who want to wind down at the end of the day and refocus our attention. It also helps to move from one mode of thinking (our daily work) to tending our sacred Hearths and homes, with loving gratitude.

 

Twilight Rite

In the evening after finishing with the day’s activities, before moving into the evening, light candles and incense.

Trace the Fora upon yourself while saying:

In the Name of the Mother, and of the Daughter, and the Great Mother. Blessed is She.

Begin with:

Blessed is Our Mother God,

She Who is Mari,

She Who is Kora,

She Who is Mysteria,

Blessed is She.

or

Blessed is Our Mother God, the Holy One.

She Who is the Celestial Mother.

She Who is the Holy Daughter.

She Who is the Great Mother.

Blessed is She.

 

Prayer of Thanksgiving

 

O Celestial Mother Mari, O Holy Daughter Kora, O Great Mother of Mystery

As we move into the peaceful night

We are grateful for the works of our hands and our hearts

May we bless our loved ones, and our Sacred Hestias

as You have blessed us this day.

Gather us into the folds of Your Mighty Mantle, Madria Dea

Kindle in us Your gentle light, Beloved Kyria

Comfort us in the darkness, Great Mother

And May the Seven Janati be with us this night

Blessed be the Holy Ones.

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

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Optional: Scripture reading or Rosaries, as desired.

 

Silver Light of the Forests

Silver Light of the darkling forests, send us forth in the protection of Your Spirit that no profane thing may enter into us.

Grant us to see all things with delight that are lovely and to glory and increase in force and energy.

Fill us with wonder in the sight of the seas and of the heavens and of every place wherein You are.

Commander of the roaring wave, help us to turn from all that is low or inglorious neither with anger nor with pain, but to know that in You we stand above all such things.

Guiding Light of the faithful soul, fill the deepest caverns of our spirit with the exhilaration of Your love. Send us forth upon the world as torchbearers of Your delight and grant us strength in You and in ourselves that we may value all things rightly, regardless of the consuming weight of the profane and the frailty of all that is beautiful.

Closing

 

The Prayer of Eternity

Eternal is the Light of the Mother.
Eternal is the Love of the Daughter.
Eternal is the Life of the Great Mother.
Glorious is Eternity of Dea.

 

Let us bless the Holy One.
Blessed is She.

Let us thank the Seven Janati of Power.
Thanks be to the Seven Janati.

 

Trace the Fora upon yourself and say: In the Name of the Mother, and of the Daughter, and the Great Mother. Blessed is She.

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A change in the calendar: As it happens, I blessed my son’s house on the day of the Full Blessing Moon. This ended up being so powerful, I am changing the day of the Blessing of the Hestia to the day/night of the Full Blessing Moon.

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Janite Deanics observe three main prayer times of the day in honor of the Divine Feminine Trinity. Aurora (meaning Dawn) is in honor of the Holy Daughter. Janites model the Holy Daughter on the Divine Sophia/Shekinah. Noon-tide is in honor of the Celestial Mother (modeled on Higher Sophia/Shekinah) and Evensong celebrates the Great Mother (the Monas/Absolute Deity).

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Each Person of the Divine Feminine Trinity has a royal Title:

Holy Daughter Kore: Queen of Heaven.

Celestial Mother Mari: High Queen of Heaven.

Great Mother Mysteria: Empress of Heaven.

As Janites, we have traditional endings to our prayers. This is a very powerful cementing of a religious foundation and it provides synchronicity and continuity for the Faith. You find this in other religions as well, especially within Catholic and Orthodox Christianity.

Perhaps even more so than other forms of Deanism, Janites (as well as the Lucienne Tradition) are very highly Trinitarian focused. This is reflected in our three main prayer times.

And so, during Aurora, in honor of the Holy Daughter, we include the full Hail, Kore prayer and we end our prayers with: Let us bless the Queen of Heaven. Blessed is She, etc.

During Noontide, in honor of the Celestial Mother, we pray the full Hail, Mari prayer and we end with, let us bless the High Queen of Heaven, etc.. (Noontide is purposefully short so that people may pray during lunch hour at work.)

During Evensong, in honor of the Great Mother, we pray the full Hail, Mysteria prayer and end with, let us bless the Empress of Heaven, Blessed is She etc.

However, when we are praying a general prayer where we are not praying specifically to a Person of the Trinity, such as after a rosary, the Rite of Sacrifice, the liturgy, etc., we wish to honor the Trinity as One and so we say: Let us bless the Holy One. Blessed be Dea. I will be making this changes in our Prayer Rites.

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Honoring Nature:

Nature is a very important aspect of our Faith. Where we are moving to our camp on the lake, I have begun to take an interest in the local plants and wildlife. I am incorporating lake themes and local plants into my home decor. For example, we have wild irises growing along the shoreline and I was fortunate enough to find plates, a tea pot and other items painted with wild irises. We have an owl that comes to our yard every evening and so I found a wonderful owl clock. We have hundreds of beautiful waterlilies in the lake each year and so I found another clock with waterlilies. These are just some of the ideas I have had in incorporating the wildlife that I love outdoors, into my home to honor them. There are many other ideas that I am using, as well.

In Cordova, Alaska, my son’s fiance works in a shop called The Net Loft. http://thenetloftak.com/. There, they use only good yarns and they are all hand-dyed from plants, lichen, berries and mushrooms! She recently gifted me with some of the yarn and the colors are far, far more vibrant than those that are synthetically dyed. Their tradition is that local meaning is incorporated into the colors of the yarns and also, the patterns. Their Gansey sweater project incorporates patterns that are symbolic of the person or the area along with ‘Cordova colors’. You find this local pride symbolized in many areas of their life. It helps you to truly appreciate where you live in a more traditional village sense. Even if you live in a big city, you can find local plants, trees and the native meaning of your area.

Another nice thing to do is to find out what plants are native to your area and grow some more. I will be planting a wild flower meadow with flowers that are native to my area. I have also been researching local medicinal  and edible plants and was astonished to find that many plants that I have known all my life, that I thought were ‘weeds’ (my sister, a master gardener, says there is no such thing as ‘weeds’. I agree with her) are either edible or medicinal. (Always be careful, many plants are quite poisonous.)

It’s also nice to research your local waterways, even brooks and creeks and learn the constellations above your head!

Nature isn’t just about ‘casting spells for magick’; Nature is part of us and we are part of Nature. Nowadays, people are becoming more and more divorced from Nature, which is not healthy for either our bodies or our souls.

Many think that just because plants don’t have brains or physiology similar to humans and animals, that they are essentially non-conscious, but many are finding out, otherwise. We, ourselves, have to remember that our consciousness does not reside in our brains.

Though still controversial, remember back to when you were a child and how you experienced plants and trees.

Here are some interesting books/articles:

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1906107-are-plants-conscious-intelligent/

http://www.pri.org/stories/2014-01-09/new-research-plant-intelligence-may-forever-change-how-you-think-about-plants

https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Life-Plants-Fascinating-Emotional/dp/0060915870.

http://www.trueactivist.com/forest-ranger-explains-that-trees-have-social-networks-and-complex-relationships.

https://www.brainpickings.org/2016/09/26/the-hidden-life-of-trees-peter-wohlleben/

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-hidden-life-of-trees-peter-wohlleben/1123191941

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Upcoming: Bits and Pieces Part II.

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Let us bless the Holy One.

Blessed is She.

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Bits and Pieces

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Tonight and tomorrow are the Full Blessing Moon. Sometimes, when the exact full moon occurs overnight, it can be celebrated either day and the three days thereafter. The Rite of Sacrifice may be offered. A nice option would be to offer a poetry reading to Dea or in Her honor during the Rite.(There is a time set aside for this or meditation right after the wine is consumed.) Other offerings might be flowers, a special incense, hymns, chants, Full Moon poems and prayers (do an internet search), etc.

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Pursuant to Sorella Shoshana’s article on the religious significance of historical head-wear is this stunning headpiece that she designed and hand-sewed.  Sorella Shoshana is a very talented seamstress and educator of historical fashion. She has since designed a dress to go with the hat. We look forward to seeing the end result!

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The Seven Offering Bowls

I have always been drawn to the Buddhist practice of the seven offering bowls. Seven small brass bowls are placed upon the altar before a statue of Quan Yin, Tara, etc. Daily offerings are placed in each, each having a symbolic meaning. Some simply pour water in each bowl representing the seven offerings. The Traditional offerings are: Flowers (I used to float a single flower in one of the brass bowls with water), water for drinking, water for bathing, incense, perfume (can be a pure essential oil in a carrier oil), a candle (or oil light, tea candles work well in these bowls), food (usually in the form of rice), and a spiral shell, or tiny bells or cymbals. If you research the seven offering bowls of Buddhism, you will see different variations as to the symbolism behind the offerings, depending upon which school of Buddhism you are researching.

I think this would be a lovely tradition to develop within Deanism.

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Madria Erin, of the Auroran Tradition, is developing and designing a Deanic Tarot!!!!! We are all soooo excited about this! May Dea continue to inspire you, Madria! We can’t wait to purchase our own decks!!!

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And finally, recently, members of the greater community were discussing the scriptures concerning the snake and Irkalla. There have been some who have wondered in the snake could be the earlier form of Irkalla,

ArchMatrona Georgia addressed this issue and more in the following correspondence. It is posted her with her kind permission:

The Snake is not a person (he or it or she).  The snake is a concept.  The concept is “distraction: from Dea and Her Divine Will.  It is the “space” between that which Dea has Created and that which she allows to happen (i.e. the consequence of free thought and free will). Embracing the snake (embracing those things which “distract”  her from looking to Dea for guidance) does not give the snake (“distraction”) a life of it/his/her own.  It is only a weight which drags the soul of the first maid away from Dea.  This weight, takes on the shape of she who embraces it.  But this weight (distraction) does not then become a person like the first maid (nor does it enter into a relationship with her). 
ArchMatrona (Bishop) Georgia

And her further thoughts:
“When people, in their wild imaginings, think they are wandering away from the Light of Her Goodness, into the darkness of wickedness (personified in the Creation Mythos by the symbolic character of Irkalla), they are really fooling only themselves.  All paths lead back to Dea Matrona.   And one cannot be lost in the dark,  for She is always there.  She allows Her children to travel every path.  She wants us to know, by experience, that no mater whether it is the right road or the wrong road, no matter whether we took a road because we were just curious, or made a mistake, or because we were lead astray into wickedness, She is still with us, still loves us, and will lead us back Home.

While there are wild evil forces with power over lying spirits, and they roam hither and yon seeking prey, She Who is Goodness and Truth is stronger, and every ready and able to free you from evil and lies and restore Thame in various corners of the World, and in your life in particular.  The rule of the tyrant is only permitted to last for a season.  Dea’s Sunlight always melts the ice.

The portion of the Madrian Creation Story describing the descent of the Maid/Daughter of Heaven into Hell (the Nether Realm of Irkalla, the Queen of Evil), is metaphysically symbolic of the Journey of the Divine Hero.   [Note: Because the story was written for, and from the perspective of, an All Girl World, all the main characters, and minor characters, are feminine.  Other versions of the same story are told elsewhere, where that particular world is structured differently, and major, and minor, characters are of different genders.  However, in all the oldest stories, Deity is still Feminine].   The only parts of the Story that we need to concern ourselves with are the following: 1) The Mistress of All things destroyed the Gates of Hell, 2) She repelled the servants of Irkalla, the gatekeepers, and they ran away, 3) She found Her Daughter, restored Her to Life, and They embraced, and 4) “After this the Daughter stood alone. And the souls of the Nether World were awakened by Her gentle light, and followed Her through the shattered gates of Hell”. 

The outcome of this Madrian Story is that Irkalla’s Tyranny over Hell and Death and Evil is over, the gates of her realm have been shattered, and her servants have fled.  All of Irkalla’s further claims to Power are based upon lies and deceit and fear.  She is now an Outlaw roaming about without a permanent country or a guarded stronghold.  Unfortunately, many souls are still being swayed by her false claims to power and fame and do cause trouble.  But The Mistress of All Things (The Empress), through Her Heavenly Daughter (Queen of Heaven and Princess/Principle Ruler of Earth), and the Virtuous Janatie are in charge and are willing and able to help every needy soul to resist the outnumbered and weaker forces of Irkalla and her duped servants.  And, while evil tyrants, and their wicked and lying ways, may seem to be winning for a time (a delusion which The Mistress of All Things allows), their ultimate destruction is assured.  Goodness and Righteousness and Truth are always stronger and will prevail everywhere, in the end.”
ArchMatrona Georgia

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Thanks be to Dea.

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Let us bless the Holy One.

Blessed be Dea.

Let us thank the Seven Janati of Power.

Thanks be to the Seven Janati.

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ArchMadria Candra Sophia