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.

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  (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.

Image result for the seven alchemical planets

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.

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ArchMadria Candre Sophia

 

 

 

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

Bits and Pieces/Music of the Spheres/Janati/geniae

8 Vespera/Aug. 15

Music of the Spheres/Janati/geniae/Odin’s Cross vs Celtic Fora/Altar set up. 

Great Dove of the Waters, Rose of the World, Help us to aspire to the heart of the flame.

You are the Music of the Spheres, You are the Meaning of all words, You are the end of every road and also its beginning.

Help us to know You. (From the Madrian Rite of Sacrifice.)

20) Yet, within the seed is the essence of a tree, and from the seed, the whole tree may unfold. 21) So, from essential Truth unfoldeth all other knowledge as the music of the spheres unfoldeth from a single note. (From The Seed of Truth, vs 20 and 21). 

The Music of the Spheres, the idea of which originated with the renowned mathematician and philosopher, Pythagoras, (1) also has a place within our religion. It represents the sublime harmony of Creation or, as in the Lucienne Tradition (Lady of Light Chantry), it represents the Oran Mor or the Great Melody of Creation. {See this beautiful article (2)}.

Astoundingly, and yet, perhaps not too surprisingly, scientists have found proof of this heavenly music; they found that the Music of the Spheres, of the stars and of the planets is real!  To listen to the Music of  the Spheres, please see the articles under :(3-5)

Janati/geniae in the Janite Tradition.

The Seven Living, Intelligent Streams of Dea, Who are the planetary powers or the rulers of the planets, were originally known, by the Madrians, as Geniae, plural or Genia/singular. It was later that the Geniae became known, through Filianism, as the Janyati.

Because the ‘y’ has a special meaning that is not relevant or appropriate for Janites, we spell it as it is in Sanskrit: Janati for the plural and Jana for the singular. 

Aside from the Seven Who are Living Streams of Dea in angelic form, there were also lesser geniae/janati, who were considered to be the ‘daughters’ of the Seven.

In the Janite Tradition, these lesser geniae/janya are not considered to be the daughters of the Janati per se, but they are considered to be divine beings in angelic form. To differentiate them from the Seven Janati, we refer to them as geniae (with a lower case g). We give them the title of Lady as opposed to Madria/Mother as with the Janati.

The geniae of the Janite Tradition are:

Lady Annya: genia of fire, the reflection of the Sun.

Lady Chara: genia of joy

Lady Charis: genia of beauty, splendour, glory and adornment.

Lady Herthe’: genia of hearth and home.

Lady Kala: genia. She is the cutter of fate. (The three fates are said to be a reflection of the Holy Trinity on manifest plane of flux and change. (Gospel of Our Mother God.)

Lady Maia: genia. She is the spinner of fate.

Lady Ouranya: genia of the sky.

Lady Thalia: genia of blossoms. (Also known as Anthea).

Lady Vaya: genia of wind spirit or spirit of breath.

Lady Werde’: genia. She is the weaver of fate.

The feast day of the geniae, which included the Janati in the Madrian religion was held on Dec. 25, as their date of Nativity differed from that of the Filianists. The Janites assign individual feast days for the Seven Janati according to Their Season. And so, the feast day for the geniae shall be celebrated on 1 Maia/April 18.

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‘Odin’s Cross’ vs Celtic Knot Cross

It is absolutely reprehensible when hate groups misappropriate sacred symbols as being symbolic of hate, genocide and racism such as the Nazi swastika which was and still is a symbol of great holiness within Hinduism. The very word, swastika comes from the Sanskrit word, svastika which means, good fortune. It was first used in Neolithic Eurasia in honor of Dea in Her form of Sunna, a Form and Image of the Supernal Sun. She was the primary Goddess in Germanic society for thousands of years. (7)

The pentagram is another example. Always a sacred symbol since time beyond memory, it also came to signify the five wounds of Christ! Now, anyone who walks around wearing a pentacle with be met with averted eyes and airs of suspicion.

Now, what is being called Odin’s Cross (it is a Celtic solar cross) is used as a symbol of White Supremacists groups. .

I, for one, refuse to allow our most sacred symbol be overtaken by these people. We know the depths of meaning this symbol has for the Deanic religion. And it has meaning in Celtic Christianity, too.

Image result for Celtic solar cross pendants

Odin’s crosses tend to be very rugged looking and very straight. I wear one that is very Celtic looking and is probably closer to the Celtic knot cross.

Yes, we could change our main symbol. But, how many times do we have to change symbols because some evil group decides to use it to represent them?

To those who are concerned about wearing a symbol that has been taken over by evil, and I do understand, then I suggest a Celtic knot cross such as the following. Not all have the inner circle which represents the Still Centre of Being, but, they are close enough.

 

 

Janite Altar Set Up

Janite hestia altars are to be found everywhere:  a corner table; the top of an hope chest; a bureau, an icon corner, or a specially made altar. Some have room for  seven candles, others have room for one central candle.

Right now, as I have recently moved and we are still renovating the interior of my hestia, I am actually using an antique vanity table. I have a picture of the Holy Daughter on my altar and images of the Celestial Mother and the Great Mother up above the altar.

The altar is placed in the East. When the Mistress of the Hestia or the madria/madrina is facing the altar, she is facing East.

So, the number of candles to be found on a Janite altar would be one of of sacred numbers: one, three, five or seven. They can be arranged any way.

The altar cloth or scarf is the color of the Season and so right now, the altar cloth would be red.

When I had my main altar set up, I had the five directional candles and two main altar candles for the sacred number seven. For safety sake,if using the seven, these candles may also be lined up along the back of the altar. Today, I have two antique globe lights as my main altar candles, two pillar lights and a central tea light.

The scriptures should be on a side-table, to the left. (If they fit on the altar, great!)

If not allergic to incense, there should be an incense holder, which is placed to the back-right-hand side of the altar, along with a bowl of holy water, which is placed to the right and  a vial of holy oil which is placed on the left of the altar.

We use wands to bless in the five directions, to stir the water when making holy water and for other liturgical reasons. A fresh evergreen  branch, that has been found on the ground, may be used instead of the wand. The wand is placed on the right side of the altar, near the holy water.

If the altar is small, then the central candle is moved to the back of the altar and the chalice and patene’ are placed in the center of the altar.

A statue, icon or image of Our Lady may be placed in the middle of the altar (behind the chalice and patene’) or above or near the altar. Of course, images of the entire Trinity and the Janati may surround the altar as well. Look up icon corners and see how many images Orthodox Christians have in their home shrines!

The Madrians had a ritual to consecrate an altar or home shrine which will be found in the prayer book. For now, simply following the Blessing Rite and bless (with holy water), consecrate (with incense) and anoint(with holy oil) your altar.

The blessing with holy water is done through the Grace of the Holy Daughter, Kora.

The consecrating with incense is done through the Energy or Force of the Celestial Mother, Mari. (If allergic, this step may be skipped.)

The anointing with holy oil is done through the Power of the Great Mother.

The Blessing Rite may be found here:

https://deanic.com/prayers-and-rites/the-blessing-rite/.

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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.

Glorious is the Eternity of Dea.

~

ArchMadria Candra Sophia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. For an easy to understand article: http://www.crystalinks.com/musicspheres.html
  2. http://www.obskure.info/threads/celtic-cosmology-the-oran-m%C3%B3r-and-celtic-creation-myth.21/
  3. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/space/8114694/Stars-song-captured-by-scientists.html
  4. Sound recording of the stars: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7TfNrIBKGI
  5. The planets (scroll down to video).http://thespiritscience.net/2015/06/15/nasa-discovers-planets-and-stars-give-off-music-this-is-what-it-sounds-like/. (Do your own search…there are a lot of them from NASA.)
  6. See under etymology: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janus.
  7. Madria Dini and https://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10007453
  8. https://www.adl.org/education/references/hate-symbols/celtic-cross

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.

~

Image result for Lotus Dance

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.

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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.

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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).