Divine Sophia and the Clear Recital Part III

Columbadi/17 Flora

O, Agia Grace/ Agia Sushuri, be with us.

from the Mother Mary Oracle card deck by Alana Fairchild.

 

Let us call upon the Holy Sophia, the supernal mother of our souls, and celestial bride of our spirits: Daughter of Infinite Light, born of enlightened love; merciful and compassionate, embodiment of perfect wisdom; begotten in Eternity, beyond Time and Space, With what words shall we praise Thee, or with what thoughts comprehend Thy majesty? Utterance must profane Thee; silence itself can bear witness to Thee. How shall we extoll Thee? In what shall we shadow forth Thy great glory among us? From the Collect of the Gnostic liturgy for Sept. 8th. (A)

Filanism teaches that Living Stream Goddesses may be used as Forms or Images for Dea. For Janites, though we are not Gnostic, the Divine Sophia is our Living Stream Form for Dea. Many regard Her as Mother, Daughter and Holy Soul. Others know Her as the Holy Spirit. Janites understand Her to be Mother, Daughter and Absolute Deity (the Monas).

In the Clear Recital (our scriptures), the authors of the Mythos of Creation and the Mythos of the Divine Maid (Holy Daughter) separate the Divine Feminine from the complete myth which also includes the masculine. The  Mythos of Creation is inspired, in part, by the Pelegasian Myth of Eurynome. It is important to keep in mind  that the Myth of Eurynome includes the masculine side of the story. The author of our scriptures focused on the role of the Divine Feminine.

In the Passion of the Holy Daughter, which was based, in part, upon the myth of Inanna, this myth  also incorporates the masculine, including Inanna’s husband, Dumuzid. In Filianism, the Seven Planetary Powers, who, in the Eurynome myth, are both female and male Titans, the female Titans  are separated from their male counterparts as forms  for the Janae. In this, the authors of the Mythos were focusing on the Story of the Divine Feminine. And so, we do the same for the Divine Sophia as far as Gnosticism is concerned. We focus on the Role of the Divine Feminine.

As we know, the  Divine Sophia was demoted from Her original position as Gnostic Christianity took hold. And, unfortunately, even in the most favorable of Gnostic texts, those texts which do not hold the Divine Sophia as fallen or trapped,  Daughter Sophia is blamed for the Fall one way or the other. Syrian Gnosis is one of the few exceptions where there is no idea of a fallen or trapped Sophia.

Despite this, there are many correlations between the Mythos of Sophia and the Mythos as found in our scriptures, the Clear Recital.  Today, we will begin where we left off in Part II, which was the Nativity story of the Three Princesses as found in Chapter II of the Mythos of the Divine Maid/Holy Daughter, verses 20-30.

From the Nativity Story, we  move on to the Holy Daughter leaving the Light of Her Mother and taking on Fate (Chapter III, verses 10-22). Filia Sophia does something similar. She must separate Herself from Her Mother so that She may begin Her Descent. She, also, must take on Fate. She, also, must be stripped of Her Glory.

As Caitlin Matthews so beautifully states in her book, Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom , Bride of God, “Sophia evicts Herself from the Fullness of Heaven (Pleroma) and wanders homeless across the world, only to lodge in the hearts of Her faithful children  who still remember their Divine Mistress. She puts off Her Glory and covers Herself with a Veil”. (This is one of many reasons we veil during formal prayer, the RoS and the liturgy, because our Goddesses, the Celestial Mary and Sophia, are veiled. The veil is highly symbolic).

Interestingly enough, Chapter IV,in the Mythos of the Divine Maid contains a story which I call the Temptation of the Holy Daughter which is highly  reminiscent of the Temptation of Christ in the Desert. Like the Christ, the Holy Daughter remains faithful to Her mission. (The Madrians referred to Jesus, in their Coming Age magazine, as Sai Jesus (Janites use the Greek, Agia), because they considered him to be an hera. 1) Similar to the Holy Daughter, in the various Sophian texts, Daughter Sophia goes through Her Own drama before Her Descent through the Seven Realms.

Before we begin the Descent of the Holy Daughter, I would like to quote something scholar Caitlin Matthews has so eloquently stated, something that I have often spoken of myself (not so eloquently) and something that has been felt by many  women for generation upon generation. Again, from Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom, Bride of God “ This account of the Fall cannot help but be read as patronizing by any woman. Many more extreme fulminations against the sin of Eve abound, all based squarely on biblical precedent. Western women, both Christian and Jewish, have lived in their shadow for many hundreds of years. Eve’s punishment for her desire for knowledge is to suffer in her sexuality by bearing children. Eve’s punishment for her desire for knowledge is to suffer in her sexuality by bearing children (I assume she means in great pain which is what the bible said). Sophia’s punishment for presuming to either create by Herself or to see Her origins is to bear a child that will trap her vital power in matter. By extension, all women still suffer in their sexuality as a result of this myth’s social influence. And, indeed, we have suffered in many other ways, too. Especially when we have been considered to be spiritually inferior.

So, to the Gnostics, the Father could create by Himself, but the Female could not.

There are several versions of what happens to Sophia. In On the Origin of the World, Sophia is Saviouress and Her Daughter breathes the Life-Spirit into Adam. But, in other Myths, She falls through the Seven Realms or Seven Density-Vibrations and becomes trapped as the World Soul.

However, if we look to the Mythos of the Kabbalistic Shekinah, keeping in mind that the Shekinah and Sophia are One, the Descent is voluntary, out of love for humanity. Likewise, the Syrian Gnostics, were said to have taught: There is here, as yet, no thought of a fall, properly so called, as in the Valentinian system. The power which has thus overflowed leftwards, makes a voluntary descent into the lower waters, confiding in its possession of the spark of true light. It is, moreover, evident that though mythologically distinguished from the humectatio luminis (Greek: ikmas phōtos, ἰκμὰς φωτός), the Sophia is yet, really nothing else but the light-spark coming from above, entering this lower material world, and becoming here the source of all formation, and of both the higher and the lower life. She swims over the waters, and sets their hitherto immoveable mass in motion, driving them into the abyss, and taking to herself a bodily form from the hylē. She compasses about, and is laden with material every kind of weight and substance, so that, but for the essential spark of light, she would be sunk and lost in the material. Bound to the body which she has assumed and weighed down thereby, she seeks in vain to make her escape from the lower waters, and hasten upwards to rejoin her heavenly mother. Not succeeding in this endeavour, she seeks to preserve, at least, her light-spark from being injured by the lower elements, raises herself by its power to the realm of the upper region, and these spreading out herself she forms out of her own bodily part, the dividing wall of the visible firmament, but still retains the aquatilis corporis typus. Finally seized with a longing for the higher light, she finds, at length, in herself, the power to raise herself even above the heaven of her own forming, and to fully lay aside her corporeity. The body thus abandoned is called “Woman from Woman.” (4)

We can see from this that not only did the Descent cause Her suffering, but, as with the Holy Daughter in the Clear Recital, the Descent of Sophia was absolutely necessary for Creation.

Again, quoting Caitlin Matthews in Sophia, Bride of God,  ” This image is one of Sophia, no longer the veiled bride awaiting Her bridegroom, but the glorious Virgin of Light Who descends willingly from Her place apart to partake of the drama of life’s restoration to the light.

The Descent of Sophia is compared to that of Ishtar/Inanna. Ishtar’s symbol is the 8 pointed star. Sophia is the Mistress of the Ogdoad that is, the Seven Planetary Spheres and the Eighth realm of the fixed stars or the Seven Heavens and the region above them. The eighth region is considered to be superior to the Seven Realms. Like Inanna, who was stripped of her mes (mays,) the divine rules which are symbolized by her regalia, (crown, two necklets, breastplate, ring, measuring rod and line and her royal robe), Sophia also goes through the stripping of the Seven Levels. The mystical number seven, symbolic of the Sophian mysteries, are to be found in Her descent of the Seven Levels, Her Seven Pillars, Her Seven Sorrows, Her Seven Archangels Who came from Her Light, and Her Seven Female Aeons, not to mention the Seven Gifts and the Seven Spirits.

 

As with the Passion Mythos of the Holy Daughter, (Chapter V, verses 1-17). the Descent through the Seven vibratory-densities was excruciating to Daughter Sophia. We learn, from Tau Malachi: ” On a metaphysical level there is something more within this story, however, for the descent of the Bride (Sophia) into exile and bondage is her crucifixion upon the cross of the world; she goes down into the ignorance and darkness to gather holy sparks into herself, so that arising from the darkness she might carry those sparks in ascent with her. Thus, she is acting as the Savioress….” (3) (Here he is referring to the Divine Sparks of Sophia which reside in our souls).

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  She comes to earth to be with us, her children, to be our consolation and the inspiration of our love. By this image we have the promise that we are not left alone in our darkness but have Sophia’s abiding presence in our lives. (from:  http://www.gnosis.org/ecclesia/cal_mandala.htm )

A) http://gnosis.org/ecclesia/lect153.htm

  1. As Race MoChridhe notes: Especially in light of their assertion that the distinction between men and maids no longer matters at the level of the contemplative who has achieved union with our Mother (found in the “A Man’s Place” article in TCA 15 p. 6) prayer to Jesus–not as God or as a Divine “Son of God” but as an intercessory saint on a level with Sai Suanti or Hera Pellegrina–would in theory be entirely orthodox. (Madria Olga continued to attend mass for the 30 years she was a Madrian priestess. It is said that she did so in order to worship Mary. Here, we see how the Madrians might have understood Agia Jesus as an hera.)

2 Sources: Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom, the book of Proverbs and On the Origin of the World.

3) http://www.sophian.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=581

4) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophia_(Gnosticism)#Descent

 

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The Seven Janae of Divine Sophia

Foradi/ 5 Flora

O, Agia Rhea, be with us. Blessed are You.

Setpena to Agia Thea:

(Say for seven days).

O, Glorious Agia Theia, brightly shining One, be with us. O, Resplendent One, clothed in radiant gold, dazzling as the Sun, hear our prayer. 

Illumine us with Truth and instil in us the sweetness which comes with a serene mind and a joy-filled heart. Help us to remember that joy comes from within and not from without. May we learn to nurture it in our hearts that it may overflow unto others who might be in need of the flame of cheer and comfort in their lives. And may (state request).

Blessed are You.

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Today, as part of our series on the correlations of Divine Sophia and our Clear Recital scriptures, we are going to take a moment to discover the relationship between Sophia and the Seven Janae.

At the end of this article is a very exciting discovery, a lengthy article showing my own thealogy that the Holy Spirit is Seven-fold.

Holy Sophia is associated with the Divine Seven in different ways.  In Gnosticism, She emanates/creates the Seven Feminine Aeons;  in the book of Proverbs, She sends out her Seven Virgin Handmaidens and She has hewn out the Seven Pillars and as the Holy Spirit in Christianity, Who is more appropriately called Mother Spirit as in ancient times, She sends forth the Seven Rays of the Gifts.

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In Gnosticism, Sophia is the Ruler of the Seven Planetary Powers, however, these Powers are Archons. (i.e. not the good guys) and in Gnostic cosmology, Sophia triumphs over them and becomes Ruler over the Seven Spheres.

In her book, Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom, Bride of God, author and scholar, Caitlin Matthews includes a picture of an unusual statue of Sophia made of rosewood where She is holding a seven pointed star. This sculpture based upon a vision or apparition that was experienced by the artist, Bryce Muir.  This star signifies Her overcoming of the seven planetary Archons and Her rising to become the Mother of the Ogdoad or Eighth Realm. Ms. Matthews goes on to state that “the Descents of Sophia, like the Seven-fold Descent of Inanna to the Underworld, pass through all levels of experience making Sophia a potent Companion to all souls.”

Similar to the Titans, which inform the Seven Janyati, these Aeons were male and female. The Female Aeons are: Rejoicing; Blessedness; Love; Peace; Gladness; Truth and Faith. Like the Janae, these Seven Aeons are both Divine, having emanated from Holy Sophia and They are also angelic in Being.

In some (though not all) Gnostic texts, Aeons are often referred to as being androgynous. A better way to think of them is that they are ‘twin souls’.  We must remember that there are many different cosmologies in Gnosticism and various belief systems as well. While some Gnostics understood the Aeons to be androgynous, others thought of them as Primordial Ideas, while still others believed they were syzygies or ‘yoked pairs’, the latter being the Janite point of view.  They are Light Beings and are sometimes likened to angels. And so, similar to the Deanic/Filianic teachings on the Janae, they are both Divine and angelic.

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Artist: Victoria Moore

Moving on to Proverbs, the Divine Sophia has sent out Her Seven Virgins or Handmaidens and has ‘hewn out Her Seven Pillars”.

Now, keep in mind, when Wisdom is personified in the biblical texts, we capitalize the W. Wisdom personified is Sophia. When wisdom is not being personified, we do not capitalize the first letter.

In this particular text, Wisdom is personified. Wisdom, Sophia, sends out Her Handmaidens to invite everyone to Her feast of wisdom. Ms. Matthews states, that the Handmaidens are the assessors of Wisdom.

It would not be until the Middle Ages when they would be transformed into the Daughters of Sophia and an English cleric, Alcuin (735-804 AD) would associate the Seven Pillars with the Seven Liberal Arts.

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These Handmaidens are depicted on the right-hand doorway of the Portail Royal at Chartres. The central figure is the Black Virgin of Wisdom, the Virgin Mary being surrounded by the Seven Handmaidens representing the Liberal Arts. As Albert the Great taught that Mary, herself was the possessor of the Seven Liberal Arts. Elsewhere, Ms. Matthews explains that the Seven Pillars have also been conflated with h the Seven Liberal Arts, the seven days of the week, the seven heavens and the Holy Spirit .

As we can see, there is a correlation between each of the Seven Liberal Arts and the Janae, Themselves.

Grammar/Moon/Agia Candre.

Dialectic/Mercury/Agia Sage/ Mati.

Rhetoric/Venus/Agia Grace/ Sushuri

Music/Sun/Agia Theia/ Raya

Arithmetic/Mars/Agia Vikhe

Geometry/Jupiter/Agia Thame’

Astronomy/Saturn/Agia Rhea/ Rhave.

The purification of the soul, through the seven planetary experiences, was common to many cultures and traditions. (Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom and Bride of God).

So, here we have Seven Handmaidens of Sophia and the Seven Pillars of Wisdom. We will revisit these Seven Handmaidens when we study the correlation of Divine Sophia as our High Priestess.

Now, we look at the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Sophia is the Holy Spirit both pre- Christian and Christian.

The Seven Planetary Powers of Pagan Tradition become the seven gifts of the Spirit in Christianity: Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety (Faith) and Fear of God (nowadays this is rendered as Awe)….(Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom and Bride of God).  (Caps and comments are mine. A. M. Candra Sophia).

This amazes me. I had already correlated the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit with the Seven Janae before I had read this.

Ms. Matthews, in her above-mentioned book, does a fine job of showing forth Sophia as the Holy Spirit. The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit are often referred to as individual spirits, the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
    the Spirit of counsel and of might,
    the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord, etc. 

The New Testament speaks about The Seven Spirits of God. In Rev., these Seven Spirits are also known as the Seven Lamps which are before the throne of God. And it talks about ‘He who has the Seven Spirits of God.” This is a much neglected concept within Christianity probably due to the fact that it would call into question the theology of the Trinity and yet, these Seven Spirits of God are mentioned a few times in the New Testament.

Again, I was blown away by the following article which came to the same conclusion as did I: http://www.lasan.org/lasan-readings/english/holy-spirit/seven-holy-spirit-gifts.htm and that is, the Seven Spirits of the Holy Spirit. This article refers to the Holy Spirit as “he”, but the Holy Spirit is the Mother Spirit, Dea Madria, Mari Sophia.

The above mentioned article expertly disproves the various theories about the identity of the Seven Spirits. The author even mentions the Three-Fold Spirits of Heaven and the Four-fold Spirits of Earth…. Deanic teaching right there of the Janae!!!!

The author begins his summary thusly: It is erroneous to argue that the seven Spirits are seven angels, and it is insufficient to claim that the title the seven Spirits refers to the Spirit of God merely in a general way. It is not even adequate to assert that the seven Spirits are the Spirit of God in the fullness or completeness of His energies or operation. The title the seven Spirits, like all appellations of the Spirit, unveils something very particular concerning the divine Spirit.

While quite lengthy, this is a remarkable article and it is highly recommended as one of  the ways of understanding the Janae.

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In summary,  Divine Sophia is the Ruler of the Planetary Powers; She emanates the Seven Feminine Aeons; She sends out Her Seven Handmaidens and hews out the Seven Pillars of Wisdom which have variously been identified, as Ms. Matthews explains, with the Seven Liberal Arts, the seven days of the week, the seven heavens and the Holy Spirit and finally, She is the Seven-Fold Holy Spirit, Who, as Caitlyn Matthews so beautifully depicts in her book, holds the Seven Spirits in Her lap as Doves, ready to be sent out into the world.

I would like to conclude with this prayer to the Janae by Sorella Roselyn.  With her permission, I shall be adding it to our Aurora prayers (morning prayers).

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[inspired by the Faith of the Seven in A Song of Ice and Fire]

May Lady Theia fill our hearts with joy,

May Lady Candra keep us pure in spirit,

May Lady Grace enfold us in her love,

May Lady Vicka strengthen our courage,

May Lady Thame balance the scales of justice,

May Lady Sage enlighten our minds with truth,

May Lady Rhea guide us safely through the dark.

May the Seven Rays of Déa shine down upon our souls, in this world and all the worlds to come.

By the Mother, the Daughter, and the Great Mysteria,

Blessed is She.    Sorella Roselyn

Article by ArchMadria Candra Sophia.

 

Divine Sophia and the Clear Recital Part II

Pomedi/2 Flora

(Please see previous post on upcoming events in the Holy Month of Flora).

Disclaimer: Please note that Janites are not Gnostic, nor do we accept all Gnostic schools of thought or teachings. We are Deanic and so, for the most part, we base our Tradition on the Clear Recital.

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Janites accept all true Living Stream Forms for Dea such as Tara, the Hindu Goddesses, Quan Yin, etc. For the Janite Tradition in particular, our Form for Dea is the Divine Sophia.

We had been working on Sophian Deanic thealogy for a number of years before I discovered the work of Sorella Roselyn of https://priestessofholywisdom.wordpress.com/ . I was simply amazed that an whole other dimension of Sophian Deanic thealogy opened up through her work. And so, with her work and mine taken together, we continue to explore the correlations of our Recital scriptures with the Mythos of Sophia.

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In Part I, we saw how, similar to the Celestial Mother in the Creation Mythos, Sophia is both God and Creatrix. We have also shown how the Supernal Eve, i. e., Zoe-Eve, is the first of Her Daughters or First Daughter. Both the First Daughter of the Creation Mythos and Zoe-Eve were created through the use or metaphor of  water. (See verses 9-10 in the Creation Mythos).

In On the Origin of the World, in which we do not find a Sophia Who is identified with fallen and imprisoned souls as She would later come to be depicted, Mother Sophia sends forth a light-drop upon the water (113-23) which is the conception and birth of Eve, who is the First Daughter of Sophia.  Eve took on bodily form in the Image of the Divine Mother, Sophia.

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It is important to note that similar to the Recital Mythos which focuses on only the feminine aspects of the classical mythologies, we also focus on the Divine Feminine in the Gnostic texts.

In the earliest texts of many of the Classic Myths, such as that of Demeter and Persephone,  Demeter (the Mother ) and Kore-Persephone (the Daughter) only the Goddesses were present and Persephone went to the underworld of Her own free will. These texts were later changed into the myths as we know them, today.  So, too, have the earliest Gnostics  texts about Sophia become corrupted.  (1)

From the creation of the first of Her daughters or the First Daughter, we move onto the mythology of the snake, which we also find in the book of Genesis and earlier texts such as those of Zoroastrianism, for example, Gnosticism presents a different ‘take’ on the snake.  We must be very careful with the snake and evil queen story in the Mythos of Creation, because Deanism, in general, does not teach Original Sin. Many have misunderstood Chapter II in the Creation Mythos to be describing an original sin committed by the First Daughter after having been tempted by the snake.  [Please see 2)]. In Gnosticism, the snake also makes an appearance, but we accept the teachings of the Mythos as it is told in the Recital.

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Moving on to the Mythos of the Divine Maid or Holy Daughter, we see Our Lady, the Celestial Mother, brooding upon the Primordial Waters like a Dove. Of course, in Christianity, the Holy Spirit, Who is Feminine, appears in the Form of a Dove, which, at that time, would have been readily recognizable by the people as a symbol of the Goddess, of the Divine Feminine. It would not have been understood as a male symbol, never. Sophia is not just present in the Gnostic Mythos, She is the Holy Spirit of Christianity Who takes the Form of a Dove.  We also see Sophia as the Holy Spirit in certain aspects of Judaism. (3)

In Janite Tradition, Mari-Sophia (the Celestial Mother) is the Great Dove of the Waters. Zoe-Sophia (the Holy Daughter) is the Gentle Dove of Peace as well as the Dove of the Sacrifice.  Both ‘Great Dove of the Waters’ and ‘Dove of the Sacrifice’ stem from our RoS and Great Liturgy.

As an aside, scholar Rose Horman Arthur, in the Wisdom Goddess, reminds us that speculation on Sophia is very much older than Christianity. She goes on to say that ‘when Philo writes of man’s becoming divine by union with Sophia, he is not to be interpreted as presenting a new theological trend in sophialogy, which was forming already before the book of Proverbs was written.” The worship of Sophia is nothing new and certainly is not limited to, nor is it derived solely from Christianity. Rather, the Gnostic Christians took the pre-Christian Sophia and turned Her into a fallen divinity. They took the Daughter of Wisdom and turned Her into ignorance, folly and passion. (Words they actually used to describe Her.)

Returning to the Mythos of the Holy Daughter, we see that the Divine Mother has conceived and birthed an Holy Daughter. Time does not permit me to share all the Gnostic texts which speak of Sophia as the Holy Mother. So, suffice it to say, that from Mother Sophia or as we know Her, Mari-Sophia is born the Holy Daughter, Zoe-Sophia, She Who is the Daughter of Light.

Next comes one of my favorite scriptures, the story of the Three Princesses. In the story, the Genia or Jana before Whom the princesses lay their gifts, thealogically declare the three main titles of the Holy Daughter.

When the first princess lays her crown of gold at the feet of the Jana, the Jana declares, “the Holy Child shall be Princess of all the World“. (24)  The Holy Daughter is Princess of the Cosmos. She is Princess before She is crowned Queen of Heaven upon Her resurrection. It is the same with Daughter Sophia. She, also, will not be crowned as Queen of the Pleroma until after Her resurrection. And so, until She becomes Queen, Daughter Sophia is Princess of the World/Cosmos. In icons, statues and other imagery, she is often shown wearing a crown: Image result for image of statue of divine sophia  https://www.sacredsource.com/Sophia-7-3_4/productinfo/SOF/

When the second princess lays down her silver crown, the Jana states: the Holy Child is the Daughter of Wisdom, Herself. (27)  ‘Lower’ or Daughter Sophia is literally the Daughter of Wisdom and that is how She is known.

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The above image hangs above my hestian altar and will hopefully hang above all future public Janite altars. (Hestian refers to ‘of the hestia’ which is a home that has been blessed, consecrated and anointed in the Name of Dea. )

Finally, when the third princess lays her crystal crown upon the ground, the great Jana states, the Holy Child shall be Priestess of all the World. In icons and paintings of Sophia, She is depicted as holding a chalice and usually, we read Her words from Proverbs: 9:5, “Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed. (When Wisdom speaks in Proverbs, that is Wisdom Personified… Primordial Wisdom Who is Sophia, Wisdom.) And so, in Proverbs, She acts as our High Priestess.

Before moving on to the next section of the Daughter Mythos, in part III, we shall show how the Seven Jana come from Divine Sophia.

May Our Lady Bless you,

Blessed is She.

  1. http://www.mother-god.com/demeter_and_persephone.html

2) http://www.mother-god.com/original-sin.html and http://www.mother-god.com/christianity-original-sin.html

3)https://www.beth-elsa.org/Worship/Sermons/Guest_Speakers/Do_Jews_Believe_in_the_Holy_Spirit_01_15_10 (While the article, in its entirety is recommended, please read the last paragraph.)

MariMaia

1Maia/April 18

Stelladi/Wed.

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

Today, in the Janite calendar, we have added the Feast of MariMaia for what is traditionally  the Month of Mary or Lady Month, as it was known, centuries ago.

(Please note that Janites celebrate the Feast of Flowers, Floralia, on 10 Flora/May 25.)

The month of May has long been celebrated in honor of the Motherhood and the Queenship of Mary. Originally, this consisted of 30 days of various devotions to Mary during Aug./Sept. This was later transferred to the lovely month of May.

Now that we are officially Sophian Deanic, something that we have been unofficially for quite some time, Marian devotions, traditions and culture takes on an even greater significance. As I have mentioned in past posts, not only do we have Marian roots stemming from the beginning of Madrianism, but in some areas of traditional Russian Christian Culture and in present-day Goddess Christian Culture, along with many Sophian Traditions, Mary is believed to have been the incarnation of Divine Sophia. It is significant that the feast day of Sophia, in the Gnostic calendar, falls on Aug. 15, which is the Feast of the Assumption of Mary.

Additionally, Sophia has appeared to many and to one mystic She has said, ‘those who have prayed to Mary have been praying to Me’ And, so, many of the images we have of Mary may authentically be understood to be Images of Sophia.

Though the month of Maia is part of the Season of the Holy Daughter, it has traditionally been the month of the Mother. And, of course, the purpose of the Holy Daughter is to restore us to Our Divine Mother.

As it says in the Oral Tradition of the Secret Gospel of Mary, (not the fictional novel by the same name), “If you know the Woman of Light, you will know your Mother and be reborn of the Mother Spirit as a child of light.  Because the light is bornless, you will have eternal light.

“The body is born of the earthly mother, but the soul of light is born of the Heavenly Mother, and it is the Mother Spirit that awakens the soul of light.” (1)

Christos Sophia by Hikaru

In Janite Tradition, on the Feast of Coronam on 14 Maia/May 1, we crown the Holy Daughter, Our Princess of the World, as the Queen of Heaven.

Traditionally, going back many centuries, the Blessed Mother (Mary) was crowned as Queen of Heaven  And so, in Janite Tradition, on the Feast of Coronum, we may crown the Holy Daughter, Zoe (Daughter Sophia) as Queen of Heaven and, since it is the month of the Mother, we may crown the Celestial Mother, Mari/Maria (Mother Sophia) as Our High Queen.

So, each day of the month of Our Divine Mother, we may strive to do a little something in Her honor.

Plant marigolds, one of several flowers named after Our Lady.

Start a Mary Garden or outdoor shrine. Plant a flower pot and place an appropriate-sized statue of Mary inside or next to the pot for an apartment or windowsill or balcony. This site lists traditional Marian flowers.  https://www.slideshare.net/mobile/TheCatholicCompany/mary-garden-49004828 https://www.reallifeathome.com/how-to-start-a-mary-garden-in-7-easy-steps/

Marian houseplants suitable for the blind due to their form, texture and fragrance:
Mary’s Rose – Miniature Rose – Rosa hybrida
Mary’s Tresses – Asparagus Fern – Asparagus plumosus
Our Lady’s Fringes – Star Begonia – Begonia heracleifolia
Mary’s Bouquet – Rosemary – Rosmarinus officinalis
Mary’s Sword – Apostle Plant – Neomarcia gracilis
Mother of Thousands – Strawberry Geranium – Saxifraga sarmentosa
Beautiful Lady – Geranium (scented) – Pelargonum crispum
https://ecommons.udayton.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgiarticle=1000&context=imri_stokes_gardenguides

Recite Her litany, rosary, psalms or other of Her prayers.

We will be composing 9 day novenas to Her. In the meantime, any of the Marian novenas can be adapted for Janite use  such as the Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes, Who was very important to the Madrians. (2) Each day of the nine day novena, light a devotional candle to Our Lady and pray the prayer. When your prayers are answered, make an offering to Our Lady in Thanksgiving.

Offer Her flowers, incense, milk and honey.

Sing Her hymns. You do not have to be Catholic to sing these hymns. If you are devoted to Mother Sophia, these hymns are yours to sing. A beautiful hymn which needs no adaptation may be found here: https://www.songandpraise.org/daily-daily-sing-to-mary-hymn.htm. To hear it sung: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4oTnqZjthck

On this day of MariMaia, let us begin Lady Month by fostering True Devotion to She Who is the Mother of All the Cosmos. Blessed is She.

A. M. Candra Sophia

1) Excerpts from the Secret of Gospel of Mary, http://sophian.org/secret%20gospel%20of%20mary.html . This is the Gnostic Christian Order of Tai Malachi.

(2) http://www.catholicdevotions.org/2014/02/novena-to-our-lady-of-lourdes/

 

 

 

Blog: Priestess of Holy Wisdom & Sophian Filianism & Demotion Myths

15 Columbina/April 4

Stelladi/Wed

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

I would like to draw your attention to the following About Page: priestessofholywisdom.wordpress.com/about

This is an excellent introduction to what the authoress calls Sophian Filianism.

I’m not sure the About Page is listed on her menu, and so we will be including this particular link in our links section.

The Janites might also refer to themselves as Sophian Deanic as the Janite Tradition, like the Kyrian Tradition before it, was created to honor Sophia as Our Mother/Daughter God.

I am in complete agreement with this well written article and I, too, have come to understand the Barbelo, ( though some Gnostics tried to claim She was either male or androgynous), as being Absolute Deity. She is understood by many scholars to be the Higher Avatar or Form of Sophia.

Both Monad and Monogenes, terms used by Gnostics to describe the Absolute, were originally feminine nouns. This is why Janites often refer to the Absolute, the Great Mother, as the Monas, the original form of Monad.

The teachings on this priestessofholywisdom website are perfectly compatible with Janite Tradition. Zoe is an acceptable Form for the Holy Daughter and the authoress does a fine job of tying in the story of Zoe-Eve with the idea of the Filianic Sacrifice. In fact, there is a connection here, with our communion rite, something which we received from the Madrians and known to our priestesses both past and present, if they could but make the connection.

It must be remembered that like Christianity, Gnosticism is more of an umbrella term for different schools of Gnostic thought which oftentimes resulted in the variations of the myths.

In Sophian Filianism, we are merely restoring Sophia to Her original Glory because only in Gnosticism is there the idea that the Divine Daughter of Wisdom could possibly commit an huge error by choosing to create by Herself and so, just as the powerful Roman Church blamed a human female, Eve, for the Fall of Creation, so Gnostic Christians blamed the Divine Female for the Fall of Creation and through their myths, raped Eve.

This is why I left Gnosticism. I had enough of the extremely misogynistic, evil teachings of Catholic (I am a former Catholic) and Gnostic Christianity where females are blamed for the plight of humanity and creation and thereby needing a male saviour. In Gnosticism, the Divine Sophia, Who is trapped here, is forced to beg, through singing many songs of repentance, for Her male savior to allow Her to re-ascend through the realms .

I have lived the results of these false teachings as have my fore-mothers before me. It results in women becoming second class citizens in their churches, taking part of the blame for Eve’s ‘fault’ and, at times, being considered spiritually inferior but saved through childbirth or obeying their husbands. This might sound farfetched, but it was the experience of females in my former church for almost two millennia until just a few short decades ago. It has yet to be completely eradicated.

Let me make clear that here, I am not speaking about women becoming priests in the Catholic Church. I am a firm believer that males should liturgically channel the Divine Masculine while females should liturgically channel the Divine Feminine.

I feel that those who have resurrected the Gnostic Churches since the finding of the Nag Hamadi texts should stop and think about what they are doing when they perpetuate an ancient MYTH which, perhaps without meaning to, demonizes, degrades, traps, rapes and humiliates the Divine Female. Even if they consider Her to be the lowest Aeon, She is still Divine and on the same level as Christ, the Logos, Her Twin. Imagine if all of this stuff was taught about the Christ Aeon!

And what is even worse, this time, it is not just an human female, the mother of all humanity on Earth, but the Divine Female, the Mother of the Cosmos, Wisdom, Herself, Who is degraded blamed, ultimately forcing the Divine Daughter of Wisdom to beg for mercy from Her male consort.

If modern Gnostics can veer away from the Gnostic belief that manifest creation is evil, why can’t they realize that the demotion of the Divine Feminine is just as erroneous. It is clear that some Gnostic Christians re-wrote some of the pre-Christian texts to suit their inherent bias.

Why don’t they restore Her to Her original place and reveal Her to be the Sacrificial Heroine that Kabbalists see in Her counterpart, the Shekinah? (www.universalkabbalah.net/Shekinah. See especially the second paragraph under Shekinah and Creation.)

In Gnostic Christianity….it is ok for a Male to create without His Female consort, but, apparently, a Female may not do the same without wreaking havoc, destruction and causing immense suffering.

We do not accept such teachings. And certainly, the Russian mystics did not and do not see Sophia that way nor do those Christians, both ancient and modern, who understood Her to be the Holy Spirit, Whom, in Gnostic texts, Jesus referred to as his MOTHER.

And so, in summary, the male theologians took our human mother and blamed her for the Fall and all the evils and sickness of creation.

They blamed her for ‘enticing her husband to sin’. And the Roman Church went so far as to say we all had to inherit this sin….that we are literally born with the stain of Original Sin on our souls which is why Jesus had to be tortured and killed so that the stain could be removed through baptism and the gates of heaven be re-opened.

So, in other words, ultimately, according to mainstream Christianity, the male savior had to come because the female Eve sinned against the male god and caused her husband to sin. So, they demoted and demonized our human mother, the mother of all the Living.

The Gnostics did the exact same thing to Our Divine Mother, Sophia,  Divine Wisdom, the Mother of all the Cosmos, Who as part of the Godhead, cannot make such an error.

And, they went so far as to have our human mother, who had the Light of the Daughter, Zoe-Sophia within Her, raped and defiled! (Though, I believe the Light of Zoe first departed from Eve)!

Let us remember that these were myths that  were  written by men; they were not historical  events. We do not have to accept parts of myths that defile and demote the female whether human or divine. This is what gives religious zealots, both past and present, the idea that it is ok to treat women as being spiritually inferior.

At the same time that the Gnostics defamed, demoted, trapped, raped and defiled the Divine Feminine, the Roman Church, took Her away completely by making Her into a male with the erroneous teaching that both the Logos and His Twin, Wisdom, incarnated forever as the male, Jesus and further  teaching that the Holy Spirit is male, thereby  leaving us with only the human mother, Mary, who must never be considered divine, because only the male can be considered divine.

(And I don’t want to hear any excuses as to how the Church really believes that God is either genderless  or that God is both male and female. The Traditional Catholic Church clearly taught that God was male and explained why.)  And this human mother, Mary, was dependent upon her son for her immaculate conception. (There is an excruciating attempt to explain this in Catholic theology where this was preordained for her through the future merits of her son.)

So, again, thanks to male theology, we have yet another female who, though this time is not blamed for the Fall, she is still dependent on a male saviour and cannot be divine. So, we can have a divine Father, but not a Divine Mother.

Thankfully, there is a school of Russian thought where Mary is considered to be the incarnation of Sophia.

I say that there is no place in the 21st century for these antiquated, misogynist in the extreme, harmful teachings. And I am not making these statements as a radical feminist. Quite the contrary, I am a traditional, conservative woman. But, I am a woman who has the Divine Spark of my Mother residing within the temple of my soul and it is for Her, for Our Very and True Mother, that I fight.

I fight for Her right to be recognized as being Divine in Her Own Right; Who is not dependent on a male consort or a male saviour in order to be part of the Godhead.

She is Supreme. She gave birth to the Male. She is God in Her Own right. She did not sin, or error, or cause the Fall. She did not get raped or create the half aborted demi-urge or half-maker. She is not trapped here against Her Divine and Powerful Will. Nor is She the Ruler of the Seven Hebdomas who are evil archonic planetary powers. This is an inversion of the truth.

Why must we accept these awful myths that were written by men, not women…..  thousands of years ago? Especially when we have the evidence that they changed some of the original texts to suit their narrative? (More on that to come in the near future.)

This is why, decades ago, I sought to somehow become a valid priestess and form an Order through which She could be honored and worshiped as God in Her Own Right, just as did the Collyridians of old. (Evidence has recently come to light that the Collyridians were more far-reaching than previously thought and may have lasted for centuries).

This is also why Janites believe that the worship of the Mother must be kept separate from Divine Masculine worship because, as many of us have experienced, She is all too quickly subsumed by the Divine Masculine. The painting of Sophia and Jehovah in the Sistine Chapel is a clear illustration of this experience. Jehovah is huge, mighty, strong while Sophia is tiny and shadowed beneath his arm.

Through the blessing of the Deanic/Filianic religion, whose roots may go back further than I initially thought, we have the tools to take Sophia, Our Divine Mother God, out of the shadow of the Divine Masculine and restore Her to Her proper place.

We can free Her from being raped, demoted, trapped, demonized, humiliated and restore for Her, the recognition of Her Glory, Her Divinity…..

Her very GODHOOD.

ArchMadria Candra Sophia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Primordial Pre Patriarchal Sophia and Creatrix Eurynome

28 Brighid / Feb. 19

Lunadi or Moon Day. (Monday).

Day of Madria Candra.

 

To our friends and devotees,

Sorry, this article may be rather clumsily constructed, as I am still so excited by this news.

It is in 2 sections. Section 1 is the most recent find by ArchMadria Candra Sophia. The connection between primordial pre-patriarchal Sophia and prehistoric Eurynome (pronounced euren AW mee) meaning “Wide-Ruling” and why this is so significant to the Déanic Order of Kore Di-Jana a.k.a. Janites.

Section 2 is background information for those unfamiliar with the Pelasgian first nation peoples of the Aegean Sea region in Europe and the Creation Myth of Eurynome which includes the Seven Planetary Powers. This is yet another patriarchal demotion of the Divine Feminine. Credited with thanks to ArchMatrona Ghrian of the Lucienne tradition
https://deamatronablog.wordpress.com

May Déa as Matrix & Creatrix, Genetrix and Soteria ever be centring us in Her,

Madrina Sophia

Section 1

Pre Patriarchal Sophia as a True Universal Goddess

Unknown Artist. Sophia is the central pivot of creation and represents the feminine aspect in all things.

Sophia is a pre-Greek goddess, and also a Christian goddess, which goes to show that She is truly a Universal Goddess. Bridgid, Herself, is both a Pagan Goddess and one of the most important Christian saints in the Catholic Church.
A Church, that we must admit, is worldwide. So She, who was once a Primary Celtic goddess, became a worldwide saint.
Therefore, Bridgid is also a True Universal Goddess because She, like Sophia, is revered in both the Pagan and Christian worlds.
In my personal opinion, perhaps this renders Bridgid and Sophia as two of the most Universal Forms of Dea on Earth. [1]

Déanic Myth of Creation

We view the Myth of Creation and the Myth of the Divine Maid/ Daughter as sacred, inspiring stories which use various sources to speak of a perennial Mystery. The scriptures are based, in part, upon the Pelasgian Mythos, the Myth of Persephone and Demeter, the Christian Mysteries and the Passion mythos of Inanna, although I think most would agree that the goddess of sex and war is not a suitable Image/Form for the Most Pure Holy Daughter. These mythos were never meant to be taken literally. Rather, they are human stories which speak of a Sacred Cosmic Drama which takes place out of time. [2]

Pre Patriarchal Sophia as Celestial Mother Genetrix of ALL & Soteria Holy Daughter

This is such a revelatory article, uncovering “the original blueprint” / pre-patriarchal Sophia similarities to Eurynome. Pre-patriarchal Sophia who is the basis of the Sophia Déanic Order of Kore Di-Jana a.k.a. Janites as Holy Daughter. She is also confirmed in a pagan context as Eurynome – Celestial Mother Genetrix of ALL creation. [3a] Including the Seven Great Janae – the Supernal Genetrixes, Guardians or Wellsprings of the Seven Streams of Life or Virtue. They are the Seven Faces/Powers/Spirits of Dea, Our Divine Mother God, in rarefied angelic light form. [3b]

As ArchMadria Candra Sophia stated “I can’t begin to explain how reading this has unified the Christian Goddess in whom I strongly believe, with the very Goddess [Eurynome] whose myth underlies the foundation of Filianism. Like the floor safe built into the foundation.”

Do read the whole article, only an extract is reproduced here.

https://thegodabovegod.com/pagan-origins-gnostic-sophia/

The Pagan Origins of the Gnostic Sophia

by Miguel Conner | Jul 26, 2016

QUOTE
The Primordial Sophia

The original blueprint for the Gnostic Sophia is located in one of the earliest creation stories (older even than Genesis): The Pelasgian Creation Myth.

In this narrative, a divine being named Eurynome descends from the void and fashions the cosmos from the chaos. Creation is ushered by her dance upon the primordial waters, resulting in the formation of the planets, stars and elements into actuality. She also conceives a godlike serpent named Ophion. Eurynome and Ophion engage in a second, more seductive dance that ends in copulation. She then transforms into a dove and hovers over the sea, eventually laying a massive egg. Ophion coils around the egg seven times until it is hatched and all living creatures come forth. Eurynome sets a male and female Titan to overlook each heaven.
Eurynome and Ophion rule over creation in harmony, until the serpent claims he is the sole supreme being of the universe. This causes Eurynome to wage war against Ophion and ultimately banish him into the depths of the earth. In the end, she finds herself alone atop of the cosmos, yearning for another like her to keep her company.

At first glance, the Pelasgian Creation Myth appears like another dramatic, Greek account of how reality came to be. However, a deeper look reveals a proto-Sophia in the character of Eurynome:

► Sophia is cast into the chaos from an undivided nothingness (The Secret Book of John, On the Origin of the World). The Gnostic Valentinians referred to the fundamental principles of consciousness, the primaeval Father and Mother, as Bythos and Sege (Abyss and Silence in Greek). They represented a state of ultimate, undivided existence, similar to where Eurynome originated from.

► Sophia is responsible for the conception of matter (The Valentinian Cosmology, The Secret Book of John). Like Eurynome, she moves back and forth over the primordial waters, as well as gives birth to a serpent-like monster (Sophia’s offspring was called Yaldabaoth, often associated with the Old Testament God).

► Sophia is symbolized as a dove in Gnosticism. The Acts of Thomas proclaims, “Come, she that manifests the hidden things and makes the unspeakable things plain, the holy dove.” As her aspect of Wisdom/Shekinah in the Old Testament, Sophia is referred to as a dove (Song of Solomon 1:15, Song of Solomon 5:2). The symbol would be later adopted by Christianity in the form of the Holy Spirit, although both the Shekinah and Sophia were also recognized as the Holy Spirit.

► Sophia’s offspring rebels against her, claiming to be the only Supreme Being (The Secret Book of John, The Hypostasis of the Archons). The Hypostasis of the Archons relates how Yaldabaoth “because of his power and his ignorance and is arrogance he said, with his power, ‘It is I who am God; there is none apart from me.’ When he said this, he sinned against the entirety.” In The Pelasgian Creation Myth, the serpent Ophion “vexed Eurynome by claiming to be the author of the Universe.”

► In her higher avatar of Barbelo, Sophia assigns a male and female pair of Aeons to each of the layers of the mind of God (The Secret Book of John). Eurynome does the same, albeit with Titans ruling over the planetary spheres.

► In virtually all Gnostic texts, Sophia finds herself yearning for another like her once she lingers in the manifest Unlike the open-ended story of Eurynome, Jesus Christ comes to her like a saving knight or lost friend.

It should be noted that The Pelasgian Creation Myth is also a foundation for the Book of Genesis. Eurynome is responsible for naming all the creatures of Earth, as was Adam. The serpent in both myths plays the antagonist role (however, the serpent is often associated with wisdom goddesses in Paganism, and is frequently a positive figure in Gnosticism). During the conflict between Eurynome and Ophion, she “bruised his head with her heel.” In Genesis 3:15, the seed of Eve is prophesized to bruise the head the serpent with her heel, which has been taken as the coming of Jesus Christ to redeem the world from Satan.”
END QUOTE

Notes:
[1] ArchMadria Candra Sophia
[2] https://deanic.com/2016/09/16/quick-word-on-the-scriptures/
[3a] Madrina Sophia
[3b] https://deanic.com/the-seven-great-janae/who-are-the-seven-great-janae/

Section 2

Who were the Pelasgians?

A fantastic view of Dodona, (where Dione meaning Divine One had Her oracle, perhaps the centre of the Pelasgians.

The Histories of Herodotus is considered one of the seminal works of history in Western literature. Written from the 450s to the 420s BC in the Ionic dialect of classical Greek. The Histories were at some point divided into the nine books of modern editions.

The Cynurians and Achaeans were Pelasgians

Book 8 – URANIA

[8.73] Seven nations inhabit the Peloponnese. Two of them are aboriginal, and still continue in the regions where they dwelt at the first – to wit, the Arcadians and the Cynurians. A third, that of the Achaeans, has never left the Peloponnese, but has been dislodged from its own proper country, and inhabits a district which once belonged to others.

The Arcadians were Pelasgians

Book 2 – EUTERPE

[2.171] On this lake it is that the Egyptians represent by night his sufferings whose name I refrain from mentioning, and this representation they call their Mysteries. I know well the whole course of the proceedings in these ceremonies, but they shall not pass my lips. So too, with regard to the mysteries of Ceres, which the Greeks term “the Thesmophoria,” I know them, but I shall not mention them, except so far as may be done without impiety. The daughters of Danaus brought these rites from Egypt, and taught them to the Pelasgic women of the Peloponnese. Afterwards, when the inhabitants of the peninsula were driven from their homes by the Dorians, the rites perished. Only in Arcadia, where the natives remained and were not compelled to migrate, their observance continued. [4a]

~and~

Virgil (Aeneid, VIII, V. 62-63), writes:
“It is said that the first dwellers of our Italy were the Pelasgians”.
From the ancient authors we have learned that before the arrival of the Greeks, those territories were known as Pelasgia, the several sources inform to us moreover, than the Greeks learned from the Pelasgians not only the art of the working of the metals, of the construction of walls, but they learned, improving it, their way of writing and made their divinity their own.
Several populations, species the pelasgic one, have given to the country their name. [4b]

~and~

Aegean Sea

The name Pelasgians (Greek: Πελασγοί, Pelasgoí; singular: Πελασγός, Pelasgós) was used by some ancient Greek writers to refer to populations that were either the ancestors of the Greeks or preceded the Greeks in Greece, “a hold-all term for any ancient, primitive and presumably indigenous people in the Greek world”. In general, “Pelasgian” has come to mean more broadly all the indigenous inhabitants of the Aegean Sea region and their cultures before the advent of the Greek language.

In 1955, Robert Graves in his mythography The Greek Myths claims that the Pelasgian creation myth involves a singular creatrix goddess who dominates humans and predates other deities. The goddess gives birth to all things, fertilised not by any male opposite, but by symbolic seeds in the form of the wind, beans, or insects. [4c]

Comment by ArchMatrona Ghrian of the Lucienne tradition https://deamatronablog.wordpress.com : “In its original, matriarchal version, it was probably a beautiful story”.

Déanic Scriptural links to Eurynome

1. The Creation

1:1. Before and beyond all things is the Mistress of All Things, and when nothing was, She was. 2. And having no solid place that Her feet might rest upon, She divided the sea from the sky, and made a dance of solitary splendour upon the crested deeps.

2:1. But one there was that had not been shaped by Her, and that was not Her daughter, nor a creature of spirit. But this was the space between the fragments and the nothingness that had been before things were. It had not energy nor delight, but only weight. It had not shape, but could only coil and uncoil itself about the things that were. It was the Snake, and was not silver, but black. 2.
The Snake hated all things that had become, and hated the separation of the waters and the sky. It hated light and energy, desiring all to be darkness and nothingness.

2:15. But the Mistress of All Things saw this and descended to the earth, placing Her heel upon the head of the Snake and bruising it.

3:3. And She set Her seven Powers in the firmament, giving one to rule each colour of the earth.

The Mythos of the Divine Maid

1:1. When the first night had come upon the world, the Mistress of All Things stood alone once more, as She had in the beginning. 2. For a terrible abyss had opened to lie between the world and She, and Her creatures could not look upon Her brightness.

3. And She stood in contemplation upon the waters of the first darkness; like a great Dove upon the waters She brooded. 4. And She became absorbed within Her and communed with Her own Self; and Her light ceased to shine forth from Her, and yet Her light grew greater. 5. And She fell to Her knees. And the surface of the waters became turbulent, and the great waves curled over Her, and their white foam could not be seen in all that darkness.

6. And when the waters became calm again, the Mistress of All Things rose to Her feet. 7. For She had conceived a Daughter that was not separate from Her, but one with Her, and the child of Her Light.

Free download:
http://apronstrings.racemochridhe.com/ece/

(with thanks to the Madrian, independent Déanic & Filianic contributors and editor Mr Race MoChridhe)

November 2017
The Filianic Scriptures, The Eastminster Critical Edition of the Clear Recital
Version: ECE 3rd Edition

Pelasgian Creation Myth – the earliest in Europe

Eurynome with Moon by Korean Manwha artist named Hong Eun-Young. She designed beautiful manwha characters based on Ancient Greek and Roman mythology.
https://www.pinterest.co.uk/jacklee26/hongs-classical-mythology/

Eurynome was easily the most important Goddess of Pelasgian myth. She was the Great Goddess, Mother, Creatrix, Ruler, called the Goddess of All Things.

Eurynome was born from Chaos, and her first work was to separate the water from the sky. When she had accomplished this, she began to dance across the water. It was a beautiful, sensual dance of creation. [6]

Dove sat on the world egg artist unknown

She assumed the form of a dove, brooding on the waves and, in due process of time, laid the Universal Egg. [7]

Out tumbled all things that exist, her children: sun, moon, planets, stars, the earth with its mountains and rivers, its trees, herbs, and living creatures. [7]

Easily adapted Paper Plate Creation for Déanic children
https://ithappensinablink.com/paper-plate-the-days-of-creation/

She created the Seven Planetary Powers, putting a Titaness and a Titan over each.

the Sun and the power of illumination;
Theia (meaning Lady of the shining blue of the sky, sight as in the all-seeing and precious value of gold, silver and gemstones)
and Hyperion (meaning watcher from above, light and the cycles of day and night, sun and moon)

the Moon and the power of enchantment;
Phoebe (meaning brilliance, prophetic wisdom at earth’s oracular midpoint – Delphi)
and Atlas (navigation, and the art of astronomy)

the planet Mars and the power of growth;
Dione (meaning Divine One and Oracle at Dodona) or Eurybia (bright goddess)
and Crius (leadership, heavenly constellations and domestic animals)

the planet Mercury and the power of wisdom;
Metis (wisdom, prudence and deep thought) or Mnemosyne (memory, learning and remembrance)
and Coeus (rational intelligence)

the planet Jupiter and the power of law;
Themis (meaning the Lady of good counsel, natural order, divine law, tradition, fairness, and the oracles of the earth)
and Eurymedon (meaning ruling far and wide)

the planet Venus and the power of love;
Tethys (meaning nurse and primal font of fresh water which nourishes the earth, springs, rivers, streams, fountains, subterranean aquifers, clouds and rain-clouds.)
and Oceanus (earth-encircling River Okeanos, he regulated the heavenly bodies which rose from and set into his waters.)

the planet Saturn with the power of peace;
and Rhea (meaning ground or flow, mistress of all, nature’s fertile mother, and lady of the wilds, dread goddess)
and Cronus (pure, maintains the course and cycles of seasons and the periods of time, time when viewed as a destructive, all-devouring force)

[6 through12]

Patriarchal Demotion of the Divine Feminine

Myth version 2 introduces a male spouse

Eurynome by Hrana Janto

Catching the north wind at her back and rubbing it between her hands, she warms the pneuma and spontaneously generates the
serpent Ophion, who mates with her. [6]

Eurynome’s husband Ophion “the Serpent” & Eurynome wife of Ophion [13]

Greek Pelasgian Creation Myth by jessicasroux

At her bidding, Ophion coiled seven times about this egg, until it hatched and split in two. Out tumbled all things that exist, her children: sun, moon, planets, stars, the earth with its mountains and rivers, its trees, herbs, and living creatures. [6]

 

Comment by ArchMatrona Ghrian of the Lucienne tradition https://deamatronablog.wordpress.com  : Furthermore, instead of sitting on the Cosmic Egg herself, [like a normal, mother bird would do], Eurynome tells Ophion, the male snake, to wrap himself around it, [as snakes do their eggs] and warm it and hatch it.

Myth version 3

The male spouse attempts to usurp.

Eurynome and Ophion made their home upon Mount Olympus, where he vexed her by claiming to be the author of the Universe.
Forthwith she bruised his head with her heel, kicked out his teeth, and banished him to the dark caves below the earth. [6]

In the soil of Arcadia the Pelasgians spring up from Ophion’s teeth, scattered under the heel of Eurynome, who kicked the serpent from their home on Mount Olympus for his boast of having created all things. [7]

Eurynome crushes ophion by dkpalmer (on deviantart)

Myth 4

Her daughter and son banish their parents.

Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 1. 503 ff (trans. Aldrich) (Greek mythographer C2nd A.D.) :
“He [Orpheus] sang of . . . How, in the beginning, Ophion and Eurynome, daughter of Okeanos (Oceanus), governed the world from
snow-clad Olympos; how they were forcibly supplanted, Ophion by Kronos (Cronus), Eurynome by Rhea; of their fall into the waters
of Okeanos.” [7]

Myth 5

Comment by ArchMatrona Ghrian of the Lucienne tradition https://deamatronablog.wordpress.com : “And still later, another goddess by the same name, Eurynome, the Oceanide, ends up as one of the many wives of, Zeus, and the mother of the Graces.

Patriarchal redactors have rewritten all three stories about Eurynome:  She is pictured as a female-failure in need of a male-savior, just like the Gnostic Sophia.  Eurynome is portrayed as a failed wife [divorced and estranged from Ophion, the snake], failed Queen of Heaven, Creatrix and Mother of the Gods [because She is not powerful enough to punish, and banish Her ungrateful and rebellious children].  It is only later when She becomes the wife of Her grandson, the male god, i.e.,  Zeus, the Son of God, that she is redeemed and becomes the mother of the Graces.”

Myth 6 – A male Demon

Found whilst composing this article, male dominance cannot stoop any lower. Taking the Mother God and inverting Her Purity, Power and Divinity.

The Demon Eurynome from the illustrated The Dictionnaire Infernal by Jacques Auguste Simon Collin de Plancy, 1863 edition, which included sixty-nine illustrations by Louis Le Breton depicting the appearances of several of the demons. [14]

Notes:

[4a] http://realhistoryww.com/world_history/ancient/Misc/Lineage_of_the_Ancient_Greeks/Lineage_of_the_Ancient_Greeks.htm
[4b] http://www.thelosttruth.altervista.org/SitoEnglish/pelasgian_etruscan_english.html
[4c] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pelasgians
[5] Picture Credit. Korean Manwha artist named Hong Eun-Young. She designed beautiful manwha characters based on Ancient Greek and Roman mythology.
https://www.pinterest.co.uk/jacklee26/hongs-classical-mythology/
[6] https://www.paleothea.com/Myths/Eurynome.html
[7] The Greek Myths 1 by Robert Graves, (1990) [1955] Penguin Books. ISBN 978-0-14-001026-8.
[8] http://www.theoi.com/Titan/Titanides.html
[9] http://www.theoi.com/Titan/Titanes.html
[10] https://greekgodsandtheirstories.weebly.com/titans.html
[11] https://www.greekmythology.com/Titans/titans.html
[12] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titan_(mythology)
[13] http://www.theoi.com/Titan/TitanisEurynome2.html
[14] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dictionnaire_Infernal

Do take a look at the following illustrations:

https://www.behance.net/gallery/15347049/Eurynome-and-Ophion
Project Made For
Ono Kine Artists
New York, NY, USA

Credits
Nathan Spotts
Fairfield, CT, USA

Ono Kine Artists
New York, NY, USA

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.)