Winter, Sunwheel and Some Important Announcements on Reginite.com

Dear devotees and friends,
Over the past few weeks, there have been a couple of people emailing to say thank you for https://deanic.com/ and https://reginite.com
I (and I am sure that I speak for ArchMadria Pamela also), are delighted that Déa chooses us as Her face and hands in the world and guides seekers to our websites. All praise to Déa.
Because of the enthusiastic enquiries, when time allows I will be adding new pages to https://deanic.com/
In the meantime, correspondence is welcomed.

Sacred Season of Winter see: https://deanic.com/2017/11/28/the-sacred-season-of-winter-is-a-hopeful-and-joyful-season-of-the-cosmic-drama/
From the Principia of our Koré Di-Jana Tradition, ArchMatrona (Serene Mother) Ghrain, we also use:
The practice of the Sun Wheel is observed during this month. An advent wreath may be used. It should have five candles: green, yellow, violet or purple, blue and red.

See: https://deanic.com/2017/11/13/what-is-a-sun-wheel-when-is-mothers-night/
and https://deanic.com/2017/11/14/how-to-obtain-a-deanic-sun-wheel-when-to-use-it-as-a-prayerful-act/

Prayers and scripture readings in the links.

First Sunnadi: Light the Green candle of Wisdom.

See: https://deanic.com/2017/11/22/sun-wheel-the-green-candle-of-wisdom/

Below are some exciting and important announcements.

May Déa bless you all. Blessed is She.
Prima Madria Sophia

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Link to original article: https://reginite.com/2018/12/02/bits-and-pieces-important-announcements/

Important Announcements
by A. M. Pamela Lanides

5 Astrea/Dec. 2

(Please see previous post on the three ways of understanding Dea and on the Great Mother. https://reginite.com/2018/12/01/who-is-the-great-mother/ )

Announcements in Order:

The Sacred Season of Winter.

The Sun Wheel

Calling All Translators

News from the Lady of Light Chantry

The Seven Sophias

For the Love of Sophia….Music

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The Sacred Season of Winter

We have now entered the Sacred Season of Winter, a Season of the Holy Daughter. Correspondences: Janya: Sai Mati Sage; Sacred Symbol: The North Star; Cardinal Direction: North; Element: Air; Time of Day: Midnight; Elemental Color: Yellow; Liturgical Color: Yellow; Mystery: Adoria.

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The Sun Wheel

Today marks the first day of the SunWheel. The Déanic SunWheel, created by ArchMatrona Georgia Cobb of the Lady of Light Chantry, is the Déanic version of the advent wreath, a custom which pre-dated Christianity. Instructions and links may be found here: https://deanic.com/the-sun-wheel/.

https://deamatronablog.wordpress.com/lighting-the-lighting-the-sun-wheel-ringing-the-silver-branch-celebrating-the-guiding-star-tide-season-1-sun-wheel-1st-candle-blue-spring-east-water-dove-of-peace-silver-branch-1st-silver-b/

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Calling All Translators:

The Society for Filianic Studies (http://www.filianicstudies.org/) is currently seeking volunteer translators to render the Clear Recital and associated texts into additional languages. Project teams have already been formed, at varying levels of activity and progress, for Spanish, Dutch, and Greek. All of these teams would benefit from additional participants and it is desired to form new teams for as many languages as possible. No prior translation experience is necessary.
“The project’s editor—a former freelance translator—supports all of the language teams by providing a computer-assisted ‘rough draft’ translation as a basis for the work. By eliminating a lot of the rote, bulk translation in this way, volunteers are able to focus on issues of word choice and style that require the sensitivities of a native speaker (or a speaker very close to native-level fluency). The editor also handles all ‘back end’ issues of typesetting and readying the completed translations for publication and distribution. With this workflow, the time commitment demanded of volunteers is kept to a minimum. Translators work at their own pace as they are willing and able to contribute, with no rush or arbitrary deadlines. Collaboration is usually through Google Docs, but other arrangements can be made if needed.
Those interested in participating should contact the editor directly at racemochridhe@gmail.com Thank you.

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New from the Lady of Light Chantry:
ArchMatrona Ghrian has recently announced that she accepts Sisters/Sorelle in addition to the chantresses!
(She has also posted the start of the Sun Wheel and the beautiful ringing the Silver Branch ritual. See above).
on https://deamatronablog.wordpress.com/2018/11/27/chantresses-sisters/

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The Seven Sophias
There is a very interesting article to be found here: https://monasticmatrix.osu.edu/commentaria/transformations-sophia in which the Seven Forms of Sophia are mentioned.

For Sophian Déanists, I propose an alternate Seven Sophias:
1) The Gnostic Sophia
2) The Holy Spirit
3) The Virgin Mary
4) Lady Philosophy, Mother of the Seven Liberal Arts
5) The Goddess Natura
6) The World Soul/Holy Soul of the World
7) The Déanic Sophia.

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For the Love of Sophia, Music
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDSEtn7j-X0

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Janites have chosen Pre-Patriarchal Divine Sophia as our Form or Image for Déa

Dear friends and devotees,
Thank you to the newly enquiring people contacting us. May Déa bless you on your soul paths.

Under the Menu Page “Sophian Pages – our thealogy
We explain why as the Kore Di-Jana Ekklesia a.k.a. Janites we have chosen Pre-Patriarchal Divine Sophia as our Form or Image for Déa. Sophia was an anonymous poem sent into the Madrian periodical The Coming Age issue 3, Summer, 1977. https://deanic.com/devotional-poetry/poem-to-sophia/

Non Violence within the Divine Sophia Mysteries compared with Inanna’s grisly death myth.
https://deanic.com/sophian-pages-our-thealogy/non-violent-divine-sophia-mysteries/

How our Divine Sophia is in our Madrian-Déanic feminine focused Scriptures.

Part I: Sophia as Creatrix and Who is the First Daughter
https://deanic.com/sophian-pages-our-thealogy/how-does-sophia-fulfill-the-madrian-deanic-scriptures-part-1/

Part 2: Sophia as Supernal Mother & Daughter
https://deanic.com/sophian-pages-our-thealogy/how-does-sophia-fulfill-the-madrian-deanic-scriptures-part-2/

Part 3: Sophia’s Voluntarily leaves Heaven & Descends & as Saviouress
https://deanic.com/sophian-pages-our-thealogy/how-does-sophia-fulfill-the-madrian-deanic-scriptures-part-3/

Primordial Pre Patriarchal Sophia and Creatrix Eurynome
https://deanic.com/sophian-pages-our-thealogy/primordial-pre-patriarchal-sophia-and-creatrix-eurynome/

ALSO

How our Divine Sophia is in our Madrian-Déanic Seven Great Janae
https://deanic.com/the-seven-great-janae/the-seven-janae-of-divine-sophia/

 

Divine Sophia and the Clear Recital Part III

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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

 

The Seven Janae of Divine Sophia

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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

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(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.

Image result for divine sophia doveImage result for image of sophia daughter of wisdom  (I love this image. The book may be found here: https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Divine-Sophia-Salvation-Universal/dp/0994007787  (Please note, I have not read this book, but the description alone shows how widely and varied is the modern day worship of Sophia.)

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.

    (Image result for image of divine sophia holding chalice

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