Part III, Sophia, Eurynome and the Seven Janati

10 Abalon/Sept. 14

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Proverbs mentions Her Seven Pillars.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ArchMadria Candre Sophia

 

 

 

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

Scriptures for the Iremian Order

3 Vespera/Aug. 10

Abaldi/Thurs.

Day of Madria Thema

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

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

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

The following scripture verses apply to the Iremian Order:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A. M. Candra

 

The Lotus Dance

24 Ceres/Aug. 3

Abaldi/Thurs.

Day of Madria Thema.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Looking Up to the Heavens

23 Ceres/Aug. 2

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

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

           

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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May Our Lady bless you,

Blessed is She.

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ArchMadria Candra Sophia

 

 

 

The Festival of Cerealia

21 Ceres/July 31

Lunadi/Monday.

Day of Madria Candra.

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

Sophia-Goddess-of-Wisdom-with-chalice

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Celebrating with crafts and food:

 

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

 

Check out all of these magnificent corn related crafts!

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

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

12 Yummy Recipes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blessed is She.

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ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

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

    (Thanks, again, to Madrina Sophia).

Where East meets West

28 Maia/15 May

 

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

The Lotus of the East

The Water Lily of the West.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 The Goddess Mawu by Lisa Iris.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here is a very interesting article I just stumbled upon. I found the personal experience of the author especially worth noting: http://interfaithmary.net/articles/mary-buddha.  

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

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Eternal is the Light of the Mother.

Eternal is the Love of the Daughter. 

Eternal is the Life of the Great Mother,

Dark beyond the light and Light beyond the Darkness.

Blessed is She.

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

May Our Lady bless you,

Blessed is She.

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ArchMadria Candra Sophia

 

 

 

 

Bits and Pieces

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

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

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The Seven Offering Bowls

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thanks be to Dea.

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Let us bless the Holy One.

Blessed be Dea.

Let us thank the Seven Janati of Power.

Thanks be to the Seven Janati.

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ArchMadria Candra Sophia