The Trinity/Trinitarian Correspondences in the Janite Tradition

21 Vespera/Aug. 28

Lunadi/Mon. Day of Madria Candra.

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

It is true that God as creator, revealer, and savior is not to be identified with the Absolute as such; it is likewise true that God in Himself, in the full depth of His reality, is not to be reduced to the creative Function: 

Schuon, Frithjof (1974). “Form and Substance in the Religions”  

(Trinity Correspondences at the end of this post.)

Dear Sisters and Devotees,

We have new members of the JOP as well as new readers of our blog. Where questions have arisen regarding our basic beliefs and how we might be differ from other Traditions of the Deanic community, we are offering a three part series on (1) the Trinity, (2) the Holy Daughter and (3) the Janae as They are experienced and worshiped in the Janite Tradition.

One way that we might be different from other other Traditions is that like the Madrians, we are liturgical. We use the original Madrian liturgy which we have expanded and to which we have added Janite prayers.

We also faithfully serve the Rite of Sacrifice on each Full Moon. (The Madrians served it four times a month.) As it states in the communion rite of our liturgy and in our scriptures: And She said: Even as you have offered to Me bread in sacrifice, so I give to you the Bread of my Soul; and as you have poured out libations of wine to Me, so I pour out the Eternal Libation of My Eternal Spirit. (Chapter VII, verse 23 of the Mythos of the Divine Maid).

We have also re-introduced a valid priestesshood into our Tradition of the Faith. (This heritage shall be explained to each person in priestess training.)

We are very personal in our approach to the Trinity, especially in the areas of the Great Mother and the Janae. (Dea is One and Three and Seven.)

We view Dea as:

The Still Centre of the All/Absolute Source/Matrix [1] & Creatrix [2] (the Great Mother),

The Genetrix [3] (the One Who births or manifests all of Creation into existence (the Celestial Mother),

and the Sustainer/Ruler of Creation and Soteria [4] of our souls (the Holy Daughter).

We may differ from other Traditions in that do not tend to view the Great Mother as the ultimate Destroyer at the end of the Cosmic Age and of the three conceptions of Absolute Deity in this Wiki article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absolute_(philosophy), Janites probably come closest to the first concept: In conception (1) the Absolute is the most true and intelligible reality. It can be spoken of and known. For example, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel‘s Absolute Spirit is the most true reality. It is thinkable, speakable, and exists in the objective world by comprehending everything, including people, states, and world history. 

While we would say that the Great Mother is Transcendent, She is also the Ocean of All Being. She knows us, intimately. We tend to see the Her as both knowable and unknowable at the same time, i.e., there are things that we can know about Her and things that are beyond our knowledge and understanding. This is why I have always loved Nicholas Roerich’s painting of the Mother of the World as an image for the Great Mother. Though She is veiled, meaning that there are things we cannot know about Her and so She is Mystery (Mysteria), She clearly has Personhood (though a Being of Light without Form).

The Great Mother is the Person/Being from Whom All Life Flows. She is the Person/Being from Whom the Mother and the Daughter emanate. She is the One and we are all within that One.

My remote viewing teacher taught us that God is not in us, we are in God….we are like drops of water in the ocean of God. This is very similar to the teaching of the Filianists. And this is how I see the Great Mother. The Great Mother is the Source, the Ocean of our very being and we exist in Her.

Emanating from Her: the Celestial Mother is the Holy Fire of our spirits and birthed from the Celestial Mother: the Holy Daughter is the Soul of All Nature and She shares Her Soul with us. (More on that in the next post.)

So, we are One with the Great Mother in our essential being; we are One with the Celestial Mother in our spirits and we are One with the Holy Daughter in our Souls. This is the ultimate and intimate relationship that we share with Dea. Blessed is She.

We would not see the Trinity as Functions nor the Janae as Powers, per say. Each Person of the Trinity has a function, yes. But They are much more than Their functions. Each Person of the Janae has a Power, yes, but They are not the Power.

Ultimately, Janites would agree with the following: Philosophers such as Shankara denied the Absolute any personal sense, whereas philosophers such as Ramanuja and Madhva, tended to identify the Absolute with a personal God. The Traditionalist School, via Frithjof Schuon, admits:

It is true that God as creator, revealer, and savior is not to be identified with the Absolute as such; it is likewise true that God in Himself, in the full depth of His reality, is not to be reduced to the creative Function: 

Schuon, Frithjof (1974). “Form and Substance in the Religions”  

and I think I prefer this approach, myself. I prefer to teach the Trinity as Matrix & Creatrix; Genetrix  and Soteria. I think of the Great Mother as being the Matrix & Creatrix within the Still Centre of All Being; while the Celestial Mother gives birth to the Creation in manifestation and the Holy Daughter saves all of Creation, rules and sustains it.

So, for Janites, Dea, in Her Triple Form is Matrix & Creatrix (Great Mother), Genetrix (Celestial Mother) and Soteria (Holy Daughter).

We also believe that we may directly approach the Celestial Mother.

I was devoted to Mary, the Blessed Mother, all of my life… since I was six years old. Though we were always taught that she was human and not divine, we treated her as if she was Divine. Because I had such a close bond with her all of my life, and she granted so many miracles in my life and never, ever once ceased to help me when I called upon her, in this form of the Holy Mother, while I believed that She was transcendent; She was by my side every single day because the Veil of Illusion is nothing to Her. (In an apparition of Sophia, She said that those who prayed to Mary were really praying to Her.)  So while the Celestial Mother is Transcendent  the Holy Daughter is Immanent.

 

The Holy Daughter is the Holy Soul of the World, of All the Cosmos. She is part of us and we of Her. The Jews teach of the Shekinah, who, like Sophia is considered to be the World Soul, that because She is the World Soul, there is nothing that we go through that She does not experience with us.

And so, the Holy Daughter is immanently here with us in a way that the Celestial Mother is not.  Our scriptures state that we are One with the Holy Daughter in Body; we teach that we are One with the Holy Daughter in Soul. Both are two ways of saying essentially the same thing, but with a different emphasis. (More in the next post.)

So, to summarize this first post: we are highly Trinitarian and very personal in our approach to each Person of the Trinity. Each has Her time of day, Her titles, Her Seasons, Her days, Her roles, Her worship and Her prayers. We find correspondences very helpful because each is a wealth of symbolism which helps to give us an intuitive understanding of Dea and the Janae. These are Their basic correspondences in the Janite (and many are also of the Lucienne) Tradition:

Great Mother:

Name: Mysteria: She is the Mystery of the Still Centre of All Being.

Mystery over which She presides: Terram  (The Great Mother as the Ground of All Being).

Titles: Veiled Fora of Faith; Veiled Origin of Eternity.

Role: Creatrix.

Role in Blessing Rite: Anointing through holy oil.

Time of Day: Twilight (the time of day between daylight and darkness), and the Darkest Hour before the Dawn (in the Moura Mysteries).

Direction: Still Centre.

Season: Moura (and Autumn/Fall as the Divine Feminine Trinity).

Royal Title: Empress of Heaven.

Day: Foradi (Saturday).

Symbol: Fora (or Celtic Eternal Knot Cross).

Flower: Deantha  (Five petaled Evening Flower).

Light: Luminous, Shimmering Darkness.

She is the Being of All Life.

 

Celestial Mother:

Name: Mari: She is the Sea of All Life.

Role: Genetrix.

Role in Blessing Rite: Consecration through incense.

Time of Day: Noon.

Direction: South.

Seasons: Summer (and Autumn/Fall as the Divine Feminine Trinity).

Mysteries:  Assumpta (the Holy Mother is the Assumption of our Souls).

Titles: Fiery Rose of Heaven; Rose of Joy. (We don’t use the title Rose of the World because that means something very different. See Daniel Andreev. Also, if the Celestial Mother is Transcendent, then She is the Rose of Heaven, Rosa Coeli, not Rose of the World, Rosa Mundi.)

Role: Genetrix.

Royal Title: High Queen of Heaven.

Day: Sunnadi (Sunday).

Symbol: the Sun (there are really Seven symbols in our religion, the Five Symbols of the Mysteries and the Sun and Moon.)

Flower: the Rose.

Light: Brilliant Yellow.

She is the Spirit of All Life.

 

Holy Daughter:

Name:

Role: Soteria.

Time of Day: Dawn.

Direction: East.

Seasons: Winter and Spring.

Mysteries: Adoria (Janana or birth of the Holy Daughter) and Quassare (the Descent of the Holy Daughter through the Seven Realms and the ultimate Shattering of the Divine Soul that this Descent caused.)

Role: Soteria.

Role in Blessing Rite: Blessing through holy water.

Royal Title: Queen of Heaven.

Day: Lunadi (Monday).

Symbol: Moon.

Flower: Lily.

Light: Brilliant White.

She is the Soul of All Life.

 

Dea is One and Three and Seven. (I will get to  Dea being Seven in the page on the Janae.)

ArchMadria Candra Sophia

Definitions:

Matrix an enclosure within which something originates or develops (from the Latin for womb)
http://www.finedictionary.com/matrix.html

Creatrix
1. noun A female creator.
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/creatrix

1. n creator One who creates, in any sense of that word, or brings something into existence; especially, one who produces something out of nothing; specifically (with a capital letter), God considered as having brought the universe into existence out of nothing.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
http://www.finedictionary.com/creator

Genetrix
1. noun genitor the direct cause of an offspring.
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/genitor

Genetrix mother (from the Latin, stem of gignere to beget)
to cause, bring about
https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/genetrix

Soteria is a Greek feminine word for Saviour

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