Dea and the Janati; Dea is One

Columbadi/Friday

19 Moura/March 10

O, Madria Grace, Jana (pronounced Yana) * of Compassion, Love and Mercy, be with us.

May the Pure Stream of Your Virtues flow within us, in this world and in all the worlds to come. Amen. (Madria Grace is a Face/Power/Ray/Spirit/Form of the Holy Daughter.)

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  These four angels are tracing the sign of the cross. Originally, all Christians traced the sign of the cross by first touching the forehead and then touching the right shoulder first, then the the left. Orthodox Christians trace the sign of the cross in this manner, to this day. However, eventually the Roman Catholic faithful began to copy the priest as he turned to bless them and so began to make the sign of the cross in reverse, left shoulder first. In a way, this might be considered symbolic of the differences between the mystical East and the more Scholastic West.

We trace the Fora by, touching the forehead, then touching the right shoulder, first, then the left. If we added a fifth angel who stood in the center and traced a small circle over her heart chakra, this would complete the tracing of the Fora. The Fora is the Sacred Symbol of the Season of Moura. We will be discussing the Fora in an upcoming article.

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This brief post is important to read before proceeding onto the forthcoming article. It’s significance underlies the fact that Deanists are monotheaistic. And so, please bear with me if I repeat some things in this post that I’ve already stated in the past. This is basic Janite thealogy and I believe that the Lucienne Tradition would agree with most of it, as well.

We are coming to understand, more and more, how the Seven Janati (pronounce Yanati) are the Faces/Forms of Dea in addition to being Her Seven Powers, Seven Spirits, Seven Rays or Seven Aspects, although I really don’t like to use the word, aspect. I think it is misleading.

As is taught in the Tradition of our Faith, just as the white light of the sun, when passing through a prism or a droplet of water, refracts into the seven colors of the rainbow, the Supernal Light that is Dea refracts into Her Seven Faces/Powers/Spirits/Rays/Forms. Think of a diamond that has many facets, all reflecting different hues of light, and yet, it is the one diamond. And so, the sun remains the one sun, though it’s rays separate into seven colors and the diamond remains the one diamond, though its facets reflect differing hues. Just so, Dea remains the One Dea and yet, from the one droplet, from the one River, She ‘flows out’ into Seven Living Streams.

Dea begins as a Still, Dark Pool of Origin, the Fountainhead, the Great Mother. She swirls into a basin, a Font, the Celestial Mother, from there, She, as the Mother, flows and fills a Fountain till it is brimming, the Holy Daughter, Whose Graces over-flow into the world.

From the Still Dark Light of the Great Mother, Mysteria, is refracted the Indigo Ray of  Madria Rhea. We may also think of an Indigo Stream which flows out of the Pool of Origin.

From the Bright Light of the Celestial Mother, Mari, is refracted the Orange, Red and Blue Rays: Madrias Theia, Vicka and Thema.

From the Silver Light of the Holy Daughter, Kora, is refracted the Purple, Yellow and Green Rays: Madrias Candra, Sofia and Thema.

We may also think of the Janati as Living Colored Streams flowing from Their One Source.

In a recent article, we showed how the Trinitarian Janati represent the Trinity. They are the Faces or Rays of the Great Mother, the Celestial Mother and the Holy Daughter. We may take this further: Madrias Thema and Vicka are the Faces/Rays/Powers/Streams/Forms of the Celestial Mother, Mari. Madrias Grace and Sofia are the Faces/Rays/Powers/Streams/Forms of the Holy Daughter, Kora.

There is a lot of thealogy that may be developed from this, which will further our understanding and appreciation of the Janati. For now, it is important to note that in every way, in each aspect, it is always the one River, the same Water which flows in each Stream, the One Light which is refracted in all Seven Rays all of which stem the same Origin/Source, Absolute Deity, She Who is the Great Mother. In this way, Dea is One. We are monotheastic. We believe in One God Who is One and Three and Seven at one and the same time, Eternally and within Whom are contained the Female and the Male.

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  • We thank Madrina Rosalie for her assistance in the correct pronunciation of both the Roman, Jana and the Sanskrit, Janati.

 

 

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How to Celebrate the Feast Days of the Janati

Stelladi/Wed.

3 Astrea/Nov. 30

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First of all, I would like to apologize for the lateness in writing this article. I was hoping to have it completed before the actual Feast Day. I know we have many new readers of the blog and I really wanted to have a chance to explain how we celebrate our feast days on time.

Everyone celebrates the feast days of the Janati differently. Some keep it simple and just offer a Rite of Sacrifice or maybe pray a Janati rosary in their honor. Some offer flowers and incense, feast foods and drink. Others incorporate some of Their correspondences into the day in the way they decorate, in the foods they choose or in the colors they wear. Others might incorporate special crafts or rituals, but usually these are reserved for our High Holy Days.

The correspondences of the Janati may be found on the drop down menu under The Seven Janati.

So, for instance, the following are the correspondences for Madria Sofia:

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Jana: Madria Sofia, meaning, Wisdom.
She is of the four-fold Earth and is the Guardian of North and Air.

Greek Name: Metis

English Name: Lady Wisdom
Virtues: Intelligence, Intuition and Wisdom.

Power: Wisdom
Feast Day: 1 Astrea/Nov.28
Planet: Mercury
Day of the Week: Stelladi/Wed. (Stelladi-Starday).
Metal: Mercury (Quick-silver)
Color of Robes: Yellow
Note: B (ti)
Element: Air
Bird: Owl
Incense: Benzoin, (Mistletoe), Frankincense, Bergamot, Pine Resin and Red Sandalwood.
Sacred Oil: Olive
Sacred herb: Marjoram.
Sacred Flower: Lily of the Valley
Sacred Tree: Hazel
Sacred Jewel: Yellow Topaz
Sacred Symbol: the North Star.

Mantra: O,Madria Sofia, Jana of Intelligence, Intuition and Wisdom, be with us.

Stelladi Prayer (add to the Mantra:) May the Pure Stream of your Virtues flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come.

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So for Her feast day, some devotees might wear the color yellow in Her honor. They might use a yellow tablecloth and place vases of yellow flowers on the home altar or shrine and around the hestia.

They might burn the incenses that are sacred to her and decorate with images of owls and other items symbolic of Air such as feathers and bells.

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Foods for the feast meal might tend to be airy and light and well, yellow such as yellow vegetables and jello salads. Light and airy (for the Element of Air over which She rules) foods and beverages such as angel food cake, salads, champagne, white wine or white grape juice, light soups, rice, white beans, apples, pears might be an important part of the feast. All these ideas make the feast meal festive and fun.

While Madria Sofia is named after the Greek goddess of wisdom, it is important to realize that She is not the Greek goddess, She is Dea in Her Jana Form. In the Deanic Faith, Dea is One and Three and Seven. So, Madria Sofia is part of the Godhood just as the Celestial Mother, the Holy Daughter and the Great Mother are God. This is why, in the Janite Faith, we call Her Madria, because She, too, is our Mother.

She is also different than the non-Fallen Divine Sophia, upon Whom the Holy Daughter is modeled.

We honor Her by being in Her Presence on Her day, Stelladi/Wed. We might choose to wear a little something yellow on that day or find some other small way to honor Her. Though our days can be busy and hectic, it’s nice to take a moment, perhaps in the morning, to reflect about which of Her Virtues we wish to emulate and strengthen within ourselves on Stelladi.

Sometimes, I choose a Virtue that I know I’m going to need that day. I call on Her help with the Virtue of Wisdom whenever I must make an important decision about the Janite Tradition or when writing articles or counseling someone in need.

I am slowly learning to pay closer attention to my intuition. For example, so often, as I was leaving the house, I would see something and my inner voice was telling me I should take it with me, but my logical side would dismiss it as not being necessary. And, nine times out of ten, it ended up that I needed the item. I will speak more about Intuition in the next article.

When I started my new job, I prayed for the Virtue of Intelligence to see me through. This is helpful when studying for and taking tests or in a zillion other areas. There are two types of Intelligence, the IQ and the EQ. EQ is Emotional Intelligence and is just as important as the Intelligence Quotient.

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There are so many areas where Madria Sofia may help us. I love consciously surrounding myself with the Presence of the Janati during my Aurora Rite each morning. I feel like they are with me all day when I do this. And when I try to connect in a special way with the Jana of the day, I find I come to experience Them and know Them on an intimate, soul level.

O, Madria Sofia, we thank You for this day and for all Your blessings and benefits. Be with us.

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May Our Lady bless you, Blessed is She.

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