The Seven Janae of Divine Sophia

Foradi/ 5 Flora

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

Setpena to Agia Thea:

(Say for seven days).

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

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

Blessed are You.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Artist: Victoria Moore

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

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

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

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

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

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

Grammar/Moon/Agia Candre.

Dialectic/Mercury/Agia Sage/ Mati.

Rhetoric/Venus/Agia Grace/ Sushuri

Music/Sun/Agia Theia/ Raya

Arithmetic/Mars/Agia Vikhe

Geometry/Jupiter/Agia Thame’

Astronomy/Saturn/Agia Rhea/ Rhave.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May Lady Theia fill our hearts with joy,

May Lady Candra keep us pure in spirit,

May Lady Grace enfold us in her love,

May Lady Vicka strengthen our courage,

May Lady Thame balance the scales of justice,

May Lady Sage enlighten our minds with truth,

May Lady Rhea guide us safely through the dark.

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

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

Blessed is She.    Sorella Roselyn

Article by ArchMadria Candra Sophia.

 

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Med-Moura The Feast of the Trinitarian Janae of Spirit

14 Moura / March 5

Lunadi/Monday

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O, Madria Candra, Madria Theia and Madria Rhea, be with us.

May the Pure Stream of Your Virtues flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come. Blessed are They.

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Déa has Seven Faces, Seven Powers, Seven Living Streams. Today, we celebrate and honor three of Them.

So today we look at Their correspondences, take on Their virtues, devotionally recite Their prayers and mantras under our menu Seven Great Janae. Devotees serve a Rite of Sacrifice, Deaconesses and Priestesses serve a Liturgy. The candles on the altar (which should be object blessed) and the veil/hat that we wear during formal prayer and ritual should be either black or indigo [1]. (Keep in mind, the liturgical colors are the colors of the robes of the Janae. These are colors that are symbolic of Who They Are in Their Spiritual Essence.) The Moura altar cloth is the elemental seasonal color of violet. This can be a doily, hankey/handkerchief, table cloth. (Which should be object blessed). This is the only day during Moura when flowers are permitted on an altar in honor of the Trinitarian Janae of Spirit.

Ritual
https://deanic.com/the-rite-of-sacrifice/

What this ritual is all about
https://deanic.com/2017/06/09/what-is-the-rite-of-sacrifice-all-aboutscriptures-part-i/
https://deanic.com/2017/06/09/rite-of-sacrifice-part-ii/

 

 

I am Theia, the Orange Ray of Illumination. I am the Brilliant Light of the Supernal Sun.

The Three-Fold Heaven is where I reign and it is Spirit that I guard.

Come to me when you are in need of enlightenment and I will open your mind.

Learn of me the Diamonds of Joy and Benevolence and these shall be returned unto you, three-fold.

Seek me when you have sadness and are not able to perceive the joy in life and I shall uplift you.

Lend your downtrodden heart to me and I will return it to you overflowing with gladness.

I am Theia. 

From the Seven Jeweled Rays copyright of ArchMadria Candra Sophia

Madria Theia is the Face and Power of Dea Madria, our Divine Celestial Mother God. She, like the Holy Mother, is Brilliant Light. She is the Power of the Supernal Sun. She is Illumination and She illumines. She is all Joy with the promise of Eternal Bliss. Heaven shines through Her; its rays touch us, lightly. She is our Sun and our family’s Sun. She is the Light and Center of our life. She is the Power of Light. She is the Face of Radiance. She is the Divine Prism of the Resplendence of the Mother. She is with us every day and in every way. The charge of Madria Theia, is that we emit joy from our hearts in our everyday lives and mindfully strive to live a joy-filled day. When we radiate joy, we become joy. We are the reflection of the Sun of Dea on Earth. On Sunnadi, we honor Madria Theia and practice Her Virtues. 

 

I am Candra, the Violet Ray of Purity. I am the Brightness of the Supernal Moon.

The Three-Fold Heaven is where I reign and it is Spirit that I guard.

Come to me when you are in need of forgiveness and I will cleanse your heart.

Learn of me the Moonstones of Reflection and Reason and you shall be guided, always.

Those who are my priestesses, do naught without me; act only through me.

I shall transmute the Graces Divine through you unto the world and make of you a Living Prayer.

I am Candra. 

From the Seven Jeweled Rays copyright of ArchMadria Candra Sophia

Madria Candra is the Face and Power of the Holy Daughter. She is the Reflection of Her Purity and She imparts to us, the Holy Daughter’s Reason. She is the Power of Priestesshood and She is the Mistress of priestesses. Silver rays fall from Her hands, imbuing the soul of the priestess, the deaconess, the sister, with the secrets of the Mystery, that which is intuited by the feminine heart, but cannot be put into words. The Moonlit magick that is not spells, but Nature and Pure. That which draws us to the Moon and is tied to Water. That which fill us and overflows us, within and without, is that which only our souls can understand. We are Her handmaidens. The charge of Madria Candra is that we always remember, are always mindful of who we are and how we have been marked, in Her service, with every step we tred; with every act we make; and with every word we speak. As priestesses, deaconesses and sisters, we look to Madria Candra as our mentor. In the priestesshood, we are Her handmaidens who channel the Holy Daughter through liturgy and grace. We are a reflection of the Moon of Dea on Earth. On Lunadi, we honor Her and practice Her Virtues.

 

I am Rhea, the Indigo Ray of Steadfastness. I am the Fore-bearing Stream of the Supernal Cosmos.

The Three-Fold Heaven is where I reign and it is Spirit that I guard.

Come to me when you are in need of fortitude and resolve and I shall grant you strength of will.

Learn of me the Lapis of Temperance and Self-restraint and you shall conquer the world.

Whenever you are filled with self-doubt, I shall inspire you with confidence and earnestness.

If fear diminishes determination, I shall inspire you with perseverance and certainty of purpose and never lead you astray.

I am Rhea.

From the Seven Jeweled Rays copyright of ArchMadria Candra Sophia

Madria Rhea is the Face and Power of the Great Mother. She, like the Great Mother, is Dark beyond the light and Light beyond the Darkness. (From our liturgies). She is a Reflection of Mystery, Mysteria, She Who is the Great Mother. And yet, She is not distant; She is not unapproachable. In fact, She is the closest one, in a way. The Grandmother. The One Who loves you unconditionally and with Whom you feel the most comfortable. She is so Ancient, it is hard to fathom Her in your young eyes and mind, and yet, Her Great Maternal love envelops you and encompasses you. It’s ok that you don’t understand Her; She understands you. Do not fear to approach Her, She Who is the Ancient of Days, the Time before Dawn. Her planet, Saturn, means ‘to sow’. She is the Beginning; She is the Gardener;, She sows the Seeds of Life, the Sacred Apple Seeds of all the Living. These Seeds takes root in the Garden of All Being, the Holy Mother, the Matrix of Life. The Seed is given birth and is enveloped in a Soul by the Holy Daughter. Madria Rhea is the Great Mother’s Face, Her Power. She is our very beginning. She knows us more intimately than we know ourselves. She is not destruction; She is Life. Destruction is a natural part of physical life, but it has no reality in the Realm beyond this realm. Life, though, life is eternal. We are a reflection of the Saturn of Dea on Earth. On Foradi, we honor Her and practice Her Virtues.

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Let us bless the Holy One.

Blessed is She.

Let us bless Madria Theia, Madria Candra and Madria Rhea.

Blessed be Madria Theia, Madria Candra and Madria Rhea.

Blessings and thanksgivings be.

Let us bless the Janae of the Four-fold Earth.

Blessed be the Janae of the Four-fold Earth.

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ArchMadria Candra Sophia

Note: [1] Indigo appears between blue and violet in a rainbow. Purple grapes and blueberries are indigo. The deep blue of dark denim blue jeans is indigo.
https://www.thoughtco.com/what-color-is-indigo-1077388

Please see below, the correspondences for Madria Theia, Madria Candra and Madria Rhea.

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Jana: Madria Theia.
She is of the three-fold Heaven and Guardian of Spirit and Center.
Greek Name: Theia: meaning Brilliant Light.
English Name: Lady Vision (Lady/Kyria as in noble.)
Sanskrit Name: Sai Raya.
Face/Power/Orange Ray/Spirit/Form of the Celestial Mother.
Mystery: Creation of Spirit.
Power: Illumination (Wellspring or main function, of each Jana.)
Virtues: Illumination, Joy, and Benevolence.
Chakra: Sacral.
Feast Day: 14 Moura/March 5 (4 if a leap year).
Planet: The Sun.
Weekday: Sunnadi/Sunday (Sunnadi-Sunday).
Metal: Gold.
Color of robes: Orange and Gold.
Madrian Appearance: An orange robe, either riding a lion or with a lion crouching at her feet.
Note: D (re).
Element: Spirit.
Cardinal Direction: Center.
Tarot Association: The Major Arcana.
Tarot Elemental Tool: The Bell.
Bird(s): Swan.
Lady of Light Chantry Transport animal: Two flying horses or two golden eagles.
Incense: Frankincense, Myrrh, Dragon’s blood, Cinnamon, Cedarwood, Rose,
Rosemary, Benzoin, Copal and Sandalwood.
Sacred Carrier oil: Sunflower oil.
Sacred Essential oil: Rose.
Sacred Herb: Rosemary.
Sacred Flower: Rose.
Sacred Tree: Ash, Birch.
Sacred Jewels: Diamond and Amber.
Sacred Symbol: The Sun.

Mantra: O, Madria Theia, Jana of Illumination, Generosity, and Benevolence, be with us.

Sunnadi 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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Lady Candre

Jana: Madria Candra meaning, of the Moon.
She is of the three-fold Heaven and is Guardian of Spirit and Center.
Greek Name: Phoebe.
English Name: Lady Clarity (Lady/Kyria as in noble.)
Sanskrit Name: Sai Candre.
Face/Power/Violet Ray/Spirit/Form of the Holy Daughter.
Mystery: Quassare (the Shattering of the Divine Soul of the Holy Daughter.)
Power: Priestesshood (Wellspring or main function, so to speak, of each Jana.)
Virtues: Reflection, Reason and Purity.
Chakra: Crown.
Feast Day: 14 Moura/March 5 (4 if a leap year).
Planet: Moon.
Weekday: Lunadi/Monday (Lunadi-Moonday).
Metal: Silver.
Color of Robes: Violet and Silver.
Madrian Appearance: A violet or silver robe, youthful appearance.
Note: A (la).
Element: Spirit.
Cardinal Direction: Center.
Tarot Association: The Major Arcana.
Tarot Elemental Tool: The Bell.
Bird: Nightingale.
Lady of Light Chantry Transport animal: Two flying reindeer.
Incense: Sandalwood, Amber, Cypress, Willow, Copal, Myrrh, Frankincense and Benzoin.
Sacred Carrier oil: Pomegranate Seed oil.
Sacred Essential oil: Ylang Ylang.
Sacred Herb: Angelica.
Sacred Flower: European – White Water Lily.
Sacred Tree: Willow.
Sacred Jewel: Moonstone.
Sacred Symbol: The Moon.

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

Lunadi 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.

She is the Patroness/Mistress of Priestesses.

Rhea and the lion

Jana: Madria Rhea.
She is of the three-fold Heaven and is the third Guardian of Spirit and Center.
Greek Name: Rhea meaning: flowing stream.
English Name: Lady Patience (Lady/Kyria as in noble.)
Sanskrit Name: Sai Rhavë.
Face/Power/Indigo Ray/Spirit/Form of the Great Mother.
Power: Faith. (Wellspring or main function, so to speak, of each Jana.)
Virtues: Steadfastness, Temperance and Self-restraint.
Chakra: The Third Eye.
Great Mystery: Terram (the Great Mother as the Ground of All Being.)
Feast Day: 14 Moura/March 5 (4 if a leap year).
Planet: Saturn: to sow.
Weekday: Foradi/Saturday. (Foraday- Solar Cross day).
Metal: Lead.
Color of Robes: Indigo.
Madrian Appearance: Indigo or black robe, old woman.
Note: G (so).
Element: Spirit.
Cardinal Direction: Center.
Tarot Association: The Major Arcana.
Tarot Elemental Tool: The Bell.
Birds: Crow, Raven and the Peacock.
Sacred Animal: Lion.
Incense: Frankincense and Myrrh.
Sacred Carrier oil: Hemp.
Sacred Essential oil: Cypress.
Sacred Herb: Hyssop.
Sacred Flower: Orchid.
Sacred Tree: Yew, Alder, Gorse.
Sacred Jewel: Lapis Lazuli.
Sacred Symbol: the Fora (or Celtic Eternal Knot Cross or Witches Cross).

Mantra: O, Madria Rhea, Jana of Steadfastness, Temperance and Self-restraint, be with us.

Foradi 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.