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). 
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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

 

 

 

 

The Star Fairy and Apple Pomander Articles.

19 Astrea/Dec. 16

Columbadi/Friday

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O, Madria Grace, Jana of Compassion, Love and Mercy, be with us.

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

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Sorella Sophia has written some wonderful articles about the Star Fairy and associated traditions. (Scroll down below the Janite Faith Open to All article): https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/.

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And from Sorella Shoshana, guest authoress, we have this timely article on the spiritual symbolism of making an apple pomander. Though written for the Iremian Order of contemplative priestesses and sister-hood, I think it will be of interest to all.

Thank you both, Sorella Sophia and Sorella Shoshana, for your wonderful contributions to the celebration of the Astrean Season.

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Apple Pomanders for the Holiday Season by Sorella Shoshana.
I will be doing a series of posts on this pertaining to the Holidays. Since I am Jewish and Janite, I celebrate two Holidays combined, both dealing with the wonder and beauty of light. But, I will be focusing my articles more on the practices of the Janite faith.As many people are during this time of year; I am decorating, preparing a Holiday menu, and preparing gifts for friends and loved ones for the Holidays. This act alone can be a form of worship for the Iremian Order. A big part of this Order is that everything flows naturally. With every act, a simple prayer of thanks can be said.

First, lets talk about apple pomander decorations together.

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I prefer to make things and since I live with parrots who are sneaky little creatures who enjoy getting into everything, I use natural items around my home that are safe for them. I still have to be cautious, however. That’s life with parrots, I suppose.

As we make our apple pomanders, we can imagine the 5 pointed star in the middle when we cut through the wide center in the middle of the top and bottom of the apple (Don’t do this for making an apple pomander. But, we may if we’d like to see the star. I’d suggest later using the apple that has been cut into to eat, bake with, cut up to garnish some dish, or make homemade applesauce with afterwards) and what it represents. In the Janite Tradition, this star represents the Daughter’s gentle light, which we can look upon. Think of how we cannot look upon the sun easily. But, we can look at the moon without any problem. A gentler reflection of our sun’s light.

Within each seed is the stuff to make a tree, which makes an apple with seeds inside. Now, the tree’s roots can represent the Great Mother. She is unseen. The sturdy trunk is the Mother. The branches are like the realm of the soul/mind. Apples and leaves off of those branches are creation and within creation is the Daughter. She is NOT creation Herself. But, She is what lies within it. Within Her is Her Mother.

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Many traditions use light in some form this time of year. This is due to the winter solstice being the shortest time of the year. As the days get shorter and the nights get longer, we need the hope that light will return. Now, lets not fool ourselves here. We know it will and the days WILL, in fact, get longer again. But, our world is an imperfect physical reflection of what is going on in other realms. Going off of the sun and moon analogy above, our physical existence is like the moon’s light upon the water…an imperfect reflection of the moon. We are constantly experiencing the same things in a cycle and these cycles occur at different lengths…..but, in a slightly different manner each time. Thus, a spiral becomes a better representation. This leads to how we can place our dried whole cloves along the apple.

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Start placing the cloves at the top. When we hang our pomanders, this should be the stillest part of the apple as it may occasionally spin once hung and if we choose not to hang them in this way, we can still see this analogy by holding the apple pomander up by the string or ribbon in our hand. The still center at the top and bottom of the apple is Dea. Now, place each clove spiraling out to the point that is furthest from Dea. This furthest point can also be creation or physical existence. Next, we will start to bring the spiral back inward, towards the bottom. This represents a return back to the stillness of Dea. Because the cloves are radiating out from the apple, it can be seen as radiating Dea’s light (the star seed in the middle of the apple) out into the world.

Now, hang the apple pomander. I would suggest doing so in an area we may walk past often throughout the day. Every time we walk by and we smell the sweet smell of clove and apple, we will remember all this beautiful imagery. That sweet smell alone can represent the sweetness of our Mother’s Love. I liken this to flowers. They’re pretty similar in this way; a sweet beautiful item of creation reminding us of Her Love. All the beauty that we get to experience in this world are love letters to us from our Mother.

Another great place to hang them is right inside the main doorway to our homes. Our homes are supposed to be like our own sanctuaries. What a beautiful way to represent our homes being a sanctuary from the outside world by immediately smelling apple pomander once we enter our homes provoking such lovely imagery.

That’s it for now. There will be other posts on celebrating the Holidays for the Iremian Order. Until next time. Dea Bless!

 

 

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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ArchMadria Candra Sophia

 

 

More Bits and Pieces

Stelladi/Wed.

3 Astrea/Nov. 30

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

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

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I am starting a FAQ page. It will be on the menu, above. I will keep the names of the questioners, private. If you have any questions or concerns, please write to me at Deanicfaith at gmail.com and we will be happy to address them. Thank you.

I encourage our readers and members to regularly check out the other Deanic blogs and Tumblr posts that may be found in our links section. There are many beautifully written and inspiring posts out there. It’s wonderful to see how this Faith is beginning to bud and blossom through multi-hued expressions and perspectives!

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There are a few posts that I would like to mention:

On the Lady of Light Chantry, ArchMatrona Georgia has written about the Lucienne Tradition of the Ringing of the Silver Branch. I think this is a beautiful tradition and I would like to recommend it, especially for those who do not have a silver tree.

Please note that the Lucienne Tradition uses the Ostara Cycle in the lighting of the Sunwheel while the Janite Tradition uses the Divine Life Cycle, but the basic meaning is the same. https://deamatronablog.wordpress.com/blog/

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Hymns: some of our priestesses and devotees are beginning to work on Deanic hymns. This is a much needed area in our religion. In the meantime, there are many beautiful Marian hymns that may be adapted for our Faith. A list of them may be found here: https://www.fisheaters.com/hymns.html. Also, listed on this site is Holy God, We Praise Thy Name. I always sing the first section of this hymn during liturgy. I sing it as Holy Dea, We Praise Thy Name. The first section of the Salve Regina is one I sing at the end of every liturgy. It was always one of my favorites.

More Marian hymns, which may be adapted for Dea, may be found here and the music to almost all Marian hymns may be found online: https://www.songandpraise.org/catholic-hymns.htm

Wikipedia has a more complete list. I’m sure they can be found in a search. Scroll down to “List of Roman Catholic Hymns” and you will see the Marian hymns listed. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hymns_to_Mary

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Madria Erin discovered this hauntingly beautiful hymn to the Star Maiden: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KQhg2jU2fgo.

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Other areas of artistic development that I would like to see pursued for the Deanic Faith would be the areas of Sacred, Lyrical Dance and Iconography.

One way to gather a Faith Community together would be to learn Sacred Dance together. (Please check out Lyrical Dancing and you will understand that this form of dance, in its slow movement form, would be wonderful for Western Sacred Dance.).

Years ago, I would have questioned the placement of dance within liturgy, but a friend of mine, who converted to Judaism, explained to me about Davidic dancing. I have never seen it, but her joy and enthusiasm made me realize that sacred dance has been part of worship since the dawn of time.

A few years ago, I attended an Episcopal Church that had a magnificent choir. During liturgy, a sacred dance was performed by a group of young girls who belonged to the parish. Their costumes were tasteful and flowing and the dance was so reverent, I left realizing that dance has a place in liturgy, if it is done the right way. It was uplifting.

Sacred dance and hymns are a form of prayer and worship in and of themselves.

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I think that’s all the Bits and Pieces for now!

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May Our Lady Bless you,

Blessed is She.

 

The Trinity and the Apple Tree/Part 2: The Trunk of Light

3 Ourania/Oct. 5

Stelladi/Wed.

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O, Sai Mati Sage, Jana of Intelligence, Intuition and Wisdom, be with us. May the Pure Stream of your Virtues flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come.

12) Like to the bole (trunk) is that Spirit Herself, from Whom all creation flows. (The Seed of Truth).As the canopy of the tree represents the Holy Daughter, so the Trunk represents the Divine Mother, the Genetrix of all Creation. And, just as the trunk is the strong core, bringing life to and supporting the swaying and dancing branches of the tree, so, too, is the Holy Mother the life-giving Core of the All. All creation flows out from Her and dances to Her Divine Melody.

This is further exemplified by those who teach about life between lives and near death experiences and that is that the Divine Mother is understood to be the Divine Core of Creation. She is truly the Genetrix of All Being and as the trunk of the tree swirls with life-sustaining energy, it is within Her that all energies flow.

18) Light is pure force, or energy or delight. It is the joy of the Goddess and Her breath and Spirit. 19) Light is the outpouring of Life into existence….

20) Though an existing thing appear ever so solid, yet its body is made of light. All material things are but consolidated force; and the vibration of force is their whole being. The Crystal Tablet.

Though the trunk looks solid and dense, all matter is merely consolidated light and all Light is energy as is borne out by quantum physics.

The solidity of the trunk, like the solidity of all matter, is an illusion. It is truly made up of light and the Holy Celestial Mother is Supernal Light.

When I was a child in Catholic School, we would look up at the blue sky and pray that Our Lady would keep Her Mantle of Protection over us. As a young mother, I would ask Our Lady to spread Her Mantle of Protection over my home and my family.

The protective armor of the outer bark of the tree protects the life within, so, too, have I always believed in the power of Our Lady’s blue mantle to protect my home and loved ones. The power of Our Lady’s mantle has long been a tradition within Catholicism just as it is a tradition within the Deanic Faith.

  1. Ye that are weary with the world, ye that are lonely, ye that have suffered hardship, that have suffered hurt, come, gather about Me and be ye enfolded in my mantle. 4) Come, seek protection in My mantle, for I have turned no creature from Me; be thou sheltered in the folds of my garment. The Mantle.

Like the strong core of the tree that is made of light, the Holy Mother, Supernal Light, is the strong Core of all manifest Life. Like the bark which covers and protects the inner tree, Her Hallowed Mantle, Her Mighty Mantle, enfolds us all within Her loving, protective Force. With out the trunk, the tree could not stand. Without the Heavenly Core, Creation would collapse in and of itself. (3)

Praise be to the Celestial Mother, She Who is the Supernal Light and the Core of All Being.

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Silver Star of the Waters, Who has fashioned all the cosmos into being, beyond all knowing is the Splendor of Your Light. Enfold our spirits, beneath your Hallowed Mantle and may the Pure Stream of Your Grace flow with me, in this world and in all the worlds to come.

Eternal is the Light of the Mother.

Eternal is the Love of the Daughter.

Eternal is the Life of the Great Mother.

Blessed is She.

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

Scriptures taken from The Sacred Myths and Rites of the Madrians, edited by Philip P. Jackson. SMR

 

Deity is to be Worshiped, not ‘Worked With’

Stelladi/Wed.

10 Abalon/Sept. 14

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

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Dea Madria/Mother God, the Fiery Rose of Heaven. (Fiery here means the Fire of Her Love for us. Her loving Flame.)

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Dea Filia, Daughter God, the Great Dove of the Waters.

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Dea Matrona, Great Mother God, the Veiled Fora of Faith.

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Goddess worship has been with us, in one form or another, since the beginning of humanity. While Hinduism has never lost its sense of the Divine Feminine and  Buddhism has their goddesses, the Patriarchal Abrahamic religions squelched the worship of the Divine Feminine almost 3,000 years ago. Traces of Asherah, the Shekinah, the Barbelo (Supreme Divine Mother), the pre-demoted/fallen Sophia (1-2) , the Christian Feminine Holy Spirit (3-6) and certainly, the Goddesses Diana and Isis, who, together with Sophia, were later subsumed into Mary, are still to be found and, indeed, are returning in strength, to Western consciousness.

Also returning to Western consciousness are the goddesses of what I refer to as Classical Paganism (the religions of Rome, Greece, the Celtic lands, etc.) However, oftentimes, within some Traditions of neo-Paganism, we find the opinion that the Goddess is not to be worshiped, rather the goddesses are to be ‘worked with’ in order to perform this or that spell, etc. I’m not sure where this notion originated because it certainly was not the way the ancients viewed their deities. If we look back to their own literature, we see that the ancients felt their gods should be worshiped, honored and treated with great respect.

Those of us who have come from living goddess traditions, whether Hinduism, Buddhism or yes, even Catholic Christianity, (we treated Mary as if she was a goddess whether Catholics understand this to be so or not), are rather taken aback at this modern-day disrespectful attitude towards the Divine Feminine (goddesses). The goddesses of every pantheon are not there to basically help a spell to work correctly, especially without regard to the inherent culture and worship of the goddess. While it is fine to ask our deities for assistance through prayer and worship, they should not be treated as if they are always standing by awaiting our whim, as if they were our personal servants, while being ignored when we have no need of them.

If we take the time to research the prayers and worship rituals of the ancient Greeks and Egyptians, for example, it is clear that far from considering their gods to be ‘worked with’, they had a profound sense of respect, deference and piety towards them.

This is why Deanics do not refer to the Divine Mother as ‘goddess’. As the 21st century West is so utterly divorced from ancient goddess worship, it is truly difficult to understand the great devotion these goddesses inspired in their devotees and so in modern day, the term ‘goddess’ has a different connotation than it did in ancient times. To Deanics, the Divine Mother is not a ‘goddess’, She is God.

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Living Stream Goddesses: Mary (Catholic, upper left picture, Orthodox, upper right), Mater Durga, Tara and Quan Yin.

Look closely at these images. These are not goddesses that we ‘work with’ according to our whim. They are the Divine Feminine and are worthy of our deepest reverence and respect.

As indicated above, it is better to look to ‘Living Streams’ of goddess worship in order to understand what true and authentic goddess worship entails. Living Stream refers to those religions which have had an unbroken line of goddess worship such as Hinduism, Buddhism and, yes, I’m going to say it, Catholicism. (I was Catholic.) Research how Hindus and Buddhists worship and revere their goddesses. Find out how Traditional, pre-Vatican II Catholics (both past and modern) honor/ed Mary, though they weren’t allowed to consider her divine.

Hindus offer pujas, offerings, flowers, mantras and heavenly prayers. Buddhists place offerings, flowers, perfumes and pray mantra rosaries. They bow and act with the deepest of reverence.

As Catholics, we prayed to Mary on our knees. We offered her flowers and crowned her with roses. We had both indoor and outdoor shrines to her. We would say to family and friends: May Our Lady bless you. We prayed her rosary and sang her hymns, chanted her litanies and read her psalms . We attended countless liturgies in her honor and observed her many feast days (several of which were adapted from Paganism). Though we were not allowed to worship her as divine, in the respect and devotion we gave to her, she might as well have been. She was the veiled Goddess who never left us. She remained with us in the Form of Mary. The ancient Church took the images and titles of Diana, Isis and Sophia and applied them to Mary. (Which is why we often use images of Mary to portray the Celestial Mother.)

As in Shaktism, (9) we regard Her to be Supreme Being Who, through parthenogenesis, birthed the Cosmos and all that is within the Cosmos. Why do people find this idea to be heretical? If we were to see what was said of the Shekinah and of Sophia, before they were demoted, we would see that She was Creatrix.

In Classical Antiquity, there were many Forms of the Supreme Goddess Who birthed creation. Why is it so hard to believe that a Mother God birthed creation, but it is ok to believe that a Father God birthed creation? It is only through three millennia of brain washing, threats, name-calling (heretic, etc.,) and intimidation that we forgot our Divine Mother. Heresy is not to be found in the worship of the Divine Mother. The heresy is in the denial of Our Divine Mother. How can they deny their Mother?

Yes, over 2500 years since the time of the King Josiah is a long, long time to have ingrained in our heads that God is only male. But, that is just a drop in the time bucket compared to the tens upon tens of thousands of years when the Divine Feminine reigned Supreme and from Her was birthed the Male.

The Deanic religion does not view the Divine Feminine as a ‘goddess’ who is a sex object or as someone who ‘helps out with spell work’. Nor is She the planet Earth, a Jungian projection of our minds or an Archetype. She is Supreme Being. She is Creatrix. She is Supreme Mother.  She is Dea, Diosa, both words meaning goddess, but stemming from a time when the Goddess was clearly understood to be Divine. She is Kyria, Lady in the Lord sense. She is Madria, Mother. She is Filia, Daughter. She is Matrona, Great Mother. (7-8).

We worship Her. We honor Her. We revere Her. We love Her. She is our Mother. She is our God. We sing hymns to Her and pray to Her. We offer Sacrifice and Liturgy in Her honor. We shower Her with flowers and Crown Her in May. Our Mother is veiled and so we veil in our Rites. Our Mother is Feminine and so we value femininity. (10) Our Mother is modest and so we are modest. Our Mother loves all of Her children and so must we. We, Her priestesses and Her devotees, are Her face and hands in this world. Of this, though we often fail, we must always be mindful.

Silver Star of the Waters, Who has fashioned all the Cosmos into being, beyond all knowing is the splendour of Your Light. Enfold our spirits, beneath Your Hallowed Mantle, and may the Pure Stream of Your Grace flow within me, into this world and in all the worlds to come. Blessed are You. 

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May Our Lady bless you,

Blessed is She.

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ArchMadria Candra Sophia

  1. http://www.suppressedhistories.net/articles/sophia.html
  2. http://www.academia.edu/10319559/The_Gnostic_Goddess_Female_Power_and_the_Fallen_Sophia
  3. http://www.womenpriests.org/theology/brock.asp
  4. http://www.theology.edu/journal/volume3/spirit.htm
  5. http://www.hts.org.za/index.php/HTS/article/view/3225/html
  6. http://sor.cua.edu/Intro/
  7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea_Matrona
  8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matres_and_Matronae
  9. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaktism
  10. Gender is a quality and state of being and is not to be confused with carnal biology. This is why those who state that God and the angels can be neither male nor female are incorrect.)