Divine Sophia and the Deanic Scriptures II

Pomedi/2 Flora

(Please see previous post on upcoming events in the Holy Month of Flora).

Disclaimer: Please note that Janites are not Gnostic, nor do we accept all Gnostic schools of thought or teachings. We are Deanic and so, for the most part, we base our Tradition on the Deanic Scriptures.

Janites accept all true Living Stream Forms for Dea such as Tara, the Hindu Goddesses, Quan Yin, etc. For the Janite Tradition in particular, our Form for Dea is the Divine Sophia.

We had been working on Sophian Deanic thealogy for a number of years before I discovered the work of Sorella Roselyn of https://priestessofholywisdom.wordpress.com/ . I was simply amazed that an whole other dimension of Sophian Deanic thealogy opened up through her work. And so, with her work and mine taken together, we continue to explore the correlations of our Recital scriptures with the Mythos of Sophia.

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In Part I, we saw how, similar to the Celestial Mother in the Creation Mythos, Sophia is both God and Creatrix. We have also shown how the Supernal Eve, i. e., Zoe-Eve, is the first of Her Daughters or First Daughter. Both the First Daughter of the Creation Mythos and Zoe-Eve were created through the use or metaphor of  water. (See verses 9-10 in the Creation Mythos).

In On the Origin of the World, in which we do not find a Sophia Who is identified with fallen and imprisoned souls as She would later come to be depicted, Mother Sophia sends forth a light-drop upon the water (113-23) which is the conception and birth of Eve, who is the First Daughter of Sophia.  Eve took on bodily form in the Image of the Divine Mother, Sophia.

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It is important to note that similar to the Deanic Mythos which focuses on only the feminine aspects of the classical mythologies, we also focus on the Divine Feminine in the Gnostic texts.

From the creation of the first of Her daughters or the First Daughter, (who represents the first human being), we move onto the mythology of the snake, which we also find in the book of Genesis and earlier texts such as those of Zoroastrianism, for example, Gnosticism presents a different ‘take’ on the snake.  We must be very careful with the snake and evil queen story in the Mythos of Creation, because Deanism, in general, does not teach Original Sin. Many have misunderstood Chapter II in the Creation Mythos to be describing an original sin committed by the First Daughter after having been tempted by the snake.  [Please see 2)]. In Gnosticism, the snake also makes an appearance, but we accept the teachings of the Mythos as it is told in the Deanic Scriptures.

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Moving on to the Mythos of the Divine Maid or Holy Daughter, we see Our Lady, the Celestial Mother, brooding upon the Primordial Waters like a Dove. Of course, in Christianity, the Holy Spirit, Who is Feminine, appears in the Form of a Dove, which, at that time, would have been readily recognizable by the people as a symbol of the Goddess, of the Divine Feminine. It would not have been understood as a male symbol, never. Sophia is not just present in the Gnostic Mythos, She is the Holy Spirit of Christianity Who takes the Form of a Dove.  We also see Sophia as the Holy Spirit in certain aspects of Judaism. (3)

In Janite Tradition, Mari (the Celestial Mother) is the Great Dove of the Waters. Jana/Anna (the Holy Daughter) is the Pure Dove of Grace as well as the Dove of the Sacrifice.  Both ‘Great Dove of the Waters’ and ‘Dove of the Sacrifice’ stem from our RoS and Great Liturgy.

As an aside, scholar Rose Horman Arthur, in the Wisdom Goddess, reminds us that speculation on Sophia is very much older than Christianity. She goes on to say that ‘when Philo writes of man’s becoming divine by union with Sophia, he is not to be interpreted as presenting a new theological trend in sophialogy, which was forming already before the book of Proverbs was written.” The worship of Sophia is nothing new and certainly is not limited to, nor is it derived solely from Christianity. Rather, the Gnostic Christians took the pre-Christian Sophia and turned Her into a fallen divinity. They took the Daughter of Wisdom and turned Her into ignorance, folly and passion. (Words they actually used to describe Her.)

Returning to the Mythos of the Holy Daughter, we see that the Divine Mother has conceived and birthed an Holy Daughter. Time does not permit me to share all the Gnostic texts which speak of Sophia as the Holy Mother. So, suffice it to say, that from Mother Sophia or as we know Her, Mari, is born the Holy Daughter, Zoe-Sophia, for Janites she is Jana/Anna, She Who is the Daughter of Light.

Next comes one of my favorite scriptures, the story of the Three Princesses. In the story, the Genia or Jana before Whom the princesses lay their gifts, thealogically declare the three main titles of the Holy Daughter.

When the first princess lays her crown of gold at the feet of the Jana, the Jana declares, “the Holy Child shall be Princess of all the World“. (24)  The Holy Daughter is Princess of the Cosmos. She is Princess before She is crowned Queen of Heaven upon Her resurrection. It is the same with Daughter Sophia. She, also, will not be crowned as Queen of the Pleroma until after Her resurrection. And so, until She becomes Queen, Daughter Sophia is Princess of the World/Cosmos. In icons, statues and other imagery, she is often shown wearing a crown: Image result for image of statue of divine sophia  https://www.sacredsource.com/Sophia-7-3_4/productinfo/SOF/

When the second princess lays down her silver crown, the Jana states: the Holy Child is the Daughter of Wisdom, Herself. (27)  ‘Lower’ or Daughter Sophia is literally the Daughter of Wisdom and that is how She is known.

Finally, when the third princess lays her crystal crown upon the ground, the great Jana states, the Holy Child shall be Priestess of all the World. In icons and paintings of Sophia, She is depicted as holding a chalice and usually, we read Her words from Proverbs: 9:5, “Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed. (When Wisdom speaks in Proverbs, that is Wisdom Personified… Primordial Wisdom Who is Sophia, Wisdom.) And so, in Proverbs, She acts as our High Priestess.

May Our Lady Bless you,

Blessed is She.

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

3)https://www.beth-elsa.org/Worship/Sermons/Guest_Speakers/Do_Jews_Believe_in_the_Holy_Spirit_01_15_10 (While the article, in its entirety is recommended, please read the last paragraph.)

MariMaia

1Maia/April 18

Stelladi/Wed.

O, Sai Mati Sage, Messenger of Intelligence, Intuition and Wisdom, be with us.

Today, in the Janite calendar, we have added the Feast of MariMaia for what is traditionally  the Month of Mary or Lady Month, as it was known, centuries ago.

(Please note that Janites celebrate the Feast of Flowers, Floralia, on 10 Flora/May 25.)

The month of May has long been celebrated in honor of the Motherhood and the Queenship of Mary. Originally, this consisted of 30 days of various devotions to Mary during Aug./Sept. This was later transferred to the lovely month of May.

Now that we are officially Sophian Deanic, something that we have been unofficially for quite some time, Marian devotions, traditions and culture takes on an even greater significance. As I have mentioned in past posts, not only do we have Marian roots stemming from the beginning of Madrianism, but in some areas of traditional Russian Christian Culture and in present-day Goddess Christian Culture, along with many Sophian Traditions, Mary is believed to have been the incarnation of Divine Sophia. It is significant that the feast day of Sophia, in the Gnostic calendar, falls on Aug. 15, which is the Feast of the Assumption of Mary.

Additionally, Sophia has appeared to many and to one mystic She has said, ‘those who have prayed to Mary have been praying to Me’ And, so, many of the images we have of Mary may authentically be understood to be Images of Sophia.

Though the month of Maia is part of the Season of the Holy Daughter, it has traditionally been the month of the Mother. And, of course, the purpose of the Holy Daughter is to restore us to Our Divine Mother.

As it says in the Oral Tradition of the Secret Gospel of Mary, (not the fictional novel by the same name), “If you know the Woman of Light, you will know your Mother and be reborn of the Mother Spirit as a child of light.  Because the light is bornless, you will have eternal light.

“The body is born of the earthly mother, but the soul of light is born of the Heavenly Mother, and it is the Mother Spirit that awakens the soul of light.” (1)

Christos Sophia by Hikaru

In Janite Tradition, on the Feast of Coronam on 14 Maia/May 1, we crown the Holy Daughter, Our Princess of the World, as the Queen of Heaven.

Traditionally, going back many centuries, the Blessed Mother (Mary) was crowned as Queen of Heaven  And so, in Janite Tradition, on the Feast of Coronum, we may crown the Holy Daughter, Zoe (Daughter Sophia) as Queen of Heaven and, since it is the month of the Mother, we may crown the Celestial Mother, Mari/Maria (Mother Sophia) as Our High Queen.

So, each day of the month of Our Divine Mother, we may strive to do a little something in Her honor.

Plant marigolds, one of several flowers named after Our Lady.

Start a Mary Garden or outdoor shrine. Plant a flower pot and place an appropriate-sized statue of Mary inside or next to the pot for an apartment or windowsill or balcony. This site lists traditional Marian flowers.  https://www.slideshare.net/mobile/TheCatholicCompany/mary-garden-49004828 https://www.reallifeathome.com/how-to-start-a-mary-garden-in-7-easy-steps/

Marian houseplants suitable for the blind due to their form, texture and fragrance:
Mary’s Rose – Miniature Rose – Rosa hybrida
Mary’s Tresses – Asparagus Fern – Asparagus plumosus
Our Lady’s Fringes – Star Begonia – Begonia heracleifolia
Mary’s Bouquet – Rosemary – Rosmarinus officinalis
Mary’s Sword – Apostle Plant – Neomarcia gracilis
Mother of Thousands – Strawberry Geranium – Saxifraga sarmentosa
Beautiful Lady – Geranium (scented) – Pelargonum crispum
https://ecommons.udayton.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgiarticle=1000&context=imri_stokes_gardenguides

Recite Her litany, rosary, psalms or other of Her prayers.

We will be composing 9 day novenas to Her.  Each day of the nine day novena, light a devotional candle to Our Lady and pray the prayer. When your prayers are answered, make an offering to Our Lady in Thanksgiving.

Offer Her flowers, incense, milk and honey.

Sing Her hymns. You do not have to be Catholic to sing these hymns. If you are devoted to Mother Sophia, these hymns are yours to sing. A beautiful hymn which needs no adaptation may be found here: https://www.songandpraise.org/daily-daily-sing-to-mary-hymn.htm. To hear it sung: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4oTnqZjthck

On this day of MariMaia, let us begin Lady Month by fostering True Devotion to She Who is the Mother of All the Cosmos. Blessed is She.

A. M. Pamela Lanides

1) Excerpts from the Secret of Gospel of Mary, http://sophian.org/secret%20gospel%20of%20mary.html . This is the Gnostic Christian Order of Tai Malachi.

 

 

 

 

The Celestial Mother and the Holy Daughter are One

Pomedi or Apple Day. (Thursday).

Day of Sai Thema.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAO, Sai Thema, Jana of Justice, Order and Harmony, be with us.

Dear devotees and friends,

Over the years, we have spoken about the difference between Déa as being a Trinity/Tri-unity [1] of One in Three differing Persons/Aspects or a Triplicity in the archaic meaning of “the state of being triple” [2], of One becoming Three Forms and there is an important thealogical difference between the two concepts.

Janites fall somewhere in between Trinitarian and Triplicitarian concepts.
Triplicity also means threefold, a term we use when describing the Janae of the Threefold Heaven. We do not consider the modern pagan definition of Triplicity which may imply One in Three Persons.

For Janites, in our praxis, or devotional practice, meaning in our worship, our prayers, our devotion and in our feast days, we are very highly Trinitarian in focus. However, in our fundamental thealogy, we are Triplicitarian due to the teachings that we have privately received from an early source. I refer to these teachings with the acronym of LKM which means lesser-known Madrian teachings. It is from the LKM that we learned that Dea is one with Three Forms rather than being a Trinity of differing Persons/Aspects.

Janites interpret this thealogical teaching in the following manner:

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Mother of the world by Nicholas Roerich 1924

Déa is Absolute Deity, whom both Janites and Luciennes refer to as Déa Matrona or the Great Mother God. She Who is Life. This is Déa’s Veiled Form.
In Christianity, it is God the Father Who is considered to be Absolute Deity and Ground of All Being. In Gnostic Christianity, it is the Monos Who is rightly Absolute Deity. In Janite thealogy, this Monos is rendered in its original, feminine form of Monas, for the Great Mother.

Icon of the Mother of God “Shroud” 2013 by Valentina Murenkova
Icon of the Mother of God “Shroud” 2013 by Valentina Murenkova

From Her Veiled Form as Monas or Absolute Deity, She manifests as Our Celestial Mother, Déa Madria or Mother God. She Who is Light. This is Déa’s Transcendent (Heavenly) Form.

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From Her Transcendent Form, She takes on the rarefied Form of Soul, which, in Janite thealogy diffuses Celestial Mother’s Light into a more gentle brightness. This Soul Form is Her Heavenly-Earthly Daughter Form. Déa Filia or Daughter God. She Who is Love. This is Déa’s Immanent Form.

Where time is an illusion, an illusion which helps life to function on our plane of existence, and where the illusion of time does not exist on the plane of the Eternal Now, it is possible for Dea to be all Three Forms simultaneously. But because this is too difficult for our finite minds to fully grasp, Janites relate to Her, in praxis/devotions, as if She is a Trinity of Three differing Persons/Aspects.

As an example of Her Oneness, there have been times when the Blessed Virgin Mary has appeared to visionaries in Her Daughter Form. As we know, She also appears in Her Mother Form and yet, though She has appeared as both the Mother and the Daughter, She is One and the same Divine Person.

It is for this reason that we do not and cannot believe in the literal Death of the Holy Daughter because this would be impossible. If the Holy Daughter is the Celestial Mother in Her Immanent Form, then She cannot separate Herself from Herself and She cannot literally die because She is God. The Spirit of God cannot die, even for the tiniest fraction of a millisecond. If God was to die, for even the tiniest fraction of a millisecond, all of Creation would immediately cease to exist.

It is important to note that in most Déanic Traditions, it is not mandatory that devotees believe in the literal Death of the Daughter, which includes Her Spirit, as long as they recognize the nature and function of the Sacrifice. How that Sacrifice was accomplished is open to interpretation. The Passion and Death of the Daughter in the Scriptures is one possible interpretation. Janites look to another source for our interpretation which does not require a literal death of Déa. This is why, rather than looking to the Mythos of both Inanna and Jesus, as is found in the Passion story of our Scriptures, Janites look to the Mythos of Sophia/Shekinah for our Moura-tide Mystery of Dolora.

For, it is the Shekinah that is ascribed by Kabbalists to be the Middle Pillar of Balance that unites the opposites, just as the soul allows for the opposites of body and spirit to unite, so too does the Shekinah play this role for us. Indeed, the Shekinah is the Soul of Man, what Kabbalists call the Neshamah, for She has given a portion of Herself in order for each human to come into being in this world. In giving of Herself to humans, in this state of physical density and isolation, the World Soul becomes shattered. This shattering can be metaphorically grasped in considering what might happen to a glass alembic or flask when too much pressure is put upon in the alchemical works. Thus, the Shekinah represents the ultimate archetype of selfless sacrifice. All Her sacrifices have been for the benefit of creation so that humankind may experience this life in order to fulfill its destiny and purpose.” [3]

In this mythos, Sophia/Shekinah, in Her Lower Form, (Daughter Form) takes on the rarefied Form of Soul and suffers through a very painful and excruciating Descent down through the increasingly dense vibrational Realms in order to be Immanent with us and to provide for us the protective souls that we need in order to enter manifest Creation. Like a True Mother, She came to protect and provide for Her children.

In Janite thealogy, this Sacrifice was not like a Divine Father who sends His Son to incarnate in the flesh only to be brutally tortured and killed in order to satisfy the divine Justice of the Father; nor is this about an Heavenly Mother who allows Her only Beloved Daughter to suffer a terrifying Passion and Crucifixion (being hung on the Pillar) in order to save Creation, rather, Our Mother came to us, Herself, in Her Soul or Daughter Form, allowing no-one else to suffer in Her place… such is Her unimaginable Love for us.

Unfortunately, according to the Mythos, the density of our third dimension proved to be too much for Her delicate Soul and so It shattered like a crystal chandelier falling onto a marble slab. And due to this Shattering, each Piece of Her Soul became our soul so that we, through Her Sacrifice, are truly One with Her. We did not receive our own souls, rather, we are clothed with a Portion of Her Own Divine Soul. This is how intimately united we are with Our Heavenly Mother through Her Daughter Form.

We do not accept the Patriarchal Gnostic Christian teaching that She is trapped here and needed a Male Savior, rather we accept the teachings of the Shekina that She stays with us voluntarily. Rather then leave us, the Holy Daughter, has chosen to remain inherently with us and to sustain all of Nature by becoming the very World Soul, which is the Eastre Mystery of Rosa Mundi, the Rose of the World.

In Janite thealogy, and based on the LKM, we don’t believe that we turned away from Our Mother through selfish desires and therefore needed to be saved from this fault of our sovereign will, rather, we believe that we come here in order to learn that which we cannot learn in the Pleroma, in order to evolve and mature our souls, the souls that Our Mother gave us from Her Own Soul.

So, during this somber and yet most Sacred time of Moura, let us study those scriptural verses which teach us how to guard and care for our souls and let us study them with extra careful attention.

Let us bless the Holy One,
Blessed is She.

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

Notes:

[1] https://deanic.com/holy-feminine-trinity/goddess-triads-triplicities-and-trinities-by-john-halstead/
Part 1 Goddess Triads, Triplicities, and Trinities by John Halstead
3] http://www.universalkabbalah.net/Shekinah

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.

~

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.)

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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.

~

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).

Rosalia

Feast of Rosalia

9 Rosa/June 21

Stelladi/Wed. (Star day. Day of Madria Sofia.)

The Star is one of our Five Sacred Mystery Symbols. The North (guiding) Star is the Symbol of the third Mystery of Adoria, the Appearance (or Nativity) of the Holy Daughter. She is our Star of Hope, our Guiding Star and the Midnight Star of Wonder.

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. Blessed are You.

 (Rosa Mundi)

Today is the beautiful feast of Rosalia in the Janite Tradition or Rosa Mundi, which means Rose of the World, in the Filianic/Madrian Tradition.

It is the High Feast of the Celestial Mother, She Who is the Assumption of our souls. It is also the feast of roses.

Janites take the name of Rosalia, which means rose flower, from the ancient Roman festival of roses. (1)

Before the aftermath of Vatican II really took hold in the Catholic Church, the shrines of the Virgin Mary, which could be found both inside the churches and outside on the grounds, were laden with roses of every color and hue. Faithful devotees and families would carry them to church on the feast days of the Virgin Mary and place them at the feet of her statues. Dozens of candles would be lit in her honor. In this way, they celebrated Our Lady with fire and roses.

Today, Deanics offer roses to Our Lady in our hestia shrines and we sing to Her in sweet sounding hymns. We praise Her and thank Her in worship and we light a fire in honor of Her Fiery Rose Heart.

(Even candles, for those who do not have access to campfires, wood-stoves or fireplaces or are a form of natural Fire! And for those who cannot afford florist roses, grocery store roses or one or three good roses are fine. It’s also nice to wear a silk rose in our hair, today.)

The fire represents the flame of Our Lady’s love for Her children, a flame which resides in each of our hearts. It is up to us as to whether we fan this flame into the fire of Love, or if we let it smolder and turn to ash through neglect.

The rose is known as the queen of flowers. There is some controversy as to when the rose was first referenced in this way, but evidence appears to point to a date as early as 600 BC and was attributed to the Greek poetess, Sappho:

Would Jove appoint some flower to reign, 

In matchless beauty on the plain,

The rose (mankind would all agree),

The rose, the Queen of Flowers should be. (2)

As such, it is only fitting that the rose eventually became associated with Our Lady, the Queen of Heaven.

The rose also represents the inner temple of our hearts. In Hermetic philosophy,  the Rosa Mundi, or Rota Mundi, is the solar wheel of Apollo, the Lord of movement, of the ever passing/present moment. It is the Solar Citadel, the abode of the Heart, the symbolic center of the Supreme Center which is everywhere centered at once. It is a door through which this invisible place may be accessed by one with a pure heart and an unblemished soul. If one gains access to the center of the rose…” (3)

For Deanists, the solar wheel is that of the Supernal Sun, our Divine Mother God. It represents the inner temple of our hearts, which is in the shape of a rose. This inner temple is where the Divine Spark resides, the jana or gate to the Still Centre of Being.

2) But, within the innermost temple of thy heart shalt thou find the seas and the heavens and all the illimitable cosmos, 3) for the space within this temple is as vast as all the manifest universe. 8) Beyond life, beyond death is the temple, for it is the temple of the spirit. (The Temple of the Heart.)

In Esoteric lore, the seven petaled rose alludes to the secret doctrines of septenary emanation while the five petaled rose, the wild rose, represents the five Elements and Spirit.

In our religion, the Septenary Emanations are the Seven Janati while the five petals of the wild rose, represent the Five Mysteries in addition to symbolizing the Elements and Spirit.

Rosalia is also a feast day of the assumption of the Holy Daughter and our own promised assumption unto union and bliss with our Heavenly Mother in the Realm of Perfection or Pleroma.

So, let us celebrate this holy feast day with roses and with fire, for She is the Fiery Rose of Heaven.

Let us celebrate with worship and song, because She is Our Assumption.

Let us celebrate with joy and happiness, because She is Our Rose of Joy.

 

26) Know then, thy heart and render it to Me; 27) and I shall lead thee to the innermost temple of thy heart, whose form is the form of a rose. (The Temple of the Heart).

For further reading:

http://www.mother-god.com/rosa-mundi.html.

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May Our Lady bless you on this most holy day,

Blessed is She.

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ArchMadria Candra Sophia

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1) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosalia_%28festival%29

2) http://www.therosarianlibrary.co.uk/

3) Joscelyn Godwin, in Robert Fludd – Hermetic Philosopher of Two Worlds. Shambala, Boulder, 1979: 10 [w/illustration.]” (Thanks to Madrina Sophia for contributing this info.)

http://www.esoteric.msu.edu/Eberly/CommentaryDR.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Feast of Madria Vicka

1 Rosa/June 13

Today is the Feast of our greatest Champion, Madria Vicka. She is known by Filianists as Sai Vikhe and She is Lady Victory in the Lucienne Tradition.

Madria Vicka is the Face of the Celestial Mother and is of the Four-Fold Earth. As a Jana ((yah-na) of the Four-Fold Earth, She is closely connected with manifest creation. As the Power of spiritual and material defense, She is often called upon for protection. Janites place Her as the Mistress and Protectress of Ekklesia and of our hestias.  Her Power is connected to Heroism.  Her main Virtues are Courage, Strength and Valor.

In our religion, we often pray that we are placed beneath Our Lady’s Mantle of Protection. When praying specifically to Madria Vicka, we ask to be placed (or our homes, Ekklesia, etc.,) beneath Her armor of Protection.

Certainly, the martial arts, military, police, fire fighters and all others who train and fight for freedom and safety are considered to be especially under Her matronage.

Sai Vikhë is the principle of discord or combat that is always inherent in manifestation: for only Heavenly things are in perfect harmony. If there were no discord, there would be no universe. However, in the Goddess Religion, all discord is but part of the Greater Harmony. War is not part of the culture centered on Goddess Spirituality, but when it is necessary to defend, the courage of Sai Vikhë comes to the fore.

Sai Vikhë as the principle of spiritual and material defence, who descends to earth when harmony (thamë) is disrupted, is perhaps best illustrated in patriarchal times by the Goddess Durga.  http://www.mother-god.com/goddess-religion.html

This feast day may be celebrated today or on any Trinity Day (Foradi, Sunnadi, Lunadi (Sat.-Mon.) as many work outside the hestia during the week. Where the feasts of the Janati are considered to be important feast days of Our Lady in Her Seven Forms, clergy shall serve the liturgy and sisters may serve the RoS in Her honor.

Roses are most appropriate offerings for Madria Vicka. The rose is both Her flower and Her Symbol. Incense: Frankincense, Dragon’s blood, Sandalwood, Rosemary, Rose, Myrrh, Copal, Benzoin.
Sacred Oil: Rose oil.

Aside from offering ritual, some devotees also choose to decorate their hestias in Her honor and offer a meal suitable for the occasion. Foods that are appropriate for this feast day would be hot, spicy foods, red berries and fruits, and red wines and beverages.

Divine Lady Rosa

Here are Her Janite Correspondences (the Lucienne is very similar):

Jana: Madria Vicka meaning victory. She is of the four-fold Earth and is Guardian of South and Fire.

Greek Name: Nike

English Name: Lady Victory

Filianic Name: Sai Vikhe.

Face/Power/Red Ray/Spirit/Form of the Celestial Mother
Virtues: Courage, Strength and Valor.

Power: Heroism
Feast Day: 1 Rosa/June 13.
Planet: Mars
Weekday: Rosadi/Tues. (Rosadi-Roseday).
Metal: Iron
Color of Robes: Red
Note: E (mi)
Element: Fire

Cardinal Direction: South

Tarot Association: Minor Arcana

Elemental Tool: The Sword
Bird(s): Falcon/Hawk
Incense: Frankincense, Dragon’s blood, Sandalwood, Rosemary, Rose, Myrrh, Copal, Benzoin.
Sacred Oil: Rose oil.
Sacred Herb: Rue.
Sacred Flower: Red Rose.

Sacred Tree: Rowan.
Sacred Jewel: Ruby
Sacred Symbol: the Rose.

Mantra: O, Madria Vicka, Jana of Courage, Strength and Valor, be with us.

Rosadi 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 Mistress and Protectress of the Janite Ekklesia and of our hestias/sacred homes.

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May Our Lady, in Her Form of Madria Vicka, keep us ever safe, watch over our hestias and protect our countries.

O, Madria Vicka, Guardian of Fire and admirable Defender of the Janite Ekklesia, deliver us from all negativity, we pray. O, holy Protectress, guide us away from the deceptions of the those who would do us harm. O, courageous and mighty arm of Dea, vanquish all evil; protect our planet and all of her inhabitants. May we live in peace; may we honor all the living and may we serve Dea in all unity, in all worlds and for all time. Blessed are You.

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ArchMadria Candra Sophia

Bits and Pieces

18 Flora/June 2

Columbadi/Friday  Day of Madria Grace.

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. Blessed are You.

This brief Bits and Pieces covers Fairies, Auroram and our Trinity Days.

Fairies

Dear Sisters,

One thing that I love about our religion is that we believe in fairies and the nature spirits.

12) And the Mistress of All Things was filled with delight and ran laughing through the forests of the Earth. 13) And every peal of Her voice became the image of a silver fragment of Her Spirit. 14) And the trees and rivers were filled with nymphs and every kind of sprite. And all were Her daughters. And Her love for each was inexhaustible, for each was a reflection of some boundless fragment of Her unbounded Spirit. 15) And all their multitude did not exhaust the number of the fragments of Her Spirit. 16) And to each was given the governance of some earthly thing. The Creation, verses 12-16 (SMR edition.)

I had read the amazing story of Findhorn some time ago. https://www.amazon.com/Findhorn-Garden-Story-Inspired-Photos/dp/184409135X

Recently, I have discovered a book entitled, Seeing Fairies, From the Lost Archives of the Fairy Investigation Society, Authentic Reports of Fairies in Modern Times by Marjorie T. Johnson. It is available on Kindle as well as Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Seeing-Fairies-Archives-Investigation-Authentic/dp/1938398262

This woman spent decades writing this book. The first intro and forward are a bit tedious, but contains some important information. On the other hand, the author’s ‘voice’ is engaging and I have been enthralled with what I’ve read so far.

Hundreds of people have seen fairies over many centuries. How can they all be mistaken?

We are coming to understand that not only is life most likely on other planets, but possibly in other dimensions. Our eyes are capable of seeing only so much. There might be a lot of things around us, that we are not able to see. If we can believe in angelic beings who live on an higher vibrational realm, why do so many discount the possibility of fairies who also live at an higher vibration?

One thing the author of this book explained was: All these beings are the manipulators of the forces of Nature. They are active in the Mineral, Vegetable , Animal and Human Kingdoms and play an essential part in the Divine Plan. Their bodies are fluidic and self-luminous and they can assume different forms, but mostly imitate the human They may be seen as pulsating clouds of colour or as tiny etheric lights. Some have wands, which are a symbol of authority in the Fairy World. All these nature spirits are part of the Angelic Hierarchy and evolve eventually into Angels.

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Every flower and tree contains within it, the archetype, or Divine Idea, of what it is to become, and it is the nature spirits who help to bring this into manifestation. They are ready and willing to cooperate with us in every aspect of human life if we will learn to obey Nature’s fundamental laws. (This latter was borne out at Findhorn.)

As you can see, we find some Deanic teachings in the above paragraph. There are other compatible spiritual concepts mentioned in this lovely book that would be of interest to Deanics, as well.

With the Feast of the Fairy Queen, Aine, coming up on 8 Rosa/June 20, this is quite a suitable book to read in preparation for the upcoming festival. The Fairy Queen Aine was the Divine Mother Goddess Aine.

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Beautiful rosary hand-crafted by Miss Leah of the Deanic Ladies Community.

Auroram

I am very pleased with Sorella Minna’s idea of referring to rosaries as Auroram. The Janites will be adopting this practice, as well.

This is her beautiful rosary:

The Auroram by Sorella Minna, http://humbleladyofdea.tumblr.com/devotion

I am not fond of the term ‘Rosary’ for Déanic prayer beads. The Catholic church is too rife with controversy and abuses for me to be comfortable sharing any terms. So instead, I offer a term for Déanics in reference to prayer beads:‘The Auroram’, which translates as, ‘The Dawn (which I act upon)’. With a base in the word Aurora, symbolizing the Daughter, I feel it quite fitting. 

An Auroram to Mysteria (I shield my eyes)

*An Auroram to be done silently, in honor of Her

To be done on a string of 108 beads (picture coming soon). Nine sets of a trio of small beads with a larger bead in between each trio, repeated three times total for 108 beads. A small charm can be put between each set of 36 beads (nine trios with a large bead between each trio) as well.

On each small bead (entire prayer is done on each small bead, so that the entirety is repeated 3 times in a row):

Let me be steadfast
Let me be silent
Let me be still

On each large bead:

Hail, Mysteria, Fountainhead of Grace, glory be to Thee.
Blessed art Thou, O,  Empress of Heaven and blessed is the beloved Mother and Daughter.
Holy Dea, Great Mother God, bless us, Thy children, now and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

On each of the three charms (sourced from the Janite Website):

Hail to the Queen, the Nebula of Nebulae
The First before all, whose hand holds Creation
The stars are but diamonds in your hair
The Universe is but a gem upon your hand
I reach out to you, a child to their Mother,
on this day, and every day
For the rest of my life.

Our Trinity Days:

While each day is Sacred, the three days of Foradi, Sunnadi and Lunadi are considered, within Janite Tradition, to be the Trinity Days.

Foradi/Sat. is not only the day of Madria Rhea, but it is also the day of the Great Mother, Mysteria.

Sunnadi/Sunday is the day of Madria Theia and of the Celestial Mother, Mari.

Lunadi is the day of Madria Candra and of the Holy Daughter, Kora.

Most of our devotees serve the Rite of Sacrifice on the Full Moon, only. Madrians served it on other Moons, too. Some devotees are also drawn to serving the Rite of Sacrifice each week. In this case, the practice of our priestesses might be adopted. We serve our liturgy on any one of the Trinity Days. And so we might serve the liturgy either on Foradi/Sat. (in honor of the Great Mother); Sunnadi/Sunday, in honor of the Celestial Mother or Lunadi/Monday in honor of the Holy Daughter.

One practice might be to serve the Rite of Sacrifice or liturgy according to the nearest moon. For instance, for the weekend after the Full Moon, the RoS or the liturgy could be served on Sunnadi, in honor of the Celestial Mother. On the weekends after the waxing and waning Crescent Moons, Lunadi would be chosen. On the weekend after the Dark Moon, Foradi would be chosen, each with their appropriate Preface. But, this is entirely according to personal desire. I do think I’m going to start making this my personal praxis. This way, the liturgy becomes very Trinitarian.

However, I wish to make clear that for devotees and our Sisterhood, the only mandate is to serve the RoS on the Full Moon. All else is optional, according to personal desire. 

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May Our Lady bless you,

Blessed is She

~

ArchMadria Candra Sophia

 

The Meaning of the Day of Kala from a Janite Perspective.

16 Columbina/April 4

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Madria Erin, in her most engaging and thoughtful post on Lustration/Kala, asked the question, what is the full thealogy of the day, if the Daughter is not dead?

Our Scriptures teach that the Holy Daughter suffered a torturous Descent down through the Realms before Her Death. These scriptural verses, taken altogether, are seemingly inspired by the Mythos of Inanna, Persephone, and the Passion of the Christ. Our scriptures continue with the story of how after Her death, the Holy One went to the deepest, darkest realms in order to carry the Light of the Mother to every corner of existence. (Jesus was said to have descended into hell, after death, to free the souls waiting there. Persephone, of course, spent six months in Hades.) On the Holy Feast of Eastre, as evidenced in the Mythos of Persephone, the Daughter was rescued and resurrected by Her Mother.

And though, I cannot speak for Filianists, I would assume that Kala is spent in the remembrance of the Passion and Death of the Holy Daughter. (We must keep in mind that there were many dead and resurrecting pre-Christian gods. This timeless myth extends thousands of years B. C.)

There is an hauntingly beautiful Filianic lament in honor of Mari-Anna that is often chanted on this day. {Anna is the name of the Holy Daughter in Filianic Tradition. Though it is said to come from the name Hannah, it also stems from Inanna and Jana as in Di-Jana or Di-Anna. (Jana is correctly pronounced Yanna}.

We must also be mindful of the fact that the name, Demeter, translates to God the Mother and Persephone (per seph o nay), before Her Descent into Hades, was called Kore (Kor-eh or Kora), which means the Maid/Maiden or Daughter. It was after the Divine Kora returned to the Earth from the Underworld that She was called Persephone. (1)

I and both of my bishops, believe that the Eleusinian Mysteries, served in honor of Demeter/Persephone, were truly based upon the Divine Mother and Daughter.

These ancient rites were liturgical in nature and had a Divine Communion Rite. The Eluesinian Mysteries were based on a Mother-God and Daughter-God Who were separated, the Daughter descended into hell, and Her resurrection was celebrated, annually.  During this Rite, devotees truly believed that they were receiving the Body of Demeter,’ God the Mother’,  through the Communion Bread.

The deeply meaningful and mystical Communion Rite of the original Madrian liturgy, part of which is to be found in our scriptures, was inspired by the Myth of Persephone. Though Persephone did not die, per se; rather, She was trapped in the underworld where Her Mother shattered the gates of Hades in order to rescue Her; this Mythos may be considered symbolic of a death and resurrection. Certainly, the resurrection of all life on Earth followed the return of Persephone from the under-world.

In Sophian Tradition, there is also a Communion Rite that may be based upon Proverbs. 

 

Just as Filianists and other Matriarchal scholars have managed to discover the pre-Patriarchal roots of many Goddess-based myths, in Janite Tradition, the Cosmic Drama of the Holy Daughter is founded upon the pre-Patriarchal Mythos of Sophia/Shekinah (see http://www.suppressedhistories.net/articles/GnosticGoddessFallenSophia.pdf).

The Divine Sophia is pan-religious, meaning, She is not confined to one religion. She is actually pre-Christian and all may worship Her. She is the Image/Form that Janites use for the Holy Daughter. Included in the Mythos of Shekinah/Sophia is the Divine Shattering.

Sources for this Myth of the Divine Shattering of Shekinah/Sophia may be found within certain traditions of Kabbalism, in Gnostic schools of thought and in ancient Syrian Gnostic Christianity.

In Kabbalism, this Descent is not considered to be the punishment it is in Gnostic Christianity; it is a voluntary act on the part of Lower (meaning immanent—so Daughter-Form) Shekinah out of Her love for the Children of Israel and this Descent through lower-vibrational density resulted in the Shattering of Her Soul.

Unlike Kabbalism, the Christian Sophian Tradition, unfortunately, blames this Shattering on a mistake that Sophia supposedly made by trying to create without Her Male Partner. We, and many modern Christians and Sophian devotees, do not accept this Patriarchal view of Lower (again, meaning immanent-so Daughter-Form) Sophia. She is said, in ancient sources, to always do the will of Her Mother (Higher Sophia) and so, She descended down through the Realms, like the Shekinah (they are One and the same Being) to be immanent with the Children of the Earth, but this torturous Descent down through the ever increasingly denser and darker dimensions eventually caused Her Soul to Shatter. This Shattering, as taught in Shekinan/Sophian Mythos, did not cause Her death, rather, it caused Her to become the World Soul or the Holy Soul of the World (of all of us and all of Nature).

In contrast to the Mythos of Persephone, the Divine Sophia is not saved by Her Mother. Rather, She, like Quan Yin, chooses to remain immanent with us. She becomes an integral Part of us, to unite as One Being with us, until the day we desire nothing but Perfect Love and so at that ending of the time of our Soul Journey, She ascends with us, assuming our souls unto the Celestial Mother in the Heavenly Realm of Bliss, the Pleroma, our True Home.

I picture the Divine Shattering of the Holy Daughter like an hologram that has been shattered into a million pieces. Each shattered piece (us) is still a reflection of the Whole and yet, the Core of the Original Wholeness is still intact because the Holy Daughter is God and God cannot disintegrate. She cannot die.

The Holy Daughter is like the Central Piece of the Original Hologram. Though the fragile, rarefied outward pieces of the Daughter’s Soul was Shattered (and Sophia is said to have had a rarefied Body—Soul), Her Essence, Her Spirit, did not, could not, shatter, disintegrate. Thus, the Original Immanent Image of the Celestial Mother, She Who is the Holy Daughter, was Shattered, and yet, remained Whole in an of Herself and we, Her Divine Sparks, each were ensouled with Her Soul. She is the Soul of our souls and the Spirit of the Divine Sparks within us. This is the Divine Mystery of the Feasts of Moura and Eastre in the Janite Tradition.

Returning to the holographic analogy: As found in Stanislav Grof’s,  the Holotropic Mind: ‘Unlike normal photographs, every portion of a piece of holographic film contains all the information of the whole. Thus if a piece of a holographic plate is broken into fragments, each piece can still be used to reconstruct the entire image.’

To reconstruct the entire image. That is why Sophia, the Holy Daughter, seeks the Sparks within us, so that She may recreate the Original Image and render us back into that Perfect Hologram in order to reunite us with the Celestial Mother, the Origin of the Image.

But, just as with the brain, where the whole is carried in the part— as the brain is damaged or sections removed, the more it is cut up, the more the memory, though it remains intact, becomes fuzzy, just so, an hologram becomes fuzzier the more it is shattered. Thus, we of the Shattered One are but imperfect, fuzzy reflections of the Divine Daughter, Who is the Immanent Image of the Celestial Mother, Who, in turn, Who comes from the Source, the Great Mother and so we must seek, through Her Grace and Her Sacraments (2) to become ever more perfect reflections of Her. And, we do so out of love of Dea, and, as our scriptures teach, out of love for Her children. We do so by striving through every thought, word and action to draw ever closer to the Holy One rather than retreating further away from Her.

 Green Sophia, by Daniel Mirante, contributing artist to the Artists Envisioning the Divine project.

To summarize: In Her desire to be immanent with us, we who are the Children of the Earth/the Children of Dea, after our fall into density, the painful Descent through the denser, lower vibrational Realms proved to be too much for the delicate, rarefied Soul-Body of the Holy Daughter, one which was not protected by a material body and so, it Shattered. We became One in Soul with the Holy Daughter. We contain souls that were given to us out of Her Sacrifice; we contain within our souls Her Divine Sparks.

In Kabbalistic teaching: The Shekinah plays another very important role in the story of creation, and in particular in the Great Plan of humankind.  It is believed that in man’s fall to a denser, less perfect state of being in the physical, the Shekinah stayed with us as we separated from God or were exiled from the ‘Garden’.  Thus, the Shekinah, once again, was voluntarily removed from God/En Sof in order for us to have our experience.  She has always stayed with us, wherever we were exiled or isolated or shut out, the Shekinah was always there in exile and isolation with us. http://www.universalkabbalah.net/Shekinah.

On the day of Lustration (Kala in the Auroran and Filianic Traditions), Janites spend a day in somber remembrance of this greatest, most heart-rending, soul wrenching, sacrificial myrrh-infused, stopped moment out of time when all the Cosmos holds its breath; the  most knee-bowing, head-veiling, thunderstruck, awestruck, Shining Being witnessed, Ultimate, Primordial Love Sacrifice of the Most Pure and Holy Daughter. She literally gave Herself to us. And, She never left us. She stayed. 

In this way, She lives every single moment of every single day with us. Whether we are in pain; whether we experience joy; whether we glory in love or suffer abandonment, She is literally part of us and we of Her and so, She experiences exactly as we do with all our pain, emotions and bliss.

This is the full thealogy of the day of Kala in the Janite Tradition.

Janites practice the ancient rite of lustration/purification and veil in solemn observance of Her Descent and Shattering on the day of Lustration, 28 Moura/March 19 (if not a leap year).

May the Queen of Heaven, She Who is the Divine Shattered One; She Who is the Holy Soul of the World; She Who is the Queen of Heaven, bless you and be with you. Blessed is She.

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ArchMadria Candra Sophia

 

  1. The meaning behind Persephone is a little bit of a mystery. It could derive from the Greek pertho (“to destroy”) or from phone (“murder”). She may be a Greek and Roman goddess, but that doesn’t prove that her name comes from either language. In fact, the multiple spellings of her name in ancient sources suggest that the Greeks found her name difficult to pronounce, which would suggest that it was foreign to them. Some historians believe that worship of her, as well as her mother Demeter, predate the Olympian pantheon. http://bewitchingnames.blogspot.com/2012/10/persephone.html. (Though this is the most common guessed meaning of Persephone, there are those who believe it may mean She Who lightens the darkness.)