Divine Sophia and the Clear Recital Part 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 Clear Recital.

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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 Recital Mythos which focuses on only the feminine aspects of the classical mythologies, we also focus on the Divine Feminine in the Gnostic texts.

In the earliest texts of many of the Classic Myths, such as that of Demeter and Persephone,  Demeter (the Mother ) and Kore-Persephone (the Daughter) only the Goddesses were present and Persephone went to the underworld of Her own free will. These texts were later changed into the myths as we know them, today.  So, too, have the earliest Gnostics  texts about Sophia become corrupted.  (1)

From the creation of the first of Her daughters or the First Daughter, 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 Recital.

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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-Sophia (the Celestial Mother) is the Great Dove of the Waters. Zoe-Sophia (the Holy Daughter) is the Gentle Dove of Peace 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-Sophia is born the Holy Daughter, Zoe-Sophia, 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.

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The above image hangs above my hestian altar and will hopefully hang above all future public Janite altars. (Hestian refers to ‘of the hestia’ which is a home that has been blessed, consecrated and anointed in the Name of Dea. )

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.

Before moving on to the next section of the Daughter Mythos, in part III, we shall show how the Seven Jana come from Divine Sophia.

May Our Lady Bless you,

Blessed is She.

  1. http://www.mother-god.com/demeter_and_persephone.html

2) http://www.mother-god.com/original-sin.html and http://www.mother-god.com/christianity-original-sin.html

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.)

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MariMaia

1Maia/April 18

Stelladi/Wed.

O, Madria Sage, Jana 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. In the meantime, any of the Marian novenas can be adapted for Janite use  such as the Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes, Who was very important to the Madrians. (2) 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. Candra Sophia

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.

(2) http://www.catholicdevotions.org/2014/02/novena-to-our-lady-of-lourdes/

 

 

 

Scriptures for the Iremian Order

3 Vespera/Aug. 10

Abaldi/Thurs.

Day of Madria Thema

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The JOP consists of three Orders which are fairly new in the making.

The third Order is the Iremian Order. It’s Symbol is the Fora and it is the Order of stillness and quiet contemplation. It’s Season is Moura and the time of day is Evening.

Those clergy and sorellas (sisters) who serve in the Iremian Order are the Hands and Feet of the Great Mother. They exist, metaphorically, within the Still Centre of the Fora. (Inside the circle of the Fora.) Iremians may work, if they desire, in the areas of hymns, chants, sacred dance, Deanic artwork, poetry and prayers, automatic writing.

The following scripture verses apply to the Iremian Order:

21 In thy work, praise Her and in thy resting, in thy speech and in thy silence. 22 For thou wert made one with Her and this is thy true estate. It is good for a maid to till the soil, but it is better to live with her Lady. It is good to serve maids in every way, but it is better to live with her Lady. 23 She that liveth wholly with her Lady is the servant of all the world; no labour is so great at this, nor so greatly to be honored. The Pillar of Truth vs 21-23.

Rather than being concerned that the choice of serving in the Iremian Order does not accomplish much in this world, be mindful that it accomplishes everything.

You, as an Iremian, reflect that quiet Stillness and Tranquility of the Veiled One, the Great Mother. That inner serenity, which you try to foster as a member of the Iremians, radiates outward from you in your daily life.

You never know which person you might encounter during the day who was the most in need of your quiet look of acceptance or your shy smile. Someone might be having the worst day of their life and your look of kindness might remind them that they have worth as an human being. They might remember that they have purpose in this world. You may have lifted someone spirits from the depths of utter despair.

Your prayers and devotion to Dea are powerful. They are not just for you and your loved ones; each prayer radiates out into the world like a cry of praise or longing which echoes around the globe. We, as humans, are One. And when one prays, it is as if the One is praying.

When you live each day with Dea; when you mindfully perform each task as an act of love; when you offer up your joys and sufferings to Our Lady in perfect trust, you are radiating that Light, Love and Life that has its beginning within the Stillness of the Centre; you are radiating it outwards, beyond the circle of the Fora and along the Four Rivers of Life.

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A. M. Candra

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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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.)

The Challenge of an Unknown Religion

Columbadi/Friday

19 Moura/March 10

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We all feel it. We all know what it’s like to belong to a religion that is virtually unknown and unrecognized. It’s a lonely place to be, that is for sure. Lonely and not so lonely, because we have each other; we have the Janati surrounding us, always, and we have Dea, Our Divine Mother. We are never alone.

Some people poke fun at ‘online religious communities’. Our religion began on-the-ground, in England, in the 1970’s. Ours is but one latter expression of it.

Many religions began as a small, relatively unknown band or group of people who shared certain beliefs. Perhaps they started out being called by G-d Who spoke to their prophet through a fiery bush or maybe the Son of the Father incarnated to dwell amongst them. Other religions may have begun with an charismatic prophet who attained enlightenment under a Bodhi tree or from sacred texts older than historical time. One way or another, through the preaching of prophets, the performance of miracles, sacred writings or through just plain word of mouth, these religions all grew over the years, the decades, the centuries. Some were controlled and promulgated by governments, others were not. They were all fostered and subsequently flourished on the ground, in the material world not by ‘ instant mass media’ in cyber space.

The Deanic Faith began with a group of highly educated Oxford women who came to understand that we have a Divine Mother God. These scholars were quick to point out that She is not a goddess, a superhuman, semi-divine or angelic being but She is God, Herself. Supreme Being. Supreme Being is the same way that same way that Jews and Christians understand the Father to be God and so we understand Dea to be God in the same way that Jews and Christians understand the Father to be God. Supreme Being.

These women further intuited that Dea is God in Her Own Right. She is complete within Herself. And they discovered that the religion of the Divine Mother is the oldest religion in the world.

The only religion still in existence who never forgot their Mother; who never allowed their Living Stream to dry up, is Hinduism, especially in the Shakti denomination. Other religions demoted Her.

It is hard to over-estimate the brilliance of this thinking which took place an half a century before our own day when the Holy Spirit, the Divine Sophia and the Shekinah are coming to be recognized as part of the Godhead in Their Own Right.

These women came up with a perfect system of worship for Her, for Dea Madria, Our Mother God. It was to be a very Feminine system of worship, the sum of which exists in perfect harmony with its parts. And, the gift of the scriptures, though perhaps interpreted in slightly different ways, has proven to be foundational to the over-all inner strength and spirit of the Faith.

They gave us the Five Sacred Symbols, the Five Mysteries, the perfect Five Seasons,the Feminine 28 day calendar, the understanding of the Janati and so much more. And though these things may be little understood by those not of our Faith, they are our greatest treasures.  They are our way of understanding, honoring and worshiping the Divine Feminine in this realm. They are our mindset and our heartset. 

The women from Oxford shared similar beliefs. They spread the Faith through magazines and printed publications. They formed small communities.

Today, we of the greater Deanic religion share similar beliefs. In today’s world, the internet is the fastest way to ‘spread the word’, so to speak and it also connects believers from diverse parts of the world who would otherwise never come to know of each other.

This relatively obscure religion is growing, growing all the time. I see it with my own eyes. I believe it has a future because so many want to worship the Divine Mother, but they don’t know how.

Even those mainstream denominations who are coming to believe in Holy Sophia or the Feminine Holy Spirit or Holy Sophia, these churches might have some Divine Feminine hymns; they might have some Sophian prayers, but they don’t have an outright worship of Dea. They have yet to understand Her as being God in Her Own Right. We do. We are so fortunate.

I know it’s hard when we don’t know how to respond to people when they ask us about our religion/spirituality. It’s hard because we are unable to respond with something that is immediately identifiable like Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist or Pagan. We can’t even say that we are of a ‘goddess religion’ because, as previously explained, there is a difference between goddess and God. I believe that one day, the term Deanic will be identifiable, but right now, it is not.

After we are asked about our religious affiliation, the thought that goes through our heads is, ok, they’ve never heard of Deanism so how on Earth am I going to put this in a nutshell? I can’t just say I worship Mother God, because mainstream people will either have no idea what I’m talking about, or they will immediately think I’m an heretic or that I’m making it all up. Or, they will assume that I am Wiccan or Pagan, which I am neither.

Next thought: Ok, there would be too much to explain in too little time and so I’m just going to say that I’m (and then name the nearest spirituality to Deanism).

This is a tough situation for us and sometimes can make us feel a bit alienated from the world because our religion is so unique.

We cannot identify as being a part of any of the Abrahamic Faiths, although we model Dea on Sophia/Shekinah.

We cannot identify as being Buddhist or Hindu (although we might be considered a type of Western Shaktism).

We cannot identify as being Wiccan, Heathen or Pagan. Pagans and Heathens are polytheistic, we are monotheastic. Pagans believe in gods that are superhuman. We believe in God that is Supreme Being.

As an aside, this is why Janites are very careful to only use Living Stream ‘goddesses’ as Forms for Dea rather than Pagan goddesses. A Pagan goddess is not Supreme Being and therefore is not a suitable Form for Dea just as Zeus is not a Form of the Father God of Jews and Christians. They are not the same!

Our religion is unique, brilliantly conceived, complex, beautiful and relatively unknown. If we are asked about our Faith, we, as Her devotees, Her priestesses, Her daughters, should be honest. This is hard, even for me because I don’t want to have to give a quick answer, leaving the querent with the wrong impression of our Faith. I want the person to have a correct understanding of our Faith. But, that is over-whelming because no-one’s ever heard of us and there’s too much to tell!!!!!

I’ve been thinking about this a lot, lately. Only a couple of people at my work know that I am a priest (ess) of the Divine Mother. But, as a priestess, I need to be ready to answer for my beliefs, for my calling.

ArchMatrona Georgia has explained the Faith to many and has been very well received. When asked, we should strive to follow her example. We can keep it very simple. I am Deanic. It’s a religion which honors our Divine Mother. And we can leave it at that. If someone is truly interested, they can be referred to our websites and future publications. (We NEED to print up some basic brochures in addition to the prayer book that is still in progress.)

Finally, we should never feel alone. It’s wonderful that we have the internet. It is the fastest way to spread information. It is a modern vehicle of long-distance community. I always have a sense of our sisters and brothers in the Faith. I feel like we are always spiritually together. I think of all of us when I serve the liturgy, pray or write an article. I think of all of us when I am walking down the road or driving to work. We might not live near each other. We might not have on-the-ground communities because we worship in our hestias, but I feel that our spiritual bond and our instant and sometimes daily communications, teachings, posts, our sharing and our caring, though it takes place through the cyber realm, is just as real as if we attended church service together.

Let us remember the words of our liturgy, “Madria Dea, we have come before Your Earthly altar within Ekklesia, in union with the Great Janati Who stand before Your Celestial Altar in Heaven. May we be one in Spirit with all Your children, everywhere who are gathered together in Your Name.

And further: For we know that Ekklesia transcends this world, even as this sacred altar transcends the earthly stuff of which its parts are made. For we know that as we stand before this altar within Ekklesia, we stand at once before Your Celestial Altar, which is both in Heaven and in every place where Your children come together in Your Name. 1)

We are always one in Spirit and one in Ekklesia. We are always bound together in Dea.  Always together in Spirit, out of time, out of space, which is more real than the material illusion around us.

This is why Orthodox Christianity and Roman Catholicism teaches that the church, or more specifically, the liturgy is heaven on Earth or the meeting place between Heaven and Earth. This is due to the Power of what takes place during the liturgy. This is why, in most Orthodox and Traditional Catholic churches/chapels, people still dress in their Sunday best for liturgy. This same Power which brings Heaven down to Earth during the liturgy, is the same Power which binds us together as a community in Her Love, Her Spirit and beneath the enfolding shelter of Her Mantle. And we all share in the Daughter’s Soul.

We have so much for which to be grateful with this beautiful Faith. And though it can be hard for us when the mainstream people all around us, even those who aren’t so ‘main-stream’, do not know of our religion let alone understand it; we still have to be those beacons filled with light. We need to pray to Madria Vicka for the courage we need and we need to ask Madria Sofia to guide us in all Wisdom.

We may keep our answers simple and we must use discernment in what we say to whom, but we must not be afraid though our religion is little  known by the mainstream. Someday, our religion will be known.

Guiding Light of the faithful soul, fill the deepest caverns of our spirit with the exhilaration of Your love. Send us forth upon the world as torchbearers of Your delight and grant us strength in You and in ourselves that we may value all things, rightly, regardless of the consuming weight of the profane and the frailty of all that is beautiful.  

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Let us bless the Holy One,

Blessed is She.

Let us thank the Seven Janati of Power.

Thanks be to the Seven Janati.

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ArchMadria Candra Sophia

*Our thanks to Madrina Rosalie for her assistance in the proper pronunciation.

  1. The Great Liturgy of Dea, Janite Edition.
  2. Silver Light of the Forests from the Great Liturgy of Dea, Janite Edition.