Our Relationship with the Seven Janati

8 Samhain/Nov. 7

Stelladi/Wed. Day of the Star.

Day of Sai Mati Sage, Messenger of Intelligence, Intuition and Wisdom.

Our readers might be interested in the story of the Russian cosmonauts who saw Seven Angels in Space. I have seen the interviews and have watched their stories on several television shows and it has now been widely reported. These are highly trained professionals, the claims of others that they were suffering from a mass hallucination is bunk, especially considering that other cosmonauts also saw them 12 days later. http://www.techeblog.com/index.php/tech-gadget/mind-blowing-story-of-russian-cosmonauts-who-saw-angels-in-space

When we think of the Janati as Planetary or Cosmic Powers, they can seem very far away. We might often feel that they have better things to do rather than helping us with our own, personal needs. And they might appear foreign to us. Impersonal. Out of touch and out of reach like the farthest stars in our galaxy.

That was how I felt when I first encountered them. At the same time, I was very intrigued by not only the idea of them but the beauty of them and what each of them represented.

Hailing from a Catholic background where we were personal friends with the saints in heaven and devotees of the Archangels, I had a deep desire to come to know the Janati. I wished to interact with each them on a personal and emotional basis rather than on just a thealogical and intellectual level. Both are necessary for true devotion!

I realized that if they are Emanations of Déa, then they are no more impersonal than is She. If I can have a close relationship with Déa, then I can have a close relationship with each of Her Seven Intelligent Emanations. The Seven Jeweled Rays. The Seven Royal Ladies of Déa.

They weren’t just Planetary Powers, they were also assigned to rule over the Cardinal Directions and the Five Primordial Elements. So each Jana ruled over the associations of their Primordial Element.

I began to think about Sai Thema (Thamé). She is of my favorite time of year: Fall. And my favorite time of day: Twilight. In our system, She rules over Earth and is Guardian of the West. She is the Janya of Justice, Order and Harmony. She shares this Season with Our Celestial Mother, Who manifests Law, Order and Harmony into motion.

(It is important to note that ‘Lady Justice’ was never depicted as being blindfolded until the 1500’s. Images of Sai Thema (Thamé) should never be blindfolded.)

Her Filianic name (and the noun), Thamé, is from Dharma, which means Firm Law and The Laws of Nature. (1) For Déanists, it also means the Harmony of Order. Her Greek name, Themis, means Law of Nature and Divine Law. Natural and Cosmic Law. Her Reginite/Janite name, Thema, translates to Queen. Sai Thema is the Queen of Natural and Cosmic Law, Order and Harmony.

She Rules over the Cosmic Above and the Earthly Below. Here below, I realized, she could help with all things that are related to Earth in addition to Justice, Order and Harmony. In answer to my prayers over the years, she has provided homes, jobs, court-related victories and all the things symbolized and embodied by the Element of Earth. There were times when right after praying for help, things would happen in such a way, there would be no doubt in my mind that it was Sai Thema who helped me. At times, the answers were downright miraculous. I try to always remember to end my prayer for the ‘highest good’ of the individual or situation.

In the same vein, I began to come to know Sai Vikhé as well. She protects my family; she protects the Ekklesia and she helps me when I need the courage to do things that are uncomfortable for me. When I sit before my campfire, I thank her for the warmth and wonder of Fire. Over time, I have become closer to some of the Janati than others, but they are always with me.

It was ArchMatrona Georgia Cobb of the Lady of Light Chantry who first came up with the Janati rosary. This was the origin of our beautiful Janati mantra prayers. She is the one who composed them by focusing on their Virtues. And that is when we realized how very important those Virtues were. She and I began to place a greater emphasis on them in our daily lives and in our teachings.

ArchMatrona Georgia also taught me, through her Janati rosary, that the Janati are Déa. They are not angels. They are not goddesses. They are Déa. That is when I realized that they are Emanations of Déa, Herself, in Seven Angelic Forms. As she had explained to me, when we pray to the Janati, we are praying to Dea. Once I became aware of that, I realized that Déa is One and Three and Seven. I was very happy to see this formula picked up in an article on the Chapel of Our Mother God website. I believe it is foundational thealogy for all Deanists.

And so I learned that the Janati were not just the Planetary Powers. They were not the Greek Titanides. They were Déa, Herself in Seven Angelic Forms.

These Seven are seen elsewhere, as the Seven Pillars of Sophia, the Seven Virgins of Sophia, the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit (Who is Female), the Seven Spirits before the Throne of God (the Seven Gifts are the Seven Spirits) and all of these have been shown to tie in with the Seven Planetary Powers in one way or another.

I greet the Janati each morning during my Aurora prayers. Oftentimes, this is when I will say a brief pray for others. I will ask Sai Sushuri Grace to help those who are sick. I will pray to Sai Thema for someone who is looking for a new home. I will ask Sai Vikhé to watch over my family and our country.

There are times, especially when I am working, that all I have time for is the greeting of the Janati in the Five Directions, a Hail, Déa prayer for the Holy Daughter and a quick scripture reading. I do like to include the Daughter of Light prayer if I have time.

I usually pray the Janati rosary of the day on my way to work. It doesn’t take long. These prayers and encounters (through the greeting) surround me with the Janati in the morning and all through the day. As I face each direction and greet the Janya, I am able to sense their Presence in my life.

After the rosary, during my 35 minute drive to work, I will try to think about which Virtue I will try to practice for the day. For example, if it is Columbadi/Fri, the Day of Sai Sushuri Grace, I will choose to try and be more compassionate or more merciful or more loving. I don’t always remember, especially if my day gets very busy, but I start the day with that intention. And, I often fail. Sometimes, quite miserably!  But I realize it is a learning process along my True Soul Path.

My way is not right for everyone. Some devotees simply offer a quick prayer in their own words or read scripture before heading off to work or starting their day. Just because I’m a rosary person, doesn’t mean that everyone is. I grew up with the rosary, so it is as much a part of me as brushing my teeth. Others prefer to pray in their own words or with simple prayers.

I found that what is important, as I was beginning to come to know the Janati, was being mindful of them and remembering that they are here to help and aide the Children of Déa in a deeply personal way. They are Déa! They are Déa in Her Seven Emanations!

During Evensong, I thank each of them for the day. I might whisper a quick little prayer of thanksgiving for any help and aide that I’ve been granted or for prayers answered. If the prayer was for something vital or for an emergency, I will often offer flowers and a liturgy or RoS/V in thanksgiving.

We don’t always see the ‘big picture’ as do the Janati. Sometimes, if prayers are not answered the way we would like, it is usually because either it is not for the highest good of the person or karma might be involved. But even then, help is offered in one way or another. Always.

Sometimes, we don’t realize that things have happened for a reason until we are much further down the road of Life. Sometimes, we don’t realize that we have received the help we needed at the time. This knowledge often comes to us when we are in Avala, the resting place between lives. (See books by Dr. Michael Newton and Dr. Brian Weiss). 

All in all, I have learned that Trust comes and Love follows. Relationships are a two-way street. I have benefited, greatly, from coming to know and experience the Janati and I try to honor them, in return. I believe that their Virtues form the Pathway to Heaven.

Let us bless the Holy One.

Blessed is She.

Let us thank the Seven Janati of Déa.

Thanks be to the Seven Janati.

Thus it is and thus may it be.

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

 

 

 

The Seven Janati and Divine Sophia

Foradi/ 5 Flora

O, Sai Rhea, Shield of Steadfastness, Temperance and Self-Restraint, be with us. Blessed are You.

Setpena to Sai Raya Thea:

(Say for seven days).

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

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

Blessed are You.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Artist: Victoria Moore

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

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

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

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

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

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

Grammar/Moon/Sai Candre’.

Dialectic/Mercury/Sai Mati Sage.

Rhetoric/Venus/Sai Sushuri Grace

Music/Sun/Sai Raya Theia.

Arithmetic/Mars/Agia Vikhe.

Geometry/Jupiter/Sai Thema.

Astronomy/Saturn/Sai Rhea.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I would like to conclude with this prayer to the Janati by Sorella Roselyn.

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

May Lady Theia fill our hearts with joy,

May Lady Candra keep us pure in spirit,

May Lady Grace enfold us in her love,

May Lady Vicka strengthen our courage,

May Lady Thame balance the scales of justice,

May Lady Sage enlighten our minds with truth,

May Lady Rhea guide us safely through the dark.

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

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

Blessed is She.    Sorella Roselyn

Article by ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

 

Honoring the Janati in Our Daily Lives.

27 Vespera/Sept. 3

Foradi/Sat.

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

Rhea and the lion

1. As the rain fell, the light came again, and a rainbow appeared in the sky, shedding its light upon all things. 2. And whereas all things had been silver, now they took on every hue and colour, and the world was beautiful; but it was not so beautiful as it had formerly been.

3. [And She set Her seven powers in the firmament, giving one to rule each colour of the earth.]  The Creation, Chapter 3, vs. 1-3. New Celestial Union Edition.

Within the Janite Deanic Faith (which loosely translates as Gate of the Mother God religion), devotion to the Seven Janati is central to our religious practice. The Seven Janati are the Seven Powers or Faces of Dea, Our Divine Mother God.

Traditionally, certain Forms/Aspects of the Supreme/Parthenogenetic Goddess have been associated with these Seven Powers such as Eurynome, Sophia and the Shekinah. They are also known as the Seven Planetary Powers; the Seven Pillars and the Seven Faces.

Our Tradition teaches that the Janati flow from Mother God and take on rarefied angelic form. And so, the Seven Janati, a Sanskrit word meaning to generate, cause, to be born, create, beget and to produce, are the Seven Intelligent Living Streams of Dea in angelic form.

Though we may think of them as female archangels, reminding us of the female Bountiful Immortals of Zoroastrianism or the female angels of ancient Judiasm, it is important to remember that they are the Living Streams of Dea, Herself. It is as though they flow from Dea through a prism, thereby separating into Seven Jeweled, Living, Intelligent Rays who generate and produce the Seven Rivers of Life.

Do not be afraid to approach the Janati on a very personal level. They respond to our prayers and are ever-ready to assist us.

One personal custom that I have developed to honor the Janati on a daily basis is five-fold:

1) I try (although it is not always possible) to wear a color associated with the Jana (1) of the day.

2) I take a gemstone that has been charged beneath the Full Moon, bless it according to our blessing rite (found in our drop-down menu beneath the Prayers and Rites section). This stone will have been blessed with specific intentions. The intentions are: that her blessings, benefits and protection be upon me and may her virtues (here I name the specific Virtues of the Jana) be instilled within me. After this powerful blessing, I will wear it as a pendant in a gemstone cage similar to those found here:

https://www.etsy.com/market/gemstone_cage.

The color of the gemstone of the day will be associated with the color(s) of the robes of the Jana.

So, for instance, today is Foradi/Sat., (2), the day of Madria Rhea, whose robes are indigo and black. So, I will choose a crystal or gemstone as close in color as possible to indigo like dark lapis lazuli or I will choose a black stone like obsidian. During the blessing rite, along with the intentions of invoking her blessings and protection, I add the intention of instilling within me her virtues of Steadfastness, Temperance and Self-restraint.

3) I pray a septad (a group of seven beads similar to a decade of the rosary) of her mantra in the morning and through-out the day. For Madria Rhea it is: O, Madria Rhea, Jana  of Steadfastness, Temperance and Self-restraint, be with us.

4) I try to be mindful of her presence by praying to her and talking to her during the day. I try to spend time in contemplating both her and her virtues.

5) I choose one of her virtues to manifest in my life for that day. So, for instance, today I might choose to focus on Steadfastness or Self-restraint.

Any one of these customs or others similar to them will help to bring us ever closer to each Jana on a personal level and to Dea, Herself.

Let us bless the Queen of Heaven.

Blessed be Our Lady.

Let us thank the Seven Janati of Power.

Thanks be to the Seven Janati.

May Our Lady bless you.

Blessed is She.

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  1. Here the name/word Jana indicates an individual member of the Seven Janati. Jana translates as Gate. The name Jana was widely associated with the goddess Diana who was well-known, in ancient Rome, as Di-Jana which meant, Divine Gate. Each individual Jana is a Gate of one of the Seven Living Streams of Life.
  2. Our religious names for the days of the week are taken from our Seven Symbols with the French ending of di. Foradi is named after the Fora which is an equi-distant solar cross with rays extending beyond the circle.
  3. Please see Janati mantras on the Janati Correspondence page and also on the Janati Rosary page.