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.

 

 

 

 

 

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Bits and Pieces and The Origin of Our Spirits

Sunnadi/Sunday

7 Moura/Feb. 26

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O, Madria Theia, Jana of Illumination, Joy and Benevolence, be with us.

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

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Note: Our pages have been edited so many times that often, I can not see the glaring errors that are right before my eyes. Many thanks to Sorella Sophia who brought to my attention that the Creed was in the Rite of Sacrifice, twice and that the information on the Janite calendar for Moura was incorrect. These issues have been rectified.  I have also restored to the Janite Rite of Sacrifice, this passage: But we will certainly do every word that shall proceed out of our own mouth, to sacrifice to the Queen of Heaven, and to pour out drink offerings to Her, as we and our fathers have done, our kings, and our princes in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: and we were filled with bread, and it was well with us, and we saw no evil. (Jer. 44:17. Douay-Rheims). 

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In reference to our past article on travel altars, I would like to share some travel altar and Janati mandala photos sent in by ArchMadria Kathi:

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Janati Mandala:

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Thank you, ArchMadria Kathi! Truly lovely and inspiring!

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Moura is a time of the remembrance of the Sacrifice of the Holy Daughter. It is the most profound and holiest time of year because as not only our own religion teaches about the Sacrifice of Holy Daughter, but through the teachings of Gnostic Christianity and Kabbalistic Judaism concerning Sophia/Shekinah, we read how Our Divine Queen descends down through the Realms into high density and low vibration and we learn  of Her Divine Shattering. She volunteers to undergo these sufferings in order to be with us, to sustain us and to intimately share in our lives. The Holy Daughter shares with us, Her very Soul, and rescues the Divine Sparks within us by illuminating our way. She remains with us until we are assumed back to the Holy Mother.

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Moura is the time of the Spirit as Spirit is the Element of this fifth Sacred Season. It is the Fifth Element. In some Traditions, this fifth element is aether.

A question was recently asked about the origins of our spirit and whether or not our spirits might be in Heaven/Pleroma, while our souls are on Earth as is stated in our scriptures: And, She entered the great Temple of Heaven, where the spirits of Earth’s children were gathered at the Sacrifice, even as their souls were gathered on Earth. Chapter 7, vs 16, The Mythos of the Divine Maid.

The querent further asked if our spirits were eternally created in or out of time and the Pleroma. I answered, in a conversational style, by stating my own personal opinion which does not, in any way, represent the ideas or beliefs of others in the Greater Deanic Faith.

The first thing to remember is that no-one… absolutely no-one on this planet knows, with certainty, how our spirits or souls were created. No-one knows this, not even the greatest spiritual/religious leaders. These are areas that have never been revealed to us by G-d. And so, theologians and philosophers of the past have taught what makes sense to them or perhaps what they intuitively perceived and these teachings have been carried forth down through the ages.

Additionally, from an inter-faith vantage point, no-one can seem to quite agree on what constitutes the difference is between soul and spirit. Different religious and spiritual teachers/Traditions approach this from varying viewpoints.

There are many things that we simply don’t know and any religious leader who is worth their salt, will admit this fact. The Catholic and Russian priests for whom I had the highest respect, were the ones who would tell me that there are things we simply are not able to know because they have not been revealed to us. I think there are reasons why we have this so-called amnesia when we come to Earth. But, that is for a future article.
We don’t even know if our spirits are actually created, or are part of G-d, or are emanations of G-d. There are inter-Faith scriptural supports for each of these possibilities. The Deanic Faith teaches that our spirits were created at the beginning of time and that makes sense to us because we also believe in reincarnation. Christians teach that our spirits were created when we are to be born on this planet because they don’t believe in reincarnation (although there is evidence that Jesus taught it). Both religions teach that our spirits have not always been eternal, because we were created at the beginning. If we were, whether in or out of time, actually created, then we are not eternal, like G-d. But, both Deanism and Christianity teach that our spirits will exist eternally from the moment of creation.
As far as the above quote, And She entered the great temple of heaven, where the spirits of earth’s children were gathered at the sacrifice, even as their souls were gathered on the earth… it was once explained to me that this is an Hindu teaching. The exact scriptural quote was found in the original Madrian liturgy. Janites changed it to: the Janati were gathered at the Sacrifice, even as the Children of Earth were gathered upon the Earth, as we have a different viewpoint. We don’t see our spirits remaining in Heaven while our souls are journeying upon the Earth. We believe that our spirits are here, too. However, there are different ways to understand the teaching.
The only other time I had ever heard of the idea of part of our spirit remaining in Heaven during an incarnation on Earth is when I’ve read books about life between lives (past life regression) where some have said that a portion of our higher selves, i. e., a portion of our spirit remains in the Pleroma while our lower selves incarnate on Earth. While certainly anything is possible and this is one of those areas that has not been divinely revealed to us, this concept is too difficult for a lot of people to grasp; it wrestles too heavily with our perceived reality on a most intimate core level.
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I found this picture on an interesting article regarding reincarnation though this is not a spiritual website: http://www.hangthebankers.com/reincarnation-the-interlife-universal-consciousness-the-holographic-soul/
 I have stated many times that I personally believe in the holographic universe theory. And, more and more, physicists are discovering that this theory has merit and that is why the ancients always taught that this place is an illusion. There have been many articles on this, the most recent being: http://www.wired.co.uk/article/our-universe-is-a-hologram
Some physicists are teaching that our perceived reality is similar to a virtual reality video game. Soon, the technology behind virtual reality is going to seem so real that those playing the game will forget their real life, just as we forget our real life in Heaven/Pleroma (think Hymn of the Pearl). To those in the video game, the game world seems real, even though it is an illusion, just as this earth seems real to our senses, even though it is an illusion. Though the ancients taught that our world is an illusion, they did not have the modern technology framework within which to explain it.
And so, if we think of it this way, we incarnate into our avatars in the holographic/virtual reality Game of Life in order to learn our soul lessons and so we are both ‘here’ in the illusion, but we are also in Heaven/the Pleroma, our True Home, but we forget that our Higher Selves are still in our True Home, just as someone who is plugged into a virtual reality game forgets that their body is still in their own living room. Imagine how it will be when this technology is improved!
Decades ago, I read a book long before the personal computer was ever conceived, let alone the internet and virtual reality. The prophetic authoress wrote of a time in the future when there would be those who would become so caught up in the virtual world, that they would forget their real life, they would forget to eat and take care of themselves, they would lose all sense of their true selves and completely identify with their virtual avatar, just as we identify with our earthly bodies. These people would need to be saved from the virtual reality world or they would die. I think this is a great metaphor for our lives, here. We become so consumed with this world; we identify so strongly with our bodies here on Earth, that we forget our way home. That is why we need the Holy Daughter. She shares Her soul with us so that we may have a vehicle with which to enter this world. When we become lost in the illusion, She gathers the Sparks of our Spirits illuminates the Way back Home.
If we agree that the virtual reality motif is a relevant metaphor for our soul-journey, then, we may understand the verse, where the spirits of earth’s children were gathered at the sacrifice, even as their souls were gathered on the earth as is stated in our scriptures. However, we would maintain that we are not just body and soul, we are body, soul and spirit. While we are on Earth, we are a Trinity of Being. It is my belief and that of others, that our souls are the vehicles or the conduit which unites our spirits to our physical bodies here on Earth. I would maintain that our souls are the temples of our spirits as the body is the temple of the soul.
Whereas the origin of our spirits and the exact nature of our souls has never been divinely revealed to us , we should believe whatever makes sense to us or what we are intuitively given to understand.
The idea of including doctrines in a tradition is much misaligned in our era. This is because many denominations made it a serious sin to disbelieve their doctrines. This draconian church law takes away a person’s right to think for themselves. Doctrines are supposed to be a guide.  They are meant to be a guide without taking away our God-give right to think for ourselves. While Janites have a doctrine regarding our spirits as found in our Creed, in that our spirits were created at the beginning of time, this is only a guide. Devotees must believe according to their heart intelligence.
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May Our Lady bless you,
Blessed is She.
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ArchMadria Candra Sophia

 

 

 

The Holy Soul FAQ Part II

Foradi/Sat.

13 Astrea/Dec. 10

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

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

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Yesterday, in Part I of FAQ/Soul/Spirit,  I explained some of the reasons why the Janite Order of Priestesses has chosen the Divine Sophia (and, in part, the Holy Shekinah) as Images/Forms for the Most Pure Daughter rather than the goddess Inanna. Today, we will also show that in our scriptures and liturgy, Persephone was also used as an Image/Form of the Holy Daughter. In exploring the further Deanic significance of the Divine Name, Kore, a name for Persephone before She was married to Hades, it will be demonstrated that there is a tie between Sophia as Form/Image of the Daughter and the Divine Maid.

It is truly important to have a fundamental understanding of Sophia in order to understand The Holy Daughter, Kore, as the Holy Soul. There is so much to say about Sophia, if we strip away the Patriarchal elements, but even Patriarchy could not conceal the entire truth about Her!

She has appeared, in great visions, to Russian and Russian Orthodox philosophers who identified Her as Wisdom, the Lady Wisdom.

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Outside of Shaktism, which is one of the four main Traditions of Hinduism and whose worship is centered upon the Divine Feminine Trinity as Supreme, only Sophia/Shekinah is credited with all of the following (and so much more): She is called the Primordial Light of Creation and the Cosmic Womb. She is said to have created the Cosmos. “She is the formatrix of heaven and earth.” She is placed over the Seven Planetary Powers; She is the Mother of the Seven HousesShe is both Mother and Daughter (Barbelo/Sophia, Higher/Lower Sophia, Higher/Lower Shekinah, Mother Sige and Daughter Sophia) and She is also Trinity: Mother, Daughter and Holy Soul. She is said to be the Matrix and the Ground of All Being. (Yes, this latter is said of Sophia/Shekinah.) In modern times She is known as the ‘Goddess of Re-Birth’. 

We must always remember that when Wisdom is personified in the bible, the word Wisdom translates into the Greek, Sophia. (The Septuagint was a Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures. The Latin for Wisdom is Sapientia.) We must also keep in mind that some of the Hebrew Scriptures have teachings that were adapted from the Zoroastrians and the Egyptians. The NT also contains both Egyptian and Jewish teachings. And, most people are aware that much of Christianity incorporated elements from Classical and Celtic Paganism. In other words, every religion incorporates from that which preceded them. That is why there is a Sacred Thread, a Core Truth, that runs through all religions. 

Furthermore, as the Perfect Image/Form of the Holy Daughter,  Sophia is said to be the Daughter of Light. She is Wisdom and the Daughter of Wisdom.  In Proverbs, She offers us the Wine She has mixed and the Bread She has made and so She is acting as High Priestess. She descended through the Seven Realms and is said to sustain all of Creation. She takes on rarefied Form. She is said to be of God-Nature. She is said to be the Divine Maid. She is said to sustain all of Creation. She is said to be the Divine Spark within us and that She suffered through a painful Descent through the Seven Realms in order to remain with us. From Her, we receive our souls. She is said to be the World Soul or the Holy Soul. 

 There is so, so much more to be said of the Divine Sophia/Shekinah, Who else, in our Age, is more Perfect as the Image and Form of the Most Pure Holy Daughter?

What separates us from modern neo-Paganism, though we have more of a Pagan culture, is that we understand the Divine Feminine Trinity to be God, not a goddess. In our era, there is a difference between the two. And, this is what the Deanic Faith has always taught: Dea is God. She is our Mother God. 

In returning to Sophia, we have to remember that we have every right to divorce Sophia from Patriarchal demotion and to restore Her to Her True place, just as our fore-mothers in the Faith did with their Forms and Images of Dea.

The Deanic Faith worships the Divine Feminine as being God in Her Own right. She is not God because She is the Spouse of the Father, She is God because She is Primary, She is Source, She is Supreme, She is the Ground of All Being, She is Primordial and She is of God-Nature. She is God because She is God. Pure and Simple. 

But, there is one more upon whom the Holy Daughter is modeled in our Faith from whence the Janites take the Name, Kore.

In addition to the goddess, Inanna, the Mythos and the original Madrian liturgy also modeled the Holy Daughter on Persephone, who, before being forced into marriage by Hades, was known as Kore, which was the Greek for Maid or Maiden. The title of Her Mythos in our scriptures is the Mythos of the Divine Maid, meaning in translation of the word, maid: the Mythos of the Divine Kore. Some of the Persephonian (so to speak) verses in Her Mythos are to be found in the Communion Rite of both the original Madrian and in the Janite liturgy.

This is why the JOP has chosen the name Kore for the Holy Daughter. It was felt that it was the most fitting Name for the Most Pure Daughter as She is the Divine Maid.

(As an aside: The beginning of the following article is interesting and shows that the use of the term, Mistress in our scriptures is right and proper and is equated with Persephone: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potnia.)

Today, I will begin to explain the Holy Daughter as the Holy Soul and we must always keep in mind that Sophia is ultimately pre-Christian and Her worship is pan-religious. One does not have to be Christian in order to worship Her. She is also believed, by many to be Isis (Isis-Sophia.) 

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We (the Janite Order) probably do not understand the Holy Daughter to be a sacrificial saviouress in the same manner as the scriptures might seem to indicate. Nor is She a savior in the sense that Christians consider Jesus to be. We are not saved from a Primordial fault or from a type of original sin, or of a will-full turning away from the Holy Mother. (Please see the long form of the Creed which was discovered in the original liturgy. It may be found under our Prayers and Rites section of the menu.) The Catechism describes this as an evil act, on our part. We reject this thealogy and that part of the Catechism has been removed.

There has been enough suffering of females over the last 2-3,000 years, as a result of blaming a first female for the Fall of humankind. When the Gnostic Christians tried to blame Sophia for creating the demi-urge, it was a re-blaming of the Female all over again, just like they blamed the Mother of all the Living, Eve, for ‘original sin’ and for causing the ‘male to sin’. How different the notion of the ‘Fallen Sophia” is than this Gnostic text: Sophia was born from the Primordial Female Power, Sige (or Silence, the Gnostic Goddess Sige) and that She was God’s Mother, ‘the Great revered Virgin in Whom the Father was concealed from the beginning.’ 

The JOP categorically rejects any notion of original sin no matter under what mythos it is couched or how it is ultimately explained. And we further reject any Patriarchal idea of a Fallen Sophia Who needed a male savior.

Thankfully, in our Age, many are discarding the outdated notion of the Fallen Sophia. Many understand Her to be Mother/Daughter and Holy Soul; the Christian Holy Spirit; or that She incarnated as Jesus or Mary Magdalene, or  She is understood as the Divine Goddess of Wisdom. There is a long-standing Tradition in Russian Orthodoxy that Mary of Nazareth was the incarnation of Sophia. And, yet, many others see Her as we do, in Her Primary/Primordial Form of being Divine in Her Own Right.

How does all of this relate to the Holy Daughter as Soul and our souls?

We, our True Selves, chose to come here in order to learn life and soul lessons that we could not learn as pure spirits. As the long form of the Madrian Creed indicates, we had a desire to learn what lay outside of Perfection. Our Divine Mother, through Her Sovereign Will, honored our sovereign will and so created manifested reality for us. The problem is, we forget why we are here. We forget who we really are. We have forgotten our True Home and so, as in the Hymn of the Pearl, we must remember and find our way back Home. We must also evolve our souls into perfect love so that we may eternally abide in Perfect Love.

While our spirits are created from the Breath of the Holy Mother, it is the Most Pure Daughter Who gives us our souls.

Sophia is therefore the highest ruler over the visible universe, and at the same time, the Mediatrix between the upper and the lower realms. She shapes this mundane universe after the heavenly prototypes, and forms the seven star-circles with their Archons (we believe Janati) under whose dominion are placed, according to the astrological conceptions of antiquity, the fates of all earthly things, and more especially of humanity. She is “the Mother” or “the Mother of the living.” (Epiph. Haer. 26, 10). As coming from above, She is Herself of pneumatic essence, the mētēr phōteinē (Epiph. 40, 2) or the anō dynamis (Epiph. 39, 2) from which all pneumatic souls draw their origin. (Wiki)

She is also often crowned with Seven Stars. She is known to have Seven Spirits, Seven Faces and Seven Pillars. (Wisdom 9-1. Wisdom means Sophia.) She is known as the Mother of the Seven Houses.

Wisdom hath builded her house, She hath hewn out her seven pillars:

These seven pillars being interpreted of the planetary heavens.

The Seven Planetary Powers were placed under Her. 

There is so much more we could speak about, here, but let us move on to Sophia/Shekinah as the Holy Soul.

 

 

  1. http://anaiyasophia.com/holy-bride/lady-of-radiant-darkness

The Trinity and the Apple Tree/Part I, the Canopy of Love

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1 Ourania/Oct. 3

Lunadi/Monday

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

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

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Please note: you may right click on any image in this article and then click on search google for image to locate its origin.

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The Seed of Truth has always been one of my favorite Deanic scriptures. These are the fundamental scriptures for the Sacred Season of Fall, a time when the fruit of the apple tree has reached its fullness and the Seasons of the Celestial Mother (Summer and Fall) eventually give way to the first Season of the Holy Daughter (Winter).

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As we know, when the apple is cut in half, five seeds appear in the shape of a pentagram. This pentagram represents the Seven Janati, the five cardinal directions, the five elements and so much more. The scriptures state that the apple seeds are symbolic of all the Wisdom that is reflected in the Order of the Cosmos.

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But the tree itself, it’s canopy, it’s trunk and it’s roots, radiantly represent the Divine Feminine Trinity. The canopy: the Holy Daughter. The trunk: the Celestial Mother. The roots: the Great Mother.

Let us look first, at the Canopy of Love.

Verse 11 from The Seed of Truth: Like to the spreading boughs is the Love that sustains all creation which is fallen from pure Spirit. Love is, of course, the Holy Daughter, Who eternally emanates from the Divine Mother just as Sophia emanates from the Barbelo; Lower Shekinah emanates from Higher Shekinah and similar to the birth of Persephone {or Kore, pronounced Kor-ee, which means, Maid} from Demeter and Sunna from Sol.

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The Holy Daughter, as Divine Love, rules and sustains all of Creation. Like the spreading boughs or the canopy of the World Tree, the Love of the Daughter covers all of the Earth. The Energy of Love shelters the All.

As we read in The Crystal Tablet

30) Love is the force of Harmony by which all existence is made possible. 

33) It is Love that holds the drop of dew pendent upon a blade of grass…

34) It is Love that holds the stars within their courses and all the worlds of the immeasurable cosmos within the harmony of the celestial music.

35) Truly, all the cycles of the times and the seasons; all the rhythms of the soul and of the mind and of the body; truly all these flow from the love of our Lady, the Maid, that creation may not decompose, each several member flying away into black eternal chaos.

36) ….Love is the form. And it is by Love that the essence of a tree remains a tree. 

In every single place where we read Love, we may substitute the Holy Daughter. The Holy Daughter is the Force of Harmony by which all existence is made possible. It is the Holy Daughter Who holds the drop of dew. It is the Holy Daughter Who holds the stars and all the worlds in harmony. The Holy Daughter is the Form and it is by Her that the essence of a tree remains a tree.

Jewish Alexandrine philosophy teaches that Lower (Daughter) Sophia formed and ordered the natural universe and beneath Her are the Seven Planetary Powers.

Rudolph Steiner taught of Sophia: In this regard She is much more than the Creatrix and the Creation. She is the very substratum of the Cosmos and foundation of the Universe. She is the ground of being and the very beingness of existence itself. Just as Shakti is the divine consort of Shiva in this ever-unfolding Play of Consciousness*, Sophia is inseparable from Her Creation much like a tapestry is indistinguishable from the fabric and its threads. The highest understanding illuminates Anthroposophia as the weaver and the weaving, the thread and the fabric, the spinning wheel and the loom, the warp and the woof, as well as the tapestry itself and the space that it occupies. She is both the form of Creation and formlessness from whence it emerged. (1)

Of the Shekinah, we read: The Shekinah is the primordial Light of Creation… the Shekinah is the manifestation of the Feminine Divinity from the unnamed Wisdom Goddess of the Old Testament found in the Jeiwsh mystical systems known as the Kabbalah and Merkavah mysticism. (2) And, like Sophia, She is the World Soul. As Binah, She is the Pillar of Form. (3) And, as this Form, the Holy Daughter orders the Cosmos through Her great love, a love so great, that like Sophia/Shekinah, it caused a great ‘shattering’ of Herself in order to give of Herself.

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). And, this is exactly how we understand the Sacrifice of the Holy Daughter. 

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The inner beauty and underlying harmony of our religion is amazing. This is the time of year that is ruled by Madria Thema, Jana (Divine Gate) of Justice, Order and Harmony. In our religion, Fall is a time when we are reminded of the essential Harmony of the Cosmos. It is the time of Twilight when the first stars begin to appear in the skies.

These themes are especially reflected in the names of the first two months of our calendar, Abalon, for the sacred apple of Wisdom or Apple Land and Ourania, which means heavenly or cosmos. Ourania signifies the harmony and order of the universe. (Ourania was the Muse of Astronomy and she was the goddess of music, song and dance, all associated with the creation, order and harmony of the universe, i.e.; the music of the spheres.)

The Holy Daughter is the Divine Canopy which over-shadows and spreads itself over the All. It is only through Her Sacrifice, a Sacrifice that entailed the suffering of Her Descent through the Realms which resulted in the Shattering of Her Being as She becomes the World Soul  (as is said of both the Shekinah and Sophia) in order to give a portion of Herself to each of us. This reminds us of how Persephone must descend to the underworld, like a seed must be buried in the soil, before the Earth may blossom in splendour.

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This Shattering of Herself, in order to give each of us a portion of Herself, is celebrated with solemn reverence in our Great Liturgy and is the basis for our Communion Rite. It is the action of Pure, Sacrificial Love which sustains not only the Order and Harmony of the Cosmos, but also our very souls and which raises us to eternal life. The Holy Daughter, as the Form, Ruler and Sustainer of Creation, She Who has given us a Portion of Herself, is truly our Soteria, our Divine Canopy of Love. Blessed is She.

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Eternal is the Light of the Mother.

Eternal is the Love of the Daughter.

Eternal is the Life of the Great Mother.

Glorious is the Eternity of Dea.

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May Our Lady bless you.

Blessed is She.

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ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

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1)http://cosmicconvergence.org/?p=12361

2) The Cosmic Shekinah by Sorita D’Este and David Rankine

3) http://www.universalkabbalah.net/Shekinah