Dear devotees and friends,
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I (and I am sure that I speak for ArchMadria Pamela also), are delighted that Déa chooses us as Her face and hands in the world and guides seekers to our websites. All praise to Déa.
Because of the enthusiastic enquiries, when time allows I will be adding new pages to https://deanic.com/
In the meantime, correspondence is welcomed.
We have now entered the Sacred Season of Winter, a Season of the Holy Daughter. Correspondences: Janya: Sai Mati Sage; Sacred Symbol: The North Star; Cardinal Direction: North; Element: Air; Time of Day: Midnight; Elemental Color: Yellow; Liturgical Color: Yellow; Mystery: Adoria.
The Sun Wheel
Today marks the first day of the SunWheel. The Déanic SunWheel, created by ArchMatrona Georgia Cobb of the Lady of Light Chantry, is the Déanic version of the advent wreath, a custom which pre-dated Christianity. Instructions and links may be found here: https://deanic.com/the-sun-wheel/.
The Society for Filianic Studies (http://www.filianicstudies.org/) is currently seeking volunteer translators to render the Clear Recital and associated texts into additional languages. Project teams have already been formed, at varying levels of activity and progress, for Spanish, Dutch, and Greek. All of these teams would benefit from additional participants and it is desired to form new teams for as many languages as possible. No prior translation experience is necessary.
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Those interested in participating should contact the editor directly at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you.
For Sophian Déanists, I propose an alternate Seven Sophias:
1) The Gnostic Sophia
2) The Holy Spirit
3) The Virgin Mary
4) Lady Philosophy, Mother of the Seven Liberal Arts
5) The Goddess Natura
6) The World Soul/Holy Soul of the World
7) The Déanic Sophia.
Sophia our Déa,*
As a full moon rising,
You unveil your vision of love
for the universe
and work within us
to bring about your healing purposes.
Sophia our Déa,*
As a full moon rising,
give us the wisdom to understand
that your justice exceeds
even our best intentions,
and your love is a cosmic quality
we only begin to discern:
that, trusting in your moon-risings,
in your birth-giving powers,
we celebrate and embody the coming
of your peace on earth.
Sophia our Déa,*
As a full moon rising,
You are the One Sacred Thread
and Source for All Times,
Grandmother, Mother, and Child,
from the Mother Mary Oracle card deck by Alana Fairchild.
Let us call upon the Holy Sophia, the supernal mother of our souls, and celestial bride of our spirits: Daughter of Infinite Light, born of enlightened love; merciful and compassionate, embodiment of perfect wisdom; begotten in Eternity, beyond Time and Space, With what words shall we praise Thee, or with what thoughts comprehend Thy majesty? Utterance must profane Thee; silence itself can bear witness to Thee. How shall we extoll Thee? In what shall we shadow forth Thy great glory among us? From the Collect of the Gnostic liturgy for Sept. 8th. (A)
Filanism teaches that Living Stream Goddesses may be used as Forms or Images for Dea. For Janites, though we are not Gnostic, the Divine Sophia is our Living Stream Form for Dea. Many regard Her as Mother, Daughter and Holy Soul. Others know Her as the Holy Spirit. Janites understand Her to be Mother, Daughter and Absolute Deity (the Monas).
In the Clear Recital (our scriptures), the authors of the Mythos of Creation and the Mythos of the Divine Maid (Holy Daughter) separate the Divine Feminine from the complete myth which also includes the masculine. The Mythos of Creation is inspired, in part, by the Pelegasian Myth of Eurynome. It is important to keep in mind that the Myth of Eurynome includes the masculine side of the story. The author of our scriptures focused on the role of the Divine Feminine.
In the Passion of the Holy Daughter, which was based, in part, upon the myth of Inanna, this myth also incorporates the masculine, including Inanna’s husband, Dumuzid. In Filianism, the Seven Planetary Powers, who, in the Eurynome myth, are both female and male Titans, the female Titans are separated from their male counterparts as forms for the Janae. In this, the authors of the Mythos were focusing on the Story of the Divine Feminine. And so, we do the same for the Divine Sophia as far as Gnosticism is concerned. We focus on the Role of the Divine Feminine.
As we know, the Divine Sophia was demoted from Her original position as Gnostic Christianity took hold. And, unfortunately, even in the most favorable of Gnostic texts, those texts which do not hold the Divine Sophia as fallen or trapped, Daughter Sophia is blamed for the Fall one way or the other. Syrian Gnosis is one of the few exceptions where there is no idea of a fallen or trapped Sophia.
Despite this, there are many correlations between the Mythos of Sophia and the Mythos as found in our scriptures, the Clear Recital. Today, we will begin where we left off in Part II, which was the Nativity story of the Three Princesses as found in Chapter II of the Mythos of the Divine Maid/Holy Daughter, verses 20-30.
From the Nativity Story, we move on to the Holy Daughter leaving the Light of Her Mother and taking on Fate (Chapter III, verses 10-22). Filia Sophia does something similar. She must separate Herself from Her Mother so that She may begin Her Descent. She, also, must take on Fate. She, also, must be stripped of Her Glory.
As Caitlin Matthews so beautifully states in her book, Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom , Bride of God, “Sophia evicts Herself from the Fullness of Heaven (Pleroma) and wanders homeless across the world, only to lodge in the hearts of Her faithful children who still remember their Divine Mistress. She puts off Her Glory and covers Herself with a Veil”. (This is one of many reasons we veil during formal prayer, the RoS and the liturgy, because our Goddesses, the Celestial Mary and Sophia, are veiled. The veil is highly symbolic).
Interestingly enough, Chapter IV,in the Mythos of the Divine Maid contains a story which I call the Temptation of the Holy Daughter which is highly reminiscent of the Temptation of Christ in the Desert. Like the Christ, the Holy Daughter remains faithful to Her mission. (The Madrians referred to Jesus, in their Coming Age magazine, as Sai Jesus (Janites use the Greek, Agia), because they considered him to be an hera. 1) Similar to the Holy Daughter, in the various Sophian texts, Daughter Sophia goes through Her Own drama before Her Descent through the Seven Realms.
Before we begin the Descent of the Holy Daughter, I would like to quote something scholar Caitlin Matthews has so eloquently stated, something that I have often spoken of myself (not so eloquently) and something that has been felt by many women for generation upon generation. Again, from Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom, Bride of God “ This account of the Fall cannot help but be read as patronizing by any woman. Many more extreme fulminations against the sin of Eve abound, all based squarely on biblical precedent. Western women, both Christian and Jewish, have lived in their shadow for many hundreds of years. Eve’s punishment for her desire for knowledge is to suffer in her sexuality by bearing children. Eve’s punishment for her desire for knowledge is to suffer in her sexuality by bearing children (I assume she means in great pain which is what the bible said). Sophia’s punishment for presuming to either create by Herself or to see Her origins is to bear a child that will trap her vital power in matter. By extension, all women still suffer in their sexuality as a result of this myth’s social influence.And, indeed, we have suffered in many other ways, too. Especially when we have been considered to be spiritually inferior.
So, to the Gnostics, the Father could create by Himself, but the Female could not.
There are several versions of what happens to Sophia. In On the Origin of the World, Sophia is Saviouress and Her Daughter breathes the Life-Spirit into Adam. But, in other Myths, She falls through the Seven Realms or Seven Density-Vibrations and becomes trapped as the World Soul.
However, if we look to the Mythos of the Kabbalistic Shekinah, keeping in mind that the Shekinah and Sophia are One, the Descent is voluntary, out of love for humanity. Likewise, the Syrian Gnostics, were said to have taught: There is here, as yet, no thought of a fall, properly so called, as in the Valentinian system. The power which has thus overflowed leftwards, makes a voluntary descent into the lower waters, confiding in its possession of the spark of true light. It is, moreover, evident that though mythologically distinguished from the humectatio luminis (Greek: ikmas phōtos, ἰκμὰς φωτός), the Sophia is yet, really nothing else but the light-spark coming from above, entering this lower material world, and becoming here the source of all formation, and of both the higher and the lower life. She swims over the waters, and sets their hitherto immoveable mass in motion, driving them into the abyss, and taking to herself a bodily form from the hylē. She compasses about, and is laden with material every kind of weight and substance, so that, but for the essential spark of light, she would be sunk and lost in the material. Bound to the body which she has assumed and weighed down thereby, she seeks in vain to make her escape from the lower waters, and hasten upwards to rejoin her heavenly mother. Not succeeding in this endeavour, she seeks to preserve, at least, her light-spark from being injured by the lower elements, raises herself by its power to the realm of the upper region, and these spreading out herself she forms out of her own bodily part, the dividing wall of the visible firmament, but still retains the aquatilis corporis typus. Finally seized with a longing for the higher light, she finds, at length, in herself, the power to raise herself even above the heaven of her own forming, and to fully lay aside her corporeity. The body thus abandoned is called “Woman from Woman.” (4)
We can see from this that not only did the Descent cause Her suffering, but, as with the Holy Daughter in the Clear Recital, the Descent of Sophia was absolutely necessary for Creation.
Again, quoting Caitlin Matthews in Sophia, Bride of God, ” This image is one of Sophia, no longer the veiled bride awaiting Her bridegroom, but the glorious Virgin of Light Who descends willingly from Her place apart to partake of the drama of life’s restoration to the light.“
The Descent of Sophia is compared to that of Ishtar/Inanna. Ishtar’s symbol is the 8 pointed star. Sophia is the Mistress of the Ogdoad that is, the Seven Planetary Spheres and the Eighth realm of the fixed stars or the Seven Heavens and the region above them. The eighth region is considered to be superior to the Seven Realms. Like Inanna, who was stripped of her mes (mays,) the divine rules which are symbolized by her regalia, (crown, two necklets, breastplate, ring, measuring rod and line and her royal robe), Sophia also goes through the stripping of the Seven Levels. The mystical number seven, symbolic of the Sophian mysteries, are to be found in Her descent of the Seven Levels, Her Seven Pillars, Her Seven Sorrows, Her Seven Archangels Who came from Her Light, and Her Seven Female Aeons, not to mention the Seven Gifts and the Seven Spirits.
As with the Passion Mythos of the Holy Daughter, (Chapter V, verses 1-17). the Descent through the Seven vibratory-densities was excruciating to Daughter Sophia. We learn, from Tau Malachi: ” On a metaphysical level there is something more within this story, however, for the descent of the Bride (Sophia) into exile and bondage is her crucifixion upon the cross of the world; she goes down into the ignorance and darkness to gather holy sparks into herself, so that arising from the darkness she might carry those sparks in ascent with her. Thus, she is acting as the Savioress….” (3) (Here he is referring to the Divine Sparks of Sophia which reside in our souls).
She comes to earth to be with us, her children, to be our consolation and the inspiration of our love. By this image we have the promise that we are not left alone in our darkness but have Sophia’s abiding presence in our lives. (from: http://www.gnosis.org/ecclesia/cal_mandala.htm )
As Race MoChridhe notes: Especially in light of their assertion that the distinction between men and maids no longer matters at the level of the contemplative who has achieved union with our Mother (found in the “A Man’s Place” article in TCA 15 p. 6)prayer to Jesus–not as God or as a Divine “Son of God” but as an intercessory saint on a level with Sai Suanti or Hera Pellegrina–would in theory be entirely orthodox. (Madria Olga continued to attend mass for the 30 years she was a Madrian priestess. It is said that she did so in order to worship Mary. Here, we see how the Madrians might have understood Agia Jesus as an hera.)
2 Sources: Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom, the book of Proverbs and On the Origin of the World.
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.
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 Janae.
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.
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.”
Similar to the Titans, which inform the Seven Janyati, 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.
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.
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 Janae, Themselves.
Dialectic/Mercury/Agia Sage/ Mati.
Rhetoric/Venus/Agia Grace/ Sushuri
Music/Sun/Agia Theia/ Raya
Astronomy/Saturn/Agia Rhea/ Rhave.
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)….(Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom and Bride of God). (Caps and comments are mine. A. M. Candra Sophia).
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.
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 Janae!!!!
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.
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 Janae by Sorella Roselyn. With her permission, I shall be adding it to our Aurora prayers (morning prayers).
[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,
Day of Agia Sage, Jana of Intelligence, Intuition and Wisdom,
O, Agia Sage, be with us.
WHO IS SOPHIA
SOPHIA IS DIVINE PRIMORDIAL CREATRIX
ZOE-EVE, THE SUPERNAL EVE, IS THE FIRST
Who is Sophia? Sophia is the Holy Spirit of the Christian Trinity . She is the Prime Creatrix. She and the Shekinah are essentially the same Person, in fact it was the Alexandrian Jews who renamed Khokhmah, Sophia/Wisdom. Both the Shekinah and Sophia are known as the pre-Christian Holy Spirit. Both are known as the World Soul. Both are known as saviouress.
Sophia is not ‘a’ Goddess of Wisdom, She is Primordial Wisdom. She is also Primordial Creatrix. She is Mother God. Her Daughter is literally the Daughter of Wisdom. She also is known by more than just the title of Wisdom, She is known, even to the ancients as Holy Spirit, (1) All-Mother, Ennoia, meaning Primordial Thought or Idea, Ruler, Barbelo, Creatrix, Saviour, Womb of Creation, World Soul, Rose of the World, Pistis (Faith), Sige (Silence), Charis (Grace) and by many other titles.
As the Barbelo (Higher Sophia and She is NOT male as some have tried to depict Her), She is the First Glory from Whom Originated the Trinity of the Father, Mother and Son. She existed within the All and She is the “Invisible One within the All”.
As far as Her supposed ‘ Fall and entrapment’ is concerned, as we shall see in the near future, it is clear that the Gnostic Christians literally took pre-Christian texts and changed them in a way that completely demoted the Divine Sophia and made Her subject to a male Consort (the Christ).Others literally turned Her into being a male, Jesus. Until Christianity, Wisdom, like the Holy Spirit, was always Female. (See: http://www.asphodel-long.com/html/goddesses_of_wisdom.html.)
(It is important to note that Russian Orthodox mystics and visionaries of Sophia believed Her to be a fourth member of the Christian Trinity. But, of course, the Orthodox Christian Church labeled that as heresy.)
AND SO, SOPHIA IS GOD
The following is taken from valid Sophian sources. For each Deanic scriptural verse, I have only included one or two companion Sophian verses, although there are many more. Please note that I did not also avail myself of Russian Sophian Mystics sources nor did I quote the various scholars of Sophia as Mother, Daughter and Holy Soul as time would not permit me to do so.
How does Sophia fulfill Deanic Mythos? Let me count the ways:
(All Deanic quotes are taken from the Sacred Myths and Rites of the Madrians. And, rather than using the term God, I have substituted Godhead).
Deanic: Before and beyond all things is the Mistress (Mother) of All Things, and when nothing was, She was.
Sophian: As described by Irenaeus, the great Mother-principle of the universe appears as the first woman, the Holy Spirit (rūha d’qudshā) moving over the waters, and is also called the mother of all living. Jesus, himself called the Holy Spirit his Mother not only in the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas, but it was originally in the lost Gospel of the Hebrews as evidenced by (2).
In the beginning were Darkness, Chaos, and Water (skotos, kai bythos, kai hydōr), but the Spirit indwelling in the midst of them, divided them one from another. (Epiphanus. The rest of the passage makes clear that the Spirit was Feminine.) (3)
“I am the First and the Last.” (Thunder, Perfect Mind).
Deanic: The rest of the first chapter of The Creation Mythos goes on to explain, in story form, how Dea is the Creatrix.
Aside from the wealth of beautiful passages regarding Wisdom/Sophia in the Book of the Wisdom of Solomon (and here, Wisdom is not just abstract, but is personified), written by Alexandrian Jews, we have many passages from various sources describing Sophia as Primordial Creatrix. Here are just a few:
Sophia is “the Creatrix of the Universe” (4)
Now, when Sophia, who is in the lower heaven, wanted to receive authority from Pistis, (Her Mother) She created great luminaries and all the stars, and put them in the heaven to shine upon the earth and to perfect chronological signs and seasons and years and months and days and nights and seconds, and so on. And thus everything up in the sky was ordered. (5)
“I divided earth from heaven, I created the ways of the stars.”
The Sophia herself is but a reflex of the “Mother of all living” and is therefore also called “Mother.” She is the formatrix of heaven and earth, for as much as mere matter can only receive form through the light which, coming down from above has interpenetrated the dark waters of the hylē; but she is also at the same time the spiritual principle of life in creation, or, as the world-soul the representative of all that is truly pneumatic in this lower world. (Wiki)
Sophia is responsible for the conception of matter (The Valentinian Cosmology, The Secret Book of John). Like Eurynome, she moves back and forth over the primordial waters.(6)
SOPHIA IS THE PRIMORDIAL CREATRIX OF THE UNIVERSE
Who is the First Daughter?
Deanic: Chapter I:9: And She saw an image of Herself, all suffused in the Light of Love and Energy. And She laughed. 10) And as She laughed, the image rose up from the water and stood before Her. And this was the first of Her daughters.
When Sophia let a drop of light fall, it floated on the water. Immediately a human being appeared, being androgynous. She molded that drop first as a female body. Afterward she molded it, with the body, in the likeness of the mother who appeared, and she finished it in twelve months.
Eve is the first virgin who gave birth without a man. She is the one who functioned as her own midwife. I am part of my Mother and I am the Mother). (On the Origin of the World.)
Sophia, also using Light and water, created the First Daughter, Eve.
The Holy Mother, Pistis Sophia, sent forth the emanation of Herself – Her Daughter, Sophia Zoe, who appeared as Supernal Eve . (Teachings of Tau Malachi).
After the day of rest, Sophia sent Zoe, Her daughter, who is called Eve, as an instructor to raise up Adam, in whom there was no soul, so that those whom he would produce might become vessels of the light. (On the Origin of the World).
Also, in the early Greek and Syriac Churches. Note the Eucharistic prayer in the Syrian liturgy.
The author of the Gospel according to Philip clearly sees the Spirit as female, and it is this, evidently Semitic, tradition that is represented in a number of early Syriac works where we encounter the Spirit as Mother.(20) The Acts of Thomas, perhaps of the third century, is the earliest of these. This work, whose original language was Syriac (this is now generally agreed), survives in a re-worked Syriac form and in a Greek translation which was made from a more primitive form of the Syriac original. Thus, in the course of several prayers uttered by Judas Thomas, the Greek text includes several invocations to the Holy Spirit as ‘Mother’; in the surviving Syriac, however, this term is always absent, presumably having been removed on the grounds that it was no longer considered appropriate. The relevant passages in the Greek text are as follows:(21)
§27 [In a baptismal context; the invocation is addressed to both the Son and the Spirit.] Come, holy name of Christ, which is above every name; come Power of the Most High, and perfect mercy; come exalted gift [i.e. the Holy Spirit]; come, compassionate mother . . . [For ‘compassionate mother’ the Syriac has nothing corresponding.]
§50 [An invocation to the Spirit in the context of the Eucharist.] . . . Come, hidden mother . . . come, and make us share in this Eucharist which we perform in your name, and [make us share] in the love to which we are joined by invoking you. [The Syriac again removes the reference to the Spirit as ‘mother’.]
§133 [In the course of a trinitarian invocation in the context of the Eucharist.] We name over you [the newly baptised] the name of the Mother. [Syriac: the name of the Spirit.]
2) It’s reported by ”Church father” Origen, that the Jewish Gospel of the Hebrews, said by other fathers to be at one time the Gospel of Matthew but interpolated and edited, the virgin birth being excised and this fascinating bit of information.
Origen, Commentary on John, 2.6
“If anyone should lend credence to the Gospel of the Hebrews, where the Saviour Himself says:
“My Mother, the Holy Spirit took me just now by one of my hairs and carried me off to the great Mt. Tabor.”
Origen quotes this twice and Jerome five times.
Jerome, Commentary on Isaiah, 11.9
After repeating the quote he says:
“No one should be offended by this, because ‘spirit’ in Hebrew is feminine, while in our language [Latin] it is masculine and in Greek it is neuter. http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread1150511/pg1 (Also, look up the Gospel of the Hebrews for verification of this lost gospel.)
3) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophia_(Gnosticism) (for both Iraneaus and Epiphanus quotes. Please keep in mind, when reading Gnostic texts, that we will be showing, in the future, how much of Gnostic Christianity was a CLEAR demotion of Divine Barbelo/Sophia).
4) Eugnostos the Blessed (non-Christian) III.82.5
5) On the Origin of the World: http://gnosis.org/naghamm/origin-Barnstone.html
Day of Madria Theia, Jana of Illumination, Joy and Benevolence. O, Madria Theia, be with us. Blessed are You.
Tomorrow, within the Greater Deanic community, marks the most somber day of the year. In Janite Tradition, these next two days are called Tenebrae, which means Darkness.
On this day, Janite females are veiled while Janite male devotees wear a hat. Veiling for females make take the form of a wide headband, scarf, kerchief, veil, hat, mantilla. Normally, a silk rose would be included in this list, but not for Tenebrae. The colors should be black, indigo or purple/violet.
There should be no lit candles on the altar and all statues and icons removed.
Janites do not have mandatory fasting laws because everyone’s health and circumstances differ. At the very least, we recommend abstaining from alcohol and sweets. The rest is up to the devotee. However, we caution against being overly scrupulous. Fast with moderation.
On the first day of Tenebrae, 28 Moura/March 19, we preform a lustration. This is a ritual bath or shower before which we offer prayers for the forgiveness of the impurities with which we have sullied our souls, souls that She gave us through such a Great Sacrifice.
This is the time when the Celestial Mother, in Her Daughter Form, descends down through the Seven Realms. Each Realm is a lower vibration and each becomes more dense. This causes excruciating suffering for She Who loves us so much, to the point that in Janite thealogy, which is based upon that of Sophia/Shekina, Her Most Pure Soul Shattered as a crystal chandelier might shatter should it fall to the floor from the ceiling.
The Mythos of Shekinah/Sophia.
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.
The motive for the Sophia’s fall was defined according to the Anatolian school to have lain therein, that by Her desire to know what lay beyond the limits of the knowable, She had brought Herself into a state of ignorance and formlessness. Her suffering extends to the whole Pleroma.
In Kabbalistic teaching: “For, it is the Shekinah that is ascribed by Kabbalists to be the Middle Pillar of Balance that unites the opposites, just as the soul allows for the opposites of body and spirit to unite, so too does the Shekinah play this role for us. Indeed, the Shekinah is the Soul of Man, what Kabbalists call the Neshamah, for She has given a portion of Herself in order for each human to come into being in this world. In giving of Herself to humans, in this state of physical density and isolation, the World Soul becomes shattered. This shattering can be metaphorically grasped in considering what might happen to a glass alembic or flask when too much pressure is put upon in the alchemical works. Thus, the Shekinah represents the ultimate archetype of selfless sacrifice. All Her sacrifices have been for the benefit of creation so that humankind may experience this life in order to fulfill its destiny and purpose.
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.” 
The following is, what I think is the best definition of Sophia as the World Soul as written by an Episcopalian Priest:
“As the living centre or Soul of all creatures […] She includes the manifoldness of living souls; She is all of humanity together in one, or the Soul of the World. She is ideal humanity, containing all individual living creatures or souls and uniting them through Herself […]. Her task is to mediate and unify the manifoldness of living creatures, who constitute the actual content of Her life and the absolute unity of God.
She contains all living creatures, She is the unity that binds them, and Her work in the world is to unify outwardly that which is already one in essence—in Her.” (Episcopal Priest, Father Matthew Wright.) 
The scripture verses, from a Filianic point of view, may be found in the Mythos of the Divine Maid: all of chapter V and chapter VI through verse 6.
The hauntingly beautiful Mari-Anna chant, as found on the Chapel of Our Mother God, is most especially appropriate for these two days of Tenebrae, of Darkness. Two days that are both in and out of time. This solemn and gentle chant has always reminded me of the the Traditional Catholic Stabat Mater, an hymn that was sung in honor of the sufferings of the Blessed Virgin Mary during the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday. Please note that Traditional Catholic refers to the pre-Vat. II Church and those modern Chapels and Societies which follow the Traditional Catholic religion. We are not referring to the post-Vatican II Church known as the Novus Ordo or New Order.
Janites may chant the names Mari-Kore, Mari-Sophia or Maria-Sophia.
During these days of Tenebrae, of Darkness, we act, in all ways, with moderation, avoiding excessive frivolity and the like. Our minds, hearts and souls should be traveling down through the Realms with Our Precious Kyria.
Sorry, this article may be rather clumsily constructed, as I am still so excited by this news.
It is in 2 sections. Section 1 is the most recent find by ArchMadria Candra Sophia. The connection between primordial pre-patriarchal Sophia and prehistoric Eurynome (pronounced euren AW mee) meaning “Wide-Ruling” and why this is so significant to the Déanic Order of Kore Di-Jana a.k.a. Janites.
Section 2 is background information for those unfamiliar with the Pelasgian first nation peoples of the Aegean Sea region in Europe and the Creation Myth of Eurynome which includes the Seven Planetary Powers. This is yet another patriarchal demotion of the Divine Feminine. Credited with thanks to ArchMatrona Ghrian of the Lucienne tradition https://deamatronablog.wordpress.com
May Déa as Matrix & Creatrix, Genetrix and Soteria ever be centring us in Her,
Pre Patriarchal Sophia as a True Universal Goddess
Sophia is a pre-Greek goddess, and also a Christian goddess, which goes to show that She is truly a Universal Goddess. Bridgid, Herself, is both a Pagan Goddess and one of the most important Christian saints in the Catholic Church.
A Church, that we must admit, is worldwide. So She, who was once a Primary Celtic goddess, became a worldwide saint.
Therefore, Bridgid is also a True Universal Goddess because She, like Sophia, is revered in both the Pagan and Christian worlds.
In my personal opinion, perhaps this renders Bridgid and Sophia as two of the most Universal Forms of Dea on Earth. 
Déanic Myth of Creation
We view the Myth of Creation and the Myth of the Divine Maid/ Daughter as sacred, inspiring stories which use various sources to speak of a perennial Mystery. The scriptures are based, in part, upon the Pelasgian Mythos, the Myth of Persephone and Demeter, the Christian Mysteries and the Passion mythos of Inanna, although I think most would agree that the goddess of sex and war is not a suitable Image/Form for the Most Pure Holy Daughter. These mythos were never meant to be taken literally. Rather, they are human stories which speak of a Sacred Cosmic Drama which takes place out of time. 
Pre Patriarchal Sophia as Celestial Mother Genetrix of ALL & Soteria Holy Daughter
This is such a revelatory article, uncovering “the original blueprint” / pre-patriarchal Sophia similarities to Eurynome. Pre-patriarchal Sophia who is the basis of the Sophia Déanic Order of Kore Di-Jana a.k.a. Janites as Holy Daughter. She is also confirmed in a pagan context as Eurynome – Celestial Mother Genetrix of ALL creation. [3a] Including the Seven Great Janae – the Supernal Genetrixes, Guardians or Wellsprings of the Seven Streams of Life or Virtue. They are the Seven Faces/Powers/Spirits of Dea, Our Divine Mother God, in rarefied angelic light form. [3b]
As ArchMadria Candra Sophia stated “I can’t begin to explain how reading this has unified the Christian Goddess in whom I strongly believe, with the very Goddess [Eurynome] whose myth underlies the foundation of Filianism. Like the floor safe built into the foundation.”
Do read the whole article, only an extract is reproduced here.
The original blueprint for the Gnostic Sophia is located in one of the earliest creation stories (older even than Genesis): The Pelasgian Creation Myth.
In this narrative, a divine being named Eurynome descends from the void and fashions the cosmos from the chaos. Creation is ushered by her dance upon the primordial waters, resulting in the formation of the planets, stars and elements into actuality. She also conceives a godlike serpent named Ophion. Eurynome and Ophion engage in a second, more seductive dance that ends in copulation. She then transforms into a dove and hovers over the sea, eventually laying a massive egg. Ophion coils around the egg seven times until it is hatched and all living creatures come forth. Eurynome sets a male and female Titan to overlook each heaven.
Eurynome and Ophion rule over creation in harmony, until the serpent claims he is the sole supreme being of the universe. This causes Eurynome to wage war against Ophion and ultimately banish him into the depths of the earth. In the end, she finds herself alone atop of the cosmos, yearning for another like her to keep her company.
At first glance, the Pelasgian Creation Myth appears like another dramatic, Greek account of how reality came to be. However, a deeper look reveals a proto-Sophia in the character of Eurynome:
► Sophia is cast into the chaos from an undivided nothingness (The Secret Book of John, On the Origin of the World). The Gnostic Valentinians referred to the fundamental principles of consciousness, the primaeval Father and Mother, as Bythos and Sege (Abyss and Silence in Greek). They represented a state of ultimate, undivided existence, similar to where Eurynome originated from.
► Sophia is responsible for the conception of matter (The Valentinian Cosmology, The Secret Book of John). Like Eurynome, she moves back and forth over the primordial waters, as well as gives birth to a serpent-like monster (Sophia’s offspring was called Yaldabaoth, often associated with the Old Testament God).
► Sophia is symbolized as a dove in Gnosticism. The Acts of Thomas proclaims, “Come, she that manifests the hidden things and makes the unspeakable things plain, the holy dove.” As her aspect of Wisdom/Shekinah in the Old Testament, Sophia is referred to as a dove (Song of Solomon 1:15, Song of Solomon 5:2). The symbol would be later adopted by Christianity in the form of the Holy Spirit, although both the Shekinah and Sophia were also recognized as the Holy Spirit.
► Sophia’s offspring rebels against her, claiming to be the only Supreme Being (The Secret Book of John, The Hypostasis of the Archons). The Hypostasis of the Archons relates how Yaldabaoth “because of his power and his ignorance and is arrogance he said, with his power, ‘It is I who am God; there is none apart from me.’ When he said this, he sinned against the entirety.” In The Pelasgian Creation Myth, the serpent Ophion “vexed Eurynome by claiming to be the author of the Universe.”
► In her higher avatar of Barbelo, Sophia assigns a male and female pair of Aeons to each of the layers of the mind of God (The Secret Book of John). Eurynome does the same, albeit with Titans ruling over the planetary spheres.
► In virtually all Gnostic texts, Sophia finds herself yearning for another like her once she lingers in the manifest Unlike the open-ended story of Eurynome, Jesus Christ comes to her like a saving knight or lost friend.
It should be noted that The Pelasgian Creation Myth is also a foundation for the Book of Genesis. Eurynome is responsible for naming all the creatures of Earth, as was Adam. The serpent in both myths plays the antagonist role (however, the serpent is often associated with wisdom goddesses in Paganism, and is frequently a positive figure in Gnosticism). During the conflict between Eurynome and Ophion, she “bruised his head with her heel.” In Genesis 3:15, the seed of Eve is prophesized to bruise the head the serpent with her heel, which has been taken as the coming of Jesus Christ to redeem the world from Satan.” END QUOTE
The Histories of Herodotus is considered one of the seminal works of history in Western literature. Written from the 450s to the 420s BC in the Ionic dialect of classical Greek. The Histories were at some point divided into the nine books of modern editions.
The Cynurians and Achaeans were Pelasgians
Book 8 – URANIA
[8.73] Seven nations inhabit the Peloponnese. Two of them are aboriginal, and still continue in the regions where they dwelt at the first – to wit, the Arcadians and the Cynurians. A third, that of the Achaeans, has never left the Peloponnese, but has been dislodged from its own proper country, and inhabits a district which once belonged to others.
The Arcadians were Pelasgians
Book 2 – EUTERPE
[2.171] On this lake it is that the Egyptians represent by night his sufferings whose name I refrain from mentioning, and this representation they call their Mysteries. I know well the whole course of the proceedings in these ceremonies, but they shall not pass my lips. So too, with regard to the mysteries of Ceres, which the Greeks term “the Thesmophoria,” I know them, but I shall not mention them, except so far as may be done without impiety. The daughters of Danaus brought these rites from Egypt, and taught them to the Pelasgic women of the Peloponnese. Afterwards, when the inhabitants of the peninsula were driven from their homes by the Dorians, the rites perished. Only in Arcadia, where the natives remained and were not compelled to migrate, their observance continued. [4a]
Virgil (Aeneid, VIII, V. 62-63), writes:
“It is said that the first dwellers of our Italy were the Pelasgians”.
From the ancient authors we have learned that before the arrival of the Greeks, those territories were known as Pelasgia, the several sources inform to us moreover, than the Greeks learned from the Pelasgians not only the art of the working of the metals, of the construction of walls, but they learned, improving it, their way of writing and made their divinity their own.
Several populations, species the pelasgic one, have given to the country their name. [4b]
The name Pelasgians (Greek: Πελασγοί, Pelasgoí; singular: Πελασγός, Pelasgós) was used by some ancient Greek writers to refer to populations that were either the ancestors of the Greeks or preceded the Greeks in Greece, “a hold-all term for any ancient, primitive and presumably indigenous people in the Greek world”. In general, “Pelasgian” has come to mean more broadly all the indigenous inhabitants of the Aegean Sea region and their cultures before the advent of the Greek language.
In 1955, Robert Graves in his mythography The Greek Myths claims that the Pelasgian creation myth involves a singular creatrix goddess who dominates humans and predates other deities. The goddess gives birth to all things, fertilised not by any male opposite, but by symbolic seeds in the form of the wind, beans, or insects. [4c]
1:1. Before and beyond all things is the Mistress of All Things, and when nothing was, She was. 2. And having no solid place that Her feet might rest upon, She divided the sea from the sky, and made a dance of solitary splendour upon the crested deeps.
2:1. But one there was that had not been shaped by Her, and that was not Her daughter, nor a creature of spirit. But this was the space between the fragments and the nothingness that had been before things were. It had not energy nor delight, but only weight. It had not shape, but could only coil and uncoil itself about the things that were. It was the Snake, and was not silver, but black. 2.
The Snake hated all things that had become, and hated the separation of the waters and the sky. It hated light and energy, desiring all to be darkness and nothingness.
2:15. But the Mistress of All Things saw this and descended to the earth, placing Her heel upon the head of the Snake and bruising it.
3:3. And She set Her seven Powers in the firmament, giving one to rule each colour of the earth.
The Mythos of the Divine Maid
1:1. When the first night had come upon the world, the Mistress of All Things stood alone once more, as She had in the beginning. 2. For a terrible abyss had opened to lie between the world and She, and Her creatures could not look upon Her brightness.
3. And She stood in contemplation upon the waters of the first darkness; like a great Dove upon the waters She brooded. 4. And She became absorbed within Her and communed with Her own Self; and Her light ceased to shine forth from Her, and yet Her light grew greater. 5. And She fell to Her knees. And the surface of the waters became turbulent, and the great waves curled over Her, and their white foam could not be seen in all that darkness.
6. And when the waters became calm again, the Mistress of All Things rose to Her feet. 7. For She had conceived a Daughter that was not separate from Her, but one with Her, and the child of Her Light.
(with thanks to the Madrian, independent Déanic & Filianic contributors and editor Mr Race MoChridhe)
The Filianic Scriptures, The Eastminster Critical Edition of the Clear Recital
Version: ECE 3rd Edition
Pelasgian Creation Myth – the earliest in Europe
Eurynome was easily the most important Goddess of Pelasgian myth. She was the Great Goddess, Mother, Creatrix, Ruler, called the Goddess of All Things.
Eurynome was born from Chaos, and her first work was to separate the water from the sky. When she had accomplished this, she began to dance across the water. It was a beautiful, sensual dance of creation. 
She assumed the form of a dove, brooding on the waves and, in due process of time, laid the Universal Egg. 
Out tumbled all things that exist, her children: sun, moon, planets, stars, the earth with its mountains and rivers, its trees, herbs, and living creatures. 
She created the Seven Planetary Powers, putting a Titaness and a Titan over each.
the Sun and the power of illumination;
Theia (meaning Lady of the shining blue of the sky, sight as in the all-seeing and precious value of gold, silver and gemstones)
and Hyperion (meaning watcher from above, light and the cycles of day and night, sun and moon)
the Moon and the power of enchantment;
Phoebe (meaning brilliance, prophetic wisdom at earth’s oracular midpoint – Delphi)
and Atlas (navigation, and the art of astronomy)
the planet Mars and the power of growth;
Dione (meaning Divine One and Oracle at Dodona) or Eurybia (bright goddess)
and Crius (leadership, heavenly constellations and domestic animals)
the planet Mercury and the power of wisdom;
Metis (wisdom, prudence and deep thought) or Mnemosyne (memory, learning and remembrance)
and Coeus (rational intelligence)
the planet Jupiter and the power of law;
Themis (meaning the Lady of good counsel, natural order, divine law, tradition, fairness, and the oracles of the earth)
and Eurymedon (meaning ruling far and wide)
the planet Venus and the power of love;
Tethys (meaning nurse and primal font of fresh water which nourishes the earth, springs, rivers, streams, fountains, subterranean aquifers, clouds and rain-clouds.)
and Oceanus (earth-encircling River Okeanos, he regulated the heavenly bodies which rose from and set into his waters.)
the planet Saturn with the power of peace;
and Rhea (meaning ground or flow, mistress of all, nature’s fertile mother, and lady of the wilds, dread goddess)
and Cronus (pure, maintains the course and cycles of seasons and the periods of time, time when viewed as a destructive, all-devouring force)
Patriarchal Demotion of the Divine Feminine
Myth version 2 introduces a male spouse
Catching the north wind at her back and rubbing it between her hands, she warms the pneuma and spontaneously generates the
serpent Ophion, who mates with her. 
Eurynome’s husband Ophion “the Serpent” & Eurynome wife of Ophion 
At her bidding, Ophion coiled seven times about this egg, until it hatched and split in two. Out tumbled all things that exist, her children: sun, moon, planets, stars, the earth with its mountains and rivers, its trees, herbs, and living creatures. 
Comment by ArchMatrona Ghrian of the Lucienne tradition https://deamatronablog.wordpress.com : Furthermore, instead of sitting on the Cosmic Egg herself, [like a normal, mother bird would do], Eurynome tells Ophion, the male snake, to wrap himself around it, [as snakes do their eggs] and warm it and hatch it.
Myth version 3
The male spouse attempts to usurp.
Eurynome and Ophion made their home upon Mount Olympus, where he vexed her by claiming to be the author of the Universe.
Forthwith she bruised his head with her heel, kicked out his teeth, and banished him to the dark caves below the earth. 
In the soil of Arcadia the Pelasgians spring up from Ophion’s teeth, scattered under the heel of Eurynome, who kicked the serpent from their home on Mount Olympus for his boast of having created all things. 
Her daughter and son banish their parents.
Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 1. 503 ff (trans. Aldrich) (Greek mythographer C2nd A.D.) :
“He [Orpheus] sang of . . . How, in the beginning, Ophion and Eurynome, daughter of Okeanos (Oceanus), governed the world from
snow-clad Olympos; how they were forcibly supplanted, Ophion by Kronos (Cronus), Eurynome by Rhea; of their fall into the waters
of Okeanos.” 
Comment by ArchMatrona Ghrian of the Lucienne tradition https://deamatronablog.wordpress.com : “And still later, another goddess by the same name, Eurynome, the Oceanide, ends up as one of the many wives of, Zeus, and the mother of the Graces.
Patriarchal redactors have rewritten all three stories about Eurynome: She is pictured as a female-failure in need of a male-savior, just like the Gnostic Sophia. Eurynome is portrayed as a failed wife [divorced and estranged from Ophion, the snake], failed Queen of Heaven, Creatrix and Mother of the Gods [because She is not powerful enough to punish, and banish Her ungrateful and rebellious children]. It is only later when She becomes the wife of Her grandson, the male god, i.e., Zeus, the Son of God, that she is redeemed and becomes the mother of the Graces.”
Myth 6 – A male Demon
Found whilst composing this article, male dominance cannot stoop any lower. Taking the Mother God and inverting Her Purity, Power and Divinity.
The Demon Eurynome from the illustrated The Dictionnaire Infernal by Jacques Auguste Simon Collin de Plancy, 1863 edition, which included sixty-nine illustrations by Louis Le Breton depicting the appearances of several of the demons.