The Seven Great Symbols of Our Faith

O, Dea, Supernal Sun,

O, Dea, Supernal Moon,

O, Dea, Apple of Wisdom,

O, Dea, Star of Wonder,

O, Dea, Fora of Faith,

O, Dea, Dove of Peace

O, Dea, Rose of Joy,

We thank You, we bless You and we adore You.

For through Your Compassionate Love, we are infused with Your Luminous Graces and are sheltered beneath Your Great Mantle of Protection. (From the Great Liturgy of Dea of Clan Jana).
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The Greater Deanic Faith has seven sacred symbols five of which represent the Five Great Mysteries of our Faith, the Apple, the Star, the Fora, the Dove and the Rose. The symbol of the Sun is symbolic of the Holy Mother, Who is the Supernal Sun while the Moon represents the Holy Daughter Who is the gentle Supernal Moon.

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Each symbol is mystically associated with one of the Great Mysteries of our Faith and is intertwined with the Five Seasons of our Wheel of the Year.

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The Great Mysteries of our Faith begin in the Sacred Season of Autumn with the Mystery of Our Lady, Apple of Wisdom. The Celestial Mother Mari is the Matrix and Ground of all Being. She is the Light and Essence of All Being and the Apple of Wisdom.

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Apples have always been highly symbolic in Goddess related lore.
Eating an apple opens the gateway to other realms, most often, faeryland. The symbol of the apple signifies illumination and the gaining of knowledge.

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Dreaming of apples symbolizes prosperity and the good life. At Samhain, winning the game of bobbing for apples meant that you would be blessed by the Goddess for a year. Since apples were symbols of Avalon (apple land, the older form of this name is Abalon), capturing one from the water represented crossing to the holy isle.

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The apple is also considered one of the foods of the dead, so they are often piled high on Samhain altars, for Samhain (Simovane) is sometimes known as the Feast of the Apples. (1)

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Most importantly, the apple tree may be known in some cultures, as the World Tree, the fruit of which contains the five seeds of knowledge and Wisdom.

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It is well known that if we cut an apple in half, horizontally, the seeds within are in the form of the Pentagram symbolizing the five cardinal directions, the Five Elements, the Great Janati, the spiritual, invisible aspects of Life, the potential of Creation and the Illuminated human.

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The outer apple represents the material manifestation of Creation. The inner spiritual seeds containing the Essence of Life, taken together with the outer apple of material manifestation represent the two Threads of the Spiritual and the Material being woven together to create All Being, which is exactly what the First Great Mystery, Our Lady, Apple of Faith, signifies.

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The Celestial Mother Mari is the Matrix and Ground of All Being. She gathers from Source or Absolute Deity, the Great Mother, the seeds containing the Essence of Life and She births them into material manifestation. Therefore, the Holy Mother Mari is, for us: Dea, Apple of Wisdom.

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The Second Great Mystery is Our Lady, Star of Hope which, in the Janite Tradition is the North Star.  (More to come on the significance of the North Star.) Our scriptures state that when the Light of the Celestial Mother Mari became too bright for us to look upon after we entered manifest being, the the Holy Daughter emanated from the Celestial Mother and took on the rarefied Form of a soul. She became the gentle Moon of our salvation. She is the Love and Form of the World and the Star of Hope.

 

 

 

 

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The Third Mystery is Our Lady Fora of Faith. This Mystery honors the Descent of the Daughter into Matter and the Netherworld and also honors the Great Mother as the Life and Source of All Being. The Great Mother is the Veiled Fora of Faith.

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The Fora is an equi-distant solar cross with the rays extending beyond the circle. It is the main symbol of our Faith.

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In our Faith, the word Fora is not the Latin plural for forum, but rather is a word from our heritage meaning foundation, fundamental and fundamental form or pattern. It also indicates the fundamental or foundational Principle of the Cosmos.

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The Heart of the Fora represents at one and the same time Dea as the Supernal Sun (Dea) and the Still Pointe of the Centre. It also signifies the Tree of Life, The Sacred Mountain, the Fountain of Life, the Sacred Garden in which the Tree of Life or World Axis grows, the Source of All Life, All Being containing the Supernal Archetypes.

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The Center of the Fora encompasses the Cardinal Direction of Center and the Element Aethyr/Spirit along with the Great Janati of the Three-Fold Heaven who are the three Guardians of Spirit and Center.

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The Circle may be considered the protective energy field, walls or veil which surrounds the Sacred Garden which is filled with the Light, Life and Love of Dea which over-spill into the Four Rivers of Life.

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The four rays symbolize the Four Rivers which flow from the Heavenly Fountain; the Four Cardinal Directions and the Great Geniae of the Four-fold Earth who are the Guardians of the Four Directions. These Rivers carry the Perfect Forms of the Supernal Ideas/Patterns or Archetypes and carries them out into the material realm.

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The Still Centre and the Four Rivers also contain within, the Five Great Mysteries of Our Faith. So, all in all, the Fora represents the Wholeness or the Fullness of Our Faith. (3)

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Absolute Deity, She Who Is, is known as the Great Mother. She is the Source of the All. It is She Who is the Veiled Stillness at the Centre of All. And so, the Great Mother is rightly called: Dea, Fora of Faith.

The Fourth Mystery is Our Lady, Dove of Peace. The Holy Daughter as the Resurrection of our souls and the renewal of all life. She is the Great Dove of the Waters and Soteria of the World. She is the Dove of Peace.

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The Dove is known to be a symbol of Motherhood because the Dove is able to produce its own milk. The Dove represents self-sacrifice because it ceases to forage for food shortly before its young are born to ensure purer milk. (4) Motherhood necessitates a certain amount of sacrifice in order to ensure the well-being of the off-spring.

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It is known as a Celestial Messenger, linking Heaven and Earth and is symbolic of the release of the soul Heaven-ward. Purity, Love, Grace, gentleness and hope are all signified by the Pure White Dove. The Holy Mother Jana, by Her entering material manifestation and through Divine Communion, links Heaven and Earth.

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In antiquity, the Dove would have been readily recognized as the Symbol of the Goddess, especially as Ishtar and Aphrodite/Venus.

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In ancient Rome, Aphrodite’s catacombs were called “columbaria” (dovecotes), which, according to Barbara G. Walker, gave rise to the belief that the soul returns to the Goddess after death as a dove.

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In Christian iconography, the dove is sometimes shown with seven rays emanating from it, which further connects it to the Goddess and specifically to the Pleiades, the Seven Sisters, whose name in Greek meant “a flock of doves.” (5)

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During the time of Christ, the Dove would have been readily recognized by the people of the time as the Epiphany or Presence of the Goddess; one of the reasons why many Christians are re-examining the Holy Spirit as being Female rather than male.

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The Name of Queen Semiramis, Founder of Babylon, meant Dove in the Syrian tongue.

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The symbol of the Dove as representing the Goddess, spread out from Crete to the mainland of Greece, to Cyprus and so on. In the Mycenaean iconography the doves appear as early as the second half of the 16th century BCE.

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By the 12th century BCE, it appears that the Dove is symbolic of the Epiphany of the Goddess, which is a very important concept. (6). And in many cultures, it was believed that the Goddess could take the shape of the Dove. The Dove was a symbol of Her Heavenly Power.

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These are but some of the many ancient connections of the Dove with the Great Goddess in Her Epiphany, Her manifestation in the material realm.

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Most famously, the Dove is the symbol of Peace.

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In this Mystery, we visualize the Dove as hovering over the Primordial Waters. The aspects of the Element of Water are emotions, intuition, the deeper Mysteries, compassion, new beginnings (as in Spring renewal), the Fountain of Life, Grace, the Rivers or Streams of Life, Divine Energies and Priestesshood,

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The Holy Daughter Anna is the Dove of Peace; She, Who brings to us the Divine Waters of Grace and so, She is appropriately called: Dea, Dove of Peace.

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Finally, the Fifth Mystery is Our Lady, Rose of Joy. The Celestial Mother is the Assumption of our souls. She is the Rose of Heaven and the Rose of Joy. The Rose is known as the Queen of Flowers and so is a fitting symbol for the Celestial Mother.

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The five petals of the wild rose contains the same symbolism as does the pentagram or Sacred Star, including the Five Great Mysteries. It is symbolic of Joy, Love and Purity.

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In ancient Egypt, it was the emblem of immortality and beauty and was the flower of Isis. The Red Rose of Venus and Isis later became the symbol for the Blessed Virgin Mary in Christianity, who became known as Rosa Mystica or Mystical Rose.

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The symbolism of the Rose, which is known as the Lotus of the West, is complex. What is relevant to us is the hidden heart at the center which conceals the Secrets of the Divine Mystery.

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The opening petals of the Rose symbolize the unfolding of higher consciousness and the life of the soul, itself.

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Our Faith teaches us that our hearts are temples which are in the shape of a Rose and so, in the Deanic Faith and in the Marian devotions within Catholicism, the Heart of Dea and the heart of Mary have always been symbolized by the rose or being surrounded by roses.

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The Rose was sacred to the Great Mother, Cybele Who, as legend has it, created the rose. It is sacred to the Fairy Queen. In ancient India, the Great Mother was the Holy Rose. In China, the flower of the Goddess was the red China rose. Inanna, Ishtar, Lakshmi, Chloris, Flora, Demeter, Astarte, Aurora, and Hekate all enjoyed associations with the fragrant Queen of Flowers.

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Rosa Mundi is a species of rose. (recorded as far back as the fifteenth century). The color is pale pink to white with deep Rose-pink stripes overlaid. Its fragrance has been described as quite intense to moderately strong. (7)

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Rosa Caeli, for the Deanic religion, represents the Southern Gate of Heaven and the assumption of the Soul.

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As Lady Olivia Robertson once stated, “Through the understanding gained of how to live pleasantly with those around us (to become Wholly Love), cosmic awareness begins to dawn. This is a natural awakening of the soul, (just) as a plant grows, flowers and bears fruit. This community of souls interconnected through love and wisdom has been symbolized by medieval philosophers as ‘Rosa Mundi’, a rambling rose bush that grows throughout all spheres, and flowers in the hearts of all beings and existences.” (8) This Rose also represents the Rose of Heaven. As above, so below.

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I don’t think there could possibly be a more beautiful way to state the true nature of Rosa Caeli.

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Fire is the Element of this Season. Very simply put, we refer to the Fiery Rose Heart of Our Lady. This Divine Fire is the Flame of Love.

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The Flame has its origin in Love and in the Supernal Fire of the Sun which shines down upon the World. Without this holy fire, the heart grows cold; the soul weakens. The Flame of Love is strong, able to conquer all that is not of Dea within the Temple of the Heart, while illuminating the True Joy within.

And so, the Celestial Mother Mari/Maria is known as: Dea, Rose of Joy.

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Let us Bless the Holy Mother.
Blessed is She.

Let us thank the Seven Janati of Power.
Thanks be to the Seven Janati.
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ArchMadria Pamela Lanides.

1) http://www.thegoddesstree.com/trees/Apple.htm
2) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phosphorus_(morning_star)
3) Thanks to ArchMatrona Georgia E. B. Cobb, David Kay and Barbara Thompson for their contributions to this article on the subject of the Fora.
4) http://www.pure-spirit.com/more-animal-symbolism/602-dove-symbolism
5) http://symbolreader.net/2014/06/07/the-symbolism-of-the-dove/
6) http://www.pantheon.org/articles/d/dove_goddess.html
7) http://mirrorofisis.freeyellow.com/id125.html
8) http://mirrorofisis.freeyellow.com/id161.html

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