THE SEVEN GREAT JANATI
The Seven Janati are the Supernal Genetrixes, Guardians or Wellsprings of the Seven Streams of Life or Virtue. They may be considered to be the Seven Faces and the Seven Powers of Dea, Our Divine Mother God, in rarefied form.
Together, They are known as the Janati, (Yanati) a Sanskrit word meaning generate, cause, to be born, create, beget and to produce, while individually, they are referred to as a Jana, (Yana) meaning gate and moon. The goddess Diana was earlier known as Di-Jana, Divine Gate. The Janati are the generators and Divine Gates of the Seven Living Streams of Virtue.
The Janati are Dea, Herself, expressed as Seven Living Intelligent Rays or Streams of Life. They are Dea in Her Septat Form and are our Guardian Mothers.
The prism is often used as an analogy for the understanding of the Janati in our Tradition.We may think of the White Light of Dea streaming through a prism, which then separates into Seven Jeweled Living, Intelligent Rays. These Living Rays then take on rarefied, angelic form. Each Ray is a Face or Aspect of Dea.
Three of the Janati, Madrias Candre, Theia and Rhea, are of the Three-Fold Heaven. They are Guardians of Spirit and Center. Four of the Janati, Madrias Grace, Vicka, Thema and Sofia, are of the Fourfold Earth. They are the Guardians of the four cardinal directions and rule over their corresponding Elements.
The Seven Great Janati are a very prominent part of our practice. We adore the Janati as the Seven Faces and Powers of Dea and strive to emulate Their Supernal Virtues and we ask Their assistance in many areas.
A recent article on the Janati:
23 Ourania/Oct. 25
One of the ways that we have explained the Janati in the past, taken from a tradition that was handed down to us, is that the Janati take on angelic form and though they are the Living Streams of Dea, they may be considered to be goddesses or angels. Unfortunately, this explanation has been misleading for many, including yours truly, when I first entered the Faith over six years ago.
Janites tend to stay away from using the words goddess or goddesses because the true nature and roles of the Classical and Celtic goddesses are greatly misunderstood in the 21st century. The modern sense of ‘goddess’ would not apply to either Dea in general, nor to the Janati in particular.
For equally valid reasons, we will no longer be referring to the Janati as angels or as being angelic-like. While angels are created beings, the Seven Janati, are the Seven Faces of Dea, Herself.
The Deanic Faith teaches that Dea is One and Three and Seven. This signifies that She is a Singularity, a Trinity and a Septet. So, when we pray to Madria Thema, for example, or when we ask for the mighty help of Madria Vicka; when we honor Madria Candre as Matroness of priestesses or appeal to Madria Rhea for help in the area Self-Restraint; when we ask Madria Grace for healing or need Madria Sofia’s assistance with Wisdom; when we consciously open our minds and hearts to the Joy of Madria Theia, we are praying to Dea, Herself.