THE SEVEN GREAT JANAE
The Seven Janae, (Yan-eye) – plural), are 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 form.
A Being of Light (with Form).
Singularly, They are known as Jana, (Yana), which means both gate and moon. The goddess Diana was earlier known as Di-Jana, Divine Gate. The Janae are the generators and Divine Gates of the Seven Living Streams of Virtue.
The Janae are Dea, Herself, expressed as Seven Living Intelligent Rays or Streams of Life. They are Dea in Her Seven/Septat Form and are our Guardian Mothers (Madria).
The Seven Janae of the Threefold Heaven, who are the Three Guardians of Spirit and Center are:
Agia (Eye-ya, which means holy or saint)
Agia Raya Theia, Guardian of Spirit and Center. (She represents the Celestial Mother).
Agia Candre’, Guardian of Spirit and Center. (She represents the Holy Daughter).
Agia Rhea, Guardian of Spirit and Center. (She represents the Great Mother, Absolute Deity).
The Guardians of the Four-fold Earth are:
Agia Thema, Guardian of Earth and West.
Agia Mati Sage, Guardian of North and Air.
Agia Sushuri Grace, Guardian of East and Water.
Agia Vikhe’, Guardian of South and Fire.
(For a complete list of their correspondences see: https://deanic.com/the-seven-great-janae/correspondences-of-the-seven-janae/.)
The prism is often used as an analogy for the understanding of the Janae 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.
The Seven Great Janae are a very prominent part of our practice. We adore the Janae as the Seven Faces and Powers of Dea and strive to emulate Their Supernal Virtues and we ask Their assistance in many areas.
From an article The Janae Are Not Angels, They Are Dea.
One of the ways that we have explained the Janae in the past, taken from the Filianic tradition that was handed down to us, is that the Janae 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 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 Janae in particular.
And, though we may say that the Janae take on rarefied angelic form, they are not angels, which are created beings. They of Dea, Herself.
The Filianic 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 the Jana, Agia Thema, for example, or when we ask for the mighty help of Agia Vikhe; when we honor Agia Candre’ as Mistress of priestesses or appeal to Agia Rhea for help in the area of Self-Restraint; when we ask Agia Sushuri Grace for healing or need Agia Mati’s Sage’s assistance with Wisdom; when we consciously open our minds and hearts to the Joy of Agia Rhea, we are praying to Dea, Herself. The Janae have the Essence/Nature of the Godhood.