Dea Matrona as Deantha Vespera
We honor Dea Matrona as Deantha Vespera, which means Divine Flower of the Evening. She is the Veiled Origin of Eternity, the Darkness beyond the light and the Light beyond the darkness.
The five petaled Deantha (or Dianthus) flower, symbolizing Dea Matrona as the Ultimate Source of the Five Cosmic Mysteries
Those who experience Dea through a Near Death Experience, often describe Her as being a Shimmering Darkness that Knows.
She is represented by the time of Twilight/Dusk/Vesper and by the Darkest hour before the Dawn. She is the Evening Star of the Twilight, Stella Vespera,and She is the Morning Star before the Dawn, Stella Matutina.
Relief of three Goddesses, or Matres, Corinium Museum, Cirencester
The name, Dea Matrona, which means Divine Mother Goddess or Divine Great Mother, originates from the Goddess of the river Marne, (formerly called the river Matrona), in ancient Gaul, where She was widely revered as a Celtic Goddess, often being depicted through-out the Celtic lands as a Triad or Triple Goddess, the Three Matres or Mothers. It is believed by many scholars that the Three Matres were the primary divine image of the continental tribes. (1) It is interesting to note that R. Paschal asserted that the Three Marys of the bible are a Christianized form of the Three Matres. (2)
For us, the Heavenly Matrona is the First Person of the Divine Feminine Trinity, aka Triple Goddess. She is the Source/Ground of All Being/Absolute Deity; the One in Whom the Mother and the Daughter find Their completeness. A feminine version of the Gnostic word, Monad, for Her would be the Monas, the One from Whom all else emanates. In point of fact, the word monad is derived from the word monas. The Dea Matrona of the Celts is but one of Her Images or Forms.
There are those in the wider Deanic Faith who view Dea Matrona, Absolute Deity, to be unknowable, unapproachable. They consider Her to be more of a Kali-like figure who is at once and beyond time, ultimate Source, Destruction and Renewal. Their understanding of Her hails from a more Eastern/Hindu point of view. Here, apophatic thealogy is used. We may describe what She is not, but what She is, is beyond our knowing.
However, we understand Her from a more Western point of view. She is our Great Mother. She is the All and so She is always with us. As the Great Provider, She is the Source of All, providing the abundance of the Cosmos. We do not fear to draw near to Her no more than we would fear to draw near our own grandmother, with respect, love and trust. She is not so wholly transcendent that She is not also with us as we are in Her. We may describe what She is not and we may also describe what She is, as far as our finite minds are capable.
Fountain of the Rivers of Life
As the Ground of All Being, Dea Matrona is the One Source which underlies all of the Cosmos and all of Creation. She is the original Fountain, the Great Cosmic River, from which all else flows.
Goddess Gaia – Great Mother by Umina
We understand this doctrine from a more Gnostic or neo-Platonic theory of emanationism. Emanation means ‘to flow from’. We believe that Dea Matrona is the Ultimate Source, the Supreme Being, our Monas to the Gnostic Monad and that from Her emanates or flows the Mother; from the Mother flows the Daughter; from the Trinity flow the Seven Geniae. (3 and 4). And from this Ultimate Fountain flow the female, the male [transgender] and all of Creation.
ArchMadria Pamela of Clan Jana
(2)(“On the origins of the liturgical drama of the Middle Ages”The Modern Language Review, 36.3 [July, 1941),(there is a good Russian article on this, but I cannot copy the url because I don’t have a Cyrillic font.)
(3) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emanationism. There are many articles and sources for neo-Platonic emanationism as well as info on the Gnostic Monad or the One, Whom we view as being Feminine. Indeed, the original form of the word monad was monas, a feminine noun.