The meaning of the Dove symbol of our Faith
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.
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.
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.
In antiquity, the Dove would have been readily recognized as the Symbol of the Goddess, especially Ishtar and Aphrodite/Venus. 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. In Christian iconography, the dove is sometimes shown with seven rays emanating from her, which further connects her to the Goddess, specifically to the Pleiades, the Seven Sisters, whose name in Greek meant “a flock of doves.” (5)
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.
Ishtar Inanna with jug
The Name of Queen Semiramis, Founder of Babylon, meant Dove in the Syrian tongue.
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 in the second half of the 16th century BCE. 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.
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, most famously, the Dove is the sign of Peace.
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,
Madonna OriFlamma by Nicholas Roerich
The Holy Mother Jana is the Mother of Peace, Who brings to us the Divine Waters of Grace and so, She is appropriately called, Dea, Dove of Peace.
ArchMadria Pamela Lanides.
The Calendar of Clan Jana
Solar: Spring Equinox
Mystery: The Dove of Peace: The Holy Daughter, Diva Jana, as the Holy Soul of the World, which is a description of the divine presence within creation. The Holy Daughter as the Resurrection of our souls.
She is the Soteria (feminine Greek word for Saviour) of the World.
Great Dove of the World, in Janite thealogy, this title is appropriate for the Holy Daughter. She is the Ruler and Sustainer of the World as well as its Regeneration.
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.
Our Great Mystery is Columba (Dove)
Our Great Mystery is Columba (Dove) which honors the Holy Daughter as the Great Dove of the World and our Soteria. Great Dove of the World is a title which, in other Traditions of our Faith, is beautifully applied to the Celestial Mother. In Janite thealogy, this title is appropriate for the Holy Daughter. She is the Ruler and Sustainer of the World as well as its Regeneration.
On the Feast of Columba, we remember Her as She becomes the Holy Soul of the World.
This Mystery is honored in the Sacred Season of Spring and is remembered each Columbaday (Doveday)/Friday, both of which are presided over by Kyria [Lady] Graca (Grace-a) who is of the Fourfold Earth and is the Guardian of East and Water.
The Holy Daughter is the Great Dove of the Waters and the Dove of Peace.