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While I am not a modern Nepagan, for decades I have had a strong interest in the various goddesses of the ancient Pagan traditions. Among these have been the goddesses of the classical Greek world, the goddesses of ancient Egypt and Near Eastern goddesses particularly Inanna. I also have had an interest in the quasi goddess-like divine figures of monotheistic religions. Among these have been the various divine beings of Gnosticism such as Barbela and Sophia, Hindu goddesses such as Durga, and the goddess-like Yazatas / Angels of the Zoroastrian Iranian traditions.
I am a monotheist in that I believe that the universe has its Center and creation in the Goddess / God who is the creative and loving center of that universe. However this fact in no ways implies that I believe that the many deities of the various Pagan religions and the other religions mentioned are either false or unreal. Instead I believe that the various goddesses and gods (Note. I have always had much less interest in the gods.) do represent powerful spiritual realities. For example, Athena, one of the great Goddesses of Greece, represented civilized values, practical wisdom,skills, and aggressive struggle, conflict and even war. Clearly for me she is a real goddess. She represents those aspects of Dea which support the human struggle for self affirmation, skillful work, and a civilized moral order of society. The fact that the ancient Greeks saw her from within the context of a very patriarchal society and thus saw her as a defender of that patriarchal society in no ways negates the deeper positive role of Athena.
As I stated in my previous article in general I have great admiration for the doctrine of the Janya, partially because for me the Janya in many way have similar roles to the goddesses of other traditions. The difference for me is that the doctrine of the Janya seems to be more philosophically thealogically developed. Thus It generally works better for me. However not always. There are goddesses and other divine figures from the Pagan and Monotheistic traditions which I relate to better than I do to some of the individual Janya of normative De’anism.
One of these comes from out of the Zoroastrian monotheistic tradition. The Zoroastrian religion was founded by the Central Asian Iranian prophet Zarathustra circa 1200 BCE. While Zoroastrianism believes in a singular Creator of the universe named Ahura Mazda / the Wise Lord , its monotheism is modified by the fact that he is surrounded be a group of six divine beings or principles who are collectively called the Spenta Amesha / the Bountiful Immortals. These divine beings both male and female represent such archetype forms as justice / order / truth, power / kingdom, the good mind / thought, holy devotion, wholeness/ health and, immortality. Other divine beings called Yazatas (those who should be worshiped) have also played an important role within Zoroastrianism. Among the most important of were Mithra and Anahita, the Goddess / Yazata of the waters.
Of these the one I wish to discuss here is Spenta Armaiti, Holy Devotion one of the six great Bountiful Immortals. Her name Armaiti in the oldest form of the Iranian language in which Zarathustra composed the Gathas means devotion or right mindedness. The word Spenta within that ancient language means Bountiful or Holy. Thus Armaiti a female being is the being who inspires human beings to devotion to God, Ahura Mazda. She thus is the being who inspires praise, worship and love of the God. In this way her role is very similar to the role of the Holy Spirit within the Christian New Testament, whom Paul states teaches Christians how to pray to God the Father. Holy Armaiti has other associations as well. She is associated closely to the physical earth itself and to the well being of women. Check out this link to read an excellent article regarding her. http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/armaiti
Now in regards to her relationship to the Janya of the Deanic tradition. The Deanic tradition has no exact equivalent to her. Sai Sucri or Sushuri the Janya of love is the closest. The primary difference between the two is that Sai Sushuri is the Janya of all forms of love while Armaiti is devotion to Dea herself. Thus one might perhaps think of Armaiti as being a Yazata who is a part of Sai Sushuri herself since she is the love of which Dea is the subject. I have to think on that more.
From a Deanic thealogical world view, the love of Dea and love of human beings and of nature all go together. They are not incompatible activities. On the other hand within the contemporary world the love of everything else accept God is generally viewed as being the supreme goal of life. [ It is of course when it does not conflict with the desire for material goods and self gratification] The simple love of God herself however is often viewed with deep suspicion. People who believe deeply in religious principles are often viewed as fanatics or as simply ignorant of reality. Of course many religious fundamentalists and groups such as ISEL have certainly helped by their actions and attitudes to reinforce the view of religion as being dangerous.
To get back on track. The love of Dea and of all else within Her creation are not incompatible. However functionally everything has its place and time. There are times in which one interacts directly with other human beings in conversation, work or play. There are times in which one interacts with the world through work. And there are times in which one must think upon contemplate and worship Dea herself least She be forgotten. I believe that Spenta Armaiti can be seen as the Janya of that direct relationship of worship and devotion to Dea. As such she is also the Lady who is involved in all those attitudes such as faith and hope that also make up the fullness of devotion. Note, without either faith in Dea or hope in ones life it is very difficult to see how any kind of love of Dea would be possible in life. One would tend to fall into despair, a temptation to which I am very prone.
Note the below are some short prayers addressed to Lady Aramati ( the Sanskrit as opposed to the ancient Iranian version of the word) which I have composed during the last two years. Recitation of them make up part of my daily religious practice.
Praise be to the leader of prayer
Praise be to Aset Aramati, the leader of prayer.
O Lady may our praise be as your praise,
May our adoration be as your adoration, support us in the love of the High, Holy Queen
Praise be to your Holy Name
Aramati, our faith, our hope
Our Lady Aramati, our faith, our hope, our devotion
be with me this day that I may recognize the signs and presence of Thea
May I remember Her Name always and not despair.
Praise be to your Holy Name
Aramati, Source of our devotion
Lady Aramati, Source of our devotion
lead us in the love of Thea.
Give us hope in her name and faith in her power to save.
Lead us to salvation in her Name and not to despair.
But if I despair, let me live by hope against hope even in the abyse.
Praise be to your Holy Name
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To the Lady Ma’at, the Righteous One
Scripture: Title 3, Chapter 5, The Sermon of the Apple Seed
(with thanks to Glenn King)
The Filianic Scriptures, New Celestial Union
Version (Second Edition, Third Update)
Title 3, Chapter 5
Filianic Texts, or the collected sayings of the Daughter of Thea
Teachings of Di-Jana
The Sermon of the Apple Seed
In my opinion teaches us this:
And it is interesting that against this wisdom of the world, this worldliness, She sets child-like way. But rather than being full of independence (Independence is such a watch-word of modern society), instead of being independent we should be children who look to Our Mother to sustain us, and feed us, and show us what to do from day to day, so that we are not wordly creatures, we are children of the Mother.
1. To love Dea.
2. To love all Her Creatures.
3. To love my true self.
4. To seek to make my every act a perfect gift to Her, and to offer to Her all my happiness and all my suffering.
5. To seek to bring all souls closer to Her.
The Sermon of the Apple Seed
1. From the branch of a tree Kore plucked an apple, and She split the apple in two halves, so that the five-pointed star formed by its seeds might be seen. 2. Then She removed the seed representing the topmost point, and held it in the palm of Her hand. And She spoke, saying:
3. “Like to this apple seed is all the teaching I have given and shall give to you. 4. Like to the full apple is all the knowledge relative to your sphere of being, 5. Like to all the other apples of the tree is the knowledge relative to all the numberless spheres.
6. But behind these spheres lies a deeper reality; changeless, beyond the impermanent flux of time. 7. For even as the apple turns from bud to bloom, from blossom to the fruit, ripens, matures, decays and is reborn; 8. so also shall the spheres and galaxies, the subtle realms, the sure and solid earth; so shall all these in their season pass away, and in their season be reborn again. 9. Thus has it been ten thousand times before, and countless times again, thus shall it be.
10. But knowledge of the truth beyond this flux is like to knowledge of the tree itself, which does not change while the fruit is born and dies. 11. Like to the spreading boughs is the love that sustains all creation which is fallen from pure Spirit. 12. Like to the trunk is that Spirit Herself, from whom all creation flows. 13. And still beneath the branches and the trunk lie the roots in darkness, like unto She that is beyond both being and unbeing; 14. and even as the tree’s roots are not seen, so can there be no knowledge of the Absolute; for to know is to have passed beyond knowledge.
15. And from this tree of all knowledge and of the boundaries beyond which knowledge cannot pass, I have given to you but the seed of one apple.
16. For I have come that you may have deliverance. 17. There are many questions concerning the nature of things and of being whose answers you may know, or partly know; and many whose answers lie beyond the understanding possible to you.
18. But I am not sent to discourse with you upon these matters, but to lead you to deliverance in perfection. 19. And all the knowledge that shall bring you to deliverance is contained within the seed of an apple.
20. Yet within the seed is the essence of the tree, and from the seed the whole tree may unfold.
21. So from essential truth unfolds all other knowledge as the music of the spheres unfolds from a single note.
22. Therefore when you think upon the questions of life, of time or of the spheres, contemplate first the seed of truth, and let your thoughts unfold from that seed. 23. Let the pure and single note of truth attune your soul. Then your mind shall rise up into soul, and soul breathe the breath of Spirit.
24. Do this, and your thoughts shall be in harmony with the universal music of eternity. 25. But let your thoughts grow from lower or from lesser or from merely accidental things, and they shall wax rank and dissonant; 26. For it cannot be that the tree of life shall grow from a nettle.
27. If her thoughts are bound to accidental thing, the soul cannot attain liberation. 28. Dissonant and jarring with eternal harmony, the little sphere is severed from the great.
29. Seek not for certainty in anything beyond the seed of truth. 30. That the sky is above you and the earth below; that you breathe and eat and move; to these and to many things must you give your assent that the life of the world may proceed. 31. Yet even of these there is no certainty, for the world is but a dream from which you must some day awaken.
32. Within the world you may be certain only of that truth which my Mother has given from beyond the world. 33. Therefore know well the sacred mythos and the words that I reveal to you, 34. and let your knowledge dwell not only on the surface, but go deep into the inner soul; and let this knowledge be the seed of all your knowing. 35. For the sacred word does not cry in the marketplace, but whispers in the heart of every soul that truth which she alone may understand.
36. It is not necessary that you should seek knowledge of the highest things outside the sacred mythos and My words. 37. For I have revealed to you all that is necessary that you should attain liberation; and what I have not revealed, that is not needed.
38. But if you shall discourse on that which is unnecessary, I give to you three words. Let you not become forgetful of them:
39. that there can be no certainty beyond the seed of truth, therefore you may speak of likelihood only;
40. that you shall let your speculation be in harmony with the seed of truth, for speculation that is dissonant does not give knowledge, but leads to the abyss of those that have rejected truth;
41. and you who have care of My children, do not let them become confounded by dissonant thought and work.
42. But beyond all else is this word: that the purpose of speculation is that mind and soul shall grow with the seed of truth, 43. and any discourse that leads away from inward love of truth; be that discourse high and pure, be it even harmonic, yet it is the spawn of kear, and you, My children, shall turn from it.
44 Yet do not be afraid, for the seed of truth shall be your guide and your protector and shall bring you deliverance.
45. And I give to you one word which shall conquer every danger. 46. That word is love, and the humility that flows from love. 47. Receive with love the seed of truth and all things shall be well.
Kear: A crack or flaw, the chasm or abyss that lies between Dea and each soul which opened when we chose to experience material manifestation.
Verses 1-3 The uppermost seed represents Spirit, Aethyr.
Kore/Jana (whichever name you give to immanent Dea) is teaching us about how the Spirit can be filtered through into the manifest planes, by the Illuminating Light of Dea. Verses 4-5
Verses 6-9 Is the great spiritual truth that Dea in Heaven is THE still centre which is limitless, unrestricted eternity. In exploration every one / thing moves away into the changing, decaying, dying to the manifest worlds existence. Existence on any plane of manifestation is not pure Life, as it is in space and time.
Verses 10-14 Read these insightful articles:
Part 1, the Canopy of Love
Part 2, The Trunk of Light
Part 3, The Roots of Life
Verses 20-27 Consider the Spirit / Perfection / Dea firstly and how the manifest relates to Her.
Verse 28 No thing, no one is an individual, axial beings contain the Spirit of our Celestial Mother and the Soul of our World Soul Daughter, we are divine, connected to our source, our Holy Mother Dea. Every thing and creature, bird, insect reflects Dea’s Holy Qualities. Life in the manifest planes is a choice between moving away from or towards Dea.
Verses 29-31 Life as an illusion is a re occuring theme of Filianic Scripture. Read this article with Scriptural comments.
to be continued/modified
In the Islamic tradition, this is known as the Greater Jihad (not to be confused with the Lesser Jihad, or Holy War, which is the more common understanding of the word’s meaning here in the West). The concept itself is not only limited to Islam, however, but is a universal call of action to people from all faith backgrounds.
According to Mr. John Heit:
Jihad is the effort to purify oneself from within, to purify oneself of selfish appetites–the intention behind the action is important to the action itself…The greater jihad is further divided into three types of struggle:
1) Jihad of the Heart ( the struggle for moral reformation and faith)
2) Jihad of the Tongue (the struggle to proclaim God’s word abroad; right speech)
3) Jihad of the Hand (doing good works in accord with the will of God)
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[ With a combination of articles
Divine Guardian Transport Animals
The LLC Moon Goddess Research
Compiled and edited by ArchMatrona Georgia ]
The LLC Research on Divine Guardian Transport Animals & Moon Goddess
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Relevant links throughout the article.
This Scripture is said to be named after the medium into which it was inscribed, symbolic of truth.
The Crystal Tablet with commentary by Mr Glenn King
Janati Names used by myself
The Names used by myself are mainly Clan Jana, with a couple of personal differences to clarify their stream for me.
3 Janati of Spirit
Lady Rhaya – March 6 (5 if a leap year) / Moura 15
The origin of Rhaya is the Old Greek language.
The name is of obscure meaning, possibly from rheo or rheos (meaning ‘river, stream’).
Rhaya is a form of the English, German, and Greek name Rhea.
Rhaya is pronounced Ree ah
Lady Theia / Lucia – March 6 (5 if a leap year) / Moura 15
Latin feminine form from lux (“light”)
Theia is pronounced Thigh ah
Lucia is pronounced Loo Ce ah
Lady Candra – March 6 (5 if a leap year) / Moura 15
From Sanskrit चन्द्र (candra, “moon”).
Candra is pronounced Can drah
From Middle English mone, from Old English mōna (“moon”), from Proto-Germanic *mēnô (“moon”), from Proto-Indo-European *mḗh₁n̥s (“moon, month”), probably from *meh₁- (“to measure”). Cognate with Scots mone, mune, muin (“moon”), North Frisian muun (“moon”), West Frisian moanne (“moon”), Dutch maan (“moon”), German Mond (“moon”), Swedish måne (“moon”), Icelandic máni (“moon”), Latin mēnsis (“month”). See also month, a related term within Indo-European.
4 Janati of Earth
Lady Grace – March 25 / Columbina 5
From Middle English grace, from Old French grace (Modern French grâce), from Latin grātia “kindness, favour, esteem”, from grātus ‘pleasing’ from Proto-Indo-European *gʷerH- (“to praise, welcome”).
Grace is pronounced GreyS
Lady Vicka – June 13 / Rosa 1
Latin for victor, diminutive of Victoria (English, German, Romanian, and Spanish).
Vicka is pronounced Vih-Kah
Lady Justina – Sept 5 / Abalon 1
Latin feminine iustus (“just”).
1. just, righteous
2. lawful, legal
3. justified, merited, well-deserved, due
4. (figuratively) exact, straight, direct
From Proto-Italic *jowestos, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂yew-.
The baby girl name Justina is pronounced in English as JHuhS-TIY-Nah
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Sanskrit Etymology of Angels – Janati
A History of the Madrian Separatists explains why Sanskrit is used
From The Lady of Light Chantry – Days, Triskadekos & Seasons 08-05-2016
The LLC sees the Seven Feminine Planetary Guardians as the Seven Spirits of Dea Matrona [Our Lady]. The seven planetary (“wandering”) heavenly luminaries have been known since ancient times. Each of these has been associated with one of Seven Spiritual (“Divine”) Powers or Guardians. The seven-day week, and the names of each week-day, are derived from these seven planets and their names. The Assyrian and Babylonian names are among the oldest. The Greek and Roman names came later. The Anglo-Saxons names are the most modern. Some names are feminine and others names are masculine. In the earliest Greek Creation Story, Seven Titanides (“Great Feminine Powers”) and Seven Titans (“Great Masculine Powers”) are named in pairs, by the Great Goddess Eurynome, as the fourteen guardians of the seven planets. The Titanide names are similar in meaning to the names of the planets they guard, whereas, the Titan names are not.
Planetary Days: (7)
1st English: Vision-day, named for Our Lady of Divine Vision/
Divine Lady Vision, Lamp of Illumination, Generosity, and Benevolence
Guardian of the Sun
Greek: Thea “sight” (thea) a beam or ray of light emitted by the eyes, producing illumination (a seer, visionary); “shining” (aether,) the light of the clear blue sky and the Mother of the light beams (sun, moon, dawn); cause of the “brilliant glitter” and thus “value” (of gems, gold and silver),
Anglo-Saxon: Sun-day, named for (Sol) Sunna “sun, light, to shine”
2nd English: Clarity-day, named for Our Lady of Divine Clarity/
Divine Lady Clarity, Brightness of Reflection, Reason, and Understanding
Guardian of the Moon
Greek: Phoebe “bright, clear, pure”
Anglo Saxon: Mon-day named for (Meno-Mone) Mona “moon, to measure”
3rd English: Valor-day, named for Our Lady of Divine Valour
Divine Lady Valour, Lamp of Illumination, Generosity, and Benevolence
Guardian of Mars
Greek: Dione “shining, divine queen”
Anglo-Saxon: Tues-day named for (Tu-Tyr) Tiw “shining”
4th English: Wisdom-day, named for Our Lady of Divine Wisdom
Divine Lady Wisdom, Messenger of Intelligence, Intuition and Creativity
Guardian of Mercury
Greek: Mnemosyne “memory, remembrance,” from mneme “memory”, see “mnemonic”, goddess of “thought, intelligence, memory”, Mother of (life giver, who sets in motion the activity of) the Muses (Muse, “to think, to remember”, see music), the intelligent goddesses of creative inspiration , intuition, and communication, the mothers of all the arts and sciences.
Anglo-Saxon: Wednes-day, named for (Odin) Wodin “inspiration”
5th English: Justice-day, named for Our Lady of Divine Justice
Divine Lady Justice, Foundation of Law, Order, and Harmony
Guardian of Jupiter
Greek: Themis “divine-law, natural-order”
Anglo-Saxon: Thurs-day named for (Donar/Thunor) Thor “thunder”
6th English: Grace-day, named for Our Lady of Divine Grace
Divine Lady Grace, Fountain of Compassion, Love, and Mercy
Guardian of Venus,
Greek: Tethys “sea, ocean, nurse, grandmother”
Anglo-Saxon: Fri-day named after (Frigg) Frigga “beloved”
7th English: Patience-day, named for Our Lady of Divine Patience
Divine Lady Patience, Reservoir of Steadfastness, Temperance and Self-restraint
Greek: Rhea “to flow (with ease; a constant current, ever flowing stream, endless wave, enduring force): by extension: steadfastness, discipline, constancy, order, patience, self-control”
Guardian of Saturn
Anglicized/Latin: Satur-day, named for (Saturnus) Saturn “to sow”
Thea, Phoebe, Themis, Tethys, and Rhea were first generation Titanides. After extensive scholarly research, the Matronites have chosen to restore the names of the the missing two, first generation Titanides, Dione (Guardian of Mars) and Mnemosyne (Guardian of Mercury) respectively.
The Lady of Light Chantry, A Deanic Matronite Harmonium blog
As a SEPTEMFLUIDITY
The Seven Spirits of Dea, the Seven Supernal Planetary Guardians or the Seven Fountainheads of the Seven Streams of Creativity originating in the One Fountain, the Creatrix, Dea
Referred to as a group
Divinum (“Divine”) Tutores (“Guardians”)
Referred to as seven persons
Greek Titanide Names: English Guardian Names:
1. Agia Kyria Theia 1. Holy Lady Vision
2. Agia Kyria Phoebe 2.Holy Lady Clarity
3. Agia Kyria Nike 3. Holy Lady Victory
4. Agia Kyria Metis 4. Holy Lady Wisdom
5. Agia Kyria Themis 5. Holy Lady Justice
6. Agia Kyria Tethys 6. Holy Lady Grace
7. Agia Kyria Rhea 7. Holy Lady Patience
 Five planets were identified with the gods of the Babylonian pantheon as follows:
Jupiter with Marduk,
Venus with the goddess Ishtar,
Saturn with Ninurta (Ninib),
Mercury with Nabu (Nebo),
Mars with Nergal.
The movements of the Sun, Moon and five planets were regarded as representing the activity of the five gods in question, together with the moon-god Sin and the Sun-god Shamash
 Titans and Titanides/Titanesses
Eurynome created the Seven Planetary Powers, putting a Titaness and a Titan over each.
Theia [Divine] and Hyperion were given the Sun and the power of illumination;
Phoebe and Atlas were given the Moon and the power of enchantment;
Dione [or Nike] and Crius were given the planet Mars and the power of growth;
Metis [Cunning] [or Mnemosyne] and Coeus were given the planet Mercury and the power of wisdom;
Themis and Eurymedon were given the planet Jupiter and the power of law;
Tethys and Oceanus were given the planet Venus and the power of love;
and Rhea and Cronus took the planet Saturn with the power of peace.
(Warning: this article has pictures of the goddess unclothed).