As a Madrian I always wore a scarf for the ritual or when leaving the house. It was easier in the countryside, as the Queen of Britain shows.

Queen wearing a sunflower (flower of the Supernal Sun Dea) scarf tied in a bow.

This is how I tie my headscarf which is a large square, but the knot is underneath the back point.


As a Deanic woman now I live in a city and do not cover outside the apartment. Now that I have discovered thealogy that I believe in, I cover for saying a rosary.

There are lots of different styles of scarf and ways to wear and knot them.

Minimal Covering – Hair Combs, Headbands, Fascinators

Minimal Covering
Hair Combs, Headbands, Fascinators

The “cloud” is described in 1870 as being “a light scarf of fine knitting over the head and round the neck, [worn] instead of an opera hood when going out at night.”

This reminds me of my ‘eternity snood‘ similar to this:

Knitted Eternity Snood

Since the 1990s the term refers to a form of formal headwear worn as an alternative to the hat; it is usually a large decorative design attached to a band or clip, sometimes incorporating a base to resemble a miniature hat, in which case it may be called a hatinator.

In the Deanic Faith, colours, gemstones and flowers have correspondences to Janyati, our Sacred Seasons, all originating in our 3 Holy forms of Dea.

Dianthus Everlast trademarked name
The Great Mother: 5 petals of a darker purple dianthus

The Celestial Mother: 5 petals of the dog rose or a lighter pink apple blossom

Calla Lilies and Dusk Skies
Wild Calla Lilies Grove – Garrapata Beach by Don Smith Photography

The World Soul Daughter: Lily or interchangeable with an Iris

Conduct an internet search for decorative hair combs and decorative headband.

How to make a fabric rose

Lace roses on a hair clip

How to make a lace flower

How to make a flower and tulle decoration for a hair comb

How to make a velvet bow

Decorative Head Band

How to make a decorative headband

How to make a Knitted Bow Headband

How to make a felt and elastic Fascinator (photos)

How to Make a Feather Flower Fascinator

How to Make a Flower & Netting Fascinator

How to make a crochet trivet & Netting Fascinator

How to Make a Silk Floral Fascinator

How to make a Faux Leather Fascinator

See article:

The Reasons for Deanic Head Covering

The Reasons for Deanic Head Covering

by ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

The other day, I saw a woman go to mass in skin tight yoga pants. In summer time many of these women and girls wear shorts to church. This is a church where just a few decades ago, the women wore dresses, skirts and chapels veils or hats and the men wore suits and ties.


Dressing decently for worship showed respect for the “meeting place” between Heaven and Earth. It further showed reverence for God, the Blessed Sacrament and for the angels who were present at mass.


Traditional Catholics still dress this way for mass. Spanish women wear their beautiful, traditional mantillas during Holy Week in Spain. Many Eastern Orthodox women wear head coverings in church, as well and, of course, Orthodox Jewish and Muslim women cover their hair. True modesty and dignity of dress need never be frumpy and unattractive.


Who, having been invited to an important dinner function where dignitaries would be present, would wear yoga pants, jeans or shorts to the function? No-one. We would wear our very best. Why do we no longer wear our very best for God? Lately, it seems that more Christian women, coming from different denominations, are recognizing this problem and are beginning to look at veiling for church in a new light.


It is amazing how many neo-Pagans and Wiccans are drawn to veiling during their Esbats, Sabbats and other sacred rites. It seems that it is especially those devotees of goddesses who are usually depicted as being veiled, such as Hecate and Hestia, that feel called to do so. It is an holy and altogether intensely feminine custom and people do it for differing reasons.


As Deanic women, we take pride in dressing both in a feminine manner and with basic modesty in our daily wear. This does not mean we must wear skirts to our ankles and sleeves down to our elbows (although there is nothing wrong with that), nor do we feel the need to completely cover our hair, but we dress with common decency and with respect for both ourselves and for others.


Some of our members ‘cover’, that is, they wear a head covering when out in public. There are many different reasons for doing so and we support them in their choice. Many of them, as they place their scarf or hat on their heads will consciously ask Our Lady to place them beneath Her Great Mantle of Protection. The scarf or hat then becomes symbolic of Our Lady’s Mantle.  (By the way, the idea of Our Lady’s Mantle of Protection originated with the Catholic Church.)


A majority of our members do not ‘cover’ in this manner, but we do veil during our sacred rites. Many will immediately say to me, well, what about men? Customs do not always have to be the same for men as for women. I grew up during a time when it was considered rude, inconsiderate and extremely bad manners for a male to wear a hat indoors. Now, they do, even in restaurants which boggles my mind. That is something that I will never get used to. But, some men might feel drawn to wear a men’s religious head covering during religious rites and that is fine. Baseball and other sports types of hats are not appropriate for religious rites.


Recently, in addition to wearing my mantilla chapel veil during liturgy and during the prayer times of Aurora, Noontide and Evensong, I have begun wearing my veil during my rosary. For me, it is symbolic of a ‘time set apart’ for prayer and for being in the immediate Presence of Dea and the Janya. Wearing a veil during formal prayer makes me feel sheltered,  focused and it lends an air of sacredness to my time of communing with Dea.


Veiling during formal prayer might not be for everyone. But, for those who feel called or drawn, it is a very special custom. It is a sacred and holy custom. It lends self-dignity and shows respect to our Deity and in its own way, it helps to create ‘sacred space’.  Additionally, as Deanic women, we should be mindful of our status as representatives of Dea on Earth and so we should dress with dignity, self-respect and basic modesty.

Collection of 2016 Moura (sacred month and season) Postings

Here are a list of links to last year’s Moura (month and season) postings:

Holy Season of Moura

The Litany of the Great Mother

The Cross and the Fora

Tracing the Fora Blessing Gesture

Mysteria Dea Matrona – Mysterious Great Mother

Dea Matrona as Deantha Vespera

The Cailleach – Celtic Veiled Great Mother

Finger, Handbag, Trouser Pocket Rosary for Moura Great Mother – Veiled Origin of Eternity, Fora of Faith

The Janite Tradition of the Deanic Faith have collated the 3 Feast Days of the Janyati of Spirit into 1 Feast Day.
15 Moura/March 6 (5 if a leap year): Feast of Madria Candra, Madria Rhea and Madria Theia.

Saturday 1 Moura / February 20 2016: the Feast of Lady Rhaya

Friday 13 Moura/March 4 2016: the Feast of Lady Theia

Sunday 23 Moura/March 14 2016: the Feast of Lady Candra

The Janite Tradition of the Deanic Faith Official Days 2017

15 Moura/March 6: Feast of Madria Candra, Madria Rhea and Madria Theia.

28 Moura/March 19: The Sacrifice of the Holy Daughter.

Hiatus: March 20: Outside of space and time


Official Clan Jana Spiritual Days

Four Extra Ordinary Days
I differ during these 4 days in my calendar from The Janite Tradition of the Deanic Faith (Clan Jana). This is due to my life partner celebrating his birthday on March 20 or Hiatus.
I also cannot lessen my food/drink intake with a fast due to health reasons.

Prayers to The Great Mother

The Great Mother / Absolute Deity / Dea Matrona / Mysteria / Deam Mysterium

Ground of All Being, Ultimate Source, the Supreme Being, Gnostic Monas, the Great Provider, the abundance of the Cosmos.
She is the original Fountain, the Great Cosmic River, from which all else flows.
She is not so wholly transcendent that She is not also with me as I am 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.

The Litany of the Great Mother


Seasonal to the sacred month and season of Moura:

Janite Psalms for private use only

Psalm 9: O, Veiled Fora of Faith

O, Veiled Fora of Faith,
You are the Still Centre of All Being.
You are the Luminosity of Darkness.
You are the Wellspring of the Rivers of Life.
You are the Tabernacle of Divinity.
O, Veiled Fora of Faith, be with us.

Psalm 14: O, Great Mother.

O, Great Mother,
Dark beyond the light and Light beyond the Darkness,
powerful are Your ways and great is Your Mystery.
Through the shimmering veil, we glimpse you not.
In the Still Point of the Centre, do You reside.
The Grace of All Life pours forth from the Fountainhead of Your very Being.
Source of the Four Great Rivers, You are beyond all knowing.
The Celestial Mother and the Holy Daughter find Their Completion in You.
O, Great Mother,
Dark beyond the light and Light beyond the Darkness, may all Blessings Be.


Copywrite of the Matriarch of the Janite Deanic Ekklasia, ArchMadria (Bishop) Pamela


O, Dea, Fora of Faith,

we thank You, we bless You and we adore You.
For through Your everlasting life, we are infused with Your luminous Graces
and are protected by the Veiled Stillness at the Centre of All. O, Great Mother,
You are the steadfast Fora of our return to Spirit.
O, Dea, Fora of Faith, be with us.

I adapted this from ArchMadria Pamela.
Sophia Ruth


Evening Prayers:

Hail, Deantha Vespera: Divine Flower of the Evening, Life & Source of All, be with us.


Divine Flower of the Dusk, Lamp of Evening Star,

May your Torches light the path through the dark’ning hour

May your Golden Keys unlock Myst’ries of Dark Light

Keep us Saviour free from harm until Dawn shines bright

Wisdom’s Day, 12 Maia (27 May) 2015 CE

By: ArchMatrona Georgia Rosenhearth Bonnie-Fire
of the Lucienne Tradition


Other Prayers:

Her Emperial Majesty,
Empress of the Cosmos, beyond, before, All Things
Life of All Eternity,
Blessed is She.


Hail, Mysteria, Fount of Life, Glory be to Thee. Blessed art Thou, O, Empress of the Cosmos bless us, Thy children, now and unto the ages of ages.


Eternal is the Life of the Great Mother. We thank You. we bless You, we adore You.


O Great Mystery
Veiled Origin of Eternity
The First Principle
And the Final Cause
It is you who gives life,
And you who gives death
That we may have life anew
To guide our souls through profane realms.
O Great One,
Darkness who births the Light,
Mother of our Mother,
We praise You.
Thus may it remain.

Madria Erin of The Auroran Tradition of the Deanic Faith
Prayer from her previous blog:


Seasonal to the sacred season of Autumn

O, Dea, Apple of Wisdom,

we thank You, we bless You and we adore You.
For through Your everlasting life,
we are protected by the Veiled Stillness at the Centre of All.
The Heavenly Mother and the Divine Soul Daughter
find Their Completion in You.
O, Great Mother, Dark beyond the light and Light beyond the darkness.
O, Great Mother, You are the Wise Apple of our source, Life.
O, Dea, Apple of Wisdom, be with us.

I adapted from ArchMadria Pamela.
Sophia Ruth

Relevant Articles:

The Great Mother as Ground of All Being

The Trinity and the Apple Tree/Part 3: The Roots of Life


A Janya who reflects The Great Mother:

Madrian – Rhea (Ree Ah),

Janite – Madria Rhea, (I simplify this to Lady Rhaya)


O, Madria Rhea, Jana of Steadfastness, Temperance and Self-restraint, be with us.

Daily Prayer (add to the Mantra:)

May the Pure Stream of your Virtues flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come.

The Verses of The Seven Streams
The Seven Jeweled Rays
Lady Rhaya

I am Rhaya, the Indigo Ray of Steadfastness. I am the Fore-bearing Stream of the Supernal Cosmos.

The Three-Fold Heaven is where I reign and it is Spirit that I guard.

Come to me when you are in need of fortitude and resolve and I shall grant you strength of will.

Learn of me the Lapis of Temperance and Self-restraint and you shall conquer the world.

Whenever you are filled with self-doubt, I shall inspire you with confidence and earnestness.

If fear diminishes determination, I shall inspire you with perseverance and certainty of purpose and never lead you astray.

I am Rhaya.

Copywrite of the Matriarch of the Janite Deanic Ekklasia, ArchMadria (Bishop) Pamela

Feast Day, Correspondences, Prayer

Madria Erin – Lady Constance,

Theanic: Aset Melanae / Melanae / Melanay,

Aristasian – Rhave (Rah vay).


Rose Petals: A Filianic Psalter by Brythwen Sinclair

Deum Mysterium, Secret One who dwells in all
(page 65)

Deum Mysterium, You who are beyond all forms
(page 66)

Compline, Dusk/upon retiring
(page 124)

Can be purchased here:
E book:

Etymology of Moura

Moura meaning dark and death in the Janite Tradition.

This is an inclusive word.

For Janites it suits The Great Mother being ‘Dark beyond the light and Light beyond the darkness’. It also suits the coming suffering of the Holy Daughter/World Soul Di Jana. To me, death meaning an end to this soul path and eventually a return to Dea.

For those who are Filianic believing in a symbolic death, perhaps Moura could also be seen as suitable for them.

Sophia Ruth


Moura is a homonym word with two distinct roots and meanings; one from Celtic *MRVOS, the other from Latin maurus.

The word “moura”, (medieval: mora) feminine of “mouro”, is thought to originate from the Celtic *MRVOS [ ‘dead’, also related to the Welsh marw. ] and the indo-european mr-tuos that originated in Latin the word mortuus and in Portuguese/Galician the word morto (dead). Some authors think that the mouras are the deceased.

There is also a possible relation to the Celtic word mahra or mahr, meaning spirit.”

“Moura In Russian .. Means dark haired beautiful girl”
[ Seems to be referring to Maura 1 ]

1 feminine name
“7. MAURA: Feminine form of Italian Mauro, meaning “dark-skinned; Moor.” Compare with another form of Maura.
GENDER: Feminine
USAGE: Italian, Spanish, Late Roman
PRONOUNCED: MOW-rah (Italian, Spanish)” [pronounced MOR-rah in Britain]

The Moons of Moura 1st Moura/20th February – 28th Moura/March 19th 2017

The Moons of Moura
1st Moura/20th February
– 28th Moura/March 19th 2017

Dark Moon

Dark Moon


February 26th: Dark Moon. (For the Great Mother).

March 3rd: (5 days after the Dark Moon): Crescent Moon. (For the Holy Daughter).

March 12th: Fora Moon. (For the Celestial Mother).

Sacred Month & Season of Moura 1st Moura/20th February – 28th Moura/March 19th 2017

I have been writing about my devotions to Dea for one secular year / sacred year and a day.

I am grateful for Dea’s grace in drawing me closer to Her.

I am blessed by Dea in have a community of Her devotees sharing their beliefs and soul paths, with whom I can converse with.


Sacred Symbol of Moura – The Fora


Janyati: Lady Rhaya, Lady Theia, Lady Candra.
Element: Spirit.
Elemental Colour: Violet:
Liturgical colours: Violet, Silver, Orange, Indigo and Black.
Direction: Centre.
Time of Day: Darkest Hour before the Dawn.

Mystery: The Descent and Sacrifice of the Daughter.

Moura: (Meaning Dark, Destiny): Feb. 22- March 19.

Moura may either translate as darkness or death.  It indicates that, like Sophia, the Holy Daughter suffered a descent down through the realms. Some, in our Faith, believe the Daughter died, others do not. Devotees are free to believe according to their conscience.

15 Moura/March 6 (5 if a leap year): Feast of Madria Candra, Madria Rhea and Madria Theia.

[In 2017 the Janyati feast days have been gathered into one day]

28 Moura/March 19: The Sacrifice of the Holy Daughter.

Hiatus: March 20. (There are two days of Hiatus during a leap year.)

Nicholas Roerich - Mother of the World 1924
Nicholas Roerich – Mother of the World 1924

This is the time of the Year of the Great Mother, also known as the Dark Mother, not because She is a severe, Kali-like figure of destruction, but because, as Absolute Deity, She is beyond knowing. She is the Dark beyond the Light and the light beyond the Darkness.

During this time, we also observe the Descent of the Holy Daughter through the Seven Realms and Her Divine Shattering as explained in the Mythos of Shekinah/Sophia.

During Moura, we also observe the Feast Days of Ladies Rhaya, Theia, Candra as they are the Guardians of Spirit and Center, the Element and Direction of the Season of Moura.

And so, though it is a busy time of year, it is also a deeply spiritual time of year. It is a time of somber observance, prayer, meditation and scripture reading. For others who are Madrian and Filianic, our scriptures include the Descent and Death of Inanna in the Mythos of the Divine Maid. While Janites consider the Descent to be symbolic of the Descent of the Holy Daughter, we do not accept an actual Death of the Holy Daughter for thealogical reasons.

And so, as we begin the Holy Season of Moura, I offer two links. The first explains the Divine Shattering in a way that I’ve not seen , before, from a Jewish perspective. While we would not accept the idea that the First Creation was purposefully flawed and meant to fail, the rest of the article is excellent.

And for your edification, this hauntingly beautiful tribute to Holy Sophia:

May Our Lady bless you,

Blessed is She.


ArchMadria Pamela Lanides