Spring, a Season of the Holy Daughter (Vernal Equinox / 20 March)

From https://deanic.com/2017/03/23/the-sacred-season-of-spring/

 

Quite joyfully, it is the Sacred Season of Spring, the Season of the Holy Daughter as the Great Dove of the Waters.

While some Traditions honor the Celestial Mother as the Great Dove of the Waters, in the Janite Tradition, this title is applied to the Holy Daughter as She is closely associated with East and Water, a feminine Element.

One of  the two ‘Faces/Powers/Forms’ of the Holy Daughter is Madria Grace, Whose feast day is 5 Columbina/March 25.  Madria Grace is the Guardian of East and Water. She is also the Mistress of healing, which we associate with water (sacred wells, etc.). Holy Water, water that has been especially blessed, also conveys, transmits and permeates through-out all that it touches, the Divine Energies of Grace.  And so it is that through Her Face/Form of Madria Grace, the Holy Daughter is very closely associated with the Sacred Element of Water.

(A side-note to priestesses and deaconesses: A reminder that the color of the Element of Water is blue and so blue is the Elemental color of Spring. The colors of the robes of Madria Grace are pink and green. So, it follows that our altar cloths are blue while our veils, shawls/sashes are green/pink. For those who wear the Sacred Symbol pendant of the Season, it is, of course, the Dove.)

As is traditional, we face East when we serve our liturgies and rites. It is indicated in both our liturgy and in our scriptures that when we stand before our own altar on  Earth, we are standing before the Presence the Holy Daughter at the Heavenly altar.

We have come before Your Earthly altar within Ekklesia, in union with the Great Janati Who stand before Your Celestial Altar in Heaven. (The Great Liturgy, Janite edition.)

And She entered the Great Temple of Heaven, where the Seven Janati were gathered at the Sacrifice, even as the Children of Dea were gathered upon the Earth.

And She stood at the Great Altar and took up a wheaten loaf and spoke, saying: (The Great Liturgy, and verses 16 and 17 of The Mythos of the Divine Maid (Kora),  Janite editions.

For we know that as we stand before this altar within Ekklesia, we stand, at once, before Your Celestial Altar, which is both in Heaven and in every place where Your children come together in Your Name. (The Great Liturgy, Janite edition and the Rite of Sacrifice).

When I first entered the Deanic world, it took me a long time to get used to the Cardinal directional/Elemental system that we received from the Madrians. But now, I would never consider using any other system, whether Eastern or Western. The system we inherited from our fore-sisters is perfect for our Faith, for the Mysteries, for the Times, for the Seasons… it is ultimate perfection in every way and a great Blessing for all Deanic devotees.

 

I slowly came to understand that Water is the most appropriate Element for East and Spring because it renews and replenishes all life, just as Spring brings forth a great renewal and replenishing of manifest Creation.

Water, when blessed, becomes a carrier of the information, intent and energies of grace. It becomes holy water which cleanses our souls and renews our spirits.  Not only does it purify us from within, but it also washes impurities from our bodies. And so, Water cleans and rejuvenates us on both the inside and the out.

This integral interconnection of Water with the Sacred Season of Spring is reflected in the dewdrop on a newly budded flower. It’s luminosity shines within the grace-filled waters of Lustration, Baptism and Mikvah. It refracts the Seven into rainbow-hued facets of the One Diamond of Dea.

It is through Water that Life is born. It is through Water that Life is renewed. It is through Water that life is resurrected.

Water is associated with priestesshood. Where the Element of Water embodies intuition, spiritual cleansing, spiritual purity, primordial emotion, grace, psychic sensitivity and the attuning of the subconsciousness, all of which are embedded in the priestesshood, it may be considered the Second Primary Element of the Priestesshood after Spirit.

The Great Dove of the Waters.

We have now seen how the Holy Daughter is intimately associated with the Element of Water. How is She the Great Dove?

We must remember that in the ancient world, the dove was always the symbol of the goddess. To those of the time of Jesus, the dove symbol of the Holy Spirit would have readily been recognized as a Feminine symbol. (See this great article: http://ancestorsandarchetypes.weebly.com/dove-goddess.html).

And more and more, many Christians have come to realize what the ancient Syrian Christians believed and taught: the Holy Spirit is Feminine.

We read in Genesis (the origins of which predates Judaism) And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. The Spirit of God was the Feminine Holy Spirit Whose symbol is the Dove.

Sophia is often said to appeared in the form of a White Dove. 1)

There are many Christians who believe that Sophia and the Holy Spirit are One. 2)

The Dove is the primary Symbol of the Holy Daughter, Who, in Janite Tradition, is image-based upon the Divine Sophia. The Holy Daughter, She Who is the Daughter of Light, She Who is the Daughter of Wisdom, is the Three-fold Dove: the Great Dove of the Waters, the Dove of the Sacrifice and the Dove of Peace. (The Dove of Sacrifice is from our liturgy.)

The Holy Daughter, Water, East, Dove, Madria Grace, Dawn and Spring, all are both mystically and symbolically intertwined to weave the whole Mystery that is the Resurrection of All Life. For not only does She share Her Soul with us, but She gathers the Divine Sparks within us and carries them back to Her Mother, where we may drink from the Waters of the Eternal Spring.

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

  1. Barcelona 2004, Edges of Experience, Memory and Emergence, edited by Lyn Cowan, Daimon, 2006
  2. Heracleon and Ptolemy tell us that the dove symbolizes ‘Sophia, the Mother above.’
  3. https://aras.org/sites/default/files/docs/00024Birds.pdf
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The meaning of 28 Moura March 19: The Divine Shattering Day from a Janite Perspective

From https://deanic.com/2017/04/05/the-meaning-of-the-day-of-lustrationkala-from-a-janite-perspective/

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Madria Erin, in her most engaging and thoughtful post on Kala, asked the question, what is the full thealogy of the day, if the Daughter is not dead?

Our Scriptures teach that the Holy Daughter suffered a torturous Descent down through the Realms before Her Death. These scriptural verses, taken altogether, are seemingly inspired by the Mythos of Inanna, Persephone, and the Passion of the Christ. Our scriptures continue with the story of how after Her death, the Holy One went to the deepest, darkest realms in order to carry the Light of the Mother to every corner of existence. (Jesus was said to have descended into hell, after death, to free the souls waiting there. Persephone, of course, spent six months in Hades.) On the Holy Feast of Eastre, as evidenced in the Mythos of Persephone, the Daughter was rescued and resurrected by Her Mother.

And though, I cannot speak for Filianists, I would assume that Kala is spent in the remembrance of the Passion and Death of the Holy Daughter. (We must keep in mind that there were many dead and resurrecting pre-Christian gods. This timeless myth extends thousands of years B. C.)

There is an hauntingly beautiful Filianic lament in honor of Mari-Anna that is often chanted on this day. {Anna is the name of the Holy Daughter in Filianic Tradition. Though it is said to come from the name Hannah, it also stems from Inanna and Jana as in Di-Jana or Di-Anna. Jana is correctly pronounced Yanna}.

Demeter and Persephone

We must also be mindful of the fact that the name, Demeter, translates to God the Mother and Persephone (per seph o nay), before Her Descent into Hades, was called Kore (Kor-eh or Kora), which means the Maid/Maiden or Daughter. It was after the Divine Kora returned to the Earth from the Underworld that She was called Persephone. (1)

I and both of my bishops, believe that the Eleusinian Mysteries, served in honor of Demeter/Persephone, were truly based upon the Divine Mother and Daughter.

These ancient rites were liturgical in nature and had a Divine Communion Rite. The Eluesinian Mysteries were based on a Mother-God and Daughter-God Who were separated, the Daughter descended into hell, and Her resurrection was celebrated, annually.  During this Rite, devotees truly believed that they were receiving the Body of Demeter,’ God the Mother’,  through the Communion Bread.

The deeply meaningful and mystical Communion Rite of the original Madrian liturgy, part of which is to be found in our scriptures, was inspired by the Myth of Persephone. Though Persephone did not die, per se; rather, She was trapped in the underworld where Her Mother shattered the gates of Hades in order to rescue Her; this Mythos may be considered symbolic of a death and resurrection. Certainly, the resurrection of all life on Earth followed the return of Persephone from the under-world.

In Sophian Tradition, there is also a Communion Rite that may be based upon Proverbs.

Just as Filianists and other Matriarchal scholars have managed to discover the pre-Patriarchal roots of many Goddess-based myths, in Janite Tradition, the Cosmic Drama of the Holy Daughter is founded upon the pre-Patriarchal Mythos of Sophia/Shekinah (see http://www.suppressedhistories.net/articles/GnosticGoddessFallenSophia.pdf).

The Divine Sophia is pan-religious, meaning, She is not confined to one religion. She is actually pre-Christian and all may worship Her. She is the Image/Form that Janites use for the Holy Daughter. Included in the Mythos of Shekinah/Sophia is the Divine Shattering.

 

Sources for this Myth of the Divine Shattering of Shekinah/Sophia may be found within certain traditions of Kabbalism, in Gnostic schools of thought and in ancient Syrian Gnostic Christianity.

In Kabbalism, this Descent is not considered to be the punishment it is in Gnostic Christianity; it is a voluntary act on the part of Lower (meaning immanent—so Daughter-Form) Shekinah out of Her love for the Children of Israel and this Descent through lower-vibrational density resulted in the Shattering of Her Soul.

Unlike Kabbalism, the Christian Sophian Tradition, unfortunately, blames this Shattering on a mistake that Sophia supposedly made by trying to create without Her Male Partner. We, and many modern Christians and Sophian devotees, do not accept this Patriarchal view of Lower (again, meaning immanent-so Daughter-Form) Sophia. She is said, in ancient sources, to always do the will of Her Mother (Higher Sophia) and so, She descended down through the Realms, like the Shekinah (they are One and the same Being) to be immanent with the Children of the Earth, but this torturous Descent down through the ever increasingly denser and darker dimensions eventually caused Her Soul to Shatter. This Shattering, as taught in Shekinan/Sophian Mythos, did not cause Her death, rather, it caused Her to become the World Soul or the Holy Soul of the World (of all of us and all of Nature).

In contrast to the Mythos of Persephone, the Divine Sophia is not saved by Her Mother. Rather, She, like Quan Yin, chooses to remain immanent with us. She becomes an integral Part of us, to unite as One Being with us, until the day we desire nothing but Perfect Love and so at that ending of the time of our Soul Journey, She ascends with us, assuming our souls unto the Celestial Mother in the Heavenly Realm of Bliss, the Pleroma, our True Home.

Kuan Yin – She who hears all the suffering in the world

I picture the Divine Shattering of the Holy Daughter like an hologram that has been shattered into a million pieces. Each shattered piece (us) is still a reflection of the Whole and yet, the Core of the Original Wholeness is still intact because the Holy Daughter is God and God cannot disintegrate. She cannot die.

The Holy Daughter is like the Central Piece of the Original Hologram. Though the fragile, rarefied outward pieces of the Daughter’s Soul was Shattered (and Sophia is said to have had a rarefied Body—Soul), Her Essence, Her Spirit, did not, could not, shatter, disintegrate. Thus, the Original Immanent Image of the Celestial Mother, She Who is the Holy Daughter, was Shattered, and yet, remained Whole in an of Herself and we, Her Divine Sparks, each were ensouled with Her Soul. She is the Soul of our souls and the Spirit of the Divine Sparks within us. This is the Divine Mystery of the Feasts of Moura and Eastre in the Janite Tradition.

Returning to the holographic analogy: As found in Stanislav Grof’s,  the Holotropic Mind: ‘Unlike normal photographs, every portion of a piece of holographic film contains all the information of the whole. Thus if a piece of a holographic plate is broken into fragments, each piece can still be used to reconstruct the entire image.’

To reconstruct the entire image. That is why Sophia, the Holy Daughter, seeks the Sparks within us, so that She may recreate the Original Image and render us back into that Perfect Hologram in order to reunite us with the Celestial Mother, the Origin of the Image.

But, just as with the brain, where the whole is carried in the part— as the brain is damaged or sections removed, the more it is cut up, the more the memory, though it remains intact, becomes fuzzy, just so, an hologram becomes fuzzier the more it is shattered. Thus, we of the Shattered One are but imperfect, fuzzy reflections of the Divine Daughter, Who is the Immanent Image of the Celestial Mother, Who, in turn, Who comes from the Source, the Great Mother and so we must seek, through Her Grace and Her Sacraments (2) to become ever more perfect reflections of Her. And, we do so out of love of Dea, and, as our scriptures teach, out of love for Her children. We do so by striving through every thought, word and action to draw ever closer to the Holy One rather than retreating further away from Her.

Green Sophia, by Daniel Mirante, contributing artist to the Artists Envisioning the Divine project.

To summarize: In Her desire to be immanent with us, we who are the Children of the Earth/the Children of Dea, after our fall into density, the painful Descent through the denser, lower vibrational Realms proved to be too much for the delicate, rarefied Soul-Body of the Holy Daughter, one which was not protected by a material body and so, it Shattered. We became One in Soul with the Holy Daughter. We contain souls that were given to us out of Her Sacrifice; we contain within our souls Her Divine Sparks.

In Kabbalistic teaching: The Shekinah plays another very important role in the story of creation, and in particular in the Great Plan of humankind.  It is believed that in man’s fall to a denser, less perfect state of being in the physical, the Shekinah stayed with us as we separated from God or were exiled from the ‘Garden’.  Thus, the Shekinah, once again, was voluntarily removed from God/En Sof in order for us to have our experience.  She has always stayed with us, wherever we were exiled or isolated or shut out, the Shekinah was always there in exile and isolation with us. http://www.universalkabbalah.net/Shekinah.

sophia goddess of wisdom with chalice

On this day (Kala in the Auroran and Filianic Traditions), Janites spend a day in somber remembrance of this greatest, most heart-rending, soul wrenching, sacrificial myrrh-infused, stopped moment out of time when all the Cosmos holds its breath; the  most knee-bowing, head-veiling, thunderstruck, awestruck, Shining Being witnessed, Ultimate, Primordial Love Sacrifice of the Most Pure and Holy Daughter. She literally gave Herself to us. And, She never left us. She stayed. 

In this way, She lives every single moment of every single day with us. Whether we are in pain; whether we experience joy; whether we glory in love or suffer abandonment, She is literally part of us and we of Her and so, She experiences exactly as we do with all our pain, emotions and bliss.

This is the full thealogy of the day of Divine Shattering in the Janite Tradition.

Janites practice the ancient rite of lustration/purification and veil in solemn observance of Her Descent and Shattering on this day, 28 Moura/March 19 (March 18 on a leap year).

May the Queen of Heaven, She Who is the Divine Shattered One; She Who is the Holy Soul of the World; She Who is the Queen of Heaven, bless you and be with you. Blessed is She.

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ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

 

  1. The meaning behind Persephone is a little bit of a mystery. It could derive from the Greek pertho (“to destroy”) or from phone (“murder”). She may be a Greek and Roman goddess, but that doesn’t prove that her name comes from either language. In fact, the multiple spellings of her name in ancient sources suggest that the Greeks found her name difficult to pronounce, which would suggest that it was foreign to them. Some historians believe that worship of her, as well as her mother Demeter, predate the Olympian pantheon. http://bewitchingnames.blogspot.com/2012/10/persephone.html. (Though this is the most common guessed meaning of Persephone, there are those who believe it may mean She Who lightens the darkness.)

 

28 Moura / 19 March A Somber Sunday 2017

Extract reblogged from https://deanic.com/2017/03/18/moura-hiatus/

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It is the day when we commemorate the Divine Shattering of the Soul of the Holy Daughter.

Even though it is Sunnadi, there should be no liturgy or Rite of Sacrifice served. It is a somber, quiet day. We should be mindful of the suffering that the Holy Daughter endured during Her painful Descent down through the realms. We should contemplate Her Sacrificial Shattering which gave us our souls.

shattered-glass

For all of us, even those who might have to work,  there should be time spent in the reading of scripture, quiet meditation and prayer. We should also veil (even if it is simply a wide headband/Alice band or a bandana scarf, which, I didn’t realize there was such a variety of styles until I did an image search of them! ).

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

28 Moura / 19 March – Thoughts on the Divine Shattering by Madria Erin of Auroran Tradition

The last day of the sacred season and month of Moura the 28th (19th March) is The Sacrifice of the Holy Daughter.

Reblogged from: https://hermaidenpriestess.wordpress.com/2017/03/18/kala/

Mother of the World miniature by Geoffrey Hodson

 

…the last day of the Deanic/Filianic year and an important event in the Cosmic Drama that is unfolding at all times. It is the day the Princess of Heaven descends in to the lowest realms of manifestation, in order to bring the light of the Celestial Mother to all Her children.

The word ‘lightbringer’ has negative connotations in Christianity, I believe, because it was often used in connection with Lucifer. But to Dea-nists, the Lightbringer is the Daughter. She descends through the seven gates, literally shattering her soul as She does so, experiencing EVERY awful thing any living being will ever go through… all at once. This is why we say God the Daughter is imminent. She is literally present, at all times, because of this descent. She understands everything we experience because She goes through it with us.

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Reblogged from: https://hermaidenpriestess.wordpress.com/2016/12/11/thoughts-on-the-divine-shattering/

“She was scared
Unprepared.
Lost in the dark.
Falling Apart,
I can survive,
With you by my side.
We’re gonna be alright.
This is what happens when two worlds collide.”
– Two Worlds Collide by Demi Lovato, a cheesy pop song from my tween years, about friendship.

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I am writing this with tears in my eyes. Tears of happiness, sadness, and raw spiritual emotion.

I was just reading through ArchMadria Pamela’s most recent post about the Holy Daughter as the Mother of our souls, and found myself understanding deeply every single word. Because what she spoke of in that article, I have experienced.

The post talks about the beautiful implications of the thealogy of the Holy Daughter. Until the work done by the Janite Order of Priestesses to uncover and explain what I call ‘the Divine Shattering’, I understood the Holy Daughter in a way more similar to the goddess Inanna or Jesus Christ- a deity who corrects a wrong by descending, dying and resurrecting. While I still see the value in this understanding, I much prefer the understanding of the Daughter from the Janite perspective: that the Daughter descended, shattered her own perfect Soul in to pieces to save us, which causes a lot of pain for Her. She experiences every heartbreak, every illness, every affliction with us. She understands us on a level beyond human comprehension. Kwan Yin, a Bodhisattva of some Buddhist traditions, is known as ‘She who hears the cries of the world’. Those words say it all.

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Something else, something rather unorthodox, helped me better understand this thealogy.

Now, I am a huge nerd. I have also mentioned in the past about how sci-fi (particularly space opera) and fantasy is often a boon for my faith, and vice versa. An unlikely pair, but the two are deeply intertwined for me. These genres have heroes, overcoming odds, liberation, and often the characters will cite their belief in God(s) or other forces of the Universe as the reason for their strength.

My favourite video game, Mass Effect, is a space opera role playing game centred around a space commander named Shepard and his/her crew, who go against odds to fight dark forces at play in the Milky Way Galaxy. It has aliens, love, and, at least in my head, religious allegories. Spoiler alert! In the end of the video game trilogy, the Commander is given three choices on how to deal with the threat to the galaxy, a race of sentient machines called Reapers, who seek to destroy all advanced life. Shepard can choose to a) take control of the Reapers, essentially stealing their power and using it for good and watch over the galaxy from afar (her physical body dying in the process), b) destroy the Reapers but also destroy friendly AI in the process, or c) break down her own essence and have it be used as a catalyst for a new formula, in which organic beings and machines live in harmony (her physical body dying in the process).

The way I saw it, these three endings could each represent a ‘saviour’ deity. Control option represents Inanna. In the classic Inanna myth, she takes control of the powers of Hell, stealing them from her sister Ereshkigal, the Dark Queen. Quote from this ending: “Your corporeal form will be dissolved. But your thoughts and even your memories will continue. You will no longer be organic. Your connection to your kind will be lost. Although you will remain aware of their existence.” 

The Destroy option doesn’t really have a religious counterpart, but I would compare it to how Christians view the second coming of Christ: he will, point blank, put an end to the forces of darkness once and for all.

However, the Synthesis ending, to me, represents our understanding of the Holy Daughter. Shepard gives her own essence and that is used to create a new framework in which organic beings and synthetic beings become one. This reminded me of how Dea, in the form of the Holy Daughter, gave us Her own soul so that while we remain mortal, we each share in Her divinity, as well. Quote from this ending: “Your organic energy. The essence of who and what you are, will be broken down and then dispersed.” I feel …the Janite Deanic and my Deanic understanding is similar to the Synthesis ending. We are synthesised with the Daughter and with one another.

But I digress. The point is, that we believe the Holy Daughter is imminent not because She is the Earth like may Pagans believe, but because we literally share a soul with Her. And so, not only is She the Mother of our Souls, the Queen of Heaven and our Saviour, She is also the perfect best friend.

As most of you reading this will be well aware of by now, I suffer from clinical depression, anxiety and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I have also recently developed a condition called Labyrinthitis which affects my balance, and I can not walk a short distance without feeling dizzy and having to sit down.  This was particularly awful tonight, and combined one of my typical depressive episodes, and feelings of extreme loneliness and isolation, I felt extremely low.

A common sentiment amongst people with depression is a feeling that nobody understands us. I have often felt frustrated that I couldn’t put in to words how I was feeling when talking about it to other people, because they don’t know the inner workings of my mind and heart. Yet, Dea Filia does, because everything we ‘go through’, she goes through with us. This makes Her the perfect ‘best friend’. Many a time I have prayed to Her using not so many words. Rather than explaining to Her exactly how I feel in words, I say ‘Most Holy Anna, I know you know what I’m going through, so please just give me the strength to fight another day, and hold me.” And, just like that, I can feel Her arms around me, comforting me.

Any time we need a hug, any time we need to be reminded that we are not alone, and that our feelings are valid and understood, we can call on Her. A God that is not only a Mother and a Queen but a Best Friend, is one that I am SO proud and so blessed to worship.

In the name of the Heavenly Mother, the Holy Daughter, and the Great Mother, thus may it remain.

Madria Erin