Eastre Altar by ArchMatrona Georgia, of the Lady of Light Chantry, A Deanic Matronite Harmonium

From https://deanic.com/2017/04/04/bits-and-piecesnewsupdates-and-the-divine-shattering/

ArchMatrona Georgia, of the Lady of Light Chantry, A Deanic Matronite Harmonium, has given permission to share a picture of her lovely Eastre altar.

 

ArchMatrona Georgia Rosenhearth Bonnie-Fire

About the Lucienne Deanic Tradition (an independent Deanic Tradition):

https://deamatronablog.wordpress.com/ click on About

and https://deamatronablog.wordpress.com/2016/10/28/the-lucienne-deanic-tradition/

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Eastre A truly lovely time by Madrina Dini of Deanic Tradition Pantheacraft (All Thea Craft)

From http://pantheacraft.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/a-truly-lovely-time.html

 

I had a truly wonderful two days of Eastre with my family. Yesterday morning I decorated my hestia with Eastre decoration and flowers; luckily my husband, who works shifts, was available in the afternoon; so when we had collected our son from school, he had an eastre-egg and eastre-bunny treasure hunt in our home – then we all had cake and chocolate eggs 🙂
Today I served the Rite of Sacrifice in the morning after school run.
What does not come across in a blog-post is how absolutely delightful these two days have been – how happy and elated all three of us have felt, how we enjoyed the decoration, the special time together – the sense of great joy and hope – feeling so blessed! My husband and son are absolute darlings at any time – they so enjoy the natural spiritual aspect of our religion. Even without participation in religious rites or prayers – they love being part of a Deanic hestia 🙂

 

Madrina Dini Pantheacraft

About the author: http://pantheacraft.blogspot.co.uk/p/about-dini-pantheacraft.html

About Pantheacraft (an independent Deanic Tradition): http://pantheacraft.blogspot.co.uk/p/about-pantheacraft.html

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

The Feast of the Trinitarian Janati

Extracts from https://deanic.com/2017/03/07/the-feast-of-the-trinitarian-janati/

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Our Lady Wisdom has Seven Faces, Seven Powers, Seven Living Streams. Today, we celebrate and honor three of Them.

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Icon of the Mother of God “Shroud” 2013 by Valentina Murenkova

 

Madria Theia is the Face and Power of Dea Madria, our Divine Celestial Mother God. She, like the Holy Mother, is Brilliant Light. She is the Power of the Supernal Sun. She is Illumination and She illumines. She is all Joy with the promise of Eternal Bliss. Heaven shines through Her; its rays touch us, lightly. She is our Sun and our family’s Sun. She is the Light and Center of our life. She is the Power of Light. She is the Face of Radiance. She is the Divine Prism of the Resplendence of the Mother. She is with us every day and in every way. The charge of Madria Theia, is that we emit joy from our hearts in our every day lives and mindfully strive to live a joy-filled day. When we radiate joy, we become joy.

We are the reflection of the Sun of Dea on Earth.

On Sunnadi, we honor Madria Theia and practice Her Virtues.

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Sophia goddess of wisdom with chalice

Madria Candra is the Face and Power of the Holy Daughter. She is the Reflection of Her Purity and She imparts to us, the Holy Daughter’s Reason. She is the Power of Priestesshood and She is the Mistress of Priestesses. Silver rays fall from Her hands, imbuing the soul of the priestess, the deaconess, the sister, with the secrets of the Mystery, that which is intuited by the feminine heart, but cannot be put into words. The Moonlit magick that is not spells, but Nature and Pure. That which draws us to the Moon and is tied to Water. That which fill us and overflows us, within and without, is that which only our souls can understand. We are Her handmaidens. The charge of Madria Candra is that we always remember, are always mindful of who we are and how we have been marked, in Her service, with every step we tread; with every act we make; and with every word we speak. As priestesses, deaconesses and sisters, we look to Madria Candra as our mentor. In the Priestesshood, we are Her handmaidens who channel the Holy Daughter through liturgy and grace.

We are a reflection of the Moon of Dea on Earth.

On Lunadi, we honor Her and practice Her Virtues.

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Madria Rhea is the Face and Power of the Great Mother. She, like the Great Mother, is Dark beyond the light and Light beyond the Darkness. (From our liturgies.) She is a Reflection of Mystery, Mysteria, She Who is the Great Mother. And yet, She is not distant; She is not unapproachable. In fact, She is the closest one, in a way. The Grandmother. The One Who loves you unconditionally and with Whom you feel the most comfortable. She is so Ancient, it is hard to fathom Her in your young eyes and mind, and yet, Her Great Maternal love envelops you and encompasses you. It’s OK that you don’t understand Her; She understands you. Do not fear to approach Her, She Who is the Ancient of Days, the Time before Dawn. Her planet, Saturn, means ‘to sow’. [Derivation from Latin serere (past participle satus) “to sow” is said to be folk-etymology.] She is the Beginning; She is the Gardener; She sows the Seeds of Life, the Sacred Apple Seeds of all the Living. These Seeds take root in the Garden of All Being, the Holy Mother, the Matrix of Life. The Seed is given birth and is enveloped in a Soul by the Holy Daughter. Madria Rhea is the Great Mother’s Face, Her Power. She is our very beginning. She knows us more intimately than we know ourselves. She is not destruction; She is Life. Destruction is a natural part of physical life, but it has no reality in the Realm beyond this realm. Life, though, life is eternal.

We are a reflection of the Saturn of Dea on Earth.

On Foradi, we honor Her and practice Her Virtues.

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Let us bless the Holy One.

Blessed is She.

Let us bless Madria Theia, Madria Candra and Madria Rhea.

Blessed be Madria Theia, Madria Candra and Madria Rhea.

Blessings and thanksgivings be.

Let us bless the Janati of the Four-fold Earth.

Blessed be the Janati of the Four-fold Earth.

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ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

The Spiritual Significance of Head-wear through the Ages by Sorella Shoshana

Reblogged from

https://deanic.com/2017/01/02/the-spiritual-significance-of-head-wear-through-the-ages/

Sorella Shoshana, representative of the Iremian Order of the Janite Order of Priestesses (JOP), is an expert on historical fashion. Here, she shares with us the spiritual significance of historical head-wear. Thank you, Shoshana for this insightful article.

The Spiritual Significance of Head-wear through the Ages by Sorella Shoshana

I enjoy researching and recreating period costume to wear. I either wear these for specific events or just wear them out for fun. I live in Las Vegas. So, its not so weird to go out to a touristy part of town in an unusual outfit. I am currently researching medieval and renaissance era fashions for upcoming garment construction. I wanted to share here some interesting things I’ve noticed about head wear.
Lets begin with the earliest, medieval.There are many interesting head wear styles in medieval fashion that I’ve noticed. I will be discussing three of them, starting with the cone shaped one seen below. Its the single style we tend to think of when we think of head wear for this period and it is most often associated with princesses (the Daughter side of Dea?).

Steeple Hennin
Steeple Hennin

These were called hennin and some sources say they were inspired by church steeples. Imagine having a steeple coming from your head! There is a lot of imagery in this symbolic shape.

First, is the more obvious, the church steeple. The church steeple is represented as a cone shape that comes to a point at the top. This can have similar symbolism as the better known symbolism of the pyramid where Dea is the center top and most people are at the bottom. It represents a hierarchy of importance. Upon one’s head, it can be a reminder of where one’s thoughts should be…..above.

The next one is similar to the one above. But, it has the top cut off. This one has been said to look like a chimney. Chimneys were beginning to be a big deal towards the end of the medieval period. Before that, there were open fire pits in the grand rooms of most homes causing a smokey atmosphere. The chimney, though flawed by design in the beginning, causing fire to homes that were nowhere near to being fire resistant, helped relieve the smokiness.

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There is some beautiful symbolism relating to the chimney. What a beautiful thing it must be to have that symbolism upon one’s head.  I was joking with my husband recently and called him “my chimney”. It was then that I realized how beautifully symbolic a chimney can be. I called him my chimney because he is tall, lean, and has smoke up top (gray hair). But, also, he protects me with warmth and carries all the bad stuff (billowing smoke) away from me. In the past, chimneys were part of the stove that cooked food and boiled water to keep us warm. There’s also the symbolism of the hearth fire, which is represented by our hearts in this imagery.  You can read more about beautiful symbolism of the hearth here:  https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/12/26/sacred-month-of-hestia-26th-december-january-22nd/
The final medieval head piece I will be examining before moving on into the renaissance period is the butterfly head piece.

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The only symbolism there is for such a beautiful piece of head wear is the obvious, the butterfly. Butterflies represent change, beauty emerging from the ugly, new beginnings, etc. Again, beautiful symbolism to have upon one’s head.

[Sorella Sophia Ruth comments: The head wear that I found instead of the butterfly is the heartshaped hennin

Heartshaped Hennin Symbolising Dea's Unconditional Love for All
Heartshaped Hennin Symbolising Dea’s Unconditional Love for All
Instructions for making one: https://doxiequeen1.wordpress.com/2015/10/19/making-a-medieval-escoffin-heart-shaped-headpiece/ ]

And finally, I wanted to talk about the similarities I noticed in a certain piece of renaissance era head wear and renaissance era art. Art during this period was religious in nature. In fact, religion was important for both these eras. So, it would come to no surprise that there is relevant symbolism in some of the fashionable items from these periods.

I want to talk about the French hood.

French Hood symbolises a Divine Sun Halo
French Hood symbolises a Divine Sun Halo

During the medieval and renaissance eras, the Mother Mary, as we know, was often depicted in religious art with a halo around her head. The French hood fashion as always looked very similar to me.

Haloed Divine Mother and Holy Child
Haloed Divine Mother and Holy Child

Well, that’s it for now. I hope this has been an insightful journey through some of the medieval and Renaissance fashions. I hope you’ll have a wonderful 2017.

mydevotionstodea
January 6, 2017 at 6:57 pm

Sorella Shoshana, many thanks for your insights. There was a time when everything in the manifest world was religious, a signpost to Dea. Smiles, I was heart warmed by your description of your husband. May you share many blessings together, by the grace of Dea. Unfortunately 2 of the illustrations are missing. But due to this I went researching and discovered:
Heartshaped Hennin Symbolising Dea’s Unconditional Love for All
Instructions for making one: https://doxiequeen1.wordpress.com/2015/10/19/making-a-medieval-escoffin-heart-shaped-headpiece/

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Shoshana
January 6, 2017 at 8:10 pm

Angela Clayton is a wonderful young teenaged costumer. I am very familiar with her work. Here, she is showing us how to make the butterfly head dresses I spoke of. They are also sometimes compared to ram’s horns. I do believe the medieval period was the start to an era where spiritual symbolism still existed in obvious ways all over. But, this is when people started to become less and less aware of it. As we know, the spiritual significance of clothing has been lost and this occurred rapidly during the second half of the 20th century.

Once I finish my Renaissance era costume I am making, I was planning to move on into making a medieval one. They share similar under garments, construction techniques, and layers. (I have my own views about the symbolism of historical layers….3, 5, and 7 seem to have been favored for centuries and I follow this with the 1950s styles I wear and my own layering.) I wasn’t sure which style of medieval head wear I would make. But, thanks to your description of this hennin, I believe I have made my decision.

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mydevotionstodea
January 6, 2017 at 8:31 pm

Sorella Shoshana, Dea be praised for leading you into a head wear decision. I do hope that you will share your “symbolism of historical layers….3, 5, and 7 seem to have been favored for centuries”. Dea has gifted you as a craftswoman. I am not. Thank you once again.

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Update

Pursuant to Sorella Shoshana’s article on the religious significance of historical head-wear is this stunning headpiece that she designed and hand-sewed.

Heartshaped Hennin hand crafted by Sorella Shoshana
Heartshaped Hennin hand crafted by Sorella Shoshana

Sorella Shoshana is a very talented seamstress and educator of historical fashion. She has since designed a dress to go with the hat. We look forward to seeing the end result!
https://deanic.com/2017/01/12/bits-and-pieces-7/

Relevant Articles:

Sacred Month of Hestia 26th December – January 22nd
https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/12/26/sacred-month-of-hestia-26th-december-january-22nd/

The Goddess Hestia as The Keeper of the Flame
https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2017/01/04/the-goddess-hestia-as-the-keeper-of-the-flame/

Hearth Blessing Day
https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2017/01/06/hearth-blessing/

Apple Pomanders for the Holiday Season by Sorella Shoshana

Reblogged from

https://deanic.com/2016/12/15/the-star-fairy-and-apple-pomander-articles/

And from Sorella Shoshana, guest writer, we have this timely article on the spiritual symbolism of making an apple pomander. Though written for the Iremian Order of contemplative priestesses and sister-hood, I think it will be of interest to all.

Apple Pomanders for the Holiday Season

by Sorella Shoshana

I will be doing a series of posts on this pertaining to the Holidays. Since I am Jewish and Janite, I celebrate two Holidays combined, both dealing with the wonder and beauty of light. But, I will be focusing my articles more on the practices of the Janite faith. As many people are during this time of year; I am decorating, preparing a Holiday menu, and preparing gifts for friends and loved ones for the Holidays. This act alone can be a form of worship for the Iremian Order. A big part of this Order is that everything flows naturally. With every act, a simple prayer of thanks can be said.First, lets talk about apple pomander decorations together.

I prefer to make things and since I live with parrots who are sneaky little creatures who enjoy getting into everything, I use natural items around my home that are safe for them. I still have to be cautious, however. That’s life with parrots, I suppose.

As we make our apple pomanders, we can imagine the 5 pointed star in the middle when we cut through the wide center in the middle of the top and bottom of the apple (Don’t do this for making an apple pomander. But, we may if we’d like to see the star. I’d suggest later using the apple that has been cut into to eat, bake with, cut up to garnish some dish, or make homemade applesauce with afterwards) and what it represents. In the Janite Tradition, this star represents the Daughter’s gentle light, which we can look upon. Think of how we cannot look upon the sun easily. But, we can look at the moon without any problem. A gentler reflection of our sun’s light.

Within each seed is the stuff to make a tree, which makes an apple with seeds inside. Now, the tree’s roots can represent the Great Mother. She is unseen. The sturdy trunk is the Mother. The branches are like the realm of the soul/mind. Apples and leaves off of those branches are creation and within creation is the Daughter. She is NOT creation Herself. But, She is what lies within it. Within Her is Her Mother.

Many traditions use light in some form this time of year. This is due to the winter solstice being the shortest time of the year. As the days get shorter and the nights get longer, we need the hope that light will return. Now, lets not fool ourselves here. We know it will and the days WILL, in fact, get longer again. But, our world is an imperfect physical reflection of what is going on in other realms. Going off of the sun and moon analogy above, our physical existence is like the moon’s light upon the water…an imperfect reflection of the moon. We are constantly experiencing the same things in a cycle and these cycles occur at different lengths…..but, in a slightly different manner each time. Thus, a spiral becomes a better representation. This leads to how we can place our dried whole cloves along the apple.

 

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Start placing the cloves at the top. When we hang our pomanders, this should be the stillest part of the apple as it may occasionally spin once hung and if we choose not to hang them in this way, we can still see this analogy by holding the apple pomander up by the string or ribbon in our hand. The still center at the top and bottom of the apple is Dea. Now, place each clove spiraling out to the point that is furthest from Dea. This furthest point can also be creation or physical existence. Next, we will start to bring the spiral back inward, towards the bottom. This represents a return back to the stillness of Dea. Because the cloves are radiating out from the apple, it can be seen as radiating Dea’s light (the star seed in the middle of the apple) out into the world.

unnamed-3  Photo by Sorella Shoshana

Now, hang the apple pomander. I would suggest doing so in an area we may walk past often throughout the day. Every time we walk by and we smell the sweet smell of clove and apple, we will remember all this beautiful imagery. That sweet smell alone can represent the sweetness of our Mother’s Love. I liken this to flowers. They’re pretty similar in this way; a sweet beautiful item of creation reminding us of Her Love. All the beauty that we get to experience in this world are love letters to us from our Mother.

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Citrus fruit pomanders – found on the internet

Another great place to hang them is right inside the main doorway to our homes. Our homes are supposed to be like our own sanctuaries. What a beautiful way to represent our homes being a sanctuary from the outside world by immediately smelling apple pomander once we enter our homes provoking such lovely imagery.

unnamed-4 Photo by Sorella Shoshana

That’s it for now. There will be other posts on celebrating the Holidays for the Iremian Order.

Until next time. Dea Bless!

How to Celebrate the Feast Days of the Janati

Reblogged from

https://deanic.com/2016/11/30/how-to-celebrate-the-feast-days-of-the-janati/

How to Celebrate the Feast Days of the Janati

First of all, I would like to apologize for the lateness in writing this article. I was hoping to have it completed before the actual Feast Day. I know we have many new readers of the blog and I really wanted to have a chance to explain how we celebrate our feast days on time.

Everyone celebrates the feast days of the Janati differently. Some keep it simple and just offer a Rite of Sacrifice or maybe pray a Janati rosary in their honor. Some offer flowers and incense, feast foods and drink. Others incorporate some of Their correspondences into the day in the way they decorate, in the foods they choose or in the colors they wear. Others might incorporate special crafts or rituals, but usually these are reserved for our High Holy Days.

The correspondences of the Janati may be found on the drop down menu under The Seven Janati.

So, for instance, the following are the correspondences for Madria Sofia:

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Jana: Madria Sofia, meaning, Wisdom.
She is of the four-fold Earth and is the Guardian of North and Air.

Greek Name: Metis

English Name: Lady Wisdom
Virtues: Intelligence, Intuition and Wisdom.

Power: Wisdom
Feast Day: 1 Astrea/Nov.28
Planet: Mercury
Day of the Week: Stelladi/Wed. (Stelladi-Starday).
Metal: Mercury (Quick-silver)
Color of Robes: Yellow
Note: B (ti)
Element: Air
Bird: Owl
Incense: Benzoin, (Mistletoe), Frankincense, Bergamot, Pine Resin and Red Sandalwood.
Sacred Oil: Olive
Sacred herb: Marjoram.
Sacred Flower: Lily of the Valley
Sacred Tree: Hazel
Sacred Jewel: Yellow Topaz
Sacred Symbol: the North Star.

Mantra: O,Madria Sofia, Jana of Intelligence, Intuition and Wisdom, be with us.

Stelladi [Wednesday] 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.

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So for Her feast day, some devotees might wear the color yellow in Her honor. They might use a yellow tablecloth and place vases of yellow flowers on the home altar or shrine and around the hestia.

They might burn the incenses that are sacred to her and decorate with images of owls and other items symbolic of Air such as feathers and bells.

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Foods for the feast meal might tend to be airy and light and well, yellow such as yellow vegetables and jello salads. Light and airy (for the Element of Air over which She rules) foods and beverages such as angel food cake, salads, champagne, white wine or white grape juice, light soups, rice, white beans, apples, pears might be an important part of the feast. All these ideas make the feast meal festive and fun.

While Madria Sofia is named after the Greek goddess of wisdom, it is important to realize that She is not the Greek goddess, She is Dea in Her Jana Form. In the Deanic Faith, Dea is One and Three and Seven. So, Madria Sofia is part of the Godhood just as the Celestial Mother, the Holy Daughter and the Great Mother are God. This is why, in the Janite Faith, we call Her Madria, because She, too, is our Mother.

She is also different than the non-Fallen Divine Sophia, upon Whom the Holy Daughter is modeled.

We honor Her by being in Her Presence on Her day, Stelladi/Wed. We might choose to wear a little something yellow on that day or find some other small way to honor Her. Though our days can be busy and hectic, it’s nice to take a moment, perhaps in the morning, to reflect about which of Her Virtues we wish to emulate and strengthen within ourselves on Stelladi.

Sometimes, I choose a Virtue that I know I’m going to need that day. I call on Her help with the Virtue of Wisdom whenever I must make an important decision about the Janite Tradition or when writing articles or counseling someone in need.

I am slowly learning to pay closer attention to my intuition. For example, so often, as I was leaving the house, I would see something and my inner voice was telling me I should take it with me, but my logical side would dismiss it as not being necessary. And, nine times out of ten, it ended up that I needed the item. I will speak more about Intuition in the next article.

When I started my new job, I prayed for the Virtue of Intelligence to see me through. This is helpful when studying for and taking tests or in a zillion other areas. There are two types of Intelligence, the IQ and the EQ. EQ is Emotional Intelligence and is just as important as the Intelligence Quotient.

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There are so many areas where Madria Sofia may help us. I love consciously surrounding myself with the Presence of the Janati during my Aurora Rite each morning. I feel like they are with me all day when I do this. And when I try to connect in a special way with the Jana of the day, I find I come to experience Them and know Them on an intimate, soul level.

O, Madria Sofia, we thank You for this day and for all Your blessings and benefits. Be with us.

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May Our Lady bless you, Blessed is She.

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ArchMadria Pamela Lanides