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

Moura:

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).

http://www.calendar-uk.co.uk/lunar-calendar/february/2017/
http://www.calendar-uk.co.uk/lunar-calendar/march/2017/

The Moons of Brighid 1st Brighid / 23rd January 2017 – 28th Brighid / February 19th 2017

The Moons of Brighid

1st Brighid / 23rd January 2017 –

28th Brighid / February 19th 2017

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Brigid by tattereddreams

Brighid:

Jan 27th : Dark Moon. (For the Great Mother).

Feb 1st: (4 days after the Dark Moon): Crescent Moon. (For the Holy Daughter).

Feb 11th: Bright Moon. (For the Celestial Mother).

http://www.calendar-uk.co.uk/lunar-calendar/january/2017/

http://www.calendar-uk.co.uk/lunar-calendar/february/2017/

Is Trinitarianism True Monotheism? by ArchMadria Pamela

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https://deanic.com/2017/01/05/is-trinitarianism-true-monotheism/

 Is Trinitarianism True Monotheism?

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ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

Recently, Jacqueline, https://underthevioletmoon.wordpress.com/, posted a thought-provoking article entitled, Dea; Singularity and Multiplicity.Additionally, as mentioned in the previous Bits and Pieces, Sorella Sophia, quite independently, contributed to this subject with her own in-depth article, Sun Symbol, Still Pointe at the Centre of Manifestation. https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/. I encourage everyone to read these two articles.These articles bring up a question we need to address which is, can Trinitarians truly consider themselves to be monotheists?

Trinitarian ‘monotheists’ believe there is “One God in Three Divine Persons”. This basically means that there are Three Unique, Intelligent, Individual Persons with the same Divine God-Essence/Nature/Source. A non-Trinitarian monotheist believes that there is only One Person with God-Essence/Nature/Source.

As Trinitarians, we perceive our monotheism as differentiating us from polytheism. But, in doing so, are we over-looking the difference between ourselves and those who are truly monotheistic? Is our belief in One God Who is Three Persons the same as the belief of a God Who is only One Person such as the God of Judaism and other non-Trinitarian Faiths? If we really think about it, is it at all logical to say that believing in Three Persons is basically the same as believing in One Person; that both beliefs equally constitute monotheism? Non-Trinitarians don’t seem to think so.

The shamrock has traditionally been used to illustrate the One God in Three Persons doctrine.  The shamrock is one plant; it has one stem, but from that one stem grow three, unique, distinct leaves, and so it is with the Divine Trinity.  The Divine Trinity has One Source/One Nature, one Stem, so to speak, but has Three Distinct Persons just as the shamrock has three distinct leaves. But, can we say that this plant with the three distinct leaves is the same as the one plant with one leaf? No, we cannot logically say they are the same and I think doing so does a disservice to those who truly are monotheistic.

Next, we need to ask the question: if Trinitarians cannot strictly and logically state that they are monotheists, does this indicate that they are polytheists?

Madria Erin, of the Auroran Tradition, recently noted that Trinitarians believe in a Godhead while polytheists believe in a pantheon. But what is the difference between a Godhead and a pantheon?

I love this explanation of the Trinity: https://alexandriantheologian.wordpress.com/2012/10/23/just-a-thought-apple-trees-and-the-trinity/.

This article clearly illustrates how the Persons of the Trinity all stem from the same Source. They are like the Three Distinct Apple Trees who each came from a cutting of the Original Tree. This is an example of the Godhead.

The article goes on to explain how the trees that grew from the seeds of the apples of the Original Tree are not the same as the Trinity Trees, nor is their fruit the same. The pantheons of polytheism remind me of the many apple seeds produced by the abundance of fruit from the Original Tree. While the Trinity Trees are literally taken and grown from part of the One Original Tree, the gods and goddesses of the various pantheons sprout from the various seeds of the many apples and so are not literally part of the Original Tree, nor is their ‘fruit’ the same.

Deanists may extend this same apple tree analogy to the Seven Janati. The Sophian Mythos teaches us that Sophia was placed above (and ruled) the Seven Planetary Powers. She is also known to have Seven Pillars, Seven Stars, Seven Faces, etc. The Deanic Faith teaches that the Janati are the Seven Planetary Powers and that they are like a Silver Light which flowed from Dea, through a prism, producing Seven Intelligent, Individual Living Rays. These Rays have been called goddesses or angels, though all admit that both words fall short of describing Their true Nature.

If the Janati are, as has been defined, Intelligent and Individual, then they cannot be understood to be merely aspects or avatars of Dea. Nor are they abstract powers or created angels. The Janati are individual Intelligences… …PERSONS… Who originated from Dea in the same way that the Celestial Mother and the Holy Daughter originated in the Absolute, She Who is the Great Mother. The Janati flowed out of Dea as Seven Living Intelligences Who have the same God-Nature as Dea.

This is why the Lucienne and Janite Traditions teach that Dea is One and Three and Seven.  If we can believe that One can be Three, why cannot One also be Seven? All stem from the One Godhead.

Personally, and speaking only for myself, I do not believe that Trinitarians, either Christians or Deanists, are strictly monotheistic, but neither are we polytheistic, believing in a pantheon of gods and goddesses who do not stem from the One Source, Absolute Deity. We believe in a unique Godhead of Persons.

~

May Our Lady bless you,

Blessed is She.

~

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

4 thoughts on “Is Trinitarianism True Monotheism?”

  1. Jacqueline

    Thank you for these thoughts! I’ve actually been finding myself more drawn to non-trinitarian thealogy as of late (I would call it modalist instead) although I still find the subject as a whole fascinating. I do think it makes sense to think of trinitarianism as distinct from strict monotheism as well as from polytheism.

    • Dear Jacqueline, there is certainly a valid and acceptable modalist Tradition within Deanism. In fact, according to my understanding, one of the early schools of Madrianism taught that Dea was One (and not a Trinity). They viewed the Holy Daughter as the Mother in Her Daughter Form. So, rather than a Trinity of Three Persons, it was One Person with Three Forms. Many people are more comfortable with this thealogy rather than with a Trinity of Three Persons.

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    How interesting. I remember reading once about the founders of Christianity coming up with the idea of the trinity as one in order to appeal to pagans. I know many of us are familiar with Mother, Daughter, and Crone within Wicca, a branch of paganism. Now, I have also read about many things in the Christian religion being created to appeal to paganism… such as when certain Holidays are celebrated due to their symbolism and why Christian service is usually on Sunday… instead of what we know to actually be the sabbath or seventh day. I remember once, the church I grew up in trying to teach us that the week actually began on Monday to align with this.

    Now, how true it is that Christianity was created to appeal to pagans, I’m not sure. It’s definitely obvious that paganism is polytheism. But, there are historical links to this thought within such things as the crusades. Although, going this far back in history is new to me and only a very recent area of interest. It seems the further back, the less information, and the more religious society becomes. This would seem to make sense considering where society’s thoughts are. The more worldly we become, the more we focus on recording worldly happenings.

    Another interesting thing to note however is that it seems the more religious a society or culture is, the more war driven it is. Though, this does seem most prevalent with patriarchal religions. I always find the lessons to be learned from the past quite interesting. Though, history must be approached in two ways… with the knowledge we have now as well as trying to understand it from the perspective of those who lived it.

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Dea: Singularity and Multiplicity by Jacqueline

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Dea: Singularity and Multiplicity

December 14, 2016

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My recent post on the thealogy behind the Conception of Anna inspired me to look more deeply into the thealogy behind the Déanic/Filianic concept of Dea as Daughter, Mother, and Great Mother.

My home altar to Dea features three large pictures on the wall which represent Mari, Anna, and the Mysteria, respectively. Then, on a shelf beneath those three I have seven small pictures set up, one to represent each of the seven major Janyati. A friend visited my place recently and asked about my altar, so I tried to explain what Déanism was to them. When I mentioned it was monotheistic, they were a bit confused, and said, “But your altar- there’s so many!”

I explained to them about the Janyati being Dea, but I think the intricacies of this question are worth exploring (or at least I find them fascinating), but I confess that in researching this post (after feeling like my brain was being painfully stretched) I determined that there are no logical answers available and that all I can say is that God’s nature is above and beyond human logic.

Both the Filianic and Janite Déanic Creeds affirm that Dea is “One,” and that “She is also Three.” The Deity of the Janyati is well-attested to across Deanism, and is stated explicitly in the Janite Déanic Creed.

Insofar as I understand, Déanism can be understood as both monotheistic and panentheistic. That is, we believe in one God, not a multitude, and we also believe that God is greater than the universe, yet She includes and merges with it as well.

I will explore the concept of singularity and multiplicity of Deity in other faiths and traditions in order to help understand the particularities of Déanic understandings.

Pagan Triple Goddess: Aspects

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An “aspect” is a “particular feature of something.” So when Neo-Pagans refer to different “aspects” of the God or Goddess, they are referring to different features of those Deities.

This is fairly straightforward, insofar as I understand. I could talk about different aspects of myself- Jacqueline the student, Jacqueline the writer, Jacqueline the girlfriend, Jacqueline the sister, and so on. I am always myself but I have lots of different features which are separate from each other, though interconnected as well because I am one person. I think when Neo-Pagans speak about aspects of the God or Goddess, this is what they are referring to. So if we look particularly at the Triple Goddess (Maiden, Mother, Crone), the thealogy there, I think, is that the Goddess is singular, but variously takes on the role of Maiden, Mother, and Crone (presumably Deity is not limited by time and space the way that we are, so it’s conceivable that She could be all three at once).

Christian Trinity: Hypostasis

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The Christian doctrine of the Trinity is usually expressed as “Three Persons in One Being.” This begs the question of what is meant by “Person” and “Being,” since in our common English usage we tend to conflate the two (that is, a human “being” and a “person” are generally understood as equivalent).

“Being” in the context tends to refer to “essence,” the essential nature of a thing. “Person” (hypostasis in Greek) means substance- literally “sub stance” -to stand under. It refers to an individual reality rather than an essence (see Christology Terms for more on this).

So in Christian theology you have God as one Being, but expressed in three separate realities, or Persons (Father, Son, Spirit). The Son is “begotten” of the Father, and the Spirit either proceeds from the Father (Orthodox) or from both the Father and the Son (Catholic, and at least some Protestants). Nobody seems to have a solid idea of what it means that the Holy Spirit “proceeds” from the Father (and possibly the Son).

The Son “begotten” is generally understood not to refer to Jesus’ human birth, but His eternal identity as God the Son. It is not a literal begetting; it means the Father caused Him to be. This is a real brain twister because Christian doctrine teaches that the Trinity is eternal, so it isn’t as though the Father was alone until He “begat” the Son. The Son always was. This may be a distinction from Déanic teaching.

Emanations

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Now we turn to emanations, a concept extant in Neo-Platonism, Gnosticism, and Hasidic Jewish philosophy among others. To emanate is to “flow from.” The idea of emanation is not wholly separable from the concept of the Christian Trinity, as the Son and Spirit both “flow forth” from the Father; that is, they emanate from Him.

In Kabbalah, emanations are understood as “prolongation of a spiritual entity into a hypostasis that does not separate itself essentially from its source.” That, I think, means the same thing as “One Being (source), multiple Persons (emanations; substances).”

So basically an emanation is an extension of the Deity into a separate substance while the emanation retains its unified essence with the Deity.

The Filianic Scriptures speak of Dea laughing the world into being. Unlike a neat creator/creation dichotomy sometimes espoused in faiths like Christianity where “creationism” is the term used to refer to how the world came into existence, Déanism suggests a more panentheistic perspective wherein”creation” is an extension of Dea Herself; this is emanationism as opposed to creationism.

The Mother could be understood as an emanation from Absolute Deity (the Mysteria; the Ground of All Being), and the Daughter as an emanation from the Mother (or from both the Mother and the Mysteria). We humans and our fellow creatures (for lack of a better word) can also be understood to have emanated forth from the Mother through Her laughter. Of course, what makes us different from Anna in this regard is that we are entangled with kear and She is not. Everybody and everything is sharing the same Divine Essence, despite the fact that we are all different individuals and that we humans are entangled with kear.

Dea: Triad and Septad

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On the subject of the Janati and the Deanic Trinity, ArchMadria Pamela has stated the following: “Janites are careful to never refer to the Janati as ‘aspects’ of Dea, because, again, that may be misleading. Just as the Trinity is Three Distinct Separate Beings and yet, are of one Essence…so too, the Janati are Distinct, Separate Beings and yet, are of one Essence.”

I would venture to assume that here ArchMadria Pamela is using the word “Being” to refer to hypostasis- Persons sharing the same Essence (I use “Essence” and “Being” interchangeably earlier in this post, hence why I make this clarification), although hopefully she corrects me if I’m wrong about that.

In contrast, the Chapel specifically does refer to the Janyati as “aspects” of Dea, stating: “the seven Janyati are aspects of God Herself. Just as the pure light of the sun is without color, but refracts into the seven colors of the rainbow when it passes through a drop of water, so the Supernal Light that is Dea refracts into Her Seven Powers, or ‘Goddesses’, as it touches the waters of manifestation.”

Before we latch on to this supposed distinction in thealogy too tightly, it is important to note that the Chapel also refers to the Janyati as “prolongations” of Dea (a prolongation is an emanation, as you will recall). This seems contradictory, however, an explanation they give for distinctions in views of the Divine Triad may be useful here:

“However, there are those (‘pure Déanists’) who cannot accept the Daughter as a separate Person…who will nonetheless agree that the Saving Function of the Daughter (the ‘Daughter Aspect’) is part of the Mother…

“Such Pure Déanists usually have no difficulty in attending Filianic ceremonies on this basis, seeing the Daughter Mythos as a metaphor rather than a Revelation. Indeed many of us take a position somewhere between the two extremes, without feeling the need to define that position in precise rational terms. We do not, after all, forget that in matters of the Spirit, reason itself can never leave the plane of metaphor. Only Pure Intellect can be precise, and the precision of Pure Intellect cannot, by its very nature, be formulated in words. The Tao that can be spoken is not the true Tao.

“Not being bound by the ‘literalism’ and ‘personalism’ that has characterised Western Trinitarianism, Aristasian Déanists have a somewhat more fluid view of both the Trinity and of Godhead. The statement of a Devotee of Sai Sushuri…that Sai Sushuri is the One Dea would not be considered heretical or even eccentric. Since each Janya is, in her highest essence, a ‘prolongation’ of Dea Herself, Dea can be worshipped not just through but as any of Her Great Janyati.”

(Sai Sushuri is another name for Lady Grace.)

Here the Daughter is referred to as an “Aspect” and the Janyati are referred to as “prolongations.” If I understand correctly, I do not think the Chapel means either of these as absolute distinctions. In response to a question I recently posted on the Déanic Conversations forum, Race Mochridhe mentioned that “one cannot develop a ‘logical’ thealogy if reality itself does not correspond to the impositions of human logic.” This is frustrating for those of us who would like to nail everything down neatly, but I think it’s probably the case that the nature of God Herself does in fact defy the rules of logic conceived by the human brain.

Dea Bless❤

Jacqueline

6 thoughts on “Dea: Singularity and Multiplicity”

  1. This is an erudite and very well thought out article. Our religion does allow a choice between understanding Dea as a Trinity of three distinct Persons, similar to Christianity or as a Triple Goddess where the Daughter is an aspect of the Mother, etc. I believe there is an older article on the CMG which states the same. The Janite Tradition, over time, has become more Trinitarian and the Janati are based on the Seven Powers as understood from a Female perspective of the Sophian Planetary Powers or the female planetary powers of Eurynome (the Titanesses) upon whom the Janati were originally based. While it is true that those who claim Christianity and Deanism to be monotheistic based upon the One Essence of Godhood, personally, I question the application of this definitian for Trinitarian or Septad systems. I am probably the only Deanist who does not define the Trinitarian system as being monotheistic. If one believes in the Triple Deity system whereby the Mother and the Daughter are merely aspects of the absolute and, by extension, the Janati are merely aspects of the Absolute, then that certainly is monotheism. But, when we believe the Godhood is made up of several Persons, while the Essence is One, can we really say are strictly monothestic?
    As one of my own bishops (who has a Phd) always says, Christianity has Pagan dna. I agree that it has both Pagan and Jewish roots. I have always wondered if its insistence in considering itself to be monotheistic was in order to help to preserve its ties to Judaism. Our logic is God given. If something defies logic, then, perhaps it is time to give definitionsi like monotheism a closer look. I wonder, if from the eyes of a true monotheist (non-trinitarian religion) if religions like Trinitarian Deanism and Christianity look like monotheistic religions. I dont think they do.
    The important thing to remember is that Deanists may understand Dea as either a Trinity or a Triple Goddess. Even if some of us dont consider ourselves to be strictly monotheistic, we do differ from the neo-Pagan understanding of Deity, but that isa subject for another time. Anyway, this is only my own opinion. Your article was interesting and very well done. Thank you.

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    1. Jacqueline

      Thank you so much for your comment. It’s interesting because in the process of researching this post I learned that within the traditions of Judaism and Islam, Christianity tends not to be viewed as monotheistic, I think for the same reasons you don’t consider Trinitarian Deanism to be monotheistic. I originally was going to include a section in this post about that, but then I got thrown because I was coming across Jewish references to God’s Spirit/the Shekinah as being a hypostasis, and that seemed to collapse the whole concept (i.e. why would Christianity not be considered monotheistic if Jewish theology also believes that God has separate hypostases? I thought perhaps it was the Incarnation doctrine but wasn’t sure) so I decided I didn’t know enough about the topic to include it in the post. Personally I am not really sure what my own views on the matter of Trinitarian Deanism as opposed to the aspect view are but I am fascinated by the subject and hope to keep learning more.

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  2. Dear Jacqueline, I cannot begin to tell you how excited we are with the thealogical discussions that you, Madrian Erin and others are having, in addition to an exciting Labyrinth Tradition that Sorella (Sister) Sophia is developing. Madria Erin and others are having meaningful talks about the nature of the snake and Irkalla, which are really incredible. You recent discussions are spot on. As soon-to-be ArchMadria Kathi mentioned to me, this all gives us great hope for the future of our religion.
    I would love to discuss all of this, further. I think that your generation of Deanists are going to continue to come up with some wonderful and meaningful thealogy that will add greater and greater depth to our understanding of both our Faith and our scriptures. I am so excited….you are all so wonderful… such a great blessing to our Faith. I kept thinking that you are the second generation of Deanists. But, really, you are the third. The first was our founders. Next, ArchMatrona Georgia, myself and our group are the second generation and we are the founders, so to speak, of the foundation of a more Westernized version of the Faith. You, Madria Erin, Rebekah and the others are the third generation, the future of our religion. This is why it is so exciting to see what you all are coming up with and how meaningful it is to all of you.
    Yes, exactly, the idea of the Shekinah seems to indicate two Persons, but not really when you consider that the Shekinah is considered to be the ‘Feminine side of God. I will ask Sorella Shoshana (Susie) to clarify this for me. To me, this always made God seem androgynous. I don’t know if that is the Jewish understanding or not. If this is the case, that the Jews consider God to be both Male and Female, then that is very different than the Christian and Deanic understanding of a Trinity of Three Persons.
    I was thinking that I would like to find a different word to describe Trinitarian belief…not monotheistic and not polytheistic, because neither truly apply.
    I should re-post the Apple Tree theory of a Christian theologian on the underlying Nature of the Trinity concept. That comes closest to best describing our understanding of the Trinity. I’ll be writing a Bits and Pieces, tomorrow and I’ll include the link.
    Again, this is all so exciting to us! Keep up the great work, all of you!!!!!
    Many blessings!

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    1. Jacqueline

      I think we are all very excited too! I am really impressed with the growth of the community on tumblr especially. It seems to me like every week or so I see another person saying they are interested in Deanism and are considering become Deanists themselves; it’s really remarkable to me.
      Yes, the way you describe the Shekinah makes more sense to me in terms of being strictly monotheistic, and that would certainly be very different than the views of both trinitarian Christianity or trinitarian Deanism.
      Thank you!

  3. **graphic warning: This otherwise excellent article, unfortunately, has a nude picture on its third and most important page:

    Having read the link in
    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/allergicpagan/2014/11/13/the-secret-history-of-the-triple-goddess-part-1-triads-triplicities-and-trinities/

    “However, the Neopagan Triple Goddess is unique in that She is a trinity, or tri-unity, being three-in-one. There are in fact three ways that so-called “triple goddesses” (or “triple gods”) may appear in myth and iconography: triads, triplicities, and triunities (or trinities).”

    “Triads and triplicities are two ends of a spectrum which ranges from complete individuality to complete unity, respectively. Between these two poles is the “triunity”, or trinity, the three-in-one. (To avoid confusion with the Christian concept of trinity, I will use the term “triunity”.) A triunity refers to one being with three distinguishable “persons” or aspects. A triunity differs from a triad in that the whole of a triunity is greater than the sum of its parts, while it differs from a triplicity in that the identity of the whole (the triunity) does not subsume the identity of the parts. In other words, the unity of the whole could not be expressed in the absence of the individuality of the parts.”

    So this explains our Mother God as a triunity:
    “For the truth is simple and easy, and it is that the Divine Trinity has Three Forms, and yet They are One; and alone is God Our Mother, and there is no other deity but She. Blessed is She.”

    Sorella (Sister) Sophia

    https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/10/22/just-a-thought-apple-trees-and-the-trinity/
    Just a Thought: Apple Trees and the Trinity
    Introduction by ArchMadria Pamela

    The Trinity and the Apple Tree/Part I, the Canopy of Love
    https://deanic.com/2016/10/03/the-trinity-and-the-apple-treepart-i-the-canopy-of-love/

    The Trinity and the Apple Tree/Part II: The Trunk of Light
    https://deanic.com/2016/10/05/the-trinity-and-the-apple-treepart-ii-the-trunk-of-light/

    The Trinity and the Apple Tree Part III/The Roots of Life
    https://deanic.com/2016/10/06/the-trinity-and-the-apple-tree-part-iithe-roots-of-life/

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    1. Jacqueline

      Thank you for this information!

      Relevant Articles:

      Is Trinitarianism True Monotheism? by ArchMadria Pamela
      https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2017/01/06/is-trinitarianism-true-monotheism-by-archmadria-pamela/

      Sun Symbol – still Point at the centre of manifestation
      https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2017/01/04/sun-symbol-still-point-at-the-centre-of-manifestation/

      Madrian Thoughts on manifestation and the cross symbol
      https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/12/31/madrian-thoughts-on-manifestation-and-the-cross-symbol/

Sun Symbol – still Point at the centre of manifestation

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Sun Symbol – still Point at the centre of manifestation

Madria Erin of the Auroran Tradition posted a Tumblr post directing us towards an article entitled “God Herself – A Brief Meditation” by T. Thorn Coyle.
http://www.feritradition.com/grimoire/deities/essay_god_herself.html
It has a small mention of The Star Goddess, which I am sure will interest others.

What really caught my attention were two paragraphs:

We cannot think of God Herself as One, because that separates her out from all else. Rather, thinking of her as Zero, the circumference that includes everything and the center point around which everything else revolves, is closer to the experienced reality.

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Monotheists almost had it right in speaking of the unity of love, but they did not yet have the number zero, the cipher, the void. By naming something one, they were trying to get at its unity. What they were not able to realize at the time, is that naming something one, instead of all, is a first separation out, it is a distancing that makes the All the Other. And therein lies trouble. Therein lies alienation. One, rather than remaining a unifying force, becomes a separate being. And that separation opens a deep wound.
The symbol of “Zero, the circumference that includes everything and the center point around which everything else revolves
This lead me to

  1.  The ancient circumpunct symbol:
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The ancient symbol known as the dot in the circle, circled dot, circle with a point, or a circumpunct, is one of the oldest symbols known to humans.

According to Gnostics, it is the most primal aspect of God. To Greek philosophers and the Pythagoreans, the circumpunct represents God, or the Monad – the point of the beginning of creation, and eternity. It is the sun of astrologers and astronomers; the alchemical gold of the alchemist, and the Keter of the Kabbalah. (1)
There is a common astrological, and now astronomical, symbol for the Sun. It’s a circle with a dot in it. This particular image was once the alchemical symbol for gold, being “…the most perfect of the metals. For the alchemist, it represented the perfection of all matter on any level, including that of the mind, spirit, and soul.” The symbol’s association with both gold and the Sun evidently dates back as far as alchemy does. The article Gold and the Sun mentions that aurum the latin word for gold, is derived from the Greek name Aurora, the goddess of the dawn. So the color of gold was associated with the brilliance of the Sun since ancient times. (2)
The main ideogram for “Sun” was a representation of the solar disk.
With the sign number and meaning from Sir Alan Gardiner’s “Egyptian Grammar”:
N 5 = sun in most secular writing
The “Sun” ideogram in early Chinese writing, beginning with the oracle bone script (c. 12th century BC) also shows the solar disk with a central dot. (3)
The circumpunct is the symbol derived from this natural Sun Halo.
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Ice halos above Foveran beach – geograph.org.uk – 675126

2. The truth behind the symbols:

These are all glyphs, even the ball of burning gases which is our worldly sun that direct us towards the spiritual truth:

From the original article: The Void, the number Zero – the circumference that includes everything, the Cipher.
[ which means Late Middle English (in the senses ‘symbol for zero’ and ‘Arabic numeral’): from Old French cifre, based on Arabic ṣifr zero. https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/cipher ]

Applies to: The Great Mother / Absolute Deity / Dea Matrona / Mysteria / Deam Mysterium
She who is Ultimate Source, containing the potentiality of All.
She who is equivalent to the Gnostic Monas.

Also applies to:
The Celestial Mother / Matrix & Creatrix / Dea Matrea / Madria Dea / Dea Madria

creatio ex nihilo The Latin phrase meaning “creation out of nothing”

Scripture
In Title 1, Chapter 1, The Holy Mythos, Creation.
1. Before and beyond all things is Dea.[1] When nothing was, She was.

I replaced “the Mistress of All Things” with Dea
Mistress meaning: A woman in a position of authority or control
https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/mistress

The center point around which everything else revolves.

Scripture:
Title 4, Chapter 1
The Clew Of The Horse

7. Each manifest thing has a cause, and each cause has a cause before it, but the first cause has no cause before Her, and She is the Spirit. 8. She that does not act is the cause of all action. She that is not is the cause of all being. She that is still is the centre and source of all movement. 9. At the rim is the movement greatest; close to the centre is it least. 10. Where there is no movement there is purity.

Dea is The still Point at the centre of manifestation.
Residing in Her realm known as the Pleroma which is the Supernal Fullness of the All and Fullness of Perfection, the place of Bliss and Union with Dea.

From the original article: The Three Eternal Truths
The Coming Age, number 15, Rosea, 5082 Iron Age/1980

One God alone, none other God than She.
One Law alone, none other Law than Her Law.
God became Soul, that souls might come to God.

It has been said that all the Scriptures, all the teachings, and every part of wisdom are contained within the Three Eternal Truths “enfolded like a rose within the bud.”

More than this, the Three Truths themselves
are all contained in essence within the first Truth,
and the first Truth is contained within it’s first word: One.

“The One” is the most basic metaphysical definition of God.
She is the primordial Unity who gives rise to all multiplicity,
the spaceless Point where from all space proceeds.

Multiplicity is the result of manifestation,
and to say ‘manifestation’ is always, in some degree to say ‘separation from God.’
The first Truth refutes the abiding heresy of axial beings
– the illusion that we are apart from God.
By perfect contemplation of the first Truth,
it is possible to eradicate this heresy from our hearts,
and when a soul succeeds in this, it will cease to be manifest,
having achieved complete Liberation.

To return to – to “become one with” – the Holy One
and thus to receive the consummation of the third Truth.

To say “none other God than She” is not merely to deny something,
but to affirm that She is the “One without a second”,
the Essence of all things;
for while She is other than all things,
no thing is other than She.

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One Law alone, none other Law than Her Law.

The first Truth speaks of the One God before and beyond all manifestation.
The second Truth speaks of the perfect and harmonious manifestation of all things from Her.

Law is literally Order, the music of the spheres, the harmony of the universe.
Human life was designed to be a way back to the One – a path of salvation;
but for that end, every part of it must be in harmony:
our art, our clothes, our relationships, our stories, our daily work.
Each should be done according to the Law,
that the world may be a bridge that leads to Heaven.
It is only an axial being, such as a human who has the ability to choose,
between the lawful/harmonious and the unlawful/disharmonious.
That is the meaning of the second Truth.

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God become Soul, that souls might come to God.

Humanity is neither matter nor Spirit.
We are psyche or soul, which stands between the two and may give herself to either.
God, as Holy World Soul descended to the level of psyche.
God, made all Her choices perfectly.
All Her acts were made in obedience to Her Mother, Who is Her Self.
Through Her suffering descent into denser levels, She shattered.
Therefore She is the Self within all souls of axial beings.

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The Three Eternal Truths are an image of the Holy Trinity:
The One preceding all manifestation is the Great Mother;
The Law , implying manifestation belongs to the Celestial Mother Creatrix;
whist God become Soul is, of course, the Holy Soul Daughter.

The thesis: the One without a second;
antithesis: manifestation – the differentiation of ‘things’ from God
synthesis: the reconciliation of ‘things’ with God.

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Notes:
1) http://gnosticwarrior.com/circumpunct.html
2) http://solar-center.stanford.edu/folklore/symbolism.html
3) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_symbol

Also: http://www.spiritualsun.com/resources

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Of Interest:
The sun manifests the colour of gold at sunrise and at sunset. The latin word for gold, aurum (thus, the chemical symbol Au), derives from the Greek word Aurora – the golden goddess of the dawn. Rudolf Steiner gave ‘AU’ as the Sun-sound, so try intoning it. The word ‘aura’ comes from the same root, indicating the idea of radiance as associated with this metal.

Until very recent times gold was used as a heart remedy, this being the organ associated with the sun. Homeopathic doctors still use it in this manner in high dilutions and regard it as a remedy for depressive or suicidal conditions: a ‘total eclipse of the heart’.

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Gold Heart Art

Its distribution within the human organism reaches its highest concentration in the region of the heart. Gold is used by doctors to diagnose heart problems. As the highest concentrations of gold in the human body occur around the heart, a radio-isotope of gold has been developed (the Au-195 isotope), which can give an image of the blood-containing structures within the heart, a process called ‘heart-imaging’. Gold gives a heart image!
In Britain this new technology has been developed in St. Bartholomew’s hospital, London. One expert described the gold used in this way as ‘a very convenient medium for rapid assessment of changes in cardiac function’ (3,4).
3. Elliot et al., Physics in Medicine and Biology, 1983, Vol. 28, pp.l39, 147.
4. Dymond et al., Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 1983, Vol. 2, pp.85-92

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Cows have the highest concentration of gold in their horns. The horns are the one part of a cow that points upwards, which give to the cow its dignity.
Medicinal Colloidal gold is becoming more widely used as a medicine – a very traditional alchemical concept. It is claimed to work in a quite subtle way as a heart-remedy. Some find that their will-power is enhanced upon taking it, in terms of being able to focus on what one wants to achieve. Especially in America there has been a tradition that colloidal gold is given for ‘dypsomania’ or craving for alcohol. Drug-addicts are said to experience a loss of appetite for their drugs after taking the solution for a few days. Here is a web-testimony: “I have found great benefit personally in the emotional area. My wife will tell you I am a much easier person to live with … My brother who is four years older was in such a bad state the doctors had him on Zoloft, the antidepressant that is like Prozac. He started on colloidal gold almost two years ago and is living a happy life now with no known side-effects.”  It is said that the body’s warmth-mechanism may be positively affected by gold, particularly in cases of hot flushes, chills and night-sweats.
One would like to hear more discussion of these effects, as may deepen our insight into how traditional heart-qualities are associated with gold, the Sun-metal. The colloidal gold solution is a ruby-red hue, as likewise the precious ruby is red from homeopathically-dilute traces of gold in the quartz.  Besides being a great morale booster and healer, dietary gold is an effective but subtle pain reliever: gold salts are injected into arthritic joints to relieve pain.http://www.levity.com/alchemy/kollerstrom_gold.html
Relevant Articles:

Is Trinitarianism True Monotheism? by ArchMadria Pamela
https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2017/01/06/is-trinitarianism-true-monotheism-by-archmadria-pamela/

Dea: Singularity and Multiplicity by Jacqueline
https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2017/01/06/dea-singularity-and-multiplicity-by-jacqueline/

Madrian Thoughts on manifestation and the cross symbol
https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/12/31/madrian-thoughts-on-manifestation-and-the-cross-symbol/

The Moons of Hestia 1st Hestia / 26th December 2016 – 28th Hestia / January 22nd 2017

The Moons of Hestia

1st Hestia / 26th December 2016 –

28th Hestia / January 22nd 2017

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Full moon over candle lit home

Hestia:

Jan 1st: (4 days after the Dark Moon): Crescent Moon. (For the Holy Daughter).

Jan 12th: Hearth Moon. (For the Celestial Mother).

Jan 27th / 5th Brighde: Dark Moon. (For the Great Mother).

http://www.calendar-uk.co.uk/lunar-calendar/january/2017/

The Moons of Astrea 1st Astrea / 28th November – 28th Astrea / December 25th 2016

The Moons of Astrea 1st Astrea / 28th November – 28th Astrea / December 25th 2016

 

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Astrea:

Dec 3rd: (4 days after the Dark Moon): Crescent Moon. (For the Holy Daughter).

Dec 14th: Star Maiden Moon. (For the Celestial Mother).

Dec 28th / 3rd Hestia: Dark Moon. (For the Great Mother).

http://www.calendar-uk.co.uk/lunar-calendar/december/2016/

The Moons of Samhain 1st Samhain / 31st October – 28th Samhain / November 27th 2016

The Moons of Samhain 1st Samhain / 31st October – 28th Ourania / November 27th 2016

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Samhain:

Nov 3rd: (4 days after the Dark Moon): Crescent Moon. (For the Holy Daughter).

Nov 14th: Ancestor Moon. (For the Celestial Mother).

Nov 29th / 2nd Astrea: Dark Moon. (For the Great Mother).

http://www.calendar-uk.co.uk/lunar-calendar/november/2016/

The Holy Daughter wears the garb of Creation, but She is not Creation.

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The Holy Daughter wears the garb of Creation, but She is not Creation.

When the Divine manifests Herself on the physical plane, She wears a wardrobe suitable for the occasion. She can garb Herself in anything: ex: winds, clouds, planets, stars, trees, flowers, birds, animals, or people. However, that does not mean that any of those physical forms are Her Body. Her Spiritual Body is within those forms as a person is within their clothing. ArchMatrona Georgia E. B. Cobb of the Lady of Light Chantry (LLC).
https://deamatronablog.wordpress.com/2016/10/25/the-llc-understanding-of-divine-nature-and-human-nature/
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A cause of confusion has to do with the Nature of Dea and specifically, the Holy Daughter and this is where we strongly diverge from the beliefs and mythos of Wicca, neo-Paganism and certain New Age teachings.
Some of us have come from Wiccan or Pagan backgrounds. While these spiritual Traditions have a lot to offer and they are right for many Soul Paths, we felt that there was something vital missing for our own Soul Paths.
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Though we had and still have great respect for these religious and spiritual Traditions, we left to search for the Face of the True Divine Feminine that was right for our individual Soul Paths; the One for Whom we longed as Our True Mother God. Our souls cried out for Her. Our hearts longed for Her. We searched and searched until finally, we found Dea, we found Her as God.Our Divine Mother is Transcendent, beyond Her Creation. The Holy Daughter is Immanent, She is with us in Creation and exists within us as the Divine Spark of our souls, the Flame of our hearts.

We do not see the Cosmos or the Earth as Dea’s body because She is Pure Spirit, Pure Light and the Cosmos is Her Creation. How could the Creatrix become Her creation? But, the Holy One may certainly flow through Her Creation, just as electricity flows through a wire, but is not the wire; just as heat flows through the iron, but is not the iron; just as She is the Divine Spark within us, but She is not us. 

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Though we have taught this before, this thealogy is so fundamental to our religion, that it bears repeating at this time:

As the Great Mother, She is Supernal Life. She is Absolute Deity. She is Singularity. She is the Dark beyond the light and the Light beyond the darkness. Her Name is Mysteria/Mystery. She is Dea Matrona. (Great Mother Goddess).

As the Celestial Mother, She Supernal Light. She is the Ground and Matrix of all Being. She is Spirit. She is Transcendent (beyond Creation). Her Name is Mari. She is Dea Madria. (Mother God).

As the Holy Daughter, She is Supernal Love. She is the Ruling and Sustaining Energies of manifest creation. She is Soul. She is Immanent (within Creation). Her Name is Kore/Kora. She is Dea Filia. (Daughter God).

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All material manifestation began as Supernal Primordial Ideas of Potentiality. The Below, which is created, dense, material manifestation, is but a poor reflection of the Above, which is rarefied Supernal Reality, our True Home.

At one point, in the very beginning of our existence, beyond our memory, we desired to extend our knowledge beyond the limits of the knowable, which brought us into a state of ignorance and formlessness. (This is not the same as the erroneous notion of original sin, nor was this desire a moral evil.)

As indicated in the long form of our Creed, we believe that the Celestial Mother honored our sovereign will and our desire to know what lies beyond the limits of the knowable. She did this by creating the manifest universe. This is very similar to what is said of the ‘Fallen’ Sophia, (a term we categorically reject): “that by her desire to know what lay beyond the limits of the knowable she had brought herself into a state of ignorance and formlessness.”  (1)  While the ‘Fallen Sophia’ is often said to be the Archetypal story of our souls, the True Holy Daughter did not ‘Fall’, She is Eternal Perfection. She is Supernal Purity. She is God. We are the ones who, at a time beyond times, desired to know and experience that which lay beyond Perfection, not the Holy Daughter.

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As mentioned in a previous article, like the Holy Shekinah in Kabbalism, the Holy Daughter, Whom Janites call Kore or Kora, which means (Divine) Maid or Maiden, makes it possible for us to experience that which lies outside of Perfection by giving us our souls. As the soul allows the opposites of body and spirit to unite, the Shekinah plays this role for us.  She is the Soul of humanity. She has given a portion of Herself in order for each human to come into this world. (2).  And further:.  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. And, like Sophia, the Holy Daughter is the Divine Spark within each of us.

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As the Ruling and Sustaining Energy of Creation, we may certainly sense the Divine Kora’s (the Divine Maiden’s) underlying, flowing Presence through-out Nature; with the wind,  in a rippling lake or across a meadow blanketed with multi-hued wildflowers. But, She is not the wind or the lake or the meadow. As ArchMatrona Georgia so eloquently stated, She can garb Herself in anything. (3) She is able to garb Herself with the wind, in the lake or across the meadow, which is a beautiful reality.

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In summary:

The Divine Kora does not take on material form. She does not incarnate either as a human being or as our Sister, the Earth. Rather, She is the Mother of our souls, She is the Mother of the Earth and She is the Divine Spark within our souls.

And as the ruling Energy of Creation, the Energy of Love, She may take on the garb of Nature, but the Holy Daughter gives it Form. Nature is not Her Form…..

She is the Form of Nature.

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Litany of the Holy Daughter

Hail, Dea Filia, Divine Daughter God.

Hail, Sustainer of the Cosmos.

Hail, Princess of the Earth.

Hail, O, Queen Daughter.

Hail, Our High Priestess.

Hail, Divine Wisdom.

Hail, Pure Love.

Hail, Pure Form.

Hail, Supernal Moon.

Hail, Great Dove of the Waters.

Hail, Dove of Peace.

Hail, Holy Soul

Hail, Divine Spark.

Hail, Star of Hope.

Hail, Most Immanent.

Hail, Fountain of Grace.

Hail, Our Spiritual Wine.

Hail, Our Soteria.

Hail, Divine Lily.

Hail, Silver Light of the Forests.

Hail, O, First Light of Dawn.

We glorify you, we magnify you and we adore you.

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May Our Lady bless you,

Blessed is She.

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ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

1) https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophia_(Gnosticism) (See under motive.

2) http://www.universalkabbalah.net/Shekina

3) https://deamatronablog.wordpress.com/2016/10/25/the-llc-understanding-of-divine-nature-and-human-nature/

Clarification: garb
3. outward appearance or form.
1585-95; < Middle French garbe graceful outline < Old Italian garbo grace < Germanic; compare Old High German garawen, Old English gearwian to prepare, adorn (see gar2), gear
http://www.dictionary.com/browse/garb

 

Just a Thought: Apple Trees and the Trinity

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https://deanic.com

https://alexandriantheologian.wordpress.com

Just a Thought: Apple Trees and the Trinity

Introduction by ArchMadria Pamela

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3 Apple Trees in blossom
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3 fruiting Apple Trees

ArchMatrona Georgia Cobb of the Lady of Light Chantry, recently sent me an article on the Trinity and the Apple Tree theme. This article compared the Christian Trinity to an apple tree with the very interesting analogy that specifically referred to the the Fuji and Gala apple trees. I think the theology and comparison here are quite sound. How appropriate it would be to apply this article to the Divine Feminine Trinity, as the apple has always represented the Goddess and Wisdom and the apple tree and its seeds are featured in our scriptures under The Seed of Truth.

The idea that the true original tasting apple does not come from the seed, but must come from a grafting from the original tree would equally apply to the Janati. Rather than being separate ‘angels’ or daughter goddesses, the Janati are part of the Original ‘Tree’, the Original Trinity, Herself. They are not the fruit of the tree, nor are they new trees from seeds; they are the original tree in Seven (grafted) Forms. This is why we say that Dea is One and Three and Seven. She is a Unity, a Trinity and a Septet. Like the Trinity, the Janati are One, of One Essence, and yet, Individual. They are our Guardian Mothers as well as being the Seven Planetary Powers or the Seven Spirits of Dea.

ArchMadria Pamela

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The Article by Michael – Alexandrian theologian

Lately, I’ve been trying to figure out the Trinity.  One of the things that I’ve been wrestling with is the idea of Jesus being of the same substance (homoousios, ὁμοουσιος) as the Father while also being a distinct person (Hypostasis, ὑποστασις) . Likewise for the Holy Spirit.  How can they be of the same substance or essence, but be three distinct persons?  Here is a thought that is completely inadequate in some regards, but may be helpful for understanding how something can be three things but of the same substance.

In horticulture there are several ways of growing plants, most commonly people plant seeds and watch the plant grow, but there is also the technique of cutting.  In cutting, you simply snip off part of the plant and plant the cut piece, allowing it to develop roots.  It could be simple enough to say that the trinity is just like a cutting, producing multiple objects, but from the very same plant or substance (homoousios); however, I would like to take the example a little further and talk about the apple tree.

If you didn’t know this, every Fuji or Gala apple that you have eaten essentially came from the same tree.  I do not mean a single tree that is overworked, or produces an insane amount of apples.  I mean that every Fuji flavored apple tree is a cutting originating back to a single Fuji apple tree.  You cannot take the seeds out of a Fuji apple, plant them, and then get a Fuji apple.  You will most likely get a very bitter, sour-tasting apple.  Apple seeds in their genetic makeup randomize the flavor of the apple; therefore, in order to get the exact same taste you must take a clipping from the original tree.  Only the original tree can produce the Fuji apple.

Now let us bring it back full circle to the trinity.  Imagine that you have three apple trees standing in front of you.  Each has one of those nice little tree placs.  One says Father. The second Son. The third Holy Spirit.   How would you know that they are of the same plant? You would have to taste their fruit.  If all three produced the same apple taste, then you would know that they are indeed of the same original plant or substance (homoousios). Yet, as you stand before them, you notice that what you have just tasted is not a piece from three distinct branches of the same tree, but three distinct trees. They are like the three distinct persons (hypostasis).  They are most certainly three distinct objects, but they are really part of the same tree. Oddly enough, the three plants are actually one plant. In relation to the trinity, there are not three gods (tritheism), but three forms of the same substance!   You are assured that they are one and the same but three by the very fruit that they produce. Each plant is distinctly and exactly the same thing.

I fully recognize that this analogy is lacking in some areas. Indeed, the trinity is a divine mystery. In order for it to be a more adequate representation of the trinity as affirmed in orthodox Christianity, the first tree would be uncreated (eternal) never having a beginning as a seed. Likewise, the second and third trees would could not to have been said as created at a later time, but eternally coexisting with the original tree, having been begotten eternally (a very difficult concept to grasp). So the analogy breaks down, but I do think it helps to capture the idea of three persons in one substance.

Anyway, I hope that this post may help some of you begin or further contemplate the triune god.   Blessings