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/

Finger, Handbag, Trouser Pocket Rosary for Autumn Holy Trinity – Apples of Wisdom, Divine Life, Light & Love

Finger, Handbag, Trouser Pocket Rosary for Autumn Holy Trinity – Apples of Wisdom, Divine Life, Light & Love

Size:

Pendant 4 inches
Gemstone loop 6 inches

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Construction and price:

Colours & Symbol:
The Great Mother: 5 petals of a darker purple dianthus
The Celestial Mother: 5 petals of lighter pink apple blossom
The World Soul Daughter: 5 pentacle star seed of the
Apple of Wisdom, green with leaf

inspired by ArchMadria Pamela’s post

All LIFE rests in potentiality, within Source or Absolute Deity, the Great Mother, Dea Matrona.
She Who is the ‘Bright Shimmering Darkness’ and the ‘Dark beyond the light and Light beyond the Darkness’ The Ground of all being. Dea is the first, and highest and only necessary “thing” [Intelligence/Spirit] that exists.
Dea Matrona emanated / “breathed out” the Matrix & Creatrix, Dea Matrea, Celestial Mother Mari.

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The seed, containing the blueprint and essence of the life of the Apple Tree, is symbolic of the Matrix & Creatrix, Dea Matrea, Celestial Mother Mari, Who, Herself, contains the Supernal Blueprint and ESSENCE of the Tree of Life.
She gathers from Source or Absolute Deity, the Great Mother, the seeds containing the Essence of Life and She births [emanates] them into material manifestation. Therefore, the Holy Mother Mari is, for us: Dea, Apple of Wisdom.

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The outer apple represents the material manifestation of Creation. The inner spiritual seeds containing the Essence of Life, taken together with the outer apple of material manifestation represent the two Threads of the Spiritual and the Material being woven together to create All Being, FORM, which is exactly what Divine Soul Di Jana, Apple of Wisdom, signifies.

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Collage of my Pendant idea

1. Holy Trinity Pendant

in English White Oak wood (Janya Lady Justina / Thema pronounced Thay-ma correspondences)
with artwork collage, I am commissioning pendants from Madria Erin’s source:
https://www.facebook.com/moonscraft/

£15

2. Apple beads x3 in Mashan Jade (Dyed Apple Green Marble)

10mm x3 (41 beads) £3.73 1/2 pence  https://www.beadshopuk.com 0.09 pence each x 3 = 0.27  pence

The healing properties of Marble is used as a cleanser which is beneficial for the blood, skin and systems that help cleanse the body such as the lymphatic, digestive system and integumentary system. Metaphysically this stone is beneficial for clarity during tantric activities and meditative states. It aids strength of self control and mastery of thought. It improves total recall of dreams and provides protection, stability and structure of one’s physical, emotional and spiritual facets.

3. three seed beads in clear rock crystal quartz

8mm (6 beads) 0.99 pence http://www.charming-beads.co.uk 0.1 1/2 pence each = 0.99 pence

Its name derives from the Ancient Greek “krustallos” meaning ice because they believed that quartz was ice that never melted because it was formed by the gods.

Properties – Believed to be the most powerful healing and energy amplifier. It absorbs, stores and releases energy and is excellent for unblocking.

4. “septade” 4x (Earth) beads in Dark Blue Dyed Jade

10mm (38 beads) £4.48 1/2 pence  http://www.beadshopuk.com 0.12 pence each x 4 = 0.47 pence

5. “septade” 3x (Heaven) beads in Purple Dyed Jade

8mm (10 beads) £2.96 https://www.beadshopuk.com 0.29 1/2 pence each x 3 = 0.88 1/2 pence

Jade is known as the “heart” stone as it enhances all aspects of love, is also known as the stone that brings abundance and is also known as stone for bringing emotional balance and stability. Jade is also known to give self reliance and confidence. is known also for its protective qualities especially with children with illnesses. Jade comes in many shades of green. Jade is more known in ancient times for its toughness. Jade may also come in shades of grey, white, black, yellow or orange or even violet tones.

Type C Jade: This refers to jade that has been color enhanced (to be blunt, dyed). Jade is a porous stone so it is easy and inexpensive to dye. A variety of methods can be used – from sophisticated polymers to as simple as boiling the jade in dyed water. Most bright green jade and purple jade is the result of dye, but clever sneaky jade dealers are also dying the color so that it is subtle and mottled – just slightly better than it was – so that it looks more natural.

Jade Imitations
These are materials that look like jade (sometimes extremely convincingly!) but are not at all jade – not even remotely related to it.
Dyed polycrystalline quartz (aka dyed chalcedony): This is very convincing because it has the same granular-looking translucence as jade (even with a microscope!). You can tell the
difference sometimes because the quartz will take on a higher polish than the jade (vitreous luster vs. waxy luster)
Glass:
Plastic:
Serpentine:
Hydrogrossular garnet
Chrysoprase

Read More http://www.shopgemstones.com/how-to-tell-if-jade-is-real-or-
fake.html#ixzz4L8GC1aTK

Bracelet total cost: £17.61 1/2 pence

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Photograph of finished pendant from Moonscraft

PRAYERS

1. Triad of Mother God

Deae Matres [pronounced DEE-uh MOT-rays] (or Deae Matronae), throughout northern Europe more generally known as the Matres or Matrones.

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

(Adapted/Shortened version)

Psalm 12: Sweet is the Fruit of Your Wisdom

Dea, Sweet is the Fruit of Your Wisdom,
profound is the Mystery contained therein.
Astonished am I, to find the secrets of the vast cosmos
hidden within the tiniest seed of life.
Overjoyed am I, to taste of its knowledge;
the surety of its faith uplifts me.
I will contemplate the Real of the Above
hidden within the seed of the Below.
Everything, in its Season, must be.

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2. Apple beads x3 in Mashan Jade (Dyed Apple Green Marble)

(I made these three up, adapted from ArchMadria Pamela)

O, Dea, Apple of Wisdom,

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

O, Dea, Apple of Wisdom,

we thank You, we bless You and we adore You.
For through Your resplendent light,
we are warmed by the certainty of Your Unconditional Love.
Divine Soul Daughter was sent by You, so all creation would be saved.
O, Heavenly Mother, illuminating Holy Light, splendid Essence of Purity.
O, Heavenly Mother, You are the Wise Apple of our life lived in Spirit.
O, Dea, Apple of Wisdom, be with us.

O, Dea, Apple of Wisdom,

we thank You, we bless You and we adore You.
For through Your perfect mediation of Spirit and Soul to form,
we are elevated by the Holy Love of Your Pure Divinity in all the worlds.
O, Divine Soul Daughter whose Gentle Light guides and sustains all.
O, Divine Soul Daughter, You are High Priestess and Divine Gate to Spirit.
O, Divine Soul Daughter, You are the Wise Apple of our soul seeking Spirit.
O, Dea, Apple of Wisdom, be with us.

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My finished portable seasonal Rosary for Autumn

3. three seed beads in clear rock crystal quartz

I cannot decide between these two, although I may go for the simpler option 1 to start with!

Option 1
1). Eternal is the Life of the Great Mother. We thank You. we bless You, we adore You.
2). Eternal is the Light of the Heavenly Mother. We thank You. we bless You, we adore You.
3). Eternal is the Love of the Divine Soul Daughter. We thank You. we bless You, we adore You.

or

Option 2
(I made this up, adapted from ArchMadria Pamela)
1). Hail, Deantha Vespera: Divine Flower of the Evening, Life & Source of All, be with us.
2). Hail, Sapientes Pomum Flores Coeli: Wise Apple Flower of Heaven of the Noon-tide, Light & Essence of Creation, be with us.
3). Hail, Pomum Aurora: Apple Fruit of the Dawn, Love & Soul of the World, be with us.

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4. seven “septade” beads

in the Liturgical colours of Janya Lady Justina of Dyed Dark Blue Jade 10mm (4 beads for the 4 Janyati of the manifest planes) and Dyed Purple Jade 8mm (3 beads for the Janyati of Spirit).

Option 1

From The Seven Jeweled Rays
Copywrite of the Matriarch of the Janite Deanic Ekklasia, ArchMadria (Bishop) Pamela

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Justina meaning Just, Righteous.

I am Justina, the Blue Ray of Justice. I am the Natural Law of the Cosmos.
The Four-Fold Earth is where I reign and it is Earth that I guard.
Come to me when you are in need of truth and fairness and I will defend you with all my might.
Learn of me the Jade Stones of Order and Harmony and your Path shall be made clear.
If you are in need of material sustenance, you shall never go without.
Lean on me in times of trial and I shall heed your cry.
I am Justina.

or

Option 2
4 x Dyed Dark Blue Jade beads as above in Option 1
and
3 x Dyed Purple Jade beads beads for the 3 Janyas of Spirit

Hail, Three in One Dea, Life, Light & Love Divine & Apple of Wisdom. Glory be to Thee.
Blessed art Thou, Glorious is the Eternity of She, who is, Blessed is She.
Divine Madria Dea, bless us, Thy children, now and always and forever.

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5. three seed beads in clear crystal

I cannot decide between these two, although I may go for the simpler option 1 to start with!

Option 1
1). Eternal is the Life of the Great Mother. We thank You. we bless You, we adore You.
2). Eternal is the Light of the Heavenly Mother. We thank You. we bless You, we adore You.
3). Eternal is the Love of the Divine Soul Daughter. We thank You. we bless You, we adore You.

or

Option 2
(I made this up, adapted from ArchMadria Pamela)
1). Hail, Deantha Vespera: Divine Flower of the Evening, Life & Source of All, be with us.
2). Hail, Sapientes Pomum Flores Coeli: Wise Apple Flower of Heaven of the Noon-tide, Light & Essence of Creation, be with us.
3). Hail, Pomum Aurora: Apple Fruit of the Dawn, Love & Soul of the World, be with us.

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

Reblogged from https://deanic.com

Part 1 The Trinity and the Apple Tree/Part 1, The Canopy of Love

Part 2 The Trinity and the Apple Tree/Part 2, The Trunk of Light

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

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Golden Apple Tree with Roots
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O, Madria Thema, Janya of Justice, Order and Harmony, be with us. May the Pure Stream of your Virtues flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come.

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13) and still beneath the branches and the bole (trunk) lie the roots in darkness, like unto She that is beyond both being and unbeing. 14) and even as the tree’s roots are not seen, so can there be no knowledge of the Absolute; for to know is to have passed beyond knowledge. (Title 3, Chapter 5 THE SERMON OF THE APPLE SEED).

As the canopy of the tree represents the Love of the Daughter and the trunk represents the Light of the Mother, so do the roots represent the Life of the Great Mother Who is Absolute Deity or the Monas (One). The Great Mother is the Ground of All Being, the Divine Source of the All. Our Celestial Mother and the Holy Daughter find Their completeness within Her.

Some Traditions understand the Great Mother to be similar to the goddess Kali, a goddess of both life and destruction and that is perfectly acceptable from a more Eastern approach to the Divine Feminine Trinity, principally from Shaktism. As such, certain Traditions are careful to not approach the Absolute, directly.

As Janites (along with the Lady of Light Chantry, headed by Rt. Rev. Georgia E. B. Cobb), we tend to be more Western in our approach to the Great Mother. We are Trinitarian-focused in our prayers and rites. We do not fear to approach the Great Mother.

In the same manner, in certain denominations of Christianity, God the Father is understood to be the Ground of All Being/Absolute Deity and yet, the Father is known through His Son and He is worshiped. Christians do not fear to approach the Father.

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Tree Roots in the River

Though the Great Mother is the Darkness beyond the light and the Light beyond the darkness and as such, there is much that we cannot know about Her, She is revealed to us through the Divine Mother, the Holy Daughter and especially, through Madria Rhea who represents the Great Mother.

The Great Mother is the Source of the All and so what flows from Her helps us to know Her. She is the Eternal Wellspring of the River of Life and the Eternal Source of the Celestial Mother, of the Holy Daughter, of the Janati and all the living.

Though there is much that is unknowable about the Great Mother, as Our Mother who gave us Life, She knows us, intimately. Though we call Her by Name, that Name is Mystery: Mysteria. (Thanks to ArchMatrona Georgia Cobb.)

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The roots, ah the roots in the dark soil, such a fitting analogy for the Great Mother Who is the Root of All Life in Her Shimmering Darkness. In Her Twilight time of day, She is the Sheltering Stars above us. (From our liturgy.) In Her time of the Darkest Hour before the Dawn. She brings us the Light.

12 )Life is the life of the spirit- the First Principle; beyond being and unbeing. Life Was before existence. Life is the cause of existence. 

16) Let her (the soul) not trust the ground her feet are set upon and doubt the Ground upon which that ground stands. Rather, let her doubt the sea, the sky, the fingers of her hand and the breath of her mouth; for all these things may be illusions, as, in some sense, they are.

17) But, let her know Life Divine as the Truth beyond truth and the Faith beyond faith and doubt. (Title 2, Chapter 1 THE CRYSTAL TABLET).

In our day and age, in this time of troubled confusion, many have given up on the idea of faith. They feel it is an outmoded idea and tend to forget the strong roots that Faith can bring into our lives and into our hestias (sacred hearth-homes). But, the tree cannot stand, the tree does not have life without the roots that cannot be seen. So deep into the ground do they go, but, they are there.

Some believe it is folly to believe in that which cannot be seen and yet, we learn from quantum physics that the unseen is the source and potential of all that is seen and so it is with the Great Mother.

We know the Holy Daughter, as visions of Sophia have shown, as the sky above us, as the natural world around us and within each of us because the Holy Daughter is the Soul of the World and She is our soul. We are One with Her and through Her, we are One with the Mother and through Them, we are One with the Great Mother/Absolute Deity, though our finite minds lack complete comprehension of this Great Mystery.

We know the Celestial Mother as the Flame in the temple of our hearts and in the love of every mother for Her child. We know Her through prayer, through aeons of generations, through visions, through scripture and through ageless Tradition.

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But the One Absolute Root remains buried deep within the cosmic soil. Hidden. Beyond the soil. Beyond the cosmos. Beyond manifest creation. And yet, without that One Root there would be no manifest creation. There would be no life. No soul. No spirit. No Mother. No Daughter. No Janati. No cosmos. No world. No Heaven. The Great Mother is that Still Centre Point of the great Cosmic Fora from Whom the All flows.

Though She is hidden, though She is Mystery, like the Holy Daughter and the Celestial Mother, we may approach Her as we would a beloved Grandmother. In Her quiet Stillness, in Her luminous Darkness, She is always there, waiting.

The Holy Daughter gives us our soul through Her Love.

The Celestial Mother gives us our spirit through Her Light.

The Great Mother gives us life for She is Life.

And that is enough for us to know. As the scriptures state: 15) And from this tree of all knowledge and of the boundaries beyond which knowledge cannot pass, I have given you but the seed of one apple.  18) But, I am not sent to discourse with you upon these matters, but to lead you to deliverance in Perfection. 19) And all the knowledge that shall bring you to deliverance is contained within the seed of an apple. 22) Therefore, when you think upon the questions of life, of time or of the spheres, contemplate first, the seed of Truth and let your thoughts unfold from that seed. 23) Let the pure and single note of Truth attune your souls. Then, shall mind rise up into soul and soul breathe the breath of Spirit. (Title 3, Chapter 5 THE SERMON OF THE APPLE SEED).

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Blessed is Our Mother God, the Holy One.

She Who is the Celestial Mother, Mari,

She Who is the Holy Daughter, Kore,

She Who is the Great Mother, Mysteria,

Dark beyond the light and Light beyond the Darkness.

Blessed is She.

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May Our Lady bless you,

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

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Further reading: The Great Mother as Ground of All Being