Travel Altars by Sorella Shoshana and ArchMadria Kathi

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Many devotees, of certain religious traditions such as Orthodox Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism and Wicca carry portable altars or shrines with them whenever they travel or take a trip or vacation. Traditional Catholics might bring along a statue of Mary and a crucifix along with their missals and rosary beads. Here are some examples:

Orthodox Christians have an home shrine called an Icon Corner. And so, some Orthodox Christians might carry a foldable Triptych such as this one from Holy Trinity Store, http://www.holytrinitystore.com/icons-diptychs-triptychs-section.html (please note, prices on Triptychs vary widely):

Orthodox Christian Icon Corner
Orthodox Christian Icon Corner

There are all kinds of beautiful Buddhist travel altars:

Buddist Travel Altar
Buddhist Travel Altar

https://www.amazon.com/Buddhist-Travel-Altar-Medicine-Buddha/dp/B00TNJSE5C

Hindu travel altars vary widely from a small tin size or a bit more elaborate:

Hindu Altar Tin

Hindu Altar Tin

Hindu Altar Box
Hindu Altar Box

Wiccan altars also vary from small tin sizes to the larger altars:

Wiccan Altar 1

Wiccan Altar 2

Sorella Shoshana:

Our own Sorella Shoshana of the Iremian Janite Order of Priestesses and Sisterhood has fashioned her own unique Deanic travel altar.

Sorella Shoshana Deanic Travel Altar 1
Sorella Shoshana Deanic Travel Altar 1
Sorella Shoshana Deanic Travel Altar 2
Sorella Shoshana Deanic Travel Altar 2

Here, Sorella Shoshana is using electric candles for the health and safety of her bird, Lyric.

I believe that boxes like these may be found in most major craft stores. They can be painted or varnished according to taste. Priestesses might add a small chalice and plate (patene’) if liturgy is to be served.

Of course, it’s nice to carry along the scriptures, too. Where I pray the rosary, I always carry my rosary beads in my purse.

Thank you, Sorella Shoshana for such an inspiring idea. Your travel altar is beautiful!

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

Travel Altars

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ArchMadria Kathi:

In reference to our past article on travel altars, I would like to share some travel altar and Janati mandala photos sent in by ArchMadria Kathi:

Travel Altar, closed:

ArchMadria Kathi Deanic Travel Altar Closed

Travel Altar, open:

ArchMadria Kathi Deanic Travel Altar Open

Janati Mandala:

ArchMadria Kathi Deanic Janati Mandala

Thank you, ArchMadria Kathi. Truly lovely and inspiring!

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

https://deanic.com/2017/02/26/bits-and-pieces-and-the-origin-of-our-spirits/

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I am still gathering items for my home altar.
Which I have to pack away after a ritual.
But I have been so inspired by these 2 Deanic travel altars, I could take photographs of my large crocheted altar cloths and large wooden 5 Sacred Symbols to line my travel altar box. The mirror underneath the candle is a good idea too.
Sophia Ruth

The Feast of the Trinitarian Janati

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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Sophia goddess of wisdom with chalice

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

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

On Lunadi, we honor Her and practice Her Virtues.

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

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

On Foradi, we honor Her and practice Her Virtues.

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Let us bless the Holy One.

Blessed is She.

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

Blessed be Madria Theia, Madria Candra and Madria Rhea.

Blessings and thanksgivings be.

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

Blessed be the Janati of the Four-fold Earth.

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ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

Is Trinitarianism True Monotheism? by ArchMadria Pamela

Reblogged from
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.

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May Our Lady bless you,

Blessed is She.

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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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https://underthevioletmoon.wordpress.com/2016/12/14/dea-singularity-and-multiplicity/

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/

How to Celebrate the Feast Days of the Janati

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How to Celebrate the Feast Days of the Janati

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

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

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

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

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

Greek Name: Metis

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

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

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

Stelladi [Wednesday] Prayer (add to the Mantra:) May the Pure Stream of your Virtues flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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May Our Lady bless you, Blessed is She.

~

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

The Need For Light – Thealogy of Rain – Especially Constant Heavy

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https://underthevioletmoon.wordpress.com/2016/11/28/the-need-for-light/

The Need For Light

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I have created my own sort of Astrean Sunwheel for this season. I was not able to buy a wreath or the materials to make one, so I chose to cut a circle out of paper and stick it on my wall next to my altar. I have also created five “candles” out of paper that I will stick on the Sunwheel on the appropriate day.

Today, the first Sunnadi of the Astrean Season, we light a green candle for wisdom.

ArchMadria posted the Scripture readings for this candle lighting and I read them aloud to myself as I stuck my first “candle” on the wall next to my altar. One of them in particular resonated with a recent train of thought of mine:

18. Light is pure force or delight. It is the joy of Thea, and Her breath and spirit. 19. Light is the outpouring of life into existence. All things that exist come from life; they are made and sustained by light. -The Crystal Tablet 18-19

It is my understanding that the reason why many cultures and religions have celebrations and holidays around midwinter is to cheer the human spirit in these (literally) dark times. Although I have depression all the time, it is particularly exacerbated by dark weather. Of course this time of year is darker as the hours of daylight are shorter, but I live in the Pacific Northwest and it rains all. the. time. During the past two months there has been only five rain-free days. Calling it “depressing” would be an understatement from my perspective.

So when I read that “light is pure…delight,” I immediately take that in the most literal of senses. Everyday I am keenly aware of the fact that “all things that exist come from life” and that “they are made and sustained by light.” Including me.

In these days I long for the Solstice and the promise of longer days. I long for the Spring and the cessation of this rain. I long for the day when I will be able to move to a less rainy climate.

But here and now I attempt to acknowledge my need for Light, to grieve its loss and maintain hope for its return, and to turn my mind to the spiritual truths that these natural realities reflect. In her recent post on Winter, ArchMadria Pamela wrote:

During Astrea, the Holy Daughter first appears as our Star of Hope, She Who enfolds us within Her Soul and guides us back to Our Celestial Mother. Though we may feel, at times, like we are plunging and flailing beneath the depths of turbulent, inky seas, She uplifts us and shows us the way back to safe shores and the comforting light of home. So united with us is She, that there is nothing we experience that She does not experience with us, nothing within us that She does not understand. She sails those seas with us and is with us every moment of each day. -ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

It is of great comfort to me to know that Dea knows my distress during these dark days because She feels it with me. She feels the wet, cold, dark, grey, grey, grey days that seem never ending.

But She also remind me of the fact that they will end. That She comes forth to bring us back to Dea Madria. That this journey through the darkness is a journey towards light, towards life, towards Her.

A very Happy Astrean Season to you all!

Dea Bless!❤

Jacqueline

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Sophia Ruth’s comment:

Thealogy of Rain – Especially Constant Heavy

Hello Jacqueline,
Happy Sacred Month of Astrea Sunwheel Ritual Time (Astrean Season).

On the surface, I responded to your article with “hmm, last year I looked at an internet image of the appropriate candle for the Sunwheel rituals. I wish that I had thought of creating a paper one!”

At the deeper Spiritual level, I thought what is the thea/o logy of heavy, constant rain.
1. Darkness, cold, constant rain is the opposite to Madria Dea – supernal Sun, warm and light.
2. We have an expression in England: “it is sheeting it down!” – meaning a bed sheet obscuring the sun. This directly relates to the Scripture: Title 3, Chapter 7, The Veil of Matter, Verse 11. For matter is like to a veil that darkens the eyes, giving them to see only a little part of the things that lie about them.
3. Hindu / Vedic people believe that Rains are associated with the three primary process of existence, namely creation, preservation, and dissolution. (The Deanic Werdes/Moiras). Water is symbolically the element of Life.
4. Hindu / Vedic people believe that a rain drop that falls from the heavens is compared to the individual soul that enters the phenomenal world to become an embodied soul. The Vedas do declare that the souls that go to the ancestral world at the time of their death, (The Filianic Avala / Deanic Abalon/Avalon), return to the earth after their karmas through rains to take rebirth. (The Deanic Moira/fate, Hindu karma/dharma).

https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/11/18/scripture-title-3-chapter-7-the-veil-of-matter/
http://www.hinduwebsite.com/symbolism/symbols/rain.asp

Love and Light, Sophia Ruth

Feast of Lady Sofia – From Under The Violet Moon Blog

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Feast of Lady Sofia

Today, the first of Astrea, is Lady Sofia’s feast day. I have never marked a Jana’s feast day before so I didn’t really know what to do except I spent some time reflecting on my relationship with Lady Sofia in my journal and praying to Her.

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I was drawn to Lady Sofia before I ever encountered Déanism. I first met Her in the Book of Proverbs in the Hebrew Bible as a child and She made quite an impression on me.

“Does not wisdom call, and does not understanding raise her voice? On the heights, beside the way, at the crossroads she takes her stand; beside the gates in front of the town, at the entrance of the portals she cries out:
‘To you, O people, I call, and my cry is to all that live. O simple ones, learn prudence; acquire intelligence, you who lack it.Hear, for I will speak noble things, and from my lips will come what is right; for my mouth will utter truth; wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are righteous; there is nothing twisted or crooked in them. They are all straight to one who understands and right to those who find knowledge.Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold; for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.’”

-Book of Proverbs 8:1-11 (NRSV)

In high school we were given the assignment of writing a poem to a personification, so I chose to write to Lady Wisdom. In university I had the opportunity to take a seminar on women in the Hebrew Bible and I chose to focus on Chokmah (Wisdom). The paper that resulted from my studies in the class is one of the most enjoyable papers I’ve ever written.

As I think back over my early attraction to Lady Sofia, I think that I was drawn to Her because She was the only real example of the Divine Feminine that I had access to at that time. I was Protestant and so the Virgin Mary was only a distant and small biblical figure to me, and God was presented in wholly masculine terms -I never even heard the Holy Spirit spoken of as feminine, even though there is certainly a traditional basis for such an interpretation. The Spirit was always a “He” or sometimes an impersonal “it.”

Even behind my fascination with Lady Wisdom I felt a bit guilty whenever I entertained the idea of Her as a Person rather than an abstract concept. But the language of Proverbs made Her sound so very person-like and I was inextricably drawn to such a portrayal:

“The LORD created me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of long ago. Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth.When there were no depths I was brought forth…When he established the heavens, I was there, when he drew a circle on the face of the deep…I was beside him, like a master worker, and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always, rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the human race.” -Book of Proverbs 8:22-31 (NRSV)

Lady Sofia was the first aspect of the Divine Feminine that I ever specifically encountered, and so She holds a special place in my heart.

The Janite Order has the following written for Lady Sofia on their page for The Seven Jeweled Rays:

“I am Sofia, the Yellow Ray of Wisdom. I am the Memory of the All.

The Four-Fold Earth is where I reign and it is Air that I guard.

Come to me when you are in need of a muse and I will channel my words through you.

Learn of me the Topaz Jewels of Intelligence and Intuition and I will make of you a sage.

Depend upon me and I shall entrust to you the Key which opens the door to all Mystery.

Trust in me and I will grant you the True Gnosis which shall lead you unto your Sacred Moment.

I am Sofia.”

Praise be to Sofia! Dea Bless❤

Jacqueline

The Janite Deanic Rosary

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Charms for the pocket Janati Rosary

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I’m attaching a picture of a Janati rosary that I made using pony beads. Pony beads are an economical way to bead, as most of them can be bought in bulk. I bought a gigantic bin of them for less than ten dollars, and I only needed a few for the colored portion of this Rosary. This is more of a pocket style rosary, strung with parachute cord and a tiny angel charm attached. The gold and silver pony beads were not part of the bulk bin and I got those separately. If you look closely, you can see that there are two sizes of pony beads for the gold and silver; the smaller ones are spacer beads and they were considerably more difficult to string onto the parachute cording I’d selected! Anyway, here’s another idea that can be done quickly and cheaply. Because I’d made this some time ago, it has the “ten beads” design vs. the “seven beads” design as ArchMadria had described.

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(good thing I have a granddaughter who’ll get great benefit out of the rest of the pony beads!!!)