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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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

Moonday/1st Astrea/November 28th 2016: the Feast of Lady Sofia

Moonday/1st Astrea/November 28th 2016: the Feast of Lady Sofia

Feast of Lady Sofia
Moonday/Monday

1st Astrea/November 28th

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O, Lady Sofia, Guardian of Intelligence, Intuition and Wisdom, be with us.

Winter is the Season ruled over by one of the Janati of the Four-fold Earth. These are rulers of the four cardinal directions and their corresponding Elements and Seasons and therefore, they are known as the Janati of the four-fold Earth.

Lady Sofia meaning, Wisdom and is the Guardian of North and Air and Guardian of the corresponding Season of Winter.

And so, today is the Feast of the Janya, Lady Sofia. On this, her feast day, time may be spent in quiet prayer or contemplation in her honour. Lady Sofia may also be celebrated with the Great Liturgy (priestesses) or the Rite of Sacrifice (devotees), which may also be celebrated this coming Sunday.

Correspondences

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

Titaness 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, Lady Sofia, Jana of Intelligence, Intuition and Wisdom, be with us.

Daily 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.

Madria Sofia is the Matroness of teachers, counselors, philosophers, spiritual instructors, thea/ologians, writers, students and anyone who is of an advisory or teaching type of position. Divination, the intellect, determination, inspiration and creative ideas come under her rule. She is the Protectress of Air and of Air spirits. Most importantly, she is the Janya of Wisdom and so she is our Supernal Guide.

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

http://matronite.wordpress.com/the-seven-great-geniae/correspondences-of-the-seven-geniae/

 

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Greek Titaness Metis meaning “wisdom,” “skill,” or “craft”

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Lady Sofia

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.

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

http://matronite.wordpress.com/the-verses-of-the-seven-streams/the-seven-jeweled-rays/

Titaness Information:

Metis of prudence, the good council, the planning, the advise, the craftiness and the wisdom

http://greekmythology.wikia.com/wiki/Metis_(Titaness)

Janati Names used by myself

Janati Names used by myself

The Names used by myself are mainly Clan Jana, with a couple of personal differences to clarify their stream for me.

3 Janati of Spirit

Lady Rhaya – March 6 (5 if a leap year) / Moura 15
The origin of Rhaya is the Old Greek language.
The name is of obscure meaning, possibly from rheo or rheos (meaning ‘river, stream’).
Rhaya is a form of the English, German, and Greek name Rhea.
Rhaya is pronounced Ree ah
http://www.babynamespedia.com/meaning/Rhaya

Lady Theia / Lucia – March 6 (5 if a leap year) / Moura 15
Latin feminine form from lux ‎(“light”)
Theia is pronounced Thigh ah
Lucia is pronounced Loo Ce ah
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Lucia#Latin
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Lucius#Latin

Lady Candra – March 6 (5 if a leap year) / Moura 15
From Sanskrit चन्द्र ‎(candra, “moon”).
Candra is pronounced Can drah
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/candra

From Middle English mone, from Old English mōna ‎(“moon”), from Proto-Germanic *mēnô ‎(“moon”), from Proto-Indo-European *mḗh₁n̥s ‎(“moon, month”), probably from *meh₁- ‎(“to measure”). Cognate with Scots mone, mune, muin ‎(“moon”), North Frisian muun ‎(“moon”), West Frisian moanne ‎(“moon”), Dutch maan ‎(“moon”), German Mond ‎(“moon”), Swedish måne ‎(“moon”), Icelandic máni ‎(“moon”), Latin mēnsis ‎(“month”). See also month, a related term within Indo-European.
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/moon

4 Janati of Earth

Lady Grace – March 25 / Columbina 5
From Middle English grace, from Old French grace (Modern French grâce), from Latin grātia “kindness, favour, esteem”, from grātus ‘pleasing’ from Proto-Indo-European *gʷerH- ‎(“to praise, welcome”).
Grace is pronounced GreyS
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/grace#English

Lady Vicka – June 13 / Rosa 1
Latin for victor, diminutive of Victoria (English, German, Romanian, and Spanish).
Vicka is pronounced Vih-Kah
http://www.babynamespedia.com/meaning/Vicka

Lady Justina – Sept 5 / Abalon 1
Latin feminine iustus ‎(“just”).
1. just, righteous
2. lawful, legal
3. justified, merited, well-deserved, due
4. (figuratively) exact, straight, direct
From Proto-Italic *jowestos, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂yew-.
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Justine#English
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/iustus#Latin
The baby girl name Justina is pronounced in English as JHuhS-TIY-Nah
http://www.babynamespedia.com/meaning/Justina

Lady Sofia – Nov 28 / Astrea 1:
From Ancient Greek σοφία ‎(sophía, “wisdom”).
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Sophia
Pronunciation for Sofia: So-FIY-ah
http://www.babynamespedia.com/meaning/Sofia

The Janati Rosary

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The Janati Rosary

All prayers on this blog are suggestions, only. They are not mandatory for Janite members.As inspired by ArchMatrona Georgia E. B. Cobb of Lady of Light Chantry

In Supernal Reality, the Janati may be understood as aspects of Dea in angelic form or as the Seven Feminine Archangels. They are the Seven Powers or Faces of Our Divine Mother God. The Janati have unique names according to each particular Deanic Tradition.

Please note, Jana, in reference to the individual Janati, means Gate or Divine Gate. Of interest: The goddess Diana was known as Di-Jana or Divine Gate.

Abal was the old Welsh word for apple.

 

THE JANATI ROSARY

 The Janati rosary is comprised of seven septads. For all correspondences of the Seven Janati, please see the chapter on the Seven Janati.

With repetition, the Virtues of the Janati will easily be memorized. The Seven Streams of Virtue are a central part of the Janite Deanic religion.

If only one septad a day is desired, the appropriate days have been noted.

To begin:

Trace the sign of the Fora: In the Name of the Mother and of the Daughter and of the Great Mother.

Blessed is She.

On the pendant:

Blessed is Our Mother God, the Holy One,

She Who is Mari,

She Who is Kore,

She Who is the Great Mother,

Blessed is She.

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On the next three beads:

O, Fiery Rose of Heaven,

O, Great Dove of the Waters,

O, Veiled Fora of Faith, be with us.

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First Septad: Madria Theia

Symbol: The Sun.

Day: Sunnadi/Sunday

Large bead or charm: Silver Star of the Waters.

Seven small beads: O, Madria Theia, Jana of Illumination, Joy and Benevolence, be with us.

Space before next large bead: The Eternity Prayer.

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Second Septad: Madria Candra

Symbol: The Moon

Day: Lunadi/Monday

Large bead or charm: Silver Star of the Waters.

Seven small beads: O, Madria Candra, Jana of Reflection, Reason and Purity, be with us.

Space before next large bead: The Eternity Prayer.

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Third Septad: Madria Vicka

Symbol: The Rose

Day: Rosadi/Tues.

Large bead or charm: Silver Star of the Waters.

Seven small beads: O, Madria Vicka, Jana of Courage, Strength and Valor, be with us.

Space before next large bead: The Eternity Prayer.

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Fourth Septad: Madria Sofia

Symbol: The North Star

Day: Stelladi/Wed.

Large bead or charm: Silver Star of the Waters.

Seven small beads: O, Madria Sofia, Jana of Intelligence, Intuition and Wisdom, be with us.

Space before next large bead: The Eternity Prayer.

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Fifth Septad: Madria Thema

Symbol: The Apple

Day: Abalday/Thurs.

Large bead or charm: Silver Star of the Waters.

Seven small beads: O, Madria Thema, Jana of Justice, Order and Harmony, be with us.

Space before next large bead: The Eternity Prayer.

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Sixth Septad: Madria Grace

Symbol: The Dove

Day: Columbadi/Fri.

Large bead or charm: Silver Star of the Waters.

Seven small beads: O, Madria Grace, Jana of Compassion, Love and Mercy, be with us.

Space before next large bead: The Eternity Prayer.

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Seventh Septad: Madria Rhea

Symbol: The Fora

Day: Foradi/Sat.

Large bead or charm: Silver Star of the Waters.

Seven small beads: O, Madria Rhea, Jana of Steadfastness, Temperance and Self-restraint, be with us.

Space before next large bead: The Eternity Prayer.

On the pendant:

Let us bless the Queen of Heaven.

Blessed is She.

Let us thank the Seven Janati of Power.

Thanks be to the Seven Janati.

Trace the Fora:

In the Name of the Mother, and of the Daughter, and of the Great Mother.

Blessed is She.

~
ArchMadria Pamela Lanides