Anniversary of ArchMatrona Georgia/The Five Questions of Our Lady of Guadalupe Rosary

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

(Please see previous post on Mary and scallop shells).

On behalf of the Janite community, I wish many blessings of Dea upon ArchMatrona Ghrian of the Lady of Light Chantry (1) upon the eight anniversary of her consecration as an ArchMatrona (bishop). In the Name of the Mother, and of the Daughter and of the Great Mother. Blessed is She.

ArchMadria Kathi is currently forming her Deanic Collyridian Order of the Shrine of the Gentle Way. This Order is devoted to Mary (both Cosmic and Mother of Jesus). ArchMadria Kathi has composed the Shrine’s rosary based upon the Five Questions of Our Lady of Guadalupe. On this, Her feast day, I would like to share it with our devotees. Deanic Christians will find it most suitable for a Blended Path.

We post it here with her permission.

Rosary Form used by the Shrine of the Gentle Way by ArchMadria Kathi Burke, SGW. 

Using a standard Catholic rosary, which may be adapted to add a medal of Guadalupe if one desires. At the medal, recite the Queen of Heaven:

Queen of Heaven:

The Queen of the Universe

She who did reveal to us

Her love at the proper time

Now descends from the heavens

To the hills of Tepeyac

 

For each decade of beads, recite the Under Your Protection Prayer, followed by ten Hail Maris. While reciting each decade, focus on the following Questions asked by Our Lady of Guadalupe. To conclude each decade, recite the Blessing Prayer: Blessed by Guadalupe, now and forever.

The first Question:  “Am I not here, I, who am your mother?” When have you felt your Mother left you? How did you know she was never gone from your side? What do you do on a regular basis to maintain that connection to your Mother?

The second Question:  “Are you not under my shadow and protection?” We have all felt unprotected at times—remind yourself of the actions and devotions you take when you feel this way. Make an effort to protect others who may feel vulnerable.

The third Question: “Am I not the source of your joy?” Just for today, remind yourself how your Mother is the source of your joy—what blessings have you received, for which you may not have expressed gratitude? No matter how small, focus on the joyful events of the day.

The fourth Question: “Are you not in the hollow of my mantle, in the crossing of my arms?” When you feel despondent, remind yourself of how you are comforted by your Mother. You are always close to Her heart, and Her tender love is never far away.

The fifth Question: “Do you need something more?” This is the most important question of all. Speak to your Mother with the words of your heart, with as much clarity as you can. Lay your problems out so that She can help you resolve them. She does not need flowery words or rhetoric—speak plainly and with open need and any tears that may come. She understands. She always has. Our Lady is a lady of everyday people—not just of priests and priestesses, but of all who call upon Her.

 

Rosary Prayers

Under Your Protection

Under Thy Protection, we seek refuge, O Holy Mother. Despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us continually from all dangers, O Glorious and Blessed Virgin

Hail Mari

Hail Mari, Fount of Wisdom

Glory Be to Thee

Blessed art Thou, O High Queen of Heaven,

and blessed is Thy heart of Love

Holy Mari, Mother God, bless us, Thy children, now and eternally

 

The Memorare (to conclude the Rosary)

Remember, O most gracious Lady, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.

Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.

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Mary and Scallop Shells

Stelladi/Wed.

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Day of Sai Mati Sage, Messenger of Intelligence, Intuition and Wisdom.

ArchMadria Kathi sent me the following information:

There is book by Paul Lambourne Higgins, called Mother of All. He mentions that the Collyridian group used scallop shells… “The crusaders found a spirited devotion to Mary and the scallop shell, ancient symbol of Aphrodite and Venus and Demeter, was used by these enthusiastic Christians in their adoration of Mary. Tradition has it that some of these crusaders returned to England carrying pa!m branches in their hands and apocryphal gospels in their pockets, with a scallop shell on their caps, for they were now Mary men, determined to make their homeland once again ‘Mary England.”

Deanic Collyridianism

12 Astrea/Dec. 9

Dear Devotees,

Please see previous post on the Yellow Candle of Hope. Thank you.

There has been much strife, within the greater community, over several matters, most of which do not concern Janites. But due to some confusion, I think the time has come to qualify our status as Deanists.

For now, I am speaking only for myself and for one other Order. I respectfully await the decision of the Prima Madria of the Janites as far as the JoP, itself, is concerned.

Many, but by no means not all, within the greater Orthodox MFD community, believe that there is no Divine Masculine; that the male spirit is confined to Earthly incarnations only, and that the entire Cosmos and the entire After-life is inherently female, only. (That means no males in Heaven. Males ‘go back’ to being female, after death.). They do believe that Dea, Herself, can take on the Form of the Father, but they do not believe in a separate Father or Father/Son God.

While Janites certainly understand the need and desire, on the part of many, to relate to God as being Female-only, Janites are not Orthodox MFD and differ in their concept of manifest, heavenly and divine reality.

Janites believe that the male spirit is eternal, just as is the female spirit. The male principle is not confined to this planet. The male and female principles are observed through-out the cosmos down to a quantum level. It is present in Wisdom and Mystery teachings. And the male and female principles are the reflected image of the Divine Feminine and the Divine Masculine. In believing thusly, we set ourselves apart from the Orthodox MFD community and so perhaps, we need to further define ourselves as being of our own denomination.

Many religions have different denominations. And some of those denominations are sub-categorized as Orthodox, Conservative and Reform such as is found in Judaism.  Within Catholic Christianity, Traditional verses Novus Ordo in the Roman Catholic are two completely different ways of understanding the Catholic religion. In each and every case, whether it is within Buddhism, Hinduism or any religion which has different sects, denominations, schools or traditions, they are defined by a qualifier such as Shingon Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, Traditional Catholic, Russian Orthodox, etc.

Perhaps it is time to have different denominations or such within Deanism. That way, there will be clear definitions between Orthodoxy Deanists and non-Orthodox. And hopefully, this will avoid any further confusion, hurt and stress.

Some of us have decided to qualify our branch or denomination of Deanism. We have decided to form a branch or denomination of Deanism known as Deanic Collyridian.

As Deanists, Deanic Collyridians believe that Dea is Supreme as She is Absolute Deity, the One, the Monas. As Collyridians, they also believe in the Divine Masculine. As Deanic Collyridians, they believe that the Great Mother/Absolute Deity ‘births’, so to speak, the Divine Masculine.

Janites, in particular, are Deanic Emanationists, which means that Janites believe that the Divine Masculine emanates from Dea.

Essentially, Janites believe that from the One, the Great Mother, emanates the Celestial Mother. From the Celestial Mother emanates the Holy Daughter.

Janites also believe that the True Father emanates from the Great Mother and that from the True Father emanates the Cosmic Son.

So, though as Collyridians, Deanic Collyridians acknowledge the Divine Masculine; as Deanists, they primarily worship Dea. They do not practice a Blended Path.

Deanic Collyridians also believe that devotees may view the Divine Masculine from either Abrahamic or non-Abrahamic, Pagan or non- religion-specific eyes. The True Father, like Dea, is above all human religion. In this way, we also appeal to the interfaith community. Dea is for all of Her children. Everywhere.

Some Deanic Collyridians revere the MFD scriptures and recite the first part of the Creed and generally use MFD sources. Others have their own scriptures and sources.

As Deanists, we have a female-only clergy. As Collyridians, we welcome a male Brotherhood.

Deanic Collyridians do recognize those who practice a Blended Path such as Deanic Christianity, which is growing exponentially, and other Blended Paths. Blended Paths are considered to be under the umbrella of Deanic Collyridianism.

As Deanic Collyridians, we worship Dea under the Form of the Cosmic Mary and/or Holy Sophia.

Speaking of which, Deanic/Goddess Christianity has been exploding in so many ways! I have come across so many parishes, churches and some are from mainstream Christianity! Recently, I was very excited to hear of a Presbyterian Church in CA which worships Sophia, ordains Her priestesses and offers Her communion!

One of our Deanic Christian devotees has future plans for a Deanic Christian Temple! This is awesome! Dea and Her worship is for everyone!

Each approved Order of Deanic Collyridianism is completely autonomous and yet, may be considered a part of the greater Deanic Collyridian Community.  Each Order may decide for themselves, if they are to be liturgical, with a priestesshood, or if they are to be non-liturgical, with a domina (a lay-female head of the Order.)

While we may not be a member of the Orthodox MFD community, we consider ourselves to be a denomination of New Century Deanism as it continues to grow, evolve and expand.

May Our Lady bless you,

Blessed is She.

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides.

 

The Yellow Candle of Peace

12 Astrea/Dec. 9

Sunnadi, Day of Sai Raya, Brightness of Reflection, Reason and Purity.

Today, Janites light the Yellow Candle of Hope on the Sunwheel. Prayers and scripture readings may be found here: https://deanic.com/2017/11/29/sun-wheel-the-yellow-candle-of-hope/.

Next week, I hope to share a picture of my own Sunwheel. I try to arrange it as more of a Fora. Rather than use a traditional Advent Wreath, I use a regular sized wreath (it can be synthetic).

Outside the wreath, I place statues of the Janati of the Fourfold Earth, in each of their own cardinal directions, with the corresponding candles placed next to them.

Within the inner circle of the wreath, I place the three statues of the Janati of the Three-fold Heaven and the Violet candle of Faith.

It’s best to bless the candles before use. https://deanic.com/rituals/the-blessing-rite/.

Remember to light the Green Candle of Wisdom before lighting the Yellow Candle of Hope. Light the candles before dinner and extinguish them after dinner.

 

Bits and Pieces: Important Announcements

5 Astrea/Dec. 2

(Please see previous post on the three ways of understanding Dea and on the Great Mother.)

Announcements in Order:

The Sacred Season of Winter.

The Sun Wheel

Calling All Translators

News from the Lady of Light Chantry

The Seven Sophias

For the Love of Sophia….Music

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The Sacred Season of Winter 

We have now entered the Sacred Season of Winter, a Season of the Holy Daughter. Correspondences: Janya: Sai Mati Sage; Sacred Symbol: The North Star; Cardinal Direction: North; Element: Air; Time of Day: Midnight; Elemental Color: Yellow; Liturgical Color: Yellow; Mystery: Adoria.

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The Sun Wheel

Today marks the first day of the SunWheel. The Deanic SunWheel, created by ArchMatrona Georgia Cobb of the Lady of Light Chantry, is the Deanic version of the advent wreath, a custom which pre-dated Christianity. Instructions and links may be found here: https://deanic.com/the-sun-wheel/.

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Calling All Translators:

The Society for Filianic Studies (http://www.filianicstudies.org/) is currently seeking volunteer translators to render the Clear Recital and associated texts into additional languages. Project teams have already been formed, at varying levels of activity and progress, for Spanish, Dutch, and Greek. All of these teams would benefit from additional participants and it is desired to form new teams for as many languages as possible. No prior translation experience is necessary.
“The project’s editor—a former freelance translator—supports all of the language teams by providing a computer-assisted ‘rough draft’ translation as a basis for the work. By eliminating a lot of the rote, bulk translation in this way, volunteers are able to focus on issues of word choice and style that require the sensitivities of a native speaker (or a speaker very close to native-level fluency). The editor also handles all ‘back end’ issues of typesetting and readying the completed translations for publication and distribution. With this workflow, the time commitment demanded of volunteers is kept to a minimum. Translators work at their own pace as they are willing and able to contribute, with no rush or arbitrary deadlines. Collaboration is usually through Google Docs, but other arrangements can be made if needed.

“Those interested in participating should contact the editor directly at racemochridhe@gmail.com“Thank you.

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New from the Lady of Light Chantry:
ArchMatrona Ghrian has recently announced that she is accepts Sisters/Sorelle in addition to the chantresses!
She has also posted the start of the Sun Wheel and the beautiful ringing the Silver Branch ritual. (Scroll down to Sunwheel + Silver Branch + Rosary and also Chantresses and Sisters
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The Seven Sophias
There is a very interesting article to be found here: https://monasticmatrix.osu.edu/commentaria/transformations-sophia in which the Seven Forms of Sophia are mentioned.
For Sophian Deanists, I propose an alternate Seven Sophias:
1) The Gnostic Sophia
2) The Holy Spirit
3) The Virgin Mary
4) Lady Philosophy, Mother of the Seven Liberal Arts
5) The Goddess Natura
6) The World Soul/Holy Soul of the World
7) The Deanic Sophia. 
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For the Love of Sophia, Music

The Great Mother, Primordial Singularity of All Life

5 Astrea/Dec. 2

Sunnadi/Sunday

Day of Sai Raya Theia, Lamp of Illumination, Joy and Benevolence.

(Please note, I apologize for the crazy font sizes.)

Dear Devotees,

Our  friends and devotees often write to ask us about our fundamental beliefs and doctrines. These questions show not only a sincere desire, on the part of the devotee, to learn about our Faith, they also help us to know in which areas we need to make our teachings more clear. One recent question concerned the Nature and Function of the Great Mother/Absolute Deity.

In the Janite and Lucienne Traditions, The Great Mother is called, Mysteria/Mystery. This is more of a Title than a Name that was originally coined by ArchMatrona Georgia Cobb of the Lady of Light Chantry. https://deamatronablog.wordpress.com/blog/. In the Janite Tradition, (https://deanic.com/), She is known as Sige Mysteria or Mysteria Sige. (Sige may be pronounced either as Sy-gee, soft g or Seege, soft g.)

Before we continue with our teachings on the Great Mother, She Who is Absolute Deity, it is important to realize that in some ways, we differ in our thealogy (1), than Orthodox Filianists and Madrians. This is why we refer to ourselves as Deanists or as Sophian Deanists. Another description for Janites is Deanic Emanationists, a term which I will explain, shortly.

There are several ways in which we may approach Dea in accordance with our religion. She may be worshiped as One; as One in (with) Three Forms or as One in Three Persons.
Many Deanists simply worship Dea solely as Our Divine Mother God, which is the first, simplest and perhaps original way. They neither see Dea as a Trinity nor as One in Three Forms.  We know Our Divine Mother God by Her Filianic Name: Mari (mah’-ree). This is the oldest known goddess name in the world. In fact, there is an ancient city in Syria named after Her. The original meaning or Mari was Mother Sea. In the Welsh, it means Mother Queen.
 
The second way of understanding Dea, and this was taught in one of the original Madrian Orders, is that Dea is One in Three Forms.  This means that Dea is One Person, but She has three different Forms or Aspects. She is not a Trinity of One in Three Persons. There is a difference.
With the One in Three Forms approach, the ‘original’ Form and Function of Dea is as Absolute Deity/Great Mother and the Source of All Life. This is Her so-called ‘Dark’ Form meaning, that She is unknowable.
Dea also takes on the Form and Function of the Celestial Mother, Mari. This is Her Transcendent, Heavenly Form. She is Light and the Mother of All Life, She births the Potentialities and Primordial Ideas of the Great Mother into Manifest Creation.
Then, there is Her ‘Immanent’, Earthly Form and Function as the Holy Daughter. Her third Form is that of the Holy/Earthly Daughter. This is Her Immanent Form, Her She Is With Us Form. She Who is Sacrificial Love and Who is the Sacred Breath of all Nature. She is known, in one of the original Madrian Orders as Jana (Yah-na), which means Moon and Gate (heavenly gateway). Her Filianic Name is Anna, which means Grace. In the Janite Tradition, Jana, Anna, Zoe- Jana, Zoe-Anna and Jana Sophia are acceptable.
And so, these three ‘Forms’ are not three different Persons of the Godhead as in a Trinity, but They are three different Aspects of Her or three Forms that the One Dea takes. And where time and space are an Illusion, and where Dea exists outside or beyond the illusion of time and space, She can be all Three Forms at once.
The thealogy of Dea as One in Three Forms is expressed in the the ‘Blessed is Our Mother God‘ prayer from the above mentioned Madrian Order:
(slightly adapted)
Blessed is Our Mother God,
She Who is Mari,
She Who is Jana,
She Who is Mysteria, (the original: the Absolute, She Who is the Dark beyond the Light and Light beyond the darkness.)
Blessed is She.
The third and perhaps the most common approach to Dea is as a Trinity where Dea is Three Distinct Persons of Mother, Daughter and Great Daughter.
Personally, I tend to see Dea as both One with Three Forms and One in Three Persons.
In addressing the Great Mother within the Three Forms approach, She is the Original/Source Form of Dea. In the Trinitarian approach, the Great Mother is the Source of the Trinity. In the Emanationist approach, the Great Mother is the Source from Whom emanates the Mother. (And from the Mother emanates the Holy Daughter).
Filianists take an eastern approach in their thealogy of the Absolute/Dark Mother. Janites take a more western thealogical approach. 
Image result for image of goddess kali  The Goddess, Kali.
In the eastern approach, the Absolute is seen as more of a Kali-like figure who is both the Source and the Destruction of manifest Creation. She is ‘God without Form’.  It is not considered wise to approach the Dark Mother. 

From the Chapel of Our Mother God:

We understand at least a little about the Mother and Maiden aspects of the Triple Goddess, but what of the so-called “Crone”? The term “crone” does not originally signify an old woman. Indeed most ancient images of the Triple Goddess do not include an old woman. “Crone” comes from Greek cronos, meaning time. Thus the significance of “Crone” is identical to that of Kali, which comes from Sanskrit kala, also meaning time.

The Dark Mother, the third (or first) Person of the Trinity is often seen, from the human perspective, as Time the Destroyer. It is She who in-breathes all the worlds at the end of time, just as it is She who out-breathes them at time’s beginning. She is beyond time and space and the whole of manifestation. She is called “dark” because we, as mortal, time- and space-bound creatures cannot really conceive of Her.

She is sometimes depicted as a very old woman (signifying Her association – from the human perspective – with Time and Death). She is sometimes depicted simply as one of a Triple Goddess group (signifying the triune nature of Dea). In truth, however, She is beyond Name and Form.

The Mother and the Dark Mother are, in Sanskrit terminology, saguna brahman and nirguna brahman – God with Form and God beyond all Form.

Yet the world must end eventually, and the Dark Mother is called the Destroyer. This understanding of her, however is from the worldly perspective. She is the First Cause of all things and will be their Final End.  http://www.mother-god.com/triple-goddess.html

This eastern approach is, of course, quite valid.

In Janite Emanationism, we refer to Absolute Deity as the Great Mother. Her title of ‘Mysteria’/Mystery was coined by ArchMatrona Georgia Cobb of the LLC (Lady of Light Chantry). The idea of a Great Mother is more of a western approach. Though we believe She is largely unknowable to our finite minds, She is not abstract, but very much a Person. This is a belief shared by Deanists, Madrians and Filianists. But some Deanists differ in that we do believe the Great Mother is approachable. While there is much we cannot know about Her, She is revealed, in part, through Her Forms or Emanations of the Celestial Mother and the Holy Daughter. And though we may not  be able to ‘know Her’ in the same way that we know the Mother and the Daughter, She certainly know us! We come from Her! She gave us Life! She is the Infinite
 Intelligent Life Source!
As an example of a ‘knowable Absolute’, Christians believe that God the Father is Absolute Deity, and yet, Christians do not call Him the ‘Dark God’, rather, He is called Father, and the more intimate, Abba. Christians pray to Him for all needs.
Janites believe in emanation theory similar to that of Plotinus and the Gnostics, but our understanding of emanation is closer to that of a certain modern Essene sect in that we believe that:
 Sige Mysteria, the Great Mother.
There is the One, the Monas Who is Absolute Deity, the Great Mother Mysteria or Sige Mysteria. 
(may be pronounced as either Sy-gee or siege), which means Silence.  She is the Living Intelligent 
 Singularity of the All. The Source of the All. From this One, this Source Who is the Great Mother, emanates the Celestial Mother and the True Father. (Janites do not deny the Divine Masculine). From the Celestial Mother emanates the Holy Daughter and from the True Father emanates the Cosmic Son.
 
It must be pointed out that while Orthodox Filianism limits the Principle of Masculinity/spirit to the Earth, Janites and most Deanists do not. However, Deanists (meaning those who are not practicing a Blended Path such as Deanic Christianity or Deanic Judaism), primarily/solely worship Dea though we acknowledge the True Divine Masculine.
 Sige Mysteria
Janites don’t tend to view the Great Mother as the Destroyer such as the Goddess, Kali (the Hindu Goddesses are considered to be Living Stream). Manifest Creation is an illusion. Many quantum physicists have discovered this to be true. Manifest creation is more like an holographic computer type of simulation. (Think of a virtual reality where you forget about your true reality). So, there is no need for destruction, per se. At the end of our Earthly, third dimensional low-vibrational incarnations, we begin to ascend back up through the realms. The next realm up is the Fourth vibratory realm/dimension. Just as Sophia/Shekinah (and as does the Filianic/Madrian/Deanic Holy Daughter) descended down through the Seven Realms and ascended up through the realms, so do we until we reach Perfect Love. And so there is no need of the destruction of manifest matter. It is simply an illusion.
 From the Madrian Catechism: 
 
17. Who is the Dark Mother?

She is Absolute Deity, Who existed before the beginning of existence and is beyond being and unbeing.

18. What is Her Nature?

She is outside space and time; She is all that is and all that is not.

19. What are Her Acts?

The exhalation of Her breath or Spirit is our Mother, the Creator of the world. Of Her other Acts, our minds cannot conceive.

 So, in summary, Absolute Deity, the Great Mother, is the Primordial Singularity of All Life.  She is the Origin of origins, as our Faith teaches us. Though She is the One and Only Absolute, She holds within Herself the Source of Life and that includes the Feminine and Masculine Principles Who emanate as the Celestial Mother and the True Father.
Let us bless the Holy One.
Blessed is She.
Let us thank the Seven Janati of Dea.
Thanks be to the Seven Janati.
ArchMadria Pamela Lanides
1) We spell it as thealogy…thea is Greek for goddess as opposed to theology where theo is Greek for god.