11 Brighid/Feb. 2
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The pure snowdrop is the symbolic flower of Candlemas/Lucidi.
For Christians, today is Candlemas, which literally means candle mass during which candles are blessed for the upcoming year. For Deanic Christians, it is also Lucidi, or the Day of Light, a celebration of the Lights of the Divine Trinity.
On this day, all remnants of Christmas/Yule (Daughter’s Day) shall be put away including wreaths, all greenery and decorations.
ancient Byzantine icon of the Presentation in the Temple.
The Christian Candlemas is a celebration of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple and the Jewish Purification ritual of the Blessed Mary. And while many believe that Candlemas is the Christian version of Pagan Imbolc, not all believe that there is enough evidence to support that assumption.
Historically, this Christian Feast began in Jerusalem. According to some sources, Christians began Candlemas in Jerusalem as early as the fourth century and the lighting of candles began in the fifth century. Other sources say that Candlemas was observed by blessing candles since the 11th century. An early writing dating back to around 380 CE mentioned that a feast of the Presentation occurred in a church in Jerusalem. It was observed on February 14. The feast was observed on February 2 in regions where Christ’s birth was celebrated on December 25. (1)
painting by Sulamith Wulfing.
Copyright: © by Petra Michel, CA & Aquamarin Verlag, Germany (allowed for non-commercial use with copyright).
A little known Tradition here in the U.S. is fashioning a crown for the Candlemas Queen out of seven candles! How perfect, as in Deanism, Seven refers to the Janati or the Seven Living Rays or Emanations of Dea which take on angelic form. They are the gateways of Divine Virtue. This crown is not the same as the Crown of Lights for St. Lucia’s Day.
Make a Crown of Lights for the Candlemas Queen
Another observance is to light several taper candles (seven is best) which are shaped into a crown, called the Crown of Lights worn by the Candlemas Queen. See the very end of this page for description: “A Crown of Lights is prepared for the Mother and left by the altar. Traditionally, the Crown should be of candles or tapers, which are lit during the ritual.” (2)
Fisheaters, a Traditional Catholic website, has a wonderful page on the scripture readings of the day as well as delicious recipes, rituals and poetry. (3)
Candlemas, for Deanic Christians (A) is also known as Lucidi, which means Light Day or Day of Light. In additional to the traditional Christian meaning of this feast day, Deanic Christians also celebrate it as the Feast of the Light of the Trinity. We will examine these Lights from both a Deanic and a Deanic Christian point of view.
In Deanism, the religion of Our Mother God, Dea is celebrated as a Divine Feminine Trinity Who is of Three Lights:
The Dark Light. This is the Light of the Great or Dark Mother Who is Absolute Deity and from Whom emanates the Mother and the Father. She is known as the dark beyond the Light and the Light beyond the darkness because She is unknowable.
The Bright Light:
The Celestial/Heavenly Mother is known as the Supernal Sun, Whose Light became to bright for us to look upon once as we descended into incarnation. So Her Light is a Golden Light.
The Gentle Light: The Light of the Supernal Moon, the Holy Daughter, is Silver. She reflects the Light of Her Mother to us in a gentle way.
A Deanic tradition of three candles, dark purple (or black), gold/yellow and silver may be burned on this day in honor of the Divine Feminine Trinity.
For Deanic Christians, the Primordial/First Heavenly Trinity consists of the Absolute, the Father and the Mother as described by both those who have had Near Death Experiences and by early Gnostics. NDE’s experience this Primordial Trinity as a Trinity of Lights.
This Trinity of Lights is described as the Primary Light of the Absolute, the Dark Light of the Mother and the Bright Light of the Heavenly Mother. These Lights have described by those who have had NDE’s as:
Colorless, A pulsating Presence or Luminosity, usually perceived as frighteningly awesome, a piercing Power, raw Essence, the Origin of All Origins. This is understood to be the Primary God Light (Absolute Deity). It fosters deep mystical knowingness (gnosis), and radical shifts in the sense of reality and life’s purpose.
Deanic Christians (and most gnostics) consider this Primary Light to be Absolute Deity, the One or Monas/Monad from Which emanates the True Father and the Celestial/Heavenly Mother. This One may be considered to be genderless, the Primary Father or the Primary Mother. Deanic Christians tend to see this One as the Primary or Great Mother known to Deanic Christians as Mysteria-Sige (may be pronounced as siege or sy-gee. Deanic Christians prefer the latter).
Dark Light: Pure black, often with velvety tinges of purple. Others have described it as more of a black/purple Light which shimmers. A shimmering dark/womb-like Light. [I have read of this and the following description in several books which were written by NDE’s including that written by Dr. Eben Alexander, a neuroscientist who experienced the Dark Light/Womb of Our Divine Mother, during his NDE experience. See his book, Proof of Heaven, (3) I believed he referred to Her as the Core, if I remember correctly.)
This Dark Light of the Mother, known to Deanic Christians as Mari Sophia, is described as a shimmering, peaceful depth perceived as : “the Darkness that Knows”, a source of strength and knowing; sanctuary, the womb of creation. (Mari=Mar as in Mars-ee).
It is said to gently reassure and heal. It leaves Her children with a sense of nurturing and support while at the same time, being linked to larger systems of learning and growth within the human family.
Children have described being cradled in a womb-like darkness so purple-black that is shimmered, so deep that It knew all things, so peaceful, wonderful, bliss-filled and perfect that we adults would call it ‘heaven’, yet it was devoid of what was commonly termed, ‘light’.
One NDE, Joe Ann Van Gelder, who experienced this Dark Light, is convinced that it (Dark Light) has something to do with a type of consciousness that interacts with Creation and created matter! Well, if that isn’t our understanding of not only Our Heavenly Mother, but of Divine Sophia in particular, I don’t know what is!!!!
Deanic Christians believe that it is from this Light that the Holy Daughter, know to us as Jana Sophia, emanates. (Jana=Yah-na).
Bright Light: The Bright Light of the Father follows a range of yellow-gold-white hues. A brilliant radiance usually perceived as an almost blinding glow that emanates unconditional love, a warm, inviting intelligence, union, the activity of Truth.
Deanic Christians believe that it is from this Light that the Divine/Cosmic Son, the Christ-Logos emanates.
It energizes and enlivens. It is known to trigger displays of latent talents and abilities to its experiencers. Overwhelmingly, those who have experienced the Father Light refer to is as all-compassionate, unconditional Love. It is a brilliance of a thousand suns and yet, does not harm the eye. (5)
And so,Deanic Christians might use white, golden and purple candles to represent the Light of the Primary Trinity, as well.
Rituals: In addition to the rituals recommended in the Fisheaters article, (scroll down to Symbols, Customs and Foods), we follow an old tradition of turning on all the lights (or lighting all the candles) in the home. I usually do this for a couple of hours on Lucidi/Candlemas evening during supper time and liturgy, in honor of the Lights of the Primordial Trinity. A candle in each window is also traditional.
The internet abounds with further ideas for rituals, customs, crafts and recipes. There are also several great books on ideas for Candlemas.
Look closely at these chalices. How perfect for the double communion of Christ and Sophia for Deanic Christians! One has the engraving of the cross, the other has an engraving of what we know as the Fora!
Liturgy: Where this is a feast day which celebrates the Lights of the Trinity along with the Presentation of Jesus, a liturgy which offers the double Sophia/Christ communion may be celebrated, keeping in mind that red wine represents the Body and Blood of Jesus (not in a cannibalistic manner, it is said to represent the entire, Risen Jesus in Catholic Christianity) and white wine for the Spirit and Soul of the Holy Daughter, Jana Sophia. (I will be working on a Deanic Christian liturgy in the near future which will have elements from both the Deanic and Christian liturgies.)
Though the world appears to be growing ever darker, on this day, we remember that the Divine Lights of the Godhead are Eternal.
May Our Lady bless you,
Blessed is She.
A. M. Pamela Lanides.
A) Deanic Christians: This term describes Goddess Christians who believe in a Divine Feminine Trinity of Great Mother/Absolute Deity, Mother and Daughter. It also describes a certain set of basic beliefs, a unique calendar, prayers and liturgy. This is sometimes known as the ‘Mother God side of religion where Dea, Our Divine Mother, has Her Own separate worship which is used in conjunction with the practice of Christianity in its various forms.
Deanic Christians tend to worship Sophia as their Form/Image of Dea and we understand Her according to Deanic Christian teachings.
5. All of the quotes re: the Primary Lights may be found in the Big Book of Near Death Experiences, the Ultimate Guide to What Happens When We Die by P.M.H. Atwater. https://www.amazon.com/Big-Book-Near-Death-Experiences-Ultimate/dp/B01B99G6JY