12 Moura/March 3
(Please see previous post on the Weekly Prayer List).
Subjects in this post:
The Hamsa of Wisdom (exciting find)!
What is Deanic Christianity in a Nutshell? Is it a religion in and of itself?
As I continue to update this blog, there may be some small changes, which will be announced at the time.
So, for today’s update, I would like to mention that the Reginite calendar will retain the Madrian/Filianic name, Moura, for this Holy fifth Season of the Deanic Lent in honor of Holy Sophia/Shekinah.
During Moura, we are mindful of the Descent of Sophia/Shekinah.
The above, rather iconic image of the Descent of Sophia truly captures my soul and tugs at my heart.
This is not the Sophia Who creates chaos. This is the pre-Christian Sophia!
Please read the beautiful story behind this forward-thinking painting: https://www.stvictordiaries.com/portfolio/the-descent-of-sophia/
There is an important component to the Gnostic Christian version of Sophia, and that is, She is representative of all of our souls. The story of Her Fall is the story of our souls. As the Shekinah, She gave us our souls. As Sophia, She resides within us as the Divine Spark. And so, in a way, the story of Her Fall is really the story of Her sharing Her Soul with us and experiencing,as the Divine Spark within us, what we experience. There is no joy of us that She does not feel. There is no sorrow within us, that She does not experience, Herself.
I have seen nothing so beautiful as this explanation of the Descent of Sophia: https://www.stvictordiaries.com/portfolio/the-descent-of-sophia/.
Moura means darkness. Darkness, in Sophian Deanism, symbolizes the agonizing Descent, down through the Seven Realms, undertaken by Daughter Sophia/Shekinah.
Kabbalah studies show that this was exceedingly painful for the Holy Daughter, (1) Gnostic studies show that it was chaotic, disorienting, sorrowful. (Please note, we have a different interpretation of the ‘Fallen’ Sophia).
She, Sophia/Shekinah, Who took on the Form of Divine Soul, descended down through increasing density and lower and lower vibration. She came as our co-Saviouress by becoming the World Soul and residing within us. (2)
Our Deanic sacred writings, now known as The Clear Recital, or the Recital, were composed at Oxford University, almost fifty years ago. http://filianicstudies.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/ece3ed.pdf. There were later writings, which were also included in the Recital. These writings also include those found in The Gospel of Our Mother God https://www.amazon.com/Gospel-Our-Mother-God-Scriptures/dp/1438296991 and the Sacred Myths and Rites of the Madrians. http://www.lulu.com/shop/philip-jackson/sacred-myths-and-rites/hardcover/product-23253268.html?ppn=1.
Inspired from different sources, these captivating writings capture the Essence and Spirit of the Divine Feminine Religion. While certainly not in the same category as the Jewish and Christian scriptures, they are unique in this world, and those who search their pages and live by their teachings, come to know, experience and truly love Dea, Our Divine Mother God.
Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom by Emily Balivet: https://www.etsy.com/listing/242217293/sophia-goddess-of-wisdom-5×7-greeting?ref=landingpage_similar_listing_top-3&frs=1
During the Sacred Season of Moura, the following scriptures are especially appropriate for contemplation from now until the day of Dolora: (Verse numbers are taken from the Sacred Myths and Rites of the Madrians, text may be found here: http://filianicstudies.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/ece3ed.pdf
The Mythos of the Divine Maid/Daughter: Chapter III, vs 1-22.
From The Teachings of the Daughter:
The Veil of Matter.
The Secret of the World
The Clew of the Horse
The Heart of Water, vs: 1-29 and 47-61.
Thunder, Perfect Mind. (We will have our link page up and running in the upcoming weeks.)
THE HAMSA OF WISDOM
A while back, I wrote an article on the Hamsa for deanic.com. The Hamsa has long been viewed as a good luck charm or a protection charm from the evil eye and negative influences. It is worn or carried to invoke the Hand of God. However, it is sacred to all three major Abrahamic religions, [there are several Abrahamic religions (A)].
In Judaism, it represents that Hand of Miriam.
In Islam, it represents the Hand of Fatima.
It is interesting to note that before the Islamic Fatima, there was a Moon Goddess named Fatima.
In Christianity, it represents the Hand of Mary.
The Hamsa of Wisdom. To Order: (1)
In modern days, for Sophian and Goddess Christians, it is coming to represent the Hand of Sophia. So imagine my excitement when I discovered the above pendant from Israel! It is the Hamsa or Hand of Wisdom….the Hamsa or Hand of Sophia!!!! THERE COULD NOT POSSIBLY BE A MORE PERFECT SYMBOL FOR DEANIC CHRISTIANS!!!!
(Be sure to check out their many stunning wall-Hamsas).
In addition to the pendants, Hamsa plaques, of all sizes, materials and descriptions, may also be hung on a wall, for the Protection and Blessing of the home. These pendants and plaques should be blessed, consecrated and anointed specifically as the Hand of Sophia. (Link coming, soon.)
Although the Hamsa is the one symbol which is common to the three major Abrahamic faiths, it fell into disuse amongst Christians once it had been banned by Emperor Charles the Fifth, of the Holy Roman Empire, in the 14th century, in the aftermath of the occupation of Spain.
The Hamsa predates Judaism, as it originated as a Goddess symbol of protection in Mesopotamia, (possibly of the Phoenician Goddess, Tanit).
It appears to have originated as the Hand of the Protection of the Goddess in Mesopotamia or as the Protection of the Phoenician (Modern day Syria, Lebanon and Northern Israel) and Tunisian goddess, Tanit.
In our Age, the Hamsa is increasingly worn by Goddess/Divine Feminine/Sophian and Deanic Christians as either the Hand of Mary or the Hand of Sophia. The Hamsa and the Cross represent a Deanic Christian household.
It is important to bless the Hamsa with the intention of being the Hand of Sophia. Link coming, soon.
This ancient symbol of the Hand of Feminine Protection and Blessing is the uniting symbol of the Abrahamic religions. And the Hamsa of Wisdom is the perfect symbol for devotees of Divine Sophia, Blessed is She.
A. M. Pamela
- http://www.universalkabbalah.net/Shekinah and also Gnostic sources.