Below is a Glossary of terms used in the Déanic/Janite/Sophian faith. I have added a few terms to the original Janite Glossary.


Aeon: A holy emanation (‘spirit’) of Déa.

Abal: Old Welsh word for apple.

Abalon: Old Celtic form of Avalon which means land of apples.

Absolute Deity: the Source of all Life, the Origin of Origins.

Achamoth: The ‘First Daughter’ of Sophia, Sister of Zoe, the Soul of humanity which left the Fullness of Déa to seek knowledge. Name means ‘Fallen Wisdom’.

Adoria: Glory. The Glory of the Appearance of the Holy Daughter.

Agora: Agora is Greek for the gathering places of old. It meant assembly place or open space. It was also a place where philosophers, like Socrates might teach. It comes from the root word meaning to assemble or to gather together.

Agyia: Greek word for ‘Saint’. See also ‘Hera’.

Amadéa: Latin for ‘Love Déa’, sometimes used as a quick form of praise.

Anna: Popular name of the Holy Daughter among Filianists. Variations of this name include; Inanna, Rhi’annë, Hannah, Jana (Yana).

Archon: An opposing force to the Aeons of Déa, created out of suffering as a result of separating from Déa.

ArchMadria: High Mother or ArchPriestess.

Asperging: Sprinkling with Holy Water.

Astrea: Star. Also means Light Maiden.

Aurora: Dawn; Morning Prayers.

Auroram: The word Janites use for rosaries. Translates as, ‘The Dawn (which I act upon)’. With a base in the word Aurora, symbolizing the Daughter.

Axial Being: A creature of existential thought with the power to choose beyond animal instincts, whose moral actions are held accountable by Déa, and is responsible to care for other forms of life on the planet.

Avala: Meaning ‘breath of life’.  It is the Silver Lunar Realm of the Holy Daughter where we go to rest in-between incarnations.

Ave: Hail

Barbelo: The Primordial Sophia, Déa Mysteria, the Eternal Matrix. All Aeons are born from and contained within Her.

Brighde: Bright, high and mighty.

Canticle: A hymn or chant.

Cerealia: The feast of grains in Janite Tradition. It was originally the Roman Feast of the Goddess Ceres/Demeter in April.

Chantria: A Chantria is the Head or Lead Chantress in each Clan and for each local temple/chapel. She shall be responsible for the hymnology and the chants for worship.

Charis: Grace.

Children of Déa: All life.

Clan Jana: A connection/cluster of independent Janite Déanic hestias, each headed by the [female] Janite member. An hestia is an home that has been consecrated to the Divine Mother and includes all family members.

Clear Recital: The Madrian scriptures, the central holy texts used by Janites and Filianists.

Columba: Dove

Columbina: Little Dove.

Coronam: Crown

Déa Matronae: The Divine Feminine Trinity. (Literally: Goddess Mothers.)

Déa (Day-a): Goddess, Our Mother God, from the Roman.

Déanic:  (Day-anic) comes from the Roman word, Dea: Divine Goddess. Déanic means the religion of the devotees of Déa.

Déa Filia, the Holy Daughter. She is referred to as Our Lady.

Déa Madria: Mother Goddess, the Celestial Mother. She is referred to as the Holy Mother.

Déa Matrona: Great Goddess, the Great Mother. She is referred to as the Great Mother.

Déa Volente: Déa Willing.

Demiurge: A Gnostic personification of ego and ignorance.

Dia: Divine. In some traditions (see Matricular Déanism) is used to describe Déa’s eternal and cyclical nature.

Di-Jana: Divine Gate. This was also an ancient name for the goddess, Diana.

Diosa: Divine Goddess

Divina Reginae: Feast of the Divine Princess.

Divine Maid: The Holy Daughter

Duo Decima: 12th night. Epiphany in the Madrian.

Ekklesia: Church, assembly of a people, spiritual community, for Déanics, the people of Déa.

Evensong: Evening prayers.

Floralia: Floralia was a Roman festival in honor of the Goddess, Flora. While originally a chaste feast day, over time, it became a bit debauched. I am heartened to see that there is a modern Floralia within Nova Roma which celebrates the true nature of the feast day.

Fora: The main symbol of our Faith. A Fora is an equi-distant solar cross with the rays extending beyond the circle.

Fourfold Earth: The term Fourfold Earth signifies the four cardinal directions and is associated with the four Janati who are guardians of the four cardinal directions and their corresponding Elements.

Filianism: A Sister-religion to Sophian Déanism.

Genia: An  higher being who lives in the higher realms, much like an angel or archangel. One that has never fallen from perfection. They are considered to be the daughters or the emanations of the Seven Janati.

Genetrix: Mother or Ancestress; a female progenitor.  In the Déanic Faith, the Geniae or Janati are the progenitors or primal generators of the Primordial Virtues.

Genetrices: Plural of Genetrix.

Gender: A state of being. A divine quality. Not to be confused with biological (sexual) gender.

Gnosis: Refers to ‘Divine Knowledge’ in Gnosticism. The Gnostic term for Enlightenment which is believed to liberate our souls from the material world and unite us fully with Déa.

Golden Realm: The Realm of the Celestial Mother.

Grace: Divine Energies.

Great Dove of the Waters: The Holy Daughter in Her Form as Primordial, Eternal Love.

Immanent: Present with us.

Iremia: Greek for calm or stillness. In the Janite Déanic Faith, this word means the Still Centre of Being which is represented by the center of the Fora.

Hera: An heroine or hero of our Faith. One who has lived a life in service to Déa and to others. From the root word meaning hero, protectress, defender.

Hestia: A home which has been blessed and consecrated to Déa.

Jana: (Yah-na) Sanskrit for both Gate and Moon. Used to designate one of the The Seven Primoridal Powers of Déa who may be viewed either as aspects of Déa or as the Seven Feminine Archangels. (See Di-Jana).

Janana: (Yah-nan- ah). Janana is a Sanskrit word meaning birth or to come into existence and it also means Queen Mother. And so, for Janites, this takes on a sacred double meaning, the Holy Daughter emanated from the Queen Mother and took on Form/Soul. She was ‘birthed’ into Her Soul Form.

Janati: (Jah, nah, tee). Sanskrit for generate, cause, to be born, create, beget and to produce. Also used for the Seven Feminine Powers of Déa/the Seven Powers of Mother God as the Generators of the Seven Streams of Life.

Kear:  A crack or flaw, the chasm or abyss that lies between Déa and each soul which opened when we chose to experience material manifestation.

Kear moira: Negative karma.

Kerea: From the root word Ker, this means Horn as in Horn of Plenty or Cornucopia.

Keres: From the Greek. Malicious spirits.

Kore: Pronounced Kora. Ancient title for the Holy Daughter specifically used for the child, Persephone. It means Maiden.

Kyria: Lady in the Lord sense.

Lady Annya: genia of fire, the reflection of the Sun.

Lady Anthea: genia of blossoms.

Lady Chara: genia of joy

Lady Charis: genia of beauty, splendour, glory and adornment.

Lady Herthe’: genia of hearth and home.

Lady Kala: genia. She is the cutter of fate. (The three fates are said to be a reflection of the Holy Trinity on manifest plane of flux and change. (Gospel of Our Mother God.)

Lady Moira: genia. She is the spinner of fate in Janite Tradition.

Lady Ouranya: genia of the sky.

Lady Suanti: legendary chantress.

Lady Lady Vaya: genia of wind spirit or spirit of breath.

Lady Werde’: genia. She is the weaver of fate.

Living Stream Forms of Déa: Living Stream Images/Forms/Faces of Déa are those of the Divine Feminine Whose worship is unbroken since ancient times. These Living  Stream Forms of Déa would be the Hindu and Buddhist goddesses, Sophia, Shekinah, Isis (Her worship continued underground), Bridget (She went underground as St. Bridget), Persephone and Kore (as their names literally mean Mother and Daughter God).

Lucidi: The Festival of Lights. Literally: Light Day. Luci means light and di is the French form of Day.

Madria: Mother. Title for priestess.

Madrina: Godmother. Title for deaconess.

Maia: Great; Mother, She Who brings increase.

Maid: Refers to all axial beings (humanity) regardless of gender. Can also refer specifically to a woman has joined the Déanic faith.

Mari: The Celestial, Solar Mother. Mari, which means Mother Sea, is one of the oldest, pan-cultural names for the Goddess on Earth. The name used for Sophia’s Higher/Mother form.

Mantle: Cloak.

Matres: The Celtic Three Mothers.

Matrix:  Matrix means a place or situation where something develops, takes shape or is contained. It also can mean womb or mother. So, when we say that the Holy Mother is the Matrix of all Being, it simply means that She gave birth, so to speak, to all Creation. She takes the Primordial Ideas and Spiritual Essence from the Source, the Great Mother and manifests it into Creation.

Matrona: Great Mother Goddess. In the Déanic Faith: She is Absolute Deity, the Dark Mother. She is not a destructive, Kali-like deity, rather, She is of the Luminous Shining, Unknowable Darkness.

Matronae: The Celtic Three Great Mothers.

Mistress Jana: Patron Jana.  For example, Madria Grace is the Mistress (patron) Jana of healing and love.

Mistress of the Hestia: Female spiritual head of the household.

Moira: The jana of Fate.

Moira karma: negative karma.

Moura: Dark. In our Tradition, the Darkest Hour before the Dawn, the Season of Purification and the Sacrifice of the Holy Daughter.

In the Déanic Faith, this is the Season of the Great Mother and Moura is the Sacrifice of the Daughter. The word “moura”, (moira, maura) (medieval: mora) feminine of “mouro”, is thought to originate from the Celtic *MRVOS and the indo-european mr-tuos that originated in Latin the word mortuus and in Portuguese/Galician the word morto (dead). Some authors think that the mouras are the deceased. 

The Holy Daughter sacrificed Herself for us by Descending through the Realms to become the World Soul.  In giving of Herself to humans, in this state of physical density and isolation, the World Soul becomes shattered.  She gives a portion of Herself to each of us. She is the Divine Spark of our souls. Some also understands Her Sacrifice to include Death.

Mysteria: Name-Title for the Great Mother, Who is Absolute Deity, the Dark Mother. She is not a destructive, Kali-like Person, rather, She is of the Luminous Shining, Unknowable Darkness.

Noontide: Noon Prayers.

Patené: Pronounced,  pa ta nee, accent on ta; as in ma, is a sacred plate made of natural materials and set aside for sacramental communion use.

Plena: Latin for Full.

Pleroma: Supernal Fullness of the All and Fullness of Perfection, the place of Bliss and Union with Déa different than Avalon, where we rest between incarnations. It is also known in our scriptures as the Real.

Proceed: The Holy Daughter proceeds or emanates from the Celestial Mother.

Primordial: Existing since the beginning of time; primeval.

Quassare: From the old French meaning: shatter.

Quintessence: The Fifth Element. Aethyr. Spirit. Essence. (For the esoteric interpretation, please do a search on quintessence.)

Rayin: Queen

Rosa: Rose.

Rosa Coeli: The Celestial Mother as the Fiery Rose of Heaven.

Rosalia: The Feast of Assumpta and the Feast of Roses.

Sabaoth: One of the Seven Archons, according to Gnostic mythology, who was redeemed by Sophia and raised up to sit beside Zoe in the Seventh Heaven. Can be seen as an acknowledgement of the Divine Masculine, especially for those of blended paths.

Sacred Language: The use of sacred language has been handed down to us by our predecessors in the Faith. As the Déanic Faith is pan-European, the sacredness of certain concepts are contained within words from the Latin, Greek and ancient Celtic languages.

Septifluous: seven flowing streams.

Silver Realm: The Lunar Realm of the Holy Daughter.

Sige: A name for the Barbelo meaning ‘Silence’, referring to Her natural state before the emanation of the Aeons.

Sophia: The primary form of Déa worshipped by Sophian Déanists. Divine Wisdom.

Sophian: A devotee of Divine Sophia.

Sorella: A Janite Sister. Has also been adopted by the Greater Déanic community for all devotees of Déa (‘Fratello’ being the term for a male devotee).

Soteria: Salvation, saviouress, preserver. (So-tay-ree-a) from the Greek meaning salvation. Soteria is what we would today call the self-actualizing principle, a beneficent force that guides our development, helping us to reach the desired end of psychological salvation, integration and happiness.

Stella Maris: Star of the Sea was the North Star. This title originally belonged to Isis. Isis is equated with Sophia.

Supernal: Primordial and Heavenly. Of Divine origin or quality; heavenly, celestial, or divine.

Supernality: The quality of being supernal. A supernal being or thing.

Terram: Ground.

Threadpath: the thread of the pattern of our lives which leads us either closer to or further away from Déa.

Threefold Heaven: The term, Threefold Heaven signifies the Trinitarian Heaven and is associated with the three Janati (Geniae) who are Guardians of Spirit and Center and who represent the Trinity.

Transcendent: Beyond and above.

Trinitarii: Trinitarian.

Triunity: Three united in One.

Trinity: Three distinct Persons in One.

Veiled Origin of Eternity: Our Lady in Her Form of Primordial, Eternal Life.

Wyrde: Karma, fate.

Zoë: Sophian name forThe Holy Daughter; Sophia’s Lower Self and the Holy Soul. Her name means ‘Life’, for a part of Her lives in all living things.

Zoë Sophia: Another name for the Daughter which means ‘Living Wisdom’.

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