A Morning Chaplet

This is the version of the chaplet rosary I pray each morning, rather than the full Filianic rosary which I usually only pray on holy days or in times of great need. I have a small bracelet which I’ve managed to work to fit this style.

On the Pendant (which is a five pointed flower on my beads):

O Silver Star of the Waters,
Who hath laughed all the world into being,
Beyond all splendour is the knowledge of your Love.
I pray that you enfold my spirit within your mantle,
And may the pure stream of your grace flow within me,
In this world and in all the worlds to come,
Thus may it be.

Followed by the Glory Be:

Glory be to the Mother,
And to the Daughter,
And to the Absolute Deity,
Blessed is Her Name.

On the next three beads:

Hail Déa, Blessed Mother of All,

Hail Déa, Blessed Daughter of the Most Holy Mother,

Hail Déa, Blessed Dark Mother Mysteria.

Then recite my brief Filianic Creed:

I believe in Déa,
The Mother Mari,
The Daughter Janah,
And Déa Mysteria.
Three who are One and have no equal.

I believe in the Seven Janati,
The Seven Great Powers of Déa.

I believe I was created in the Beginning,
And that I turned from Grace to seek Knowledge.

I believe that the Virgin Daughter,
Born of Her Virgin Mother,
Lived and Suffered unto the Shattering of Her Spirit,
And that She rose again by Her Mother’s Love.

I believe the Holy Daughter shall unite all souls,
And lead them home to Our Mother.

I believe in Déa.

On the first introductory / first ‘quarter’ bead:

Hail Janah,
Full of Love,
Blessed are you and blessed is your Mother, Mari.
Janah Sophia,
Daughter God,
Save us now and in the our of our death,
Blessed are you.

On each of the next seven beads:

Shining Raya, guide me through the day.

Purest Candre, guide me through the day.

Brave Vikhe, guide me through the day.

Wise Mati, guide me through the day.

Just Thame, guide me through the day.

Loving Sushuri, guide me through the day.

Patient Rhave, guide me through the day.

On the first quarter bead, repeat the Hail Janah, then the seven Janati prayer beads.

Repeat on all three points around the chaplet until back at the introduction bead:

Most Holy Déa,
Please guide me through this day and help me to live a Thamelic life.

On the Pendant:

By the Mother, the Daughter and the Absolute Deity,
May all your blessings Be.

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Self-Anointing

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14th Ceres – Rosadi

There doesn’t seem to be a clear consensus in the Déanic community on how one should bless oneself in ritual or prayer. I’m referring mostly to when someone blesses in the name of the Trinity. Some Déanists and Filianists prefer the Pentacle as a symbol, while others use the Fora.

Neither of these have resonated with me for this practice, even though I adore using both symbols for other purposes, such as I’m still on the hunt for a pentacle rosary. But using a five-pointed symbol when invoking the Trinity doesn’t flow for me, and the use of the Fora feels a bit too…Christian, for my liking.

Instead, what I’ve found myself doing, and this is purely by chance, is the following:

(Touching my forehead) “In the name of the Mother.”

(Touching my chest over my heart) “And of the Daughter.”

(Form a circle between the two points, resting back on the heart) “And of the Absolute Deity/Dark Mother/Mysteria.”

This doesn’t form any clear symbol necessarily, other than a rather simple circle of two halves, but the points and motion of anointing fit with my connection to what the Trinity represents to me.

Bright Mind, Bright Mother

I touch my forehead for the Bright Mother to signify where Her light enters my body, through my mind. Insight, knowledge, the gift to imagine and rationalise – these are all blessings from Our Heavenly Mother. There are many pseudo-feminist mystic groups today that teach that it’s the Father who is the great intelligence, while the Mother is love. That it’s He who is transcendent and all-powerful while She is closer to creation but weakened. That it’s the Father who must ‘liberate’ or ‘redeem’ the Mother, via the Son to the Daughter, rescuing Her like a lost bride for Her to be whole again. It’s sexist stereotypes such as this which are so incredibly tone deaf that pushed me away from Gnosticism in particular where they heavily persist.

In Filianism, it is the Bright Mother who is the transcendent Creator, but this by no means lessens Her compassion or love for Her children. She is also as much the giver of gifts of the mind as well as the heart and soul. She reaches down to us from above and the first place Her light reaches is our heads, so of course our brains would be the doorway to which Her grace enters, to where our minds can grow in knowledge and awareness of Her. In Sikhi, the head or mind is known as the Dasam Duar, meaning ‘Tenth Gate’, which Sikh’s believe is where the soul connects to God and experiences Enlightenment.

The mind is part of our inner temple and should not be taken for granted. Scripture reminds us that it is not eternal, as it passes away with our bodies upon death, but the lessons we take in remain with our spirit, which is immortal. It’s important to grant your mind the blessing of Déa, Our Mother. It’s important to question, to doubt, to meditate, to study and be creative. Déa is the great intelligence and She delights in Her daughters who wish to be as clever as they can be.

Queen of Heaven, Queen of Hearts

The second needs little explaining. While Our Mother is the fountain of all love, that Love takes form in Her Daughter, Our Lady. I touch my heart to remind myself that She is the heartbeat of the Universe. The energies and forces of nature, the orbit of planets and the cycle of seasons, all follow Her footsteps. It is Her love which keeps the universe in working order instead of falling into blind chaos.

Lady Janah lives in the heart of every Maid, even those who do not know Her. As a Christian I was told you must ‘welcome Jesus into your heart to save you’, but Janah needs no such invitation. Her sacrifice which took place before and beyond time ensured that She is with every living thing, from her first breath to her last and then to her next life. She has guaranteed our salvation. Being truly divine, She does require worship or ritual or sacrifice in return for Her aid. She lives in the darkest corner of every heart and works to help us dispel the ugly desires that might take us and lead us further into khear. She never gives up, not even on the most ‘evil’ of souls, always praying and urging them towards redemption.

If the Bright Mother is She who is reaching down with Her light to help us, it is the Holy Daughter who raises us up from within to meet Her. The same mystic schools who would characterise the Mother as dim-witted also portray the Daughter, the Holy Soul, as passive and weeping, in need of rescue – but it is She who carries us up in Her arms. By touching and blessing my heart, I remember that She is always with me and has as much faith in me as I do in Her, if not more.

Dark Mother, Circle of Life

The Circle I form with my fingers, from the Daughter to the Mother and back to the Daughter, honour the Great Mysteria; the Dark Mother. Barbelo. Sige. She Who Is.

The Bright Mother and Holy Daughter are both emanated from Her and yet also form the whole; the absolute Goddess. The circle represents Her eternal and cyclical nature as well as Her being the womb which creates and contains all of Creation within Her, even when the illusion of separation blinds us from Her. It helps to remind me that everything and everyone I see is a part of Déa and precious in Her eyes, no matter how certain people or things might frustrate or confuse me. To quote The Lion King II; “we are one”.

I finish back on my heart as means to continue my journey with the Saviour; Lady Janah, raising myself higher on the ladder towards reuniting with the Bright Mother – Déa Volente.

May the light of the our most beautiful Kyria be ignited in us all,
Blessed is She.

A Filianist prayer to Mary Magdalene

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Hail, Sai Magdalene!
O Lady in Red,
High Priestess of Truth,
Blessed are you, Wise Mistress,
Daughter of Sophia.
Guide us towards Revelation,
Open our hearts and minds to the Light,
Set our tongues ablaze with the Word,
That we may spread the message you ignited;
That God is here with us, now and forevermore.
Glory to you this day, Mirya,
Leader of the Lightbearers,
Herald of the Mother,
You who welcome all beneath your mantle,
May all come to receive your gnosis,
And may you be praised in Earth and Heaven.
By the Grace and Majesty of Déa,
Thus may it be.

A Filianist’s Good Friday Prayer

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Hail Lady Magdalene and Rabbi Yeshua.
True children of Our Mother in Heaven,
Avatars of Our Lady,
Bearers of Her Flame.
Their compassion radiates long past their time,
Their teachings and examples ignited the world,
And even in their deepest suffering,
They never lost their faith in God, nor creation.
May they remain our companions and our guides,
Along with the Holy Janati and Revered Saints.
And may we follow them to the heart of Déa.
Blessed is She.

MariMaia

“All that is
was fashioned by My Mother
out of the 
laughter of Her heart
and the cunning of Her 
hands,
and all that is is very good,
more than 
any soul can know.”
– Teachings 1:8:5 (ECE)

1st of Maia – Themadi

The first day of the Spring month of Maia is known as Maia’s Day to Filianists. For Orthodox followers, it is the feast day of Sai Maia; the Jana of manifestation who spins the web of creation. It is She who moulds the Light of the Bright Mother to form the world we see, hear and feel around us. To Janites, this is also a day for honouring the creative energies of Our Mother, Mari Sopia, though not all Janites acknowledge the three Janas in Orthodox tradition; Sai Maia, Sai Wherde and Sai Kala.

Regardless, this is a day for giving thanks to the Bright Mother for this world She has given us in all its beauty. Yes, even though the world of matter is not perfect, it is still the creation of Our Mother and worthy of high gratitude. The Chapel of Our Mother God has an article which explains the connections between ‘Maia’ and her appearance in other religions and cultures, particularly in dharmic traditions, and how the divine feminine has a different outlook to the idea of ‘illusion’ than others.

In many Gnostic traditions as well, the act of Sophia as Mother of the World is seen in a negative light. She is to blame for creating the ‘illusion’ of matter that keeps us separated and lost from the True God. For wanting to create, for desiring Motherhood, She is made to seek redemption by being cast down and trapped in the very illusion She helped forge. There are Gnostics, as well as some Buddhists and Hindus, who believe that this world is merely something to escape on, a cycle of suffering needing to be broken. That to fall in love with the world is to become bound up in materialism and self-possession.

Filianists do not deny that this world is flawed, nor that the spirit is more important than the veil of matter. Our scripture tells us not to covet the riches of this world, as it is all fleeting in the end. Yes, the Golden World where all souls can exist in harmony and look upon the Bright Mother is the ultimate goal. To be forever aware of the embrace of Déa is what we seek. However, it does not mean we neglect the home we have along the way. One can still love and care for the world and all our sisters, whatever the creature, without becoming lost to kear.

The difference between the Gnostic and Janite belief in Sophia is that we reject the idea that She created the world in error. Mari, the Bright Mother, was acting according to Her divine will and crafted every speck of the Universe in loving attention and detail. She did not birth the cosmos in agony, but rather laughed it all into existence, as was the only fitting way to express Her joy.  And when maids, Her Children, turned from Her, She did continue to create and mould the manifest universe for all life within. Of course there is pain, of course there is danger, as is the consequence of the soul turning from Her. But in Her love and mercy for us, She created all the splendour of the stars, the sweet smell of the flowers, the magic of a sunset. These are the obvious signs of beauty we often notice; but there is so much more we may appreciate, if we only look and contemplate Her skill and delight in Her work; right down to a single grain of sand.

I sometimes think of this as the Filianic Mother’s Day; separate from the secular ones which vary based on location (in England, ours was late March while for the US it is next month). A mothers act of creating life in her womb is the most obvious parallel to Our Mother’s act of creation. Even for mother’s, or motherly figures, who have not given birth, the creative process with a new life goes far beyond that. Nurturing, teaching, protecting and guiding a child are just as important, if not more so, just as Mari’s devotion to use goes beyond simply bringing us into existence.

Look around the world, in both its beauty and mystery, its dark and light, and give thanks to Our Mother. Do not be so eager to throw this world away; to have compassion for the souls around you who also live here means to help keep it safe and beautiful for them too. To hate or mistreat this world is to tarnish the artwork of Déa.

Love the world, but love it for that it is an echo of Eternity.
– Teachings 2:8:5 (ECE)

Hail to the High Queen, Mari Sophia,
Praise be She who is Mother.

Blessed is Her name.

Day of Our Sovereign Lady

5th of Columbina – Lunadi

Today is Lady Day; the fifth day following Eastre where we honour Zoe Anna as our Sovereign Princess of the World.

“And She reigned over all the earth, bringing all nature back to life, and all life back to the true law and rhythm of nature. And the whole world knew Her as its Princess.

And the children of the earth were filled with love for Her, and gathered about Her with tears of joy, touching Her robes and giving themselves to Her in their hearts.”

–Mythos 7:2-3

As our Princess, it is Anna who rules the Thamë of the cosmos. Thamë being the sacred law and harmony of Déa. There are no strict commandments or clear guidelines of this law. It is not about following things ‘by the book’ in the literal sense. But the Recital tells us how to judge when something is in tune with Thamë; that being Love. The Jana stream of Déa, Agyia Thema, is often depicted playing an instrument as well as holding the scales of justice. This is because Our Lady’s law is often compared to a perfect melody. When Thamë is disrupted, when love is cut off by hate and ignorance, the melody is broken and the song disturbed. When we move in love, in compassion and wisdom, it is as though we are in a band playing harmoniously with Agyia Thema and Our Lady. Or joining with Her in a dance or in song. It is a delight to live under Her rule and by Her sacred law.

Hail to the most beautiful Princess. Blessed is She.

Before I go, I’d like to help plug some new books by our sister, Lady Brythwen Sinclair, who continues to gift the Ekklesia with her original works, some of which I can see would be very helpful for new Filianists as well as old. These are both availaible as e-books which is very handy for sisters like myself who currently lack the storage space for physical copies.

The first is a handbook of Filianic rituals, particularly for those who come from a Wiccan or Neo-Pagan background and are familiar with that structure of practice:

The second is the latest edition of Lady Brythwen’s prayer book:

I pray that Our Lady’s spirit will continue to move in and inspire our sister, as well as others in the Ekklesia, to share their creations dedicated to Déa. Personally I am currently doing what I can to help archive the Madrian-Filianic resources, as mentioned in my previous post.

May everyone have a blessed day.

Glory to Déa.

Happy Eastre!

Demeter and Persephone by Arbetta

Image credit: ‘Demeter and Persephone’ by Arbetta

1st of Columbina – Stelladi

“Lift up your voices in song and laughter,
For the Princess of the World was dead,
And is alive again,
Was broken and is whole;
And there is no place whereto 
Her joyous rule does not extend!

Give praise to the Mother of All Things,
And praise to Her Daughter!

Rejoice, for the world is renewed!”
– Mythos 6:21-23 (ECE)

Happy New Year to my fellow Filianists!

This Moura has been a difficult one for me. My discipline to reduce my screen-time often felt secondary to the other tests which the winds of wherde decided to throw my way. For the first week, I had a terrible cold, which I endured as best I could while others at work called in sick, leading to me to do six day weeks for most of the month. My depression and anxiety spiked all over the place. Med Moura, as well as a lovely birthday provided mostly by my beloved sister, brought well-appreciated relief and joy. Then we also had a few dear members of the Ekklesia leave, some due to losing their faith. One of those was a much respected scholar and researcher who contributed much of his time and effort into compiling the history and scriptures of Madrian-Filianism. His presence will be greatly missed but also to which we are eternally grateful. I pray that he finds happiness in whatever his future soul path may be. Then to conclude the tests of Moura; my dog is very unwell and the vet has yet to discover what exactly is wrong with her, which is all the more worrying.

A lot of tests of strength, heart and faith came my way but I suppose that is the whole point of Moura. It is about the testing and tempering of the soul, just as the gatekeepers tested Our Lady as She descended, in asking Her to sacrifice each symbol of Her divine sovereignty in order to proceed. There is no suffering like to Her suffering; as it’s the suffering of all maids. I know that in all my trembles and tears, my Lady was beside me with each and every step. Her tears were my tears and Her courage was my courage.

However there were some small victories over this Moura that I felt improved my discipline, by Lady Rhea’s assistance. One was getting into the habit of reciting a morning and evening Chaplet prayer, as found in Lady Brythwen Sinclair’s latest book; ‘Garlands of Grace’. I still haven’t managed to come across a proper rosary, but the small rose quartz bracelet I have with the floral pentacle works just as well for now. Staying away from social media was more of a struggle. While I managed not to post for the most part, habit still prompted me to keep checking updates all too often. However, it has made me appreciate more the friends and contacts I have through those networks, and how trying to cut myself off from them when I needed to talk did not feel beneficial.

Going forward, I plan to try to keep a good balance, rather than going digital cold turkey or completely addicted. With our dear friend’s departure from the Ekklesia, it is now down to those of us willing to carry on his work the best we can. I have been typing up old Madrian articles for ArchMadria Sophia of the Janite tradition, which I’ve found incredibly interesting to read as I type. While we don’t agree with everything our foremothers in the early days did, it is thought provoking to read their insights on many topics. The continuing and growing archive of Madrian-Déanic-Filianic resources can now be found here.

As well as personal troubles, there has been rather a lot of dreadful world news lately. My prayers go out to all the victims and their families of the Christchurch terrorist attack. Meanwhile, over here, we have a parliament squabbling over Brexit like a playground of five year olds. We also have parents campaigning against same-sex relationships being taught in schools; because Déa forbid that a child be taught that a friend who has two daddies or two mummies, or if they grow up to fall in love with another boy or another girl themselves, is okay. One man tried to claim it was not homophobia “just as not believing in Islam is not Islamaphobic” – true, but teaching your children Islam is bad IS Islamaphobic, which is exactly how it is homophobic to say gays and lesbians are sinful – if that’s what you believe, fine, but allow your children to hear a different viewpoint. We teach tolerance for difference of religion in school, let us teach tolerance for different families as well. And that’s my soapbox rant.

There is too much hatred in the world. No one can deny this. Yes, love exists and lovely people exist, but we need more. We have to take time to sit down and listen and TRY to understand those that are different from us. Our Lady did not sacrifice Herself so that we could continue to drown in our own kear-moira. We need to rise with Her and embrace Our Mother as one people; one spirit.

“For I have conquered death and kear, and I bring you to my conquest.”
– 1:8:17 (ECE)

Hail to the Princess of the World,
Hail to the Queen of Heaven!

Blessed is She.