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.