New Wand

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Dear friends,

I touched on this on my last post but I have felt rather spiritually ‘sapped’ lately due to depression and fatigue. I still pray to Dea daily and try to reflect Her love and light in everything I do, but I have had to put my more tangible duties as a priestess (performing ritual etc) on hold for the mean time. That being said, I recently commissioned a beautiful wand from Moons Crafts  and hopefully I will get the chance to use it soon. It is made from ash wood and beautifully painted on it are the seven symbols of our faith.

Excuse the bad photo quality, I took it on my phone.

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I am overjoyed with it and just had to show you all!

Blessings,

Madria Erin

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A Quick Update

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Dear friends,

I’m just making this post to apologise for the lack of posts and interaction with the community this past few weeks. I have been deeply depressed and came down with the flu, which I can’t seem to fully shake. I’ve been incredibly disturbed by the results of the US presidential election, also. Despite not being an American, I worry for my friends across the pond who are LGBT, women, non-white, disabled, or non-Christian, and for our Sister Earth, who may suffer greatly under Trump.

I guess I have to trust Dea to heal me, to heal the planet, that all will come right in the end, that this world is only a grain of sand on the shore of the universe, and that our siblings in Ekklesia from countless other worlds are routing for us.

Blessed is She.

Madria Erin

Urgent Prayer Request

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Dear friends,

If it’s not too much trouble, could you please pray for the healing my good friend Rach’s dog, whose name is Fudge. She is very unwell at the moment and my friend is terrified, since he is an emotional support animal to her.

Thank you,

Madria Erin

Our Mother’s Palace: A Deanic Meditation for Conversion , & Thoughts on Ekklesia

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(Note, while I’ve up until now been using the Chelouranyan names for the sacred months, I am currently using the Janite names until I can come up with my own names for them.)

Dear friends,

I wrote this little meditation that new Deanists can use to consecrate themselves to Dea, and that those of us who have already done so can use to remember that we are not alone in our faith.

For solitary practitioners of Deanism, or even those of us who belong to an official tradition, we can often feel alone. There are very few Deanists in this world. While I cannot claim to know an exact figure, I’m guessing there is less than 200 of us. However, as the scriptures state, ekklesia is not only of this world. Most Deanists seem to believe that in this huge, vast universe of ours, there are many, many planets with sapient life, and that on many of those planets, Dea’s religion is huge. The Chelouranyans/Herthelens definitely believe this is true, as it is part of the basis for their belief in an ‘all feminine world’ they call Sai Herthe.

I have prayed and meditated on this a lot, and came to the conclusion that this belief is true, at least for me. It would be foolish and rather arrogant, I feel, for me to assume we are the only ‘axial beings’ in the universe. I am not talking about ‘aliens’ in the traditional sense, but rather that in other galaxies, perhaps even in this galaxy, there are worlds very similar to ours, but many of them are probably less war torn, harsh and patriarchal- and so Dea’s voice is heard more clearly. I do not claim to speak for all Deanists, but I do believe there is at least some scriptural/thealogical basis for this.

The following is found in ‘The Heart of Water’ (note: some do not accept THoW as a canonical text, but I thought this passage was relevant.)

For though in this place you seem only but a few, and Her servants reduced to a remnant, yet in truth the age of the unbelievers is but a moment in the endless stream of time, and this world only but a grain of sand on the shore of unnumbered worlds. In truth you are surrounded by the bright host of Her children, serried through time and space, in whose light the unbelievers are but the remnant of a remnant, and their world but a cobweb in the midst of a glittering palace. And you are one with that shining host; each radiant soul is your sister.

The Heart of Water 25-28, Filianic Scriptures NCUV

The next scripture also seems to suggest that there are many worlds. While this does not necessarily imply sapient life outside of our own earth, to me, the word ‘world’ in a Deanic context implies one with sapient life and civilization, but that could be a bit of a reach on my behalf.

Space extends without limit, neither is there any boundary to the worlds, but the point is without extension; yet from the point alone all space proceeds.

– The Clew of the Horse 3, Filianic Scriptures NCUV

This next scripture seems to imply that maids/axial beings are not only a thing of this planet.

She who has no beginning or any end; She who stood in the heart of chaos and made all things harmonious, She who bears the worlds within Her hand; a maid who knows Her is truly free. She that is the maker of being and of unbeing; She that is all that is and all that is not; a maid who knows Her in truth has left all worlds; in truth, she has left the body and the mind.

– The Clew of the Horse, 45-46, Filianic Scriptures NCUV

The final scripture I will present implies that this world is only one in an endless stream of time.

 This world shall be scattered like straw, and hundreds shall follow; and each in its turn shall be scattered like chaff on the wind.

– The Pillar of Light 34, NCUV

With all of this in mind, when I think of ‘Ekklesia’, I think of not only my siblings in faith on this earth, in this time frame, but all my siblings in faith from worlds that existed before this one, worlds that exist alongside this one and worlds that will exist after this one. I picture all of us standing in the ethereal, glistening palace of our Mother. There are millions of us. We are all beautiful garments, wearing crowns because we are Her heirs. While we appear, in my meditation, with bodies: in the palace of Ekklesia we are no longer defined by our bodies and appearances. Our souls are what matter, and each soul can see the beauty and excellence in each one around them. We are no longer bound by wordly limitations and through our interconnectedness with the Source of All, who is Dea, we all know each other and are familiar with each other. Dea sits on a high throne, surrounded by the Seven Janati. In my mind I am picturing Dea in the form of Dea Madria, or Mari, but that does not mean I am not trinitarian. Dea Madria is one with Dea Filia and Dea Mysterium, so in this meditation, they appear as one.

Without further ado, here is a meditation I wrote up that one can use to consecrate themselves to Dea and become part of the great Deanic Ekklesia that is of this world and all the worlds. I will, some time this week, record myself reading this aloud, and accompany it with some nice ambient music, to help the listener achieve a deep meditative state. One should burn incense and seven candles surrounded one larger one before beginning, representing Dea and Her Janitic Streams.

Part 2 is optional, and the meditation can be ended at Part 1. Part 2 is for helping a new devotee to pick a patron Jana, but this is not necessary if one is not ready to make that decision, or for those of us who have already consecrated ourselves to Dea and chosen one. Of course, the names of the Janati I use here can be changed according to tradition.

Our Mother’s Palace: A Conversion Meditation

Part 1: Homecoming

Your Mother, the Queen, is summoning you, her son/daughter/child, to Her court. 

For a long time, you did not know you were royalty. Perhaps you believed you were nothing but an unimportant, insignificant speck of dust in a world that cares not for you. Perhaps you thought that your birth was an accident, that you were merely bacteria with consciousness. Perhaps you were afraid to acknowledge the truth: that you possess within you a jewel of divinity, and that you were destined for much greater things. Perhaps you were even afraid of your Mother, afraid She would be too disgusted by your mistakes, your shortcomings, to accept you in to Her arms. 

No matter. Now you know the truth. And you have been away from home for far too long.

It is time for you to enter Ekklesia, the glistening palace at the centre of the realm of the Empress of the Universe. The gathering place of all of those who have accepted Dea as their Mother, their God, their Source. You approach the glistening palace of your Mother. You turn your head to look up to the sky, and you see a huge rainbow, brighter and more beautiful than any you’ve ever seen on Earth. There is not a cloud to be seen. The sun in its gentle heat falls down on your shoulders and face, yet your skin does not burn. Instead, its rays tickle your nose and cheeks. You laugh to yourself.

You look down, and notice what you are wearing. Beautiful raiment, created by light, and you feel beautiful, radiant, as you should feel always. You place your hands atop your head, and feel a delicate crown atop it. You, like all of your siblings, are royalty, and what’s more: you are, in essence, one with God, who is the greatest Queen of all.

The palace is getting closer, and you can now make out your siblings, waiting outside for you. They wave, jump up and down, cheer. Suddenly, you realise you know all of these people. You know their names in every incarnation, you understand their divine qualities, and you feel such abundant love for each and every one of them. 

You can make out the more intricate details of the palace now. You notice it has seven great towers, each one topped with an image of one of the seven Janati; your eldest siblings, who are direct streams of Dea Herself. You notice how the palace, like your clothing, seems to literally be made of light: the same light of the sun, of the rainbow.

You are now right outside the castle, and your siblings throw petals at your feet. “Welcome home!” they cheer, and they hug you, kiss your cheeks, take your hands and hold them to their hearts. They are overjoyed to see you are joining them at Dea’s court.

Finally, you take a deep breath, and you enter the palace. You walk down a hallway, and find yourself in a throne room. The lovely scent of incense perfumes the air, and beautiful music kisses your ears. You take a moment to take everything in. This is your home, your birth right, your destiny. 

Look around the throne room. Note the beautiful decorations. Pay attention to the smells, the sounds, the sights around you. Let yourself be happy. Revel in this moment, and promise yourself you will remember it whenever you feel lost.

You look up, and you finally see her. Dea, God, the Creator of the Universe, atop a throne of sunlight, the likeness of the moon at her feet. She wears a stunning jewelled crown representing Her seven Janatic Streams. She is clothed in a garment of stars. Her warm smile fills you with so much emotion. Look in to Her sparkling eyes, and believe that She is your Origin. No matter how wary, useless, hopeless you sometimes feel, the figure before you is GOD, and She birthed you in to existence through an overflowing of Her perfect love. In Her countenance, you can see the love She feels for all of Creation. 

She descends from Her throne. She holds out Her arms to you, and You run in to them. She laughs. Are you laughing or crying with joy? Maybe a combination of both? In Her embrace, you feel free from the burdens of the world. You feel like, through Her, you can conquer any evil. And you can.

“Welcome home,” she whispers.

Part 2: The Seven Thrones

In breaking the hug, she kisses you atop your head, and looks in to your eyes. “My child,” she says gently, and gestures to the seven smaller thrones that line the other walls of the throne room. Three on one wall, four on the other. On each seats a beautiful being, radiating power and divinity. “These are your elder sisters, the Janati. They are my daughters whom hold governance over the Seven Great Powers, and are your guides. Each one teachers three different virtues, and while you should listen to all of their voices, you may choose one to be your patroness, your mentor. Follow your heart.” 

The seven Janati stand up from their thrones and smile at you. Each holds a pendant in her hand, which they extend towards you. You understand that you should take the pendant of the Jana who you feel should be your Patroness.

The first Jana wears orange-golden robes, and dons a bright, gleaming smile. “I am Lady Lucia of Three-Fold Spirit. My virtues are Illumination, Joy and Benevolence. If this be your path, take this pendant.” The pendant in her hand, being offered to you, is of the sun.

The second wears robes the colours of violet and silver. She has a very gentle face and is youthful in appearance. “I am Lady Clara of the Three-Fold Spirit. My virtues are Reason, Reflection and Purity. If you would follow me on this path, take upon yourself my pendant.” The pendant in her hand is a symbol of the moon.

The third Jana wears indigo and black robes and a veil that covers her eyes. She seems slightly more stern than her sisters, but still kind and loving. “I am Lady Constance, also of the Three-Fold Spirit. My virtues are Steadfastness, Temperance and Self Restraint. Take my pendant if you would be my student.” The pendant she offers you is of the Fora.

You turn to the four thrones on the other side of the room, now.

A strong, firey looking swordmaiden in red robes smiles at you. “I am Lady Valora, of Four-Fold Matter. I teach the virtues of Courage, Strength and Valor. Join me, if this is the path you would follow.” She presents you with her pendant, depicting a rose.

The next Jana stands before you in yellow robes and a confident demeanour. “I am Lady Sofia, of Four-Fold Matter. I lead in teaching the virtues of Wisdom, Intuition, and Intelligence. Take my pendant if this be the path of virtue that you would follow.” She offers you her pendant, which depicts a star.

The second to last Jana has a very kind and motherly face. She wears robes of green. “I am Lady Grace of Four-Fold Matter. My virtues are Love, Compassion and Mercy. Take my pendant if you would have me as your patroness.” Her pendant depicts a dove in flight.

The final Jana looks very radiant and queenly indeed, and dons robes of blue. “I am Lady Harmonia of Four-Fold Matter. I govern the virtues of Harmony, Order and Justice. Take upon you this pendant if you feel so called to.” The pendant in her hand depicts an apple.

Take some time to think upon these virtues, and, with your Mother’s guidance, take the pendant from the Jana whom you feel called to take as your patroness. If you do not feel called to take a patron Jana at this time, that is okay, too. You can return to the throne room at any time to do so.

Your chosen patron Jana fastens the corresponding pendant around your neck, and hugs you, symbolically taking you under her wing.

Feel free to spend some time with Dea, with the Janati, and with your other siblings in Ekklesia. Walk around the palace, if you like. Visit the tower of your patroness Jana. Explore the gardens. Take a swim in the moat. Dance to the music played by the celestial chorus. This is your spiritual home, after all. 

When you are ready, thank your Mother for inviting you to the Palace, and welcoming you in to Her ekklesia, and say goodbye. Know that you can return any time.

In the name of the Mother, the Daughter, and Absolute Deity,
Thus may it remain.

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Madria Erin

New Facebook Page

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I have made a Facebook page to accompany this blog, if anyone would like to ‘like’ it and follow my posts there. The reason I made it was because due to my depression I sometimes find it hard to write lengthy blog entries, but this way I can make little posts to fill the void between posts here. I can also share things from others I find inspirational and relevant quickly and easily without having to make a post here about it, since I prefer to use this blog for my own content. Click here for the link.

Much love,

Madria Erin

 

The 42 Oracles Of Maat

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Dear siblings in faith,

I recently stumbled across this and thought it was very interesting. Maat was the ancient Egyptian concept of order and harmony, and also a goddess. Her principles are still followed today by Kemetics. In our faith, she could very easily be seen as a face of the Jana Lady Justina. I really like how all of these laws come down to respecting God, respecting the land, respecting those around us and respecting ourselves.

“THE 42 ORACLES OF MAAT

  1. I WILL NOT DO WRONG
  2. I WILL NOT STEAL
  3. I WILL NOT ACT WITH VIOLENCE
  4. I WILL NOT KILL
  5. I WILL NOT BE UNJUST
  6. I WILL NOT CAUSE PAIN
  7. I WILL NOT WASTE FOOD
  8. I WILL NOT LIE
  9. I WILL NOT DESECRATE HOLY PLACES
  10. I WILL NOT SPEAK EVIL
  11. I WILL NOT ABUSE MY SEXUALITY
  12. I WILL NOT CAUSE THE SHEDDING OF TEARS
  13. I WILL NOT SOW SEEDS OF REGRET
  14. I WILL NOT BE AN AGGRESSOR
  15. I WILL NOT ACT GUILEFUL
  16. I WILL NOT LAY WASTE THE PLOWED LAND
  17. I WILL NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS
  18. I WILL NOT SET MY MOUTH IN MOTION(AGAINST ANY PERSON)
  19. I WILL NOT BE WRATHFUL AND ANGRY EXCEPT  FOR A JUST CAUSE
  20. I WILL NOT COPULATE WITH A MAN’S WIFE
  21. I WILL NOT COPULATE WITH A WOMAN’S HUSBAND
  22. I WILL NOT POLLUTE MYSELF
  23. I WILL NOT CAUSE TERROR
  24. I WILL NOT POLLUTE THE EARTH
  25. I WILL NOT SPEAK IN ANGER
  26. I WILL NOT TURN FROM WORDS OF RIGHT AND TRUTH
  27. I WILL NOT UTTER CURSES
  28. I WILL NOT INITIATE A QUARREL
  29. I WILL NOT BE EXCITABLE OR CONTENTIOUS
  30. I WILL NOT BE PREJUDICE
  31. I WILL NOT BE AN EAVESDROPPER
  32. I WILL NOT SPEAK OVERMUCH
  33. I WILL NOT COMMIT TREASON AGAINST MY ANCESTORS
  34. I WILL NOT WASTE WATER
  35. I WILL NOT DO EVIL
  36. I WILL NOT BE ARROGANT
  37. I WILL NOT BLASPHEME NTR (THE ONE MOST HIGH)
  38. I WILL NOT COMMIT FRAUD
  39. I WILL NOT DEFRAUD TEMPLE OFFERINGS
  40. I WILL NOT PLUNDER THE DEAD
  41. I WILL NOT MISTREAT CHILDREN
  42. I WILL NOT MISTREAT ANIMALS 

These Laws of MAAT are also known as the Declaration of Innocence. They are drawn from the “Pert Em HRU” (the Book of Coming Forth By Day) the oldest Afrikan book of holy scriptures.  With these laws our Ancient Ancestors maintained a society without policemen for thousands of years.  In the early morning say “I will not…”  In the evening say “I  have not…” This is our mental inventory.”

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Madria Erin

World Goddess Day

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Dear friends,

Today is World Goddess Day, a day of solidarity between Goddess worshippers and interfaith celebration of Her. While we arguably do not have much in common with most ‘Goddess religions’ (a topic I have discussed in the past), I think it is important that we acknowledge our siblinghood with them. We all worship the Divine Feminine, albeit in a different way.

I was planning on doing something small for this day, like talking a walk along and finding somewhere to sit in a park with my scriptures, but unfortunately my awful sleeping cycle and a cold got in the way of this. However, I wanted to make a quick post about this day, since I find it to be a wonderful idea.

“THE WORLD GODDESS DAY PROJECT emerged in 2014 to unite the Mother Goddess’ worshipers world wide through their many expressions and manifestations and held more then 50 events around the World. In 2015, the held more than 80 events. And for 2016 the celebration of the Wolrd Goddess Day will be still bigger!

The purpose of the Project is grant to the Goddess one day of visibility to share Her many myths, stories and worship diversity, so everyone will remember or will know that the first religion of humanity was the Worship of the Goddess.

For many historical reasons the names of the Goddess and her myths have been forgotten and were relegated to mere folkloric curiosity in the Western world by many. The force and power of Her names were lost. Ancient temples are in ruins, ancient chants and invocations are not recited anymore. The many myths of the divine Goddess were set aside and now are part of the fairy tales,  losing its sacredness and becoming mere stories only seen by a psychological prism or as sillys legend of ancient people.

Nowdays, the Goddess is reentering into our modern life and bringing back all Her vitality, power, wisdom and healing through the many Pagan traditions that are revitalizing Her worship.”

World Goddess Day Website

I hope that the souls seeking Dea in this world find Her. While our faith is not for everyone, knowing that there are many others out there who worship Her in some shape or form gives me a great deal of hope.

Madria Erin

The Day of Werde

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Hello!

Today is the Day of Werde, a day in which Deanists examine the spiritual direction we are taking in our current lives, and how they will affect things in the future, both for us and others around us. The Three Werdes (similar to the Three Fates in Greek Mythology) weave the web of fate, and we can altar that web with the things we do and say each and every day. Many of us are familiar with ‘the butterfly effect’. A butterfly flapping its wings in the desert might start a hurricane elsewhere, and one kind action can prompt the receiver of your kindness to perform a kind action towards somewhere else, and the chain continues.

One of my favourite animated movies, The Prince of Egypt (which tells the story of Exodus from the Torah and the Bible), has a lovely song called Through Heaven’s Eyes, which has some lines that sum up some of the key principles of this day:

“A single thread in a tapestry, though its color brightly shine
Can never see its purpose in the pattern of the grand design”

“If a man lose ev’rything he owns, has he truly lost his worth?
Or is it the beginning of a new and brighter birth?”

“No life can escape being blown about by the winds of change and chance
And though you never know all the steps, you must learn to join the dance”

I would like to share some of my personal goals this Day of Werde:

  • Go vegetarian again some time in the next couple of months. Though I am only one person, me becoming vegetarian may prompt others to (as others and Dea’s direction have prompted me to) and thus save more animals and help our sister Earth heal from the wounds she has received due to the farming industry.
  • Becoming more spiritually active. I tend to go through cycles of faith. My faith in Dea is always there, but I often find myself becoming spiritually apathetic during the times when I need Dea the most. I want to stop ignoring Her and reaching out to Her more, and performing my duties as a priestess better. This affects my werde my bringing my soul closer to Her, and helping me move forward in future lives.
  • Spending more time with loved ones. I got back from holiday last Saturday with my mother and sister, and it made me realised how much I love spending time with them and how I don’t do it enough. Also, my grandmother lives ten minutes away, and I don’t see her as much as I’d like to. I want to make an effort to see her more, since her health is deteriorating as of late due to smoking and she has been very depressed.
  • Be more charitable. My cities homelessness rates are some of the worst in the country, and while I sleep comfortably in my bed, there are people who are lucky to find a sheltered spot outdoors to sleep in. I walk past these people all the time and even when I have spare change to give them, I often do not, for one reason or other. If I can help these people just by buying them a sandwich or giving them money to get to a shelter, that’s one positive little wave I’ve created in the ocean of the universe, and that’s what the Day of Werde is all about.

If you’re comfortable sharing, I’d love to hear some of your goals this Day of Werde!

Madria Erin

 

Trinitarian-Deanic Godhead Diagram

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I’ve seen diagrams like this for religions with non-polytheistic but complex Godheads such as Gnosticism, and I thought it was a really good way of explaining things. I tried to make one for trinitarian Deanism/Filianism, at least how I understand it. I do not speak for all Deanists.

The names for the Janati are names I came up with myself. Of course, any appropriate names for them can be used.

THEALOGY

Madria Erin

Daily Spiritual Practices

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Hello,

In our very busy day-to-day lives, it can be hard to make time for Dea. Most Deanists will say a little prayer at night and perhaps in the morning, but understandably, we often fail to pray, listen to Her or call on Her any other time of the day (other than on feast days). I am awful for this. Some days I’m even too busy and stressed that I feel like I don’t have the energy to pray, but ironically, those are the days I need Dea the most.

Many Deanists have written prayers that are to be said multiple times a day, facing certain directions, calling on various mysteries, etc. I would love to be able to do that, but for some people a system like that just isn’t possible. So, I’m in the process of coming up with little spiritual practices that can be done throughout the day without taking up too much time and getting us in trouble with our bosses etc.

  • Morning Prayer: In the morning, welcome in the dawn with light ring of a bell. This will clear negative energies from your aura and help you call in the Spirit. Make the pentacle or fora or another holy symbol upon yourself. Morning prayer may just be petitioning Dea to help you walk through the day as She would, being a mirror of Her grace and love, and thanking Her for the new day.
  • Grace Before Meals: When in public, praying before meals can cause feelings of anxiety. In this day and age doing so may make those around you view you as some sort of ‘religious nut’ and they may make assumptions about you and what you believe. A Mormon missionary once told me that when in public around non-Mormons, he does what he calls a ‘migraine prayer’, crossing your hands over his slightly bowed head to silently thank God for his meal. I like this approach a lot.
  • Images of Dea: I can’t remember where I read this but I know one Deanic website (possibly Mother-G0d) suggests bowing before statues of Mary etc as they are representations of Dea. I ADORE this, but for the reasons I touched on above, this can be hard to do for many people. Instead, consider bowing your head and greeting Her silently to yourself, or simply put your fingers to your lips and extend your hand towards her, as a symbol of reverent love.
  • Head Covering: Many Pagans, Goddess worshippers and a few Deanists cover their heads as a sign of devotion to the Divine. I cover during ritual and the month of Moura. Head covering doesn’t have to be a large veil covering all of the hair, it can simply be a wide headband or a hat.
  • Listening: Most of us are familiar with the concept of prayer. It’s when you talk to Dea. But when was the last time you listened to Her? Sometimes we get so caught up in the world around us that we forget that through the Daughter, Dea is an imminent and active force in our lives. In the silence, through music, by reading scriptures, we can hear Her voice. She can give us counsel, comfort, and advise us on day to day issues.
  • Daily Scripture: Not all Deanists use the Filianic/Madrian scriptures, but for those that do, simply reading a passage a day and meditating on it is a great spiritual practice. Simply pick one at random and think about what it means to you as you go about your day. Deanic Christians may use the Bible, Gnostic Deanists may use the Nag Hammadi scriptures, etc.
  • Night Time prayer: Unless we have had a particularly busy day, night time may be a time we can spend a little longer communing with Dea. Light candles at your altar, say longer prayers, pray the rosary. I like to stand at my altar, light candles, pray and then sit in the silence and take deep breaths, letting Her calm me before I sleep. I imagine Her singing me to sleep and wrapping me in a warm blanket like an earthly mother would with her little child. I find this helps a lot with my insomnia.

I really hope this helps, and I’d love to hear about your spiritual, every day practices!

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Madria Erin