Thursday, 23 March 2017

New Deanic Year

Rita Day (Abaldi/Apple Day)
3 Columbina

(source Google images)

A little belated:

Happy New Year!

to the followers of the Deanic calendar. 

The Deanic year starts with Eastre (on the day of the Spring Equinox) and the Deanic calendar starts on 21 March, (regardless of whether the Equinox precedes 21 March or falls on the same day), with 1 Columbine. 'Columbine' is the [Janite and Panthea] name for the first month of the year and the season of Spring. 
Each year has 13 months of 28 days; there are four seasons with each 3 months - Spring, Summer, Autumn & Winter - and one season, Moura, which falls between Winter and Spring, which is one month long and marks a 'time between time' - a time between the old and the new year. 

For reference please see ArchMadria Pamela Lanides' page 'Janite Deanic Calendar' on her webportal 'Di-Jana - Divine Gate of Our Mother God' .

The weekday on which 1 Columbine falls is indicative/important, as the Jana* after whom the weekday is named is not only patroness of that particular weekday, but also the patroness of the entire new Deanic year. In addition, each week commences with that weekday.
So this year 1 Columbadi (21 March) fell on Durga Day (Rosadi/Rose Day) - governed by Ma[dria] Durga (Panthea Tradition) / Madria Vicka (Janite Tradition) - therefore this year will be under the special patronage of Madria Durga/Vicka; and each week will commence on Durga Day (Rose Day/Rosadi).

(source Google images)

I have to say, from a personal perspective, I can use Lady Durga's blessings and virtues - this year especially ... 
I am planning on taking on a home-based career (this is as much as I want to say about this at this moment) in favour of my current part-time job; while my husband is planning on starting a whole new career, after successfully finishing his degree, in favour of his current well-paying full-time job. We are hoping to accomplish this within the next half year. Change is scary. Change is difficult - especially when one moves from a place of complacency and security, (as far as these terms can be applied in a fast-changing [working]world).

In addition I am still working on resolving issues regarding aspects of my personal life. The last years - especially the last two years - have been extremely challenging as I could no longer avoid confronting the issues. And while I have been working on it and mak progress, there is still work to be done ...
I need all Courage and Strength I can muster!

O, Madria Vicka, Jana of Courage, Strength and Valor, be with us.
May the Pure Stream of Your Virtues flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come. Amen.

(source Google images)

*For information on the Janati please see ArchMadria Pamela Lanides' pages
'Who are the Seven Great Janati
'Correspondences of the Seven Janati'
please note that the names for the Janati and weekdays are slightly different in Pantheacraft;
I will add a correspondence list to this blog's 'pages' soon.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

A truly lovely time

Durga Day (Rosadi/Rose Day)
1 Columbine 

(source Google images) 

I had a truly wonderful two days of Eastre with my family. Yesterday morning I decorated my hestia with Eastre decoration and flowers; luckily my husband, who works shifts, was available in the afternoon; so when we had collected our son from school, he had an eastre-egg and eastre-bunny treasure hunt in our home - then we all had cake and chocolate eggs :)

Today I served the Rite of Sacrifice in the morning after school run.

What does not come across in a blog-post is how absolutely delightful these two days have been - how happy and elated all three of us have felt, how we enjoyed the decoration, the special time together - the sense of great joy and hope - feeling so blessed! My husband and son are absolute darlings at any time - they so enjoy the natural spiritual aspect of our religion. Even without participation in religious rites or prayers - they love being part of a Deanic hestia :) 

Monday, 20 March 2017

Eastre/Ostara - Dawn

Luna Day (Lunadi/Moon Day)
Ostara (Eastre) / First Day of Spring

Dawn (source Google images)


Today is the First Day of Spring, marked by the Spring Equinox. In Pantheacraft - as well as the Janite Tradition - this is when we celebrate the holy festival of Eastre/Ostara*.
Eastre heralds the new Deanic Year, which begins on 1 Columbine/21 March.** 
It's mystical significance is that of Dawn (Aurora). Dawn of new life - which has both a mundane meaning, as we see in Nature; and also a spiritual meaning, as it is our hope and trust that the Holy Daughter will lead us to new life in which we awaken to the realisation of our union with Dea.

Aurora (source Google images)

Eastre is a festival of great joy and hope!

It feels fitting to re-start my blog at this auspicious time. 
My aim for this blog is to present Pantheacraft as independent Deanic Tradition. As I have explained in 'About Pantheacraft' there are 3 Religious Paths which feed into Pantheacraft - therefore information of these will invariably come up as well. 
It is especially my hope to contribute to bringing attention to and information about Deanism - as a modern Western form of Goddess religion, complementing her ancient Eastern/Hindu sister - to the fore and into the light. Making myself as Deanic priestess available to those interested; and offering my blog in devotion to Dea as another presence for the Deanic Faith.

In addition it is my aim to write more from the heart and to write about how this religion - the Original Faith of Our Divine Mother - is lived in ordinary every-day life.
I am prone to lecture and to write in the style of the intellectual I am. However, as things have changed with me - I have become more devotional, more established in other areas of soul and life than only the intellect/mind - I will try and change my writing and ministering, too.

Therefore I will now go and decorate my hestia (sacred home) with Eastre decoration and fresh flowers. In the afternoon when my son is back from school we will have a feast with cakes, hot-cross-buns and big chocolate eggs. (Hot-cross-buns and big chocolate eggs being something I got introduced to when I came to England, as we don't have these in Germany.)
Tomorrow - 1 Columbine & Eastre (this year has 2 days of Easter as the Equinox falls on 20 March) - I will observe the Eastre ritual.

Have a blessed Eastre!

* I use the Germanic name (in terms of language) 'Ostara' interchangeably for Eastre. I also like it to avoid confusion with the Christian Easter, which is celebrated on the weekend after the Full Moon in Columbina - 'Dove Moon' or 'Eastre Moon'

**I will add under 'Pages' the Deanic Calendar for the Panthea & Janite Traditions later on

Monday, 6 March 2017

About Pantheacraft / Panthea Tradition (an independent Deanic Tradition)

Pantheacraft - which may also be called Panthea Tradition - is an independent Deanic Tradition - Knowing & Loving* The Goddess - Dea, Devi or Devi Dea / Dea Devi (as a combination name) - the Divine Mother, Mother of the Universe (Ambe) and any other universes, current, past or future; The Zero,  the Centre and Circumference, The Absolute, The One Who is All, the One who creates, sustains, pervades and enlivens, destroys and transforms everything - the One who IS everything.

Pantheacraft draws on 3 Religious Traditions, i.e. Advaita Shaktam (Hindu non-dual Goddess Tradition), Deanism and the Feri Witchcraft Tradition.

I want to state clearly that I respect and honour all three Traditions as 'whole unto themselves', and do not imply that any one of these Traditions is incomplete or lacking in any shape or form.
Yet it is my experience that these 3 are intimately interwoven and sustain and complement each other beautifully. It is in my own Path & Tradition (Pantheacraft) that they come together as one beautiful whole.

I have been taught since 2013 by my Shakta guru in Advaita Shaktam (Hindu non-dual Goddess Tradition). Advaita Shaktam is my fundamental bedrock in everything concerning metaphysics, thealogy, cosmology, philosophy - this Tradition is the Great Mother to the other two within Pantheacraft.**
I owe it my guru to keep his Tradition pure - which is why I am not bringing Deanism or Feri Witchcraft into discussing or teaching Advaita Shaktam. 
Shaktism informs Pantheacraft - not the other way around.
Disclaimer: I want to state clearly that the Panthea Tradition as independent Deanic Path & Tradition is not a [Hindu] Shakta tradition. While I am personally a shishya (student) of a Advaita Shaktam parampara (guru-lineage) I am not teaching Advaita Shaktam. When I get to the point that I have permission by my guru to do so, such teaching will not be public, and it will be separate from my role as Deanic priestess of the Panthea Tradition, and no discussion of any other tradition will come into it.
Conversely, it is my experience that most Westerners really have no or very little - and then mostly wrong - understanding of any aspects of Hinduism. So that I feel compelled to spread understanding and correction if and when requested and wanted. (I say 'requested and wanted', because I do not feel called to walk around and correct people - even when they are blatantly wrong.)

I was ordained as Deanic deaconess (Madrina) by the founder and ArchMadria (bishop) of the Janite Deanic Tradition in 2014. I am in the process of getting ordained as priestess (Madria) in late Spring/early Summer this year. This will be for me a confirmation - more than anything else - of what I already know myself to be. I am already a priestess of Dea - She has called me to be Her priestess in Summer 1998, and I answered in taking formal vows, albeit unwitnessed by any other [human] person at the time, it was between me and Dea.

I am not an initiate of the Feri (or Faerie) Witchcraft Tradition, nor have I received formal teaching/instruction by an initiate teacher. My connection with Feri is intuitive and experimental in addition to the information of basic concepts which are freely/publicly available, and the published writings by [initiate] Feri practitioners and teachers.***
I would love to learn with a qualified teacher - yet at this point I do not feel it is essential. If one such teacher comes into my life by providence I would be more than delighted; yet I am not actively seeking one out.

As to the Tradition's name 'Pantheacraft': 'Pan' means 'All' and is descriptive of the non-dual (advaita) understanding of Dea Devi being 'the One who is All, the All who is One'; 'Thea' is simply the Greek word for the Latin 'Dea' meaning 'Goddess'; 'Craft' would imply a connection to witchcraft ... while that is not per se wrong, the understanding of 'Craft' in Pantheacraft is somewhat different than what is mostly understood these days of and by modern Witchcraft traditions (including Wicca). In short, it is about work on self - equatable with 'yoga' which means both [re]union [with Dea] as well as the path to [re]union [with Dea]; and also 'sadhana', which means spiritual practice. In more Western terms it might be termed "high magic"/"deep magic" or 'The Work'.
(I might write a post on 'magic' and 'craft' as per Pantheacraft another time).

*Practising analogue the Path of Knowledge (Jnana yoga/marga) and the Path of Love (Bhakti yoga/marga)

**On a non-essential note, I could muse that Deanism is the Mother (Bhumeshwari) aspect, and Feri Craft the Daughter (Kundalini) aspect

***Here I would most notably name and recommend 'Kissing the Limitless' by T. Thorn Coyle

About Dini Pantheacraft

Dini was born in Winter 1977 in Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony); grew up in the German Rhineland; then lived five years in the Northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein; before emigrating to England in 2006. Dini is happily married and mother to a son (born in 2008) who is the Light of her life. Dini cares deeply for animals and loves cats in particular (whom she considers to be fantastic teachers - both in regards to Goddess religion and in regards to "Craft"); therefore there are currently two cats who are part of her family household. Dini was raised in a non-religious parental household, yet with a deeply ingrained sense for respect towards all living beings and nature. From as long as she can remember, Dini has always held the deep belief that the Divine is in everything, and that everything is within the Divine (Pan[en]theism). Dini first found to Dea / Devi (Goddess) at age 13 and developed beliefs which she later found out to be fundamental to [Shakta] Hinduism. Since at that time neither the Hindu nor the Western form of Goddess religion (Shaktism and Deanism respectively) were known/available to her, Dini found her spiritual home in Neopagan Goddess Spirituality; and was a [neopagan] devotee of Goddess [in the form of Isis] for a whole decade. 
Simultaneously with coming to Neopagan Goddess Spirituality, Dini discovered her inborn connection to Germanic heathen culture; when she came across the book 'The Leaves of Yggdrasil' by Freya Aswynn. 
However, the Germanic cultural connection has remained more of a [constant] background to Dini's highly individual and intuitive path and practice - a calm knowing and resting in certainty - rather than being followed as an already existing path. 
Dini does not identify as 'Heathen', 'Asatru' or other related modern reconctructions of Germanic paganism. 
(Similarly, Dini identifies as 'Hindu' only by default, simply because Shaktism is a branch of Hinduism - the one and only branch of Hinduism which is true to the ancient pre-Vedic Goddess religion and the Veda.) 

With the birth of her son, Dini fell away from Neopaganism, as it could no longer fulfil her desire for an authentic traditional Way of the Original Religion of Dea Devi. After a time of spiritual limbo, which was an experience of deep anguish, Dini tried on Christianity - for the first time in her life exploring a spiritual tradition not centred on Goddess Pan[en]theism - and found a spiritual home with the Quakers. However, with increased study and knowledge of the Christian theology and history, Dini became disillusioned with this religion. Dini returned immediately to Goddess Pan[en]theism; yet at that time she could not quite fit back in with Neopaganism; something was missing, which kept her searching and led her to turn her investigation towards comparative religion - especially non-Abrahamic & pre-Christian religions. Thus she came to study Sanatana Dharma, which she very easily and naturally grew into. From the beginning she discovered Shaktism - the Hindu Goddess Religion - and recognised what she was, has always been and will forever be: a Shakta. 
From the start she recognised the amazing parallels between [Vedic Shakta] Hinduism and Norse-Germanic cultural religion. Which led to her founding the Hearth of Heid Project in Spring 2013, which she has discussed with others on a similar path/with similar interests in her [now archived] Facebook group 'Hearth of Heid'. 
Shortly after founding the Hearth of Heid, two things happened in Dini's [spiritual] life which served both as immense confirmation of her spiritual-religious principles, and as wells of knowledge and wisdom - leading her ever deeply along her path: Dini met her Shakta teacher; and came across the work by Maria Kvilhaug aka 'Lady of the Labyrinth'. 
Dini cannot put in words how much it means to her to have access to such knowledge in wisdom in both Advaita Shakta and Germanic religion* respectively. 
* Especially when Maria Kvilhaug's work has evidently confirmed Dini's long-held conviction, i.e. that the Original Religion of Our Mother God was once established in Germanic religious culture - just as it was established in any and all cultures of this planet.

Already before exploring the Germanic-Vedic/Hindu connection, and at approximately the same time as finding home to Shaktism (Hindu Goddess religion); Dini had come across the other two branches which would now form her own independent Deanic Tradition 'Pantheacraft' ... In 2011, Dini discovered the Feri Witchcraft Tradition (as recovered, revived and presented by Victor and Cora Anderson); and came across Déanism via the website of 'Chapel of Our Mother God'**.

**Disclaimer: Dini uses the website 'Chapel of Our Mother God' exclusively as a resource website; she is not in any way affiliated with either the founders or writers of the site, nor is she connected in any way with any religious group or movement linked to the same.  

Dini has studied various other spiritual and religious traditions -old and new; non-dual, dual, pluralistic; monistic, monotheistic, duotheistic, polytheistic - amongst which are Gardnerian/Alexandrian Wicca, Traditional Roman Spirituality, ADF Druidry, Orthodox Kemeticism et al.
In February 2014, Dini began to study Orphic religion; and from November '14 that year to December '15 she studied Traditional Orphism, Neoplatonism, and Classical religion in general. Parallel to this, Dini studied Shaivism with the resource material made available by the Himalayan Academy of the Saiva Siddhanta Church.   

Despite exploring various spiritual traditions and [cultural] religions, Dini knows in her heart-of-heart that she is an Advaita Shakta & Deani -- a devotee & priestess of Dea Devi -- and should she ever wander too far and start to forget, Mother Shakti will lasso her with Her noose and bring her back Home.
-- Once a Shakta, always a Shakta --

Studying other religions and spiritual traditions not only helped Dini to deepen and consolidate her understanding of Shaktividya (Knowledge of Goddess) but is to her also an intellectual sport of discovering how other paths fit into the great picture that is Advaita Shaktam; as any and all spiritual paths are to a lesser or greater degree participants in the Path of Knowledge.

Similarly, after nine (a significant number in Goddess metaphysics) years of "wandering" and learning about several religious paths by hands-on experience; Dini has returned to the very same path she started on all these many years ago - as devotee and priestess of Dea Devi.

Additional personal information of a relative relevance are two:
1. Dini suffers from CFS/ME, which has a rather limiting and debilitating effect on her energy and ability - including her blogging and ministry in general. Therefore she has to constantly prioritise and cap her otherwise ambitious plans and endeavours. 
2. Dini is of a 'hestian' nature - in opposition to an 'agoran' nature. This means that Dini is focused on building up what is good, true and beautiful from the inside out. Her focus is on the Heart, the Home (Hestia), relationships. Dini is non-political and avoids politics, arguments, marketing, [money-]business, crowds and the Agora (public) where she can.  

Dini's other interests include [in no particular order]: Healthy Living; Asian Martial Arts (Kung Fu, Tae Kwon-Do); Linguistic/Languages (especially Latin and Sanskrit); Anthropology and Archaeology; Ancient Indo, Middle Eastern & European history; Reading historic novels, especially from the Medieval European time period; Listening to Audiobooks, Watching TV Series (pretty much any and all), time-period Dramas and Nature and History Documentaries; Camping; Climbs & Hikes, especially along ragged and rocky seashores; Board-games; and more.

Thursday, 22 December 2016

My Guru

My guru: my guru tears my little self apart, when I feel all put together; and puts it back together when I feel all torn apart.

Namaskar to my guru-ji, namaskar to the gurus of my parampara, namaskar to all gurus of the Shaktam and Advaita Vedanta sampradayas, namaskar to all those who have acted at one point or another as guru - remover of the darkness of ignorance - to me, namaskar to all gurus, namaskar to Dakshinamurtidev (Shiva as guru) - Namaskar to Devi Mahaguru.

Monday, 15 February 2016

"Third Initiation"

I realise that I am coming out of my 'third initiation', set off by the death of my dog-companion of thirteen years (22 February 2013), who was a real part of me and in a way an extension of myself. This 'initiation' with all the pain, depression, loss of identity was important to me, because going through it, made me come out stronger, deeper, wiser--scarred and marked by Mother as She wants me/her to be--at the other end. And now it is time to purge myself -- to shrug off all that is not me, all ballast.
The last 2 years I have been mainly hiding out... hiding out in an intellectual world... shielding my vulnerability with my mind and the constructs of intellect. Which was fine then. But towards the end of last year it started to all fall away. And I knew it. I knew then and predicted that this year--2016--is the year of Ma Kali -- within the Kali Yuga we are in already! -- everything which is not real and secure will break away. Some half-hearted attempt to attach my self to the illusion of "security", to maintain the weakness, to cling on letting others determine the path -- to be anything other than what I am -- were of course doomed to fail.
I admitted this at the Dark Moon--which incidentally started the Margh Navaratri (which is only observed by Shaktas)--this month of Februa (Purification).
Of course, as soon as I let go and give up, I experience this huge surge of relief! And, having made space for my real self, I sure enough find back to what I am soon enough.
There are certain characteristics of my identity which are not mere labels, but are intrinsic part of my nature. Some have been there from birth -- only to be discovered and developed; others have grown/developed from certain points in my life, (although it could be argued that the seeds have been there from birth as well).
Interestingly, coming out from this third initiation took me -again- three years -- pretty much exactly the same time-span it took me to come out from my second initiation (the birth of my son), (my first initiation at age 20, took  a lot longer and was much more harrowing than the second and third!).