Last January 2, 2023- me and Lakay was able to participate in the Calendae Ritual of the Nova Aedes Iani or the New Temple of Janus headed by Lady Elizabeth Hamilton which is our mentor in the Correllian Priesthood path. In the said Ritual we give thanks to the past year and welcome the new year as represented by the God Janus who is a two- faced God that represents the doors and doorways, so as of beginnings, endings, transitions, gate and gateways so as time. Lord Janus was a son of the Goddess Hekate, who is also a 3 faced Goddess that many people loved most. Specially in the Correllian Tradition, there are many Temple and Shrine that was established worldwide in Honor to the Goddess of Magick.
While in the ritual, Lakay have asked me silently if Filipino’s have a similar God or Goddess like Lord Janus. At that time, I was not able to recall as my Mind is focused on the God Janus as he also have blessed the Shrine in 2022. And earlier today before writing this article, I remember one of the daughters of Bathala, whom in ancient times that the Tagalog people invokes before they start to work or even start their day, together with Bathala and Apolaki. This Goddess is the sister of Mayari and Tala to a Mortal woman which her name was not written in our History books nor in our Folklore. Their becoming a goddess or demi goddess remains a mystery up to this day and become a mission of us in Luntiang Aghama to work it out.
This lovely Goddess that is the Filipino counterpart of Lord Janus is named as Hanan. She was the youngest sister of the Goddess Mayari and Tala who was the Children of Bathala, which is the supreme Creator God of the Katagalugan People, to a mortal woman, which upon giving birth to them Died. Upon the death of their mortal mother, Bathala did not want anything to happen to them, so Bathala brought them up to the Kaluwalhatian (Heaven or Paradise as the Home of the Gods). From then, these 3 demigods got their heavenly roles: Mayari to be the Goddess of the Moon, Tala as Goddess of the Stars; and Hanan Goddess of the Morning Dawn. Ancient Filipino offers the First prayer of the Day to her together with Bathala (the Supreme Creator God) and to ApoLaki (The Sun and Warrior God). Hanan is very important during the entrance of the new age or in the new phase of a person’s life. People offer her bountiful harvest and prayers during the birth of the child, womanhood or manhood of a child, death of a person, entrance of planting season, beginning of the harvest season, and start of the new annual cycle which is the new year. The prayers are done unto her during the break of dawn which is at Sunrise.
As I contemplate on the Goddess Hanan and all other Filipino Deities, that we as Filipino’s have long neglected our Duties in praying and honoring these Diwata. But even though we do not worship them for long time, their work in this world continues even that they do not receive any thanks for their work. People live and die and do not remember or call on their names, but their mercy and compassion towards Humanity goes on. It is such a Shame for us Filipino to worship other Foreign Gods and not say thanks to our Local God who never left us in times of Need.
The Greatest testimony of their works in our Life is that we wake up every morning with a new life and hope that things will be beautiful within us. So, this year as members of Luntiang Aghama, let us strive to acknowledge the presence of our Diwata as we wake up in the morning. As we rise up on our bed, let us say:
Anatala Bathala, Hanan and Apolaki!
Thank you for the new life.
Be with me as I start my day.
Bless me and let the works I do this day Glorify you!
May all the things that will happen to me be controlled under your Power as we say Bahala na! As this word is a word of power consisting of your Energies as BAthala, HAnan and apoLAki.
May all the wonderful things happen to me this Day!
Mayari Na!Apu adman Morning Prayer 01/04/2023