Recent notes on some everyday Japanese words
空蝉 kuusemi means the temporal world or a worldly person. The literal meaning (and it also still has this sense) is a cast-off cicada-shell. Clearly the expression refers to the empty illusion of material existence. How telling then that the English dictionary-translation, without blinking, defines it as “the real world”. The modern West really does live, philosophically, in a world of its own!
Here is one I just love. 空の玄関 sora no genkan is a regular expression meaning “airport”. Genkan, as you know, is the place where you remove your shoes before entering a Japanese house, and thus the transition area between the worlds of 外 soto (outside) and 家 uchi (inside), or as we would say, agora and hestia. An airport is thus the genkan between the land-world and the sky.
What a charming expression, ne.
We reproduce with permission this recent forum post:
An interesting Japanese word/concept is 元通り motodoori. Literally it means "the path/way of origin", and thus "the way things were originally". It does not have an exact English equivalent. Its meaning is "back the way it was" usually with the implication of "back the way it should be". In Precure kinnies when the villains have ruined some realm or area characters often speak of returning it to 元通り- the way it was and should be. The expression can be used for anything from the revival of a ruined realm to a simple "Please put that back where it was (because that is where it is supposed to be)".
Related is the expression 元に戻る moto ni modoru, which means "return to origin" and can also be used for a ruined realm, but is often heard in situations like when a girl switches bodies with a fluffy fairy or is turned invisible or her heart-flower is stolen (as well as more everyday situations). 元に戻る means essentially "return to the original and proper state".
You will notice that the very common Japanese word 元気 genki (healthy/lively) uses the same "origin" kanji, gen, that is pronunced moto in the other expressions. Literally genki means "original-spirit". Thus being healthy and lively - and genki does not just mean health in the sense of non-sickness but implies abundant, vibrant life and energy - is seen as the original state of the spirit. Compare this to what Scripture tells us about the origin of manifest existence itself:
Before and beyond all things is the Mistress of All Things, and when nothing was, She was . . . And She was pure consciousness or energy, and therefore pure delight.Unlike the revolutionary ideology of post 17th-century Europe - and indeed the "original sin" notion of Christianity - traditional thought sees the origins of both maid and the world as fundamentally good, and regards health and rightness in terms not of revolutionary "progress" but of return to the Origin.
What does the religion of our Mother God say about original sin? Are beings born sinful, or are they fundamentally good?
Satya Yuga, the "Golden Age" was the beginning of human history. What is the Pattern of History as taught not just by Indian, but by all ancient civilisations?
I love this internet presence for the Eternal Faith, so any critique or questions I write in the spirit of love and trying to understand.
My question here in regards to the Canonical Hours: why does the 'Our Mother' end with 'Amen', which is the name of a Kemetic male god, (and incidentally the chief male creator god - equivalent to Zeus and Iupiter)?
With best wishes,
Thank you for your kind words and for your inquiry.
The name of the Egyptian (or Kemetic) deity Amun has sometimes been spelt as Amen in English (also Amon and Ammon). It does not appear to have any etymological connection to the Hebrew word "amen".
The word "amen" means in Hebrew "so be it" and has been adopted by Christians as well as Muslims as a prayer-ending word.
The use of it in the Offices of the Gospel Appendix and other places is essentially taking "amen" to be a common English (loan) word, like "cafe" from French or "tempo" from Italian. It is not intended to imply a connection to other religions.
It could be argued that it might nevertheless tend to carry such implications and we would certainly urge anyone who feels that to be the case not to use the word.
Unlike the Scriptures, no one would hold that there is anything sacred or unchangeable about such usages. They are simply acts of worship constructed in English to help worshipers. If any part of them is unelpful to any person they may be freely adapted. The "Our Mother", in particular, is very much simply a suggestion for those who find it valuable. Many of us do not use it.
Flowers have been described as love-letters from God the Mother to Her children. Today is the day especially dedicated to those dear messengers of love and beauty.
Happy Florimaia and may your path be strewn with flowers.
The Sacred Mountain is found in all traditions, and the apple (or equivalent fruit) in most. How are they connected and how do they relate to the tradition of Our Mother God?
Japanese kanji are based on traditional symbolism. We examine the kanji for mountain in the light of tradition and the Filianic faith.
Today is the Exaltation of the Queen of Heaven. Blessings to all our readers!
The music of the Filianic Scriptures is just amazing! I didn't realize it was connected to their meaning! When I recited the Scriptures one of the first things I thought was "This isn't just text, it is music!" but I didn't understand how exact the meter actually is. Is this something that happens a lot in the Scriptures? And are there other meters too? Are the meters related to the meaning?
Yes, there are other meters in the Filianic Scriptures and Ithelic meter occurs in various places. There is also a lot of rhythm that is not so strictly metrical.
Rhythm is often closely woven in with the meaning. We hope one day to present an essay in which the way the rhythm unites musically with the meaning is more closely analyzed and demonstrated. This essay really just shows what Ithelic meter is, how it works in the scripture and how the "rhythmic prose" is somewhere between prose and angelic song.
The Filianic Scriptures incorporate beautiful and musical poetic meters. Here we examine one of them - the Ithelic meter
We present an important commentary on the very beginning of the Filianic Scriptures - the creation of the Golden World at the Beginning of time.
Culverine 5 (March 25) is the Day of Our Sovereign Lady.
You can hear about this Festival in a recording of part of a sermon given some years ago, explaining the meaning of the Festival of the Princess of the World.
A full calendar for this Filianic year that has just begun has been posted by the Daughters of Shining Harmony.
The calendar contains all the High Festivals and most of the currently observed low ones, together with the Gregorian (commonly-used) date-equivalents, lunar phases and other information.
The calenar is recommended to everyone who uses the Filianic five-season, thirteen-month year.
A complete introduction to Filianism: the religion of God the Mother - and Daughter.
The world is ended. Readers may like to hear a traditional chant for this day that ends all days. You are free to download it for personal use. It may be loop-played on a digital musical device on this day.
An article on preparing for this solemn time has been published in the Temple of Hestia blog.
Tomorrow is Med Moura, when Filianists break from the disciplines of Moura and in some cases honor mothers and spiritual leaders. There is a new Med Moura article on the Temple of Hestia blog.
Kanji Symbols – Fire, Movement and Humanity, a fascinating article on the Profoundly Kawaii Japanese site explains some of the metaphysical meanings behind modern kanji.
Anyone interested in traditional metaphysics should read this article.
Thank you for this wonderful site. I have recently accepted Mother God into my life and have found your site inspirational and useful in answering some of the questions I have.
Since I am "new" to the faith there are some practical things that I have been wondering about, especially with regards to lifestyle and daily actions. The question I have today has to do with guidelines for living a life that is pleasing to our Mother. I have read some of the sections on werde, but would like to be more clear on how we go about in our daily lives doing good and doing what is "right".
My second question is with regards to partnership with another person. What does the faith say about marriage and partnership? I could not find anything about this on the site, so if you could provide some answers to this I would greatly appreciate it.
Thank you for your kind appreciation.
It is important to state that this site does not represent any "church" or congregation. While we strive to give information about the Faith, it is not our place to lay down rules or anything of that kind.
The Scriptures give guidance in general terms for how one should live - gently, kindly and with purity of thought and action.
Specific rules on things like marriage are inherently part of the life of a community, and we do not represent any particular community.
We are not in any way criticizing communities or their rules of life, but that is not the function of this site.
So we would simply stay with the broad Scriptural injunctions. Be kind. Be pure. Be gentle. We believe food should be blessed or offered before eating it. You can use the blessings in the Gospel book for that, although they are not prescriptive.
You may want to say one or more of the daily offices in the Gospel appendix as well.
None of these are rules or prescriptions, but they are suggestions you may want to follow.
Once again, I would state that this is not a New-Age anarchistic "anti-rule" approach. It is simply that rules are part of the life of a community and we do not represent a particular community.
Chelouranya is "an all-feminine community dedicated to innocence, elegance and amity". We ask for Chelouranyan answers to some current criticisms.
Some astrologers are returning to a traditional model after decades of "New Age" innovation. But the principles underlying this move go far beyond astrology itself.
Hello dear sisters in Our Mother. I have a question that has long puzzled me and caused me issues. What is the origin of demons?
One thing I have always believed is that Our Mother God created us in the beginning to be perfect and that nothing she creates is for naught. So it always puzzled me as to where demons come from. We know they exist but they can't have always been evil as Our Lady only creates good.
Now I am not saying as some people might accuse me of thinking something similar to what Christians think of demons being fallen Janyati. This is not true as we know that the Janyati can not fall as they are Dea herself.
However this is a question I have yet to answer. Maybe you maids can help me?
The demon question is a complex one. A lot of the problem comes from the Western mentality of taking individuality very literally. From angels to demons to incarnate Axial beings like ourselves, Western culture tends to regard the individual as something fixed and absolute, perhaps the center of all absoluteness (which of course is the fundamental heresy of the West). Even the Persons of Dea in the Christian rendition are often seen as something absurdly akin to "individual people" as opposed to manifestations of the Absolute.
Now manifestation itself (or Creation if one prefers that term) is, by definition, deployment (or apparent deployment) of the All-Possibility outside the One. Since the One, or Dea is Good Itself there must be a degree to which deployment "outside" Her must be non-good. That will range from the mixture of good and non-good that each of us finds in herself to "beings" that personify or symbolize the non-good.
To what extent demons are beings in the same sense that we are (and indeed to what extent we are really totally atomized individuals) is a subtle matter and one that is hugely distorted by the Western individualism that has grown up since the 6th century BC and become hugely exaggerated since the so-called "enlightenment" and again since the pseudomythos era of the late 19th century.
In other words, demons are first of all a cosmological phenomenon that necessarily takes place in a universe that is not Pure Good (and if it were, it would be the One and not manifest at all).
On the more everyday level, of course, we may and should simply see them as the Enemy that we are here to overcome both inside and outside ourselves.
May 1st/Maia 14th is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Queen of Heaven.
Read about this beautiful festival, its history and meaning.
A new essay at Happy Innocent Musume Senshi discusses the Metaphysical implications of a current Japanese anime with reference to Filianic Scripture.
The three outer planets, Uranus, Pluto and Neptune have become the darlings of many modern astrologers, but the traditional view of the cosmos had no place for them (even though some ancients were aware of their existence). Are they in fact bodies of no particular importance? Fly-specks on the cosmic map? Or are they something darker and more sinister? A new article argues for a fundamental connection between the three Outer Demons and the Three Poisons of the modern world described in The Feminine Universe.
A new article on the Symbolism of Fairy Tales may be of interest to our readers. It talks of the deeper divine meaning of traditional tales. Not strictly Deanic, but feminine-friendly and good on metaphysical symbollism.
A new article on the Shining World social network argues that anime often uncannily reflects the Mythos of God the Daughter, and that this occurs because the story, while largely unknown in the patriarchal world, is deeply ingrained in the human psyche. Read this fascinating account.
An Easter Hymn for Passiontide, expressing the wasteland quality of the time between the Daughter's death and the New Year with a discussion of the nature of our feminine Easter.
In the bourgeois materialist world shaped by Descartes, imagination and reality are regarded as very distinct. But in fact the modern world-outlook has no real criteria for judging between the two.
What do we mean by the Anima Mundi and what relation does it bear to the human psyche?
The Day of Maia is a minor festival dedicated to the all-creative principle of nature.
Our Lady is Arisen and the New Year 3333 has begun!
Also see the commentary on this hymn.
Is the Gospel of Our Mother God the true word of God Herself?
From our archives:
People who see ghosts and go on being rationalist/materialists do so because their social conditioning is stronger than the evidence of their senses.
Whenever there is a rupture between the two it is uncomfortable, but if we decide to go with the social side it isn’t very uncomfortable because we just ignore any evidence and talk with our fellow-believers (which is why seeing ghosts makes so little difference to the scientism faithful).
As for ghosts – well I don’t find ghosts very interesting in themselves, and I don’t pretend to know what they are (I don’t believe that the ”soul” is still present in a ghost – I think it is some kind of ”outer psychic shell” that the soul has shed but that still has a kind of emotion).
But what is really fascinating is the way the dogma of materialism has reduced the state of information about ghosts to a pre-mass-communication level.
Ghosts do exist. Lots of people experience them daily (many hauntings are just a part of the life of a particular building) or sometimes yearly (there are such things as annual hauntings on the anniversary of some particular event). They follow laws that have been verified over numerous cases and can accurately predict some of the phenomena that will be present in new cases. There are organizations that have carefully-kept records dating back to the latter part of the century before last.
But because of the mythos or ideology of Western Telluria, all this knowledge is reduced to the anecdotal level – the state of knowledge that might be found in a remote village before the advent of the printing press.
It is as if while one set of people possess a detailed collection of notebooks on the habits and biology of otters, everyone else is still arguing about whether otters actually exist, and the people who actually know all about otters aren’t listened to (and rarely even admitted to exist themselves) because – well otters aren’t a respectable subject.
All very odd.
An enquirer writes:
I have an inquiry on the meaning of Traditional society. What do you mean by Traditional society? Because when I hear the word Tradition, it is rooted to me in Patriarchal Tradition. When I hear the word Tradition. I see a Traditional Family: Father, Mother, and Child (or Children), and the father is the breadwinner, Mother is the Homemaker, and child learns from the Mother, but the father is still supreme. I do not think a faith that believes in the Feminine universe, a primordial feminine being means this when they talk about the word Tradition. So what is Tradition?
This is an interesting question and in a general sense is probably best answered by this quotation from The Feminine Universe.
We may readily see that the Traditional mode of society is oriented to states above the human and earthly. Every aspect of the life of a Traditional Society is lived in the light of Heaven. Its art, as we have seen, strives to depict not the earthly shadows of things, but the celestial Archetypes that lie behind them. Its crafts are not mere means to the manufacture of physical commodities, but each craft is a spiritual path, each operation performed in accordance with a sacred symbolism. This is why the factory system and the ‘industrial revolution’ could not happen until the traditional form of society had disintegrated..."
We would add that we hold no brief for patriarchal traditional societies. Really the point of the term "traditional" as it is used on this site is to refer to the way of thinking that is universal to humanity before the advent of the so-called "Enlightenment" with its materialist doctrines that govern modern thinking.
We wish a blessed Nativity to all our readers.
Magic and Religion: What does the Faith of Our Mother God say about magic?
Advent is upon us and we are decorating our homes in preparation for the coming of God the Daughter. 10th Astraea (8th December) is the Feast of the Conception of God the Daughter. Please read more about this joyous festival which is often considered to be the beginning of the true Advent period.
Cuivanya is the great Autumnal Equinox festival of Our Mother God. Learn more about it and also the truth about the "Earth Mother".
A fascinating article on the metaphysical meaning of Japanese Characters by Goldenhead author Annalinde Matichei.
Anyone interested in how our spiritual traditions are embedded in the fundamental structure of language, both East and West should read this essay.
Chelana begins the Mysteries of Life Cycle and is the first great harvest festival of Our Mother God.
Rosa Mundi is the great Summer Solstice festival of Our Mother God
Maia is the second month of the year, the "goddess" of spring and the illusion of worldly existence.
Rayadi Moura 28th (Sunday March 18th) is the last day of the year in the Filianic calendar. It is the day that the Daughter goes down into death and the world above becomes a wasteland.
This year there is a two-day hiatus, so the following two days have no date in the Filianic calendar. They are days-out-of-time, non-days in which the Sustainer of the Universe lies dead. During these days we try to avoid (as far as possible) even the acknowledgement that there may be a future, for the world has ended.
There is a special chant used during these two days which you will find here.
The New Year begins with the Resurrection of the Daughter on Matidi 1st Culverine (Wednesday 21st March), and will be the Year of Sai Mati.
Learn more about the Filianic Eastre festival which begins and ends the year.
In this traditional tale, a maid looking for answers to the mysteries of life encounters Queen Werde. This story is followed by a commentary.
Cyclical time is known to be the traditional way of understanding history, as opposed to modern ideas of linear time - but in certain senses it is more accurate to speak of "spiral time".
A reader writes:
In your Notes on Descartes, Annalinde Matichei says:
there is no possible step beyond the cogito ergo sum in the absence of the traditional understanding of Pure Intellect. Logically and legitimately, empirical thought stops right there and can go no further.
My question is, is Miss Matichei seriously suggesting that the entire empirical (ie scientific) method should be discarded? is she unaware of the huge scientific discoveries that have transformed the world we live in that are all the results of this method?
Annalinde Matichei replies:
I was not and am not suggesting that the empirical method should be discarded. I am fully aware that this method has yielded excellent results in the technical sphere.
What I was saying was that the attempt to regard empiricism as First Philosophy (which is what Descartes did and the world following him continues to do) is fundamentally dishonest. And it is.
To say - there is clearly before us a self-consistent system (the physical world) and by restricting us to the consideration of that system from within, we can build predictive models that allow us to achieve technical results is wholly legitimate and proper.
To attempt to extrapolate beyond this and claim some "ontological" value for this predictive/technical model is illegitimate and has been based from the beginning on unclear thinking at best and outright intellectual fraud (very much of the time) at worst.
Should you discard the "scientific method"? No.
Should you discard the "scientific world-view"? Absolutely. It is the only valid intellectual course to take.
That the modern West has too big an emotional investment in the "scientific world-view" to discard it, I fully understand. In that case it is stuck with a flawed and dishonest pseudo-mythic view of the world.
And ideas do have consequences. A false and crude "First Philosophy" leads to a false and crude culture. And that is precisely what we see, degenerating by the day.