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.
Moura is the Thirteenth Month and the Fifth Season of the Sacred Year of Our Mother God. Learn all about it.
George Lakoff and his research on the universality of metaphor shines an interesting (and unintended) light on the fundamental metaphysical basis of human thought and speech.
A reader comments on our recent article on Spiritual Evolution:
The behavior of "Swami" Kriyananda is really astonishing: He goes to an Eastern society, is welcomed into their religion, defiles their Holy Orders with gross sexual misconduct and then attempts to teach "the savages" that their traditional doctrine of the cycles must be stood on its head! And on what evidence? On the evidence of the "obvious superiority" of Western technical civilization! The arrogance is truly beyond all belief!
"Spiritual evolution" is one of the key notions of the "New Age" movement. We examine this deceptive and anti-traditional doctrine.
I have read about Eckhart Tolle and his philosophy. Apparently many people find it appealing. However, something about it is disturbing to me. Would you please comment on whether his ideas are compatible with the Deanic/Filianic Faith or not and why.
Rev. Madria Georgia
Honored Madria Georgia, we cannot claim to be in any way experts on the writings of Herr Tolle, although we have encountered the name before and done a little research.
Essentially the work seems to be rather similar to many New Age writers who take bits of the more "airy" aspects of world traditions and stick them together to make something new.
While this is in itself a little dangerous, by far the worst part of the New Age is not the bits it collects, but the "glue" it uses to stick them together, which invariably turns out to be modern individualistic ideas, post-Freudian "psychology", Darwinist evolutionism projected onto a supposedly "spiritual" plane etc., etc.
Alarm bells should immediately ring when we read (on Herr Tolle's official website) that:
"at the core of Tolle's teachings lies the transformation of consciousness, a spiritual awakening that he sees as the next step in human evolution."
This is one of the key "fingerprints" of New Age error - the notion that humanity is "spiritually evolving" into a higher phase, when in fact, in spiritual terms, humanity in the late Kali Yuga has never been at a lower ebb.
This adoption of the modern progress/evolution superstition (and when a biological theory and a social ideology are mixed together, as they are in most people's minds, as though they were somehow the same thing, one can only speak of superstition) and then re-packaged as a "spiritual truth" we know we are dealing with one of two things: unfortunate error or deliberate charlatanry.
Annalinde Matichei wrote the following as part of a discussion on worshiping the Daughter in the form of Kuan Yin:
This is an interesting question. I have a statue of Thousand Hand Kuan Yin as my main Altar-piece. Do I "worship Kuan Yin"? What would that mean? I do not see her according to Buddhist doctrine - though I do believe that she refused Deity until all being was saved "even to the last blade of grass" - which is just another way of putting the Daughter's Taking on of Fate that we celebrate at Luciad (the Feast of Lights).
I certainly do not believe she was the daughter of a king who was murdered and freed the souls from hell as some legends state, but I do believe she is the Daughter of the One Queen of the Universe, who descended into Hell, died and was reborn and freed the souls from Hell.
I would not especially refer to Her as Kuan Yin, but I would not be averse to calling Her that either. This is not like modern Pagans who say "I'm working with Bast this week" - I do not believe that deities from different traditions are separate entities, like the people we meet on the street. They are simply different ways of seeing the same Universal Truth - and of course I believe that a lot of patriarchal accretions are highly misleading.
And having said that, is there something different about seeing the Daughter through this statue rather than, say, a Marian one? I think there is. It has a special quality of contemplative purity. She is in perfect repose, while her "thousand" arms (actually 24 on this statue, but figuratively a thousand) so clearly and beautifully represent her all-saving omnipotence. They also help us to be free from the "humanism" of the Christian perspective, in which everyone is a "historical figure" and of the pagan perspective (which I have never inclined to, but is in fact just a natural outcropping of modern individualism) that "Deities" are individuals, pretty much like people.
So this statue represents Dea - and in particular the Daughter - under a very particular aspect, stressing certain of Her Divine qualities, because as humans we can't see them all at once. To me in particular it represents repose, purity and Unacting Action ("Earth moves, but Heaven is still").
As for names, I am not inclined to give personal names to Dea. The Scriptures once mention the name Inanna (which is just a universal Name of the daughter) but other than that She is never referred to by a name in the whole narrative.
To me using the Name Quan Yin would tend to localize and historicize the statue (even though I love the name!). This is not a statue from some part of Telluria of some particular figure in some particular tradition. This is a universal statue of Dea in Her Daughter form, in perfect repose and perfect compassion.
Many devotees of Dea are familiar with the names of the Seven "Planetary" Janyati. However, many of us have also heard mention of other Janati. I would imagine that there are many Janyati whose names we do not know. However, I would be interested in seeing a list of the names and characteristics of some of the other Janyati whose names are known to Aristasians.
Rt. Rev. Georgia B. Cobb
The Seven Great Janyati are of course the primary ones, but there are several others. While we do not have an exhaustive list, some of the more important are:
The three Werdes: Sai Maia, Sai Werde and Sai Kala, said to be daughters of Sai Thame.
Sai Herthe Janya of hearth and home.
Sai Annya the Janya of fire - very important in some forms of Deanism.
Sai Ouranya Janya of the sky - often seen as an "emanation" of Sai Thame.
Sai Vaya the Spirit as Wind or Breath - sometimes conceived as a Janya.
The High Feast of the Epiphany of God the Daughter falls on the 12th of Herthe (6th of January). Surely worshipers of Our Mother God "borrowed" this from Christianity?
No indeed - it is exactly the other way about. Learn more about the Feast of Epiphany here.
Herthe 11th (January 5th) is Duodecima - the Twelfth Day of Nativity. Herthe 12th (January 6th) is the High Feast of the Epiphany, popularly known as Princesses' Day.
Epiphany, the showing-forth of the new-born Daughter of Dea is often called Little Nativity, and is one of the most joyful and important festivals of the year. Read more about it here.
From an Aristasian blog:
We had a wonderful Herthedi Service today! Honored Raya gave one of her inspired talks that really suddenly made it clear to me how the Day of Sai Herthe fits into the mystical journey that is the Year. We really should try to record these Services, as honored Raya says so many wonderful things that are nowhere to be found in Elektraspace or anywhere else. On the other hand, maybe it is part of the magic that these things are shared with the Family, with those who choose and make the time to be present and part of the Sacred Event.
It is hard to summarize what honored Raya said as it was so inspired - but she was talking of the Star Fairy coming down the chimney, and of how in the Motherland folks take this kind of "legend" on a very serious level, whereas in Telluria, even religious people don't think there is anything very important about such "peripheral" traditions as opposed to Scriptural religion.
Honored Raya said that many Tellurians would consider that taking these charming "folk" stories seriously is the sign of a less sophisticated people, but honored Raya said that it is in fact the sign of a more sophisticated people. A people that sees beyond the childish literalism of "it did happen or it didn't happen" to the much deeper spiritual truth that lies beneath the surface of the narrative.
She explained how Nativity is about the Divine Light descending vertically from the spiritual realm to the manifest cosmos - entering the House, which is the world, through the vertical chimney (cheminée, camino - way) into the heart or hearth and thence as radiant light and warmth into the world/soul.
The Day of Sai Herthe is, in a certain sense, the same Event seen from the perspective of the World, or House. In the Motherland - certainly in those places that follow the Fire Temple tradition (such as Rayapurh and Novarya), Sai Herthe's day is the only day of the year in which the sacred house-flame (from which, in more traditional times, every hearthfire, candle and lamp was lit and every flame that cooked food) was allowed to go out. It was ritually re-lit by a flame taken from the sacred Temple Fire. Thus the kindling of the World-hearth from the Spirit-hearth is enacted in the microcosm of the home and the great Event of the Coming of the Light is actualized on the domestic level.
The "new year" element of the festival, although our actual New Year is three months away, lies in the fact that the home-fire is extinguished and re-lit at this time, the only time in the year, and so a new cycle begins (and, interestingly, the death and rebirth of the light in the home is an obvious reflection of Eastre, the true New Year).
A Filianic blogger writes:
I say "Nativity" and not "Post-Nativity" thoughts, because it is still Nativity. Please do not think that when the first day of Nativity has passed all that magic Nativity Snow is just plain ol' snow snow. It isn't. It may be inconvenient at times, but it is still the Snow of Nativity.
Nativity lasts until the Feast of the Epiphany. Not all of it may be holiday and merrymaking (though in some parts of the Motherland it is), but all of it is the most magical season of the year. Carols are still in season and two important festivals lie ahead in the next two weeks.
The great Midwinter Festival of the Birth of the Light has always been a twelve-day season at its core (in fact it has often been much longer - its penumbra beginning in the fall and not fully ending until Luciad, the Feast of Lights, six weeks after the Solstice).
The one-day Christmas was a Victorian invention, made in a world where the wheels of industry and commerce must not be allowed to stop for more than the briefest period.
The oft-stated perception that the season "starts earlier every year" is almost a drift back to the older tradition. It is commercially driven, of course, but as stated in our recent article on Nativity, even commerce cannot help but reflect the powerful pull of the Universal Event called Nativity.
What has remained as a Victorian heritage, though, is the dead-stop on Boxing Day (Masquiday in Aristasian tradition) - though even this is in some places giving way to an extended holiday or semi-holiday from Nativity to the Day of Herthe (Christmas to New Year). It is not, however considered, at least in Protestant countries, "still Christmas".
For Filianists, it is very definitely still Nativity until the Epiphany. It is a magical, beautiful season. A time for continued celebration and a time when the subtle world and the physical world are very close.
A happy continuing Nativity to you all.
Hail to the Princess Who is born and Whose glorious showing-forth we still await!
Nativity has not ended, but what has ended is Astraea, the Star-month. We are now in Herthe, the Hearthfire-month.
In Astraea, the Star-month we look upward and in Herthe, the Hearth-month we look inward. Nativity is the Northern Gate of the Cosmos through which the Divine descends to earth. This is reflected in the Star Fairy coming vertically down the chimney into the heart(h) of the house, and of course by the birth of God the Daughter into the world of manifestation.
During the month of Astraea, the Divine is a star in the heaven-world, about to descend. During the month of Herthe She is born in our hearts and present in the heart(h) of our sacred households where She is born on the last Star-day.
Interestingly also is that the Feast of the Conception of the Daughter (Astraea 11th) is exactly a month from the Feast of the Epiphany, or showing-forth of the Divine Child (Herthe 11th/12th).
Especially fascinating in this context is that this is true only in terms of the Filianic calendar, even though Christians celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (of Mary, not of Jesus) on the same day (December 8th/Astraea 11th).
13. And when the voice of the Janya ceased, a silence fell that was the first true silence since the beginning of the world, and the last that shall be until it end. 14. And the children of earth watched the sky as the first rays of dawn crept across the heavens.
15. And a cry issued out of the cave, saying: The holy Child is born from the most holy Mother;Light has come forth from Light, Perfection from Perfection.
16. And at once the air was filled with the daughters of heaven, and the sky was ablaze with the radiance of their joy. 17. And they sang aloud to the glory of Dea.
Excerpt from a recent blog post that may interest our readers, reprinted with permission:
We had a little catch-up meeting today so the pettes who missed Cinderella this Rhavedi could see the missed epis. And we saw my favorite scene when the Fairy Godmother transforms from an ordinary(ish) Godmother to the Queen of the Fairies.
It reminds me very much of the Magical Girl transformation scenes in Anime that never fail to thrill. I talked to honored Raya about it so fulsomely (the last time I saw it) that she actually preached about transformation scenes at the Service this Rayadi. She explained why it is that we are so thrilled by them and why even an audience that is often bored with any repetition will watch lengthy transformation scenes that may be the identical in every episode, often regarding them as the highlight of the episode.
And the reason has to do with Nativity! What really fascinates us is the moment when the ordinary is infused with the Transcendent, when the material is touched by the Spirit whether it be in the individual soul or in the cosmos (for the two are really different levels of the same thing - microcosm and macrocosm). The Divine bolt that enters the world (in the microcosm of the House, through the chimney) lighting and warming the True Heart[h] with spiritual luminance - the only Light there really is.
In the Cinderella story, of course, the Fairy God-Mother (in this version) transforms herself and also transforms the exiled soul (Cinderella), and in this lovely scene, she is at first the Spirit in Disguise, even (partly and ambiguously) disclaiming her own power and proclaiming the magical and miraculous to be dekanai (impossible).
And the ambiguity here is the fundamental ambiguity of the impossible, paradoxical interaction of Dea with the world. For as the Scriptures say, God the Mother gave birth to a Daughter that was not separate from Her but One with Her, and the Child of Her Light. Dea came to the place where Dea is not.
So it is indeed dekanai: impossible. And at the same time, it happens every day, and must happen if the manifest universe is to survive even a moment.
That is the highest level of the truth expressed by this pure, traditional "fairy tale" (this particular one is found in just about every culture known).
But Truth operates on every level. Cinderella is a story for us, who are exiles. And the scene below is also about the true possibility of miracle and magic in every level of our lives:
As Nativity draws closer here are two things that may delight you!
Hail to the Princess A beautiful Nativity carol
The Dream Key A heartwarming feminine seasonal story.
May Dea bless you all!
This is more of a simple point in an area of interest of mine: the "paranormal". Now, I don't dally in it, myself (thats just dangerous!), but I do watch documentaries and read stories. I have just this minute been watching a documentary I have on a disk, and a very interesting point on demonic infestation came up.
It was said that a demon's sole goal is to destroy all [maid]kind. This point was also followed by another: that in a demonic haunting, the diabolical entity begins this task by destroying the family unit, by tearing it apart.
In this age of conflict, nothing could be closer to the truth: this is an age where nearly all that is good is twisted and made to appear undesirable, and what is wrong is made to seem desirable. Among those good things is the concept of family and dependence. Family units are encouraged to go their own ways, to separate, to be "independent" of one another. This story of diabolical haunting seems to be a small-scale case of what is happening in the modern world this very day. The forces of darkness are at work, pulling apart the harmonious bonds of love and interdependence in their efforts to destroy maid altogether.
Just as in the documentary I watch now, the only way to fight this demonic influence is by reasserting the bond of family and the principle of Love. Unfortunately, most don't understand that message, and the central reason for this is because of the vilification and trivialization of faith. People don't believe in fundamental Good -- nor to they believe in fundamental Evil. Could there be a greater tragedy?
Let us pray that someday soon this grave situation is remedied.
-- Willow Marina-Marie
Thank you for this very insightful comment. Indeed it is true that in the current world demonic activity on the "macro" level, affecting the whole society is more significant than such activity on the "micro" level, affecting individuals and families one by one.
It is one reason why those of us who resist the demonic pattern of the overall society are often more subject to attacks from the Forces of Darkness. To them we are "escapees" or "pockets of resistance" to their overall domination.
But in the end darkness cannot overcome light.
Thank you for your excellent explication of the concept of Anima Mundi. The threefold constitution of the cosmos and of the jiva as microcosm is of course a central teaching of the perennial philosophy.
Sri Lalita Herself is named Tripura Sundari, the "beauty of the three cities (worlds or selves)".
Dear loving friends,I wanted to comment on your great website.I myself am Jewish and I am a great believer in the Divine feminine alongside the God of Fathers and Mothers.I am not Filiyanic but I love the great wealth of Goddess knowledge you afford to all women of all faiths.
I am also a straight woman as well with a lesbian daughter and granddaughter.I like the comment of the YouTube about the beliefs coming out of the 60's with neo-paganism.I am learning about the Mother in my own life and faith-The Shekinah-Shabbat-Sofia.I do however believe in both Genders for God as Father and Mother God both equal.The Goddess is becoming more a part of my life and I am really learning a lot on your site.
Can you explain to me what Filiyanic meanscompared to the other terms you relate to in other faiths? In my language and faith Abba and Ima bless you and your wonderful site.
Thank you for your kind appreciation. The term Fliyanic, or Filianic refers to those devotees of Our Mother God who adhere to the Mythos of God the Daughter. The exact beliefs of the Filyani, or Filianists are outlined in the Filianic Creed.
From a recent blog post:
We had a lovely Eve of Advent Service on Rayadi, and Honored Raya in her sermon explained something I have never understood. Why does Advent come so suddenly? Because it does, doesn’t it? Every year, even though some shops have had Nativity displays since the Feast of the Dead, we suddenly think “Golly-gosh-oh-greenies, is it Advent already?
Well there really is a spiritual reason for that. I don’t know if I can explain it as well as Honored Raya, but essentially it is because Nativity, the Winter Solstice, really is the Northern Gate of the Year, where Heaven enters the realm of earth – and the birth of God the Daughter really is a Mystery and an apparent paradox (Dea coming where Dea is not). So the Coming of the Daughter really is a “surprise” in the deepest spiritual sense, and, as superficial things metaphysically reflect deep things, the Advent always tends to take us by surprise.
In the Filianic Calendar, Astraea 1st (Nov. 28) is the first day of the one-month Advent period leading up to the Nativity of God the Daughter on the last day of the month. We decorate the house in anticipation of the coming of the Divine Light in the darkest part of the year.
There is no historical reason whatever for placing the birth of Jesus at the Winter solstice. So what is the truth behind "Christmas"?
The Feast of the Dead is one of the Great Festivals in the Calendar of Our Mother God. A feast of fear and separation? Or of love and return?
Goldenhead, while not a religious book, is set in an all-feminine reality with priestesses who serve Our Mother God and are revered by all. It is a story of the conflict between Good and Evil in a fundamentally Deanic context.
It is also a much more "fantastical" book than Silver Vixen (which was mostly "science fiction" albeit with a feminine twist). It considers such subjects as the limits of imagination, the reality of "imaginary" friends and worlds, and is very much a book for those who do not feel at home in the modern patriarchal world and believe they truly belong somewhere else.
A profoundly imaginative book (as is fitting for this Year of Sai Candre), expect to encounter some unexpected and challenging ideas - such as whether the anime style actually represents a mode of reality - as well as encounters with tree-spirits, the sorcerous power of music, and battles with demons who are the very incarnation of darkness.
The Flight of the Silver Vixen was hailed by one critic as "this rare and exhilarating book". Goldenhead pursues themes even rarer in a manner even more exhilarating.
Goldenhead is currently available only as a virtual book on the Amazon Kindle (paperback to follow), but readers are reminded that a free Kindle reader is available for Windows and Macintosh computers, as well as most mobile devices, and that digital realease allows the book to be sold for only 2.99.
Recent observations at CERN, the world's largest physics laboratory, show certain sub-atomic particles traveling faster than light.
Similar observations have been made in the past, but the margin for error allowed for the particles possibly traveling at sub-light speeds. The current observations are wholly unambiguous, and CERN scientists are asking other facilities to run similar experiments to confirm or refute their findings.
This is important because the entire edifice of modern physics is based on the absolute limit of light-speed in the universe. If that is disproved almost nothing done since (and including) Einstein's work is any longer certain.
A while ago we discussed the manner in which some scientists who really should know better treat "science" as a sort of faith. In this particular case Professor Stephen Hawking:
"The universe is governed by science", [Prof Hawking] states.
Now clearly this is nonsense. The universe is not governed by science. Science is a human activity. The word means "knowledge", or literally vision. It has been narrowed since the 17th century to mean in the popular mind "knowledge of purely material things".
Science (purely material or otherwise) may develop models and theories of how the universe works and the forces described by these models and theories may or may not govern the universe. The fundamental philosophy of empiricism on which all material science is based tells us that every theory is only a probability, never a certainty.
These recent findings are simply a very telling case in point. The CERN observations may or may not be proved correct. We have no vested interest in disproving the very foundations of modern physics. Considering the metaphysical significance of Light, there is every reason why it might well represent an absolute limit to the possibilities of manifestation.
But what we all need to remember is that nothing in physical science can ever be more than a probability. New findings can overturn a century of "certainty" in a week. That is the nature of physical science and of the empirical method.
Certainty and Truth (with a capital T) cannot ever lie in physical findings of any sort. Truth is a metaphysical concept and only metaphysics can ever provide it. To claim that science is certain of anything is to turn it into a pseudo-metaphysics.
Which is bad metaphysics and bad science.