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This is the weblog or "newspaper" of the Chapel of Our Mother God. All new articles are announced here, together with many other news items and discussions. You are encouraged to bookmark this page and check it regularly or else subscribe to the RSS feed. You are also warmly invited to send your own questions and comments, and also relevant news-items.

The Real Meaning of Christmas

A look at the feminine symbolism that underlies the real meaning of Christmas and long predates Christianity.

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The True Meaning of Christmas and the Mother-Faith

What is the true meaning of Christmas? It goes back long, long before Christ to the true Mother of all religion.

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The Dream Key, part 2

Part 2 of the new illustrated edition of "The Dream Key" has now appeared. With this chapter, "The Mysterious Toy Shop", the story now begins to show its metaphysical depth.

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A seasonal story for Filianists and Friends

This heartwarming seasonal story has become a tradition among devotees of Our Mother God. This year it is newly illustrated and as lovely as ever.

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Feast of the Conception of God the Daughter

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.

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The meeting of Breaths

A correspondent writes:

Regarding your post on the meaning of the Japanese "breath" kanji, I recently encountered the expression 息が合う iki ga au.The dictionary translation was to (work, talk, etc.) together smoothly, but if I am reading the kanji right it really means “(our/their) breath meets"!

Thank you so much for your input. 会う is actually to meet in the regular sense. 合う is pronounced the same but means more merge, come together, join together.

A really interesting thing about this expression is how close it is to the Scriptural phrase (speaking of angels and maids) “breathe with them in their upward aspiration” (from the last chapter of The Mythos of God the Daughter).

Of course aspire is another breath/spirit word, like spirit and respire, and the expression seems to mean to unite in spirit.

The Kanji for Breath

In Japanese the kanji for breath (iki) is 息 which is made up of 自 self and 心 heart.

Why might this be? The Heart as the Sun of the body we have talked about often.

Breath is also the breath of spirit. The very word “spirit” is the same word as the Latin for breath (which is why we have re-spir-ation). In Greek pneuma means breath and Spirit, in Sanskrit atma means the same two things, as does ruach in Hebrew.

The sun is of course connected with the rhythms of manifestation – day and night, the seasons. The heart, while it is Solar, does not carry this direct symbolism. The breath, on the other hand does. In fact when we talk of seasonality and time we use the breath as the extreme signifier – that is, it represents the smallest rhythm (a single in-and-out breath) and the greatest (the outbreathing and inbreathing of the cosmos by the Dark Mother at the beginning and end of time).

Breath is less world-like than heartbeat. Heartbeat stops at death while breath-spirit is pictured as leaving the body but continuing (“giving up the ghost” – and remember that “ghost” also means spirit originally – cf German Geist and older English usages like “the Holy Ghost”).

Sanskrit, being closer to primordial language than the Classical or Semitic languages contains an additional meaning to the word atma. It also means self. And it means self in both senses – the Supreme Self – Divinity, and the small personal self (atma and jivatma). Words derived from atma are used to mean “myself” in Sanskrit-derived languages (such as Hindi) to this day.

Thus breath is the self-heart the center-symbol that directly symbolizes the duality/oneness of Supreme self and “mere self” as beautifully expressed in this kanji.

A Filianist at a Shinto Shrine

Sun Daughter Press (publishers of The Gospel of Our Mother God and The Feminine Universe) has opened a free online library called The Reading Room.

One of the chapters presented is from a forthcoming book about Japan and describes the reactions of a devout Filianist devotee of Our Mother God on visiting a Shinto Shrine.

We think our readers may find it interesting.

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The Question of Faith

The Religion of our Mother God is described as a "faith" - but what does faith really mean? Our position is very different from that of Western Religion.

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The Blessed Virgin Mary

A correspondent writes:

I just wanted to bring to your attention that the information you posted on your website about Mary the Mother of God is, in fact, wrong.

Devotion to Mary stems from the Catholic Church not from a pagan religion. And this devotion which comes from the Church (in its original and true form) strictly empahsizes that Mary is NOT a goddess and that she is neither a reincarnation of any pagan goddess nor is She in opposition of patriarchy. In fact, historically, Mary is never recoreded to have been disobeident to the Faith of Her ancestors which included patriarchy.

I, as well as my fellow Catholics, would greatly appreciate if you would kindly edit the information you have on this website concerning Mary.

Thank you so very much!


Thank you so much for your kind interest in our site.

There seems to be a small misunderstanding here, so let us try to clarify the question.

Devotion to Maryam of Nazareth, the human mother of Jesus of Nazareth was indeed originated by the Christian Church (the use of the term "Catholic" here is a little misleading since it originates long before the division of that church into Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant denominations).

The devotion to Our Lady, the Queen of Heaven, Star of the Sea, and Her imagery long predates the birth of Maryam of Nazareth. The Worship of the Queen of Heaven was practised by the ancient Hebrews among many, many other peoples. In fact it seems to have been at one time the universal religion of humanity (and so, perhaps ironically, the only faith that could ever literally be called Catholic.)

The image of Mary used in Western Christian iconography uses the symbolism of the Queen of Heaven, though we are of course aware (and have clearly acknowledged) that Christian doctrine does not accept the divinity of Mary.

As for ourselves, we certainly do not and would not advocate the worship of the human person Maryam of Nazareth as God.

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Tamala - the Feast of the Dead

The first of Werdë - 31st of November - is the first day of Tamala, the Feast of the Dead. Read all about Tamala.

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A note on Nature Religion

Is the religion of our Mother God a nature religion? A few notes on this subject.

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Cuivanya - the Feast of Divine Life

Cuivanya falls on the 17th of Abolan (21st September). It is the middle festival of the great Mysteries of Life Cycle. Read about it here.

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The Day of Werde

The Day of Werde falls on the 16th of Vaskaras (23rd August). It is the day on which we contemplate our personal fate and assess the direction of our lives. It

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Filianism and Non-Dualism

Is Filianism non-dualist? Is the world an illusion according to Filianism? And if so, what does that mean?

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Chelanya: the Golden Festival

Chelanya begins the Mysteries of Life Cycle and is the first great harvest festival of Our Mother God.

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Chelanya - the Golden Festival

Chelanya, the Golden Festival, falls on Kerea 22nd/August 1st. Discover more!

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The Unreal World and the Sky

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.

Original Sin and the Concept of Origin in Japanese

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.

Original Sin in Filianism

What does the religion of our Mother God say about original sin? Are beings born sinful, or are they fundamentally good?

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Satya Yuga to Kali Yuga, Gold to Iron - the True Pattern of History

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?

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The use of "Amen"

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,

Dini Pantheacraft

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.

Florimaia - the Feast of the Flowers

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 and the Apple

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?

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The Kanji Symbol for Mounain

Japanese kanji are based on traditional symbolism. We examine the kanji for mountain in the light of tradition and the Filianic faith.

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Exaltation of the Queen of Heaven

Today is the Exaltation of the Queen of Heaven. Blessings to all our readers!

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The Song of the Scriptures

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.

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Filianic Scriptures: Ithelic Meter

The Filianic Scriptures incorporate beautiful and musical poetic meters. Here we examine one of them - the Ithelic meter

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Filianic Scriptures - the Golden Time

We present an important commentary on the very beginning of the Filianic Scriptures - the creation of the Golden World at the Beginning of time.

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The Day of Our Sovereign Lady

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.

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Calendar for this year

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.

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What is Filianism?

A complete introduction to Filianism: the religion of God the Mother - and Daughter.

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A Chant for Hiatus

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.

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The End of Days

As we approach the end of the year and (for Filianists) the Death of the Daughter, we also approach, symbolically, the end of the world.

An article on preparing for this solemn time has been published in the Temple of Hestia blog.

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Med Moura

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.

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Ancient Metaphysics of Kanji

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.

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Living a Deanic Life

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: Who are the Daughters of Shining Harmony?

Chelouranya is "an all-feminine community dedicated to innocence, elegance and amity". We ask for Chelouranyan answers to some current criticisms.

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Traditional Astrology or Traditional Cosmology?

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.

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The Demon Question

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?
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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.

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The Exalatation of the Queen of heaven

May 1st/Maia 14th is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Queen of Heaven.

Read about this beautiful festival, its history and meaning.

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Doki Doki Precure and the True Heart

A new essay at Happy Innocent Musume Senshi discusses the Metaphysical implications of a current Japanese anime with reference to Filianic Scripture.

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The Demon Planets

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.

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The Symbolism of Fairy Tales

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.

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Anime and God the Daughter

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.

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Easter Hymn for Devotees of Our Mother God

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.

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Descartes imagination and reality

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.

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Anima Mundi and the Human Psyche

What do we mean by the Anima Mundi and what relation does it bear to the human psyche?

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The Day of Maia

The Day of Maia is a minor festival dedicated to the all-creative principle of nature.

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  • God as Mother

  • The Question of Faith

  • The Filianic Creed

  • The Triple Goddess: The Original Holy Trinity

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  • The Nature of an Angelic Being

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  • The Catechism of Our Mother God

  • The Dogmatic Question

  • Life after Death: The Soul and Immortality

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  • A Look at their Music

  • Original Sin and the Snake in Filianism


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    The Feminine Universe

    The Other Philosophy Everything you have ever heard comes out of the patriarchal world-view. Its materialism, its religion, even its feminism. Here is the other way of seeing the world; the natural way: the way that everyone saw things before patriarchy and will again when patriarchy is long forgotten.

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