16 Rosa/June 28
Part I revolves around Ekklesia matters.
Part II involves more personal matters.
This is not a response to any one person. This is a response to recent conversations amongst several blogs and tumblr posts. It also covers several areas, hence it’s length.
First of all, let me make clear that we are not saying that men and women are not spiritually equal. Of course we are equal! I have four sons and four grandsons along with the most wonderful husband in the world. Of course I believe that my husband, my sons and my grandsons are spiritually equal to females. And, all are children of Dea.
We are only stating the fact that the Filianic/Deanic religion is a feminine religion; something that has been stated many times by our fore-mothers.
We are not planting any ‘seed’ for the future; we are simply one Tradition which follows the Madrian teaching of a female-only clergy and we follow the Chapel’s and Lucienne’s prerogative of having female-only groups, such as our Deanic Ladies group.
Having a female-only clergy and a female spiritual head (or mistress) of the household for a feminine religion is to be found in the Madrian edition of the catechism .
The duty or role of the female in a Janite hestia (home), just as it states in the Madrian edition of the catechism, is to serve as the spiritual head or mistress of the household. This means that she is to conduct the Rite of Sacrifice and the holy days for her family. If there is no female in the household, I have been told by Mr. David Kay, that the male may serve the Sacrifice. However, males may not be clergy.
And so, again, because I can’t emphasize this enough, the idea of a female-only clergy and a female spiritual head or mistress of the household are Madrian teachings, the teaching of our fore-mothers, not our own. (1) Keep in mind that this is in reference to a clearly feminine religion.
It is the duty and role of the female, as priestess of Ekklesia or as mistress of her hestia, to serve the sacred rites for a feminine religion.
If a feminine religion is not being practiced in the household, then there is no need to have a female spiritual head of the household. (A. M. Candra Sophia).
Our homes are sacred. They have been blessed and consecrated to Dea. And so they become hestias. Taken together, these hestias form the body of Ekklesia in addition to (84) all souls who are in communion with the Goddess (Dea) and heras, Geniae (Janati/Janyati), and other souls, both incarnate and disincarnate. (86). The catechism, where these questions may be found, also states that Ekklesia exists on every plane of being.
As mentioned in a previous post, while the mistress of the hestia has the duty to offer the Rite of Sacrifice for her household, the priestess offers the Great Liturgy for Ekklesia and for all of Dea’s children.
Future public congregations don’t really come into question for us at this moment in time, as the Divine Feminine is traditionally worshiped in the home.
As it is now, in Janite Tradition, the priestess may serve a private liturgy in her hestia; one that is offered for Ekklesia and for all of Dea’s children. She may also invite devotees into her hestia for liturgy.
A mistress of an hestia may invite the local priestess to serve liturgy for her household and invited guests.
Initiation rites may also be served in the hestias by a local priestess or by the mistress of the hestia.
I’m not sure that I would like to see these practices expanded into public chapels, temples or churches in the future. My own feeling is that these more organized, public settings always seem to face the danger of eventually becoming patriarchal. This has happened time and time again. If the religion is hestia-bound, there is less chance of this happening. (A. M. Candra).
We highly recommend, for those who are interested in our religion, to read, “The Feminine Universe” by Miss Alice Lucy Trent. www.mother-god.com/ancient-wisdom.html. Next to our scriptures, this is the most important book of our religion.
Please also see the full description of the Gospel of Our Mother God: http://www.mother-god.com/gospel.html where it states: It is not a “feminist spirituality” text. The myths and sutras in The Gospel of Our Mother God are purely feminine. No male figures appear at any point.
This is not a compilation of current thought with a “spiritual” tinge, it attempts to reflect pure and very traditional religion in its feminine form – the form in which religion first appeared on this earth. If you are seriously seeking real feminine devotion, this could be the most important purchase of your life. End of quote.
Elsewhere on the CMG the Gospel of Our Mother God is described as the bible of the feminine religion.
We understand that there has been quite a controversial stir over our decision to become more Orthodox in our views. While we maintain that this is our right, it is vital to remember that we do not speak for others, only for ourselves.