by Madria Rosalie http://pantheacraft.blogspot.com/
O, Madria Rhea, Jana of Steadfastness, Temperance and Self-restraint, be with. May the Pure Stream of your Virtues flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come.
Lately there has been quite a bit of confusion, anxiety and anger happening in the Deanic-Filianic community, based on the question who can be Deanic or Filianic – and who the Filianic scriptures are for, respectively who may use them. This upset has been voiced publicly online on some blogs, as well as privately via email. I have found myself surprised at all of this, uneasy at the responses, and disconcerted by how the situation has developed. Some individuals have even declared to not be Deanic because of this.
ArchMadria Candra Sophia – Prima Madria of the Janite Tradition – has made a statement in two parts on the Janite Tradition’s blog ‘Di-Jana’, declaring our position – as Janites – on this matter.
‘We Have A Right To Be Who We Are – Part I’
‘We Have A Right To Be Who We Are – Part II’
Personally, I will not get involved in contentious discussions; and as far as the Janite Tradition is concerned – of which I am the Prima Filia – I feel, with ArchMadria’s statement we have said everything that there is to say from our position.
Filianism is a Female Mystery Tradition.
Looking back at the beginning of formation of our Filianic religion in its contemporary form, one could say that there was the original Madrian Tradition, which branched off into distinct groups/congregations – of which the Aristasians were one such group, which developed and later presented – most notably with the website A Chapel of Our Mother God – the Filianic religion.
The JOP (Janite Order of Priestesses and Sisterhood) to the Janite Tradition and Filianic religion, is what for example the Benedictine Order is to Roman Catholicism and the Christian religion.
There are also non-tradition-affiliated Filianic groups and congregations –
The Chapel mentions online and on-the-ground Filianic congregations; and there is also the sub-culture group of the Daughters of Shining Harmony (Chelouranya) who are based on the Filianic religion. Chelouranya and the mentioned Filianic congregations are female-only groups.
To answer, to whom all this may apply:
Anyone can be Deanic – if they accept the essential definition.
Anyone can be Filianic – if they follow the religions tenets, which includes understanding and respecting that this is a Female Mystery Tradition, which is not only Deanic and Female-centred, but also exclusively women-led.
Anyone can be Janite – if they follow the traditions tenets, which includes customs and modes of worship.
Only adult women who are Janite (and thus by default Deanic and Filianic) may be members of the Janite Order of Priestesses and Sisterhood.
Lastly, – and that really should go without saying –
every being in this world, every being in any world – be that in this universe or any other – is a child of Dea, regardless of any characteristic whatsoever.
This post will be followed up by a post regarding ‘soul, gender & the afterlife’ – in which I hope to clarify certain things which, likewise, have caused a lot of angst and confusion, which often have led to anger and strife.