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Guest post by ArchMadria Candra Sophia.
6 Moura/Feb. 25
O, Madria Theia, Jana of Illumination, Joy and Benevolence, be with us.
Very early on, I had some concerns with certain doctrines and teachings within Filianism and Lux Madriana, at least as I understood Madrianism at the time. (The Madrians came first, Aristasia was later.)
I think first and foremost, I was very uncomfortable with the Holy Daughter having been modelled on the goddess Inanna.
Though she was highly revered in her day, the Pagan goddess Inanna was known to be a highly promiscuous (and married) goddess of sex and war and therefore, in my mind, was not a proper Form/Image for the most Pure, (this is a human biological term often used: Virginal) Holy Daughter God.
I also had thealogical concerns about how a non-incarnate God can die. The Holy Daughter, unlike the Christ of Christianity, did not incarnate as a human being. The part of the Christ, in the Christian Mythos, that died was his human body. His spirit and his soul lived on.
The Holy Daughter did not have a body of flesh that can die. And it is taught that even Her Spirit died and the spirit cannot die. Spirit is pure energy and pure energy cannot die …it can only be transformed.
God cannot die. If God dies then God ceases to be eternal. If God is not eternal, then the Divine Being is not God. If God the Daughter dies, then She ceases to be eternal. If She ceases to be eternal, then the Holy Daughter cannot, by the very definition of God, be God. God Is Eternal. Other Filianists/Déanics view this differently, and that’s fine. But it is for this reason that Janites do not accept the actual death of the Daughter and this is one way that we differ from other Traditions within the greater Déanic community.
Interestingly enough, about a year after I formed the Janites, it was explained to me that not all early Madrian Orders accepted the death of the Daughter for similar reasons as to my own.
What it really comes down to is looking at the same truth through different colored lenses 🙂
The Madrians clearly referred, in their edition of the Scriptures, to the Holy Daughter as Inanna. Others knew Her as Jana. The Aristasians/Chelouranyans came to know Her as Anna.
But for the Order of Kore Di-Jana (Janites), She is Sophia or Kore Sophia, as we know Her. I believe in Her. I am Her ordained priestess. Because Sophia is the Janite Form/Image of the Holy Daughter (Kore), this sets us apart from other Traditions of the community.
The Déanic/Filianic community purports to allow Living Stream goddesses to be used as Forms and Images for Déa. Sophia is definitely a Living Stream goddess for many reasons too numerous to recount in this post. But, She has been accused of being too much of a Christian goddess to be a form of Déa in the Déanic Faith. Well, if the Blessed Virgin Mary can be used as an Image or Form for Déa, most certainly can Sophia. Especially because many Catholics and many Russian Orthodox understand the Blessed Virgin Mary to be an incarnation of the Divine Sophia. Sophia is just as Living Stream as is Quan Yin, Amaterasu, Brighid, Mary, Lakshmi and all the Hindu Goddesses, Tara, the Shekinah, Isis, etc. The Déanic/Filianic religion allows Living Stream goddesses as Forms/Images of Déa. Sophia is a Living Stream Goddess. I believe, wholeheartedly, that Sophia is the Universal Goddess. She is not just Christian, She is not just Greek; She is not just Gnostic; She is also believed, by many to be Isis (Isis-Sophia), She is pan-religious, She is truly Universal.
And we have recently discovered her amazing connection to Eurynome, the basis of our own Creation Mythos. And I could relate, in so many ways, how She is virtually identical with the Déanic/Filianic idea of the Holy Daughter. Sophia is known to rule all Creation, all of Nature. She descended through the realms and sacrificed Herself. She is truly our Soteria.
Sophia is known as the ruling Energy of Nature and She is known as the World Soul… She has revealed Herself in visions as the Panorama of the Earth.
Where Sophia is the Janite Form /Image of the Holy Daughter, https://deanic.com/2016/12/10/faq-spiritsoul-part-i/ we follow the Mythos of the Divine Shattering of Shekina/Sophia rather than the myth of Inanna as depicted in the Passion of the Holy Daughter in our Scriptures. But this Shattering was not Her death, but rather was an intimate and life-giving sharing of Her Soul with all of us. https://deanic.com/2017/08/30/part-ii-the-holy-daughter/ & https://deanic.com/2016/12/11/faq-the-holy-soul-part-iii/ & https://deanic.com/2017/04/05/the-meaning-of-the-day-of-lustrationkala-from-a-janite-perspective/
Kore Sophia descends down through the realms to be imminent with us… to the point where She becomes the very World Soul. She is the True Lady of All Nature and She is intimately with us, always. We are truly One with Her. The Holy Anima Mundi.
However, it is important to note that we do not accept the Gnostic Christian demotion of Her. Namely, the idea that She is trapped here or that She needed Her Male Consort to save Her. So in this theology, there are many similarities with Filianic teachings, but there are also differences. It is basically two differing colored lenses to look at the same fundamental Truth. (Please see link to the article by Max Dashu http://www.suppressedhistories.net/articles/GnosticGoddessFallenSophia.pdf ).
In summary of this issue, we accept Sophia as the Holy Daughter and we follow Her Mythos of the Divine Shattering as opposed to the myth of the passion of Inanna. But again, these are simply two different ways of interpreting the same fundamental, Cosmic Truth.
The second major issue where we differ is with the attitude towards males. We differ from the later separatist Lux Madrians and certain other Déanic communities in that we believe that males are spiritually equal to females and that their souls remain male after death. We believe that males are spiritually eternal just as are females. In this way, we are not feminine essentialists. It is my understanding that some early Madrians believed the same.
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