Rosadi/Day of the Flower Moon
O, Agia Vicka, Jana of Courage, Strength and Valor, be with us.
Tonight is the Full Flower Moon. The RoS may be served using the Preface for the Holy Daughter for Spring. https://deanic.com/the-rite-of-sacrifice/.
What is Orthodox Filianism?
Until the recent arrival of Wicca, Goddess and Neo-Pagan religions, if a person wished to belong to a religion, they accepted and followed the belief system and the canons (church laws) of their Church, be it a small bible chapel or a large mainstream church like Roman Catholicism, Orthodox Christianity and so forth. They also strove to follow the moral and ethical strictures of the religion in question. It was unheard of to ‘pick and choose’ what you wanted to believe or not to believe. What some have termed, a cafeteria-style religion.
How do we compare Deanism, Filiainism and Orthodox Filianism?
Deanism, in general, is similar to modern Wicca in that Deanism has a tendency to be very eclectic and it can mean different things to different people. The basic, fundamental premise is a belief in Dea as Supreme Being and coming to know and to love Her. But, in contrast, unlike Wicca and general Deanism, Filianism is not eclectic. It is not diverse. Filianism means certain things. To be a member of the Filianic religion means certain things.
In its strictest sense, Deanism, let alone Orthodox Filianism, does not include the worship or honoring of male deities. Modern Deanic Traditions might abide by the Living Stream guidelines or they might not. They may or may not include the Filianic Creed, the Filianic-Madrian Scriptures (now referred to as the Clear Recital or the Recital), the Janae/Janati or any other number of our beliefs, doctrines and practices. They may be Trinitarian or they might worship the Mother, only. The basic common denominator amongst Deanists is that Dea is Supreme Being and there are none beside Her.
What about Filianism?
First of all, Filianism is not a feminist religion.
It is a common misunderstanding that Filianism is a feminist religion. The Chapel, itself, has specifically stated in the past that Filianism is a feminine and not a feminist religion. Orthodox Filianism is not feminist. Past articles on the CMG (Chapel of Our Mother God) often contrast Filianism with ‘feminist goddess religions“.
In addition to the religion being all Feminine in its Deity and basic belief system, the inherent Filianic culture is not so much feminist as it is feminine. Indeed, the customs and culture of Filianism is incredibly feminine. We rejoice in this celebration of femininity. The culture of a religion is the fullest expression of its defining quality.
In order to consider oneself Filianic, a person must be able to fully accept the Creed. This includes accepting the Sacrificial Daughter because to be Filianic literally means to be ‘of the Daughter’ and this implies a belief in Her Sacrifice.
Even more so than Deanism, to be Filianic means that no male deities are worshiped. If a person honors or worships male deities, they cannot rightly claim they are Filianic. They might be Deanic according to the modern interpretation of the term, (as long as they believe that Dea is Supreme), but they are not Filianic. Knowing this, I tend to find it a bit perplexing when I hear about devotees who refer to themselves as being not just Filianic, but Orthodox Filianic, and yet, they worship or honor male gods. This is not part of Orthodox Filianism, which is Filianism in its strictest form. (This issue is clearly stated.http://www.mother-god.com/filianism.html).
Filianism uses only Living Stream images for Dea. (http://www.mother-god.com/pagan-h.html). There are thealogical reasons for this and this is one of the things which separates Filianism from neo-Paganism, Wicca and New Age Goddess Traditions.
While Filianism makes clear that Pagan goddesses may not be used for Dea, the Chapel is more lenient about using non-Living Stream Images/Forms for the Janae/Janyati due to their relevant symbolism. But Janites have elected to use only angelic forms or images for the Janae.
Being Filianic includes the responsibility of helping to channel the Love of Dea into the world from a standpoint of Pure Love and service to others; the daily practice of the Virtues, and following the instructions on the care of the soul as found in the Clear Recital.
On a personal note, when I first came into the Faith about 8 years ago, I entered through Filianism. But, over time, there were certain Filianic doctrines with which I was not in agreement. And, due to the fact that there were doctrines and a part of the Creed with which I didn’t agree, I realized that I could no longer consider myself to be Filianic. As a past Filianic bishop once explained, Filianism means certain things and you have to be able accept the Creed. And so I was honest and I stopped referring to myself as being Filianic.
Within the past year, I have been able to work through many of these doctrinal issues with which I was not in agreement. Due to recent clarifications on the doctrine of Original Sin and the doctrine of the death of the Daughter, I am now able to accept the Creed and the scriptures, in full. (Janites add belief in the Janae to the Creed.)
My only remaining issues with Orthodox Filianism is that basically, not only I do not accept the idea of the Janae as being ‘intermorphs’, (an idea which was not found in Madrianism), I do not accept the idea that the masculine Principle and Quality does not survive death.
I don’t mean to make light of these teachings; there are reasons for them. But, on a personal level, I don’t accept them. I believe the Janae are Female, but they are not intermorphs.
And, I believe that Dea created both females and males and that they are spiritually equal. I believe that both go to Avala and after the karmic reincarnation cycle, they are assumed unto Eternal Life. What happens to the Principle/Quality of Gender (which is not the same as biological sex) once it reaches the greatest heights of Perfect Union with Perfection, Herself? I don’t know. This is not something that has been revealed to us by God and no-one has come back from the Realm of Perfection to tell us.
But, I am now in accord with all the main doctrines.
So, in essence, someone who is Orthodox Filianic would not include the worship or honoring of any male gods. An Orthodox Filianic would not believe that a person may survive death in a male state of being. And being Orthodox Filianic means that you believe in the Sacrificial Daughter and everything else as stated in the Creed. (Having a creed and doctrines helps to protect the integrity and intrinsic identity of the religion itself. ) And most of all, aside from loving Dea, being Filianic means a concentration on purifying the soul and living in kindness to others.
If one is looking to Filianism as being a feminist religion, then quite honestly, I think they are missing the point.
Being Orthodox Filianic doesn’t just mean that you use the Filianic names of the months, days and feast days and belief in Dea; it means a lot of things.
If a person is interested in Orthodox Filianism, Race Mochridhe of
http://apronstrings.racemochridhe.com/, would be a good person with whom to speak. And you may also ask questions of the Daughters of Shining Harmony. You may find their contact form, at the bottom of their main page: http://www.mother-god.com/.