Filianic/Deanic/ The Feminine Universe

20 Rosa/July 2

Sunnadi/Sunday

O, Madria Theia, Jana of Illumination, Joy and Benevolence, be with us.

May the Pure Stream of Your Virtues flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come. Blessed are You.

~

I must confess that I’m not as aware as Madria Rosalie and a couple other members of the JOP are as to what is going on in the tumbler/blogospheres. However, I guess I have been given the basic gist of the situation.

As far as I know, both the terms Deanic and Filianic were originally coined by the Aristasians who are now the Shining Daughters of the Chapel of Our Mother God. http://www.mother-god.com/. My understanding is that the earlier Madrians were not familiar with these terms and only referred to themselves as being Madrian.

Here is their definition of Deanism: http://www.mother-god.com/filianism.html (Scroll down to Filianism and Deanism). 

And so, it is my understanding that Deanic means of the Mother. It is a monotheastic religion where God is Female and is Supreme and there are none beside Her. Someone who is Deanic does not believe that God is both male and female. Nor does someone who is Deanic practice a blended path of Deanism together with a patriarchal religion (a mistake I had made in the past for my former Kyrian group.)

However, as this article states: most Déanists have at least some relation to the Filianic faith, and in practice the separation between the two is less clear-cut than it might seem. http://www.mother-god.com/filianism.html.

This does not necessarily mean that there might not be other Deanic religions such as Shaktism. But, while some of us may have tried to re-defined what Deanism means in the past, I think that the people who coined the phrase in the first place are the ones who best know how to define it.

Filianism means of the Daughter or Daughter God believer. A Filianist is Trinitarian and believes in the Filianic Creed. (Found below.) A Filianist believes that the Holy Daughter is our Soteria, our Saviouress. Filianism is a feminine Mystery religion and is presided by females, only.

The Filianic Faith, as a former leader of the religion once wrote, means certain things.  It is not a ‘free-for-all’ religion.

In order to prevent a religion from becoming a free-for-all, religions, such as Christianity, Filianism and the former Madrian religion, have creeds and a catechism. (The CMG uses the shorter form of the catechism.) Within the Creed and the catechism, the teachings of the religion are spelled out, clearly and concisely.

When one becomes Orthodox Christian or Catholic, they must accept the teachings of the Nicene Creed. For an adult to convert, they must undertake a six month study of the religion. If they cannot accept the Creed or the teachings of Catholic or Roman Christianity, they do not convert.

By the same token, one who is Filianic accepts the Creed and the teachings, especially as expounded in The Feminine Universe. 

In the past, we had refrained from referring to ourselves as being Filianic because we did not accept everything that the Creed taught,  (mainly due to misunderstandings). We also desired to create our own Tradition that had more of a Western devotional culture. And so, out of respect for Filianism, we only referred to ourselves as being Deanic.

It is my feeling that this is currently causing too much confusion. When we are really making Filianic statements, they are being misconstrued, by many, as being statements for all of Deanism. And so, we will, in the future, refer to ourselves as being Filianic. We believe in the Creed, the catechism (when properly understood) and the teachingbys of The Feminine Universe. But, we are a separate Tradition of Filianism than that of the Chapel.

The Feminine Universe is the first book each Janite priestess in training, must read and study.  In my personal opinion, this is a must read for every Filianic devotee. In my estimation, it is the companion text to the scriptures. Through the reading and studying of The Feminine Universe, a devotee cannot help but come away with a very clear understanding of the religion and the truth about and a proper understanding of matriarchal societies.

As far as the scriptures are concerned, those who are familiar with the Faith (and we use the term Faith within the western context of meaning a ‘religion’, hence the capital F) affirm that the scriptures were written for a matriarchal society. Of course, they may be used and read by everyone who loves Our Lady. It is only when they are taken out of their matriarchal context, that they are being misunderstood.

The Filianic/Madrian religion is a feminine religion and Madrian men understood and accepted this. They understood that the Madrian religion was a matriarchal, feminine religion presided over by females.

We are sorry if some find our beliefs and practices to be upsetting, but as has been stated time and time again, we realize that our religion isn’t right for everyone. It is simply right for us.

I believe that Madria Rosalie has one more future post to offer on these subjects.

(Please note that Janites use the longer form of the Creed as found on our website.)

The Filianic Creed  (for an explanation of the Creed, please see: http://www.mother-god.com/I-believe.html)

I believe that I am created
from before the dawn of time
by the one eternal Dea.

I believe that Dea is One
and there are none beside Her,
And I believe that She is also Three.

I believe in the Mother,
Who is pure Light,
the Creatrix of the earth and of the heavens
and of all the illimitable cosmos.

And I believe in Her virgin Daughter,
born of the virgin Mother,
the ruler of all the energies of creation,
Whose nature is perfect Love.

And I believe in She that stands beyond these Two,
Whose Name has not been spoken on this earth:
For She is the Beginning and the End;
the First Principle and the Final Cause;
the unoriginated Origin of being.

I believe that I was made a perfect creature
and at the dawn of time my soul did turn
from the Perfection of existence
in the infirmity of her sovereign will:
And through this fault do I suffer
the limitation of imperfect being.

I believe that the Daughter of Eternity
gave herself to be cast down into darkness and death.
I believe that She rose from death triumphant
And reigns as Queen of Heaven.

I believe that through Her death
the fault of my soul shall perish,
And I believe, through Her triumphant life,
My soul shall rise renewed in her perfection
that she may return to eternal communion
with the one eternal Dea.

 

 

 

Reposted from Pantheacraft

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.

However, because I have been made aware of this upset, I have been pushed to re-examine my own understanding; and will offer here a brief and concise ‘definition of terms’, in the hope that this will help those who are genuinely interested to understand particulars of the religion.
Deanism/Deanic – Deanism is not a religion. At least not a single religion. It is an umbrella definition for any and all religions and traditions which understand and declare Dea/Shakti/Devi/”Goddess” as Absolute – One without another. This is the fundamental premise to be Deanic. It does not matter, which Deanic religion is followed – or if any at all.
In comparison to male religion, Deanism/Deanic would equate to Abrahamism/Abrahamic, respectively to an understanding of God as ‘He’; whether that be in a context of any particular religion – Abrahamic, Hindu (yes, there are male Hindu religions, which actually form the majority within Hindu religions), or other – or not.
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Finianism (Trinitarian Deanism)/Filianic – Filianism is a modern/contemporary form of the Ancient Mystery Tradition of Mother God (Demeter) and The Holy Daughter who is The Saviour (Kore/Persephone).
It is a specific religion – as is Hindu Shaktism – which falls under the umbrella of Deanism.
Filianism is a Female Mystery Tradition.
One might compare – to male religion – what is Filianism to Deanism, is Christianity to Abrahamism. (Christianity also being the only Mystery Tradition – at least that is the original idea – within the Abrahamic context.)
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The Janite Tradition, as example of a Filianic/Trinitarian Deanic Tradition
This is a specific tradition (one might use the term Church, when comparing to Christian traditions), of the Filianic religion. As ours is a very small religion – in terms of followers – we do not have many distinct traditions/Churches at present. As far as I’m aware, at this time, there are only the Janite Tradition and Lucienne Tradition (headed by ArchMatrona Ghrian).
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.
One might compare – to male religion – what the Janite Tradition is in relation to Filianism, is what Roman Catholicism is in relation to Christianity.
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The Janite Order of Priestesses and Sisterhood
As some of the Christian traditons have religious and lay-religious orders, the Janite Tradition – as far as I am aware – is the only tradition within the Filianic religion to have lay-religious orders.

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.
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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 illustrate this on my own personal example: I am Deanic; I am Filianic, i.e. follow the Filianic religion; I am Janite, i.e. follow the Janite Tradition; I am a member/madria of the Janite Order of Priestesses and Sisterhood, and am of the Janite Hestian Order (which is again one of our three sub-orders within the JOP).

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.

We Have the Right to Be Who We Are Part II

My mentor and my bishop, ArchMatrona Ghrian, studied under a Madrian priestess and was a devout Orthodox Filianic before founding her own Lady of Light Chantry, a Tradition which, while staunchly Deanic, is based upon the Nordic culture of her ancestral mothers. And so, we have a clear understanding of what the Deanic/Filianic religion is and what it is not.

In the past, I probably should have left the Filianic religion if I couldn’t accept the religion for what it was. But for some reason, I could not bring myself to do that. There was too much about it that I loved. .

When I found the Chapel, I not only found Our Divine Mother God,  I also found the inherent celebration of femininity within the religion and within the scriptures; a femininity that has been so crushed since the Eclipse. I found values similar to my own. And so, despite my misgivings about certain aspects of the Faith, I knew I was home. But, I wanted to ‘re-decorate’ my new religious home… drastically… to make it fit in with what I thought it should be.

As I stated in my Humble Admission post,  I had no right. This was a religion that was not of my design and creation. The scriptures were not mine to re-write. The authors of the scriptures are still alive. They have chosen to remain anonymous so that the scriptures might speak for themselves. And the way the religion was created is perfect. Each part blends beautifully with the rest.

Each religion has its own inherent culture. Catholicism, the denominations of Orthodox Christianity, Judiasm, Hinduism, Buddhism, all have their own underlying culture. A religious culture is what helps to make a religion strong, vital and meaningful to their devotees. A religious culture is only wrong when it is forced upon those who do not wish to participate or when it is harmful to others.

We have, within Filianism and within our own sister Traditions of Janites and Luciennes, our own culture. Part of that culture is a celebration of femininity and all that is feminine. We realize this culture is not for everyone and that’s fine. But, that does not mean that we have to change or police our own culture because others find it to be objectionable.

We are certainly not all 50’s era wives and many of our devotees would take great exception to being put under that umbrella. Some of us have traditional marriages, yes. Others are in lesbian or intermorph relationships. Still others might be in more unconventional relationships or marriages.  However, if a devotee is a 50’s era wife, that is her choice and we uphold her right to that choice. It is one that is respected and honored by us just as all relationships should be respected and honored.This personal relationship style should be a threat to no-one.

If we choose to share about our marriages or our relationships with others of our female community, we have a right to do so without being disparaged by others. We try to create a safe online community where we may feel free to be ourselves.

As both feminist and non-feminist members of the JOP, those of our Tradition believe that we do not have to sacrifice our femininity in order to have equal rights with men.

The bottom line is, as I have learned the hard way: we do not have to change who we are, nor do we have to change our religion or our scriptures in order to please everyone else. I have tried to do that in the past and it did not work for me. Others have tried it and it did not work for them.

And yes, our customs include dressing in a feminine manner, with dignity and modesty. (Not meaning people have to wear skirts to their ankles.) We celebrate femininity and beauty and gentleness and politeness.  The Lucienne and Janite traditions include the custom of veiling (wearing a head scarf, mantilla or hat), for symbolic reasons, during our rites. These are our own ways and we do not expect those outside of our Traditions, to follow them.

No-one is being prevented from starting their own Deanic religion. And, there are those who have. There are different forms of a Deanic religion. A Deanic religion simply means a religion that recognizes the Divine Feminine as Supreme Being. Shaktism and Dianic Wicca immediately come to mind.

But, a Deanic religion that is based upon our scriptures, our Creed, and the teachings of the Madrians and Filianists means certain things.

What really surprises me, I think more than anything, is that those who have been the most wrathful about our decisions for the Janite Tradition do not now, nor have they ever, belonged to the Janite community. Not a single one of them.

The Janites are who we are. The Luciennes are who they are. The Filianists are who they are. The Madrians were who they were. If someone wants to start a Deanic religion where men may be clergy or where femininity is not an aspect of their custom and culture more power to them, but that is not who we are.

So, in summary: with our desire to have a feminine only clergy, it is not because we believe males to be spiritually inferior, it is because:

1) As Janites, we believe that females best channel the Divine Feminine in a feminine religion. We believe that our communion rite is a Feminine Mystery.

This is similar to many Wiccan religions who have the female priestess channel the Great Goddess while the male priest channels the God  (including those Traditions where there is a communion rite rather than a symbolic fertility rite).

There have been some Goddess Christian groups where there are male and female priests: the female priest(ess) channels the Divine Feminine and the male priest channels the Divine Masculine during the communion rite.

We understand that many won’t agree with this belief either, but they don’t have to. This isn’t about the beliefs of others; it is about our beliefs. We are not asking anyone outside of Janite Tradition to accept them.

2) We agree with the following statements as found on the Chapel website:  “In Western societies there is a tendency, if power is not placed firmly in feminine hands, for a feminine devotion to become very patriarchal and to end up as a power-game for male egos.

But the Feminine Congregation of Dea will always be very important to us. Our personal spirituality is inherently a feminine spirituality.

For us and for many women, past, present and future, that will always be so.  www.mother-god.com/feminine-spirituality.html. End of Quote.

What we believe should be of no concern to those who are not Janites. We speak for ourselves and for no-one else. We understand that our Tradition, our culture, our customs and a feminine religion are not for everyone, nor are they intended to be.

But, to those who find value in it, no matter what gender they may be, that is wonderful, as long as it is clearly understood that this is an inherently feminine religion.

We hope that we have made our position clear.

Thank you.

~

ArchMadria Candra Sophia

1)

107. Who shall celebrate the Sacrifice?

The spiritual head of household shall celebrate the Sacrifice.

108. Who is the spiritual head of the household?

Either the mother, or else the temporal matriarch, or any other maid who has made a solemn undertaking to act as spiritual head of her household.

109. Who shall celebrate if she is absent?

Either her eldest daughter, or any other maid whom she has chosen to act as her surrogate. (The Madrian edition of the catechism.)

(Here maid means female member of the hestia.)

 

 

 

 

We Have a Right to be Who We Are Part I

Stelladi/Wed.

16 Rosa/June 28

Part I revolves around Ekklesia matters.

Part II involves more personal matters.

Dear Friends,

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.

 

Clarification on Our Customs

Stelladi/Wed.

16 Rosa/June 28

 

O, Madria Sofia, Jana of Intelligence, Intuition and Wisdom, may the Pure Stream of Your Virtues flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come. Blessed are You.

~

Dear Devotees,

We have readers and members of the Sisterhood who are not of the Janite Tradition. Some readers might be Madrian, others are Filianic, Auroran, Lucienne, etc. We also have male followers of our blog. Additionally, the JOP Sisterhood includes Madrians and Aurorans.

As such, we do not expect everyone to follow Janite customs. For instance, when I announce the Rite of Sacrifice for the Full Moon each month, it is a Janite and Lucienne custom to veil (wear a scarf or hat) during our rituals.  We had also expected males to wear some type of religious hat, so this custom was not just for females.

For us, as Janites, it is an highly symbolic gesture in honor of Our Lady. It is part of our ‘religious garb’ if you will.

I have written extensively about veiling during our rites in the past and so, I will not repeat this here.

Just because a religious custom is right for Janites does not mean it is right for everyone. Nor do we expect it to be. And that goes for all of our religious customs and ways.

And so, when I or Madria Rosalie are giving specific instructions for our rites, rituals and holy days, they are intended as instructions for the Janite Tradition only, especially for our clergy and those in priestess training. Others may feel free to adopt them or not, as they wish.

Even Janite devotees, who are not clergy, are not fully obligated to follow our customs outside of our future chapels/temples.

I hope this clarification is helpful.

Thank you,

ArchMadria Candra Sophia

Weekly Prayer List

16 Rosa/June 28

For the healing of Rosie,

For the healing of Alix,

For the help of Gregg,

For the healing of S.,

For the healing of M.,

For the guidance of E.,

O, Most Holy Dea, Mother, Daughter and Great Mother, have mercy upon these, Your souls and may they attain mental, physical and spiritual health. May those who have passed beyond the Veil be assumed, through Your Holy Daughter, unto Perfect Union with You.  Through the Pure Stream of Your Grace, may all events unfold for their highest good and according to their True Soul Path.

Let us bless the Holy One,

Blessed is She.

Let us thank the Seven Janati of Power,

Thanks be to the Seven Janati.

My Daughter is Home–personal post

15 Rosa/June 27

Rosadi/Tues.

O, Madria Vicka, Jana of Courage, Strength and Valor, be with us.

May the Pure Stream of Your Virtues flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come.

~

Dear Sisters,
   My daughter has been living abroad in different countries for almost nine years, now. Before that, she went to school in Colorado and did a semester abroad in Australia and visited Fiji. She has spent the last three years in Asia, teaching university students in both Thailand and Taiwan. She was in the Peace Core in Kazakhstan, taught in Russia and Poland and has visited Istanbul and most major cities in Europe.
She is a strong and courageous young woman, because her time abroad has often been fraught with extreme difficulties and sometimes, downright danger.
Now, she is finally coming home. We have missed her so much.
This was her fb post:

When I was 18, my Dad took me on my first plane ride across the country to Colorado to check out a potential university. As we flew over each State, I felt my world becoming bigger and bigger, and my home town becoming smaller and smaller. Colorado was stunning, immediately capturing my heart. What seemed so crazy to me at the time was that a State five hours away by plane could feel so foreign from where I grew up. 

On our last day as we were checking out of our hotel, I felt anxious. Colorado was so far from my home, from my family and friends; could I really move there to live for the next 4 years?  At that moment, I picked up a post card from the check-out desk. Slowly turning it over in my hands, I read the quote, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” – St. Augustine.  That was it. That was my sign (I still have that postcard).

I left home for Colorado at 19, and have since traveled to many places in the States, have lived and worked in 6 countries and have traveled to many more, and have taken hundreds of flights. Needless to say, I have filled my book with the most enriching chapters. The places I’ve been, people I’ve met, and all my experiences have shaped me into the woman I am today, someone much different from the 18 year old small town girl reading that post card back in Colorado.  I feel so very blessed to have had the opportunities I’ve had, and I have nothing but gratitude in my heart.

As I close my chapter in Taiwan, I head back to my hometown, to my roots, to where it all began. I look forward to being welcomed home by family and friends, people who’ve loved me my whole life, and have had to put up with my coming and going all these years.

I’m not quite sure what’s ahead, but that’s always been the most exciting part of the journey. Thank you to everyone I’ve met along the way who have played a character in my book, teaching me the very lessons I’ve needed to get to where I am today.

And now dear friends, it’s time to go home. ❤️ Alexandra Slayton

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And, I have just found out that she is home. She just landed in San Francisco.
Welcome home, Alix! I’m so proud of you. We have missed you, so much!