New “About” statement

During most of its history this blog has provided me a platform in which to discuss my own interpretations of De’anism, a religion founded in the 1970s which can be briefly but inadequately defined as a religion in which God, the creator / source of the universe is conceived and worshiped as feminine. Thus Dea the Latin word for feminine God or Goddess is thought as and worshiped in feminine  forms such as Mother, Lady and Queen. The purpose of life in Deanic terms is the worship Dea and submission to her loving will. Within my own interpretation of Deanism her loving will is very like the concept of the greatest commandments given within the Abrahamic faiths. It is as Jesus said ‘we should love God with all of our heart mind and strength and love our neighbor as ourselves.’ This however should be supplimented with another Old Testament commandment though. ‘We should do justice and walk humbly with our God / Dea.’  Now obviously this says very little about all of the detailed theology and practice of Deanism.  A lot more is needed. But it says enough for now. A substantial literature has been created by Deanic devotees over the years which can be found within various blogs and websites through out the internet. Anyone who is interested in these sources with a little effort should be able to find most of these sources on their own. But if one needs help they can contact me I will help on this.

Unfortunately at this point of time, in spite of the fact that  my religion is informed deeply by Deanic ideas and inspirations, because of my deep disagreements with the directions in which the primary Deanic communities are going,  I can no longer identify myself as a member of any Deanic group nor do I any longer refer to my own religious beliefs as being Deanic. Currently I refer to my own beliefs as being a Maatian form of Theanism. Read my recent articles if you want to understand the terms I use here, and the reasons I break from the mainstream of the Deanic community..
Because this blog no longer serves its earlier purpose as being a critical support of the Deanic community I have decided to change its name. . So what is its purpose now? Well it will still serve as my own personal blog in which I will continue to express my own personal views on religion,  However I have also decided to extend its use to express my views other topics. Among these are my views on politics, political philosophy,  ideas on aspects of culture such as my views on books, television, movies,etc.
What about myself? I am a 68 year old man, a non-academic autodidact, who believes that hopefully he does have a few observations about reality that might be useful to some. Anyway he does feel driven to write even if few if any will ever read much of what he has to say.
Glenn King

To Ma’atian Theanism

About three months ago, I made a decision to return to the Deanic community. About a month ago in order to distinguish my own interpretation of Deanism from those ideologies dominant within it, I wrote a post  in which I described my understanding of Deanism as being a Maatian / Justice form of the common faith. However as a result of my experience within the community during the past three months I have now come to the conclusion that redefining my own interpretations of Deanism as Maatian did not go far enough. I believe now that the differences between my understanding of Deanism and the  dominant trends within it are more significant than I had thought. In spite of the fact that I hold the Deanic Scriptures as in many ways authoritative, and as having great spiritual worth, in spite of the fact that I worship Dea daily, in spite of the fact that I seek to do her will, I have come to the conclusion that a probably insurmountably gap exists between my interpretation of the religion and the interpretation of  those who dominate it today. I suspect in fact that these difference perhaps are about as great as for example  as the difference between early Christianity’s and its First Century Jewish parent religion.

Therefore while I feel that I have every right to interpret the Deanic scriptures in ways that seem right to me and to interpret Dea will according to my ability to understand right and wrong, I choose to no longer refer to myself as being “Deanic.” I choose instead to reclaim the use of a word  by which I defined myself in 2012. The root of that word is Theia or Thea, which is the Greek word for Female Deity or Goddess. Its relationship with the word Dea is of course obvious. But at least by using words such a Theanism, Theanic, etc to name my religion, persons will not be able to credibly say that I pretend to be something that I am not. I will of course continue to refer to my interpretation of Theanism as being Ma’atian.
None of this of course means that I will reject discussions on theology, spiritual practice with those few Deani who continue to choose to have dealings with me. And Yes I will continue to discuss the Deanic traditions to the degree that this is necessary to articulata a Maatian interpretation of Theanism. Enough said for now.
Glenn

In the Support of Gender and Spiritual Egalitarianism

I wrote this post initially for the In Devotion to Dea forum. However it fit here just about as well.

  “For a man should not have his head covered, since he is the image and glory of God. But the woman is the glory of the man. For man did not come from woman, but woman from man. Neither was man created for the sake of woman, but woman for man. 10 For this reason a woman should have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels. 
 
11 In any case, in the Lord woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman. 12 For just as woman came from man, so man comes through woman. But all things come from God.”     St.  Paul – The New English Bible
Most modern women, except for those who are committed to Christian fundamentalism, are offended for good reasons by the above famous passage from Paul’s letter 1 Corinthians 11.7-10. And many men such as myself have rejected such views throughout their whole lifes as well. It is rejected because it violates a basic idea often viewed as modern that human beings both men and women are in a deep way fundamentally of one nature and equal. And even Paul the author of this writing in verse 11 seems to suspect that he is going to far in a religion, which in Genesis states that ‘God created humankind in his image male and female created he them.’
 
And yet the Traditionalist and Feminine Essentialist positions within Deanism insist that men and women are supposed to accept a doctrine which differs from the above statement only in the exchange of the roles of who is on the bottom and who is on the top. Within their form of Deanism it is women who are in the form of Dea and men are well, they are so inferior, that they do not even to exist within the spiritually superior world of Chelouranya. And within Tellaria, our world, they are certainly to be subordinated as they are in the fictionalized societies of Rheinish Matriarchy. 
 
Now I have heard many justifications for the idea that men need to be subordinated to women within Deanism. While most Deanic thinkers like to base their thoughts on their perception of “supposedly guaranteed” Divine principles first and then work down to the lowly level of earthly fact, they often do use these earthly facts to develop their theological arguments. Thus I have heard it argued that men and women in general do behave differently in many ways. And that women are more identified with the so called “feminine virtues” of humility, caring, patience, love, compassion, etc. Men on the other hand are more often collectively perceived to inhabit the vices of arrogance, pride, anger, vainglory, hatred, violence, etc. And lets assume that the stereotypes represent some truth. Let say that on an average women are morally and spiritually superior to men. However even assuming that to be a fact it in fact says nothing of the reasons for this supposed superiority. There could be other causal factors involved in this situation other than a supposed theological fact that the female represents spirit while the male represents matter.
 
Furthermore, even if on the average any one group, class, or sex does excel in certain fields of behavior such as in spiritual devotion, science, or mathematics that says nothing about any one individuals capacities or character. There are persons who are superior in the vast majority of persons within all groups in many fields of endeaver. Thus there have been brilliant women within the political field, scientific, and literary field in spite of the fact that women on the average have not played a dominant role in these fields. There are persons in both genders in all forms of human endeavor. And the fact that one group as whole may excel in certian activities, certainly should not disqualify those in other groups who in spite of being in the lower achieving group are still superior to almost all members within each group. Now to take this argument to the issue of priest or priestesshood within Deanism, while is where the bias against men really shows itself within Independent Deanism. Even if the majority of qualified persons within the religion are women, it would still make perfect sense permit all qualified men to be priests even if those are few in number. However lest persons misunderstand me. I am not all that interested in the issue of priesthood in itself. Personally I have really doubts about the principle of priest or priestesshood in general. And certainly the attempt to establish a hieriachal priesthoom within a religion which does not even have organized communities on the ground has little value. 
 
Now to deal with a final argument, which I do believe will be utilized my position. I will call it the Roman Catholic priesthood argument. Many Roman Catholic church leaders who support the ban on women priests within the Church will admit that women are in all ways equal if not superior spiritually to men. But the ban of women in the priesthood must still be enforced anyway. Why? Because Jesus was a man and the priest uniquely represents Jesus within the Church. Therefore the since the God-Man Jesus was not a women then that settles it. I suspect that within Deanism those who want to see within it the subordination of men to women will ultimately default to this type of purely theological and purely unprovable idea. Well I can’t prove it wrong any more that anyone can prove it right. This just shows that there is an unbridgeable gap between us. You go your way and I mine. That is it.
 
Note. I am perfectly aware that this will be viewed as an antagonistic article for several members. And for those who want just to enjoy a state of sweetness in which everyone is just so nice and inoffensive to everyone else it no doubt is offensive in itself. Well I am writing it to give testimony to what I believe. Thus I will risk being offensive if persons wish to see it that way. However I have a policy once I have said what I want to say as effectively as I can say it, I try to go onto other things. So in general I do not plan to wast anyone’s time telling them things repeatedly that they do not want to hear. So people need not fear that this is the beginning of any kind of endless repetition. Enough for now.

An Alternative Way of De’anism

I want to say these things as simply as possible.  While during the past few months I have come back to the De’anic faith in a sense, I have certainly not come back to De’anism as interpreted by the Traditionalist Filianic, the Feminine Essentialist, or the Sophian Deanic Traditions. I make no claim that my sense of  Deanism is the same of others. However, my beliefs are not simply the inventions of my own mind. They are informed by very old / traditional religious values which have every bit a right of being heard as those voices which are dominant within De’anism now.

This voice of often submerged religious tradition is a voice which sees the establishment of political, social, and economic justice within this world as being central to the will of God / Dea. It is a voice which in various forms has run through the many religious traditions particularly through the certain submerged communities of the Abrahamic faiths, but also within other world religions such as the Chinese Taoist and Mohist traditions and within Zoroastrianism.
The name by which I chose to call this concern for justice in all of its forms comes from the Egyptian tradition. The word is Ma’at. As a proper noun it refers to the powerful Egyptian Goddess Maat who embodied the qualities of truth, order, law, and justice which were so central to Ancient Egyptian society.  Ma’at as the small letter noun “ma’at refers to those various abstract principles. Thus I call the hyphenated religious tradition which I struggle to follow the path of Maatian Deanism.
Now I do not pretend that I as a 67 year old man necessarily have been particularly successful in following this path through out my life. Forces of personal despair, a lack of judgement, a certain inability to connect with most others effectively and other personal flaws have often prevented me from being the person I wished to be.
And while I have attempted to live by principles of ma’at through out my life I often have failed to do so. So I do not make any particularly great claims of virtue by following this path. But still in spite of my failings it is the only way that makes sense for me to follow. Of course within this writing I have defined this path only in general. I also want to say that the way of maat while the most important is not the only way that my interpretation of Deanism differs from that of others. In future writings I hopefully will be able more concretely write out some of this path’s perimeters.

Short Announcement

I need not go into this in detail. About a year ago this blog ” Devotion to the High Queen of Heaven” ceased to be my primary blog for a variety of reasons, both symbolic and emotional. Now for primarily pragmatic reasons I have decided to again make this my primary blog. While I will again be using this as my main blog, I do hope to change much in the matter of my writing in coming months. I see no reason to discuss these changes at this time. Readers will notice these, if they are noteworthy, as things develop.

Glenn

My Views on Deanism at Present

Ama-ar-gi: Freedom, Justice, and Thea

About a year ago due to my disenchantment with the direction in which the Deanic movement was going at that time, I declared my own separation from the movement. Since that time from the few persons I still had contact with within the movement, I found out that some of the most egregious directions which had been announced at the time l left had been rescinded. But still I felt no real need to re-associate from the religion. My alienation from the religion ( some of it justified and some of it my own fault) which had built up for a period of time was too strong.

During the past year I instead decided to study other religious traditions such as Shakti Hinduism, the Nag Hammadi Gnostic texts, and certain aspects of the Abrahamic faiths to see what they could offer me in replacement of the Deanic faith. I also…

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Femininity and Toxic Masculinity?

Ama-ar-gi: Freedom, Justice, and Thea

One of the problems I have in writing is that I am always tempted to write long and detailed explanations of my points of view. In doing this I often seek to re-enforce my positions with historical and theological analysis well beyond the toleration levels of most persons. The problem is that by succumbing to these temptations, my productively is greatly decreased, and furthermore I find that most persons simply are not that interested in either history or in my theological pondering. Thus within this post and hopefully in others I am going to attempt to keep my writings as short and sharp as possible and see what happens.

One of the preoccupations I have noticed within the broad Deanic community has been a preoccupation with the meaning of femininity. This is natural of course because Deanism has a matriarchal theology of God as Mother, Lady and Queen. But central…

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