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