The Sodality of Thea is a loosely formed sisterhood / brotherhood, though perhaps more accurately described, a network of persons who have some common theological and spiritual orientations toward the ultimate spiritual reality which we variously perceive in feminine terms as the Goddess, the Divine Mother God, the Female Trinity, Our Lady, the Queen of Heaven, etc. In this we have much in common with many currents of contemporary spirituality. However there are some significant differences between our religious beliefs and practices and those of many modern spiritualities.
1) Goddess monotheism. We are Goddess monotheists. Do not misunderstand. This monotheism should not be understood in terms of the exclusivity of Western monotheisms which often tend toward the attitude of “I have the true religion and therefore your religion is false.” Thean monotheism in not exclusive in this manner being more similar to the Hindu monotheisms dedicated to Krishna, Shiva, or the Great Goddess / the Mahadevi. Thean monotheism also can take a multiple of forms. Some of these are in the forms of the Filianic belief in the Triple Mother, or in the trinitarian form of Mother, Father, Son / Daughter of the ancient Sethian Gnostics. Its monotheism also can take the form of an angelotheist monotheism which sees many of the traditional goddesses of older civilizations such as Athena, Hathor, etc as being differing faces, or angels of the Creatress Mother. It is a monotheism which also tends to believe that reality is full of angels and other spiritual beings, and that the universe is animated by Her presence.
2) On Divine Balance Theology. The Thean emphasis on Goddess monotheism does not mean that Theans necessarily reject forms of male deity, forms such as the Christian Father, Jesus or the Hindu Krishna. While some members of the Sodality of Thea do not believe in a male form of the deity, other members may hold a belief in a divine balance in which full deity takes on both male and female forms. Thus as in more Hindu conceptions of theology the most transcendent form of deity is “nirguna” without form or name, unknowable, beyond sexuality and inclusive of it, etc. This unknown deity is similar to the Hindu Brahman. the Neoplatonic One, the Filianic Dark Mother or the Chinese Tao. Then from this One emanates both the Divine Lady and the Divine Lord. Suggestions of such a theology exist in Hinduism, Taoism and in the religions of many societies.
However in spite what Thean members may believe regarding divine balance theology, the primary purpose of the Sodality of Thea is to support the devotion to and worship of our Divine Mother and Queen. In this the Sodality might be thought of as being in some form similar to some of Marian Sodalities of the Roman Catholic Church the purpose of which is the spread of the devotion to Mary within Roman Catholicism. Another example might be of the Isian temples of the ancient world. The purpose of these temples was the full public worship of Isis. Many of her devotees thought of her as fully God and as the creatress of the universe. That did not necessarily prevent them from seeing Osirus / Sarapis in a similar way.
3) A devotional / bhakti spirituality. The spirituality of the Sodality of Thea is focused on the “worship and love” of Thea / Dea. It is also focused on “submission / obedience to her will.” The content of this spirituality can be easily summarized by the statement of the Jesus / Joshua of Nazareth when he stated that the two greatest commandments are that “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind and your neighbor as yourself.” Since most persons have heard these words regularly in churches and synagogues through out their lives, the meaning of words may have become cliché. However if one thinks on these words deeply, they in fact demand that ones whole life must be committed to them.
One of the consequences of the Sodality of Thea’s devotional / bhakti emphasis is that many of the central focuses of many contemporary spiritualities are not central to Thean practice. Thus magical practices, the channeling of spirits, the achievement of cosmic consciousness, tantra sexuality, etc are not central to Thean practice.
4) Traditionalism. In contrast to many forms of modern spirituality, Theanism does not look upon the traditional western monotheisms and eastern religions such as Hinduism, Taoism, and Confucianism as being only expressions of patriarchy to be held in contempt or ignored. Yes we recognize that the patriarchal nature of the societies from which these religions arose distorted their nature. However that which is good and useful still exists within them and we are willing to learn from them.
5) On Filianism. It should not be surprising that many of our members have backgrounds in Christianity, Judaism or modern forms of Paganism. However a strong mention must be made a relatively unknown faith that has strongly influenced most Sodality members and which in fact has influenced its formation. That is the Filianic / Deanic faith in Our Mother God. This is not the place to say more about the Filianic faith. For those who want to know more about Filianism, its website is http://www.mother-god.com/
6) Relgious Community An important aspect of much of modern spirituality lays in its individualism. Every person is viewed as being on a path to establish his or her own spirituality. All spiritualities are absolutely equal and all get you to heaven, Nirvana, etc. Structured spiritual communities and institutionalized religions tend to be anathema to these spiritualities. While we recognize that each person must ultimately make their own spiritual decisions in life and follow their own sense of right and wrong, we also believe that religious communities, institutions, and traditions are very important to the religious life of humanity. Yes as the history of Christianity, Hinduism and all of the institutionalized religion has amply demonstrated the leaderships of religious communities can be corrupt and oppressive. However in spite of this without religious institutions and traditions, no religious teaching or scriptures could even exist in this world. All societies would have only a purely materialist basis. Thus while it is possible for isolated and relatively powerless individuals to live separately and alone in some form of spiritual state, we believe that the full flowering of spirituality occurs in community.
Reality Check. Most hopes are not transformed into reality. Thus while we hope that the loose network of individuals which makes up the membership of the Sodality of Thea does grow and is able help others who wish to seek Thea. We do know however that our hopes might not be realized. However hope is a virtue and we will perhaps if Thea wills it do some work which is of value.