Toward the Lady of Heaven

As I stated in my last post, the Sodality of Thea is no longer appropriate as the name of this blog. Perhaps its new title Toward the Lady of Heaven will be more appropriate. A few thoughts about the title. Within the Filianic scriptures Thea is more often addressed as Mother or the Spirit than she is as Lady. However in my devotions I tend to address her personally in more political terms such as my Lady or as my Queen much more than I do using parental, familial  terms.

The phrase “Lady of Heaven” I am sure has been used in many religions to address the female Deity. The term was particularly used often in the Egyptian religion to address Hathor and later Isis. Since I identified myself as an Isian prior my coming into the knowledge of the Filianic gospel, I relate strongly to the idea that Thea is the Lady of Heaven. Note. The heaven is this sense includes the whole of the universe with all of its galaxies and differing dimensions. This obviously includes the earth as well of the spiritual realm, the netherworld, as well. Thea even is Queen of the netherworld in which she defeats the power of the forces of death and evil.

A few more thoughts. Thea is simply the ancient Greek word for goddess or female deity. It is the feminine equivalent of Theos the male form of deity. Most Filiyani tend to use the word Dea the Latin word for female deity. However some do use Thea the ancient Greek equivalent. A very important example is that within the New Celestial Union Version  of the scriptures Sarah Morrigan uses the word Thea as opposed Dea when she refers to the Deity. Some may ask why do not Filiyani simply refer to the word “goddess” when referring to deity? The problem with that from a Filianic point of view is that the word “goddess” has been trivialized by many of its usages by both pop culture and by much  of the Neopagan community. Within Neopaganism and in fact much of Classical Paganism goddesses and gods were often simply created spiritual beings who ultimately simply populated a densely populated mythological realm. Most of these deities were in no way seen as the creatress / creator of all things or as the central spiritual reality from which all flows. The Filianic concept of Dea has more in common with what the Christians call God and the Muslims call Allah than it does to the small gods and goddesses of much of Paganism.

If many of the ideas of the goddess which flow out of modern Paganism are inadequate to describe Dea, then popular culture’s ideas of goddess are much worse. How many times will one see popular beauty aids and products advertised for women under the slogan such as “Awaken the goddess within you and the  like.” How often does it happen that when one mentions the fact that ones religion may include worship of a female deity that snickers and smirks arise on the faces of men who can only imagine a female deity as a sexual bombshell? So no Filianics see the ultimate source as Dea / Thea who is the ultimate creatress of the universe.

Glenn

6 thoughts on “Toward the Lady of Heaven

  1. Excellent post, Glenn–thank you for pointing out the reason why the term ‘Goddess’ is not used…it has been abused a bit too much recently. Miss Kathi

  2. While I personally use the word “Goddess” (though more so when connecting with individuals outside of the Filianic community rather than inside), you are correct in saying that the term has been abused through the hyper-sexualization and commercialization of contemporary society.

  3. The English suffix -ess generally connotes inferiority, in addition to denoting the feminine. Words such as Jewess, stewardess, and waitress are examples. With the connotation of inferiority, it could also potentially imply the existence of God, which would negate a major cornerstone of Filianic thealogy.

  4. Kathi and Carmilla thanks for your comments. I do sometimes use the word “Goddess” myself in prayer and devotions. However I very seldom use it in public discourse. In discussions of religions with Christians and the people in general I use the word God in conformity with the common understanding of the word. I do not use the word “Goddess” because most persons have understandings of this word which do not communicate what I would understand by the word. In discussions with people of a pagan orientation, Christo Pagans, etc normally within the context of the internet I use either Dea or Thea as the word for deity in general. To able to say Dea / Thea is really quite comfortable and has been liberating to me.

    Glenn

  5. Pingback: Re-blogged from Toward the Lady of Heaven | The House of Kyria, an Order of Our Mother God.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s