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.