In my last post I discussed the issue of the one and the many as it relates to religion in general. Within this article I want introduce the orthodox Filianic perspective on angels. To initiate this discussion I will allow the orthodox Filianic community to present its own position on the subject. Enclosed is a link to the article “Goddess Religion” from within a Chapel of Our Mother God which presents an excellent summery of Filianic Angelology i.e their doctrine of the Janya. http://www.mother-god.com/goddess-religion.html
However I do want to share a few points of information regarding the significance of the Filianic doctrines. First the Filianic scriptures do not present any systematic doctrine of the angels. Angels do exist within these scriptures but in general with a few exceptions they do not play a major role. Neither for example are they named nor are they tied to the seven visible planets of the traditional world view of pre-enlightenment Europe.
Clearly the Angelology of Filianism was developed by the thealogians of the latter day Aristasian community quite possibly within the 21th century. However in spite of its late date of development the basic system of Filianic Angelology is permeated by brilliant insights which are based on ancient traditions.
A few more points. while I myself deeply respect many of the ideas presented within the Chapel article I do not share all of its positions. In particular I do not share the idea that the earliest religions of humankind was one of a primordial monotheism of the Great Mother. Homo-sapients is perhaps 150,000 years in age. Its historical period is only about 5000 years in length. We simply can not know what mythologies or world views dominated the prehistorical period of human existence. However in spite of this proviso I still believe that the angelology of Filinaism provides a sound basis for an alternative Independent Deanic theology.
Goddess Religion means devotion to the Supreme Deity in Her original feminine Form.
Or perhaps in one of Her many forms.
There are many goddess images – so is there one Goddess, or are there many? Does Goddess Spirituality actually mean devotion to a single Being, or are there many Goddess Religions?
The answer to this question lies in the fundamental ambiguity inherent in the word “goddess”.
The difference between “God” (meaning the Supreme Being) and “a god” – (meaning a superhuman being) is clear enough in most people’s minds; but among those who speak of “the Goddess” there is often a confusion of the two usages.
It is for that reason that we tend to use the term Mother God – not only because “Goddess” sounds like a feminisation of “God”: as if the masculine god-image were the original, which is the reverse of the truth – but also to make it clear that we are speaking of the Supreme Being in Her original feminine Form – not simply of a superhuman or angelic being.
This certainly makes matters a lot clearer, but it is still something of a simplification.
The earliest European creation story tells how the Supreme Mother created the world. Her first Act after separating the waters from the sky was to create the Seven Powers who would rule the seven fundamental aspects of being.
Originally, of course, these seven Powers were feminine: the first and greatest Goddesses as opposed to God Herself. Later patriarchal and semi-patriarchal cultures invented male gods to go with the primordial Goddesses, and later still most or all of the feminine Powers were replaced by masculine ones (all seven are masculine in the patriarchal Indian tradition – in the patriarchal classical tradition, only Venus and the Moon remain feminine).
These seven Powers – Angels or Goddesses – govern the seven fundamental divisions of being. That is why “sacred sevens” are found throughout human culture – the seven days of the week, the seven colors of the rainbow, the seven deadly sins (which are the perversions of the seven fundamental good qualities that run through all being, human and otherwise – it is a reflection of the negativity of patriarchal culture that the seven sins are better known than the seven virtues!) and many others.
These seven fundamental Powers are known to many Déanists as Janyati. This word can be translated as either “Angel” or “Goddess”. Many favour “angel”, but we would suggest that “Goddess” is actually the most perfect term, and that the correct and exact meaning of Goddess Religion is the worship of one or more of these fundamental Goddesses. Click here to continue