Monday, 17 April 2017

Vacation and pending Updates

Luna Day (Lunadi/Moon Day)
28 Columbina

I will be on vacation from 2 Maia (April 19) until 10 Maia (April 27) inclusively.
When I am back, I shall make a few updates and announcements on this blog, in accordance with happenings and progressions.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Quote re: 'Polarity' from The Kybalion

Sunna Day (Sunnadi/Sun Day)
20 Columbina

I just came across - co-incidentally - a very fitting quote regarding 'polarity':

"Everything is Dual; everything has poles; everything has its pair of opposites; like and unlike are the same; opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree; extremes meet; all truths are but half-truths; all paradoxes may be reconciled." — The Kybalion.

Quoted from The Kybalion - an esoteric/hermetic writing, utilised for the Janite Tradition.
NB: I personally distinct between the terms 'duality' and 'polarity'; the main distinction being that 'polarity' is contained within unity - whereas duality is by its very definition not 'one' but 'two'.


Further, there is a visual demonstration of polarity from the Anderson Feri Tradition - symbolising how polarity (The Divine Twins) ever evolve from and devolve into Dea (The Star Goddess), and how both poles are interconnected and interchanging.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

An astute Observation

Rhea Day (Foradi/Fora Day)
19 Columbina

I recently had an email conversation with one of my Deanic sisters on Beauty; and she shared with me an incredibly astute observation/truth, which makes me stand corrected. I previously likened ugliness and beauty to a polarity... However as my acquaintance said - (quoted below with her permission) - beauty is in everything, just not everywhere to the same degree. How ugly something is depends on how far it has moved away from the original perfection that is beauty. And, the polarity here would be 'pretty & ugly' - not beauty vs ugliness.
(Just to reiterate: we are not talking about a duality here - there is nothing outside Dea, no matter how pretty or how ugly. But we do have the polarity of pretty and ugly; and a lot in this day and age has furthered away from Beauty.)

Here is another point I would like to add. I am sure you have heard the phrase: "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."But, this is wrong. Beauty is universal. In this phrase, as all too often occurs, beauty is being misunderstood as pretty. Pretty and beauty are not the same thing. All things have beauty in them. But, not all things are pretty and what is pretty to one may not be to another. The same can not be said about beauty. A beautiful thing is beautiful. Ugly is the opposite of pretty...not beauty. There are no opposites of perfection...only furthering away from it. 

This realisation (and correction even though it was not voiced in any way as a correction - that is what I took from it) struck me, reminding me of a previous epiphany I had a few months back ... I was in the state between wake and dream, or dream and wake ... As so often (if not to say virtually always), I contemplate and process thoughts, intuitions and realisations in my sleep/dreams ... when Dea "spoke" to me in form of my ishta Ma Lakshmi / Shree Devi - I had been asking how those of Her children living in terrible conditions can be possibly connected to Her, and if they are not "cut off" from Her Beauty/from Lakshmi's blessings ... That is when She explained to me that there is Beauty to be found everywhere and in every situation. That is not to say that acts of cruelty have beauty in them, or that they are condoned in any way - no! but it means that no matter how hard the pull away from beauty and perfection - there will be beauty left. Sometimes - often! - beauty is found in the response to ugliness and cruelty. Those of good heart (Beauty!) will respond with Kindness (Beauty!) when they find themselves in a position where they can help. Sometimes the most ugly side of humanity brings out the best of humanity (and divinity!) in others.

It is difficult to put these things into words. And the words already diminish the beautiful insight Shree Laxmi granted me. An insight which was balm for my heart - a heart which hurts so much for the hurt of this beautiful world.

(source: Google images; artist : Marianna Mayer)

I also mentioned to my acquaintance how I find the transition into unfolding and living my real hestian nature difficult ... I know how I want to live and how to keep my hestia; at the same time there is so much I don't know [yet] or can't do [yet] ... things I never learned and I have no clue about. I have only one hestian lady friend in my environment - and there are restrictions to time as she is incredibly busy and when we meet, we focus on our conversations. (Still, I do learn incredibly much just by talking to her, which is lovely.)
At times I feel so daunted and discouraged when comparing where I am and where I aim to be ... 
My acquaintance had some good words of advice here too: 

I think that as long as we are constantly trying to better ourselves, that is all that matters. No one can reach perfection in this life. It does not exist. However, we can aim for it and we should. We should aim to better ourselves in all forms that we are able to. Perfection is not always in the material. It is more in what lies underneath. When it comes to material items, we must keep this in mind...hand made items or items made with love are more perfect. Items made to last and withstand time, as opposed to items made to break or be difficult to repair, also are more perfect. Items closer to nature, as opposed to man-made items like synthetic materials and plastics, are also more perfect. I comb my hair every day with a hand carved wooden comb with roses on it for example....its things like that. Order, organizations, and opposed to chaos and spontaneity...also are more perfect. 

Quoted/re-blogged from 'Di-Jana' on 'Deanic/Filianic'

Rhea Day (Foradi/Fora Day)
19 Columbina

Quoted from a recent article on ArchMadria Pamela Lanides blog 'Di-Jana' (which can be read in full here); it explains in AM Pamela's typical elegant way about how the different branches of Deanism retain their individuality and independence - while at the same time remain unified in harmony as branches of the one 'Deanic Tree'.

Our religion has certainly evolved since its inception in the 1970’s. Though the Deanic/Filianic expression of the Faith may be closing in on 50 years(!),  the core of the religion, the belief in the Divine Mother, harkens back through the ancient mists of matriarchal times, back to the belief in the Great Mother Goddess of our far ancestors. This religion once spanned tens of thousands of years. We find streams of this most revered Faith within Hinduism, principally, Shaktism.
Just as Madrianism and Filianism differed in many ways, modern Deanism does not always mean the same thing as Filianism. There is a saying in the neo-Pagan community: not all Pagans are Wiccan, but all Wiccans are Pagan. And within Wicca we discover a plethora of Traditions. The above saying may be applied to all the different denominations of Christianity, for instance: Not all Christians are Episcopalian, but all Episcopalians are Christian.
By the same token, not all Deanics are Filianics, but all Filianics are Deanic. Janites are Deanic, but we are not Filianic. There are differences between Janites and Filianists just as there are between Baptists and Catholics. Filianism, the Luciennes, the Aurorans, the Madrians, the Janites, the Pantheans, to name a few, are all small, but differing Traditions or denominations within the growing Deanic religion.
All Deanics share the same basic belief in the Supreme Godhood of Our Mother God in Her Triple Form, whether that Form is understood to be a Trinity or a Triplicity (the latter in its archaic form meaning the ‘state of being triple’).
Deanics and Filianics tend to worship Forms/Images of Our Lady according to each, their own culture. Quite often, these Living Stream Images/Forms are being released from clear Patriarchal mythical demotion and restored to their Primordial status.
Each devotee must worship Dea under the Living Stream image that speaks to their soul whether it be Mari, Anna, Kore, Sophia, Shekinah, Bridget, Isis, Tara, Quan Yin, Amaterasu, or the Hindu Goddesses. The Living Face of Dea which tugs at the heartstrings of a devotee is most often an image either of their ancestral or spiritual ‘blood’, so to speak.
Most religions have differing sects within its mainstream. Judiasm has three main branches, Orthodox, the Conservative and Reform. The four main denominations of Hinduism are  Vaishnavism, Shaivism, Shaktism and Smartism. There are also six sub-types of Hinduism. There are schools of Buddhism. Not only does Christianity have many, many widely differing denominations, but the very date of Easter is celebrated at different times between Eastern Orthodoxy and Western Christendom!
A majority of Deanic Traditions revere the same scriptures, have similar creeds, share certain prayers, follow the same Basic Wheel of the Year (though the names of the holy feasts,days, months and seasons may differ), and believe in the Seven Janati.
But, as with the denominations of other religions, we might also have some core differences. Some Traditions might tend strongly towards the liturgical, others not so much. Some might take the Mythos of the Divine Daughter from one source while others might be inspired by another source, both authentic. We are all gazing at the One Same Diamond, but through different colored Facets and this should never be a reason for discord.
All that matters is the worship of Dea, Our Divine Mother God and the knowledge that the Holy Daughter suffered a supreme sacrifice out of Her Most Pure Love for us. Whether this Mystery has been expressed through  the Mythos of Inanna, as in the Filianic Deanic Tradition, or through the Mythos of the Shekinah/Sophia as in the Janite Deanic Tradition, She is the One Divine Holy Daughter.
Each of us must dance to the tune and sing along with the melody which most enchants our hearts, captures our souls and entrances our minds.
Our religion teaches Order, Harmony and Amity. These are the core principles by which we must ever strive to live. This is the teaching of our scriptures after the Love of Dea and Her children.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Vasant Navaratri

Durga Day (Rosadi)
8 Columbine

Today is the beginning of Vasant (Spring)* Navaratri (lit. 'Nine Nights') a special period dedicated to the worship of the Divine Mother. Shaktas have/observe Navaratra 4 to 5 times a year, at auspicious times according to the Hindu luni-solar calendar. 
Since I already live a religious life with formal prayer everyday, and an aim for 'incessant prayer', I do not actually "do" anything special for Navaratri. The only exception being the last or tenth day of the major Autumn Navaratri (observed by all Hindus) which is the great festival in honour of Ma Durga. (My son being especially devoted to this form and Jana of Devi Dea, we celebrate it together as a special day each year.)
I do however try to be mindful of the special feeling which is imminent and noticeable to the intuit at these special Nine Nights periods.

There are many different customs for those who want to observe Navaratri. One such custom is to devote the first 3 days/nights to Ma Durga, the second 3 days/nights to Ma Lakshmi, and the last 3 days/nights to Ma Saraswati. A practice I follow in such as that I meditate on these forms of Dea especially on the respective days.

* Spring Navaratri are also called 'Chaitra' Navaratri as they fall into the Hindu calendar-month of Chaitra.

PS Two additional points regarding my last post 'Thoughts on Beauty'

I forgot to include two other points in my latest post:

One is that my whole effort in beautifying my life - on all levels is a homage and devotion to Dea [in Her form as Lakshmi]. In a way, my whole religious life as Deanic is a beautification of my life and being as a whole. Living a devotional religious life is (for me at least) a way of building a suitable "vessel" so to speak for my self - my God-self, (which, interestingly in the Feri Tradition is also called 'Sacred Dove' ...). It is like having a beautiful home: it goes a long way towards helping with supporting a loving harmonious family living in such a home. Of course, it is possible to have Love and Harmony in a home which - for whatever reasons - is not truly tidy or beautiful, or to have a beautiful home housing a family who is not loving or harmonious; however, as I just stated, making an effort to maintain a beautiful hestia (sacred home) will bless you and everyone living with you, (and even your visitors and guests), and aid you in the endeavour to sustain a loving harmonious family.
It is similar with religion, (at least in my case): the religious path of Devotion/Love (Bhakti) is not strictly necessary towards self-realisation, enlightenment or liberation (moksha). It is possible to reach these goals by the path of Knowledge (Jnana) alone. (My Shakta teacher would insist that the path of Knowledge is in any case superior and the path of Bhakti a personal additional preference which is basically unnecessary.) Still, in my view, the perfect path is the tandem of both Bhakti and Jnana, and to add the path of Karma yoga (ethical behaviour/"Works") to it. (Personally, I also pursue the paths of Kriya, Kundalini and Raj yoga to some extend.)  

The second point is that, one might get the impression that I am talking about a dualism of "Beauty vs Ugly" - where Beauty is divine and Ugly is "evil" and other.
However, in non-dualistic Goddess Religion there is nothing that Dea is not. Dea is everything and in everything - and everything is within Dea. Yes, beings and things may be shrouded to various extends in the "vices" (kleshas) of Fear, Ignorance, Attachment and Ego - but they are still part of Dea. Even the kleshas are part of Dea. In non-dual Goddess Religion (both Hindu and Deanic) there is no "Devil" no "Evil One" - nothing is truly and actually separate from Dea. Separation is an illusion - maya, and Maya is both a power and a form of Devi. Maya is 'The Beautiful Lie'.
Even demons (asuras) - while being adversaries of the gods (devas) - are, just like gods and humans and animals and plants and planets, children of Devi.
This, in no way is to mean that one should just accept a klesha-troubled world, and not work hard on furthering one's own progress and that of others. Quite the opposite. My Shakta teacher put it this way:
If one is not willing to sell their soul in order to bring revolution to a heartless world, then what good was their soul to begin with? Shakti Devi would never stand by and ignore the suffering and troubles of her children. And if I am Shakti, I am burdened with the same responsibilities, even if I choose to ignore this fact. You don't have to sacrifice your own well-being for the sake of others. But if you do absolutely nothing to lessen the troubles of at least some of your fellow human beings, I don't think it is possible to call yourself a Shakta

There is certainly a polarity of Beauty and Ugliness - and we do well in furthering Beauty. However this polarity - like all polarity is contained withing the non-dualism of Devi Dea and non-dual (advaita) understanding.
Duality - in difference to polarity - is also part of the Beautiful Lie.

Monday, 27 March 2017

A few thoughts on Beauty following Mother's Day - and on what it means to be devoted to Ma Lakshmi

Luna Day (Lunadi/Moon Day)
7 Columbina

Mother's Day was absolutely delightful, as was the whole of this past two days. (I almost said 'weekend'; but now that we have entered the new Deanic year, the last day of the week is actually today/Luna Day.*)

Mother's Day started for me with my dear son giving me this amazing self-made card, (which I wanted to post, but he saw me downloading it and asked me not to ... he is very private).
I also got as present from both my men this amazing brass bird-statue which is a jewellery-holder (space inside).  

This in turn reminded me of a little pendant I had buried in some storage-box (for which the bird is a perfect holder) ... and which I had not worn in a long time. It is actually a gift my dear husband gave me for our very first Yule together ... (at that time he called me 'angel'). What I always found enchanting is that it is a female "angel" ... And so it suddenly clicked ... it is a Jana! my own Jana pendant :)

I have thought a lot about 'Beauty' lately ... how important it is ... To beautify one's life, I find, has a tremendous effect to the better. Now, I have never been the girly-girl type - and I don't think I will ever be to a full extent. While I have never been "butch", I was definitely the tree-climbing forest-roaming "tomboy" as a child and in early teenage years. But I have never made a concerted effort to present myself as a true lady. And it is only since last year that I have made the transition from giving up the notion of myself as 'the intellectual' I was raised [and expected] to be, to fully embracing my actual state as householder - that is as Mother, Wife & Housewife.

When I came to Hindu Goddess Religion (Shaktism) sometime during 2012, it didn't take long for me to realise that Lakshmi Devi calls my heart ... She is my ishta-devi (beloved goddess).

This was strange to me for a long time, because Shri Laxmi represents all that which I didn't think I was ... which I was raised to run away from (which my mother tried to get away from as soon as we three children were out of the house) ... i.e. being a devoted mother, wife and housewife.
While I took to being a mother with all my heart the moment I knew I carried my son, it took me almost 10 years of being married and actually being a householder before I could fully embrace all of it - wholeheartedly and with pride and joy.

Our Divine Mother knows our real heart ... I find it amazing how this certainty of Lakshmi being my ishta-devi turned out to actually make complete sense - even when it didn't for a long time! Underneath all the preconditioning has always been my real nature - and I intend to let it shine!

I once asked my Shakta teacher about the meaning of one's ishta - and what it means that Lakshmi is my ishta and his response was:

Shakti-Brahman is the universe, and the universe is made up of matter (the devas) and matter is made up of energy (life). What kind of life or subatomic particle you are - how you behave on the microcosmic level (figuratively speaking) - depends on the system of matter or the atom in which you belong. You are a subatomic particle IN Lakshmi. And you aspire to be an atom OF Lakshmi. And Lakshmi aspires to be a universe of Shakti-Brahman. So, no matter which ishta-deva you start out with, your ultimate aspiration is always Shakti. But how do you want to get there? Look at the things Lakshmi represents: Motherhood, good fortune, love, strength, balance, mastery of all practical matters, the bringer of peace, the order in the center of a storm of chaos.

Jai Ma Lakshmi! I bow to you again and again in loving devotion <3

* I have been cheeky and back-dated this post to Luna Day (Lunadi), which is when I started writing it; even though I actually posted it today on Durga Day (Rosadi).