This blog is now inactive

For any one who have recently observed this blog, it is obvious that it has been inactive for over a year. I am now announcing that it will be closed indefinitely, probably permanently.

This purpose of this blog was to achieve two goals. One of which was to attempt to generate some dialogue regarding the Virgin Mary who I consider the Christian Goddess by both members of Marian Christian and Neopagan circles. The second was to generate interest in Pagan circles in a bhakti / devotional worship of Isis as an inclusive monotheistic Goddess. At the time this blog was developed these were both primary interests of mine. It has been obvious over the years that neither of these goals were realistic. Since I do believe that there are a good number of articles worth reading within this blog, I do plan to keep it open so that these articles can be read by those who are interested.

I am now in the process of developing a purely personal blog which might contain articles on themes which I have initiated within this blog. I will announce this new blog when it is ready.

Glenn King

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To the Lady Ma’at, the Righteous One

Devotion to the High Queen of Heaven

Within most religious traditions there is a concept of divine order. truth, justice, or law which is viewed as central to those religions. Thus within Judaism the Torah is central and plays a equivalent role to that which Jesus plays within Christianity. Within Islam the concept of Islamic law, the Sharia, is second only to the Koran in importance. Within both Hinduism and Buddhism the concept of Dharma is central. Within the Zoroastrian religion a central theological tradition is that of the Seven Bountiful Immortals / Angels. Of these the most important conception is that of Asha / Asa which is divine truth / righteousness / law, etc. Within the Pagan society of ancient Egypt a central role was played by Ma’at. Maat for the ancient Egyptians was both moral ideal and endeavor but also the Goddess who manifested those qualities. These are just some examples of the centrality of…

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Filianism 101

As per my last post here I stated that I planned to post some of my articles from my primary thealogical blog In the Way to Thea. Enclosed is the first one.

Glenn

Devotion to the High Queen of Heaven

What follows is a simple introduction to Filianism a sort of Filianism 101. I would suggest that for persons who wish a more authoritve introduction to Filianism that they should read the excellent introduction to Filianism that exists within the Chapel of Our Mother God site entitled appropriately “What is Filianism?” What I write below comes from some one who while he admires the achievements of Filianism and has incorporated much of Filianic religion into his own life is not an orthodox believer. If authentic Filianism is understood as being the first community’s understanding of the religion then what I describe here and in future articles is not authenic Filianism. However it is an interpretation which makes sense to me.

The Latin word for Daughter is Filia. Thus Filianism is the religion of Filia, the Daughter. The modern religion of Filianism (many of its aspects are premodern) was initiated in…

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Current Situation

Devotion to the High Queen of Heaven

I will state the obvious. This blog and my other blogs as well have been generally silent for several months now and in fact over the years they have never been very active. This has not been caused by a lack of writing on my part. For a few years now I have had a general goal of writing at least an hour a day. On many days I do achieve that goal. Some days I spend much more than an hour of my time in the effort and on other days due to time restraints I do not write at all. But in general I write regularly.

The issue has not been from a failure to write. The issue has been that most of my writing have been dedicated to the various efforts in which I have been involved either politically or in religion. For example much of the…

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Noah: A Review

images doreOne of the ways by which I judge the quality of a film is by its ability to sweep me away from ordinary life, inspired by the vision and intensity of the film. It also helps if the film does the unexpected, goes against predictable norms. I saw Darren Aronofsky’s Noah this past Monday and by the above standards for me Noah was a great movie. While my expectations for this film had already been fairly positive based on the reviews I had read, the movie experience far exceeded my expectations.

In general I do not like biblical epics. Movies such as the Ten Commandments and most of the various Jesus movies ( Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ and Pasolini’s The Gospel According to St. Matthew being the exceptions) leave me cold. They are predictably designed not to offend the sensitivities of fundamentalist and orthodox Christian base communities, they offer little that is either creative, thoughtful, or new.

Therefore it was a surprise for me when I discovered that Noah was different. It was different first because Aronofsky, the director of such films as The Black Swan and The Wrestler does not in Noah attempt to portray “biblical accuracy.” For example he creates a substantial role for the “watchers” the fallen angels which while they are mentioned only in passing within the book of Genesis, have a much greater role in the books of extra-biblical Jewish literature such as those of Enoch. Furthermore in contrast to the Bible story the intentions of God himself are seen within the movie only through the experiences and perceptions of Noah himself. One gets the impression that Noah himself is only stumbling to an understanding of God’s will as he goes along.

Thus part of the drama of the plot lays in the fact that Noah interprets the judgment of the flood as being about the destruction of the human life on this earth in its entirety and that the Ark is meant only for the salvation of the “innocent” of animals and of nature not people. This understanding which Noah reluctantly accepts in opposition to his wife and children drives much of the drama of the film. It also corresponds to a modern consciousness of the ecological destruction of global warming and ecocide which is one of the most significant realities of the modern world. In all of these ways the movie Noah is not simplistically “biblical.”

Of course these and other deviations from the purely biblical text is seen imagesZ2R1RFQWnegatively by many as “inaccurate.” However the Bible itself hardly portrays historical accuracy. The historical fact is that there never was a real ark nor a great flood which destroyed all of humanity. The Biblical flood story, a story written by human authors, is based on old Canaanite / Israel traditions that no doubt were originally based on the Babylonian flood epic portrayed in the Legend of Gilgamesh. What the biblical authors attempted to do is to use old stories which were probably believed literally to state certain theological / existential realities about the justice and mercy of Yahweh the God of Israel.

Thus the biblical world they portray is a mythological world in which snakes talk, giants walk the earth, and a great flood destroys the whole earth in accordance to Gods’ will. Furthermore there were no doubt a multitude of flood stories from which the biblical authors could have chosen in order to present their vision of God and God’s justice. They choose some and rejected others. Aronofsky in his film Noah does the same.

Aronofsky uses the biblical Noah story and other stories out the Jewish tradition such as the books of Enoch to recreate the Noah story so that while it correctly reflects the concerns of the biblical authors of about the brutality and violence of the human race, it also reflects the violence of human race against nature itself. Within it Noah is seen as making the case that humanity itself is so flawed that it should not survive.

In contrast Noah’s wife Naamah played by Jennifer Connelly and Ila the pregnant wife of Shem played by Emma Watson come to the conclusion that the young are innocent and mercy should be extended to the human race in the form of Ila’s own newly born daughters. Thus the movie does what much of the literature of the Bible does; it creates a meditation on the reality of God’s justice vs his mercy via a story. In this way I would suggest that Noah the movie is in fact more faithful the spirit of much of the bible in its concern for justice and mercy than it would have been if it had kept safely within the confines of the literal Biblical text.

untitledWhat more can I say? Well the acting in the film is superb. Noah as he is commonly portrayed in popular culture has always been sort of an almost comical figure to me, a sentimental figure from a children’s book. Now I can see him in the image of the bleak, tormented but noble image of Russell Crowe’s Noah. The other characters Noah’s wife Naamah, his sons particularly Ham and Ila all come alive in a real way. Tubal Cain who opposes Noah through out the film,played by Ray Winestone, is one of the notable characters in the film. He is the powerful anti-Noah the brutal and intelligent antithesis to Noah’s ideals and work. He is the articulator of the alternative wisdom of human power / technology, the self deification of humankind, and the bravery of humanity even in opposition to God that is so central to the values of this civilization.

Finally Noah the film is simply wonderful to look at in its bleak beauty – most of it was filmed in Iceland. And of course the movies uses all methods of showing human conflict and the special effects artistry of the best of modern movie directors quite effectively. Noah can hold its place with some of the very few biblically themed or religiously based movies that have attained greatness.

Glenn King

Chelanya and Sacrifice

Originally posted by myself on the Sodality of Thea e-group.

Devotion to the High Queen of Heaven

farmingI originally posted this earlier this month on the Sodalility of Thea Yahoo e-group. It needs to be blogged here as well.

Glenn

The Filianic feast of Chelanya or Regeneration on August 1 has come and passed. Several comments on it have been shared here but I myself have not commented on it. One reason being that I simply have not in a practical way integrated the Filianic wheel of the year calendar into my life. Pamela has shared at least one post on it but no Filianic interpretations were placed on it. Enclosed is a link to an independent Filianic tumblir site called Shrine of the Gentle Way authored  Kathi Bourque. I know little about her that is not on this site. By independent Filianist I mean those Filianists who are not members of the Aristasian community and who thus may have some views independent of the founding community. This is the link. http://aedismitisars.tumblr.com/post/57034739643/festival-of-regeneration

I have also enclosed the…

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Why Isis?

Recently there have been some comments on my old post “Why Isis?” I think these might of interest to a few so I thought that I would reblog the post.

Glenn

Aset Maryam

While I began worshipping the Goddess in the late 1980’s,  Isis became the center of my devotion and worship only after the turn of the century. It was after  a decade of exploring the classical goddesses of the ancient world, the Hindu Goddesses, the esoteric Sophia tradition of Christianity, the Shekinah tradition of the Kabbalah in fact all  the traditions of the goddess of which I was aware that my attention and prayers increasingly centered on Isis.

Why Isis as opposed to some other goddess? Why Isis as opposed to Sophia, the Shekinah or some other form of the feminine divine in the Western monotheistic religions. My movement toward Isis worship was  based on  a group of theological, historical, and spiritual experiential  variables. Let me start with the theological. I am not a polytheist. I believe that there is a unified spiritual origin of all reality called God, Goddess, Tao…

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