Disclaimer: These are my own thoughts and to not represent the beliefs of anyone else.
Within the Deanic/Filianic/Madrian religion, there is a desire to worship a goddess image for Dea, the Divine Mother God, Who has no male Consort or Father because this is a strictly Matriarchal religion wherein God and the entire Universe is considered to be Feminine. In its origins, the religion went so far as to teach than anyone who is male here on Earth, ‘returns to being female upon death’…so in other words, the Madrian catechism, where this teaching is found, does not believe that males are eternal spirits/souls in and of themselves.
The desire is to have a Mother God Who is God in Her Own Right without Her Godhood being dependent upon being the Bride or Consort of a Male God. I don’t agree with the first paragraph, but I do agree with this last statement. However, you can have a Bride of God Who is also God in Her Own Right as I explain further on.
It is surprising how difficult it is to find a Pagan Goddess who did not have a consort or a father, although there are some goddesses who are so beyond ancient, their origins and original myths have been lost to time. Hekate immediately springs to mind as does Artemis of Ephesus (who is not the same as the Greek goddess.)
I think one thing I have found difficult with the D/F/M religion over the years, which probably has to do with their original beliefs/attitude towards the male race…is that they excluded males when males were not convenient. For example, they used the fictional account of the Titans as the basis for the Janyati….which was fine at the time, but according to the religion, you would never know that Eurynome did not just create by herself, but rather she was impregnated by the Snake she created from the Wind, nor would you realize that in the story, Eurynome created the Seven Planetary Powers (Titans) as male/female pairs or syzygies, just as in Gnosticism, but the male Planetary Powers, in the D/F/M are ignored as if they don’t exist. Again, I understand why this was done, this was supposed to be a strictly feminine religion, but I’m no longer certain it was the right thing to do.
I have always been a bit confused as to the F/M practice of…well, on the one hand, they created their idea of a Trinity, Mother, Daughter and Absolute. And that is fine. Then they created a Mythos for both Mother and Daughter (even though they borrowed a lot from other sources) and they wrote the beautiful Teachings of the Daughter scriptures. They already had everything they needed. So, what I have been wondering is…why didn’t they just leave it at that? Why didn’t they artistically create their own images for the Mother and Daughter and for the Janyati? Why did they have to borrow Images from Christianity and so many other cultures while at the same time, divorcing those goddesses from their consorts, separating them from their mythologies and families while inserting them into a new story and claiming that the new story was actually the original story? The more I think about it, the more I feel that it really wasn’t necessary. They already had their story.
I have spoken about this often, but it is relevant to this post. They use so many goddess images from other cultures and mythologies as suggested images for the Janyati, but Mary is not the Planetary Power of the Moon nor was she the Planetary Power of Jupiter. Sophia and Khokmah are not the Planetary Powers of Mercury.
This was not necessary. There are many beautiful pictures non-specific female angels that could be used instead of taking things from other cultures and turning them into something they are not. If a goddess is not considered to be Planetary Powers in their own culture, then, in my opinion, they should not be adapted as one for another religion. One has to ask, how would a Christian feel about Mary being worshiped as and image of the Planetary Power of Jupiter? How would a Jew feel about Khokmah being worshiped as an image of the Planetary Power of Mercury? I can’t answer for Judaism because I have never been Jewish. But I can answer for Christianity. By the way, Powers is one of the angelic choirs and the Planetary Powers are usually angels.
Anyway, if using Khokmah and Mary as Planetary Powers is not offensive in their cultural religions, then fine, but what if it is? Christians would find this offensive. Because of this, I guess I feel more comfortable with the male and female angelic Powers.
Even with the “Ascended Mari” as she is called in the DFM….I really had difficulty with that until recently. A few months ago, I finally understood better what the F/M were teaching about why they were using the Glorified Mary as their Image for the Mother in an All Feminine Trinity, but the more I thought about it, the more I realize that I still have problems with it.
I know that the Church borrowed imagery and titles from Isis and perhaps Diana and applied them to the Glorified Mary (Mary after her bodily Assumption into Heaven), but what the Church did was different than what the F/M did with Mary.
(As an aside, Mary never Ascended into Heaven like Jesus did. I’m not certain why the DFM refers to her thusly. Jesus ascended into Heaven. Mary was assumed into Heaven where she was crowned Queen of Heaven by her Son, the King. This is where the Fifth Mystery of the F/M rosary come from, the Assumption of Mary, but the F/M changed the original teaching about it to mean something else.)
The so-called “Ascended” (Glorified) Mary was not Diana. She was not Isis. They shared titles, that is all. Mary wears a crown of stars with the moon under her feet because that is in the bible…in Revelation, it is not because Christianity was borrowing that from other goddesses.
The Undivided (the first thousand years of the Catholic/Orthodox) Church never took either Diana or Isis and claimed that they were the Mother of Jesus. Again, Mary was historical. For two thousand years, to the Catholic and Orthodox Christians world-wide, including in many ancient lands like the pre-Muslim Middle East, Syria and Africa, the Ascended Mary, as the Filianists call her, is the historical Mary after her bodily Assumption into Heaven. After her Assumption, she is in her glorified body just as one day, as Christianity teaches, we will all have a glorified body. So, the attributes they give to Mary are there to show her in her glorified state which will be available to all Christians. New Age people would understand this as being…she is in her high density body because she is now in the Pleroma. Her incarnations are over.