In our day and age in the West, modern science and Christianity are in fierce conflict over the subject of the origin of humanity. In my last article, I gave a very brief and humble overview of the Feminine Essentialist teachings regarding the origins of Axial Beings, such as humans, and regarding the cycles of time, which does not hold with either Evolutionism or Creationism. One may wonder, why this is such a fierce debate in the world, and why does it matter anyways? What impact does this question have on our daily lives?
I think that the questions of where humans came from and what will happen to us when we pass from this earthly realm is of utmost importance, and in many ways it impacts every decision we make, including decisions on the mundane, day to day level.
In the Modern West, the dominant belief regarding these question is Evolutionism. As I write this, I am cringing at imagined outcries from my readers. Surely, Evolutionism is not a belief, it is a scientific theory! What is more, it is a scientific theory that has been proven. I understand that this is what we have all been taught from earliest childhood in the West; however, the very vehemence of the outcries is a sign that this is a belief system with its own dogma and doctrine. Even on its own terms, this belief has holes in it. For example, animals adapt to their environment far faster than can be accounted for by mutation and chance. Another hole is that while there is much physical evidence for the adaption of species, there is still no proof or evidence of one species changing to another.
Yet, even if the physical evidence for the evolution of our bodies was incontrovertible, this still says nothing about our souls or when or how they came to inhabit the physical body. Extreme Evolutionists would deny the existence of our souls and would instead reduce even our spiritual nature to biological processes.
I understand that what I have just said is challenging to many of my readers, but I ask anyone who is having difficulty to take a deep breath, have a cup of coffee or tea, and open your mind to this. It does matter, and it is important. I will let you digest this for a moment, while I discuss the opposition to Evolutionism, Creationism.
In the U.S., Creationism is the belief primarily held by Fundamentalist Christians. I am not sure to what extent similar beliefs are still held by other religious groups; however, the vocal and public opposition to Evolutionism has come from Fundamentalist Christian Creationism. The authority for the belief in creationism comes from a strict and literal reading of the Judeo-Christian Creation Mythos as if it was an accounting of factual historical events. The group of people who believe this are a small, but very vocal, minority in the U.S.
Recently, there has been a new movement known as Intelligent Design. Evolutionists fear the theory of Intelligent Design and decry that it represents a backdoor to teach Creationism in schools, but Intelligent Design is not Creationism. It does not rest on any Biblical authority, nor does it really speak to the question of where we came from. If I understand the Intelligent Design theory, it is the theory that the universe is too complex and beautiful for it to have happened by random chance, so there must be a Creator. This is as far as the theory goes, as far as I can tell. As an aside, as a Filianist, a Feminine Essentialist, and as an astrologer, who has studied the movements of the planets for meaning for decades, Intelligent Design seems to be an obvious truism, and I have trouble even imagining how Intelligent Design can be open for debate. Of course, there may very well be complexities that I am not aware of, so I will not enter further into that discussion .
So, now that I have likely offended everyone reading this, except for my readers who are already Feminine Essentialists, I shall take a deep breath and summon up courage for a bit of a side by side analysis of Evolutionism, Creationism, and Feminine Essentialism. Before I begin, though, I would like to refer the reader to the article, Fate, Free Will, the Cross, and Wa, to understand the metaphysical meaning of the symbolism of the Cross. For more intrepid readers, you might want to read an article that I wrote for the ISCA, Nativity Charts and Free Will. This article is a more technical astrological article about the application of the doctrine of the symbol of the Cross in Nativity readings. For the purpose of the following analysis, what is important to understand from these articles is that the Cross incorporates two axes, the vertical and the horizontal. The horizontal axis represents our material existence, and the vertical axis represents upward and downward movement or choices.
Now that the reader understands (or at least is aware of) the symbol of the Cross, let us all take a deep breath and delve into the analysis. I will preface my analysis a disclaimer that it is very simplistic. I am well aware that all of these belief systems are much, much more complex; however, I think that a basic analysis is helpful for purposes of this article.
Origins of the Human Physical Form: We evolved from lower forms, specifically from primates. We share a common ancestor with chimpanzees and other apes, who are our closest relatives. At some point in time, we became intelligent and eventually formed civilizations.
Origins of the Human Soul: Completely unknown, if indeed there is really such a thing as the human soul.
Goal of Humanity: Survival
Fate of the Soul: Completely unknown, if indeed there is really a human soul. Our body will perish at some point. After that, what happens to the soul is unknown.
Analysis using the Symbol of the Cross: There is no cross. There is only the horizontal axis. Everything, including spirituality, is judged based on its relation to the horizontal or material axis. This belief gives rise to such theologies as the Prosperity Gospel (the goal of spirituality is personal material success) and the Social Justice Gospel (the goal of spirituality is to promote and work for a better and more just world). This is not to say that there is anything wrong with either material prosperity or working for a better and more just world. The problem with both of these theologies is that they make the spiritual subordinate to the material, which is backwards from the Feminine Essentialist perspective, which is that the material is always subordinate to the spiritual.
Origins of the Human Soul: This is a bit tricky and is different with different denominations of Christianity. It seems that the human soul was created with the human body, and each of our individual souls only has one life in a physical body.
Goal of Humanity: Salvation
Analysis using the Symbol of the Cross: Creationism recognizes both the horizontal and vertical axes; however, there is a belief that our place on the vertical axis becomes fixed at some point in time. Different denominations have different beliefs as to the point that this happens, and how one is able to move along the vertical axis before one’s place becomes fixed. According to this belief system, after we die, we will go either to Heaven or Hell, and we will stay there eternally. The goal of spirituality is to help us go to Heaven, rather than Hell. The biggest difficulty with this goal from the Feminine Essentialist perspective is that is it grossly simplistic, and eternal Hell is an impossibility. Any Hell we may find ourselves in must be temporary, in that it is a state other than ultimate reunion with Dea.
Origins of the Human Physical Form: Our physical form is a reflection of the Essence of the Perfect Human Form in the Mind of Dea. The mechanics of how this actually happened on the material level are not all that important. We acknowledge that the “scientific proof” of evolution is not as solid as Evolutionists belief; however, it is not really a question worthy of debate or dispute.
Origins of the Human Soul: The Filianic Creed states, “I believe that I was created from before the dawn of time by the one eternal Dea.”
Goal of Humanity: Liberation.
Analysis using the Symbol of the Cross: Feminine Essentialism teaches that we have full movement up and down the vertical axis. We can choose Light or Dark at any time, and we can and do choose between Light and Dark moment by moment. As mentioned above, we believe that any state other than ultimate reunion with Dea is temporary. The goal of spirituality is to hold on to our connection with our Source through the Unfolding of the Ages. In the words of a dear friend and mentor in traditional metaphysics, “we don’t believe a soul can be eternally ****ed, but it can find itself in a Fine Mess.” The way a soul finds herself in a Fine Mess to separate herself from the Divine. Our connection becomes more and more attenuated as the Ages unfold from the Age of Gold to the Age of Iron, but in the later stages of time, simple efforts are enough, and Dea will make up for any deficiencies. In the feminine Scripture, it says, “None shall call upon Me and be lost.”
Why It Matters
I have just stated that in Feminine Essentialism, any state other than ultimate reunion with Dea is temporary, so a reader may ask, what does it matter what people believe? In a sense, it doesn’t. Sooner or later, all must come to the Truth, and it does not matter what name or image we have for our Source, whether God, Allah, Jesus, Dea, or any Name that has existed in history. There is only One Source. The true spiritual battle is not that which is between different religions but that which is between Light and Dark. All we are doing is offering our knowledge of Truth for anyone who may be interested.
On the other hand, these beliefs have practical implications. Evolutionism seems rather soul deadening, at least to me. Evolutionism also promotes a rather arrogant view of our ancestors. If we are descended form lower primates, then of course, we would know more than those who came before us. It also seems to me that a pure belief in random chance and survival of the fittest promotes a rather cut throat and materialistic attitude towards life. Because Evolutionism denies the vertical axis and teaches that we are animals (albeit intelligent animals), it negates true Free Will, reducing all human behavior to biological processes and survival mechanisms.
On one level, Creationism seems less soul deadening than Evolutionism, and from a Feminine Essentialist perspective is not exactly wrong like Evolutionism is. It is grossly simplistic, to be sure, but it preserves the notion that we are descended from the Angels, rather than ascended from Apes. While most forms of Creationism do not negate true Free Will, like Evolutionism does, they do severely limit it with the notion that there is a time that our souls can become fixed on the vertical axis (before final reunion with Dea), and it leads to some rather unpleasant and rude behavior in the name of “saving” people, such as conversion attempts that range from mildly annoying to brutally violent.
I appreciate the patience and indulgence of my readers who may not share my philosophy and faith. Please remember this is not intended to “convert” anyone, but merely to explain the thealogy and philosophy behind Feminine Essentialism.