Introductory Notes to the First Edition
Sarah A. Morrigan, General Editor
- “Therefore know well the sacred mythos and the words that I reveal to you, and let your knowledge dwell not only on the surface, but go deep into the inner soul; and let this knowledge be the seed of all your knowing.” (3:5:33-34)
- “It is the outstanding feature of the holy texts that they are simply put and easy to understand–what Thea wishes us to know is very clear, there is no ambiguity or equivocation. Yet at the same time, it is authoritative guidance; it is an invitation, lovingly expressed, for us to obey, to take up the advice and follow it.” — Madria Olga Lotar.
- “[The Filianic Scriptures] do express a Mythos that is very ancient, appearing in, for example, the Pelasgian creation myth and in the earliest and feminine form of the Mythos of the descent to the underworld. Other texts provide a clear exposition of major themes in the Sophia Perennis.” — St. John Kelliher, editor of The Eternal Feminine, A Notebook (eternalfeminine.org).
This little book you now hold in your hands represents several traditional sacred mythos and holy teachings that were transmitted in various forms. The origins of these scriptures are obscure, but are largely in this present form since the 1970s when small communities in Great Britain and Ireland have written them down.
In many ways, this book may be called the Bible of the pre-patriarchal world, that is, a book in which the timeless wisdom and precepts of the Holy, Eternal Creator are contained in a manner that is free of later patriarchal influences and resulting cultural and historical references that are specific to a certain time and place. As such readers will readily notice the brevity of this book of Scriptures: with only 767 verses the Filianic Scriptures tell the story of the world’s creation, the love and goodness of the Creator, the fall and redemption of the human being, as well as very practical guidances for everyday living and for a refining of our souls. In this book is the kernel of the eternal truth that is not just for one ethnic group or nation, and not just for one specific time period.
Most importantly, however, this book restores the primordial femininity of God while also preserving Her monotheistic, trinitarian nature. As such this book makes an important contribution to those who seek feminine spirituality that is rooted in the tradition. Readers who are accustomed to Christian scriptures will also be pleasantly surprised to discover that many verses in this book convey precepts and teachings that are parallel or even identical to their holy Bible. These scriptures have variously been called in the past the Filianic Scriptures, Theanic Scriptures or Madrian Scriptures. We have settled with calling it the Filianic Scriptures, because of the centrality of the Daughter (Filia) of Thea in much of these texts; likewise, we affirm the good news enshrined within the pages of the book you now hold in your hands: that you are a daughter of Thea, a reflection of Her beauty, love and delight, and thus are subject to Her illimitable love.
The New Celestial Union Version is an attempt—perhaps the first of its kind—by a small yet dedicated group of Her devotees to make the Filianic Scriptures available to the world for wide dissemination. In its publication, we seek to bring out the messages of the Mistress of All Things from the obscurity and secrecy, so all may learn and benefit from this important collection of sacred writings. The collection of these scriptures are further organized for an ecumenical use, and is clearly numbered for easy reference of verses. Furthermore, the texts of the Scriptures were revised for grammar, ease of reading and internal consistency, and rephrased in the contemporary North American English as today’s international lingua franca, eschewing some archaic usage of several words and whenever appropriate substituting words that are uniquely British with those more commonly understood by the international readers, including by those who are not native English speakers.
The first part of this book contains a story of creation, fall of the humankind, and redemption of the humankind through the birth, death, resurrection and ascension of the Daughter of Thea. The “Filianic texts,” in the Title 3 are so called since these are teachings written in a form of the Daughter of Thea speaking to us. The second and fourth titles contain the “wisdom texts” which contain precepts similar to the Filianic texts but as a general statement rather than in a homiletic format. The division between the Title 2 (Crystal Tablet) and the Title 4 (the rest of the wisdom texts) are largely historic, as some communities that used the Filianic Scriptures regarded the Crystal Tablet as part of the major scriptures while the rest of the wisdom texts as part of the minor. As readers discover, in the Filianic Scriptures most of the teachings of the Daughter appear in separate documents, unlike the Christian books of Gospels in which the narrative of Christ and teachings of Christ are woven together.
Unlike the Judeo-Christian Bible, these scriptures are not to be understood as historic statements or something to be taken literally as though they reflect modern scientific theories. Rather, this book is to be read prayerfully and contemplatively as a true, traditional mythos—a collection of timeless, universal truth that “cannot not be true.” The texts of this book are above and beyond the materialistic criticism or fundamentalistic speculations; rather, they convey the higher wisdom that, in the innermost centre of our hearts knows it to be true (cf. 3:8:40).
We, of the Committee for the Standard Book of Filianic Scriptures, hope that this publication of the New Celestial Union Version will open the door for the multitudes to discover the simple and gentle way of love.
- “Therefore go out among maids and teach them the good doctrine.” (3:2:17)
March 21, 2010/Culverine 1, 3330