The Home and the Marketplace

One of the important teachings in Filianism relates to the interaction between the home, or the Hestia, and the marketplace, or the Agora. Both are necessary for us, but in many modern cultures, there is a huge imbalance in how we treat both. The Agora is seen as central and more important than the Hestia. Filianism teaches that the reverse is true, that the Hestia is central and primary and that the Agora is secondary.

The Year of Sai Rhavë

In the Filianic calendar, the year starts on March 21, which is the day that we ritually celebrate Eastre and the Equinox, regardless of the day that the Equinox actually falls on, which varies from year to year. The day of the week that this day falls on is the first day of the week, and the Janya, or Great Angel, that rules that day is believed to govern the year.

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This year, March 21 fell on Saturday, so the Janya of this year is Sai Rhavë, whose planet is Saturn.

On my astrology site, I talked about the astrological chart for the physical Equinox. If you are interested in reading it, here is a link to that article:

Aries Ingress 2020 – A Time of Testing

Yet, as a Filianist, I also believe that the Janya who rules the year also takes on added significance during the year.

Sai Rhavë is a severe Janya, and She often makes life difficult for us on the physical plane. Even so, She is necessary and a manifestation of Dea. Her lessons are important, even if they are not ones that anyone would wish for.

As we start this year, for most of us, the themes of Sai Rhavë are quite clear. All around the world, people are in quarantine and isolation due to a rampant pandemic that is sweeping the world. The Rhavic symbolism behind this is obvious.

Yet, as is always the case with Sai Rhavë, we can also learn some very important lessons from the experience.

I believe that one of these lessons is the importance of the Hestia, as well as a deepened appreciation for the sectors of life that are traditionally associated with the Feminine Principle.

What is Essential?

In the state of the U.S. that I live, we are under a “stay-at-home” order. All businesses, except for those deemed “essential” are closed down. In effect, the Agora has been effectively shut down. It is interesting, though, to learn what business activities truly are essential.

Of course, in this crisis, medical care providers are essential. Yet, the businesses that directly support the Hestia are also essential, such as food providers, store clerks, and sanitation workers. Many of these people do not generally get much respect in our society, but during these times, they have been heroic in helping to provide for our comfort and our needs, risking their own health and safety.

Teachers and those who care for children are also getting new respect as parents are attempting to teach their children at home.

In addition to those who are still at work, we are also learning about what it is that we actually need, as well as the strange things that we think that we need.

Most of those in the U.S. have never really experienced shortages. We might be limited by our financial resources in what we can buy, but there has always been the sense that we could buy whatever we needed or wanted if we could afford it. Now, we are discovering that many things are quite difficult to find.

One of the stranger things has been just how important people seem to find toilet paper, which has now become a scarce commodity. Although, I remember many conversations with my late grandmother in which we talked about a new invention or technology, and she recounted to me that she remembered when they invented toilet paper. I wonder what she would say about all of this.

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Taking Stock of our Personal Hestia

Now that many people are at home, we are gaining awareness of our own Hestias and our own immediate families. There are those that are experiencing loneliness and boredom, particularly those that live alone. There are those that are having to be together with people that they have spent very little time with. Ironically, for some, such as housewives and stay-at-home moms, this is a time of greater engagement with the Agora, with spouses working from home.

While this is uncomfortable for many people, it is also a great opportunity to really examine our own Hestia and to see what changes need to be made.

This is not just a matter of practical considerations, such as working on our housekeeping or our relationships. It is also a matter of examining our hearts and souls and taking a hard look at our priorities.

Finding New Ways to Do Business and to Connect with Others

One of the things that we are having to do is to find new ways to connect with others. People need contact with other people, and right now, physical contact is dangerous. Yet, for most of us, there are other ways to communicate. Churches are finding that they can have Services electronically. Families can keep in contact through phone calls and video chat. While this might not be as satisfying as being in person, these methods do serve to meet our social needs.

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In many ways, we are much more fortunate than our ancestors who had to deal with various kinds of plagues. Even 20 years ago, this level of non-physical communication would not have been possible.

Indeed, I think that this is a large part of the big picture. We are moving from an era dominated by Earth to one dominated by Air. We are moving away from the physical and into the world of ideas and electronic communication. While this pandemic is pushing us faster in that direction, we were going there anyway.

For more information, see:

2020 – An Earth-Shattering Year

Many people are worried about the economy while we are not able to do business in person. That an understandable fear, but I believe that those companies that can adapt are going to survive and flourish, not just during this scary time, but into the future as well.

There will be change and turmoil, and some jobs will disappear. This happens whenever there are advances in technology. Yet, new jobs will emerge, and people will find ways to make a living.

Even after this pandemic is over, our world will not go back to the way it was. For better or for worse, we will all have to adjust to “the new normal.”

A Ray of Hope

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In a crisis, the best and worst in people come out. Yet, so far, there seems to be a lot more good than bad.

Yes, some people are selfishly ignoring precautions or hoarding items that we all need. Yes, some politicians and leaders are being less than helpful. This is not the full picture, however.

Some people are doing their best to be good. Performers and entertainers are giving free video performances. People are going out of their way to support and encourage each other from a safe distance. Businesses are doing their best to respond to this crisis by giving paid sick leave and taking other precautions to prevent the spread of the disease.

In the U.S., for the first time in decades, opposing parties are working together for the common good.

Even though the physical borders between countries have closed, all over the world, people are working together to fight the same enemy. Many people are sharing their experiences in quarantine and isolation, and in some ways, this has brought us closer as a worldwide community than ever before.

Like all crises, this is an opportunity for us to call forth our best selves, whether we are heroic first responders, faithful grocery store clerks, or one of the many who are called to protect our own health so we don’t contribute to the spread of the disease or further tax the available medical resources.

Conclusion

This is a time of uncertainty and fear. Yet, this is also a time for us to take a deep look at ourselves and our values. Life has been changing over the last several decades, but this new crisis is pushing us headlong into that change. In particular, we are being forced to examine our relationship to both the home and the marketplace, and examine our priorities…as individuals, as families, as cities, as nations, and as a world.

The Philosophy of Beauty

On a spiritual level, humans are Axial Beings.  This is a large word to state that we have Free Will, and the ability to choose between Light and Dark, between Good and Evil.  I have written several articles that give a more detailed explanation our nature as Axial Beings.  If you are interested, you may refer to these articles as listed below:

Fate, Free Will, the Cross, and Wa

True and False Selves Through the Zodiac

Where We Come From and Why it Matters

I understand that this weblog is written for a different audience than the Apple Seed, so I will give a summary of the important point from these articles for our purposes here.  This point is that we have the power to choose, and we make choices every day, and sometimes every moment, that align us with Light and with Dark.

SparrowsThe choices we make in our material lives are not value neutral.  Everyday choices, such as our clothing, our furniture, our speech, and our manners, are choices between Light and Dark.  As it states in the feminine Scripture:

Truly, the world is a field of conflict between the powers of good and the legions of the Dark One.  In the cycles of civilization is the conflict manifest, and in the soul of every maid.

For the servants of the Dark One fasten upon the false self like to the bindweed upon a growing plan.  And the radiant Janyati of heaven stand ready to defend the soul when she shall cry upon them.

Truly, there is nothing in the world of clay that happens of itself, for the veil of matter is shot through with the light of the Real and the darkness of the false.

And not a sparrow lights upon a twig but it shows forth the conflict between evil and the Good, nor any grain of sand shifts in the desert reflecting not some spiritual truth;

neither does a star fall in the furthest corner of the firmament without an inward meaning.

Beauty of NatureAs our choices are not value neutral, if we want to serve the Light, what do we choose?  I am aware that some of the readers of this weblog are quite conscientious about where they purchase goods and services, paying attention to political, social, and humanitarian practices of the companies they support.  Without minimizing those considerations, I think it is also important to pay attention to beauty and workmaidship of the products themselves.  Beauty is a source of Light.  In choosing to adorn our bodies and our houses with beautiful things, we are choosing to surround ourselves with Light.

There is a popular phrase, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” but I do not believe that this is true.  Beauty is an objective quality and is a reflection of the Beauty of the Divine.  The objectivity of beauty is even known by mundane physical scientists and mathematicians.  There is a number known as the Golden Ratio.  The closer anything reflects the proportions of the Golden Ratio, the more beautiful we perceive it to be.  Why would this SAMSUNGbe so?  I think that if material scientists were completely honest with themselves, they would have to admit that this pierces a huge hole in the Evolutionist world view that random chance and “survival of the fittest” are responsible for the world as we recognize it to be.  One must perform a lot of mental gymnastics to find a survival value to our recognition of beauty in the form of the Golden Ratio.

Similarly, what is the survival value to the beauty and multiplicity of flowers?  We are told that the beauty and multiplicity of flowers are to attract insects to spread pollen to propagate the species.  Yet, insects are just as attracted to soda cans as they are to brightly colored flowers.  Consider also the sand dollar.  As you can see, in each sand dollar there is a five petaled flower.  What is the survival value of that?  For those of my readers who are not familiar with astrology or metaphysics, the number five is the symbol for the Filianic Janya (Angel), Sai Sushuri, whose planetary representative on the physical plane is Venus.  Sai Sushuri in her pure form represents Divine Love and is also associated with Creation and Beauty.  It is also quite fascinating that Venus’ orbit over an 8 year span of time also produces a pentacle, or a five pointed star.  See below:

A modern scientist might say that primitive people observed these associations and “made up” the Divine as explanations for what they saw.  Yet, this theory does not explain why these things exist in the first place.  I think that it is far more likely that our foremothers understood things that we have forgotten in this day and age, and that they knew and understood exactly what they were talking about.

I thank my readers for their indulgence in this explanation, but I think it is important to understand that a choice of Beauty really is a choice of Light.  By the same token a choice of ugliness is a choice of Dark.  One may argue that there are practical and financial considerations, but is that really true?  Is it really that much more expensive to make something beautiful than it is to make something ugly?

In the header to this weblog, there is a quote from The Feminine Universe, by Miss Alice Lucy Trent.  Let me now share with my readers the passage from which I have taken this quote:

Much post-Eclipse design uses the excuse of ‘cheapness’ and ‘convenience’ for its hideousness, but this is nothing more than an excuse.  Given the same budgetary limitations, the same technics, and the same raw materials, the inspired designers of the Art-Neo period would have produced very different objects.  Objects that would uplift the soul rather than filling it with a sense of hollowness and worthlessness.  Design is, before all else, a language, expressing a thesis: and the thesis of the post-Eclipse design is the cheapness, ugliness, and worthlessness of life, and ultimately the chaos and the meaninglessness glare and babble of the inferior psychic regions.

Cheapness itself is a symptom.  The very willingness of the deracinated post-Eclipse person to fill her home with slick plastic in order to pay a little less money is symptomatic of a very terrible change.  An Art-Neo wireless set is, before all else, a piece of furniture in polished wood and gleaming metal or bakelite.  It cannot be anything else, because the home before the Eclipse–every home, from the greatest to the humblest–is still vestigally a Temple of Hestia, and its mistress still a Priestess of the Hearth Fire.  The remembrance of this Mysteria Domestica may be extremely remote, yet it is still a living thing that governs human actions at a very deep level.  Only that which is solid and good and worthy of the dignity of the Temple of the Home will be admitted within it.  A radiogram that is to occupy a prominent place within the home must be a noble and beautiful piece of furniture, else it cannot occupy that place.

This is quite a challenging passage for the modern reader, I believe.  Those readers who know me and who have been to my own home in the past will know that I have a long way to go towards the goal I am seeking.  On the other hand, I believe that my small efforts will be met with assistance of heaven, as in the above quoted passage of feminine Scripture, “And the radiant Janyati of heaven stand ready to defend the soul when she shall cry upon them.”

Thank you again for you indulgence with my philosophical discourse, and if by chance this discourse inspires any of readers of this weblog to begin to choose beauty, I wish you well with your own small efforts in that direction.