OF HEAVEN ... Revised:
Dakini, and God as female
famous Canadian Science Fiction novelist
Mark A. Carter talks about
Dakini, supreme God as female,
Hephzibah of Heaven, and a revised
Hierarchy of Heaven.
The idea of supreme
God being female was used in my
Mythpunk novel Hephzibah
of Heaven. I got the idea after reading about
Dakini. A Dakini is
defined in Wikipedia, the free
encyclopedia as "a tantric figure representing
a female embodiment of enlightened energy.
Tibetan form of dakini, khandroma,
translates as she who traverses the sky or she
who moves in space or, more poetically, as sky walker
or sky dancer." I extended the idea and saw
God himself as rather herself because to
me maleness is associated with destruction; whereas, femaleness
is naturally associated with creation. And from
Scottish anthropologist Sir
James George Frazer's The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and
Religion (1890-1915) I borrowed the idea of
God seen in many female manifestations and known by many
names such as Diana Nemorensis, Flora,
the Mother of Creation,
or the Holy Host but being
the same entity that created everything including herself,
Heaven, the multiverse, God
the Father, the Son,
and the Angelic Chorus. And
so I wrote in Hephzibah of Heaven:
Nemorensis appeared to Hephzibah as Flora herself, as Earth Goddess,
as Gaea. She was the goddess of fertility. Animal and plant kingdoms
sprouted from her body. Moss hung from her arms. Ferns grew from
her bosom. Sparrows sang upon her shoulders. Heaven sparkled
in her eyes, and the galaxies of the multiverse shimmered in
her deific hair.
looked at God the Mother, in awe. Diana was the land and the
sea. She was the Sol System, the Milky Way Galaxy, and the universe.
She was the multiverse shaped like a starfish. She was Heaven.
Diana had created it all with an omnipotent thought. She was
omnipresent fecundity itself.
In the novel,
the hierarchy of Heaven moves from the
Christian paradigm of Father,
Son, and Holy Ghost to a New
Age paradigm of Mother, Father,
Son, and Daughter. The meek
inherit the New Earth, and
Hephzibah herself is elevated from
Seraph to Goddess.
lengthy mentoring, the Princess of Heaven received the Earth,
as a gift, from the Mother. With the gift came great responsibility.
The female inhabitants of the New Earth were destined to evolve
into gods themselves, of a kind, over time. It was Hephzibah's
responsibility to nurture and to protect them while they blossomed.
Princess of Heaven and Goddess of Tellus Mater looked at the
miniature manifestation of the New Earth floating upon the palm
of her right hand ... and sang, in a whisper, to the daughters
of Tellus Mater. She knew they heard her for she could hear their
chorus singing back to her, as she once sang to the Father, when
she was Seraph.
see you, my daughters," she whispered, "I see you all,
and I am pleased."
of the Angelic Chorus is mentioned several times in the novel
and extends from the highest Seraphim created to sing the praises
of God down to the lowest Angel.
wild, tormented clockwork of the multiverse, held at bay for
two millennia, groaned back into motion. Likewise, the Angelic
Chorus, voices silent for two thousand years, began to sing.
The Seraphim, Cherubim, Thrones, Dominions, Virtues, Powers,
Principalities, Archangels and Angels opened their souls and
released a song so sweet it made God cry, for all was as it was
meant to be, at last, until his next, great thought.