Mark A. Carter

HIERARCHY OF HEAVEN ... Revised: Dakini, and God as female

World famous Canadian Science Fiction writer 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.

The 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:

Diana 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.

Hephzibah 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.

After 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.

Hephzibah, 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.

"I see you, my daughters," she whispered, "I see you all, and I am pleased."

The hierarchy 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.

The 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.

ISBN: 9781438276731
Trade Paperback - Matte finish
474 pages / 1.5 lbs.
$19.99 US

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