Déanism is a perennialist faith; meaning that we believe Our Lady is not limited to one culture or people or religion. We believe that Déa has, in some form or another, inspired all religions that are based on the ideals of love and compassion to one’s fellow maid. This means that we believe any religious or philosophical text can be held up as ‘divinely inspired revelation’ if it enlightens many, or just one, to Holy Wisdom.
As Madrian-inspired Déanists, our main scripture is The Clear Recital – also known as the Madrian Scriptures or the Gospel of Mother God.
In the Filianic Tradition, the Recital is seen as the centre of our practice and inspiration for our rituals and sacraments – but, like all scripture, are not a ‘perfect revelation’, nor are they to be taken literally. The Mythos describes a symbolic event, outlining how the Mother and Daughter act within and beyond Creation, while the Teachings of Our Lady are to be meditated on and discussed openly rather than taken as strict dogma. Certain verses, we believe, were also applied to specific communities and not seen as relevant in every Filianist or Déanist’s path.
The edition of the Clear Recital which I follow is the Eastminster Critical Edition which can be read online here. Like a lot of Independent Filianists and other Déanic traditions, I do not necessarily accept every word of the scripture into my beliefs; such as the name of the Daughter which is given in the edition as ‘Inanna’.
As said previously, we believe that Déa’s influence can be found in all religions. This does NOT permit anyone to appropriate terms or customs from closed religious communities or cultures. It merely advises believers to broaden their spiritual perspective and see what they can learn from how others see God, by whatever form She has taken for them. Therefore a Déanist is free to read the Gospels, the Torah, the Qu’ran, the Guru Granth Sahib, the Dhammapada, the Vedas and so forth for spiritual insight and comfort.