A History of Aristasia-in-Telluria

by Miss Anthea Rosetti

Aristasians have always been coy about sharing the mundane details of how their concept was begun and how it developed, but a few hints have come out over the years. All of the information here has been found in various articles online and a few documents published on paper. Some of it may be skewed by the memories or prejudices of the writers. Any additions or corrections would be welcomed at webmistress-at-aristasia-dot-net.

Milchford

It all began in Oxford, at Lady Margaret Hall in the early 1970's. A group of Sapphically inclined female students who sensibly disliked the modern world and admired the philsophical works of René Guenon found each other. An academic known as Miss Hester St. Clare (probably not her real name) was the "intellectual mentress" of the group. They became so absorbed in their own studies that some of them left Lady Margaret's in favor of their own unofficial university, which they called Milchford. Readers of Children of the Void and of the Aphrodite Cocktail Bar will recall that "Milchford" was later to be the name of an Aristasian district and the surname of Annalinde's family.

Before they eventually coined the word "Aristasia" (which may have been a tribute to Aristotle, but might also be from the Greek aristos, "best"), the group was known as the Romantics, the Olympians, or "The Mob" in reference to a night when two or three groups of them all arrived in black cars of the sort the Mafia drives in movies. They embraced the imagery of earlier, more beautiful decades, as well as feminine spirituality. In the words of Marc Sedgwick: "StClare, like Evola (though without any direct debt to him), added gender to Traditionalism. Evola was distinctly masculinist, to the extent that his absolute individual was threatened with feminization as a result of modernity; Aristasia took the opposite line, that woman was threatened with masculinization." This eventually led to their involvement with Lux Madriana.

Lux Madriana

Lux Madriana was a small religious group that existed for a short time in the 1970's. Just how closely Aristasia was involved with it is unclear, but there was at least some overlap. The Filianic Scriptures Aristasia uses today are almost identical to those of Lux Madriana.

Aristasia's websites contain a bit of information about Lux Madriana at here and here. Besides that, a few people who were or claim they were involved with Lux Madriana have written about their experiences, and a handful of people are still practicing the Madrian faith.

This account of events in 1979 or 1980 is from Philip Jackson's autobiography A Perilous Path:

The other pursuit was Lux Madriana based in Oxford. It was run by two young ladies of around my age who produced a magazine called 'The Coming Age'. This was a more mystically inclined group, which fitted in with my interests in Carl Jung's analytical psychology, the works of Yeats, and the eastern religious philosophies of the Upanishads and Geeta. The girls were trying to get a select group together to follow a religion based on the Feminine Principal[sic]. I don't think there as [sic] been anything quite like it before or since.

Oxford, ladies of the right age running it, mystical inclinations, the Feminine Principle. It could be the Aristasians, and if Aristasians didn't start it they certainly would have been interested.

Some say that Lux Madriana later became Aristasia or that the founders of Aristasia were Madrians: "[Aristasia] may have been set up by the same people who formed St. Bride's School, who were Madrians."

An anonymous person relates the story of his(?) encounter with Lux Madriana:

Upstairs a small group was gathering. There were about 4 women, including the one I think was the leader, plus 2 men. Their basic philosophy was that God was female....

The leader that I remember was a young woman who had a psychic air about her, and who I believe channeled their materials. She may have been called Angelina....

The accounts of Lux Madriana contradict each other often, and there is no way of verifying who really was involved with the group lo those many years ago and who might be making things up. However, sometimes the small details they mention do back up other accounts:

I was a member of Lux Madriana in the mid-80s (received the magazines and corresponded with the group, starting when they were in Oxford, right through the time in the North, then for some time during the Irish stay at An Droichead Beo.)  I keep a watching brief to see whenever LM appears on the Net, as I've always wanted to know what happened to everyone, particularly Sr Angelina.

A look at the comments to that post gives a glimpse of how muddied the waters are about Lux Madriana after all this time:

There have been a number of people using the name of Lux Madriana including Roger Haslam aka Strave Reuthen who claims to have excommunicated Lux Madriana. A notable one was a writer using the name Joan Carminhowe who supposedly died in 1984 and published The Light Of The Goddess (Lux Madriana) in 1989. This is a hand bound fictional book about Madrians who behave savagely. The author turned out to be still alive and called Colin Fields who pretended that Joan Carminhowe came from France and threatened to report me to the police for harassment if I investigated further. I also received anonymous letters using the same typewriter he used. Not everyone who claims to be a Madrian is a Madrian.

So what happened to the group? Well....

The disappearance of Lux Madriana is due to occult warfare. This sounds cranky but it's very real. There is a rival hereditary tradition which is patriarchal and extremely degenerate and ruthless. It is a very large, international organisation and they use magic to suppress the return to matriarchy. All Madrians are subject to extreme magical pressure which affects the way their minds work. All the decisions they make are influenced by this pressure which makes their decisions irrational.
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One final note: one may read an account by "one of the early Aristasians who used the inspirational teachings and texts that one of our number received in a receptive trance state". She signs herself "Marianne Trent".

St. Bride's

Whatever degree of overlap existed between Lux Madriana and Aristasia, certainly some Madrians were involved with the Aristasian group known as St. Bride's.

An article about Lux Madriana, hyperbolically titled How I was drawn to life in a cult, first published on Feb. 16th, 1999, will have a familiar ring:

With her hair pulled back in a bun, her full-skirt and blouse, Helen Gilmour looks every inch a sensible, middle-aged woman. It is hard to believe that she once gave up a promising career to join a cult whose members dressed in Victorian crinolines, and hosted dormitory romps for women dressed as schoolgirls.

Where can I find a cult like this?

Miss Gilmour joined the group's commune in Ireland, which had over 20 members. They attempted to run a farm with no electricity or other modern inventions, but did not have the know-how.

The women wore Victorian crinolines, long cloaks and bonnets, and covered up their faces with veils. And when they opened a holiday "school" for women, offering the chance to re-live schoolgirl romps such as picnics, midnight feasts in the dorm and canings, the Press had a field day. Says Helen; "We needed to raise funds so we advertised the fantasy role-play holiday."

The closing paragraph admits with clear disappointment that there wasn't any violence or mass suicides.

St. Bride's, founded in 1984, was the holiday school mentioned. This school was referenced in the Aristasian novel Enter Amelia Bingham:

It is a little school on the west coast of Ireland run on the lines of a very old-fashioned English girls' boarding school; but its most unusual feature is that its pupils are all above what is normally considered school age, although they are treated absolutely as if they were children. As I understood it, though, it was really sort of a hotel catering for people with unusual taste in holidays, rather than a real functioning school.

A chap named David Kay has been posting the Lux Madriana scriptures online and running online discussion groups about it. He relates that the Yorkshire Post published an alarmist article about "cults" in the aftermath of the David Koresh thing, and said various inaccurate things about Lux Madriana because it was a fringe religious movement the journalist happened to have heard of:

They claimed that Lux Madriana was the same organisation as St. Bride's School.

I wrote to the editor of Yorkshire Post pointing out that Lux Madriana had ceased to exist at the time, and sent them much documentary proof that it was different from St. Bride's School. The editor sent a reply saying he was not interested.
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I have spoken to 3 people who were involved in St.Brides School ( as well as Lux Madriana ) and they have told me that, as you say, in the early days discipline and corporal punishment were not a part of life there at all. However, these activities did start, gradually at first, then were embraced more and more enthusiastically.
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The anonymous person I quoted earlier about Lux Madriana goes on:

From what I can gather, after I met them in Oxford they moved to Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire, and then to a large house at Burtonport in County Donegal on the west coast of Ireland. Other names for them at this time may have been Order of the Daughters of Artemis, Church of the Goddess, or Rhennes. To make money they operated a school named St. Bride where adult women could re-enact their jolly-hockey-sticks days, complete with canings. They issued various computer games based on this theme.

According to what I can find out about them, they (or their successors) are now called Aristasia. The leader is a woman who goes by various names, such as Mary Scarlett, Marianne Scarlett, Mari de Colwyn, Catherine Tyrell, and Marianne Martindale.

Oddly, Miss Martindale is quoted as saying that part of the idea for the school came from "my background in humanistic psychology", which is about the last thing one would expect an Aristasian to have or to credit for anything. Men were sometimes allowed to attend; a chap named Nicholas Farrell reported on his visit to them in 1993.

Miss Priscilla Langridge (spelled "Langbridge" in this article) began as a student at St. Bride's and later became one of the mistresses.

Previously a freelance writer Priscilla first came to St Bride's as a pupil. She brought with her a second hand Commodore 64, and somewhere found a socket to plug it into. Marianne was a bit taken aback at this intrusion of the modern world into the real world of St Bride's but they played a few arcade games and, as Priscilla adds, "we discovered that she had this penchant for blasting things."
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But it didn't take long before [Miss Martindale] realised that unlike television, which she thinks is passive and mind rotting, computers 'call for 100% concentration and commitment. They're not just playing with a joystick.'
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A few years later, Aristasians were to excuse their use of the internet, computer games and Second Life by explaining that their attitude towards such technology was, how could they use it to build their world. Certainly when they moved to London, they no longer did without electricity. (In Enter Amelia Bingham, Findlay Manor is not wired for electricity.)We likely have Miss Langridge's Commodore 64 to thank for the Aphrodite Cocktail Bar.

The first game was The Secret of St. Bride's, based on a game the girls played on their walks: they would point out things they saw and pretend they were clues to some mystery, and create the mystery backwards from them.

Information about the games can be found here, and a bit more can be found linked on the articles page. A couple of them can be downloaded. Others can probably be found online with a bit of searching.

The colony remained in Ireland for about a decade, until a court case where one of the residents at St. Bride's had floggee's remorse and took Miss Martindale to court for caning her and some unspecified disagreement with the landlord occurred in 1993.

In reference to the articles linked in the previous paragraph, I must address the allegations about white nationalist publications that were apparently found after they left the house. Especially since a couple of more recent yellow journalists have tried to accuse Aristasians of being racist on the absurd grounds that among the numerous pagan symbols found on current Aristasian websites are a couple of Norse symbols, and of course the Nazis liked Norse stuff, so we should pay attention only to thirteen years out of the thousands that these symbols have existed. (I suppose they also believe that anyone who wears red is a communist.)

According to one of the articles linked in the above paragraph, John Tyndall, then leader of the BNP, told the Aristasians, "I admire and respect what you are doing to the point of fascination." One has to wonder what he admired, respected and was fascinated by so much in Lesbians dressed as schoolgirls flogging each other. Despite the humorous answer my previous sentence implies, I think the answer is in their interest in Guenonian philosophy. For some reason, many white nationalists admire Guenon and his ilk, as I discovered when I made the mistake of googling Guenon. Why, I do not know, since the whole point of Guenonian Traditionalism is that advanced civilization and the West are deracinated and corrupt in comparison to the simple spiritual purity of tribal (nonwhite) people who live in caves and survive by manual labor. Guenon even laments that we white Europeans keep "spoiling" and "withering" traditional (primitive) societies by making contact with them and getting our cooties all over them. If you don't believe me, read his The Reign of Quantity or Ananda Coomaraswamy's Christian and Oriental Philosophy of Art.

However, just because many white nationalists are Guenonians, that does not mean the reverse is also true. I suspect that Tyndall sent literature to the Aristasians on his own initiative because he was interested in their application of Guenon's principles to their colony. He apparently corresponded with one occupant of the house, but besides the quotation about his admiration we are not told what he said. I hazard a guess that it was mostly boring stuff about Guenonian metaphysics. Had he said anything more damaging, it likely would have been quoted, given how sensationalistic the rest of the articles linked above are. Notice how excitedly they describe the "sado-masochistic" materials and include the totally irrelevant information that before the Aristasians lived in that house, a Primal Scream therapy group occupied it. (Before that, in the 20's, it was reportedly a hideout for IRA gunmen.) This sounds like muckraking to me.

Admittedly, I cannot prove my hypothesis here. What I can say is that I have been following Aristasian websites for nearly two decades and have never read anything that gave me the impression that they were racist or antisemitic. In this interview, they specifically state, "Aristasia contains Indian, African, Chinese and Jewish girls. We are exclusive and elitist and our criteria are pretty strict, but race has never been one of them." On one of their now-defunct sites, they said, in answer to prospective Aristasians' concern that the realm is only for white pettes:

We have had this question several times lately; and it does rather surprise us, and sadden us a little. Clearly those who dislike Aristasia essentially, those who are horrified to find that a 'women's movement' is not part of the liberal consensus, but is royalist, elitist and aristocratic have done rather well at spattering us, in the eyes of some, with the 'rascist' and 'racialist' (they leave out the middle bit because they can't spell) mud that they throw at every one who disagrees with them.".

Furthermore, in recent years Japanese things such as anime and the Takarazuka revue have become hugely popular among Aristasians. If you are going to claim that the Japanese are honorary Aryans because they were one of the Axis powers, take a look at the current Aristasian sites. Here an Aristasian explains, "there is a healthy respect for Indian culture [in England] thanks to Britain's colonial past in India and also because of the large immigrant population there from India." There is much one could argue about in this statement, but the admiration for Eastern nonwhites is clear: it is "healthy" to respect them. Nowadays most Aristasians are living in southern California and on Heartbook they talk incessantly about how in touch with Tradition the Mexicans around them are. It seems they noticed in Guenon et al what white nationalists managed to miss.

Romantia

In 1983, publication of The Coming Age stopped and Lux Madriana split off into two groups, according to Estelle fiaMoura:

one based in Burtonport, Co Donegal (Ireland) and the other in Bristol (England).

The Burtonport group was known under a number of different names, and it also continued to publish in the same format as The Coming Age - magazines aimed at lesbians. These included 'Artemis', 'The Romantic', and another....

The Burtonport group finally left there in 1986/87, when the owners reclaimed the house. When last I heard of them the 3 remaining members were living in South London.

The "Burtonport group" was our gels, though the date conflicts with our other data. As Perfect Publications they published several magazines: a Lesbian publication called "Artemis: For Women Who Love Women" in which the Amelia Bingham stories were first published, and three about seceding from the modern world, called "The Romantic" (5 issues), "The English Magazine" (10 issues) and "Imperial Angel" (2 issues). These magazines were "Romantian". In the words of Miss Alice Lucy Trent:

About the Romantics. They were a different group that overlapped with early Aristasia (meaning especially that early Aristasians attended some of theit rather splendid parties). Romantianism, the more serious philosophy of some Romantics, was inspired by early aristasian thought and supported by Aristasians who felt a non-Aristasian secession to be a good thing. It did not last, however. Aristasia was built on firmer ground and has withstood many difficulties - and will continue to do so.

The Romantian publications advocated eschewing the modern world and filling one's home with items from earlier centuries as much as possible.

"Artemis" is archived at Cambridge. Scans of some of the other magazines can be read here. One blogger had a grand plan to post them all online at but sadly never followed through.

Aristasia certainly came first. It was not always called Aristasia, but it was always an all-female nation. At various points there were attempts to found a mixed group called Romantia - not intead of, but as well as, Aristasia....

There has never been a question of Aristasia "splitting off" from Romantia. It was always a separate entity that existed before, during and after the Romantia experiment. All-female Aristasian ventures like St. Bride's School (I only mention this one because it is better known than the many more private initiatives) long predate Romantia.
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At this time the Aristasians also had an organization called "The Anti-Metric Brigade", motto "Don't Give An Inch". The august Sir Patrick Moore was a patron to this noble endeavour.

The Wildfire Club

In 1993, the Aristasians left Ireland, moving their center of operations to London. There, interested girls could visit the Aristasian Embassy and spend a few hours in this world. Aristasians continued to administer discipline to those who felt the need of it, wrote some lovely books about femmey discipline, and created numerous "Elektra-space" websites, allowing Aristasia to reach a wider audience than ever. As is probably clear, this is the era of Aristasia that captured my heart, which I continue to regard as the real Aristasia.

At this time, Aristasia meant femininity, the beauty of the world before the cultural collapse of the 1960's, innocent subtle sensuality, and proper, unsalacious discipline. The lady who had been known as Miss Marianne Scarlett, Miss Mari de Colwyn or Miss Clare Tyrrell now adopted the name "Miss Marianne Martindale". Miss Martindale became the public face of Aristasia.

"I adored that article," she says. "Miss Millard just hated me, and so she said all the nicest things. Later on she keeps talking about my 'silvery laugh'. Isn't that delightful? I don't know if I've a silvery laugh, but I should love to think so. The thing about bongos like Miss Millard is that we are so diametrically opposed we cannot insult one another. If I wrote about her I should say that she was vulgar, brash and unladylike, but she would not be insulted because that is just what she wants to be. When she writes about me she says that I have perfect vowels and a silvery laugh and that I am an "elitist". And that is exactly what I want to be."
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She held press conferences, contributed to the Alice Kerr-Sutherland Society's disciplinary magazine The Governess and staged publicity stunts, such as publicly burning a pair of panty-hose, a play on the celebrated (though likely apocryphal) "bra burning" of 1960's feminists. In 1996, a documentary about her household was aired on television in England.

Those who understand the true spiritual aspect of discipline, as opposed to the "Silly Monkeys" who see it only as a means to gratification, responded strongly to the Aristasian message. Many recall Miss Martindale and Miss Helena Frost fondly. A gent called Anthony relates that he met Miss Martindale "perhaps 15 years ago"; the post was written in 2009.

She was formidable.... I went to see her, ironically in Whipp's Cross, East London, simply to buy some good quality crook handled rattan schhol canes and whilst there she administered a truly formidable caning across my jeans. The only time I have ever had to draw a halt on a caning. My fault, I was used to bamboo canes (heavy) and in feeling the rattan (for the first time) I wrongly assumed that it would be up to the job. She basically put me right!

Miss Martindale had a formidable under study, Miss Helena Frost who then asked me back a few times.
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About 10 years ago I reported to her for a caning. She was based in Wansyead, London E11.

I was tied down over a school desk andreceived the HARDEST caning ever. She had it all, class, style, sex appeal, maturity and authority.
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I have taken 100 or more strokes either in one session or spread out across a day, and yet the hardest caning I ever had was just 12 administered by the amazing Miss Helena Frost. It was a good many years ago but I still remember it well and replay it in my mind often. It wasn't an especially heavy or thick cane although it was delivered cold.
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For a time, Aristasians ran the Sweetheart's Club, a monthly gathering at a local lesbian bar.

Finally, from 2003 to 2005, an Aristasian using the name Miss Martindale (I was informed that this was not the original Miss Martindale who we have seen in the Wildfire-era photos) wrote the Ladies' Column in The Chap magazine and was Aristasia's media representative. She ceased because of Operation Bridgehead.

Operation Bridgehead

Operation Bridgehead changed everything. Believing that they were doing so on orders from Aristasia Pura, the pettes who run the official Aristasian sites set about discontinuing everything Aristasia had been about. In a way, Bridgehead may be actually a return to an earlier phase of Aristasia, the "Lux Madriana" phase, where prophetesses receive divine inspiration to which the rest of us are not privy. The result is apparently satisfying to some people, but it bears little resemblance to Aristasia. Gone is the beauty, the innocent sensuality, the purifying discipline.

Operation Bridgehead was launched not by Aristasia-in-Telluria itself but by Aristasia Pura, and specifically by the Royal Novarian Aethyr Command. The precise nature and purpose of this operation has not been divulged, but it is supposed to be a "Bridgehead" launched by Aristasia Pura into one of the most hostile and masculinised areas of the omniverse - late patriarchal Telluria. It has been postulated that this is part of a greater spiritual war in which the forces of light and those of darkness confront each other....
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To begin with, they suddenly tried to disavow discipline.

While a few Aristasians, over fifteen years ago, practised [discipline and corporal punishment], it has never been widespread in Aristasia and today it does not exist at all.
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Aristasia hasn't been associated with corporal discipline for over a decade.... Even in Miss Martindale's household it was a pretty rare occurrence when the cameras weren't rolling but after the Miss Martindale era there was really no "discipline" of that sort going on at all.
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In a way I can understand this, as the disciplinary practice did get them plenty of unwanted attention from the wrong sort. But the Aristasians are trying to deny that it was ever an important part of Aristasia, and they denigrate it generally, saying rather hurtful things about those girls who were drawn to Aristasia by this noble practice which they themselves promoted and embraced. I cannot condone the denigration of the beautiful and spiritual practice of discipline. Its proper practice is a positive good and abandoning it is not a good thing. For years Aristasia was the leader in the correct understanding of true discipline. Those of us who instinctively felt that understanding could find not only sympathy, but an advanced theoretical framework for it. Now Aristasians have abandoned the field to libertines and people who let off steam by smacking their children around. Even questioning this change is denounced:

The High command says: "We have determined that discipliney-ness is not healthy for our community."

Here are three possible responses. Which of them would you say is the disciplined one?

1. "Oh noooo I wanted it to be disciplineeeey."

2. "Hmph. Well I'm leaving then."

3. "Yes, ma'am."

When I discovered Aristasia, flirting between blondes and brunettes went on constantly. Now we are told that Aristasians have little interest in romance or marriage and instead practice only "amity". This would be delightful if it were an addition-to, but it is presented as an instead-of. Innocent, old-fashioned flirting, which was one of the keenest pleasures of Aristasia, has vanished. In place of Aristasia, we are given My Little Pony.

Also gone are the pre-Eclipse aesthetics which once made Aristasian sites such magical places. There hasn't been a word in years about racinating one's hestia, even though the practice was certainly a non-corporal form of "discipline" which would not draw any salacious attention. As with corporal punishment, not only was the practice discontinued, Aristasians claim that it had never existed to begin with.

Now, we need to make two things clear. First: we are not saying that Telluria's past was better than its present. In some ways it may have been, in other ways not. That isn't the point. The point is that it has lost something very vital, something that matters to us, personally, a great deal. Second: we are not in any sense campaigning to restore to Telluria what it has recently lost. That is no part of our mission. We come from a very different sort of world in which men play no part. Whether anything we say is relevant to a male/female world (and if so, in what way it is relevant and what ought to be done about it) is not our concern.
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Newcomers to Aristasia and Outlanders sometimes have the impression that the nations of Vintesse, Trent, Kadoria, and Quirinelle are loosely based on the Tellurian decades of the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s respectively. This explanation is natural enough for a newcomer or outsider and is enough to get her started with the concepts, but in fact the truth is closer to being the other way about. These four decades, in a very loose and vague way, represented in Telluria four fundamental aspects of the modern or Art-Neospirit.
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The idea that we were ever "in love" with the Tellurian 1930s or 1950s any more than we are "in love" with modern Japan was always a misreading. We have always been looking at visual styles, purely as ways of expressing fundamental truths - feminine beauty, elegance, and goodness - in ways appropriate to the tail end of Kali Yuga.
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We have been deprived of the philosophical understanding of ugliness Aristasia once gave us. Nowadays the Aristasian sites are full of bongo images, such as photos of tacky statues of the Virgin Mary or various pagan goddesses or of restaurants at which they have eaten. No better are the many images from Second Life, which they call "Virtualia". Aristasians once epitomized beauty, but the ungainliness of Second Life seems not to trouble them at all.

Those who loved Aristasia are dismayed. Indeed, a gentleman named Mr. Rex Bonitas has written two brief, incisive satires on the New Aristasia.

Those of us who are forced to live in the Pit, who seek a sanctuary from it and an understanding of why the Eclipse happened, are now rejected by the very people who once offered us these things with prodigal generosity.

One of the larger changes has been a decline of interest in Tellurian affairs. This was hastened by a Directive deprecating "involvement in foreign quarrels". Formerly, criticism of late-patriarchal Telluria had been a notable aspect of many Tellurian Aristasian writings and pronouncements. The essence of the Directive was to remind Aristasians-in-Telluria that they are now subjects of the Empire and are not expected to take part in the internal quarrels of foreign nations....
It was not simply that duty called one to discontinue these distractions. There was a strong sense that they no longer mattered; that their time had passed. Where once Aristasian critics would have argued strongly that this or that was "destroying the social fabric" of Telluria, after Bridgehead it was not so much that they had changed their opinion on that, but that they had changed the valuation of their opinion. "Is the social fabric of Telluria any affair of ours?" summed up the new feeling.
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Certainly the ladies who used to run the Wildfire Club and the Aristasian Embassy have every right to turn their backs upon everything which they once stood for and pursue new things. But to all who love Aristasia, it feels like a betrayal to see them presenting something completely new and different and passing it off as Aristasia, and then insisting that the Aristasia we knew never existed at all. Could they not have adopted a new name suitable to their new pursuits, and left the good and beautiful thing they once offered the world to those of us who still want it?

As to why Bridgehead happened, they credit contact with an alternate dimension which they take to be Aristasia Pura. I offer a couple of pieces of speculation of my own.

First: In the old days, Aristasians used physical discipline partly to give their world what they called "hard edges".

As [Miss Martindale] explains, it gives definition and hard edges to a world that, having been created by girls 'somewhat overbalanced' on the side of imagination, intellect and the fantastical, could all too easily become shifting and indistinct. Using rules, regulations and set tasks, this stern disciplinarian creates solid architecture in a world that could otherwise 'evaporate into a cloud place'.

It seems that may be precisely what has happened. Aristasia gave up its hard edges of discipline - not only the discipline of corporal punishment, but also that of keeping one's hestia and life racinated - and their world has become shifting and indistinct.

My second piece of speculation: Many of the statements about this new version of Aristasia (including those which deny that it is new) are made by a Lady Aquila, whose name is fairly new to Elektra-space. Now, we all know about the Aristasian custom of every pette having multiple personae, so that could be a new name for somepette who has been around for years, or it could be the title of a pette who was part of Aristasia but did not take part in Elektra-space. But Lady Aquila is so sternly opposed to everything of which Aristasia has consisted for decades, and so harshly critical of it all, that one has to wonder if she is perhaps a relative newcomer who somehow managed to bring Aristasians under her sway.

Regardless, those of us who love Aristasia - the real Aristasia - must preserve it with no help from those who once presented it to us.


Postscript: In March of 2013 the ladies who maintained the "new Aristasia" apparently chose to heed my admonition to adopt a new name suitable to their new pursuits and leave Aristasia to those of us who still want it. They removed most of the material from aristasia-central.com and posted this announcement:

Aristasia was formerly an Earthly name of the great Herthelan Feminine Empire, and of the earthly community of girls who were loyal to that Empire and wanted to live on earth according to Aristasian ways....
Various movements drew inspiration from Aristasia, and some called themselves "Aristasian" or were confused with Aristasians because they had adopted elements of Aristasian philosophy.

They then link to their new site, Daughters of Shining Harmony, the "Official website of the Herthelan Protectorate of Chelouranya".

So now those of us who love Aristasia may preserve it without being told that the Aristasia we knew never existed. This is a most happy day for Aristasia!

I shall conclude this postscript by announcing that whenever I find new information about the history of Aristasia, rather than alter the essay above, I shall add a link here at the bottom of the page for the edification of those who may be interested in further study.


Links for Further Research

Some history: the paths through which we came
A history of Filianism.

Nova Aristasia
A blog by an Aristasian of the old school.

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