NPS 079

Words of Claretta
The holy Claretta spoke as follows: Without doubt there are racial roots as there are also roots of gender; as one may find blessing through the roots of gender, so one may also find blessing through the roots of race. But while through the roots of gender may be found both blessing yet also the Cause, in the roots of race there is found only blessing apart from the Cause, for they belong not to the holy Cause and in the holy Cause they have no place. It is for this reason that my most illustrious predecessor the most holy Travancus permitted Great Orders for the gendered roots yet prohibited the same for the racial roots, and also any Great Order founded upon a hybrid of gendered and racial roots.

And the holy prophet Claretta said: Behold triangle, square, and circle, perfect are these in their order, yet beauty is absent therefrom; indeed, those who say that these have beauty, know not what beauty is; a pile of sand, perfect is its disorder, for its grains have no particular arrangement; and beauty is absent therefrom also. Behold there is one place alone where beauty is found, which is within the mean between order and disorder.

Now the glorious Maratrea remembered Claretta whom she had become, and recalling what moved in her heart, and being enamoured thereof, sent forth her decree by her will of ends unto Navaletus captain of the spirits vowed faithful to her most holy Cause, directing that he send forth spirits of revelation unto the holy Claretta, spirits of the order of the goddess Melana. But as the glorious Maratrea sent forth this decree unto Navaletus by her will of ends, by her will of means she sent forth another contrary decree, even if only in certain branches, unto the most pallid Pandal and the spirits vowed faithful to the enmity to her Cause, and by this decree she willed that they interfere with her first decree, and prevent its complete fulfillment: not that Claretta would be entirely deprived of revelation, but that whatever revelation she received would be intermixed with error. And as she willed by these two decrees, so it was; and the holy Claretta wrote down all that she saw. But as by her will of means she had frustrated her will of ends with one decree, so by a subsequent decree did she fulfilled it: for she sent unto her the holy Travancus, who corrected her errors, and repaired her falsehoods with holy truth. And coming to see that truth, she said: Alas, such errors have I written - I shall burn them! But the holy Travancus said: Burn not, for then you will burn truth along with falsehood; keep those writings of yours, as a testament to youthful longing, even if led astray in small part by error. And she kept them, and in they Great Order she founded they are studied and corrected. And therefore may we present a portion of her writings, as abridged and corrected by her.

Now in the days after the demise of the most holy Travancus, and the holy Claretta had been raised only a little while yet to the office of Prophet, a certain Haderatus went about saying, We will follow her not; for it is unseemly that a man take instruction from a woman! And he gathered for himself many followers; but the holy Claretta rebuked him, saying, Do you follow the holy Travancus? If you follow him, follow the one whom he has appointed to succeed him, for there is no doubt that by him I was so appointed; but if you will follow me not, then you follow him not either. But the party of Haderatus would accept not her rebuke, so they were cast out of the holy Cause; and they went away; but as the years went by, they withered to oblivion, and in these days none of that party may any longer be found.

Now these belong to the house of a Prophet: that Prophet, and anyone descended therefrom by blood or lawful adoption, and anyone who is in loving union with one of that house, in any of three degrees: submarital, marital or enamourial; but not including one who was formerly in such union, but such union having since been terminated or suspending, save that such termination or suspension was brought about by death. And when one belonging to a Prophetic house by descent becomes Prophet, they do not thereby found a new Prophetic house; but whoever becomes Prophet not belonging to any Prophetic house by descent, they found a new Prophetic house. And a person descended from multiple houses is a member of multiple houses; and a person in one house being in loving union in any of three degrees with a person of another house is thereby a member of both houses. And a person descended from a Prophetic house is a member thereof regardless of in which line they be descended, whether it be the female line, or the male line, or a line which crosses genders, however many times it so does.

Therefore the holy Claretta founded a new Prophetic house, separate from that of the holy Travancus; for although she was his nephew, she was not her descendant. And yet having no descendants herself, her house perished with the death of the last among her enamours; but while her house continued for a little while after her death, the house of Travancus perished upon his very death, for he left no descendants, nor was he in loving union in any degree at any time during his Prophecy, therefore his Prophetic house never had any member other than himself.

And whoever is of a Prophetic house by descent, shall take the name of that house among their names; and they may also take the names of any non-Prophetic houses from which they are descended, if they so wish; and all this be true, for both the Prophetic and the non-Prophetic house, however they be so descended, whether it be in the female line, or in the male line, or in a line which crosses genders, however many times it so does.

And whoever is of multiple Prophetic houses by descent, they must take the name of the senior-most house, and they may or may not as they wish take the name of the more junior houses. And the most senior Prophetic house is the earliest founded, and the most junior is the one most recently founded. So among Prophetic houses, those of Travancus and of Claretta are most senior, yet both are now extinct.

And the holy prophet Claretta said: Anyone who is of the house of a true Prophet is a Princess or Prince of the holy Cause; call none other by these titles, save that it be in jest, or in drama, or in utter necessity, such as if the evil ones threaten you with death if you will not call them as such; if you call anyone by these titles, save as I have commanded, you will be guilty of grave sin. And the Prophet-in-Council may for the sake of peace by decree give you permission to call one not of a Prophetic house by such title for a limited period, for the sake of peace with the usurpers: for when a bully threatens you, do not fight back at your weakest, but feign compliance for a time, until you have grown in strength to defeat them.

Now by the holy law of her Cause, persons are classified as follows: firstly, initiates of the holy Cause; secondly, associates of initiates, being any person joined in loving union of the first or second degree to an initiate of the holy Cause, not themselves being an initiate thereof, also any descendant by blood or lawful adoption of an initiate of the holy Cause, born during the lifetime of that initiate, and not themselves being an initiate thereof, also any ancestor of an initiate of the holy Cause, who is alive at any time when the initiate is an initiate, and not themselves being an initiate; thirdly, members of auxiliary and derogative ecclesiae, not being initiates or associates of initiates; fourthly, subjects to the holy Cause in its assumption of the place, being neither initiates nor associates of initiates, nor members of auxiliary or derogative ecclesiae; and fifthly, all remaining persons. Now an initiate who is suspended is still of the first class despite their suspension, and their associates remain of the second class; for there is no termination or permanent expulsion of an initiate, no matter what they have done or failed to do, only suspension. But as to the third class, there is expulsion not merely suspension, and anyone so expelled no longer belongs to the third class, but rather the fourth or fifth.

Now they asked: O most holy prophet Claretta, why did your most illustrious predecessor name this city New Tradicarus? For Tradicarus is and was a place of vileness and persecution, with bloody altars upon which many of the people of the Cause have had their blood spilt: the emperor thereof, and the priests thereof, delight in the screams of those who are being burnt alive. Why then did he name the holy city, the place appointed for the ingathering of her most holy Cause, after such a place of vileness? The holy Claretta replied: Behold, my beloved predecessor named it so, for although you have spoken truthfully of the vileness which there dwells, you who have never dwelt therein cannot understand its noble features in spite thereof: it was on account of those, and not on account of the vileness therein, that so he named this city: that it would attain to the same nobility, even the same glories, without any of the vileness.