aristasian reminiscence

The Aristasian Reminiscence

An (unauthorized) retrospective guide to the Feminine Celestial Empire.

About Aristasia, its Origins and Aftermath.
About Aristasia, its Origins and Aftermath.

Welcome to the Aristasian Reminiscence Project! What’s Aristasia? Goodness, I’m not quite sure even where to begin, and yet… that’s the topic of this site, is it not?

You can find a map of this entire site here. To begin, one must be clear that Aristasia no longer exists as a movement as far as I’m aware. Aristasia was often said to be many things, amongst which one finds:

  • A micronation where women sought to secede from the aesthetics and ethos of the modern world and live together in the past.
  • A live-action roleplaying game featuring elaborate lore concerning another world where everyone is feminine.
  • A spiritual movement, worshiping God as Mother (and following a monotheistic feminine religion, known as Déanism) that exists to this day and takes many forms.
  • An S&M fetish organization, due to their early interest in, and promotion of, corporal punishment as part of their activities.
  • An Guénonian Traditionalist sect, who believed we were living in an aesthetic, moral, and philosophical Dark Age, with grace and femininity having been replaced with patriarchal chaos.
  • A creepy right-wing cult, with unclear and often unsettling origins, and the right-wing associations you might expect of normal(ish) Traditionalists.
  • A lesbian separatist group, where they sought to build and curate all-feminine spaces and events, both online and off.

Are any of these characterizations even remotely accurate, though?

This site can give no concrete answer whatsoever to that question, and you’ll all have to ultimately draw your own conclusions. Via this site, perhaps I can provide some clarity to the topic, though.

You might begin by reading about Aristasian beliefs, then head to the page about Aristasian life. Other parts of interest might include the section on the lore surrounding Aristasia, or the page of essays and audio lectures produced by Aristasians over the years. I do encourage you to read the page about this site itself to better understand my perspective.

This site also explores the movement’s history and precursor organizations, stretching back at least into the misty 1970s, but that history section is, as of mid-February, incomplete.

Perhaps I can explain this queer (in all senses) movement, and the controversy it attracted. Perhaps I can’t… I shall try, though!

Since you've found this peculiar website, please consider signing the guestbook. You can also contact me here. To visit, and (one might hope?) follow this site on Neocities, click here.

Nothing about this is simple...

A while back, I was looking at recent postings on different social media where people were discussing Aristasia. Someone expressed lament that TVTropes of all sites provides the only succinct summary of the Aristasian phenomenon online. There's also a lot of material related to Aristasia that, while archived or available, is hard to dig up and find. I'd like to change that.

I'm doing this because I know that Aristasia, Chelouranya, Romantia, etc, were meaningful in various (positive and negative) ways for many.

I want to preserve this material in an accessible fashion for those who might want access to it again. Other people are welcome to submit links to existing or archived content, or even just contact me to chat and swap stories.

I'm extremely critical of certain aspects, but also nostalgic about all of this, and ultimately miss many of the people involved. Many of them have gone elsewhere in life, and that's best accepted.

So far, I've begun setting up this site and gathering all the stuff together. Things are very much under construction. Aristasia, in the early aughts, had a Wikipedia article. Archived here, it's a great help in putting together this site! The Internet Archive and Wayback Machine were similarly useful for this project, too.

I chose neocities and this lacy ladylike theme since it resembles the kind of thing that would've been used by them back in the day, given the Aristasian obsession with all things feminine and elegant.

I am hand-coding this site using mostly these resources as a way of learning HTML/CSS/Javascript again because I no longer know as much as I used to. Elder millennials have it rough.

While generally not featuring anything terribly sexual, and certainly no nudity, this site is not welcoming to minors. Sorry kiddos! but it's not like many youngsters are going to know or care about this topic anyways, so it doesn't really matter.

But who...?

Call me Claire Mayhew. I never quite considered myself Aristasian, and never met any Aristasians in person. I was first exposed to Aristasia as a thirteen-year-old looking for LGBTQ resources online. I was able to participate and lurk their various forums and chatrooms because I childishly lied about my age. They would likely have never spoken to me had this not been the case. I posted rarely using several different names, some of which I don't even remember, almost always just to ask questions.

Later, when I became an adult, I had an Aristasian persona in Second Life for roleplay ("life theatre", they call it) back in the late aughts, and attended parties, lectures, and church services there. I guess that I counted as an outer-circle Aristasian-in-Telluria? Unsure here.

Either way, this site has no connection whatsoever to the so-called "Old Guard" Aristasians or later Chelouranyans, and is in no way endorsed by them. Aristasia as a movement no longer exists online, and nor does Chelouranya. I'm also not a Filianist nor affiliated with any Déanic groups, though I appreciate what those groups are doing to preserve Aristasian material, and its aftermath.

Perhaps connect...

You can contact me here, or send a question to the public public askbox. Oh, and for whatever reason or perhaps precisely none at all, we've now got a small chatbox below where one may leave a short, public message if you happen to wander into this corner of the web. Consider signing and leaving a mark.