The Goddess? I hear you say … who or what is that? What and who do we mean by the “Divine Feminine”? Even today, these are terms that are not always familiar to everyone. They are also terms that be misinterpreted. When people are talking about the Goddess, they may be talking about:
· An being Deity that has been worshipped since Palaeolithic times and who is still worshipped and honoured today in various parts of the world. Hindu, for example, is one religion that contains numerous Goddesses.
· An archetype based on various worldly mythologies from which we can identify our own strengths and weaknesses with, whereby in learning lessons portrayed in the myths, we can improve our life and understanding.
· A term to describe the loving, nurturing aspect, ie “Goddess” energy.
· A term to empower women where to the focus is more on improving the self-esteem and body image of women ie “We are all Goddesses”.
All of the above are equally valid as the next for there is no right nor wrong way in perceiving the Goddess. To some of us, She has presented Herself as a living, breathing Divine aspect. To othersm, however, the word enforces self-empowerment and self-respect.
Maybe you might like to pause and ponder on what the terms “Goddess” and “Divine Feminine” mean to you. If you come from a religious or a spiritual background, are you able to find a representative of the Goddess there? You might need to look carefully because as the years have past, the Goddess may have been pushed into the background or, in some cases, She has even had a sex change.
The Goddess House recognises that there is a Goddess, a Divine Feminine, She who is ancient and primeval. She who is the first of ALL the Deities, the patroness of the Stone Age hunt and of the first sowers and seeds. It was She who gave birth without the need of man. It was under Her guidance that herds were tamed, and that healing herbs were first discovered. She is seen in the first works of art that humankind created, found on the cave walls of France and Spain. Images of Her were the first ever discovered.
The Goddess was there when humankind took its first steps, when the standing stones were raised, and the pyramids were built. She was and still is the inspiration for many songs and poetry.
She is the bridge on which we can cross the chasms within ourselves which were created by potentials.
She is the ship on which we can sail the waters of the Deep Self, exploring the uncharted seas within.
She is the door through which we are invited to pass into the future.
She is the cauldron in which we, who have been wrenched apart, simmer in until we become whole again.
She is the vaginal passage which enables us all to be reborn.
In The Goddess House we do not “believe” in the Goddess, we show people how to (re)connect with Her. This is done through the Moon, the stars, the ocean, the Earth. Through the trees, the animals, and through other human beings. Most importantly, we connect with the Goddess through ourselves.
The Goddess is here. She is within us all. She is the full circle – the elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water. She is the often forgotten sacred fifth element of essence, Divine Spirit. She is also body, mind, spirit, emotions and change.