Let me bow low before thee, my gracious Goddess,
thou who art magnificent.
Let me prayers to thee rise upon the incense smoke.
Belief in and worship of the Divine Feminine, the ancient Goddess, stretches way back into the mists of time, when humankind started contemplating their role in the cosmic wheel. Rituals were performed to aid the hunt, so that there was enough feed so that people would not go hungry, and skins to provide the necessary shelter and clothing. Out of this need came the realisation and worship of the Goddess, who was the provider of all things.
The ancient Goddess is known by many names, and can be found in virtually every culture, religion and spiritual tradition around the world - however in some she has been overlooked and neglected for such a long time.
Although times have changed since greatly since those of our ancestors, the importance and need for the Goddess is still within us. No matter where we go, the Goddess can always be called upon. We just need to re-teach ourselves how to reach Her again.
By identifying the Divine Feminine, we open the path to deeper understanding for all beings, for She is the creator of all life. There are many ways to begin connecting with the ancient Goddess, the Divine Feminine - the following are just a few suggestions:
Create a small altar dedicated to the ancient Goddess in a peaceful part of your house. The top of your dressing table or bedside table could be a great place to start.
Look for a suitable statue of the Goddess/Divine Feminine in New Age or other spiritual shops. Asian grocers often have statues of Kuan Yin. Alternatively photocopy a picture from a book on myths or add a photograph of yourself, your mother (or another female relative) or even another real life woman you find inspiring (ie, Mother Theresa).
Add a candle that you can light when you talk to the Goddess.
Leave a small offering or gift for the Goddess such as crystals, flowers, shells, etc.
Meditate in front of your altar or turn the area into a peaceful retreat.
Write requests (petitions) to the Goddess on pieces of paper which are then folded and placed in a special bowl or container to be disposed of once achieved.
There are eight earth centric festivals that make up the "Wheel of the Year" which celebrate the journey through the seasons.
In Dancing the Sacred Wheel: A Journey through the Southern Sabbats, the author take the reader on a journey through this seasonal Wheel. Incorporating traditional Pagan myth and folklore, history with ritual, the author also shares her own personal experience in developing an underlying relationship to her local environment.
By looking deeper at our own spiritual practices in order to re-connect with the land on which we reside, we are able to gain a greater level of knowledge and understanding in order to celebrate the "Wheel of the year". Dancing the Sacred Wheel: A Journey through the Southern Sabbats provides invaluable ideas on how we are able to achieve this.
Exhortation of Isis
You are She in the dust of whose feet is the hosts of Heaven,
Whose body encircles the Universe,
Who turns the Earth in its orb,
Who gives light to the Sun,
Who rules the World.
You tread death underfoot.
To Thee, the stars are responsive,
To Thee the seasons turn and the Gods rejoice
And the elements are in subjugation.
You are She that is the natural Mother of all things,
Mistress and governor of all elements,
The initial progeny of worlds,
Chief of Divine powers,
Queen of Heaven,
Principle of all the Gods celestial and the light of Goddesses.
At Your will are disposed the planets of the air,
The wholesome winds of the seas
And the silences of the unseen world.