Goddess 101 FAQ - An Introduction to the Goddess

     
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Goddess 101 - FAQ

An Introduction to the Goddess

Page Copy & Artwork by AbbyWillowroot Copyright 1997

We stood in awe of the Universe and reverenced our fellow creatures.

Long, long ago, we gathered to celebrate the mystery that was all around us.

That long ago, forgotten time, is again being remembered.

New dancers move beneath the Full Moon's clear light

 and sing in praise of the Ancient Mother Goddess and Her mysteries.

Her essential message is powerful and healing, Her words are few.

 

 

 

I am the eternal Goddess
All races are my children
All genders are my children
All creatures are my children
All time is my domain
My body is the Earth
Reverence me and mine


She Who Creates from Her Own Source ~ The Spiral Goddess

Take that part of yourself that is buried deep inside you, and spiral it into the world. Dare to be who you truly are. Your deepest essence is humanity and power. You are a spark of light in the Universe, nurture your inner flame of unique brilliance and dare to shine.  There is no one else anywhere, exactly like You. There are gitts and skills you have, that are needed in the World, share them,

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Take a moment to breathe deeply and slowly. The Goddess is within each of us.

Listen to your inner wisdom and walk a path that nourishes your spirit.


Celebrate the Goddess

Everytime you celebrate the Goddess, it is an affirmation of your life, the planet, your heritage, and the future. Ancient wisdom and an understanding of female divinity are re-appearing. We, as a sacred people are beginning to remember simplicity, community and sanity.

 

When we stand together, anything is possible

 


Goddess 101

by Abby Willowroot

On many occasions I've been asked, "What is all this Goddess stuff about anyway?" Here is a brief attempt at an answer.

What is a Goddess?
The word goddess means a female divine being.  Around the world for many thousands of years, the majority of our ancestors worshipped a Divine and powerful Mother-Goddess. She was honored as the Mother of all life. Modern archaeologists have discovered many statues and artifacts that verify the worship of ancient female deities. Some goddesses are Maiden Goddesses and some are Crone Goddesses, and some are Triple-Goddesses.

Where did the idea of a Goddess come from? Early humans depended on the Earth for all things, food, shelter, and life itself. They noticed that all life was created within the bodies of females and so it was natural for them to see an all-powerful creator as female too.

Cave paintings and rock carvings of Goddesses have been found that date back to 35,000 years B.C.E. or earlier. Many of these statues and painted images are often called "Venus". The best known of these, is the Venus of Willendorf. Goddess images of great antiquity have been found all over the world. Most of the earliest images of a Goddess show an abundant, round, full figured and serene being. An ample form symbolized prosperity, freedom from hunger and security. It is not clear if early Goddess worshippers also practiced ancestor worship.

Is the Goddess only for women?
No, the Goddess was worshipped, celebrated and revered by all members of early societies. Men, women and children were all under the protection of the ever-present powerful Mother Goddess; She was both nurturing and fierce. Today, as the culture of the Goddess is re-emerging, women, men and children celebrate divine female energy again, just as they did in early times.

Does anyone still believe in a Goddess?
Yes, many cultures around the world have never stopped worshipping Goddesses. The Hindus of India have a pantheon of many Goddesses and Gods. Today in Japan the great Sun Goddess, Amaterasu is honored as the Divine Mother of the Japanese people. The Goddess of Mercy, Kwan Yin (Quan Yin) has many devotees in China. The Inuit people (Eskimos) still honor the great Ocean Mother Sedna. In South America Ijemanja (Yemaya) the Sea Mother- Goddess is honored with huge public processionals on January 1st each year. In Hawaii the Goddess Pele is still worshipped in song, dance and ritual. These are but a few of the Goddesses still worhipped by traditional cultures.

In Africa, the Orishas are honored as Gods and Goddesses. Modern Jewish tradition still honors the Shekhina and millions of Catholics honor the Virgin Mary as Divine. In the United States and other western countries, for the past thirty-five or forty years there has been rapidly growing interest in Goddess religion, and many circles have former to worship the Goddess.

Many Christian traditions like Unity, have begun to incorporated the Goddess into their faith. The Unity blessing includes a Mother- Father God. There are also many groups that honor the various forms of the Goddess. Still other traditions honor the Goddess, along with a God.  Covenant of the Goddess (COG) is a national religious group whose membership comes from many different Goddess traditions.

What kinds of Goddesses are there?
Historically, there are many thousands of different Goddesses and Gods; each region had their own version of these divinities. Mother Goddesses are universal. There is also a wide spread tradition of a Triple-Goddess, most commonly referred to as the "Maid-Mother-Crone". The Maid, being youth and possibility, the Mother being creativity and nurturing, and the Crone representing wisdom, transition and accountability. (This is only a brief generalization of their attributes.)

All three aspects of the Triple-Goddess represent different types of healing, protection and growth. There are also ancient androgynous Goddesses who represent both female and male in the same deity. There are Goddesses like Gaea (Gaia), whose body is the Earth. Every part of the world has their own version of many of these basic Goddess forms.

Why should I know about Goddesses?
For women, understanding the long tradition of Goddess religion strengthens your connection with your own spiritual essence, regardless of what faith you belong to. Seeing the Goddess within, helps women to appreciate their own power, skill, heritage, and beauty. Honoring the Goddess can teach us to celebrate all the stages of life, listen to our inner knowings, honor the female power of creation, and appreciate women. An awareness that the Goddess lives within you, it is stored in your DNA as a legacy from generations of your ancestors. You can strengthen these inner knowings about the Goddess, life, love, Nature, nurturing and creativity.

Women who are deeply connected with their Goddess essence are better able to make desired changes in themselves, their communities, and the world. For men, a connection with the Goddess allows them to accept and acknowledge their desire and need for nurturing, protection and the acceptance of a loving female presence. Claiming the Goddess energy within himself, helps a man to be a more balanced lover, companion and father. It also frees men from the cultural pressure to always be in control and isolated from their emotions.

What makes the Goddess important?

Today, our world is getting smaller and our actions have the power to effect more and more people, (as you well know, being on the Internet.) Our environment is threatened by too many years of human carelessness. In the past twenty years scientists have started to call the earth Gaia, after the Greek Goddess, because they have realized that we are all connected to the Earth and we are all dependant upon each other for survival. Calling the Earth Gaia, reminds us all that She is our ever- bountiful Mother.

A reverence for female principles and Goddess consciousness helps to put us all in touch with the beauty and magic of Nature and her creatures. Understanding the nature of the Gaia, and other Goddesses, is a way of expanding our respect for the environment, and balancing the male and female energies of the Universe.

Are Goddesses real?
Yes, the museums are full of Goddesses. What "real" means, depends on who you are and how you view Goddesses. For those who practice a Goddess religion today, the Goddess is the "Divine Creatrix of All Life", the "Queen of Heaven" and the center of their religious faith. To others, She is a metaphor for "Mother Nature," and represents Earth's sacred balance. For some people, She is "The Lady" whose companion is "The Lord." There are also people who simply view Goddesses as quaint bits of ancient art, unaware of the growing number of people who have incorporated Goddess consciousness into their everyday lives and spirituality.

Can I believe in both Goddess and God?
Yes, many people do. Faith and spirituality are very personal; we each have our own path. The spiritual essences you call upon to help you along that path is your choice.  If you were not a seeker, you would not be reading this. There are as many ways of expressing spirituality, as there are people to explore it.

Many Christians and Jews have learned to balanced their reverence for both God and Goddess divinity quite successfully. Others focus primarily on one or the other.  Since we as humans are a blending of both male and female energies, it is natural to balance our spiritual lives in a similar way. The Yin Yang symbol is a beautiful reminder of the perfect balance that is achieved when these two energies come together in a positive way.

Where can I find out more?
Visit the Spiral Goddess Grove  

Google or do an Internet search type "the Goddess" into
Google, Lycos, HotBot, Excite, AltaVista, Bing or Yahoo.
~ There are also many wonderful books, a few are listed below.
Reprint by permission from Willowroot@aol.com



 Breathe . . . . . and feel the Moon

Nature renews the spirit and opens the heart


Atoya the Water Bearer

Atoya reclaiming the Earth with her hair. Planetary and personal healing is
happening through the recovery of indigenous wisdom and respect for Nature.
Atoya is a symbol that represents the wisdom & spirituality of all Indigenouse cultures.

 

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 Recommended Reading
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When God Was A Woman
by Merlin Stone

Chalice and the Blade
by Riane Eisler

Grandmother of Time
by Z Budapest

Women's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets
by Barbara Walker

The Great Goddess
by Monica Sjoo & Barbara Mor

Sacred Pleasure
by Riane Eisler

The Great Mother
by Erich Neumann

Heart of the Goddess
by Hallie Inglehart Austin

Drawing Down The Moon
by Margot Adler

Moon, Moon (out of print, but worth searching for)
by Anne Kent Rush

The Goddesses & Gods of Old Europe
by Marija Gimbutas

Spiral Dance
by Starhawk

Women and Nature
by Susan Griffin

Mirrors of Ancient Womanhood
by Merlin Stone

Women Who Run With The Wolves

C. P. Estes 

 

Mary Queen of Heaven

A painting by Charles M. Kerins, my Dad. Many Middle-Eastern Goddesses have been honored by the title "Queen of Heaven". Mary was declared the Mother of God and Queen of Heaven in Ephesus, Turkey in 432 CE.  Ephesus is the site of the legendary and ancient Great Goddess Temple dedicated to Artemis Diana,  This Temple was the last surviving Goddess Temple in use in the current era.  Artemis Diana was also known as the Lady of the Beasts and the Queen of Heaven.  It is for these reasons, that Ephesus was chosen to honor and celebrate the powers and titles of Mary.  Today many new Goddess Temples are appearing all over the world, as are Labyrinths and Sacred Groves.

                                                           

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The Goddess of Earth and Air
a painting by Thomas N. Perkins, my son

The GreenMan is an important part of Goddess Culture. Thomas is well known for his many fine images of the GreenMan, Goddesses and Nature.

  

 


Venus of Willendorf
30,000 BCE
The great Mother Goddess, full and bountiful. Her ample form represents prosperity, security and the sacred powers of feminine divinity. The Venus is carved from limestone and was found at Willendorf, Austria. She is the best known of the many stone age Venus figures.

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~ Die Göttin, Weiblich Erahnen ~ Il Goddess, Femminile Divine ~ O Goddess, Feminine Divine May the wisdom of Brigid open your heart and mind to your many gifts ~ Godin, Vrouwelijke Goddelijke, Spiraalvormige Godin ~ Θεά, θηλυκή θεία, σπειροειδής θεά ~ May the bright and bountiful blessings of the Great Goddess be upon you. ~ Богина, Женственная Предсказывает, Спиральн Богина ~ La Diosa, Femenina Adivina ~ Once, long ago, the Goddess was revered throughout the world, She awaits your rediscovery of Her wisdom and culture. ~  La Déesse, Féminine Devinent ~ Il Goddess, Femminile Divine, Goddess A spirale ~ The time of the reverence for the Great Goddess is returning ~

 


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