The Reemergence of the Divine Feminine
The Reemergence of the Divine Feminine
By Gord Riddell & Kathy Ryndak
It is quite evident to most that the world is going through immense, accelerated transformation which has been tumultuous in recent times. Since the beginning of the new millennium we have witnessed many world events that would attest to this: 9/11, the war in Iraq, international terrorism and the recent Tsunami. The Mayan and Hopi Calendars have alluded to this great transformation and chaos. The outcome of this prophecy depends on the choices and the consciousness that humankind holds in the years to come. This indeed is one of the most critical times in this history of our planet in which we will determine our destiny. An optimistic interpretation of this prophecy involves the probability of creating a better, transformed and "New World" by 2012. What is the consciousness that is required to create to do this? Perhaps, some of our answers lie in aligning with the Divine Feminine energy.
Over the past couple of decades we have seen a reemergence of the Divine Feminine. We only need to look at the popularity of Goddess work, the best selling book "The Da Vinci Code" and the reverence of Mary Magdalene as an icon to establish this. We witnessed two phenomenal surges of the feminine energies of compassion and love by humanity through the global events of the death of Princess Diana in 1997 and the Tsunami late last year.
Reinstating the Feminine
The Divine Feminine is something that is not new to the planet. If fact, art historian, Merlin Stone states that "at the very dawn of religion, God was a woman. Goddess worship can be traced from the Paleolithic period, as early as 2 million B.C.E. until less than 7,000 years ago, when God became a 'man'." In other words, God has been a "male" for a relatively short period of time and is a newcomer within religious traditions yet in modern time it is a deep-rooted belief that God has always been male. From the time period, of 40,000 to 5,000 B.C.E. it appears that that the Great Goddess was the main deity worshipped. More than 90% of archeological artifacts found from this epoch are of the female Goddess. The most famous of figurines is the "Venus of Willendorf" - a rotund, pregnant and voluptuous female. Interestingly, when this statue is placed on her back she assumes the shape of Gaia or the Earth with mountains, hills and valleys on her body.
It is our view that God probably goes beyond the confines of male and female energies yet ultimately both polarities need to be honoured. However, a vacillation to the feminine side of God would help to balance things out and foster planetary healing.
Eastern traditions have always embraced the feminine and masculine sides of divinity. Hinduism provides a goddess counterpart for male trinity and Taoism shows us that the interaction of Yin and Yang leads us to wholeness. In Buddhism, Kuan Yin has become the Mother Mary of the East. The mystical aspect of Judaism we has "Shekinah" the feminine aspect of God. Kabbalists view the soul as being feminine. Judaic and Christian Gnostic scriptures honour Sophia as the feminine aspect of wisdom. The Marion Movement from Catholicism venerates the Virgin Mary as part of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit making it into the Holy Quadrinity. A recent article in Time Magazine notes that certain Protestants churches are trying tom make Mother Mary part of their liturgy. Certainly, all forms of Shamanism worship the Goddess. Modern day psychology acknowledges the need to balance the male and female within through Carl Jung's theory of the animus and anima.
A patriarchal society has dominated the planet for the past 7,000 years. While it has brought about vast industrial, scientific and technological change, its negativity has resulted in aggression, warring, and exploitation of the feminine principle and of the planet's ecology. Recent astrological occurrences would suggest this is in the process of changing. The Venus/Sun transit that took place in June 2004 and which will happen again in June 2012 has ushered in the Divine Feminine. It is said that this event will bring about evolution and transformation on the planet through the qualities of love, compassion, unity, harmony, abundance and cooperation. The Harmonic Convergence in August 1987 and the Harmonic Concordance of November 2003 are part of this celestial process that will bring more heavenly energies to earth if humanity chooses to be in its flow. This will also help us to become more multidimensional and have access to higher spiritual realms.
The feminine aspect of the Divine in Eastern spirituality brings about, birth, transformation and rebirth. It is the nurturing, responsive and supporting power in the universe. The masculine becomes closer to God through connecting to the feminine.
Anchoring the Feminine
What can you do to embody the Divine Feminine in your life and help to anchor these sacred energies for the planet?
- The opening of your heart chakra is fundamental to this process. This is where heaven and earth meets inside of you. Seek to come from love, compassion, empathy, honour, respect, harmony and non-judgment. Nurture yourself as well as others.
- Cultivate the feminine process of honouring feelings, creativity and intuition.
- Honour your hunches, the small voice within niggles and nudges.
- Get to know and integrate your inner female and male. Let them work in union and synergy instead of conflicting with one another.
- Become familiar with the shadow side of femininity and strive to transform it.
- Neither control nor be controlled. The Divine Feminine always sees choice and options in circumstances. Empowerment is her most important principle.
- Stand for justice, see equality in all regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, colour, race, religion and ethnic group. Do not tolerate any forms of prejudice and discrimination.
- Enjoy just "being" instead of always doing.
- Explore Shamanism and earth based spirituality which respects the feminine and caretakes the planet.
- Become acquainted with the thousands of Goddesses of various spiritual traditions. They represent the many feminine facets of God. The feminine deities have both male and female qualities so regardless of your gender the learning is meaningful.
- Come to appreciate beauty and the arts. Call upon the Muses for your artistic endeavors.
- When working in groups and organizations come from cooperation instead of competitiveness. Corporations have become increasingly open to the feminine through spirituality in the workplace and emphasis on emotional intelligence.
- Become a global citizen and seek out a cause that brings about sharing and caring for those who are impoverished, malnourished and exploited. Give to your favourite charitable cause.
- Respect the earth's environment and ecology.
- Most importantly, it begins from within. Margaret Starbird, historian of Mary Magdalene and the Divine Feminine, states firstly "we must find ways to heal the wounded feminine in our own hearts and souls."