Embracing the Goddess
The emergence of the Goddess in popular culture that has been gaining momentum since the seventies is gaining even more momentum. I’ve been watching with interest over the past decade, as my own journey and research into womanhood, feminine power and spirituality has unfolded. The first time I recall learning about the Goddess was reading A Woman’s Worth by Marianne Williamson when I was 23, the year it came out. I was transfixed. She wrote about glorious queens and slave girls and how we all needed to embrace the Goddess, a phrase I wouldn’t come to understand until decades later, and that is still unfolding for me.
But what exactly is a Goddess, and how do we embrace her? These are valid questions, especially if you are coming to this conversation new. Goddesses are deities that are female representations of the divine. They are found in traditions from all the world dating back centuries, and in religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, paganism and ancient cultures of Egypt, Greece, Celtic, Africa, Japan, the Americas and many more. From ancient myths and stories we learn that Goddesses embody a vast array of archetypes including warriors, lovers, magicians and mothers, and represent both the light and the dark. Each Goddess has her own specifics traits, talents and rituals that are associated with her, and we can conduct sacred rituals to specific Goddesses when we want to work with her.
We may have different images come to mind when we think of the term Goddess - a modern day gorgeous woman with long flowing golden locks and an ethereal dress; a more nurturing women, like a picture of Mary, kind, strong and welcoming; or perhaps we see a dark Goddess wielding power like Kali Ma or Durga, ready to fight and protect at any moment. The Goddess is complex, multifaceted and all views form parts of what we know to be the Divine Feminine.
I deeply resonate with the writings of Rafael Espitia Perea who describes a goddess like this in her work:
"A goddess is a woman who emerges from deep within herself. She is a woman who has honestly explored her darkness and learned to celebrate her light. She is a woman who is able to fall in love with the magnificent possibilities within her. She is a woman who knows of the magic and mysterious places inside her, the sacred places that can nurture her soul and make her whole. She is a woman who radiates light. She is magnetic. She walks into a room and male and female alike feel her presence. She has power and softness at the same time."
A Goddess is sovereign. A woman unto herself. The journey and practices in this book are all leading us back to our inner Goddess, our divine centre of being, our most sovereign self. To be firmly grounded in our feminine essence. To not just understand our true worth, but to know it. Embracing the Goddess within is a path to further connecting to our sacredness. To return to Her again and again, as we come further home to ourselves.