Although often depicted as
a woman, she is none, and she is all of them. "I am every woman!" And every woman is the Goddess. She is the mystery of the
life-giving and life-taking rhythm of nature, the great void and well of endless possibilities. She is the infinite bubbling
up of inspiration, waiting to be fertilized by intent and focused action. She is the bow that shoots the arrow; that's why
the goddess Diana/Artemis is also the huntress. She is the high priestess of the tarot, able to look behind the veil and sense
hidden realities. She is the egg inside the womb, inviting selected spermatozoids to join her and create. She is passive action
and eternal susceptibility.
The Goddess is the great force
of femininity, Mother Nature, the Divine Mother. Every woman shares her fierce potential of being life and bearing the fruit
of new life within her. A woman in tune with her femininity will intuitively know for sure that she is life itself; she does
not need thoughtmodels or scientific proof to understand this. This allows women to think in terms of compassion and concern
for the whole. And it allows her to combine intuition with knowledge derived from experience and the understanding of nature
laws, what results in wisdom. Women can think in analogies, because they can sense the universal pattern behind an outer expression
of nature. Femininity feels and knows that everything was always already there, waiting and available, where masculinity is
the initiating and directing force to make choices and realize possibilities out of the slumbering potential. She is the Egyptian
goddess Nuit, the dark womb of the night, who bows over Hadit, the earth, symbolizing materialization, to mate with him.
The Goddess is the process
of life with all her cycles and stages. The Goddess is both the giver and the destroyer, laying off old patterns and weaving
new ones. Therefore many goddesses and mythical wise women are depicted as weavers, creating new forms along the moving axles
of their spindles.
The Goddess is often represented
by the cycles of the Moon. The first quarter, the rising moon, symbolizes spring, and the maiden. Full moon is the equivalent
of the summer and the woman in full bloom, ready to be fertilized. Declining moon is autumn, the warm season of harvest, and
the mother with her offspring. New moon is wintertime, the return to the inner self, experience and knowledge transformed
into wisdom, and the wise older woman able to teach and heal others in a renewing cycle. The celestial cycles of the moon
are reflected in the physical menstrual cycles of the woman. The moon cycles around the earth thirteen times a year; thirteen
is the number of Saturn, the planet of fate, cycles, structure and destiny, who's ruler often is depicted with the scythe
which harvests life at the end of a cycle.
The Goddess is also known as
the Triple Goddess, in her various stages of virgin/maiden, queen/mother and crone/wise woman. Every woman contains the flame
of the Goddess in all her stages, but the different stages become more prominent in her different life phases. Still every
woman has the pure and innocent radiance of the youthful maiden, the warmth and stability of the mother, and the intuitive
wisdom and natural healing abilities of the crone. True healing is through love and compassion!
Womanhood is much more than the cheerful thin, young and sexy ladies
the glossy magazines show us, or the super happy mommies deriving bliss from a cleaned house as the advertisements would like
us to believe. Womanhood is a strong connection to eternal life, nature, intuition, stillness, love and empathy. It is an
innate understanding of the mystery of life. The inner strength and power of the Goddess lives in every woman. Thou art Goddess!