Monday, July 8, 2013

She is the World

“For thousands of years, people throughout the Fertile Crescent venerated a deity who personified the Great Goddess. These ancient cultures were all polytheistic, acknowledging the existence of many deities, but they also recognized the feminine principle as primary for life, spirituality and consciousness. When we speak of this area as the "cradle" of civilization, we subconsciously acknowledge the superior role the feminine principle played in the "birth" of modern humankind. Cultural mythologist Joseph Campbell writes of the Goddess:

The goddess is red with the fire of life; the earth, the solar system, the galaxies of far-extending space, all swell within her womb. For she is the world Creatrix, ever mother, ever virgin. She encompasses the encompassing, nourishes the nourishing, and is the life of everything that lives.”

~Andrew Gurevich, “In Goddess We Trust: America's Spiritual Crossroads”

Painting by Elisabeth Slettnes

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