Saturday, March 21, 2015

Why Goddess Feminism, Activism, or Spirituality? by Esther Essinger

Why Goddess, when “G*D” is perpetrating so much grief?

 1) First, it’s vital to know that Goddess is NOT “G*D” in a skirt. It is demanded of NO one that they “believe” or “have faith”, so there can be no guilt (and no punishment! (No Hell below us, thank you John) in NOT choosing to interest oneself in these particular Stories, myths, legends and tales which center the Cosmic Female, the Universal Mother, Mother Earth /Mother Nature at their core. No evangelism happening here!

2) One of her countless names is “The Lady of Ten Thousand Names”, because human beings, for up to 60,000 years, have celebrated and honored the Female, so diversity and variety are of the essence. The potential healing for our species within this archetype is untold. Girls and women and animals, as well as all our children (and that does include men) of every color, spiritual orientation, shape, size, age, and culture are embraced within the cosmic love and compassion of the Goddess (of this particular, non-mandatory Story). A powerful healing message for us is here. We urgently need to evolve beyond the brain / soul damage of our racism, sexism, and all other ways we devise to hate and destroy each other. The Mother wants her children to be happy. “All acts of love and pleasure are Her rituals.” – Doreen Valiente, “The Charge of the Goddess.”

3) “The Mother of the Animals” is another of her many names. May we learn not to torture and annihilate all the magical creatures – the elephants and dolphins, the serpents and the bees, the butterflies, lions, tigers, horses, cats and dogs who share our Mother Earth with us. May we evolve, and learn to honor them. Marija Gimbutas, UCLA’s great scholar of ancient woman-honoring, egalitarian, and mostly non-violent Goddess cultures, said “The Goddess is first a Healer.”

At this crucial juncture in Ourstory, a Healer of cosmic energy and universal power, who embraces and contains within her being every element of the world that humankind fears, and also manifests the real energies of love and compassion – could really help. IMO. ”

Esther Essinger,

California USA


This is an ongoing collective writing project, initiated by Magoism: The Way of S/He and Mother Tree Sanctuary in response to the question, "Why Goddess Feminism, Activism, or Spirituality?" We will feature different women's answers here and on the Magoism blog in the months to come as part of this project.

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