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Divine Feminine Arts - Rise of the Goddess

The divine feminine is the spiritual concept that there exists a feminine counterpart to the patriarchal and masculine worship structures that have long dominated organized religions. The divine feminine extends well beyond one belief system, and instead can be used as a spiritual lens to balance our perspective.

Goddesses & Feminine Archetypes

Feminine energy is connected with fertility, but is not reduced to reproduction. Growth, whether it’s spiritual, physical, or emotional, celebrates a feminine energy in that we give life to something that was not there before. Archetypes of femininity and fertility from around the world and throughout history are abundant, and exploration of the Divine Feminine takes on many historical, anthropological, spiritual, and cultural forms. Here are some Goddesses, deities, and spirits that we can learn more about as we cultivate ourselves:

  • Oshun, Orisha of the Yoruba people in East Africa

  • Aphrodite, ancient Greek Goddess of Love

  • Venus, ancient Roman Goddess of Love

  • Isis, ancient Egyptian Goddess

  • Inanna, ancient Sumerian Goddess

  • Shakti, Hindu Divine Feminine Principle

  • Durga, Hindu Goddess of Family,

  • Kali, Hindu Goddess of Creation/Destruction

  • Laxmi, Hindu Goddess of Abundance

  • Freyja, ancient Norse Goddess

  • Sophia, a figure in Gnostic Christianity that represents divine feminine wisdom

It is important to research the sacred feminine within your own cultural, spiritual, and ancestral traditions. Many feminine deities and those who embody them have been vilified as witches by colonial religions and cultures, so approach this all mindfully and with awareness of the damages of cultural erasure. Ultimately, the Divine Feminine is concept of self-exploration that restores a balance to our worship and spiritual practices: it’s the ease that balances out the control, the moon that pulls the tides while the sun warms the earth.

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