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Newsletter #46                                                  Jul 2015
In This Issue
My Services
Divine Feminine Quotes
Glossary
Recommended Reading
Soul Sex
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 A Return to the Goddess
Gender Journey Workshop
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Divine Feminine Quotes
When you feel you are being moved by the creative spirit, you are in fact being moved by the divine feminine.
-Teri Degler

A religion without a Goddess is half-way to Atheism.
-Anodea Judith

The feminine values are the fountain of bliss. Know the masculine. Keep to the feminine.
-Lao-tzu

All women are a reflection, a mirror of the Goddess. Remember… You are the Universe figuring itself out. So, of course you are identical to the female aspect of divinity.
Robin Rumi

I have found God in myself and I love her fiercely.
Ntotzake Shange

The symbolism of the Goddess is not a parallel structure to the symbolism of God the Father. The Goddess does not rule the world. She is the world. Manifest in each of us, She can be known internally by every individual in all her magnificent diversity.
-Starhawk

I called on the Goddess and found her within myself.
-Unknown

The feminine is the matrix of creation. This truth is something profound and elemental, and every woman knows it in the cells of her body, in her instinctual depths. Out of the substance of her very being life comes forth.
-Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
 
As this era of masculine dominance comes to an end and a feminine understanding of life’s wholeness is included, we are beginning to experience a different world in which physical, mental, and spiritual well-being are interdependent. We see the signs of this in the new age movement. But the new age movement is often limited by its focus on individual well-being. Our real concern is the well-being of the planet and the whole of humanity. Central to this is the understanding that the physical world cannot be healed from a solely physical perspective, but requires a shift to an attitude that contains a multi-dimensional approach.
-Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

The Goddess is Above Me
The Goddess is Below Me
The Goddess is Before Me
The Goddess is Behind Me
The Goddess is Around me
The Goddess is Within me.
sacredwicca.com
Glossary
Patriarchy:
• a form of social organization in which the father or the eldest male is recognized as the head of the family or tribe, descent and kinship being traced through the male line.
• government, rule, or domination by men, as in a family or tribe.

 
Matriarchy:
• a form of social organization in which the mother is recognized as the head of the family or tribe, descent and kinship being traced through the mother.
• government, rule, or domination by women.


Matriotism:
• Devotion to Mother Earth, ecology, sustainability, peace and the survival of life and the human species.
• Love or celebration of women’s influence upon society; the feminine equivalent of male patriotism.

 
Patriotism:
• Love of country; devotion to the welfare of one’s compatriots; the passion which inspires one to serve one’s country.
• The desire to compete with other nations; nationalism.
• Love or celebration of men’s influence upon society; the masculine equivalent of female matriotism.

 
Matrifocal - A group, tribe or household led by a woman.

 
Matrilineal - Designating or of descent, kinship, or derivation through the mother.

 
Patrilineal - Designating or of descent, kinship, or derivation through the father.

Misandry/Misandrist - Hater of men.


Misogyny/Misogynist - Hater of women.


Philogyny - Love of or fondness for women.


Philandry - Love or fondness for men.


Androgyny - Both male and female in one; of or marked by a blend of male and female characteristics, roles.


Gyandrous - Exhibiting characteristics of both feminine and masculine.

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Gynandromorphic - Having male and female characteristics.


Hemigynous - Exhibiting characteristics that are predominantly male. Possessing qualities that are half-woman; womanish.


Hemiandrous - Exhibiting characteristics that are predominantly female. Possessing qualities that are half-man; effeminate.


Androcentrism - An ideological focus on males and men, and issues affecting them, possibly to the detriment of non-males.


Gynocentricism - An ideological focus on females, and issues affecting them, possibly to the detriment of non-females.


Theology – The study of religious doctrines and matters of divinity; the study of God and the relations between God, humankind, and the universe.


Thealogy – The examination of doctrines, scriptures, and practices in various religions focusing especially on: the portrayal and voice of women in sacred writings and practices; the role of women in religion historically and at the present time; and conceptualizing and imaging of the divine. (Definition from Goddess Matters by Judith Laura.


Henotheism - There may be more than one deity but only one is worshipped.


Monotheism - Only one deity is worshipped.


Panentheism - All life and life forms are encompassed within the Divine.


Polytheism - Many deities are worshipped.


Pantheism - The Divine is within all individual life forms including the Earth and the Universe.

 
Recommended Reading
Warrior Goddess Training
- HeatherAsh Amara

Goddesses in World Mythology
- Martha Ann & Dorothy Myers Imel

The Goddess Guide
- Priestess Brandi Auset

Goddesses in Every Woman
- Jean Shinoda Bolen

A Goddess is a Girl's Best Friend
– Laurie Sue Brockway

Goddesses: Mysteries of the Feminine Divine
– Joseph Campbell

She Who Changes: Re-imagining the Divine in the World
– Carol P. Christ

The Once and Future Goddess
- Elinor Gadon

The Living Goddesses
Marija Gimbutas

Naming the Goddess
- Trevor Greenfield

The Divine Feminine
- Andrew Harvey

Lady of the Beasts
– Buffie Johnson

Evoking the Goddess
– Gareth Knight

Magic and the Power of the Goddess
- Gareth Knight

Fire of the Goddess
– Katalin Koda

Goddess Matters
- Judith Laura

Goddess Spirituality for the 21st Century
- Judith Laura

She Lives! The
Return of Our Great Mother
- Judith Laura

Goddesses for Everyday
- Julie Loar

Goddess Wheel of the Year
- Katherine MacDowell

The Great Goddess
- Jean Markale

Encyclopedia of Goddesses and Heroines
- Patricia Monaghan

The Goddess Path
- Patricia Monaghan

Goddesses Coloring Book
- Marty Noble

The Double Goddess
- Vicki Noble

The Body of the Goddess
- Rachel Pollack

The Great Cosmic Mother
- Monica Sjoo

Goddess Aloud!
- Michelle Skye

You Are Women You Are Divine
- Renee Starr

When God Was a Woman
– Merlin Stone

Sacred Places of Goddess
- Karen Tate

The Return of the Feminine and the World Soul
- Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Book of Goddesses
– Kris Waldherr

The Woman Magician
- Brandy Williams

Drawing Down the Sun
- Stephanie Woodfield
Soul Sex
Soul Sex: The Alchemy of Gender & Sexuality
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 Soul Sex: The Sequel
A Workbook to Integrate the Divine Masculine & Feminine
Coming in 2016!
 
 
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 A Return to the Goddess
Integrating the Divine Masculine & Divine Feminine
 
This article is a prequel to the sequel of Soul Sex. When I volunteered to do a workshop on the Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine, I realized I did not know enough about what that really meant. My research to learn more about it led me into the subject of the Goddess and opened an entire new world of ideas to me. There is so much I decided to create the Soul Sex sequel, a workbook dedicated to integrating the Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine. The following are a few ideas that resulted from my research.

WHAT IS THE DIVINE MASCULINE & THE DIVINE FEMININE?


I had a hard time finding a true definition of what the Divine Masculine and Feminine is. I finally settled on the following: masculine and feminine is a gender-based attribute associated with human qualities. Divine masculine and feminine is the highest and best qualities associated with each gender stereotype.


What makes a characteristic masculine or feminine? One way to categorize human qualities as masculine or feminine is based on which gender we believe has the preponderance of a certain characteristic. However, if we all sat in a room and categorized qualities as masculine or feminine, I am betting there would be some disagreement because bottom line, what we consider masculine or feminine, is based on our own personal perception. And, our perception of another’s degree of masculinity or femininity is based on what we believe ourselves to be. In other words, someone that you might consider feminine might be more feminine than you are as feminine as you are. And vice versa, if you consider someone masculine, it is because they are more masculine than or as masculine as you feel you are.


Not only is our perception of gender qualities based on our own identity but it is also very much related to cultural beliefs. Masculine and feminine qualities are not universal but differ not only from culture to culture but over time as well.


The history of gender associations with the colors blue and pink is a good example of perception shifting over time. Color distinctions for boys and girls did not develop until the early 1900s. Until then, all infants were dressed alike and mostly in white. Until 1939, pink, because it was close to the color red, was a boys' color and blue was a girls' color. After World War II, blue became a boy's color and pink became a girls’ color.

 
In time of the Goddess, She was represented as Heaven and the Sun and her male consort was represented by the Earth and Moon. During the last 2000 years, these representations flipped and the God is now represented by Heaven and Sun and the feminine side of God as Earth and Moon.

Below is a list of stereotypical qualities I found that are associated with the Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine. Read through the list and see how many of these you concur with. I, myself, found a lot of these to be androgynous or neutral. In other words, they apply equally to both males and females.


Divine Masculine


Healthy Attributes: active, adventurous, analytical, capable, consistent, courageous, determined, disciplined, decisive, fearless, focused, goal-oriented, heroic, intelligent, linear, logical, loyal, ordered, practical, predictable, protective, provider, powerful, rational, reliable, rugged, sensible, single-minded, smart, stable, strong


Unhealthy Attributes: aggressive, autocratic, authoritative, closed-minded, controlling, dogmatic, dominating, heartless, non-communicative, rigid, rule-bound, ruthless, self-centered, stubborn, tough, violent


Divine Feminine


Healthy Attributes: adaptable, beautiful, caring, care-giving, creative, ever-changing, fertile, flexible, forgiving, gentle, inspirational, intuitive, kind, loving, mysterious, nurturing, open-minded, passive, patient, peaceful, playful, receptive, serving, soft, spontaneous, sweet, tender, understanding, warm, wise, yielding


Unhealthy Attributes: ambiguous, bitchy, controlling, emotional, fickle, illogical, indecisive, irrational, manipulative, powerless, pushy, stupid, unpredictable, weak

 
Below is a list of comparisons of beliefs between the Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine:

 
DIVINE FEMININE
Communalism, Cooperation
Union / Oneness
Matriarchy, Matrilineal, Matriotism
Sexuality is natural & sacred
Philogynist, Women are equal or dominant
Archetypes: Goddess, Queen, Priestess, Warrioress, Lover, Wise Woman
Unmanifested Matter
Compassionate Love
Electrical Side
Receiving, Receptivity
Darkness Light
Growth from Support & Praise
Earth & Water
Moon

 
DIVINE MASCULINE
Capitalism, Competition
Separate / Duality
Patriarch, Patrilinear, Patriotism
Sexuality is sinful & shameful
Misogynist, Women are a lower caste
Archetypes: God, King, Priest, Warrior, Lover, Sage
Muse Magician

Manifested Matter
Ecstatic Love
Magnetic Side
Obtaining, Expression
Growth from Challenge
Air & Fire
Sun
 
 
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GODDESS WORSHIP AND GOD WORSHIP?

I am fairly familiar with what it is like to live in a God-worshipping patriarchal culture. What I felt was completely unknown to me was Goddess-worshipping matriarchal culture. In my research I was looking for the sociology of Goddess culture. In other words, what were the characteristics of living in the time of the Goddess? How did they worship? What did they believe? How did they live? What did they do?


Perhaps because most of the Goddess cultures existed so far back in history, many of it before the written word, this information just doesn’t exist. Also a lot of information was destroyed during the transition from Goddess worshipping societies to the Judeo-Christian-Islam societies of the past 2000 years. Perhaps the bulk of what we can know is what archeologists and anthropologists can gather from pottery shards and statues.


The Goddess is immanent and embodies the Divine as female. She is in Nature, the Earth, and the Universe. One who worships the Goddess may be called a Goddessian. According to Judith Laura in Goddess Matters: The Mystical Practical & Controversial, the subsets of Goddessian worship are:

  • Matrist – The Great Mother or other Mother imagery
  • Dianic – The Maiden
  • Kalian – The Crone
  • Tripletarian – The Triple Goddess: Maiden, Mother, and Crone
  • Kwantarist - Asian Goddesses
  • Guadalupista or Guadalupera - Central and South American Goddesses
  • Asherastarite - Ancient Near East Goddesses
  • Willendorfian - European Neolithic Goddesses
  • Gaians – Earth-based Spirituality and Environment
  • Isian - Egyptian Goddesses especially Isis
I have started a comparison of characteristics of the worship of the Goddess and God as shown here on the table below.
 
GODDESS WORSHIP
Immanent – The Divine is located within every person, animal, plant, the Earth, and the Universe
Polytheistic, Pantheistic, Panentheistic
Congregation is in a circle
Congregation shares thoughts
All are equal in spiritual authority
Leadership is rotated
Congregants are equally connected
Conducted through rituals and celebrations
Little to no dogma or book of rules
Holistic thinking
Body affirming
Earth centered
In right relationship with Nature

 
GOD WORSHIP
Transcendent – The Divine is located outside (usually above) the material world
Monotheistic, sometimes Henotheistic
Congregation faces a pulpit
Congregation listens to a sermon
One individual (male) is considered specially ordained
Leadership is fixed (usually a sole male)
Congregants are in a fixed hierarchy
Conducted by worship
Much dogma and many rules
Dualistic thinking
Body denying
Heaven centered
Rules over Nature
 
 
Even though patriarchal God-worship has dominated much of the world the past 2000 years, they do have Divine Feminine aspects within them. Most likely they have been carried over from the earlier Goddess-worshipping cosmologies. The following religions have the presence of the Divine Feminine within them:
 
        RELIGION                        DIVINE FEMININE
        Taoist                              Yin
        Kabbalah                         Shekhina
        Gnostic                           Sophia
        Buddhist                          Praj-na-para-mita (wisdom)
        Christian                          Grace & Faith
        Catholic                           Mother Mary & Virgin Mary

 
 
A SHORT HISTORY OF SPIRITUAL ENERGY MANIFESTED ON EARTH

Goddess worship can be dated as far back as 33,000 years ago. It would be natural to see the Divine as Feminine at that time. The people were very in tune with the Earth and Nature. They had no modern comforts such as structures to separate them from the natural elements. Survival was dependent on hunting and gathering skills. It probably was not known what the male’s role in procreation was. So the female was the one with the power to procreate. Societies were matrilineal and matrifocal (see reference glossary at the end). Eventually agricultural skills and domestication of animals were added to hunting and gathering skills. Nomadic lifestyles were replaced by life in villages. Societies were communal. Food and property were shared. The Goddess was the main deity. The Divine Masculine was present as her lower ranked male consort.


Goddess worship was dominant around the world throughout the Stone, Copper, and Bronze Ages. This was also the Age of Leo, Cancer, Gemini, and Taurus. In the transition from the Bronze Age to the Iron Age, which was also the shift into the Age of Aries, metal tools and weapons were invented. This was accompanied not only by a rise in warfare and aggression, but in the ways of living, and shifts in spiritual beliefs. The surplus of material goods and animals began to be accumulated and hoarded by individuals. Men, being physically bigger and stronger, were the most powerful at gathering wealth. In order to protect their property, God worship, with the Divine Masculine as the dominant force, and consequently rules and restrictions against the Goddess, increased rapidly. Most of today’s religious factions began in this period of time, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, and Christianity.


There was a brief time when the God and Goddess co-ruled. This was the time of the Greek and Roman Pantheons. Also Hinduism has a good balance of Gods, Goddesses, and even many Androgynous deities. However, the Hebrews believed that there was only one true deity and most of the laws set forth in the Torah, and subsequently the Bible, were specifically designed to “kill” off Goddess worship and lower the status of women to be below men. With the dawn of the Age of Pisces, the patriarchy of Christianity came into full power.


I have created a graphic representation of the historical timeline of religions and ages. In addition, Anodea Judith, in her book The Global Heart Awakens, overlaid the chakra system on the timeline of human history. The first and second chakras were at their peak during the time of the Goddess. The third chakra rose to its peak during the rise of God worship, specifically monotheism. We are just now entering into the energy of the fourth chakra. It seems to be no coincidence that it is timed with the onset of the ascension energy and the Age of Aquarius that we are now transitioning into. 

 
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Deepak Chopra, in his new book The Future of God, explains his concept of the progression of spiritual energy on Earth as:

God 1.0 – The last 2000 years of religious belief that God is the Father, the big man in the sky that was created in our image. His role is the supreme lawgiver, the divine protector, the punisher, and the loving father image.


God 2.0 – Humans are shifting into the belief that God is the “interface between us and infinite consciousness”. Characteristics of those that are experiencing God 2.0 include: becoming centered, gaining self-awareness, experiencing higher consciousness and more purpose, enlightenment, and merging with the source [pure consciousness].


Chopra says that God 1.0 is a noun. God 2.0 is a process, a verb.


What Chopra left out of his book is Goddess 1.0, what I call the period of Goddess worship that predated God 1.0. In addition, I believe in order to achieve the level of consciousness that Chopra refers to, we must reframe God 2.0 to encompass the energy of both the God and the Goddess. Perhaps it would be more accurate to call it Androgyne 1.0, because it is the Androgyne that is gender neutral; that embodies all of the Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine qualities. The Androgyne is the Divine Marriage of the Masculine and Feminine. It is the Divine Androgyne that is the energy in alchemy that can ascend back to the spirit world.


God 2.0 must include the Return of the Goddess. The patriarchy and monotheism of the past 2000 years has created an incredibly unbalanced energy on Earth. India is the only country where the Divine Feminine is worshipped today by a large number of people.
The alchemical process of how the Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine descend and re-ascend to the Spirit World (called the Logos) is shown in the diagram below. Spiritual energy (manifested as the Soul) descends to Earth as separate Masculine and Feminine energy. A Sacred Marriage of the two creates the birth of the Divine Androgyne (a unification of the Masculine and Feminine) who then ascends in Consciousness, returning to the Logos.

 
 
It is a principle of physics that anytime two separate energies merge, they create a third and more powerful field of energy. The Androgyne’s power is in this third, balanced energy field.

Sharon Mazer says that “this divine union relationship is a co-creative partnership of equality. The child of cosmic birth is referred to in alchemy as the True Self, and it is created from a union known as the sacred marriage of dualities. In the Greek alphabet, the letter Delta (triangle/triune) was the symbol for cosmic birth. The triangle can represent: father/mother/child or the Perfect Union of the Two that creates the Third or the perfect union when two become one.”

So Spirit, as represented in our Soul, evolves through the integration of the Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine. I believe there are two ways to integrate these two energies:

1. Balancing the masculine and feminine within oneself as represented by Ardhanarisvara, a Hindu deity that is half male-half female. 
 
2. Through relationship with a partner as represented by Shiva-Shakti blending the male-female within the posture of making love.
 
 
Mazer believes that in order to experience a unified field with a partner, one must first connect with the internal qualities of masculine and feminine energy within one's self.

THE FUTURE: WHERE ARE WE HEADED?

We are at the entrance into the Age of Aquarius. This will be a time of spirituality and transformation. Aquarians are psychic, magical, and spiritual. Old superstitions and dogmatic religions will die away as the Divine Awakening or Ascension occurs. It will be a time to celebrate diversity and individuality, peace and prosperity.

Lion Goodman says that as incarnated humans, we stand between the earth and the sky as a product of both mother and father. The soul, when not in human form, is a being of light and energy. It has no gender. Therefore, gender is a construct of incarnation and each of us carries the archetypes of the Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine in our psyche.

Earth is moving away from its role of providing dualities for incarnated humans into being a place of connection and universal oneness. Merging the Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine is one of these dualities that will collapse to create a balanced Divine Androgyne.

Lion Goodman also says that in cultures where both male and female deities are worshipped, there is more parity between men and women. Right now our dear Mother Earth is suffering greatly from over-abundance of masculine energy and an under-abundance of feminine energy. If Earth is to survive, actually if we are to continue living on Her, we must bring the Divine Masculine into balance with the Divine Feminine. Let’s all welcome in the Age of the Aquarian Androgyne.
 
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Gender Journey Workshop
I am offering a new workshop that includes material from my book, Soul Sex: The Alchemy of Gender & Sexuality, as well as material that will be in my new book, Soul Sex: The Sequel, a workbook to balance the Divine Masculine & Feminine.
 
In this workshop we will fully explore the dimensions of the Divine Masculine, Feminine, and Androgyne. The workshop includes:
 
- Discovering your GEQ (Gender Energy Quotient).
 
- Learning about the historical cycle of the Divine Masculine, Feminine, and Androgyne.
 
- Meeting your Energy Body & aligning it with your Physical Body.
 
- Experiencing ways to integrate the Divine Masculine & Feminine within by Andro-balancing your feminine energy and Gyno-balancing your masculine energy.
 
Now is the time to integrate the Goddess with the God to create a new Consciousness.
 
If you are interested in attending this workshop please contact me.
 
 
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Speaking on Soul Sex

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Mystic Mesa: Journey to the Heart of the Medicine
Nov 5-8 in Burlingame CA
 
Join us as we journey through sacred patterns and hear what the living stones have to tell us. In this workshop we will discover the hidden magic of our mesas and the keys to chumpi cosmology, taking our work deeper than ever before. Is it time for a mesa makeover? We will experientially explore the synergistic relationship between stone and thread with our mesas, within our bodies, and in community ceremony. This journey is guaranteed to transform your relationship with your mesa.

If anyone is not a mesa carrier but would like to attend this class, we can make arrangements with you in advance of the class to get your mesa started. If you do not have chumpis, there will be many available to use during the class. Come and get a feel of what it’s like to work with chumpis.

 
$50 discount available if you register before Aug 15.
Program fee includes special discount price offer on purchasing chumpi sets.

 
 
 
 
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