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Marija Krstic-Chin To remember who we really are (nature, cycles, network, creative force, one, infinite…) for the benefit of all of humanity and all living things; and to unite and unify as we broadcast, hand down, protect and defend this truth and each other against the oppressive intentions and actions of patriarchal perpetrators, puppets, and pawns who seek to enslave us by various old and new divide-and-conquer strategies.
Marjija Krstic-Chin, Southern California
Jenna Farr Ludwig In her talk at the 2014 Synchronicity: Matter and Psyche Symposium, held at Joshua Tree, CA, presenter Anne Baring spoke about our responsibility to embrace the ancient and indigenous view of the world and cosmos as ‘ensouled’ and spirit-filled. Baring warned that the archetypal feminine qualities that combine and connect Nature, Soul, Matter, and Body with Mind have been split off and marginalized and that it is time to honor the spirit of the Feminine in our thinking and experiences such as synchronicity, dreams, visions, intuition, imagination, as well as connecting with the deeper facets of our inner Feminine in grief work, illness, and death. Facing such issues as climate change, ongoing wars, and world hunger—global problems that are increasing exponentially—we are being charged with the duty to embrace the nature-soul-matter-body-loving energy of the Divine Feminine before it is too late, not only for ourselves, but for future generations.”
From Ludwig’s forthcoming book, Synchronicity Journaling: Working with Meaningful Coincidence, Dreams, and Visions.
Jenna Farr Ludwig, Berkeley CA
Phibby Venable The Goddesses of Everyday Life asked this question, my mind goes blank. And I try to think of something unique–some beautiful thing that I can say to express the role of all of us caring for one another. For some reason, perhaps because of where I live here in the mountains–the word sacrifice comes instantly to mind. Daily images that I try to write away stand stubbornly in my view. And I believe beauty is blocked–but suddenly I see that it is not. Because what is more beautiful than the young girl who struggles to her feet on her own after being labeled bad for an unmarried pregnancy, while the father is considered reckless, wild, and a man’s man. Yes, still, even now things go in that sort of direction. There stand the beautiful grandmothers raising their young grandchildren. And so many doing so because their own children refuse, feel cheated of their good times by the unwanted birth of a child. It is not just the young mothers and grandmothers, but the girls who believe jealousy means love, and sport their blackened eyes with acceptance. The trusting girl who takes drugs because she believes it will dull the pain. And more drugs, and more. And how can I say such things are beautiful. I am not even sure why, except that there is something in girls and women that wants to believe so badly. There is a goddess hidden in so many of the females I see that cry, and then try again. That continue to care, even when caring is not returned. Something fine in the broken eyes that refuses to fade entirely. Is it feminism in the girl who makes it on her own with her baby, activism in the grandmother that takes charge? Is there spirituality in the women who turn the other cheek? Aren’t they all goddesses? Beauty is the bravery to try.
Phibby Venable, Abingdon, Virginia
Leslie Carol Botha Our world is built on ratios; balance between opposing forces. Ratios can be seen in minerals, flower petals, night to day – and in the solstice sun and the waxing and waning moon. The great classic musical masterpieces were created on ratios in the notes and chords. Ratios are present in the Fibonacci Code and in Harmonics Theories. Ratios, rhythm and harmonics are the dance of the universe.
Many moons ago, women were the keepers of the dancer– they understood the natural cycle of ratios – of night to day, New to full to waning moon; menstruation to ovulation and to menstruation again. Antler bones have been found and archived from 250,000 years BC with etchings on the waxing and the waning moon.
Rosalind Miles, author of The Women’s History of the World eloquently states:
For woman, with her inexplicable moon rhythms and power creating new life was the sacred mystery of the tribe. So miraculous, so powerful, she had to be more than man – more than human. As primitive man began to think symbolically, there was only one explanation. Woman was the primary symbol, the greatest entity of all – a goddess, no less.
The triphasic aspect of womanhood became the symbol of the Goddess. Every month – women shifted hormonally, physically and mentally/emotional as the moon passed through the three phases of the lunar cycle.
The sacred triphasic aspect of what has come to be known as the ‘Holy Trinity’ – (father, son and Holy Ghost) was originally based on the Goddess aspect of ‘Maiden, Mother and Wise Woman.’ And all menopausal women know that the wise woman phase of our lives is much more powerful than some holy ghost! It is the intuitive, psychic, deeply spiritual aspect of our lives that brings us into touch with the essence of Goddess feminism, which turns into activism and deep connection/spirituality.
Triphasic symbols are present everywhere – especially in ancient and contemporary architecture. But the symbolism is far greater – for everything has a beginning a peak and an end. Think of the waves that come to shore – they build, curl into themselves, and roll to shore with a crescendo – only to retreat and be pulled back out into the great body of the mother ocean again and again. Think of the menstrual /endocrine cycle… with its rising hormones, peaking with ovulation and yes, rolling into the shore of the Divine Feminine during the paramenstrum.
I have come to call sacred dance ‘Female Mystique: The Three Phases of Eve©’ and write about this powerful feminist goddess cycle in my book, Understanding Your Mind, Mood, and Hormone Cycle.
This sacred aspect of women has been suppressed for millennia, and needs to be resurrected so that women can truly embrace themselves and their lives. The men and children need this rhythm in their lives as well. I see women as the nucleus of the atom; men and children that electrons and protons that cycle around the nucleus – when it is intact. Without understanding cycles, the nucleus becomes chaotic – rippling disruptive waves throughout the energy field… ultimately affecting the health and vitality of the atom and ultimately the universe.
I would like to share a dedication in my book and that I adapt and use as many places as possible to help women remember the source of their being.
Goddess Feminism is dedicated to all women who have ever experienced a hormone fluctuation; from menarche to menopause. To the generations of women who have died because we have forgotten the source of our being and to our daughters who will survive – because they will have finally remembered.
Leslie Carol Botha, Fort Collins, Colorado
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