“God may be in the details, but the Goddess is in the questions. Once we begin to ask them, there’s no turning back. “
The Goddess is in the questions. What is our purpose? Who are we? All those who-what-where-why-and-hows of existence and/or non existence put us on a path of contemplation of the divine, including the divine within ourselves.
…will explore what it means to follow the path of the Goddess. Despite the proceeding material, I don’t intend for it to be primarily about feminism. Feminism is a single “why” in the “how” of my path. I also don’t intend it to be primarily a “personal” blog, and will try to limit it’s content to that which the reader will find useful, or at the least, interesting.
It is about us and the world around us. What sort of Ideal are we striving toward? What do we need to emphasize at this point in society? What questions should we be asking? A renewed interest on the feminine divine may bring us closer to balance and harmony.
Think of it as a supplement to a Goddess-deficient body.
What’s in a Name?
Why a female expression of the Infinite? Why not. Perhaps it is a first step toward a broader view, one that is not exclusionary to half this earth’s population and all the attributes popularly assigned to that group. It is not enough to say god is genderless–while she may well be beyond gender- since modern society still tends to default to male images. The Catholic Church, for example states:
We ought therefore to recall that God transcends the human distinction between the sexes. He is neither man nor woman: he is God.
Even while stating the genderlessness of God, the common and encouraged practice is the use of male pronouns and paternal epithets. God is always, de facto, a man. Are these just words? There is no such thing as just a word; Words have great power.
A singularly male godhead establishes “male” virtues, as those most desirable.
It serves to keep our values gendered.
It serves to keep the “positive male values” such as strength and logic, always bearing a man’s face.
It serves to keep the “negative male values” (vengefulness, violence) more acceptable than any alternative.
In token, this further divides men (god) and women (not god, or less god).
Who is Worthy of Devotion?
In our male-godhead worshiping society, aggression and suspicion is the norm. Those who work for peace and cooperation are considered foolish. Which would we rather have?
Does this mean men are bad, and women are better? No. But as long as God has a male gender, those attributes which we commonly and falsely associate only with men will be the limit of their persons, as well as be the reciprocal limit of female values. Men as a group will continue to act in a way emulating the values of an outdated, violent god, (thinking that is how to be a man) and women will continue to be seen as a lower class unto themselves.
Why not just advocate for gender equality? And why a specifically female Goddess?
While it is important to do that too, I don’t think true gender equality can be attained without addressing both the reality and the symbolism of what a predominant male god means.
Given the current state of society, it is important to be aware of the Goddess. There are plenty of male images of God out there already. It is not enough to “soften” them. The female aspect of God must be acknowledged as vital.
We cannot bypass the Goddess entirely and ever reach a healthy view of the divine. Nor can we fast-forward into a genderless world without renewed feminine acknowledgment and expect to not leave something out. If god is “genderless” as many now profess, why is Goddess taboo in serious discussions of religion? Until we fully realize the feminine side of God, we can never attain true equality.
Devotion to the Goddess is done as a break from the current paradigm. It is a celebration of womanhood in a world where rape, violence, and degradation are the norm. No woman escapes these wrongs. The Goddess gives women not only a force of their own, it tells us that we can be close to God and maintain our womanhood.
We don’t have to become “genderless” to maintain affinity with the Deity.
She is there for all of us, no matter who we are.
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