A resurgence of the sacred feminine is sweeping the planet, and I wanted to know who the goddess really is. What characterizes the feminine side of the divine? It seemed to me that these realities profoundly affect the way women view and value themselves and likewise how men perceive everything feminine.
The idea of wisdom, especially divine wisdom, is considered feminine in every tradition where it’s named as a construct. That includes Judaism and Christianity. But this idea has been forgotten. In the Middle Ages it was heresy to revere the sacred feminine, so this reverence went underground. An example is Sapientia, “lady wisdom,” in Latin. She was a hidden goddess of philosophical inquiry when the sacred feminine was heresy. Beautiful antiphons are still chanted to her as part of Catholic advent liturgy.
I also believe that humanity has a deep need to revere the feminine side of the divine, and this unmet need is resurfacing in our time in such examples as the phenomenal popularity of the The Da Vinci Code book and film, which featured feminine symbols. Apparitions of Mary, mother of Jesus, are on the rise around the world. One of the best documented instances in recent times took place in Zeitoun, Egypt, where hundreds of thousands of people of diverse beliefs stood side by side, over a period of twenty-three years, watching in awe as Mary appeared over a small church in a suburb of Cairo. Millions make annual pilgrimages to Fatima, Lourdes, and the site of the church of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico. The site in Mexico is the most-visited Catholic site, second only to the Vatican. The tremendous outpouring of love and concern in response to the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, also spoke to our need to revere a feminine archetype. The goddess has been known as Queen of Heaven and Great Mother in many cultures, and it seems vital that she reclaim her throne.