Planet Earth and the human race that inhabits her is in dire need of balance. We are living in a time when we need to become conscious more than ever in our history. Evolution into the Next Human is no longer a luxury but a matter of sheer survival. As we approach the end of the Mayan calendar on December 21, 2012, we are finding our collective at a crossroads on its path to enlightenment.
The selfless, nurturing and creative energies of the Goddess or feminine divine have been missing from our culture for a very long time. But few realize that the sacred She has been an intricate part of all ancient mystical teachings and remains cloaked in the doctrine of the “patriarchal” religions of today. In Christianity, the Goddess energy is represented by the third element of the Holy Trinity, known as the Holy Spirit. Both Mary Magdalene and Mother Mary also reflect the feminine divine.
In Hinduism, the sacred feminine is represented by a number of goddesses such as Shiva (goddess of death and rebirth), Kali (dark goddess of transformation) and Shakti (goddess of creativity). The ancient Hebrew name of the creator, Yahweh, contains within it syllables expressing the divine masculine (Yah) and feminine (weh). In Islam, the daughter of Allah was Allat, which is also an alternative name for the Sumerian goddess of the underworld, Ereshkigal. Buddhism has many goddesses and a few of my personal favorites are Kuan Yin (goddess of compassion), and Tara (goddess of of peace and liberation). The origin of goddess worship actually dates back to pre-recorded history such as the Venus of Willendorf figurine dating to 22,000 B.C.E..
So what, you may be asking, is the significance of the Goddess? And why is it important to re-embrace the divine feminine into our spiritual practice? The keyword is balance. For the last five thousand years, we’ve been living in a a primarily patriarchal, left-brained, egoic-minded society. It has resulted in a hierarchical structure where the haves rule over the have-not’s. The ancients were well aware that you cannot realize your higher Self without being in a divine state of balance. It is important to note here that the word “Goddess” contains the syllables expressing both the masculine (god) and the feminine (ess) sound vibration.
Many people believe that matriarchy is the opposite of patriarchy. Not so. Matriarchal concepts are about achieving divine balance and its symbolism can be found throughout the art of ancient Egypt. For example, in the art of Tutankhamun’s throne, the king wears the right sandal while Queen Ankhesenamun wears the left, indicating that they will walk down the road of life together as one divine being with the sacred masculine and sacred feminine in perfect harmony.
In ancient Egyptian art, gods and goddesses are always depicted holding the crook, flail, and/or scepter in various combinations. The crook represents the balance of emotions (astral body), the flail represents the balance of the mind (mental body), and the scepter symbolizes the balance of the physical (corporeal body). The ancient Egyptians believed that it was crucial to balance these three bodies before one could achieve higher states of consciousness, and it is the healing and balancing of these three bodies plus the etheric body (seven chakras) that opens the door to enlightenment. You’ll also notice than in Egyptian art, the gods and goddesses consistently hold the scepter (staff, wand, rod) in the air–it never actually touches the ground. This symbolizes the truth that we are, in fact, spiritual beings having an earth-bound or physical experience. You can’t escape this underlying truth, even though some people give it their best shot.