Posts Tagged "Goddess"

The Goddess Nyame

Nyame* is the Great Goddess in the ancient Akan tradition of Ghana.  She is the Supreme Being, the great mother, the genetrix. She is the creator and ruler of the universe. The one indivisible who can divide herself. She is most often represented by the crux decussata, the X shaped cross. The points on this type of cross indicate the equinoxes and solstices. These days were sacred to Nyame. Nyame is self-born, eternal and infinite, self-begotten, self-produced. She is the great revolving circle of the starry heavens, the ecliptic. Her fire is the luminous life giving fluid.  She created the...

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The World Tree

In many traditions there is a cosmology of the “World Tree.” In this belief system, the World Tree creates and maintains the directions. The World Tree imparts structure and order to the world. It provides rhythm and sets the pulse of time. In most traditions there is also a correlation between the World Tree and divinatory/oracular gifts of the medicine people. The diviners are in intimate relationship to this World Tree entity, listening and transmitting information through the dimensional fields of time. In Scandinavia, the World Tree is an ash tree called Yggdrasil (igg-drah-sill). The...

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A Visit to the Black Madonna at Montserrat

About thirty miles outside of Barcelona, Spain, there is mountain shrine to the Black Madonna called Montserrat. I had the good fortune to visit this place in January of this year. Montserrat means “serrated mountains,” referring to the amazing rock formations there. I had read about this place and wanted to go for many reasons but mostly because there is a Black Madonna there.  Montserrat is currently a Catholic monastery held by a sect of Benedictine monks. Legend says that they found the Black Madonna in a cave in 880 A.D., after apparitions appeared in the sky that led them to her. Over...

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The Grandmother Goddess from Bulgaria

I was blessed to meet this Goddess at The Museum of Natural History in Vienna. She is called “the Lady of Pazardzik” and was found in central Bulgaria. She dates from 4500 B.C.E. I had stared at pictures of this Goddess for many years in Marija Gimbutas, The Language of the Goddess and The Goddesses and Gods and Old Europe. When I met her in person, quite by surprise, I was stunned by her silent yet profoundly deep presence. She did not have her own temple building like the Venus Von Willendorf, but was given a separate glass case in the corner. As I stare at her, I went into a small trance...

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Meeting the Goddess of Willendorf in Person

Venus Von Willendorf Recently on a trip to Austria and Hungary, I was blessed to meet the Goddess of Willendorf in person. It was a very big surprise! Many of you probably know who this is but you may not know her by her formal name. She is 25,000 years old, and was found in 1908 in a settlement along the Danube in Austria, a place now called Willendorf.  The archeologists who found her called her a “Venus” and then gifted her with the last name of the location. She is only 4 3/8 inches or 11.1 centimeters high.  She is made of limestone that is not local to the area. It is believed she was...

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