In Chartres Cathedral. . . the great Goddess, Mary by name, sits on the cathedra, the throne of her cathedral. She is wisdom, crowned with leaves. Enthroned on her knee is the young king, bearing in one hand the orb and raising two fingers of the other in blessing of her and the world. He is the word made flesh, consciousness sitting on the lap of nature. Without the lap, consciousness is uprooted from its source, assuming a life of its own that can be self-devouring. It is as source that the lap is the throne. The relationship between masculine and feminine is well balanced, if not on a physical scale, certainly on a psychic one. Dancing in the Flames, Marion Woodman
The lap of the feminine is the throne, the basis, the foundation. The divine feminine is the jumping off point. The source of our knowing and our dreams. Without this grounding, the mind uprooted, runs amuck.
We have forgotten the necessity and the power of this relationship with the feminine. The archetype of the goddess, as the source of all life as well as all that sustains life, has become refuse in a world uprooted from its source. We have become disconnected from a belief in the abundance and wisdom embodied in the feminine archetype.
We bring our cold rationalizations, thinking we are smarter than our hearts. We deny ourselves, preferring the cool, objective intellect. We question, resist, disallowing our very basis. In our woundedness, we do not remember how to welcome the resources of the “Great Mother.” She is the seat of our souls, infinite wisdom, boundless love, the creatrix.
We disallow her generosity and instead focus on the meanness of our scars. She is always there, welcoming us back into her arms, back to wholeness, joy, serenity. We have forgotten how to honor the energy of the “Great Earth Mother” within. She is ourselves. She is nature. To a culture that doesn’t value women, she remains hidden.
In our culture women assumed the mantle of the masculine to be seen, to be valued. Now it is time, once again, to embrace the deep wisdom of the Divine Feminine. To honor her sensibilities within ourselves. In reclaiming the voice of the “Queen of Heaven and Earth,” we reassert the value in all life.
A stone carving from Egypt, circa 600 B.C. shows the Goddess Isis (also known as “The Throne”) standing behind and with her wings shielding a much smaller figure, Osiris. The Goddess, the divine feminine, provides the platform for the divine masculine. It is the feminine that blesses and anoints the energies of the masculine. It takes courage to seat ourselves into the divine feminine, the throne of our being. To ground our masculine energies into their source.
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