Wisdom and empowerment are the gifts of the
Dark Goddess of Transformation
She is known to us as Kali, Hecate, Cerridwen, Lilith, Persephone, Fata, Mhacha, Ereshkigal, Arianhrod, Durga, Inanna, Tiamat, and by a million, million other names:
Hear me child, and know Me for who I am. I have been with you since you were born, and I will stay with you until you return to Me at the final dusk.
I am the passionate and seductive lover who inspires the poet to dream. I am the One who calls to you at the end of your journey. After the day is done, My children find their blessed rest in my embrace.
I am the womb from which all things are born. I am the shadowy, still tomb; all things must come to Me and bare their breasts to die and be reborn to the Whole.
I am the Sorceress that will not be ruled, the Weaver of Time, the Teacher of Mysteries. I snip the threads that bring my children home to me. I slit the throats of the cruel and drink the blood of the heartless. Swallow your fear and come to me, and you will discover
true beauty, strength, and courage.
I am the fury which rips the flesh from injustice. I am the glowing forge that transforms your inner demons into tools of power. Open yourself to my embrace and overcome.
I am the glinting sword that protects you from harm. I am the crucible in which all the aspects of yourself merge together in a rainbow of union.
I am the velvet depths of the night sky, the swirling mists of midnight,
shrouded in mystery.
I am the chrysalis in which you will face that which terrifies you and
from which you will blossom forth, vibrant and renewed. Seek me at
the rossroads, and you shall be transformed, for once you look upon my face, there is no return.
I am the fire that kisses the shackles away. I am the cauldron in which all opposites grow to know each other in Truth. I am the web which connects all things.
I am the Healer of all wounds, the Warrior who rights all wrongs in
their Time. I make the weak strong. I make the arrogant humble. I raise up the oppressed and empower the disenfranchised. I am Justice tempered with Mercy.
Most importantly, child, I am you. I am part of you, and I am within
you. Seek me within and without, and you will be strong. Know me.
Venture into the dark so that you may awaken to Balance, Illumination, and Wholeness.
Take my Love with you everywhere and find the Power within to
be who you wish.
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Shekhinah Mountainwater. Is a Feminist Dianetic Witch. A long-time Muse and lover of the Goddess. She offers teachings, rituals, music, writings, runes, tarot, workshops and more to the woman-spirit community. She is currently working
on two books, one of Tarot and one on theololgy, both of which will contain images and discussions of the maiden Goddesses.
This article is but a glimpse into the possibilities. I invite you to search within yourself, in myths and amoung symbols that you know, for signs of the Bright and Dark Maidens.
The main thing to remember about the Dark Maiden is that She has the power to Respond. She is the receptive and sensative part of us, which we need for successful magic as well as personal wholeness. She is tender and vulnerable, and it is important to keep our Bright Maiden qualities
so we can protect Her.
Too many women with Dark Maiden qualities become victims in our society, subject to the will of others. And too many Bright Maidens become cold and hard. Feminist spirituality teaches us that we have been programmed to act out these qualities in ways that men have devised.
Liberation lies not in discarding them, but in learning to reclaim them in their older, female expressions.Which back to the Three-fold and Five fold expressions of the Goddess, because they offer flow and continium. They teach us that any one quality when isolated at the expense of the others becomes destructive and limiting.
While the Bright and Dark Maidens do pair off and become partners, companions and lovers...they can be seen within the larger contexts of Maiden, Mother and Crone, or Fire, Water, Air, Earth and Spirit. Sometimes I picture the two Maidens as Warrior and Priestess within a cycle that includes Mother, Grandmother, and Lover.
Sometimes I see them as the Fall and Spring Equinoxes, known to the ancient Greeks as the Anados (Goddess arising) and Kathados (Goddess Descending). Thus we can integrate the duality of our Bright and Dark Maidens into the three-fold, five-fold and eight-fold (the eight holy days of the year)
cycles of Life and Being.
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GODDESS OF THE MOON
BRIGHT MAIDEN and DARK MAIDEN
(Duality of the Triple Goddess)
There are two crescents and two maidens.
The Bright Maiden: corresponds to the waxing crescent, curving towards the right.
The Dark Maiden: corresponds to the waning crescent, curving towards the left.
We all know about the great triad : Maiden, Mother and Crone.
This three fold archetype resonates deeply in our psyches as Begining, Middle and End of all things, What are the other aspects of the Goddess: Fourth aspect a Fifth, or Sixth.
"When the myths come alive for us they change," says Starhawk.
"Truly, there are no limits to the Goddess, and all things are possible."
Why the special attention to the Bright and Dark Maiidens? As suggested by Shekhinah Mountainwater: they make a marvelous all-Female alternative to the Male-opposite-Female symbolism of patriarchy.
The Bright Maiden:
Who waxes, moves towards the Light and the Sun. She is the young Goddess who is growing, the Amazon, the woman who takes her powers of freedom, action, strength and independence. She is the risk-taker, the woman who dares. in other words, she is all things our society tells us should be considered "male." Because of our loss of Her image in our psyches, women asserting these qualities are seen as being "like a man," She also appears as the Crone, associated with wisdom and ancient knowledge. TheBright Maiden is Known to us as:
Diana, Artemis, Boudicea, Bridget the Amazon Warrior Woman...
(The Bright Maiden is more familiar to us than the Dark.)
The Dark Maiden:
Who wanes, moves towards the Underworld. The Dark Maiden is the enchantress, She Who Pulls. In her positive attributes, She represents some of the lost powers of woman. She surrenders to the flow and pulls, like the pull of the moon, the suction of the undertow. This is the magnetism of magic, our power to draw to us all that we require. Images She also appears as the Crone. She is associated with aging, descent, introspection and magic. of the Dark Maiden appear to us as:
Persephone, Queen of the Underworld, Mhacha, the Mermaid, Sirens, Sorceress.
In patriarchy the Bright and Dark Maidens tend to appear in negative expression. Because of this, our impression of their qualities can be distorted. Patriarchs love to keep Dark Maidens weak and dependent. When acting out our Bright Maiden selves, It is important for us to value these woman-identified symbols; as female expressions of these qualities; for these parts of ourselves. Goddesses that are soft and strong, magickal and free.
Which back to the Three-fold and Five fold expressions of the Goddess, that offer flow and continium. As Maiden, Mother and Crone, or Fire, Water, Air, Earth and Spirit. The Duality as: the two Maidens as Warrior and Priestess; the Fall and Spring Equinoxes, known to the ancient Greeks as the Anados (Goddess arising) and Kathados (Goddess Descending). Thus we can integrate the duality of our Bright and Dark Maidens into the Three-fold, Five-fold and eight-fold (the eight holy days of the year) cycles of Life and Being.
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