Spirit of the New Earth, pg 10: Holy Mother Earth
“I was with you in the beginning, in the dawn of all that is holy, I bore you from the womb before the start of day.”
I will return to my consideration of the Vesica Pisces with my final post of this series next weekend. Being Mothers Day, I will share this excerpt from SACRED ANATOMY featuring feminine deities in celebration of the return of the Divine Feminine to her rightful place alongside the Divine Masculine, co-creating life forms in the Garden of Paradise here on Mother Earth.
It is a peculiar aberration in human consciousness that has allowed women the world around, the very mothers of humanity without whom men could not even exist, to be minimalized and subjected to all sorts of abuse by the male of our species. It hasn’t always been so. Mother God has been very present to her living forms on Earth all down through the ages, albeit having to wait in the wings for her day to emerge and make her presence felt. That day has come, and she will not be hushed or barred from full and equal participation in life with men. Here is a bit of her history as a goddess in the world.
We have meditated primarily on the biblical texts of John of Revelation, but there have also been visions of feminine deities. Saint Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) also had an appreciation for the sacred nature of sex. Anglo-Saxon writers A. T. Mann and Jane Lyle in their book Sacred Sexuality, published in 1995, describe a vision that Hildegard has during deep contemplation. It was of a young girl who was like a goddess and whose radiance surpassed anything she had ever beheld. It was so dazzling that she could not look upon her. Wearing a brilliant white cloak and gold shoes, she held the sun and moon in her right hand with loving care and bore the deep-blue image of a man on an ivory tablet on her breast. Known to all of creation as “sovereign lady,” she spoke these words to the image on her breast: “I was with you in the beginning, in the dawn of all that is holy, I bore you from the womb before the start of day.” Her name was Love.
Hildegard believed the whole earth could be made into a garden of love if men and women simply loved one another, thereby becoming divine themselves. There would be nothing lacking in this love, for it would shine forth as a unified field of light as a result of complete union of both body and soul with God. (The Templar Revelation, p. 162)
John of Revelation also had a vision of a feminine being in the heaven.
And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered….“ (Rev 12)
There were other aspects of the vision that carry significance of their own. There was the “great red dragon” which stood before the woman ready to devour her child as soon as it was born. Then something remarkable happened when she brought forth her child, which was a man child who “was to rule all nations with a rod of iron….” The child was “caught up unto God, and to his throne.”
In this metaphorical story I see the Divine Feminine travailing to give birth to the positive expression of Her own divinity on earth but forced to deliver it in the privacy and solitude of her own sacred space, knowing that it is acceptable in God’s heaven if not in man’s world. This could be said of the full spectrum of her expression, spiritual, mental, emotional and sexual. So she has kept it all safe from the great red dragon—which could represent here the male-dominated world in which she lives her life, in quiet desperation much of the time. As for me, I personally rejoice that the feminine has survived all that has been levied against her in the way of persecution and oppression on earth, and is yet available to the masculine that is beginning to understand her, for I love the feminine and all that she brings to the dance of life.
It is undeniably the feminine that has been responsible for holding something special over thousands of years with regard to the sacredness of her sexuality. It is the male who has historically exploited her sexuality and raped her body and soul, along with the larger body of the Earth Goddess Gaia. Now that many women have risen up and taken back their power and restored their personal sanctity and collective equality and autonomy as people in a patriarchal society, a major shift has occurred in the collective consciousness. With career and temporal status still in focus for a majority of women, there is currently hardly anyone managing the home-fires and providing the space for family and intimacy. Thankfully, thousands are rediscovering both their sexuality and their nurturing capacity as being sacred and many strong and enlightened women are leading the way for both sexes in this exponentially expanding field of human endeavor to transcend tradition and live outside the box of what society expects of them.
Contemporary psychologist and teacher of advanced practices of sacred sexuality around the world, Margo Anand, comes to mind. Author of the bestseller, The Art of Sexual Ecstasy and a tape series on the path to sexual bliss, The Art of Sexual Magic, has brought back the true context of sex as “the most sacred act of creation.” She writes:
When two humans come together as lovers, they mirror the divine union…and connect directly with the energy of all life. Thus, the energy of your sexuality is the source of the greatest ‘magic’ of all—the creation of life itself.
In her book she explores the meaning of Tantra, which means weaving, as a Hindu-Buddhist practice.
As the threads of life and love cross one another, Tantra teaches, they join in cosmic union. Within this absolute connection with the universe, your most profound yearnings become possible. This is sexual magic. Using erotic rituals and specific meditations, Tantric lovers can alter their consciousness and channel the energy of orgasm for healing, ecstasy—even enlightenment.
One of the most powerful and prolific voices among contemporary women authors, earth-activist Starhawk, puts these words on the lips of Mother Nature, who is embodied in the Goddess Gaia, in Doreen Valiente’s poem Charge of the Star Goddess, which she adapted for use in her own work of summoning forth and quickening woman’s spirit:
Let My worship be in the heart that rejoices, for behold—all acts of love and pleasure are My rituals…. I have been with you from the beginning, and I am that which is attained at the end of desire.
Feminine deities have historically held sex as a sacred ritual. In the East, the Indian Tantra and the Chinese Taoism are the only two disciplines that hold sexuality as something sacred and transcendental. Here in the West, there has been a re-discovery of sacred sex. Sex is seen now by increasing numbers of spiritually awake men and women as the highest form of union with God at the physical level, a virtual erotic bridge between heaven and earth bringing a release of enormous creative energy, revitalizing lovers in unique ways, all the way down to their cells.
The entire art of sexual expression as a centerpiece in life is out of the closet and being explored with enthusiasm by people of all ages. We all knew there was more to it than our forebears told us, but this allowed us to stumble into one of life’s most intriguing and most misunderstood secrets. Increasingly the spiritual aspects of sexuality are being put ahead of the physical act of “making out” and “getting some.” Sex is being elevated to the level of a sacred art of union with the divine and has become so much more enjoyable. Shame around this natural function is eroding. A picture of the little Buddha with a big smile on his face and hands reaching inside his gown and down grasping “nirvana” comes to mind as I write. Indeed, can we not reach down and lift up unto heaven the earth of our temples with all of its sacred anatomy and physiology in sheer celebration of life and in delightful praise of our Creator? Through such upliftment, would not the flesh be renewed by the Spirit of the New Earth? ♥
I will complete this series on the Spirit of the New Earth Vibration with the next post. Until then, I wish all mothers a most Happy Mothers Day. You’ve earned it. Blessings upon you all. — Anthony