The Project Committee of Trista Hendren, Wennifer Lin, Ph.D. Kaalii Cargill, Ph.D. and Helen Hye-Sook Hwang, Ph.D. was interviewed by Leslie Botha. View the article and listen to their conversations.
Harriet Ann Ellenberger:
Hearth Moon Rising:
“Worshiping the Goddess is only natural for a species born of women. The reframing of our creator as a male god is an usurpation of women’s power and the culmination of patriarchal domination. It is time to reaffirm that we are all children of the Great Mother.”
During the history of human evolution something at a certain point seems to have blocked the ability to live in circles and cycles, stuck the growth of psychic and spiritual energies, favouring violent and necrophilic abilities and competences which pollute our psyche as the material rubbish pollutes and kills water, earth and air.
The joyful scenery of the ecstatic dance of Eurynome, of fiery Fusji, the emanations of Mago or Sussistanako continuing their mothers’ creation are tales where we still don’t find any trace of trauma.
Then, from a certain point of this mythic narration on, the tale of cruel and forced separations begins with the dismembering of “the parts of above from the parts of below”. And while falling towards the present, a new form of woman was shaped, more and more similar to the Mater Dolorosa, who has nothing left but tears.
She is now portrayed in the image of the standing Madonna, whose eyes are downturned as she crushes the serpent that has slid down from her spine. Or in the image of the Sitting Mother: for a long period she holds her child, giving him Sovereignty, but later she collects a corpse, who seems to be slipping down from her, back to the earth.
She is now a poor mammy, who seems void of any desire or strength to go look for and reclaim the dismembered parts of her son/lover, as Isis was still able to do for Osiris. The female power and energy have at last been tamed, in narrations as well as in iconography.
Will we be able to recover the spirit of these “goddesses” re- emerging in our times?
Jane Hardwicke Collings!
………When women are not prepared for the majesty of the transformation into Mother, when they are fearful, expecting pain, thinking they need experts to safely deliver their babies, they don’t recognise the well masked thieves of their feminine power, those proponents of the patriarchy, parading as heros, ready to save women and their babies from the perils of childbirth.
Some women wake up before or after their visit to the Birth Altar, when they recognise the patriarchal story around childbirth, and the way it limits women’s experience and connection with their inner strength, the Goddess. Of course this is not a case of a gender war, this is a co-created culture, something that we are all responsible for and need together to repair……..
“I have an essay in this anthology; I write about Mary Daly being an emanation of Throma, the Black Dakini–the fierce female deity who, with her crescent knife, cuts through our ego fixations and liberates us from fear and doubt. Emaho!”