After many millennia the Goddess is coming back. Her energy is coming slowly, almost without notice, but some day it will overflow the world. Her silent underground flow is slowly quenching the thirst that has accumulated in hearts of men without anybody noticing. A thirst that nothing else can quench. Not prayer. Nor meditation. Or complicated yogic exercises. Nor reading holy books of ageless wisdom. Not thousand experiences that the world can offer.
Goddess was screaming under the heel of patriarchal world for millennia. So much time has passed that everybody forgot that she ever existed. Her pale reflection was seen sometimes on dusty statuettes in forgotten museum depots. Or in the rainbow sparkling water drops of a waterfall in the Amazonian jungle, far away from human world. Or in the lovers’ eyes in those moments of no time after their union. Or in the movements of a dancing girl, when nobody can see her.
Lack of feminine softness in a harsh male world has created a disbalance that thrust this world towards a brink of extinction. And now, as the patriarchal system is slowly falling apart, a memory returns from the cracks in the matrix. A memory of paradise that once was, a paradise that will be again…
In Neolithic times of old Europe, worship of healing powers of the Goddess has maintained civilization in equilibrium for hundreds of generations. The Goddess was the source of everything that ever was, a mother, a nurturer, a keeper of life, bearer of cycles of life and death. In holy caves and sacred groves intimate rituals were taking place as a gift to the Goddess. Ancient peoples were marking natural cycles of equinoxes and solstices with celebrations and festivals of sexual love, birth and spiritual renewal. Initiation into the mysteries of the Goddess was usually taking place in an underground cave, cavern or similar underground space by walking through a labyrinth and then through a ritual of merger of the Goddess and the Horned God in the center of the labyrinth. Labyrinth symbolically represented a map of human inner world and the spiritual path, a mandala of human soul, whereas the ritual of merger of Goddess and God represented the merger of female and male principles in the human psyche.
Priestesses of the Goddess were guardians of time. Time was flowing spirally, through natural exchange of seasons, through holy moments of sunrises and sunsets. Triplicity of the Goddess, reflected in the phases of the moon, showed itself in the life of women as an archetype of the maiden, the mother and the crone. The maiden is a symbol of life itself, the mother is the one that gives life and the crone is the symbol of death. Thus the triple Goddess sensibly shows the natural cycle of life and death, when death is just a door into a new life.
Also, priestesses of the Goddess were guardians of life energy. This life energy manifested in two ways. First it was the energy of fertility which brought new physical life and also it was the energy of sexual love which brought new spiritual life. In Neolithic times all society was permeated with both energies of life, therefore it was a happy society and knew happiness that modern man has lost.
But this paradise did not last forever. At the end of Neolithic era rough Kurgan warriors on their horses invaded from beyond the Caucasian steppe into the old Europe. They hated the Goddess. They hated the woman and her sexuality and were destroying it with brutal rapes. They have created hierarchy and patriarchal society as we know it now. They brought wars and violence that peaceful Neolithic peoples, worshippers of the Goddess, did not know how to resist. They were subjugated. But their belief and faith in the Goddess was strong and it carried on for millennia. Priestesses of the Goddess were active in Sumeria as naditu, priestesses of love that were not allowed to marry, but were working instead in the temple as healers and initiators of living sexual energy. This tradition carried on into Assyria and Babylon, wherefrom it reached Semitic peoples. The priestesses were active among Jews as quadesha and among Greeks as hierodulai.
The last strike to the energy of the Goddess came from institutional Christianity when in the year 392 a Roman emperor named Theodosius forbade all pagan rituals and when fanatical monks in black hoods with glassy eyes and foamy mouths started erasing the pagan temples, demolishing the statues, destroying the holy groves, raping the priestesses. The Christian symbol of a suffering man, tortured and put on a cross has replaced the soft, inviting and sensual body of the Goddess for a very long time.
But now the Goddess returns. In the last few decades a new impulse of feminine energies is coming from the depths of space and it is bringing the world back into equilibrium. These new energies have triggered many new spiritual movements such as hippie movement in the sixties, rebirth of neopaganism and widespread interest for spirituality. Many women have rediscovered the Goddess inside of their being and began working as priestesses again.
The Goddess returns. In her sacred groves the spring is coming back. Water from her healing springs will begin to round weary human bodies and souls. In underground caves and caverns, rituals dedicated to the Goddess are happening again. And I call you, o pilgrim on the path of Light, to join them.
Victory of the Light!