Mary As Goddess:
Virgin, Mother, Queen
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Our Lady of Sorrows-
Mary and Other
Love Goddesses -
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the Esoteric Mystery School
Secret Life of Bees
By Sue Monk Kidd; This moving novel traces a young girl's journey
into womanhood. She escapes her abusive father by finding a strong
community of women who honor Our Lady of Chains, a Black Madonna.
Set in the South during the age of Civil Rights.
God as Mother is the earliest known concept of the divine. The
Great Mother was worshiped as early as 30,000 B.C.E., dating from The
Earth Mother of Willendorf (A). Later she was known as “Inanna in ancient
Sumeria, Ishtar in Babylon, Anat in Canaan, Isis in Egypt and Aphrodite
in Greece, and remarkably similar stories were devised to express her
role in the spiritual lives of the people” (B, p.5). When monotheism was
on the rise, “goddesses like Ashera, Ishtar or Anat . . . still had a
great following among the Israelites, particularly among the women” (B,
p.50). This is evident in this Old Testament passage:
...we shall burn incense to the Queen of Heaven, and shall pour her
libations as we used to do, we, our fathers, our kings and our princes,
in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem. For then we had
plenty of food, and we all were well and saw no evil. But since we ceased
burn incense to the Queen of Heaven and to pour libations, we have wanted
everything and have been consumed by sword and famine.
Later, in The Coronation of the Virgin, Mary would come to share the title
Queen of Heaven with Inanna, Isis, and other goddesses who were
worshiped before her. “In the earliest recorded act of homage paid to
Mary, she was honored with customary offerings to the Goddess.” Women
offered the Virgin “cakes and wine at the shrine where their ancestors
had worshiped the Goddess Ashtoreth.” “Epiphanius, the late fourth-century
patriarch of Constantinople, ‘noted with outrage’ ” that the women “wishing
to exalt the Ever-Blessed Virgin, have put her in the place of God.” (A,
Similarly, when Christianity was brought to the British Isles, “peasants
saw in the story of Christ only a new version of their own ancient tales
of the Mother Goddess and her Divine Child who is sacrificed and reborn,”
a tale which had “held sway for 30,000 years” (C, p. 18-19). “In habits
of devotion, especially those of women, there may have been no great discontinuity
between the worship of the Virgin and that of the Goddess.” Many shrines,
statues and festivals, originally belonging to other Goddesses “were rededicated
to the Virgin” (A, p.194).
Throughout the ages, many leaders in Christianity have attempted to de-emphasize
the role of Mary and (at times violently) suppress her worship, yet devotion
to the Holy Mother has only increased. Apparitions and “attendance at
her pilgrimage centers” are on the rise (A, p.206). Many Christians envision
her as Co-Redemtrix. She has a dedicated following of millions, within
and outside of the Catholic Church, around the world. Mary is a real,
vital, dynamic force in the personal lives of everyday people. This website
is dedicated to her.
Hail Mary, Full of Grace!
Blessed Art Thou Among Women!
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