I am mother.
You came to me
through blood and bones
to be suckled by me
and then slowly set free.
I am Mama Bear,
ready to attack when you are threatened,
your pain harder to bear than my own.
I explode into a thousand stars when your star rises.
Your life always more precious than my own.
I am she who honors the Goddess Way.
Mother Goddess your names are many –
Isis, Rhea, Cybele, Danu, Mary.
Your love flowers in our hearts.
Your strength gives us the courage
to birth, to grow, to die.
The cycles of life affect all – from the smallest creatures to the largest – to rivers, mountains and continents – to world views and systems – and even to planets and stars. Both astrological transits and world events illustrate well that we are in a moment of great cyclic change, a time of death and rebirth. As the old way dies – kicking and screaming all the way – we are also experiencing the birth pangs of the new way. Oh yes we are living in interesting and difficult times.
The old patriarchal system of hierarchy and dominance has become a cancer, eating itself alive. Only through a denigration of the feminine principle has this system been able to maintain its power – asserting superiority over females, males without privilege, and Earth – honoring death over life.
The Way of the Goddess and the Sacred Feminine are on the rise. Women and men around the world are waking up to the need for a world which honors life and a balanced approach to the duality in which our physical life is embedded. We are heeding the call to listen with empathy to all life, to understand more fully the needs of the totality and to take action to protect all life.
May we find the strength provided by Mother Goddess to birth and then grow a new world in which we all walk in harmony with one another, with all creatures great and small, and with Mother Earth.
Judith Shaw, a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, has been interested in myth, culture and mystical studies all her life. Not long after graduating from SFAI, while living in Greece, Judith began exploring the Goddess in her art. She continues to be inspired by the Goddess in all of her manifestations, which are found everywhere in the natural world. She is now working on her next deck of oracle cards – Animal Spirit Guides, and on a modern folktale of the Reindeer Goddess. Originally from New Orleans, Judith makes her home in New Mexico where she paints as much as time allows and sells real estate part-time. Give yourself the gift of one of Judith’s prints or paintings, priced from $25 – $3000.