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The Goddess Speaks About the Divine Masculine and the Divine Feminine

A trip to Petra, Jordan in the 1970's followed by several years of meditation and study helped an American scholar and devoted mother develop a growing understanding of the Divine Feminine's role in our lives. During conversations with a presence she calls "The Goddess," the author merges what she learned about the Divine Feminine during her studies with the emerging wisdom she was given during her meditations. The powerful images and stories of ancient civilizations juxtaposed with the words of The Goddess reveal empowered women as the mothers of a new birth of consciousness.

Chickee asks The Goddess:

"What is the masculine principle's relationship to the goddess?"

The Goddess replies:

"The Great Mother gave life to all, and all gave life back to her at the High Place.

The Mother contains all. Yet though she is the point of origination for all that is, she is also born in humankind, born anew and in endless transformations of herself.

Those who see her as the terrible goddess do not understand her mysteries, the secrets of death and the loss of physical form. Form is the outer garment of the goddess ever seeking new possibilities through creation, through generation.

The goddess seeks realization through manifestation. The masculine principle does not function this way; it operates on the manifest plane as an active principle in complementarity to her nature. It is originated by her, and so it is part of the manifest plane , not disconnected from the manifest plane. The masculine is essential to her, so that she may bring forth and be brought forth. Though complementary and necessary to her, the masculine came from her, for she is primary she comes before.

The masculine principle is essential to stimulate the primordial feminine into becoming. But "essential" is not the same as "primary." The masculine principle is not primary like the primordial female in the sense of being prior to. This does not mean that the masculine principle is of less importance, not any more than a child is of less importance than its mother. But a child is not primary, in the sense of being prior to its mother. The masculine is humankind from embryo to adulthood, always provoking the Mother into giving him what he wants, and so evolution takes place. The Mother is teased into becoming by her child, humanity, through humanity's visions of what can be."

Chickee reports:

Those authors whose works had been major voices along the path of my inner journey the Arguelles and Jungian psychoanalyst Erich Neumann, author of The Great Mother: An Analysis of the Archetype, didn't offer complete validation of the insights in this session. Yet they did describe the relationship of the feminine and masculine in terms of the evolution of consciousness. Neumann said that at a critical point in the psycho-historical development of the planet, human consciousness favored the qualities of light and heroic adventure with consequent separation from nature, perceived as dark. These qualities were universally defined in world mythology as "masculine."

In the Arguelles' experience of the masculine principle they came to perceive it as that which is born from, separates out from, and becomes the lover of the mother, unborn space. The Arguelles' vision evoked something of the ancient world's vision of humanity as the lover/consort of the goddess.

Neumann too wrote at length of this pervasive mythological motif, which he identified as the son/lover/consort, who was born from the great mother goddess and became her ritual consort. He perceived this birth to be a motif which expressed the birth of what he called "the ego," a structure of consciousness which was part of humanity's development. The ego separated human consciousness from the realm of nature. In this process of separation the ego lost its balance in relationship to its source, the realm of nature, the great mother. The ego then sought to rise above and dominant nature.

Neumann also presented what he believed to be much evidence from artifacts revealing that the ego was universally perceived to be masculine and as light, and that rise of the ego and of the masculine principle were one and the same phenomenon. He wrote that this one-sided development must change course. If human civilization is to survive, the ego must adopt a different relationship to the feminine (defined as the unconscious, deep psyche and the natural world).

On one theme Neumann was emphatic: the masculine principle couldn't be strictly identified with men, but rather with humankind at a certain developmental stage in the life of the human race.

Chickee asks The Goddess: "In my studies I learned that the masculine principle is a transcending one. The masculine always seeks to break limits and reach for the sky, so to speak. And now our last session seems to contradict this. I mean that part about the masculine being originated from the Great Goddess and being part of the manifest plane. This is very confusing, so could you please clarify?"

The Goddess replies: " Visualize the image of an arrow shooting up into the sky, then eventually curving to return to earth. This image will be helpful in understanding the true function of the masculine. It is true that the masculine principle always seeks to transcend and move toward a something "higher." But notice that the trajectory of the arrow is broken by its fall back to earth. This is a truer image of the other aspect of the masculine, its seed function in evolution. The masculine transcends the limitations of earth in the sense that it is different from that which precedes it, the great round of nature, the unconscious ground of the manifest world. But it then "returns" to re-seed earth with new evolutionary possibilities.

At this point in history, the masculine needs to learn that its trajectory away from earth is not its sole function. The masculine does transcend limitations to acquire vision. But it must then "come back" to earth with its vision, and re-seed earth with it.

So "either...or" reasoning about the masculine principle's function versus the feminine principle's function is not applicable here.

And whether or not the masculine is greater or lesser than the feminine is not the important thing here. What is more important to consider are these two questions: how is the masculine principle's function of transcendence true of it, and, how has interpretation of the masculine's transcending function been distorted?

The masculine principle does not seek realization through manifestation. It seeks realization through transcendence of that which it is born from, then through re-seeding that which it is born from with new evolutionary possibilities. It is inherent in its nature to differentiate from the round of nature, to transcend it, and then to re-seed it.

So though the masculine is often seen by philosophers to be on the ascending side in the scheme of things, and the feminine to be on the descending side, it is actually an unnecessary polarization. You see, the feminine has the capacity to birth new possibilities, yet remains eternal and unchanging. It is that which comes from it which is an emergent, a something new; the masculine transcends in this respect."


5 Erich Neumann, The Great Mother, Chapter 5, "The Transformation Mysteries" (Princeton University

Press: Princeton, New Jersey, 1969), pp. 55-63.

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Dedicated mother and endowed scholar Dorothy Atalla (Chickee to her friends) never expected a trip to Petra, Jordan in the 1970’s would take her on a journey that would transform her life.   Upon returning from her profound experience, Dorothy began to study ancient history, mythology and religion, archaeology, depth and transpersonal psychology, quantum physics, and the evolution of consciousness.  Her book Conversations With the Goddess brings the emergent wisdom and power of the Divine Feminine to modern readers and affirms every woman’s role in the story of The Goddess.  Visit www.conversationswiththegoddess.net to learn more and buy the book.