This month I decided to share a beautiful teaching from the book: The Great Cosmic Mother – Rediscovering the Earth’s Religion, which was shared with me.
It is time to know the real meaning of our Sacred Feminine Divine and strengthen ourselves from the bottom of our hearts. 💜
The ancient priestesses of the moon were called virgins.
‘Virgin’ meant unmarried, not belonging to a man – a woman who was ‘one unto herself’.. The word itself derives from a Latin root meaning strength, strength, ability; and later it was applied to men: virle.
Ishtar, Diana, Astarte, Isis were all called virgins, which did not refer to sexual chastity, but to sexual independence.
And all the great culture heroes of the past, mythical or historical, were said to be born of virgin mothers: Marduk, Gilgamesh, Buddha, Osiris, Dionysus, Genghis Khan, Jesus – all were affirmed as children of the Great Mother, of the Originals, her power mundane deriving from it.
When the Hebrews used the word, and in the original Aramaic, it meant “maiden” or “young woman”, without connotations for sexual chastity. But later Christian translators could not conceive of the ‘Virgin Mary’ as a woman of independent sexuality, it goes without saying; they twisted the meaning into sexually pure, chaste, never touched. When Joan of Arc, with its witch coven associations, was called La Pucelle – “the Maiden”, “the Virgin” – the word retained some of its original pagan sense of a strong, independent woman. The Moon Goddess was worshiped in orgiastic rituals, the deity of matriarchal women being free to have as many lovers as they wished. Women could “surrender” to the Goddess by making love to a stranger in her temple.
Text by Monica Sjoo
The Great Cosmic Mother:
Rediscovering Earth’s Religion