These faces of the feminine are much less easily
acceptable than those of Aphrodite
the Goddess of Love or Demeter the
Great Mother. But it is in the energy of the
dark goddesses that a vast store of feminine power lies.
is the creator and the destroyer. She is depicted as one who
cuts off the heads of men. Scary stuff! But this is a symbolic
representation, it is not actually their Life she is after,
simply their Ego.
The dark goddess lives in us all. Often suppressed
and denied she will eventually leak out in hostility
and sarcasm, with sly cutting digs, nagging, gossip and
put downs. She reveals herself at her most ugly in our closest
relationships. Liz Taylor in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe"
plays her out admirably. Jung calls her the 'animus suppressed'.
She is everything that nice girls are not. Suppressed too far
she turns her destructive energy
inwards and creates depression and disease.
The energy of the dark goddess brews and bubbles
in the belly. Suppressing her simply adds bite to her words
when they do manage to escape. If the energy of fermentation
in a bottle of rich wine starts to become more than the cork
can contain the wine will ooze out. If we ignore this and shove
the cork back down harder the build up will become greater and
next time the leaks will become spurts. Finally the pressure
will shoot the cork off completely and the precious liquid will
be lost. This is the path of denial, of refusing to acknowledge
the truth that needs to be spoken. The alternative is to appreciate
that bottle, to nurture the rich gift that is brewing, turn
it and tend to it and to choose when the cork should be removed
and the sweet dark flavour be offered to the world.
Accepted and celebrated the dark goddesses
give us the strength to overcome the fear of rejection and to
dare to stand in our truth and tell it how we see it. This is
an enormously empowering experience.
- It Must Be
True - I Read It In The Paper ~ Why
does Australia rank so low on the list of countries with
the most freedom of the press?
- Big Girls
Don't Lie ~ how Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas used
bulimia to disguise her narcotics addiction.
~ this poem calls on us to stand in our power
- The Shadow Knows
~ Evelyn Henry discusses how coming to know our darker side
can be a valuable and empowering exercise.
- The BITCH BOARD
~ Use the Bitch Board to let off steam about your pet hate.
Catharsis can be therapeutic. Blow your rage out into Cyberspace
and you can be free of it.
- Witches Bold and
Brazen by Gilli Smyth of Gong and Mother Gong.
- Dark moon
~ Carmen's writes of the journey into dark places within.
- 'Don't tell your Mummy!'
- Anger would be a very natural reaction on discovering
that your daughter has been sexually abused. One woman tells
her story of coming to terms with this situation.
- Kali, Hecate,
Lilith ~ A wealth of information
on the dark goddesses researched by Rufus C Camphausen.
- Facing Death - Embracing
Life ~ What would you do if you discovered you only
had three months to live? - an article by Nirado Griffin.
- Love is always the answer
- a woman's story of her struggle with Bulimia
of the toolman ~ A lighthearted piece from Peter Hughes
in which he puts forward his ' Law of the Conservation of
Male Anger'. This maintains that 'The level of hostility
and violence against the feminine in our patriarchal system
always stays the same; only its form changes.'
and Words ~ Libby's poem is about the struggle to move
on from an abusive relationship.
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- The Legacy of
the Dark Goddess - Michael Lohr writes about
the legends of Ereshkigal and Innana in the ancient land
- a graphic introduction to the celtic figure Morrigan
Bitch Poem (or "It's really quite a compliment")
poem cries out eloquently against the use of our sacred
names as terms of abuse.
Slut Manifesto by Lizzard Amazon
A powerful piece of writing on the perception of women as
a commodity. The slut manifesto pulls no punches. Not for