Goddess

by Grace

The Goddess represents the understanding of infinity; as her nature is infinite. It is our modern society that places boundaries around the understanding of women and a woman’s place in society. In reality women are boundless. Women are the givers and the takers of life. In that our bodies conceive, give birth and miscarry what is not viable to life. In a woman’s monthly cycle she is constantly reminded of life and death. During times of the month she is able to conceive life into her body and with her body; but when her cycle starts up she knows that if there was life, it did not take up, but a new cycle will begin. Women are Mother Nature; in her purest she has yet to know a man, in her raw sexuality she exposes herself freely to her lovers. She creates if she has children of her flesh or children of her passions, her passions being her work and herself expressions. She gives and she takes as Mother Nature; she is not weak, it is society that has pushed this idea forwards; women are strong, and their strength is enduring, even most women don’t know how, emotionally, mentally, spiritually and physically strong that they are until they need to be. As women we may surprise ourselves with our tenacity to overcome and move through the worst that life can offer. This is the Goddess in all women.

She is the Creatress, The Virgin, The Mother, The Whore, The Destroyer, The Warrior, The Huntress, The Homemaker, The Wife, The Artist, The Seeker of Justice, The Healer and The Sorceress. She is all of these and so much more as she is boundless as the concept of infinity she has no boundaries. Her ways are limitless.

We have forgotten her; she has been laid to waste as we have depleted and used the very Earth that is the essence of the Female Concept. Our societies have done this to women as we mirror the Earth, as we are Mother Nature herself in the flesh.

Women are raped and their sexual organs are mutilated. Women are stoned to death in some countries for driving a car or for having an education. These women that have children live in poverty or under the control of their men; all under the name of religion. All of these organizations are tied into each other, worldwide, religion runs state and countries, and in organized religions, the main theme is that women are dirty for their sex, that if a woman does not do as she is told by her man she deserves what she gets, that being her husband’s or father’s punishment.

Even in my daily life as a Canadian, I am judged by my interests other than just being a mother to my children; by posting up my boudoir photography I have been labeled a bad mother and a slut. In the neighborhood I live in; there are other mothers and their husbands that will not speak to me because of my free and open stance on my right as a woman and artist to myself expression. My point is that we have not come as far as we think. We need to push harder for our sons and daughters; we need equality if the world is going to be a better place for them and for us.

A woman’s sexuality is her business; that is the point, it is her right to express herself as an individual and as a woman; as long as it hurts not one including herself, it is her right.

There is abuse in the way women’s bodies have been portrayed as I write in the post (Dead Goddess).. The media’s perception of beauty and sexuality has been feed to us like a toxic drug. Women are kept down and depressed trying to make themselves into something that they are not and men have become disappointed trying to find the woman on the glossy pages; but she is a touched up starved mirage.

(The Dirty Goddess) is the wholesomeness that we have all craved and longed for, she is a real woman. Yes I use myself as a canvas; I use my body as a way to bring forth the image that I have imagined since childhood. The Goddess has always been with me, even as a child I played the Warrior Queen as this is what she is to me; this book will help to bring the Goddess back to life and into our awareness.

She is not a servant to mankind; she is his Queen and he is her King, they are meant to hold an equal place in the Universe; they are like the pillars holding up the unseen.

At the end of the book she will be depicted as the Queen..She will have risen to her rightful place, and her King will be relieved; because at last she has come to know her rightful place beside him, not behind him but hand in hand, heart in heart and mind meeting mind.

Below I have included historical explanations of the Goddesses I wish to portray in the book, as well as some images I intend to mimic.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Isis (Ancient Greek: Ἶσις, original Egyptian pronunciation more likely Aset) is a goddess in Ancient Egyptian religious beliefs, whose worship spread throughout the Greco-Roman world. She was worshipped as the ideal mother and wife as well as the matron of nature and magic. She was the friend of slaves, sinners, artisans, and the downtrodden, and she listened to the prayers of the wealthy, maidens, aristocrats, and rulers.[1] Isis is often depicted as the mother of Horus, the hawk-headed god of war and protection (although in some traditions Horus’s mother was Hathor), and she is depicted suckling him in an attitude similar to that of the Virgin Mary with the Child Jesus.[2] Isis is also known as protectress of the dead and goddess of children.

Artemis
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Roman equivalent Diana

Artemis was one of the most widely venerated of the Ancient Greek deities. Her Roman equivalent is Diana. Some scholars[1] believe that the name and indeed the goddess herself was originally pre-Greek.[2] Homer refers to her as Artemis Agrotera, Potnia Theron: “Artemis of the wildland, Mistress of Animals”.[3] In the classical period of Greek mythology, Artemis (Greek: (nominative) Ἄρτεμις, (genitive) Ἀρτέμιδος) was often described as the daughter of Zeus and Leto, and the twin sister of Apollo. She was the Hellenic goddess of the hunt, wild animals, wilderness, childbirth, virginity and young girls, bringing and relieving disease in women; she often was depicted as a huntress carrying a bow and arrows.[4] The deer and the cypress were sacred to her. In later Hellenistic times, she even assumed the ancient role of Eileithyia in aiding childbirth

Artemis; is also known as THE GODDESS OF THE LIGHT..as she is the protector of the vulnerable.

Athena
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In Greek religion and mythology, Athena or Athene ( /əˈθiːnə/ or /əˈθiːniː/; Attic: Ἀθηνᾶ, Athēnā or Ἀθηναία, Athēnaia; Epic: Ἀθηναίη, Athēnaiē; Ionic: Ἀθήνη, Athēnē; Doric: Ἀθάνα, Athana), also referred to as Pallas Athena/Athene ( /ˈpæləs/; Παλλὰς Ἀθηνᾶ; Παλλὰς Ἀθήνη), is the goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, just warfare, mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill. Minerva, Athena’s Roman incarnation, embodies similar attributes.[4] Athena is also a shrewd companion of heroes and is the goddess of heroic endeavour. She is the virgin patron of Athens. The Athenians founded the Parthenon on the Acropolis of her namesake city, Athens (Athena Parthenos), in her honour.[4]
Athena’s veneration as the patron of Athens seems to have existed from the earliest times, and was so persistent that archaic myths about her were recast to adapt to cultural changes. In her role as a protector of the city (polis), many people throughout the Greek world worshiped Athena as Athena Polias (Ἀθηνᾶ Πολιάς “Athena of the city”). The city of Athens and the goddess Athena essentially bear the same name[5], “Athenai” meaning “[many] Athenas”.

Demeter
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In Greek mythology, Demeter (/diˈmiːtər/; Attic Δημήτηρ Dēmētēr. Doric Δαμάτηρ Dāmātēr) is the goddess of the harvest, who presided over grains and the fertility of the earth. Her common surnames are Sito (σίτος: wheat) as the giver of food or corn/grain[1] and Thesmophoros (θεσμός, thesmos: divine order, unwritten law) as a mark of the civilized existence of agricultural society.[2] Though Demeter is often described simply as the goddess of the harvest, she presided also over the sanctity of marriage, the sacred law, and the cycle of life and death. She and her daughter Persephone were the central figures of the Eleusinian Mysteries that predated the Olympian pantheon. In the Linear B Mycenean Greek tablets of circa 1400-1200 BC found at Pylos, the “two mistresses and the king” are identified with Demeter, Persephone and Poseidon.[3] Her Roman equivalent is Ceres

Venus has been described as perhaps “the most original creation of the Roman pantheon”,[1] and “an ill-defined and assimilative” native goddess, combined “with a strange and exotic Aphrodite”.[2] Venus embodies sex, beauty, enticement, seduction and persuasive female charm among the community of immortal gods; in Latin orthography, her name is indistinguishable from the Latin noun venus (“sexual love” and “sexual desire”), from which it derives.[3]
Her cults may represent the religiously legitimate charm and seduction of the divine by mortals, in contrast to the formal, contractual relations between most members of Rome’s official pantheon and the state, and the unofficial, illicit manipulation of divine forces through magic.[4][5] The ambivalence of her function is suggested in the etymological relationship of the root *venes- with Latin venenum (poison, venom), in the sense of “a charm, magic philtre”.[6]
In myth, Venus-Aphrodite was born of sea-foam. Roman theology presents Venus as the yielding, watery female principle, essential to the generation and balance of life. Her male counterparts in the Roman pantheon, Vulcan and Mars, are active and fiery. Venus absorbs and tempers the male essence, uniting the opposites of male and female in mutual affection. She is essentially assimilative and benign, and embraces several otherwise quite disparate functions, She can give military victory, sexual success, good fortune and prosperity. In one context, she is a goddess of prostitutes; in another, she turns the hearts of men and women from sexual vice to virtue.[7]

Hecate
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Hecate or Hekate ( /ˈhɛkətiː/; ancient Greek Ἑκάτη, Hekátē; in Shakespeare /ˈhɛkət/)[1] is an Greco-Roman goddess of triple nature – chthonic, celestial and maritime – variously associated with crossroads, gates and other entrances, passages, light in darkness, childbirth, nurturing the young, lunar lore, the night sky, the sea, the wilderness, the restless dead, dogs, snakes, healing and poisonous plants, magic and witchcraft,[2] as well as a more universal role as World Soul in Hellenistic times.[3] She is attested in poetry as early as Hesiod’s Theogony. An inscription from late archaic Miletus naming her as a protector of entrances is also testimony to her presence in archaic Greek religion.[4]
Regarding the nature of her cult, it has been remarked, “she is more at home on the fringes than in the center of Greek polytheism. Intrinsically ambivalent and polymorphous, she straddles conventional boundaries and eludes definition.”

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