Goddess is Alive in Every Woman
by Susun S. Weed, c. 1999
The True Story of How She Came to Be,
How She Disappeared, and How She Returned
the beginning, everything began, as it always does, with birth. The Great Mother
of All gave birth, and the Earth began to breathe. Again, and again, and again,
the Great Mother gave birth. And the plants began to breathe and the animals began
to breathe and the two-legged ones began to breathe. All forms of life began to
breathe. To breathe, to live. In the air, on the land, in the water, and even
in the fires of deep sulfurous vents where light never shines, all forms of life
began to breathe. And they were all very hungry.
"What shall we eat?" they
asked the Great Mother. "You eat me," she said with a smile. And they did. They
ate of Her body. The plants sent their roots down into the earth and they ate
of Her flesh and Her bones. The plants drank Her clear blood. From her deep springs,
from her flowing waters, the plants ate. And they grew strong. And they gave birth.
The grasses multiplied and rippled in the wind. Roots grew fat and juicy. And
everywhere there were amazingly-shaped leaves, and flowers of many colors, and
fruits wondrous to behold.
The animals ate Her. They did not eat Her flesh
and Her bones as the plants did. They could not send their roots into Her, for
they had legs and they moved about on the face of the Earth. Some of the animals
ate of the grasses that grew from the Mother. Some of the two-legged ones ate
the seeds of the grasses and the roots of the plants and their leaves. They ate
and they ate and they ate. They began to give to birth, too. Soon there were many,
many mouths eating the Mother. There were many, many feet stirring up the red
dust of the Mother. There were many mouths to praise her abundance. And many mouths
"I am you and you are me. I am here for you to eat. Now eat me.
Eat all of me." she urged them. And some of the animals ate Her flesh and Her
bones in the form of the other animals. And some of the two-legged ones ate Her
flesh and Her bones in the form of the animals. And her clear blood became red.
And this red blood flowed in the bodies of the animals and the bodies of the two-leggeds
who ate of the animals who ate of the plants who ate of Her. And the Great Mother
was well pleased.
Now this red blood flowed in the bodies of the two-legged
ones. It flowed in their bodies and it sang to them. This red blood sang to them
of the endless wisdom of the Great Mother, and the endless dance of the moon,
and the endless spiral of birth and life and death. And the ones who were round
and full like the Mother felt the blood stirring in their bellies. The good red
blood moved in their bellies and they were full of wonder, and they said to the
Mother: "What shall we do with the red blood that moves so strongly in our bellies,
Mother?" And she replied: "Give it to me. Return this blood to me. Nourish me.
Allow me to replenish myself from your blood." And so they did.
when the moon grew dark and disappeared, the blood began to flow from between
the legs of some of the two-legged ones. From the wombs of the two-legged ones,
the blood flowed: red and rich and nourishing. The red blood flowed into Her and
she said: "You are me and I am you. Your blood is my blood. And my blood is yours.
Forever and forever, we will nourish each other. And if you will keep holy the
days of your bleeding, I will teach you all the secrets of the plants and the
animals. And if you will keep holy the days of your bleeding, I will teach you
all the secrets of Heaven and Earth." And so the women kept holy the days of their
bleeding, and they grew wise in the ways of the plants, the ways of the animals,
and the ways of Heaven and Earth.
And so it was for many, many turns of
the Earth around the Sun. Until the change. No one really knows where it started.
Like a small fire, at first it seemed harmless. The women were wise and they thought
no harm could come to them. Were they not the very Earth herself? To harm a woman,
was it not the same as harming the Mother? And who would be so foolish as to harm
their own Mother? To harm the source of nourishment and comfort and strength?
Yet there were those who were so foolish. Deluded, they grew arrogant,
and began to tell the story of creation in a strange way. They began to believe
that a man gave birth to the Earth and to humans! They said that man was the source
of all nourishment and wisdom. They said that man was the image of God, and that
God was jealous, and angry, that God demanded pain and blood and despised the
simple pleasures of the body, of the earth. They said that God lived above, not
within the earth, that God lived in heaven and was above all life. They said that
men were above all life, too. That man had dominion over all of life, over all
of the Earth herself, to do with as he pleased.
Oh, how silly their stories
were. Surely no one could believe such stories! Surely everyone could see clearly
that woman was the source of life, and nourishment. Surely it was clear that the
women's blood was the life of the Earth and the life of the people. And that the
pleasure of the body was holy, was sacred, was good. That the Earth was alive,
was our true Mother, and must be respected. That we are part of Her, dependent
on Her for our very breath.
But, like a small fire left alone when the
wind is blowing, the strange stories of God, of man as creator, grew and multiplied.
The small fire of deceit rapidly became a raging storm, a storm that threatened
all life. For the men began to say that the blood of women was bad, that women's
moon time blood was dirty, unclean, even dangerous. They began to say that women
themselves were dirty and dangerous. They began to say that the Earth was dirty
and dangerous. They began to think of themselves as apart from the Earth, as separate
from the Earth, as better than the Earth. They began to think of themselves as
apart from women, as superior to women, as the master of women.
did their best to tend to the holy fires. The women did their best to keep the
days of their bleeding sacred. The women did their best to teach their daughters
how to learn from the plants and the animals and the Earth. And the women did
their best to be true to the mysteries of the moon-time
and the wisdom of the Great Mother.
But the men were lost. Without the
wisdom of the women, alone and apart, the men forgot the ways of peace. They forgot
that the Earth was their Mother. They forgot that all women were sacred. And they
began to fight. At first they fought only among themselves. But soon the sickness
spread and the men began to fight the women. They began to torture the women.
They began to kill the women. They bound women's feet for this pain gave men pleasure.
They burned women at the stake for how dare any woman pretend to know the
healing ways of the plants. They stoned women to death for it frightened them
to see even the smallest bit of her holy flesh. They cut out the pleasure parts
from between her legs for here was a power that seemed uncontrollable. And they
told her, again and again, until she began to believe it was true, that she was
not sacred, that she was not made in the image of God.
The men told each
other that women were inferior, that the animals were inferior, and that the plants
were inferior. Soon, puffed up with false pride, the men began to devise ways
to use the women and the animals and the plants without respect for their power,
without respect for their sacredness. The men began to believe that their view
of the world was the only view of the world.
From one side of the Earth
to the other, they abused the women and the plants and the animals. They used
them without regard and kept them locked away. They ignored the cries of pain.
They came to believe that women and plants and animals actually enjoyed being
hurt. They confused some women so terribly that these women began to believe that
they actually were dirty and in need of punishment. They tortured so many women
that the wisdom of the women seemed to be the lie, and the lies of the men took
on the trappings of truth.
But the Great Mother lives in every woman. In
every place and every time, the Great Mother shows herself in the form of every
living woman. "Eat me." she whispers in the dreams of the woman. And the woman
throws off the bed covers and walks barefoot into the moonlit night. She is yearning.
She feels a deep stirring in her belly. She looks at the moon and she fancies
that she hears the moon speaking to her. "You are sacred. You are the beginning
and the end of all existence. I am you and you are me. Keep sacred the days of
your bleeding and I will share with you the wisdom of the plants and the animals
and the very Earth."
Can she believe it is true? Dare she believe the truth
of the words she seems to hear? All her life she has been told that she is not
pretty enough, nor smart enough, not strong enough. Everything seems to tell her
that she is too round, too emotional, too sensitive. And not sacred, in fact,
the complete opposite of sacred. All the days of her life she has heard the stories
of the wonders of man, the creator. She has heard it so often that it has the
sound of truth: God is a man. God is all powerful, so men are all powerful (and
women are weak). God is clean, so men are clean (and women are dirty). God is
pure, so men are pure (and women are filth). God never bleeds from between his
legs and men never bleed from between their legs (so the flowing blood of women
is a sickness, a curse, a punishment). How can she believe that her blood is sacred?
How can she allow herself to feel pleasure, to name it good, to name it holy?
How can she dare to believe that she is the Goddess?
Yes, the Goddess!
The Goddess who is alive in every woman, in every place, in every time. The Goddess
who whispers in our dreams. The Goddess who smiles in our lives. The Goddess who
stirs the blood in our bellies. The Goddess who knows that every woman is wise
and powerful and sacred. The Goddess who calls to us: "Keep the days of your bleeding
sacred. Remember that your blood is the blood of life, the blood of peace. Feed
me your blood, your moon-time blood, oh my daughter, my lover. Feed me, for I
hunger and I thirst for you.
"Return to me. Return to yourself. Remember
yourself. Remember me. I am the Great Mother. I am the Goddess. I am the Wise
Woman. Listen to my words. Listen to my song. I am in you, thus I can never be
lost. My story is your story. And it is the true story of birth and life and death.
Eat me. Feed me. You are woman and so am I. Through me, you exist; through you,
I exist. We are the ones who create. We are the ones who nourish. We are the ones
who open the gates between the worlds. We are the ones who must reclaim ourselves,
who must reweave ourselves.
"Oh sister, dear sister, the threads are thin,
the song is faint. Tell me it is not too late. Tell me that you hear me. Tell
me that you believe me. Tell me that the Goddess has returned. Tell me you are
listening to the plants and the animals and your own deep knowing. Tell me you
are looking past the slick, simple lies and into the messy, complex truth. Tell
me that you feel the red blood stirring in your belly.
"Tell me it is not
too late. Tell me the sisters are awakening. Tell me the moonlodge is rebuilt.
Tell me that the words of White Buffalo Calf Woman were not in vain. Tell me that
Kwan Yin's heart is not breaking. Tell me that Venus is safe. Tell me that Artemis
roams free in the woods. Tell me that Lilith is welcome at your table. Tell me
that you remember that pleasure is holy to me. Tell me that you refuse to believe
that you delight in pain.
"Tell me that you feel me reaching out to you
from the deep core of your being, from time out of mind. Tell me that you feel
me waking up inside you, waking you up to your beauty and your power. Tell me
that you are reclaiming your truth and turning a deaf ear to the lies. Tell me
that you remember that you are the Goddess. Tell me that you remember that you
and I are the same. Tell me you keep sacred the days of your bleeding. Tell me
you honor your crones.
"I have been with you since the beginning, and I
will be with you at the end. I am part of you and you are part of me. Allow me
to love you. Allow me to honor you. Allow me to return."
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