We welcome Winter, season of the Guardian of the North. Now we honor the Element of Earth, the physical world, our bodies, our homes. It is the realm of practical matters, work, and abundance. This is the energy of the dark, fertile womb of the Mother, the realm of plants, animals and the Wild. It is the time of the resting, empty fields; the silence of strong roots going deep; the waiting, nurturing and renewal within the dark.
Crazed, lying in a zero circle, mute,
We shall be saying, finally,
With tremendous eloquence, Lead us.
When we have totally surendered to that beauty,
We shall be a mighty kindness.
In the world’s Creation tales, from science stories to most ancient oral traditions, the darkness comes before the light. Furthermore, astronomers tell us that about ninety-five percent of the Universe is comprised of dark matter, which is the only known explanation of the anomalies we see in the motion of light particles in our galaxy. And as I have mentioned, it is dark matter, in the form of a supermassive black hole, that binds and is at the very heart of our own galaxy.
So, we can conclude, the Universe is, first and foremost, comprised of darkness. If that is true, then perhaps we should change our views about condemning what is Dark, and worshipping only what is Light.
A perfect example of this would be the spiritual archetype of the dark feminine. Feared, vilified and despised in many cultures, She is also an abiding symbol of the sacred, sometimes in those very same societies.
As Kelley Hunter, an astrologer who did her Ph.D. on the psychological and spiritual meaning of dark matter has noted, our word “matter” is from the Latin, “mater,” which means Mother. So, she muses, “Dark matter is the dark Mother. And a dark Goddess appears in every culture…even recent DNA research has shown that we all come from a shared ancestress from the heart of Africa. So we all have a dark mother.”
She continues, “The dark-faced Goddesses, whether they be blue, black, or brown..are the Goddesses of mystery, like the black Madonna — who offer miracles and healings, and initiation, and go beyond the rational. In that way, they’re meta-physical and irrational, which is why they often have demonic reputations.”
Over the next several days, as we honor this Dark time of Winter, we’ll explore the mystery of the Dark Goddess in many of Her forms. As always, I invite your thoughts and experiences if you would like to share.