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  • Writer's pictureJeanette Prather

Rise of the Dark Feminine

There's something percolating and brewing in the silent darkness. Do you feel it? It's the yin energy of existence; the pendulum swing back from a toxic patriarch spanning eons, into a more even time for Earth and its occupants.

The way of the Tao, an evenness with all things. But in order to bring this about, She must be met with and faced.

"The underground Black Goddess is surfacing again to become the cathedra of the creative mind," writes Marion Woodman and Elinor Dickson in Dancing in the Flames: The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciousness. The 1997 book taps into an ever growing idea that the once-buried goddess is making her way back into the mainstream as a response to and despite of her being shoved into the underworld by her extremist patriarchal counterpart.

No, she shouldn't be feared. She should be faced and revered. She's the cry of Ereshkigal from below. Your scorned sister from the underworld crying out for you to see and hear her. She's the voice beckoning Elsa in Frozen 2 into the darkness, deep into the frozen underground cave to reveal the truth. She's the sea calling out to Moana to find her true purpose. She's the cracked foundation of the house in Encanto, to which Mirabel exposes her own family's dark history. She's the misunderstood Maleficent in the sequel, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. The protector of the dark Moors and ancient knowledge of the goddess and Earth.

She's Fiona in the Shrek series, Shrek Forever After, rescuing herself from the castle and becoming her own fierce warrior. She can even be seen in as crass a movie as Deadpool 2 as he plunges the depths of the underworld in an effort to resuscitate his love, traversing the darkness to seek guidance from Vanessa on the other side. If you look closely, you can even see light prisms and a beautiful glow surrounding the barrier between Deadpool and the underworld. And don't get me started on Lady Luck's role in the movie, especially at the end.

The Goddess is surfacing again. She seems to be making her way back into mainstream culture. In an effort to help make 'Goddess' a more household word, I am writing this blog. For me, Lilith is one I resonate with most. One of the most misunderstood female characters in our history, I believe it's blasphemous to call Lilith a demon. According to Wikipedia (I know, not the most credible source, but one of the most accessible...), one rendition of Lilith comes from a Mesopotamian terracotta plaque known as the Burney Relief:

"The bird-footed woman in the Burney Relief... Kramer's translation of the Gilgamesh fragment was used by Henri Frankfort (1937) and Emil Kraeling (1937) to support identification of a woman with wings and bird-feet in the disputed Burney Relief as related to Lilith. Frankfort and Kraeling identified the figure in the relief with Lilith. Modern research has identified the figure as one of the main goddesses of the Mesopotamian pantheons, most probably Ereshkigal."

Interesting that Lilith and Ereshkigal seem to be interchangeable here...

So my point rests that whatever her presence, whoever she is to you, She's here. She's calling out so loudly that humankind can no longer ignore. She will be our salvation and the way forward.

Do you want a fun, sci-fi/fantasy story regarding the rise of the dark feminine? Check out my book, Dark Star: Reclaiming Lilith.

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