We have been meditating on finding a balance again twixt the sacred masculine and the divine feminine with guidance from the wisdom scriptures and Julian of Norwich and Hildegard of Bingen.
Finding a working balance is essential if the Earth as we know it—Mother Earth—and all her creatures are to survive. And, incidentally, whether our species will survive. As we uncover more and more of our hominid ancestors, a movement that is in full swing today especially in southeast Asia, we realize that we Homo Sapiens are one among many versions of hominids.
There are Neanderthals, Denisovan, Homo Heidelbergensis, Homo Rudolfensis, Homo Habilis, Homo Floresiensis, Homo Erectus, and surely more to be discovered. So many other species of bipeds in our family tree have gone extinct. We are the last ones standing.
Do we have a future? Not if we continue to rape the earth and ignore (or go into denial about) the havoc we are capable of wrecking on our forests and oceans, rivers and soil, air and climate, with severe consequences for the millions of species going extinct and the droughts and hurricanes and wild fires and floods that are being unleashed.
One way to deepen our appreciation of the Divine Feminine is to gather her many names and stories from around the world, stories found (but often hidden or neglected or covered up) in our various religious traditions. Consider the title of “Wisdom” which is feminine and which is invoked often by Hildegard and Julian, the Books of Proverbs, Sirach and more in the Bible.
We will consider more of these names for the goddess in upcoming DM’s alongside healthy names of the Sacred Masculine as well.
Meanwhile, on Thursday morning this week there is a (free) Zoom gathering with a creation spirituality group in Italy on the occasion of the translation of my book, Naming the Unnameable: 89 Wonderful and Useful Names for God…Including the Unnameable God in which I include a number of feminine names for God. I will be interviewed in English by Gianluigi Gugliermetto who translated the new Italian version of the book, Gli 89 Splendidi Nomi di Dio. You are welcome to join us HERE (Registration is required to receive the Zoom link).
See Matthew Fox, Naming the Unnameable: 89 Wonderful and Useful Names for God…Including the Unnameable God, pp. 59-70.
to read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Banner Image: Detail of the oldest of the “Holy Wisdom” icons of the “Novgorod type”, from the Annunciation Cathedral in Moscow, dated to the first quarter of the 15th century. Wikimedia Commons.
Queries for Contemplation
What does it mean to you to realize that all other hominids are extinct and that we are the last hominids standing after hundreds of thousands of years? Does that inspire you to contribute to a deeper and maybe more peaceful humanity?
Naming the Unnameable: 89 Wonderful and Useful Names for God …Including the Unnameable God
Too often, notions of God have been used as a means to control and to promote a narrow worldview. In Naming the Unnameable, renowned theologian and author Matthew Fox ignites our imaginations by offering a colorful range of Divine Names gathered from scientists and poets and mystics past and present, inviting us to always begin where true spirituality begins: from experience.
“This book is timely, important and admirably brief; it is also open ended—there are always more names to come, and none can exhaust God’s nature.” -Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, author of Science Set Free and The Presence of the Past