We are offering feminine divine names to balance our understanding of self and reality and divinity.  We will also link this with a deeper understanding of the Sacred Masculine as we move along.

“Boeotian Pottery – The Mistress of the Animals” Amphora painting (ca. 680 – 670 BCE) depicts the goddess as an en face female with wing-like arms standing amidst animals of diverse species, indicating a significant role throughout the animal realm, with swastikas signifying fertility. From Thebes. Athens, National Museum Photo by Egisto Sani on Flickr.

God as the Goddess.

God can be known as the Goddess.  The Divine Feminine is an important name for the Deity that often gets forgotten when Patriarchy rules unchecked.  Marija Gimbutas, a very accomplished anthropologist who spent her life finding and uncovering myriad artifacts and relics from the goddess times has this to say about the Goddess:

The Goddess in all her manifestations was a symbol of the unity of all life in Nature.  Her power was in water and stone, in tomb and cave, in animals and birds, snakes and fish, hills, trees, and flowers.  Hence the holistic and mythopoeic perception of the sacredness and mystery of all there is on Earth.

The Millennial Gaia Earth Mother.” Statue by Oberon Zell, 1998. Photo by Amber Avalona, Wikimedia Commons.

The Goddess has many names.  While we are free to apply every name we give to “God” to the “Goddess,” some unique names have been forged for the goddess as well.  These will follow in several DMs. 

God as Gaia (Mother Earth)

If every being can be another name for God, as Aquinas taught, then surely Earth, our Mother in so many ways, our home so blessed and so richly endowed with beauty and life and diverse and wonderful creatures, can be another name for God.  Hildegard of Bingen sings thus:

The earth is at the same time mother,
She is mother of all that is natural,
mother of all that is human.
She is the mother of all,
for contained in her are the seeds of all….

Adapted from Matthew Fox, Naming the Unnameable: 89 Wonderful and Useful Names for God…Including the Unnameable God, pp. 59-70.

See also: Matthew Fox, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ, pp. 1-34.

To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.

Banner Image: “Legend of Aataentsic…Mother Earth” Photo by Dennis Jarvis from the MosaiCulture Gatineau on Flickr

Queries for Contemplation

What does it mean to say that “the earth is the mother of all”?  What follows from that?

Recommended Reading

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

The Coming of the Cosmic Christ: The Healing of Mother Earth and the Birth of a Global Renaissance

In what may be considered the most comprehensive outline of the Christian paradigm shift of our Age, Matthew Fox eloquently foreshadows the manner in which the spirit of Christ resurrects in terms of the return to an earth-based mysticism, the expression of creativity, mystical sexuality, the respect due the young, the rebirth of effective forms of worship—all of these mirroring the ongoing blessings of Mother Earth and the recovery of Eros, the feminine aspect of the Divine.
“The eighth wonder of the world…convincing proof that our Western religious tradition does indeed have the depth of imagination to reinvent its faith.” — Brian Swimme, author of The Universe Story and Journey of the Universe.

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9 thoughts on “The Goddess as Gaia and Our Mother”

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    The words from your dream shared in today’s DM, Mathew, “The Mother is dying”, made me think about what I could give to Her. I realized some very simple acts, things like I could play Her a song on my drum, to offer Her comfort. I could creatively paint Her a picture or write Her a poem, speaking of Her beauty and goodness. I could listen intuitively to Her wisdom and write what She desires to give voice to, reassuring Her that some do hear Her. She’s given me so much of Herself and I am inspired to give something of myself to Her, as an expression of my gratitude, my devotion, my love in return… a simple gift from my heart to Her heart, sharing the creativity of my womb with Her womb.

    1. Richard Reich-Kuykendall
      Richard Reich-Kuykendall

      Jeanette, Once again, a very beautiful comment. To give something to Her, of one’s self, as an expression of gratitude and devotion. Thank you…

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    The Divine Feminine and Her-His Creation are so Beautiful, including and especially our common humanity!!! Too bad more of us are not more deeply aware of All Our Sacred Blessings…. I can tell I have to also read Matthew’s “The Coming of the Cosmic Christ” to continue contemplatively deepening my own spiritual awareness in the Sacredness/Spirit of the Loving Present Moment in our daily lives….

    1. Richard Reich-Kuykendall
      Richard Reich-Kuykendall

      Damian, Please do read Matthew’s THE COMING OF THE COSMIC CHRIST–when I first heard him speak on this book, and then read it myself I said, “This is the fist version of Christianity that I can feel comfortable with!” It definitely rang true for me !!!

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    What follows from earth being mother of all is that we are all siblings, brothers and sisters, and that includes animals and plants and “all.” There is also a special intimate bond with the mother that is not quite like anything else. Inside us there is the deep memory that before birth we were actually one and the same with our mother.
    I also enjoyed listening to Matthew yesterday. I signed up for the course on Hildegard and I am so delighted to have this opportunity.

    1. Richard Reich-Kuykendall
      Richard Reich-Kuykendall

      Claudia, Yes, we are all related–that’s why the Lakota Sioux say, “Mitakuye Oyasin” or “to all my relations”–and we thank our Mother for this. Also, you are in for a real treat in the Hildegard class !!!

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    After Matthew’s great presentation last Wed. (Sept.22) by Zoom Webinar on “Wisdom, Grace, Love”, he recommended joining orderofsacredearth.org which I’ve already begun inquiring.
    It seems to be a great world-wide organization dedicated to Mother Earth and her children….

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