Yesterday I shared my experience at the Sophia Institute speaking on “Wisdom, Love, Grace” which necessarily had me speaking to the Divine Feminine whose most prominent title is Wisdom.
During the Q&A session after my talk, one woman spoke up and said that she was Jewish and that she has had many dreams of late and visits from the Black Madonna. She wondered what was going on.
I can assure everyone that lots of people have been having visitations from the Black Madonna in our lifetimes. Just recently I was approached by Christena Cleveland, an African American psychologist and theologian, who is writing a book entitled: God Is a Black Woman. She has made pilgrimages to the Black Madonna shrines in southern France and has had powerful experiences there that she recalls in her book.
The Black Madonna, after all, is 1) female and 2) black. Thus she stands for the return of the divine feminine and also for the rise of the wisdom of people of color everywhere, and for the origins of the human race in Africa.
I will never forget that in our YELLAWE program for inner city high schoolers in Oakland, one day I was telling the story of how all humans came from Africa and a 14 year old black boy shouted: “Are you telling me that Adam and Eve were black? No one ever told me that before. I never heard about that.”
There are lots of things that patriarchy has not taught us about; and that white culture has not taught us about; and that the churches, both black and white, have not taught us about. So the Black Madonna is returning and we all ought to be paying attention about the messages she is sharing with us.
See Matthew Fox, “The Green Man and the Black Madonna: Sacred Marriage of Nature,” in Fox, The Hidden Spirituality of Men: Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculine, pp. 231-244.
See also: Matthew Fox, “The Return of the Black Madonna: A Sign of Our Times or How the Black Madonna Is Shaking Us Up for the Twenty-First Century” on MatthewFox.org.
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Banner Image: “Black Madonna” Postal Stamp, Haiti. Image by jovike is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0
Queries for Contemplation
Is it striking to you that Jewish people as well as many others, Christian and not Christian, are encountering the Black Madonna today? What do you think that is all about? Are we listening?
The Hidden Spirituality of Men: Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculine
To awaken what Fox calls “the sacred masculine,” he unearths ten metaphors, or archetypes, ranging from the Green Man, an ancient pagan symbol of our fundamental relationship with nature, to the Spiritual Warrior….These timeless archetypes can inspire men to pursue their higher calling to connect to their deepest selves and to reinvent the world.
“Every man on this planet should read this book — not to mention every woman who wants to understand the struggles, often unconscious, that shape the men they know.” — Rabbi Michael Lerner, author of The Left Hand of God