Another reason the archetype of the Black Madonna is reaching out to us today is that Black Lives Matter and Women’s Lives Matter and Gay and Transgender Lives Matter. It is time that the oppression of people of color and of women, gays and transgender peoples the world over must be challenged.
Racism, sexism and homophobia have ruled for long enough under Patriarchy.
The Black Madonna leads the way for she is the Universal Mother, fully accepting of the immense and praiseworthy diversity of our species in all its marvelous wonderfulness. The “Me Too” movement has empowered many women to speak out and tell the truth of their abuse in workplaces and in home. All this is a sign of the times and the Black Madonna is both listening and urging with renewed energy and passion for justice and balance.
The Black Madonna is a symbol of the return of the Divine Feminine that is so needed to inspire and empower girls, women and men also. People of all colors and backgrounds are invited to this dance of humanity in all its diversity.
We are all descendants of Mother Africa and the African Mother who mothered our species. Why should religion fight against religion or ethnic group against ethnic group when at the heart of all religion there lies a zeal to connect to the Sacred, to the One, to the All, to the Mother?
She is a Cosmic Black Madonna. From the ancient story that a meteorite struck the earth and birthed the original Black Madonna, to the story in Islam of the holy shrine made of black stone in Mecca also thought to have originated form a meteorite that fell from the heavens, called the Kaaba wherein a black Mariam, Mother of Jesus, is carved, to the 12 stars representing the 12 signs of the zodiac and therefore cosmic universality, the sense of the Cosmic Mother and the Cosmic Mary (a companion to the Cosmic Christ), many are the stories that underscore the cosmic sense that the Black Madonna awakens us to.
How important and timely is that when at this moment in history we are receiving from science a new story of the cosmos, a new creation story therefore that is universal and transcends cultural and religious boundaries? We await the findings of the Webb Telescope with excitement.
Adapted from Matthew Fox, “Forward: The Return of the Archetype in Times of Need,” in Alessandra Belloni, Healing Journey with the Black Madonna: Chants, Music, and Sacred Practices of the Great Goddess (Rochester, Vt: Bear & CO, 2019), pp. ix-xi.
See also: Matthew Fox, The Hidden Spirituality of Men, pp. 231-244.
To read a transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Banner Image: Black Madonna of Częstochowa with rainbow halos, which is similar to designs from Pride Parade in Częstochowa. Photo by KamillaŚ on Wikimedia Commons.
Queries for Contemplation
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The Hidden Spirituality of Men: Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculine
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“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