The Primordial Feminine

Five Week Series: Spiral Goddess, Dakini, Shakti, Sophia, and Shekinah

The Sacred Feminine exists in all and is all. The Sacred Feminine exists beyond time and space. She was never born and she will never die. She IS primordial. She changes, and appears in an endless array of forms. Sometimes she appears with her consort or counterpart, but still, She is always sovereign.

Our inaugural Sacred She Aspects series will begin with the celebration of the Sacred Feminine in her eternal, primordial nature. While we perceive her manifestations as infinite, we offer a glimpse into Her sacred matrix. We hope that these images and quotes inspire you to dive into Her depths.


Week One: The Spiral Goddess from the Neolithic Civilizations

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According to myriad images that have survived from the great span of human prehistory on the Eurasian continents, it was the sovereign mystery and creative power of the female as the source of life that developed into the earliest religious experiences. The Great Mother Goddess who gives birth to all of creation our of the holy darkness of her womb became a metaphor for Nature herself, the cosmic giver and taker of life, ever able to renew Herself within the eternal cycle of life, death, and rebirth.
— Excerpt from The Civilization of the Goddess, by Marija Gimbuas

Week Two: Dakini from the Luminous Void & Buddhist Tradition

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Dakinis offer a feminine model that is fierce, wise, spiritual, and embodied. They give us the energy of the undomesticated feminine; they are not meek or submissive. They are luminous, subtle spiritual energy, the gatekeepers and the guardians of the unconditioned wisdom and sacred earth.
— Excerpt from "Wisdom Rising" by Lama Tsultrim Allione
Ling Gesar & Maha Deva Puja Venue: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Date: 4th, 5th & 6th June

This contemporary dakini video artwork and musical piece was a collaboration by musician Kira Kushnirova and embodiment and film artist Kalista. Their inspiration was the Red Tara (also known as Kurukulle) sacred shamanic rites of passages through the mystery of the Rose, and the blood moon. The Dakini, Kurukulle, also known as the Red Tara, is a semi-warthful diety. She is fierce in the way she loves. She is particularly associated with rites of magnetization or enchantment. She also dances in a Dakini-pose and crushes the asura Rahu (the one who devours the sun).


Week Three: Shakti from the Hindu Traditions

“The word Shakti means ‘power.’ Shakti, the innate power . . . come[s] into play in the act of cosmic creativity, when divine intelligence spins a universe out of itself, much the way a human mind creates a dream or a fantasy on its own inner screen. The cosmic creation explodes in a big bang and then evolves over millions of years as suns, planets, increasingly sophisticated life forms, and, of course, human beings. All of reality . . . is Shakti’s dance. Shakti takes form as the biological processes of our body. She acts through our thoughts and the play of our emotions. She becomes every atom and dust mote in the physical world. We are, in essence, made of Shakti.”
— Exerpt from "Awakening Shakti" by Sally Kempton
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Stay tuned For:

Week Four: Sophia from the Gnostic Christian Traditions

Week Five: Shekinah from the Mystical Jewish and Kabbalah Traditions


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