POETRY OF THE BELOVED
This page celebrates the sacred union between the feminine and the masculine. We recognize this union on both an energetic level as well as an embodied level, where each of us contains within us the potential for a healthy union between these two sacred energies. The deepest longing for the sacred feminine is to feel safe, protected, and encouraged to flourish and dance with the sacred masculine. Here, you will find many aspects of this sacred dance that we mean to celebrate!
Mystical Poets of Indian: Akkamahadevi, Andal, and Mirabai
There are a number of well known female mystics from India whose poetry pulsates devotional bhakti for their beloveds, Krishna and Shiva, respectively. These women defied the traditional customs and duties expected of a woman and wife while fulfilling their spiritual aims and calling to express their love in song, poetry, and pilgrimage. Ultimately, they embodied Shakti as archetypal lovers and consorts of Krishna and Shiva, but also, in their powerful ability and courage to align with their own innate sakti— their inner power—to live as a full expression of the sacred feminine, Shakti. These poets include Akkamahadevi and Andal, as well as Mirabai.
Mystical Poets of Europe: Mechtild of Magdeburg & Teresa of Ávila
The Middle Ages in Europe saw a flowering of Christian mystical poetry. This poetry exalted the love between the poet and the divine beloved and many times it was expressed as if this loving embrace and longing were between two human lovers. Of the more well known female poets are Mechtild of Madgeburg and Teresa of Ávila.
MECHTILD OF MADGEBURG
TERESA OF ÁVILA
Mystical Poets of Sufism: Rabia al-Basri
Sufism is a mystical branch of Islam. Although today the most well known and loved Sufi poets are Rumi and Hafiz of Shiraz, the poetry of the lesser-known female poet, Rabia al-Basai, is exceptionally potent and rich, and certainly worth celebrating!
Beloved Poetry of the Ancient World
The Ancient Near Eastern worlds of Egypt and Mesopotamia had rich cultural traditions that celebrated the erotic and loving relations between beloveds. A unique feature of these poems is that many are written from a woman’s perspective. While it is unclear if the poems were authored by women or men, or both, this poetry remains a powerful example of female agency and desire in a world largely marked by elite male rule.