Our Goddess Heritage

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Museum Meditations

Do you ever long for an ancient temple to visit or wish that there was a centuries old place full of a rich history of the feminine Divine to tap into? I don't always, but sometimes I do. I love Gaia and do feel that for the most part my worship and meditation is wherever I am; this is especially true for me when I am outdoors. While there are places I could go, temples to visit, and other gatherings, they are not always accessible.

That's when I turn to museums and art galleries to seek out a human expression of the goddess. A few years ago this was limited to the small college art gallery in the tiny town I lived in. This past year I have been fortunate enough to live near a major art museum with a classical collection. Now, I am in the process of moving again, and I don't know what I will find in my new town. So, to tide me over, I took one last trip this year to one of my favorite places, the St. Louis Art Museum.

I want to share some of my favorite images of Goddesses with you, which you can view if you ever find yourself at SLAM.

On the day I took these photos my husband and I went for a leisurely stroll through the galleries, and I let my mind wander on each goddess statue or painting that I came across. It was a wonderful, unstructured experience that also helped me to start to say goodbye to my time in St. Louis.

First, we have an 11th century piece from India. This depicts Parvati. I love her posture and confidence.

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Next, is this Daoist figure from 12th century China. She is the Sovereign of the Colored Clouds of Dawn, a goddess of wisdom and enlightenment.

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Moving back in time and across continents, we come to the Mediterranean collection. The room that houses all of the marble sculptures and ancient pottery gave me chills.

You are greeted by this life size statue of Artemis, a floating ghost with so much missing, but such lingering power and grace.

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There are also several amazing vessels festooned with imagery of women and goddesses. Here's one of Nike about to deliver a lyre to a youth who is waiting on the other side of the vessel.

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Tucked away in another case are these tantalizing, tiny statues that could be curled up in your hand and hidden away.

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The figure at the top is from Syria and dates to the 2nd millennium BC. The other figure is Greek and dates to around 1400 BC.

I could share more images with you, but I will stop here. Just posting these and reminiscing on this day has helped me as I deal with the stresses of moving. It was a wonderful experience to spend time at the museum and contemplate the history of the goddess around the world.


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Emily has a master's degree in literature with a focus on women's history and works as a writing teacher. She is a member of the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids.

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  • Kalyca Schultz
    Kalyca Schultz Saturday, 16 November 2013

    This is wonderful--I wish more people would share photos of Goddess statues and other objects from the museums nearest them. Perhaps an online Pagan clearinghouse of where to find art centered on specific Gods? I will have to post some of the breathtaking statuary I experience at the Louvre a couple years ago. I literally could not speak. They really do have Presence, don't they?

  • Emily Mills
    Emily Mills Saturday, 16 November 2013

    Thank you! That's a great idea, and the pictures could show the locations, so people would know where to go. Hmmm.. Maybe I can start something as an offshoot of my wordpress blog and get people interested. I would also include public statues, like Justice in courthouses and outdoor sculptures..

    I'd love to see what you came across at the Louvre! I do feel that some of them really have an energy about them still. There's a Buddha at SLAM that is so magnetic that it seems he will come to life at any moment. It feels like he's breathing when you look at him.

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