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The Divine Feminine Wears a Big Brim Hat?

A few weeks ago I was the co-host on a local radio show.  Now, keep in mind that this program is on a local college station and the college is a private, Free Methodist, liberal arts school.  Therefore, the managers of the radio station as well as a majority of the audience come from a fairly traditional, fundamental Christian mindset. When I co-host this show, I keep in mind the audience and try to speak their language without compromising who I am. The host of the program had decided to push boundaries and have a metaphysical themed show.  He fancies himself a rebel but in reality is not.

 Anyway, the main guest that evening was a woman who has written a couple of books about her channeled messages from Princess Diana and John Lennon.  Granted, I am almost always initially skeptical of such things.  I have been around long enough to know that it is possible that a given person would get messages from the other side of the veil.  On the other hand, why is it so many people seem to get messages from a select few celebrities?  Nevertheless, I proceeded to interview and ask her questions about the things she was saying in her book, particularly the one with messages from Princess Diana.  The guest wanted to just read pages from her book, which was pretty boring radio.  FINALLY, she took a breath and I was able to ask her about something she had just said. 

In her channeled messages, Princess Diana had said that while she was on earth, she was THE manifestation of the Divine Feminine.  Huh?  Wow.  Ok.  At this point I asked the writer if she could expound on that idea.  Just exactly how did Princess Diana exemplify the Divine Feminine?  The reply:  “By the good charity work I supported for children around the world, and especially my style and clothing choices.”  I don’t know…doesn’t that sound just a little bit like a typical Miss America answer?  Perhaps I am a bit jaded in my second half century.

This leads me to the thought of the day (week/month/year.)  In what manner does the Divine Feminine manifest?  Does she really manifest in large brimmed hats and enormous shoulder padded dresses?  Maybe sometimes but certainly not all time.

The Goddess comes in many different forms and manifestations.  The Divine Feminine is not about being all nice-y nice.  Sometimes, She is a mess!  When I have my hands inside a momma goat, helping her to bring her kids into the world, I am reminded of the messiness of the Divine Feminine bringing birth to ideas, principles and life itself.   When the Divine Feminine is going through cycles, it isn't always a pretty picture.  Sometimes the Divine Feminine is fierce!  Consider the mama tiger protecting her young.  I would say she is not a shrinking violet.  Certainly, the Divine Feminine is seen in acts of compassion and charity. The Divine Feminine is often the nurturer and caretaker.

One of the failings of the feminist movement, in my opinion, has been the failure to celebrate what it means to be female.  It has been more of a movement to become more “manly” then the men.    It seems to me that it has been long forgotten that one doesn’t have to lessen femininity to be equal, nor does the masculine need to be belittled either.  There are strengths in both, as well as weaknesses.  The trick is to find balance in the duality.  Furthermore, there are many different aspects of what it means to be feminine as well as masculine.

While I am out walking the fencerows I see the Divine Feminine is nearly all of her manifestations.  I also see Her represented in people of all walks of life.  The Divine Feminine might wear a large brim hat at times.  Sometimes she wears jeans and a t-shirt.  Other times, she might be wearing nothing at all!

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SophiaDawn is a typical, and yet, not so typical farm gal, a "young" crone and grandmother.  She lives in Southern Illinois, near St Louis, out in the sticks where she owns an herb, botanical and more business,"Terra Mater". She is a Reiki Master-Teacher and reads Tarot and Oracle cards.  She also has her Diploma of Holistic Health Practice from the American College of Health Sciences.  She writes a monthly column for a local magazine on herbs and alternative health.  SophiaDawn also gardens, raises goats and other livestock.  In her spare time she does all sorts of sewing and needlearts.  SophiaDawn spent a great deal of her life as a dedicated Christian but several years ago found herself on the winding path where she discovered the Feminine Divine  and the way of the wise woman, embracing the magickal world around her. 


  • Carol P. Christ
    Carol P. Christ Tuesday, 18 February 2014

    Yes indeed. People used to tell me that I (tall and blonde like Lady Di) looked like a Greek Goddess. I would respond, I suppose Greek Goddesses look like Greek women, in other words dark-haired and a hell of a lot shorter than I am.

  • SophiaDawn
    SophiaDawn Tuesday, 18 February 2014

    LOL! Isn't funny how many people create God/dess in their own image or imagination?

  • JudithAnn
    JudithAnn Tuesday, 18 February 2014

    Our human nature, or propensity to label, is no doubt responsible in part for these narrower concepts of the Feminine Divine. For me, the Divine, whether feminine or masculine is formless and not able to be fully comprehended by our mortal minds. S/He therefore comes to us in many representations of form, human, animal, plant, elemental and supernatural.
    If the Goddess Muse must come to this woman in the image of Princess Dianna for her to be able to hear the message, so bit it. Still, also in my second half century, I have to chuckle just a bit. But, I best be careful or the Goddess will come to me as Phyllis Diller, just to show Her sense of humor!

  • SophiaDawn
    SophiaDawn Tuesday, 18 February 2014

    Yes, I do agree that we humans are limited at times in our understanding. Your Phyllis Diller comment made me laugh!!

  • Sable Aradia
    Sable Aradia Friday, 21 February 2014

    I would agree that perhaps Princess Diana has become ONE aspect of the Divine Feminine for the modern culture, but I like your observation that the Goddess is often messy and fierce too. How eager some people are to forget this! Thanks for a great column.

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