Shrine of the Goddess


The nigh lands of Kingfield hold so many sacred sites…I encountered this one on my walk this morning.

Though the statue is of an angel, it seems to hold the Goddess energy.


I was just gifted this poem from a friend; it feels appropriate to couple it with this image:


If you want to change the world… Love a woman – really Love her. Find the one who calls to your soul, who doesn’t make sense.

Throw away your check list and put your ear to her heart and listen. Hear the names, the prayers, the songs of every living thing-every winged one, every furry and scaled one, every underground and underwater one, every green and flowering one, every not yet born and dying one…

Hear their melancholy praises back to the One who gave them life. If you haven’t heard your own name yet, you haven’t listened long enough.

If your eyes aren’t filled with tears, if you aren’t bowing at her feet, you haven’t ever grieved having almost lost her. If you want to change the world…

Love a woman – one woman beyond yourself, beyond desire and reason,beyond your male preferences for youth, beauty and variety and all your superficial concepts of freedom.

We have given ourselves so many choices we have forgotten that true liberation comes from standing in the middle of the soul’s fire and burning through our resistance to Love.

There is one Goddess in every woman. Look into Her eyes and see-really see if she is the one to bring the axe to your head. If not, walk away. Right now. Don’t waste time “trying.”

Know that your decision has nothing to do with her because ultimately it’s not with who, but when we choose to surrender.

If you want to change the world… Love a woman. Love her for life – beyond your fear of death,beyond your fear of being manipulated by the Mother inside your head.

Don’t tell her you’re willing to die for her. Say you’re willing to LIVE with her, plant trees with her and watch them grow.

Be her hero by telling her how beautiful she is in her vulnerable majesty, by helping her to remember every day that she IS Goddess through your adoration and devotion.

If you want to change the world… Love a woman in all her faces, through all her seasons and she will heal you of your schizophrenia-your double-mindedness and half-heartedness which keeps your Spirit and body separate-which keeps you alone and always looking outside your Self for something to make your life worth living.

There will always be another woman. Soon the new shiny one will become the old dull one and you’ll grow restless again, trading in women like cars, trading in the Goddess for the latest object of your desire.

Man doesn’t need any more choices. What man needs is a Woman, the Way of the Feminine, of Patience and Compassion, non-seeking, non-doing, of breathing in one place and sinking deep intertwining roots strong enough to hold the Earth together while she shakes off the cement and steel from her skin.

If you want to change the world… Love a woman, just one woman. Love and protect her as if she is the last holy vessel.

Love her through her fear of abandonment which she has been holding for all of humanity.

No, the wound is not hers to heal alone. No, she is not weak in her co-dependence. If you want to change the world…

Love a woman all the way through until she believes you, until her instincts, her visions, her voice, her art, her passion, her wildness have returned to her …

… until she is a force of Love more powerful than all the political media demons who seek to devalue and destroy her.

If you want to change the world, lay down your causes, your guns and protest signs.

Lay down your inner war, righteous anger and Love a woman…beyond all of your striving for greatness, beyond your tenacious quest for enlightenment.

The holy grail stands before you if you would only take her in your arms and let go of searching for something beyond this intimacy.

What if peace is a dream which can only be re-membered through the heart of the feminine, in man or woman?

What if a man’s Love for Woman, the Way of the Feminine is the key to opening Her (and His) heart?

If you want to change the world…Love a woman to the depths of your shadow, to the highest reaches of your Being, back to the Garden where you first met her, to the gateway of the rainbow realm where you walk through together as Light as One,to the point of no return,to the ends and the beginning of a new Earth…”

by Tantric Goddess Artist Lisa Citore

16 thoughts on “Shrine of the Goddess

  1. I just love how people spontaneously burst out in creativity: the shrine, your friend’s poem and your appreciation of both.

    I have to wonder if the creator of this set intended a story about the angel Gabriel since so many of his symbols are here: especially the horn and the mirror. A mirror seems like a weird item for a spiritual being. There is such a long human history of seeing mirrors as objects of vanity. So I looked it up. Every site just repeated the same phrase: the mirror is a symbol of “the wisdom of God as a hidden mystery.” I suppose this means a mirror is a combination of knowledge with wisdom: to go beyond knowing something but also -understanding- the meaning. To see how it reflects into your own life or self.

    I don’t get the red orb though. I’d love to go over there with some cookies to ask them to tell the story!

    • Debra, thanks for sharing your wonderful insights….I hadn’t thought to go that deeply, but I think you’re on to something.

      If I could figure out how cookies are baked, perhaps I will use your idea and knock on their door. Otherwise I may just show up with some macaroons from the bakery down the street.

      • This makes me think of Loreena McKennitt’s “The Mask & Mirror.” That which conceals, that which reveals… from the lyrics: “You can look at yourself, you can look at each other, you can look on the face of your God.”

  2. This poem leaves me breathless, but not speechless. 🙂 I hope you will see it from an additional perspective:

    We Gay men have long loved those strong, iconic women: Judy, Marilyn, Cher, and the rest. Admittedly, they were placed on a pedestal or idealized beyond reason, but for us, they were mirrors of our own vulnerability, our own griefs, our own shadow sides. Since the feminine is often marginalized, some psychologists feel we identify with them because of our own marginalization in society. And some people think we Gay men hate or fear living women. Aside from the outliers who do dislike them, it’s very much not not the case! I see myself in this poem even though I am uninterested in uniting with a woman except in activism or creative activities.

    • Thank you for sharing this perspective. A good reminder that we are all comprised to varying degrees of both the yin and the yang, the masculine and the feminine.

  3. Beautiful shrine! The angel resonates as Goddess for me. As for the poem, I have read that poem before…it amazed me then and it amazes me now. I wish I had read it years ago. I would love to be loved and of course to love that unconditionally, that completely.

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