Here is what Selena Fenech has to say on what makes a goddess:
“A woman who is in the process of learning to know, accept and love herself on all levels, Mind Body and Spirit. A woman who, because she focuses on personal growth and self awareness, experiences a life, increasingly filled with peace, love, joy, passion and fun. A woman that understands that she has unlimited capacity to make her life anything she wants. A woman who is inspired to give to those around her our of her sense of gratitude and abundance.”
I had this conversation just recently on Facebook with those who say they know women who are goddesses. Some said that every woman is a goddess. Now I have to disagree with that because I see many who live in hatred of their bodies, who abuse their health, who treat others with disdain and are driven by the ego to always be better than.
I do believe that every woman has the potential to be a goddess, according to the definition of Selena Fenech, but I like to think of my goddesses as universal archetypes. This is how Yung describes archetypes:
“Archetypes are deep enduring patterns of thought and behavior laid down in the human psyche that remain powerful over long periods of time and transcend cultures. Archetypes form the basis for all unlearned, instinctive patterns of behavior that humankind-regardless of culture-shares in common.”
A goddess is the form that a feminine archetype may take. Goddess types represent models of ways of being and behaving that we women all share and recognize from the collective unconscious. In fairy tales this archetype may be revealed to us as a queen, a princess or a witch. In our nighttime dreams we tap into the collective unconscious whereby we access the common pool of archetypal images. Goddesses, as a feminine archetype, remain alive to this day in the psychology of women; and, depending upon which energies are more pronounced, influence her personality with a distinct character, a way of being, a way of relating in the world-a way of offering her special gifts. In other words, women are a blend of these types with particular types predominating while other qualities may be more recessive-out of her conscious awareness.
The women who I revere as goddesses are very much alive to me and they hold strong archetypes like Patricia Corner who was the High Priestess who trained me in my priestess studies, or another woman I know who holds a strong warrior in her energy. But generally, we are made up of two or three dominant archetypes, whether we are aware of them or not. That is why becoming aware of the different goddesses and the roles they play, we can then know their stories and identify those stories in our own lives and true to form, that story will unfold and play out in our own lives. Being aware of the traits and outcome of those stories gives us the power of awarness to change them if we so choose.
Do you know the predominant goddess archetype that lives in your own life and that you act out on a daily basis? I would be interested to hear your comments below: