In the Fencerow: The space where wildness meets the everyday.
A fencerow is the uncultivated land on each side and below a fence, or even an uncultivated strip of land found dividing fields without the presence of an actual fence. Join me as we explore the spiritual fencerows and beyond. We will discuss lessons and observations from the countryside including herbs and herbal lore, relationship with environment and nature, finding Goddess in all Her aspects, and so much more.
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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