“The Goddess in America: The Divine Feminine in Cultural Context” by Trevor Greenfield— An Anthology

the goddess in america

Greenfield, Trevor. “The Goddess in America: The Divine Feminine in Cultural Context”, Moon Books, 2016.

An Anthology

Amos Lassen

Nineteen writers have contributed to “The Goddess in America”, a new anthology that “identifies the enduring experience of Goddess Spirituality through a four-part discussion focused on the Native Goddess, the Migrant Goddess, the Goddess in relation to other aspects of American culture and the Goddess in contemporary America”.

We read about the many faces of Goddess in America— from the indigenous and the imported, to the “rewritten” goddesses We also learn of Goddess as perceived by American feminists, psychologists, shamans, Christians, and others

I must admit that I knew nothing about The Goddess religion in contemporary America but have learned that it is a growing and very necessary spiritual movement in a country where there has never yet been a female head of state (Of course with the new election that could well change). Forty percent of American households are run by women who are the sole providers, yet women still do not receive equal pay as do men. American women often find themselves in a warrior society and are just beginning to reclaim “the status their ancestral mothers once enjoyed when Goddesses shared the dais with Gods”. Here we meet Native American Goddesses who teach the lessons of humility, self-sacrifice and connection to the Earth and her creatures. We gain awareness that the sacred feminine dwells within the soil and the Moon, meaning that abuse of the Earth is essentially the same thing as abuse of the Goddess.

America has always been an immigrant society and those American women who seek a Goddess must decide whether to adopt the native Goddesses of this land, invent a completely new path, or honor their own ancient lineage based on their distant DNA. We read of “reconstructionists” who urge us to speak to a Goddess in her own language, whatever it may be and this is because words have power and by speaking to the goddess, we honor a deity. It is important to read those primary sources and return to our culture what we have leaned from it. We get a look at Voodoo, Minoan religion, and Hebrew and Canaanite Goddess tradition. The Christian Divine Mother has her place here along with Brighid; the Mary of the Gael. Modern media Goddesses (Marilyn Monroe and Angelina Jolie to name just two), are powerful Goddess archetypes along side other strong women such as Amelia Earhart, Harriet Tubman and Eleanor Roosevelt. No sex-drunk nymphs enter these pages. The Goddess of the Witches and Druids are seen as a powerful eco-feminist and her priestesses are mature champions of social justice as well as healers and ritualists and weavers of change.

This is a collection of astute new voices with fresh visions and they take ideas forward. Contributors here include serious writers who want to see women achieve what they deserve.

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