Beautiful Goddess

“Butterflies represent transformation. They evolve from a caterpillar into a beautiful, wondrous being – much like a woman finding her inner goddess; her personal power.” ~ Nicole Graham

Many cultures believe in the Goddess, or the Divine Feminine. If you are not familiar with her, think of her as the female aspect of the masculine creator God found in many organized religions.

In physical terms, Goddess is, essentially, the land. The mountains are her breasts, the hills her belly, the vales and ravines her secret places and the rivers her blood. She holds the secrets of life and death, of fertility and regeneration. She ages and renews herself with the changing seasons.

In the Celtic tradition, Goddess holds three aspects within herself, or three stages of the cycle of life. Maiden, Mother and Crone, her faces mirror the seasons and humanity itself:

Courtesy of Natasa aka UnripeHamadryad
Courtesy of Natasa aka UnripeHamadryad

Maiden represents spring, and youth and puberty. This is the time of fresh beginnings, of innocence and discovery. She symbolizes the repeating cycle of birth and rebirth, the waxing moon and the crescent moon, enchantment and seduction.

Mother represents summer, and adulthood. This is the time of active creation. She symbolizes blazing noon, reproduction and fertility, the ripeness of life, the full moon and the high point in all cycles.

Crone represents winter, and old age. This is the time of death and the end of cycles. She symbolizes the night, the time when life rests before rebirth, the waning moon and the new moon, and the deepest mysteries and prophecies.

In spiritual terms, Goddess is our loving mother. She guides and watches over us. More than that, however, she is us—and we are her. Every one of us women in our lifetimes will be a maiden, a mother, and a crone. Sometimes literally, sometimes figuratively. In each cycle, we are as beautiful as a fresh spring morning, as glorious as the sun setting over the ocean, and as mysterious as a bright full moon on a cloudless night.

Goddess shows us that we are all equally beautiful, equally sensual, equally worthy. The female form is something to be worshipped all on its own. Our bodies, regardless of size or color, offer love and life. We nurture with our bodies, and can not only offer great pleasure, but also receive great pleasure.

If you’re a frequent visitor here, you’ll remember that I’ve been on a personal journey of self-discovery and transition. If you’re not a frequent visitor, well, now you know.

There are days when I still have trouble saying, “I love you,” to the woman standing in the mirror, but thank Goddess there are many, many more where I can say it with passion, mean it, and sometimes even throw out a wink 😉

Goddess is not only one hot mama, she is wise. Sometimes we think life is this crazy rollercoaster ride of coincidences, but if you’re paying attention, you’ll see that she’s always giving you signs. It’s up to you whether you follow them.

I will never give up on myself. I will question my journey. There will be nights when I cry myself to sleep. But I will wake up, I will continue to move forward. Because not only do I have great value to offer my children, and the world, but I have great value to offer myself every time I look in the mirror.

Just as Goddess is the land, so too is she each one of us. I see her in my reflection. I see her in my two gorgeous children. Look into your eyes. You will see her there, smiling back at you.

August McLaughlin ~ Beauty of a Woman 2014
August McLaughlin ~ Beauty of a Woman 2014

~ We are beautiful. Goddess made us so. ~

“Complete ownership of ourselves and all our gifts is the price that beauty exacts.” ~ Mama Gena, School of Womanly Arts

This post is brought to you by August McLaughlin’s Beauty of a Woman blogfest.
Celebrate the beautiful women in your life!

30 thoughts on “Beautiful Goddess

  1. I’m so glad I can by here today – I think I needed to read this post! (Was it a sign, or what?) There’s so much limitation in the traditional patriarchal explanations of the world I heard growing up, which honestly seemed like simple lore to me. The symbolism you explained at the beginning makes more sense, and is just as valid, to me. I hope to carry your last paragraph with me. Thanks!

    1. Thanks, Raelyn! If you think about it, you can see the stages of the Goddess in yourself throughout the year, or month, or even day. It’s fascinating to me to really focus on it and see all of the wonderful ways She exists in and around us. I’m so glad you enjoyed the post 🙂

  2. I love that first quote, and I find this post jam packed with fascinating information I’d never heard about before. Love the symbolism of Goddess in the land. Very cool. Best wishes for a joyful, peaceful journey in self-discovery which leads to you being able to say “I love you” every day without hesitation when you look in the mirror, for you are, indeed beautiful and lovely.

  3. Thanks for giving us a completely different vision of beauty. I’m familiar with Goddess imagery and archetypes. I particularly like the idea of cycles–maiden, mother, crone–and how they relate to nature. Best wishes on your journey!

  4. Mathair and I were wondering when/where the Triple Goddess would arise in this female empowering blogfest. So glad you decided to spotlight her, Kate. Mathair and I love your post and the self-awareness you’ve promoted. Finding yourself is a journey a lot people are too scared or are unwilling to make. Sometimes the journey takes a lifetime, sometimes it’s right around the corner, but you have to have the courage to make that first step. So inspirational that you have begun that journey and are sharing that with us. Happy BOAW

  5. Thanks for talking about the Goddess! In my best moments, there she is shinning right through me saying the most amazing things. In a woman’s circle I have attended, the women chant at the end of the ritual, “The Goddess loves Her women!” It’s so affirming and powerful.

  6. Oh, Kate, I love, love, love this post! You are Goddess-like! You’re beautiful inside and out, my sweet friend. I’m so proud of you and happy for your transformation. Your sistas all knew you could do it and you are! This is such an inspiring post. I’m sharing it and saving to savor all over again! xo

  7. What a beautiful post Kate. I’ve alway been interested in the triple goddess. I love how you remind us that she is within us all and she should be loved and nurtured. Great great post!

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