Why do I call myself a Goddess?
Because I am. And you can be too.
Goddess has become part of the common vernacular to refer to a mortal woman as a person who is strong, spiritual, powerful, independent, and fierce. A woman who is beautiful inside and out (and not defined by cis-normative beauty standards). The Urban Dictionary adds “a Goddess is a woman not like other women…she possesses some sort of uncommon spiritual element that while is cannot be solidly defined it is clearly present.”
Genie Webster defines it this way:
- A goddess invents her own life, and lives according to her own vision.
- A goddess is autonomous. She seeks no one’s approval, but listens to her own counsel.
- A goddess is passionate. She has enthusiasm that is contagious and beneficial to those around her. She raises the vibration in a group situation. She inspires others.
- A goddess is continually learning and evolving.
- A goddess is authentic. She expresses her emotions cleanly and healthily. What you see is what you get. A goddess knows her own truth.
- A goddess takes care of herself. She does not expect others to do it.
- A goddess sees her body (and the earth) as sacred, and is in tune with natural cycles. She is comfortable with her sexuality.
- A goddess has learned balance and patience.
- A goddess has learned to trust her intuition and inner knowing. She has learned to tap into this source at will.
- A goddess has learned to let go of the need to control the flow of the river. She has learned to ride the wave, and to ask for and accept help when required.
- A goddess communicates her boundaries. She is gentle but firm when her boundaries are violated. She respects others’ boundaries.
- A goddess lends her support to the work of other god/desses. She understands that what is good for one is good for all, and when one shines, the light benefits all.
- A goddess is generous of spirit, but knows her limitations and does not give more than she can afford — emotionally, financially, physically, or energy-wise.
- A goddess is comfortable with death, and has learned to let go of relationships, concepts, and possessions that no longer serve her growth“
A Goddess is a Global Thinker. She cares about all aspects that touch her own and other people’s lives… she thinks globally.” – Lisa Marie Rosetti
Tiffany Harper’s interpretation of Goddess is “a woman or one with strong female essence who embraces life with an open heart. Enjoying the mystical and rhythmic dance of her spirit. Not being afraid to open her heart and share those findings. A woman who is not envious of other women but understands that in order to improve our planet we should unite and respect one another. A woman who does not feel the need to conform to viewpoints and restrictions of no real interest to her.”
The Goddess I AM writes “It is time to re-ascend from the fall of ego-consciousness that separates one from God by judging and criticizing self and others – to identify with the Divine I AM Presence at the core of our being that naturally blesses and truly loves all “others” recognizing our Divine Beloved in all.”
“God is neither male nor female and is beyond form and duality. The Divine Essence has become a Father God figure elevated over Mother God, where man is valued over woman. The time has come to balance the male and female energies within ourselves and in our belief systems by honoring the Sacred Feminine.” –Maureen Brennan Mercier
Mercier attributes to the Sacred Feminine “the qualities of unconditional love, compassion, wisdom, gentleness, patience, accepting, forgiving, nurturing, welcoming, intuitive and healing.” While this is true, it is also true that the Divine Feminine is not limited to traditional heteronormative definitions of femininity! A Goddess does not have to always be sweet and kind. Sometimes we need to embody the Hindu Goddess Kali, the Goddess of death and rebirth. Sometimes the old has to be destroyed to make room for the new. And that process isn’t always pleasant.
Grace Cooley writes that Kali will “birth you into yourself, peel back the skin of your illusions to watch you bleed back to knowing…strip you of your own you-ness and return you to the bigness. I am not kind. But I am mercy. Not forgiving, but resolute. I know only truth in all its many forms of wildness. I am not tame-able, cannot be known and must be known…we will not be tamed, domesticated, yoked, you and I.”
“Gender Alchemy is all about balancing the Divine Feminine and Sacred Masculine gender-energies within our own Beings, and it really should happen within, so we can be complete and whole prior to externalizing it with others”
Share your Goddess energy with other Goddesses! Dr. Nikki Noce adviseshaving a Goddess circle in your life…“an awesome pack of positive, shining, confident, rock star women (aka goddesses). It’s a safe space, to celebrate, nurture, and support each other on this rollercoaster of life.”
Genie Webster proposes that “bringing attention to goddess-like women and their visions — through their work and their art — will help expand the consciousness of our society at large. It is an activity with consequence.”
Shann Vander Leek offers tips on how to rock your Goddess life.
Mary E Pritchard explains how to be the Queen of your own life.