Sophia: Goddess of Wisdom, Bride of God by Caitlin Matthews

By Caitlin Matthews

Sophia, or "wisdom" in Greek, has been respected in lots of varieties all through history—from the darkish Goddess of historical Anatolia; to her Egyptian, Greek, Celtic, and Cabalistic manifestations; to her present types as Mary and the orthodox St. Sophia. within the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas, Sophia sits with God till the construction. Then she falls into topic and turns into occur in each atom, permeating all issues "like the sparks that run via charcoal," as Matthews says. whereas God is "out there," the Goddess is "in here"—the mother-wit of sensible notion and compassion on the heart's middle. This definitive paintings comprehensively establishes a practical Goddess theology for Westerners within the twenty-first century: grounding spirituality in lifestyle and the wildlife; studying to paintings playfully and play heavily; finishing the gender warfare to get pleasure from sacred marriage.

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30 How Cybele came to Rome is interesting. The Delphic oracle had been consulted concerning the Roman war against the Carthaginians; it foretold that if the Phrygian Mother were brought from Pergamum, she would aid the Roman cause. Accordingly, a deputation was sent out, and the great black stone that was worshipped as the statue of Cybele was loaded onto a ship. The ship, however, could not be moved up the Tiber but became stuck by no apparent cause. People began to mutter that the priestess Claudia was not pure.

Once out of that womb, we begin to be terrified of our origins. But one of the prophecies of Sophia is, "1 will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places. "3 Those treasures of the Divine Feminine lie deep within us, waiting to be discovered. We have only to consider the mystical experience of the Dark Night, as exemplified by john of the Cross and other mystics. Within the darkness of night or the cloud of unknowing, we discover the heart of our spirituality. This is the seed experience of spiritual growth, to be held fast in the dark earth, to suffer the coldness of winter, that germination may take place.

The reasons are not difficult to find: our technological wo rld with its po llution and unbalanced ecology have bro ught our planet face to face with its own mortality; our insistence on the transcendence of Deity and the desacralizalion of the body and the evtdcnce of the senses threaten to exile us from our planet. The Goddess appears as a corrective to this world problem on many levels. In past ages she has been ve nerated as the World Soul or spirit of the planet as well as Mother of the Earth.

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