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Who Is the Great Goddess in Wicca?

Learn who the Great Goddess is from Wiccan High Priestess Phyllis Curott in this Howcast video.


The Great Goddess is the name that we've given to the divine feminine. Which is the missing half of everything, the Great Goddess is the missing half of everything. Western religion has lost track of her, several thousand years ago. And ever since then, [laughs] we've been jumping further and further off the rails. She has historic precedence for all of us, and is returning. It's the term that we use for the divine feminine principle, the universal feminine, the other half of the masculine principle. We anthropomorphize the Great Goddess, she has human qualities, just as we have, sacred qualities, right? She's the metaphor for which we relate to the divine feminine energies.

They have to deal with a full range of qualities that we discern as individuals, and think of as human characteristics. Strength, the capacity to be a warrior, to defend children, or the land. She's nurturing, she's the Goddess, she's fertile, and creative, and sexual, and she's the crone, she's wise, and ancient. So the Great Goddess is the title that is the umbrella, that is the over-arch, of continuity between that full range of qualities of being, of feminine being. Which have, many of which have been thought of as masculine. There is a question that comes up a lot now, was there a great matriarchal culture, was there a single Great Goddess, and that doesn't seem to be born out. By careful archaeological digs and analogical studies of language. But, there was no one unifying Goddess because their were distinct cultures. But each of these early pre-christian cultures, including the early Hebrew culture had a Great Goddess, had a divine feminine. And that in turn would sort of, break into these various characteristics and figures that embodied the various characteristics.

She is returning, the most important thing about the Great Goddess is that, she's a mirror in which woman can see themselves reflected. And she's a source for men of aspects of themselves, that the culture hasn't honored. The creative impulses, the erotic impulses, the playful impulses. She's a muse to men and for many men, she's a lost part of themselves as well, that is being rediscovered.

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