When exactly do we transition from the Maiden Goddess to the Mother Goddess as a dominant archetype? From naivete, adventure-bound, risk-taking, wide-eyed girlishness to confident, knowing, leading, creative, being of service?
For those of us with children, it’s hard enough. Is it when we become pregnant? When we give birth to a child? When a child or partner referring to us as “Mom” stops feeling weird and eventually becomes the new normal? When we feel confident in being a mother in the world?
At least pregnancy and birth feel like an initiation of sorts that ushers us into a new phase that will change everything, even if it takes us some time to embody it.
But what about those of us without children? How can we transition to the Mother Goddess archetype? What initiation ushers us into this phase?
I realize I’ve been fully embodied in the Maiden Goddess for quite some time. And quite attached, I might add. With her beauty and sensuality, she is adored. With her naivete and wide-eyed need to be rescued, she is cared for and nonthreatening. With her thirst for knowledge and adventure, she risks and learns so much.
She is such an integral archetype within us as women. And we always have access to her, no matter how young or old we are and how many children we’ve birthed.
But when we embody her as a dominant archetype, though she allows us to seek out ourselves, to travel the depths and far reaches of discovering ourselves, she stops short at truly knowing ourselves and stepping into our power.
The confidence of knowing exactly who we are and what we can offer the world lies within the Mother Goddess archetype. And anyone can access it whether or not we actually give birth to children.
Because we can give birth to so many things – like art, creative projects, businesses, ideas, gardens, functional tools, you name it. When we create, we give birth.
I’ve now realized it’s high time I stepped into the Mother Goddess archetype. There is no reason to feel inferior to women who have given birth to children in accessing this role, though I have. It’s time for me to truly know myself and to be of service.
So – last night – I performed a Fire Ceremony to tell Spirit I was ready to transition. I was ready to let go of my attachment to the Maiden Goddess as dominant archetype, ready to receive everything the Mother Goddess archetype would bring me, and ready to step up and be of service.
I knew I was being called by Spirit to deeply embody my knowing and to sacrifice in order to serve others.
And I answered the call.