“Godwoman” a Deity of Prime Importance

“Godwoman” is a deity of prime importance, along with her consort the Horned God. Within many forms of the Godwoman has come to be considered as a universal deity, more in line with her description in the Charge of the Godwoman.  In this guise Godwoman is the “Queen of Heaven”. Godwoman also encompasses and conceives all life. Similarly to Isis and certain late Classical conceptions of Selene, she is the summation of all other Godwoman, who represent her different names and aspects across the different cultures. Godwoman is often portrayed with strong lunar symbolism, drawing on various cultures and deities such as Diana, Hecate, and Isis, and is often depicted as the Maiden, Mother and Crone.  Many depictions of Godwoman also draw strongly on Celtic Godwoman. Some believe there are many Godwoman, and in some forms notably Dianic, Godwoman alone is worshipped, and the God plays a very little part in their worship and ritual.

Godwoman or Demi-Godwoman appear in sets of three in a number of ancient European pagan mythologies; these include the Greek Erinyes (Furies) and Moirai (Fates); the Norse Norns; Brighid and her two sisters, also called Brighid, from Irish or Celtic mythology.

Considerable variation in the precise conceptions of these figures exists, as typically occurs in Neopaganism and indeed in pagan religions in general. Some choose to interpret Godwoman as three stages in a woman’s life, separated by menarche and menopause. Others find this too biologically based and rigid, and prefer a freer interpretation, with the Maiden as birth (independent, self-centred, seeking), the Mother as giving birth (interrelated, compassionate nurturing, creating), and the Crone as death and renewal (holistic, remote, unknowable) — and all three erotic and wise.

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