* Foremothers of the Women's Spirituality Movement
The Divine Feminine began to gently enter my being during my early 20s. I didn’t even realize what was happening at the time, and yet I was guided to connect with Spirit as I never had before. I felt her loving presence in nature. The female form became a common motif in my artwork. I embraced my independence and felt joyful to take care of myself. Looking back, I don’t know where this influence came from. I didn’t know about women’s groups or have any “goddess” girlfriends. I hadn’t read any goddess-focused books. Now that I look back, I think I was tapping into the collective consciousness of women who revered the female aspects of a higher power and her many forms, and their own feminine presence on the planet. I was feeling the wave of the Women’s Spirituality Movement.
The Women’s Spirituality Movement emerged in the late 1970s, when a handful of women around the USA and Europe answered an inner-calling to share information about earth-loving, community-focused, goddess-rooted spirituality and new discoveries of ancient women’s history. These remarkable pioneers facilitated the experiences that helped the lay women to commune with the Feminine Presence. They taught us the value of feminine principles, and encouraged us to appreciate our own innate gifts as women.
By the 1980s, clusters of women around the world began to recognize the feminine face of God, and grew fearlessly and proudly into their own true natures as women. The consciousness of these goddess-inspired women spread as more and more women heard the voice, or felt the touch, of Goddess.
Today we honor these remarkable founders of the Women’s Spirituality Movement with the book Foremothers of the Women’s Spirituality Movement: Elders and Visionaries. Edited by scholars and authors (and Foremothers, themselves) Miriam Robbins Dexter (Wence the Goddess, Sacred Display) and Vicki Noble (Shakti Woman, Double Goddess), this anthology features articles from many of the most influential and studied teachers, authors, scholars, artists, priestesses and activists of this vital Movement. Contributors including Riane Eisler, Starhawk, Carol Christ and dozens of others, paint the picture of their inspirations, challenges and achievements. They take us back to an exciting time when women’s empowerment was on the rise, and when our culture began to shift as a result.
I began to discover some of the life-altering works of our Foremothers in the 1990s, after I was introduced to the female-honoring principles of Tantric Yoga. My thirst for information about goddess-focused cultures was intense, and I was blessed that many books on the subject were available. Many were written by these Foremothers. With each book I read and every woman’s circle I attended, I became more connected with a feminine Higher Power and learned of her myriad forms. I grew more and more appreciative of my own innate, womanly gifts and more proud of being a woman. My life was positively changed by this information, and I was directed to discover my purpose. I’m grateful for the work of our Foremothers to uplift women and save Earth.
Foremothers of the Spirituality Movement comes at a crucial time when feminine energy is still greatly needed to balance the masculine energy that dominates the planet. It reflects the gains of women over the past thirty years, and inspires us to continue to integrate feminine principles into our money-honoring, earth-abusing culture, so that we continue to grow as women and thrive as a species.
This book is a must-read for women of every age, including women who have been practitioners of women’s spirituality for years, and those who are just beginning to hear the call of the Goddess.