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Last week we celebrated Imbolc, when everything old is new again. Of all the holidays on the Wheel of the Year, this one is most steeped in feminine mystery. It is the day we say goodbye (for now) to the Crone Goddess and celebrate the mysteries of the ever-regenerating all-mother. This day also marks the beginning to the Season of the Virgin.
In the Northern Hemisphere, the Season of the Virgin occurs between Imbolc and Beltaine. The energies during this time of year are fresh, emergent and inspired. As awakening women, we may now begin to notice the patterns of the Virgin Archetype unfold in our every day lives.
The Virgin Archetype is often misunderstood, perhaps due to patriarchal appropriation of the word. In ancient times, virgin simply meant "an autonomous woman complete unto herself." To be a virgin did not mean she abstained from sex. In fact, virgins were free to express their sexuality without shame because sex was not a form of currency, to be given away, bartered or owned by another.
The Virgin Goddess archetype will emerge anytime a woman seeks to follow her heart, pursuing her own dreams. And just as there are many faces of the Goddess, there also exist many ways to access the Virgin. For instance, in Greek mythology, three Virgins who come immediately to mind are Hestia (ruler of hearth), Athena (ruler of wisdom) and Artemis (ruler of the wild). Exploration of these three Goddesses can help women heal our primal wounds and return to our own state of wholeness. I intend to share their profiles in the coming weeks here on the blog.
In the meantime, pay attention to the ways the Virgin archetype is emerging in your own life. What do you notice? Where are you most like the Virgin? Can you reclaim your virginity in this context for yourself?
My name is Dawn Champine and I am the Creatrix of The Goddess Diaries. I am very passionate about helping women remember their REAL GODDESS selves.