Feminine Power (female myths and cultural beliefs about the mystical and awe-inspiring power of women through the ages) has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years.
The fascination with a theory that the world was once ruled by the Divine Feminine has prompted us to reconsider our perceived ‘weaknesses’ as strengths.
Archeological Evidence of Female Strength
Toward the end of the 19th century, it was discovered that most civilisations before a certain point had an almost exclusively feminine iconography.
Around 1.5 million years ago, women were revered as priestesses. Archaeological evidence such as ancient Venus statues support this theory.
The dominance of feminine imagery in the neolithic period has been found worldwide, from Japan to Old Europe, the Near East and the Indus Valley.
Scholars and academics have since scoured history books for tales of the queen-priestess of Minoan Crete, the legends of the Amazonian women, the Germanic tribe of the Sitonians, the Cham of central Vietnam… anywhere and everywhere for evidence of matriarchies, and, crucially, whether they were something to emulate.
The earliest known creation story is the pre-Hellenic Pelasgian Creation Myth, which depicts the creation of the universe by Eurynome, the Goddess of All Things.
“When above the heavens had not been formed, when the earth below had no name, Tiamat brought forth them both. Tiamat, Mother of the gods, Creator of all.”
So begins the earliest known account of the creation of the world.
The Strength of Maternal Instinct
“In matriarchies, mothers are at the centre of culture without ruling over other members of society,” explains matriarchy expert Heide Goettner-Abendroth to Dame magazine.
“The aim is not to have power over others and over nature, but to follow maternal values, ie to nurture the natural, social and cultural life based on mutual respect”.
Catherine Edsell, founder of Matriarch Adventures, says that the idea of matriarchal societies is “of women living a more egalitarian lifestyle, with strong community bonds and a healthy bartering system that is supportive rather than exclusive; wise rather than merely strong”.
She stresses: “I don’t see it as a society that oppresses men; more a society that values instinct as much as intellect, receptivity as much as assertiveness, collaboration as much as individualism and empathy as much as objectivity.”
Far from primitive, these cities had Matrifocal pre-Minoan Crete, a society with great multi-storeyed palaces, villas, farmsteads and harbours, with advanced transportation. This was a society where the feminine image was vastly preponderant.
Archaeologists are also struck by the marked absence of signs of warfare, in sharp contradistinction to all comparable societies in which the male image predominated.
Europeans, they claim, worshipped a matrifocal, sedentary, peaceful, art- loving goddess 5,000 to 25,000 years before the rise of the first male-oriented religion.
Matriarchal civilisations were only dismantled around 3,000BC, when the balance shifted, and – so scholars believe – society was thereafter dominated by men.
The goddess and notion of feminine power was slowly edged out and the god edged in. W. R. Smith points out that the goddesses of the ancient Semites “changed their sex and became gods” in historical times, while Atea, the supreme God of Polynesia, was a Goddess as little as 500 years ago.
This matriarchal contsruct stretches back through prehistory to the very origins of the human race and were not crude reversals of patriarchal power, but models of peace, plenty, harmony with nature, and, significantly, sex egalitarianism.
So What Can We Learn From These Ancient Societies?
Our creativity, our emapthy, our sensitivity and nurturing spirit are strengths, not weaknesses.
Often viewed as superfluous within the business world, these characteristics are actually our tools to achieve harmony, balance, growth and connectivity.
There is a resurgent, urgent recognition of the feminine power once again; exactly what is needed to rebalance our social dynamics.
We are witness to a resurgence of feminine spiritual practices, from earth connection to crystals and full moon rituals capturing the Insta feeds of ‘it’ girls and glossy, mainstream fashion magazines alike.
Pagan practitioners are identifying as feminists and the social conversation speaks of the ‘Century of the Female’, gender parity and #MeToo as a war cry not unlike the brave Amazons of the past.
How To Use Your Feminine Power
1. Remove the conflict from everyday
Matriarchy was not about ‘female rule’, but rather, principles and values where both sexes work together to promote human wellbeing, and by nourishing the weak and vulnerable, society could become stronger overall. Draw on your natural ability to empathise as a powerful way to connect with others and resolve conflict.
2. Let nature be your teacher
Matriarchal cultures use growth as a construct on which to base society. As plants grow from seedlings, trees from transplanted branches, the sea from a trickle of water and mountains from a clump of earth, so do people. Take up gardening, wander through a park or take your tribe camping to re-experience the earth’s symbology and ground yourself to further connect with your intuition.
3. Stay in your heart
No civilisation survived without conflicts, jealousies, and misunderstandings, but when conflicts occurred, matriarchal communities would not have been resolved by violence, as both men and women would have been taught that sharing and generosity of spirit are the best ways to resolve conflict.
It is our ability to connect with others on a deep level that form the tools for prosperity and happiness.
Understand that your feminine spirit is a powerful and unique source of strength – in business, at home, in life.
Maternal qualities chartered the rise of the first civilisations. So embrace those empathetic, intuitive and sensitive parts of you and aknowedlge that they are your source of strength!
About the Author
Alina Berdi knew early on that her life’s calling was to help empower women. Now, with more than a decade of coaching and consulting experience to her name, she has emerged as one of our most respected and trusted guides and coach to many of Australia’s most successful women. As our lives have been faced with tremendous amounts of pressure from all areas, the vast majority of women tend to feel more and more cut off from their inner goddess selves. A practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and a student of Tantra, Alina’s insights into life and love have seen her regularly contribute to a number of popular publications including Cleo, Cosmopolitan, Body and Soul and Madison.