The ultimate adventure, when all the barriers and ogres have been overcome, is commonly represented as a mystical marriage of the triumphant hero-soul with the Queen Goddess of the World. This is the crisis of the nadir, the zenith … at the central point of the cosmos … within the darkness of the deepest chamber of the human heart.
Joseph Campbell, in The Hero with a Thousand Faces
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Herein, Campbell is recounting how critical a part the image of a woman (the Goddess) plays in the mythic stories recorded in human history. Those of us who life with Mary, the Mother of Jesus, live in the tradition Campbell describes. Feminists, and many women today, do not.
Secular culture, it godlessness, it images, mass communication, ideologies and politics diminish and destroy what once was good.
Sadly, women today are divorced from their hallowed history. They seem, in the errors of “the modern feminine mystique,” required to re-invent themselves, start from scratch, be their own “creators.” This is a flawed disposition of those infected with heritage denied, story rejected no matter that it survived centuries upon centuries in all cultures.
This is a sad and foolish misadventure. Women, once, revered are, by their own doing, reduced.
Campbell says this about the sacred legacy of the woman:
” … she is the incarnation of the promise of perfection; the soul’s assurance that, at the conclusion of its exile in a world of organized inadequacies, the bliss that once was known will be known again: the comforting, the nourishing, the “good,” mother – young and beautiful – who was known to us, and even tasted, in the remotest past.”
The image of the woman, the Mother was one that gave the cosmos distinct feminine attributes – a “protected presence.” Sadly, this has changed, suffered assault and insult. Good God, we have institutionalized child sacrifice and given it legal and Constitutional protection and women celebrate this – a political victory, while for others a moral and human tragedy.
With the abandonment of the sacred identity of women, children pay deeply; and, marriages and family falter and fail – as cultures and nations follow in suit.
What a price we pay for the loss of the nature of being.