9×12 soft pastel and gold oil pastel on Colorfix paper.
Featured in Fantasy Art, Hairstyles, The Sisterhood, Pentacle Passions, The Divine Feminine, and Unconventional Artistry
(Another Klimt inspired piece).
I am very excited right now to be hosting a new group on Red Bubble, THE DIVINE FEMININE. I have been thinking a lot about the Divine Feminine and am reading a lot of the writings that came out of the 11th to 13th centuries. These writings encompass the stories of Camelot and “courtly love”. No other works in history have celebrated the Divine Feminine more than these.
In a time where the Catholic Church was brutally stomping out anything and anyone that honored the Divine Feminine, the writers of these stories had to hide their real intentions. They wrote some of the greatest love stories and poems of all time. To the unlearned these were just romantic tales, but to the initiates of the mysteries these were symbolic tales that would keep the Divine Feminine alive in the collective conscious until the goddess was able to return.
There are many stories of Nimue and Merlin. Merlin was the greatest wizard that ever lived and Nimue was the girl he fell in love with. The stories usually have Nimue using her feminine charms to entice Merlin into teaching her all of his sorcerery and then she uses her newly learned magic to bring Merlin to his death, making her the ultimate femme fatale.
To the Church authorities this story would have been allowed because it shows how women are evil temptresses that can even bring the death of the greatest sorcerer, but it’s truth was hidden in it’s symbolism. The writers of these Courtly love tales believed that all women were to be honored as the goddess, and it was through the love of the goddess that man transcended this world and became immortal.
Merlin would have been able to predict his own death, and yet he willingly hung out with Nimue. In one tale Nimue changes him into a hawthorn tree. The hawthorn tree to the ancient Celts was the symbol for the chalice itself (the Holy Grail). It held the divine secrets of everlasting life. Therefore Merlin became one with those divine secrets by way of Nimue (the goddess).