The Dark Goddess

Julie Marks

Los Angeles, United States

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I dedicate this photograph and narrative to Sophie Shapiro
whose insight and inspiring perception have honored much
of my work. She is a gift to those who are fortunate to
know her and the “spirit” guides that fuel the power
of her healing in concert with the sparrows and what
is “unseen” in the material world. I feel blessed
to know this special and very gifted lady who has
touched my life and continues to
inspire my work.
This is another macro image of a Palm Tree Trunk. Please view this in the large format.
The last photograph
of my story, The Abducted Princess that
takes place in intergalactic space showed
Ged swimming the water tunnels on
Tandaloor to rescue
the princess before she is initiated into the Swift running
tribe who plan to brand her with the tribe’s fertility marks.
She is unaware that Ged is very close to the phylum where
the Princess is sequestered. Time is running out. The King’s
army are approaching the planet using navigation
technology to precisely locate her to return to her
father’s kingdom. His wife, the Queen has passed away and the
princess is unaware of the King’s plan to
have a royal ceremony to make his daughter Queen to replace
his deceased wife. Ged, has traveled through many solar systems risking his life to save the golden haired princess. In the last photograph he is swimming under one of the many waterways to find the phylum where the princess is sequestered. Tonight is her initiation into the Swift Running Tribe who plan to indoctrinate her using mind control after branding her with the tribe’s fertility marks. The princess is unaware that Ged is swimming under the waterways to reach the breeding pool (the graluz) before the initiation rites begin. Time is running out. There are many beasts that prey on humans who
enter the gates of Mystic Mountain to ensure that nothing can
disrupt the fertility ritual of the tribe who use mind control
to achieve their purpose. If any of their ceremonial rituals
are invaded by an intruder, he will be killed instantly. Ged
knows he must find her before the King’s royal army and
the imminent danger that threatens his survival. The Princess
feels like a caged animal knowing that at midnight, she
will unwillingly become branded as a fertile member of
the female tribe. She is walking down the path of mystic
mountain (on the left) feeling helpless and in
despair of what seems destined to be her fate. Her shadow
image represents the Dark Goddess, the final task of soul making;
that is to enter the realms of the Dark Goddess in order
to bring the secret of beauty to the world. Before the Princess disappeared, she had a mentor who taught her about
the Dark Goddess in the transformation of consciousness.
Her mentor named her the Dragon Princess and asked
provocative questions to help the young princess develop
a rich and deep knowledge of the Dark Goddess.
Her hidden presence exists in the psyches
of men and women. Seen and unseen, appreciated or
denigrated, in history, myth, and culture as well as in
individuals, the Dark Goddess carries transformative power
and feminine wisdom. The last question she asked the
princess was, how did patriachy imagine that we could survive
as individuals or as species self-exiled from her, the source of
life and death? The princess was deeply involved in the wise
teachings of her spiritual guide who skillfully and insightfully
guided her along the path of a renewed wisdom. Being with
her, the princess felt a timeless, spaceless world. She began
to see everything from two sides-the side that is totally in
life and the side that is already dwelling in an disembodied
soul.

Maybe this crisis she is facing alone in this unknown and
threatening realm is a test to embrace the Dark Goddess
that is very powerful and strong enough to guide the men
of Tandaloor into the feminine or in Jung’s terms to embrace
the anima and animus that exist in all of us.
Maybe she could hold the container in which
the tribal leaders can experience their own shadow rage
without destroying themselves or others. Before she only
focused on being rescued by a man as strong as
Ged, her spiritual companion. She had not recognized
the healing dualities that exist in herself to come to a true
sense of interdependence.She realized she needed to
let the voice of her inner wisdom speak and let go of
fear and despair.
Believing that rescue was her only option to deal with
survival and the subordination of females to the will of
the masculine psyche was an old pattern of thinking.
Her mentor had taught her that the forms (order, justice
truth) arise out of the creative matrix. This order
that rises out of chaos (as archetypal truths
rise out of the unconscious) is attributed to the
Goddess;it is not the imposed order of the
patriarcal (ego) world. The princess began
to understand that her destiny depended
on her power, the integration of light and
dark. She saw an image of the Black Goddess
Kali, the terrible one of many names, “difficult
to approach,” whose stomach is void and so can
never be filled, and whose womb is giving
birth forever to all things." -Joseph Campbell

The words of her spiritual guide appeared
to her in the form of a poem:

“It is time for the invocation:
Kali, be with us.
Violence, destruction, receive our homage.
Help us to ring darkness into the light.
To lift out the pain, the anger,
Where it can be seen for what it is—
The balance-wheel for our vulnerable, aching love.
Put the wild hunger where it belongs,
Within the act of creation,
Crude power that forges a balance
Between hate and love
Help us to be the always hopeful
Gardeners of the spirit
Who know that witout darkness
Nothing comes to birth
As without light
Nothing flowers.
Bear the roots in mind,
You, the dark one, Kali
Awesome power.”

May Sarton

Recommended Reading
The Goddesses in Everywoman: A New Psychology
of Women
Writing for Your Life
Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D.
Leaving My Father’s House: A Journey to Conscious
Femininity
Marion Woodman
Coming Home to Myself: Reflections for Nurturing
a Woman’s Body and Soul
Marion Woodman, Ph.D.
Jill Mellick, Ph.D.
Women Who Run With The Wolves
The Faithful Gardener: A Wise Tale About That
Which Can Never Die
Clarissa Pinkola Estes

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