The Great Goddess
- I think I've shared before that I've been researching numerous
mythologies for several years now, and have managed to get
myself 'stuck' on the Atlantis legend. Legend seems inappropriate:
Over the past five years or so, this has been a passionate pursuit of
mine for various reasons. I think I've found Atlantis, and this
brings some satisfaction.
In the pursuit of 'Atlantis', I think I've discovered the origin of
the Great Goddess in the awareness of the mind of man. The 'answer'
has been floating in my head for quite some time, but this just this
morning it became clear to me.
The source of the great goddess and the ensuant pantheons of ever
changing god-forms: is Time.
As Heraclitus passes down to us 'one can never step into the same
river twice, therefore the only constant is change'...This concept is
governed and known to mankind as 'time' and the passage of it.
It is time who is both our friend and foe...who encompasses and
is 'all that was, is, and will be'. It is time that is and is not. It
is time that is androgenous and genderless. It is time that is
nothing... yet all things. It is time that allows for the 'rule of
three' and for the 'trinity'. It is time that gave birth to the gods
The awareness of the passage of the time...leads mankind to observe,
study, record, and create systems of measurement and prediction. It
is time which is personified in the great goddess and all of her
creations. The heavens, the stars and planets, comets
asteroids...effects on our planet and our species...all relate to
time. Mankind has built its 'theism' and religion on the heavenly
bodies and powers that be. The powers that be stem from measuring and
being aware of time. It is time that transcends from nothing to
something and yet remains nothing while it is still something.
Our inherited customs and mythologies relate to the passage of time,
and the recording of time. Pantheons relate to calendar systems and
time measurement: personified within world cultures as gods and
It is the calendar created by each culture which allows continuity
and cohesiveness and identity in that culture. It is the calendar
which dictates agricultural practice, times of war and peace,
celebration and work. It is the practice of creating a calendar
system, and therefore a mythos of origin and custom, which dictates
the creation of social order via caste and class.
It is time that orders divine law.
It is time that allows for experience, which allows for wisdom...
It is time from which the creative force springs. It is time that is
the nothing...which has been since inception of the universe and can
only be destroyed with the extinction of the universe. It is time
which coexists with all things as nothing and something that even the
gods themselves 'answer' to.
As the creative forces spring from time, dualistically so do the
destructive forces. As creative meets destructive, or as they operate
as they intend to, it is their meeting which allows for an 'inertial'
instant...a temporary existence, a life cycle if you will... As was
meets will be we experience is. Life springs from death..for without
the death of one 'thing' life cannot continue, due to the intrinsic
recycling of 'aether/energy'...of the essence, which the mind of
mankind be aware of due to awareness of 'time'.
I'm lauging sort of...I've thought, and been quite certain, that
throughout mythos birds, inferrences or references to birds and
feathers, wings etc were references and symbols for time. For
whatever reason, this morning it occurred to me 'why'. Reading and
analyzing hundreds, if not thousands, of mythos, its comparatively
easy to trace patterns of symbols...not so easy to discover the
origin of those symbols in the unfolding of mankinds awareness of his
world, and then to apply that awareness and understanding to the
context of the mythos, and then to further relate or translate that
into our modern common sense and understanding (or lack of )to our
Grateful to insight, in awe of wisdom,