It is important for women to have the experience of living a “virgin” existence: a maiden alone, complete in herself, belonging to no man. –Tsultrim Allione
Virgo’s Virgin Goddess is an archetype of the Divine Feminine found in myths and religions since the beginning of time. She is the Egyptian Isis, “She Who Gave Birth to the Universe.” She is the Roman Diana, “Lunar Virgin,” goddess of the sacred grove and Mother of Animals. She is the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus, the Divine child.
Virgo in Latin means “unmarried,” and, as Esther Harding has written,* the title of Virgin Goddess did not imply physical virginity, but the quality of being “one-in-herself.” Thus the Virgin Goddess is not the feminine counterpart of a male god, or even his partner. Instead she is the Mother of the World who stands alone as a divinity in her own right. This is symbolically reflected in the temple priestesses who eschewed marriage in order to perform the sacred rites and rituals of the Virgin Goddess they served.
MEDITATION: To attune to the Virgin Goddess, you may want to choose an image from history that is particularly meaningful to you. She may be the loving-hearted Virgin of Guadalupe, whose hands stream forth the light of compassion. She may be Isis nursing Horus on her lap, crowned with the crescent moon, or Diana in her torch-lit grove caring for her lively forest creatures. You may receive an image of her from your own imagination: your Virgin Goddess may be veiled with stars and mystery, or, like in a dream I once had, appear as a young, laughing, long-haired goddess who was the joyful embodiment of unconditional love.
When you have a clear image of the Virgin Goddess, imagine her seated within the temple of your heart. Like a holy rain, her qualities pour out from her, filling your being with grace, loveliness, simplicity, and, most of all, love. Experience her as the vital source of life itself, for though virginal in her integrity and completeness, she is the Mother of all creation and the original source of every being. She is the mother that you never had, or that your mother or her mother before her never had, as well. She is the one who heals you of your imperfections through the generosity of her forgiveness, and who contains you in the wide embrace of her acceptance. Her gift to you is healing love; the kind of happy, healthy affection that makes whole all that had been hidden in shame and woundedness.
After you have spent some time in communion with the Virgin Goddess, imagine that, out of love, you have dedicated yourself to her as a priestess or priest. In your devotion to the qualities that she represents, you may wish to create a ritual that celebrates her being throughout the month of September. Like all rituals, this rite will serve to remind you of that which is truly meaningful in life, marking a boundary between the sacred and the profane. Your ritual may be a silent moment each day at a certain time; words of prayer outside in nature; or an act of loving kindness for a creature in need. When you have finished designing your ritual, close your meditation with loving gratitude for your reconnection to the Virgin Goddess who is ever-present within and without.