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
Even if that’s just for fifteen minutes! Clearing your schedule to give yourself a “maiden moment” at this New Moon is most auspicious. To deeply align with the celestial forces this month, find and surrender to the naked feminine within.
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, first give yourself a personally meaningful role model. Visualizing a concrete image is an easy way to dial into the wavelengths of the invisible world. Your imagination is the control panel that gives you access to magical encounters. First, hop around on Google and notice which images most draw your attention. You could picture someone you know or a person from history, whoever inspires the deepest feelings. There is the loving-hearted Virgin of Guadalupe, whose hands stream forth the light of compassion. You could use Isis nursing Horus on her lap, crowned with the crescent moon, or Diana running with the hounds in her torch-lit grove. You might get an image 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.
However it comes, when you have a clear image of your Virgin Goddess, imagine her seated within the temple of your heart. Her qualities pour out from her, like holy rain, filling your being with grace, loveliness, simplicity, and, most of all, love. Experience her as the vital source of life itself. 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 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, from your love, you dedicate yourself to her as a priestess or priest. In your devotion to the qualities that she represents, you may receive an intuition of a small daily habit or rite to celebrate your connection with the Divine Feminine until the next New Moon.
As with all ritual, this rite can serve to remind you of what is truly meaningful in your life, marking a boundary between the sacred and the profane. Your “virgin habit” may be a silent moment each day at a certain time; words of prayer while cavorting 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 connection to the Virgin Goddess who is ever-present within and without.
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