I found this little plaque of the Black Madonna of Czestochowa, at a car boot in 2002, or 2003. She was my first meeting with the Dark Goddess, shining gold and bright across and otherwise ordinary scene. She has been with me ever since in many different places, on many alters. At first, I didn’t know why I felt such a strong affinity with Her, it was more of a felt, inner, sense of something both profoundly mysterious and yet also tangible and available… something that contained a truth, one which I had faith would be revealed step by step.
Increasingly I feel more rooted in Her wisdom (and my body), and as I stand yet again on another life threshold, She steps forward once again.
We all stand on a threshold now.
She does not look happy and that makes some people uncomfortable, I can see why, She’s not your typical new age goddess, not vibrant and alive, not sexy, and apparently not powerful, but that’s just it, Her power is a hidden power, it’s not just for the taking (or the buying), there are stages, lessons, initiations, breakdowns, break throughs, rages, brokenness, separation, grief, death… and She is asking us to feel it all because until we do, we are too easily seduced by the superficial comforts of the world, the niceties, the civility, the order, the control… but things are not as they seem, behind the veils things look quite different. She invites us to take a look; we can only take so much at a time. There are times though when we need to see more… now is one of those times.
As I stand on a personal and a collective threshold I am called to step in, to follow Her through the flames. And if you feel called, I invite you to join me in a 7 week exploration- Meetings With the Dark Goddess: Finding the Seeds of Renewal- find out more here-