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“The Ambivalence of Goddesses”


Photograph by John Diamond, M.D.

The most interesting recurrent image is the ambivalence of so many of the goddesses: they could help or harm, cure or curse, promote life or destroy it.*

It’s our image – our imagination, our fantasies, of the goddesses that is ambivalent because we are ambivalent about our own mothers. We love them, and we fear them.

The answer, as always, is to go Deeper, beyond ambivalence: to her Soul, the Mother she always yearned to be.


* The Concept of the Goddess, ed. Sandra Billington and Miranda Green (London: Routledge, 1996), p. 7.


Mothers & Mothering,