The Sacred Feminine, or Divine Feminine, is the concept of an archetypal feminine energy that exists in all things, a counterpart to archetypal masculine energy. This energy consists of traditionally feminine qualities and traits such as intuition, collaboration, compassion, nurturing, and heart-centered wisdom. Within spiritual circles, there has been a resurgence of interest in the practices of matrilineal cultures honoring the Sacred Feminine, which are seen as less restrictive than the Father-God belief systems that have dominated culture for thousands of years. Many seek out the Sacred Feminine as a means to balance the male-centric aspects of modern-day society, challenging the strictures of the patriarchy by bringing a more collaborative and inclusive mindset to bear in their lives.
Myths are fascinating stories that become even more intriguing when we realize that they can reveal intimate truths about ourselves and others. Jean Shinoda Bolen brings the Greek pantheon to life as our inner archetypes and applies the power of myth to our personal lives.