Tim Ward, Huffington Post, interviewed author, radio host and priestess, Rev. Karen Tate to get her perspective on Mother’s Day.
Mother’s Day is just around the corner, the day we venerate the women who gave birth to each one of us. Kind of a penance for the other 364 days a year during which women suffer discrimination, unequal pay, harassment and, in all too many cases, live in financial insecurity and fear of abuse — whether from the men in their lives, or from total strangers on the street.
So, let’s send mom flowers. First, though, let’s pause a moment and remember that it was not always this way. I wrote a book a few years back on the origins of patriarchy (Savage Breast), and discovered in the process a rich layer of early cultures from around the world that truly venerated the sacred feminine, and honored women as intrinsically entwined with the energy of life, including the full the cycle of birth, growth and death. So, this Mother’s Day, let’s contemplate the force beyond mom, the power of the feminine that gives life and that is life — that needs to be approached with respect and even awe.
What’s your sense of the planet as a whole as Mother Earth?
I see our whole cosmos as the Great Mother in her many forms. She’s like a tree with many leaves or a diamond with many facets, or the many layers of an onion. Many of us call her Isis — She of Ten Thousand Names — or we say “Isis is all things and all things are Isis.” Hindus have called Her the Sea of Being, I believe. She’s more than just the planet or an archetype or ideal. She’s cosmic and energetic forces. She’s all the threads of our interconnection, like Grandmother Spider of the Native Americans who weaves her web of existence. And we are all a part of this Feminine Consciousness.
Even men begin their lives as “female” until their chromosomes change, and patriarchy beats out their instincts to embody traits or values we have labeled feminine, like nurturing, caring, sharing and partnership. Abrahamic religions robbed humanity of our sacred sexuality and the view that the natural world is sacred. Instead, we are taught to look to our heavenly reward. When we once again realize the wisdom of going back to the old ways of the Mother, before patriarchy ruled the day, when we saw the cosmos, the earth and everything on it as sacred, we would radically change the world forever in the most remarkable ways, not just tinker around the edges.
Read the completer article: Celebrating Mother’s Day and the Sacred Feminine