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Power of the Feminine - Beckon the Goddess Within

Updated on February 11, 2017
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Power of the Feminine

Beckon the goddess within you and be all that you can be. A look back in history at all the great legends of mythology shows us that the power of the feminine is prominent and of the utmost importance. Even the most powerful of gods relied on the goddesses for support, love and nurturing.

Birth of Venus

Birth of Venus by 	William-Adolphe Bouguereau, 1879
Birth of Venus by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, 1879 | Source

The Goddess Within

Every woman has a goddess within her. Learn how to find that part of you which will bring forth your full potential, your True Self. The mysteries that hide within you can be your strengths, your beauty, your power and your guidance that will carry you through life with grace and confidence.

Surround yourself with the things that reflect you. Your colors, patterns, fragrances, fabrics, flowers, paintings, statues - anything that reflects the Goddess Within will induce positive energy for you and allow visitors to get to know you better by relating this beauty to you. Yet, you will still retain an aura of mystery, for they will marvel at this new you and wonder how you found your new strengths and faith in yourself. Let your dwelling become the sanctuary where you find peace and love for your Self.

Let it be the place that is totally you, your own palace. If you are married, you might want to have at least one room that you can turn into your personal sanctuary. Men can have their own special room, but, that is for another article. This article is all about you, The Goddess.

Once you know which goddess you are like, bring her essence into your home for your own empowerment. The beauty and grace of your favorite goddess can be a divinely empowering part of your life. You will find that surrounding yourself with the essence of your goddess will bring serenity and fulfillment to you -- confidence and faith in yourself will be yours when you make your home a true reflection of you. Find and express your unique beauty.

How to Find the Goddess Within

Do some research on the goddesses in ancient mythologies of Greece, Rome, Celtic countries, India, Germany, Russia or other country that appeals to you. There may already be a favorite goddess you have always been drawn to.

Each country or religious group has their major and minor goddesses. They all have counterparts, or equivalents, in other countries. For example, the Greek goddess Aphrodite is equivalent to the Roman goddess, Venus. They have the same attributes.

Learn the colors and symbols of your goddess. Do they appeal to you and make you feel good? Is your natural love in tune with Nature, like Artemis, goddess of the hunt, forests and moon?

Once you know which goddess you are like, bring her essence into your home for your own empowerment. The beauty and grace of your favorite goddess can be a divinely empowering part of your life. You will find that surrounding yourself with the essence of your goddess will bring serenity and fulfillment to you. Confidence and faith in yourself will be yours when you make your home a true reflection of you. Find and express your unique beauty.

Following are just a few goddesses and their attributes. Does one resonate with you?

Aphrodite

Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure and sexuality. She was born of the sea, arising from the waves on a fan shell, in all her beauty. Her symbols are dolphin, rose, scallop shell, myrtle, dove, sparrow, girdle, mirror and swan. The Roman equivalent of Aphrodite is Venus.

Aphrodite Fountain

Aphrodite Fountain, Mexico City
Aphrodite Fountain, Mexico City | Source

Artemis

Artemis is the most widely and deeply respected ancient Greek goddess. She is the deity of the hunt, forests and hills, the moon, and archery. She is called upon for help with women in childbirth. Artemis is Apollo's twin sister. The temple of Artemis at Ephesus was listed as one of the Seven wonders of the World. Her Roman equivalent is Diana.

Artemis, Goddess of the Hunt

The Diana of Versailles, a Roman copy of a Greek sculpture by Leochares in the Louvre Museum
The Diana of Versailles, a Roman copy of a Greek sculpture by Leochares in the Louvre Museum | Source

Cerridwen, Goddess of Magic

Cerridwen is the Celtic goddess of the moon, magic, agriculture, poetry, music, art and science. She is keeper of the cauldron. She is an enchantress, the goddess of rebirth and transformation. Her cauldron is symbolic of the spirit, knowledge, divine inspiration, sustenance and abundance.

Ceridwen, Goddess of the Moon

Ceridwen, by Christopher Williams, 1934
Ceridwen, by Christopher Williams, 1934 | Source

Flora, Goddess of Spring

Flora is the lovely, Roman goddess of flowers and spring. She is symbolic of rebirth and renewal. Chloris, a Greek nymph, is the equivalent of Flora. Persephone is the Greek goddess of spring and has the same attributes of rebirth, renewal, growth and beauty.

Flora, Goddess of Flowers and Spring

Flora by Alexander Roslin (1718 - 1793)
Flora by Alexander Roslin (1718 - 1793) | Source

On Being Seductive

Sometimes the term seductive carries a feeling of not being a "good girl". Dump that thought. Seductiveness is a natural part of being a woman. It is Divine. As a woman, we have been given the right to that seductive part of us. Of course it can be scandalous, but does not have to be. It is a woman's right to be seductive because it is a natural part of being a woman. Often, we are not even aware that it is showing.

The Divine Feminine is all woman. She is naturally seductive. Awaken and rekindle that part of you - whether you are young, elderly, in between, single, married, a mother, grandmother, you are still Woman. Embrace your Divine Femininity.

Rita Haworth as Gilda, a Natural Beauty with Natural Seductive Attributes

Belly Dancing

Now, we can not all be a belly dancer, but can learn from one how to move gracefully in slower motion and with elegance. This is not to suggest that you jump right in and try the vigorous moves and positions, but you will find that using some of those moves at your own pace can tone and strengthen your body.

After five minutes of just mild belly dance moves, you will feel the effects and a new energy in yourself - so will your beloved. To become a real belly dancer, you need to learn the right way from an experienced teacher.

Try this exercise for just three to five minutes and you will see how it can tighten your stomach muscles , make your feel more energy and make you walk with more grace:

Stand with feet about 18 inches apart. Slightly bend knees. Hold your arms straight out to each side. Begin moving your hips slowly in a figure eight pattern. That is it. After just a few rotations you will feel a new energy begin to enter you.

Belly Dancing is a Seductive and Very Creative Form of art.

Beckon the Goddess Within

The art of being feminine is not based on outward appearance as much as it comes from within. Look within, feel what is in your heart and soul. How do you think about yourself? Is there a voice in there that says you are not beautiful, not worthy, not feminine? Don't listen to it.

Or, is there a soft glowing light within that is showing you the woman you truly are - graceful, loving, feminine, seductive, wise, a true goddess of pure beauty, born of the fire within you. Now embrace that Divine Feminine and become who you are meant to be.

Write your own power poem or message to recite when you meditate or sit in repose and reflect upon who you truly are. This should be unique to you. Here are a few prompts that may help you:

- thus I come to myself...only to find deeper meanings behind the veil of mysteries

- secrets from the goddess within ... seductive, yet free from sin

- I follow the enchanting voice, the lure ... ever sweet, gently beckoning, so pure

- awaken and embrace my goddess within

Be kind to yourself. You are not only what others see in you, or want you to be, you are unique. You have secrets, you are mysterious, lovely, feminine. Your feminine power will bring more into your life than you ever thought possible, once you embrace it.

A very dear friend, a French man, once said to me, "Je t'aime encore plus quand vous aimer vous-même." (I will love you even more when you love yourself.)

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© 2015 Phyllis Doyle Burns

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      So there's a goddess within? Now if I can only let her out. Such a group to choose from. One more interesting and beautiful than the next.

      Anything that gives a woman a feeling of self empowerment is a good thing.

      I tried belly dancing once but just couldn't move as gracefully as the dance required.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 2 years ago from Washington, DC

      Ahhh, Phyllis. I love this article! It made me smile all the way through. I think I identify with Cerridwen, Goddess of the moon, which is also in line with my being a Cancer. I'd never heard of this Goddess. Thanks for this beautifully written, informative, and intriguing hub. I love the section about embracing our seductive nature and taking away the negative connotations. I also love the prompts at the end for meditations. You are amazing. Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful, interesting, and shared!

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      You bet there is a goddess within each of us, Mary. Self empowerment is a good thing - yes! I never really tried belly dancing, but just doing that one exercise is very beneficial. Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary, and the votes.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Hi Jan. So glad you liked the article. Cerridwen is one of my favorite goddesses. Danu, Irish goddess of waters and healing is the one I identify with. I am happy to know you liked the seductive nature part. It is just such a natural thing for women. Thank you so much, Jan, for your visit, your wonderful comment, votes and share.

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      MizBejabbers 2 years ago

      Phyllis, this is a lovely articles aimed at making women feel at home with themselves. My sister was a shining example of the Divine feminine. I was the tomboy. I have had to learn to be a "girl". On a deeper note, the divine feminine is being drawn back into the world after eons of over-masculinity. At one time the Goddess was dominant, then she was overshadowed by the Gods. Spiritually there needs to be a balance, and it is articles like this one that help to bring in the divine feminine. Even men need to acknowledge their feminine side. Most men do have that side but many try to repress it as somehow being gay. I'm so glad I have a man, ex-military, martial arts expert, who has a feminine side and isn't afraid to show it. Voted you up and beautiful.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Hi MizB. Thank you for contributing to my article with such a great comment. The Divine feminine is taking back her rightful place to balance the spiritual aspect of life. It is good to see you noted that. I agree with you on men and their feminine side. We each need to find that balance of our masculine/feminine within us. You are very fortunate that your man recognizes and embraces both sides. Thanks for the votes, I appreciate that.

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      Sara Sarwar Riaz 2 years ago from Michigan, USA

      What a wonderful article ! A must read for every female on this platform in order to delve into their souls and discover their Goddess within. I would identify myself with Cerridwen, Goddess of the moon, as well. A very well written and informative piece of work. Thank you for sharing.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Hi Sara. You are most welcome. I am really glad you like the article. I hope many women do as you say and "delve into their souls and discover their Goddess within." What a tremendous change for the good it can bring into one's life. Thank you so much for reading and commenting.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Beautiful photos and I enjoyed reading another unique title from you.A great message here.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      Phyllis this is a Fantastic hub... just hope there is no woman within me..LOL very detailed, informative and rich in text.. yeah this is a hub of the day type hub.. hope hubpages realizes this :).. gonna go vote for it now

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Thank you so much, Devika. I am glad you enjoyed it. I always appreciate your visits and comments.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Hi Frank. Thank you very much for such wonderful praise and the vote. LOL - I do not think there is a goddess within you, but surely some mysteries. Thanks again, Frank.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Lovely, lovely and we surely should definitely tune into this part of who we are.

      My Aunt who died at 97 was in touch with her feminine side to the end of her life. She dressed each day as if she were a goddess..and I adored her.

      Thank you for sharing this with us Phyllis.

      Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

      Voted up +++ shared g+ tweeted

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Hi Patricia. You are most welcome. To tune into our feminine and embrace that part of us is wonderful. Thank you so much for reading and commenting. I so appreciate you votes and sharing. Many hugs and blessings to you, dear lady.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Wow what a great hub! I have a Goddess in me screaming to get out! lol! loved the read and the pictures were amazing too! wonderful!

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Nell, let that goddess out. I have always admired you, your personality, that lovely smile and sparkling eyes and your creativity. So, somewhere along the way you must have let her out. Thanks for reading and commenting. I so appreciate your visits.

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Phyllis. I always enjoy your articles that focus on mythology, and learn a great deal. I loved this one…and the “goddess within us all.” Mine would have to be Cerridwen…Goddess of the Moon. “Seductiveness is a natural part of being a woman. It is Divine.” I couldn’t agree more. These are part of our cherished inner secrets of being a woman. :-) Voted up and shared.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Hi Genna. Thank you so much for the very kind comment. You are so right about "our cherished inner secrets of being a woman." This is what all women have within and to embrace it is very empowering. Thanks for your votes and sharing, Genna. Have a great day.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Wonderful and most interesting article here, Phyllis! I loved this one. I identify with Flora, I think, for I love the idea of rebirth and renewal. I do love surrounding myself with my favorite colors, art and such in my home. My husband doesn't mind for I am the one to do all the painting of the walls and we have high ceiling LOL. However, he is allowed his "man chair" and I finally talked him into the one that both he and I can live with LOL. It has style but does not leave out comfort.

      Yes, all women are goddesses and should embrace the wonder and beauty of being a woman.

      Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

      Blessings

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Hi Faith. I love your comment about your husband - what a lucky gal you are. You identifying with Flora is so apropos, for you are creative and love to renew things into new life. Thank you so much for reading and commenting.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I think we all believe we are goddessess at some point in our lives and it is a great feeling we should all cling to; to keep us young at heart.

      I emailed you but didn't hear back; just couldn't find where you told me when your surgery is but know it is sometime soon. February?

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      I agree, Jackie - it does keep us young at heart.

      I am going through my email now to find yours. 2/16

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Emailed you again, in case it went to spam last time.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Ok, I did not find the first one at all. I will check now. Thanks.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Jackie, I just sent an email. There is nothing in my email current or spam folders from you. Please reply to the email I just sent you. Thanks.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Revisiting and just noticed Gilda; that is my sister's name and one I have not heard of in my lifetime other than up there but once. The funny lady (Gilda Radner) who was married to Gene Wilder I think it was and she died several years ago.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Hi Jackie. Thanks for the revisit. I love that name, Gilda.

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