The Black Madonna, Magdalene, and the Deep-Feminine Mysteries at Sophia’s Children.
Those are just a couple of the names, across so many cultures and times.
One of the most popular themes, along with the Empaths & Sensitive Series, are my articles on the the Black Madonna, Sophia, and the Mysteries of walking the Via Feminina … and Via Transformativa!
(They’re among my favorites, too, so we’re ‘in sync’ on that. Thank you!)
Many of the posts at Sophia’s Children have their roots in the rich, dark soil of my Via Feminina initiation journeys after I was konked over the head and dragged into the Underworld … er, I mean called back into remembrance and re-embodying of and stepping into a renewed role as a Keeper of the Flame for the Sacred Feminine.
But there are also a collection of posts where I wrote specifically about the Black Madonna, Sophia, Lilith, the Magdalene, Cerridwen, Dark Aphrodite, Durga, and others.
And I created a collection of Divinely Feminine audio workshops & other Feminine Mojo-stirring resources as well (including several on the Black Madonna Etc.), and now work with a small circle of devoted emerging Waykeepers in my very personalized Ways of Wisdom Apprenticeship Program.
For online inspiration here at Sophia’s Children, here’s an index to many (if not all) of my musings on the deep Feminine Mysteries, the Via Feminina journey, Sophia, and the Black Madonna.
To start, you’ll find a couple of short excerpts from a gathering of Divine Feminine-stirring posts, and then you’ll see a whole list of posts if you’re really feeling the call to immerse.
You’ll also find mention of The Feminine Mojo Mystery School program archive — a collection of one-of-a-kind, Divine-Feminine-activating programs and audio workshops I created, available now to Ways of Wisdom apprentices who really feel the call.
For information on those, send me an email – jamie ‘at’ sophias-children ‘dot’ com.
Excerpts from Select posts:
“The New Venus, New Woman, is Venus become one with Persephone her deeper nature. She emerges as the Woman of Revelation “clothed with the Sun” who brings new feminine consciousness, an artful mindfulness and imminent being that is here and now, beyond words, fully aware.” ~ the late Steve Nelson, Gaiastrology
In our mythic stories, Persephone — among others — symbolizes and speaks to us about the innocent ‘maiden’ Feminine that, through the spirals of initiation and Underworld-born mastery, emerges as the initiated Wise Woman, the wise Feminine.
Read the full Sophia’s Children post The New Venus: The Rise of the Initiated Wise Women
A few more recent Black Madonna posts:
• The Black Madonna Connection
Find Feminina-Soul-stirring inspiration in the following selections (with links to full posts).
“Persephone, like Inanna, is such an important mythic and archetypal story about the epic Underworld Journey and initiation into our deep-Feminine wisdom.
Some of us experience a real-deal Dark Night of the Soul, a true Underworld Journey, as we’re shaken free of false conditioning and stripped of the survival-armor we’ve adopted to hide away our deeply Feminine, deeply Medial Feminine nature, gifts, and sensitivity.”
From my Persephone’s Underworld Journey and Deep Feminine Initiation post.
“What’s feared is hidden, and what’s powerful is hoarded, and both are true relative to the Black Madonna. She is Christianity’s largely unknown Dark Goddess, drawn from much older pre-Christian traditions. She has come to symbolize what’s hidden or marginalized, whether through suppression or oppression.”
“But just because we don’t know about her doesn’t mean her influence isn’t present in our lives.” ~ from The Black Madonna’s Calling
“There’s a reason, from what I’ve gathered, that many (most) people don’t know about the Dark Madonna (a term used interchangeably with the Black Madonna). And if it does come to you, and it does intrigue you, well that’s interesting, too.”
“The Dark Feminine is that which can’t be accessed by our rational, linear, ‘five senses’, supposedly ‘concrete world’ processes.
It’s the territory of the other senses, seeing with your ‘other’ eyes, and becoming a traveler between the worlds or dimensions.
The calling almost always, no, always, includes some sort of initiation. The old mysteries had rituals for that; in Western culture, we have the dark night of the soul, for a lot of reasons.”
~ from the Sacred Feminine and the Black Madonna, a post in which I share some of my personal experiences from France and Barcelona.
“Rilke’s words reflect a deep knowing about the energy of the Great Mother, Sophia, the Black Madonna.
“To whom shall I turn, if not the One whose darkness is darker than night, the only one who keeps vigil with no candle, and is not afraid…”
We get a sense of why the Black Madonna, as one symbol of the Great Goddess, the Divine Feminine, is associated with freedom from that which oppresses our Divine nature.
Because She is not afraid …” ~ from Rilke & the Black Madonna
“In The Dark Places of Wisdom, Peter Kingsley writes,
“If you’re lucky, at some point in your life you’ll come to a complete dead end.
Or to put it another way: if you’re lucky you’ll come to a crossroads and see that the path to the left leads to hell, that the path to the right leads to hell, that the road straight ahead leads to hell and that if you try to turn around you’ll end up in complete and utter hell.
Every way leads you to hell and there’s no way out, nothing left for you to do. Nothing can possibly satisfy you anymore. Then, if you’re ready, you’ll start to discover inside yourself what you always longed for but were never able to find.”
I completely understand what Kingsley is talking about here.
I didn’t go into the Dark Night, or dark places of Wisdom, by conscious choice. I went kicking, protesting, weeping, and clawing at whatever seemed ‘secure’ and ‘permanent’, which didn’t end up being very much (at least according to what we’ve been taught to define as ‘secure’ or ‘permanent.).
And I don’t think I’ve seen a clearer description of that ‘crossroads’ – the place that Dante referred to when he wrote “In the middle of the road of my life I awoke in the dark wood where the true way was wholly lost.”
This is the territory of Sophia, the Black Madonna, the Dark Goddess. She of Many Names.” ~ from In the Dark Places of Wisdom
“Many people find the Black Madonna or Dark Goddess frightening. Indeed, fear of what Black Madonna-Dark Goddess represents is one major factor in the suppression of the Whole Divine Feminine, and the backlash of cruelty and violence that seems to accompany the fearful efforts to control that power.
But is the Black Madonna and Dark Goddess frightening?
Listening to certain teachers, who go on at length about the suffering, the crucifixion, the Dark Night of the Soul that the Dark Mother drags you into before making you burnt-toast, it becomes clear why some might be terrified by Her even while being called to deeper exploration.
My perspective differs a bit, though it’s one that emerges, ironically, only after a deep, Dark Night over which I was made burnt-toast, and the first tentative steps towards integrating the wisdom gained from the Underworld-Upperworld journey.
Let me share it by starting with a story, and a realization about the purpose of the fear and the ‘scary masks’ …” ~ read more in The Scary Black Madonna?
“The real surprise, as I wandered through the beautiful cathedral was coming upon a chapel dedicated to prayer for ‘prisoners of conscience’, which featured a stunning stained glass window. (See links in the full article.)
Looking over this chapel, dedicated to mindfulness of and prayer for those who are being held prisoner throughout the world, was a Dark Madonna, appearing unexpectedly, as She often does.
For any who know the archetype of the Dark or Black Madonna, and the many things She symbolizes, you will know that there is no more appropriate place for Her than this space dedicated to those who have been forgotten, who are being held captive, who are being treated cruelly.
To those who are lost to the awareness of many but who live still, yearning to be remembered, wanting beyond anything else to be liberated, freed, living once again in the Hearts of all, out in the open.
The Dark Madonna stands for many things in addition to this.” ~ from Aqua Sulis & the Dark Madonna of Salisbury
A Roster of Black Madonna & Feminine Mysteries posts:
(Some are from the deep-archives of Sophia’s Children, the early days, and others are here on this Sophia’s Children site (the post-Typepad days).
The Black Madonna Connection (April 10, 2015)
The Black Moon and the Black Madonna Connection
Rilke and the Black Madonna (includes links to several other Black Madonna posts)
The Sacred Feminine and the Black Madonna
Sacred Feminine: Aqua Sulis and the Black Madonna of Salisbury
Storms, Cycles, and Black Madonnas
A Fresh Look at the Feminine Archetypes: Demeter & Persephone, and the New Athena
Lilith: Reclaiming a Jewel in the Dark
The Power of Imagery & The Awakening of the Divine Feminine
The Via Feminina Way of Mary Magdalene
Spiral Time and Evolutions on the Way: Revisiting the Black Madonna Journals
Unleash the Hounds: The Fierce and Feist Feminina (this post scared several of my male friends, btw)
Reclaiming the Wild Child & Naughty Girl
Reasserting Our Wildish Nature
Squaring with the Wild Feminine: Lilith, Saturn and Re-Integration
Lilith, Changing Stories & Our Seed Task
Dark Aphrodite: When Relationship is the Initiation Cauldron
Cerridwen and Awyn, the Cauldron of Creation
Enjoy this immersion about the Black Madonna and the Via Feminina, or Feminine Initiation Mysteries.
Do you feel drawn and ready to deeper, with an experienced (and Life-initiated) mentor?
If it calls to you, send me an email – jamie ‘at’ sophias-children ‘dot’ com.
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April 11, 2015 at 5:47 pm
Thank you for this page.. I think its been waiting for me to read it for a couple of years 🙂
April 11, 2015 at 6:37 pm
Hey there, Sue. I’m glad to hear it. Sorry I’ve been such a laggard on getting it up there. 😉 There are likely things I’ll be revisiting as well, and adding, I’m guessing. xoxo Love, Jamie
April 19, 2015 at 3:12 pm
I’m not sure why I can’t “like” this, lol, I’m using the WordPress app! But I just read “The Scary Black Madonna?” I understand. I walked through hell for two years and because of that I found my path. Also, last year was a long one – year, CONSCIOUS trek through my shadow side. Oh boy!
April 19, 2015 at 3:37 pm
Hey there, Trina. Thanks for visiting. I think sometimes WordPress has those quirks (once or twice recently I wasn’t able to ‘reblog’ a post, so just excerpted and linked to it!). And, yes, I can certainly understand the Underworld (aka Hell) Walks (as can quite a few fellow readers!). We’ve got our Underworld passport stamps now. 😉 Congrats for making it through so far and sharing your musings via your blog! Blessings, Jamie
September 10, 2015 at 5:18 pm
Jamie, without clogging up your feed with the “How” of it (I may write a post soon), the Black Madonna suddenly appeared in my life a couple of days ago and I feel I am being called. I know next to nothing about her…and her Presence in my life was totally unexpected but I am welcoming Her. I knew immediately that I could come here and find some information to help me (wow…there is ALOT of it. Where does an initiate begin? LOL) THANK YOU for this! Having followed you for awhile now, I never anticipated this moment. And now it is here. Thank you for a light in the right direction…towards the Dark 🙂
September 10, 2015 at 5:55 pm
How delightful, Grace (is that correct, or is it the J. name I see in your email?). I smile as I read this, and I’m so glad that what’s gathered itself here about the Black Madonna (by any of Her names) is a resource for you. I do *so* understand that. 🙂 And I welcome you, if it feels right, to feel free to send a direct email (info ‘at’ ivysea ‘dot’ com and I’ll reply). In the meanwhile, I’m glad to be holding one of the Lanterns for others on the way (I know I sure appreciated the ones I came across, and do still when I need them).
September 10, 2015 at 7:31 pm
Thank you, Jamie! I’ve chosen to blog anonymously…so the J is my given name. :-). I appreciate the offer to email, and I will definitely do so in the next day or so as I am able. Xox
May 6, 2016 at 8:33 pm
What a rich blog. Hugs, Barbara
May 7, 2016 at 4:46 pm
Many thanks, Barbara. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂 xo Jamie
December 22, 2017 at 11:17 pm
What an awesome resource for researching more about the divine feminine! I too have been exploring more about the Black Madonna and the Magdalene, and this is such a great collection. Thank you!
-Amelia, Foraging Freedom
December 22, 2017 at 11:27 pm
You’re very welcome, Amelia of Foraging Freedom (love that!). Thank you for stopping by. I’m glad you enjoyed it (it springs from my own introduction to and experience with Black Madonna, Magdalene, and the others of the Great She posse!). Lots of love, happy Solstice and Season of Lights!
March 24, 2022 at 1:51 am
I feel the pull again with Persephone.
March 27, 2022 at 5:23 pm
Hey there, Ashley.
Hmmm, feeling the pull of Persephone. It does have a kind of cyclical rhythm to it … dancing back and forth along that edge, doesn’t it? (As I think of it, that’s pretty much what Persephone does … Walker Between the Worlds!). Do you see it in your astrological transits or cycles now, or is it just that undercurrent tugging at you? Feel free to email directly if/as you feel like it. 🙂
xoxo Love, Jamie