"In hunter-gatherer societies 25,000 - 200,000 years ago, both Gods and Goddesses were worshipped, as was the great provider Mother Earth.
This was the golden era of the Divine Feminine.
Women were honoured for their gifts of intuition, fertility, healing and sensuality. The female menstrual/moon cycle was celebrated openly and women would regularly gather in circle and sisterhood to honour each other. Women and men were seen as equal and balanced in feminine and masculine.
They remained this way until a few thousand years BC with the rise of Greek and Roman cultures and religious dogma. Men set about creating a patriarchal society and dominant culture that repressed women and denounced the Goddess, to rise as the dominant gender and way of being.
It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of women lost their lives for the doctored crime of witchcraft throughout the Middle Ages. These were not old hags frightening little children. They were women who today would be known as midwives, doctors, counsellors, coaches, nurses, healers, teachers, guides and our sisters, friends and Mothers.
They were us.
It became widely accepted that women were inferior to men in every way and they were property to be tamed and controlled. We were forced to turn on each other in an effort to remain alive. We turned on ourselves, becoming distrusting of our own voices, desires and power that were once so luminous and strong.
It is only now that the Divine Feminine is re-emerging.
The rising consciousness of the world is seeing us awaken to the fact that the feminine and masculine energy of the planet is unbalanced.
We are finally awakened (women and men alike) to the fact that women are a hugely untapped political, business and leadership resource, women are powerful creative life forces when allowed to be in their full feminine flow, that the cycles of life and feminine in sequence hold healing answers for us all, that ancient Goddesses have relevant modern teachings and practicalities, and women are once again craving to belong to sisterhoods where they can be honoured, celebrated, and heal from the separateness of the past." -Julie Parker, Divine Feminine Presence