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Venus of Laussel

Venus of Laussel

Dated to approximately 25,000 B.C., the mother goddess holds a bison horn, symbol of the crescent moon and the hunt.  The strikes on the horn may indicate a yearly cycle of thirteen lunar months.  The original held traces of red ochre, probably to indicate the color of blood which was venerated as the life fluid.  The monthly menstrual cycle of women therefore made them magical in their ability to shed blood and yet live. This mother goddess also seems pregnant, another aspect of femininity obviously seen as miraculous.


8.5" x 5.5"
greystone, red sandstone



Triple Spirals of Life

Triple Spirals of Life

The symbol of life and energy, also associated with abundance and prosperity, is carved inside the 5000 year-old Newgrange passage mound in County Meath, Ireland.  Earth works such as Newgrange have been proven to be ancient solar observatories, whose construction can be said to symbolize the womb of the Goddess.  At Newgrange, the male solar deity in the form of light, penetrates the interior of the mound through a long tunnel once a year at the winter solstice.  The concept of triplism takes many forms in different cultures, the three faces of the Goddess, maiden, mother and crone; the Trinity; and many Celtic gods and goddesses such as Brigid, Macha and the three sons of Uisnech also take on a triple aspect.


6.25" x 5"
greystone



Lady of the Beasts

Lady of the Beasts

This remarkable 4th century Viking stone carving from Sweden shows the Goddess in her rule of the animals.   She squats in the birth position as Creator of Life, holding two serpents, a symbol of fertility.   The serpent-holding goddess is a well-known figure, perhaps the most famous example found in Crete.   Amazingly, three animals above her form a large triple spiral, which has long associations with Goddess sites, including 5000 year-old Newgrange. The animals are the boar, which is earth; the bird, which is sky; and the snake, which is water.   Thus, through these symbols and imagery, she is tied to all earthly creation.


10.5" x 8.25"
greystone, sandstone





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