Week of April 5, 2016 - Egyptian Museum

Tuesday, April 05, 2016 10:58 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

Egyptian Museum, Turin Italy

Dandelion reaches new heights. On the way to the Egyptian Museum, I saw this wonderful, bold and determined dandelion growing several stories above the sidewalk.

Sekhmet, the lion-headed goddess. One cannot help but feel regal and elegant in the presence of such a huge Goddess statue. This stands outside the museum, in the sun and the weather. And Sekhmet is grateful for this blessing. Her energy supports my commitment to stand up for women, for women’s rights, for women’s right to their own bodies. Many thanks Sekhmet!

Sekhmet, the oldest of Egyptian deities, sits enthroned as one enters the museum. Here She is counseling me. And perhaps it was She who guided my steps up into the loft above the museum proper to encounter these images from ancient times that support my contention that our communities have always included post-menopausal women. Menopause is not an “artifact of modern civilization,” as some MDs have opined. It is a natural shamanic initiation available to all women.

Egyptian Shelia Na Gig, Goddess of the Holy Vulva. These ancient figure, about 20 inches (half a meter) high is clearly a post-menopausal woman, with breasts gently resting on her protruding, but not pregnant belly. She spreads her legs like the traditional Shelia Na Gig carvings in Ireland.

Crone Figure. Look closely and you will see the flaccid, enlongated breasts of an old woman.

Green Man. I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw this cross between the classic Green Man of the British Isles and the rowdy Bacchus of the Romans, yet preceding them both by thousands of years. This richly-detailed figure, surrounded by small Bast figurines, is about two feet high.

~ Switzerland and France

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