Hear Ye the Voice of the Goddess

How do you see the Goddess? The Divine Feminine spoken of in Wicca and other Pagan religions? Monolithic woman, the essence of femaleness, the open-armed Mother?

I relate better to male Gods, but I recently had an experience that reminded me of how I found the Goddess so many years ago. Not her name, or stories. Not Pagan literature, but her bright spirit. It was through a specific type of music.

There used to be this alternative rock station in Atlanta called 99X. Once I achieved some measure of independence, a car and a job, I began exploring modern music for the first time. I didn’t like alt rock at first, although I came to love it, but 99X had a Sunday morning show called Organic X. It was mellow alt rock and it was there I first heard the Indigo Girls and fell hopelessly in love with their music.

For me, the Goddess speaks through the female singer/songwriters of the 1990′s. If I need to get my soul right, this is the music that fixes me up. If you want to know what I think the Goddess looks like, I would point to Amy Ray, Fiona Apple, Tori Amos, Dar Williams, Shawn Colvin, Paula Cole, and even Jewel before she broke my heart by going Nashville on me.

When I hear women talk of needing their own space, their own healing and their own spiritual territory I don’t understand it. But I think I glimpse some of what they mean when I listen to the Indigo Girls.

13. Secure Yourself – Indigo Girls

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12. Tiger – Paula Cole

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11. Cornflake Girl – Tori Amos

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10. Hands – Jewel

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9. Polaroids – Shawn Colvin

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8. The Ocean – Dar Williams

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7. Fallen – Sarah McLachlan

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6. Torn – Natalie Imbruglia

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5. Thank You – Natalie Merchant

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4. Uninvited – Alanis Morrisette

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3. 32 Flavors – Ani DiFranco

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2. Falling In Love – Lisa Loeb

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1. World Falls – Indigo Girls

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About Star Foster

Polytheistic Wiccan initiated into the Ravenwood tradition, she has many opinions. Some of them are actually useful.

  • Nyxynox

    Great List and I totally agree!!!!  I would have to add: Mary by Patty Griffin and Beautiful by India Arie.  

  • P. Sufenas Virius Lupus

    I’m surprised “Galileo” isn’t on your list there…But still, good choices!

    It’s also very interesting to me that one of the big goddess-centered festivals of the Ekklesía Antínoou is coming up in less than two weeks, the Apotheosis of Diva Sabina Augusta on the 21st, and part of the way I’ve celebrated it for the past few years is to play a long mix of music by women (or, at least, performed by female vocalists), because I also think it’s important to hear women’s actual voices when doing these type of activities–and, as I’m often by myself, mp3 or CD versions of women’s voices are as close as I’m likely to get, alas…

  • Michelle Bryant

    I miss the 99X that existed in the 90s, before they left the radio and came back. I found the Goddess there as well. Thanks for the memories Star!

    • http://www.patheos.com/ Star Foster

       I didn’t realize they came back. Just saw the website. Just not the same without Leslie and Jimmy.

  • http://johnfranc.blogspot.com/ John Beckett

    I loved 99X in the 90s, but then they started playing harder music and I stopped listening to them well before I moved to Texas in 2001.

    Don’t know why, but I’ve always preferred women’s voices.   A scroll through my collection looks to be at least 3 to 1 women over men. 

    Star, all of your choices are good.  Indigo Girls and Tori Amos are probably the best musicians of the lot, but if I had to pick one “Voice of the Goddess” from the 90s it would be Sarah McLachlan.  Pretty much anything off the “Surfacing” CD is as good as a circle casting and lighting candles for shifting my consciousness out of the ordinary world.

  • WhiteBirch

    Ah what a great playlist. I never thought of it in exactly those terms, but there’s always been something I found deeply spiritual in that particular strain of music. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lamyka-L/649965363 Lamyka L.

    Wow. All those songs. Memooooorrriiiiiieeeeessssss :P


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