Hear Ye the Voice of the Goddess

Hear Ye the Voice of the Goddess March 10, 2012

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

12. Tiger – Paula Cole

11. Cornflake Girl – Tori Amos


10. Hands – Jewel


9. Polaroids – Shawn Colvin

8. The Ocean – Dar Williams

7. Fallen – Sarah McLachlan

6. Torn – Natalie Imbruglia

5. Thank You – Natalie Merchant


4. Uninvited – Alanis Morrisette

3. 32 Flavors – Ani DiFranco

2. Falling In Love – Lisa Loeb

1. World Falls – Indigo Girls


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