Washington, DC is a city full of secrets. Just watch National Treasure (I actually hate this movie but whatever). It’s a place steeped in symbolism, Masonic legend, and hidden meaning. And it also happens to be full of secret references to the divine feminine.
On my most recent trip to the city, I visited the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (thanks to a recommendation from a friend on Instagram!).
It’s basically a giant cult site for the goddess. Cue massive excitement on my part 🙂
It’s a giant labyrinthine structure that’s easy to get lost in. The lower level features the crypts and despite it’s relative youth, it manages to feel very ancient.
I was beyond elated to find that there were several representations of very famous Black Madonna’s; including the Black Madonna of Czestochowa, the Virgin of Guadalupe-Hidalgo, and Mary, Queen of Africa.
The basilica is located at 400 Michigan Ave NE, Washington, DC 20017 and is open 365 days a year, 7AM-7PM (April 1-October 1) and 7AM-6PM(November 1-March 31).