Sacrifice is to Make Sacred in GoddessSpeak

In this season of Lammas: contemplating “making sacred”/sacrifice. The “making sacred”/sacrifice of Goddess is very different from the “sacrifice” demanded by patriarchal cosmology. The kind of “sacrifice” demanded by the father god of Christian cosmology, for example, may leave nothing for the self – it is an abnegation of the self. Whereas in Goddess cosmology it is about restoring wholeness; small self becomes Whole in Larger Self, when joined with Her. Making one’s life sacred, giving small self over to Her is an acknowledgement of the Source of Creativity, the One to whom we belong. It is not taking something away from being, it is remembering the roots of being – where self is planted, joining the small part to the Whole. And small self’s fullness then is Her Harvest – the more the merrier. The self commits to service of larger Deeper Self: my desires are Her desires … they may become one.

This is very different from having to submit to some tyrant, and forego what is in me. And She does not need blood sacrifice: Her blood is not associated with violence and the blade, it is organic and associated with regeneration and the chalice of sustenance. (a good reference is “The Myth of the Goddess” by Anne Baring and Jules Cashford, p. 160-161)

untitled78Coatlique “She of the Serpent Skirt … also been known as Tonantsi, Our Mother, and later as la Virgen de Guadalupe. This basalt statue emphasised her death aspect … she wears a skirt of bird feathers or serpents, both emblems of transcendence. Her hands at her breasts perhaps signify blessings” … or perhaps karmic action. Coatlique is said to consume the sun each evening in order to give birth to it each morning.” To my mind She is a good image of the All-Nourishing Abyss – infinitely absorbing, infinitely regenerative. She has been named “Mother of all Deities” – the bringer of life, the one who takes it away and gives birth to it again. (Reference “The Heart of the Goddess” Hallie Iglehart Austen

Glenys Livingstone 2017

Lammas meditation is available on this page (scroll down to the individual tracks).


  1. thank you Glenys for this understanding. now forever in my cauldron of wisdom.

  2. … glad you enjoyed it Maureen. This essay is related … in case you didn’t see it. blissings

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