Patroness of the Grand Temple of Isis, Mighty Mother
Our Order reveres the Isis, Holy Shekinah, Divine Mother as the giver and protector of life. She is known by many identities, as the great initiator, the priestess, the warrioress, the goddess of mercy and compassion, holy wisdom and much more. But what is her role in the Great Work? and why is she so significant?
What is the Divine Feminine principle in the Great Work?
In order to begin the process of creation, for the potential to become actual, the En Sof first withdraw from Itself to create a tiny vacuum. This withdrawal or contraction is called Tsimtsum in Kabbalah. Through this the primordial vessel was created, and into this “vessel” the essence of En Sof could flow and be concentrated to such a degree that creation burst forth in a Big Bang. It is this “vessel”, into which the concentration of the God “essence” flows, that is the Shekinah, the Feminine Womb or Birth Canal of Creation. En Sof withdrew, the Shekinah remained.
The Shekinah is not merely just an aspect of God, She is a Divine Being of Her own right. Within Jewish mystical teachings and the Kabbalistic texts of the Bahir (The Book of Brilliance) and the Zohar (The Book of Splendor) that Shekinah finally emerges as being not only divine and feminine but as an integral aspect of the Divine as well. Whenever someone feels as though God is present, Kabbalists says it is actually the Shekinah. “By those who love her she is readily seen, And found by those who look for her...In every thought of theirs, she comes to meet them.” -Wisdom of Solomon 6:12 and 16
The Torah uses the word “hovering,” as with beating wings, to describe the divine Presence that Talmudic writers had begun to call the Shekhinah represented as a dove. The term "Shekinah" means "dwelling" and is used to describe God's presence in this world. While in proximity to the Shekhinah, the connection to God is more readily perceivable.
Shekhinah as the Sabbath Bride recurs in the writings and songs of 16th century. Shekhinah represented as the sefira Malkhut in the Tree of Life.
Shekhinah as the divine archetype of Bride and Beloved, according to the imagery of the Song of Songs. Shekhinah as Queen of Creation.
The Shekinah plays another very important role in the story of creation, and in particular in the Great Plan of humankind. Man's fall to a denser, less perfect state of being in the physical, the Shekinah stayed with us as we separated from God - exiled from the ‘Garden'. Shekinah voluntarily removed from God/En Sof to accompany us during our exiled.
Shekinah is also in Malkuth, the Kingdom, the final step of creation where the energies funnel into the physical world that is our home. Kabbalists refer Malkuth as the Bride, the Shekinah, to reunite with her Bridegroom, the Creator.
Finally, the Shekinah, in addition to being the Soul of God is also the Soul of the World.
Why is the Divine Feminine so important to Magic, Religion and Divine Theurgy “God-Science”?
When Moses asked to see God, it was Shekinah that he saw. Kabbalists refers the Shekinah as the Middle Pillar of Balance that unites the opposites, just as the soul allows for the opposites of body and spirit to unite. The Shekinah is the Soul of Man, what Kabbalists call the Neshamah, for She has given a portion of Herself in order for each human to come into being in this world. In giving of Herself to humans, in this state of physical density and isolation, the World Soul becomes shattered.
•Shekinah represents the ultimate archetype of selfless-sacrifice. All Her sacrifices have been for the benefit of creation so that humankind may experience this life in order to fulfill its destiny and purpose.
What promises does the Divine Mother make to all of her devotees?
To come down and heal the Earth and lead it out of the present darkness towards a greater and enduring Light of a New Creation upon Earth.
Forgive our sins (mistakes) and iniquities (transgressions).
Represents the mystical formula of uniting oneself with YHshVH a potent symbol of elemental harmony directed by Spirit.
Expresses the Kaballistic truth that through the feminine principle we are taught about the Justified one and thru Him we know God.
Symbolic of the mantle of protection –a sign of salvation and peace for all ages to come upon those who are united in her.
The rose’s multi-petalled complexity is comparable only to the lotus flower whose image holds a similar spiritual power in many Eastern and Egyptian religions and mystery traditions. It has the yonic associations ("Yonic" referring to forms that resemble the vagina or the vulva), and have long been connected with the feminine. Emblem for feminine divine principles in all paths: Sophia, the Goddess of Wisdom, and the Shekinah. Roses the symbolic “offspring” of Shekinah, the Rose of the World
What is her identity and how many identities does she have?
Sophia, Greek Goddess
Sapientia, Latin Goddess
Sheela Na Gig - Celtic goddess
Wise Bride of Solomon by Jews;
She is known as Chokmah חָכְמָה a feminine noun meaning wisdom in Hebrew;
Asherah - Hebrew Goddess
Matronit: The Goddess of the Kabbala
Queen of Wisdom and War (Athena) by Greeks
Holy Spirit of Wisdom by Christians.
Virgin Mary, Mary Magdalene
Tara or Jetsun Dölma (Tibetan Buddhism)
Isis or Aset - Egyptian Goddess
Ruha d’Qudsha, the goddess of the Iraqi Mandaeans
QDSU or Qudsha, ancient Canaanite-Egyptian goddess
Spider Grandmother (Navajo),
Hera (Greek), Anath,
Aphrodite (Greek), Astarte (Canaanite)