600px-Five-fivefold-spirals-quintuple-pentaskelion.svgThe Fivefold Goddess offers women a new, more inclusive, more complex and flexible model for women’s experience of our own divine nature. This model speaks to and for women who are looking for an archetypal system that offers a relationship with creative potential that exists beyond our biology, and more easily encompasses and reflects the life experiences and phases of women.

The flaws inherent in the cycles of pre-menarche, motherhood, into cronehood are clear; not all women become mothers. Not all women bleed. Therefore not all women can relate to the threefold model. And there is so much space between childhood and motherhood, and between motherhood and cronehood.

The fivefold model is a creative, fluid model that allows for a cyclical flow that is more natural to womanhood in our era. It is a model not tied to biology, but to active currents in life that surge, shift, and spiral back again in the process of living.

This fivefold model is not an adaption or reinvention of the threefold. It is a new system entirely; one that takes into account the flexibility of the lived experience of women today. The Fivefold Goddess recognizes the space between childhood and motherhood, and between motherhood and cronehood. In the 80+ years a woman may expect to live, there is a lot of ground to traverse outside of and between the three faces of the traditional format.

This is an archetypal system that offers creative potential that exists beyond our biology, and more easily encompasses and reflects the life experiences and phases of all women.

The Fivefold Goddess – An Initiation Cycle into a New Divine Feminine is a deep exploration into this new, fivefold archetypal system. Femella (girl), Potens (full of potential, bursting forth), Creatrix (mother, author, creator), Sapientia (wise woman, master of her craft, teacher, leader, scientist), and Antiqua (old woman).

With the fivefold model, women may recognize that Goddesses they already work with represent the different archetypes;

  • Femella; Kore, Nimue, Lucia, Ra Hoor Khuit/Horus – the crowned and conquering child, The Christkind/Christ Child/Divine Child, Krishna
  • Potens; Persephone, Artemis, Astarte, Yolkai Estsan, Pele, Babalon, Tripura Sundari
  • Creatrix; Demeter, Cerridwen, Mary, Isis, Yemalla, Ninhursag, Radha, Lalita
  • Sapientia; Hecate, Athena, Brighid, Seshat, Minerva
  • Antiqua; Grandmother Spider, Baba Yaga, Cailleach, The Goose Mother, Alla, Sedna, Annis

The five archetypes have flexibility in application, working from the awareness that in a lifespan of 80+ years a woman will go through cycles of potential, creation, and mastery. She may be experiencing the Potens archetype in one area of life, and Sapientia in another – at the same time.

The Fivefold Goddess appeals to women who do not find the threefold archetypal system relatable. Today’s Pagan women are looking for the Goddess in a guise that speaks to them and through them. They will find this in the fivefold goddess.

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The Fivefold Goddess is a revolutionary revisioning of the feminine divine. Where the maiden, mother, crone archetypal system is tied to female biology and physical stages of life, the fivefold model liberates the female experience from the shackles of the reproductive model.

There are flaws inherent in the cycles of pre-menarche, motherhood, into cronehood; not all women become mothers. Not all women bleed. Therefore not all women can relate to the threefold model.

In addition, the threefold model lacks the relevance it once may have, due to factors like the gap between the onset of menarche and possible motherhood, and between the end of active mothering and cronehood.

The Fivefold Goddess offers women a new, more inclusive, and more complex and flexible model for our experience of our own divine nature. This model speaks to and for women who are looking for an archetypal system that offers creative potential that exists beyond our biology, and more easily encompasses and reflects the life experiences and phases of all women.

Puella (girl), Potens (full of potential, bursting forth), Creatrix (mother, author, creator), Sapientia (wise woman, master of her craft, teacher, leader, scientist), and Antiqua (old woman) all have varying levels of flexibility, working from the awareness that in a lifespan of 80+ years a woman will go through cycles of potential, creation, and mastery. She may be experiencing the Potens archtype in one are and Sapientia in another – at the same time.

When the female divine is rooted in biology, it is also rooted in utility. This is an example of creeping patriarchy within the Goddess movement; the maiden, mother, crone model reinforces the assumption that a woman’s worth is tied primarily, or maybe only, to her ability to procreate.

The recognition of onset of menarche being the rite of passage for women is flawed in more than one way. If onset of menarche is seen as the rite of passage into womanhood, and menarche begins for many girls between the ages of eight of fourteen, we are putting very young girls into the position of feeling pressure to mature earlier than is viable. Also, for those girls who will not bleed; trans girls and women and other women with biological reasons that they do not bleed, are left out of rites of transition.

The fivefold model is a creative, fluid model that allows for a cyclical flow that is more natural to womanhood in our era. It is a model not tied to biology, but to active currents in life that surge, shift, and spiral back again in the process of living.

The five stages in this fivefold model are not an adaption or reinvention of the threefold model. It is a new model entirely; one that takes into account the flexibility of the lived experience of women today.