There’s a legacy of love, a red thread, that hasn’t been written about before now. Or it has, it’s just scattered, with pages missing, and parts buried. It isn’t codified in any one singular sacred text, it isn’t institutionalized within any one religion or sect. It isn’t handed to every little one born to this world as a secret personal bible, as a promise sealed already inside the heart, that love is where we have all come from, no matter who we are.
There’s a legacy of love that women throughout time and in every culture and tradition have been devoting their preciously brief lives to realize. Like, Enheduanna, the first known author in all of recorded history, the woman whose love-drenched poetry to the ancient Sumerian goddess Inanna written in roughly 2285 BC would later inspire the cadence and stanzas of the prayers and psalms in the Old Testament.
Or like, Marguerite Porete, the 13th century French mystic whose book on divine love was considered such a masterpiece, such a profound contribution to theology, that it achieved near scripture status even long after her name was removed from it, even long after she was burned at the stake for having written it, for having dared to suggest that god is love, and that she, Marguerite, is nothing except love.
History has allowed us to easily inherit the stories of God, a divine He, and the holy men, monks, priests, and male mystics whose lives sought to translate that love. But what we’re still learning to see, and to hear, what we are still piecing together and unearthing the buried pages of, (like the pages to Mary Magdalene’s gospel,) are the stories of the Goddess, a divine She, and the human women that sought to live that love in their female bodies so that the world might remember that the feminine is just as sacred.
We can only know who we really are by remembering the love we have always been.
I deeply believe it’s time for us to remember how holy wise and powerfully present the divine feminine is. This to me is the red thread. This to me is the legacy of love we can remember now, together.
Writing The Divine Feminine Oracle allowed me to make full use of my degrees in theology and divinity; it allowed me to go full geek as a scholar of the divine feminine and finally pull together into one guidebook the stories of radical love in the spiritual lives of women that have most transformed me. And the process of getting to see their radiant faces because of Lisbeth Cheever-Gessaman’s outrageously magical talent as an artist, well, it forged this diamond to form inside us both. And what we each have now we can never lose or forget, or be without.
This is what we want to offer…
In this conversation, Lisbeth and I talk about this red thread that connects us, this legacy, this inheritance of radical love that the world is asking, demanding, that we remember, and embody now. We reveal the synchronicities, the magic, and the divinely messy process we went through, as the writer, as the artist, and as a unified force of love that guided us each step of the way. We answer questions about the Oracle, and about this legacy of love the Divine Feminine allows us to be.
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Meggan is the author of REVEAL, How to Love Yourself (And Sometimes Other People), The Sutras of Unspeakable Joy, & The Divine Feminine Oracle. She LOVES to lead the REDLADIES–a community of radical love. She has been a feminist theologian since she realized there was such a thing. She went full-geek and got a Masters of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and a Masters of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University. She LOVES leading retreats and workshops on the legacy of the divine feminine and the soul-voice meditation. She has presented at TEDxWomen, Kripalu, Menla, Wanderlust, MNDFL, and Hay House I Can Do It Conferences in the US & UK. Her work has appeared in media outlets such as The New York Times, Forbes, The Huffington Post, and Marie Claire. She lives with her magical son and his hoard of Harry Potter paraphernalia.
Lisbeth is a visionary artist specializing in expressions of the noumena, synthesizing technology with esotericism to interpret anew the mythos and archetype of the Divine Feminine and alchemi- cal transformation. Her work has been featured on book covers and in publications such as Elephant Journal, SageWoman, South magazine, Rebelle Society, Spinifex Press, Talonbooks, and Annapurna Living. Her most recent illustrations are featured in The Sutras of Unspeakable Joy by Meggan Watterson.