A Study by Joseph Campbell of the Divine Feminine over the course of human history:
SOCIAL JUSTICE SOLUTIONS This is an article post from Dr. Laura Kerr PhD, Marriage & Family Therapist Intern. This link explains posthumous book by Joseph Campbell’s work edited by editor Safron Rossi—a goddess studies scholar, professor of mythology, and curator of collections at Opus Archives, which holds the Joseph Campbell archival manuscript collection and personal library. He had been criticized during his lifetime that most of his writings on the role of mythology in the development of society and culture was skewed toward the masculine. Dr. Kerr reviews this new book written by Ms. Rossi who researched this aspect of his work and found a great deal of unpublished material that Campbell had devoted to the aspects of the divine feminine.
Dr. Kerr’s review of the book gets to the heart of what has been lost in modern society with regard to the lost Divine Feminine in modern society.
In this provocative volume, editor Safron Rossi—a goddess studies scholar, professor of mythology, and curator of collections at Opus Archives, which holds the Joseph Campbell archival manuscript collection and personal library—collects these lectures for the first time. In them, Campbell traces the evolution of the feminine divine from one Great Goddess to many, from Neolithic Old Europe to the Renaissance. He sheds new light on classical motifs and reveals how the feminine divine symbolizes the archetypal energies of transformation, initiation, and inspiration.
Below is an excerpt from his book which can be found on Amazon:
Campbell’s description of the impact of the suppression of the feminine divine by Semitic mythologies, and how this changed both mythology and the world:
“And so, with these masculine Semitic mythologies, we have for the first time a separation of the individual from the divine, and this is one of the most important and decisive motifs in the history of mythology: that the eternal life and oneness with the universe are no longer ours. We are separated from God, God is separated from his world, man is turned against nature, nature is turned against man” (p. 86).