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Text Box: A portal has opened for many people. Through it new travelers are imagining a human past filled with events and ideas they had never before considered.

Debating the facts upon which “The DaVinci Code” rests is not important here. What is important is the spirited discussion now taking place that is helping to further illuminate thousands of years of pre-civilization in which the value and power of women was far more robust than in the past two thousand years.

If you are just coming into an awareness of the sacred feminine now, you are perhaps not mindful of the stir created in the minds of many women and men by publications of books (published during the sixties, seventies and eighties) by archaeologists who interpreted artifacts in sites they excavated to be goddess figurines and said they provided evidence an Earth Mother was perhaps considered sacred by the prehistoric people these archaeologists were studying.

A person can easily glance back at times of multiple gods and goddesses and quickly dismiss these eras as confusing, overly-complex theologically and block earlier human conceptions from consideration.

Special emphasis in the “DaVinci” book and movie are placed upon Mary Magdalene as the wife of Christ and mother of their child. Check out what this interpretation may be missing. Mary Magdalene was perhaps a key leader in an early Christian movement that had as a tenet the equality of men and women. To the group that followed Mary Magdalene and other early and less well known Gnostic (knowing) disciples, the ancient goddess practices were probably well known and perhaps were integrated into their beliefs.

And what about the other Mary who was completely missing from the movie and book, Mother Mary? Remember that, per the Bible, she is descendent from King David’s lineage. This would have made her a BC VIP. In short, Mary could well have been a Hebrew queen in hiding from Roman authorities.

What if Mary was a Magi, the folks of her era from whom we get the word magician?  Theological scholars have now revealed that the “three wise men” actually were a large group of Magi who rode into Bethlehem on horseback at Christ’s birth, frightening the local inhabitants. 

What if it was Mother Mary, venerated by Eastern Orthodox Catholics and early Gnostic gospels as a very significant young female (scholar, mystic) serving within the temple of Jerusalem, who taught her son by her own example how to be extraordinary, and who recent Pope John Paul II is said to have had an extremely deep mystical spiritual relationship with. Analysts have noted that almost every other sentence JP2 spoke was about women as mothers.

Mother Mary is often depicted as holding her infant son on her knee in the EXACT manner as many ancient goddess figurines and sculptures held their god son consorts. Is Mother Mary, Christianity’s not yet acknowledged goddess? 

What magic did Mary know? What tradition would she have learned it from? Perhaps the nature-centered, female-centric, midwife's physiological knowledge, such as is depicted in the novel “The Red Tent.”

“When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me, speaking words of wisdom…”

More decoding. Notice that the main female character in “The DaVinci Code” is named Sophie. This is clearly Dan Brown referencing Sophia, the ancient goddess (of wisdom, truth, knowing) from whom we get the word “philosophy,” philo (loving) sophy (knowledge).

I’ve sometimes described myself as an armchair archaeologist. Though I’ve been to many archaeological sites and have had many in depth conversations with archaeologists, the predominant research I’ve conducted has been within the covers of books and journals.

There’s one precipitating and overriding reason for the depth of my searching into the prehistoric depths, to find out all that I can about whether human civilization before written words was more nature centered, more of a partnership between men and women as author Riane Eisler has postulated, and to what extent we humans may have worshipped a female deity or deities who we are still deeply rooted  to today, Mother Nature...Mother Earth.

Absorbed with non-fiction studies, it is a rare event when I take time to relish a fictional book. Thus, “The DaVinci Code” was a very long time on the New York Times best seller list before I picked up a copy that my niece had just finished reading during a holiday visit.

It quickly became clear to me as I turned the pages, that the important story in “The DaVinci Code” is not whether Christ was married and had a child whose ancestors are still with us. 

While children may conceivably have resulted from a union between Jesus and Mary M. (with many millions of people reading the book and watching the movie being the couple’s genetic ancestors) the most important gold nuggets to glean from this story are those about the sacred female of prehistory.

The divine feminine figures important to early Hebrew, Christian and Islamic faiths, as well as other belief systems worldwide and those prehistoric faiths that were never written down and can only be intuitively inferred from artifacts and architecture they created.

I encourage you not to believe a word I have written here. When I first came across a Los Angeles Times book review article about the Riane Eisler book “The Chalice and the Blade” I was extremely skeptical and began the long exciting journey that I am writing to you about.

My path lead me to crosscheck every archaeological work Riane had referenced. I then went on to meet or communicate one-on-one with the incredible source archaeologists themselves, including the fabulous Marija Gimbutas.

What I discovered was that hiding between the lines of many scholarly, “just-the-facts,” renditions that archaeologists write about the prehistoric sites they have excavated, is extremely exciting evidence of ever-present goddess worship. Check out ancient archaeological texts for yourself. See what your intuition tells you.

Digging back into “The DaVinci Code” there’s no doubt about the delta being the ancient symbol for feminine. Even older is the “V” symbol itself, which appears nowhere in the book (but, oh yes, in the title). 

I encourage you all to check out books and articles about the ancient Vinca culture in what is now the modern Czech Republic. Or don’t, see if I care. But these the Old European folks used the V sign and the sign much like the V, but using three fingers, a definitely evocative symbol for the female vulva.

I still need to explore Dan Brown’s assertion that the path of the planet Venus through the night sky forms a five-pointed star (pentacle) pattern. I’m hopeful that this is so, as it would explain a lot. I just haven’t gotten to the astronomical source material yet as of this writing. Perhaps we’ll receive email about this from some astronomers and we will present a future article about it.

Venus was without doubt the most important partner of the Moon in the eyes of ancient night gazers. We who watch movie’s like “The DaVinci Code” rarely go out for a good long gaze at the night sky anymore. Thus, we must stretch our minds to realize that the glory above on each darkened night of prehistory was the big show, the great story, and the movements of lights across the night sky as one of the greatest shows beheld from the Earth.

More and more ancient sites are being shown to be astronomical observatories. Surely you may know about the astronomical alignments of Stonehenge, but did you know that ancient Native Americans were able to precisely track the 18.6 year path of the Moon, consisting of a 9.3 year path from the southern lunar minimum rising and setting, to lunar maximum setting in the north, then the same number of years back to the south again.

Goddess figurines from Ikiztepe Turkey, 7000 years ago.

Text Box: Mother and child from West Mexico from around 2000 years ago.
Text Box: Czech Republic Venus from 25,000 ago, similar to other figurines found in Europe at about this same time, notably the famous Venus of Willendorf, Austria, shown below.
Text Box: Possible bird goddess figurine from Cernavoda from 4,800 years ago.
Text Box: Marble female figurine and possible bird goddess from Canhasan, Turkey about 7000 years ago. 
Text Box: Seated Mother Goddess of terracotta from Canhasan about 7,000 years ago.