Feminine Wisdom ~ Cathy Pagano

An extract from her book ”Wisdom’s Daughters”.

Cosmic Traveler by juliedillon

What is Wisdom, you might ask?  How can I possibly possess it?  An ancient writer spoke of her this way.

For in her is the Spirit of understanding; . . . loving that which is good, quick, beneficent, gentle, kind, steadfast, assured, secure,. . . intelligible, pure, subtle: for Wisdom is more active than all active things;. . . For she is the brightness of eternal light, and the unspotted mirror of God’s majesty, and the image of his goodness. . . For she is more beautiful than the Sun, and above all the order of the stars: being compared with the light, she is found before it.  For after this cometh night, but no evil can overcome Wisdom.    Wisdom 7:22-30

My five-year-old friend Ava explained wisdom this way to her father when asked about loving her slightly older brother.  “Wisdom is when you know you love them in your heart, but you haven’t figured it out on the outside yet.”

The Woman Clothed with the Sun

In the many cultural stories that speak about the changing of the ages, it is always Feminine Spirit that brings about the transition to new life, for Feminine Spirit knows the rhythms of life, death and rebirth and is the ‘opener of the way’.   Living in a world of duality, we must allow masculine and feminine energies to inhabit their unique attributes. Our job is to understand how these different energies work together and how to best use them.  In times of cultural transformation, our right-brain, feminine consciousness is our best guide, for it opens us to the Creative Imagination, the realm of possibility.

The return of the Goddess awakens the transformative energy that births the changing of the ages. While other cultures understand this Divine Feminine energy through their own mythological traditions, we westerners have lost touch with our mythological roots.  Largely ignored in the western religious story of the changing of the ages is an image of Lady Wisdom, who mediates this transformation to a new world age.

In this story of world-wide spiritual transformation, there is a powerful image of conscious woman, an image of the archetypal Feminine Spirit who transforms the old world and gives birth to this new age. I am drawn to this archetypal image because I believe it speaks to our modern sensibilities.  And I know that this archetypal image gives us instructions for opening to and incarnating Wisdom.

This image of the awakening Feminine Spirit is an image of the Cosmic Woman:  A Woman, clothed with the Sun, standing on the Moon, crowned with Stars, who is in labor, giving birth to a Savior.  In earlier times and different traditions, this archetypal image was understood as Lady Wisdom.  Today I feel this Goddess image of conscious woman can be incarnated by women everywhere. ThisWoman clothed with the Sun is Lady Wisdom, who calls all women to become her daughters.

Our times are the forerunner of a new world age, and the times call on us to honor Lady Wisdom, who in Gnostic Christianity is the equal partner of Christ.  But Lady Wisdom is not associated with any one religion. We find her in all traditions.   Lady Wisdom is the image of the Anima Mundi, the World Soul (Earth’s consciousness) and the source of the Collective Unconscious, the library of our collective memories and skills. As such, she belongs to all of us and is within all of us.  I believe she is calling women out of the Father’s House so we can give birth to a new collective paradigm, a new way of doing to match her deep being that embraces partnership over domination, love over power, unity over divisiveness, peace over war, and our collective benefit over individual profit.


Wisdom is not a word we use very often anymore in our society, just as Lady Wisdom is so often ignored by the world. But it’s not because there isn’t plenty of wisdom around. I hear it flowing out of women all the time.  The older woman walking her dog is secure in what she knows and isn’t afraid to say it.   Mothers who listen to their instincts know it.  Women who are turning to the ancient goddesses find it.  But we have to name it to own it. Yes, we are wise.

The truth is that men also go in search of Lady Wisdom.  These are men who have engaged in deep soul work and who have integrated their feminine and masculine consciousness.  They have created the best of our western culture.   And of course, Lady Wisdom shows herself to children who see the world through Spirit’s eyes. But there are still so many Father’s Daughters who do not even know there are other possibilities, as well as men who don’t realize wisdom is even there to be found.  And the power structures of religion, government, finance and industry—the Fathers—too often denounce and disrespect feminine wisdom, and so our people are not taught about this vital aspect of life.


Generally just Being. Nothing in particular, no claims to fame. I like gardening and the sea, nature, art in all forms from poetry to films and everything in between, and being in the company of my family.

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