The word “Goddess” has become incredibly popular among women as we slowly reclaim the feminine power we’ve been disconnected from and rise. But what is Goddess energy, and how can we embody it?
We live in a world heavily dominated by a predominantly toxic masculine energy, which is the result of centuries of patriarchal rule. Doing, achieving, and outward, material “success” is valued, while being, reflecting, and working on our inner selves is not. In the process, Goddess feminine energy has been shunned. But if we want to feel a sense of inner harmony, we must find a healthy balance of both feminine and masculine energy.
Pre-patriarchy and modern religion, the Goddess and the Divine feminine were respected and honored. Reconnecting with and reclaiming these Goddess gifts is how we, as women, can regain our inner power and sovereignty. A large part of this is rooted in living life at a slower pace, making ourselves a priority, and learning to love and care for ourselves.
What is Goddess energy?
Goddess energy is simply another term for feminine energy. She is sometimes known as Shakti, Yin, Kali, or Gaia.
Here are some key feminine traits:
- Fluid (like water)
- Inner strength
These feminine traits are important for both women and men. Similarly, masculine traits are important for us all. Each has its own unique set of strengths, and we all need a healthy balance of both.
How to embody Goddess energy
Here are my tips on connecting to the Goddess energy within you and reclaiming your Divine feminine power. There’s nothing complicated here, you don’t need to go out and buy anything, and you can get started today!
1. Tune in to your emotions
The first step to unleash the Goddess energy within you is to become aware of the hidden thoughts, feelings, emotions, pain, shame, and trauma in your subconscious.
Most of us store feelings we don’t want to deal with in our subconscious. Sometimes, things lurk in our shadows that even we are unaware of, maybe from our childhood or because we’ve been so busy doing that our emotions have been neglected.
If we ignore how we truly feel and don’t deal with the emotions stirring within us, those emotions can lead to anxiety, stress, and mistrust of ourselves. Blockages can happen in our chakras, and this can lead to both emotional and physical dis-ease.
It’s a toxic masculine trait to bottle up our feelings, refrain from crying, and pretend we’re fine when we’re anything but.
If you want to activate Goddess feminine energy, then you have to address your feelings and feel them. All of them, positive and negative. This is the work of the Wild Woman archetype.
Is there something bothering you or lingering from days or weeks before? Think about why you feel that way. How do things feel in your physical body?
If you need help with this, working with a therapist or coach can create a safe space for you to feel all the feels and get to the root of your emotions.
2. Work with archetypes
One of the best ways to reconnect with Goddess energy and the Divine feminine is to work with the feminine archetypes.
There are so many facets to the feminine, so many different roles we play in life, whether it’s the Mother, Queen, Creatrix, or Wild Woman. Each of these archetypes embodies a combination of different thoughts, strengths, and qualities, and each one is just as valuable as the next. Plus, each archetype has a positive side and a shadow side.
It’s common for us as women to only work with a couple of these archetypes or fall into the shadow aspects of an archetype rather than her strengths. So understanding what these archetypes are can help you see what your dominant ones are and the ones you need to spend more time with.
3. Live by the moon
The sun is masculine energy, while the moon is feminine. Men live by the day, and women rule the night. This is the way it has always been.
In ancient times, societies lived on a lunar calendar of 13 moons (each one 28ish days long) every year. Over time, this was changed to a solar calendar consisting of 12 man-made months that are all slightly different lengths.
On top of this, the moon cycle mirrors our menstrual cycle. Both have four main phases. The energy of those phases are in sync. So living in flow with the moon and celebrating her with a new moon or full moon ritual is powerful for women. This is one of the best ways to embody Goddess feminine energy.
4. Heal your relationship with your sacred cycle
Period blood was revered as a sacred, magical elixir of life. And rightly so, because that’s exactly what it is. But over time, all things that symbolized feminine power were twisted into something evil, dirty, and sinful. Menstruation was no exception, and we’re still trying to eradicate the shame that surrounds women, periods, and menstrual blood.
Temples across Asia still display signs that tell women they cannot enter if they are bleeding. This is a gross misogynistic abuse of women’s rights, and I don’t know why more people aren’t talking about this! Religion is not an excuse to degrade and shame women and their natural cycle—the natural cycle of life.
Another great way to reclaim your Goddess energy is to make peace with your sacred cycle. Question where the shame and pain were learned. Shift how you see your cycle. Learn about it. Flow with the natural energy available at different phases of your cycle. Speak openly about your period with everyone in your life, both women and men.
5. Give yourself permission to be
The masculine is doing energy, while the feminine is being. Neither is better, and both have their place. Unfortunately, our society places a ton of importance and value on doing.
This is why we’re so anxious, stressed, and overwhelmed as a world, particularly in western societies. We feel like we always have to be doing something. This can last only so long before we swing out of balance and burn out.
Goddess energy is about recognizing when you need to pause, rest, and find stillness. Do not be afraid to do nothing now and then. We all need periods like this. A balance between doing and being, taking action and resting is what balancing the masculine and feminine looks like in practice.
Let yourself take a day off, enjoy a ten-minute tea ritual in the middle of the day, daydream on the sofa, or sit and meditate for however long feels good.
Recognize this moment right here, and allow yourself to be in it because this moment is all we have.
6. Slow down
Are you starting to see a theme here regarding Goddess feminine energy? It’s all about slowing doing, being fully present, and enjoying the small, simple pleasures life offers.
When was the last time you let yourself savor the warmth and aroma of your Sunday morning mug of coffee? How about the taste and sensual experience of a piece of rich dark chocolate melting on your tongue? Or the beauty of the moon illuminating the night sky as you walk home?
The Goddess is calling you to slow down.
7. Let yourself receive
The masculine is the giver, while the feminine is the receiver. But all too often, we end up in giving mode. We give and give to everyone around us, our work, and our communities, and we end up at the bottom of our priority list.
Have you ever received a compliment from someone only to brush it off or immediately give that person a compliment back? This is another way we stop ourselves from receiving!
Next time someone compliments you, say thank you and let yourself receive it. Ask people for help when you need it. Make time for self-care and pour back into your own cup.
8. Turn your home into a sanctuary
Another way to embody Goddess energy is to turn your home into a calm oasis that makes you feel inspired and beautiful (working with Hathor can really help with this).
Real plants, flowers, hygge fabrics, inspiring artwork, vibrant or cozy colors, heavenly aromas, crystals, and fairy lights can all transform any space.
Clear away the clutter, donate anything that no longer brings you joy, and fill your home with things that feed and excite your senses and soul! Your space should be a reflection of your inner Goddess.
9. Make a sacred altar
An altar is a designated sacred space in your home where you collate objects and items that feel magical and spiritual. This can be crystals, candles, flowers and plants, photos, letters, jewelry, pottery, a journal or book of spells, a wand, a chalice or cauldron—anything you like.
Your altar can be as small or as large as you want. The most important thing is it feels and looks beautiful to you and encourages you to spend time with it.
Use your altar when doing any kind of ritual, spellwork, oracle or tarot reading, journaling, meditation, or yoga. Light a candle here at the start of the day or before you use it. These practices will help you embody Goddess energy and tend to your inner feminine.
10. Create & weave rituals into your life
Calling Goddess energy into your life is about recognizing the spiritual part of ourselves and the spiritual nature of all things.
One of the best ways to do this is to ritualize ordinary things like eating a meal, taking a bath, or brewing a cup of tea. Something small like lighting a candle, burning some incense, or saying a prayer is a brilliant way to turn something ordinary into something extraordinary and sacred.
This also helps us appreciate the little things in life and be more grateful for everything we have.
11. Step into nature
Mamma nature is the greatest expression of the Divine feminine and Goddess energy. Nature is cyclic and follows the life, death, and rebirth cycle that women go through every month. Immersing yourself in nature is a wonderful way to reconnect with Goddess energy and tend to your inner feminine.
Go for a hike in the forest, take a walk in the park, swim in the ocean, get caught in the rain, bask in the sunshine or moonlight, climb a mountain, fill your lungs with fresh air. Unplug, enjoy the simple beauty of mamma nature, and recharge.
Think about bringing nature into your home by making fresh flowers and plants a part of your space.
12. Love & nourish your body
It doesn’t matter what shape or size you are, whether you have stretch marks, scars, or pigmentation. Goddess energy is about recognizing that you already are a true Goddess.
Think about how you can love and care for your body more. Adorn it in clothes and jewelry that make you feel beautiful. Moisturize. Exfoliate. Indulge in blissful baths. Nourish your body with water and clean foods that energize you. Indulge in self-pleasure sessions. Be discerning when sharing your body and having sex—not everyone deserves to enjoy your body.
As a writer, I have always been big into journaling and keeping diaries. Journaling is my go-to tool when anything is playing on my mind, and it’s a brilliant way to confront your shadows and hidden emotions, which we touched on earlier.
Journal after you meditate, as part of a moon ritual, or every day as part of your morning or evening routine. Let everything pour out onto the page. Resist the urge to censor yourself. Connect to your intuition and let the energy of your inner Goddess flow through you like waves.
Putting pen to paper is such a powerful thing for us as women, and it’s one of the best ways to heal.
14. Connect with your intuition
Intuition is feminine energy. Both men and women can connect to their intuition, but because women embody the Goddess, intuition is like a superpower or sixth sense for us. This is why a lot of women have developed their intuition more than men, especially those who are mothers. But it’s something we all need to work on.
Our masculine-led society celebrates logic and the mind while looking down on intuition and the heart. But both have their place.
There are so many things you can do to flex your intuitive muscles. Meditate, journal, work with oracle cards, and sit in stillness. These pockets of solitude allow us to hear the whispers of our higher self. The more you tune in to and trust your intuition, the stronger it will become.
15. Be with other Goddesses
The final step to embody Goddess energy is to surround yourself with women who inspire and lift you up and move away from anyone who drags you down. We’re all different, and we have to know ourselves before we can find our tribe.
But when you have incredible, powerful, supportive women around you who are balanced in their inner feminine and masculine energy and want to see you win, it feels amazing.
Women always used to live in community with one another, but the witch hunts were a turning point. We were forced to turn on each other out of fear for our own lives, which led to our community (and our strength) dissolving. But we are so much stronger when we’re walking together, cheering each other on.
Ready to embody the energy of the Goddess within you?
Remember that reclaiming the Divine feminine and the Goddess is the journey of a lifetime. There is no quick fix here. Enjoy the journey as you immerse yourself in the ways of Her and reclaim your feminine power.