On the Trail of the Black Madonna
“Why are Americans so interested in the Black Madonnas?” a European colleague asked. “Well, I can’t speak for anyone else but myself, however, they seem to represent a window on to a wider, older, and more mysterious role for the sacred feminine in and before the European Christian tradition,” I replied. “They seem to be some kind of gateway into a deeper connection with land and the feminine, a gateway to something older and long forgotten. It is as if we need to follow their story to recover something in the European heart/mind/psyche.
“Let’s face it, if the European cultures had not taken on the hallmarks of exclusionary religious views, patriarchy, oppression of women and people of color, and disregard for the Earth and ecological balance, we might not even think twice about this apparent anomaly. Because the Black Virgin stands out as a persistent symbol that is contrary to these trends, she seems to become a sign as a way out of them.”
Presented by Anne Z. Parker
About a decade ago Anne went on her own pilgrimage and research journey to visit the Black Madonna sites in Europe, primarily in the south of France. She will share that story with us. You may read her research paper at: https://bouldermasterbuilders.com/resources/articles/the-black-madonna-article/
Anne is passionate about leading towards an environmentally sustainable, socially just, and balanced present and future world. She is Professor of Environmental Studies at Naropa University and has lived and studied with Aboriginal communities in the Central Desert of Australia and spent many years living in the Himalayan region studying traditional agriculture, land use, and sacred places. She is the author of Stories from the Origin and Multiethnic Interface in Eastern Nepal. She has explored sacred sites in Europe where her research has focused on the Black Madonnas and megalithic sites. Anne is trained in sacred/natural geometry and geomancy and engages in their practical application to harmonizing homes, public buildings, and spaces. She is available for consultations utilizing these techniques. Anne also teaches Beginning Dowsing, Art of Stones, and Sacred Geometry Mandala classes in Boulder, CO.
WHEN: Tuesday, April 21 | 7 – 8 pm
COST: Free and Open to all!