The Lost Goddess; An Exploration of Herstory

An Introduction to Rediscovering the Feminine Divine Through Ancient Mythology
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  • Lectures 29
  • Length 1.5 hours
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Published 7/2015 English

Course Description

For nearly 30,000 years the primary concept of the Divine was feminine in form. Join us on this walk through HERstory as we take a multidisciplinary approach and examine the META myth to uncover the mysteries of the disappearance of the Goddess culture and the rise of the patriarchal model of society.

This course is comprised of a series of slides and lectures and includes:

  • Over twenty lessons (Approximately 2 hours)
  • Links to video interviews with experts in mythology and archaeology (Each video is approximately one hour long)
  • Lecture handouts for printing and note taking
  • Links to resources (Audio of the story "Math son of Mathonwy" or read the story approximately one hour)
  • A List of resources
  • Audio/visual recital of myths
  • An Audio/visual Goddess Meditation

What are the requirements?

  • An interest in mythology and archeology
  • An open and curious mind

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Identify Joseph Campbell's four types of Goddess Sublimation myths
  • Categorize particular myths according Joseph Campbell's four types of Sublimation myths
  • Compare and contrast common definitions of myth with Joseph Campbell's broader definition of myth
  • Deconstruct myths in order to comprehend the "meta -myth"
  • Identify Goddess symbols cross culturally in both myths and archaeological artifacts
  • Think critically, compare and contrast, ancient mythology with current mythological paradigms
  • Explain the process of the changeover between ancient matriarchal / partnership model societies to patriarchal / dominator model societies
  • Explain Raine Isler's definitions of "partnership model" vs "dominator model" societies
  • Explain Joseph Campbell's four functions of myth

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is meant for students who are interested in learning about the role of the Feminine Divine in ancient mythology and who feel drawn to rediscovering the Feminine Divine in their own spiritual path.
  • This course is meant for students who are curious about the role of the Feminine Divine through the ages, and how the change over from matriarchal to patriarchal social and religious paradigms took place.

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Section 1: Examining the Definition of Myth

Welcome to this class! In this lecture we will have an overview of what I hope to accomplish through this course.


Websters definition of myth vs Joseph Campbell's definition of myth. Identifying the types of myths.

The Legend of the Blue Bonnet by Tomie de Poala

Joseph Campbell's important definition of myth and how it effects our world view.

Please find a link to a youtube video of an interview with Joseph Campbell in which he discusses his definition of a myth and the importance of myths in culture.

Section One Summary
2 questions

Compare and contrast Websters definitions of myth with Joseph Campbells definitions of myth

Section 2: An Archaeological / Cross Cultural look at the Feminine Divine

Archaeological evidence of world wide Goddess worship.


A Cross Cultural exploration of Goddesses and their influence on their cultures.


Two main points indicate why the original concept of divinity was viewed strictly as feminine for 10,000 years.


An interview with Archeologist Marija Gimutas on her work with Goddess iconography and viewing the Goddess as Creatrix.

Section Two Summary
The Divine Feminine as a Complex Religious and Social System
2 questions
Section 3: The Great Cultural Shift

Three waves of invasion from northern tribes occurred approximately through the years of 4000-1000 BC, bringing with them the transition to hierarchally based culture.


The similarities between the stories of Tiamat and Marduk, and Apopphis and Ra.

Section Three Summary
The Shift from Matriarchy to Patriarchy
2 questions
Section 4: Examination of the Purpose of Myth

A closer examination of Webster's second definition of myth, and the ways in which our Grand Myths shape our culture.

Section Four Summary
The Purpose of Myth
2 questions
Section 5: Types of Cultural Change Over Myths

Joseph Campbell's four types of change over myths, plus one he did not identify.


The myth of Demeter and Persephone in a version thought to be closer to the original, Goddess centered story of the cycle of womanhood.

Section Five Summary
Five Types of Cultural Changeover Myths
2 questions
Section 6: Catal Hoyuk and Joseph Campbell's Fourth Type of Changeover Myth

The importance of, and the archaeological / anthropological debate over the city of Catal Hoyuk.


The city of Jericho as an example of the fourth type of change over myth.

Section Six Summary
Catal Hoyuk and the Fourth Type of Changeover Myth
3 questions
Section 7: Caught Between Mother Right and the Patriarchy

Celtic myths are good examples of myths caught between two worlds.


Arianhrod, an example of a culture caught between two systems of thought.


Arianhrod as mother, displaying the possibility that there is much more to her story that we know.

Section Seven Summary
Myths that portray cultures caught between two systems.
2 questions
Section 8: Conclusion

Concluding the course with a message of hope from White Buffalo Woman

Section Eight Summary

A meditation to reconnect with the divine feminine

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Instructor Biography

Heather Kaminski, Holistic Practitioner, Minister, Certified Teacher

Heather is the owner of Arts of Avalon Holistic Healing Ministry, she has been, and always will be, both a student and a teacher at heart. Once a public school teacher, she now puts her teaching skills to use leading women's spirituality groups, creating classes on holistic health topics and presenting them both in person and online. She is a certified aromatherapist, and is also a certified Reiki Master, Crystal Reiki master. She is also certified in Reflexology, NLP , Holistic Counseling, and Holistic Health Coaching.

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