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The Dark Mother

As an archetypal figure, the Dark Mother is one of the more powerful ones, in my opinion. I stumbled upon her 18 years ago during my first trip to France. Referred to as the Black Madonna, she is found as a Madonna statue made of dark wood and highly revered by many seeking healing at the old temples and cathedrals. I was raised Christian and the archetype of Mother Mary, the way she was depicted by the Christian religion, had a powerful impact on me growing up. Her gentleness, purity and obscure power conveyed to me as a young girl, that that was what a woman should be. Not being exposed to many other kinds of archetypes as a child, this image of Mother Mary was the only image I had.

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