When I was in Italy I fell in love with the artwork, which is everywhere - churches, fountains, town centers, buildings.
It's awesomely beautiful. The most popular person painted and carved is the Madonna who was, not only in churches, but out and about throughout cities and towns.
The Madonna aka Mary, Queen of the Angels, Blessed Virgin, Our Lady, God's mother, Jesus' mother, was central image to behold in much of the artworks. It had me wondering how close men (as the artist were) felt a great need to create a female deity over and over again. Can this be that even back when these men were creating there was more than a deep appreciation for the mother and the woman. Could it be an innate and inner understanding and faith in the female principle as the source of all life?.
As a former Catholic from a European country, we were taught to pray to Our Lady, the Blessed Mother, Mary, Jesus' mother to help guide us than what I experienced when immigrating to the United States, whereas the focus appeared to be more on God and Jesus.
That devotion to the Madonna translated to my spiritual pathway today as a Wiccan and no doubt this deep connection and relationship to a female deity was a driving force in writing about my experiences in my novel, The Skye in June. In the story there's a strong connection between two main characters, Cathy, the mother and June, her youngest daughter to Our Lady. The connection leads to her discovery of a spiritual path outside their family's Catholic religion.
The story is PERFECT! for those from San Francisco and might have grown up in San Francisco during the 1950's and early days of the 60'. You will most likely identify with the times. It's a great look into the area of the city known as "The Castro" before it was The Castro and known as Eureka Valley. For those of you who went to Catholic school when the nuns wore the habit and religion ruled the home - you will understand.
What, if anything, was dissatisfying in the religion of your family, causing you to seek spirituality elsewhere?
I have four books, two novels that take place mainly in San Francisco, but also Glasgow, Scotland and one paranormal as well as a parapsychology. Read more www.juneahern.com Amazon.com and smashwords.com