Woman with Horn
(The Venus of Laussel)
Dordogne, France near the Lascaux Caves
20,000 Years Ago
"Our hearts and minds quicken with recognition whenever and wherever we come in
contact with the image of the Great Earth Mother. Her story is threaded throughout the history of
Mankind. Looking at her image carved into the living rock of a shelter in the Dordogne, Southern
France, at a place called Laussel, in a posture with a gesture eloquent of some legend, the knowledge
of which has been lost, the Venus of Laussel stands before us like the figment of a dream of which we
dimly know, but cannot bring to mind the meaning."
Joseph Campbell, the Way of the Animal Powers.
She is painted red-the color of blood, of life, rebirth. She is holding a bison
horn, shaped like a crescent moon. The horn is marked with 13 incisions calling to mind the 13 days of
the waxing moon and the 13 moons of the Lunar Year. She rests her other hand on her swollen belly, much
as women often do when they are with child--resting sure of her creativity, sure of her power and depth,
anticipating the future. Her face is featureless, allowing space for each one of us to embody her.
Imagine the wonder of ancient man as they watched the Great Mother give birth confirming with each child
the magic and mystery of life ongoing.
The Venus of Laussel is regarded as the earliest known depiction of the idea
of deity for the purpose of worship. She is first example of man's deification of the feminine
principle. It is possible that the initial observation which gave birth in the mind of man to a
mythology of One Mystery informing both earthly and celestial things, was his recognition of an accord
between the celestial order of the waxing moon and the earthly order of women's cycles and the womb.
Though her presence is huge, she is merely 17 inches high. She was fashioned by
artists who created special tools just so they could carve her. Art and Spirit perfectly aligned
at the beginning of human time. Today we can only see her flat, rendered in photographs and small
reproductions, but as the art historian Sigfried Giedion describes her in situ:
"The figure and the rock are inseparably interlocked. In the position selected by the artist for this
relief, the cave had a slight overhang, so that the figure swelled forward gently. When seen from one
side, the curve appears as taut as a strung bow. It swells up to a supreme point, the maternal belly,
then falls away at either end and sinks slowly into the rock, in which the feet seem to melt. The upper
part of the body curves gently backward, and the head, resting between two rock projections, seems to be
reclining, as though on a cushion."
At Chocolate Deities we connect a pregnant woman's chocolate craving with the
deep longing for the Goddess.
The Goddess of Laussel was found in 1911 in France at the entrance to her
ceremonial cave- you can find her today in your heart.
"Em-body" her-- put her in your body, satisfy your craving--consume her with joy!