Click to Enlarge 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!