Can a Woman Embody a Goddess?
Can a Woman Embody a Goddess?

Enhedduanna was the human embodiment of the Goddess Inanna. She is known as the High Priestess of Inanna, but what if the true meaning, and responsibility of a "High Priestess" is to surrender to embodiment? What if it is not the title of a holy woman who performs sacred rites and attends to the spiritual needs of the community? What if the term High Priestess brings you to the full attention of the Goddess that you are serving?

How do we imagine this works? Is this a partial embodiment for ritual work only, or a full and permanent surrender? When I imagine Enhedduanna - I sense with no question of a doubt - a lasting and trusting mergence, with no going back.

What if you cannot call yourself High Priestess and expect life to be the same, but by uttering these words, you are bringing forth the irreversible metamorphosis of you becoming empty and her becoming fully here?

Even, if you were to turn your back, you would never ever be free from her face. Everywhere you go, you see tokens of her presence. This is not something you put down. It is a pledge, the ultimate Bodhisattva vow - spoken without words. Just a movement in the heart, to pick up where you left off. Because you don't just 'become' a High Priestess, you have been one all along.

  • Was Mary Magdalene the human embodiment of the Egyptian Goddess, Isis?
  • Was Miao Shan the human embodiment of the Buddhist Goddess, Quan Yin?
  • Were the 19 Virgin Priestesses at Kildare in Ireland the embodiment of the Goddess Bridgid?
  • Were the 7 Vestal Virgin Priestesses in Rome, the embodiment of the Goddess Vesta?

How do you feel when you read these words? Does it stir something within you? Can you 'catch' what it is?

Anaiya Sophia

About the Author

Aletheia Sophia (also published under the name of Anaiya Sophia) is a Châtelaine, Living Grail and Author/Whisperer of Heart Opening Wisdom. She once taught workshops throughout the world and was best known for the creation of Sacred Body Awakening. Now, you will always find her at home in the French Pyrenees where she has taken on an almighty project – the restoration of an old Catholic summer house into an educational wisdom hub, temple, animal sanctuary and place of grace.

Known for showing up as a trailblazing resource of unapologetic truth and transparent courage, her heart is both fierce and tender.  She carries an oral message that stirs the remembrance of a continuous lineage with the Feminine Principle that throughout the centuries has preserved its spiritual dignity, without the need for permission or recognition from any other source.

Her books include:

  • Open your Heart with Kundalini Yoga (Harper Collins, 2002)
  • Mini Size Me (Lulu, 2005)
  • Pilgrimage of Love (Lulu, 2010)
  • Womb Wisdom (Inner Traditions, 2011)
  • Sacred Sexual Union (Inner Traditions, 2013)
  • The Rose Knight. Part I: Sophia (Lulu, 2014)
  • Sacred Relationships (Inner Traditions, 2015)
  • Fierce Feminine Rising (Inner Traditions, 2020)
  • The Grail King. Part II: Logos (Lulu, 2022)

Aletheia lives in the Cathar region of Southern France with her beloved husband Pete Wilson. Together they run Les Contes, a bed-and-breakfast at the base of Montsegur where individuals, families and large groups can come and stay.  Les Contes is a truly extraordinary place, with a bountiful healing presence.

Aletheia is able to conduct Baptism, Marriage, Divorce and Death Ceremonies as there is a Chapel and Spring on-site.