Dark Feminine: Dark Goddesses, Spirits, and Self
Last Updated: September 27, 2022
When we think of villains, often the first thing that comes to mind is a character from a movie or book who is evil and must be stopped at all costs. But what if we told you that villainy could be something positive?
That it could be an empowering era in your life? In this blog post, we will define what a villain is and discuss how embracing your inner villain can be a powerful tool for growth and magick.
We will also share some dark feminine tarot spreads that are perfect for working with the darker goddesses and yourself.
Define a Villain
A villain is typically defined as a character who is opposed to the hero or protagonist of the story. Villains are often characterized as evil, cruel, and/or immoral. In some cases, they may also be considered anti-heroes.
A villain usually has an origin story; they may have been hurt or wronged in some way that led them to become the person they are. Humans are born as amoral creatures in an amoral state, but generally, there’s a preference for good over evil, so then Villains in a modern setting really need more context and multi-perspectives.
Villain Era meaning especially in the 21st Century
The villain era is a time when at times you feel like “the bad guy”. It’s a period of your life when you’re not quite sure what you’re doing or where you’re going. You might make some poor choices or do things that you later regret. You self-preserve in a way that isn’t “the nice thing to do” which would be offering to help others if you know you don’t have the energy in you… and not feeling bad about it.
This is a time when it’s easy to fall into self-destructive behaviours. But it’s also a time when you can learn and grow the most. It’s a time when going against the status quo may be beneficial for you. The villain era is a chance to define yourself on your own terms.
Films like Promising Young Woman (where the protagonist goes rogue & dark for justice), Joker (a man with a mental illness who becomes a criminal mastermind), and Little Women (about an artist breaking societal norms) have all been popular in recent years. These stories show that there can be more to multi-faceted villains than meets the eye. They often have depth and complexity that make them interesting and relatable characters.
Use this as an opportunity to reflect on your past and figure out what has led you to this point in your life. What are your goals? What do you want to achieve? This is a time for setting boundaries and taking control. You don’t have to be a villain forever, but embracing your inner villain can help you find your power to move forward. Just ensure nothing you’re doing is illegal or causes harm to others, but do enjoy the new authority you have in your life.
The Feminine is a long-discussed element within spirituality and psychology. It’s often related to the Anima & Animus. The dark feminine is a term that is used to describe the aspects of the Feminine that are considered to be dark or negative. This can include qualities such as being emotional, irrational, and/or sexual. The dark feminine is often seen as an archetype that all women have within them. It is a part of the shadow self that must be acknowledged and integrated in order to achieve wholeness.
When working with the dark feminine, it is important to remember that it is no good or bad. There is only what is. The dark feminine is not something to be feared and is a universal part of who you are. Embracing your dark feminine can be a powerful experience. It can help you connect with your deepest desires and truths. It can also help you to heal old wounds and traumas.
If you are interested in working with the dark feminine, there are many ways to do so. You can meditate on archetypal figures, read history and mythology, or work with tarot and oracle decks that focus on the dark feminine. You can also create your own rituals and practices. The most important thing is to be open to the experience and go where your intuition leads you and set boundaries that feel healthy to you.
How to feel empowered as a Villain, embrace your Dark Feminine, and use your dark for good
- Dressing as provocative as you feel
- Doing what you desire
- Being open about your fantasies and expectations
- Experiment with role-playing
- Deep dive into sensuality
- Stop people pleasing
- Prioritize your own needs before others
- Raise your adrenaline at “out there” events you’d always wanted to go to, or speak up when you’re done taking other people’s shhhhhhht
- Create art that is a reflection of your soul
- Connect with the dark goddesses, spirits, and self
When it comes to dark feminine magick, there are no rules. You are the authority here, and this is how it ties into the Villain Era. Tie all of this into your own healing, your own practice, and your motivations or goals for the future to bite into that confidence you devotedly deserve!
Dark Goddesses and their Tarot Spreads for exploration
Sorceresses and villains, I’m calling on you to step into your power. If you’re feeling called to work with the dark feminine, I have some tarot spreads for you. These are meant to be used as a tool for self-reflection and exploration. You can use them however you see fit.
A list of infamous dark “villain era” deities include;
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