What Does “The Divine Feminine” Mean? It’s So Much More Than A New Age Buzzword

Whenever I heard that astrologers had dubbed 2017 the year of the "Divine Feminine Rising," I would picture a voluptuous goddess with flowing locks of hair, emerging from the sea on a giant scalloped shell, Venus-style. This was, however, before I met Suzanne Kingsbury, author and founder of Gateless Writing, Inc., explained that under the hood of what I would typically brush off as just the latest New Age buzzword, there’s so much more to be explored.

Since the Divine Feminine is a concept grounded in spirituality, definitions can vary depending on who you ask. According to Kingsbury, however, who has led retreats on the topic for over 10 years, “the Divine Feminine is an energy that has been with us since ancient times." She tells Bustle, "Consciousness is basically divided up into the ‘masculine’ side and the ‘feminine’ side, and we need both to achieve our highest creative potential." In other words, the Divine Feminine represents the connection to the part of your consciousness responsible for nurture, intuition, and empathy, regardless of your gender. According to Kingsbury, the Divine Feminine is the aspect of the self associated with "creation, intuition, community, sensuality (felt sense rather than thinking sense), and collaboration."

Though on its surface, the concept seems to play into the gender binary, Kingsbury explains that it's an energy that's available to anyone. “People often think the Divine Feminine is only for women, but in fact [everyone carries] feminine and masculine wisdom and tools,” Kingsbury explains.

And it’s a powerful energy at that. By helping her clients better tune into their Divine Feminine energy, Kingsbury has seen them build stronger relationships with colleagues, friends, significant others, and themselves, which can all lead to both concrete personal and professional gains. Hearing Kingsbury talk about the personal and professional success she’s witnessed was enough to start wondering about how to channel this energy in day-to-day life. Bustle spoke with Kingsbury about her advice on how to get ahead in your relationships, career, and connection to the inner self, by tapping into the power of the Divine Feminine.