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Cybele: Weaving the Tapestry of Time and Spirit

In my book, The Hidden Camino, I explore the intriguing possibility that Mary Magdalene's origins can be traced back to Cybele, the Great Phrygian Mother of Gods. While the book delves deeply into this conclusion, I aim to shed some light on this mighty Creator and goddess, who is almost forgotten in modern times.


Phrygia, located in what is now Turkey, was the epicenter of Cybele's worship. However, her influence extended far beyond its borders, blending into the later spiritual traditions of Artemis and Diana. Cybele's roots reach back to even older spiritual traditions, marking her as one of the earliest goddesses to exist.



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Her Crown of Towers

Cybele is recognizable by her unique crown of towers or city walls with towers, a symbol exclusive to her. Coins from the era of her worship often depict Cybele with this distinctive crown. She is also portrayed either in a golden chariot pulled by lions or seated on a throne with lions at her feet.


An oracle from Delphi once advised ancient Rome to restore the religion of Cybele to save themselves from impending doom. Rome ignored this advice and fell soon after, highlighting the perceived power of Cybele's influence.


Cybele's Teachings and Origins

Cybele's origins are steeped in the concept of Oneness. Some describe this 'Oneness' as an energy or Cosmic consciousness, while others view it as a heavenly hermaphroditic being. This suggests that Cybele transcended gender and human life, embodying a higher cosmic principle. Her creation story indicates a profound wisdom about the interconnectedness of Spirit and Matter, emphasizing that we are great souls inhabiting physical bodies.


This understanding challenges modern interpretations of some practices associated with her worship. For instance, the accounts of her male priests castrating themselves may be exaggerated or misunderstood, reflecting a deeper spiritual symbolism rather than literal acts.


In her time, Cybele was a universal deity, comparable in influence to the Christian God. Just as the Christian God gave life to Jesus, Cybele was believed to give life to the gods, making her a central figure in the spiritual landscape of the ancient world.


Most of these figurines are Cybele, but they are all known as Artemis. Photo's: Cybeleweb/shutterstock

Artemis and Other Goddesses Cybele's influence is evident in many goddesses that arose in various cultures. One notable example is Artemis, depicted in ancient statues and artworks. For instance, a statue of Artemis with the holy veil of initiation from Viterbo, Italy, bears striking similarities to a figurine of Cybele found at Ephesus in Turkey. These resemblances suggest a shared spiritual heritage and continuity of goddess worship from Cybele to Artemis.


Recent scientific research in Turkey has further illuminated Cybele's role in ancient Anatolian culture. Archaeological findings and scholarly studies have revealed that Cybele was central to the region's religious and social life. For example, excavations at the ancient city of Catalhoyuk have uncovered figurines and symbols linked to Cybele, indicating her worship dates back to at least the Neolithic period.


These discoveries support the idea that Cybele was not just a local deity but a universal figure embodying the principle of Oneness. Her worship reflected a deep sense of connectedness to the cosmos and the earth, promoting a sense of unity and peace rather than separation from spirituality.




The Impact of Cybele's Oneness on Modern Spirituality

Understanding Cybele's origins from Oneness can profoundly impact our modern sense of connectedness and peace. In a world often divided by religious and spiritual differences, the concept of Oneness offers a unifying perspective. Cybele's teachings remind us that we are all part of a greater whole, interconnected by a cosmic consciousness that transcends individual identities and divisions.


This perspective can foster a sense of unity and peace, encouraging us to see beyond superficial differences and recognize our shared humanity. Embracing the idea of Oneness can help bridge the gap between different spiritual traditions, promoting mutual respect and understanding.


Moreover, Cybele's emphasis on the interconnectedness of Spirit and Matter highlights the importance of balancing our spiritual and physical lives. In a society often focused on material success, reconnecting with our spiritual roots can provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment. It encourages us to see our lives as part of a larger cosmic story, imbued with meaning and significance.



Turkey as most people know it today. Shutterstock.


Cybele's Legacy in Anatolian Culture Cybele's legacy continues to resonate in modern Turkey, where her ancient worship sites are preserved and studied. Scholars and archaeologists are uncovering new insights into her role in Anatolian culture, shedding light on the rituals, symbols, and beliefs associated with her worship.


For instance, recent excavations at the ancient city of Gordium, the Phrygian capital, have revealed intricate altars and offerings dedicated to Cybele. These findings illustrate the depth of devotion and the central role she played in the religious life of the Phrygians.


Cybele's connection to the land and nature is another aspect of her legacy that continues to inspire. Her association with mountains, forests, and wildlife underscores the importance of environmental stewardship and reverence for the natural world. In an era of environmental crises, Cybele's teachings can guide us towards a more sustainable and harmonious relationship with nature.



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Cybele's Influence on Turkish Cultural Identity

The rediscovery and study of Cybele's worship have profound implications for Turkish culture, religion, and cultural identity. As the successor state to the ancient civilizations of Anatolia, modern Turkey holds a rich tapestry of historical and spiritual heritage. Cybele's prominence in this history underscores the depth and diversity of Turkey's cultural and religious roots.


Recognizing Cybele's influence allows modern Turks to appreciate the ancient traditions that have shaped their cultural identity. It provides a sense of continuity with the past, fostering a deeper connection to the land and its historical narratives. This awareness can also enrich contemporary Turkish spirituality, offering an inclusive and holistic perspective that embraces ancient wisdom.


Cybele's emphasis on Oneness and interconnectedness can resonate with modern Turkish society's values of unity and harmony. Her teachings offer a spiritual framework that transcends religious boundaries, promoting a sense of national and cultural cohesion. By integrating Cybele's legacy into their cultural narrative, Turks can celebrate their diverse heritage and draw inspiration for future spiritual and cultural development.


Cybele: A Beacon Through Time

Cybele’s story is a testament to the enduring power of cultural narratives and the profound influence they have on our identity and worldview. From her origins in the prehistoric mists of Anatolia around 1,200,000 BCE to her prominent worship in ancient Phrygia, and through the ages to modern times, Cybele’s essence has echoed through millennia, shaping and being shaped by the cultures that revered her.


The Fountain Of Cibeles In Madrid, Spain. Shutterstock

Her journey from the ancient Neolithic settlements of Anatolia to the grand temples of Rome symbolizes the dynamic nature of cultural evolution. Cybele’s ability to adapt and integrate into various spiritual frameworks illustrates how foundational archetypes persist and evolve within the collective consciousness. Her narrative reflects the fluidity of cultural identity, showing how ancient wisdom can continue to inform and enrich contemporary life.


In the context of cultural evolution, Cybele’s story reminds us that our present is deeply intertwined with our past. The principles she embodied – Oneness, interconnectedness, the balance of spirit and matter – are timeless truths that transcend specific historical periods. They invite us to see our lives as part of a larger, ongoing story that stretches from the distant past into an uncertain but interconnected future.


This philosophical perspective underscores the importance of preserving and understanding our cultural heritage. By studying figures like Cybele, we gain insights into the values and beliefs that have shaped human civilization over millennia. This knowledge helps us navigate contemporary challenges with a sense of continuity and purpose, grounding our modern lives in the rich tapestry of human experience.


A powerful message of Oneness

Cybele, the Great Phrygian Mother of Gods, offers a powerful message of Oneness and interconnectedness that remains relevant today. Her teachings remind us of our cosmic origins and the profound connection between Spirit and Matter. By embracing Cybele's wisdom, we can foster a sense of unity, peace, and respect for all forms of life.


In modern Turkey, the ongoing study of Cybele's worship provides valuable insights into ancient Anatolian culture and its spiritual heritage. As we uncover more about this mighty goddess, we can draw inspiration from her legacy to enrich our spiritual lives and promote a deeper understanding of our place in the cosmos.


By reconnecting with Cybele's teachings, we can transcend the divisions that separate us and embrace a more holistic and integrated view of spirituality, each other, and our cultural differences. In doing so, we honor the ancient wisdom of Oneness and pave the way for a more harmonious and connected world. Cybele’s enduring legacy challenges us to reflect on our cultural narratives, fostering a deeper appreciation of our shared human heritage and inspiring us to build a future rooted in the timeless principles of unity and interconnectedness.


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Louise Sommer is an Educational Psychological Consultant specializing in cultural psychology, multi-cultural communication, and cultural trauma. She is the author of the bestseller "The Hidden Camino," a profound exploration of historical and spiritual narratives. As a professional blogger, Louise delves into the intricate relationships between cultural narratives, identity, and spirituality, offering unique insights and fostering understanding in a multi-cultural world. Discover more about her work and writings at LouiseSommer.co


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Here's a timeline that might help you:


Anatolia, also known as Asia Minor, is a geographical region in present-day Turkey that has been inhabited since prehistoric times. Its history spans several millennia, with various cultures and civilizations leaving their mark on the region. Here is a brief overview of key periods in the history of Anatolia:


Prehistoric Period:

Paleolithic to Neolithic Period (c. 1,200,000 – 5500 BCE): Anatolia was inhabited by hunter-gatherers and early agricultural societies. Sites like Göbekli Tepe (c. 9600 BCE) and Çatalhöyük (c. 7500 – 5700 BCE) are some of the earliest examples of human settlements.


Bronze Age (c. 3300 – 1200 BCE):

The rise of early civilizations such as the Hittites, who established a significant empire centered in Hattusa (modern Boğazköy) around 1600 BCE. The Hittites were influential in the region until their decline around 1200 BCE.


Iron Age (c. 1200 – 600 BCE):

After the fall of the Hittite Empire, several smaller kingdoms and cultures emerged, including Phrygia, Lydia, and Urartu. The Phrygians, for example, are known for their connection to Cybele, the Great Mother Goddess.


Classical Period (c. 600 BCE – 330 BCE):

Anatolia became a crossroads of various empires, including the Persian Empire, which controlled the region after the fall of Lydia in 546 BCE. Greek colonists also established cities along the western coast.


Hellenistic Period (c. 330 BCE – 30 BCE):

Following the conquests of Alexander the Great, Anatolia was divided among his successors, leading to the establishment of Hellenistic kingdoms such as the Seleucid Empire and the Kingdom of Pergamon.


Roman and Byzantine Periods (c. 30 BCE – 1453 CE):

Anatolia became part of the Roman Empire and later the Byzantine Empire. The region remained a crucial part of the Byzantine Empire until the fall of Constantinople in 1453.


Seljuk and Ottoman Periods (c. 11th century – 1922 CE):

The Seljuk Turks began to migrate into Anatolia in the 11th century, followed by the rise of the Ottoman Empire in the late 13th century. The Ottomans controlled Anatolia until the establishment of the Republic of Turkey in 1923.


Throughout these periods, Anatolia was a melting pot of cultures and civilizations, each contributing to its rich history. The term "Anatolia" itself has been used to describe the region since ancient times, reflecting its continuous significance in the history of human civilization.


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