"The woman without hands spoke to me about a life severed from the power to grasp one's deep life as woman, to hold onto one's inherent power. One day that summer while browsing in a small shop, I happened upon an illustration of the Virgin Mary drawn in detail except for one thing. She had no hands.
As I looked at the print, I realized that over the long course of church history, Mary had been the closest thing Christianity had to an archetype of the Feminine Divine. for many she filled the vacuum in the divine image and came to represent the feminine 'side'. She was referred to as Queen of Heaven, Lady All Holy, Sovereign Mistress of the World."
from The Dance of the Dissident Daughter, Sue Monk Kidd
A woman's journey from Christian Tradition to the Sacred Feminine