Sophia and the Dragon: Bringing Wisdom to Life
Website of Kathleen Granville Damiani, Ph.D.
This website is an educational resource about Sophia as personified wisdom, the dragon, and their relationship. My site mollydragonslayer.com is devoted to Sophia's fictional adventures in Molly O'Brien and the Mark of the Dragon Slayer, and has updates on my talks and events.
My theoretical position on Sophia is informed by archetypal psychology and hermeneutics. It goes a step beyond contemporary academic, religious, Jungian, and goddess contexts by introducing Lady Wisdom's shadow--and companion of power--the dragon. The intuition of the dance of Sophia and the dragon arose from events in my personal life and developed in conversation with teachers and mentors. Sophia is coupled with the dragon in this site to provide the wisdom seeker with a vibrant story of the human condition that speaks the language of emotions as well as of the intellect.
Sophia is the mysterious divine feminine being who appears in the wisdom literature of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, igniting the hearts and imagination of mystics, poets, and philosophers throughout the ages. Sophia, as the intelligence of the life force that flows in all beings, expressed for these visionaries so much that is worthy in the human heart: the passion for understanding life and human purpose; the longing for a compassionate world where truth is honored more than gold; and the immediate need for integrity in the marketplace and in politics.
The mythological figure of the dragon is a picture of the irrational forces in nature and in the human psyche. Esoterically it is an entity of craving that is constituted of the traces of all prior life and thought--of all the creatures that have ever inhabited this planet. It is also a picture of our human Past: the enormous slow swamp of congealed thought and habit that first must be recognized as inhabiting our minds before we can transform its latent power in the great work of becoming truly, fully human.
When we live the dance of Sophia and the Dragon, we awaken to the longing in the heart for understanding and purpose. As life force is reclaimed from the clutches of resistance and habit, it is reconnected to the soul of the world through our conscious intention. This is the position of clear perception, the mastery of life.
Kathleen Damiani, Ph.D.