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Azna - Mother God

Ever think that God might be a woman?

I did...

I got in "trouble" for praying to Mary when I was young,
the Catholic church we attended did not appreciate my religious creativity when I thought the girls should pray to Mary and the boys should pray to God.

So here is my long overdue tribute to my female God :)

I know, it's taken me ages to submit something...I never get much artwork done in the summer and I have also been working on some mixed media collages. I am once again taking commissions if anyone is interested!

mixed media = Paint Shop Pro, Painter and Ultra Fractal
stock used for reference is the lovely: :icontw1stedtruth-stock:
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SyringePins Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
I personally believe in a male and female god. But this is an absolutely beautiful representation of Mother God Azna
VictoriaRosetum Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I, personally, believe that the divine is both female in male at once. That's just me though. So, praying to god does not mean having to pray to a man.
VictoriaRosetum Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
female and male at once*
BloodiestRed Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
WoW! Amazing.
ladynefertari Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
its beautiful. I had always known that there was a female god. Don't get me wrong I love our Father. I guess I knew subconciously. :shrug:
LadyFenix Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
So very lovely.
steinhakasei Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
I hope Mary has more tolerant supporters. :)
AshlieNelson Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This is beautiful. I am so excited to see artwork that represents Azna. I've been meaning to do my own piece of her holding her golden sword. It's amazing seeing that Azna has even made it to DA! :)
NocturneD85 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
why exactly would a church make girls pray to mary and boys to god, its not what i was taught when i was younger. but yah, female god looks a pure beauty
Danzafantasma Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010  Student General Artist
wonderful picture, I have been guilty of this too :D
oakenmoon Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
I think God is a spirit and encompasses male and female aspects. Julian of Norwich said God was like a Mother and she is a saint. I love your art by the way.
ZenPidgin Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Beautiful painting!!! I love how you stuck to the way Azna has been described. For me, this is a very moving painting. Absolutely gorgeous.
Nightlylioness Featured By Owner May 2, 2010
Beautiful, my friend showed me this before I was a member and looked for this just to comment to say its nice
paleWOLF Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Mother God is beautiful, and as such should always be remembered when in thought or prayer to any diety....she's awesome and all loving just the same! Beautiful portrait...and trust that as a kid you were was (and is) circumstance that would have led you astray with the belief systems of children we are so much more intuned to how we SHOULD believe...than how we are often molded to believe!
StainedGlassJesus Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009
Incredibly beautiful. Kudos for this!
NocturneD85 Featured By Owner May 9, 2009
I've been on a project for writing a novel and in one of the books i'm writing god is actually a female. >_>
IrisKnight Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009  Professional Photographer
Why don't you do one of Om and Azna?
DemoraFairy Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, such a beautiful picture. Amazing.
Juan1982 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008
That is an interesting theological hypothesis saiaii, though I must say, you’ve been reading Sylvia Browne, haven’t you! ;) (Ms. Browne is a self proclaimed psychic whose books include Mother God, or Azna .) That the established hierarchy of the Catholic Church did not approve of your “religious creativity” is not unusual for the simple fact that they believe that God exists. You might say but of course priests believe that God exists, but the thing is they take that fact seriously; they don’t have an imaginary friend to make them feel good, they literally believe that, no, they KNOW for a fact that a Supreme Being lives and they know that belief is irrelevant as to whether or not He exists. As such if its so its so, and if its not its not.

Do you remember the scene from the 1994 version of Miracle on 34th Street where the people are arguing as to whether or not Santa Claus exists? Lawyer Bryan Bedford defends Kris Kringle’s claiming to be Santa Claus saying that:

Your Honor, a lot of people believe in Mr. Kringle. Including millions of children. If you rule against him, you won't destroy anyone's belief but you will destroy the man they believe in. Mr. Kringle is not concerned for himself, if he was he wouldn't be here. He is in this regrettable position because he is willing to sacrifice himself for children. To create in their minds a world far better than the one we've made for them. If this is, as Mr. Collins suggests, a masquerade then Mr. Kringle is eager to forfeit his freedom to preserve that masquerade. To subject himself to prosecution to protect the children's right to believe. If this court finds that Mr. Kringle is not who he says he is, that there is no Santa, I ask the court to judge which is worse: A lie that draws a smile or a truth that draws a tear.

The Church prefers a truth that draws a tear. That might seem counterintuitive but when you think about it Christianity is not a “feel good” religion. On the contrary, with its emphasis on human sin, our intrinsic worthlessness, impossibly high moral demands, Christianity is a “feel bad” religion. Why then do people practice it? People practice this faith because they prefer truths that draw tears to feel good lies that draw smiles. (And it is worth saying that as a religion of the real world, Christianity is in a vale of tears. For example, About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Matthew 27:46)

If your “religious creativity” was not appreciated it was not for the same reason that mathematical creativity is not appreciated. No matter how empowering two plus two equals five might be, no matter how much hope it might give you, it in the end is still not true. However, your image of the Divine Feminine is not without merit. Though God is described in male terms through out Sacred Text, there are exceptions. For example “He” rhetorically asks at one point “From whose womb comes the ice?” (Job 38:29) This implies that “He” has a womb, a female characteristic. At one point Jesus, the Incarnation of God, compares Himself to a Mother Hen who would gather her chicks under her wings if only we would let her/Him. (Matthew 23:37) The most intriguing example of this is Woman of Revelation, a Queen of Heaven so mighty that Her Crown is made of Twelve Stars, Her cloak is the sun itself, and Her footstool is the Crescent Moon. She is served by all Angels and She births the King of Kings. (Revelation 12:1-18)

But your mention of Mother Mary is most intriguing of all… Am I a Catholic? Yes, but though I freely acknowledge that Mary is but a creature, a common human being like ourselves, I can see why outsiders might look at Catholicism and see goddess worship! From a strictly Biblical viewpoint Mary is indeed one of the most important people in the Gospels but there is nothing to indicate more than that she was a fine woman. However, Mariologists and centuries of Sacred Tradition give a compelling argument that she (or She) is much more.

(For more information, wikipedia provides an adequate summary [link] For a fine explanation in a story format, please see Rafael Brown’s The Life of Mary as seen by the Mystics. It is in print and you can find it on Amazon or perhaps your local library.)

Various legends concerning our Mother go back to the dawn of time stating that before God created the Universe, the angels, or Heaven itself, He created Mary because He knew that if He gave humanity free will that humanity would sin and thus needed Mary so that when the time came for Him to incarnate as a man, He would have a vessel by which He might become flesh. When Mary was born, say the storytellers of later generations, Her birth was announced by angels and She was soon entrusted to the care of the Jerusalem Temple. She was sinless because God had made her to be as morally perfect as Himself and She won the love of all. She spoke with angels and had the power to work miracles even as a child. When Her Son was born, She raised Him to be the Savior of all Mankind but He would not go on His mission unless She, His equal in power and in goodness was at His side. Mary, whom the storytellers say stopped ageing at age thirty, proved a mother to all the disciples and was Her Son’s right hand. She could heal the sick, make miracles, exorcise demons, and more. Her breast milk could revive the dead. Her prayers could make barren fields bloom. She, in addition to sharing with Her son the distinction of being the most morally perfect and intelligent human being that ever lived, was also the most physically beautiful woman of all times. She alas was too beautiful as pagans who saw Her worshipped her in the belief that she was a goddess.

On the dark day of the Crucifixion, She asked Her Son to be crucified in His stead so as to save Him but when that request was denied She asked that She at least be allowed to share in His pain. After the Resurrection, she led Her Son’s Church and dictated the events of Her Son’s life to the Evangelists on the one condition that they write as little about her as possible so as not to lead people into goddess worship. (When I first read that part in The Life of Mary as seen by the Mystics, I had to read it twice and I smiled the third time I read it.) She did all this until She was taken up to Heaven by Her Son. He then asked His Father that Mary who was equal to them in goodness be now made equal to them in power. God the Father agreed and crowned Her Queen of Heaven and His Bride. Mary the Queen of Heaven and Omnipotent Bride, Daughter, & Mother of God is now thus Seated at the Left Hand of God for as the Incarnation of the Holy Spirit, it can be said that She in fact is God as surely as Her Father/Husband Yahweh is God and as surely as Their Son Jesus is God.

Or so the more enthusiastic Maryologists say.

Is Mary a “goddess?” To a degree yes because Christianity has long known that God became Man so that men might become gods. That is to say, a central tenant of the Christian faith is that Christ’s sacrifice means more than redemption from sin though that is first and foremost; it also means He gives us resurrected bodies like His own complete with all power. It’s in the Bible and the Catholic Church’s Catechism. Search for the world Theosis. She was divinized and made a “goddess” but no more a “goddess” than any other good Christian woman is made as such on entering the Kingdom of Heaven.

Yet even so, with all the honors and titles and dogmas and love given Her… I see this drawing and dream of our Mother, sweet Mother Mary!

But the heretical ideas expounded? Please, I prefer truths that draw tears to lies that draw smiles because I most certainly do not believe in Santa Claus no matter how much I might want to.
ClaireCollyer Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008
hey hey i just wanted to let you know that this awesome artwork has been featured in my journal. You can view the journal here
ClaireCollyer Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2008
WOW!! :wow: this is stunning
HugQueen Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008   Writer
I love the warm tones, they are beautiful; the detail is amazing. :D
IrisKnight Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008  Professional Photographer
Finally i found more work of Azna
love how you have her holding the world she help create with Ome
IrisKnight Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008  Professional Photographer
Finally i found more work of Azna
love how you have her holding the world she help create with Ome
KasaiMitsukai Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007
It's so beautiful! The colors are stunning. Everything is just, amazing! :D
Sakanami Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2007   General Artist
This is marvelous! The details and the effects fascinate me so much. Wow, you always amaze us with your devs. Keep it up Saiaii! ;)
Peachie-Sakura Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007  Student Digital Artist
stunning! the colours and everything make this picture magical
RuriDark Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007
thats beautiful!!!
Beautelle Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
this is absolutely beautiful!! terrific colours and idea!! i often think that too, you capture the idea really well, almost looks like the earth it in her womb, cared and nurtured by her
Nsambakalunga Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2007
This is amazing, sweetheart!
I love the colors and the texture work... ;)

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I've featured this creation in my September Visual Art Features.

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MicrophoneMistress Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2007
Incredibly beautiful!
RoxRio Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello my friend,

I send this message just to tell that I featured your work in my journal: [link] ! :D

Congratulations for the wonderful work!!! :clap:
kev2137 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2007
Such a beautiful rising action with beautifully warm colors :) Gives me a comforting feeling :)
BabyXBlackXEyes Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007
aesthetically and functional pleasing
spankmunky Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007
Aggie93 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007
Very pretty!
miss69 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007
Wow, stunning work.. Very thought provoking :)
brokenfriday Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2007
Really beautiful!
Deathgazer Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2007
It's such beautiful picture. I love these colors and ligthing effects.

Well, I don't think God is male or female as we understand it... He's just God :) A perfect being; who knows how does he look?
vmanx Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2007
every woman is a goddess if you become aware to your own emotional reactions to the judgements and insecurities that arise within.
lucidknight Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2007
Beautiful artwork ^^ and the colors are so captivating.
Relient-K Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
You know, the thing is, God may be mostly portrayed as male, but if you think about it, he's not human. Why do we keep putting a gender on him. He's outside that. In the Bible, he shows both male and female characteristics. I mean come on. The mother hen allegory Jesus gave, anyone?
selenart Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is great! :clap:
Elorine Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2007  Hobbyist
Very pretty, nicely done. :)
vcrimson Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2007
:drool: that is absolutely gorgeous and so well worth the wait!!!! i really love the way you've blended your colours...especially down towards the bottom looks so beautiful against the branches! fantastic work as always!! :love:
saiaii Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2007  Professional General Artist
i miss you! :hug:
vcrimson Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007
i miss you too! :hug:
athlinia Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2007
this is so beuatiful. i love the light, colours and the concept.
Meilous Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
beautiful colouring
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