The Secret Life of Lady Liberty: Goddess in the New World


Robert Hieronimus Ph.D. & Laura E. Cortner

Reviewed by Henry Reed

They say the principle of the feminine is on the rise in our culture. Women probably wouldn’t call it a “rise,” but perhaps that we are becoming more receptive to the feminine principle. Men especially have been encouraged to get in touch with their feminine side—yet, according to the wise and perceptive Peter Einstein, creator of the Intuition Cruise, “if men had a feminine side, they’d be touching it all the time!”

Is it a battle of the sexes? No, more like hide-and-seek, but it seems that the archetypal White Guy Anglo Saxon Gringo has witnessed what He experiences as threats to His sovereignty while there’s been an uptick in the perceived value of processes more Yin-like. Witness Madam Secretary, etc.

There have been a lot of political cartoons, however, lately depicting the lady of the Statue of Liberty crying, or in despair, and other attitudes and postures depicting upsetness. There’s real meaning in her for us. She stands for something about America. A new book is a wonderful story about her: The Secret Life of Lady Liberty: Goddess in the New World. A new story, or at least new to us, as the authors have dug up an all but forgotten history—and gosh, there’s a lot of it. Did you know that the original model for the lady in the statue was an Native American woman?

There’s more, a lot more. It is amazing what all has been swept under the rug to make for a history more to our predelictions. This book is not alt-history: yet again, it does tell a different story than what you learned at that place the school bus took you to everyday.

I remember Stanley Krippner introducing me to the first author, Robert Hieronimus, back in the 1970s, as he was developing what later came out as his book (that led to a Ph.D.) on why there is an eye in the middle of the pyramid on the back of the U.S. dollar bill: America's Secret Destiny: Spiritual Vision and the Founding of a Nation. Not a conspiracy theory, exactly, but it does seem that there was some kind of extra-supersensible guidance in the forming of our country, and it might have come from an elder woman of indigenous descent.

The book has a lot of photos and it will be a treasure to those who appreciate this thread in American history.

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From the publisher:

          The goddess origins of the Statue of Liberty and her connections with the founding and the future of America

• Examines Lady Liberty’s ties to Native American spiritual traditions, the Earth Mother, Roman goddesses, Black Madonnas, and Mary Magdalene

• Reveals the sharp contrast between depicting “liberty” as a female and the reality of women and other suppressed classes even today

• Explains how this Goddess of the New World inspires all people toward equality, compassion, peace-keeping, and environmental stewardship

          Uncovering the forgotten lineage of the Statue of Liberty, Bob Hieronimus and Laura Cortner explain how she is based on a female symbol representing America on the earliest maps of the continent in the form of a Native American “Queen.” The image of a woman symbolizing independence was embraced by the American revolutionaries to rally the populace against the King, filling the role of “Founding Mother” and protector of the fledgling republic. Incorporating Libertas, the Roman goddess of freed slaves, with Minerva, Demeter, Justice, and the Indian Princess, Lady Liberty is seen all over the nation’s capital, and on the seals and flags of many states.

          Showing how a new appreciation for the Statue of Liberty as the American goddess can serve as a unifying inspiration for activism, the authors explore how this Lady Liberty is a personification of America and its destiny. They examine multiple traditions that influenced her symbolism, from the Neolithic Earth Mother, to Mary Magdalene, Columbia, and Joan of Arc, while revealing the sharp contrast between depicting “liberty” as a female and the reality of women and other suppressed classes throughout history. Their study of “Liberty Enlightening the World” led them to conclude that the empowerment of contemporary women is essential for achieving sustainable liberty for all.

          Sounding the call for this “Goddess of the New World” to inspire us all toward peacekeeping, nurturing, compassion, and environmental stewardship, the authors explain how the Statue of Liberty serves as the conscience of our nation and is a symbol of both the myths that unite us and the diversity that strengthens us.

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