Sheila Na Gig: rewards outweigh pain

Often seen adorning Churches around the British Isles (in particular Ireland), Sheila Na Gig is depicted as a grinning woman holding open her vulva with both hands. “Bear down, get through the pain, the rewards are worth it,” she says. 

  • Mantra: The rewards are worth it
  • Gemstones: red stones for the base chakra, and bloodstone
  • Essential Oils: Goddess-ence Kali* blend for the base chakra


Affirmation Theme: Transitional Wellbeing

  • Life: dish it up baby!
  • I get back to my passion to get my passion back.
  • I have infinite passion for what I choose to do next.

From Affirmation Goddess, Express Your Way to Happiness ~ a gorgeous box set of more than 200 modern and sassy affirmations by Anita Revel.

Her Story

There are many stories surrounding the emergence of Sheila Na Gig as a goddess. Some say she is the feminine counterpart to the Green Man. Others describe her as an exhibitionist, or a symbol of lust. If we look to the origins of her name, (“gyg” is Norse for giantess, “Sheila” is “girl”) she is simply a giant (or deified) girl!

Also known as Sheela-na-gig, Sheela-no-gig, Sheelanagyg, and Síle na gCíoch in Irish, she is often found in Churches throughout Europe as the “guide” of that church. Why such a “vulgar” statue is so prevalent is possibly representative of pagan beliefs being incorporated into the Christian church – Christians used assimilation over force to aid with the Celtic conversion to Christianity.

Her Modern Energy

The vulva is a symbol of birth and life. Birth is not an easy process that can be conducted under pristine white sheets while sipping on a cup of tea. It requires the mother to “bear down”, and to give the process every ounce of energy and strength she can muster. She may sweat, scream, howl and thrash against the pain, but all of this is forgotten once the baby arrives and is laid upon the mother’s breast.

Likewise, in modern life we are confronted with situations that require such “bearing down”. Witnessing the atrocities of war, the rape of our land by corporates, the polar differences between modern and third-world countries, the culling of endangered animals and flora… Closer to home, there might be a teenager off the rails, a boss causing division amongst the staff, a colleague on the take, or a partner on a chronic cheating fest.

These matters can’t be addressed with ladylike gentility. You must grit your teeth, resolve your willpower and bear down with the intensity and vigour of a woman birthing. You must embody the “birth” energies of Sheila Na Gig. Bear with it, see it through, and the results will be worth it in the end.

Reconnect With Your Inner Sheila Na Gig

Sign petitions, attend rallies, share your findings with your community, volunteer, write letters, make phone calls. If you really really really want to take on Goliath, become the “giant girl” yourself, and puuuusssshhhhhhh your way to success. If you’re looking for an activity, spend an afternoon making a signature “Power Perfume” to keep you attuned!


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