“If there is to be a future, it will wear a crown of feminine design.” Sri Aurobindo
What did Sri Aurobindo mean by feminine? He meant women and the deep feminine within us all, that is our psyches, or ‘souls’. It is vital that the feminine ‘rise’ as the masculine has been dominant for too long and this way of thinking and acting is destroying this planet!
I take this moment to reflect upon the world as it stands on the precipice of an uncertain future, which could mean the end of life on this planet! With rising political tensions, environmental degradation and destruction, a lack of fresh water for half of the population, and the threat of nuclear war on our doorstep, this is not a time to be nonchalant nor complacent. It is up to each and everyone of us to put aside our self-serving tendencies and differences, and to find common ground in which we all share. The Earth is one Earth, with finite resources, and if we destroy it, we destroy ourselves.
Divide and conquer, winner -loser mentality and actions are not the answer, as these strategies are steeped in domination, insecurity and selfishness. What the world needs is sharing and caring and this can only come about by the rise of the deep sacred feminine within us all, and the respect of the Earth which is our home!
The deep sacred feminine does not war, as it sees itself in each and everyone, yet this has to be integrated deep within the psyche of all people. The deep feminine respects nature and knows that it is a cosmic being. Recent women leaders like Margaret Thacher, were not leading from the feminine, she was leading from her masculine (animus) and in fact had to subjugate her feminine(anima) in order to play politics in a ‘man’s world!’ The true deep feminine accepts difference, embraces relationship and connection, and sees the pattern that connects everything with each other, part of the whole.
In a time before written records, society was centered around women. Women were revered for their mysterious life-giving powers, honored as incarnations and priestesses of the great goddess. They reared their children to carry on their line, created both art and technology, and made important decisions for their communities. This was from the Paleolithic era, 1.5 to 2 million years ago, until sometime around 3000 BCE.
This can be seen in the many hand paintings and frescoes in caves, which were done by paleolithic women, and all of the artifacts of statues found of this time which show the great nurturing and procreative mother! Other civilizations like the Minoans that were relatively peaceful, were also very feminine, as can be seen by artifacts of full breasted women and on frescoes, and limited fortifications!
“Venus” of Willendorf c. 24,000-22,00 BCE
Oolitic limsetone 11.1 cm high
(Naturhistorisches Museum, Vienna)
Lascaux cave Art by women 17,000 BCE
A Minoan “Snake Goddess” or a priestess performing a ritual 1600 BCE
I don’t think this ancient era of the ‘feminine’ was one in which women dominated or ruled, as men do today. I think it was a shared experience in which the feminine was highly revered for her wisdom and guidance, her knowledge of the earth, and her creative powers, and men were respected for their role as hunters, tool makers and protectors. Yet, even so, women have always been protectors, especially of home and their children! If we compare this to contemporary ancient traditional cultures like the aboriginal people of Australia; we come to realize that there is women’s business and men’s business, and each sex respects each others’ part and expression in the shared whole of the community.
Genetically speaking, women have two X chromosomes as their 23rd pair of sex chromosomes, each containing anywhere between 3000-5000 genes, thus she contains 6000-10000 ( some of these are de-activated especially at the ends of the chromosome) sex genes; and a man has an X ( 3000-5000 genes) inherited from his mother and a Y (200 genes) inherited from his father, thus he has approximately 3200-5200 sex genes, and his Y chromosome is about 5% the size of the X, and basically contains testicles which produce testosterone and sperm.
In utero, we all start off with a clitoris, outer lips and a prostate gland (the X chromosome inherited from our Mother), and at 6 weeks gestation if we inherit another X from our Father, then we also grow inner lips, a vagina, cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries and become a girl. If we inherit a Y chromosome from our Father, then the testes attached to the vas deferens start to grow, the lips join and enlarge to become a scrotum, and the clitoris grows into a penis (with exactly the same amount of nerves as the clitoris) in response to the extra testosterone from the growing testicles, and we become a boy. Every man of European or Asian descent( which includes the first peoples of the Americas) has exactly, the same Y chromosome, and have exactly the same male ancestor who lived in Uzbekistan 40,000 years ago! That is because, it takes 40,000 years for the Y chromosome to change ( it makes exact cloned copies of itself ) though a mutation, and these are deduced through what geneticists call, ‘markers’. And, men from more recent African, Melanesian, or Aboriginal descendancy have basically the same Y as other men!
The Y is relatively new to evolution, having being created only 400 million years ago. Prior to that, everything was created through mitosis, in which a mother cell, divided and created daughter cells, exact replicas of herself. As the Y chromosome (which divides through mitosis too) takes 40,000 years to change, it is slow to evolve, and much of the Y chromosome is made of the repetition of the same genes, akin to a ‘hall of mirrors’! And, according to many geneticists the debate continues as to whether or not is is on the way out, as its size continues to diminish! Is the Y chromosome disappearing? Both sides of the argument: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10577-011-9252-1 The X chromosome however, changes each generation, taking genes from both maternal and paternal mothers, and passing them on. Thus, evolution all began with the X, the feminine, and the X is the dominant sex chromosome in both sexes!
However, saying all that, psychologically we have attributes that are both masculine and feminine. In alchemy, sulphur is the masculine principle, whilst mercury the female. Sulphur and Mercury are also equivalent to Sol and Luna – sulphur, being fiery and active, represents the sun, while mercury, being liquid and passive is the moon. These differences are often reversed in non- European mythologies. Carl Jung, the 20th century psychologist, who coined the terms archetypes and collective unconscious, said that, the psyche is such that it contains and embraces both the feminine and masculine. And, that it is inherently an androgynous entity regardless of what the gender of the physical person is. Both sexes consequently, are both masculine(animus) and feminine( anima)m primary anthropomorphic archetypes of the unconscious mind. To say it simply, the “anima/animus” is the mirror image of our biological sex, that is, the unconscious feminine side in males and the masculine tendencies in women. The psyche of a woman contains masculine aspects (the animus archetype), and the psyche of a man contains feminine aspects (the anima archetype). Jung said, that we need to integrate both our ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’ aspects, in order to be ‘whole’ person, psycho-socially whole, not fragmented. Consequently, we need to love both our feminine and our masculine natures.
During the last 5000 years however, the world has been predominantly patriarchal, and has suppressed ‘femininity’ much to the detriment of our natural evolution( Hypatia discovered that the Earth travelled an ecliptical path around the sun, in around 390AD, 1200 years prior to Copernicus), women, and the environment. This has been primarily because of monotheism and a ‘male Godhead’ which can be ascribed historically to Saul, the first king of Israel, followed through with Moses and/or AkhnatenAmenhotep IV (who may have been the same person according to Ahmen Osman in his book, Moses and Akhenaten:The Secret History of Egypt at the time of the Exodus), and came to full fruition with Judaism, which led to Christianity.
I think monotheism and a ‘male godhead’ was the beginning of the downfall of our psyche, causing a schism that split our internal world from our external world, between men and women, nature and man, causing much rift and conflict, as the facts in history show us.
History reveals the burning of the library of Alexandria (thousands of years of knowledge and history lost) by Christians, the forced abdication of the Goddess with the Council of Constantinople 360 A.D. and the Council of Nicea 325AD, the destruction of the Second Temple( Jewish) in Jerusalem by the Romans, who later made it into a Christian temple, which later became a Muslim Mosque, the forced conversions to Christianity and Islam, the ongoing crusades between Christians and Muslims, the 30 Years’ War between Protestants and Catholics, the further division of Christianity into Pentecostal, Latter Day Saints, Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses etc and the battles that still persist today between monotheistic faiths.
During the failing Roman Empire, Constantine 1, In 325 AD, called for a meeting of the early Catholic Church bishops to be held in Nicea to resolve some escalating controversies among the church leadership. Thus, at the Council of Nicea( based upon the teachings of Judaism), the early Catholic church bishops and Constantine 1 made Jesus, Christ. The word Chrestos existed ages before Christianity was heard of. It is found used, from the fifth century B.C., by Herodotus, by Aeschylus and other classical Greek writers, the meaning of it being applied to both things and persons. Chrestes is one who expounds or explains oracles, “a prophet, a soothsayer;” and chresterios is one who belongs to, or is in the service of, an oracle, a god, or a “Master” . The Greeks used both the word Messias (a transliteration) and Christos (a translation) for the Hebrew Mashiach (Anointed). The word Christos was far more acceptable to some Pagans who worshipped Chreston and Chrestos.
The story of the ‘Christos’ was also taken from ancient Egypt, and Persia. Ancient Christian texts, referenced the Egyptian god, Osiris, as Chrestos in the Vatican. His son, Horus was created by the virgin birth of his wife, Isis. The Greek god Dionysus, was a descendant of Zeus and a mortal woman Semele, a stark similarity of Jesus, who was a descendant of God and the mortal Mary. The Greek god Dionysus, was considered the God of the wine and could turn water into wine. Also, the god Mithra, who was worshipped in ancient Persia and even by ancient Romans hundreds of centuries before Christ, was also allegedly born on December 25, and once again to a virgin birth. Gerald Berry wrote in Religions of the World: “Both Mithras and Christ were described variously as ‘the Way,’ ‘the Truth,’ ‘the Light,’ ‘the Life,’ ‘the Word,’ ‘the Son of God,’ ‘the Good Shepherd.’ The significance of December 25 in religion is that it is the day when days finally begin to get longer in the northern hemisphere and stems from the days when people used to worship the sun as a God, relating to the Winter Solstice.
Later, the early Christian bishops, introduced Jesus’s resurrection and his “immortality’, even though there is no mention of this previously in any texts, and historically, the ancient Greek, Latin and Hebrew literature from Homer to the first century AD describe an arsenal of suspension punishments but none mention “crosses” or “crucifixion.” The first images of Christ and his supposed crucifixion is around 410 AD, with his arms outstretched, and not on a cross. Osirus…Mithras…Chrestos…Christ! They are all linked by the universal ☧ chi-rho and the snake entwined staff of Mercury & Aesculapius, one of the early progenitors of the Christian Cross. The Chi ro [☧] became an important Christian symbol when adopted by the Roman Emperor Constantine in the 300’s AD. Also, the crux ansata, was the Egyptian cross, which generally associated with Venus, the Roman goddess of love, and life. E. A. Wallis Budge (1904) postulated that the symbol originated as the belt buckle of the mother goddess Isis. . Thus, the pagan emblems were merely replaced by Christian symbols, and the new testament stories of Jesus dying on a cross were added later. Many scholars say that there is no truly compelling evidence to prove the historicity of Jesus’ resurrection. Yet, by doing so, it gave power to the Church leaders to control the flock and to bring in ever increasing numbers – and by executing people if they didn’t convert- thereby intensifying their feelings of guilt and shame associated with being human, unlike their prophet, who was now immortal.
The ancient Egyptian Crux Ansata
A Tyet Knot or Isis knot, from the Tomb of Tutankhamun.
Also, at the Council of Nicea 325 , the early Catholic Bishops debunked the goddess, got rid of the lunar virgin, mother and crone and replaced it with the father, son and holy spirit. This led further to the removal of laws and property to women, the making of women as property to men through the institution of marriage, the introduction of payment to sacred prostitutes- making them slaves to men’s lust and the demeaning of the sacredness of sex- the demonization of women, and the making of men as caretakers of the Earth, in which women were previously. This, within a couple of hundred years, led to Islam( which was essentially Christian and Jewish, as they were/are all based on the same texts), as people were wanting a mortal prophet, as they could not relate to an immortal one, which led to further fragmentation of monotheistic faiths and the further subjugation of the feminine, the dark ages, and the raping of the planet.
Things must not be reduced to a single, isolated principle, be it ever so noble or elevated. For always above and all, the whole is at stake. Fundamentalism in whatever form, solves no problems but only suppresses them. The world is dying, keynesian economics don’t work, and war only begets more war! Yes, the deep feminine needs to rise! Men have had 5000 years of leadership and it is now for change!
We can not continue as a species, with the mentality that only promotes war, self-serving, selfish ego-centric ways that grandizes what is fastest, biggest and physically strongest. Just because something is larger or quicker, or physically stronger, does not make it any better. Remember Aesops’ fable of the hare and the tortoise?
How can we change as a global community?
Firstly, we need dig deeply into history and to learn from our mistakes of our past. We need to look a the demarcations that separates men from women, and puts them in societal roles which make them incomplete people. Essentially, men and women are more alike than we are different, and we should focus more on our similarities. If a woman wants to be a car mechanic because she is mechanically minded, then she does not need to be criticized, nor called a ‘lesbian’ for this, especially if she is providing a service to the community. If a man wants to be a nurse because he is caring and loves to help sick people then he should not be criticized nor called a ‘homosexual’ because of this! We are human, and together we can achieve a lot more, than fighting for who is superior, or what sex should do what!
For too long, men have relied upon women as back up, to do things for them (have their children, look after children, educate the children, do domestic chores and household accounts, look after elderly parents, and neighbours, look after a man’s needs, support a man in business or his job, do most of the charitable unpaid work in the community, and for a huge amount of emotional and sexual security). Women have done the bulk of the work in society, and men have received the kudos and rewards simply because they are men and because they have earned higher wages and thus a higher status! We should never simply be valued upon how much we earn, as that is ludicrous and so short-sighted. Many of the most important jobs done in the World are done with no payment! Men need to value and respect women more, for society would not have been able to move on without them…
Secondly, the majority of men need to embrace their own femininity, for 95% of their sex chromosomes are female! They are half female and 2.5% male. Why deny the bulk of who you are, just to fit a societal or religious norm, that is not serving the greater good or yourselves? Embrace your deep femininity, then you will be less reliant upon women to provide you with the things that you already have deep inside of you. Because many women are getting bored of your immaturity, and do not want to keep looking after you like a toddler! Having tantrums or getting aggressive, to get what you want is extremely immature. Not, that all men are like this, as there are men who are good people and take responsibility for their actions.
There is nothing wrong with embracing the child within and having fun and being creative and loving, yet when one does not take responsibility for ones’ actions (many men only want to take responsibility for what they earn, and when things get tough they disappear), then men remain infantile Peter Pans, never to grow up! Many men need to stop denigrating women, and themselves, if they act from a more feeling, expressive and creative stance. Using derogatory language, such as ‘he is being a sissy’ or a ‘pussy’ only stifles men’s growth! Using derogatory language to demean women does not make men superior, it just makes them nasty. Men, you are stronger emotionally than you think you are, just embrace your femininity!
We all have a good side and a bad side, and it is up to us to choose what is right, and to be kind! 🙂
Thirdly, we need to stop the battle for control! For as long as written records, men have fought and made wars, and believed -primarily through religious and societal dogma- that their sanctimonious superiority to women was true and this has been reflected through attitudes, laws and behaviours. How many men, use their superior strength as a justification to rape, beat up, pillage and plunder and subjugate women, in order to feel more powerful? Where are the ethics there? Have men no morality? Even today, domestic violence is rampant across many nations, and there is still a male bias in regards to rape in court!
True strength does not come through brute force, and history teaches us that the oppressor always falls, as all empires have fallen. Anything born of force will not serve the test of time, this is a fact, a truth. True strength does not need to prove itself, nor does it control others in order to prove its strength, as it realizes that true strength is in controlling oneself. When one understands this, there is no desire to control others.
The need to control others comes from an inner place of insecurity and fear, in the mask of a overbearing pride and self-righteousness, in which the individual is so scared of the uncertainties of life, that he/she wants to control external people/events in order to feel in control, and to feel all powerful. Yet, in reality, this is deception, as they deceive themselves into believing that they are superior (they are always self-righteous, and therefore do not want to learn), have a false blown-up pride -self-agrandisement- and defense mechanisms which are compensation mechanisms for a feeling of emptiness, lack and powerlessness on the inside. If anyone points this out to them, God forbid, they respond with anger, negative words and blame, projections of their own shadow self that they have denied, that they displace and put onto others.
This is not only unique to men however, as there are many women in denial about the truth of who they are too, because of societal/religious dogma; women can also be narcissist/sociopathic/psychopathic, yet generally the percentage is far less than men.
How many women place huge value upon their external looks (a societal expectation) at the expense of their inner lives? How many women subjugate themselves and their sexuality, in order to please and not offend men, thereby denying themselves their true nature and powerful sexuality, essentially what they need and desire? How many women put everybody else’s needs before their own? How many women appease men by telling them that they are superior, or at least making them think that they are superior, in order not to be beaten or demeaned? How many women look for men to be a wallet for them, hoping to gain material security through his earnings only, therefore denying their own ability to be creative, educated and to earn. Others, become sycophants, the classic example being the psychic vampire, who drains others in order to get their own needs met, thereby controlling others, because of her own unprocessed insecurities! This applies to all types of sycophants of both sexes!
As women reclaim their power (which as been on the rise since the the suffragette movement in the late 19th century) there will undoubtably be a backlash against men, as there will be many angry women throughout the world, appalled by their lack of respect and the injustices done to them throughout the melleniums. Also, some women will take on the more aggressive and controlling roles of masculinity in order to prove themselves powerful, in this still predominantly patriarchal world!
Yet, again this is deception, and hopefully we will not get to see too much of this, because a complete role reversal in which women rule through force, and subjugate men, will only have the same results that women have already experienced for 5000 years, that of oppression, and abuse of power. It does not lead to any good!
Fourthly, many more women need to be in positions of leadership, in all levels of management, and particularly in upper management, where they are like ‘hens teeth’. The lack of women at the top is described as a “brain drain” and a crisis of “talent retention.” And while female CEOs may be rare in America’s largest companies, they are highly prized: last year, they out earned their male counterparts by 43 percent, on average, and received bigger raises.
Women tend to be better leaders than their male counterparts, finds Gallup. The survey discovered that employees who work for a female boss are, on average, 6% more engaged than those who work for a male manager. (Female employees who work for a female manager are the the most engaged of any group of workers.)
The survey also found that women leaders themselves tend to be more engaged (41%) than men (35%). The Gallup report says womens’ higher engagement levels likely result in more engaged, higher-performing teams.
Researchers at Columbia Business School and the University of Maryland analyzed data on the top 1,500 U.S. companies from 1992 to 2006 to determine the relationship between firm performance and female participation in senior management. Firms that had women in top positions performed better, and their staff were generally more happy, and this was especially true if the firm pursued what the researchers called an “innovation intensive strategy,” in which, they argued, “creativity and collaboration may be especially important”—an apt description of the future economy.
Most studies into middle management women, show them to be more inclusive, and creative than their male counterparts. They are more successful in gaining profits and cooperation from others, as they are generally better communicators, and don’t like to take unnecessary risks (in order to prove their manhood, like men do) nor do they lead through control.
At the crux of it all, we need to make fairer and more caring laws for all! At a political, legal and economic level we can make most laws non-gender specific, in which both men and women are treated equal by the law, irregardless of their sex. Laws which protect women from men’s abuse however, should be strengthened, as well as laws which protect the environment. We can make women’s wages equal to men’s wages, and legislate against the continually rising of corporate CEO’s wages- ‘lions share’ mentality which is making the majority more poorer-and remove loopholes which allow the ‘super rich’ to avoid paying taxes! We can have an equal representation of women in politics! Yet, most importantly, we need to put the environment first in politics, and not vote for any political party that denies climate change.
At a personal level, we can start by really ‘feeling’ things, reaching deep into our feelings, as this connects us to ‘love’ and our ‘spiritual body’, and helps us to know things. We can release ourselves from our fears and doubts(and this includes personal as well as collective), and know that knowledge is the antidote to ignorance. The truth is ‘out there’ and ‘within us’, and we need to learn discernment, not just feed into collective ‘beliefs’! We can experience ‘beingness’ more, by letting go of our need to continually ‘do’ and be ‘active’, as we can only hear ‘soul’, when we are still and quiet, and this is what gives us ‘inner peace’ and the clues to our purpose in life. We can spend more time in nature, doing our bit to keep it clean and to nurture it in our own small way. We can contemplate nature’s cycles and the beauty and gifts that are given to us freely. We can become more caring and giving. We can practice more gratefulness.
Let’s take this moment to give reverence to the Earth that has given us life, that nurtures us and gives us a home; and let us give reverence to Source, which gave us our essence, the spirit that connects us all. Let’s remember to put the Earth first, directed by our soul and spirit, for if we do not, then there will be no future for this planet!
Just as we all have a Father and a Mother, it makes sense to love all men, women, boys and girls, and the feminine and masculine within ourselves and within others. Just as there is the sun, the moon, and the stars, and nature’s unfolding dance, it makes sense to love and cooperate with all of creation.
In conclusion, I say, that in order for the phoenix to rise from its ashes, it is vital that the deep feminine, that has been suppressed for so long rise, and it is rising quickly! WE must all be true to ourselves, and embrace the non-judging, caring, intuitive, emotional, creative, unconditional loving part of ourselves and others. It is women and children who are leading the way! Love and compassion are the keys! Let’s do this together!
“The courage to be yourself in a world constantly trying to shape you is my personal definition of power.” ― Kristin Michelle Elizabeth, This Will Set Me Free
Peace and blessings, Bridget Cameron <3…
“All the queens will gather round
Spreading love and unity so it can be found…” Seal
A report on the unprecedented role reversal now under way— and its vast cultural consequences: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2010/07/the-end-of-men/308135/