The Divine Feminine

The divine feminine is like smog floating above people’s minds. One does not have to be a feminist to reconnect with their feminine side; they even do not have to be females to do so. From everyday cooking through advertising, that exploits sexuality, to sex change, the divine feminine is a taboo concept, that plants fear, complexes, and pride, a concept that is always around us – like a mother under whose protection we rebel, love, cry and learn.

The focus of the topic will be on exploring all the connotations of the concept “divine feminine”, starting from mythology and religion: from the role of the woman as “something” to be fertilized to her role as an active seducer. A parallel between Hinduism, which states that everyone has a feminine side in order to please gods such as Krishna, and today’s’ India, that’s full of  cases of brutal violations of women’s right, will be made. Another religion that will be explored will be Christianity, that presents the feminine side as an equivalent of evil, with its consequences reflected in the role of the woman in the Western world (from being a job predator to an anorexic “beauty” model). Many more theological aspects will be covered.

The importance of the topic comes from the fact that, not only religion, but history will be analyzed. The role of the woman in matriarchal and patriarchal social structures will be explored, and also the evolution of language due to the submissive role of women. Parallels with our society will be made – practices such as genital mutilation will be presented.

Also a major focus of the article will be the psychological side of the concept, with a detailed analysis of the Jung’s archetype “anima” and its representations in our collective unconsciousness. This will be also the section where transgender practices will be mentioned.

Last but not least, the message left to the generations will be researched – with all the gender differences in storytelling, where the princess is the one waiting for help. Finally, the importance of the return of the divine feminine as a representative of ecological wisdom (Gaia Sophia) will be stressed with its relevance today, in times of a massive ecological crisis.

The divine feminine is a topic that not always can be explained as it has multiple aspects and sacred origins; it’s a long journey, a journey to harmony.

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