Updated: Jul 27, 2018
So i say to you, df, you are The High Priestess (2) and The Empress (4) and the queen of all suits, the Norse goddess Freya and a Valkyrie, Joan of Arc and Lilith, a Siren and a Muse, Isis and Aphrodite and so much more...
We have been so conditioned by the patriarchy that we don't even know what our needs are and how they could be met in ways that serve us better. We decide how we feel, unwittingly, by the dictates of fashion and trends, as we distractedly, flip through the pages of a magazine, or on our latest android device (s), trying to keep up with technology and the latest fads in relationships, home management and parenting. Consider that many designers are men, who dress us in things they'd like to see us in rather than those clothes designed by women who make for us, and what we would like to feel comfortable and functional in, and that is pretty, sexy, brings out our best features.
I'm not very current nor on trend, but am inspired by the likes of Tricia Guild for colour, boldness and exuberance, Martha Stewart for perfect everything home, and her peonies garden is an impossible dream, oh and, just imagine a Vera Wang creation to wear to your next soiree, and my coffers filled with Kirsten Goss jewels...
We have been manipulated by yang forces, through the subjugation and suppression of, the feminine. You're wrong! I hear you say. But consider the notion that his influence was so insidious that you didn't notice until it was (almost) too late. A bit like a chronic disease that starts slowly but over time, and with the amazing ability of, the body to adjust its physiology to help you function optimally. Over time the deterioration (and lack of attention to/thereof!) the condition worsens until a point of dysfunction.
Since we are all one, can we continue to allow matricide, female circumcision, foot binding, sex slavery, sweat shop & production line cheap labour...? By demanding & supporting cheap mass produced goods we are asking our earth sisters to work in impossible conditions, handing the care of their womblings to others whilst they exhaust their lives away, for our comfort!?!
The history we were taught focused on the great achievements of males in politics, science, arts, economy etc. We need to bring light to the her-stories too (http://www.revivingherstory.com/).
We, by & large, use sanitary wear (that is taxed as a luxury goods item, as if menstruation/moonstration is a choice we make!) that is designed by men...it is hazardous to our bodies (think Toxic Shock Syndrome, fibroids - *I need to talk to you a little/lot more about our anatomy and how these products affect us!) and pollutes the environment. The safest, cleanest, most comfortable options are those designed by women, e.g. menstrual cup (https://www.mooncup.co.uk/ - I've been using one for the past 16 years, https://www.ellecup.org/the-elle-cup/the-elle-cup/, http://divacup.com/how-it-works/how-it-works/, https://menstrualcupreviews.net/).
By adopting the patriarchal system we allow himses to create fissures in our commonality e.g. our appearances and status via media and marketing. We compete as opposed to working together to support all. I ask you, have you ever followed the trail to see where your food & clothing comes from...where it all starts and the processes it went through to land up on that hanger or shelft in that shop. You really should!
Let me shed some light on our plight. I am not a feminist, nor do I hate men, these are gathered and collated observations, in an effort to celebrate all things divine, such as yourself.
As a woman you are a feminine (yin), you are also a divine being = divine feminine.
We are also, in our duality, masculine (yang).
Many of us are either more one or the other, and I encourage a good balance between the two, is best.
2 is a feminine number and even, by the way ;). You are duplication of a man structured (e.g. manufactured, manipulated, manhandled, manifested) creature. You have everything that a man has, but with an inversion of the pro-creational accessories, i.e. outy penis + inny vagina and outy seed storers called testicles + inny egg storers called ovaries. They need to be opposite in shape in order to le-go together and build creations.
Here's the gift, you are so much more than that, because you have the blessing of a womb, that homes and incubates the fertilized egg. The fact that it is functional, or not, and that you may choose to embrace this feature, or not, is really just semantics. The point is that it makes you the divine creature that you are.
Even, single, digit numbers are feminine in nature, notice how the two tarot cards reflected are even numbers - 2 = duality, yin/yang, union 4 = balance (discussed in yesterday's blog post), stability as in the pillars that hold up the temple; so wombmen act-in the need to maintain nest (he builds it) and bring family together because we know the strength of comm-unity.
Everything is an extension of you (as within, so without), you are obligated to use the clarity and perception of the High Priestess, the luxurious abundant maternal attitude of the empress, together with the queenly balance of cups, pentacles, swords and staffs (these latter 2 are more masculine in energy as per the penis erectus pointy uppy shape indicates in symbology).
The Norse goddess Freyja is a reflection mimicking that of The Empress. "In Norse mythology, Freyja (/ˈfreɪə/; Old Norse for "(the) Lady") is a goddess associated with love, sex, beauty, fertility, gold, seiðr, war, and death" (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freyja). How are you being loving, and sexy, and beautiful for yourself?
And like the Queen of suits you are the Valkyrie. The word valkyrie derives from Old Norse valkyrja (plural valkyrjur), which is composed of two words: the noun valr (referring to the slain on the battlefield) and the verb kjos (meaning "to choose"). Together, they mean 'chooser of the slain'. 'Female cup and horn bearers, Viking Age stylized silver amulets depicting women wearing long gowns, their hair pulled back and knotted into a ponytail, sometimes bearing drinking horns, have been discovered throughout Scandinavia. These figures are commonly considered to represent valkyries.
"They were loud, yes, loud, when they rode over the (burial) mound;
they were fierce when they rode across the land.
Shield yourself now, you can survive this strife.
Out, little spear, if there is one here within,
It stood under/behind lime-wood (i.e. a shield),