I was planning to write something original about the Divine Feminine concept, and to be certain, I will eventually. But rather than let an opportunity to share some valuable wisdom pass by, I thought I would share a few paragraphs from a book that scarcely seems to exist – meaning that it is out of print, has been for some time, and I’ve never met anyone else who has actually heard of it. If you read or have read any of the other posts here, you know it – “The Templar Tradition” by Gaetan Delaforge. And it is NOT your average Templar book. I have read several, and this one is much more focused on the Western Esoteric Tradition and principals and beliefs from the Primordial Tradition. I have even tried to get in touch with the author (a pseudonym) and the publisher, but no dice. This is a very long way of saying that I am going to reprint some of it here, but honestly, I would be SHOCKED – and in a good way! – if anyone actually noticed or said anything. So without further justification, here are some of the key bits from the chapter “The Divine Feminine” from that work. This is a good introduction to that concept as I can think of.
“FROM EARLIEST TIMES Man perceived that life around him manifested itself at all levels through a perpetual interplay between the male and female polarities. As he has done with many things, he evolved symbols to represent the male and female principles. The feminine creative principle has been known by many names throughout history. For example, in Babylon it was represented by Ishtar, in Syria Ashtoreth, in Phoenicia Astarte, in Greece Aphrodite, in Egypt Isis, and in the Western world Mary.
According to the Jungian school of psychoanalysis, many of today’s psychological ills are due to the non-integration of our opposite polarities. Followers of Jung have drawn attention to the fact that in the contemporary male the feminine side is repressed, while the opposite is true for the female sex. They also claim that dream analysis can help to reconcile us with the repressed sides of ourselves. Techniques have been employed for centuries by esoteric schools to achieve the integration of the positive and negative polarities of the human psyche. The Temple tradition in particular has been the guardian of many of these techniques.
The Hebrew conception of a masculine creator favored by Moses and the prophets has so strongly influenced the think ing of Western man that even today many people find it difficult to think of God as having feminine characteristics. This state of mind has greatly reinforced the traditional atti tude that women are not quite equal to men. Fortunately, as mentioned in the chapters on the Grail, Western society has begun, if as yet unconsciously, to respond to the power of the feminine polarity. The rise of women to positions of power and responsibility hitherto reserved for men is an indication of this evolution.”
I will post my personal thoughts on this soon, but this will provide a good foundation.