Welcome to the final segment of our series on the seven natural laws derived from Hermeticism. In this post, we'll be discussing the Principle of Gender.
"Gender is in everything; everything has its Masculine and Feminine Principles; Gender manifests on all planes." ~ The Kybalion
However, before we go further, it's crucial to differentiate gender as it relates here from the term gender as it pertains to sex. According to etymology.com, gender is derived from Latin generare "to engender, beget, produce." Gender means to bring forth, begin, or produce. Think Genesis. Gender is creation or creative energy. Earlier fourteenth-century interpretations also define gender as "kind, sort, class, a class or kind of persons or things sharing certain traits," in other words, something having particular characteristics.
So what are the characteristics required to beget or to produce? Masculine and feminine energy. Traits of masculine energy include logic, discipline, structure, giving, and doing. While in comparison, characteristics of feminine energy include intuition, freedom, creativity, reception, and feeling. So when The Kybalion tells us that "gender is in everything," it means that all things have both masculine and feminine energies, as nothing can be created without these opposing forces.
However, this concept isn't new. Gender manifests itself as yin and yang in Chinese philosophy. Genesis 1:27 says, "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." Pay particular attention to the verbiage. "God created he him (mankind), male and female created he them." Spirit created mankind, both man and woman, with both masculine and feminine energies.
So what can we learn from the Principle of Gender, and how can we apply that knowledge to real life?
"This Principle embodies the truth that there is gender manifested in everything - the Masculine and Feminine Principles ever at work. This is true not only of the Physical Plane, but of the Mental and even the Spiritual Planes." ~ The Kybalion
Gender manifests on all planes. The Kybalion also tells us that the principle of gender "is true not only of the Physical Plane, but of the Mental and even the Spiritual Planes." Masculine and feminine characteristics manifest on all levels, whether in the physical, mental, or spiritual. For example, in the physical gender can manifest as giving and receiving. In the mental as assertive versus passive, and on a spiritual level as discernment versus intuition. The Kybalion tells us that gender manifests on all planes.
"The tendency of the Feminine Principle is always in the direction of receiving impressions, while the tendency of the Masculine Principle is always in the direction of giving, out or expressing."
~ The Kybalion
Cration requires both. Neither masculine nor feminine can create on its own accord. Creative energy requires one to give and the other to receive.
It requires being present as well as doing, logic in addition to intuition. Creative energy is uncontrolled and chaotic without discipline, boundaries, and direction. Creation is a beautiful dance between pleasure and purpose. Nothing comes to fruition without "the Masculine and Feminine Principles ever at work." Creation, whether in the physical, mental, or spiritual, requires both.
Maintain a balance. The principle of Rhythm taught us that all things oscillate between their opposing poles or energies. Although we may oftentimes lean toward one end, life is best lived when we maintain a balance. Sometimes you should do. Other times you should rest. Sometimes you may have all the logic and know all the facts, but feeling and intuition are also required to make an appropriate decision. Sometimes there is a need to speak your piece. Other times it's more productive and beneficial to listen. Life works best when we maintain a healthy balance.
"Within the Father-Mother Mind, mortal children are at home." ~ The Kybalion
Spirit is both. The Spirit of God, or Consciousness, encompasses both energies. Most religions portray God as masculine in power. However, the Kybalion reminds us that "mortal children are at home," "within the Father-Mother Mind" of God. This is why esoteric texts and imagery portray God/Spirit as androgynous. Spirit is both feminine and masculine in nature and operates within a beautiful balance of both energies.
"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." ~ Genesis 1:27
We are both. We are created in the image of God. In the same way that Spirit encompasses both masculine and feminine energies, so do we. Again this has nothing to do with anatomical gender. Although we embody both, life's circumstances determine which energy will present itself. The seasoned alchemist is practiced in evaluating and applying the appropriate energies for the desired outcome. Some events require you to be rugged, competitive, and protective. Others may require you to be soft, collaborative, and vulnerable. A healthy balance of both is necessary, whether man or woman.
"There is not one who is Fatherless, nor Motherless in the Universe." ~ The Kybalion
Spirit is both mother and father. People can fail us here in the physical world. Your mother or father may have walked out of your life, or they may have left this material world. However, the Kybalion reminds us, "There is not one who is Fatherless, nor Motherless in the Universe." In other words, no matter who may have left you, you can still find the parental energy you are missing in Spirit. Consciousness is creative energy, so it only makes sense that Spirit would encompass both energies. Spirt is both mother and father.
At the onset of this series, we asked students of comparative religions if the Hermetic Principles are the blueprint of the world's philosophies. Although that is a matter of opinion, it's undeniable that these seven spiritual laws are echoed throughout most spiritual schools of thought. All things do begin in the mind, and there is a correspondence between the physical, mental and spiritual. All things are vibratory and dualistic in nature. Rhythm ensures there is reciprocity between the poles. Cause and effect relay the perfection of life as nothing occurs by accident, and gender provides the creative energy that guarantees creation continues to move forward. So what are your thoughts? Are the Hermetic Principles the blueprint of spiritual philosophy?
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