Is Matriotism The Future of The Divine Feminine?
The sacred linguistic roots of our words for ‘mother’ tells us a lot about the reverential, matriotic roots of our ancestral societies. Indeed, there are traces of ancient cultures in which women were not just respected but revered as manifestations of the divine feminine.
The feminine influence on our cultures, and correspondingly, the manifestation of feminine nature of our collective consciousness, has diminished throughout recorded time – an era of increasingly patriotic global elitism. As our reverence for the nature of ‘the feminine’ has diminished, so too has the influence of women on the priorities of our civilizations. Around the world, entire civilizations have lost their energetic balance, becoming overtly militaristic, competitive, nationalistic and institutionalized. Uncivilized. Our societies embrace priorities that undermine the ‘feminine’ virtues of individualism and sustainability. Without the natural feminine balance, our most influential institutions are competitive and not co-operative, controlling not enabling, scientific not spiritual, and structured on the irrational principles of militarism, consumption and perpetual economic growth.
Such widely held expectations of feminine ‘normality’ undermine the very divinity of the true feminine nature. They treat femininity as a value that must be achieved through outside means, a goal, not a divine sacred essence. Today, women are socially encouraged toward the “masculine” roles of provider, competitor and protector, not only by an increased economic necessity but in part by the common interpretation of “feminism” as a woman’s right to embody “masculine” roles such as military, competitive sports etc., rather than a broader opposed to a social movement to instil “feminine” values into our broader culture.
Radical Oppression and the Rising Ecocide
The definitions above represent one of the more subtle ways the divine feminine is undermined by the radical patriarchy. However much more overt oppression of the sacred feminine is evident in other extremes; in cultures like our own, where femininity has been objectified by popular culture into the realms of over-sexualized male fantasy, while at the other extreme, in certain Middle Eastern countries (among others) for example, women’s value is considered to be far less than that of men – and in some cases, less than that of the animals the family raises. There are cultures in which women are routinely given lashes in public… or worse… for causing men to rape them. And those where women cannot go anywhere alone, and remain hidden behind garments that conceal their appearance. In China, this perceived inequality of genders and chronic overpopulation results in countless female babies being discarded at birth. And let us not forget the great tradition of the ‘chastity belt’. Or the practice of routine female genital mutilation, which prevents women from experiencing their whole sacred female sexuality.
Such practices don’t just violate the individual rights (and lives) of females but pose a collective attack on the very nature of the divine feminine. They undermine the sacred gentleness, compassion and wisdom inherent to humanity’s feminine nature, and facilitate the dominance of the decidedly un-sacred masculine.
The oppression of the sacred feminine is further obvious when we look at the psychology of systemic environmental destruction. The sacred feminine once kept whole communities intuitively tuned with our Mother Earth, valuing her as the nurturer of life, and honouring her need to be nurtured in return. By conditioning entire populations to perceive disconnection from their natural environment and the nurturing energy she embodies, the patriarchy has managed to undervalue the need for sustainable, compassionate thinking in our collective plan, and gained our ignorant but willing consent to destroy great swathes of our beautiful planet – on our behalf but to their benefit – and all in great the name of human progress. And while this ecocide continues, so too does our collective affront to the divine feminine – to Gaia herself.
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