(Stillness in the Storm Editor) As a property of life within the universe is a set of primal archetypes or symbols given many different forms of expression. The downward pointing triangle represents the feminine principle of receptivity—which contrary to popular belief, is not a feature of passivity only for women. Becoming receptive requires an act of will and is an agency of consciousness itself. Further, the concept of receptiveness transcends gender—both men and women can, and likely should, develop the skill to receive in life. For example, knowledge can only be generated if the truth is accepted. Love can only be felt if the heart is unveiled. And beauty can only be recognized if the eyes are open.
But in the mythos of modern society, indoctrinated by Abrahamic religions, Eve is blamed for tempting Adam in the Garden of Eden. And for most of human history, the sexual and life-giving nature of the female form was villainized as an insidious temptation of men. Thankfully this trend is fading, but amid the climate of social justice and progressivism, some people find any discussion of the differences between men and women as sexist.
From Barbara Walker’s book The Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets.
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