Moving Beyond the Patriarchy of Organized Religion
Organized, patriarchal religion is the bane of our existence.
Suppressing the feminine
Most of the world's religions are unremittingly patriarchal. The "God" of most religions is always a male deity, which, frankly, this observer finds ridiculous. God is seen as totally separate from us - in Christianity God is perceived as a male figure, completely separate from us, sitting on a throne, somewhere "up there." This has given rise to an ethic that places more importance on men than on women, and it has resulted in the oppression of women for as long as these religions have existed.
Unfortunately, many Christians take the Bible literally, thinking it the absolute and undeniable word of God, when in truth it is a book written almost exclusively by men, most of whom originated from a somewhat obscure tribe in Israel. It is full of sexist, male-dominated dogma. In fact, Thomas Jefferson reduced his Bible to a total of forty-six pages, mostly the teachings of Christ in the Gospels, believing most of the rest of it to be the superstitious hogwash it is.
Taking a cue from astrology
Astrology, as a way of making sense out of life, is older than any of these religions, and in astrology the forces of the masculine and the feminine are in precise and equal balance. There are six masculine signs of the zodiac and six feminine signs. Moreover, the Moon, which is the archetypal symbol of the feminine, describes a circle, from our perspective here on earth, that is exactly the same size as the Sun, which is the symbol of the masculine. This fact reveals the balance between male and female.
A world out of balance
Because of the myth of male superiority fostered by patriarchal religions, the balance between humankind and nature has been thrown completely off kilter. In some cultures female babies are killed because parents completely devalue girl children and want only male heirs. The doctrine that charges man with the task of having "dominion over the earth" has resulted in our raping of the planet, the fouling of our air, and the polluting of our water. It has resulted, as William Blake so astutely put it almost three hundred years ago, in a world in which "art is destroyed, imagination denied, war governs the nations."
It is time for the great masses of humanity to turn away from the dictates of these religions and start thinking for themselves. Celebrate the feminine. Know its power. The source of the feminine, within humans, is in the heart, not the mind. Our connection needs to be with spirit, not organized religion. When the day comes that we achieve a perfect balance between the forces of the masculine and the feminine, the world - and humanity - will finally be healed.
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