The Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine or the gender principle is an often talked about but woefully misunderstood esoteric concepts. The average person thinks of it in literal terms of male and female. If you think in literal terms, you will completely miss the practical and powerful application of this ancient Egyptian knowledge.
- In this article, you will learn how the idea of divine masculine and divine feminine has been misapplied
- You will learn what divine masculine and divine feminine are beyond a literal interpretation
- You will learn how divine masculine and divine feminine can be applied in daily life
What is the Divine Masculine and the divine Feminine?
The first key to applying the divine masculine and divine feminine is to recognize it is only related to male and female via metaphor and analogy. Male and female are the representations of the principle on the physical plane.
The way to view them conceptually is in terms of the male and female anatomy as analogies. The Female womb is inside of her and hidden from view. Being inside the body, the womb is in the “dark” and hidden from sight.
The male penis is outside the body and in plain sight for all to see. It is in the “light” of day if not clothed and covered.
Looking at the divine masculine and feminine principle from an anatomical perspective should give you insight as to how the principle can be applied.
For example, on a mental plane, both masculine and feminine aspects of the mind are present in all of creation. Both are present in men and women.
Thinking in terms of analogy to the womb, the feminine is receptive, desire, inner-directed. It is the receiver of the “seed” or impulse to create. All things are incubated within the feminine aspect, “the great mother.” The universe was born out of darkness (hidden) feminine aspect. Another deeper way to see this is the universe came from within the “mind” of the creator. The universe is the outward or masculine (visible) aspect of creation.
Masculine is active, driven, outwardly directed, and visible. It is the active “seed” that seeks a receptive feminine host. If there is to be growth or change within any experience the masculine principle is being exercised. It is expansion, to the open and known (in the light, or visible aspect).
When we think of masculine and aggressive we usually attach a negative connotation to it. However, this is a misunderstanding of aggression. Consider that without the masculine active or driven principle a flower would not burst from its bud. A mother could not birth a child into the world. An angry outburst can clear the air and your energy. In order for any change to take place, aggression is necessary to break stasis.
When we bound up aggression is when there can be negative consequences. This is what we see too often in society today. It is the masculine principle that has been bound, bottled up and confined that finally burst onto the scene. Think about how men are socialized to not be emotional and to stay under control. “Man up” means to not show emotion but the energy has to manifest in some way.
A direct relation to the “man up” idea is homophobia within men. To be looked at in any way as being feminine is seen as a threat to masculinity. Being “emotional” is being “like” a woman.
Gay men are often times seen as the example of man being too feminine and takes the brunt of men being afraid of their own emotions. What does this also say about how men relate to women? Her emotions are not respected. Women can be seen as “too emotional.”
In both cases, it is the socialization of and lack of respect for our inner-directed emotional aspect that too many men have issues with. In other words, what the ancients called the divine feminine.
It’s not aggression or the masculine principle that is the issue. It is when the energy has been bound up and then it breaks through and manifests in a violent expression.
It’s often confusing when we use the idea of “dark” as negative when we consider the feminine as metaphorically in the “dark.” Hopefully, recognizing the allegorical application concerning the hidden aspect of a female womb will clear this up.
Dark is not a reference to negative and light is not automatically good when we reference the divine masculine and divine feminine. They are a metaphorical reference to the anatomy, not a judgment of good and evil.
For example, an overactive feminine expression, in a male or a female, can be symbolized by depression. You turn in on yourself. Sometimes in order to rise from depression one has to get angry and do something about it! Being active (aggression) or passive (depression) can have negative consequences if taken to either extreme.
The light as good and dark as negative do not apply when expressing the idea of divine masculine and the divine feminine. To do so is a misapplication of knowledge. And quite frankly, a male bias.
The Khemetian NTR (NaTuRe)
In Khemet (pre-dynastic Egypt) the masculine principle within human mind was called Tehuti (Thoth). Through this neter (principle of nature) came writing and language, mathematics. It is the ability of the human mind to act and produce into the physical world it’s thoughts (Thoth is the origin of the word thought), ideas, and imagination.
The feminine counterpart of Tehuti was called Seshat. Through Seshat, we have memories, past lives, imagination, visualization, ideas etc. All of these activities are done inside your mind or within you.
You ALWAYS use both, one side cannot exist without the other. A practical example is when we come up with a great idea that we turn into a business or what an architect puts on a blueprint that becomes a building. The idea is first formed inside the mind or feminine aspect of the mind.
In writing this blog article I continuously went back and forth between the masculine and feminine principles of Tehuti and Seshat. I had to think of the idea I wanted to express (Seshat) and then type it up (Tehuti).
The Khemetians understood these principles like no other society before it or since. The Neteru are a balancing act weaving themselves in and throughout nature. One is not better than the other. They are not individuated singular entities.
The symbols used were male and female to invoke the known from the unknown. In other words, to understand the universe through corresponding aspects of our being and daily experience.
How can I apply divine masculine and divine feminine?
One way to apply divine feminine is to sit quietly and meditate or visualize an idea. Then listen to the guidance of that inner voice. Be you man or women, this is use of your divine feminine or inward-directed mind.
Then take action on that guidance in the best way that inspires you. Taking action is one way to apply the divine masculine.
In conclusion, it is a fallacy to think of divine masculine and divine feminine in terms of a male and female. It goes much deeper. Don’t get stuck at the literal level when studying the neters. They are universal laws or principles expressed poetically and personified to help you gain insight into their power and application.
The Egyptian principle of Tehuti is outwardly directed action of the human mind. It is the representation of the divine masculine in the physical. It is left-brained and logical.
The Egyptian principle of Seshat is the inwardly directed activity of the human mind. It can connect to multiple dimensions of experience, like remembering something in the past, or thinking of something in the future.
If you are daring, connect to past lives or future lives! She is right-brained, creative and intuitive. Seshat is an often underutilized tool.
The Khemetians understood that within us is the Universe and from within springs all experience just as the universe sprang from the neter of neters a.k.a. the Creator, God, Source, etc.
“know thyself and you will know the gods.” — Khemetian proverb