Feminine Energy Puzzle: Ancient and Modern Patterns

Thought it might be fun to highlight some old and new ideas on feminine energy and patterns. The perspective is framed in history and not meant in a religious context.

Answers posted on November 14, 2014.

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3. A matrix or shape created with the intersection of two circles with the same radius. Known as a mandorla or vulva.

The term most commonly used is the vesica pisces.

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The vesica piscis aslo relates to:

  • Geometric descriptions of harmonic proportions and square roots.
  • Joining of God and Goddess to create an offspring.
  • Overlay of the Tree of Life and form of the Flower of Life.
  • Power and Energy.

5. Considered the father of Western Medicine, coined the term hysteria, and taught the wandering womb theory.

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Hippocrates was born a long time ago – around 460 BC and kicked off the term hysteria. However, Ancient Egyptians believed that when women acted “hysterical” their disorder was due to the spontaneous movement of the uterus around the body. Hippocrates also believed hysteria was due to a lack of sex that caused the uterus to seek peace moving around. Based on Women And Hysteria In The History Of Mental Health by Cecilia Tasca, Mariangela Rapetti, Mauro Giovanni Carta and Bianca Faddahysterical neurosis was deleted in the 1980 DSM-III (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. 1980… doesn’t seem that long ago when I was watching my favorite TV shows, Happy Days and The Love Boat. The insightful and eye-opening article is a great read.

7. Ancient Egyptian goddess of femininity, motherhood, fertility and magic.

Isis was a significant Egyptian goddess in Ancient Egypt and considered the female counterpart to Osiris, a supreme God and provider of prosperity and fertility. Isis gave birth to Horus. There are some similarities to the images used to depict Isis and Horus and Mary and Jesus.

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8. The goddess in 7 across wore the horns of this animal. Considered a sacred animal that resembled the female reproductive organs.

Isis wore a headdress with cow horns and a solar disk. She is also known to wear a throne on the top of her head. I’m often asked why the Operation Save Uterus t-shirt looks like a cow or other animal. The image was created with the cow head in mind.

 

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1. A special “Mary” that previously was labelled with a bad rap;  she is celebrated on July 22nd (22/7).

I’m not a big fan of the DaVinci Code and it’s an interesting co-incidence that Mary Magdalene was in the news this week due to a controversial book.  What I find intriguing about this special Mary is the date she is celebrated and how that relates to feminine energy and circles. Before decimal places were used, 22/7  was the ratio used to calculate the circumference and area of a circle, also known as “pi.” Read more here on how the ancient world associated numbers related to Mary Magdalene to symbolic meaning of the goddess of love and fertility.

2. Type of blood being researched due to its ability to regenerate, growth factors and possibly help cure diseases.

Menstrual blood. If you feel like cursing your period as a pain or nuisance, consider for  a moment that what your body creates on a monthly basis might one day help save a heart or assist in the treatment of strokes, Alzheimer’s, and Lou Gehrig’s disease!

4.  Sanskrit term for divine feminine power.

Get your Shatki on! I can’t help but notice I receive a lot more emails about women coming together in groups and circles. There’s a “goddess” movement going on. The emergence of feminine energy is not about excluding masculine energy. It’s about creating a beneficial balance (yin/yang; aggressive/receptive).

 

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6.  Sequence of numbers; found by adding the two numbers before it (0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34); Also known as the Golden Mean.

 

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I originally thought that the Fibonacci sequence (aka Golden Mean ratio) of numbers only related to technical trading, but later learned that its pattern is often displayed in nature.  It’s easy to see in pine cones, flower petals, sea shells and hurricanes.  What’s not commonly known is that based on research done by a Belgium doctor, when a woman is at her most fertile her uterus is the length to width of the uterus approximates the golden mean.

 

  “The past is never where you think you left it.” ~ Katherine Anne Potter