Exercising Spiritual Wisdom and Hope for Mental Health

"God turns you from one feeling to another and teaches by means of opposites, so that you have two wings to fly, not one."

Rumi in Love Is a Fire by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Hope Note

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April 12, 2024

It is estimated that 3.7 million people travelled this past week to a location where they could get a good view of the Solar eclipse. The unusual, if not once-in-a-lifetime opportunity inspired awe. For me it also inspires imagination as I ponder what appears to be a coming together of lights from these heavenly bodies.

From ancient times people have been awed and inspired by the heavens and heavenly bodies: the sun, moon and stars. The constancy of the stars provided stability and organization. In navigation for example, “Unlike a magnetic compass the North Star always points to true north.” (1)

The Greeks and Romans along with many ancient religions attributed masculine energies to the sun and feminine energies to the moon.  This duality of energies was universally accepted. In the Yin/Yang of Daoism, Yin represents feminine and Yang masculine energies.

It can be confusing because “masculine” and “feminine” energies are not the same as “male” and “female.” I expect the designation originated in their primary life-giving roles. “Masculine” energy is outward focused and assertive, like the sun and sperm. “Feminine” energy is inward focused, and receptive, like the moon and the womb. The moon is considered feminine because of its power to control tides and women’s monthly cycles.

The ancients further attributed feminine and masculine energies to the four basic elements of air, fire, earth and water. (2)

Earth and water are considered feminine energies. Earth is a symbol of stability, nourishment, security, fertility, health, and home. Water is a symbol of rebirth, healing, fertility, change, dreaming, clarity, and intuition. Fire and air are considered masculine energies. Fire is a symbol of love, desire, anger, power, assertiveness, and energy. Air is a symbol of knowledge, perception, communication, creativity, and strategy. (2)

Gratitude Prompt: For the solar eclipse that brought people together for a few hours in wonder and awe.

  1. https://wildernessawareness.org/articles/finding-the-north-star/
  2. https://symbolsage.com/four-elements-symbolism/
  3. Western civilization with its predominance of masculine energies was shaped by the Christian religion which for many centuries has silenced women and denigrated feminine energies. Author Elaine Kelly is one among others who is returning to the roots of Christianity to reclaim the message of freedom and inclusion that was central in Jesus’ life. Her compelling new novel “Because She was Called: From Broken to Bold Book 2” will be available on April 16. Like all of her books and articles this one is historically accurate, infused with Biblical knowledge and shines a light on the shift from the inclusive teachings of Jesus to the exclusive practices that dominated the Church in subsequent centuries. I was privileged to read an advanced copy and highly recommend it. https://www.elainekelly.ca/
  4. From “Grandmothers Counsel the World,” Edited by Carol Schaefer. Published by Shambhala Publications Inc. 2006



Photo by Jongsun Lee on Unsplash April 12, 2024 It is estimated that 3.7 million people travelled this past week to a location where they

In the creation of Spider Grandmother, Artist Jo Jayson was inspired by folklore of the many indigenous groups of the South – Western regions in the United States.
In the old stories it is Grandmother Spider who weaves the universe, while singing her song. We are all, together with all of creation, connected in the web of life.
Grandmother Spider – The Weaver © Jo Jayson 2016 www.jojayson.com

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