All of these secret esoteric practices had to uncover the “dirty secret” of the patriarchal paradigm, the willful attempt to kill off of the Feminine Side of Divinity, the Goddess inside ourselves. The archetype of the Goddess is the same as the anima of Jungian psychology; it resides as the natural counterpart of every man, it is the unexpressed feminine side in the man, as the animus is the unexpressed male side in the woman.
[Femininity is] the left, the side of the heart, the shield side has been symbolic, traditionally and everywhere of the feminine virtues and dangers: mothering and seduction, the tidal powers of the moon and substances of the body, the rhythms of the seasons: gestation, birth, nourishment, and fosterage; yet equally malice, and revenge, irrationality, dark and terrible wrath, black magic, poisons, sorcery, and delusion; but also fair enchantment, beauty, rapture, and bliss.
And the right, thereby, is of the male: action, Weapons, hero-deeds, protection, brute force, and both cruel and benevolent justice; the masculine virtues and dangers: egoism and aggression, lucid luminous reason, sunlike creative power but also cold unfeeling malice, abstract spirituality, blind courage, theoretical dedication, sober, unplayful moral force. ~ Joseph Campbell, Creative Mythology (New York: Viking, 1968), pp 288-89
~ Excerpt from The Tarot Key: Unlock the Secrets of Your Soul
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