Ascension and the Rise of the Feminine
In Kabbalistic writings, we can read the story of the diminished moon. The gist of it is that the Sun and the Moon used to be equal at the creation of the world, and ruled together under the same crown. Yet their equality was somehow incomplete. They were not facing each other, but rather, were connected back-to-back.
The Moon and the Sun were not seeing each other for who they truly were, except as a narcissistic extension of the Self. For reasons that are too complex to go into in a single blog post, the Moon was carrying the sparks of unactualized potential within her.
When the Moon complained that “two kings cannot be under the same crown”, the somewhat unfair response from the Creator of the Universe was to tell her to go, and “become small”. This initiated a surgical uncoupling, or separation, of the Sun and the Moon. This separation brought about the immediate collapse of the Moon, who became unable to receive any lights of her own.
Her diminishment concealed the Spirit of God, that invisible, life-giving, receptive force that cannot be defined or controlled, and turned the next 6,000 years into a cosmic night, the time of spiritual darkness, a world where darkness prevails and light is hard to find. The Divine is hidden, and we have to seek God in the “still small voice”, beneath unassuming appearances, in the flashes of insight during prayer or meditation, but more often contend ourselves with silence and not knowing.
Yet these times are coming to an end.
And I am certain that both you and I are witnessing it with our own eyes and feeling the shift with our own feelings. As we see the religious structures around us collapse or transform, we are also witnessing an unprecedented rise in energy sensitivity, prophecy and connection to the Spirit. The world becoming less religious does not indicate a collapse in spirituality. It just shows that the Spirit is becoming more accessible on an individual level.
The theoretical background I am referring to above is Jewish mysticism, not the New Age, or New Age blend of modern kabbalah-inspired teachings. This is in fact the Babylonian Talmud, and its subsequent 16th century commentaries. Already at that time, the kabbalists predicted a major shift in polarities that would begin around our day and age.
The diminished Moon in these teachings is identified with all righteousness and the Spirit. And yet, it is precisely this capacity to diminish, to grow small, which ultimately makes the Moon great. Those who are less-than-righteous, who refuse to grow small because of their misplaced pride, who refuse to go into the depths of darkness, will have their stature diminished when the world to come turns everything upside down.
When the cosmic Day comes, the Moon will not only rise, but supersede her former stature and grow beyond the Sun, now shining brighter than he.
Why did I delve into these abstract concepts in a post about Ascension and the rise of the feminine?
Because I (along with medieval kabbalists) believe that these things are directly related. The hidden aspect of the Divine, the Spirit, is also associated with the feminine archetype, the woman. It is safe to say that the journey of the feminine, and of real, non-theoretical and non-archetypal women, is corresponding to the story of the Moon.
The times are indeed changing, and the role and place of women in society has been shifting in the past 100 or so years very dramatically. Not all of these changes may have been for good, perhaps because we are still stumbling in the dark in many respects. Perhaps some men have become confused as to what their place will now be. Perhaps women didn’t quite know what it means to be in power. And how could any of us, male or female, possibly know, if we had never experienced it before? But I see modern gender confusion and the severe backlash of the masculine, even in world politics, as an indication of the shifting of polarities. Chaos, as frustrating as it is, indicates massive change.
16th century kabbalist Isaac Luria explained this imminent transition, the Rise of the Moon, as a transition from a back-to-back to a front-to-front relationship. From a back-to-back mode of relating, where either party only sees the Other as an object whose sole purpose is to satisfy his or her own narcissistic needs, the Masculine and the Feminine gradually transition into a front-to-front mode of relating, where neither of them needs each other. Yet it is this mutual independence that releases them, for the first time, to meet in freedom, based on choice, and not manipulation, eternally evolving and eternally fruitful.
The fact that this old prediction by Luria resonates so deeply with the Twin Flame journey, and the very purpose of Twin Flames incarnating in this day and age, points to the significance of each of our individual efforts. The work that we are doing now had been predicted by the sages of many a religion and background hundreds of years ago.
It is time for the Goddess to rise. The world has been waiting long enough.