The Female Principle

saying no to spirit

I hesitate to claim any sort of cosmology, any relationship to established religion, to Western esotericism, or to those Eastern traditions so eagerly co-opted by Western seekers.  But I think it’s time we stopped talking about spirit, which has become synonymous with god, which has always been synonymous with the male.  “If god is male, then the male is god”, as Mary Daly pointed out in her seminal work Beyond God the Father.

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The Female Principle

“So this is my Credo.  I am an atheist, if by God one means a transcendent Person who acts wilfully within the creation.  I am an agnostic in that I believe our knowledge of “what is” is partial and tentative – a tiny flickering flame in the overwhelming shadows of our ignorance.  I am a pantheist in that I believe empirical knowledge of the sensate world is the surest revelation of whatever is worth being called divine.”

–  Chet Raymo: When God is Gone, Everything is Holy

All right.  This is how it works.  The Universe, or perhaps we should say the Cosmos, is female, and entire unto herself.

In our little corner, we hurtle around our sun, surrounded by the breathtaking spinning galaxies, floating in the luminous dark of Her womb, caught up in the web of Life She weaves, oblivious to all this and obsessed with our patriarchal notions of Light and Spirit, of conquering technology and the ultimate abstraction of nuclear war.  And yet even we still know this in some forgotten corner of our bones.  When last did you hear somebody talk about Father Nature, or Father Earth? Continue reading

The Female Principle – an Introduction

The female principle is the notion that the female is primary; in the cosmos, in biology, amongst ourselves.  If there is such a thing as the Divine, She is Female.

It’s a strange idea for someone who identifies as a radical feminist.  Radfem, with its trenchant materialist analysis of society, culture and structural oppression, owes a great deal to Marxism and Socialist Feminism, but holds that sexism –  the practice of discrimination against women as a sex class –  is the root of all oppression and the foundation of patriarchal society. Continue reading