Gendered perceptions of the Divine can be limiting, as both women and men carry the receptive and active, yin and yang principles within themselves. The classic metaphor of the sun and moon working in union with one another demonstrates the ebb and flow of these principles. The active principle of the sun provides light for day and outer activity. The receptive principle of the moon allows the darkening of nighttime to turn inward and rest. Each individual holds these energetic signatures of sun and moon.
Each of us also carries the energetic signatures of Divine feminine energy and Divine masculine energy. Through the feminine, it is possible to honor the Divine aspect of nurturing and birthing new life. The Divine masculine is honored as the one who nurtures, grows, and then plants the seed itself. Essentially, the Divine feminine and masculine expressions give women and men a way to more deeply know themselves in connection to the wholeness of all life, sometimes called “unity consciousness.”
To embrace the masculine and feminine active and receptive principles within ourselves is to honor the divine within.