The Divine Feminist

The Divine Feminist

The Divine Feminist

I was lazing around the house the other day when I had a highdea–more like an epiphany, actually.

A lot of what I’ve been writing about for the last three years is feminism, but through a spiritual lens. I’ve always associated third wave feminism with the rise of the Divine Feminine, but through that lens, I’ve seen feminism as not just a movement for women, but a movement for everyone.

Patriarchy is the suppression of the Divine Feminine essence within each of us (and as a consequence, the feminine bodies around us).

Learn about the Divine Feminine.

The Divine Feminine is our emotions, our empathy, our intuition, our pleasure, and our connection to the divine in ourselves and the universe. Without the feminine, we would not be able to know, feel, or recognize that we are all connected, and that we are all one with the greater force of the universe which is Love.

We have created a culture where the feminine essence is persecuted, condemned, suppressed, and ridiculed, especially within men. When the connection to the feminine essence is severed, it creates a deep core wound. And then those men (and many times women as well), cut off from their connection with universal Love and operating from that core wound, perpetrate acts of abuse, violence and oppression, whether overt and obvious or subtle and insidious, as a means to control and dominate others (slipping into their toxic masculine energy).

When we talk about the rise of the Divine Feminine, we aren’t only talking about female bodies. We’re talking about the feminine essence in all of us–a reconnection to our emotions, our empathy, our intuition, and our divine selves.

Only with this counterbalance can the masculine essence be recalibrated to its true purpose, which is to protect the vulnerable, not control them, dismiss them, or otherwise disempower them.

Divine Feminism

Divine Feminism is the intersection between the Divine Feminine and feminism.

Divine Feminism recognizes the feminine in all of us. It doesn’t expect women OR MEN to disregard their femininity as a means to obtain power in a patriarchal society. It celebrates femininity and recognizes its value.

Divine Feminism doesn’t expect or encourage women OR MEN to embody patriarchal ideals or gender roles.

Divine Feminism is anti-toxic-masculinity, whether it shows up in men or women or someone who identifies as neither. It recognizes the importance of a healthy inner-masculine.

Learn about the Divine Masculine.

As such, Divine Feminism values critical thinking, integrity, and leadership just as much as it values vulnerability and openess.

The Divine Feminist is a self-contained human being.

Xo,

Ash

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Universal Archetypes: The Connection Between Tarot, Numerology, Dream Interpretation, Palmistry and Astrology

Universal Archetypes: The Connection Between Tarot, Numerology, Dream Interpretation, Palmistry and Astrology

Universal Archetypes: The Connection Between Tarot, Numerology, Dream Interpretation, Palmistry and Astrology

Did you know that numerology, astrology, dream interpretation, tarot and palmistry are all connected?

Many times when you learn about these things independently, you may miss the ways they all intersect. People who don’t know much about them often mistakenly believe that they don’t have anything to do with one another and are actually competing ideologies (which they are not).

Numerology was invented by Pythagoras (yeah, that math guy). He believed that the universe was inherently mathematical and that all things that existed within it were also connected in a mathematical way and as such, you could use math to calculate and determine specific inherent truths present in the universe based on a specific set of numerical archetypes.

Archetype: A recurrent symbol or motif

You’ll see archetypes like this used in other methods of divination as well. Tarot, for example, uses 22 universal archetypal images that represent aspects of the archetypes. Jung noted relatively the same universal variations of archetypes and images in his work in psychology, which is interesting when you think about the fact that the Tarot is considerably older than Jung. He narrowed that down to 12 primary personality archetypes that all the others may be derived from.

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Mythologist Joseph Campbell’s work describes the same archetypes found in Jung’s work as they apply to world mythology. Campbell called it, “The Hero’s Journey.” Jung’s archetypal figures are represented in the characters the hero interacts with throughout his journey, the archetypal events and motifs making up the challenges the hero faces. These figures, events and motifs are present in the texts of all world religions. Interestingly enough, the major arcana of the Tarot is representative of the Fool’s journey, which also tells a story as the Fool himself matures as he experiences the various archetypes present within the major arcana on his journey of enlightenment.

In Numerology, there are also 12 numerical archetypes – one through nine, and then the master numbers 11, 22, and 33. Also of note – there are 12 signs in the western astrological zodiac. Not coincidentally, these archetypes are also in alignment, not only with each other, but also with the Tarot as each of the cards in the major arcana are assigned a numerical value and relate to a specific astrological sign and/or planet and those aspects correspond with the archetypal symbolism present in the images on the cards.

That being said, you will never find conflicting information between a numerological chart or an astrological chart. They will always support one another. Hand analysis (a more in-depth version of palm reading) also relies on the Jungian universal archetypes and funny enough, will also always coincide with an astrological chart and a numerological chart. Jungian dream interpretation pulls from the same archetypes.

The general descriptions of the zodiac sun signs in astrology are similar to the life path number in Numerology. They are the most influential aspects of the chart, but they are not the whole story, by any means. There’s a lot of other stuff going on behind the scenes and having a full chart done, especially with astrology, can be so accurate it’s scary. If you really want the whole picture, you do them ALL.

If you’re interested in learning more about archetypes as it relates to Jungian Dream Interpretation or the Tarot, consider signing up for my online dream interpretation course!

Xo,

Ash

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Black Jaguar Medicine: What is My Spirit Animal?

Black Jaguar Medicine: What is My Spirit Animal?

Black Jaguar Medicine: What is My Spirit Animal?

Idiscovered early on that the black jaguar spirit animal was my totem. In the shamanic tradition, spirit animals serve somewhat of a dual purpose. They can be considered spirit guides who appear in animal form, but they are also symbolic of archetypal energies that are working through you at any given moment. Spirit totems can come and go, as you work through various themes, and most of us have one who is with us for life, symbolizing an overarching life theme. For those who fall closer to the Wicca tradition, it would be considered a familiar.

The first time I ever meditated, I met my spirit animal. He appeared to me as a black jaguar. My entire life, I’ve always had a thing for black cats! When I was younger, I even considered getting a tattoo of a black panther and a moon before I knew what a spirit animal was. There wasn’t really a logical reason for it, it was just something I felt drawn to.

(Fun fact – black jaguars, black leopards, black cougars and black mountain lions are all “panthers.” It was once believed that they were a separate species and thus dubbed Panther, but later discovered that they were actually different species that came in black color).

Later, as I delved more into the symbolism of Tarot, I discovered that the moon is actually a very appropriate symbol to go with the black jaguar spirit animal, because in Mayan mythology, the black jaguar was seen as the ruler of the Underworld, and as such, a symbol of the night sun, lunar energy, and darkness.

Black Jaguar Spirit Animal

If we are to look at this symbolically, the black jaguar spirit animal represents the ability to embrace darkness, navigate it, and conquer your fears–of the dark, of death, of the unseen and unknown. Many people say that the black jaguar spirit animal represents the reclamation of power, and that makes sense, because living in fear IS giving your power away. 

In order to conquer fear, you have to be willing to take a good, hard look at the darkness within you.  What are your greatest fears about yourself? Dive into them, understand them, and release them.  When you do that, you take your power back.

In that way, it’s about rebirth.  You conquer the fears by going into them, traveling through the “underworld” and coming out on the other side (Black Jaguar spirit animal is also considered the lord of the underworld, like Hades). This is a symbolism that you will find in MANY mythologies, religious and occult teachings from around the world and throughout time. The Tarot equivalent of this energy would be the Death card. In goddess form, it is Kali. In astrological archetypes, it would be Pluto and Scorpio energy. 

Another thing you might say that the black jaguar spirit animal is representative of is conscious creation and manifestation.  It’s overcoming the fears of failure or of being judged and taking action to actively do and create the things that you want in life, without worry about what will happen. Some people describe this as “unleashing your desire.”

If you find yourself drawn to a particular animal, that most likely has some significance for you. What’s your spirit animal? Comment and tell me about it!

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Xo,

Ash

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