|"Peace by being Peace"|
by Willow Arlenea
With the seasonal celebration of Bealtaine just around the corner which marks the gateway to Summer in the Southern Hemisphere, the next service at The Goddess House will be on the divine union between the God (the forces of the divine masculine) and the Goddess (the forces of the divine feminine). On the 13 November 2012, not only will we be acknowledging this union externally, but also internally as well.
Swiss psycho-analysist Carl Jung was of the opinion that each of us has the ability of perfect balance in that within each man, there resided the anima (unconscious feminine psychological qualities), and similiarly within each woman the animus (unconscious masculine psychological qualities) also resided.
The anima/animus has been described as representations of our "True Self", or our Soul, as opposed to the mask or image that we project upon the world throughout our daily existence. It is also the source of our creativity. This also means that in all reality we are actually androgynous beings.
It is through knowledging this other aspect of our self that healing and peace can be obtained.
Another way to create this balance is to work with what is referred to as the "Wheel of the Year", the sacred seasonal changes and their associated myths. We often forget the ancient axiom of "As above so below, as within so without" - that what occurs around us (the macrocosm) is also be occurring within us (the microcosm).
Therefore when we work with the seasonal tides and acknowledge the "gateways", we also open ourselves up to many opportunities, including obtaining inner peace and healing.
More information about working with the seasonal gateways in the Southern Hemisphere can be found within Dancing the Sacred Wheel: A Journey through the Southern Sabbats.