nyone who is paying attention can see that humanity stands at a threshold. A new era is emerging, one that is vastly different from the world that existed just a few decades ago. Every generation is born and sets about distinguishing itself from the past, and paves a way for the future. However, few generations have been tasked with doing so at such a pivotal moment of rapid change.
We hear the term Generation Y and Millennial a lot to describe those of us who are now reaching adulthood, but Phoenix Generation seems most fitting to me. I say so because we are witnessing the destruction and decay of civilization as it has been understood for the last 5,000+ years. We are rising from the ashes of an era whose time has passed, and we have been set on fire with passion to create something new.
Women of the Phoenix Generation are being handed a great power and responsibility to literally give birth to a new world.
Doing so means breaking from old paradigms and creating new traditions.
It means willingly entering the crucibles of the alchemical process to burn away the chains that held us down for so long.
It means raising our children in a way that brings about the changes so desperately needed.
It means holding space for the Sacred Masculine to be healed and empowered as well.
We must listen to our dreams and our intuition. Awaken our sexuality and reclaim our creative impulses. The shackles of suppression have held us down for so long, we sometimes forget they are there. Luckily, the remnants of those restraints are full of rust and easily shattered, all it takes is to find the strength to break free.
The last few generations of women have fought a hard battle. If not for them, our task would be impossible. They were the warriors, born when the patriarchal age was near an end. So many sacrifices were made, lives lost and struggles overcome.
It's important to realize however, that the task of our mothers and grandmothers were different than ours. They had to fight fire with fire. We needed a fresh foundation from which to build, and their job was to weaken the infrastructure. In order to develop the skills necessary to be successful in their endeavor, they had to take on the masculine by becoming more masculine. Because of this, many aspects of the Sacred Feminine were actually more repressed than ever before. The Goddess energy of Sekmet and Kali were invoked and gave women a passionate fervor and taste for vengeance.
When any human being is suppressed or dominated, the first thing they desire upon achieving their freedom is all that has been denied to them. The Feminist movement was no exception.
These are but a few examples of how the quest for equality added to the dualism and separatism of women. We pitted ourselves against one another and at the height of the war for patriarchal independence, we incited civil unrest within our own ranks. We made many qualities of the feminine something to be ashamed of and swung the pendulum in the opposite direction.
This does not have to be viewed negatively. It is not something that we should hold a grudge about either. The Traditional Feminist movement was inevitable, absolutely necessary and exactly what it needed to be.
However, it is time that we begin healing the chasm that occurred in the female population. We had to become extremists in order to escape from the extreme circumstances we were in. At some point however Sekmet must give way to Hathor and Kali must allow herself to be calmed by Shiva.
Now that the destructive force has served it's purpose, it's time to reach an equilibrium.
By no means am I suggesting we go back to the way things were before. We have gained so many valuable lessons. Now that we have fully embraced the warrior aspects of the Goddess, it's time to discover the Sacred Feminine in all her forms, so we too can find balance within ourselves and society.
I believe the first step in the process of walking forward is to stand still.
In this stillness, we can surrender to the unknown and gather personal lessons and experiences that we can carry into the future. We must discover the many archetypes of the Sacred Feminine and develop our own understandings of how they apply to our lives. We must take the myths that survived from ancient times and begin to integrate stories of our modern era - and pass these down to the daughters of the new age.
The future begins with us.
Embrace your calling and awaken to the potential that exists in you, so that humanity has a chance to evolve into something even more beautiful.
It is time to decide what role you will play in defining the world that is to come.