Male and female = balance

malefemale I remember a debate once in circle where someone was explaining how ‘all life is male and female and this is why we have a god and a goddess’. As someone who knows a lot about nature, I had to disagree.

Of course humans are male and female, but you can also find hermaphrodites (both male and female), as well as those who are transgendered. The choices of sexuality expand further in the animal kingdom;

Hermaphrodites include both male and female reproductive organs. Snails, worms, and 20 or so various fish include this type of sexual mating. They only need to find another one of their species to make babies.

There are some gods that are hermaphrodites; Hermaphrodites (Greek), Hapi (Egyptian), and Ardhanarishvara  (Hindu) to name a few.

Clown fish– Clown Fish have the dominant male with lesser males, and a dominant female. If the female dies, the dominant male will change his gender to female, and a lesser male will then become head male.

As for deity, an example of gender changing would be Loki (Norse). He is a shape shifter god known to take forms of animals and an elderly woman. As a mare, he fathered the six legged stallion, Sleipnir.

Some species of the Timena Stick insects who don’t have sex, but still lay fertilized eggs. This type of sexual reproduction (without sex) is known as parthenogenesis.

Parthenogenesis can also be found in reptiles, sharks, and even birds that had fertilized eggs without mating. The young are basically genetic clones of the mother.

I believe we often see Deity as something similar to ourselves and this is why so often see male or female Divine. For me personally, the Divine is the soul of the earth, life and death, having both genders, and more, and also be a part of my Self.

What are your thoughts? Which faces of the Divine do you worship? Post in comments.


2 responses to “Male and female = balance

  1. Totally agree with you about nature not being just about female/male dichotomies, but I wanted to say that hermaphrodite is no longer the correct term. Folks who have ambiguous genitalia largely prefer to be called intersex. See the Intersex Society of North America for more info:

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