The seventh and final Hermetic Principle (according to the Kybalion), may just be one of the most important and most misunderstood of the principles. Most associate gender with physical sex characteristics. This however is only a small part of the true meaning of gender. The word gender derives from the Greek “gen” which means to produce, as in genesis. Sex is the physical manifestation of gender that is separated into male and female. When the Hermetic masters referred to gender, they were referring to the generating principle, not male or female sex. What is important to note at this point is that all things contain both the female and the male energies within them. Everyone and everything contain characteristics that are akin to both male and female. Like all other Hermetic Principles, this is true of the physical and super-physical realm and on the mental plane as well.
In the superphysical realm of electricity, the principle manifests as positive and negative polarity. The masculine aspect manifests as the positive polarity, or charge and the feminine manifests as the negative polarity, or charge. The Kybalion goes to great lengths to eschew the idea that positive and negative have anything to do with our normal concept of those characteristics. More correctly, it is noted that positive polarity should be referred to as masculine energy and that negative polarity should be referred to as feminine energy. With this in mind, it explains the law of attraction between the male and female energies within the electrical field. The same can be said of magnetism as well. It is by using these energies together that the end result is created, just as it is on our physical realm with new-life conception.
The masculine and feminine are present upon the physical plane within each being, and manifest as the separate sexes. On the mental realm, the principle manifests itself through the hemispheres of the brain and through the characteristics of our thoughts and behaviors. The left side of the brain is said to govern the aspects of reason, logic, and analytical thought. The right brain governs the creative, intuitive, and imaginative aspects our thoughts. The left side is said to be the male aspect and the right, the female. We can see these aspects manifested in our gender roles. Men are said to be more drawn to logic, whereas women are said to be more intuitive. Of course, we all have aspects of both and neither is more important than the other. Both are equally important to our complete mental well-being. The Kybalion goes into great detail regarding the concept of psychic influence and states that people who have mental influence over others, use the power of the male or female to attract the male or female attention of the person that they are trying to influence, just like female electrical charge attracts the male electrical charge.
In a previous blog (Removal of the Divine Feminine), I have discussed the suppression of the Divine Feminine in our culture and what it has done to cast our society out of balance. This obsession with the left-brain consciousness is what has lead us down the path of ruin that we are currently on. We can see this at work, even in our educational system, where the importance has been placed on mathematics and science, and has been take off of music and art. Our education system likes to elude us by telling us that art and music aren’t important because you can’t make a living off of them. The fact of the matter is that the greatest minds of our time have had a great balance of the masculine and feminine. Take Einstein for example. If he had not had a great imagination, many of his greatest discoveries would not have been made. To quote Einstein regarding this matter, he said: ”
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”
Someone who most consider to be one of the greatest minds of our time, understood the importance of the brain hemispheres working together. Without being able to think outside of the box, great breakthroughs are not possible.
This same balance of the masculine and feminine is needed for our consciousness as well. We must act with equal adherence to our intuitive and our rationale in life. We must also act with empathy and care (feminine) and right action (masculine) in our day to day lives. It is when we start to work with and apply these laws in our everyday lives that they become less abstract and more personalized and empowering. The Law of Gender gives us a new understanding of the way things in the physical and non-physical world work and the way our thoughts and actions interact with one another.
The Hermetic Principles have been passed down through the ages so that those who have the ability to comprehend them may see the true nature of reality. They are a tool for liberation from the misinformation we have received and a light so that we may see through the darkness of materialism. Each day, modern science is getting closer and closer to accepting many of these concepts as the truth and is realizing that our old belief system is flawed and incorrect. Those who worship the material world of money and possessions are being deceived by their senses that are limited to our finite minds. It is up to us to explore the true nature of our reality which is immaterial, infinite and forever changing, moving, vibrating, attracting and repelling, constantly fluctuating in this great and infinite universal tide.