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« Reply #22: June 28, 2008, 02:20:39 pm »

Here's the problem I have with gender polarity, and it is my own personal viewpoint.  Gender polarity assumes that spiritforms of any kind are "assigned" a gender, including gods and goddesses.  I tend to see the gods as spiritforms, and my belief is that spiritforms are genderless.  They may take the guise of a male or female in appearing to their worshippers possibly for simplicities sake, but they are neither in truth. 

That's something that I have always pondered; whether deities are truly genderless or not.

My deities appear as male and female to me, but I know that this is just my mind personifying them as it makes them much easier to relate and connect to. The feeling that I get from my female deity is very much a nurturing one- a quality that is associated with the female/feminine. Yet I don't necessarily see a link between the two. I don't enjoy the idea of categorising all qualities into the boxes of 'feminine' and 'masculine'. It's severely limiting. Not only to the deities, but to humans also.

I often here people talking of 'being in touch with their feminine side' or their 'masculine side'. It frustrates me, as when it comes down to it I have absolutely no idea what this means.
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