By Manly P – Hall – The custom of depicting God either as male or female is the outgrowth of man’s oldest form of worship: phallicism.
Masculine and feminine properties are presumed to be positive and negative respectively.
Hence God, being an active or positive agent, was conceived to be masculine; nature, being a passive or negative body, was regarded as feminine in that it received into itself and nurtured to maturity the germinal essences of Divine Life.
The proponents of a masculine God declare that in the beginning was activity, the positive cause of existence.
On the other hand, the proponents of the pre-eminence of the feminine principle declare that activity first issued from a universal matrix; consequently that which comes forth from the matrix is subordinate to its own origin.
To a certain degree the Madonna expresses this concept, for the man child is creation born out of the womb of SPACE – the Holy Mother of Ages.
Manly P. Hall / Lectures on Ancient Philosophy
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