Working closely with Baba Yaga lately, ambiguity has been one of the central themes. I was thrilled at the release of Maleficent, and seeing an ambiguous female character portrayed sympathetically is huge, I tell you, HUGE. Ambiguity is something that is central to the Wise Woman tradition and all of the Life/Death/Life goddesses (who are the most powerful). Yet its something that women, caught in the crossfires of Maddona/Whore syndrome, have had little societal support to step in to.
In thinking about this, I’ve turned to the stories that brought me to the ball to begin with: those of the Abrahamic tradition. The story of Abraham is a story of ambiguity, questioning, and uncertainty. How very odd that the traditions that followed are now so marked by black & white thinking and claims to certainty. I think its time to look at these stories again and work from there.
I’ve republished one of my first blogs from 2009:
“Abraham’s relationship to God is marked by great sacrifices: to ask a tribal desert-dweller to leave their family and society is worse than death. Indeed, what makes Abraham’s story so relevant to our lives today is that even now we still find this to be a terribly frightening prospect. We define ourselves by our families, our culture, our geography, our language, our food, the religious practice we were raised with… Abraham left all of these things and embarked on a unique path. He would not lose that rugged individualism and continued to live and act in ways that were far from the societal norms, but were in alignment with the convictions of his heart, and his relationship with his Creator. Abraham shows us that questioning does not necessarily mean the dissection and death of faith, but is rather the basis and edification of True faith.”
Read the full blog post on The Deeper Marriage.