Thursday, January 2, 2020

Gender Spectrum

The goddess Quan Yin was originally male, then spent years as both male and female, until finally becoming the famous female deity of compassion celebrated globally today. Nowhere have I read of Quan Yin's gender fluidity and transition as being controversial as it would be in monotheistic doctrines and scriptures. The transformative gender of the goddess seems gradual and natural, a beautiful and accepted blossoming.

         The herb rosemary is regarded today as possessing male solar energy but was initially regarded as female; in fact, there was an adage that once said, "Where rosemary grows, the woman rules." Keeping with the transformative ease of gender in both Quan Yin and the metaphysical properties of rosemary, this ritual is open to gender flux. Keep in mind that the (Soma)tic note-taking in the ritual is not expository writing, but relying on the writer trusting themselves at the moment enough to allow an unimpeded flow of words. That said, let us delve into the question of gender as a continuum. The complexity of such an issue is something exciting to take on, not merely imagining being the opposite of whatever gender we feel we are, but also a much broader range of multiple genders. Consider how and why your ideas of gender would make third or fourth genders more or less male or female. What if a fifth gender was not more male or female, but something else entirely? What does this question mean to you?
         Please have a few sprigs of fresh rosemary available, and let's assign it as being the magical tool for riding the gender spectrum. Each time you smell it, face a new direction, and imagine yourself able to be a different gender. Let's say there are as many as 9 or more to explore. Sniff the herb, face a new direction, rub a little of the oil from its leaves on your forehead in a circular motion, like opening a portal. Keep going, making unique and wildly imaginative ideas of gender, and surprise yourself. Write as fast as you can in your notebook.