This morning I experienced another serendipitous moment when I happened upon the concept of the solar feminine. I’ve been interested in mythology and astrology for years and hadn’t come across this before - after all, the sun is traditionally viewed as masculine and the moon feminine.
So what does it mean? According to a quick Google search, the solar feminine is “creative, passionate, focused, pulsating and radiant feminine energy” - the sort of energy that is fuelled by compassion and purpose and creates powerful positive change. This is the sort of energy the Dalai Lama was referring to when he said “the Western woman will save the world”.
I love this story. After all, we are still witnessing the damage done to the planet by an unfettered solar masculine (radical misuse of fire through war and the burning of fossil fuels, among other things), so perhaps it’s time to balance it out with the three Cs of solar feminine energy - creativity, collaboration, compassion.
According to cutting-edge astrologers Adam Gainsburg and Eric Francis, the Venus transit of the Sun, which takes place on June 5, is “a moment when the world will see Venus not as a bright feature of the night world, but as a celestial feature visible in the light of day”. This rare astronomical event, they say, heralds the emergence of the solar feminine.
Venus is our most recognisable symbol of feminine energy in both its light and dark forms but there were some pretty kick-ass solar goddesses in antiquity. I particularly like the Egyptian goddess Sekhmet, whose name is translated as “the powerful one” and is often depicted as a lion-headed woman with a sun disc on her head. She was associated with the fierce heat of the midday sun and like many goddesses was seen as both the giver and destroyer of life.
In her warrior mode, she went on a rampage and nearly destroyed all of humanity, but she was also a goddess of healing. Hopefully the new solar feminine won’t have quite such a lust for blood.
This is the thing, though, about solar energy as opposed to lunar: it is all about being seen in the world. So now I’m thinking about the best ways to embody this new solar feminine energy. It’s got to be time for women to shine.