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The path of woman and love down into matter

The Way of the Woman (Hilma af Klint)

By on 5 November 2020

Altar No. 2 by Hilma af Klint

Altar no. 2 (1915) by Hilma af Klint for the path of the woman: The female triangle points from the wholeness of the spirit (golden) downwards, into the body (red) and into matter (black) to the whole fullness of life (rainbow colours).

The Way of Woman and Love Down into Matter (Introduction)

Love - the feminine side of the spirit

The female triangle: anchoring in matter

The Way of the Woman: Soul - Body - Spirit

The path of the feminine leads from the realm of the soul and spirit down into matter. It involves giving life out of love through devotion. The woman begins as a virgin and "Queen of Heaven" (white), becomes the "Queen of the Earth" (red) and finally assumes power in matter as "ruler of the underworld".

[S. Feminine Wholeness - the Goddess, White / Red / Black.]

Life in matter - living matter

The feminine essence in its perfection is living, reality-birthing and miracle-working power that transforms the creative impulse ("masculine") into reality.

[S. Male and female - the two primordial forces of creation).]

Every human being - receiving matter ("female"!)

All living matter, and thus also every human being, is to be described as "female" in the sense that it can absorb "spiritual impulses" and transform them into material reality. 

The feminine includes: the woman, all people ... - More:

Matter giving birth to living reality:

The great feminine includes:

  • The woman, all women: They can take up seed and give birth to new life.
  • The human body: It receives impulses of consciousness ("male") and translates them into words, deeds and new reality.
  • The collective (group, people, the whole of humanity).It reacts to impulses (for example in the form of information such as news) with moods and actions. It also takes up the instructions of the ruler and shapes new reality according to it (carries out instructions, such as building roads).
  • Earth: It can absorb seeds and give growth. In addition it reacts likewise to most different impulses, for example from the cosmos (like solar activity) or to human behavior, which lead for example to with climatic warming. (Thereby the "cosmos" means in the traditions more than the universe, it is attributed in its power to the element of fire and has therefore a divine-spiritual and initiating quality, see. The dynamics of the elements.)
  • The whole of creation: She is given over to transience and thus in the "underworld" (s. The Great Feminine in the Underworld).


The feminine as living matter, which can absorb seeds or impulses and give birth to new reality, belongs by definition to the unconscious (s. The conscious and the unconscious).

The Hero's Path

The Way of Love: The Hero's Path!

Those who decide to bring love into all areas of their lives are embarking on the hero's path, for this is the path of love down into matter, into the underworld, into the deepest and most hidden structures of the unconscious.
Here is an anecdote about this:

A man was on his way to heaven. Jesus met him and asked him: "Where are you going? The man answered truthfully, "I am on my way to heaven." And he added, "Where are you going, Lord?" Jesus answered: "I am on my way down to earth, to the people".

The path to wholeness - integration of the shadows

Unity of male and female

The goal for the human being is wholeness and a fulfilled life. This means the unification of the masculine as well as the feminine parts of the personality in the human being himself. The masculine side of the spirit is consciousness, the feminine is love.

The loving consciousness as the unity of these two signifies wholeness and is therefore identical with "God". The union of the two forces is symbolised in the traditions by the holy wedding.

God, wholeness, male and female, 3-in-1

The human being achieves WholenessThe human being achieves wholeness by integrating what is different with his or her opposite-sex parts.

Feminine wholeness through integration of the masculine (body, matter)

The body 

The feminine, born of the Father's love, begins "above" in the realm of the spirit. Thus, immaterial values such as love and relationships are important for the woman and that is where she feels at home. But the path of love leads "down" into matter to give life. The woman integrates her masculine parts with her body in the relationship with the man, through sexuality, birth and care for her loved ones and the masculine side of the spirit, the power in matter, on the way through the underworld.

The masculine side of the spirit: authority over body and matter (emotions)

The masculine side of the spirit(animus), the force in matter, integrates her on the way through the underworld. This means confronting her shadow, that is, negative emotions and especially her hated weakness. In the power of love it is possible for her to consciously gain dominion (control) over her emotions (containment) and thus to take her active, creative role and authority over matter. 

[S. The integration of the animus | Self-efficacy - living positively | Mary Magdalene and Peter - a dispute about the role of women].

The woman's path to wholeness - seven phases


Feminine wholeness - white / red / black (the Goddess ) (potential - reality - destiny) is achieved by fulfilling the three phases of life (symbolised by the three colours) in devotion and the power of love. Together with the transitions they contain the 5 phases of the hero's path to the wholeness of the Seven.

[p. The Heroic Way of Woman - Preserving Love].

[The three colours and the wholeness of seven is a central theme in the fairy tale Snow White, for example.

For an overview, these two illustrations:

The female way
Triad Woman / Female

Crisis potential: injuries, powerlessness, anger and the pain instinct

The danger for the woman is basically that she will stray from the path of love because of negativity. In the imperfection of matter, she must learn to tame or control her emotional drive. (S. Martha and the Taming of the Dragon.)

  1. The woman begins in White phase (Virgo) with love intact. The danger here is that her love will be affected by abuse. Thus the young woman comes into contact (too) early with the power of her physical charisma.
  2. With sexual maturity, the first sexual intercourse and childbirth, the woman enters the Red phase (motherhood) phase. This involves giving herself and giving her life away to those close to her. In doing so, she runs the risk of going empty herself, bleeding out and falling into frustration, pain and lack. In the grip of her negative emotional drive, she is tempted to enter the power game as well.
  3. The black phase leads the woman to the Path through the underworld. In the process, she integrates her weakness and her pure love (virgin) rises again.

Each of the three phases of life is also initiated by a transition, which as such already contains crisis potential (because changes are always critical).

The critical phases or challenges are marked or framed in red.

The feminine path to the wholeness of the great mother in seven phases

A vision of wholeness and birth (7)

The fulfilled seven, the unity of male and female in love, is the initial spark for the emergence of new life.
Thus many traditions begin with a vision of wholeness, which is symbolised by the seven (see The Wholeness of the Seven and The Seven of Creation).

The Seven and the Birth of the New

The birth of the new life can be assigned to the number seven, because the new arises from wholeness, from the union of male and female, man and woman.

[S. The Four of the Family and the Emergence of New Reality.]

Therefore the wholeness of the seven also the goal for the human being, because it also means a new birth into the eternal existence of love and spirit.
Thus fairy tales and myths also often begin with a vision of wholeness by presenting the higher goal before the plot, which is a path of life, gets rolling.

Dolores (pain)! The birth of the daughter

The daughter who has emerged from her mother's body has already come into contact with blood and pain at birth. It is clear that this path is also her destiny. In addition, she has "inherited" genes, "body knowledge" and body feelings from her mother.

Danger: "Inherited" negativity and the "pain body".

So it is possible or even probable that the young woman has already "inherited" a problematic relationship to her body and to men from her mother or grandmother before she can even have her own experiences.
And even if this is not the case, that is, if she has inherited a positive approach to life from the female lineage, there is still a collective feminine Painful bodywith which the woman will sooner or later come into contact.

The collective reality as a curse (the "original sin" or the "pain body"):

The curse as inheritance and destiny

The collective reality of the abuse of women is a sad cultural legacy of humanity. It is already addressed in Sumerian lore (c. 2500 BC) (see The Sumerian Mythology of Inanna, the Goddess of Love ). But it was not until Babylon that abuse and oppression became "acceptable" (cf. Introduction to the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh). This creates a new reality, which is symbolised in thefairy tale by the poisoned apple. Snow White by the poisoned apple. It means that abuse is part of the system and can therefore be exercised like a curse early in the young woman's life. (This is also the case in the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty / Maleficent, see also Family Secrets and Collective Secrets as Curse and The great original sin).

Childhood and youth: pure love (Virgo, white; 1)

The daughter as a virgin

The daughter's love and her ability to relate are "born" out of the pure, unconditional love of her father and also confirmed. Accordingly it begins in the immaterial realm of the soul and spirit (love). If her love is intact, she has miracle-working power and a faith that can move mountains.

[S. The Virgin - Miracle Working Love and Potential.]

Virgo, symbol of potential

The power of pure love

This love of the young woman is precious and worth protecting. For love is the strongest force in the universe. It alone is capable of transforming the ultimate opposites of male and female, spirit and matter, into a new reality. new reality into new reality. This may also be the reason why virgins are so "highly valued" in some cultures. Men who have no love themselves have to instrumentalise the love of women in order to materialise their dreams and plans (cf. The female womb as the grail).

Danger: from "snacking" on the fresh female essence to abuse

Abuse is already present when masculinity "nibbles" just a little bit on the daughter's budding feminine energy. Even minor assaults that include an erotically charged allusion or touch set an engram, a "trace" or a "hook" that can be followed up by further experiences of this kind.

Initiation - the first sexual intercourse (white-red; 2)

Devotion of body, soul and spirit 

With the first sexual intercourse, the woman takes in her body. What many young women do not know is that they give themselves away completely, with everything they have and are. Because they also give their soul (in their womb/abdomen) and their spirit (love, heart).

[S. The Woman, 3-in-1 (Spirit, Soul, Body).

The young man's task

The adolescent man who has not yet integrated his feminine parts cannot love in the same way as a woman. [3]. For this reason, religion and tradition have always been concerned that the young man prove his devotion through commitment in the relationship ("no sex without marriage.").

Danger: Sex without love, black magic and the curse

Sex without love

If sexual intercourse takes place unilaterally sexual intercourse takes place unilaterally without love, this is abuse. Through loveless and non-committal sexual intercourse, the soul (life) and the spirit (love) are stolen from the young woman along with her body. She is plunged into negativity (pain and lack) and falls into the grip of her Pain Bodys and the negative drive.

Abuse - a topic as old as humanity itself ...

Injury through dishonest sexual intercourse (sex without love)

This is already the subject of the first traditions.

  • Thus reports the Sumerian mythology of the felling of the tree of the goddess of love by the hero Gilgamesh.
  • The Jewish Fall of Man Report is about cunning leading to disobedience.
  • In the fairy tale Aladdin and the magic lamp the "innocent" young Aladdin is precisely instructed by the black magician ("wizard from Africa") how to enter the "magic cave". It symbolises the woman's womb and holds not only infinite treasures but also the "magic lamp" with the powerful spirit (of love). The boy is not supposed to touch anything, but only to steal the lamp and bring it to the evil sorcerer. (This is an instruction to rape; see The Magic Cave).

[S. Abuse in Traditions. ]

Ardita as Aphrodite, Goddess of Love

Adulthood: the initiated woman and mother (red)

Blood for life

"Desert": Lack and deprivation (red; 3)

With sexual maturity and the first sexual intercourse, the woman enters the red phase. Her ability to give life is connected with blood: She gives bodily blood for physical life and invests "heart blood" in the spiritual life of her beloved.
Life and blood are connected. The ancient man said: "Life is in the blood". As long as the woman has her bodily blood, she can give birth to physical life. But she also gives away her spiritual love and gives life to others with much "heart blood".

Danger: Powerlessness and power due to of love that has died

The woman's wounded or dead love is represented in traditions by the good queen who died giving birth to the daughter or by the sleeping beauty. 

Fainting or rigor mortis: love died


The woman's negativity due to emotional lack in the relationship is in a way "pre-programmed". For the man can only really love (like a woman) when he has integrated his feminine parts[3]. The woman who has given everything and receives nothing in return, is in the red. However, she is often not conscious of this, but "sleeps" in unconsciousness (as in in Snow White or Sleeping Beauty).


The man can abuse this situation to manipulate the woman. manipulate and exert power over her. By stalling and perpetuating her lack, he makes her invest more and more in the relationship in the hope of finally receiving. In this way he steals her life. This is black magic (for more on this see Aladdin and the magic lamp - the swoon).

Dying of love in traditions

When he has taken everything from her, metaphorically speaking, "eaten everything" and there is nothing left, this leads to a dying of love and also of the relationship. In the Jewish tradition of the 10 Plagues of Egypt the plague of locusts (8th plague, everything consumed) is followed by three days of darkness (9th plague: death of love) and then the death of the firstborn (10th plague: death of the first relationship).
This is already mentioned in the Sumerian tradition of Inanna, the goddess of love, who stays who stays dead in the underworld for three days, as Christ did later, see The Great Feminine in the Underworld).

Success: Service or Power? (red; 4)

The woman becomes stronger as she matures. At the same time as her "son", her inner man(animus) grows into strength. With her masculine parts, the woman finally gains strategic thinking and acting, drive, creativity, decisiveness and assertiveness.

Danger: Breakdown of the relationship due to pain and anger

However, before the woman has integrated her masculinity, she is flooded with negative macho masculinity from her inner shadow man when frustration, pain and anger arise. This means aggressive, dominant and power-oriented behaviour. This puts her relationship and everything she has built up in danger.

The "Witch": Woman's anger and power

Power through "magic

In contrast to the sleeping beauty and powerless woman, the "evil" stepmother or fairy represents the angry woman who takes what she wants with power. She lives out negative femininity through the power of her seductive force(negative anima as whore or snake) as well as through oppression and violence. Negative masculinity by means of oppression and violence, because she has not yet integrated her masculine parts. Fairy tales describe this shadow side of women by means of the "witch".

Frustration and the path through the underworld

The reason for this is that the woman's frustration increases as she matures and her outward attractiveness diminishes. Her masculine personality parts speak up and want to be integrated (see. The integration of the Animus).
Because she no longer wants to be a stupid sweetheart, the woman gives space to the inner "macho". But these still immature male parts make her see "red" quickly. She is angry, angry towards men who want to keep her down and consume her, angry about all the pain that life has brought her. Perhaps she feels that she has been "bled dry", that she has given too much and received too little in return. 

The dead love and the "witch

She no longer wants to put up with all this. That is why she is now in danger of falling into the spirit of power and letting her love die. Fairy tales call the woman who lives power (through seduction and or violence and drama) a "witch".

  • In Snow White the "wicked witch" administers a poisoned apple to the girl as a collective dimension of abuse, that is, her love is poisoned early on and she lives power through seduction instead.
  • And finally, the Disney films about the dark fairy Maleficent as Sleeping Beauty interpretationhow the dark fairy fights against abuse and unjust claims to power.

"Red" macho energy of the woman: danger for the partnership

If the woman in the grip of this "red" macho energy confronts her partner, then the relationship is in serious danger. The partner will either intuitively locate her as the "enemy" and counterattack. Or he will "tip over" into his negative femininity, which is symbolised by the snake, in counterattack to her negative masculinity. This makes him paralysed and unable to stand his ground, preferring to follow his libido to a younger, more "harmless" woman (see Negative Couple Dynamics and Animus and Anima in interaction.)

The Woman's Path through the Underworld (red-black; 5)

The crisis and the integration of weakness

The woman as "mother" "dies" when her physical fertility ceases. In the menopause, it is high time for her to make her way to the underworld to integrate her shadows.
This means that she now faces her negativity, namely all that has been painful in her life.
In other words , it is about integrating weakness, powerlessness, pain and anger by acknowledging them and perceiving, loving and forgiving herself in them.

Integration of the masculine parts: The body and spiritual power 

The goal is for the woman to regain positive access to her body and its power. But the more negative experiences she has had with her body and with men, the more difficult it is for her. Through pure, unconditional fatherly love she is reconnected with the power of her own love (symbolised by Virgo).

[S. The Integration of the Animus.]

Danger: Persistence in female power through eroticism

A woman who has not integrated her masculine parts always remains a "chick" and is driven by appearances until old age, instead of finding her own strength and self-efficacy.

Queen (after photo by Chris Levine)

New Life in Wholeness (Mother and Father; 6 and 7)

The mature, wise woman as a great mother (black - white, 6)

Black is the colour of death. The mature woman who has made the journey through the underworld has faced her own death, ego, negativity and weakness.
She has overcome these in the power of the Father and has risen to pure love. She has united in herself her masculine and feminine parts, the Virgin and Christ.
This unity is symbolised in myths by the marriage of prince and princess, king (faith) and queen (the unconscious)
(see The Holy Wedding).

Ascent to the Spirit (Father, 7)

Healing Fatherly Love - Forgiveness and Resurrection of Love 

The encounter with unconditional love, where sex is not the theme, is healing for the woman. The prince in fairy tales symbolises positive masculinity and is thus a "Christ" figure. For as the "good son" of the King-Father, he comes in the spirit of love (and not of power).

He thus also symbolises the woman's positive inner man, her inner hero.  

In the inner unity of her positive feminine parts ("Virgin") and her positive masculine parts ("Christ") the woman can "fertilise" herself (give impulses) and from this "give birth" to new, positive reality.

The mature woman and "big mother" has "power"!

With this, the woman has now achieved wholeness. As a mature woman she has everything:
On the one hand, as "goddess of the underworld" she has spiritual power ("male", "phallus"), that is, control over her body ("son") and authority over matter through creative words ("father"; cf. Positive instructions for the body).
On the other hand, she has also regained her pure, miracle-working love ("Virgin").
In wholeness she thus holds all realms: heaven (spirit, consciousness); earth (soul, life) and underworld (power in matter).
She is whole, "holy" or even sacred and can thus also bring healing and wholeness (symbolised by the three colours white - red - black) into the world.

An Indian saying goes:

When the grandmothers begin to speak, the world will heal.

It is high time!

White - Red - Black

Links / texts mentioned:

Mentioned traditions:

Snow White (Introduction)
Sleeping Beauty / Maleficent - from curse to wholeness (Introduction)
The Sumerian mythology of the goddess of love
- The felling of the tree
- Inanna's way through the underworld
Ereshkigal, mistress of the underworld
The 10 plagues of Egypt
The Fall of Man narrative
Aladdin and the magic lamp
- The magic cave
- Dhe Ghost and the Faint

To the way of man:

The way of the man / the masculine way
The woman's heroic path
The woman as heroine
The metamorphosis of the butterfly - a symbol of transformation

To Ganheit:

Female wholeness, 3-in-1
Woman, 3-in-1 (mind, soul, body)
Male wholeness, 3-in-1
God, wholeness, 3-in-1, male and female
The three colours white - red - black
The Seven - Wholeness of Earthly Reality
Male and female and the creation of new reality
The Sacred Wedding

On the subject of overcoming

Red - White - Black and Couple Dynamics
The body of pain
The Poisoned Apple - Abuse as a Collective Reality
Family secrets and collective secrets as a curse
Abuse - the stolen life
Abuse and redemption in human lore
Black Magic
The Shadow
The Integration of the Shadow
The Great Feminine in the Underworld
The path through the underworld
Self-efficacy - living positively
Positive instructions for the body

On the subject of female and male

The woman as goddess and the man as her heroic king
The Anima
The virgin - miracle working love and potential

The Animus
The Animus of Woman
The Great Feminine in the Underworld
Christ / Messiah, the Anointed One

To the art:

Altar 2 by Hilma af Klint - The Way of the Woman

Notes and references:

[1] 1Jn 4,2 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses Jesus Christ, who came in the flesh, is of God;

[2] This quotation from the Gospel of ThomasJesus replied: "I will draw her to myself into the realm of God, and then she will no longer be female, but just as much a living male spirit as you. But I say to you, a woman who makes herself like men can enter into the dominion of God"(emphasis by the author; for the meaning of this quotation see Woman as Heroine).

[3] A man can only truly love with feeling like a woman when he has integrated his A man who has not integrated his feminine personality parts (cf. The integration of the anima). This often happens - if at all - only in the crisis of the middle years (through an existential wounding, see The King's Sacred Wound). A man who does not integrate his feminine parts remains a "macho" and does not reach maturity (s. The Way of the Man).


  1. I like to hike in the spring when the snow from the mountains is melting and feeding the rivers and waterfalls. Hadria Holt Pitzer

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