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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 way of the woman and the feminine into matter 

The path of the feminine leads from the realm of the soul and the spirit down into matter. It means to give life in the power of love.
Thus, the woman begins as a virgin and "queen of heaven" (white), becomes as a mother the "queen of the earth" (red) and finally takes the power in matter, as "ruler of the underworld" (black).

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

The Hero's Path, Way of Love

Love is the feminine side of the spirit, consciousness, on the other hand, is the masculine. The person who has attained consciousness decides to live love in all aspects of life and thus sets out on the hero's path, which corresponds to the path of love and the feminine path.

[S. The Hero's Path, Way of Love.]

The people who can take up spiritual impulses and convert them into material reality are thus also to be called "female":

To the great feminine belong: the women, the people, the material existence ... - 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 female essence in its perfection is living, reality-birthing and miracle-working power, which transforms the creative impulse ("male") into reality. It belongs by definition to the unconscious (s. The Consciousness and the Unconscious).

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

Be a whole person - become a whole person. This anecdote about that:

On his way to heaven, a man met Jesus, who asked him, "Where are you going?". The man answered truthfully, "I am on my way to heaven," and added, "Where are you going, Lord?" Jesus answered, "I am on the way down to earth, to man."

The path to wholeness: integration of the unconscious mind

The path leads over the earthly trials finally into the underworld, the realm of shadows. Here the unconscious and the spiritual drive in matter (animus) are integrated. This path leads to wholeness and full power over matter.

[S. The Way Through the Underworld.]

God, wholeness, male and female, spirit and matter

Unity of male and female

The goal for man is wholeness and a fulfilled life. This means the unification of the masculine as well as the feminine parts of personality in man himself. The wedding, which in traditions seals the happy end, symbolizes the successful integration of the unconscious (matter, body) into consciousness. It leads to wholeness via the path through the underworld (cf. The Holy Wedding and Father and Mother, Spirit and Matter).

[S. God, wholeness, 3-in-1, male and female and The way through the underworld, the gateway to wholeness.]

Wholeness through integration of the opposite-sex personality parts

The human being achieves wholeness by integrating his opposite-sex parts and thus the completely different.

[S. The integration of anima and animus.]

The path of the woman to wholeness 

The wholeness of the goddess: white, red, black

Love lived in all three phases of life

The wholeness of the woman is symbolized by the three colors white, red and black, as for example in the fairy tale Snow White. These three colors also correspond to the phases of life of the woman:

  • White for virgin
  • Red for the initiated woman (who has had the first sexual intercourse) and for the mother
  • Black for the mature woman and the way through the underworld

The wholeness of woman means that she has lived and preserved love during these stages (see The Heroic Way of Woman - Preserving Love).

Anchoring in the body and in matter

Thus, the feminine, born of the Father's love, begins "above" in the realm of the spirit (white). This means concretely that immaterial values like love and relationships are important for the woman and that she feels "at home" in them.
But her path leads "down" into matter. In the encounter with the masculine (sexuality, birth and care and heart blood, red) she takes her body and gives it away for the life of others.
At last she picks herself up on the on the way through the underworld she reclaims her body and its power by integrating the male side of the spirit(animus). In the process, her pure love (Virgo) also rises again.

The woman is whole when she is anchored in the body and in matter. That is why the female sign is completed with the circle for wholeness around the anchor at the bottom in matter (bottom right).

For an overview, these two illustrations:

Triad Woman / Female
The female triangle: anchoring in matter

The female path in seven phases

Crisis potential: The loss and death of love

However, along the way, the woman is in danger of losing her love and turning to power instead. This is especially so when her love is abused and stolen, receiving nothing in return.

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

Birth and avision of wholeness (7)

The Seven and the Birth of the New

The wholeness of the seven on the one hand the goal for man, because it stands for the completed earthly reality (see The Seven-Day Creation). And on the other hand, it also leads to the birth of the new.
Accordingly, many traditions begin with a vision of the goal, for example Snow White with the three colors white, red black, the fairy tale of the dragon slayer with the vision of the virgin or the iron man, which begins with the golden ball.

The birth of the daughter - pain!

The daughter, who emerged from her mother's body, knows that blood and pain are also her destiny. Also otherwise she has taken over or "inherited" a lot from her mother.

Danger: negativity "inherited" from the mother 

It can be difficult for the daughter if her mother already had a problematic relationship with her body. Then she is afflicted with unconscious negativity (see The Pain Body of the Woman). This is already thematized in the Sumerian tradition, in that Inanna's tree is occupied by strange beings of power (see Inanna and Lilith).

Abuse as a collective reality, curse or "original sin".

The curse as inheritance and destiny

Moreover, the collective reality of 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 is not until Babylon that abuse and oppression of women is legitimized (see. Introduction to the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh). Thus a new reality is created, which for examplein the fairy tale Snow White by the poisoned apple. It is based on the fact that abuse is part of the system and therefore can act like a curse early in the life of the young woman. (So also in the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty / Maleficent, see also Family Secrets and Collective Secrets as Curse and The great original sin).

This reality is responsible for a collective female body of pain, which leads to anger and rage and the death of love. (S. The negative animus as devil or pain body.)

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

Born from the love of the Father

The daughter as a virgin

The daughter's love and her ability to relate are "born" out of her father's pure, unconditional love and also confirmed. Accordingly the young woman 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 miracle-working 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 able to transform the ultimate opposites of male and female, spirit and matter, into a new reality. new reality to a new reality. Therein may also lie the reason why virgins are so "highly traded" in some cultures (see The female womb as the grail).
Because men, who have no love themselves, must instrumentalize the love of women to materialize their dreams and plans. As is shown very vividly in Aladdin and the magic lamp (the vessel is the woman, in which the powerful spirit of love dwells)

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

Abuse is already present when masculinity "nibbles" at the daughter's budding feminine energy. In other words, even small encroachments, an erotically charged innuendo or touch, can set an engram, a "trace" or a "hook" to which further experiences of this kind can tie in.

Initiation - the first sexual intercourse

From virgin to initiated woman (white-red; 2)

Devotion of body, soul and spirit 

With the first sexual intercourse, the woman takes her body. What many young women do not know is that they give themselves away completely, with everything they have and are. Because with their body 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

It is important to note that the adolescent male, who has not yet integrated his feminine parts, cannot love in the same way that a woman can [3]. For this reason, religion and tradition have always been concerned that the young man prove his devotion through commitment in the relationship ("No marriage, no sex.").

Danger: Sex without love, black magic and the curse

Sex without love

When sexual intercourse takes place unilaterally without love and without the intention of commitment, it is abuse. Through loveless sexual intercourse, the soul (life) and spirit (love) are stolen from the young woman along with her body. She loses the positive anchorage in her body and is as if dead (as in Snow White and Sleeping Beauty).

Abuse - a topic as old as mankind 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. ]

Adulthood: the initiated woman and mother (red)

Ardita as Aphrodite, Goddess of Love

Blood for Life (Desert, 3)

Emotional lack and deprivation

With sexual maturity and the first sexual intercourse, the woman enters the red phase. Her ability to give life is connected to blood: She gives bodily blood for physical life and invests "heart blood" in the spiritual life of her beloved.
Thus, 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, to a child. 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 wounded woman whose love has died becomes the stepmother or evil queen witch in lore. 

Fainting or rigor mortis: love died


The negativity of the woman due to emotional lack in the relationship is in a way "pre-programmed". Because the man can only really love (like a woman) when he has integrated his feminine parts[3].


Because of her emotional need, a man can abuse a woman's pure love and take possession of her. He does this bynd by stringing her along and perpetuating her lack. In this way, 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 details see Aladdin and the magic lamp - the swoon).

[S. Abuse - the stolen life.]

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.

The deceased love is already in the Sumerian tradition of Inanna, the goddess of love, the theme of the three days dead in the underworld in the underworld. In Jewish tradition, the dying of love is represented by the ninth plague, namely the three days of darkness. The 10th plague, the death of the firstborn, symbolizes the dying of relationship. And also Christ stayed three days in the underworld.

[S. The Great Feminine, Life Itself, in the Underworld.]

Service or power? (Success, 4)

The development of male shares

With increasing maturity the woman becomes stronger. Because simultaneously with her "son" her inner man(animus) grows to strength. The male parts cause that the woman no longer wants to be a tame sweetheart or chick and put up with everything. Instead, she quickly sees "red." The reason for this is that she is initially flooded with immature macho masculinity and thus aggressive, dominant and power-oriented behavior . If she integrates her masculine parts, however, she gains strategic thinking and acting, drive, creativity, decisiveness and assertiveness (see The Integration of the Animus).

Danger: Breakdown of the relationship due to pain and anger

Dead love and negativity from frustration, pain and anger threaten the relationship (see Negative Couple Dynamics). Thus, everything that the woman has built up is 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 negative femininity through the power of her seduction (the negative anima as a whore or snake) as well as negative masculinity by means of oppression and violence, because she has not yet integrated her male parts. 

Frustration and the path through the underworld

But the deeper reason for the woman's anger lies in repressed hurts. She is angry toward men who want to keep her down and consume her, angry at all the pain that life has brought her. Perhaps she also 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.
Negative couple dynamics: reversed gender roles

"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 way of the woman through the underworld (red-black; 5)

The crisis and the integration of weakness

During menopause, their femininity "dies" in the sense of physical fertility. Now it is time to make the journey through the underworld to integrate the shadows and achieve wholeness. This is often accompanied by a crisis, which initiates the turning point. In order to integrate her masculine parts, the woman has to deal with her shadow, with her own weakness, but also with the collective female pain body.

Integration of the masculine parts: The body and spiritual power 

By integrating the masculine parts, the woman takes her body for herself again and also gains strength. With this she can now stand up for herself, love herself and preserve her boundaries. The positive inner man is the loving consciousness, symbolized by the redeeming prince or Christ. In the power of the greater love, one's own pure love (virgin) also stands up again.

[S. The Integration of the Animus.]

Danger: Persistence in female power through eroticism

A woman who remains in her feminine power and does not integrate her masculine parts always remains a "chick. She is therefore driven by externalities until old age instead of penetrating to her own power and self-efficacy.

New life in wholeness

Unity of mother and father (6 and 7)

Holy wedding: male and female united

Black is the color 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. Thus, she has united in herself her masculine and feminine parts, the Virgin and Christ.
This unity is symbolized in myths by the marriage of prince and princess, king (faith) and queen (the unconscious) (see The Holy Wedding).

Queen (after photo by Chris Levine)

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:

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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