In the long centuries of the modern age, man rejected God and denied that he had a soul. Man put his faith in matter, and in his own mind and will, which now operated freely, unhampered by the guidance of Spirit. The civilization that has grown from this hubris now threatens the world thrice over, from nuclear bombs, ecocide, and the total robotization of humanity.
The soul of man is a woman, a truth that was lost in modern times, but lately recovered. Just as an individual man has an anima, the collective soul of all humanity may be likened to a divine woman, indeed a Goddess; she’s sometimes called the Anima Mundi: the Soul of the World. All humans who are ensouled, and know it, worship this Goddess in many ways: by caring for their souls, cherishing their kindred, and giving their unconditional love to the Spirit. Just as Soul is female, Spirit is male. Therefore even peoples who are blessed with a multiplicity of deities of both sexes always recognize the Supreme God as male.
The Soul-Goddess is the repository of love and mercy, joy and passion ~ everything that makes life on Earth worth living. Without the Soul, the human species is like a lonely man who tries to make up for his lack of these qualities by indulging in avarice, cruelty, and selfishness in pursuit of power and wealth. In the same way, the Soul without the Spirit is like a lonely woman who tries to compensate for her loss in different but equally tragic ways. This is why the Soul, stung by her rejection by modern man and humanity in general, has gradually succumbed to her dark side.
Many religions and mythic traditions feature dark Goddesses and powerful female demons in their pantheons. In the creeds of the West, the most striking such figure is perhaps the Great Whore described in the Book of Revelation. The corrupt society of the endtime is called Babylon, which is ruled by the Whore and the Beast 666 upon whom she rides.
A partially similar entity appears in Hinduism: the Goddess Kali. She is the Dark Mother, the embodiment of terrors inflicted on children when they are punished or abused by their mothers. She is also the Dark Lover, and wears a necklace of male heads or skulls. Unlike Christianity, Hinduism is not dualistic; therefore even the deities of the darkside are not viewed as inherently evil, and their gruesome roles are recognized as a necessary part of human life.
In the Hindu endtime prophecies, however, Kali grows ever more brutal and destructive ~ and we can see that this is precisely the result of the suffering of the Soul in the present day. Kali is finally overwhelmed by her pain and heartache, and goes insane. She begins to dance in total mindless fury, wreaking destruction on the puny human world. This triggers the apocalyptic forces that will bring an end to the present Aeon, called the Kali Yuga.
Kali’s husband is Shiva, one of the triumvirate of supreme male Gods; the other two are Brahma and Vishnu. Shiva is the God of Destruction, and is often portrayed doing a stylized ritual dance that causes the breakdown and dissolution of existence; in Western terms, he is the God of entropy. He is a very potent God, and legions of people in India carry on the Tantric traditions that worship the Shiva Lingam.
In the final phase of the Kali Yuga, however, Shiva becomes unmanned: his lingam goes flaccid, he falls to the ground, and his previously loving wife Kali takes up the dance of destruction ~ and she does it on the helpless supine body of Shiva. Thus Shiva is impotent to bring Kali to her senses and halt the annihilation of the world.
This task can only be done by Vishnu, the God of Regeneration. And indeed the endtime Avatar is the tenth and ultimate incarnation of Vishnu, named Kalki. The similarity of names underscores the destiny, which is exquisitely sexual: Kali goes mad because her Lord is no longer able to satisfy her erotic desires. As an Avatar of the Supreme God, Kalki could simply subdue Kali by force ~ and some force is necessary, as she attacks him in deadly frenzy. But ultimately she is subdued by love, for Kalki’s phallus is a fount of Supernal glory. Kali’s mad rage melts into ecstasy, and the world is saved.
The lesson of this enlightened myth was unfortunately lost in the West because Christian doctrine as handed down by the Church was antisexual as well as dualistic. The Book of Revelation paints the Great Whore as an irredeemable agent of Satan, and thus she gets destroyed and cast into Hell by Christ in his triumphant Second Coming. Fortunately some wiser traditions have lately been revived and given a redeeming twist in postmodern times. Mary Magdalene is accurately portrayed as the lover of Jesus, who bore him children with such an exalted God-nature that they spawned the royal houses of Europe, which ruled for a thousand years and more.
In this vein we can creatively recast Revelation: the Great Whore is Mary, who has fallen from grace and regressed to her old harlotry; so when Christ returns, he does not damn her but rather redeems her, just as he did the first time around in the Gospels. And of course the secret subtext is that this salvation is wrought not only spiritually but also sexually ~ for indeed, the act of erotic love with an incarnation of God cannot be anything but pure.
This is Chapter 3 of ÜberLove.
Next installment: Eros Upshift