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The Lunar Bull: About the Spiritual Significance of Matriarchy is a study that outlines the present debate about the dichotomy of matriarchy-patriarchy.
On the level of the collective unconscious, this study shows, the historical transition from matriarchy to patriarchy has not taken place. On the contrary, it appears that the intrinsic symbolism of the soul level, the content of the unconscious, the level of spiritual visions, is one of the matriarchal gods and cosmic energy holders, such as the mythic or lunar bull and the serpent.
This is not just a matter of mythology. The impact and vibration of our soul values permeate all living things and are influencing our decisions and our policies more than any reductionist concepts, such as moralism, child protection, or the present international pursuits to fight pedophilia that render us conscious of a growing narcissism that today affects not only individuals and political leaders but whole nations.
What we can learn from studying mythology, as this study shows, is to find solutions that are viable and durable because they are integrated in the landscape of soul and our collective unconscious and not just green table solutions that may appeal to our rational minds.
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- Paul Dion Brooks
short and concise
another great time from PFW. it is amazing how many women are writing about it Patriarchy and so few about Matriarchy. so greatful to hear well cited sources here for further reading.
note: some of the narration is a bit emotionally charged... perhaps intentionally
- S. Hyatt
Does not stay on topic.
There is some great information in this book about the difference between matriarchy and patriarchy. Patriarchy and matriarchy are not opposites, as many assume. Patriarchy is about some men having power-over everyone and everything else (women, nature, other people classed as lesser, etc) while matriarchy is about equality. We currently live in a patriarchal society. Patriarchy is destructive to both people and the environment. Moving to a matriarchal society would be good for all of us as well as the environment. The book is very informative about this.
My complaints about this book are when it strays from the topic. Somehow the author uses the equality found in matriarchy to argue that pedophilia is not only acceptable but should be encouraged. And he claims that feminists are false women who are traitors to other women, or something like that. These two arguments are not part of any matriarchal arguments I've read elsewhere. Feminists are fighting for a matriarchal world, where no one has power over others. When women struggle for a better world this makes women into warriors, not false women. To claim that women should be passive, peaceful, and feminine is supporting an unhealthy stereotype of women. And I have no idea what pedophilia has to do with matriarchy since if no one had power over others, adults would not violate the boundaries of children. I found the author to be homophobic as well as misogynistic. The intrusion of these two personal opinions about women and children ruined this book for me. These are not matriarchal values and do not belong in a book about matriarchy.
Another negative to this book is the horrible mispronunciation of common words. This is the worst accent I've listened to in an audiobook from Audible so far. There were some words that I listened to over and over and couldn't figure out what was being said, and finally gave up trying. In order to understand this book in full, I need a written copy. I recommend reading the book instead of listening to this version.