|"Each arrow overshot his head" (1902) by Elmer Boyd Smith.|
I've been thinking a lot lately of redefining the Sacred Masculine - a topic I touched on a few weeks ago - and I don't think it's so much a concept that's in need of redefining as remembering. In the way that for so long the Goddess remained veiled from human consciousness, so too I believe does the face of the authentic Male Divine. Though, as with the Goddess, I believe He continues to dwell in our collective unconscious and in our hearts.
Doing quite a bit of research has led me to some insights, some not yet coalesced into logical order enough to be put into words. At the moment, I'm becoming acquainted with the Norse/Dorian god Baldur whom many scholars believe is an earlier incarnation of other solar deities like Apollo, Horus, and the Christ.
"Baldur (also Baldr or Balder), also known as Balder the brave, is the god of light, joy, purity, beauty, innocence, and reconciliation"This feels slightly like synchronicity to me considering the idea of the Innocent God is something my mind happened upon over the last few months to a year or so ago. Googling the phrase "Innocent God" led me to Baldur which led me to Apollo and on down the line.
If Baldur is one of the first imaginings in record of the common male solar deity and he is associated with innocence, I would see no reason to begin to recognize that the Divine Masculine indeed contains this primary attribute.Yet innocence, in the way many people have it formed in their minds, isn't exactly what I mean.
The innocence I'm talking about is more concerned with the inherent innocence of the soul represented in Vedic traditions by the First Chakra. When balanced properly and allowed to flow without outside influences, it is the pure and untamed life force.
This is the kind of energy that seeks to do good without getting anything in return; the representation of the brave soul that loves without fear of not being loved back. It's the innocence that comes when we assimilate and love our bodies, minds, and souls as parts of one united entity that has no end and no beginning. It's the spirit of pure altruism and seeing the divine in the eyes our our beloved and feeling that divine as dwelling within us. It is a state of being that operates only from a place of love, no longer giving in to fear. When we look into the spirit of a child or an animal we intuitively recognize this wild innocence.
Considering a triplicate face for the God has been interesting. I've searched around a bit and a lot of people tend to see him as Youth, Warrior, and Sage. I think this idea is incomplete and have come up with an alternative version that I'll get into more in a later post. For now, I'll leave you with the names for my version of a Triple God.
Feon | Father | Sage
Don't worry. I'll explain that Feon stuff very soon. ;)