The Principle of Gender

The Principle of Gender

Gender is in everything; everything has its Masculine and Feminine Principles; Gender manifests on planes (The Kybalion).

This seventh and last great Hermetic principle reveals the truth that gender is manifested in everything in the Universe.  The words “gender” and “sex” are not the same in this Hermetic teaching. The word “gender” is taken from a Latin word meaning “to beget; procreate; to create or produce.” According to The Kybalion, sex is merely a manifestation of gender on the physical plane of organic life. Gender is concerned solely with creating and producing.

Gender manifests on all planes of Being. Don’t think as much of positive and negative, or even male and female. Think more of Taoism, of Yin and Yang, of two manifestations of the same underlying reality.These are complementary opposites, not two forces at war with each other, but two realities that weave a tapestry of interconnectedness throughout the Universe.

As we know, the principle of gender manifests in the human Soul. Consciousness manifests as the masculine element; the unconscious as the feminine element. In alchemy, the conscious psyche corresponds to Sol; the unconscious to Luna. Physical sex between man and woman is a symbol for the intermingling of these two, which is called coniunctio or coitus.

The sacred marriage, the ‘coniunctio’ or ‘coitus’, refer to the union of our divine spirit with the soul, and finally with the body. By way of speaking we could say that in common man the spirit, soul and body are kind of separated from each other, although they are working with each other. But when the Great Work has been completed, the divine spirit has been brought ‘down’ to shine through the soul and body and unified itself with them, so they all form one and the same ‘body’ (

The Gospel of Thomas puts it this way:

When you make the two into one, and when you make the inner like the outer and the outer like the inner, and the upper like the lower, and when you make male and female into a single one, so that the male will not be male nor the female be female, when you make eyes in place of an eye, a hand in place of a hand, a foot in place of a foot, an image in place of an image, then you will enter the Kingdom (Gospel of Thomas, 22).

Finally, the entire Universe follows the principle of gender. According to The Kybalion,

. . .all creative manifestations, upon the planes of the spiritual, the mental, and the physical, there is always in operation this principle of Gender–this manifestation of the Masculine and the Feminine Principles. “As above, so below; as below, so above.” And more than this, when the principle of Mental Gender is once grasped and understood, the varied phenomena of psychology at once becomes capable of intelligent classification and study, instead of being very much in the dark. The principle “works out” in practice, because it is based upon the immutable universal laws of life.

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2 thoughts on “The Principle of Gender

  1. Ahh, you quoted one of my favourite passages from Gospel of Thomas. I can't help but think that somehow GoT has a hermetic influence. Agreeably an old text, so very different from the others as found at Nag Hammadi! Anyhow, very good insight on the 7th.

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