“You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it courageously.”
The father of numerology, a man who dedicated his life to finding the divine order of things in numbers once said, “ There is a good principle which created order, light and man, and an evil principle which created chaos, darkness and woman.”
Now let’s dive back into the creation story. In the second creation story, Adam is in the Garden of Eden lonely and miserable. He petitioned God for a companion and all the animals are brought to him, but he is not pleased. Finally God puts Adam in a deep sleep, removes a rib and creates the woman. Genesis 2:23-24 tells us, “And Adam said, “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”
God made it clear that Woman would be submissive to man, created to be his helper and companion (unlike Lilith who was on equal footing with Adam.) Not only was she made for servitude, she was created when all other options had failed, the ultimate afterthought. Yet is was Woman who walked over to the forbidden tree of knowledge of good and evil and dared to eat its fruit, after
talking to a serpent in the garden.
Frequently in art, the serpent is depicted with female features. In Michelangelo’s fresco and so many others, woman is both the tempter and the tempted. By identifying Eve (Adam named her, only after they were exiled from the garden of Eden) on the same level of cunningness as the serpent, and then creating art, depicting woman as both serpent and temptress, we come to identify both the source of evil and its nature.
Do you agree?