There are numerous versions of the Holy Bible. For your reference, the three most commonly used by Christian churches in America are compared, line by line, in this Aside: The Seven Days of Creation from Genesis. When I quote from Genesis, it will be from one of these three versions.
We begin the first chapter of this unit with the first sentence in the Holy Bible. The Book of Genesis commences:
In the beginning God created the heaven(s) and the earth.
From this topic sentence alone, we cannot tell whether God is an anthropomorphized gendered being or an ineffable power.
Elsewhere in the Bible, the terms ‘lord’ and ‘father’ are associated with the ultimate divinity. The Lord’s Prayer initiates its invocation with, “Our father, who art in heaven…” Iconic depictions, like the one below, are in the collective psyche of those raised among Christians in America.
The Bible aligns the almighty God with the Male gender. In more-ancient scriptures, however, the Female has a leading role in Creation:
Examples from the Tao te Ching (~500 B.C.E.) lead the list:
Chapter Fifty-Two states:
The beginning of the universe is the mother of all things.
Chapter Six says:
The valley spirit never dies; it is the woman, primal mother. Her gateway is the root of heaven and earth.
Chapter One of Tao te Ching says the nameless, eternal Tao is the “beginning of heaven and earth”:
The Tao that can be named is not the eternal Tao.
The name that can be named is not the eternal name.
The nameless is the beginning of heaven and earth.
The phrases above help us synonymize the terms “primal mother”, “valley spirit” and “the Tao”, plus “gateway”, “root” and “beginning”, as well as “all things”, “heaven and earth” and “the universe”.
Then there are the Indian Upanishads, written several centuries before the Common Era:
Thou indeed art the undifferentiated first cause, the highest Prakriti. Oh, Divine Mother!
Even The Gnostic Bible, edited by Willis Barnstone & Marvin Meyer describes the primordial Female as the womb of the universe:
She became the universal womb, for She precedes everything.
Must the cause of creation be EITHER Male OR Female?
How about BOTH? What about NEITHER? What is the difference between both and neither? Flip a coin. While it is spinning in the air, is it heads or tails? It is both and it is neither! One or the other can be determined only after the spinning ceases. And even though you are seeing one of the surfaces face up or toward you, the other face remains there, even though it is face down or away from you.
In Quadernity, the Female and Male aspects are equal in stature, co-conspirators in the dual processes of Creation/OUTFormation and INformation. However, before their involvement with the entwined processes, the Mother and Father remain at Rest, mingled-in — not yet singled-out. There are no divisions of any kind, including genders, in the beginning.
The first of the Seven Mesopotamian Tablets of Creation, called the Enuma Elish, dating from 18th to 16th century B.C.E., say that before Heaven and Earth, there were Apsu and Tiamut, whose waters were mingled together.
When in the height heaven was not named,
And the earth beneath did not yet bear a name,
And the primeval Apsu, who begat them [Heaven and Earth],
And chaos, Tiamut, the mother of them both [Heaven and Earth],
Their waters were mingled together,
And no field was formed, no marsh was to be seen;
When of the gods none had been called into being,
And none bore a name, and no destinies were ordained.
The Enuma Elish indicates that both Male/Apsu and Female/Tiamut are implicated in Creation; however, “their waters were mingled together” beforehand.
The Chinese Creators, Male/Fuxi (right below) and Female/Nuwa (left below) are depicted mingled-in at their base, and singled-out above, showing that they enjoy two different relationships. In Quadernity, these two relationships have been called the Private Nighttime Relationship (mingled-in/invisible/inter-subjective/causal) and the Public Daytime Relationship (singled-out/visible/inter-objective/effective). For more on this topic refer to the chapter on Divine Divisions.
Fuxi and Nuwa hold tools of measurement, indicating that they are observing each other. Nuwa, with Her compass, delineates the paths of continuously circling lights in Father Sky. Fuxi, with His right-angle/straight-edge, outlines discrete portions of Mother Earth.
Is it the Male or Female who initiates cosmic creation? It seems likely creation is a cooperative endeavor, involving their partnership.
Heaven(s) and Earth
Iconography (like the painting below) shows Heaven as a singular place. However, we should take note that multiple interpretations of Genesis refer instead to the domain of God and the angels as “the heavens“, using a distinctly plural term:
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.“
Is the plurality of “the heavens” a subtle clue that might help us unravel riddles about the status of the state that preexists the dual domains?
We look to Rig Veda’s creation story. Its second sentence says:
There was neither the realm of space nor the sky which is beyond.
Rig Veda lets us know that the Heaven(s) are spatial, and that there are two layers, one beyond the other. We might think of Earth‘s atmosphere as the “realm of space” and the vastness of outer space as the Heavenly “sky beyond“, as depicted in this nineteenth century print of the famous Flammarion engraving.
After the creation of Earth and the Heavens, someone looking up from Earth toward the Heavens would first encounter the “realm of space”, while the “sky beyond” would require penetrating a surface, supposedly separating the two spaces.
There is a near-space and an outer-space.
Observation is what gives Particularities their place in space. A Particularity stands between its Parts, which are in its inside-space, and its Participation with other Particularities, which occurs in its outside-space.
Good place to review The Holarchy.
As Earthly Matter crystallizes, it orients its near* and outer spaces, its “realm of space” and its “sky beyond“.
*Interestingly, the linked September 2018 article tells how even quantum particles have an “atmosphere”.
The particles have, much as we do, a kind of ‘personal space’, which, though not visibly so, is both qualitatively and quantitatively different from the extensive ‘outer space’ beyond. Near space is a signature resonant field of the entity; from it are accessed its most important memories, like the working RAM of our computers. The outer space is the Collective Consciousness, comprising the interference patterns of all entities. See Fourier waves. From the Collective Consciousness, memories from anyone, or any time frame, may be accessed by attuning to the appropriate resonance.
Heaven and Earth are the domains/environments designated to hold Objects of Consciousness and Corporeality, respectively. Heaven is the domain (a metaphysical record) of conceived Patterns (Upper Right Quadrant, URQ), produced by the Male (Lower Left Quadrant, LLQ). Earth is the domain (a physical display) of perceived Matter (LRQ), produced by the Female (ULQ).
The upper quadrants are metaphysical, the domain of the Private Nighttime Relationship. They include the causal Female Subject (ULQ) and the Heavenly domain (URQ).
The lower quadrants are physical, the domain of the Public Daytime Relationship. They include the causal Male Subject (LLQ) and the Earthly domain (LRQ).
Quadernity illustrates how the Female and the Male are linked in feedback throughout the dynamical universe. In cooperation, each performs the sequence, Pull * Transition * Push * Rest. Pull is the reception of INput. Transition is the processing of that INput by the application of a function. The Push OUTputs a result attained by processing the INput. Rest is the restoration of receptivity that necessarily occurs between recursive cycles of OUTformation and INformation.
Sri Aurobindo Ghose said:
The whole wide world is only he and she.
The Male Pulls from the lower quadrants (LLQ). His INput is delivered by the Female to Earth (LRQ) as Her OUTput. In most depictions of Adam and Eve, Eve is seen with one arm upstretched to a tree branch and the other arm brought down to deliver something (often an apple, but not always) to Adam, who is situated somewhat below Her. He is usually sitting on the Earth or has His other hand down, touching the Earth. The arm positions indicate that the Female receives from the Heavens above and the Male receives from the Female.
Before the Female can produce OUTput, She must receive INput. She will Pull INput while in the upper quadrants (metaphysical) and deliver to the lower quadrants (physical) an OUTput for the INformable Male.
Although we do expect the Divine Duo to make their appearance as Subjects in the left quadrants, along with the domains holding their OUTput/Objects in the right quadrants, we do not want to get too far ahead of the scriptures. At this point (after contemplating only the first sentence), all of the divine divisions remain mingled-in, including the Female and Male, Earth and Heaven, and Matter and Patterns.
Our next chapter will describe the conditions that exist before creation commences.