A public holiday to celebrate all that’s wonderful about Ireland is great. Visitors flocking from all parts of the world to celebrate with us is fantastic. For those dispersed across the globe it’s a special day to feel even more intensely that connection to a place that will always be ‘home’.
The problem I have with this day is that I can’t help asking the question “Why St. Patrick? Why do we wrap all this celebration around this man?
Although little is known about his life, everyone is familiar with the legend that it was St. Patrick who drove the snakes out of Ireland. It seems likely that in fact there never were snakes in Ireland but the mythology associated with a land goes deep into the psyche of its inhabitants. The symbolism of this myth is of the denigration of the feminine, represented by the serpent, and the suppression of the power of the feminine.
Each person, whether in a male body or a female body has masculine and feminine energies. The belittling of the feminine hurts both sexes. It creates havoc in relationships, political systems, and threatens to destroy the very planet. The move towards wholeness, individually and collectively, demands that we encourage the feminine to blossom, to grow, and return to her natural powerful wildness.
In another version of the Genesis creation story, Lilith was Adam’s first wife. Being created from the same clay as him she refused to become subservient to him. Instead she hopped over the wall of the Garden of Eden. She wandered the earth coupling with whoever she desired and refused to come back even after God sent three angels to plead with her to return. Then a more docile Eve was fashioned from one of Adam’s ribs. And you know the rest of the story.
The real ‘fall’ in this story was not the expulsion from the Garden and the requirement that now man must toil by the sweat of his own brow. It was that the natural balance of masculine and feminine energy was forever distorted. This encouraged the dominator culture that’s perfectly represented by St. Patrick. Tragically, it’s the energetic dynamic behind the reality that we now have enough weapons on the planet to obliterate it many times over.
A day of celebrating the best of our culture is great. But let’s get a bit more conscious about what we’re really celebrating.
It’s time for a change. It’s time to bring back the serpents. I shall raise a glass today and toast Lilith, all the wild women I know, and the wild feminine energy within you, that exists whether you’re aware of it or not.