Androgeny

One of the experiences of (a particular) initiation is to be about transcendent androgyneity,  the realization that we are, as beings in time, simply one fraction of what we truly are.  Hence Herakles, the most macho of all the gods, is sometimes pictured in women’s clothes.  And so the next figure depicted is our hero as the androgyne.  His hair is long, on his head are the wings of the spirit, and in his hand is an empty bowl.  He is both male and female.  But the sense of this final initiation is not only of the androgyneity, the transcendence of the pair of opposites of our sexual identification, but also of the recognition that our mortality and our immorality are one – the union of the lunar and the solar consciousness that I’ve talked about before.  TMTT 201