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Jefferson, the Number 13, and the Return of the Feminine

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There are thirteen courses of stone in the pyramid, thirteen letters in Annuit Coeptis, thirteen stars in the crest, thirteen stripes in the shield, and thirteen letters in E Pluribus Unum.


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The eagle holds an olive branch with thirteen leaves and thirteen olives in its right talon (representing peace, and the feminine), and thirteen arrows in the left (representing war, and the masculine). The gaze of the eagle, however, is firmly upon the olive branches, indicating America’s focus and destiny toward peace.


Thirteen is the number traditionally associated with the Divine Feminine [2]. In ancient times there were thirteen “moonths” in a year, since there are thirteen full moons, and therefore thirteen menstrual cycles, annually. In England, a calendar of thirteen months of 28 days each, plus one extra day, was known as "a year and a day," and made up the lunar year. It was still in use in Tudor times [3].


The thirteenth letter of the alphabet is “M,” a letter associated with many things feminine, including mother, mom, mama, mammary glands, menstruation and one of the most powerful feminine archetypes in the world, the Virgin Mary.


In its purest sense, American democracy is a reclamation of the balance in the masculine/feminine dance, a waltz which has suffered from the imbalance of patriarchy for the past 5,000 years.


Keeping in mind that everyone, man or woman, has both a right brain (feminine) and a left brain (masculine), duality pairs meriting consideration include:


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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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