Symbolism of the Feminine, Masculine and Blended Feminine and Masculine
Seeing concepts in symbols, I believe, is a helpful way of understanding them at a deeper more basic level and FMB is no exception. FMB can be broken up into: a straight line (masculine), circle (feminine), combining to produce a spiral (balance).
A line has a beginning, middle, and end. It is unidirectional and works like an arrow, moving in one direction with focus, without breadth, and unable to move back on itself (lack of reflection).
A line is symbolic of the stories we tell, the way we have been educated, and the way we operate in the masculine-dominated world.
A circle has no beginning, middle, or end, and has breadth. It can have stages that repeat such as birth, growth, culmination, decay, death, birth, growth…
Circular energy is the way nature operates. The Earth cycles around the Sun, the Moon cycles around the Earth, the seasons follow in cycles, and day and night reappear in cycles. Traditionally, the Earth is described as feminine because so much about it is cyclical. The downside of the circle is that it can also represent a treadmill.
Combining the circle and the straight line produces a spiral, the masculine and feminine combined. It has length as well as breadth and width. It represents movement, change, and growth because, although it returns, it does not arrive at exactly the same place.
For example, the spiral could represent years, patterns of behaviour, or life experiences. Someone can come back to the same point in their life having learned from the last cycle. They will have a better understanding of the issue the spiral represents.
On the other hand, if one is spiralling downwards, for example in the case of a drug addict, they would be returning to the same place, but worse off. Addiction is a downward spiral in that it commences with someone using a drug, other addictive substance or behaviour to fill an emptiness while sometimes providing pleasure and relaxation. It feels like the addictive substance/behaviour makes life easier and provides a temporary reprieve from the stresses of life. As people follow their addiction more frequently, their lives start to deteriorate. It generally takes some time to realise it, but they are now trapped in this downward spiral, which, unless they manage to escape their addiction, can lead to insanity or even death.
Spirals are one of the oldest symbols and can mean different things to different people and cultures.