Continuing on from the recent blog. Netiri’s mother, the Dragon Lady, interprets the will of the Great Mother Goddess, Eywa, who is revered by both men and women of the Navi peoples of Pandora. Jake Sully learns about their strong connection to the living world in all its variety and beauty. There is one particular scene which shows the stark contrast between the grey, metal and concrete compound where the humans have set up their base, and the Paradise of the living world of the Navi.
Jake sums it up in a plea for help to Eywa by telling her to look into Grace’s memories and see how there is no green left on planet Earth. “They killed their mother”, he tells her. Looking at the camp the humans have created on Pandora, there is not a trace of a living thing within it, not a blade of grass. The encampment is encircled by a terrifying perimeter fence to keep out the living world that the humans fear so much. They cannot even breathe the air there. Their presence on Pandora is entirely due to the greed of human corporations mining for the ore in the ground.
Since the overthrow of the Queen/Goddess and the suppression of the Female aspect of the Godhead, women, in their turn, have come to believe that the only power worth having is the masculine. So, tragically, at a subconscious level, men believe the only power worth having is the feminine, whilst women’s recent experiences at the hands of men, being told they are inferior, – hence the expression ‘the weaker sex’ – and that their intuition is not to be trusted, have made them aspire to masculine qualities. In the meanwhile, men have taken over the healing role. They also preside over childbirth, which, anciently, was an exclusively female preserve for obvious reasons. This is because the ability to create new life was the source of the Queen’s – and the Goddess’s – power. Again, tragically, the equally important role of the male in the creation of new life, was either not known or not acknowledged. Women have learnt that if they want to get on in the world they must behave like men. On the human’s compound on Pandora, therefore, the women dress like men and do the same jobs as men and speak the same military language. In other words, the representation or manifesting of the true feminine energy is lacking in our society.
Where did this fear of the natural world come from for it has lead to our disconnection from Nature, which is why the humans in the film ended up killing their living planet, Earth? As Jake tells the Mother Goddess, they are going to do the same on Pandora unless someone stops them. The separation from Nature began with the Age of Reason when men moved into their heads. The well-known quote from Descartes, “I think, therefore I am”, sums it up well.
This unnatural alienation from Nature has its origins in the worldwide pagan cults which included the public torture and sacrifice of the sacred king, as has been mentioned elsewhere. To sum up. The king’s impending sacrifice at midsummer or midwinter was intimately linked to the natural world. Something that was innocent, natural and beautiful, namely the unfolding of the seasons and the rhythms of life, became the source of greatest fear for the victim of these cruel cults. Is it any wonder that many victims turned their backs on it, retreating into the safety of the mind, where Nature was kept at a distance, or experienced within safe boundaries? As with women, the natural world was something to be feared and must therefore be controlled. Perhaps the greatest tragedy was that we came to perceive ourselves as being separate from Nature. (the American Security Chief in Avatar informs them that everything outside of the compound wants to kill them). As we see in this film, the consequences have been disastrous.
P.S. I am very struck by the obsession in the world of Celebrity with marriage and in particular, pregnancy and childbirth. It is the major topic in Hello magazine. Why? Their is also an obsession with relationships with an emphasis on falling out and divorce which at its heart is to do with rejection, just as the Queen in the cult was always rejecting the incumbent king in favour of his replacement, another source of great fear.