Are you in touch with your Masculine energies? Are you inspiring yourself and others? Will you take risks? Are you able to see the big picture, even though you are often focused on individual components? Are you getting stuck in the details or in dreaming and planning? Are you accessing your creativity?
For ages most of the world has been under the influence of imbalanced Masculine energy. Therefore the world really has little clue as to what healthy masculine energy looks like. Thus, what we have often interpreted as Masculine energy is actually unhealthy Warrior energy.
How is your Masculine energy showing up? Are you aware of the differences between Masculine and Warrior energies? The virtues listed on this page can help you to differentiate.
As you read thru the virtues below,
ask yourself if you have too much,
not enough, or are just right.
Score yourself as too much with a +1
not enough with a - 1
and just right with a 0
Masculine / Leader
¨When the best leader's work is done the people say,
We did it ourselves!”
― Lao Tzu
Are you able to lead when needed? Or do you tend to lead even when others are capable? When you lead do you consider the welfare of all involved? Or do you lead for the sake of leading; shear pride in showing others that you can lead? In other words, is your leader appropriately active and appropriately inactive? When active, is your leader applying wisdom to making decisions; being thoughtful and intentional, taking in the big picture?
Do you honor your gifts and the gifts of others? Are you accepting or abdicating power? Are you making decisions when they are yours to make or handing them off for fear of the responsibility? Or the opposite, are you making decisions when they are not yours to make? Do you delegate well; calling forth and managing other energies?
Leader energy is often the last to awaken for many people. It will show up from time to time. The question is are we aware of it and are we cultivating it?
When is your leader hiding? What does your Leader hide from? What does s/he fear?
Yin and Yang / Feminine and Masculine are in every element, but often will have more characteristics that line up with a certain side. The qualities of (Fire (and space) element are considered more masculine or yang. But without a certain measure of Yin or Feminine attributes (i.e. insufficient water) the Fire element will be imbalanced. Likewise, if the Fire element has an over abundance of feminine attributes (i.e. too much water) it will also cause an imbalance that disables its proper functioning.
From the virtues list above, if you added your number of negatives and they surpass your positives then you are probably fire deficient. However, if you did not take the time to add these up you can simply ask yourself the following questions:
Are you feeling a lack of passion for most anything?
Has it been a long time since you experienced an abiding joy?
Is it hard for you to take the lead on anything?
Was there a time when you "burned the candle at both ends"
for a prolonged period of time? Do you feel burned out?
If so, you are probably deficient of fire element.
Therefore, in addition to the qualities listed above,
you may also want to take a look at the qualities and archetypes of
the space element; as space supports fire.
From the virtues list above, if you added your number of positives and they surpass your negatives then you are probably fire excessive. However, if you did not take the time to add these up you can simply ask yourself the following questions:
Are you feeling very heated / passionate about something?
Are you overly aggressive or persistent?
Are you burning the candle at both ends to attain your goals;
while heedless of the destruction you may simultaneously be causing
in the aftermath of your relentless pursuits?
This is an indication of excessive fire element.
If this is the case, please take a look at the water element
qualities and archetypes; as water controls fire.
Fire Element Meridians