Polarity has been part of astrology for thousands of years, until very recently for some reason.
Polarity is fundamental to astrology, until very recently for some reason.
Polarity is also fundamental to most cultures and languages across time and space, except Anglo/Germanic cultures very recently for some reason.
In most languages, including Latin languages, nouns are masculine or feminine (or neutral/inanimate in some languages.)
So reality itself has polarity for most people.
Thankfully English is highly gender-neutral compared to other languages. On the other hand, a lot of the gendering of objects in other languages makes no objective sense. For example, in French, tables are feminine, and beds are masculine.
In German, the sun (die Sonne
) is feminine and the moon (der Mond
) is masculine. Then the word for girl is neuter (das Mädchen
) and the word for an unmarried woman was Fräulein
, prior to a movement about 40 years ago to change that to Frau,
"Reality" itself is a cultural construct. We have no way of understanding reality except through our cultural lenses.
I've been studying astrology for over 30 years, and I have yet to see how the notion of polarity helps in a horoscope reading. (An aspect known as the opposition, yes, absolutely it is important; but this isn't quite what polarity means.)
More to the point of your OP, Alisson, I just wonder if a lot of the anxiety experienced by young people who don't fit into standardized gender norms would be lightened considerably if people just felt freer to see gender identity as fluid, instead of these rigid binaries. It's OK to feel more manly one day and more feminine another day-- and to define what those gender concepts mean to you.