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September 29, 2021

Matriarchy and Sesame Street

Photo by Matthis Volquardsen on Pexels.

“Where does today meet  yesterday?” – Osiris

I hunkered down with a cup of tea last night to continue some in-depth research into the history of worship in the Goddess / Deity & how it relates to ancient societies like Jerusalem (pre Josiah ) & of course, the Egyptians.

After hours in a compelling sandstorm of B.C. matriarchal culture, I recalled one of my favorite episodes of Sesame Street ever entitled “Please don’t eat the pictures”.

I found a blurry pirated version on YouTube & decided to watch it for the first time since I was 6. I must say, This is a genius piece of children’s entertainment.

It was a childhood dream to be trapped inside a museum without security – especially whilst on a “hide & seek” hunt for the notorious Big Bird… .

I love the scene – “Broken but Beautiful” when Oscar the Grouch sings a sonnet to the damaged statues about being “beautiful just as you are”.

Snuffaluffagus & BB find the spirit of a young prince & his invisible cat who are stuck in the museum & seeking to be released to join his family in the heavens. But, he must pass a test resulting in his heart being light enough to enter the sky.

How does your heart stay light, it turns out in the end? Through LOVE. This was the ultimate lesson in the story when the boy made two good friends who loved him & helped him achieve his goal.

At the time of first watching this story, I was a kid who clearly had no idea that the mythology behind the “weighing of your heart” was in fact a true Egyptian passage to the afterlife. It was believed that if your heart was as light as a feather, you would ascend & return to becoming a celestial being with your soul tribe (a “star”).

It was later when patriarchal movements began to occur in ancient Egypt that your status into the afterlife gained a price – citizens would be forced to buy their way in.

This is not simply that there was a masculine retaliation but rather, this was a sign of imbalance – very much like what we see today.. And, I find it an interesting correlation that this story relates to a scale as well.

Matriarchy is not the opposite of patriarchy. Historical studies have argued that this social organization in which women hold immense power was not obtained through the oppression of men but through nurturing the planet and creating a sense of overall equality.

Side Note: Sesame Street itself had a significant lack of female characters (Miss Piggy being one of 3 “supportive” acts who is not even in this episode & is best known for having the hots for Kermit).

Perhaps we can all look throughout history and see the kinks – the dark ages, and so on, and come to our own conclusion about the balancing of energies on the planet.

In the meantime, pop on a puppet show since it’s the better alternative to television these days. ✌

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