The element of women is water, which is symbolically associated to the moon and the West. The water is like the moon, but instead of a hidden face it hides a secret life under its surface. The water fills empty spaces and flows downwards, hence it’s passive. In its liquid state it is the element of communication and introspection, it’s purifying and therapeutical, it pushes us to slow down our rhythms, bringing us back to our origins. Yet it is also unpredictable like the moon, changing its form and physical state and getting destructive anytime it is not let free. A baby comes out from the reassuring waters of her mother’s womb; so water represents first of all the spring of life itself.
There are many rites and mythes in each religion–let’s think about baptism in Christianity–but the richest of symbolism concerning the woman in particular is Judaism, where the dualism of purification and rebirth appears to its full in the bath into the mikvé–a pool of rain water–the woman takes seven days after her period stopped; which corresponds to the moment of the month where she is more fertile. Mind that this rite of purification has never been interpreted as relating to the impurity of the woman. All relies in how a tradition is interpreted.
In a Berber mite the first man and the first woman met by a spring while she was removing water. He claimed that he was thirsty, but she had arrived first and didn’t cringe, so he pushed her; her thighs revealed, he noticed that she was different from him. Cunning, she invited him to lay next so she could teach him something, and when with a touch of his penis that became twice the size, she climbed on top. The pleasure that the man received was so high that he would want to repeat it as much as possible, following the woman everywhere and acting like his slave. One day though he wanted to check if by riding her herself he would enjoy as much. As he checked that he did, he ruled out that he would govern in the house and she would govern at the fountain.
The vision of the man is pragmatic, the world is ruled by whoever arrives last ruling out the predecessor by his might.
The Berber world is not properly male chauvinist since things are directly called in a different way depending on their genres.
For the West, that is unthinkable. Yet, names respond to a male chauvinist code of values. It all relies on the interpretation: in mine, a woman should interpret it by allowing the man to be a man and provide for food and home expenses while she generally takes care of making the house a home. This task is resumed by helping the man teaching him to be the best he can even outside of it.
Any interpretation of those most antique rite falls inevitably into the difference of genre because that is a fact as sure as life and death, construction and destruction, entropy. After Einstein, we can be relativist in science; after God, we can’t in His rulings.