(57.) For Nature personified in Lucretius, see 2:1090; 3:931; on nature as "omniparens," 5:258, 821, 795; "primum natura creatrix
," 5:1362; on "Tellus mater," 2:1150; that the earth merits the "maternum nomen," 5:821.
Given that masculine or "creator" organizing processes are well explicated, we focus our attention on an archetypal feminine or "creatrix
" process and organizational attributes at the other end of the gender spectrum.
Charicleia exactly resembles Andromeda, the first creatrix
of Ethiopia, who was also offered as a human sacrifice by her parents, and would have been killed but for Perseus' arrival; but now, instead of the primal (63) crime repeating itself, Charicleia's father rejects the custom of human sacrifice.
49: "Ad secundum dicendum, quod ex hoc ipso quod quidditati esse attribuitur, non solum esse, sed ipsa quidditas creari dicitur: quia antequam esse habeat, nihil est, nisi forte in intellectu creantis, ubi non est creatura, sed creatrix
Were that to happen, the ultimate truth that God is the "creator fidei in nobis" would be displaced by the equally ultimate but perilously ambiguous insight of Luther that faith is the "creatrix
divinitais in nobis."(26)
Et lux beata trinitas tres unum trinum unio imperialis unitas in trium contubernio quo vivis et regnas benedicta creatrix
et gubernatrix omnium et nunc et semper et per infinita seculorum secula amen.(15)
Josiah tears this message from a spiral-bound notebook, signalling that this is a significant moment; like Spider Woman who creates the world by spinning spiral webs, Josiah is a powerful character, and his message, unleashed from the spiral, is important in creating the story that will unfold.' To reach Night Swan, Tayo must climb a spiral staircase, an architectural feature signifying that she, too, is a creatrix
. Tayo feels strangely nervous as he climbs this spiral staircase--a nervousness felt in his shaking belly (96).
Temple, like others of his time, took this tradition further in seeing nation states as the "operation of God immanent in history" (Mens Creatrix
Irena Makarushka describes such a duality as "a curious cultural schizophrenia." (27) Eve is at one and the same time creatrix
, the nurturing mother of original humanity and temptress, the weak-willed woman responsible for the fall of humanity.
During pregnancy, the woman is to be worshipped as a Creatrix
. During postpartum, this level of devotion and caring is twice as necessary, for it includes both Mother and Child.