Divine Feminine Energy: What Moana Taught Us
Updated: Sep 17
The Women's Suffrage Movement has been a battle since 1848. We have accomplished the ability to vote, work any job a man can, and become business owners. We have fought our way through a “man’s world” so we can speak as equals. Even in the last few years, we continue to fight our battles such as the “Me Too” movement.
In the pursuit of equality, women have been raised to believe that we are weak if we cater to the men in our lives or if we show any feminine qualities that may perceive us as less than a man. While we can appreciate the journey that many trailblazers have paved for future female generations, we have lost something very important along the way: our Divine Feminine energy.
If we take a look at different cultures, there is usually Divine Feminine energy and Divine Masculine energy present. She is Yin as He is Yang; the ocean and the land; god and goddesses. Even in modern Catholicism, Mother Mary and Eve are the ultimate Feminine energy figures. For many cultures, both energies are needed for a balance of life.
Now we know what you are thinking: what are we talking about? Each person is born with both energies, but it is not to be mistaken about what gender you identify as either; you can embrace both your Divine Feminine and Divine Masculine regardless of gender.
The Divine Feminine is the “being” energy; it is to feel, to be intuitive, to be receptive. You aren’t focused on anything in particular, but just enjoying and embracing the life around you. Divine Feminine energy is the creator of life, nurturers, and natural healers. Their energies pull, attract, and expressed in the subtle realm.
The Divine Masculine is the opposite- it is the “doing” energy. It is expressed in the physical realm, goal-orientated, focused, logical, and driven. It is to think, know, and do. You see this a lot in business and if you notice, you might be exhibiting your Masculine energy when you are at work.
In our society, we are taught to be tough; to fight; to hold our ground; to hustle until we are at the top. We stan the modern working woman and we can do whatever we put our minds to. However, this battle of equality has resulted in suppressing our Feminine energy- an energy that is powerful when at the highest form. With the power of Masculine energy, it needs Feminine energy to be healed and to balance its dominant tendencies. As for Feminine energy, it needs Masculine energy for stability. If you compare it to the ocean and land, the ocean is wild and unknowing, but the land holds still and supports the ocean even in the midst of a storm.
That being said, we are going to dive deeper into analyzing energy work by watching none other than Moana. If you haven’t watched yet, go ahead and do so now (because Quarantine and you have the time). Moana shows exactly what Masculine and Feminine energy represent, and her journey across the ocean can shed light on how to activate your own Feminine energy.
Divine Energy Characters:
Te Fiti: Mother Island that creates life itself. She uses her life-giving heart to spread the gift of life to the world by creating islands filled with flowers, vegetation, and humans. She lays her body as an island as she rests. She is selfless, compassionate, graceful, and appreciates nature and beauty. In comparison to modern feminine energy, your highest value of feminine energy is one with nature, appreciation for life and its beauty, and compassion for others.
Te Ka: Te Fiti’s other form when her heart has been taken. She embodies the Earth that is made up of lava, fire, and molten skin. In comparison to modern feminine energy, there is another side: the warrior spirit. This energy is prone to constant struggle and overcoming so it may seek evolution. The Divine Feminine evolves within situations to adapt to what is working and what isn’t working. Note: In some beliefs, such as India, the Divine Feminine is connected with both life and death.
Gramma Tala: Moana’s Grandmother. She is a prime example of someone who has balanced both her feminine and masculine energies. She’s considered the “Village Crazy Lady”, but in reality, she is true to herself despite what others may think. Her best quote is: “That voice inside you is who you are” - an indication to be true to your highest form.
The Ocean: The ocean itself is an example of feminine energy in our day to day lives. Characteristics that it embodies: Playfulness/mischievous, wild, untamed, beautiful but filled with the unknown.
Moana: Raised to believe that she has to pick one side of her: her family’s legacy vs her true self. Throughout the movie, she will struggle between listening to her community or to herself.
Maui: God of the People. Masculine energy. Created things in order to better the lives of the people. In comparison to man, they’ve created infrastructure, products, and buildings to better the lives of our people.
We start the movie by introducing Te Fiti and Maui. Maui steals Te Fiti's heart and is then confronted by Te Ka, her destructive form.
Real-world: Divine Feminine is powerful and many seek to suppress it or to destroy it in you. Allowing these experiences to leave a shadow over you can result in wounded feminine energy. Your energies are out of balance, therefore, it can cause you to be controlling, demanding, critical, people-pleasing, and overgiving.
From the time Moana is born, she has been destined to work in her village and one day lead her people. However, she’s always been drawn to the ocean and wants to enjoy it. Her family pulls her away every time, shaping her to be the next leader in the village. By the time she is a young adult, she’s forgotten her desire to play and focuses on her legacy.
Real-world: As a baby, you were just being. You had no sense of what was acceptable or what wasn’t. As we get older, our families, society, or friends influence us to suppress parts of us that may be unacceptable. Females were made fun of for being “too sensitive”, “too girly”, “unladylike”. Most of us begin to suppress our playfulness, creativity, and emotions as it isn’t going to help us succeed in life- that’s when masculine energy begins to take over.
Maui is doubtful of his powers and is defeated. Moana convinces him that it is his own power that makes him who he is. He is inspired and tries a few more times to shapeshift.
Real-world: Masculine and feminine energy compliments one another. When one is off, the other will balance one another. Masculine energy when it is off balance resorts to fear of failure. The result ends in doubt and self worry. Feminine energy assists by providing comfort or in oneself, the ability to let go and just be. Using feminine will help to be more at ease about the unknown.
Maui is fighting Te Ka as Moana looks for the spot to replace the heart. She comes to realize the true form of Te Ka and allows the ocean to bring her to Moana. She embraces the unknown and trusts her intuition. She is correct and Te Ka surrenders to Moana to place the heart back. She transforms into Te Fiti again.
Real-world: Trusting your intuition is a key factor of feminine energy. You embrace the chaos, the unknown, and the darkness as you trust your own strength. As the two forms of Te Fiti and Te Ka, multi-sided personalities also embrace feminine energy. Knowing your highest form of divine energy allows you to reflect on imbalances and to come up with your own solutions.
There are many varieties of energy work in different cultures. All of them encourage being connected to your higher self rather than just your physical self. We hope that we can inspire you to pursue the best version of you. For ways to get balanced in your energies, stay tuned for our next blog.