I was having a conversation with an amazing woman I know about the symbolism of “The Bull”. Eventually the topic of bull fighting came up. I am Spanish on my mothers side, and have spent a great deal of time in Spain. I was exposed to the art of bull fighting at an early age. I was moved between the fascination and horror of it all. This blog is NOT about the morality of bull fighting. It is about what women reclaiming their sovereignty can learn from the metaphor it offers.
My friend encouraged me to find a photo of the world’s greatest matador (bull fighter) Manuel Rodriquez Manolete and observe his stand. I was inspired and I want to share what I noticed with you.
Manolete was considered to be the world’s greatest and most loved matadors; known for his bravery and skill. A master of the art noticed his raw talent and took him under his wing. He taught him all the “classic” moves and how to stand and hold. He forbade him from using the flashy trickery that was in vogue.
The four things Manolete learned how to do were:
Take a stand
Walk with presence
Hold his ground
Influence his environment
The public adored him. They never saw such courage. They never saw anyone plant feet they way he did in the sand and never budge…not even an inch…nor sway his body (even when the bull’s horns were a mere inch from his body). He held firm and commanded his space. He did not dodge the bull but required the bull to turn from him through his skillful use of his “magical cape”. He demonstrated that bull fighting is not a battle between a man and a bull but between a man and the Self.
So what does this have to do with being a Sovereign Woman™? All of what Manolete mastered is ours to master too. They are the foundational practices to reclaiming our sovereignty: Stand, Choice, Holding, and Influence.
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I find the metaphor perfect. Stand, choose, hold, and create a force field around you that influences your environment like a whirling cape.
Although the world has suppressed women and the feminine way of being for thousands of years, today the challenge (at least in the Western world where we are privileged with the means and freedom to choose) is between each woman and her Self.