What exactly IS intuition . . . and do women really have
more of it?
No easy answers to either of those questions.
Psychologists define it as knowing or
understanding based directly on your experience of something without
reasoning or application of your logical, analytical mind. Intuition is the work of
your left brain . . . in essence, your "gut feelings", the voice of your
Suzanne Falter-Barnes tells a story of
instinctively disliking a woman she met in a business setting. She
admits that the woman was very 'socially skilled', as if she had read
every book, attended every course on 'how to make friends and influence
people' -- lots of friendliness, eye contact, and seemingly genuine
interest and empathy. But still Suzanne didn't "feel right" about
her and chose not to work with her.
Suzanne says it turns
out she was right. "Soon afterwards I met many people who had worked with her and
they confirmed she was a real backstabber. "
had happened? What was it that told Suzanne this woman was not to be trusted?
You guessed it: Intuition. We've all had similar
experiences, sensing that something is 'not quite right' with what
we are seeing or hearing and consequently not feeling comfortable
making the decision that seems so logical but feels so 'wrong'.
So who's got the edge in terms of intuition . . . males
Women have traditionally been credited with having the
upper hand, especially when it comes to "reading nonverbal cues" and
knowing which ones to trust. One explanation is that women (as
well as racial and ethnic minorities) quickly learn to read the signs
and "trust their instincts" since their safety/security/success so often
depends on how "the more powerful others" are going to behave towards
But a couple of recent studies have indicated that this
may not be the case. (Men slightly "outperformed" women in evaluating
the "genuineness" of smiles in one of the studies.) We'll just have to
wait and see, I suppose.
Personally, I like to think this unexpected result was
found because more men
have learned to be more in touch with their feelings, aka their "feminine
side", aka the advent of the "sensitive, new-age guy".
Gotta' love 'em!
The ancients certainly recognized a gender difference
favoring women's intuition. There are very few intuitive gods in any
pantheon compared with numerous intuitive goddesses, who usually
identified as the . . .
Not only the 'officially designated goddesses of the
moon' (such as Selene, Luna and
Ix-Chel) but any goddess whose 'way of knowing' and type of wisdom
can be described as "diffuse" or "conceptual, rather than
factual" merits designation as a moon goddess. The
Greek goddess Artemis) is a well-known example. The moon in one of its phases
usually appears in the symbols of
those who were intuitive and instinctual.
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The Greek goddess
Hecate is the quintessential example of the qualities of the "right-brained" intuitive.
The right brain, with its intuitive power, receives inspiration and it
envisions what could be and what should be. It serves to
illuminate and to instruct and provide direction for the logical left
The right brain has no sense of time. It is detached from personal
involvement, and neither justifies nor condemns oneself or others. It is
visionary . . . creative and expansive in its scope.
Hecate, Greek Goddess of the Crossroads
The Greek goddess Hecate was the only one of the
ancient Titans allowed by Zeus to retain their authority once the
Olympians seized control. He shared with Hecate, and only her, the
awesome power of giving humanity anything she wished (or withholding it
as she pleased).
In some of her legends she is invisible, perhaps
only glimpsed as a light, a "will-o-the-wisp". Perhaps it was this
luminous quality that marked Hecate as a "moon goddess", for she seemed
quite at home on the earth.
Hecate was known as the goddess of the crossroads (especially the 'Y'
intersection) and helped travelers choose the 'right' path. She is often portrayed as having three heads because of her
"timelessness", her ability to see into the past, present and future.
her home in the Underworld, the land of the sleeping and the dead (in
archetypal terms, the spiritual world). Her
comfort with this world of spirits made her
tolerant in the company of those most would shun out of fear or
Though she lived in the intangible reality of this
spiritual world, she also travelled comfortably in the
world of tangible reality, the earth.
Known for her tolerant nature, she was often accompanied on her
travels by a following of 'ghosts' and other social outcasts. Hecate was
revered (and feared) as the protectress of the oppressed, of 'misfits'
and of those who 'lived on the fringes' of society.
Best known as the goddess of witchcraft, you can read more about
this moon goddess at:
Myths of Hecate