In occultism the term “idea” is thought to be feminine. Some designate it as the “Inner Goddess.” It is said to have emanated from the Female soul of the World and has been known by many names including Shakti, Shekina, Psyche, and Sophia among others.
It was during the Medieval times that theologians, disliking the term’s feminine connotations, discarded the ancient theory of the eide and took up the astral theory of Aristotle, that is, the astrological determination of thoughts. The feminine “idea” was replaced by the masculine “concept” which use to mean the same as conception, from Latin concipere semina, a gathering-up of semen.
Regardless of what passed theologians and scholars have attempted to do to the term “idea,” there are still many, both men and women, who still maintain that it still has its feminine connotations. Some hold that it is as natural for the mind to produce ideas as it is for trees to bear leaves or for women to bear children. All such living things, given the right circumstances, are capable of reproducing themselves. Many writers refer to their works as their brain child or brain children; meaning they, their ideas, gave birth to the works. Likewise, some website designers think of their sites as their children or their beautiful ladies. For many the desire or urge to create, and the act of creation itself, it just feminine; they think of it in no other terms.
This femininity of the term idea also was present in the teachings of the Gnostics (see Gnosticism). They regarded the Christian God, the Creator, as a mere demiurge, the child of the Mother who created in his mind all the “ideas” of the things that he made in the material world. They considered that the Demiurge sinned because he was ignorant of the Mother and the fact that all his ideas had originated from her, and arrogantly claimed all of the ideas to be his own. This conception that God is guilty of the sin of hubris against the Mother Goddess occurred many times within the early Gnostic sects, until the Orthodox Church declared it heretical and forcibly changed the minds of its adherents. A.G.H.
Source: 56, 424-425.