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“The Yin and Yang of Relationships”


Photograph by John Diamond, M.D.

“The social status of women in Egypt was quite powerful even before Cleopatra. A subtle sign of this power is the possessive, almost protective attitude of women in many Egyptian sculptures of couples, in which the wife holds the husband with both hands.”*


Consider her image on the same page of the Pharaoh and his Queen. He in aggressive stance with fists clenched – and she, at his side, holding him with open hands.

He needs her – and she knows it.
Yes, Suzie – that’s us.

And yes,
she needs him – and he knows it.

That’s the yin and yang
of relationships.


* Guido Majno, The Healing Hand (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1975), p. 83.