on Self-realization

Musings on Self-realization in the light of psychoanalysis … by Jenna Lilla Phd

Paradox of the Tree of Death and Life

The image above by Berthold Furtmeyer (1481) is titled the Tree of Death and Life. This image illustrates the paradox and ambi-valence in the mother archetype.  Anne Baring describes the scene … Continue reading

July 3, 2014 · 4 Comments

Goddess as Libido Symbol

The creative force is often represented by masculine images, such as Agni, Tom Thumb, or the Shiva Lingam. This may be in part because of its association with libidinal, phallic … Continue reading

June 5, 2014

Rebirth from the Archetypal Mother: Jerusalem as sacred image

In Symbols of Transformation (CW5), Carl Jung speaks of the aims and instincts of the human soul. One of the most fundamental instincts of the human soul is a “longing … Continue reading

May 31, 2014

The Hero as Soul Image: aims and instincts

In Symbols of Transformation, Carl Jung says that the hero myth “symbolizes the ideas, forms, and forces which grip and mold the soul.” (para. 259) The hero is an image … Continue reading

May 22, 2014 · 19 Comments

The Realm of the Mothers

In the Introduction to the Second Section of Symbols of Transformation (SoT), Carl Jung speaks of and quotes a section of Goethe’s Faust. In the story, Faust descends to the … Continue reading

February 9, 2014 · 4 Comments

Our battle with sacred mother

For Carl Jung, the archetypal theme of the hero’s journey represents the transcendence of consciousness. He says: “The hero’s main feat is to overcome the monster of darkness: it is … Continue reading

May 21, 2013

Kali: ‘the loving and terrible mother’

In India, “the loving and terrible mother” is the paradoxical Kali. (Carl Jung, CW 9i, para 158)

May 9, 2013

Mother Image: secret and hidden

“the mother archetype may connote anything secret, hidden…” (Carl Jung, CW 9i, para. 158)

May 6, 2013 · 1 Comment

Queen of Heaven & Christ

“The Christian “Queen of Heaven” has, obviously, shed all her Olympian qualities except for her brightness, goodness, and eternality; and even her human body, the thing most prone to gross … Continue reading

February 1, 2013

Primordial image of the Mother

“When the Corpus Hermeticum probably dates from the third century, describes God as … ‘archetypal light,’ it expresses the idea that he is the prototype of all light; that is … Continue reading

January 28, 2013

Carl Jung: Mary as earth covered by the blue tent of the sky

“Blue is the color of Mary’s celestial cloak; she is the earth covered by the blue tent of the sky…”(Carl Jung, CW 8, 1958, p. 87) “Mother of God… According … Continue reading

January 19, 2013
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