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“Hierosgamos Motif”

April 4, 2017

“The archetypally patterned ‘hierosgamos motif’ of a projected supreme symbolic ‘bride’ and ‘groom’ mythic-bodied opposite shadow of ‘Anima’ in a potential differentiated and re-embodied original whole man; and ‘Animus’ in a potential differentiated and re-embodied original whole woman.”  http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/hierosgamos

“We are in great danger.  Psyche is the great danger.  We ought to know something about it but we know nothing about ‘it’” –  Jung

Since it is only through “individual men and women working together” that “culture” is created, integrating the archetypal mythic-body shadow of psyche’s projected undifferentiated supreme symbolic inner opposite “bride” and “groom” shadow in a dreaming-bodies creation mythos story of an unfolding potential differentiated and re-embodied original whole man and woman is a “therapy of culture” and imaginal basis of “our” “constitutional democracy.”

“THE MERCURIAL FOUNTAIN” – “We are the metals’ first nature and only source / The highest tincture of the Art is made through us / No fountain and no water has my like / I make both rich and poor both whole and sick / For healthful can I be and poisonous….” 203.  Jung,  The Practice of Psychotherapy: Essays on the Psychology of the Transference and Other Subjects, 203.  Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

“KING AND QUEEN” – “The arcanum artis or coniunctio Solis et Lunae as supreme union of hostile opposites.  “King and Queen, bridegroom and bride, approach one another for the purpose of betrothal or marriage. The incest element appears in the brother-sister relationship of Appolo and Diana.  The pair of them stand respectively on sun and moon, thus indicating their solar and lunar nature in accordance with the astrological assumption of the importance of the sun’s position for man and the moon’s for women.  The meeting is somewhat distant at first, as the court clothes suggest.  The two give each other their left hands, and this can hardly be unintentional since it is contrary to custom.  The gesture points to a closely guarded secret, to the ‘left-hand (sinister) side is the dark, the unconscious side.  The left is inauspicious and awkward; also it is the side of the heart, from which comes not only love but all the evil thoughts connected with it, the moral contradictions in human nature that are expressed most clearly in our affective life….” Jung,  The Practice of Psychotherapy: Essays on the Psychology of the Transference and Other Subjects, 211.  Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

“THE NAKED TRUTH” – “The chaste disguises have fallen away.  Man and woman confront one another in unabashed naturalness.  Sol  says, ‘O Luna, let me by thy husband,’ and Luna ‘O Sol, I must submit to thee….'” Jung,  The Practice of Psychotherapy: Essays on the Psychology of the Transference and Other Subjects, 236.  Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

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