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Year: 2012

Cronus Swallows His Children

Cronus Swallows His Children

Saturn, Jupiter’s father, devours one of his sons, Neptune, by Peter Paul Rubens     Cronus was the youngest of the twelve Titans, the offspring of Gaia and Uranus. Cronus took his own sister, Rhea, also a Titan, as his wife. The union of Cronus and Rhea was a very special one. They produced several of the most powerful gods in the Greek pantheon: Demeter, Hades, Hera, Hestia, Poseidon and Zeus. Hesiod tells us in The Theogony that Cronus was…

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A Critique Of Centering

A Critique Of Centering

We hear much about so-called centering prayer, centering meditation, the centering of the Self, etc. These kinds of discussions would also include mandalas, of which C.G. Jung was so fond of, a form of spiritual and ritual art that Jung borrowed from Hinduism and Buddhism, and appropriated for his psychological ideas. Here is his own description of their meaning for him: My mandalas were cryptograms concerning the state of the self which was presented to me anew each day…I guarded…

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The Crumbling Of Christianity

The Crumbling Of Christianity

Destruction of Pompeii, by Ivan Aivazovsky (1817–1900) Let us face the truth: the Christian myth, if not already dead, is dying quickly. The symbols of the religion that once captured the hearts and minds of people everywhere have lost their power in our world. Many people I know are Christian in name only; their lives do not reflect the faith that once shook the Roman Empire to its roots. There are a few that still display the love for others…

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World Of The Fifth Sun

World Of The Fifth Sun

Photo by Theilr The solstice of 2012 is nearly upon us. We have heard all the theories about what will take place. I find many of them to be ridiculous. Those who are viewing this event mythologically will, I believe, be profoundly blessed. There is an amazing story being told here by the Anima Mundi. The prophecies of the Maya were not meant to be taken literally! But that’s just like our rationally bent culture, to take a beautiful myth…

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The Suffering Of The World Soul

The Suffering Of The World Soul

Weeping Woman, by Vincent Van Gogh Too many people have been analyzing their pasts, their childhoods, their memories, their parents, and realizing that it doesn’t do anything-or that it doesn’t do enough (James Hillman). For many years, we who have wanted more of life than football games and the latest reality TV show have been focused on our own, for want of a better nomenclative, “spiritual development.” Certainly, there is a place for that in life, but there comes a…

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Musings On The Sandy Hook Shootings

Musings On The Sandy Hook Shootings

Photo by Jiri Hodan First of all, let me say I am awash in grief over this incident. My heart goes out to the parents of these precious children. Every time a mass shooting occurs, the cause-and-effect people come out of the woodwork. Some say it’s because of violent video games; some say it is due to violence in movies; and some claim all we need to do is ban the sale of firearms. I think it goes much deeper…

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The Gods Are Calling

The Gods Are Calling

Margarita and Woland, by Julia Dolgorukova It is possible that the day in which we live is the most crucial in human history. At no other time has mankind faced the complex issues our generation does. No other period had the ability to bless or destroy the entire populous, as we do today. This planet could either be a wholesome hospitable world for all, or a torturous hell for many. This is not a new message. Many have warned us…

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The New Myth of Global Individuation

The New Myth of Global Individuation

  History and anthropology teach us that a human society cannot long survive unless its members are psychologically contained within a central living myth. Such a myth provides the individual with a reason for being (Edward Edinger, The Creation of Consciousness, Jung’s Myth for Modern Man, 1984, p.9).   For millennia, we humans lived largely estranged from each other. Most of us were unconscious of our peers around the world. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, this began to change….

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The Death Of Monotheism

The Death Of Monotheism

Sunflower head, by Takkk In his greatest work, Thus Spake Zarathustra, Friedrich Nietzsche proclaimed that “God is dead.” This means several things. First of all, the philosophical abstraction known as “God” to institutional religion, especially Christianity, has met its demise in Western culture. Secondly, it means the dualistic metaphysic of Plato is no longer viable. It also means the point of centrality (monotheism) that once undergirded Western culture has been ripped away.  After Nietzsche, because we didn’t know where to…

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Soul Is The Twilight Zone

Soul Is The Twilight Zone

There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition. And, it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone (Rod Serling). That’s right, you’ve heard those words many times before;…

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Music And Magic

Music And Magic

Music 11, by Shkoder11 We know the gods enter our consciousness through music. Using music in religious ritual is a very ancient practice and is very effective. One aspect of Soul is how, through skilled musicians, waves of denser and lighter air produce sounds, which fall upon our ears and resonate to certain vibrational frequencies in our bodies. Since our bodies are not separate from our minds, Souls, or Spirits, these sounds affect our whole being in different ways. Our…

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Descent Towards Solstice

Descent Towards Solstice

Stonehenge at Winter Solstice, by Mark Grant Sol sets so early this time of year, as we descend toward the Winter Solstice. During this season, there is still some archaic residue deep within us that mourns the loss of the Sun toward the end of each day, and each day it is one minute sooner. Our Souls make an early descent every evening into darkness. Our ancestors must have feared that Sol, upon setting, would never return. Occasionally, there is…

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The Animaterial Universe

The Animaterial Universe

Six-Winged Seraph, by Mikhail Vrubel   Classical physics says that reality is actually little particles that separate the world into its independent elements. Now I’m proposing the reverse, that the fundamental reality is the enfoldment and unfoldment, and these particles are abstractions from that. We could picture the electron not as a particle that exists continuously but as something coming in and going out and then coming in again. If these various condensations are close together, they approximate a track….

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Soul Bridge

Soul Bridge

Demon and Angel with Tamara’s Soul, by Mikhail Vrubel Carl Jung addresses the immanent aspects of God when he says “God is a psychic fact“. This internal God, as psychic fact, is the numinous, inarticulable core around which our psychic life spirals. Eckhart speaks of the “eternal abyss of divine being.” And from a psychotheological point of view this “eternal abyss of divine being” is also the “eternal abyss” of our own being (The Wholly Other, Jenna Lilla MA PhD)….

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