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Monthly Archives : December 30, 2012

Cronus Swallows His Children

archetypal / December 30, 2012 / 2 Comments

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 very cunning. He was the most terrible of all the Titans (ll. 116-138). Cronus hated his father, Uranus, because he was cruel to his children. Cronus’ mother, Gaia, pleaded with her sons to …..

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A Critique Of Centering

archetypal / December 26, 2012 / 4 Comments

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 them like precious pearls….It became increasingly plain to me that the mandala is the center. It is the exponent of all paths. It is the path to the center, to …..

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Happy Holidays!

Uncategorized / December 24, 2012 / No Comments

I would like to wish all my readers much happiness this holiday season. Have a very Happy New Year too! Yule Lads in Dimmuborgir, Photo by lusinemarg

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The Crumbling Of Christianity

Uncategorized / December 23, 2012 / No Comments

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 that Christ taught, but these are rare individuals, indeed. It didn’t take Christianity but a few hundred years to begin laying the foundation for its own demise. The emphasis on …..

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World Of The Fifth Sun

Uncategorized / December 20, 2012 / No Comments

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 and turn it into bits of scientific data. All the dying-and-rising-god myths have been based on what occurs during the Winter solstice. For millennia, it has been a profound time …..

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The Suffering Of The World Soul

archetypal / December 19, 2012 / 3 Comments

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 time when our focus must be shifted to a higher priority. Our world is in dire straits. Our people, the people of our planet, are aching for a new paradigm. …..

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Musings On The Sandy Hook Shootings

Uncategorized / December 17, 2012 / 3 Comments

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 than any of these, much deeper than anything rational. There is no direct cause for something this heinous in the human experience. Such acts result from a very long process …..

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The Gods Are Calling

archetypal / December 16, 2012 / 2 Comments

Margarita and Woland, by Julia DolgorukovaIt 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 couldeither be a wholesome hospitable world for all, or a torturous hell for many. This is not a new message. Many have warned us before. I am of the mind that the Soul of the World has been working towards this moment for millennia. I am not saying the universe is deterministic, that the Anima Mundi …..

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The New Myth of Global Individuation

archetypal / December 13, 2012 / 1 Comment

  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 millenia, 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. Gradually, the wide world became more and more accessible and its people were able to better communicate, mainly as technology grew more and more sophisticated. We could say that technology has …..

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The Death Of Monotheism

Uncategorized / December 8, 2012 / 6 Comments

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 turn, we were left teetering on the brink of a dark abyss, of which Soul is the bridge across. Giordano Bruno, in the sixteenth century, showed that there is no …..

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Soul Is The Twilight Zone

Uncategorized / December 5, 2012 / No Comments

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; Rod Serling, in his unique way, providing one of the opening monologues for The Twilight Zone. It never struck me before, but these words are a wonderful description of Soul. …..

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Music And Magic

archetypal / December 2, 2012 / 2 Comments

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 moods can be changed, our emotions enlivened or deadened, and our very consciousness can be altered for good or bad. To demonstrate the way certain cultures (Hindus and Buddhists) view …..

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