Archetypal Map of the Daimon

Archetypal Map of the Daimon


The starry vault of heaven is in truth the open book of cosmic projection, in which are reflected the mythologems, i.e., the archetypes. In this vision astrology and alchemy, the two classical functionaries of the psychology of the collective unconscious, join hands. – C.G. Jung 

Each of us is born at a certain moment in time. Since each one of us is a microcosm, the configuration of the heavens at this moment provides us with a unique image that can reveal to us many things about our particular cosmos. Our natal chart is our archetypal map of our life, which can lead us into greater knowledge of Soul.

In my own personal experience, I was born with the Sun and Jupiter in the ninth house, the house of philosophy, religion, mysticism, and the quest for understanding of life’s deeper questions. Jupiter is the planet of philosophy, thus making this configuration even more powerful for such studies. I did not know this until studying for my philosophy degree in college. Apparently, I was born with these tendencies, which I have felt powerfully since childhood. I have been led throughout my life to ask the deeper questions, to plumb the depths of my own heart in search of answers.

James Hillman’s “acorn theory” describes a personal intelligence that one is linked to at birth. This intelligence Hillman calls daimon, using the name given by Plato to a sort of guardian angel that accompanied Socrates throughout his life, always nudging him down the path he should follow. I, too, have felt the pull of this Being, most of my life. From the movies I enjoyed as a child to the sort of books I was attracted to as a teenager, my daimon has led me to where I am at this moment, sitting here writing this article.

The archetypal map provided by the daimon is our natal chart, our “soul’s code.” From the moment of our birth, we are set on a path that we can choose to follow or choose to ignore; it is up to us.

I’ve known about the daimon since reading Hillman’s classic book in 1996. Recently, I’ve begun studying the work of Henry Corbin, who discussed the Sufi belief that every person has an angel who desires to manifest itself in the life of its human counterpart. This angel exists in the mundus imaginalis, the world of the imagination, which is an intermediary realm between spirit and matter. Fascinating stuff, to say the least.

Our unique map of the heavens is our angel’s imprimatur upon us. Hillman says

There is in each of us a longing to see beyond what our usual sight tells us (Soul’s Code, p. 108).

Even though Hillman is not referring here to the natal chart, it is not an unreasonable leap to claim he might consider the birth chart as a way of seeing beyond our physical senses.

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  1. Like you,all my life I have the urge to seek out mystic knowledge,some kind of source(It's sounds cheesy I know). I was born on December 21,the winter solstice and I swear I can sometimes feel it's imprint on me,It's sounds stupid but I can't describe it with words.

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