Mysterium coniunctionis : an inquiry into the separation and by Jung, Carl Gustav; Jung, Carl Gustav

By Jung, Carl Gustav; Jung, Carl Gustav

Jung's final significant paintings, accomplished in his 81st yr, at the synthesis of the opposites in alchemy and psychology.

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96 She is , ‘thousand-named’, the vessel and the matter ( ) of good and evil. 97 She is the moon. ” 99 She is named , the redemptrix. ” 101 43 [15] All these statements apply just as well to the prima materia in its feminine aspect: it is the moon, the mother of all things, the vessel, it consists of opposites, has a thousand names, is an old woman and a whore, as Mater Alchimia it is wisdom and teaches wisdom, it contains the elixir of life in potentia and is the mother of the Saviour and of the filius Macrocosmi, it is the earth and the serpent hidden in the earth, the blackness and the dew and the miraculous water which brings together all that is divided.

Orphan” as the name of a gem may therefore mean something like the modern “solitaire”—a very apt name for the unique lapis Philosophorum. Apart from Dorn and Petrus Bonus, it seems that this name is found only in the Carmina Heliodori. 68 There it refers to the (homeless orphan) who is slain at the beginning of the work for purposes of transformation. [14] The terms “son of the widow” and “children of the widow” appear to be of Manichaean origin. ” 69 The “orphan” referred to by Hermes must therefore have for his counterpart a vidua (widow) as the prima materia.

In the Middle Ages the cross was therefore logically understood as the mother. Thus in the Middle English “Dispute between Mary and the Cross,” the cross is a “false tree” that destroyed Mary’s fruit with a deadly drink. ” Sancta Crux replies: Lady, to thee I owe honour . . Thi fruyt me florysschith in blood colour. ) and his visions of a sacrificial drama. 180 The motif does not occur in such complete form again. ” 181 The dew comes from the moon, and he who is wounded is the sun. 182 In the treatise of Philaletha, “Introitus apertus ad occlusum Regis palatium,” 183 the wounding is caused by the bite of the rabid “Corascene” dog, 184 in consequence of which the hermaphrodite child suffered from hydrophobia.

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