After losing our Soul Animal in a traumatic fire, I entered into that sort of heartbreak and grief that only comes from real love… you know the kind that never goes away? I knew I was being asked to write. So, I wrote. I wrote blindly, without knowing what the outcome would be. It has … Continue reading Thoughts on Grief.
Vulture as Symbol of The Great Mother
We encountered these two magnificent vultures while we were camping out in the middle of no where. They stayed nearby us, perched on these telephone/power lines the entire time we were there, as if they were watching over us. Other than crows, the vulture is my favorite bird. Yet, I couldn’t help but wonder why … Continue reading Vulture as Symbol of The Great Mother
The Two Travelers
I recently injured my ankle and In my search for symbolism of the foot I thought of one of my most favorite fairy tales called the two travelers. As, I like to share my research… I have included this fairy tale as told by Marie Louise Von Franz, The Shadow and Evil in Fairy Tales. … Continue reading The Two Travelers
Psychological Meaning of Ruth
Excerpt by Ann Ulanov, The Female Ancestors of Christ Story of Ruth Ruth is the best known of the ancestresses of Jesus, and her story has become a fable for all, religious and nonreligious. In the time of the rule of the Judges over Israel, the land of Judah, the family of Elimelech, Naomi, and … Continue reading Psychological Meaning of Ruth
The Wound of God
“Never trust a prophet without a limp.” In Myths and Fairy Tales, to be crippled is a metaphor for psychological wounding. The archetypal motif of being crippled, wounded, unable to function in a normal way, or dismembered is associated with heroes, wise old sages, or with those of a special kind of fate (Daryl Sharp, … Continue reading The Wound of God
Women’s Initiation Dreams
I recently came across a book by Jungian Analyst, Eve Jackson called, “Food and Transformation.” In this book, she describes the symbolism of food and consciousness. In her book, she describes an initiation dream that has become more and more common among women. This dream is a beautiful example of the way our dreams communicate … Continue reading Women’s Initiation Dreams
Amor & Psyche
Excerpt from Marie Louise Von Franz, Golden Ass This type of fairy tale—the Amor and Psyche motif—is very widespread. “Beauty and the Beast” would be another example. The story is to be found in Russia, Spain, Germany, Italy, Greece, and even in India and Africa. Typologically, it is the story of a young girl married … Continue reading Amor & Psyche
Vasilia The Wise
Excerpt by Marie Louise Von Franz, The Feminine in Fairy Tales Synopsis of the Tale In an empire in a faraway country there once lived a merchant and his wife and their one beautiful daughter called Vasilisa. When the child was eight years old, the wife suddenly became very ill. She called Vasilisa to her … Continue reading Vasilia The Wise
Cinderella and Her Sisters: The Envied and the Envying
Excerp from Cinderella and Her Sisters: The Envied amd the Envying By Ann Ulanov Envy is an emotion we all know about, scholars, psychoanalysts, and theologians included, but we rarely talk about it, and very little is written about it. The reason for this silence is the painful, searing effects of envy. It burns into us … Continue reading Cinderella and Her Sisters: The Envied and the Envying
The Divine Feminine: Lady Wisdom
Excerpt from Rabbi Rami Shapiro. Embracing the Divine Feminine: Finding God through God the Ecstasy of Physical Love God's Daughter Wisdom as the Divine Feminine . According to the book of Job, Wisdom is the means by which God created the universe: "God looked and took note of her" (Job 28:27). In other words, God … Continue reading The Divine Feminine: Lady Wisdom
The Very Empty Ones
Blessed are the poor in spirit,[the very empty ones]for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. What does it mean to be empty? Bear with me on this… just for a moment. I’m not about to get all preachy and try to do a Sunday school lesson or a Sunday morning sermon. I get that the … Continue reading The Very Empty Ones
The agony of integration and the blessings of finitude – facing ‘extinction points’ and moments of madness
By Ann Ulanov, This paper explores the inevitable pain that integration requires in our individuation process. The unspeakable agony we defended against in order to survive we now experience consciously, including moments of going out of existence at the core of our madness. Clinical examples are given of these ‘extinction points’ and the abject helplessness … Continue reading The agony of integration and the blessings of finitude – facing ‘extinction points’ and moments of madness
The Clown: An Archetypal Self-Journey
Abstract The clown is a historical character with transcultural and transpersonal significance. The clown’s costume, make-up, and antics can be viewed as expressions from a deep archetypal space. As an archetype, the Clown, as an expression of the Trickster, carries and expresses bipolar energies of silliness/seriousness, play/work, hidden/known, creating/destroying, and order/disorder. Culturally and personally the clown serves many functions. One of his functions is as a carrier of the transcendent function facilitating an Ego-Self axis. key words active imagination, archetype, Clown, Ego-Self axis, the Fool, Freud, humor, Jester, C. G. Jung, King Lear, laughter, play, Self, Shakespeare, tarot, transcendent function, Trickster
Kali Who Swallows The Universe
Article from Parabola Magazine, Written by By Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati THE PATH TO ECSTASY BEGINS with awareness of the breath. Ecstasy is not so much about going out of your body as it is about coming into your body fully, touching this great beautiful earth with all its ugliness, with all its majestic moments. … Continue reading Kali Who Swallows The Universe
History of Consciousness: The Incarnation and Emergence of The Divine Feminine.
Excerpt rom Marion Woodman & Elinor Dickson, Dancing in The Flames: The Dark Goddess in The Transformation of Consciousness FROM GREAT MOTHER TO GODDESS ABOUT FIVE YEARS AGO I was sitting in my sun room reading the morning paper. A sense of excitement grew as I read an article on the dedication of a temple … Continue reading History of Consciousness: The Incarnation and Emergence of The Divine Feminine.
Ancient Shamanism: Looking at Illness as Initiation.
Every dark thing one falls into can be called an initiation.Marie Louise Von Franz, Psychotherapy I have felt compelled to share information on an ancient practice known as shamanism, because I recognize the symptoms of this calling in our collective society. As a society, we are dealing with a pandemic that we cannot cure with … Continue reading Ancient Shamanism: Looking at Illness as Initiation.
The Black Madonna — Intro
Happy Sunday Everyone! I’m posting this video clip about the Black Madonna ( whom I affectionately call, Big Mama) because she’s been showing up in people’s dreams, in people’s consciousness, in encounters such as Marion Woodman talks about in this clip, and even in media like the movie/book “The Shack.” “Although she takes many forms, … Continue reading The Black Madonna — Intro
“Numinous” when God winks.
The word numinous derives from an Indo-european root that means “to nod,” implying that at bottom a numinous experience is the sense of being acknowledged by a god. The icon nods—or winks—as a visible sign of divine recognition..— Janet O Dallett, Listening to the Rhino
What’s eating you?
In dreams, to dine is to “eat the complexes” it’s part of the process of becoming more conscious. Our complexes eat us too. “What’s eating you?” “Eaten up by jealousy.” “Bitterness is gnawing away.”
Trauma and the Soul: Psychoanalytic Approaches to the Inner World
Trauma and the Soul: Psychoanalytic Approaches to the Inner World An Interview with Jungian Analyst Donald Kalsched A Guest Blog Post by Bonnie Bright, Ph.D. — Read on http://www.pacificapost.com/trauma-and-the-soul-psychoanalytic-approaches-to-the-inner-world