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Queen, Mother, Wise Woman and Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Feminine
Archetypes / C.G.Jung / Gnostic / History / Philosophy / Religion / West

Queen, Mother, Wise Woman and Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Feminine


This article complements the concepts explored in my article “Archetypes of the Mature Masculine” and applies them to the other half of humanity—women. In doing so I apply the same principles, not in a mechanistic way, but in the spirit of Jung’s archetypes and their rationale. Lets start with a few words of C. G. Jung himself where he talks about the Anima.
Thomas Moore and Douglas Gillette adopted and extended Jung’s approach in their exploration of the masculine psyche by using the collective archetypes of the King, the Warrior, the Magician, and the Lover. Obviously those four male archetypes can be translated and mapped in female clusters of virtues, specific attributes associated with four major female archetypes: the Queen, the Mother, the Wise Woman and the (female) Lover found in history and myths. This has been done before. Continue reading

Burning Ahmed Baba and Alexandrian library – Is Sufism haram?
Astrology / Contemporary / Gnostic / History / Medival / Religion / Science / Sufism

Burning Ahmed Baba and Alexandrian library – Is Sufism haram?


In another defining act of intellectual barbarism, “Islamist extremists” (term borrowed by AP – Activists, Islam fighters nor Islamists won’t do) in Mali destroyed a number of tombs in the ancient city of Timbuktu, which in the last year fell under control of a separatist insurgency. Home of the prestigious Sankore University, Timbuktu was an intellectual and spiritual capital and a centre for the propagation of Sufism (an Islam faction) throughout Africa in the 15th and 16th centuries. Its three great mosques, Djingareyber, Sankore and Sidi Yahia, recall Timbuktu’s golden age. “The destruction is a divine order,” said a spokesman from Ansar Dine, a radical outfit with alleged links to al-Qaeda. Ansar Dine or “defenders of the faith” in Arabic is group led by a prominent leader of the Tuareg rebellion in the 1990s which wants the imposition of strict Sharia law across Mali.The Associated Press Posted Jan 28, 2013 @ 07:32 AMSEVARE, Mali (AP) — Islamist extremists torched a library containing historic manuscripts in Timbuktu, the mayor said today, as French and Malian forces closed in on Mali’s fabled desert city. Continue reading

Jungian Models applied to global corporations: Kings, warriors, magicians and lover archetypes
Archetypes / Business / C.G.Jung

Jungian Models applied to global corporations: Kings, warriors, magicians and lover archetypes


Recently I attended yet another team building “Engagement workshop”. It occurred to me, while I do understand that this sector in a well performing multinational corporation has rather particular objectives by its mission, why it has such multiple and interesting cultural contexts. Culture is something we all experience, but have great difficulties defining. I want in this article to align C.G. Jung’s … Continue reading

C.G. Jungs Self in Quaternio Series of Aion – Jesus or Abraxas?
Archetypes / C.G.Jung / Christian / Gnostic

C.G. Jungs Self in Quaternio Series of Aion – Jesus or Abraxas?


C. G. Jung had shown a pronounced and informed interest in Gnosticism and Alchemy. This is evident in the Quaternio Series of the Self in his book. “Aion”.  In his early works “Seven Sermons to the Dead” (“Die sieben Reden an die Toten ”) and “The Red Book” (recently published) he perceived the outstanding psychological relevance of Gnostic insights. Was Jung really a Gnostic? I … Continue reading

Can Hitler go to heaven? The evil presented in Mao, Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot.
C.G.Jung / Contemporary / History / Philosophy / Spiritual

Can Hitler go to heaven? The evil presented in Mao, Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot.


The problem of evil has been a subject of interest in religion and philosophy.  For our purpose here we want to approach the question in a inductive and  psychoanalytic way looking at historic persons: Mao, Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot: what is evil and what is the cause of it.  If we consider them evil – and I do – what … Continue reading

From language games to mysticism – Allan Watts and Wittgenstein’s Tractatus
C.G.Jung / East / Philosophy / West

From language games to mysticism – Allan Watts and Wittgenstein’s Tractatus


This article explores Wittgenstein’s Tractatus as a mystical, metaphysical insight in the light of Eastern philosophy, Catholic mysticism and C. G Jung. Please be gentle and read this as an (intuitive) essay not as a scholarly article. There are methodological implications of Wittgenstein’s doctrine of silence for transcendental philosophy, Zen Buddhism, psychoanalysis and metaphysics. Or there is a line from Lao-Tse to Wittgenstein, connected … Continue reading

PTSD and Moral Injury seen from C.G. Jung – Achilles in modern wars
C.G.Jung / Contemporary / Ethics / History

PTSD and Moral Injury seen from C.G. Jung – Achilles in modern wars


The Newsweek article “A New Theory of PTSD and Veterans: Moral Injury” was probably the best article I ever read about PTSD – besides Shay’s Achilles in Vietnam. Yes most important factors may very well be moral injury, traumatic events and being betrayed by leadership.  But, there is more  – ethical, Jungian depth psychological and political circumstances: Villains don’t … Continue reading

“become what you are” C. G. Jung’s answer to aging
C.G.Jung / Spiritual

“become what you are” C. G. Jung’s answer to aging


Todays answer to aging of medicine, psychology and sociology (or the happy union of postmodern and materialistic society) is contrary to common sense and spiritual void: Accept to be incomplete and fragmentary and the own life – regardless of the question how incomplete, unsuccessful void it has been. Consume if you have money, don’t bother us if you don’t. To the contrary C. G. … Continue reading

The Death of the Ego as prerequisite to find God
C.G.Jung / Catholic / General / Spiritual

The Death of the Ego as prerequisite to find God


Translation of my article “Gedanken zur Predigt in St. Ottilien 2012-11-18 The Death of the Ego as prerequisite to find God“ By fallenAngel This sunday sermon in St. Ottilien (2012-11-18-0915-konventamt.mp3) addressed an interesting line of thought: in order to experience God (via the Self), we need to kill the Ego in us. A very tough call indeed. “We … Continue reading

The Self – God’s window between pantheistic Taoism and Catholic personal god
C.G.Jung / Catholic / East / Gnostic / Philosophy / Spiritual / West

The Self – God’s window between pantheistic Taoism and Catholic personal god


Last Saturday (yesterday). I went on a retreat (religious exercise) at the Benedictine monastery St. Ottilien with twenty others men and women looking after their private center and true selves: “Looking for the self” What do we know of the psyche and soul? The discussion was lead by two monks – the longtime Prior Claudius and … Continue reading

Blogsphere as Hesse’s Glass Bead Game against the ‘Feuilletonistic‘ world
C.G.Jung / Gnostic / Literature / Meditation

Blogsphere as Hesse’s Glass Bead Game against the ‘Feuilletonistic‘ world


In Herman Hesse’s final novel The Glass Bead Game, which won him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946, he introduces essentially a hypothetical meta game, which has been compared with a  “neural network of cosmic mind”. This gave me the idea to probe today’s social and knowledge networks of the Internet as it were The Glass Bead Game, … Continue reading

Wittgenstein meets C.G. Jung
History / Philosophy

Wittgenstein meets C.G. Jung


This essay is a highly subjective and indirect way to connect Wittgenstein and C.G. Jung. I  stumbled recently over the connection between Sigmund Freud and the very innovative Ludwig Wittgenstein, an Austrian-born philosopher and contemporary of Freud. Wittgenstein’s  ( and C. G. Jung’s) contributions while not in everybody’s mind like Freud’s, are more significant and much more widely … Continue reading

C.G. Jung, Kepler and Pauli – The Synchronicity Triangle
Archetypes / C.G.Jung / Dreams / History / Science

C.G. Jung, Kepler and Pauli – The Synchronicity Triangle


 The psychoanalytic C.G.Jung and the famous astronomer Kepler were both intuitive thinkers and empiric scientists with strong mystic tendencies. Pauli was a famous particle physicist, who collaborated with C.G. Jung on the concept synchronicity. When I studied Kepler’s work, I found a similarity of C.G. Jung’s and Kepler’s view on astrology and to my surprise, … Continue reading

Male and female archetypes in Wong Kar Wai Films – Draft
Archetypes / C.G.Jung / Literature & Art

Male and female archetypes in Wong Kar Wai Films – Draft


For the uninitiated, Wong’s films seem pointless and confusing, which is reinforced by the director’s trademark cinematic indulgences, laggard pacing and minimalist plotting. However, upon closer inspection, it is easy to become intrigued by the rampant symbolism, the metaphor-laden dialogue, and the philosophical and psychological underpinnings of his films. Maybe its a problem of “if … Continue reading

Jianghu seen as Archetypes defined by C.G. Jung (Magician, King, Lover, Warrior and Hero)
Archetypes / C.G.Jung

Jianghu seen as Archetypes defined by C.G. Jung (Magician, King, Lover, Warrior and Hero)


The Jianghu is the fictional alternative universe coexisting with the actual historical in which many Chinese wuxia stories are set. It seems jianghu, a literary tradition going back to the Ming Dynasty,  can easily be explained  as collective unconscious in which the Chinese universal themes which run through all human life. Inwardly, the whole history of the human race, … Continue reading

Rethinking the Banality of the Good
Ethics / Philosophy / West

Rethinking the Banality of the Good


The most evil man in the world right now, seems to be a retired lieutenant colonel of the Russian KGB, who is determined to reestablish the Soviet empire, to invade world and was likened to Hitler by a leading politician of a superpower. To others, President Vladimir Putin is a judo-chopping, IMF-taming, U.S.-defying global hero. But according to the controversial biography of Stanislav Belkovsky, a star columnist at a Moscow tabloid, former speechwriter and insider, Putin represents the “Banality of the Good” (quote). The striking similarity with Hannah Arendt’s remark, one of the 20th century’s great political thinkers did catch my eye and let me finish his book, which has its weaknesses. Now if “being good” is all, after a string of rumours and dirty laundry, which may or may not be true, what Stanislav Belkovsky, sworn enemy of Putin, came up against him, there must be something unworthy with all of us, not belonging to the élite. I long fancied to write a psychological study of Putin, motivated by the C.G. Jung interview of H.R. Knickerbocker 1938 in the Cosmopolitan , reprinted in C.G. Jung Speaks (page 115-135). To qualify the banality of the good (or the evil) I will follow C.G. Jung’s method, the money flow and the little I really know about the person Putin – that is some minor direct account, my own remote observation, his own account and what his enemies say. Continue reading

The banality of evil from a Jungian view
C.G.Jung / Contemporary / History / Philosophy / West

The banality of evil from a Jungian view


We’ve all heard the phrase “the banality of evil”, coined by the political theorist Hannah Arendt. Her 1951 masterwork, “The Origins of Totalitarianism,” about the parallels between Hitler’s Third Reich and Stalinist Russia, made her an intellectual celebrity. In her book, she argued that totalitarian regimes seek to dominate every aspect of everyone’s life as … Continue reading

The four archetypes of love and their shadows – an Jungian view
Archetypes / C.G.Jung / Freud / Spiritual

The four archetypes of love and their shadows – an Jungian view


The four shades of love – derived from the different Greek words for love: agápe, éros, philía, and storgē.
Storge (στοργή) means “affection” in ancient and modern Greek. It is natural love. Philia (φιλία) is “conscious” love, a feeling of friendship. Agape (ἀγάπη) means love in a “spiritual” sense and ” unconditional love”. Eros (érōs) is “physical” passionate love, with sensual desire a withoutcontrol of the consciousness… Continue reading