“The Monk by the Sea”  – infinity and mortality
Archetypes / C.G.Jung / Fine Art / Photography

“The Monk by the Sea” – infinity and mortality


The Monk is back. Two of the most famous paintings from Germany’s Romantic period are back on display at a central Berlin museum after a two-year restoration. I recently visited that exibition and appreciated the famed landscape painter Caspar David Friedrich. The making of a perfect piece of art has always been a purification process … Continue reading

al-Andalus – a failed Renaissance
Archetypes / History / Philosophy / Religion

al-Andalus – a failed Renaissance


Last fall, I travelled all over Al-Andalus in the footsteps of philosophers, poets, warriors and great mystics Sufi’s like Ibn-Arabi. If you are interested in philosophy, science history and intercultural transmission of knowledge, Al- Andalus is your place and I invite you to read further. Al-Andalus represents a singular, tragic and wonderful moment of cultural … Continue reading

Who were the Gnostics?
C.G.Jung / Gnostic / Gospel / Religion / Thomas

Who were the Gnostics?


Who were the Gnostics? Christian commentators described them as dualists who pitted ‘divine spark or ‘light’ against the of the material world. Christianity painted many Gnostics as heretics for claiming to be Christ’s true followers while denying his singular divinity. Its claim of a world as a mistake and shadow of the Christian creation myth … Continue reading

Following the traces of Esclarmonde de Foix
C.G.Jung / History / Medival / Mystics / Other Gods / Religion

Following the traces of Esclarmonde de Foix


I  just came back again from the haunted and magic Languedoc-Roussillon, where I followed the footsteps of the Esclarmonde de Foix and the heretic Cathars. This essay will focus on Esclarmonde de Foix. Cathars, Catharism and its connection to the holy grail seen through the eyes of Otto Rahn, a shady self proclaimed archaeologist, who … Continue reading

Dante’s Divine Comedy – symbolism and archetypes
Archetypes / C.G.Jung / Fine Art / Literature / Literature & Art

Dante’s Divine Comedy – symbolism and archetypes


Dante is not just any poet. With his epic poem “Commedia”, in English “Divine Comedy” he created an Italian cultural Monument, a journey through Hell, Purgatory and Paradise full of symbols, archetypes, historical and allegorical references. The article wants to revisit the work of Poet Dante Alighieri from a Jungian view in the light of … Continue reading

A Jungian journey through a land of heretics and Mary Magdalene
C.G.Jung / Gnostic / Gospel / History / Johannes / Lukas / Medival / Other Gods / Spiritual

A Jungian journey through a land of heretics and Mary Magdalene


I followed the footsteps of the Templars and the heretic Cathars. This essay will focus on their similarity with early Christian and Jewish Gnostic thoughts, in which C.G. Jung was very interested. Where did the Cathars came from and what were there beliefs? What was the mystic and symbolic importance of Mary Magdalene, who is still worshiped prominently there in Catholic Churches? 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