Faust and C.G. Jung – What holds the world together at its core
Archetypes / C.G.Jung / Literature / Philosophy

Faust and C.G. Jung – What holds the world together at its core


Goethe and C.G. Jung “Faust I”, the Germans’ favorite drama is about a scholar who wants the impossible, who wants to know what keeps the world together at heart. Goethe’s Faust failed on this worldly question, which ultimately leads either straight to Augustine’s heaven or Dante’s hell. Therfore Faust needed and accepted diabolical assistance. But … Continue reading

“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

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

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

Female Archetype of Sabina Spielrein – queen or wise women?
Archetypes / C.G.Jung / History / Science

Female Archetype of Sabina Spielrein – queen or wise women?


This essay is about Sabina Spielrein (1885-1942), female archetype of the Queen (in exile), or Russian Jewish Wise Woman connected with the two leading pioneers of the first hour – C. G. Jung and Sigmund Freud. I like to make the case, that she could have completed a triad in the theoretical development of psychoanalysis … Continue reading