“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

Isis, Mithras and Jesus: Clash of male and female Archetypes in classical Rome
Archetypes / C.G.Jung / History / Other Gods / Science / Spiritual

Isis, Mithras and Jesus: Clash of male and female Archetypes in classical Rome


A scholarly fashion claims that only by coincidence Christ and not the Egyptian Isis or the Persian Mithras gained the upper hand as a world religion. There is some truth in it, but also an utter disregard of the attractiveness of Christianity at that time. This article will explore this question from a historical thesis, … Continue reading