path of Soul

reconnecting to the indivdual soul and world soul– through the spirit of Carl Jung

Phanes: archetypal image of the creative force

Phanes is an ancient image of the creative force. In the chapter titled ‘The Concept of Libido’ in Symbols of Transformation, Carl Jung speaks of Phanes, illustrating the archetypal nature of … Continue reading

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Cosmic Man

In the Introduction to the Second Section of Symbols of Transformation, Carl Jung addresses the nature of ‘creative divinity’ (para 183), elucidating its various archetypal forms. One such form is … Continue reading

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The Gift of Love

Life energy moves through all living things. A seed sprouts, growing and becoming a tree, blossoming and bearing fruit. As long as the tree is healthy and without disease its … Continue reading

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Via Dolorosa: the soul’s spiritual riddle

Yesterday, I spoke of the soul’s capacity to create symbols of transformation. Today, on the Winter Solstice, I will write of Via Dolorosa, “the way of suffering.” Suffering is an … Continue reading

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Heaven above, Heaven below: what the soul foretells

In reading Jung’s text Symbols of Transformation, I am interpreting the text from a spiritual perspective, attempting to ‘speak for the soul.’ In the beginning of the text, Jung is in … Continue reading

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Zombie Apocalypse: a symbol of collective transformation

Given a plethora of television shows and films about zombies, what is a Jungian to see but a collective attempt to dream the unsayable.  Carl Jung showed that what cannot … Continue reading

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Introduction: An imaginal journey into the origin and history of soul

“Language, in its origin and essence, is simply a system of signs or symbols that denote real occurrences or their echo in the human soul.” (Carl Jung, para. 13) In … Continue reading

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Inwardness: the inner path in the work of Carl Jung

It has been 101 years since Carl Jung wrote Symbols of Transformation. This work is now in the US Public Domain, and available on-line for all to read freely. It … Continue reading

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Religion and the Unsayable

“This, then, is the ultimate paradox of thought: to want to discover something that thought itself cannot think.” -Søren Kierkegaard Through conscious awareness human beings have created a field of … Continue reading

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Struggle & the Elixir of Immortality

To live is to struggle. Whether we are rich or poor, beautiful or plain, famous or more humble, we will struggle. For struggle arises from within, a struggle of the … Continue reading

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Archetypal Dialectics

I have heard many people complain about the division between spirit and matter. Often they blame Descartes. For example in Marigold’s book titled A Guiding Hand, she says: “If we hadn’t given … Continue reading

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Immanent Divine

“God is a psychic fact of immediate experience.“ In Carl Jung’s view, God is first and foremost a subjective experience; and religious images (archetypes) are products of the psyche, spontaneously … Continue reading

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We are in an era of radical materialism in which only the material aspects of life are acknowledged.  Carl Jung says: “Under the influence of scientific materialism, everything that could … Continue reading

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Immanence: God Within

The image above, titled ‘Sacred Heart of Jesus,’ is based on Psalm 64:6: “They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: both the inward thought of every one of … Continue reading


Priapus: phallus uncontained

Priapus is the son of Dionysus and Aphrodite. Ancient historian Diodorus Siculus, who wrote between 60 and 30 BC, speaks of Priapus: “Now the ancients record in their myths that Priapos … Continue reading

March 4, 2014

Tom Thumb: personification of the creative force

According to Carl Jung, Tom Thumb is a personification of the creative force. Jung says: “We know that Tom Thumbs, dactyls, and Cabiri… are personifications of creative forces… Thus the … Continue reading

February 25, 2014

Agni: archetypal image of the creative force

In the above image we see the Hindu deity Agni and his consort Svaha.  Agni appears in his dual nature, with two heads he faces both God and man. In … Continue reading

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The Realm of the Mothers

In the Introduction to the Second Section of Symbols of Transformation (SoT), Carl Jung speaks of and quotes a section of Goethe’s Faust. In the story, Faust descends to the … Continue reading

February 9, 2014 · 4 Comments

The mystics find ‘in their heart’ the image of the sun

In the second section of Symbols of Transformation, Carl Jung is taking us into the life of the mystic: a path of soul and of divine heart. Jung speaks of … Continue reading

February 2, 2014 · 4 Comments

Creative Power of the Soul

In the second section of Symbols of Transformation, Jung takes us “into a realm of mythological ideas” (para. 176). Here Jung palpates the aims and desires of the living soul. Jung … Continue reading

January 31, 2014 · 7 Comments

Limning the Path of Soul in the Work of Carl Jung

Over the past three years I have been laboring, struggling to give birth to some ideas. Those of you who have been reading my blog may have sensed the ideas … Continue reading

January 30, 2014 · 14 Comments

Divine Child: symbol of the soul’s fulfillment

We are in deep winter: days short, nights long. Father sun seems so far away, mother earth lonely. All the creatures mourn in winter. They burrow in their little holes … Continue reading

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