Path of Soul

Life offers sacred paths for the transformation of the soul

Feeding from a Sacred Tree

  In the image above we see a drawing of an Egyptian king feeding from a sacred breast of a holy tree,  the ‘Lady of the Sycamore.’ The image is about 3,500 … Continue reading

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Divine Union: creative force & origin

In Symbols of Transformation, Carl Jung explores the dynamic relation between the masculine and feminine as archetypal images of sacred cohabitation. One such image is the Shiva Lingam and Yoni … Continue reading

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Shiva Lingam: image of the creative force

What follows is a wonderful story from the Linga Purana which illustrates quite nicely why the linga is an image of libido, as well as the creative force: The sages … Continue reading


Goddess as Libido Symbol

The creative force is often represented by masculine images, such as Agni, Tom Thumb, or the Shiva Lingam. This may be in part because of its association with libidinal, phallic … Continue reading


The Hero as Soul Image: aims and instincts

In Symbols of Transformation, Carl Jung says that the hero myth “symbolizes the ideas, forms, and forces which grip and mold the soul.” (para. 259) The hero is an image … Continue reading

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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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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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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

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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 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

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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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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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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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Book Review: Art from Dreams by Susan Levin

“Instincts can malfunction become defective, deficient, half-baked There should be a recipe for motherhood Exact measurement The precise amount of ingredients Or else sweets for no one” ~ Susan Levin … Continue reading

July 27, 2014 · 3 Comments

Paradox of the Tree of Death and Life

The image above by Berthold Furtmeyer (1481) is titled the Tree of Death and Life. This image illustrates the paradox and ambi-valence in the mother archetype.  Anne Baring describes the scene … Continue reading

July 3, 2014 · 4 Comments

Mother World: splitting, integration & evolution in the mother archetype

Recently, I have been writing on the aims and instincts of the human soul. Carl Jung speaks of the human soul’s “longing to attain rebirth through a return to the … Continue reading

June 22, 2014 · 6 Comments

Rebirth from the Archetypal Mother: Jerusalem as sacred image

In Symbols of Transformation (CW5), Carl Jung speaks of the aims and instincts of the human soul. One of the most fundamental instincts of the human soul is a “longing … Continue reading

May 31, 2014

Priapus: personification of the creative force

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

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

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

December 21, 2013 · 11 Comments

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

December 20, 2013 · 7 Comments

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

December 8, 2013 · 25 Comments

Reading Jung: Notes on Two Kinds of Thinking

In the last post, on Inwardness, we contemplated our fear of inner life. Writing that essay lead me to wonder if we, as a culture, are pathologizing the soul? This … Continue reading

December 2, 2013 · 27 Comments

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

November 23, 2013 · 57 Comments

Reconnecting: Symbols of Transformation

Carl Jung’s volume 5 titled Symbols of Transformation is one of Jung’s more difficult texts to read and understand. Many years after writing the text, Jung looked back and said: … Continue reading

November 16, 2013 · 40 Comments

Reading Jung: Symbols of Transformation

This blog started May 2010 with an endeavor to understand the concept of immanence, and in particular the immanence of God. From the beginning my wish was to understand the paradoxical relationship … Continue reading

November 13, 2013 · 36 Comments

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

November 4, 2013 · 16 Comments
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