Path of Soul

Life offers sacred paths for the transformation of the soul

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

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

The Soul’s Imagination

In Psychology and Alchemy, Carl Jung speaks of “the relationship between God and soul.” (Para. 11) Jung says: [The soul] “has the dignity of an entity endowed with consciousness of … Continue reading

August 29, 2013 · 5 Comments

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

August 25, 2013 · 8 Comments


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

August 24, 2013 · 4 Comments

The Hymn of the Soul

In Archetypes of the Collective Unconsciousness, Carl Jung speaks of the Hymn of the Soul. What follows is Jung’s words and the story as translated by G.R.S. Mead (found at … Continue reading

June 25, 2013 · 1 Comment

Carl Jung: ‘The animus often appears as a painter’

“The animus often appears as a painter or has some kind of projection apparatus, or is a cinema-operator or owner of a picture-gallery. All this refers to the animus as … Continue reading

June 19, 2013

Carl Jung: in the deepest layers of the psyche… the world itself is speaking

“The deeper “layers” of the psyche lose their individual uniqueness as they retreat farther and farther into darkness. “Lower down,” that is to say as they approach the autonomous functional … Continue reading

June 16, 2013

Carl Jung: The anima … “can appear as a … tiger.”

The anima … “can appear as a … tiger.” (Carl Jung, CW 9i, para. 358) Reference: Carl G.Jung, The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious – Collected Works volume 9i (originally … Continue reading

June 12, 2013

Carl Jung: The anima … “can appear as a … bird.”

The anima … “can appear as a … bird.” (Carl Jung, CW 9i, para. 358)

June 11, 2013

Carl Jung: ‘the anima… can appear as a snake.’

“The anima also has affinities with animals, which symbolize her characteristics. Thus she can appear as a snake or a tiger or a bird.” (Carl Jung, CW 9i, para. 358) … Continue reading

June 10, 2013 · 2 Comments

Cartl Jung: Kore as nymph

“Another frequent modulation [of the Kore] is the dancer is often formed by borrowings from classical knowledge, in which case the “maiden” appears as the corybant, maenad, or nymph.” (Carl … Continue reading

June 9, 2013

Carl Jung: Kore as anima figure

“The figure of the Kore that interests us here belongs, when observed in a man, to the anima ; and when observed in a woman to the type of supraordinate … Continue reading

June 8, 2013

Carl Jung: Kore as water-sprite

“An occasional variant [of the Kore] is the nixie or water-sprite.” (Carl Jung, CW 9i, para. 311)

June 6, 2013

Psychotheological dimensions of being

While myths teach us about the preconscious psyche of the individual, religion takes us beyond the individual into the sacred realms of the psyche. These are the psychotheological dimensions of … Continue reading

June 6, 2013

Eve spins

It has been said that Eve spins…

May 2, 2013

Anima Image: nixie

“The nixie is an even more instinctive version of a magical feminine being whom I call the anima. Moralizing critics will say that these figures are projections of soulful emotional … Continue reading

May 1, 2013

Anima Muzzled

  This drawing, titled Anima Muzzled, by Daniel Mace expresses something archetypal about mankind’s repressive relationship with the anima. In his artwork and accompanying poem Daniel address the aggressive tendencies … Continue reading

April 6, 2013 · 1 Comment

Reconnection with the Anima Mundi

Just as a man must connect with his anima in order to know the nature of his Self, so too mankind must connect with the anima mundi to know the … Continue reading

March 18, 2013

Carl Jung: “Hermes was the mystagogue and psycho pomp.”

Carl Jung often speaks of Hermes as psycho pomp, spiritual friend, or personal guide. He says: From the earliest times, Hermes was the mystagogue and psycho pomp of the alchemists, … Continue reading

March 17, 2013

Carl Jung: Khidr as symbol of the self

Over the last couple of days we have been discussing images of the self. I would like to continue exploring this idea. Carl Jung says that Khidr may be an … Continue reading

February 21, 2013

Khidr: angel of the mystics

Khidr is known as the “green prophet” or the ‘green one.” Khiḍr is said to appear to individuals and initiate them into the mystical path. Most people seek to learn … Continue reading

February 20, 2013

Carl Jung: Soul image as ‘changeful of hue,’ ‘twinkling,’ something like a butterfly’

Anima mean soul. “The German word Seele [soul] is closely related, via the Gothic form saiwalo, to the Greek word aioAos, which means ‘quick-moving,’ ‘changeful of hue,’ ‘twinkling,’ something like … Continue reading

February 13, 2013
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