Archive for December, 2010

Lunar eclipse and “ancients living their symbols”

NWAFofJ member June Jefferson recently wrote this article and was reminded of it in our Dec 7 meeting when we read the phrase “the ancient people lived their symbols.” She’s generously shared the article below:

June B. Jefferson

“Solstice” Definition: from two root words which mean sun and standing; the time of year when the sun is farthest south of the equator; the first day of Winter; the shortest day of the year. In 2010, Solstice will be on Tuesday, December 21st.

Most of us have sensed the light of day lessening as we head toward Solstice. Many regions have been in great darkness for a long time. Our area is really fortunate to have at least 9 hours and 48 minutes of daylight plus 1 hour and 31 minutes of twilight this time of year.

In addition this year, there is a phenomenon or an “outward sign of the working of a law of nature.” There will be a total lunar eclipse of the full moon visible in the predawn Tuesday, beginning or entering penumbra around 12:30 am, through total eclipse around 2:00-3:00, and leaving penumbra by 5:00.

Most likely, it will be too cloudy for us to see, as it usually is here for eclipses and meteor showers. Regardless, know this: our shortest day of the year/longest night of the year is actually going to be filled with light, either from the sun or the moon, for most of its whole twenty-four hours, even if it’s behind clouds.

How can this knowledge NOT be hopeful figurative language for us? For instance: In the darkest time there really is light. Also: Whether we can see it or not, there are certainties we can depend upon and rarities which are possible. Or perhaps: The fundamental processes of day and night work together to both shade and reveal in their functions as “outward signs of the working of the law of nature.”

Society has created many sayings which use similar terms to encourage or inspire us. “There’s a silver lining behind every cloud. The darkest moment is just before dawn.”

Which leads me to say, again, I wish for us moments of peace and calm, periods of observation and communication with the natural world, and a knowledge that the day after the longest night begins a minute-by-minute journey to the longest day.


Quote for the Day

“Notice what the ancients said in images: the word is a creative act. The ancients said: in the beginning was the Word. Consider this and think upon it.”    —C.G. Jung, The Red Book

Quote for the Day

“If you have still not learned this from the old holy books, then go there, drink the blood and eat the flesh of him who was mocked and tormented for the sake of our sins, so that you totally become his nature, deny his being-apart-from-you; you should be he himself, not Christians but Christ, otherwise you will be of no use to the coming God. . . . No one can be spared the way of Christ, since this way leads to what is to come. You should all become Christs.”   —C.G. Jung, The Red Book

Dreamers of San Francisco

“Alchemy” by Mitchell Poor

Montana artist Mitchell Poor highlights Felecia Perez from the “Dreamers of San Francisco” articles (originally on the San Francisco Examiner) on his blog, which is mostly about his very interesting artwork. This article is  about San Francisco dreamworker and babaylan Felicia Perez. In Filipino indigenous tradition there is a spiritual leader known as Babaylan: A woman who is priestess, wisdom-keeper and philosopher. She blogs about holistic dreamwork here. You can check out the other articles in the series by the Examiner at this link.

Proud to be an American?

In Robert Moss’s recent article “Jung on the American Sixth Sense for the Genuine” on Beliefnet, he quotes Carl Jung in his comparison of English and American ways of understanding:

“In England you have to be careful not to make educated mistakes. You must look up everything you are going to mention…Don’t ever make that kind of mistake in England, because they will catch you at once. Now, in the U.S., it won’t matter. Don’t worry about it, because they wouldn’t know the difference, most of them.
But – and this is important – Americans have a sixth sense for the genuine. Don’t ever, ever, ever say anything for the effect of it if you are not absolutely certain, because they will catch you on it. . . . The American sixth sense for the something real is the reason they have discovered me, while the Europeans have yet to do so.”
[These excerpts come from the record of a conversation with Barbara Hannah around 1930, preserved in a private archive of her papers and quoted in Deirdre Bair’s recent Jung: A Biography (New York and Boston: Back Bay Books) p,365.]

The Fisher King Review

I wanted to call your attention to a couple of upcoming books out from the Fisher King Press. John Ryan Haule’s two volume Jung in the 21st Century arrives in January 2011. From the publisher:

“The first volume provides an original overview of Jung’s work, demonstrating that it is fully compatible with contemporary views in science. It draws on a wide range of scientific disciplines including, evolution, neurobiology, primatology, archaeology and anthropology. The second volume explores Jung’s understanding of synchronicity and argues that it offers an important contribution to contemporary science. Whilst the scientific world has often ignored Jung’s theories as being too much like mysticism, Haule argues that what the human psyche knows beyond sensory perception is extremely valuable.”

Fisher King Press publishes work concerning the study of Jungian theory, analytical depth psychology, myth, archetypal symbolism, and dreams. Please check their catalog and blog for other books and articles of interest.

Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism Publishes New Book

A Wall Street Journal article from December 1, 2010 annnounces the publication of a new book by the New York branch of the Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism. The organization’s holdings are a collection of 17,000 “mythological, ritualistic and symbolic” images meant to catalog, more or less, the whole of our collective human unconscious. The new book is The Book of Symbols, an 810-page volume assembled by ARAS in New York and published by art-book imprint Taschen. It took ARAS curator Ami Ronnberg and a core group of five women (plus an army of around 50 writers commissioned for the essays) 14 years to complete.

ARAS offers a free quarterly newsletter available via email and for $100/year you can join the ARAS Online to be able to access their entire holdings. The new book is surprisingly inexpensive ($26.39 on Amazon) for a 810-page, full color book.


The NWA Friends of Jung meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month in the library at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

The Sunday Dream Group meets the 1st and 3rd Sundays from 2–3:30 in the library at St. Paul’s.

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