start out this final section on the subject of transiting planets
with a short passage penned by depth psychologist, Dr. Carl G. Jung,
regarding the symbolism of Sol (the Sun) and corresponding image of
the King. The particular passage is taken from Jung's book entitled
Mysterium, completed in the final years of Jung's life, is
considered to be the summa of "Jungian Psychology."
It's also (for better or for worse) considered to be the most difficult
of his writings to wade though. So hang in there with me...
(Sol) represents ego-consciousness, the subject of all subjects,
as an object. His fate in mythology portrays the rising and
setting of this most divine of all the phenomena of creation,
without which the world would not exist as an object. For everything
that is - only is - because it is directly or indirectly known,
and moreover this 'known-ness' is sometimes represented in a way
which the subject himself does not know, just as if he were
being observed from another planet, now with benevolent and now
with sardonic gaze.
it is seen from another planet that the king is growing
old, even before he sees it himself: ruling ideas, the 'dominants'
change - and the change, undetected by consciousness, is mirrored
only in dreams.
Sol, as the archetype of consciousness, voyages through the world
of the unconscious, one of its multitudinous figures which may one
day be capable of consciousness too. These lesser lights are,
on the old view, identical with the planetary correspondences in
the psyche which were postulated by astrology...
Mysterium Coniuntionis CW 14 written by C.G. Jung (all italics mine)
Got all that? No? Well... no need to feel like the "Lone Stranger"...
because on my very, very best day - reading and gaining even a partial
grasp of Dr. Carl G. Jung's writings can be more than a wee bit difficult
and typically ends up stretching my brain to its very outer limits.
Up Is Hard To Do
According to Jung, one of the things the symbol of the Sun represents
(reflects or symbolizes) is ego-consciousness... I exist! I am a separate,
unique entity! I am different from everyone else! I create! I grow!
"ego-consciousness" is a growth process. We - generally
speaking - spend the first half of our life journey engaged in "mining
the gold" of our birth Sun's energies. During this time we begin
the very difficult task of separating and distinguishing ourselves
from those around us. During the "growing up years" - we begin the
task of discovering ourselves to be uniquely different from friends
this difficult maturation process, we struggle mightily to separate
ourselves from the archetypal world of "The Mothers..."
archetypal struggle is aptly illustrated in the astrological Zodiac
by the passage from the maternal sign of Cancer ruled by the Moon
and into the heroic sign of Leo ruled by the Sun. Thus, during the
first half of our life journey, we engage ourselves in the heroic
task of developing our birth Sun Sign energies. We grow up... we learn
to stand on our own two feet... we learn how to shine by gaining our
own individual "standing" in the world... This is the process of discovering
and mining the gold of our birth Sun's energy!
The Second Half of Our Life Journey
However, during the development of our ego-consciousness energies
- somewhere along the journey of discovering and defining "who we
are" and "what we believe" - we initially, out of necessity,
had to leave behind some very crucial elements of "who we are"...
and those forgotten, left out elements of "who we are" contain
much needed vital energy and life-force... So then one day... we begin
to feel all mined out...
Mid-life is the natural time of life when we may begin to feel drained
of vital life energies... and we begin asking ourselves the question:
"Is this really all there is?" Many of our old dependable
values, attitudes, and beliefs - those that previously "worked" so
well for us - have now all seemingly abandoned us.... and more than
a few of the values, attitudes, and beliefs that we used to treat
with derision suddenly appear to be making much more sense.
to Jung's Mysterium, if we courageously choose to accept
the challenge of the Sun's renewal - then we spend the second half
of our life journey reclaiming all of those forgotten, left out vital
elements of "who we are" and "what we believe"... We
begin the heroic task of "growing down" and the renewal
of our wounded King... just like the continuous cycle of the Sun -
we begin our own personal process of renewing our birth Sun's energies...
Yes, the Sun has set... but the Sun shall rise again!
Throughout our lives, those other planets reflect the bathing (and
baptism) of universal energies... and as Jung put it so aptly - sometimes
it feels as if these planets gaze at us benevolently and sometimes
they gaze sardonically.
So then... early in life, transiting planets symbolically reflect
the emergence, growth, and development of our Sun's energies (ego-consciousness).
Later in life, these same transiting planets now act as messengers
and helpers that reflect the continuing renewal and rebirth process
of our Sun's energies...
her book Archetypal Dimensions of the Psyche Jungian author
Marie-Louise von Franz tells us:
seems to me to be one of the greatest contributions of Jung and
his work that it taught us to keep our door open to the "unknown
visitor." He (Jung) also tried to teach us an approach through which
we can avoid the wrath of this visitor, which every frivolous, haughty,
or greedy host in the folk tales brought down on himself. For it
depends only on ourselves whether this coming of the gods becomes
a blessed visit or a fell disaster."
King is dead, long live the King!
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