Monday, June 13, 2016


A WOMAN WITH AN URN,  Gustave Boulanger
public domain

    If there is no difference in high and low, no water can come down.

                                           - Carl Jung, 1925 Seminar, p. 85

vale of tears Apollo
Kastalia gone

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1.  In Greek mythology the image  references poetic genius. For her myth and more see

2. Historically  and for her relevance as a symbol for a misogynistic university see  The Castalia Fountain In The Arkadenhof Of The University of Vienna: On The Meaning Of Great Men

3.  In Carl Jung's 1925 seminar Jung writes, 

Once I had a very wealthy patient who on coming to me said, "I don't know what you are going to do with me, but I hope you are going to give me something that isn't grey."

And that is exactly what life would be if there were no opposites in it; therefore the pairs of opposites are not to be understood as mistakes but as the origin of life. 

For the same thing holds in nature. 

If there is no difference in high and low, no water can come down. 

Modern physics expresses the condition that would ensue were the opposites removed from nature by the term entropy: that is, death in an equable tepidity. 

If you have all your wishes fulfilled, you have what could be called psychological entropy.

see also the Carl Jung Depth Psychology Blogspot on blogger, Lewis LaFontaine