Tuesday, 15 February 2011

"The Mysterium Conjunctionis" (Sacred Union)

A little background research.....courtesy of the internet.....

“The alchemists of the Renaissance period were invariably as well trained in the discipline of astrology as they were in alchemy.”

“Carl Jung (1875-1961) was a Swiss psychiatrist who made many important innovations in the study of psychology and personality. Many of his ideas, such as complexes, archetypes, the collective unconscious, synchronicity, the persona, and introversion and extroversion have become established in modern language and culture.”    

“Jung came to greatly value alchemy for its rich symbolic content and imagery.... and in his studies, Jung eventually unearthed numerous indicators that even some of the earliest Greek alchemists were aware of a corresponding internal process taking place within the human psyche.” 

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"My studies of alchemy may seem obscure and baffle many people, but taken symbolically - the symbolic gold of great worth, or the transforming philosopher's stone 'lapis philosophorum' hunted for centuries by the alchemists - is to be found in man." C.G. Jung

“The Mysterium Conjunctionis, or Mystery of the Conjunction, is considered by many to be Jung's master work.

In this book Jung reviews the vast literature of Medieval, Renaissance, and post-Renaissance alchemy from a psychological perspective. Jung contends, and convincingly demonstrates, that alchemy at this time was not, as many mistakenly believe, mainly concerned with the transmutation of lead into gold.

Rather, the aim was more spiritual and mental transformation of the alchemist him/her-self. In this sense, alchemy was a kind of precursor to modern depth psychology.

The "conjunction" referred to in the title refers to an alignment, joining, or resolution of conflict between poles dualities that define human beings.

The poles of one duality of special importance can be variously interpreted as Solar/Lunar, Male/Female, Spirit/Matter, Yang/Yin or various other antinomies.”


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(...to be continued...)

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