Comments and notes,
by Robin Lawrence Ellis following a lecture on CG Jung given by Tim Hill on
June 16th 2015
(See Notes in the Articles section)
This is a workmanlike and reasonably general introduction to
Jung’s work, though I find the emphasis on certain aspects a bit strange and
the neglect of emphasis on others a bit strange. Nonetheless, I would be happy
to recommend this essay to anyone requiring an introduction to Jungian thought.
on the text
and the ‘Vienna Circle’
In the 19th century, it was a common belief, held
by certain intellectual Jews, that the Jews represented a superior intellect to
Gentiles. Freud held this belief and was
careful to allow only Jews into the Vienna Circle. However, he also recognised the need for the
psychoanalytical movement to grow outside of his insular group. He selected Jung as the agent to achieve this;
‘Saint Paul’ to his ‘Saint Peter’, to take ‘the truth’ to the ‘Gentiles’. This made Freud the ‘father figure’ and Jung
‘the son’, a relationship that was bound, by its very nature, go wrong as Jung
was at least of the same intellectual standing as Freud, if not greater.
into the primitive
Jung’s time with the native Americans was of great
importance to his understanding of primordial archetypes. It is fair to say
that he would not have become the man he became without this experience (see
the works of Dr Douglas Sharon (anthropology professor at UCLA). Jung also
studied primitive cults in Cornwall (see Approaching Earth by Daniel Noel. See
also The Mystery of the Labyrinth by Robin Ellis (available on Pagan Pathways
‘atmosphere’ of the Primordial Archetype
The primordial archetypes are recognised by the numinous
feeling of awe that characterises their appearances. Thus the Gnostic feels
himself in touch with God, the Christian mystic becomes spiritual and the
Occultists feels they are getting somewhere in their rites. This is not an
illusion! The fact that the ‘awe’ came from the archetype, rather than from
God, means nothing. As Jung stated
categorically: “an archetype cannot exist without an outside imprinter”. In other words, the presence of the ‘God
Archetype’ cannot exist without the presence of God to imprint it. This is most
Magic and the Shadow
Those who insist on being ‘fluffy-bunny’ pagans, and only do
white magic, never challenge the shadow in themselves and so fail to grow.
‘Dark magic’, I believe, is an excellent vehicle for exploring the shadow as
well as the Anima / Animus.
Dark Magic must not be confused with Black Magic which is
pure evil and seems to do harm. Black Magic must be completely disavowed by
anybody on a spiritual path.
psychoidal archetype as the bridge to matter
One of Jung’s later works was the study of the psychoidal
archetypes, those archetypes that could manifest in physical form, or so he
believed. In this field, he briefly studied UFOs – but his real study was that
of the sightings over many years of a ‘lady’. This lady is always recuperated
by the Catholic Church’s holy inquisition (now the Office for the Instruction
of the Faithful) as the Virgin Mary (BVM).
BVM sightings are always accompanied by a sense of awe, and
often take place in locations where the Great Goddess has been worshipped for
thousands of years, like at Lourdes. They sometimes involve the taking of psychotropic
plants, as at Lourdes. The usually involve children or people of psychic
abilities like Bernadette Soubious (who, by the way, never accepted that the
creature she talked with was the Virgin Mary. She called it ‘the thing’. The
inquisition tried everything, including threats to her family, and torture, but
she would not agree to their ‘adjusted version of the truth’. In the end, she
was sent to a nunnery in Newcastle for the rest of her life. She did not speak
English so was effectively silenced.
The present great interest in Mary Magdelene, the dark side
of the Christian Goddess, may produce some ‘Magdalene’ sightings ‘soon’.
If Jung was right, this will be his greatest
discovery, that ‘the Psychoidal Archetype is the bridge to matter itself!’.
Robin Lawrence Ellis.