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Belief and faith

I was explaining to a friend yesterday how I viewed divine revelations. Things such as synchronicities, signs, and etc.


I mentioned parallelomania as a counter to such beliefs.

As a deist–if there is a higher power–it works within the confines of the laws it set forth mainly so each person’s belief is relevant to them only and can be doubted by others. The takeaway is you’re wasting your breath if you’re trying to give a witness–or testimony–to others of your “proof”. The religious experience makes for good stories but is unique and relevant to each person specifically.


In other words you can’t convince others. The way reality is setup there is a deistic veil where everything can be doubted that requires faith to traverse through (i.e. parallelomania vs synchronicity). It’s up to the person having the experience (i.e. seeing the signs) if they want to believe, take them at their percieved face value, and act on them or dismiss them as mere coincidences. It is this choice that determines if the person is going to live a spiritual life or not.


If a deistic power existed, there will always be two explanations for things, a doubtable non spiritual one and a spiritual one (or more accurately pantheism), both are valid, existing on opposite sides of a pane of glass not capable of seeing the other, but the mind (aka eternal soul) can percieve the acausal connections between events that paint a larger picture (i.e. via archetypes).

Jesus the Phoenician

I read some post (Argyros George Argyrou) about the history of the Jewish people possibly being created on the fly for political purposes around 258 BC when the Septuagint was written which heavily borrowed from Phoenician/Canaanite religions under Ptolemy. That last bit about Canaan has always been a stickler in Jewish history (El, Ashirah). (The phoenicians were originally from the Levant but were getting wiped out around this time. They finally fell with Tyre and Carthage).

Anyways. It got me rekindled on another idea. The book Jesus the Phoenician (Karim El Koussa). When I first was interested in reading about it, I was criticized by those who read academic biblical texts (the guy is an academic, a professor from Long Beach State). So I went and read a few Academic biblical books, but particularly from agnostic/atheist authors.

Well I got the impression that from authoritative interpretations passed down since scholasticism (a remnant of neoplatonism). That unless you were pre-approved/vetted ideologically, you’re works weren’t considered relevant.
So now after having read a few books (Shape of Ancient Thought, Who Wrote the New Testament, How Jesus Became God) I’m going to return to this. Because there are two historians who are claiming similar things. That Jew’s and in turn Phoenician.

Specifically at 2:36 his works seems to line up with Argyrou https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TunLVZDxC-w

and how El is (A Phoenician king who was killed)

“The biblical God Elyon corresponds to Elioun who was the 18th century BC Phoenician king of Byblos and the father of Epigeius (Uranus/Baal-Shamen). He was made into a god by the Phoenicians after he was killed by wild beasts. El (Kronos) was the son of Epigeius and the Gods who were allied to El when he fought against Epigeius for the kingship were known as the Elohim. Shaddai corresponds to Sadidus, the son of El, who El put to death as a suspected traitor.” – Argyrou

Kasim even talks about Asherah!

http://www.argyrou.eclipse.co.uk//myths/bible/History.htm

Vision

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I had a vision the night before my mother’s funeral.
It reminded me of a djinni. I was explaining to my daughter and son what I thought I saw. Then the same day I’m explaining this to them. Someone asks me where a picture was from from an article I posted on Hekate.
I have believed in the Anima Mundi (think Gaia) for the longest time, even before I got knee deep into Neoplatonism. Turns out anima mundi is Hekate in chaldaeon/neoplatonic circles and that’s what I thought I had a vision of, the anima mundi.
Well. A djinni is basically a roman word for Greek Daemon. Some type of angel/spirit guide assigned to you at birth.
And Hekate is called the mother of angels.
I just found it weird that the day I’m talking about Genie’s to my kids I look up this pic on tineye and sure enough, what do I see. Genius (djinni). Jung would call that a synchronicity.
The only other thing I could think of was Phanes (the whole djinni look to it), but Phanes is a daemon/angel anyways (whose role interconnects the cosmos based on beauty/divine love/eros).
What’s interesting in my belief is Hekate isn’t even the tallest order, she’s just one of the tallest. What I’m getting at is she is the harbinger of souls for those entering/leaving this world, but she isn’t the creator of this world, just the souls within it. She only brings forth the ideas from the intellect/father. Well, when I say only, I mean she isn’t the end all be all, but she’s pretty much 2nd level within the 3 tiered level of neoplatonism with individual souls, daemons underneath/contained within her.
It turns out Hekate reaches out to you or is reached out to during trying moments in life (crossroads, births, deaths).
I’m not joking when I say I believe in the gods. Jung wet my appetite and neoplatonism gave me the bedrock to extrapolate within. For the most part I’ve thought of them as internal psychic agents, or loadstones similar to complexes. It still could be that this vision was a personification of all these ideas I’ve been mulling over, but if Native American’s can have visions of spirit animals, then I sure as hell can have a vision of my goddess the Anima Mundi.

https://www.encyclopedia.com/religion/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/world-soul-anima-mundi?fbclid=IwAR0X-i5J03cKVD8RhyfsntzLyANIqEBOtHtJ8vOvYHy13OoqLf1J286U_58

Emanation and Ideas

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  1. The whole and its emanation is unconscious and unwilled.
  2. The whole and its emanation is eternal.
  3. The emanation of the whole is necessary.
  4. The whole is identical to the totality of its emanation.
  5. The whole is undiminished by its emanation.
  6. The emanation is structured hierarchically.
  7. The direction of emanation is reversible, allowing subjective reunion with the whole.

“This unfolding or emanation is characteristically presented as occurring in a three-stage process: First, an initial identity of the product with its source, a sort of potential existence; second, an indefinite procession or unfolding of the product from its source, and third, a contemplative visionary reversion of the product upon its source, in which the product becomes aware of its separate existence and thereby takes on its own distinctive form and definition. The later Neoplatonists such as Proclus, perhaps Porphyry, and the author of the anonymous Parmenides Commentary named these three stages Permanence, Procession and Reversion, and characterized the three successive modes of the product’s existence during this process by the terms Existence, Life and Intellect. Previously, Plotinus had applied a similar terminology, namely Being, Life and Mind, to describe the three principal aspects of the second of his three hypostases, Intellect.”

“The one engenders the two, the two engenders the three and the three engenders all things.” – Tao Teh Ching

The description here of emanationism reminds me of Hegel’s dialectic (thesis, antithesis, synthesis).I’ve been coming to that idea as well. Everything is connected (Leonardo) by 1 degree connections of ideas (triangulation). Each two ideas (opposites) create a mediating connection (either a mediating essence (golden mean), which can be seen as a new direction, i.e. 4th idea). I was reading Edward Eddinger (a Jungian) some numerology stuff about 3 and 4. I’m not a fan (of the numerology, but I was always curious how we came up with quarters for money) but the idea of procession of a trinity came up and how 3 is connected to all ideas. There is some play with 1, 2, and 4 and how 3 and 4 represent their own totalities which can be superimposed on each other, there is also the tetractys (10 dots, i.e. 1:2:3:4)

If ideas are the mind of God (Berkeley and neoplatonism in general). Through the prime mover (unmoved mover’s) contemplation of forms, emanation (causal enfoldment) unfolds the idea. Truly meaning ideas are the centerpiece of reality with intermediary beings unfolding/contemplating further ideas. They interconnect the forms which matter responds to and our minds perceive as thoughts and ideas.

I was reading Edward Eddinger (a jungian) some numerology stuff about 3 and 4. I’m not a fan (of the numerology, but I was always curious how we came up with quarters for money) but the idea of procession of a trinity came up and how 3 is connected to all ideas. There is some play with 1, 2, and 4 and how 3 and 4 represent their own totalities which can be superimposed on each other, there is also the tetractys (10 dots, i.e. 1:2:3:4)I’ve thought about 3’s and 4’s in terms of our planetary arrangement. 1 is sun, 2 is earth, 3 is moon, 4 is anima mundi/world soul, individual soul.

https://medium.com/@jaschaephraim/seven-characteristics-of-emanationism-6f8697750357?fbclid=IwAR2WdtMRmoIgB-9W57wT-N0SC-gJ-a4n5MTYS2tWbUP-vaWsV1UsKAIIXfE

The Gods

My mother passed and I had a comforting entheogenic experience while I was away and let me tell you

I spoke with the anima mundi

Or at least an internalized representation of one

I felt like I communicated w the anima mundi or the not self, like I met an intelligent entity that was aware of me and my thoughts. It was way less intense than I thought it would be. Nothing like being projected into another reality.

It appeared on the backdrop of what I was seeing normally. Like reality was made up of light bright lights and you could see a pattern within the lights that made up an entity

It was exactly how I imagined. Symbiotic exterior to us as interior. A daemon, the not self. What Jung calls the “self”, or better yet the collective unconscious personified. Sentient, aware of all. The yin to my yang. I felt like I was interacting with the a higher symbiotic lifeform that is aware of us that cocoons us within it like cells in the body. That is what I would term the not self, anima mundi, or Jung’s self

I felt like–what can be understood as having external influence (or mastery) over our emotional conscious state becomes visible to one’s psyche. Anthropomorphized right in front of us but in the background of the screen of the matrix.

Thats what I felt I saw. An anima mundi spirit

Its weird because I had a theological basis for understanding what I saw from what I’ve read

I’m on the fence whether the connections were made on the fly like a dream or if there is some correlation between what inferred from what I read and what various mystics have said

“Internal vision of a dynamically translated external reality with visual analogues of what influences/affects and is aware of us down to our emotions.”

I saw Hekate (Hekate is Anima Mundi), an immanent world soul. Both Gaia & Kali, akin to Persephone. Bringing & carrying life from her [cosmic] womb. The feminine quaternity [Edward Eddinger] of Jung’s ternary.

Her apparition was immanent in this world, emerging within & because of the flows of sun/moon & seasons

There was one more emotion I felt

Love and joy to see me. There was an element of fire in the way the apparition appeared. A mix between stigmatism & flame princess.

Love / strife, hot / cold. Emergent forms vs entropy

Love/warmth as a principle of organizing unity

Phanes

It just comforted me letting me know my own internal perspective on life isn’t the end of it all. She showed me how we are all interconnected in this larger “biology” known as the anima mundi. That my mother has gone there. Her psyche reabsorbed into it (the larger unity). Which I believe is the world soul, a product of this cosmos. Fitting into neoplatonic theology of inbetween the One and Soul.

The gods I believe in

Phanes, Hekate, Gaia, Persephone, Rhea, Hermes, Athena

just to name a few of the more prominent ones

Zeus is nowhere to be found.

Not to say I don’t believe in him. I just haven’t had a situation that exhumes his mode. That’s kind of what the gods are. They show up and the world conforms to their archetypes. A presence or mood is felt that soaks the room. I don’t mean this literally. I mean this cognitively. When you feel a way (emotional memory) and everything is interpreted a certain way. The meaning of everything lines up a certain way. That’s the god bleeding into your surroundings/psyche

When I called it the anima mundi. She caressed me and embraced me lovingly saying she was so happy to see me and filled me with euphoria. She showed me how my emotions were like a puppet on her hand. It was very humbling. I was basically made bare prostrated, but was accepted for who I was and she was very happy to see me with the level of understanding I had. As if seeing her eye to eye in that way. I was not confused. My brain has analogues from various philosophies what she might represent, and apparently with her the anima mundi identification was spot on.

It appeared like a genie

Out of a fucking bottle
Just like a cartoon
I mean it wasn’t a direct visual. More like slight alterations of a specific subset of pixels that made up the image

References

http://www.prometheustrust.co.uk/html/scolia_on_eros.html

https://keepingherkeys.com/blog/f/hekate-as-anima-mundi-and-the-deeper-world

Beliefs

Wrote this a while ago as a log to my own theological beliefs which stem from Jung and Neoplatonism

I believe in

Divine correspondences
Daemons (elevated heros that break rebirth cycle until cosmic year as well as celestial souls)
Fate (ensouled bodies suffer fate)
Astrology/math mediates between providence and fate
Providence (Celestial spheres provide, i.e. Sun)
Archetypes
Synchronicities
Szyzgy’s (coniunctio)
Katabasis (underworld)
Noetic structure (hierarchy of being)
Metempsychosis
Cosmic sympathy
Telos (related to synchronicity, ideas pull you towards them through time)
Enantiodromia (best laid plans of mice and men)
Katharsis (emotional/spiritual purification)
Symbolon/apophthegm’s (how to commune w the gods)
Cosmic year/eschaton/great rip or heat death, big bang

Anima Mundi

“I was going through a period of intense hypomania while using medical marijuana and quite possibly experiencing the effects of tbi of the left frontal lobe (knocked myself out while skateboarding) which was exacerbated from the marijuana (mood, analytical thinking, emotion regulation, impulse regulation) and I read Bruce MacLennan’s work (Individual Soul and World Soul) that right brain is more in tune w associative pattern recognitions (poetic license, analyze myths for common motifs) and I’m reading jung’s Archetypes (bellinger series) and turns out I was experiencing what Maclennan and Jung term “active imagination” as well as Katabasis (descent to the underworld) and now understand why Hekate is associated with the underworld (liminal means the uncontrolled thoughts that come to mind, often archetypal heros of the past, hence underworld connection). I made an art piece that expressed a coniunctio as well as the goddesses Hekate, Isis, and Tiamat along with Hypatia.

Edward Edinger says “Self axis and the symbolic life are encountered through the inferior function, the weakest portion of the personality. Only by awareness and acceptance of our weakness do we become conscious of something beyond he ego which supports it.”

The inferior function is ego alienation (follows ego inflation, the subsequent fall stemming from outward rejection by one’s peers, the Icarus effect). Which results in a “abaissement du niveau mental”, aka the inferior function is accessed.

Anyways. Thought it would be worth mentioning. I found it very spiritual and have contemplated on its meaning since. I believe in the gods from these periods of active imagination as I believe they were telling me something, guiding me, showing me a path from the unconscious on where hopes for my future lied.”

The timing bit for otherwise unconnected events seems to be orchestrated in a meaningful way

I happened to meet her twice before the vp exhuming I was ready merely to fall apart in a manic mess followed by an inflated ego and to save it from crashing goddess tangent writes me an email moments before my layoff

All that shit felt like cosmic timing

Because the cosmos knew it had Mexico lined up for me

I met vera bambi at LAX on my way to see my dying dad in the hospital

My failed jewish friendship led me to a Muslim virgin when I beseeched metatron

All these things were what [wolfgang] pauli gets at about signs and you said was magical idealism

Maclennan talks about signs and symbols

Maclennan talks about signs and symbols

Symbols are archetypal subjective

Signs are objective words

Signs are labels

Both are used.in theurgy, signs sit under symbols. I’ve read a book on philosophy about computer cognition and how that all fits in (and why I think neoplatonism is pre computer science, aka nous as a database). Anyways. All these were signs in my life. And pauli said events and ideas. I said events, people (being), places, ideas, and add emotion (eros)

o some of my theurgical symbols involved active imagination (hekate, goddess tangent, Hypatia) and symbolons (metatron, seed of life. And I was laid off on hypatias day of death. I was in tj on voltaires bday renewing my fmm and I beseeched him the day I used the metatron

Hell the day I revealed the virgin mistress was on good friday/passover and i had no clue!

Which is why I made my business card w the star of David, crescent moon, and cross

I think its code too meant to be consumed by cosmic agents (minds)

When hypatias death day rolled around [the day of my layoff]. That was the one time I knew what was going on. I knew what that day meant and I wasnt scared

I had trust[pistis], a chaldean virtue

I feel the gods revealed themselves to me

When I found out hekate was anima mundi…

I did a mental doubletake

I’ve always cherished the idea of anima mundi

Its [anima mundi] akin to this Jewish guys work

Abiotic genesis, jeremy england

The suns Ray’s excite enough energy and particles self organize

And eventually lead to life

Religion is Exclusive vs Inclusive

I always tried to find an inclusive meaning of Christianity. A least common denominator of what it meant so I could say others were Christian just like me.

I saw my church being divisive with local churches in the neighborhood, all considered protestant.

The most telling bit about exclusiveness wasn’t the Protestant Catholic division

But the East Orthodox media blackout.

The church doesn’t care to reveal to you anything more than what they want you to know. To include the ancient church East Orthodox Byzantium. Arguably founded in Athens and the original church.

Why would they tell you about another sect?

Ironically I would learn later than Catholics and Protestants pretty much kill each other on Ireland. Similar attitudes extend to sport teams (which is even more telling about man’s tendency for tribalism).

Which taught me that religion is a tool to divide people, not unite them.

When a people get bigger, they expand their definition of inclusiveness (neutral truces) to include other protestant churches, and expand to other branches of abrahamism they exclude. But when they need to, the divisiveness starts again. My guess is it’s done by the states behind the scenes. Much like Trump is now with his moves towards Protestantism and exclusion of immigrants.

Tiamat Round 2


Tiamat = Isis = Hekate analog of archetypes

No one in his right mind, Timaeus says, has access to divine reason; yet when asleep or overcome by some inspiration, man receives divine messages, which must be reflected upon and interpreted. At no point does Timaeus condemn divination as a form of superstition or subterfuge, treating it instead with respect and sincerity—at least for those who think deeply and reason slowly about their divinations.

Source: https://www.iep.utm.edu/timaeus/

“… And yet, while not religious in the conventional sense, Bacon displayed a strong openness to irrational experiences. This was his religion. He often made reference to and use of the creative accident and the role of chance in his life, which can be regarded as his method of surrendering himself to experiences that allowed for an alteration of consciousness. According to Jung, giving over control to an irrational process of emergence and synthesis in this way gives birth to the transcendent function, the essential core of individuality (Stein, 2005) …” [Natalie Kerr].

The Goddess Isis was also known to the Sumerians as Tiamat, the Serpent of Chaos, the Ancient One, mother of the gods and all abominations of chaos. The Egyptian god Set was originally a female deity and was identified with Isis. Set is a god of the desertstorms, and foreigners in ancient Egyptian religion.

In later myths he is also the god of darkness, and chaos. Hence, the connection with the Sumerian Tiamat, the Serpent of Chaos, the Ancient One, mother of the gods and all abominations and Isis who we also know as Set, the god of darkness, and chaos.

Here is an excerpt from the book, “Psychology of the Unconscious: A Study of the Transformations and Symbolisms,” by Carl Gustav Jung and Beatrice M. Hinkle:

“Isis, the mother of god, played an evil trick on the sun-god with the poisonous snake; also Isis behaved treacherously toward her son Horus in Plutarch’s tradition. That is, Horus vanquished the evil Typhon, who murdered Osiris treacherously (terrible mother= Typhon). Isis, however, set him free again. Horus thereupon rebelled, laid hands on his mother and tore the regal ornaments from her head, whereupon Hermes gave her a cow’s head. Then Horus conquered Typhon a second time. Typhon, in the Greek legend, is a monstrous dragon.”

In the bible scholars often associate the dragon with the devil and we find Isis had morphed into Typhoon which means “terrible mother” also associated with the dragon. The Sumerian Tiamat who is the Serpent of Chaos could be to some the equivalent what they may call the Devil and this would be where we later would get the Egyptian Set connection to Goddess Isis. They all did terrible things and are associated with serpents, darkness and chaos.

Isis, the Dark Goddess was also often depicted carrying a phallic object which identifies the male emblem with its solar origin as symbol of the Sun. Therefor, she carries the sun under he veil for she is the the Great Mother to the Son of the Sun, Horus who she also nurses on her breast for she is the Moon Goddess or the Goddess of darkness, and chaos.

The name Isis means “Throne” or “She of the Throne.” Her headdress is frequently shown with a a vulture resting on top of her head such as in the picture to the above left and in Egypt she was frequently called Man, and her totem there was a vulture. Below is the definition of vulture’s feeding habits from wikipedia

Source: https://www.google.com/amp/s/gnosticwarrior.com/isis.html/amp

“Plutarch wrote his essay at Delphi (lxviii. 6), and addressed it to Klea, a lady who held a distinguished position among the Delphic priestesses, and who had herself been initiated into the Osiriac Mysteries—her very name Klea being, perhaps, her mystery-name (xxxv.). The treatise is, therefore, addressed to one who was prepared to read into it more than appears on the surface.”

Porphyry’s letter to Marcella

See, us neoplatonists admire and respect women. Because Plato believed in equality.

It is nice to make your acquaintance. I am a neoplatonist as well and you are my vision.

Source: http://gnosis.org/library/grs-mead/TGH-v1/th112.html

There are several things that stand out about this story to me. One is the fact that Inanna approaches the domain of Ereshkigal quite haughtily, a fact that angers Ereshkigal. Ereshkigal orders her to be stripped naked and bowed low, like everyone else who enters her realm. The dark lady breaks down not only things on a physical level, but on a psychological level. The only way I can think to explain it is that many people think that they have the power to control things. By their arrogance or manipulating or sheer force, they think they can achieve dominion. The dark lady breaks down this illusion, sometimes with great ruthlessness, depending on the severity of offense. The only thing a person can control is themselves, and even that is debatable sometimes.

The next thing that stands out is that Inanna’s journey is the journey of the initiate, or the shamanistic rite of initiation. A person, during childhood or teenage years, is subject of great trauma. This trauma leads to an inward journey that many do not make it back from and results in mental illness such as schizophrenia. The ones that do make it back however, are viewed as being in a position to see and understand things that the average person cannot. Inanna emerges from her experience in Irkalla fundamentally changed as well.

Source: https://www.google.com/amp/s/etheria888.wordpress.com/2010/01/14/chapter-one-innanaishtarereshkigal/amp/

“Inanna’s descent has themes that resonate with the wisdom associated with the crown chakra, of openness to divine will, a chakra that only opens in the most spiritual advanced people. It also speaks of the sacrifice for deep feminine wisdom. Shamanism and many natural/organic based spiritual traditions seek wisdom through altered states of perception. This can be taken as forcibly altering ones consciousness with drugs (a form of mediumship) or by rediscovering unity with nature and cosmos that is lost in logos goal orientated society and by letting the dark lady drag us down to the magic, meditative and archaic depths that is before all thought and speech that is quite literally earth-shattering. It is in this broken state we can connect which the flow of the universe and find new perspective. The very process of which flies in the face of patriarchal society and as such can result in loss of social standing, a necessary sacrifice to the dark lady for her wisdom, as Inanna found out the hard way.”

Source: https://www.google.com/amp/s/etheria888.wordpress.com/2010/01/14/chapter-one-innanaishtarereshkigal/amp/

Gilgamesh: giving Inanna her throne and bed, instead of her creating it herself.

Source: https://www.google.com/amp/s/etheria888.wordpress.com/2010/01/14/chapter-one-innanaishtarereshkigal/amp/

Like Isis [Inanna] she is queen of the land and its fertility, it is she who bestows kingship on the mortal man chosen to be shepherd of the people, and promises a good harvest, and regards the people of Sumer as her children, but unlike Isis, she also promises the king the pleasures of her bed. She was also a Goddess of war. Battle was the dance of Inanna. She was more passionate than the Greek Athena and with the wild instincts of Artemis. Hymns to her describe her as “all devouring in power…attacking like the attacking storm” (she was a storm goddess too), having and “awesome face” and “angry heart” she sings with delight “heaven is mine, earth is mine-I a warrior am I. Is there a God who can vie with me?” Accordingly her companion animal was a lion.

This story speaks of another fundamental truth. In this case I think it is more a historical truth. The serpent and the bird were ancient goddess symbols, both having to do with enlightenment. The serpent is very prevalent in sexual alchemy, the kundalini of tantra, the lunar and solar serpent of the sex magic of Isis. There is also the serpent of Genesis, that initiates woman into knowledge, a story I will dissect in full later. The bird is an ancient symbol of the soul, the wings symbolizing unbound freedom and enlightenment. Lilith, a figure I will cover in greater depth later, was known earlier as the hand of Inanna, the woman who lured men from the streets and fields of war into the Temple of love.

I believe the three’s position in the huluppu tree also is of significance. Look at the caduceus wand (also a symbol of alchemy, before western medicine perverted it) serpents rising up with wings at the top. If you look at the two serpents as being the lunar and solar serpents of the sex magic of Isis and you know that you transpose that over a persons body, the snakes starting in the pelvis and ending with the wings around what is known as the chalice, something that is pretty much located over the brain stem, the huluppu tree becomes a road map for enlightenment through sexual alchemy, and it is through woman, one who is notorious for her refusal to submit

Source: https://www.google.com/amp/s/etheria888.wordpress.com/2010/01/14/chapter-one-innanaishtarereshkigal/amp/

Swedenborg/Jung synthesis

thanks to Matt Winthers:
http://mlwi.magix.net/neoplatonism.htm

“The idealistic world of Neoplatonism belongs in the unconscious, but not in the outer world. ” exactly, symbols

“They are hidden autonomous forms, thus independent of consciousness, largely self-willed, having a ‘luminosity’ of their own. The archetypal images are moulded by the individual context and the history of surrounding culture, providing them with their specific content.”

“The representations themselves are not inherited, merely the forms. The archetype in itself is empty form, a possibility of representation which is given a priori.”

“To account for the instantiation of archetypes in the material world, which is influx in Neoplatonic language, Jung invented the term synchronicity. Synchronicity denotes an acausal principle of coincidence, inherent to the cosmos, which gives rise to causally unrelated events that have the same underlying archetypal meaning. Thus, a psychic event in an individual can materialize in the outer world as a meaningful coincidence (a synchronicity), depending on the temporal preponderancy of an archetype.”

Jung’s metaphysical edifice, it seems, lands in an out-and-out Neoplatonic system. Jung once conceded to an interviewer that he had had seconds thoughts about it, designating his metaphysical edifice as “awkward”. I think we must see Jung’s metaphysic against the backdrop of the Neoplatonic philosophers, such as Proclus. Proclus reckoned with the pagan deities and devoted himself to theurgical practices (white magic) during the day. According to Jung and von Franz, there are entities capable of quasi intelligence. They abide in a transcendental sphere where they occupy themselves with “the primal ordering of existence” (citing Chinese myth, p.298). They can be invoked by means of mantic procedures: “[The] use of a divinatory oracle represents an attempt to induce a spontaneous manifestation of the remaining autonomous spirit…” (ibid. p.226). This is close to the Neoplatonic notion of pagan deities and their invocation for the purpose of attaining unity with them. It coincides with von Franz’s alchemical goal of “union of the total man with the unus mundus” (ibid. p.173).

From an intellectual point of view, it would be more honest to take the full step, remove the contradictions in von Franz’s account, and develop Jung’s metaphysic as a modern version of Neoplatonism.

The traditional translation reason-principles was chosen on purpose, because on an ontological level these same logoi serve as principles of all things. They are extended or unfolded images of the Forms that exist in intellect

In other words, the psychic logoi are instantiations of Platonic Forms on the level of soul as are the logoi in Nature and the forms immanent in matter.

“the soul is not a writing tablet void of logoi, but it is always written upon and always writing itself and being written on by the intellect.” self moving number

I dont get this part “Proclus presents a detailed criticism of the view that universal concepts are derived from sensible objects (by abstraction, induction, or collection)… (Helmig & Steel, 2012, here).”

Everything under the sun has a correspondence — every single thing beneath it in the animal kingdom and every single thing beneath it in the vegetable kingdom. And unless the spiritual world were flowing into them all, every one, they would instantly break down and fall to pieces (AC n.5377).

Omg I said the same thing! “Swedenborg says that there is a correspondence between light and divine wisdom. Physicist Peter Russell (From Science to God) has a similar idea. He sees close parallels between the light of physics and the light of consciousness. Light is very fundamental to the universe whereas consciousness is necessary for our capacity to experience the world.” So did Plato

‘the individual acquires divine status when the personality after death is transformed into an “archetype”’. He is saying archetypes are homeric shades (reminds me of Thelema on universalizing one’s will to a motif)

Proclus explains mathematicals as ‘projections’ by the soul of innate intelligible principles. Mathematical principles, and the quantitative aspect of number, are projections by the human soul of higher principles that guide the making of the world.