IMAGES FROM THE COLLECTIVE UNCONSCIOUS …AUTONOMOUS, HIDDEN ARCHETYPAL IMPERATIVE
WHICH SEEKS FULFILMENT IN ACTION
The flood is one such archetype
which we are aware of…out of our
collective pasts. We are aware of the flood
through creation myths, so the image rests
in our shared psyche as a past remnant.
The flood archetype does not contain an
imperative because it is past.
The mother, the child, trickster
the wise old man, are other such
archetypes, fundamental images.
The flood is one such symbol from the past,
past image from a creation myth, commonly shared
by most cultures.
But…. the apocalypse archetype….battle of Armageddon…..
AUTONOMOUS HIDDEN PATTERN..
WHICH SEEKS FULFILMENT
This is an unconscious image we all share, especially
we in the Christian world… AN IMAGE OF THE END OF THE WORLD, WHICH INCLUDES THE BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON…. an unconscious ARCHETYPE
AN AUTONOMOUS IMPERATIVE
WHICH SEEKS FULFILMENT
I was sitting in a quad at the University. It was
five A.M. I had taken to walking around and seeing
the sites of the old buildings during the night.
I didn’t sleep so well anymore, so I wanted
to settle certain things in my own mind. I had gotten
to the bottom of a number of issues, mysteries that could be solved, and discussed them and solved them in various articles and essays.
But there are other mysteries… And now I was getting to the point that if I didn’t understand something, well,
I had come to know that some mysteries remain
There was no point in digging more
deeply at certain aspects of reality, because
there are existences in this world that
will never give up their secrets.
I have been looking at the mystery
Symbols and archetype.
Once again I was confronted with
something that could not be expressed
rationally. Rational explanations
will never work when you are dealing
with symbols. Symbols are used to
express matters that are too deep for reason,
matters that are true at the core of humanity,
patterns that exist beyond birth-and-death,
universal archaic patterns and images that
derive from the collective unconscious…
(The flood pattern is one such archetype
that, I suppose, we can say has been actualized
because it has been related repeatedly as part of a
autonomous and hidden forms… universal archaic
patterns, images that derive from the collective
I was having fun writing this article, cracking some jokes…. tho I knew I didn’t have it quite right.
So I looked at some old notes and saw this
next passage: *********************************
WHICH SEEK FULFILLMENT IN ACTION
original patterns = arche -type
psychic equivalent of instinct (actions done unconsciously)
FROM Collective Unconsciousness
AUTONOMOUS AND HIDDEN FORMS
unconscious imperatives that exist from beyond the grave.
Archetypes are unconscious imperatives
that seek fulfilment in action… For example marriage,
the mother, the flood… AND THE APOCALYPSE
IMAGES THAT EXIST IN THE UNCONSCIOUS
UNCONSCIOUS IMPERATIVES WHICH SEEK
FULFILMENT IN ACTION…..APOCALYPSE
BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON
army from the north
army from the south
army in Israel
and what was concerning me that night
was that “the apocalypse” might be one such unconscious
archetype… which was seeking fulfilment in action….
(doesn’t it seem to you that we are unconsciously
fulfilling the conditions of the world’s end
as expressed by revelations…. leading towards the
battle of Armageddon….. does in not seem
that we are fulfilling the conditions
of this unconscious archetype of war
Once again the fool archetype came
to mind, the Fool as expressed in the
Major Arcana of the Tarot… Wait a minute,
the Fool is expressed as happily stepping
forward off a cliff!
I was in a good mood and I was
writing a lighthearted article as follows:
Archetypes, how to elucidate that which
cannot be explained?
For example, think of Circe. She’s
the goddess who turned Odysseus’s men
I’ve known women who can do that, too!
But to be fair – a lot of these men didn’t have
far to go… Some of these men were pigs
to begin with! She’s an archetype.
There is also the woman with
snakes in her hair. Her names is Medusa.
One look from her and she’d turn you
to stone. She is a deep semi-conscious
image that has it’s terrifying aspects.
I mention Circe and Medusa, because
these ladies are not just symbols. These women
embody archetypes. I intend this article is just the beginning
of several articles on symbol and archetype.
Think of an archetype as being a
transcendent human entity that exists in the midst of a
circle of symbols. Symbols we only half know
the meaning of…
Other archetypes can be said to be
the Hanged Man and the Fool, cards which exist
in the Major Arcana of the Tarot. These are symbols which represent transcendent aspects of human life.
We live in a world of symbols,
symbols that speak to us beneath the
rational level of thought. Who was it
who wrote the book, “Psyche and Symbol”?
That’s a good place to start. Oh, yes,
it was Carl Jung.
Carl Jung was a psychiatrist.
He studied with Dr. Freud for years.
This is a gross oversimplification,
but in Freud’s experience, most psychological
matters could be traced back to early
childhood fears and desires. Most things
can be traced back to how the young
person experienced or repressed
This is how the lighthearted article was
going to go: see below
” Now Freud and Jung lived in a time
when cocaine was legal. And Freud used
cocaine quite a lot in his analysis of patient’s
problems. No point in beating around the bush,
Freud examined many psychological
matters and many patients…He analyzed many
patients when his understanding was fueled
If you take enough cocaine, your mind
starts to be obsessed with certain aspects
of sexuality. I have written many, many pages of erotica,
fueled by cocaine. Trust me
when I say that cocaine eventually causes
you to become sexually obsessed.
I think we’re lucky that Freud took
so much cocaine. He lived in the Victorian
era, when nobody wanted to confront sex.
In people’s living rooms, often the ankles
of tables and chairs were covered by cloth.
Scarves were wrapped around the ankles of
chairs because ankles were seen to be too
sexual to be shown in polite society.
S&M really blossomed in the Victorian
era,also, as sex was so repressed canes and whips
had to be used in brothels – to help people
get in touch with their feelings.
So no doubt Freud needed drugs
to confront the sexual realities that are the
core of many neuroses. In those days, especially
in Britain, people did not want to slip their
arms into a snake barrel, all the way to the
armpit, and feel what was moving
at the bottom of the barrel.
Even in North America, in the present day,
no one really wants to put his/her arm deeply
into the snake barrel of sexual issues. But
sex or the repression of sex fuels much of human
motivation, whether we want to believe it
or not. There is no point in avoiding this fact.
Freud was absolutely correct in much of his
It is said, in North America, “The sexual
revolution took place in the sixties.” Well, yes,
this is true to some extent. It would be more fair to
say this: “In the sixties many taboos were shaken
loose” And also to say: “The sexual revolution
began in the sixties… It is still just beginning.”
The sixties scratched the surface of many sexual issues. And those people who jumped right in and delved
more deeply into sex – I think it’s fair to say, these people
were not taking notes.
Then I started reading one of my older notebooks, in which I was discussing Carl Jung’s view of archetypes…
Carl Jung split with Freud, because he
wanted to explore the unconscious mind. He had
noticed that certain symbols kept recurring
in analysis. Not just in analysis, but all over the
world, certain symbols kept recurring in thought
and in politics.
The works of Frazer, his “The Golden Bough”
helped inform Jung back in those days when
he was assembling his notion of the Collective Unconscious.
Note: For our present information, see also Joseph Campbell’s books on mythology.
(“Primitive Mythology” “Occidental Mythology”)
Also, it is worth consulting the work of Otto Rank.
Carl Jung got his hands on
one entire Codex from the Nag Hammadi Library
It is now called, “The Jung Codex.” The lucky
bastard! Right time, right place, right mind!
Once he got his mind into the early Christian
gnostic gospels, those gospels that had been
excluded from the Bible….Jung’s psychological thought and
theory of the “collective unconscious”, his thinking grew.
His thought in general quickly matured after
reading the Gnostic materials from the Nag Hammadi.
Carl Jung’s Psychology thinking was entering
the realm of the mystics, being conditioned by those in search of Gnosis. Jung was headed that way all along,
but upon reading the Gospel of Thomas, growth took place
in Jung’s mind.
It was a criticism by other psychiatrists
that Jung was engaged in “mystical” thinking.
They said that as if it was a bad thing!
When I re-read Jung’s theory
on Archetypes in my notebook, this ‘fun’
article took a downward turn into the
dark places of the unconscious…places I would
just as soon avoid.
The phrases I quoted in large print
at the top of this article, come directly from
Carl Jung’s theory of the Archetype and
the Collective Unconscious.
Once you read Jung’s thinking
about the archetype and you apply it
to the mostly unconscious apocalypse archetype…
you will see, as I did, that the Christian
Armageddon Archetype can be a very dangerous
form of “thinking making it so.”
The whole notion of creative visualization
can apply here. We can make Armageddon happen
with the mostly unconscious power of our
own Archetypal Thinking.
Are you with me in this? This is scary
stuff and a serious matter indeed. Think of the
words Jung uses to describe archetype, which I have quoted above.
AN AUTONOMOUS HIDDEN IMAGE
AN UNCONSCIOUS COLLECTIVE IMPERATIVE
WHICH SEEKS FULFILMENT IN ACTION
Now apply these words to
You’ll see why this silly, fun article took a
dark and serious turn.
Towards the end of his life Carl Jung
had a series of nightmares about the end of the world. This was just before the Second World War.
The same archetype seems to apply today.
It’s something to think carefully about, no?
Carl Jung, “Psyche and Symbol” and later works
Fritz Pearls, “Gestalt Therapy Verbatim”
Sigmund Freud’s writings on the causes of neurosis.
Elaine Pagels, “The Gnostic Gospels”
Edited by Robinson, “The Nag Hammadi Library”
Robert Graves, “The Greek Gods” especially the endnotes
Also, see “The Major Arcana” of the Tarot re: archetypes