3. The Alchemical Rosarium
The Holy Wedding or conjunction (coniunctio)
let us first go back to the alchemical text Rosarium
philosophorum. The next image (see picture on the left; 5th
picture of Jung’s essay) illustrates
the coniunctio of the king and the queen in the true meaning of the word,
which is, for the eyes of a Middle Age’s human, portrayed in an extremely
crass manner. In the accompanying text, the comparison with a pairing of dog
and bitch is drawn, through which the “son of a bitch” is produced. At
the same time, however, the process and its result are described as a
miracle out of which the “new light” is engendered that “outshines sun
son of a bitch that eclipses everything will then guard the humans “in
this world and in the next”.
According to Jung the coniunctio and its result, the archetypal child,
“restores the vanished ‘man of light’”,
who existed before all creation, the so-called Anthropos or primal man. This
man that existed before the Genesis belongs, as we will see, to the world of
the so-called unus mundus. Thus,
as also Jung concludes,
the creation of the bitch’s son indicates a mystery
of creation and incarnation of cosmic proportions.
In contrast to the common belief it begins, however, not in Heaven, but in
stercore, in the dirt.
this stage of the alchemical opus reminds us of the above mentioned sexual
promiscuity lived so intensely since the sixties’ revolution of the last
century. It seems therefore that today the deeper process of the divine coniunctio is very much constellated and that its observation by
more and more people in
their own inside
becomes very important for the development of a new zeitgeist.
Jung is overwhelmed by the grandeur and unfathomable nature of the cosmic
myth. Therefore, he admits in his commentary on the Rosarium, published in 1946, that he does not know what the coniunctio
represents here, and what its product, the infans
solaris, could mean. As
I have shown in my German essay Der
one of the main reasons for this failure is the fact, also mentioned above,
that the depth psychologist was not yet able to see that besides the (Logos)
Self postulated by him, there exists also the Eros Self, and that the
alchemical coniunctio was the
first hunch of a unification of these two principles, so intensely
constellated today. However, as he defines the
center of the collective unconscious, the Self, as unipolar, he interprets
the coniunctio as the union of the
consciousness with the Self. It is obvious that like this the Holy Wedding,
the union of the Logos Self with the Eros Self, hidden in the deepest realms
of the unconscious, cannot be observed.
are therefore not surprised that even seven years later, in 1953, Carl Jung,
now at the age of almost 78, writes to the physicist and Nobel Prize
laureate Wolfgang Pauli:
problem of the coniunctio must be kept for the future, it is more than I can
as a short article in the Swiss weekly newspaper Die
Weltwoche (Nr. 1078) from July 9, 1954 indicates, in exactly these years
became intensely involved with the UFO phenomenon.
In his UFO essay Ein moderner Mythus (1957)
he will guess four years after his confession to
Pauli (in the year 1957) that this phenomenon “represents the projected
– that is, concretized – symbolism of the individuation process.”.
I mention this connection as in the Body-Centered Imagination that follows
below [see Chapters 7 to 10], in exactly the moment when the divine coniunctio
happens, a UFO appears. Thus, these facts point out that the alchemical
creation and incarnation of the infans
solaris or the extraction of the red tincture and today’s UFO
phenomena with great probability belong together (see also The
UFO and the Subtle Body).
with this child as the result of the coniunctio something quite different
than the product of human sexuality is meant,
shows us the continuation of the Rosarium.
After the conception a
takes place that is described in the text as follows: "Corruptio
unius generatio est alterius"
(the destruction of the one is the production of another). As a consequence,
the surprising result of the royal wedding is now compared to the vegetative
wherein the seed is buried into the earth where it first dies and only then
awakes to new life.
detail is very essential for the translation of the symbolic language of the
alchemical myth into a modern language. Namely, it shows that in exactly the
moment of the sexual union a change from
the animal or human to the vegetative level happens.
It obviously means that
now a vegetative renewal of life occurs. In
this manner there is also a
connection to the sympathetic nervous system – in German it
is called the vegetative
nervous system – as well as to the chakra
system of Tantrism. The
chakras belong on the one hand to so-called plexi,
i.e., nerve nodes of the autonomous system – the sthula
or gross body aspect – , on the other to the so-called suksma, their subtle body or matter-psyche aspect. (See figure on
we will see, it is this subtle body aspect of the chakra system, the suksma, that is equivalent to the alchemical hexagonally arranged
flowers, the archetypal child as the fourth and the seal of Solomon.
have previously mentioned that in the concepts of the alchemists the Rosarium philosophorum symbolized a process that can occur both in
the microcosm, i.e., in the human body, as well as in the macrocosm, in the
universe. A further idea, which for us who are educated in a scientific
worldview is very difficult to imagine, is the concept that the microcosmic
process can under circumstances lead into a transmutation in the macrocosm.
This means nothing less than that the introverted work of one human can
“effect” a change of the world for the better. We know, for example,
that this microcosmos/macrocosmos identity in specific moments happened in
the Swiss saint Nicholas
von Flue (see
Wheel Image of Nicholas von Flue...).
to the alchemical viewpoint, also macrocosmic changes affect the microcosm.
In a letter from August 12, 1954 to Wolfgang
Carl Jung exemplified such a process in our modern times. He
guessed a connection between the explosion of the atomic bomb and the more
and more visible tendencies in modern man to become a hollow man
in terms of his individuality and individuation drive and to let himself
become a mass particle (group sex!). The fact that
more and more modern people suffer from aggressive sexual fantasies that
appear to force them into the individuation process (or into an illness),
seems to me to indicate that like this – for the moment however only
unconsciously – a compensation to this mass behavior has begun to be
initialized. In stercore invenitur... – in the dirt we will find it (the lapis).