Remo F. Roth
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Archetype of the Holy Wedding
Alchemy and in the Unconscious of Modern Man
to part 5
3. The Alchemical Rosarium
death of the body and the creation of the spirit-psyche
us, however, once again return to the text from the Middle Ages. As the
next picture shows (see image on the left; 6th image of
Jung’s essay), the king and the queen unite and thus become one body
with two heads. As we can clearly see, this hermaphrodite –
Hermes-Mercurius united with Aphrodite-Venus – , because of his two
heads along with the two arms and two legs again corresponds to the number
6 – here now characterized as a double-triad. It depicts a sort of an intermediate
of the union, as it contains indeed the androgynous attribute of the infans
solaris, i.e., it is double-gendered, but has not yet come to life. In
other words, this product of the coniunctio
is still a potential
For the incarnation and the revival of this double-triadic hermaphrodite,
yet a further operation is needed. I will show in the following sections
that in it man as a co-creator plays a great role.
in real death the soul leaves the body and ascends to heaven as is
illustrated in the next picture (see picture on the right; 7th image of
Jung's essay). For mankind in the Middle Ages, such a
symbolism could only mean that the soul unites with the divine spirit. In
the alchemical opus of Gerardus Dorneus, a student of Paracelsus, this
process is described as the so-called unio
Spirit and soul unify, and the body dies.
I have shown in The
Return of the World Soul
Wolfgang Pauli first saw that Medieval and Renaissance alchemy was split
into two different branches, the Neoplatonic and the Hermetic. The latter
we will deal with in the next chapter. The first, Neoplatonic alchemy,
occupied with the liberation and release of the spirit out of matter. In
this philosophy very much influenced by Christianity, matter was thought
of as being evil, spirit as good. Thus, when the good spirit was released
from evil matter, the opus was finished. The result was what I will call
the spirit-psyche or the spirit-soul.
a modern language, Carl Jung
interprets this phase as his Active Imagination.
As the symbolic language shows, herein lays the specific danger of this
method. It can in fact lead in a concrete way to the killing of the body,
be it through serious physical illness, or in early physical death.
Jung, who was familiar with this danger and discussed it with his students,
to my knowledge does not deal with this problem in his work. However he
mentions in his interpretation of the Rosarium
that in the case of a lack of consciousness about the necessity of the
application of imaginative techniques, a sudden unexpected abaissement
du niveau mental – “a slackening of the tensity of consciousness”
– can happen.
intuition was partly right, insofar as the phenomenon appears less in the
Active Imagination of intellectual Jungians, but in a much more collective
way. Namely, we know today that during the UFO sightings and the so-called
abductions, the kidnapping into a UFO stationed in the sky, such an
unconscious descent into the unconscious (or more precisely: into the
psychophysical reality) occurs, in which physical space and time
“dissolve” – as does the king in the womb of the queen in Hermetic
alchemy...! This is why in such moments
physically impossible distances can be covered and incredible leaps in
time are possible (see A
New Melody, a New Genesis and
Abduction Seen from Wolfgang Pauli’s and Carl G. Jung’s Psychophysical
short remarks – I will explain them in more details later – show that at
this point in the alchemical opus a really new process begins.
As I have already mentioned, Carl Jung was however not yet able to
understand this process of the coniunctio,
the second phase of Gerardus Dorneus’ opus, the so-called unio
corporalis. When translated into a modern language with the help of
depth psychological and quantum physical terms, it is, as we will see, the
real challenge of the 21st century.
the depth psychologist does not find a way other than postulating that
this process "defies our powers of scientific description”
and that this is the point where the “mystery” starts. As that which
is not yet born equates to potential future life (symbolically represented
as the child archetype), Carl Jung calls this process “the birth of the
‘divine child’”. Such a symbolic birth will immediately follow in
the continuation of the Rosarium, too. Thus, we will deal with it in the next section and
try to understand, what it means in a modern language.
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