- Paperback: 353 pages
- Publisher: Princeton University Press; 2nd ed. edition (June 1, 1979)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 069101826X
- ISBN-13: 978-0691018263
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
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Aion: Researches into the Phenomenology of the Self (Collected Works of C.G. Jung Vol.9 Part 2) 2nd ed. Edition
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"Much of the material in this book and many of the conclusions are fascinating. There is a great deal here to illustrate the background of modern mysticism and much which the reader, of whatever orientation, will regard as insight."--Psychiatric Quarterly
"Aion contains some of Jung's most advanced thinking on the integrative principles of the psyche, and on the relation of matter to the symbolic processes of the collective unconscious. This is difficult ground to explore, but those who attempt the journey will find that their horizons have been surprisingly widened."--Psychosomatic Medicine
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Privacy in the return and the exploration of how we take responsibility of what we do and order are lives in the process of experience and madness of cultural context and life.
This is dense read and can trigger a lot of life memories buried in the ground of the world we live in. Its something that notes and humility come in heady as an approach to what is in front of you.
I. The Ego 3
II. The Shadow 8
III. The Syzygy: Anima and Animus 1 1
IV. The Self 23
V. Christ, a Symbol of the Self 36
VI. The Sign of the Fishes 72
VII. The Prophecies of Nostradamus 95
VIII. The Historical Significance of the Fish 103
IX. The Ambivalence of the Fish Symbol 1 1 8
X. The Fish in Alchemy 126
1. The Medusa, 126 — 2. The Fish, 137 — 3. The Fish
Symbol of the Cathars, 145
XI. The Alchemical Interpretation of the Fish 154
XII. Background to the Psychology of Christian
Alchemical Symbolism 173
XIII. Gnostic Symbols of the Self 184
XIV. The Structure and Dynamics of the Self 222
XV. Conclusion 266
But my very rudimentary understanding (to put forth one nut of many) is that consciousness, or the differentiation of self is a progression, which arises from a world of the unconscious. Anybody might say such a thing and get lucky, without having read Aion at all. But to read Aion and then say it is putting your money where your mouth is.
The template of self begins at the Anthropos (relying on the second-to-last chapter on the quaternario schema), and crystalizes in the lapis, where consciousness becomes fully realized.
Jung was not prosyletizing Christianity, but used Christ as an allegory of development of self. This is why he resorts to alchemy and Gnosticism, more than patristic forms of Christianity. He saw the philosophical underpinnings of Christianity as a workable model to explain how the higher human, who operates on his environment as well as on his own thinking, rises above his primal, animalist soma.
We began as a perfect template in the realm of the unconscious, we descended into the world of formation (borrowing from the Sephir Yetzirah here), or "Physis," as Jung called it, only to rise again through the quaternario ladder to become Anthropos once again.
By the way, the reader might note that in later chapters Jung seems to drop any mention about "Aion", a term better explained in the middle parts of the book (Ch. 5-11). I think Jung wanted us to apply his quaternario model on a meta-scale, not just as an explanation of the perfection of self and the emergence of consciousness.
As we know, we are nearing the end of the present Piscean Aion (the Jesus era), which was preceded by the war-like Arien Aion (the Greco/Roman conquest era), but which is to be followed by a more intellectual Aquarian Aion (whatever that will be).
The progression of the Aions, I think Jung hoped we would discern, correspond directly to his quaternario schema, and that human consciousness is tied to the meta-physical laws of the universe (in this case, astronomy) just like the ocean's tides correspond to the lunar phases.