Re: Jung and Astrology
This is a post from my astrology page on facebook. Who living by Lake Erie did not ever love gazing at the moon and stars over its vast waters or has never seen the stars reflected on its surface? This also inspired my wonder about all things of the sky over the water as well as the water, including astrological lore. I happen to love all things once esoteric and still somewhat esoteric to many today.
As a child I was also fascinated by the Three Wise Men following the Star to Bethlehem to follow the sign in the sky of a great and unusual king being born.
This blog/page discusses personal myths and public myths--those that are personal to us and seem to be part of our patterned fabric or tapestry of our lives and those that are classically and non-classically famous or known publicly through the cultures in human history. A personal myth can be a creative myth (such as incorporated in the work of an artist perhaps consciously or unconsciously), or a lived myth, meaning the myth as mentioned above seems to play out in our lives in either its overall theme or else some of its details/motifs. And then thus, our living astrology can become a living myth; the themes, motifs, and details of the planets and the signs, in the more 'actual' mythic sense in that the planets are named after gods of the Roman side of the Greco-Roman tradition and their stories. When we say we feel the activity of a Mars transit, we are experiencing the feeling of the mythic god of war or of high strategy or using the muscles--whether body muscle or brain muscle. (Though, the brain is also neurological and ruled also by Mercury the Messenger god.) You don't have to believe in astrology to realize the meanings or truth behind/at the heart of the myths, but maybe you do. Either way, psychologist C.G. Jung wrote about astrology and looked at the charts of some of his patients. The symbols for the planets are archetypal and mythopoetic symbols. Jung wrote that the planets and constellations the ancients saw in the sky and shaped meaning to were human projections into what I like to call the 'Mirror in the Sky.'