Collective Unconscious

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Just now I looked at my previous post Individual Language again and I suddenly realised something.

I mentioned several theories and ever so many people that came up with those theories. But no matter how important those theories are (in general, but especially in the purpose of this blog) there is one theorie that is even more essential.

Well, maybe it is more than one theory, but if so, they are all from one person. Someone who has become so essential for my thinking that I even forgot to mention him. All his theories and concepts are so integrated in my thinking, that I just forgot to mention his name.

Maybe because all the people I did mention (Maslow, Bohm, Wilber, Carteret) are themselves so largely influenced by him, that I did not think about writing about him separately.

That man, who came up with the concepts that all others are talking about. Concepts like Self, Ego, Consciousness, Collective Unconscious, Archetypes, Shadow and so on.

His name is Carl Jung.

Actually all those concepts he introduced, are those I constantly use in my working with the Zodiac. I think all those concepts have some place in the Zodiac and in this blogpost I want to start with one of those concepts.

One that is very important but not very well recognised. One that is very controversial because it is not measurable and therefore more or less denied.

It is called Collective Unconscious.

Just as all humans share a common physical heritage and predisposition towards specific gross physical forms, so do all humans have innate psychological predispositions in the form of archetypes, which compose the collective unconscious.

This Collective Unconscious that is very similar to the last sign of the Zodiac, pisces.

The Zodiac is divided in a Primordial, Individual and Universal part. And each of them has, what can be called, a Conscious and Unconscious part. The airsigns can be seen as mind or Consciousness. A primordial mind (gemini), individual mind (libra) and a universal mind (aquarius).

But the watersigns can be seen as Unconsious or soul.

Emotions
There is a Primordial Unconscious that can be translated with feelings or emotions that arise in childhood. It is similar to the sign cancer.

Psyche
Then there is the Individual Unconscious that can be seen as the psyche. The repressed part of the Self, the part that is not always well known. That part that might not seem to be part of the individual and is projected on the outside world. That what also can be called the Shadow.

That part is similar to the sign scorpio.

Myths
And finally there is the Universal part that can be seen as some kind of Unconscious that is seen in myths, stories, fairytales and dreams. That everyone recognises although it might not be part of their own experience.

That part is similar to the sign pisces and can also be seen as, what Jung calls, the Collective Unconscious.

Annemieke

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