Philosophical views on spirit

Illuminated page from the Waldenburg Prayer Book- 1486 US Public Domain via wikimedia.
Illuminated page from the Waldenburg Prayer Book- 1486 US Public Domain via wikimedia.

In the image above we see God as “Father”.

The Father God is an archetypal representation of spirit in its highest form. Carl Jung makes this clear when he says that spirit is the “immaterial substance or form of existence which on the highest and most universal level is called ‘God'” (para. 385).

Continue reading “Philosophical views on spirit”

Yakshas: personifications of spirit

Terracota Yakshas, Sunga period- 1st century BC; found in West Bengal)- Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York. US public domain via wikimedia
Terracota Yakshas, Sunga period- 1st century BC; found in West Bengal)- Metropolitan Museum of Art – New York. US public domain via wikimedia

Carl Jung calls spirit an “immaterial substance or form of existence”. Yet this “immaterial substance” tends “towards personification” [1].

In the image above, we see Yakshas as personification of the nature spirits. “Yakshas were deities connected with water, fertility, trees, the forest, and the wilderness. Yakshis were their female counterparts and were originally benign deities connected with fertility.

Continue reading “Yakshas: personifications of spirit”

Unicorn: representation of spirit

Wissembourg_St-Jean_44
Alsace , Bas-Rhin , Wissembourg, Protestant Church St. John, St. Catherine Chapel , Fresco ” Lady and the Unicorn ” (XIV ) US Public domain via wikimedia

Carl Jung tells us that the unicorn is an image of spirit (CW 14, para. 3).

Continue reading “Unicorn: representation of spirit”

Jupiter: animus as painter

Ferrara, Mantua, Pesaro (Jupiter, Mercury and the Virtue) by Dosso Dossi1515 and 1518. Heald at the Wawel Royal Castle
Ferrara, Mantua, Pesaro (Jupiter, Mercury and the Virtue) by Dosso Dossi 1515 and 1518. Heald at the Wawel Royal Castle

In the image above by Dosso Dossi, we see Jupiter, Mercury and the Virtue. The image is based on a dialogue written by Leon Battista Alberti. In the imag, Jupiter is the painter. He is using the colors of the rainbow to capture the “infinitely ephemeral, gratuitous beauty of the butterfly wing.” [1] “Virtue, scorned by Fortune and by humankind” wishes to complain to Jupiter, but Mercury stops her. He tells her to be silent, for “the master is composing”[1]

Continue reading “Jupiter: animus as painter”

Marriage of the Lamb

The Marriage of the Lamb. Circa 1255 - 1260. US Public Domain via Wikimedia
The Marriage of the Lamb. Circa 1255 – 1260. US Public Domain via Wikimedia

In the image above, we see the Marriage of the Lamb. What follows is the description from the Getty Museum:

“This artist represented the scene as a medieval marriage ceremony with the bride depicted as a beautiful young woman. The illuminator took some details directly from the text, such as the bride’s clothing, “glittering and white,” but he also added details not mentioned, such as the white cloth over the couple’s heads and the large ring that the Lamb gives to his bride.”

Continue reading “Marriage of the Lamb”