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Today I want to talk about Carl Jung and the Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious. The Collective Unconscious is part of the psyche that is connected to all other psyches. Within it is the part of the Unconscious that has evolved over the course of many centuries. It has the primordial parts of the psyche that we have inherited from our ancestors.
To our ancestors, who did not have the means to perfectly communicate what was going on in the psyche, the descriptions of the Gods and Goddesses were collected within the psyche. Both the good, and the bad qualities, of each entity was locked away within the Unconscious, and Religion was developed from it.
From this great development, elebarote rituals were created to worship these Gods and Goddesses of the mind. Many of these rituals ended up being ones that we still practice today, including Baptism in the Christian Faith, and Magick Rituals in the Gnostic one.
Carl Jung spoke constantly of the Archetypes
In Jungian psychology, the Archetypes are a central part of the system. Jung was a prolific student in religious studies, history, and art. This is where his ideas of Archeytpes began.
Jung was also known to frequently communicate with his fanciful ideas. One could almost say he was communicating with His Holy Guardian Angel, especially considering his studies of the Occult and Alchemy. This lead to much of his theories on the Archetypes and the Shadow Self in particular.
In fact, this is one of the reasons why Jung and Freud had a falling out. Freud was so anti-religious, that even his most prized student could not convince him that Religion had any good to it. One can only imagine the frustration Freud had when he heard about the Archetypes.
Jung did not care though, because he had did his research, and not even the beloved Sigmund Freud could convince him otherwise.
I feel this video will also help explain some of the Archetypes.
The Archetypes are the Gods Personified
One of the most beautiful parts of the Collective Unconscious, which is the Unconsciousness we all share, is that they are connected directly to the Gods and Goddesses. That means when we do our Magick Rituals, in a very real way, we are opening our minds to the psyche.
When we worship the Gods and Goddesses we are calling forth parts of our Unconsciousness that we want to express to the world. This helps us become the best version of ourselves, and it prepares the way for the goal of the Occult student, and that is Knowledge and Conversation with the Holy Guardian Angel.
A good example of this is the Trickster Archetype. Christ crucified is likened to the Trickster Archetype. However, the Trickster becomes the Hero, as Christ is Resurrected to save the world, and to bring forth Self Actualization of the human race.
The Christian worships this glorified figure and hopes to become like the Christ. Many do not realize their desire comes deep within the Collective Unconscious. These forces within their mind lead them to the Glorified figure of Christ.
The Individual Unconscious meets the Collective
The Individual Unconscious and the Collective Unconscious meet with one another in the rituals we practice in our everyday magick workings. When these two meet, there is a potential that one may encounter their Shadow self.
The Shadow self is the part of our Unconscious that we try to hide from the rest of the world. It is actually an interesting aspect of the Unconscious because it is both part of the Individual and the Collective Unconscious.
The Shadow pulls from many of the negative aspects of the Archetypes and the qualities of those Archetypes. This does not mean that we should suppress those feelings as they are important to our well being, and keeping us safe from things that would do us harm.
In fact, the Shadow is a part of us that comes from a primitive self, and has not evolved the way we would want them to in our modern society. However, it is one of our connections to the Archetypes, and to acknowledge it is to acknowledge the Archetypes and the primitive side of our own Self.
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This is a question that I hear a lot when I tell people random facts about the human psyche. So what? How will this help me in any way. Well, first off, because knowledge is power! Once you realize something, you can act upon it and great things can come from it!
For the purposes of Magick, it is important to understand the Archetypes, and their effect on the human mind. In practicing Magick, we constantly call to the Gods and Goddesses of the Universe. Whether you believe them to be actual dieties, or constructs of the mind it makes no difference, as the impact psychologically is phenomenal.
Essentially, we are calling upon those qualities that the Gods have left within us as primitive man, or on the qualities we have evolved into, expressed through the art form of the Divine. We use this power of the Unconscious to effect change within our own lives, or try to make change in the lives of others.
I am reminded though, that many see Magick as a way to come to enlightenment. It leads one to the Knowledge and Conversation with the Holy Guardian Angel. This is a great way of using Magick because it coincides with the psychological need to be one with the Archetypes. It can also lead to Self-Actualization, or Individuation.
I hope that this article helped explain why the Archetypes and Magick go hand in hand with one another. It is my goal to see everyone reach that enlightened state of being, whatever you may call it, and it really starts with a trained mind, one seeking Gnosis.
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