Crystal Blue Persuasion

In the latter part of my recent post, Primordial Necessity, I offered some reflections on Ananke and the idea of Necessity as a compelling force, which are based on James Hillman's Eranos Conference speech titled, Athene, Ananke, and the Necessity of Abnormal Psychology. Here, I would like to continue on with Hillman's insights into the significant role the goddess Athena plays …

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Primordial Necessity

My impatient fate Approaches me, Stepping zealously On the air. It approaches me quietly, Without noise, It comes from The remote area. And I feel That in no time, It’ll open With its burning fingers The sacred, the whitest Door of mine. Tsira Gogeshvili "Original Sin is accounted for by the sin in the Originals. Humans …

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Archetypal Psychology – a Brief Account, Part II

In part II of this exploration of James Hillman's book, Archetypal Psychology, a Brief Account, I want to write more specifically about the nature of images within the context of Archetypal Psychology. You can read Part I of the series here. "Archetypal psychology axiomatically assumes imagistic universals, com- parable to the universali fantastici of Vico (Scienza Nuova, …

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Archetypal Psychology – a Brief Account, Part I

As a lasting legacy to James Hillman, Spring publications has been publishing his writings in a 10 volume set called the Uniform Edition. The latest of these offerings now available in both cloth-bound and for Kindle readers, is his Archetypal Psychology, described by Spring as: "Originally written for the Italian Enciclopedia del Novecento, this indispensable book is a …

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Leaving the Temple

"Most, if not all of modern scientific data—and the interpretation thereof—is provisional in nature, only revealing a small part of the bigger picture.  In this respect, the interpretation of this research is, regrettably, false.   Here, I mean false in as bold and far-reaching as possible: not according to truth or fact; erroneous; incorrect; designed to …

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