The Secret of Love in Alchemy
Western Alchemy and Christianity We look at Jung’s discovery of alchemy, which emerged as an experience without a name, in his work on the Red Book. With his lover and companion, Toni Wolff, Jung shared his journey, which also became her journey, and another dimension of Christianity opened up. It…
The Bell, the Messenger of Transformation
The Imagination of God; Owen Barfield, Religion and the evolution of Consciousness
The Inkling, Owen Barfield, whom both C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien regarded as the most innovative of the celebrated Oxford group, argued that the experience of being human changes dramatically over periods of cultural time. Our consciousness shifts, and in the modern period it has evolved in a particularly striking…
‘The artist, the sign-maker, the sacrament-maker’: an exploration of the work of David Jones, poet and visual artist
Called by T. S. Eliot one of ‘the most distinguished writers of his generation,’ David Jones was a writer and visual artist of extraordinary depth and vision. His vision of art and aesthetics was caught up in the local and the physical, and yet also expressed deeply his commitment to…
Will the green agenda really get out of the margins?
Can depth psychology contribute to securing the place of a green agenda at the heart of mainstream politics? Andrew argues that to do this requires a dialling down or reduction in the certitude with which climate activists communicate, and a less condemnatory attitude to human civilisation, especially in our cities. …
Who Can Teach Us how to Die?
Who can teach us how to die, not just physically but ‘to our natural self’ so that we can be reborn to our spiritual self? Patrick Hederman writes: "Such, as I see it, is the purpose of the mid-life crisis and also the ‘usefulness’ of spiritual vision. The second self…
The Archetype of the Binarius
The binary thinking of computer technology is omnipresent in the contemporary world and has deeply embedded itself in the modern psyche, but it has perhaps not been given due consideration at the archetypal and imaginal level. At the time when Francis Bacon first conceived the seed idea of the computer…