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symbol in which (through the linear shift of circle into spiral) at the same time an evolution of consciousness seems to take place. For all this, I must refer the reader to Jung’s work Aion; however, I mention it here because it represents an attempt to get a fix on the mysterious “truth” or order in the hidden River Styx. Where are we today within this century-spanning movement? As, among other things, the sporadically appearing rumors of flying saucers show, we are roughly at the level of the serpent on the turn away from the tension of opposites Christus-Diabolus (serpens) on the way back to lapis and rotundum. Jung writes in this connection about the serpent.31 Most people do not have sufficient range of consciousness to become aware of the opposites inherent in human nature. The tensions they generate remain for the most part unconscious, but can appear in dreams. Traditionally, the snake stands for the vulnerable spot in man: it personifies his shadow, i.e., his weakness and unconsciousness. The greatest danger about unconsciousness is proneness to suggestion. The effect of suggestion is due to the release of an unconscious dynamic, and the more unconscious this is, the more effective it will be. Hence the ever-widening split between conscious and unconscious increases the danger of psychic infection and mass psychosis. With the loss of symbolic ideas the bridge to the unconscious has broken down. Instinct no longer affords protection against unsound ideas and empty slogans. Rationality without tradition and without a basis in instinct is proof against no absurdity. The ouroboros, the serpent who bites his own tail, is according to Jung also a symbol of the demonic human being who devours himself. Napoleon, Hitler, and others are examples of such possession by the collective unconscious.32 So we are at a turning point where it is a matter of continuing to exist or not. But if it is true that Nike is part of a quaternity of consciousness, then becoming conscious of the divine image of humanity is a task that has been set us by nature. Thus we might hope that this evolutionary tendency will be able to defeat the powers of destruction.33 According to the Greek mythologem, in the quaternity Zelos, Bia, and Kratos predominate by three-quarters; but the fourth, a feminine human figure, constitutes a promise that it is yet possible for humanity and Eros to take the victory. The mythologem of the ass’s horn, however, provides a hint about what we can actively do to prevent the outbreak of war: we must cut

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