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redemption of his father.”18 In the process of individuation, the young Horus would thus be that psychological attitude which keeps up enough ego activity to say, “I will write down my dreams (the opening of the mouth), for the depression must convey to me what it is.” While you are attending to a deep depression, you are looking after yourself in a dead state, nursing and serving yourself, your greater Self. It is Horus, I think, who represents this psychological attitude at the moment of complete darkness. In predynastic days in Egypt, when the king died, everybody could steal and murder for three days. There were no laws. Everyone waited till the king died! You can imagine what happened. But later in dynastic times in the interregnum, madness did not break out because Horus stood on guard. This was a very long time before dynastic Egypt. Therefore, Horus represents the psychological semiconsciousness which caries on while one is knocked out and then becomes the new principle of consciousness. The god Thot, too, took part in the process of the renewal of consciousness, but since Apuleius mentioned neither Thot nor Anubis, I do not want to go into their meaning. But I must mention that Seth, who was first a murderer, later also played a positive role in the resurrection of the king, when he was linked with the upper light and killed the Apophis serpent every night. Since he was thus cooperating with the sun god, he represented rather integrated aggression, instead of simply the autonomy and the brutality of aggression. This development of the Egyptian solar religion appears to us as a projection, a process of integration of the psychic totality. It is what we would call today the process of individuation,19 but here the process is projected onto mythical images and dramas of gods and fates of kings. One can say that in the course of this process “the god” became conscious, step by step, in the human being. At first, it was assumed that only the pharaoh went through this process of death and resurrection that lead to immortality, but later it spread to the masses and was no longer considered a royal prerogative. At the same time, toward the end of the old Empire, probably around the year 2500 B.C., the unconscious began to revive the myth of the feminine principle. (One could compare this end phase to the time of Christianity, in which the Pope, Pius XII, exalted the feminine principle and declared as a dogma the corporeal assumption of the Virgin Mary.) At that time (2200

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