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Through a Jungian Lens

Sol and Luna: On Becoming Whole

A Journey of Soul Through Archetypal Images by Robert G. LongprĂŠ

Through a Jungian Lens

Sol and Luna: On Becoming Whole

A Journey of Soul Through Archetypal Images

©Robert G. Longpré Editor and Publisher Retired Eagle Books

A Journey of Soul in Prairie Skies Through Images and Words

"... whatever reality may be, it will to some extent be shaped by the lens through which we see it." - James Hollis, 1993

Dedicated to my father, Lucien, and my mother, Beverly Robert G. LongprĂŠ July, 2010

Introduction This book series began as a challenge. The challenge was to create a book of at least thirty-five photographs within a thirty-one day period of time. This is the SoFoBoMo challenge, a challenge in which completion of the project is its own reward. I took part in the 2009 SoFoBoMo challenge and somehow managed to complete two books within the time frame. This year, I wanted to limit myself to one book in the hopes of making it a stronger book. The challenge for me was to find enough photos that suggested the presence of sun or moon so that I could use them to explore the essence of masculine and feminine that lies within each of us. In Jungian Psychology, the essence of the masculine is called “Logos” while the essence of the feminine is called “Eros.” In an essay of Carl Gustav Jung’s called “The Personification of Opposites,” the archetypal images of sun (Sol) and moon (Luna) are used to represent Logos and Eros, the masculine principle and the feminine principle. I want to note that these principles are not a representation of men and women, but of the masculine and feminine principles found in each of us. I invite you to read this with an open mind, open to the possibilities rather than assumptions that limit consciousness. Enjoy this small journey of soul.

“In the beginning God created heaven and earth. “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. “And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night.” Genesis 1

“Let there be lights in the firmament of heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years.� (Genesis 1:14)

“And God made two great lights; the greater

the light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night . . . � (Genesis 1:16)

“Water in all its forms –sea, lake, river, spring- is one of the

commonest typifications of the unconscious, as is also the lunar femininity that is closely associated with water ” (Jung, Collected Works: Volume 14, paragraph 364)

�The sun is the father-god from whom all living things draw life; he is the fructifier and creator, the source of energy for our world. The discord into which the human soul has fallen can be harmoniously resolved through the sun as a natural object which knows no inner conflict.� (Jung, CW: Volume 5, par 176)

“. . . it is the moon, the mother of all things . . . is wisdom and teaches wisdom, it contains the elixir of life . . .� (Jung, CW Volume 14, par 15)

“Our physiological life, regarded as an energy process, is entirely solar.� (Jung, CW Volume 5, par 176)

“The refulgent body of the sun is the ego and its field of consciousness . . . light without and darkness within. In the source of light there is darkness enough for any amount of projections, for the ego grows out of the darkness of the psyche.� (Jung, CW Volume 5, par 176)

“. . . an archetypal image has nothing but it’s

naked fullness, which seems inapprehensible by the intellect. Concepts are coined and negotiable values; images are life.” (Jung, CW Volume 7, par 226)

“Luna is the archetypal companion of Sol.” (Jung, CW Volume 14, par 254)

“The moon with her antithetical nature is, in a sense, a prototype of individuation, a prefiguration of the self . . .� (Jung, CW Volume 14, par 217)

“ Just as the physical sun lightens and warms the universe, so, in the human body, there is in the heart a sunlike Arcanum from which life and warmth stream forth. (Jung, CW Volume 14, par 113)

“Could the longing for a god be a passion welling up from our

darkest, instinctual nature, a passion unswayed by any outside influences, deeper and stronger perhaps than the love for a human person?.� (Jung, CW Volume 7, par 214)

“The psychological rule says that when an inner situation is not

made conscious, it happens outside as fate. That is to say, when the individual remains undivided and does not become conscious of his inner opposite, the world must perforce act out the conflict and be torn into opposing halves.� ((Jung, CW Volume 9ii par 126)

“Since the soul animates the body, just as the soul is animated by the spirit, , she tends to favour the body and everything bodily, sensuous, and emotional.� (Jung, CW Volume 14, par 673)

“symbols are tendencies whose goal is as yet unknown.� (Jung, CW Volume 14, par 6687)

“long before they reach consciousness, certain unconscious tendencies betray their presence by symbols, occurring mostly in dreams but also in waking fantasies and symbolic actions.� (Jung, CW Volume 14, par 668)

“Often we have the impression that the unconscious is trying to enter consciousness by means of all sorts of allusions and analogies.� (Jung, CW Volume 14, par 217)

“The unconscious has a thousand ways of snuffing out a meaningless existence with surprising swiftness.” (Jung, CW Volume 14, par 675)

“It requires indeed an unusual degree of self-abnegation to questions the fictitious picture on one’s own personality.” (Jung, CW Volume 14, par 674)

“All projections are unconscious identifications with the object. Every projection is simply there as an uncriticized datum of experience� (Jung, CW Volume 14, par 696)

“Projections can be withdrawn only when they come within the possible scope of consciousness.” (Jung, CW Volume 14, par 697)

“The extreme opposition of the shadow to consciousness is mitigated by complementary and compensatory processes in the unconscious. Their impact on consciousness finally produces the unifying symbols.� (Jung, CW Volume 14, par 675)

“. . . psychology must regard those transcendent intuitions that sprang from the human mind in all ages as projections, that is, as psychic contents that were extrapolated in metaphysical space and hypostatized.� (Jung, CW Volume 9i, par 120)

“. . . the divine syzgies, the male-female pairs of deities . . . are as universal as the existence of man and woman.� (Jung, CW Volume 9i, par 120)

“The psyche is part of the inmost mystery of life, and it has its own particular structure and form like every other organism.� (Jung, CW Volume 9i, par 187)

“The anima is a factor of the utmost importance in the psychology of a man wherever emotions and affects are at work. She intensifies, exaggerates, falsifies, and mythologizes all emotional relations with his work and with other people of both sexes.� (Jung, CW Volume 9i, par 144)

“Our attitude towards [our] inner voice alternates between extremes: it is regarded either as undiluted nonsense or as the voice of God. It does not seem to occur to any one that there might be something valuable in between.� (Jung, CW Volume 9i, par 237)

“Consciousness grows out of an unconscious psyche which is older than it, and which goes on functioning together with it or even in spite of it.� (Jung, CW Volume 9i, par 502)

“Just as the archetypes occur on the ethnological level as myths, so also they are found in every individual, and their effect is always strongest, that is, they anthropomorphize reality most, where consciousness is weakest and most restricted, and where fantasy can overrun the facts of the outer world.� (Jung, CW Volume 9i, par 137)

“The only thing we know positively from psychological experience is that theistic ideas are associated with the parental imagos . . .� (Jung, CW Volume 9i, par 127)

“The anima image, which lends the mother such superhuman glamour . . . gradually becomes tarnished by commonplace reality and sinks back into the unconscious, but not without i any way losing its original tension and instinctivity.� (Jung, CW Volume 9i, par 141)

“If unconscious processes exist at all, they must surely belong to the totality of the individual, even though they are not components of the conscious ego.� (Jung, CW Volume 9i, par 490)

“Just as the day-star rises out of the nocturnal sea, so, ontongenetically and phylogenetically, consciousness is born of unconsciousness and sinks back every night to this primal condition. This duality of our psychic life is the prototype and archetype of the Sol-Luna symbolism.� (Jung, CW Volume 14, par 117)

“There shall be no more sin, no more repression, no more disharmony within oneself, no guilt, no fear of death and no pain of separation . . .� (Jung, CW Volume 5, par 330)

Copyright 2010 by the author of this book, Robert G. Longpré. The book author retains sole copyright to his photographs and text. No portion of this book may be copied for any reason without permission of the author. Robert is a retired school teacher and administrator living in small town Saskatchewan, Canada. In retirement he is devoting more time to the study and application of Jungian psychology in his writing, photography, private counselling practice and his own life. Robert has been active as a writer for more than forty years, and as an amateur photographer for more than thirty years. His lifelong interest in philosophy and psychology has influenced his work, both creative and professional. This is the fourth book in a series that will continue to grow for many years.


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