Metaphor describes things that are difficult to grasp. For instance, if I described a creature I saw in the woods, as strange, you would have little idea what it was that I actually saw. If instead, I described the creature as a bit like a dog, but with a monkey’s tail and a set of horns that were similar to a bull, you would at least have some idea of what it was. Through metaphoric comparison unfamiliar things are made familiar. Metaphor is derived from the Indo-European root ‘bher’ which means to carry. It carries meaning in much the same way that magic carries intent. Metaphors are used so often that we often don’t realize that we are using them. They are vital to science, linguistics and to the understanding of our place in the world.
5.4 Secularized Gods The psychological theory of archetypes is really a metaphoric pantheon and an age old conception. It closely resembles the divine principles of ancient Egypt, the ‘Neters’; the ‘Devas’ and ‘Assuras’ of the Hindu Pantheon; the ‘Buddhas’, ‘Bodhisattvas’ and ‘Yidyam deities’ of Buddhism and the pure ‘Ideals’ of Plato’s changeless realm. The Archetypes are a secular version of the ancient gods. They, like their divine predecessors, possess a flexible identity that stretches through all the stratas of existence. From galaxies and stars to the sub atomic realm, their presence is concealed in ratios, proportions and mysterious correlations. They are like the roots of a tree, which although mostly hidden, are the foundation upon which it stands. Metaphoric principles and their ‘enlivened’ powers, archetypes give shape and substance to the universal mythos. What counts in mythology are the inherent principles and not the legends with which they are enshrouded. “It is of no importance that these legions are legion, differing from one region to another, from one visionary poet to another. We should not lose sight of the fact that myths or legends are only there to make abstract ideas and universal realities more comprehensible. The wicked fairy remains the wicked fairy even if we invent new fairy tales. Heroes are attributed with certain acts which surpass reality, but which are designed to emphasize their virtues and the teachings they personify. To attribute Jesus of Nazareth the miracles and legends of Dionysus or Krishna
Part one of the Temple of Paradise Trilogy