numina

There are no longer any gods whom we can invoke to help us.The great religions of the world suffer from increasing anemia, because the helpful numina have fled from woods, rivers, and mountains, and from animals, and the god-men have disappeared underground into the unconsciousness. There we fool ourselves that they lead an ignominious existence amongst the relics of our past.

C. G. Jung ‘Man and his Symbols’

 

Nude

matter / encompass

Today, for instance, we talk of “matter”. We describe its physical properties. We conduct laboratory experiments to demonstrate some of its aspects But the word “matter” remains a dry, inhuman, and purely intellectual concept, without any psychic significance for us. How different was the former image of matter – the Great Mother – that could encompass and express the profound emotional meanings of Mother Earth. In the same way, what was the spirit is now identified with intellect and thus ceases to be the Father Of All. It has degenerated to the limited ego-thoughts of man; the immense emotional energy expressed in the image of “Our Father” vanishes into the sand of an intellectual desert.

C.G. Jung ‘Man and His Symbols’

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pencil and pastel on paper, a3, 2016

physic

The mechanistic view is purely causal; it conceives an event as the effect of a cause, in the sense that unchanging substances change their relations to one another according to fixed laws. The energic point of view on the other hand is in essence final; the event is traced back from effect to cause on the assumption that some kind of energy underlies the changes in phenomena, that it maintains itself as a constant throughout these changes and finally leads to entropy, a condition of general equilibrium. The flow of energy has a definite direction (goal) in that it follows the gradient of potential in a way that cannot be reversed.

C.G. Jung, ‘On Psychic Energy’

 

+ an exciting creature:

http://phys.org/news/2015-11-huge-chunk-tardigrade-genome-foreign.html

 

asgor jorn is an interesting painter – & a person new to me – i have only tentatively dipped into situationist writings though i have been influenced by them through various sources. maybe even studied them, a little; and from a distance. the cobra movement i have ignored altogether – potentially to my detriment.

i have recently read ’50 years of recuperation of the situationist international’ by mckensie wark because it was recommended by this person: http://www.triarchypress.net/zombie.html – phil smith. i think i can recommend it too.

asger jorn is recorded as describing the experience of time as being like a knot. which seems apt.

megaphone

…term “persona” … derived from Etruscan, meaning mask.’ Jung said the Latin word persona came from per sonare, to sound through, because masks had a sort of tube inside, from the actor’s mouth into the mouth of the mask, a built-in megaphone to amplify the sound so it would carry. The mask came to be called persona after this megaphone. Not Etruscan.

Ira Progoff / Ximena de Angulo ‘Comments on a Doctoral Thesis’ from ‘C. G. Jung Speaking’ Picador.

gana…

For instance, Argen- 
tine people play tennis; a ball jumps over the fence. There is 
a little Indian girl outside, and the people inside ask her to 
throw the ball in. She sadly stares at the people and does 
nothing. Then naturally they ask her, "Why don't you 
throw the ball over the fence?" "I have no gana" no 
pleasure in doing it. "I can't do it, because I have no pleas- 
ure in it"; and then you can't do it. That, you see, is a primi- 
tive concept. Gana is what we would l call libido, or energy, 
or volition. When gana is absent, that is an excellent motive. 
For instance, when somebody asks you a favour, and you say, 
"I'm sorry, it doesn't please me," or that you don't like  it, 
that is very impolite. But in South America it is different. 
There people understand what it means when you say it 
doesn't please you; that is enough. You say, "I have no 
gana"; that counts. There is also a social recognition of the 
extraordinarily important fact whether somebody is pleased 
to do something or not. With us this apparently does not 
count at all.

Carl Gustav Jung here.

secret

The real mystery does not behave mysteriously or secretively; it speaks a secret language, it adumbrates itself by a variety of images which all indicate its true nature. I am not speaking of a secret personally guarded by someone, with a content known to its possessor, but of a mystery, a matter or circumstance which is “secret,” i.e., known only through vague hints but essentially unknown. The real nature of matter was unknown to the alchemist: he knew it only in hints. In seeking to explore it he projected the unconscious into the darkness of matter in order to illuminate it. In order to explain the mystery of matter he projected yet another mystery – his own psychic background -into what was to be explained: Obscurum per obscurius, ignotum per ignotius!

C.G. Jung, Psychology and Alchemy (Part 3, Chapter 2.1)

watercolour in sketchbook, a3, 2012

statistic

We Shall Naturally look round in vain the macrophysical world for acausal events, for the simple reason that we cannot imagine events that are connected non-causally and are capable of a non-causal explanation. But that does not mean that such events do not exist… The so-called “scientific view of the world” based on this can hardly be anything more than a psychologically biased partial view which misses out all those by no means unimportant aspects that cannot be grasped statistically.

Carl Jung.

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watercolour on paper, 420 × 594, 2012

originality is somesort of myth. an overused word successfully achieving deification as an aspect of ‘spectacle’ or a utopian ideal proving the successes of consumerism in corrupting history. leading us by the hand and along the road to fascism