Quadrant Fall 1981

Quadrant: The Journal of the C.G. Jung Foundation

The Mythical World and the Individual — Erich Neumann

At first glance the opposition between the “mythical world” and the “individual” seems to correspond to the well-known opposition between the unconscious and the ego. The world of the unconscious is, in fact, essentially the world of the archetypes, and the archetypes are “mythical motifs”; that is to say, their projection constellates the mythical world. In the same way the ego, which stands in the center of our consciousness, appears to constitute the essence of the individual and his individuality.

In reality, however, the psychic situation is much more complicated and more rich in problems. …

Psychotherapy and Alchemy VII. Separatio— Edward Edinger

The prima materia was thought of as a composite, a confused mixture of undifferentiated and contrary components requiring a process of separation. Images for this process are supplied by various chemical and physical procedures performed in the alchemical laboratory. The extraction of a metal from its crude ore was done by heating, pulverizing, or by various chemical means. Many substances when heated will separate into a volatile part which vaporizes and an earthy residue which remains behind. Amalgams, for instance, when heated release their mercury as vapor and leave the non-volatile metal at the bottom of the vessel. … In all these examples, a composite mixture undergoes a discrimination of its component parts. Order is brought out of confusion analogous to creation myths in which cosmos is born out of chaos. It is not surprising therefore, that many cosmogonic myths describe creation as separatio.

Number and Myth: The Archetypes in Our Hands — Yael Haft-Pomrock

Chirology serves as a mirror to our soul. Etymologically the world “chirology” is formed by two Greek words, chiro meaning ‘hand’ and logos meaning ‘word,’ and ‘language’; thus, chirology is the language of the hand. Now language is, in fact, the words we use to describe and express matter, images, spiritual or non-descriptive emotions, sensations, feelings, and thought. We know, however, how limited and elusive this use of expressions in words is. Yet, this is our only tool of understanding so we keep on trying, using every symbol that comes close to expressing in words, audibly and non-audibly, the many levels any phenomena has, thus deepening our grasp of that which we try to express. Language is a human device, and it is we as human beings that need this enriching vehicle for we have an inner urge to know in order that we may transmit onwards to others the meanings of our inner and outer realities, and all visible phenomena around us. …

Imagery in Dreams of Illness — Meredith Sabini

The use of dreams in the understanding of both psychogenic and organic illness is a relatively unexplored area. There are nine places in Jung's Collected Works and Letters where he cites dreams about illness, and in several cases in which dreams played a crucial role in the making of a differential diagnosis he discussed them at length. …

I would like to approach the subject of imagery in dreams related to illness by examining the examples found in Jung's writings and in dreams I have collected. The purpose of this study is to learn how the unconscious symbolizes illness and to see what types of information dreams about illness provide. …

Obituary: John D. Barrett, Jr. — William McGuire

John David Barrett, Jr., the former president of the Bollingen Foundation, of New York, died suddenly at his home in Greenwich, Connecticut, on 28 June 1981. He was seventy-seven. He led the Foundation during its most active years, when he guided its remarkable services to Jungian psychology. …

Book Reviews

The Tao of Psychology: Synchronicity and the Self— Jean Shinoda Bolen. San Francisco: Harper & Row. 1979. Reviewed by Mathilde Pope.

The Moon and the Virgin: Reflections of the Archetypal Feminine— Nor Hall. New York: Harper & Row. 1980. Reviewed by Marilyn Nagy.

The Norse Myths. Introduced and retold by Kevin Crossley-Holland. New York: Pantheon Books. 1980. Reviewed by John Hall.

Reviewed together by Kenneth L. Phillips:

Lectures on the I Ching: Constancy and Change— Richard Wilhelm. Princeton: Princeton University Press. 1980.

Researches on the I Ching— Ilulian Shchutskii. Princeton: Princeton University Press. 1979.

Theatre and Alchemy— Bettina Knapp. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. 1980. Reviewed by Estelle L. Weinrib.

The Invisible Partners: How the Male and Female in Each of Us Affects Our Relationships— John A. Sanford. New York/Ramsey: Paulist Press. 1980. Reviewed by Jack Nidever.

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