Divine Union: creative force & origin

Mural depicting the Shiva lingam in base from the Mehrangarh Fort Palace in Jodhpu. Creative Commons via Jean-Pierre Dalbéra.
Shiva lingam in base from a mural at the Mehrangarh Fort Palace in Jodhpu. Creative Commons via Jean-Pierre Dalbéra.
In Symbols of Transformation, Carl Jung explores the dynamic relation between the masculine and feminine poles of the psyche. This relation is revealed in images of “sacred cohabitation”. One such image is the Lingam and Yoni. Jung says:

“The motif of continuous cohabitation is expressed in the well-known lingam symbol found everywhere in Indian temples: the base is a female symbol, and within it stands the phallus.”

Lingam is from the Sanskrit लिङ्गं ‘mark.’ ‘sign,’ or ‘inference, (wikipedia). Yoni is from the Sanskrit: योनि word meaning ‘womb.’ As the two primary poles of being the yoni and phallus illustrate the most basic polarity of being: the eternal ground of being and the signifier, sign, or mark which reveals the nature of this ground.

Carl Jung, Cw 5, Symbols of Transformation (in US Pubic Domain, first published 1912)


7 thoughts on “Divine Union: creative force & origin

  1. Thanks again for this exquisite and insightful blog, Jenna 🙂 Keep up the good work and congratulations on completing your PhD

  2. That is a really interesting interpretation of the symbolism. This makes me want to read the Symbols of Transformation. I do have a question though; what was your doctoral thesis all about?

    1. Thank you for your comment Sriram.

      The aim of my doctoral thesis was to create a treatment method for Native American populations which respected the shamanic traditions. I used Carl Jung’s work on active imagination to create my method.

      1. That is truly interesting. You are actually documenting the traditions and the human thought behind them.

  3. Jenna:

    I do not know if you already have these among your Carl Jung resources but in the event you do not I thought you would find these of interest.

    I hope the links work properly. They link back to my Carl Jung Depth Psychology Facebook Group. If the links do not work let me know and I will try to find another method of getting them to you.

    “Conversations with C.G. Jung” by Margaret Ostrowski-Sachs


    The “Cornwall Lectures” by Carl Jung as presented in 1923.


    I appreciate your presentations greatly and feature them regularly within my Facebook Group. I hope you publish them one day.


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