Theophany, soul’s imagination

Theophany by Pskov- 13th- 14th century, from: http://www.wco.ru/icons/. US Public Domain via wikimedia.
Theophany by Pskov- 13th- 14th century, from: http://www.wco.ru/icons/. US Public Domain via wikimedia.

In the image above we see the Theophany. Theophany is an Ancient Greek term from theophaneia, meaning “appearance of a god” [1] . The word describes the the appearance of the deity to the living soul. In Psychology and Alchemy, Carl Jung speaks of “the relationship between God and soul.” (Para. 11) Jung says:

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An attribute of the deity is fire

Moses and the Burning Bush, with Moses Removing His Shoes. c. 1465-70 US public domain via wikimedia
Moses and the Burning Bush, with Moses Removing His Shoes. c. 1465-70 US public domain via wikimedia

In the image above, we see Moses and the burning bush. God appears to Moses as fire. A story from Bible Pictures and What They Teach Us (1897) describes the scene:

Moses has grown up to be a man. Now he is a shepherd, and takes care of sheep. He has taken his sheep up on a mountain to eat the grass there. He sees a fire burning in a bush. He comes toward it to look at it. He hears a voice speaking to him. It is God’s voice speaking out of the fire to Moses. And Moses hides his face, for he is afraid to look upon God.”

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Homo Adamicus: syzygy

Genesis I, from : Biblia German, Nuremberg , A. Koberger 1483. US public domain, wikimedia
Genesis I, from : Biblia German, Nuremberg , A. Koberger 1483. US public domain, wikimedia

The image above is from a 1493 German Bible. In the middle, we see Eve emerging from Adam. Their bodies form a divine pair.

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The Psyche and the Subtle Body

Chakra picture, William Vroman, 2005, Public Domain
Chakra picture, William Vroman, 2005, Public Domain

Carl Jung appeared to believe that the subtle body was a good metaphor for the human psyche. He said, “I have often felt tempted to advise my patients to conceive of the psyche as a subtle body” (1938, p. 25).

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