The mystics find in their heart the image of the sun

Saint Augustin by Philippe de Champaigne--1645-1650. US public domain via wikicommons.
Saint Augustin by Philippe de Champaigne–1645-1650. US public domain via wikicommons.
In the second section of Symbols of Transformation, Carl Jung is taking us into the life of the mystic: a path of soul and of divine heart. Jung speaks of “the teachings of the mystics,” he says:

“when they [the mystics] descend into the depths of their own being they find ‘in their heart’ the image of the sun, they find their own life-force which they call the ‘sun’ for a legitimate and, I would say, a physical reason because our source of energy and life actually is the sun. Our physiological life, regarded as an energy process, is entirely solar” (para. 176).

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Individuation: transformation occuring between sun and moon

Johann MichaelFaust, Compendium Alchemist-- c. 1706. US public domain via wikimedia
Image from the Compendium alchymist by Johann Michael Faust- 1706 US public domain via wikimedia

In the image above, we see an alchemical drawing by Johann Michael Faust (1663-1707).  The image is from the Compendium Alchymist. The book text reads:

“Compendium alchymisticum novum, immersive Pandora explicata et figuris illustrata; which is the noblest gift of God, or a Güldener treasure with which the old and new Philosophi that imperfect metal, by force of fire.”

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