Mary Louise Ainsworth: Memory of C.G. Jung
In memoriam to this great explorer may I share a few remarks of his made to me , one morning by the shore of the Lake of Zurich, as we talked in his summer house , and noted down in my notebook immediately afterward.
We spoke of the ﬁsh; the two ﬁsh, the symbols of the Piscean Age–the opposites that were together. He cautioned me; he said, “The ﬁsh-it is helpless too; it is the thing caught.”
“Christ is the ﬁsh; remember, Jesus was both sacriﬁcer and sacriﬁced. Astrologically the ﬁsh is deaf and dumb.
We are in the age of Pisces, the ﬁsh .”
Then I asked, “During these years of Pisces, have we really been unable to get in touch with Christ, He who is the Word, because of being under the sign of the ﬁshes?”
Dr. Jung answered “It is a question, how far we can push such symbolical statements.
I like to push them as far as possible.
Christ was also the Lion, a rapacious animal, think of that!
And he was the serpent, on the cross. Strictly speaking, he was the successor to the serpent, according to His own words.
Christ himself was the bait, the ﬁsh on the hook, to pull Leviathan in.”
Faust was mentioned, and Dr. Jung said, “Yes, Faust was not meeting his own evil; he meets it only through Mephistopheles, the
unconscious side who then murders Philemon and Baucis. So Faust does it really.
Faust is a murderer!”
We spoke of the symbolism of the star.
“The star,” he said, “is primitive man; his head is no more important than the hands or feet, all equal.” Earlier, for no reason at all, he had begun speaking of the opposites, the red star and the white star.
And then later he remarked, prophesying, “It will take several hundred years for the conjunction of the opposites of the red star and the white.” Mary Louise Ainsworth, J.E.T., Page 2.