Carl Jung: The union of the male and female in this figure
it is neither male nor female, it is something incomprehensible.
That is, the natural mind is no longer subject to a sexual point of view; it is neither a woman’s nor a man’s point of view, it is the point of view just beyond, and that accounts for its divinity.
Anything that is beyond the human is animal and divine, and neither animal nor divine: therefore the animal symbols for the divine, the Holy Ghost as a dove, for instance; all the antique gods have their animal counterparts.
So that natural mind is not a function of man; it is a part of nature, the mind of trees or rocks or water or the clouds or the winds, and so ruthless, so absolutely beyond man that it hardly takes him into account.
One always finds that the utterances of the natural mind have this quality of an almost animal ruthlessness, along with a strange kind of superiority which reaches far beyond man.
It contains a most fundamental truth which makes it superior, and because of that superiority it is also divine.
The natural mind is very apparent in prophetic women.
Tacitus says ofthe old Germanic women that they were reverenced for their wisdom and their gift of prophecy.
They were probably women who had the gift of realizing the natural mind.
About twenty years ago in the course of an excavation in Upper Egypt-I think it was in Aswan-an inscription was discovered which gave the list of the members of the household of a high Roman officer.
All the different offices were mentioned, and among the members of the staff was a slave whose name was unusual in that country, Walburga Sibylla.
Walburga is a typical German name, and the Sibylla was the prophetic woman of a household.
So she was probably a German woman who had been sold to a powerful man in Egypt for the guidance of his life, a woman analyst for his personal use.
It is tremendously interesting and the only case I ever heard of.
It seems that the Sibylla was a sort of profession, and this Walburga no doubt provided the household with her prophetic opinions and was consulted in all difficult situations. ~Carl Jung, Visions Seminar, Pages 525.