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Axiom of Maria – Lexicon


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Carl Jung Lexicon NYAAP

[Carl Jung and the “Axiom of Maria.”]

Axiom of Maria

A precept in alchemy: “One becomes two, two becomes three, and out of the third comes the one as the fourth.”

Jung used the axiom of Maria as a metaphor for the whole process of individuation.

One is the original state of unconscious wholeness; two signifies the conflict between opposites; three points to a potential resolution; the third is the transcendent function; and the one as the fourth is a transformed state of consciousness, relatively whole and at peace.