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Jung: What are you teaching, you wild pagan!

126ba phanes

Jung: And now? What do you say?

Soul: “Come up, old man, let joy reign again on earth. Give joy to the earthly ones.”

Jung: Whom do you summon?

Soul: “The ancient one, the spirit of the earth.”

Jung: The brother of the devil?

Soul: “What are you thinking of? He is the Abraxas of the earth. No one bestows joy on the earthly ones as he does. He is the hermaphrodite, who for joy unites what is separated. He makes you strong and happy on earth. He preserves the life and happiness of men. How could you grow without him? You poor fools! If you don’t know how to serve the Gods, at least serve yourselves.”

Jung: What are you teaching, you wild pagan!

Soul: “Unify yourselves, and thus become whole! And then you live. Joy belongs to the life of the earth. What do you know about joy? A hymn to joy, but you keep a procession of sorrow.”

Soul: I invoke you, Phanes, shining one, who shines before us all, distant wanderer, grant us counsel in the darkness of the earth. Give us light, so that we remain on the path of truth.

Phanes: ! come, my light is with you. Your path leads straight. Your feet do not err.  Disaster is warded off The way is secure. Disunity is removed from you. The Lord of light is born. He lifted himself up and white steeds go before him. Flowers spring up from beneath his feet. The sagacity of the earth and the goodness of the blessing light have prepared the path to joy for you. Lay worry aside. The Lord has come. Mortals may be happy. The soul gave herself to the evil one. The evil one is lamed by love. One of his eyes is blinded. Henceforth he doesn’t drink the radiance of the light.307 (162/163]. He embraced and was embraced. You are secure. Enjoy the leveled way.” ~The Black Books, Vol. VI, 279-280

On February I ,1916, Abraxas was described as “the hermaphrodite of the earliest beginning” (Book 6, 216).

Jung discussed the symbol of the hermaphrodite in his unpublished book on alchemy, written in the mid 1930s (JA).

In The Psychology of the Transference, Jung described it as a synonym for the goal of the alchemical art (cw 16, § 533).  ~The Black Books, Vol. VI, Page 279, fn 305