There are certain points of resemblance between the Mithraic sacrifice (where the bull in the center is flanked on either side by dadophors) and the Christian sacrifice of the lamb (or ram). The Crucified is traditionally flanked by two thieves, one of whom ascends to paradise while the other descends to hell ~Carl Jung, CW 5, Para 294
The way of this passion leads to the cave in which the bull is sacrificed. So, too, Christ had to bear the Cross to the place of sacrifice, where, according to the Christian version, the Lamb was slain in the form of the god, and was then laid to earth in the sepulchre ~Carl Jung, CW 5, Para 460
For, in the relationship now reigning between them, there is consummated the immemorial and most sacred archetype of the marriage of mother and son. What, after all, has commonplace reality to offer, with its registry offices, pay envelopes, and monthly rent, that could outweigh the mystic awe of the hierosgamos? Or the star-crowned woman whom the dragon pursues, or the pious obscurities veiling the marriage of the Lamb? ~Carl Jung, CW 9ii, Para 22
But, to the extent that Christ was regarded as the new Aeon, it would be clear to anyone acquainted with astrology that he was born as the first fish of the Pisces era, and was doomed to die as the last ram (lamb) of the declining Aries era. Matthew 27: 15ff. hands down this mythologem in the form of the old sacrifice of the seasonal god. ~Carl Jung, CW 9ii, Para 147
In addition to the “pisciculi Christianorum,” the shepherd and the lamb play, as we know only too well, an almost greater role in Christian allegory, and Hermes Kriophoros (the “ram-bearer”) became the prototype of the “good shepherd,” the tutelary god of flocks. ~Carl Jung, CW 9ii, Para 162
Shepherd, ram, and lamb symbolism coincides with the expiring Aeon of Aries. In the first century of our era the two aeons overlap, and the two most important mystery gods of this period, Attis and Christ, are both characterized as shepherds, rams, and fishes. ~Carl Jung, CW 9ii, Para 162
This is just the element that is represented by the Christian symbol as having been conquered and offered up in sacrifice. In the Christian mystery it is the sacrificed Lamb, or more correctly, the “little ram” ~Carl Jung, CW 10, Para 31
Dogmatic images, such as the Trinity, are archetypes which have become abstract ideas. But there are a number of mystical experiences inside the Church whose archetypal character is still visible. Therefore they sometimes contain a heretical or pagan element. Remember, for instance, St. Francis of Assisi. Only through the great diplomatic ability of Pope Boniface VIII could St. Francis be assimilated into the Church. You have only to think of his relation to animals to understand the difficulty. Animals, like the whole of Nature, were taboo to the Church. Yet there are sacred animals like the Lamb, the Dove, and, in the Early Church, the Fish, which are worshipped. ~Carl Jung, CW 18, Para 222
And just as it was a star over Bethlehem that announced the incarnation of God, so Russia has a red star, and instead of the Dove and the Lamb a hammer and sickle, and instead of the sacred body a place of pilgrimage with the mummy of the first witness. ~Carl Jung, CW 18, Para 1328
The vernal equinox is moving out of the sign of Pisces into the sign of Aquarius, just as it did out of Taurus (the old bull gods) into Aries (the ram-horned gods) and then out of Aries (the sacrificed lamb) into Pisces. ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. II, Page 229.
This dogma [Assumption] is in every respect timely. In the first place it is a symbolical fulfilment of John’s vision. Secondly, it contains an allusion to the marriage of the Lamb at the end of time, and, thirdly, it repeats the Old Testament anamnesis of Sophia. These three references foretell the incarnation of God. The second and third foretell the Incarnation in Christ, but the first foretells the Incarnation in creaturely man. ~Barbara Hannah, Jung: His Life and His Work, Page 218
Don’t forget that Christ completely absorbed Mithras; that old Mithraic idea has been continued in Christianity through the middle ages up to recent times; bulls and even little lambs have been killed, everything that was animal has been killed throughout the ages. ~Carl Jung, Visions Seminar, Page 37
The animus showed her she should sacrifice the divine lamb, meaning a sort of self-sacrifice-that is, her participation in the divine totem animal-and the animi were performing that ceremony. ~Carl Jung, Visions Seminar, Page 240
In the Christian religion the sacrifice of the lamb was merely metaphorical; what was meant was the human sacrifice, or the divine sacrifice, the sacrifice of God’s only Son.
While in the Mithraic religion it is true that the bull is in a way Mithra himself, yet it is decidedly a bull. ~Carl Jung, Visions Seminar, Page 700
Therefore also the astrological signs which characterize certain months of the Platonic year are represented in the Christian cult as the sacrificial animals.
The sacrificed lamb referred to the earlier age of Aries, the Ram; and the sacrifice of
the bull represented the age before that, the Age of the Bull, which was from about 4300 to 2200 B.C. ~Carl Jung, Visions Seminar, Page 991
There was the same idea in the fish meal of the early Christians; the astrological sign is two fishes, and the communion was then not celebrated in the present form with wine and bread, it was a meal of fish.
The Christians were called fishes as well as lambs and they wore rings with a little fish or fishes engraved upon them. ~Carl Jung, Visions Seminar, Page 991
The Church is made for the inferior man. And for that reason we need it, because we are all inferior. A wise man would never want to disturb the Church. It is a spiritual stable for spiritual lambs – and for wolves! Carl Jung, Jung My Mother and I, Page 56
He [Jung] then showed me a picture in a book of old German Hermetisch philosophy, where a pole rose up in the air topped by a crown and clouds above it, with the lamb of God lying across the cloud. The bottom of the pole was in water and mud- Muladhara! ~Katy Cabot, Jung My Mother and I, Page 171
Jung describes an unpleasant encounter with a pack of hungry hyenas who were attracted by the savoury smells of their roasting lamb. One hyena had gone into the hut belonging to their cook and had nearly killed him. ~Diana Baynes, Jung’s Apprentice, Page 172
For Jung, this dogma [Assumption of Mary] completed St. John’s apocalyptic marriage of the lamb and referred as well to the coniunctio of the heavenly bride and heavenly bridegroom prophesied in the day of judgment. ~Rafael Monzo, Homage to MLVF, Page 414
Whoever refuses to accept consciously the problem of the earth that burns in us and of the deus absconditus that burns in it, ends up in the same abyss through the collective “earthing” of modern man. It is just that he plunges as a lamb in the flock or as a wolf in the pack into the precipitous slide towards collective human catastrophe that characterizes our age. ~Erich Neumann, Life and Work of Erich Neumann, Page 170