The Pregnant Virgin: A Process of Psychological Transformation (Studies in Jungian Psychology By Jungian Analysts)
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" The women who is a virgin, one in herself, does what she does not for power or out of the desire to please, but because what she does is true." Here is writing with a thinking heart, blending art, literature, religion and extensive case material. Continues the author's pioneering work on the feminine in both women and men.
from the terror of selfdeception. What if it is only a mirage? What if there is nothing there? What if all my imaginings are the temptations of the devil? What if my feet become too burned to walk any further? Gradually the perception changes; gradually the intimations are constellated. The forty years or forty days are accomplished.
passage contains within itself the double meaning of abandonment. Emily Dickinson sums this up in her usual elliptical style: I'm ceded—I've stopped being Theirs— The name They dropped upon my face With water, in the country church Is finished using, now, And They can put it with my Dolls, My childhood, and the string of spools, I've finished threading—too— Baptized, before, without the choice, But this time, consciously, of Grace— Unto supremest name— Called to my Full—The Crescent dropped—
One day I was smoking my corncob bubblepipe helping my father in the garden. I always enjoyed helping him because he understood bugs, and flowers, and where the wind came from. I found a lump stuck to a branch, and Father explained that Catherine Caterpillar had made a chrysalis for herself. We would take it inside and pin it on the kitchen curtain. One day a butterfly would emerge from that lump.
For oh the poor people, that are flesh of my flesh, I, that am flesh of their flesh, when I see the iron hooked into their faces their poor, their fearful faces I scream in my soul, for I know I cannot take the iron hooks out of their faces, that make them so drawn, nor cut the invisible wires of steel that pull them back and forth, to work, back and forth to work, like fearful and corpselike fishes hooked and being played by some malignant fisherman on an unseen shore
the unicorn and the virgin. The unicorn symbolizes the creative power of the spirit, and was seen in medieval times as an allegory of Christ. 24 Its energy is so fierce and so dangerous that only a virgin can tame it, and only then through deception. She must deliver it into the hands of the human hunters who kill it and allow its red blood to flow. In its transformed, resurrected state, the unicorn is the powerful energy contained in the virgin's holy garden.