The Christian Mandala, which Jung considered to be an imagistic representation of the psychological wholeness, or the full Self after the process of individuation.

Carl Jung- Reconciling Science and Religion.

Carl Jung, the father of modern Analytical Psychology.

“God is Dead! God remains dead! And we have killed him”.

Jung realised that what Nietzsche meant by this was that man had forgotten the very clear fact that Western civilisation had been built and buttressed upon Judeo-Christian foundations. Therefore, to uproot this and assert that man himself was God was a very dangerous action on the part of mankind in the late 19th Century. This void was to be filled, as Nietzsche predicted, by either pointless Nihilism or extreme ideology.

“now? [It’s] Difficult to answer. I know. I don’t need to believe. I know”.

Through studying and exploring many past and present religions and mythologies, Jung came to the conclusion that the deities of such religions and mythologies were not just supernatural and improvable entities, but instead were representations of ancient instinctual systems, emotions and temperaments that lay deep within mankind’s subconscious mind. Prior to Jung, the field of psychology determined that it was the individual that governed and held autonomy over such emotions and instincts. However, Jung pointed out, through deep contemplation on the matter, that the roles should be reversed.

‘Cronus devouring his son’ by Francisco Goya. He is later killed by his son Zeus, who escaped the fate of his siblings.
A stone carving depicting the god Marduk defeating the dragon and primordial goddess, Tiamat. From her body, Marduk creates the world.
‘The creation of Adam’ by Michelangelo.

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