THE PERSONIFICATION OF THE OPPOSITES

The alchemist’s endeavours to unite the opposites culminate in the “chymical marriage,” the supreme act of union in which the work reaches its consummation.  MC 89

After the hostility of the four elements has been overcome, there still remains the last and most formidable opposition, which the alchemist expressed very aptly as the relationship between male and female.  We are inclined to think of this primarily as the power of love, of passion, which drives the two opposite poles together, forgetting that such a vehement attraction is needed only when an equally strong resistance keeps them apart.   MC 89

Our reason is often influenced far too much by purely physical considerations, so that the union of the sexes seems to it the only sensible thing and the urge for union the most sensible instinct of all.  MC 89

The physical goal of alchemy was gold, the panacea, the elixir of life; the spiritual one was the rebirth of the (spiritual) light from the darkness of Physis: healing self-knowledge and the deliverance of the pneumatic body from the corruption of the flesh.  MC 90

The psychopathological problem of incest is the aberrant, natural form of the union of opposites, a union which has either never been made conscious at all as a psychic task or, if it was conscious, has once more disappeared from view.  MC 92

 

    SOL

In alchemy, the sun signifies first of all gold, whose sign it shares.  But just as the “philosophical” gold is not the “common” gold, so the sun is neither just the metallic gold nor the nor the heavenly orb. 

“Do not be disturbed because you sometimes find contradictions in my treatises, after the custom of the philosophers; these are necessary, if you understand that no rose is found without thorns.”