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    24-May-2017, 20:43 UT/GMT
    Sun351'18"20n55
    Moon207'15"12n59
    Mercury927'51"11n41
    Venus1823' 0"5n40
    Mars2246'29"24n04
    Jupiter1335'13"r4s00
    Saturn262' 6"r22s00
    Uranus2639'52"9n45
    Neptune147'33"7s04
    Pluto197'17"r21s15
    TrueNode2816'58"r12n04
    Chiron2815'38"2n49
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Archetypes

The Collective Unconscious

Sigmund Freud is often considered to have "discovered" the unconscious as being that part of the psyche which contains unpleasant or traumatic experiences suppressed by the conscious mind. Jung goes a step further: He is of the opinion that there is not only an individual but also a collective unconscious which contains the immense psychic inheritance of human evolution. According to Jung, this inheritance is reborn in the structure of every individual.

Dreams

Dreams can be considered as a possible gateway to both the personal and collective unconscious. Dream figures like the dark persecutor or the innocent child are symbols which represent a connection with dimensions we are not aware of. These can awaken certain associations within us which we could not perceive with the rational mind alone.

Jung discovered that many of these symbols are of a universal nature. They can be found in the myths and fairy tales of all peoples. They show a "knowledge" or "wisdom" common to all of humanity. Jung therefore called these symbols primordial images or archetypes. The primordial images themselves cannot be accurately described. Liz Greene sees them as energy patterns which express themselves in our whole environment. Although they themselves have no clear form, they express themselves in the symbols of the world around us.

In this sense, the solar system may be seen as the symbol of a living energy pattern, reflecting at any moment the smaller forms of life which are contained in it. The individual horoscope is a symbolic representation of these energy patterns. In these symbols we can see the seeds of the individual's potential personality. Jung describes the planets as "gods", symbols or powers of the Unconscious. However, these "gods" work differently within different individuals.

Sun as a symbol

Viewed astrologically the symbol of the sun represents the core, the center, the figure of the king or boss as well as the creative life force found in each individual. These interpretations can be drawn from this one symbol without being arbitrary. Liz Greene describes the symbol as the primary mode of expression of the Unconscious. In Relating she writes:

A symbol suggests or infers an aspect of life which is inexhaustible in interpretation and ultimately eludes all the intellect's efforts to fix or contain it. One cannot ever fully plumb the depths of its manifold meanings.

A central archetypal symbol in astrology is the circle of the horoscope. In all cultures the circle is considered to be a symbol of wholeness. In the same way the horoscope represents the wholeness of the individual and the archetype of the "Self".

 

Current Planets
24-May-2017, 20:43 UT/GMT
Sun351'18"20n55
Moon207'15"12n59
Mercury927'51"11n41
Venus1823' 0"5n40
Mars2246'29"24n04
Jupiter1335'13"r4s00
Saturn262' 6"r22s00
Uranus2639'52"9n45
Neptune147'33"7s04
Pluto197'17"r21s15
TrueNode2816'58"r12n04
Chiron2815'38"2n49
Explanations of the symbols
Chart of the moment
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