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    31-Aug-2016, 22:53 UT/GMT
    Sun856'34"8n13
    Moon359'25"9n18
    Mercury2858'46"r3s27
    Venus217'11"0n03
    Mars1354'48"25s11
    Jupiter2811'58"1n43
    Saturn103'20"20s26
    Uranus244'41"r8n45
    Neptune1040'30"r8s22
    Pluto155'11"r21s20
    TrueNode1242'38"r6n47
    Chiron2334'44"r1n29
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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
31-Aug-2016, 22:53 UT/GMT
Sun856'34"8n13
Moon359'25"9n18
Mercury2858'46"r3s27
Venus217'11"0n03
Mars1354'48"25s11
Jupiter2811'58"1n43
Saturn103'20"20s26
Uranus244'41"r8n45
Neptune1040'30"r8s22
Pluto155'11"r21s20
TrueNode1242'38"r6n47
Chiron2334'44"r1n29
Explanations of the symbols
Chart of the moment
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