On the alchemical marriage & the return to union

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2021.12.02 21:48 eggplant_express On the alchemical marriage & the return to union

This is a deep spiritual process that has been described by many religious and esoteric traditions.
These traditions generally include the following elements:

Humans are composed of two opposites: mind - immortal Being; body - mortal Becoming. These opposites trouble us and produce a dynamical, life-long process of spiritual growth. In psychological understanding, this process is directed toward the realization of one's essential person, one's Platonic "higher self".
The periodic descent back into matter fuels novelty generation and the Individuation process. Your Self is eternal, and this realm is you fishing for more unique experiences that color your true divine identity.
Bringing forth the immortal person (known as Jungian individuation), living fulfilling life guided by divine providence, and reuniting with your twin soul in a hieros gamos, or holy marriage, is the most noble goal of many of these traditions. It is captured in the alchemists’ description of the Great Work or Magnum Opus of the "Rebis": married in the physical, United once again in spirit.
Below, I’ll provide examples of how these themes reveal themselves in various spiritual traditions and some notes on a syncretic approach to spiritual metaphysics.
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Hermeticism, Jungian Psychology, and Myth
Hermes can be thought of as the God voice in bicameralism. Hermes, the messenger of the gods or “god of travelers/boundaries”, literally means “heap of stones, boundary marker.” The duality from which this reference stems is life and death – the heap of stones at a gravesite that stands at the threshold between the material and spiritual. The word hermaphrodite, which shares the same root, is characterized by having attributes of both sexes – a literal manifestation of a higher level integration of the anima/animus.
Similarly, Shiva (Purusha) and counterpart Parvati/Kali/Shakti (Prakriti) were originally a merged entity known as Ardhanarishvara. When rejoined and reconcile, they reside back in the heart center.
The spiritual journey (i.e. one's awakening) is symbolically represented on Hermes’ staff, the caduceus – the two snakes of the kundalini (representing the male and female -Shakti- energies of earth) wind their way up the spine, activating each chakra, until they ultimately bootstrap the soul and set it free into the heavens (represented by the wings at the top of the staff).
Spiritual liberation can thus be seen as a four step, sequential, duality-bridging process. The female aspect first liberates the male spiritually (integration of the anima), the male liberates the female materially (the slaying of the dragon), the female liberates the male materially (the holy marriage), the male liberates the female spiritually (the integration of the animus) – this final step is hinted at by Andromeda’s very name, which means “to be mindful of man.” In Jungian terms, the result is a quaternio hieros gamos – a holy marriage between the four aspects of the two individuals.
These phenomenon are also highly related to the myth of Cupid and Psyche: the root of psychedelic is of course "psyche" and in Greek "Psyche'"means breath, life, soul. She was a woman in myth - actually, the twin soul of Cupid himself. Those wings pictured on Psyche and Cupid are astral wings, same as on the caduceus.
Hinduism also tells us about the androgynous creator. It is we creator because at the beginning all consciousness was in one and the same person also called Adam Kadmon in Kaballah for example. This is the primordial "I am" that is also called Eros, Phanes, Protogonos in Greek mythology
Ardhanarishvara represents the synthesis of masculine and feminine energies of the universe (Purusha and Prakriti) and illustrates how Shakti, the female principle of God, is inseparable from (or the same as, according to some interpretations) Shiva, the male principle of God. The union of these principles is exalted as the root and womb of all creation. The relevant image here is the Hindu Shatkona, which you may know as the Star of David or Merkaba: the union of the upward (Shiva, Purusha) and downward (Shakti, Prakriti) triangles. This is Adam and Eve, reunited again, reentering the garden.
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Plato on the Primordial Soul
Born out of primordial chaos was Phanes, known in other traditions elsewhere as Adam, Mithras, and Cupid/Eros.
In the beginning, humans, like Phanes, were androgynous. So says Aristophanes in his fantastical account of the origins of love in Plato’s Symposium.
Not only did early humans have both sets of sexual organs, Aristophanes reports, but they were outfitted with two faces, four hands, and four legs. These monstrosities were very fast – moving by way of cartwheels – and they were also quite powerful. So powerful, in fact, that the gods were nervous for their dominion.
Wanting to weaken the humans, Zeus, Greek king of Gods, decided to cut each in two, and commanded his son Apollo “to turn its face…towards the wound so that each person would see that he’d been cut and keep better order.” If, however, the humans continued to pose a threat, Zeus promised to cut them again – “and they’ll have to make their way on one leg, hopping!”
The severed humans were a miserable lot, Aristophanes says.
“[Each] one longed for its other half, and so they would throw their arms about each other, weaving themselves together, wanting to grow together.”
Finally, Zeus, moved by pity, decided to turn their sexual organs to the front, so they might achieve some satisfaction in embracing.
Plato argues that because the soul (psyche) desires to return to its origin - the Form Of The Good, the Form of Eternal Beauty etc. - eros (rational desire, desire for the Good) precedes sight and reason as the driver of thought and behavior, and is the foundational, instinctual component of the soul.
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General Metaphysics of the Soul:
Being balanced with Becoming; Spirit & Consciousness balanced with Nature & Matter; Prana (sustaining breath) balanced with Kundalini (flowing vitality); Yang balanced Yin.
Together, these two forces represent the Tao, the merged Shiva-Shakti (purusha-prakriti), balanced by the golden ratio in the heart center.
In the Samkhya school of Hinduism, this dualism is known as Purusha and Prakriti, Being and Becoming, Spirit and Material.
While it is a simplification, many cultures over the millennia have nonetheless attributed gender to these two forces: the Sustaining force is the male principle; while the dynamic Flowing force is female principle. This is seen in the Lingam as the active, feminine Shakti force flowing around the neutral phallus of Shiva, the snakes climbing the rod of the Hermetic caduceus and the Tibetan phurba, as well as the Ancient Egyptian Djed column (representing the Sustaining force of Osiris’ consciousness) paired with the Tyet (representing the Flowing feminine nature of Isis).
In Buddhism, this dynamic is represented symbolically as the Yab-Yum, the primordial union of wisdom and compassion.
In Kaballah, this is seen as the union of the masculine chokhmah and feminine Binah.
In Gnosticism, this is seen as the union of Sophia (Wisdom) and Christ (Compassion).
Your higher self resides in the realm of Plato's forms, the realm of spirit - you can visualize it with its eternal consort, just like each and every buddha.
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The Higher Self & Individuation
The One/All splits into Purusha and Prakriti so that it can experience itself evolving / becoming. We are projections of archetypal Forms that exist independently in Spirit.
Form exists at the limit where Becoming approaches infinity. Pure Being in archetypal spirit-space. Strive to become more like the perfect Forms, the Logoi, in your everyday life.
This density is a test as well as a diversion - the descent from union with your feminine other half to back into duality.
The process of becoming is an infinite journey - like the concept of an asymptote in mathematics. Prakriti, Matter, Kundalini "fuels" the individuation process
The transcendent Higher Self also has an immanent projection, and we may identify, perhaps, the immanent Higher Self with the ἴδιος δαίμων, the anima, the personal or guardian angel, at least in some versions of that idea. The Higher Self also seems to be a likely candidate for Socrates’ δαιμόνιον.
Jung stresses that the Higher Self is paradoxical — and even contradictory — because it comprehends all the opposites. He calls it the Unus Mundus, but in Neoplatonic terms it is τὸ ἄρρητον ἕν (the Inexpressible One), which unifies mind and matter, unity and plurality, stability and change — indeed being and non-being, Being and Becoming.
The only way to bridge these contradictions, according to Jung, is by a symbolic process, which he calls the transcendent function. Synchronicities are clues hinting at one's transcendent function.
This is especially a task for the second half of life, when the Higher Self (that is, the One) urges the psyche to reclaim its neglected parts — the ἐπιστροφὴ or turn toward unity.
Individuation is in part about finding a conscious dialogue with your daemon, guardian angel, who will guide who towards your destiny, path, dharma.
Thus, a primary task of man and woman in this realm of duality is to reign in their serpent, their "Satan" root chakra/kundalini force, become the master of it (and importantly - not suppress it entirely) to achieve balance and harmony in the heart to find love.
Jesus himself likened himself to Moses’ snake on a rod (nehushtan) and said “Be ye wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” That is another symbolic reference to the caduceus.
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