We must, therefore, distinguish the qualities of the pleroma. The qualities are pairs of opposites, such as—
The Effective and the Ineffective.
Fullness and Emptiness.
Living and Dead.
Difference and Sameness.
Light and Darkness.
The Hot and the Cold.
Force and Matter.
Time and Space.
Good and Evil.
Beauty and Ugliness.
The One and the Many. etc.
— Carl Jung, from Seven Sermons to the Dead
I previously mentioned two fourfolds which are perhaps better combined as an eightfold. These concepts or entities are from Carl Jung’s “Seven Sermons to the Dead”.
To the left are the “principal gods”, who are said to be in one-to-one correspondence with the “world’s measurements”. What then are these measurements? Are they the coordinates of relativistic Space-Time or something else?
- The God-Sun: The beginning
- Eros: Binding of two together, outspreading and brightening
- The Tree of Life: Filling space with bodily forms
- The Devil: The Void, opening all that is closed, dissolving all formed bodies, and destroyer of everything
- The Pleroma: The spiritual universe as the abode of gods and of the totality of the divine powers and emanations.
- The Creatura: The living world, subject to perceptual difference, distinction, and information
- Abraxas: The supreme power of being transcending all divinities and demons and uniting all opposites into one
- Philemon: Jung’s spiritual guide and the narrator, also said to be Simon Magus or Basilides
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I’ll see your Jung’s Seven Sermons and raise you an oratorio by Franz Schmidt from close to the same era. ; – )