"What place in these cloudy mountains is not my home?
There's greenery everywhere - so lush it's hard to tell
Crops from wild grasses. I don't intrude on planted fields.
I ride the Ox and let him graze along the roadside."
"And then in the sixth
picture, it's called Riding the Ox Home. That shows the young man sitting on
the ox, playing his flute. And the ox
goes, he's no longer even concerned about leading the ox cause the ox is now
going home. It's like, when you
ride a horse, when you're on the homeward path, it goes by itself. It knows
where to go, you don't have to lead it.
You have the bridle in your hand. So that's the analogy. Once you get
established in the path, then nature and
spirit are really going in the same direction."
"Intuition is the psychological function that the child uses while in the
womb. In the womb, the human child knows what to do by instinct, to move toward
or away from its environment; however, there is no reflecting ego that thinks,
feels, or senses that it is "I" who know. It knows without knowing how it knows
or who it is that knows."
"In the dancer, spirit and instinct flow together; there is no opposition
between them. This is why she is nude, to show
that she is in her natural state and is truly following her inner nature.
Nudity represents the absence of shame in the
natural state, but is especially a symbol of truth ("the truth unveiled," cf.
"Isis unveiled"), which manifests in 21.World.
(Guiley & Place 124; Nichols 350)."
"The star represents a guiding force: sailors use the stars to set their
course, farmers use them to tell the
seasons, and astrologers use them to chart the course of history. When the Sun
has set and the Moon is dark -
in psychological terms, when we have neither solar nor lunar illumination -
then the stars are our only guide. They
are the "inner constellations" (the chakras), which are always there, but
invisible in the glare of consciousness.
Moakley (106) thinks it appropriate that XVI.Star follows XV.Tower (Hellmouth),
since after Dante emerged from
Hell in the Inferno, the first thing he saw were the stars, a welcome sign of
hope and rebirth.)
In Greek myth, as in Genesis, the first woman is the agent of humanity's
promotion from the blissful unawareness
of the first Golden Age, to the self-conscious struggle of human existence. In
Hesiod (W&D 42-105), as in
Genesis, the woman is set up, entrapped. Indeed, Hesiod tells us that the
Pandora affair was a direct
consequence of Prometheus stealing the celestial illumination of Zeus and
giving it to mankind. Pandora's
mistake is a consequence of her curiosity, a characteristic of humanity which
is dangerous, but also the force
behind many of our accomplishments. Thanks to curious Pandora, thoughtful
Prometheus, and even impulsive
Epimetheus, we are human, though life might be less stressful if we were still
the blissfully ignorant pets of the
The Astral Woman has emerged from the unconscious depths, to which she will
eventually return. She is a
complement to the Self, the Anima of a man, the Shadow of a woman."
"Formerly she was imprisoned in the
Tower (the overactive ego) "by cruel King Logos," but was freed by a bolt from
the blue, which caused her to fall
into the Abyssal waters, from which she emerges reborn. The devastating bolt,
actively transforming the world,
contrasts with cool, quiet starlight, passively guiding those who choose to
peer into the darkness.
The Lake of Memory in front of the woman is the Abyssal Womb of Rebirth
(Re-collection), from which she emerged and to which she will return. In
psychological terms the pool holds the waters of the collective unconscious,
which flow, deep and dark, beyond the control of any individual. The woman
fills her vessels from the pool, taking whatever the unconscious has to offer,
and, after consciously blending and decanting the insights offered, returns the
water to its source, aerated and refreshed.
As Jung explains, the eight-points of the large star represent completeness, in
this case of the Individuated Self;
it is the Star Shield of Inanna, a mandala of wholeness, arising for the first
time from the stable center in the
depths of the pool. Its substance is shown by its colors: red for emotion and
yellow for intuition. Its motion is
shown by its form, which like Fortune's Wheel comprises the four qualities
(yellow rays, intuition) and the four
elements (red rays, feeling) generated from them, and rotates to effect the
alchemical magnum opus, which is
the process of Individuation.
The two trees represent Eros and Eris (Love and Strife) as forces of
transformation. The dark Tree of
Knowledge represents the impulse to know through intellectual strife and
division, which is embodied in the
masculine elements air and fire. The white Tree of Life represents the impulse
to live through emotional love and
union, which is embodied in the feminine elements water and earth."
Because gulls inhabit the air, earth and sea, the song foreshadows the union of
elements (the re-union of psychological functions) in
"Aquarian awareness potentially relates and binds things together
into a synthetic whole; it recognises the bond that exists between
seemingly disparate things. It is in Aquarius that substance and
the imprisoned soul begin to work mutually; in a higher
expression of Aquarian energy, soul and spirit are expressed
through substance (bringing humanitarian vision into the world of
The sign of
In the Court of the Crimson King
(the song) is Leo.
"If in Leo (the polarity of Aquarius: its opposite sign) the
personality orientation is selfish, in Aquarius it is outgoing.
superficial awareness that matures in Leo (which leads to
deep-seated self-consciousness and a profound interest in self)
must be consummated in the vision and humanitarianism of
Aquarius, resulting in a deepening of qualities. The intensive
self-consciousness of Leo must expand into the group
consciousness of Aquarius. The individual thereby becomes
"Self consciousness arises through intelligent awareness in the
sign Leo, as a development out of mass consciousness (Cancer). The
third phase of development is group consciousness and
intuitional awareness that is ruled by the sign Aquarius, so
significant to us at this time."
"Aquarius is associated with the month of February; which has its derivation
from februare, 'to
cleanse', from Latin februarius '(month) of purification' [ENC]. In Roman times
it was during the
time when the sun was in Aquarius that people cleaned their homes, farms and
barns after the
long dark winter."
"By cultivating one's nature one will return to virtue. When virtue
is perfect, one will be one with the Beginning. Being one with the
Beginning, one becomes vacuous, and being vacuous, one becomes great. One
will then be united with the sound and breath of things. When one is
united with the sound and breath of things, one is then united with the
universe. This unity is intimate and seems to be stupid and foolish.
This is called profound and secret virtue, this is complete harmony."
- Taoism. Chuang Tzu 12
7. The Bull Transcended
"Astride the bull, I reach home.
I am serene. The bull too can rest.
The dawn has come. In blissful repose,
Within my thatched dwelling I have abandoned the whip and rope."
Comment: "All is one law, not two. We only make the bull a temporary subject.
It is as the relation of rabbit and
trap, of fish and net. It is as gold and dross, or the moon emerging from a
cloud. One path of clear light travels on
throughout endless time."
"Light and darkness, life and death, right and left, are brothers of one another. They are inseparable. Because of this neither are the good good, nor evil evil, nor is life life, nor death death. For this reason each one will dissolve into its earliest origin. But those who are exalted above the world are indissoluble, eternal."