Symbols inspire contemplation and hope. Science uses them as the intellect is rarely sufficient to perceive the feelings. Can a computer dream? Marie Louise von Franz described the clock as symbolizing a soulless universe. When it became the tool to measure, symbols were no longer a part of the rhythm of nature. Have you noticed how time fluctuates? Like waiting for a kettle to boil, it slows down. When we are worry-free, it speeds up.
We need the balance of theory, i.e. Time, as we need grounding. But, floating in water and contemplating the “world soul” as Jung suggested is worth at least half our time. A psycho-physical unity of dazzle and damp.
In the English language of theatre, which is more effective, projecting your voice and body to portray an action or feeling, or summoning the feeling to temper your sound and movement? The first is an out growth of religious theatricals. Mainly repetitive largesse. The second is a strictly emotional strength that intrigues and entertains. The hand symbol of praying is actually a symbol of resolving opposites. The duality always existing in nature.
We are coming to believe in the brain existing in the stomach. The ancients saw the belly button as being the center of the universe. How we are connected to the world.
Breath and blood are the conduits of interconnectedness. We kiss to give our energy and receive another’s. Blood is also sacred as it contains the soul. The symbol of baptism is connecting liquids.
Moving and marriage are times of transition. In ancient culture neither was initiated thru individual free will. Today we choose to think we have control over both concepts. Certainly Artificial Intelligence intimates we have choice.
Animal symbolism has a kind of power of hope. The Monkey has numbers and writing. The Bear has healing magical talents. The Buffalo has a central role in vision quests. The Dog has Loyalty and the Cat has power of illumination, as it sees in the dark.
As water sustains us, both internally and externally, it also reminds us, through floods and whirlpools, how we must remain in balance. The sacred power of water gave birth to Venus.
Relationships are our most hopeful pleasure and sustain our trust through love.