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“The psychological rule says that when an inner situation is not made conscious, it happens outside, as fate. That is to say, when the individual remains undivided and does not become conscious of his inner opposite, the world must perforce act out the conflict and be torn into opposing halves.” Aion. - Carl Gustav Jung


“The psyche evolved in the context of the world” - Carl Gustav Jung


Image adaption: credit: Foreign Policy

Photograph of Greek inscription at the Bollingen “Tower” of C.G. Jung; the inscription itself dates to 1950.

The central figure is Homunculus-Mercurius-Telesphorus, wearing a hooded cape and carrying a lantern. He is surrounded by a quaternary Mandala of alchemical significance, with the top quarter dedicated to Saturnus, the bottom quarter to Mars, the left quarter to Sol-Jupiter (“male”) and the right quarter to Luna-Venus (“female”). The Greek inscription translates to approximately:
“Aion (Time, Eternity, the Eon) is a child at play, gambling; a child’s is the kingship. Telesphorus ("the Accomplisher”) traverses the dark places of the world, like a star flashing from the deep, leading the way to the Gates of the Sun and the Land of Dreams"

Time is a child at play, gambling; a child’s is the kingship is a fragment attributed to Heraclitus.

to the Gates of the Sun and the Land of Dreams is a quote of the Odyssey (24.11), referring to Hermes the psychopomp leading the spirits of the slain suitors away.

                Ὁ.ΑΙΩΝ.Π
            ΑΙΣ.ΕΣΤΙ.ΠΑΙΖΩ
            Ν.ΠΕΤΤΕΥΩΝ.Π
            ΑΙΔΟΣ.Ἡ.ΒΑΣΙ
               ΛΗ [♄] ΙΗ  
ΤΕΛΕΣ                             ΦΟΡΟΣ  
ΔΙΕΛΑΥ                           ΝΩΝ.ΤΟ  
 ΥΣ.ΣΚ                           ΟΤΕΙΝ  
 [☉ ♃]            [☿]            [♀ ☾] ΟΥΣ
                                             ΤΟΥ
ΚΟΣΜΟΥ.                         ΤΟΠΟΥ
Σ.ΚΑΙ.ὩΣ.                          ΑΣΤΗΡ.
ΑΝΑΛ              ΑΜΠΩ         Ν.ΕΚ.ΤΟ
Υ.ΒΑ             ΘΟ [♂] ΥΣ.      ὉΔ
                  ΗΓΕΙ   ΠΑΡ᾽
               ΗΕΛΙΟΙΟ.ΠΥΛΑΣ.Κ
                 ΑΙ.ΔΗΜΟΝ.Ο
                    ΝΕΙΡΩΝ