Saturday, July 19, 2008

Axiom of Maria - A Little Alchemy

[Drawing from Rosarium philosophorum]. It depicts the son or king in the form of an hermaphrodite. He/She acts as the mediator uniting the one with the three (the Axiom of Maria). In the background a pelican is opening its breast to feed its young. Standing on a writhing serpent that has three heads, the hermaphrodite rises out of the triadic (3) process of emergence as He/She unites the four (4) in a way whereby the four are joined as the union of persons.

The Axiom of Maria [from wikipedia]:.

A precept in alchemy: "One becomes two, two becomes three, and out of the third comes the one as the fourth."

Jung used the axiom of Maria as a metaphor for the whole process of individuation. One is the original state of unconscious wholeness; two signifies the conflict between opposites; three points to a potential resolution; the third is the transcendent function; and the one as the fourth is a transformed state of consciousness, relatively whole and at peace.

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