Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Self Entitled Elite

By Karl NE

It is strange how often there is someone or a group of people that call themselves an elite among others.This is more appearant in small and loose sectlike groups, than in real organizations. Such entitlement proves in reality nothing. It is almost certain that the elite is an elite of only big words. They are in fact not higher than average in any area; not morally, spiritually, physically e.t.c.

Is there any demands to join the elite and what is there to prove - for yourself and to others?

To think you belong to the elite, reconsider if this is not but mere wishes from your own part. To belong to the elite is to prove yourself by action, what face this now may take. Belonging in a club of a self-entitled elite proves nothing, this is just a way to feel better in the grim everyday situation and it is the same sort of mental security-net that keeps you from falling down from the status quo.

The true elite takes first action over their own life, and act accordingly. The follow their cause and live for their strength and dispatch their weakness. The look over the material gain in life, are not stuck among the small minds. They maintain self-discipline and are not flattered. They seek honour in life and death.They serve balance between Apollo and Dionysos, between Brahma and Shiva, between Gods and Titans.
They are terrible yet wonderful!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Monday, January 13, 2014

Astrology Quotes by C.G.Jung

Taken from blog COSMODROMIUM

We are born at a given moment in a given place and like vintage years of wine we have the qualities of the year and of the season in which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything else
- C.G.Jung

Astrology is one of the intuitive methods like the I Ching, geomantics, and other divinatory procedures. It is based upon the synchronicity principle, i.e. meaningful coincidence. ... Astrology is a naively projected psychology in which the different attitudes and temperaments of man are represented as gods and identified with planets and zodiacal constellations. 
- C.G. Jung

The starry vault of heaven is in truth the open book of cosmic projection, in which are reflected the mythologems, i.e., the archetypes. In this vision astrology and alchemy, the two classical functionaries of the psychology of the collective unconscious, join hands. 
- C.G. Jung

Astrology is of particular interest to the psychologist, since it contains a sort of psychological experience which we call projected - this means that we find the psychological facts as it were in the constellations. This originally gave rise to the idea that these factors derive from the stars, whereas they are merely in a relation of synchronicity with them. I admit that this is a very curious fact which throws a peculiar light on the structure of the human mind. .... C.G. Jung in 1947 in a letter to prof. B.V. Raman

So far as the personality is still potential, it can be called transcendent, and so far as it is unconscious, it is indistinguishable from all those things that carry its projections...[that is,] symbols of the outside world and the cosmic symbols. These form the psychological basis for the conception of man as a macrocosm through the astrological components of his character.
 - C.G. Jung

Astrologers are influenced by theosophy, so they say, "That is very simple, it is just vibration!" ... But what is vibration? They say it is light energy, perhaps electricity, they are not quite informed. At all events the vibrations that could influence us have never been seen, so it remains just a word. - C. G. Jung in 1929

Our modern science begins with astronomy. Instead of saying that man was led by psychological motives, they formerly said he was led by his stars. ... The puzzling thing is that there is really a curious coincidence between astrological and psychological facts, so that one can isolate time from the characteristics of an individual, and also, one can deduce characteristics from a certain time. Therefore we have to conclude that what we call psychological motives are in a way identical with star positions. Since we cannot demonstrate this, we must form a peculiar hypothesis. This hypothesis says that the dynamics of our psyche is not just identical with the position of the stars, nor has it to do with vibrations - that is an illegitimate hypothesis. It is better to assume that i is a phenomenon of time. ... The stars are simply used by man to serve as indicators of time... 
- C.G. Jung in 1929

The collective unconscious...appears to consist of mythological motifs or primordial images, for which reason the myths of all nations are its real exponents. In fact the whole of mythology could be taken as a sort of projection of the collective unconscious. We can see this most clearly if we look at the heavenly constellations, whose originally chaotic forms are organized through the projection of images. This explains the influence of the stars as asserted by astrologers. These influences are nothing but unconscious, introspective perceptions of the collective unconscious. 
- C.G. Jung

Synchronicity does not admit causality in the analogy between terrestrial events and astrological constellations ... What astrology can establish are the analogous events, but not that either series is the cause or the effect of the other. (For instance, the same constellation may at one time signify a catastrophe and at another time, in the same case, a cold in the head.) ... In any case, astrology occupies a unique and special position among the intuitive methods... I have observed many cases where a well-defined psychological phase, or an analogous event, was accompanied by a transit (particularly when Saturn and Uranus were affected).
 - C. G. Jung

Obviously astrology has much to offer psychology, but what the latter can offer its elder sister is less evident. So far as I judge, it would seem to me advantageous for astrology to take the existence of psychology into account, above all the psychology of the personality and of the unconscious. 
- C.G. Jung

It is indeed very difficult to explain the astrological phenomenon. I am not in the least disposed to an either-or explanation. I always say that with a psychological explanation there is only the alternative: either and or! This seems to me to be the case with astrology too. 
- C.G. Jung in a letter to Hans Bender, April 10, 1958, C.G. Jung Letters, Volume 2, 1951-1961, p. 428.

The truth is that astrology flourishes as never before. There is a regular library of astrological books and magazines that sell for far better than the best scientific works. The Europeans and Americans who have horoscopes cast for them may be counted not by the hundred thousand but by the million. Astrology is a flourishing industry. ... If such a large percentage of the population has an insatiable need for this counter pole to the scientific spirit, we can be sure that the collective psyche in every individual - be he never so scientific - has this psychological requirement in equally high degree. A certain kind of "scientific" scepticism and criticism in our time is nothing but a misplaced compensation of the powerful and deep-rooted superstitious impulses of the collective psyche. 
- C.G. Jung, Two Essays on Analytical Psychology

While studying astrology I have applied it to concrete cases many times. ... The experiment is most suggestive to a versatile mind, unreliable in the hands of the unimaginative, and dangerous in the hands of a fool, as those intuitive methods always are. If intelligently used the experiment is useful in cases where it is a matter of an opaque structure. It often provides surprising insights. The most definite limit of the experiment is lack of intelligence and literal-mindedness of the observer. ... Undoubtedly astrology today is flourishing as never before in the past, but it is still most unsatisfactorily explored despite very frequent use. It is an apt tool only when used intelligently. It is not at all foolproof and when used by a rationalistic and narrow mind it is a definite nuisance.
- C. G. Jung: Letters, volume 2, 1951-1961, pages 463-464, letter to Robert L. Kroon, 15 November 1958

Astrology is knocking at the gates of our universities: A Tübingen professor has switched over to astrology and a course on astrology was given at Cardiff University last year. Astrology is not mere superstition but contains some psychological facts (like theosophy) which are of considerable importance. Astrology has actually nothing to do with the stars but is the 5000-year-old psychology of antiquity and the Middle Ages. - 
C.G. Jung in a letter to L. Oswald on December 8, 1928, in C.G. Jung, Letters, vol. 1, 1973

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Kenneth Clark`s "Civilisation"

The last two or three years, occasionaly a local channel played a documentary-series that from the first view catched my attention. For these simple reasons.
First of all , it look old (Before i got the info, I thought it was from late 70`s or something) , and as much old is something the less politically-correct it is. 2nd the narrator, the great landscapes and the whole picture in general are very impressive. Its really suprizing in how many locations they had visit for this documentary and the variety these series have. 

The title of the documentary i`m talking about is "Civilisation". And its about European art and philosophy and every aspect of it. 
When i was watching that , afterwards i was describing it to friends but because i was always missing the opening i did not knew the name of the documentary and the one that the tv programm has written was different. Few weeks ago i saw a theme about it at a Swedish blog (Sorry i forgot its name). From the pictures posted there 
i immediately recognized that its the same series i`m watching the last years. After a research i did,  it seems that its a very famous documentary which lately also released as blu-ray.
The full title is "Civilisation : A Personal View by Kenneth Clark". Click on it to see more info at wikipedia. 

I mentioned some of the many positives. Negatives? Fortunately very few. One of them is that the most important era (Hellenic & Roman antiquity) that shaped the what we call today Western Civilization is missing. (To a point thats understandable. Such a huge, big-budget production will take twice the episodes to  cover this era. Ofcourse there is references, but still...). Also , the episode 13 is not really needed. For example, from my point of view, scyscrapers is not a product of any civilization or culture but a symptom of a sick and dying world. Without a doubt, humanitarianism is indeed spiritually inferior.

Here is the full documentary (Click on each title) on youtube along with the official description for each episode.

Episode 1 
In this the first episode Clark--travelling from Byzantine Ravenna to the Celtic Hebrides, from the Norway of the Vikings to Charlemagne's chapel at Aachen--tells his story of the Dark Ages, the six centuries following the collapse of the Roman Empire.

Episode 2
Clark tells of the sudden reawakening of European civilisation in the 12th century. He traces it from its first manifestations in the Cluny Abbey to the Basilica of St Denis and finally to its high point, the building of Chartres cathedral.

Episode 3
Beginning at a castle in the Loire and then traveling through the hills of Tuscany and Umbria to the cathedral baptistry at Pisa, Clark examines both the aspirations and achievements of the later Middle Ages in France and Italy.

Episode 4
Visiting Florence, Clark argues that European thought gained a new impetus from its rediscovery of its classical past. He also visits the palaces at Urbino and Mantua and other centres of (Renaissance) civilisation.

Episode 5
Here Clark takes the viewer back to 16th century Papal Rome--noting the convergence of Christianity and antiquity. He discusses Michelangelo, Raphael, and Leonardo da Vinci; the courtyards of the Vatican; the rooms decorated for the Pope by Raphael; and the Sistine Chapel.

Episode 6
Clark takes the viewer back to the Reformation--to the Germany of Albrecht Duerer and Martin Luther and the world of the humanists Erasmus, Montaigne, and Shakespeare.

Episode 7
Again in the Rome of Michelangelo and Bernini, Clark tells of the Catholic Church's fight against the Protestant north--the Counter-Reformation-- and the Church's new splendour symbolised by the glory of St. Peter’s.

Episode 8
Clark tells of new worlds in space and in a drop of water--worlds that the telescope and microscope revealed--and the new realism in the Dutch paintings of Rembrandt and others artists that took the observation of human character to a higher stage of development.

Episode 9
Clark talks of the harmonious flow and complex symmetries of the works of Bach, Handel, Haydn, and Mozart and the reflection of their music in the architecture of the Rococo churches and palaces of Bavaria.

Episode 10
Clark discusses the Age of Enlightenment, tracing it from the polite conversations of the elegant Parisian salons of the 18th century to subsequent revolutionary politics, the great European palaces of Blenheim and Versailles, and finally Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.

Episode 11
Belief in the divinity of nature, Clark argues, usurped Christianity’s position as the chief creative force in Western civilisation and ushered in the Romantic movement. Clark visits Tintern Abbey and the Alps and discusses the landscape paintings of Turner and Constable.

Episode 12
Clark argues that the French Revolution led to the dictatorship of Napoleon and the dreary bureaucracies of the 19th century, and he traces the disillusionment of the artists of Romanticism--from Beethoven's music to Byron's poetry, Delacroix's paintings, and Rodin's sculpture.

Episode 13
Clark concludes the series with a discussion of the materialism and humanitarianism of the 19th and 20th centuries. He visits the industrial landscape of 19th century England and the skyscrapers of 20th century New York. He argues that the achievements of the engineers and scientists—such as Brunel and Rutherford—have been matched by those of the great reformers like Wilberforce and Shaftsbury.