Life/Death #4: Letting Go

  1. “The world into which we are born is brutal and cruel, and at the same time of divine beauty. Which element we think outweighs the other, whether meaninglessness or meaning, is a matter of temperament. If meaninglessness were absolutely preponderant, the meaningfulness of life would vanish to an increasing degree with each step in our development. But that is – or seems to me – not the case. Probably, as in all metaphysical questions, both are true: life is – or has – meaning and meaninglessness. I cherish the anxious hope that meaning will preponderate and win the battle.” – C. G. Jung – the Undiscovered Self 

We are entering an ending to a new beginning, as Leo season is ending, and Virgo season is beginning. Grief and loss are part of the growing/healing process, one leaves to make room for something deeper, for our next evolution in this life; whether it is a death of a person, or a death of a relationship.  

It is, the second full moon in Aquarius, and it is of freedom and expansion. The feels are intense right now. Life and death are all in the cycles of nature, and this is why, it intrigues me, and why I post so much about it. Let’s continue to grow together. More C.G. Jung, from Dreams, Memories, Reflections, below: 

“Death is indeed a fearful piece of brutality; there is no sense pretending otherwise. It is brutal not only as a physical event, but far more so psychically: a human being is torn away from us, and what remains is the icy stillness of death. There no longer exists any hope of a relationship, for all the bridges have been smashed at one blow. Those who deserve a long life are cut off in the price of their years, and good-for-nothings live to a ripe old age. This is a cruel reality which we have no right to sidestep. The actual experience of the cruelty and wantonness of death can so embitter us that we conclude there is no merciful God, no justice, and no kindness.” 

“From another point of view, however, death appears as a joyful event. In the light of eternity, it is a wedding, a mysterium coniunctionis. The soul attains, as it were, its missing half, it achieves wholeness. On Greek sarcophagi the joyous element was represented by dancing girls, on Etruscan tombs by banquets. When the pious Cabbalist Rabbi Simon ben Jochai came to die, his friends said he was celebrating his wedding. To this day it is the custom in many regions to hold a picnic on the graves on All Souls’ Day. Such customs express the feeling that death is really a festive occasion.” 

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