Here, Carl Jung’s Wotan *, the essay entitled, “Woden As Archetype – The Carl Jung Essay”, written by New Zealand’s Dr. Kerry. A selection from Wotan by Carl Jung, Note: see here for the essay Jung wrote at the end of the first world war, and here for the essay he wrote at the end of. Carl jung wotan essay. “That the sons of revolted russian revolution who in the essay of God saw the. The figure of the heroic popular leader.

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Then, the archetypes begin to function, as happens, also, in the lives of individuals when they are confronted with situations that cannot be dealt with in any of the familiar ways.

Carl Jung on Hitler as Personification of the Wotan Archetype

Things must be concealed in the background which we cannot imagine at present, but we may expect them to appear in the course of the next few years or decades. Zarathustra, too, was a soothsayer, a magician, and the storm-wind:. Wotan confined himself to the berserkers, who found their esxay as the Blackshirts of mythical kings. A mind that is still childish thinks of the gods as metaphysical entities existing in their own right, or else regards them as playful or superstitious inventions.

The Romans identified Wotan with Mercury, but his character does not really correspond to any Roman or Greek god, although there are certain resemblances. Jung when writing this in the s was attempting to suggest remedies for the modern predicament of civilised man.

Our souls as well cael our bodies are jhng of individual elements which were all already present in the ranks of our ancestors. Jung continues with another prophetic vision among the Caro of the return of Wotan:. He simply disappeared when the times turned against him, and remained invisible for more than a thousand years, working anonymously and indirectly. We are always convinced that the modern world is a reasonable world, basing our opinion on economic, political, and psychological factors.

He is the god of storm and frenzy, the unleasher of passions and the lust of battle; moreover he is a superlative magician and artist in illusion who is versed in all secrets of an occult nature. From either point of view the parallel between Wotan redivivus and the social, political, and psychic storm that is shaking Germany might have at least the value of parable.


They go to an enormous amount of trouble to make it look less alarming by dressing it up in a conciliatory historical garb and giving us consoling glimpses of great figures such as Meister Eckhart, who was, also, a German and, also, ergriffen.

The layers of the psyche might be seen as analogous to the layers of the human brain, which is a physiological record of cerebral evolution that includes the most primal, the limbic system and the central core, and the most recentthe cerebral cortex.

Like a dammed river, its unleashing had the potential to follow a course of ecstatic creative energy or destruction to the point of self-destruction.

It seizes everything in its path and overthrows everything that is not firmly rooted. They have a high degree of autonomy, which does not disappear, when the manifest images change.

Intelligent people who will not confuse them with the crude Wotan-worshippers whose faith is a mere pretense. There is general agreement that many of the things in the unconscious have become unconscious as a result of repression[…]. A mind that is still childish thinks of the gods as metaphysical entities existing in their own right, or else regards them as playful or superstitious inventions.

C. G. Jung – Essay on Wotan [w. Nietzsche]

The German youths who celebrated the solstice with sheep-sacrifices were not the first to hear the rustling in the primeval forest of the unconsciousness. Last year I rudely awakened to a life threatening health crisis, despite decades of sustained athleticism and appearing to be in very good shape, especially for my age. Thanks for buying the books Mr Smith. It seems to have been something that had been awakened by the combined savagery and technology of World War I, and as the poem cited below of the soldier Hitler indicates, he was already coconscious of this in Wotan is not only a god of rage and frenzy who embodies the instinctual and emotional aspect of the unconscious.

It seems to me that Wotan hits the mark as an hypothesis. According to Jung, all archetypes develop favourable and unfavourable effects. He is particularly enlightening in regard to a general phenomenon, which is so strange to anybody not a German that it remains incomprehensible, even after the deepest reflection. A Jungian explanation of repression is that:. It seems to me that Wotan hits the mark as an hypothesis.

Wotan confined himself to the berserkers, who found their vocation as the Blackshirts of mythical kings. Nevertheless, it is one of the most dramatic events in the history of humanity. We thus pay our tribute to the time of storm and stress in Germany, but we never mention it, and this enables us to feel vastly superior.


Comments 7 You can skip to the end and leave a response. This essay presents some interesting notions to personally reconcile.

They draw shining steel — but instead of going into combat They solidify into stalagmites. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: In orin his poem To the Unknown God, Nietzsche had written: Wotan is an Wotwn of men, and, unless one wishes to deify Hitler — which has indeed actually happened — he is really the only explanation. It is sometimes said that the Swiss are crl averse to making a problem of themselves.

The cheap accusation of anti-Semitism that has been levelled at me on the grounds of this criticism is about as intelligent as accusing me of an anti-Chinese prejudice.

This silent revolution has taken place almost without our noticing it.

Madness and Civilization, Cosmos and History: An Anthology: ‘Wotan’ by Carl Jung ()

But Jung played the role of St Paul in a quite different sense. We thus lose sight of dotan most peculiar feature of this whole phenomenon, namely, the dramatic aspect of the Ergreifer and the Ergriffener. The imagery has the characteristics of Wotan as leader of the Wild Hunt. The longer it has flowed in this channel the more likely it is that sooner or later the water will return to its old bed. And blowest through my life like a storm.

If you know any addicts of any type you,ll know how unreliable and manipulating they jubg. We’re hoping to rely on our loyal readers rather than erratic ads. Yahweh was no exception to this rule, and the Philistines, Edomites, Amorites, and the rest, who were outside the Yahweh experience, must certainly have found it exceedingly disagreeable. Wotan is an Ergreifer of men, and, unless one wishes to deify Hitler — which has indeed actually happened — he is really the only explanation.

I have never forgotten this little book, for it struck witan the time as a forecast of the Easay weather.

How can you talk intimately with a nation? Hence why he says in the essay: