Wizardry with elephants
When I was a small child of six or seven, I was 'transferred' from Pocklington, the tiny village and tinier school at which I had been taught, to a larger town in the middle of Yorkshire called Bridlington. The school was 'Moorfield', and a long time after its 'special' education I came to be described as a polymath, which means 'an expert in many fields' or 'more fields', as it were. While at 'Moorfield's' I was taught using an experimental 60s method that employed Sufi techniques, 'whirling dervish' dance and all.
The Sufis were Moors who had an ecstatic form of worship in which, wearing cloaks and holding in place with one hand their toweringly tubular ceremonial hats, they span round and round, the effect produced being something like a spinning top, and the idea being to invoke a loss of the sense of ego that would bring them closer to God; which is one of the reasons why the point within the circumference, is seen - by psychologist Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) and others - as a symbol of the ego's relationship with the invisible transpersonal 'Self'.1
Indeed, Carl Jung wrote extensively on one of the great riddles of the twentieth century, the UFO phenomenon, suggesting that, properly understood, flying saucers or UFOs (some the cognoscenti labelled 'spinning tops') were also symbolic, that is, representative of the higher 'Self'.2 If God is in the heavens, then UFOs appearing from above to take us there would be a logical response to the needs of the higher or spiritual man who wants to be closer to the divine. Clearly there is a need for symbol systems that point us towards and connect us with the heavenly, irrespective of whether we believe UFOs to be psychologically symbolical or physically practical. Perhaps we should, therefore, look to older symbol systems in order to try to see if they would seek to take us to the same place. In this way we may be able to justify - or at least understand - the modern myth of belief in UFOs.
There is a Zen koan; 'If a tree falls in the forest and there is noone there to hear it, does it make a sound?' The reader is meant to experience a frustration of ratiocination in, as we say, 'trying to get my head round it', which takes their consciousness to a higher level. Try another; 'What is the sound of one hand clapping?'3 Sufi riddles, like Zen koans, aren't simple either. They are designed to be meditated upon and pondered over till their meaning becomes clear. One of the books we were asked to read at school was full of Sufi-style riddles, the simplest being:
Q: What time is it when an elephant sits on a fence?
A: Time to get a new fence.
The joke, of course, is that a fence would break if an elephant sat on it. As a child, I was always very literal in my understanding; and for the life of me I couldn't see why an elephant would want to sit on the fence to begin with. Maybe it was because the time was special? Like a signal for the apocalypse and the Archangel Gabriel's blowing of his trumpet at the Last Judgement, for example? No, seriously. The thought crossed my mind. The best place to judge is to sit on the fence. After all, if you think about it, it's what the umpire does at the Wimbledon and Flushing Meadows lawn tennis championships. Can't you just hear John McEnroe? 'That soul was in!' I am almost 50 years old now, and after 40 years or so I think I may have found a satsfactory solution to the riddle. The elephant is, logically enough, a symbol. The motif that first suggested itself was the four-armed Ganesh, the elephant god of Indian mythology and, some would argue, itself a symbol of the invisible transpersonal 'Self'.4
What is the fascination we, as human beings, have with representations in art and mythology of humanoids with six limbs? Clearly an extra pair of hands would be helpful. In Judaeo-Christian tradition, we often see depictions of human figures with additional limbs in the shape of wings like the angels; in fact, Archangels or Seraphim are doctrinally believed by the Catholic Church to have six wings.5 They are helpful too, of course. Spiritual beings that are there to raise us up to heaven. Is Ganesh, therefore, and the elephant symbol generally (elephants are luck charms in Arabia where there are none), representative of the spiritual side of man's nature that, invisibly but powerfully, helps to raise his level of development?
Scientifically, it has long been posited that it's a person's aura that has given credence to the idea of humans as partaking of the divine in such a way that they are deemed to possess wings. We might think of our aura as extending around us in the manner of a constantly fluctuating, inflating and deflating baloon.
Psychophysically, it seems likely that, were the twin hemispheres of our brain fully actualized, in terms of our aura they'd baloon outward and appear in the fashion of an angel's outstretched wings. Our aura would then appear to have similarities with the elephant's silhouette - especially as seen from behind - as we often find it in childrens' books such as The Story of Babar the Elephant (1931).6
In Kundalini or Tantric yoga,7 there are two serpents, male and female that, during sexual-instinctual or psycho-spiritual activity, rise up from the base of the spine which, by no means coincidentally, is an energy point known as the elephant chakra. Ganesh, in fact, is often depicted as being there with serpents about his body. He is called 'Lord of Beginnings' as well as 'Lord of Obstacles' because the transforming of instinctual into spiritual power represents a long, arduous climb up the chakra 'ladder'. We might think of the Kundalini serpents, therefore, as invisible additional pairs of hands - or de facto potential wings - necessary to the journey. The image that comes readily to mind is, of course, that of the fallen angels with their blasted wings after rebelling against God. Symbolic of the egoist's outreaching of himself in the quest for higher consciousness, wingless Satan is the serpent/angel in Eden who tempts Adam to Fall even before he has wings, and it is God's promise that 'man shall be greater than the angels' (Hebrews 2: 9). The myth of Icarus whose hubris caused him to fly too close to the sun and fell into the sea is a further reminder of how circumspect man is expected to be if he is to become god-like. How might our wings, then, appear? According to perceived experts, the normally achieved zenith associated with sexual fulfilment and the raising of a family is, in terms of chakra level, somewhere centred around the belly, although in more spiritually oriented individuals the Kundalini or serpent energy can rise up to the crown of the head or lotus chakra, passing through all of the energy points along the spine, including one in the region of the throat known as the purification chakra.
A chakra called the 'snow white elephant'. We might think of the elephant as 'relaxed' prior to its spiritual level rising as it passes through the temptations that are 'the world, the flesh and the devil' to reach the higher level of the ajna chakra cleansed, having overcome every psychological obstacle on each chakra level in the manner of a spiritual Nintendo master, symbolized by the figure of Ganesh as 'Lord of Obstacles'. Afterwards, with the spirit renewed and released at the ajna chakra into a greater level of conscious awareness, the elephant might be thought of as existing in a state of excitement and blowing its trumpet.
In some ways we have to put ourselves in the place of the blind men who were asked to examine an elephant and say what it was to them. Each had a different perspective. Each gave a different answer. The one who examined the tail exclaimed to the others that what they'd been asked to look at was a piece of rope. Obviously ours has two heads. But we shouldn't be fooled by our eyesight either. Human beings are victims of chirality or handedness, that is, we are left or right-handed, and our 'other' limb is about as much use as a piece of rope when it comes to the dexterity required for the performing of more spiritual tasks such as writing. Our elephant, therefore, doesn't have a lop-sided look to it because it represents a spiritually balanced individual who has overcome the handicap of chirality to harmonize the creative and active hemispheres of the cerebrum. Indeed, we can only tell which end is which - or which side - by the spot representing its eye, a vestigial sign, as it were, of the ego's role in self-actualization. Sightedness, of course, has its advantages. With our increased understanding, we can change our perspective and recognize our 'cartoon' elephant's trunk and tail as not only resembling but symbolizing the wings in our Archangel or seraphic aura model.
In Graeco-Roman mythology, the chakra system is represented by the caduceus or magic wand of Hermes/Mercury, a divine messenger who, like our seraphim, possesses six wings; his wingéd sandals, wingéd helmet, and wingéd wand, that is, the spinal-column's penis-instinct mind-
spirit development package. As a way of emphasizing which, the god is often represented as the bust of a head on a column with a penis prominently displayed.
Our elephant symbol would then denote the aura or energy field created by the activation of Hermes' caduceus, that is, the chakra system - at least as far as the ajna or elephant chakra.
There are, of course, further parallels between the elephant blowing its trumpet and the Archangel Gabriel of Judaeo-Christian tradition, that is, the angel who heralds the approach of God's 'heavenly kingdom' (Luke 1:1:33).
In Hinduism the devotees receive gifts from heaven in two ways, that is, either by petitioning the angels or the demons; in any event, it is the angels that give the gifts, either directly or indirectly through the demons.8 So, what has this to do with our fence-sitting elephant? Well, in the Judaeo-Christian tradition there are three levels of angels, the heavenly led by Michael, the Captain of the hosts of God, the fallen or 'rebel' angels led by Lucifer (also known as Satanael the Elder), and the 'doubting' angels9 - Zwilare in German - or, in the English vernacular, those who - like our elephant in the Sufi riddle - 'sit on the fence', that is, those who weren't sure whether they should remain loyal to the hosts of God under Michael or join the rebellious angels under Satan. But they are important for another reason too. In English slang the word 'fence' means 'one who sells stolen property', which reminds us of the 'heavenly gifts' that are 'fenced', as it were, to our Hindu demons who pass them on to their petitioners.
Our 'doubting' angels or zwilare correspond, in psychological terms, to the person whose 'left hand doesn't know what his right is doing', that is, the 'heavenly gifts' are not at the disposal of he to whom they belong; or, in other words, the vulnerable personality is at the mercy of the unscrupulous who represents the demonic, and to use a further example of colloquial English, what we mean when we say 'given with one hand and taken away with the other', that is, the heavenly angels - symbolizing the good genius of the invisible transpersonal 'Self' present in our best efforts - pass on the gifts of God to our 'doubting' angel or, in more modern terms, the manic creativity of our less capable ego-fractured 'Self' who, often 'in two minds' and hesitantly fence sitting, is unable to take advantage of the products of his own mind, and is taken advantage of, acting, as it were, as a 'fence' through which the fallen angels or demons, that is, the exploiters (enslavers) of our best human potential, appropriate the heavenly gifts (profits) that they then distribute to their worshippers (shareholders); and if this sounds like an exaggeratedly confused conflation of opposed realities, that is, the spiritual and the material worlds, take a look at the back streets of India where child labourers in sweat shops sew their lives away for purportedly unwitting high street clothes' stores and less than a meagre pittance.
If this is, as it surely is, business economics, what does it have to do with the reality of what is required, the change in consciousness necessary to benefit from our own efforts? Well, in Hinduism, the yogi or mystic passes through the state known as schizophrenia, that is, what we are taught to think of as a mix up of warring or multiple personalities, on the way to selfhood.10 We might remember our Kundalini serpents, representing the libido that is transformed into spirituality and how, because Adam didn't follow God's instructions on how to live in Eden, he is tempted by that whispering instinct which is, perhaps, best represented by the figure of Kaa, the snake in Walt Disney's version of Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book (1967) with its 'Trusssst in meeee' cajoling of Mowgli.
Adam, of course, beguiled by Satan in the guise of a serpent, loses paradisical immortality because he doesn't accept the guidance (neither did Satan) of his higher power: a salutary lesson (Genesis 3:5). Christianity often talks of 'testing the spirits to see if they are true' (John 4:1), which is a way of acknowledging the ofttimes ambivalent nature of communications from the level of unconscious instinct trying to mediate inspirations from our spiritual nature. We have to listen with care to what our 'inner voice' may be saying in order to become attuned to our 'higher man'. In Walt Disney's Dumbo (1941) it's the elephant's ears that are his wings; although he carries a symbolic 'magic' feather to indicate that, without the angels' gift, he wouldn't be able to attune himself to the divine word and ascend into the heavenly realm.
One who adheres to the 'Word', in Christian parlance, follows the path of the higher self (John 1:14). He achieves self-actualization and is, as it were, 'in heaven' or 'One with God', that is, 'the Godhead' in Buddhist or Hindu parlance, where he is, presumably, entitled to those 'heavenly gifts' of which we have spoken - whatever they might be.
However, if the 'Angelic One' can be prevented from achieving 'godhood', he/she remains at the mercy of instinct, the many-sided whisperings of the desirous soul we term 'schizophrenia', and the 'heavenly gifts' that are his/hers can be stolen. How? Because the multi-faceted personality, when schizophrenic, is the psychological equivalent of those parallel universes that, according to the quantum physicists,11 coexist alongside what we think of as our own. We might think of them as alternatives that could become realities if we have the will. 'God moves in mysterious ways,' we learn quite early in our general education (Romans 11:33), 'His wonders to perform.' And, in the world of quantum mechanics, God moves very mysteriously indeed. Science has discovered that we and all living matter are complex wave forms, and that this is what matter is. It has also been discovered that wave forms are made up of particles but, and here's the strangest thing, these particles behave differently when we are looking at them than when we are not. In the particle world a wave is a plethora of possible paths available to a particle, but only when we are looking does it choose a path. In other words, consciousness per se is deterministic in terms of what kind of physical world we inhabit, a world which is constellated from out the quantum web by us as we interactively observe it. Those among us with a differently differentiated kind of consciousness are often described, therefore, as 'living in a world of their own', and to a real extent this would be true - if they didn't have to share a world with the rest of us with our more materialistic-deterministic minds. That's why, in the Islamic world, we often find the tradition of the poisonous 'evil eye', and it is interesting to note that the talisman used to turn it aside is very similar to that point in the circle which we earlier interpreted as a symbol of the ego surrounded by the invisible transpersonal - and apparently protective - 'Self'.
Because of the role of the 'evil eye' in determining the world we inhabit, science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein (1907-88) describes our reality as a product of multiple-egoism. In The Number of the Beast12 he introduces a car as a symbol of the self-actualized individual that is able to access the plethora of possible alternative worlds that exist in his 'multiverse', a construct that symbolizes what kind of dream world we could inhabit if our consciousness were released into the care of our own imaginative selves rather than inhibited by the unmaginative minds of others.
The number of universes accessible to Heinlein’s multiversal spacecar is made to correspond to the mythical biblical 'number of the beast' in St John the Divine's 'Book of Revelation' (13:18). 'Let he that hath wisdom understand,' the reader of the New Testament is exhorted, 'six-hundred three score and six' is the 'number of a man'. In Heinlein's The Number of the Beast 666 becomes 6 raised to the power of 6 raised to the power of 6, an almost infinite number of possible alternatives, given the premise that it's the number of universes, and allows Heinlein to posit a quantum particle he calls a 'ficton', which means that, not only are the best of Candide's 'all possible worlds' to be found in his fiction, but the best of all possible fictional worlds, enabling his characters (time permitting) to visit the worlds of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, Frank L. Baum's Oz, and Edgar Rice Burroughs' Barsoom - amongst others.
The 'Beast' in Heinlein's novel is what might be described as the projected shadow of the 'evil eye', the egoism of unenlightened 'vested interest', that is, those exploiters who stand to profit from our ignorance of the greatness of what we are and have. In The Number of the Beast Heinlein's fabulous car contains four characters whose quest for peace - and escape from would-be car thieves - is designed to symbolically mirror the Jungian individual's self-actualization through differentiation of the four functions of consciousness (Thinking, Feeling, Sensation and Intuition13) to which the four characters (Jacob [Jake], Dejah Thoris [Deety], Zebediah [Zeb] and Hilda ['Sharpie']) are made explicitly to correspond. Hilda Sharp, for example, denotes the sharpness, and indeed combativeness, of female - or feminine - intuition and, symbolically, is Brünhilde, who takes the heroes to Valhalla when she's in the driving seat. But the obvious image that comes to mind is that of the biblical 'Jacob's ladder' (Genesis 28:12) - Jake is the inventor-owner of the car - upon which the angels of the Lord are seen to be ascending to heaven.
Clearly Heinlein's 666 is a chakra ladder, an individuation process14 that requires the four to develop a retentive memory capacity, that is, they learn by their mistakes and become wiser as they grow older. Like us with our elephant symbol, which would take on a similar dimension as a symbol of the actualizing 'Self' because, symbolic of memory, as everyone knows, 'an elephant never forgets'. That's why there are two elephants in the Hindu chakra ladder. It contains parallels with the Egyptian myth of the sun god Ra, a symbol of the ego who is reborn15 daily as Osiris but dis-remembered, that is, cut into pieces, by Set, the Evil One. There is then a mythic promise - against the 'evil eye' of shadow-possessed consciousnesses - in the form of a re-membering in which Ra-Osiris is restored as Horus who represents the higher or spiritual man that has to be re-remembered - as it were, a rebecoming.
Our elephant chakra at the base of the spine would then represent the unreflective and unconscious-Self, Ra in Egypt's mythology, and his son Osiris representing the threat of schizophrenia, that is, the fragmented personality symbolized as dismemberment. So, in Hinduism, there at the base of the spine, in the first elephant chakra, the conscious totality of the Self is already present in potentiam, a potentiality that becomes conscious or re-membered when the ajna chakra or 'white elephant' is actuated. And, in this way, we can truly say that the elephant never forgets because, though the Self be there unconscious, it is always waiting to become what it 'was, is, and ever shall be' - in the words of a popular Quaker hymn.
But it won't have escaped the notice of the perceptive reader that our seraphic elephant corresponds more closely to the figure of Osiris than Horus, that is, a truncation of what's possible in terms of human consciousness. It is a feature of the birth of Ganesh that one who has the evil eye burns his original head to ashes and he is given an elephant's head as recompense. We might say that Osiris represents the capacity of the Self to be remembered whereas Ganesh represents the capacity of the Self to never be forgotten. But we're still talking about a disintegrated Self's capacity for self-actualization, the unremembered and forgotten lot of the Van Gogh type of figure who, doubtless now recognized as a seraphic genius, reaching the heights of spirituality in his art, during his lifetime remained obscure and uncelebrated, crumbling woefully in his personal life and his finances. We might remember the painting of crows over a cornfield thought by many to represent Van Gogh's attempts to stave off the schizophrenia of a fragmenting personality.
People often describe such a personality as having something 'lacking' in them. From a yogic point of view such individuals represent a failure to deal with - and emerge from - schizophrenia, which as we have seen can be viewed as a stage in the development of a higher, more differentiated, and successful consciousness (symbolized in The Number of the Beast by the often warring personalities of the characters as - metaphorically - they try to decide who gets to sit in the ego's seat and drive). But the successful artist - like Robert A. Heinlein - is likely to escape his keepers, which is why, in the last century, we saw so many fall by the wayside because of the tempters with their drugs and alcohol. It is, therefore, interesting that the Tempter is often conflated with the figure of the Trickster16 identified by Carl Jung as a folkloristic archetype to be found in such tales as the Aesop's (620-560 BC) fable The Fox and the Crow where it is the task of the fox to trick the crow into dropping the cheese down to him from the seemingly unscaleable heights of the tree in which the crow is safely perched with his prize.
Perhaps that's why Van Gogh, in his determination to remain in command of his art and, figuratively speaking, not let fall his cheese, filled entire canvases with crows. As it says in the ancient Chinese book of wisdom, the I Ching, 'the superior man is kept down by the inferior man'17. Why? For profit. Van Gogh, a great artist, was 'unrecognized' and living in penury for his entire lifespan. Because that's what the unscrupulous do, take advantage of the creative personality (sell us your daubings now for a meal and later we'll sell them for $50,000,000) or create schizophrenic zwilare by giving the one who has reached the snow white heights of the elephant's ajna chakra forbidden fruit, that is, the apple in the shape of LSD, for example, that poisons the ‘third eye’, thus rendering it impossible for the victim (Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys and Syd Barrett of The Pink Floyd, for example) to enter the heavenly kingdom of the lotus and see with the eyes of the god within. Instead, he remains yearning expressively for what can now only be glimpsed inwards occasionally and is praised for his vision while his keepers line their pockets with their Judas' silver.
Those who remain or become schizophrenics may, because of their 'special' elephantine auras or energy fields, still randomly access, as it were, different aspects of Heinlein's 'multiverse'; but, as these artificially truncated and fragmented angels do so, their unscrupulous creators can appropriate the 'heavenly gifts' that await them there - whether the 'cheese' be a job opportunity, marriage, the latest car, new or unknown technology, alternative history or a cure for Aids.
The meaning of our Sufi riddle is, therefore twofold. When the trumpeting elephant (the angel Gabriel in Western tradition) 'wakes up' the yogi-type personality and he passes out of the condition of schizophrenia, through the process of purification centred, in psycho-physical terms, at the throat or what might be termed the Gabrielephant chakra, the 'fence' is broken, which means that an individual with the 'angelic' gifts of an Albert Einstein, Britney Spears or Bill Gates can no longer be used by the unscupulous to access the multiverse, that is, the plethora of possibilities open to a polymath, a gifted artist or Renaissance Man, and appropriate what they find there.
Perhaps, more importantly, all of this offers a ray of hope to the so-called 'mentally ill' person, that is, schizophrenia as a phase of the development of a transcendent consciousness which is able to both choose and accept from what they are given to understand by God (for want of a better word) is theirs. Why wouldn't Britney Spears proclaim herself the Anti-Christ; if she perceives the collective shadow of her Christian society as schizophrenically responsible for labelling her an 'unfit mother' because she's sexy? She was asserting herself as a woman of Eros. In the Bible the new redeeemer is given birth to by a woman 'clothed with the sun and with the moon at her feet' (Revelations 12:1), according to Jung18 a symbol of the synthesis of masculine (sun) and feminine (moon) principles that is essential if the human race is not going to allow the Sword of the masculine Logos (violence) to destroy it (the birth of the new redeemer is threatened by a devouring dragon, symbol of the collective shadow). In ancient Greece they termed what we have become used to from Christianity as enantiodromia, a denigration of Eros and a dangerous weighting in favour of spiritual-mindedness that can result in an inward repression that is manifested outwardly. Darker components of the collective psyche are projected so that the 'other' appears negative and inferior (as happened to the Jews in 1930s Nazi Germany), the exact opposite of what is intended by Christianity's lop-sided overemphasis on ego-consciouness. In Britney's case, a legitimate concern with the upbringing of young children, turning into an all-too-familiar shadow-projecting witchunt against a young woman clearly doing her best to love herself and her offspring under highly pressurized circumstances.
As a further example of society's shadow-side, let's take the genius who'd expected to receive the financial benefits of their work on hydrogen fuel cells for cars, but not if all their hard work had caused their mind to collapse and become fragmented so that they forgot to file the patent and their notes are stolen by unscrupulous agents of industrial espionage whose interests lie in ensuring that the genius - and those like him - 'drop the cheese'. In The Fox and the Crow we understand that it is no matter how often the tale is repeated for our instruction, there will always be crows and foxes because this is basic business economics. The creative are doomed to be schizophrenic - or to be labelled so in the case of Britney Spears (which amounts to the same thing; society projecting its own sickness onto the 'other' so that she has to accept herself as Antichristian to remain sane) - and vested interest will always make sure that schizophrenics remain so in order that the cheese will be dropped down to them.
Bill Gates, on the other hand, is clearly someone who didn't drop his cheese and became 'the Big Cheese' to whom all foxes had to defer in the hope of having some cheese. Witness the hard won so-called trade-restrictive monopoly's struggles with the regulators. We might think of the red tapers as corrupt bureaucrats in-the-making, preparing to act as a 'fence' for software licenses and contracts once entirely within the purview of the software giant, an elephant some might have wanted to see sit on that particular 'fence' in order to squash it flat; which is perhaps a part of the solution to the riddle: when the elephant of the Self is strong enough it is no longer schizophrenic (symbolized as fence sitting) and vulnerable to the exploitative (symbolized by the 'fence' as purveyor of 'stolen' goods) but independent and liberated (symbolized by the fence's crushing by our elephant as 'Lord of Obstacles').
So, what kind of development would our symbols require in order to illustrate Bill Gates' kind of higher consciousness, the sort we are discussing? Microsoft is, primarily, about the transfer of data and data communications, and Hermes/Mercury is a symbol of telecommunications globally. Is, then, the caduceus carried by the god, symbolic of the spine-brain 'telecom tower', a type of biological transmitter which we use when praying in our churches; the god's wingéd helmet a symbol of 'thought transference', a prescient classical precursor of the Star Trek style communications' headset as worn by Brent Spiner's Lieutenant Data in Star Trek: The Next Generation?
If the opening of the ajna chakra, or third eye, symbolizes higher consciousness, the wingéd helmet of Hermes would represent the enlightenment of the yogi in receipt of high level communications from the divine. But the wingéd helmet is a little old fashioned a symbol of sorcery to evoke instantaneous communications from the heavens. Our hat, therefore, without visible means of aerial propulsion, to minds conditioned by Buck Rogers in the Twenty Fifth Century and Babylon Five, should appear as what it is in our more modern but equally traditional mythology of 'flying saucers'.
Perhaps it is what the Archagel Gabriel is calling for when he's blowing his trumpet at the Last Judgement? One is again reminded of the Valkyrie Brünhilde in her chariot, descending from the skies, come to take the fallen hero to the heaven of Valhalla in Norse mythology.19
I have long since given up on those who believe that angels will come and take them to heaven when they die but disbelieve totally in Steven Spielberg's notions of Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) mother ships arriving to do the same thing in a more technologically comprehensible fashion. Perhaps the ufonauts should equip their craft with wings to make them fall in line with our archaic sensibilities? It was Carl Jung, of course, that suggested UFOs were a modern myth on a par with their more ancient counterparts and, using his hermeneutic approach, striving to be without prejudice, I have attempted to show why this is so by fusing elements of Muslim-Sufi, Aryan-Hindu, Graeco-Roman, Egyptian and Judaeo-Christian traditions to arrive at a New Age understanding of the meaning of the elephant's riddle. Or at least enough to pose another.
Q: What time is it when an elephant blows its nose?
A: Time to unpack its trunk.
Our 'elephangel', now looking rather like an old-style Quaker reverend with frock-coat, connotes a religious brand of Christianity noted for a belief in direct experience of communion with God which they called 'flying with the Lord' (Thessalonians 4:17) - like the angels (or the ufonauts). The only thing missing from the picture of my childhood is that Sufi's elongated tubular hat which, pointing backwards and upwards during the swirling, resembles nothing if not an elephant's trunk - to be unpacked (euphemistically speaking) in the home of the higher self.
The highest chakra is where purusha atman is said to dwell in certain Buddhist religious philosophies,20 the 'grain of mustard seed' (Matthew 13:32) from which all greatness magically grows as the New Testament of the Bible has it. In Hinduism he is 'the thumb', Hanuman, who swallowed by the whale (symbol of unconsciousness), mysteriously swells up until the whale is burst21 and the ego - in psycho-symbolic terms - is freed. One might think of it in terms of the mental and spiritual efforts it took to write this article, 'Wizardry with Elephants'. I have mystically burst into consciousness and taken command. My invisible transpersonal god of the 'Self' is now in the lotus chakra where, demons defeated, potentiality actualized, it will continue to prepare me to make my developing ego a self-advancing user of its own 'heavenly gifts'.
The image that comes to my mind is that of Star Trek captain Jean Luc Picard in command of the saucer disc on the bridge of the USS Enterprise. A symbol, to my way of thinking, of how the higher Self trains its young ensign (the developing ego) through symbological promptings and archetypal projections22 from myth and psyche to learn what's been forgotten by the 'elephant' of the unconscious-Self until, one day, having experienced a re-becoming,23 I step up onto the bridge and truly take command of my own ship. But, before I'm finally 'beamed up' by the Captain of my Self to that great starship in the sky, I have living here to do that, in our secular age of status symbols, may justifiably be represented by a more immediately attainable lotus.
1 Carl Gustav Jung 'The Relations between the Ego and the Unconscious' (1928), Two Essays On Analytical Psychology, The Collected Works translated by R. F. C. Hull (Routledge and Kegan Paul, London), Vol. 7.
2 C. G. Jung 'Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth' (1958), Civilization In Transition, CW, Vol. 10.
3 C. G. Jung 'Foreword to the "I Ching"' (1950), Psychology and Religion: West and East, CW, Vol. 11.
4 Robert Brown Ganesh: Studies of an Asian God (Albany: New York State University, 1991)
5 St. Thomas Aquinas 'The Angels (Spirit)' in Summa Theologia: Prima Pars, Questions 50-64
6 Jean De Brunhoff The Story of Babar (Harrison Smith and Robert Haas, New York, 1934).
7 C. G. Jung 'Instinct and the Unconscious' (1919), The Structure and Dynamics of the Psyche, CW, Vol. 8.
8 James Broderick Saint Francis Xavier (New York,Widlow Press, 1952).
9 C. G. Jung 'Answer to Job' (1952), CW, Vol. 11.
10 C. G. Jung 'Yoga and the West' (1936), CW, Vol. 11.
11 C. G. Jung 'Syncbronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle' (1952), CW, Vol. 8 .
12 Robert A. Heinlein The Number of the Beast (New English Library, 1980).
13 C. G. Jung Psychological Types (1920), CW, Vol. 6.
14 C. G. Jung 'Concerning Rebirth' (1940/1950), The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious, CW, Vol. 9, Part I.
15 C. G. Jung 'Conscious, Unconscious, and Individuation' (1939), CW, Vol. 9, Part I.
16 C. G. Jung 'On the Psychology of the Trickster-Figure' (1954), CW, Vol. 9, Part I.
17 Richard Wilhelm (translator) The I Ching (Axiom Books, Australia, 2001).
18 C. G. Jung 'Answer to Job' (1952), CW, Vol. 11.
19 Jesse L. Byock The Saga of the Volsungs (Penguin, London, 1990).
20 C. G. Jung 'The Psychology of Eastern Meditation' (1943), CW, Vol. 11.
21 C. G. Jung 'The Fight with the Shadow' (1946), CW, Vol. 10.
22 C. G. Jung 'The Development of Personality' (1934), The Development of Personality, CW, Vol. 17.
23 C. G. Jung 'The Structure of the Unconscious' (1916), CW, Vol. 7.
Fangs for the Mammaries
It's a Mel Brooks vampire joke. Like the one about The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Music when Mr and Mrs Hill awaken at the sound of the evening's piano after earlier being bitten by Count Dracula. The tune, of course, is Thanks for the Memories; but the vampire connection is still present. I never understood why the blood-drinkers were thought evil because they were the repositories of a collective memory from which a single individual could drink and draw on the collective wisdom of generations of consciousnesses. I guess the argument would be that those lives and memories weren't his own. But it's an interesting myth. Why is the rapacious biting of the throat and drinking of the blood associated with memory?
In Christianity the eating of Christ's body and the drinking of His blood is symbolically enacted in the taking of the bread and the wine. It is a god-eating in which the aspirants seek to be imbued with the miraculous attributes of Christ. Through this incorporation He is remembered as God in us. The faith is in the symbolism: the spiritual belief of becoming as Christ through the process of transubstantiation. In vampirism incorporation is enforced, though it seems to be the same in intent; the preservation of an individual through collective memory. How else could Christ become incarnate in another individual except insofar as it were possible for that individual to remember Him?
It reminded me of the Ourobouros serpent, adopted by Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) as a leitmotif for his developmental psychology. The serpent with its tail in its mouth can be interpreted in two ways - as self-begetting (a mouth birth) or devouring (a truncation). Being bitten by a vampire can indicate birth by mouth, but if the vampire doesn't choose to offer you immortality in its kiss it can leave you as a corpse instead; a truncation of your life's possibilities. Jung interprets the symbol as an archetypal depiction of the individuation process in which unconscious projections are first recognized before being integrated into consciousness - self-birthing through self-absorption. A simple example would be to recognize that a fault we'd supposed in others actually lay in ourselves. The Ourobouros would then be a symbol of rebirth through this circular introjection of projections. Truncation would occur when, for some reason, development was blocked, that is, one's negative projections or shadow continue to be projected and remain unrecognized and unintegrated. The historical vampire was 'Vlad the impaler' (1431-1476), the sometimes ruler of Wallachea (Southern Romania), and so called because he had the anti-social habit of impaling his victims on stakes. A bloodthirsty lack of regard for life indicative of one for whom other human beings are inferior, which is a clear sign of shadow-possession and, it might therefore be concluded, the shadow itself may be the vampire we're seeking.
There is a wrong way and there is a right way we are often told, and it might be argued that the only difference between Jesus and the vampire is one of methodology. The aim of transubstantiation is for God to be incarnated in man, but why would I accept God and reject the path of the vampire who is offering immortality as a participant within a wider collective consciousness or group mind that seems, in large part, to correspond to what God says He has in His mind for us? According to the Bible He turned against both Adam and Lucifer (Luke 10: 18) because they demonstrated an independent will. The myth of the vampire is, therefore, that aspect of man we find most attractive, the free-willed individual bestowing free will on others, while suggesting that aspect of God that we fear, which would reduce us to cyphers, mere zombies, bereft of free will and doomed to see ourselves as puppets. God, like Chronos' devouring of his children before Him, lying in wait only to extinguish our individuality should we aspire to raise our consciousness to His level.
Like the Fallen Lucifer as Satan, the figure of Dracula, 'Prince of Darkness', represents rebellion; a refusal to accept anything less than the body and the blood. A clinging to humanity that is laudable, especially in the light of God's treatment of Job in the Old Testament where first He explains to the man that he's less than a worm in comparison to His own omnipotence and then parades all the destructive powers of nature to illustrate the point.1 Is God incarnate in man, then, only the spectre of nuclear holocaust? Jesus' insistence at the Last Supper that the bread and the wine should be taken as symbols of his body and his blood (Luke 22: 19-20) reflect on his role as an intercessor between man and God, that is, His incarnation in us through the process of transubstantiation is an omission of God or at least an amelioration of His presence. The ambivalent figure of Dracula, then, represents man's desire for humanity - as the body and the blood - and a deep-seated distrust and fear of being taken over and possessed by God.
The antidote to possession, of course, is to be self-possessed, which requires continuation; particularly in terms of memory. There's significance in the similarity between the words 'memory' and 'member' and, though we all see clearly the relationship between remembering and memory, in the myth of the Egyptian god Osiris we see how Isis' collection of the dismembered pieces of his corpse in order to re-member him hints at the importance of the god's remembering, that is, memory, as being an intrinsic aspect of the process of resurrection. In fact it is the god's phallus, found last, that we understand is the most important member in the re-membering of Osiris. Isis remembers him through sex, and it is interesting that Set, the evil god responsible for Osiris' dismemberment, is set against sex because, according to tradition, vampires are incapable of sexual intercourse.
If, as the Catholic Church would have us believe, God frowns on all forms of sexual pleasure - particularly non-reproductive sex - then the sexless vampire would be the apotheosis of possession by God. But, for some reason, they are sexy. It's an oral thing, isn't it? Christians drink the blood in the form of the sacramental wine, and the body is present in the shape of the bread. Eating and drinking is, therefore, what the sexuality inheres in: oral sex. Osiris, as a fertility god, represents the Nile region's new risen wheat and, therefore, bread. In the myth Isis is depicted as using her spittle to fashion Osiris' penis anew. In other words, she performs fellatio and - as well as eating his penis in this way (the body as the bread of life) - she doubtless also drinks his semen; the intoxicating wine of sex.
'Go forth and multiply' it says in the Bible (Genesis 9: 7) and the continuity of humanity and man's humanity to man is the task of Jesus; to make God human: a part of the eating of the bread and wine (rather than the body and the blood) symbolism. The vampire represents a non-human form of reproduction. Its asexual resurrection of the body through the blood represents not only God's wrath, because Christianity says He disapproves of sexuality, but also the fear that, incarnating God in the body and the blood, means His unleashing as an insatiable vampiristic cannibal whose concern isn't with the maintaining of our humanity but with our subjugation.
A God concerned only with becoming universally incarnate in mankind's billions would have no interest in sexual reproduction. He would have no humanity, which is the fear enshrined in the vampire myth. In the Osiris myth, the god remembers through sex. It is by means of the love of the goddess Isis for his several other members through his phallus that he is re-membered. She's the eternal feminine in man, the anima or soul, whose closest approximation Jung finds in the literary expression of H. Rider Haggard's She (1887) 'who must be obeyed'2; our essence because it's through the physical touch of a woman that we remember ourselves. She, then, is not a vampire. In Haggrad's novel 'She' is the immortal wife of her husband, who is immortal because of She. It is the love of a man for his soul as he finds in it woman that contains the promise that he'll always remember in her arms.
With vampires, the taking of the blood through the body is not always a metaphor for psychic devourment. We are told that it is the way of vampires to offer immortality to their victim or to leave behind a corpse; just as we are asked to accept Jesus into our hearts if we would have immortality or live as the damned and go to hell after our deaths in the Christian myth. Insofar as vampires bite through the flesh to drink the blood it's cannibalistic enough to satisfy Christ's requirement that His body and blood be eaten and drunk by His disciples. But the blood isn't diluted enough. We might remember Christ's turning water into wine for the wedding at Canaan (John 2: 1-3) as an indication that it is sexuality, sexual reproduction and, indeed, sexual orality - at the very least in the form of kissing (with lips wet with wine) between bride and groom - that is being underlined. Wine is the median somewhere between water (urine from the flacid penis) and blood (the engorged penis anticipating orgasm). It is a metaphor for semen, that is, what makes us human; literally. Vampires aren't human except insofar as they desire the body and the blood; and that's man's fear of an incarnated God. He is meant to be humanized by the idea of the wine of orgasm rather than the blood of the vampire in the transubstantiation of Christ.
It is interesting that Osiris' rending into many pieces by Set is because he's the sun god; vampires can't bear sunlight: it kills them. The rending could be symbolic of the multiple personalities of the schizophrenic who feels part of a collective because he has voices and split-off personality components that surface as separate lives. As a split-off personality component - Mr Hyde to Dr Jekyll,3 as it were - a vampire wouldn't want to be eclipsed by the sun of consciousness - as happens to Set when Isis remembers Osiris through his phallus. Vampires drink blood, they don't have sex. When Osiris' phallus is engorged with blood, due to his desire for Isis, 'the god is risen'. We might, therefore, be forgiven for assuming that the existence of vampires is dependant upon their 'host' not having sex or an ego, that is, these split-off components of our totality exist as independent entities by psychologically draining or sucking out the blood from their 'host' in order to prevent the penis from inflating with desire for a woman. In this way they stop one from remembering through Woman, the image of the soul, and that's why we say that, after being bitten by a vampire, a man has lost his soul.
What, then, of Christ as the Holy Spirit? According to Jung, ego, soul and spirit are independent entities. Spirit comes from the shadow in man, the darker parts of us that we prefer not to have associated with our ego and often project onto others so that we see those negative aspects of ourselves in them rather than us. The shadow has to be recognized and integrated into consciousness, that is, it becomes the Holy Spirit, so that we don't crucify each other thanks to our being possessed by a projection.4 The oft-cited example is that of the Germans becoming possessed by their collective shadow in World War II to the extent that six million Jews became victims of an extermination pogrom. The vampire, then, is a man with a shadow berfeft of soul, and the devouring ovens of bodies and blood at Belsen were an expression of what we now associate with the projections of a collective shadow facilitated by a single schizophrenic man - as shadow-possessed vampire - Adolf Hitler.
In England they used to sing a song 'Hitler has only got one ball [...] his mother, she ate the other; and now he's got no balls at all!' It recognized the fact that war is, basically, men without a woman, and that the penis is the root of all caring in man; which the German leader didn't. Loss of soul is to do with lack of feeling for others and, according to Jung, in a man there are four functions of consciousness; 'Sensation', 'Thinking', 'Intuition' and 'Feeling': two masculine or ego-related functions and two feminine or anima as soul-related functions with 'Feeling' often the least developed or differentiated associated with the shadow as inferior function.5 A woman corresponding to a man's soul or anima is required if he is to integrate his shadow and incorporate his inferior function of 'Feeling' into a totality of conscious wholeness.
The penis as the crucial missing member in Isis' process of remembering Osiris is, therefore, because it is through desire for Woman that Man remembers, and remembering is not what Set, Satan, or Dracula 'Prince of Darkness' want. Is the shadow, then, the Anti-Christ that John (19: 20) writes of in Revelation? If so, then Christianity is guilty of what the Greeks termed enantiodromia: a one-sided over-weighting in favour of a particular belief or system that results in its exact opposite. In Christianity, an overemphasis on spirituality has made a demon of sex. Sexual love has become the Antichrist because the remembering of our wholeness is dependant on sexual desire. Satan has won. 'God is love' Jesus explicitly states in The New Testament of the Bible, but Christianity's lop-sidedness insists that that love can only be spiritual, so leaving us open to schizophrenic tendencies in ourselves and our culture.
The penis can only inflate when it fills with blood so, it would be logical now to assume, vampires seek to drink that blood to prevent the penis' inflation. It would seem redundant to make the obvious assertion that it is Isis' sucking of Osiris' penis that engorges it with blood. But, in some states in the USA, fellatio is ranked as 'sodomy' and punishable by a prison term. This is what we mean by enantiodromia: oral sex is the Antichrist even to mainstream Christians but the truth is that Christianity has become Antichristian insofar as the demonization of sexual love has resulted in a schizophrenic society and individuals that are both vampiristic and vampiristically preyed upon in the sense that they are conditioned by taboos against the expressions of sexuality to hide the fact of the penis' very existence on the one hand and, on the other, exploit the rarified existence it is forced to lead in the form of pornography and pornographers.
The furore that surrounded the publication of Madonna's Sex, a 'pornographic' book! Ms Ciccone's choice of her name showed incredible awareness of her time and place in history. A 'madonna' is what the Virgin Mary is; the mother of Christ. (Matthew 1: 25) In the Revelation of St. John the Divine, the final book of the New Testament, a new redeemer is proclaimed, born of a woman 'clothed with the sun and with the moon at her feet' (Revelation 12:1). According to Jung the woman and her child represent a change in human consciousness symbolized by the coming together of the male and female principles of Eros and Logos in the symbolic shape of the sun and the moon.6
It's a rapprochement that recalls the figure of Lilith who, according to Jewish tradition,7 was given by God to Adam as his first wife but she refused to submit to his ego and left him. Eve, Adam's second wife, was given by God's creating her from the man's side so that she'd never leave him. It's a classic foreshadowing of a future development in consciousness. Lilith represents gender equality while Eve is the figure of the anima that, projected from a man's side as his soul image, begins the process of guiding him to that male-female complementarity which is the fruition of Jung's individuation process. That's why, in Jewish tradition, it's Lilith in the form of the serpent (rather than Satan) that persuades Eve to give Adam the fruit of the tree. In Hinduism, of course, consciousness-developing Kundalini power is represented by twin male and female serpents (skin-shedding symbols of rebirth and renewal) intertwining up the spine as they energize its chakras during sex.
Madonna is just one of a recent constellation of female stars, including Christina Aguilera and Shakira (the Woman in Revelation is depicted with a circle of stars about her head) that have tapped into a need for a fuller expression of sexuality without taboos as a means of breaking down the barriers between the sexes that Christianity has sought to erect over the course of two millennia. The shadow or negative aspect of Christianity is perfectly represented in Revelation by the dragon that waits beneath the moon at the woman's feet to devour the new redeemer as soon as it is born. (Revelation 12: 3) It's reminiscent of the vampire, Draco; the sublunary creature Dracula that can't live with the sun and seeks to prey upon humankind through Eros. We might think of the vampire as sexually repressive Christianity's production of Antichristian perversities such as pedophilia and snuff films because it wants us to pretend that we haven't got a penis and to hide it. In the Osiris myth it is the penis which is 'hidden' from Isis, the moon goddess and Eros' representative. Only when the penis is found is the sun god re-membered. In Christian terms, it has to be remembered that 'God is love' and that the penis is the male expression of physical love. Only then will God be safely remembered in Man through His love for Woman. In effect what Madonna did with Sex was rediscover the penis that had been lost.8 To some Christians she's the Great Whore of the apocalypse (Revelation 17: 5), but to others she's an archetype of Woman that seeks man's rebirth through a users approach to sex and sexuality.
Tantric or sex yoga seeks to activate the chakra ladder; that series of neural linkages along the spine that, conjoined, represent a remembering that could correspond to Isis' rebirthing of Ra the sun god as Horus after his dismemberment as Osiris because of the vampire-like Set that didn't want God to be remembered as/in Man. The Egyptian mythologem is a Trinity, a precursor to that of the Father (Ra), Son (Osiris), and Holy Spirit (Horus as sky god) of Christianity. The evil god Set/Satan doesn't want Osiris to remember through Isis as representative of eternal Woman because then he would be as God. This is what belief in transubstantiation is really about; Christ is remembered in us through the operations of the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit which represents shadow-integration (bread) through the mediation of the anima or soul (wine)9 as the Virgin Mary who fills the Isis role in the Christian myth.
In recent popular literature, particularly Julian May's stories of The Many Coloured Land (1981) we have come to know the term chakra vampire,10 that is, the notion that vampires feed on chakras, the seven energy points located along the spine from the base to a point situated someplace above the top of the head. It is the opinion of experts that most people only ever reach the level of consciousness that the third chakra represents, somewhere in the region of the abdomen. It is associated with the family, reproduction, and a working life that doesn't require much spiritual or intellectual nourishment. If there were chakra vampires among us, psychic or otherwise, then the human species' reduction to this level of psychic development would be a concomitant of their existence. They wouldn't, of course, want us to achieve that chakra level at which we could remember them because then our enemies would be recognized.
Auras are widely recognized as indicative of chakra activation levels, and studies have shown that there are individuals among us that, either consciously or unconsciously, exist as 'psychic vampires',11 that is, there are people around whom others feel debilitated or run down while those they share space with during the day - or at other times - feel energized or elated. Researchers, having compared the auras of such people, noted that those who felt symptoms of weakness had what they described as 'puncture wounds' in their auras which tended toward discolouration and blackness. They concluded that the stronger group were vampiristically feeding on the energies of the weakening group. For the weaker group it seems clear that, as their chakra level of functioning decreases, so too would their consciousness of what was happening to them. They would fall into the category of unconscious victims and, in a very short time, take on those apathetic characteristics we have come - from intuitive films like Invasion of the Bodysnatchers (1956) in which humans are taken over in their sleep and The Puppet Masters (1994) in which we are taken over by 'slugs' attaching themselves to the spine - to associate with a group of zombie-like individuals possessed by a collective consciousness that would correspond to the mass-mindedness of those for whom marriage, reproduction and wage-slavery are the only stuff of life.12 As the panic stricken character of Dr Miles Bennell in Invasion of the Body Snatchers cries out in desparation at the end of the movie: 'They're already here! You're next.'
In the paradisical Garden of Eden, Man is tempted to eat of the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil so that he would be like God who had forbidden Man to eat it. (Genesis 3: 22) It is interesting that the tempter is disguised as a serpent (Genesis 3: 5) because, in Hinduism, the activating principle of the chakra system is Kundalini or serpent power, the chakras becoming energized as the twin male (symbologically Satan) and female (Lilith) Kundalini serpents rise up at the base of the spine and, entwining themselves about the spinal column in their progress, represent the individual's raising of consciousness to the level of the lotus chakra above the top of the head, which we might interpret as the fruit in the Garden of Eden that Man was forbidden to eat in order to know.
As to what this knowledge might consist in, we can speculate. In modern Luciferianism (Satan is Lucifer Fallen or the Hidden Light) Lucifer and Lilith combine in sex to become the hermaphroditic Baphomet,13 symbol of internal psychological bisexuality and external complementarity (male ego + feminine anima as Lilith or man's Eros principle and female ego + masculine animus or Lucifer as woman's Logos principle). In this union Lucifer represents the ofttimes labyrinthine power of the revelatory female will. Kabbalists of the Middle Ages wrote of the 'Blind Dragon'14 which brings about the union of Lilith with her consort, a reference to the negative capability of the collective shadow (fascism, racism, ethnic cleansing) to force man into developing a higher level of consciousness. According to Jewish tradition Lilith was originally 'contained in the man', that is, Adam, but God separates her from him. When Adam refuses her equality she calls on the name of God and disappears. She represents the lost possibilities of that complementarity of male-femaleness which a chauvinist will always lack. Adam and Eve's main concern is with their nakedness after eating the forbidden fruit: a recognition of separateness and the beginnings of that ascendancy of the male Logos - the apotheosis of which is the spectre of nuclear holocaust - as well as the quest for balanced relationships that the anima figure Eve - as Adam's now externalized Eros principle - represents.
Psycho-symbolically, the spine represents the serpent as the instinct to climb to higher consciousness and develop conscience, which requires moral judgement. Interestingly, God says that, having knowledge of good and evil, man can never eat of the fruit of immortality, and he tells Adam 'I will put enmity... between your offspring and hers [Eve's] .. (Genesis 3: 15). It's a question that has puzzled generations: why does God do this? In fact, He doesn't. What is being recognized here is that man has developed a shadow. One of the first things Adam does is blame Eve for his eating of the fruit: 'The woman tempted me and I did eat.' (Genesis 3: 12) It's a classic shadow-projection of blameworthiness in oneself projected onto another person. The enmity that arises from the projections of the collective shadow can be seen as the cause of every conflict between men ever since; particularly the Nazis belief that the Jews were an inferior race and subject to pogroms on the strength of it.
This is clearly the reason why man can't have immortality. It's to do with memory; an immortal individual would have a lot to remember: but an ephemeral wouldn't. If God were to put enmity between us as a species then it were best that our enmities weren't perpetuated as immortals. It was clearly God's intention to make us immortal, but not after our gaining knowledge of good and evil. Reading between the lines, we might say that, in order to develop a higher consciousness, man had to behave in ways that were evil as well as good and, in recognition of this, God despairingly understood that enmity would result, and therefore made man mortal so that enmities wouldn't be perpetuated eternally. Transubstantiation would then be that process whereby God being remembered in us means the continuity of memories from one ephemeral existence to the next. Supposing that, when this body dies, the spirit is reborn again in a newborn infant. It is only the fact that that individual would have its own memories which precludes it from remembering previous existences (a bit like having only so much space on your hard disk) and to remember would be to invite past enmities.
This is why Christianity focuses on forgiveness and amelioration. For man to be as God would be to remember that we are immortal but inhabit ephemeral bodies. To remember the enemies of previous lives would be to invite the perpetuation of enmity; which is why Christ breaks bread with Judas and offers him wine from his own cup. The bread and the wine - in a very real sense - symbolize the body and the blood of Jesus murdered by Judas' betrayal. But the meaning is one of forgiveness and the offer is one of immortality to he who knows how to forgive and accept forgiving so that enmity is not perpetuated.
To accept Christ is to become immortal and one with God, which would be frightening if one hadn't accepted the Christian message of love; otherwise we'd remember our immortal selves and start looking for the enemies we'd also remembered. Vampires are always portrayed as the immortal enemies of mankind. Perhaps that's their symbolic significance. The immortality they offer is perpetual enmity because they haven't accepted the bread and the wine. With them it's about the body and the blood in the way of Judas - betrayal and murder - and, according to legend, Judas' house is cursed to continue as a branch of vampirism. The first vampire, traditionally, was the murderer Cain, who was given 'the power of the blood' by Lilith after being marked by God. First wife of Adam and refused sexual equality by Cain's father, Lilith represents woman's seeking to obtain parity for Eros alongside that of Logos - often glorified as the Sword of masculinity in the Bible - by supportng the one-sidedness of a male egoism that brings possession by the shadow (the vampire), war and death in order to underline the need for love as counterbalancing female principle.
Cain, of course, was the first murderer; of his brother Abel. The reason being that God wasn't happy with his offering of fruit (Genesis 4: 3); but he was happy with his brother Abel's offering of an animal sacrifice - body and blood. It was fruit, of course, that Adam and Eve ate, which made God so unhappy He refused them immortality and condemned the fruit of their seed to possession by the collective shadow and eternal enmity. Clearly there is a part of us we call God that is bloodthirsty and needs must become civilized.
Structural anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss (1908 -) in The Raw and the Cooked (1969) observes that there are indications of man's climb to higher consciousness in the food he eats; fruit is at the lowest cultural level because it requires no preparation, whereas meat represents a higher level when it is cooked. Bread and wine represent the next highest level of culture because they are made by man; but, according to Levi-Strauss, the highest level of culture is, paradoxically, where we allow products like milk, for example, to rot in order to produce yoghurt.15
Christ on the cross was given vinegar to drink (Matthew 27: 48); which is 'rotten' wine: indicative of a high level of culture and the heights of consciousness that man had arrived at in the figure of Christ who, at the Last Supper, asks the disciples to accept bread and wine - representative of man's civilized nature - instead of His body and blood. Flesh, however, which so satisfied God when offered by Abel (and which results in Cain's slaying of his brother), again satisfies Him in the figure of the crucified Christ. The vinegar, therefore, is a symbol of Christ's transcending of God's rottenness, that is, what is best in man as opposed to what is worst.
Christ died celibate, the soured wine also representing his semen. In being offered vinegar by the Roman soldier, he symbolically has his lips taunted with the taste of his own bitter sperm: a life of transcendent self-denial to discover that God's a sadist and one's Self's a masochist (which amounts to the same thing in Jung's psychology because he views God as an archetype of the Self). The bitterness also suggests a sexual connection between Eden's forbidden fruit that hasn't turned to wine but is become vinegar on the lips of Christ on the tree of the cross. It's a symbolism that, in effect, accuses Adam of performing self-fellatio in Eden. The serpent and the fruit of the tree (penis is 'branch' in some languages) is Adam's penis' bulb. The wine of orgasm now become vinegar (it is an attribute of Adam's legendary first wife Lilith that she turns wine to vinegar) is therefore symbolic of Adam's semen on the lips of Christ because, as the ourobouric Alpha and Omega, Jesus is the Anthropos. Psychologically, Adam's first wife Lilith represents the equal reality of woman that the first man Adam can't accept while Eve is the projection of himself onto a woman that he can't have because it's not realistic. He can only love and have sex with himself as a projection of his anima. Anthropologically, love means kissing; which says 'I'm not going to eat you, but you're that desirable!' For one in love with a projection of himself, the truest expression of such masturbatory self-love must therefore be self-fellation. Hence Adam's 'expulsion' from Eden for tasting the 'forbidden fruit' that is desire of oneself rather than love for another. Eve's vagina is, at least in psychological terms, merely a projection of Adam's own mouth. With Christ as transcendent celibate we come, as it were, full circle. He becomes God's ultimate patsy as the vinegar symbolizing ejaculate on his lips signifies only the sterile bitterness of aloof spiritual self-love.
It's a manifestation of the Ourobouros archetype. According to Jung archetypes exist in man's collective unconscious as facultas praeformandi, the purpose of which become visible in the course of our conscious development. One such example is that of the German scientist, Friedrich August Kekulé, who in 1865 dreamt of the Ourobouros archetype and, in the morning, found in it the solution to the puzzle of the structure of the benzine molecule he'd been working on. Adam's having oral sex with himself would then be viewable as an early manifestation of the Ourobouros archetype. A short step from penis or '
serpent' worship, but also the first archetypal urgings towards the development of instinct through the shadow side of human nature. Jung's psychology imbues the shadow with volatile - because inchoate - strugglings of the unconscious to become conscious; but the shadow itself represents that instinctual aspect of man which is closest to the developmental archetypes. Self-fellation would then be the first stirrings of the ourobouric desire to achieve self-differentiation or individuation through the projection-making factor that is the unconscious-Self. 'The woman tempted me and I did eat' (Genesis 3: 12) would then refer to Eve's first fellating Adam and his imitating of her (perhaps with his hand's fingers as a substitute for the sentience of prehensile lips and tongue). A separation of the sun of his consciousness from the moon of hers, eclipsed by the shadow of serpentine developmental instinct.
God sentenced man to live 'by the sweat of his brow', which would correspond to that chakra level at which family, reproduction, and work are the sum of our aspirations. We might think of the penis as both tempting serpent, and fruit-bearing branch of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; the knowledge being that, to aspire as Adam and Christ did, is only to incur the truncating wrath of the collective shadow in the shape of war and persecution. It is the realization that, in accordance with Levi-Strauss' structuralism, the Garden would have produced wine but for the sourness - symbolized by the vinegar on Christ's lips - of man's knowing that God - archetype of man's Self - prefers sacrificed flesh and blood (Gettysburg, the Somme, Guernica, Mi Li, Srebrenica) to what man is able to cultivate for himself or make of himself.
1 Carl Gustav Jung 'Answer to Job' (1952), Psychology and Religion: West and East, The Collected Works translated by R. F. C. Hull (Routledge and Kegan Paul, London), Vol. 11.
2 H. Rider Haggard She (Penguin, London, 1985)
3 Robert Louis Stevenson Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde ( Signet, New York,  2003).
4 C. G. Jung 'The Fight with the Shadow' (1946), CW, Vol. 10.
5 C. G. Jung Psychological Types (1920), CW, Vol. 6.
6 C. G. Jung 'Answer to Job' (1952), CW, Vol. 11.
7 The Alphabet of Ben Sira (Salonica, 1514), question #5 (23 a-b).
8 Madonna Ciccone Sex (Maverick, 1992).
9 C. G. Jung 'Transformation Symbolism in the Mass' (1942/1954), CW, Vol. 11.
10 Julian May The Many Coloured Land (Nelson Doubleday, New York, 1982).
11 Joe H. Slate Psychic Vampires: Protection from Energy Predators and Parasites (Llewellyn Publications, 2002).
12 Robert A. Heinlein The Puppet Masters (Doubleday, New York, 1951).
13 Robert Stills Church of Lucifer https://www.luciferian.org/
14 Alan Humm Lilith, Samael and Blind Dragon https://ccat.sas.Topics/Lilith/
15 Claude Levi-Strauss The Raw and the Cooked, Mythologiques (University of Chicago Press, 1983) Vol.1.
Woman cooks meat, men drink her blood
In the Bible the story of Cain and Abel is that of the first murder. Cain grows fruit and offers it to God, whereas Abel offers an animal sacrifice in what is, effectively, a cooked meal. Abel is murdered because he can cook, that is, Cain doesn`t want his simple life made complicated, which is why Cain is a murderer. It`s simpler. The Bible is, essentially, the story of bloodthirst and murder, prior to Jesus` preaching of `God`s love` and `forgiveness` in the New Testament. The symbolism of the `body and the blood` is most important, because it`s Jesus` offering in the shape of the `bread and the wine`, from the bowl he drank from at the `Last Supper`, which is known as the `Holy Grail` because of its significance. Jesus offers the `bread and the wine` to the disciples , in which the drink is of fruit but fermented, that is, a product of a developed culture, as cooking is, and then Jesus accepts his crucifixion, that is, torture and murder, from those who are, by definition, followers in the path of Cain. In short, Jesus` path is a careful acceptance of the fruit of Cain, with the added observation that men are still `bloodthirsty murderers` but haven`t yet devolved into cannibals.
Traditionally, women cook, and Jesus on the cross represents the `body and the blood`, which appearing in the transubstantiation symbolism of the Catholic Communion Service is a symbolic acceptance of Jesus` teachings in the form of the Paraclete, the `tutelary spirit`, which effectively emerged from the side of Jesus when pierced by the spear of Longinus at the crucifixion, and is often termed the `Second Eve` because Eve emerged from the side of Adam in Eden. The `Holy Grail` and the `Holy Spirit` are closely associated, because of Revelation, in which the red dragon waits to devour the New Redeemer, which is to protect the `hidden` woman before she leaves Earth. The child would be devoured because that`s what those with the `mark of the beast`, that is, Cain, do.
In simple terms, culture is the preparation and development of product, which is why the New Redeemer is born to the woman `clothed with the sun and with the moon at her feet`. Gestated for nine months, the child is a product of her womb, and the days of the sun and the months of the moon tell her when the child is due to be born. The participation of a man is virtually nil (a few grunts of pleasure and an ejaculation), whereas it`s commonly interpreted, erroneously, that sun and moon are symbolically the male and female parents of the New Redeemer. The dragon of Revelation is a symbol of the man who would devour the woman`s product, which is what men do in war, and it`s even called warfare because it`s the fare they consume as devourers.
Jesus` `body and blood` is significant because men are cannibals if they devour woman`s product, that is, art, culture, and civilization. Jesus` observation that men are evil draco vampires is supported by the Bible where the serpent`s `seed`, and the `seed` of the woman, fight against each other in heaven, and the evil `seed`, represented by the red dragon of Revelation, now a serpent full grown, is defeated by the `seed` of the woman. The reward of the evil serpent`s `seed` is unendurable eternal pain because it`s cannibalism. The rationale is that men are made in the image of God and so women aren`t human, that is, art, civilization, and culture are alien, because men live as parasitical vampires from the `host` womb of woman. Consequently, because woman is definable as `alien`, it`s neither cannibalism nor vampirism to feed off her, or so goes the rationale. Jesus understood it well. In offering the `wine and the `bread`, as a symbol of his `body and blood`, he was observing, as King Arthur of the Britons observed when creating le table ronde, that eating and drinking together isn`t `bloodthirsty devouring`, and the `Holy Grail` is, effectively, the woman who cooks, and the disciples didn`t have any. Because they were about to sacrifice their equivalent.
Jesus was murdered, because he was an `Abel` figure, and the `bloodthirsty devourers` want to eat the fruit of Eden rather than `cook`. The apple of Eden given to Eve by the serpent is the `fruit of the knowledge of the tree of good and evil`, and Eve accepts it an `eating` apple (sweet) rather than a `cooking` (sour) apple. Adam accepts the apple from Eve as a symbol of herself, that is, he is her devourer, and that`s what the serpent`s `knowledge` is.
The wisdom of Jesus` `Holy Spirit`, that is, Eve`s and the Paraclete`s, is that the `body and the blood` are offered by Jesus, in symbolic terms, as the `bread and the wine`, but we are actually meant to see the blood as life-giving, because vampires drink a little and give life eternal, which is the `Holy Spirit`, whereas those who torture and murder, as Jesus was tortured and murdered, are `bloodthirsty devourers`.
In ancient Egyptian mythology Set is the evil brother of Osiris, the sun god Ra, who is incarnated upon the Earth. Set tears apart the body of Osiris, and the sundered parts are taken to the four corners of the Earth. The sister-wife of Osiris, Asset (Isis), collects the disparate parts of Osiris` corpse and puts him together, but she has to fashion a new penis because the old penis can`t be found. Set is a vampire that rends in `bloodlust`, but doesn`t devour.
Traditionally, vampires contain the memories of those from whom they drink, and so they become an immortal collective repository of stored memories. Asset `remembers`, that is, she puts together his scattered members or parts, and so she`s able to restore his memories. Symbolically, Set represents an evil that overtakes a people that have accepted God, and are living as One, and that`s why Set is depicted as `bloodthirsty` but not devouring, that is, recovery is possible for the society. The new penis that Asset fashions is for those who have recovered. They are the new Osiris, and the new society, which is represented in Egyptian mythology by the `sky god`, Horus.
The New Testament of the Christian Bible represents the serpent of Revelation, and its `seed`, as irredeemable because, as the red dragon, it`s both `bloodthirsty` and `devouring`, which is what Jesus warns against at the `Last Supper` before his crucifixion when he offers the disciples `bread and wine` as a symbol of his `body and blood`, that is, the `little drink` that`s the giving of eternal life from a vampire that isn`t a `bloodthirsty devourer`.
The red dragon of Revelation waits to devour the New Redeemer, and to fight against the `seed` of the `hidden` woman. She `s to be protected by the New Redeemer, while she`s on Earth, and before she leaves for heaven. The final battle will take place in heaven, in which she`ll be ultimately victorious, and the evil `seed` receive perdition as a punishment.
The serpent`s `seed` don`t accept forgiveness, which is why it`s described in Genesis as arousing `perpetual enmity between it and the woman`s seed `, and she `crushes the serpent`s head with her heel as she leaves` Earth for heaven. Traditionally, vampires can`t be seen in mirrors, and mirroring life that can`t be seen is enmity`s producing of the vendettas that decimate it, which is what war, plague, famine, and death, that is, men`s devouring parasite, produces.
Revelation describes men as the embodiment of an evil draco that doesn`t want reality to be the mirror of life, and the mirror of life is woman. The `seed` of the `hidden` woman suggests that she has her own penis, which would explain why Asset, in the Egyptian myth, fashions a new penis for Osiris, who is then remembered, as the resurrected Horus, the `sky god`.
Horus is Asset`s renewed `seed`. Her fashioning of a new penis for Osiris is the revelation that she has a penis of her own, and so Horus corresponds to the figure of the New Redeemer in Revelation who protects the woman `hidden` upon the Earth with his `scepter`, that is, the New Redeemer is, effectively, the penis of the woman `clothed with the sun and with the moon at her feet` that produces him.
In the developmental psychology of Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) the self-fertilizing, self-devouring serpent is a symbol of woman with a penis, and the man who is her devourer. In other words, the woman `clothed with the sun and with the moon at her feet` is the self-fertilizing species, woman, with her own penis, and the red dragon is a symbol of men as the evil `bloodthirsty devouring` draco that would consume in flame everything that she produces from her womb upon the Earth and define her as an `alien` to continue their role as evil `beasts`:
`The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness. People gnawed their tongues in agony 11 and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done.`
The `bowl` isn`t the `Holy Grail` of Jesus` offer of `bread and wine` to his disciples in fellowship, because the serpent`s `seed` are men who refuse forgiveness and, preferring each other to the women of the Earth, have given themselves HIV/AIDS, and are murderers and torturers of the `body and the blood`, as were the followers of Cain and those who were the crucifiers of Jesus.
The `bowls` containing the `plagues` of the angels are the consequences of men`s refusing to accept Redemption, that is, the simple teaching of Jesus that, in order to live, one must forgive one`s neighbours` minor transgressions, and eat and drink moderately, which is the `Holy Grail`, as taught by the `Holy Spirit`. In fact the `plagues` are self-inflicted curses, and the `bowls` of the angels are symbolic of that `bloodthirsty devouring`, which is antithetical to the meaning of the `Holy Grail` and the `Holy Spirit`.
In Revelation the `hidden` woman leaves Earth and her `seed` prepares to fight and win a war for God`s heaven against the evil serpent`s `seed` of the red dragon of Revelation. God gives a new heaven and Earth for her and her `seed` to dwell in, which suggests that Redemption for mankind is difficult, because woman is a species and men aren`t. They`re incapable of reproducing independently of woman`s `host` womb, whereas she, with her own penis, isn`t. Consequently, men are sterile without woman, who doesn`t need them to further herself, and doesn`t want, as her future, men`s enslavement of her species, and the `bloodthirsty devouring` of whatever her Earth produces from her womb.
`Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?` William Butler Yeats` The Second Coming
The concept of the `She-male`, in the world`s art, civilization, and culture, is almost an apologia for men, whereas woman with a penis is a logical extension of species` survival. The distinction is a plain one, and so Yeats` `rough beast` is a figure of the `beast` of Revelation, which is more pitiless than the usual form of man because it doesn`t need woman at all to reproduce itself, and so is the figure identified as `Babylon, Mother of Abominations`, the `Great Whore of the Apocalypse`, who isn`t a woman at all, but the evil serpent`s `seed` that`s self-begetting in order to be self-devouring, and so is `She-male`, because `bloodthirsty devouring` upon the Earth is what men use women for, and `She-male` are men, whereas `futanar`, that is, women with a penis, aren`t.