Dear Friends and Members of the C.G. Jung Society,
In September, I wrote about chaos and change. The cycle is chaos, change, and order. Again, Jung suggests that chaos plays a critical role in all forms of creativity and change. Our speakers presented some guidance for this journey through chaos and change: an understanding of how love may guide us, how to understand and look at our dreams, and the coming together of East-West. Now, I, for one, am looking forward to some order in 2013!
Looking into what Jung says about order led me to a search for the meaning of the sacred, archetypal numbers one through nine. Jung states, “Number helps more than anything else to bring order into the chaos of appearances. . . . Number psychologically is an archetype of order which has become conscious. . . . The unconscious uses number as an ordering factor.” For fun, I decided to look at 2012 and 2013. Adding the digits, 2012 becomes a Five and 2013 becomes a Six.
The following information about the archetypal meanings of the numbers is from Pratibha Eastwood’s book Nine Windows to Wholeness. Five (2012) represents the element Air while Six (2013) represents Earth and Air.
Positive aspects of the Five archetype are using multifaceted senses in a conscious way, applying initiative to achieve independence and freedom, using the mind. Negative aspects of Five are being scattered, trying to do too much, alienation from social rules. The Jung Society may have experienced “trying to do too much,” with the scheduling of our fundraiser party the week before Halloween. Attendees had a great time, but attendance was down compared to our previous fundraisers. Five also represents the attempt to rise above chaos.
Positive aspects of the Six archetype are accepting commitment, responsibility to other and group, accepting self and uniting with others, bringing opposites together. These are all goals of the Jung Society, and we look forward to bringing members and new members together through our spring programs. Negative aspects of Six are judging self and others against idealistic standards, struggling with expectations and control issues. Six says that it is now that we chain the chaotic free energy of the number Five to a purpose, uniting it to the One (5 +1). Six represents oneness through harmony that allows efficient, smooth sailing. This coincides with the idea of chaos leading to some positive change and order in 2013, for myself, for the Jung Society, and for each of you.
Our spring schedule brings insight into Jungian concepts, neuroscience, and our own lives. Jerry Ruhl states that we will pull psyche out of the clouds and ground it in contemporary research. We move from the Five element of Air to the Six element of Air and Earth. Dean Schlecht will include information on neuroscience and how it validates Jung’s original vision. Gary Brown will guide us through Zorba the Greek, looking at the hero’s journey in relation to shadow and strategies for facing it so that we can be what we potentially are. James Hollis provides a guide through the second half of life with a discernment process that allows us to reclaim our personal journeys.
Thank you to all who joined us in the fall. I hope you are as eager as I am for continuing our journey to learn about Jungian concepts for our current everyday lives, and the “efficient smooth sailing” that is indicated by Six—the year 2013!
Blessings as we journey together.
Jacquelyn Kelley, LCSW, CST-T
C.G. Jung Society of North Texas