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Reply To: On Synchronicity and Meaning


Here is another article I am posting for consideration on the relationship between the new sciences/new physics and metaphysics:

Atom & Archetype: Pauli and Jung

Jung on astrology (metaphysics):

“Astrology is assured of recognition from psychology, without further restrictions, because astrology represents the summation of all the psychological knowledge of antiquity.”

― C.G. Jung

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

–C. G. Jung

““Just as the constellations were projected into the heavens, similar figures were projected into legends…”

–C. G. Jung

And here is one of my most favorite quotes of Jung’s on astrology:

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

–Carl Jung


But I love Arthur Clarke’s quote, below!

“I don’t believe in astrology; I’m a Sagittarius and we’re skeptical.” Arthur C. Clarke

–Arthur Clarke

Also as for metaphysics and how Jung felt about things like throwing the coins of the I Ching as a form of synchronicity, it is important to read the introduction he wrote to the Wilhelm edition of the I Ching:

Forward to the I Ching by Carl Gustave Jung