Jupiter: animus as painter

Ferrara, Mantua, Pesaro (Jupiter, Mercury and the Virtue) by Dosso Dossi1515 and 1518. Heald at the Wawel Royal Castle
Ferrara, Mantua, Pesaro (Jupiter, Mercury and the Virtue) by Dosso Dossi 1515 and 1518. Heald at the Wawel Royal Castle

In the image above by Dosso Dossi, we see Jupiter, Mercury and the Virtue. The image is based on a dialogue written by Leon Battista Alberti. In the image Jupiter is the painter. He is using the colors of the rainbow to capture the “infinitely ephemeral, gratuitous beauty of the butterfly wing.” [1] “Virtue, scorned by Fortune and by humankind” wishes to complain to Jupiter, but Mercury stops her. He tells her to be silent, for “the master is composing”[1]

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Marriage of the Lamb

The Marriage of the Lamb. Circa 1255 - 1260. US Public Domain via Wikimedia
The Marriage of the Lamb. Circa 1255 – 1260. US Public Domain via Wikimedia

In the image above we see the Marriage of the Lamb.What follows is the description from the Getty Museum:

“This artist represented the scene as a medieval marriage ceremony with the bride depicted as a beautiful young woman. The illuminator took some details directly from the text, such as the bride’s clothing, “glittering and white,” but he also added details not mentioned, such as the white cloth over the couple’s heads and the large ring that the Lamb gives to his bride.”

The image depicts a scene out of the book of Revelation (19:6-9). Carl Jung felt that the marriage of the Lamb  is an image of “indescribable fulfillment” (CW 9ii, para 22-23). The image represents the hieros gamos of psychic life, as the form of divine union. As Hieros gamos, the image shows the marriage between Christ and the Bride, representing not only the masculine and feminine poles of psychic life, but also the unity of the conscious and the unconscious.  What follows are the verses from the Bible depicting the apocalyptic celebration:

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Durga on a Lion: anima and the tiger

The goddess durga on her lion kills the demon mahishasura, 1880, kalighat school. US Public Domain via Wikimedia
The goddess durga on her lion kills the demon mahishasura, 1880, kalighat school. US Public Domain via Wikimedia

 

There is a relation between the feminine and big cats. Carl Jung notices the link when he said that the anima “can appear as a … tiger” (CW 9i, para. 358).  In dreams, imagination, art we may find powerful female figures appearing as or with a big cat such as cougars, pumas, mountain lions, panthers, leopards, jaguars, etc. It seems rather likley that the big cats represent feminine power. To confirm this intuition we may turn to the above image of the Hindu Goddess Durga. She appears with her lion.

In the image, we see the lion is killing the demon Mahishasura. Mahishasura is part asura (demon) and part Mahisha (buffalo). Mahishasura wanted to kill off the deities, but the Durga and the lion fight the demons and win.

Reference: Carl G.Jung, The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious – Collected Works volume 9i (originally published 1934–1954)

 

Melusine: ‘the anima… can appear as a snake.’

Melusine's secret discovered, from Le Roman de Mélusine, circa 1450- 1500, US Public Domain, Wikimedia.
Melusine’s secret discovered, from Le Roman de Mélusine by Jean d’Arras, ca 1450-1500. Bibliothèque nationale de France. US Public Domain, Wikimedia.

In the above image, we see Melusine, a feminine spirit, half snake and half woman. Carl Jung spoke of her as an anima figure (CW 13, para 180). Like Melusine, ‘the anima… can appear as a snake’ (CW 9i, para 358). In Alchemical Studies, Jung speaks of Melusine:

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Kore as Nymph

Paul Hermann Wagner, Forest Nymph Date 1870. US Public Domain via Wikimedia
Paul Hermann Wagner, Forest Nymph Date 1870. US Public Domain via Wikimedia

The kore is the personification of feminine innocence. Carl Jung tells us that at times the kore may appear as nymph (CW 9i, para. 311). In the above painting, we see the kore as nymph.