Mary as Earth Covered by the Blue Tent of the Sky

Tintoretto, 1573, Mary with the child, adored by the Evangelists Mark and Luke, US Public Domain
Tintoretto, 1573, Mary with the child, adored by the Evangelists Mark and Luke, US Public Domain

In the image above, we see Mary with Child. She wears the celestial cloak. Carl Jung speaks to the archetypal significance of this:

“Blue is the color of Mary’s celestial cloak; she is the earth covered by the blue tent of the sky…”

Mary is earth covered by Sky. She is Queen of Heaven. She is “Mother of God” (p. 87). Jung continues:

“According to the dogma she is only beata, divine. Moreover, she represents the earth, which is also the body and its darkness. That is the reason why she, the all-merciful, has the power of attorney to plead for all sinners, but also why, despite her privileged position (it is not possible for the angels to sin), she has a relationship with the Trinity which is rationally not comprehensible, since it is so close and yet so distant.”

Jung understands that it is Mary’s relation to the earth and body that gives her the power to redeem. As related to earth, Jung also relates the mother image to the matrix, the vessel. Jung says:

“As the matrix, the vessel, the earth, she can be interpreted allegorically as the rotundum, is characterized by the four cardinal points.”

Reference:

  1. The Structure and Dynamics of the Psyche (Collected Works of C.G. Jung, Volume 8) by C. G.-  p. 87