Three Realms in the Christian Cosmic Topology

 The Last Judgment at the Arena Chapel (Cappella Scrovegni), in Padua. 1306. US public domain via wikimedia
The Last Judgment at the Arena Chapel (Cappella Scrovegni), in Padua. 1306. US public domain via wikimedia

In the image above, we see Christ in Majesty surrounded by a rainbow mandorla and angels, flanked by the Apostles. The Heavenly Host is above, while the saved and the damned are shown below, rising to Heaven or being dragged to Hell.

The Christian cosmic topology has three realms: the heavenly realm, the earthly realm, and hell realm . Carl Jung tells us that these three realms correspond to three forms of man: spiritual man, psychic man, and inferior man:

 “In Gnostic typology the άνθρωπος ψυχικός, ‘psychic man,’ is inferior to the  πνευματικός, ‘spiritual man,’ and finally there are wicked souls who must roast in hell for all eternity.”

Reference:

  1. The Archetypes and The Collective Unconscious (Collected Works of C.G. Jung Vol.9 Part 1) , p.26
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