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Four Elements within Art and Mythology

by Nataša Pantović

Materializing within a body we call our own Self / Atman / Unit within a country or family we call own, we inherit the cultural unconscious set-up, yet with no physical memory of the accumulated progress of our collective society's story. 

Free your conscious and subconscious mind unconsciousness and kids

Free your conscious and subconscious mind, Unconsciousness and kids

A UN report tells us that one million animal and plants species are to be extinct during the next few decades, more than the number of living beings extinct through thousands of years of evolution. What do you think of that?!!

After we incarnate on this little planet, we take decades of schooling to develop fairly low level memory of the intrinsic matter, and we are left guessing properties of the primordial / spiritual matter.

Our parents' circumstances, family history, relationships with the friends or enemies, our priests, teachers, journalists, contribute to our conscious and subconscious leanings. Yet, whether we like it or not, the strongest physical mechanisms within our emotional or a mental body is the hormonal or chemical input our brain receives, as part of our survival instincts.

Collective Unconsciousness in Ancient Art

Illustration of the structure of Hell according to Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy. By Sandro Botticelli, 1480.

Illustration of the structure of Hell according to Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy. By Sandro Botticelli, 1480.

According to Carl Gustav Jung, hell represents, among every culture, the disturbing aspect of the collective unconscious.

The ancient Greeks portrayed Unconscious within their Mythology

A snake killing the children of Laocoön 

Ancient Greece Mythology Lacoon and His Sons

Laocoön and his sons, Vatican, Rome, a copy after an Hellenistic (Ancient Greek) original from 200 BC. Found in the Baths of Trajan, 1506

or as a myth of Icarus that dies burnt for flying too close to the Sun, In Greek mythology, Icarus, καρος, is the son of the master craftsman Daedalus, living in Crete, the creator of the Labyrinth. Icarus and his father attempt to escape from Crete using wings constructed from feathers and wax. Icarus' father warns his son of the complexity of the endeavor, yet Icarus fly too close to the sun, melting the wax, falls and drowns.

The Fall of Icarus 17th-century relief with a Cretan labyrinth in Musée Antoine Vivenel

The Fall of Icarus 17th-century relief with a Cretan labyrinth in the Musée Antoine Vivenel

Teenagers and Collective Unconsciousness

The cruelty of the renewal that see no other but It's-small-self of teenagers is symbolically represented by the pelican parent feeding the children with own blood.

Our teenagers have a strong response built in their DNAs of miss-trust, challenging the family's habits, standards, norms. As a teenager, my 11 year old boy, mistrusted my interpretation of Everything, and with a reason, for the truth is tremendously multi-layered.

We all know that history is written by the winners. What remains behind our ancestors are temples, churches, art, often lost in translation researches, music. We, as consciousness researchers, notice a huge loss of memory, of the whole generations at a time, when some of our Kings have decided to change history, claiming own-supremacy, destroying nature, nations, or groups that dis-obeyed. 

All Seeing Eye of Cosmos found around the Globe

The cause and effect as a cosmic matrix manifests as our knowledge of Divine practices and comparing our mystical experiences is a very new experience. 

Ancient Four Elements Mysticism and the Wheel of Life

Following the four seasonal cycle and seven fold division of time, space, planets, chakras, expressed as three dimensions, mapping the Cosmos on the four cardinal directions of East, West, South and North, going back to the primordial sources, however configured, have biological, psychic and spiritual harmonics of manifestations. It is Tao in its Cosmic Yin and Yang, as psychic substances of the Mind, or conscious and unconscious mind-citta within our behavior patterns. The results of understanding these practices is called mysticism, occult learning or every-day's magic these days used in Politics, Marketing or Brand-Building. Within the Wheel of Life we find:

Night = Death = Winter = Earth = solidity – pressure = Flesh = Bull = Auriel “inner light” (was banned at the Council of Rome in 745 AC)

Morning = Child = Spring = Air = Man = Breath = Perception = Activity = clarity - Raphael “healer”

Afternoon = Youth = Summer = Fire = Lion = Vital Spirit – growth – desire – transformation - Michael “likeness of God”

Evening = Old Age = Autmn = Water = Blood = emotional nature - Eagle = Gabriel “strength of God”

Read more in The Tao of Logos

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