END-TIME NOSTRADAMUS SERIES (7) CIVILITY
AND DERANGEMENT ACCORDING TO CARL JUNG
On this page Jung reflects especially upon the end of the wasting and woeful World War One, the return of Wotan between the wars and the aftermath of catastrophic World War Two.
N.B. The following backward look at the rise of the Wotan spirit in the world does not mean we need confine the application, as Jung did, to the native people of Germany. Wotan is not “the god of Germany” but a rapaciously restless spirit wandering down the Ages quite as likely to be found risen among future young men and women of vigour anywhere around mainland Europe. In quatrain II 30 (1555, Lyon, Bonhomme) we find
Vn qui les Dieux d’Annibal infernaulx
Fera renaistre, effrayeur des humains
Oncq’plus d’horreurs ne plus pire journaux
Qu’auint viendra par Babel aux Romains.
One who the infernal gods of Hannibal
Will make reborn, terror of mankind
Never more horrors nor worse days
Than those which through Babel will come to the Romans.
Hannibal famously travelled both extensively and in the face of hardships to launch his terror elephant attack on Rome (which he hated because his father had before him) yet failed ultimately to seize it. Will this be repeated by swarming migrants under a vicious sponsor of similarly determined ferocity of intent?
(Also see the Nostradamus Quatrains VIIII 76 and II 30 and VI 81 HUMAN SACRIFICE YESTERDAY AND TOMORROW)
Jung composed his Role of the Unconscious in 1918:
Far from relegating this to some animalistic responsive role he grounded his definition onto what had been the common person’s view of a metaphysical entity, the Universal. Unfortunately the love of occultists for all scientific-sounding terms had created a negative reaction in experimental psychology which then threw out the innocent god with the religious bath water by declaring that everything psychic is an expression of consciousness. But as ‘normal’ cannot exist without ‘abnormal’ so ‘conscious’ cannot be defined ever without ‘unconscious’ and the medical appliers of psychology then defended the unconscious as a reality. The sex-centric Freudian school, among others, held that
“a civilized human being (or person of civil sensibilities) is compromised against acting out a great many instinctive impulses and desires that are incompatible with law and morality”.
Membership of society must be paid for in suppressions and the unsatisfied wishes be driven into the unconscious as repressions, i.e. the forgotten acts of suppression.
The incompatible – meaning the inadmissible and so sublimated – contains those dismissed wants, needs, aspirations, pains, that must still exist somewhere, probably in peculiarities we might call ‘nervous’ or ‘disturbed’ – fantasies, pathological impulses, obsessions, depressions, anxieties.
Jung felt that the unconscious must also hold whatever has not yet broken surface or else does so fleetingly for lack of an ‘energic impetus’ (blind-will expressed energetically).
His vision was of a depth of currents not sufficient to breach the threshold of the conscious effectively yet not laid down permanently in the unconscious and he called this the subconscious. Here live the traces of forgotten moments, indistinct impressions, forgotten information, our more indirect influences and our surprisingly keen subliminal (in-directed?) impressions.
According to Jung there also may be sense perceptions occurring outside of the conscious ranges or acquired through peripheral vision. Similarly, the apperceptions. Being so personal to us it becomes allotted to our formed networks of associations and so associative connections of much intensity may then be weaved which cross over or rise into the conscious in the form of inspiration or intuition and so forth. As this does not arm us fully enough to fearlessly define the unconscious (we cannot trace back insane fantasies purely to revealed prior experiences, he claimed) Jung saw the unconscious as housing also the mythological fantasies. In other words we each bring to Life a kind of history of Mankind wrapped up in Myths. As Jung might have said, everything today is the product of its history yet modified by or springing from its society’s myths. The creative fantasy activities seated in the brain (the suprapersonal) therefore root remotely and embrace both rebirth and continuity so suggesting eternal sustainability to some. The modern scientist is as much influenced by all this as the practitioner of witchery or of a spiritualist seance.
The spirit element of its own volition manifests itself as an immediate sensuous projection onto the primitive’s psyche so that the object viewed attaches easily to spiritual phenomena. A particular thought may have appeared to the primitive person almost as if they were hallucinating so as to “superimpose itself on sensuous reality to such an extent that if a European were to behave in the same way we should say he was mad”.
Excerpts from Jung on the Subject of ‘Madness and Civilisation’
“It seems to me that we should take the problem of the unconscious very seriously indeed. The tremendous compulsion towards goodness and the immense moral force of Christianity are not merely an argument in the latter’s favour, they are also a proof of the strength of its suppressed and repressed counterpart – the anti-christian, barbarian element.”
“Christianity split the Germanic barbarian into an upper and a lower half, and enabled him, by repressing the dark side, to domesticate the brighter half and fit it for civilization. But the lower, darker half still awaits redemption and a second spell of domestication. Until then, it will remain associated with the vestiges of the prehistoric age, with the collective unconscious, which is subject to a peculiar and ever-increasing activation. As the Christian view of the world loses its authority, the more menacingly will the “blond beast” be heard prowling about in its underground prison, ready to burst out with devastating consequences. When this happens in the individual it brings about a psychological revolution, but it can also take a social form.”
“This chthonic quality (which roots him to the earth and draws new strength from below) is found in dangerous concentration in the Germanic peoples. Naturally the Aryan European has not noticed any signs of this for a very long time, but perhaps he is beginning to notice it in the present war; and again, perhaps not. The Jew has too little of this quality – where has he his own earth underfoot? The mystery of the earth is no joke and no paradox. One only needs to see how, in America, the skull and pelvis measurements of the European races begin to Indianize themselves in the second generation of immigrants.”
“Would that people could learn the lesson of this war!” (The fact is, our unconscious is not to be got at … )
“The very fact that we in our age come to speak of the unconscious at all is proof that everything is not in order. This talk of the unconscious cannot be laid entirely at the door of analytical psychology; its beginnings can be traced back to the time of the French Revolution (taken as a revolution of minds) and the first signs of it can be found in Mesmer. This is nothing but a rediscovery of the primitive concept of soul-force or soul-stuff, awakened out of the unconscious by a reactivation of archaic forms of thought.”
“This picture reminds us vividly of the first centuries of our era, when Rome began to find the old gods ridiculous and felt the need to import new ones on a large scale.”
(Mithras worship gave way to Roman Catholicism which gave way to Science which has unravelled itself especially by forged statistics used in Education whilst the debacle of Climate Warming propaganda has left a chill in the air as scientists play political poodle to their biggest benefactors, like corrupt priests.)
“How does a symbol originate? This question brings us to the most important function of the unconscious: the symbol-creating function. There is something very remarkable about this function, because it has only a relative existence.”
(The swastika is despised in the West, revered in the East)
“The repressed animal bursts forth in its most savage form when it comes to the surface, and in the process of destroying itself leads to national suicide.”
(Murder and suicide are linked. Some prefer one to the other. When the unkind surge to kill or be killed rages all around the kinder mind will turn to thoughts of killing the self so as to preserve its pacific identity. In a group these things are likely to become more hysterical or lemming-like)
” …the contemporary world and its newspapers present the spectacle of a gigantic psychiatric clinic… ”
We should listen to the voice that speaks to us from the unconscious, says Carl Jung, but do always bear in mind that it likely tracks the positive or negative inclinations of our conscious minds!
Enter the mythological demi-god ‘Wotan’
“I know I hung on a windy tree
nine long nights,
wounded with a spear,
named for Odin,
myself in myself,
on that tree of which no man knows
where its roots run.
No bread did they give me,
nor a drink from the horn,
downwards I peered;
I raised up the runes ᚱᚢᚾᛟ,
shouting out loud I grasped them,
then and there I slumped down.”
‘Hávamál’ or ‘Sayings of the Highest’ a branching wisdom verse from the Old Norse ‘Codex Regius’ about Odin/Wotan (for clarity my fresh translation breaks the original rhythm)
Carl Jung wrote in 1936:
“We find ourselves living in a world of events which would have been inconceivable before the war. We were even beginning to regard war between civilized nations as a fable, thinking that such an absurdity would become less and less possible in our rational, internationally organized world. And what came after the war was a veritable witches’ Sabbath … what is more than curious – indeed, piquant to a degree – is that an ancient God of storm and frenzy, the long quiescent Wotan, should awake, like an extinct volcano, to new activity, in a civilized country that had long been supposed to have outgrown the Middle Ages.”
“We have seen him come to life in the German Youth Movement … armed with rucksack and lute, blond youths, and sometimes girls as well, were to be seen as restless wanderers on every road from North Cape to Sicily, faithful votaries of the roving god … German youths who celebrated the solstice with sheep-sacrifices were among the first to hear the rustling in the primeval forest of unconsciousness.”
Way back in history the settled families, the city dwellers, had feared no greater threat than the wandering tribes with their huge grazing herds. Wotan is the restless wanderer essentially oblivious to local culture and given to magic, to foreknowledge, to disturbing the peace and stirring up troubles, the abominable desolator of status quo.
Christianity probably renamed Wotan as Satan. Judaism may have seen Jesus that way. (See the Article END-TIME NOSTRADAMUS SERIES (2) CHOSEN) Medieval Christianity struck back with the arch substitution of the Wandering Jew for Wandering Wotan, says Jung.
Back in 1936 Carl weighed up three analytical factors supporting the rise of National Socialism/Nazism in Germany against the return of Wotan and felt strongly that the latter out-weighed the former as an explanation for that general phenomen (which was a kind of heresy to say at that time) and notes that the whole matter is barely comprehensible to anyone who is not German. He gives us a German word which combines apparent opposites and means ‘to seize and to be seized’.
Carl Jung, the father of analytical psychology, saw Wotan as the ‘puer aeternus’ in the sense of a male stuck in adolescence, one of the “primordial, structural elements of the human psyche”. The ‘Puer’ is a god of vegetation and resurrection, the ghostly hunter who is hunted down and hung up on a tree as if to die. He may be linked with stories such as Tammuz or Adonis and in Egyptian mythology he may be linked to Osiris. (See the Article END-TIME NOSTRADAMUS SERIES (3) JESUS WAS REAL)
Like all the archetypes he has two opposing sides. He unleashes dark passions and the lust for battle felt by some blooded combatants (and Neo-con’s chickenhawks – see the Article ADDENDUM TO I 87 & I 100 THE PENTAGON’S ‘9/10’ ACCOUNT). This is no Peter Pan but as the god of storm and frenzy he does refuse to be permanently housed. What he is not is the child miraculously reborn from its adult self. At his peaceable best he is the expert illusionist.
The parallel between “Wotan redivivus” and the “social, political, and psychic storm that was shaking Germany” might just be pure parable but since the gods are “personifications of psychic forces”, Jung insists, these psychic forces have nothing to do with the conscious mind and far more to do with the unconscious.
“Our mania for rational explanations obviously has its roots in our fear of metaphysics, for the two were always hostile. Hence, anything unexpected that approaches us from the dark realm is regarded either as coming from outside and, therefore, as real, or else as a hallucination and so not true. The idea that anything could be real or true which does not come from the outside has hardly begun to dawn on contemporary man.”
Jung points out that the Germans had then an unique historic opportunity to look into their own hearts and to learn what those perils of the soul were from which Jesus had tried to rescue Mankind. Otherwise the latently tempestuous Wotan, a being of peculiar biology, an autonomous psychic factor, must affect the life of a whole people.
Carl concludes that the more quiescent side of Wotan understands the runes well and can interpret fate. He then makes an incidental prediction of his own by saying that Wotan is unlikely to reveal his ageing years to us and instead will disappear before he gets old, as would Adolf Hitler.
Between the World Wars they must have thought their lands reasonable and sound enough – as we did in the prosperous years after the Second World War and yet they must have suffered doubts during the run up to WWII, as we seem to be doing now. From the common person’s point of view, if he has one – and not everybody does – world leaders must seem insane right now. I sometimes think so. As anyone who counsels relationship breakdowns must know, it is the Big Lie – the lie so clever that all have believed it yet the truth must, of course, come out later – that lands the Big Liar in the bunker of history. For the decades since 9/11/91, and before, the enormous lies have piled up and like liberated lines they have jumbled into knots and snaked into loops weaving endless errors for the perpetrators who really don’t know where they are with them yet push on up, regardless.
Note 1: at the time of Nostradamus there was no ‘W’ available in proto-French excepting written repetitions of foreign words – but how would they have pronounced this, Wotan or Otan?
Note 2: the French acronym for ‘Organisation du Traité de l’Atlantique Nord’ (NATO) is OTAN.
The following is a paraphrase, with plentiful omissions and comments added in parentheses, of a piece written by Jung at a time when Germans were asking many questions about a tangled ball of events that had laid them low and the post-war impositions on a nation rebuilding itself from the ground up, sans military might, with new laws favouring left-to-centre positions as a reaction to the extreme right-wing nature of ripened Nazism.
Carl Jung, perhaps exhibiting hindsight bias, wrote in 1945 about Germany, then boxing its own shadow. Jung was Swiss (generally disliked by their neighbours across borders, perhaps because their wealth is stable and they seem to emanate superiority) and writes of the bad smell arising from “German guilt” at a time when collective moral inferiority was, in fact, an essential recognition if they were to get on well internationally.
He goes on to recognise how the White race are viewed outside of Europe as being generally mad but particularly successful. Combining both thoughts he takes a swipe at Christianity and challenges the superior stance of European Civilization per se in the light of Auschwitz and Buchenwald. (The concentration camp is supposed a British invention, by the way.)
Jung observes that even before 1933 there was “a smell of burning in the air” and the Reichstag Fire (9/11 is often jokingly compared) located beyond error the seat of evil. In his words “evil kindles evil in the soul” as we sense blood and air and water become fouled by it (See the Article WHO LET THE DOGS OUT?) breaking the delicate circle that our psyche places around ourselves, our family group, our tribe and homeland, our society.
The Family of Europe are all degraded by this, in his opinion, and the prior and necessary conditions would include industrialization in its wrenching of most folks (working class and middle class alike) from their once-prevalent agrarian grounding upon the soil. He describes the transfer of reliance onto the State as survival skills fade away and even the survival instinct becomes de-personalized. The happy lack of awareness of natural insecurity that pervades the collective is seen as unhealthy by Doctor Jung, leading it to resemble “a herd of sheep, constantly relying on a shepherd to drive them into good pastures”.
Mankind as some demoralised and degenerate entity which can do things that its ‘decent’ side simply chooses to ignore so becomes pathologically defensive when criticized, either realistically or in the imagination. (Is there such a thing as collective narcissistic sociopathy?)
In fact the Prosecutor and Defender in the Court of our Mind both need watching that one doesn’t do its job too well because of failings we self-treacherously invest in the other.
The Germans were ever touchy about foreign opinions as if by feelings of inferiority, he says, and his belief in the conscious-unconscious balancing act breaks surface again to suggest that the German fame for efficiency is in result of this. Such a motive and result might explain their efficiency in matters of murder, terror and the killing of hostages – a kind of mix of hysterical dissociation of personality and peculiar self-deception. This “jump over one’s own shadow” is in no way unique to Germans and may manifest in a sureness that everything culpable, dark and inferior lurks permanently in those victimized parties who are incapable of recognising their obvious inferiority when compared to our life-perfected Superman.
In this way feelings of inferiority are compensated by sureness of superiority over others and an ease in exterminating them for no better reason than they are not like us or like the social ground from which we believe we sprang.
(So search inside for who you really are and not the apparent person you presume yourself to be who was formed over time by bouncing off life’s circumstances.)
Further such supermen, with inferiority as their root, are compulsive in their desires to torment all other people (especially when faced with having to admit their inferior qualities which feels to them like committing suicide, a more or less sudden death of the acquired identity). Jung places ‘hysterical neurosis’ as belonging inside ‘a person who is their own evil spirit’.
(Today we can say a ‘narcissistic psychopath’ who whilst seeking out admiringly a semblance of their assumed reflection will smash all truth-telling mirrors incidentally or accidentally offered up to them.)
Thorough lack of insight into one’s character, a somewhat erotic self-imaging and a determined self-extenuation, these will ever lead to the denigration and even the terrorizing of one’s fellows, says Jung.
(America’s War on Terror was a war to terrify the American people?)
Barely aware projections from the shadow state, scientific falsifications of reality, a need to make an impression by any means on even the most insignificant of neighbours, high downside-risk bluffing and repeated double-crossing even to gain less than the present rewards – all these are visible in our most successful and enduring leaders, in my opinion, possibly facilitated by a feedback loop somehow entrancing their abused supporters. The seducer and the seduced: to seize and to be seized.
Jung outlines something similar that he calls “hysterical blindness” and quotes a real case (though not his).
Theatricality comes into this strongly. Hitler’s gestures (taught him by a stage performer he befriended and later destroyed) looked ludicrous to all but his German audience says Jung who then describes the image of a “psychic scarecrow” ranting in “womanish tones”. He observes that this mass effect could only work if the stage artist reflected the collective hysteria of their audience.
Hitler the Hysterical, 1937, was mounted on armoured divisions with the mighty wind of German heavy industry rushing him onward. But in 1933-34 there had been much that was considered plausible about fascist Germany and fascistic Italy, Jung adds, and the Nazi regime was being favoured in high places. (Not the least in London and New York.) Undeniably Hitler had brought Germany greater employment and so reduced the number of tramps (seen everywhere after the First World War) and restored some measure of self-respect to the German people. Hope was in the air and the country looked clean and modernized, even the envy of the world.
Jung sees the very personification of Germany in Goethe’s ‘Faust’, an appetite for the infinite conjured (as always) by innermost contradictions that effectively split him into good and bad personalities by essentially systematic dissociation.(Like America’s Mind Kontrolle programming after WWII?) Again this is the ‘hysteric’ acknowledging only their better motives and so nurturing dark doubts about their security that cause them to flaunt and insist upon their prestige. He or she longs to be loved is a worthy cliché here although it’s doubtful whether they can love another strongly.
Were the White Europeans a people possessed, as Jung observed?
“For the first time since the dawn of history we have succeeded in swallowing the whole of primitive animism into ourselves, and with it the spirit that animated nature. Not only were the gods dragged down from their planetary spheres and transformed into chthonic demons, but, under the influence of scientific enlightenment, even this band of demons, which at the time of Paracelsus still frolicked happily in mountains and woods, in rivers and human dwelling places, was reduced to a miserable remnant and finally disappeared altogether. From time immemorial, nature was always filled with spirits. Now, for the first time, we are living in a lifeless nature bereft of gods” adding “the mere act of enlightenment may have destroyed the spirits of nature, but not the psychic factors that correspond to them.”
These occurred to Carl as the qualities needed to make for possession. (A major preoccupation of Jesus of Nazareth.) Further,
“the psychic conditions which breed demons are as actively at work as ever. The demons have not really departed but have merely taken on another form: they have become unconscious psychic forces. The process of reabsorption went hand in hand with an increasing inflation of the ego and this became increasingly more evident after the Sixteenth Century.”
Jung reflects on the relatively recent discovery of the psyche and how the uncovering of the unconscious was a particularly painful episode in psychology. Now the spooks are out of their ‘nightmare’ cemeteries and flitting about in our ‘normal’ heads. Jung imagines tyrants, obsessives, alcoholics and junkies as the self-deluded ones he can see all around him. (Well he would in his profession, wouldn’t he, or is that my own hindsight bias?) Carl calls it the very first outbreak of “epidemic insanity”. In brief an outbursting of the unconscious mind into what had previously been a reasonably orderly world.
We should remember that Hitler once dreamed of a New Order and was the brave exponent of that New Order. His swift uptake and rapid downfall was in that he recognizably represented the dark shadow within his supporters and if only they had realized they could perhaps have shunned his severe abnormality before a dark power inspired such violence and destruction. What the world may feel it needs now is his obverse, a power of spirited goodness that like a psychic force may be returned to its sources so that we all improve in joy. Is Jesus coming? World watch-out for the Interloper!
Now that our politicians’ blameworthiness is being comfortably passed-on to outsiders without much valid demurring coming from within their own peoples – and this may be systematic – the great Carl Gustav Jung reminds us that hundreds of millions belonging to many nations were swept into “the blood-drenched madness of a war of extermination” during World War Two.
UPDATE: Germany is restored as “the nerve-centre of Europe” and we are planned to be more estranged from nature than ever under UN Agenda 21. Whosoever is controlling Washington D.C. is the first face of a sickness systematically sweeping the world. He treats Almighty God as if a mere perception of ‘holy’ that he has hypocritically re-installed to his personal material benefit. The clever cretin stupefies himself even as he thunders. Inside he knows who he is and what he can never be (much like history’s other greedy leaders who once paid too dearly for pirate gold, poor diminished souls).
“Beware of greedy leaders
Who take you where you should not go”
George Harrison (Beware of Darkness)
especially those who apply masters of deterministic chaos to the controls within complex systems/the universal soldiers
Nigel Raymond Offord 2015
also see the final part of
ADDENDUM TO ‘I 56 THE GESTALT DRAWS ON’