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Key 21—The Universe

Zalewski, Chris; Zalewski, Pat Aeon Books ePub

Key 21 is a number of honour, truth, success and advancement. A number of the Universe—the crown of the Magi which is only gained after his many tests, trials and ordeals leading ultimately to victory. Therefore, we have the threshold of a new world. This is the end and the beginning. Reducing 21 brings 2 + 1 = 3: The formula oflife. l = masculine plus 2 = feminine, equals 3 reproduction of life. Key 3, the Empress, in this state is mother nature.

Numerical analysis of the name ‘Universe’ (using the Pythagorean system) gives thirteen (Death) which is transformation from one phase into another and is exactly what this card the Universe, means. Another hidden number (using the English Kabbalah) is five (Hierophant), which is the four elements and spirit within Key 21. This is shown by the four Kerubs, one in each corner of the card and the female figure in the centre.

The Golden Dawn version of this Key is a radical departure from most previous descriptions. The Name of this Key was changed from the ‘World’ to the ‘Universe’ to incorporate the full impact of the Macrocosm and the Microcosm.

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5 Falling Short of Our Values and Not Realizing It

Quinn, Ryan W. Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

RYAN: When I was nineteen years old, I left home for two years to serve a mission for my church. A mission is both the period that a missionary spends in service and the name of the organization in which missionaries serve, located in a particular place. On my mission I taught, did community service, proselytized, and helped people make life changes such as overcoming addictive habits or developing better patterns of family life. I was excited to serve.

The mission I served in had many leadership positions. It consisted of about two hundred young women and men, but it was led by a couple in their sixties who served as mission presidents. The mission president had two assistants. The assistants supervised twelve zone leaders, the zone leaders supervised about thirty district leaders, and the district leaders supervised the rest of the missionaries. The assistants, zone leaders, and district leaders were all young missionaries. When there were changes in these leadership positions, missionaries often speculated about who the next person to fill a leadership position might be.

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Concluding thoughts on the Nature of Psychoanalytic Activity

Karnac Books ePub

 

 

 

 

 

Alberto Hahn

The content of our conference, as reflected in this book, bore witness to Donald Meltzer's enduring relevance, his inspiring ideas, and his attitude of profound respect for patients’ relation to their internal and external world—in particular to the infantile parts of the self. During the conference, we heard repeated mention of Meltzer's legacy as a teacher and a thinker. The breadth of papers showed how important this influence remains, both in our clinical work and in our motivation to explore further the potential and the boundaries of his psychoanalytic insights.

It is in this spirit that I want to address myself briefly to some issues that have found their way into my own clinical work, the supervision of colleagues, and the process of teaching Meltzer's life's work, for over four decades. Meltzer wrote widely about the nature of the psychoanalytic processes he was observing, their theoretical connotations, and their clinical and technical implications, and I think that the foundations laid down in The Psychoanalytical Process (1967) 50 years ago remain a beacon that throws a shaft of light on the worlds of the two parties involved in every analytic process we engage in. This view, which argues that our internal world determines our outlook and creates the possibility of deploying our observational and analytic function on the process, seems to remain a permanent fundamental source of interest and scrutiny. Consequently, I could not conceive of the feasibility of developing an analytic relationship without an in-depth knowledge of the unconscious variables that shape our character and, in particular, our countertransference. This knowledge, which is part of what Meltzer liked to call our “equipment”, seems to highlight questions about the nature of observation and the procedure that takes us ultimately to an understanding of unconscious communications.

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CHAPTER TEN: Imre Hermann: researching psyche and space

Karnac Books ePub

Sára Klaniczay

Imre Hermann was my analyst and trainer for seven years. He died twenty years ago, at the age of ninety-five.

Hermann lived in Hungary and he worked there all his life, even in the years of Nazism and Communism.1 He played a very important role in the survival of psychoanalysis in Hungary and in preserving the legacy of the Budapest School for the coming generations. He was a doctor of medicine and also a researcher: he observed and described psychological phenomena and searched for their organic basis.

Hermann was a polymath. Besides being an expert in psychology, he was familiar with different natural and social sciences and various branches of the arts. He was very much interested in what we call “talent”; he studied the nature of the process of creation. The most significant step in his career was the discovery and description of the instinct of clinging.

A short summary of Hermann’s theory of clinging

Hermann was interested in the behaviour of apes from the very beginning. The inherited clinging reaction of apes has been described by many. It is a well-known fact that apes spend the first months of their lives clinging to their mother’s bodies. The essence of Hermann’s theory is that the instinctive behaviour of the ape infant, that is, its clinging to the mother, is an existing but inhibited instinctive drive in the human infant as well. Moro, the German paediatrician, described the reflex movement of the arms that can be triggered in the three-month-old infant. This movement resembles the embracing reflex movement of apes and, thus, might have philogenetic origin.

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9: The Time of Living Dead Species: Extinction Debt and Futurity in Madagascar

Edited by Peter Y Paik and Merry Wiesne Indiana University Press ePub

Extinction Debt and Futurity in Madagascar

Genese Marie Sodikoff

LIKE MUCH OF the science fiction of H. G. Wells, the short story “Aepyornis Island,” set in Madagascar, plays with the mutability of time and the specter of extinction. It tells a tale of the fabled “Elephant Bird” of Madagascar, a species larger than the modern ostrich that was overhunted to extinction by humans by at least the seventeenth century. An English collector, named Butcher, travels to Madagascar to find rarities for a buyer at a museum in London. He is stranded by his Malagasy guides and forced to fend for himself. By luck he finds in a muddy swamp the bones and several eggs of an aepyornis. To his astonishment, the eggs appear to be freshly lain. Starving, he eats two, and sees that they contain developing embryos. He allows one to hatch, and an extinct species is brought back from oblivion, albeit briefly.1

“Aepynornis Island” offers an entrée into the themes of temporal dislocation, the terrible reckoning that happens when living beings are “out of time,” and distortions in the evolutionist continuum between “primitive” and “civilized” in European imaginations. The story presciently captures the emergent sense of time forged by evolutionist thought and conservation practice and invoked by the contemporary biological concept of “extinction debt,” defined as a lag time between habitat perturbation and the species deaths that inevitably result from it.2

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