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  • Katie shared from The Great Mother: An Analysis of the Archetype: An Analysis of the Archetype (Princeton Classics) by Erich Neumann
    As mother and earth woman, the Great Mother is the “throne” pure and simple, and, characteristically, the woman’s motherliness resides not only in the womb but also in the seated woman’s broad expanse of thigh, her lap on which the newborn child sits enthroned. To be taken on the lap is, like being taken to the breast, a symbolic expression for adoption of the child, and also of the man, by the Feminine. It is no accident that the greatest Mother Goddess of the early cults was named Isis, “the seat,” “the throne,” the symbol of which she bears on her head; and the king who “takes...
  • Katie shared from The Great Mother: An Analysis of the Archetype: An Analysis of the Archetype (Princeton Classics) by Erich Neumann
    The mysteries of death as mysteries of the Terrible Mother are based on her devouring-ensnaring function, in which she draws the life of the individual back into herself. Here the womb becomes a devouring maw and the conceptual symbols of diminution, rending, hacking to pieces, and annihilation, of rot and decay, have here their place, which is associated with graves, cemeteries, and negative death magic. Here belongs also the blood-drinking goddess of death, whose hunger can be appeased only through the slaying of innumerable living creatures,
  • Katie shared from The Great Mother: An Analysis of the Archetype: An Analysis of the Archetype (Princeton Classics) by Erich Neumann
    The mysteries of death as mysteries of the Terrible Mother are based on her devouring-ensnaring function, in which she draws the life of the individual back into herself. Here the womb becomes a devouring maw and the conceptual symbols of diminution, rending, hacking to pieces, and annihilation, of rot and decay, have here their place, which is associated with graves, cemeteries, and negative death magic. Here belongs also the blood-drinking goddess of death, whose hunger can be appeased only through the slaying of innumerable living creatures,
  • Katie shared from The Great Mother: An Analysis of the Archetype: An Analysis of the Archetype (Princeton Classics) by Erich Neumann
    Not only as underworld and hell does the earth belong to the elementary vessel character but also as tomb and cave. The cave is a dwelling as well as a tomb; the vessel character of the Feminine not only shelters the unborn in the vessel of the body, and not only the born in the vessel of the world, but also takes back the dead into the vessel of death, the cave or coffin, the tomb or urn.
  • Katie shared from The Great Mother: An Analysis of the Archetype: An Analysis of the Archetype (Princeton Classics) by Erich Neumann
    Not only as underworld and hell does the earth belong to the elementary vessel character but also as tomb and cave. The cave is a dwelling as well as a tomb; the vessel character of the Feminine not only shelters the unborn in the vessel of the body, and not only the born in the vessel of the world, but also takes back the dead into the vessel of death, the cave or coffin, the tomb or urn.