Tuesday, January 22, 2008
"The best political, social, and spiritual work we can do is to withdraw the projection of our shadow onto others." --Carl Jung
In the best-known version of the Greek myth, Persephone is dragged
down into the underworld by Hades, whose title is "Pluto." But in earlier,
pre-patriarchal tales, she descends there under her own power, actively
seeking to graduate from her virginal naiveté by exploring the intriguing
land of shadows.
"Pluto" is derived from the Greek word plutus, meaning "wealth."
Psychologist James Hillman says this refers to the psyche-building riches
available in Pluto's domain. Hades, he says, is "the giver of nourishment to the soul."
Rossetti, Dante Gabriel Proserpine1877
Oil on canvas 46 x 22 London