The embedding of the germinal ego in the uroboros corresponds sociologically to the state in which collective ideas prevailed, and the group and group consciousness were dominant. In this state the ego was not autonomous, individualized entity with knowledge, morality volition, and activity of its own; it and the group with its superordinate power was the only real subject.
This type of perfect paradise appears as the person lacks knowledge of the binary, or actual world of conflict between preconsciousness and ego consciousness. This is a place of unity, where opposites have not yet arrived causing a conflict in seeming reality. The passivity of the mother symbol is not in conflict and is in acceptance of the world without active response or resistance.
The desire to be independent from our mother is the first time we begin to feel or display real ego consciousness. The work done in Jungian psychology is often centered on the points of separation from the parents, specifically mother, so the individual may exercise and grow their self-awareness. The mother figure, be it biological or assumed, sets the guidelines that play out in later relationships, with lovers, children, partners, and friends. The more we understand the influence of the mother, and our need to return to that state of wholeness, unity before we become separate the easier it is to awaken our consciousness to all relationships.
The more dominating force of the father archetype quantifier, (can be male or female gender), enforces the rules and conduct demanded by society. This force puts a split in the psyche as the child can no longer live according to its instinctual nature. There may be many such authority figures in a child’s life, such as a teacher that imposes these rules. The child absorbs these standards of behavior and then imposes them as order upon the instincts.
The function of the father archetype, which is to will and decide, becomes the model for all subsequent acts of free will in the ego of the individual; and the law-making function, originally attributed to God and later to the mana (chief, hero, magician, medicine-man, shaman,) personality has become our inner judgement function of conscience. Most psychology sees these functions as being dominantly masculine, but as consciousness we are androgynous, and they are also present in women (in all genders) as the mother archetype and its function are present in all males and genders. The archetype of the androgynous being is present in most societies as a god/goddess like figure that portrays all qualities of all genders.
In a time when gender is being freed from binary definitions it is important to recognize the function of consciousness and archetypes dwelling in being. Androgynous consciousness is residing in us all. It allows us to call on many aspects of consciousness. The basic misunderstanding of consciousness and the androgynous nature in humanity has been a causer of imbalance, anger, and mis carriage of the nature of reality in our history. If we are split, believing we are only half of what we know to be true of our nature psychically, we wonder through life searching, trying to fill the void of isolation with another.
Both Translation and Releasing the Hidden Splendour taught by the Prosperos is meant not to cure, heal, or change the individual, but rather to awaken them to their true nature of wholeness as represented by the androgynous archetype. In this the wholeness and perfection represented by the uroboros, the circle, and mother where there is no separation or binary world, and all creation is available as represented by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
Freud’s idea that unconsciously a man seeks to have sexual union with his mother, and a woman with her father exemplifies our desire to return to the state of unity where all aspects of wholeness, completeness and perfection are present. Without a basic understanding of consciousness and stages of self-awareness in the individual we seek to return to those states in anyway possible. We see this in men and women marrying those who are similar to the parent.
At the completion of Translation, the individual is returned in consciousness to this completed, whole, and perfect state of preconsciousness. In this place they experience androgynous consciousness. In the acceptance of the consciousness they can then begin to seed their new understanding through their word-built world and accept this new self-awareness without resistance or active response. In The Prosperos this is called the 6th & 7th steps of Translation, Crown Mysteries.
© 2020 Suzanne Deakins
from The Emergence of Consciousness available December 2020