Evangeline L. M. Rand
Eros Emergent: Forged in Fire
At the founding of the Zurich Jung Institute in April 1948, Jung recommended that future research physicists and psychologists should together engage with the axiom of second-century Maria the Prophetessa. Physicist Wolfgang Pauli was present at this opening and Jung spoke about the significance of Pauli’s work for the development of psychology. (In January of that year, as a four-year old, leaving England behind, I had sailed back to India, my country of birth.)
Two months after the opening, Pauli wrote to Jung about “that comical Pauli effect” of an oriental vase, full of flowers, unexpectedly overturning during the institute opening. With their shared increasing appreciation of synchronicity, Pauli imaginatively wondered if, in this overturning, an “unknown anima figure” had made “a small trip” to determine whether it was safe for “eros” to emerge, to encourage the recognition of the qualitative significance of a particular moment in time, its complex texture, and its broad world and cultural noteworthiness.
This charming moment of wonderment is radical — a watershed between the world views of classical and modern quantum mechanics. Pauli’s ongoing dreams further indicated that, as well as furthering understanding of the larger world picture, mathematics held the key for the development of paradoxical anima —including mathematics such as was involved with the I Ching and primary numbers (1 to 10) and their associated geometric forms. In Pauli’s post-India (1953), purposely delayed, and deeply considered response to Jung’s Answer to Job, Pauli footnotes that “geometry” could be a “receptacle or wetnurse” for the yet to be revealed ideas of the “unknown woman.” Something needs suckling into life, something germane to Maria’s Axiom, to what we now refer to as implicit relational knowing and something emotionally and mythologically nourishing.
Geometry and eros were strange bedpartners for my considerations. This bed was further ruffled on one hand by the 1960 conclusion of the trial of D.H. Lawrence’s novel, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, a seminal case in British literary, cultural, and social history. The other ruffling hand was Honest to God (1963), a book by the Anglican Bishop of Woolwich, John A. J. Robinson, announcing that ‘God’ was no longer to be figured “up there” but to be considered as “the ground of our being.” Jung’s death (1961) is positioned into these emergent considerations.
A few small stepping-stones of this personal, dream-led, demanding, and checkered Shatapatha hundred-pathed journey (Red Book F 64) of ‘eros emergent’, laced with world travels and the geometry of Maria’s axiom, will be explored through photography, story, and music.
Dr. Evangeline M. L. Rand is a Registered Chartered Psychologist with the Canadian Register of Health Service, and with the College of Alberta Psychologists, living, working, and having her being in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Dr. Rand has served as adjunct faculty in the Master of Counselling Psychology Art Therapy program of Adler University, Vancouver, British Columbia, (2015–2018) and the Doctor of Ministry program of St. Stephen’s Theological College, Edmonton, Alberta (1987–2001). She has been a member of the International Association of Jungian Studies since 2006. Dr. Rand’s most recent publication — her fourth book — C. G. Jung as Artisan: Cross Connections with India, Considerations in Times of Crisis, was published in January 2022.