…emerged from Chaos according to the ancient Greeks. Also known as Aeon, the father of time was perhaps the first principle of self organisation. Chronos is connected with Saturn, which was the seventh planet of the ancients and had the longest passage through the sky (around 30 years.) Jung introduced the concept of synchronicity in his 1952 paper “Synchronicity — An Acausal Connecting Principle”, though he had been considering the concept for almost thirty years, which might also be seen as a meaningful coincidence. As the White Queen says to Alice, “It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards”. The Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research Lab is closing at the end of this month, after 28 years of researching the relationships and interactions between Mind and Matter. It is a matter of debate as to whether synchronicity is scientifically testable. I rather think it belongs to the realm of subjective meaning and lends its power in silence. Perhaps in that sense it is an aesthetic principle. It is, of course, also an element of magick. Synchronicity is a stimulus to focused attention and a way of connecting to a deeper or larger reality. Following Spinoza mind is universal. Rather than my mind being part of me, I am a part of mind. Big mind as they say in Zen. In the tarot the hermit seeks the deeper meaning of time by turning to contemplation. The title given to the card in Italy in the 14th and 15th centuries was either the hunchback (il Gobbo), the old man (il Vecchio) or time (il Tempo). This is time from the human perspective and refers to the phase in life when we reflect on our past. Chronos must one day return to Chaos, the void, as after Gaia came the negative forces of the goddess Nyx, such as death and deception. The search for the elixir, or the philosopher’s stone is thus the inner focus on the void that also gives birth to Iris, the rainbow and the messenger of renewal.


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