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eBook The Black Madonna of Einsiedeln, An Ancient Image for Our Present Time download ISBN: 3856307206
Author: Fred Gustafson
Publisher: Daimon Verlag (October 1, 2008)
Language: English
Pages: 169
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Category: Religious
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The Black Madonna is a sound starting point for anyone with an interest in Dark Goddesses, the Magdelene, and the Black Virgins (BV) of Europe.

The Black Madonna is a sound starting point for anyone with an interest in Dark Goddesses, the Magdelene, and the Black Virgins (BV) of Europe. As this is a book published by a house providing information about Jungian psychology, Gustafson spends much of this work exploring the Jungian symbolism behind the BV. He also provides the history of a specific BV, using its history and symbolism as a lens to dissect theories concering other BV's. An entire chapter of the book is devoted to comparing the BV to other Dark Goddesses, such as Kali, and Isis.

The Black Madonna of Einsiedeln stands among the many Black Virgins that seem to imagistically express this dark .

The Black Madonna of Einsiedeln stands among the many Black Virgins that seem to imagistically express this dark side of the feminine in a creative transformational manner for both the individual and the collective. Dr. Gustafson is a graduate of the . Jung Institute in Zurich and is also an ordained minister. It is not easy to quickly or simply answer the question of what the Black Madonna actually represents. One answer leads to more questions which in turn demand more explanations. Another reason is the nature of the dark feminine itself, which defies attempts to give eternally fixed limits to what she represents.

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As in the case of the Dark Forest, also the darkness of the Madonna is not viewed as sinister or evil

As in the case of the Dark Forest, also the darkness of the Madonna is not viewed as sinister or evil. Rather, it is peaceful, good, enveloping, and also creative, fecund, powerful and potent. It embodies the creative forces of the unconscious. The central part of the monastery is her chapel – octagonal, carved in black marble, lit by candles. In the centre, she resides surrounded by the blindingly golden halo of clouds and lightning.

The Black Madonna of Einsiedeln stands among the many Black Virgins . Book Description Condition: New. Not Signed; It is not easy to answer the question of what the Black Madonna actually represents. 9. Black Madonna of Einsiedeln : An Ancient Image for Our Present Time. ISBN 10: 3856307206 ISBN 13: 9783856307202. One answer leads to more questions, which, in turn, demand more explanations.

Photo courtesy of Fred Gustafson. And when I told Episode 7 guest Christina Becker that I’d be visiting Zürich, she told me that I just had to go see the Black Madonna. The idea for this episode began in Einsiedeln, Switzerland, during my recent trip to Zürich. Einsiedeln is located 25 miles to the south, about 5 miles from the southern end of the lake. Hinshaw sent me on my way that evening with a copy of the the book, The Black Madonna of Einsiedeln: An Ancient Image for Our Present Time.

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Beginning with a history of the Einsiedeln Madonna, Dr. Gustafson broadens his analysis into a psychological and historical examination of the Black Madonna, from her roots in the pagan deity Lilith and the archetype of the Great Mother, to her resurgence as the Virgin in the Middle. Gustafson broadens his analysis into a psychological and historical examination of the Black Madonna, from her roots in the pagan deity Lilith and the archetype of the Great Mother, to her resurgence as the Virgin in the Middle Ages, to her life today as the unheeded, unconscious archetype of the feminine. The Black Madonna of Einsiedeln.

The Black Madonna (right) is one of several hundred statues of its type .

The Black Madonna (right) is one of several hundred statues of its type throughout Europe. The history of the Einsiedeln figure is somewhat convoluted: it is thought to have been carved about 1450, replacing a much older, seated Madonna. From the early seventeenth century, the Black Madonna at Einsiedeln was dressed up in different colored robes to reflect the changing liturgical calendar. Images: Top left: Johann Wörle (active 18th century) The Black Madonna of Einsiedeln, Surrounded by Saints, with the Scene of the Madonna Appearing on the Altar at the Foot, undated Oil on canvas Location unknown.

It is not easy to answer the question of what the Black Madonna actually represents. One answer leads to more questions, which, in turn, demand more explanations. Still, she reflects herself in our personal and collective lives and gives intimations of her most essential meaning through images, myths, dreams, and fantasies. If we are willing to receive and be open to such phenomena, we might not only learn what she could represent, but we could also experience the healing force she embodies in our time. Throughout history, this darker aspect of the feminine has been both feared and sought after, both hated and admired. The Black Madonna of Einsiedeln stands among the many Black Virgins that seem to imagistically express this dark side of the feminine in a creative transformational manner for both the individual and the collective. Beginning with a history of the Einsiedeln Madonna, Dr. Gustafson broadens his analysis into a psychological and historical examination of the Black Madonna, from her roots in the pagan deity Lilith and the archetype of the Great Mother, to her resurgence as the Virgin in the Middle Ages, to her life today as the unheeded, unconscious archetype of the feminine.
Comments: (3)
Bynelad
Very clear and good information.
Iarim
It was a great, thought-provoking read.It told me more than I knew before about the cult of this virgin and of the many other black virgins in the world.
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The Black Madonna is a sound starting point for anyone with an interest in Dark Goddesses, the Magdelene, and the Black Virgins (BV) of Europe. As this is a book published by a house providing information about Jungian psychology, Gustafson spends much of this work exploring the Jungian symbolism behind the BV. He also provides the history of a specific BV, using its history and symbolism as a lens to dissect theories concering other BV's.
An entire chapter of the book is devoted to comparing the BV to other Dark Goddesses, such as Kali, and Isis. Although I found "The Black Madonna" a useful tool in learning more about the phenomenon of the BV, I was dissapointed by a publisher's 'teaser' on the back cover of the book. The teaser hints that a relationship between the Hebrew Lilith and the BV will be established in this book. Although many Dark Goddesses are mentioned, Lilith is overlooked.
I also found some of the scholarship of this book in opposition to other books concering the BV. For example, "The Templar Revelation" disproves the oft-repeated theory that BV's black coloration was created by accidents concerning soot deposits from centuries of exposure to flame. "The Templar Revelation" also makes the case of Mary Magdelene's ties to the BV much clearer. I would recommend starting with "The Black Madonna" for a background about the BV, and then tackleing "The Templar Revelation" for more information.
"The Black Madonna" is, all-in-all, a good starting point for those interested in the BV and is certainly the definitive resource for psychological symbolism surrounding her. It is not, however, her full story.