Meet the Stones


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

C. G. Jung talks about Stones

 

Many people cannot refrain from picking up stones of a slightly unusual color or shape and keeping them, …. without knowing why they do. It is as if the stone held a mystery in it that fascinates them.

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Men have collected stones since the beginning of time and have apparently assumed that certain ones were the containers of the the spirit of the life-force with all its mystery.

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“Very early in history men began trying to express what they felt to be the soul or spirit of a rock by working it into a recognizable form.

In many cases, the form was a more or less definite approximation to the human figure – for instance, the ancient menhirs with their crude outlines of faces, or the hermae that developed out of boundary stones in ancient Greece, or the many primitive stone idols with human features.

The animation of stone must be explained as the projection of a more or less distinct content of the unconscious into the stone .

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We know that even unhewn stones had a highly symbolic meaning for ancient and primitive societies.

Rough, natural stones were often believed to be the dwelling places of spirits or gods, and were used in primitive cultures as tombstones, boundary stones, or objects of religious veneration.

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 Quotations are from Man and his Symbols

Images are from the Stone Sanctuary in Fairbanks, Alaska

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