“Wisdom is never violent: where wisdom reigns there is no conflict between thinking and feeling.” Carl Jung
Sunlight caresses my skin, through to my bones, warming me. I breathe in slowly, and out. I want to forget now, the black and the white, the lead and the silver, the dark and the wet. A faint smell reminds me of my mother; I remember her making soothing food, boiled eggs, for her troubled child. I feel her phantom hand now, dry, warm, on my forehead, and her faint hum of my favourite carol, Silent Night. And it’s true: all is calm and light. And safe. At last, my fears are allayed. I sink into the warmth of peaceful sleep.
Citrinitas, the third of the four major alchemical stages, is yellowness, the sun, Sulphur; literally referring to the transmutation of silver into gold. In alchemical philosophy, citrinitas stood for the dawning of the solar light inherent in one’s being, so that the reflective moonlight was no longer necessary.
Psychologist Carl Jung is credited with interpreting the pseudo-scientific alchemical process as analogous to modern-day psychoanalysis. In the Jungian archetypal schema, nigredo is the Shadow self; albedo refers to the anima (female) and animus (male) aspects of the self.
Citrinitas is the wise old man or woman: the developmental task is the balancing of the opposing forces of wisdom and bitterness, so that wisdom prevails.
The next and final alchemical stage of the dream world is the rubedo, wholeness, the subject of the next post.