“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” Carl Jung
I awake to a world of red. Glorious, vibrating crimson. Strange shapes drift past me. I reach out to touch a fragrant red rose. A crown, encrusted with rubies, drifts above me, and settles lightly on my head. I am queenly. A pulsing heart, trailing a stream of viscous blood, floats by, and a phoenix spreads dark red wings and takes flight. My spirit lifts to meet this glowing landscape, where all is beauty and all is whole. As am I. Fleetingly, I glimpse the glory of my own soul.
Rubedo, redness, is the fourth and final major stage of alchemy, the culmination of the nigredo, the albedo, and the citrinitas. Both gold, and the philosopher’s stone were associated with the color red, the signal of alchemical success. The symbols used in writing and art to represent this red stage include blood, a phoenix, a rose, a crowned king or queen, or a figure wearing red clothes.
Jung thought this final alchemical stage represented the realisation of full human potential, with all polarities resolved and integrated: conscious and unconscious, male and female, wisdom and bitterness, self and ego. The Self manifests itself in “wholeness,” when a person discovers their true nature.
The next and final blog on dreams, is a dream story.