Halloween, Masks and Your Shadow: What’s Jung Got To Do With It?

Halloween, Masks and Your Shadow: What’s Jung Got To Do With It?
 by Effie Heotis, M.S.

"One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious".

Like a haunted house in a good horror movie, shadow work can be scary. However, it holds a key which can unlock our unconscious minds, allowing us to become more at peace with ourselves and with others in the process. The shadow, if not called on, is that scary thing that...

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Comment by klemens swib on October 24, 2015 at 9:35pm

Holly

Suffering and death are an inherent part of Christ's archetypal mythologem. His fate. His destiny. You should rather be asking why the archetype endured death on behalf of the inhabitants of a civilization that was being besieged to the verge of extinction by barbarians from without and being decimated and destroyed by corruption and barbarism from within.

Yes he died for our sins. But isn't one of the central tenets of Christianity that we figuratively die and are reborn within him. He was resurrected after all. Might the archetype/symbol which forms the central operative core of our civilization be programmed to guide us to the resolution of the psychic/materiality problem that brought the Greco Roman civilization to its knees. I suspect so. Your analogy about the sacrifice of the innocents stands out even though it is a brilliant red herring.

Comment by Holly Esch on October 24, 2015 at 4:18pm
If anything, Jesus was punished for the sins of mankind. In Elm Street lore, the children are being punished for the sins of the parents. In both cases, someone innocent is made to suffer for choices they never made and actions beyond their control.
Comment by Holly Esch on October 24, 2015 at 3:51pm
"In Halloween and the Anthesteria the dead are acknowledged and allowed to roam/swirl around freely in lets say drunken disarray."

I don't think you can tell a ghost "no." If I've learned anything from the movie "Poltergeist," and that movie has NEVER lied to me, they're like honey badgers. They don't give a wit. ;)

And no, Freddie Krueger isn't interested in salvation, but neither were the people who naiked Jesus to the cross. Torture is a fundamental part of our Christian roots.

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Comment by klemens swib on October 24, 2015 at 8:44am

Aleks

Christ died for us. He made the sacrifice out of his love and compassion for humanity. I suspect his resurrection might have dispelled his alleged antipathy to the cross that you are projecting. Since Jung revolutionized our understanding of the Gods/archetypes we are now able to view the Christ from an archetypal perspective. This opens up a whole new dimension into understanding the myths/gods/archetypes that Jung said emanated from within our own psyche. 


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Comment by klemens swib on October 24, 2015 at 8:35am

holly

Yes halloween is being taken over. Our hallowed tradition is being besmirched in part by elements of a death/freddy kruger/shadow cult. Halloween and the Anthesteria are meant to be cathartic experiences. In Halloween and the Anthesteria the dead are acknowledged and allowed to roam/swirl around freely in lets say drunken disarray. They are harmless because the God/archetype which dies and is reborn whether it be Dionysos in the Greek tradition or Christ in the christian tradition has insulated us from deaths full existential impact. When we the saved can look death in the face and laugh or retain our composure it demonstrates a most powerful display of the human spirit. Gifted to us by the gods who died and were resurrected.

Freddy kruger is not interested in salvation but in acting as the murderously dark destructive agent for a Kali like dispensing agent of death itself. The little less potent shadows that run riot in concert with this clown must be acknowledged as well. Effie produced a very original and important insight into the shadows infiltration into the Halloween/Anthesteria tradition. 

Comment by Holly Esch on October 23, 2015 at 1:20am
"Call it the Freddy Kruger effect but the harmless ghosts and goblins have metastasized to some significant extent/part into diabolical death dealing shadow type phenomena."

On Good Friday, almost half a year after Halloween, we celebrate a brutal crucifixion. I can't remember the commedian's name but he joked that he was glad Jesus wasn't beheaded, because then everyone would be wearing a guillotine around his or her neck. Compared to that I find Freddy Krueger to be rather benign.

Another reason why Halloween may have gone "darker:" traditionally it's been a children's holiday. Over the past 20 years or so it's been taken over by adults. Sex and death (the sexy part of the dark side has been amplified too) are more real and immediate to adults than to children.

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Comment by klemens swib on October 16, 2015 at 11:34am

Effie:

Thank you for presenting an interesting and revelatory addition to the evolution of the concept of Halloween. Originally Halloween and its ancient Greek comparable equivalent the Anthesteria were concerned with remembering the dead. The spirits of the dead literally emerged from the Underworld during the Anthesteria as dead arose saint and sinner alike in the Christianity's Halloween tradition.

Halloween or All Saints' Eve,[ the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers... the traditional focus of All Hallows' Eve revolves around the theme of using "humor and ridicule to confront the power of death."[13]

 

The Anthesteria also had aspects of a festival of the dead: either the Keres (Κῆρες) or the Carians (Κᾶρες)[n 3] were entertained, freely roaming the city until they were expelled after the festival
As you so rightly observe the concept of Halloween has evolved considerably from both its pagan and Christian roots. Call it the Freddy Kruger effect but the harmless ghosts and goblins have metastasized to some significant extent/part into diabolical death dealing shadow type phenomena... Well as you imply there are plenty of the run of the mill incivil shadow type of apparitions attached to the Halloween spirit as well. 
So what is one supposed to make of this fairly recent cultural overlay of the shadow phenomenon over Halloweens traditional acknowledgement of the spectres of the departed. Is it an expression of psychological ignorance of the culturally dominant tabula rasa mentality. A  projection emanating from the psychopathic  element of the community.... or as Dostoevsky called them the possessed or the devils. Jung might put it God is dead and so the ego has become God.. and in some cases Freddy Kruger clones...on Halloween ...

 

Comment by Bonnie Bright on October 16, 2015 at 12:41am

So it wasn't just a ghost story! That is an amazing picture. You're pretty cool, Holly. Wonder what our history of Halloween costumes say about us from a depth perspective. I think everyone should post photos and we can look for depth patterns. Shall we all post them in the Photos section (under the Explore tab)?

Comment by Holly Esch on October 15, 2015 at 11:57pm
Try this link.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2Ftk_q1tBXEa21sVnEzcTA0dFE/view?u...

The best part? Everyone's reaction when I lifted the mask up to eat candy or sip a drink:

" IT'S A GIRL!!!"
Comment by Bonnie Bright on October 15, 2015 at 11:06pm
Holly: I wanna see that pic! ... And you DO have the coolest mom ever....


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