The Great Mother archetype encompasses both the loving, nurting Madonna, and the devouring, terrifying witch. If Jung is right, this means we can’t be a mother without experiencing some of each side of the archetype. Likewise, our children will bring with them into the world their own inherent potential for experiencing both good and bad mothering.
I remember being curious as to whether being able to say “no” to a screaming four year old demanding dessert after consuming no dinner would carry over into “real” life. Would I now begin to feel more firmly rooted in my own authority in all areas of my life?
When we feel a healthy sense of entitlement, we can ask for what we need and want in a comfortable, easy way. When, however, we have stuffed down our feelings of entitlement, they are under pressure, and will pop out with some violence when given the chance.
Just in time for Halloween, I wanted to write about my most favorite fairy tale character, Baba Yaga. If you do not know her, you should. She makes several important appearances in Russian folklore, most notably in Vasilissa the Beautiful.
Jungians have their own language for what Quaker’s call the gathered meeting. We talk about it as the appearance of the transcendent function, the appearance of the analytic third that arises spontaneously when the tension of the opposites can be held.