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Thursday, May 1, 2008

Thursday May 1, 2008

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:00 PM
Back from
the Shadows

C. G. Jung on cover of 'Memories, Dreams, Reflections'

 

                        "I sat upon the shore  
Fishing, with the arid plain behind me"

The Waste Land, lines 423-424

Eliot's note on line 424 —

"V. Weston, From Ritual to Romance;
chapter on the Fisher King."

 

From Ritual to Romance,
by Jessie L. Weston,
Cambridge University Press, 1920,
 Chapter IX, "The Fisher King"–

"So far as the present state of our knowledge goes we can affirm with certainty that the Fish is a Life symbol of immemorial antiquity, and the title of Fisher has, from the earliest ages, been associated with Deities who were held to be specially connected with the origin and preservation of Life."

Weston quotes a writer she does not name* who says that "the Fish was sacred to those deities who were supposed to lead men back from the shadows of death to life."

* The Open Court, June and July 1911, p. 168

 

Today's Doonesbury
   (a flashback) —

Doonesbury of May 1, 2008: Flashback to Uncle Duke on the leader of Berzerkistan

"Some days it went so well that you could make the country so that you could walk into it through the timber to come out into the clearing and work up onto the high ground and see the hills beyond the arm of the lake."
 

— Ernest Hemingway,
 A Moveable Feast

Hemingway on the cover of LIFE magazine, 1961


Selah.
 

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