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The Moon "undifferentiated unconscious"
(with affinities to Cancer and the 4th house)

The Moon, Cancer, and the 4th house are all about the mysterious "unconscious," the past, memories, and the emotions that those memories evoke... The Moon - as symbol of the "undifferentiated unconscious" - rules over the ever frightening, mysterious, spell-binding, romantic magic of the night...

Imagine for a moment, if you can... our earth without the benefit of electricity... No electric lights... no neon signs to interfere with the darkness of the night...

Go Back Even Further...
Now... go back even further in your mind...
back to a time when ancient humanity had not yet learned to harness the element of fire...

Now imagine the friendly, blazing Sun setting over the western horizon... Imagine... as the mysterious veil of Night slowly, gradually starts her ever-increasing majestic rule over the dusky horizon, until only her Moon and stars are allowed entry into the vast, dark sky domain... with the Moon casting her beautifully enchanting (yet frighteningly ominous) shadows and silhouettes over the surface of the earth...

Imagine...
Imagine, for just a brief moment, experiencing firsthand - the awe, mystery, and magic felt by the ancients over the ever-changing, undependable Moon who nevertheless redeemed herself with the faithful cycles of renewal and death...

Moonlite Madness
From almost the very beginning of time, the Moon was perceived in the eyes of the ancients as being faithfully nurturing and generous - yet paradoxically undependable, sinister, and dangerous...
When and how was it that the Moon came to be related to madness and lunacy?... and at the same time, related to the mysteries of romance, unconditional love and emotional nurturance...

It's evident that even from the earliest of times - the ancients were aware of the relationship between the Moon and the tides, and they were also aware of the still more mysterious connection between the lunar cycle and the physiological cycle of women...

And to this day - ask just about any police officer on the beat... ask just about anyone who works direct care in a Mental Health facility... Or ask two young (at heart) lovers walking hand in hand on a moonlite stroll... They'll all tell you that there's definitely "something" to the changing phases of the Moon...

"a boundless expanse full of unprecedented uncertainty, with apparently no inside and no outside, no above and no below, no here and no there, no mine and no thine, no good and no bad. It is the world of water (1) , where all life floats in suspension; where ... the soul of everything living, begins (2) ; where I am indivisibly this and that; where I experience the other in myself and the other-than-myself experiences me (3) ...

There I am utterly one with the world (4) , so much a part of it that I forget all too easily who I really am. 'Lost in oneself' is a good way of describing this state. But this self is the world, if only a consciousness could see it. (5)" Carl G Jung's The Archetypes and The Collective Unconscious - Collected Works Part 9 (i) (PG21-22)