Back Down My Jungian Rabbit Hole!

Dear Dreamers and Poets,

Just a short note to say that I’m heading back down my Jungian rabbit hole to hopefully transform my Animus Diet, Divine Hermaphrodite and this years, In the Name of Sophia essays, alongside my new (2021) poems into my forthcoming “Sophia” book. I’m hoping to publish next year, however, being familiar with how the muses work, I know this may take longer, especially if a new poem or big dream comes-a-knocking!

In the meantime, for those of you who love to play with words, I need some help with the title of my new book. At present its working title is: “The Animus Diet: Journal Notes, Poems and Dreams of Soul” but I feel that it doesn’t capture the essence of my recent Sophian essays nor the subsequent meeting of the Divine Hermaphrodite – so any help with this, even one word, would be gratefully received.

The Animus Diet, in essence, continues to be a journey of love which is helping me find more balance and harmony between my masculine and feminine sides. Encountering the Goddess Sophia helps me explore my understanding of gender and sexuality deeper. The poems and dreams, like the essays, hopefully will bring my journey and book together by creating more beautiful balance.

Lastly, enjoy the video! I thought to myself when I watched this earlier, ah, this is what the archetypal Animus and Anima look like when they immerse themselves in the dance of balance and harmony. Truly exquisite! What can one say? You only have to look. You only have to listen. To know that what you’re witnessing, is what the world is waiting for!

As the Wheel of the Year turns, Samhain Blessings to all.

Love and light, Deborah

© Deborah Gregory 2021
Header Image:  ‘Hares Asleep Under a Winter Tree’ by Hannah Gifford

22 thoughts on “Back Down My Jungian Rabbit Hole!

  1. Deborah, good luck with your next book. The video was flawless in every way. For a title how about – Becoming Sophian (which is a heading you used in your 2nd Sophian essay) or The Path of Sophia? I agree with Anna, Sophia is the journey, dieting is how it began.

    1. Thank you so much Bookworm for your wonderful suggestions! I’ve added both to my expanding word map. Hmm, it’s strange you should mention “Becoming Sophian” as a suggestion as it’s been there ever since I wrote my second essay in that series.

      In other news “Diet” has now officially dropped off my book cover so to speak but as a chapter heading or section of the book, Animus Diet could still work. I’m not sure but thanks again for offering me some new paths to follow. Love and light, Deborah.

  2. I’ll miss you again, I see! I’ve been even very late to read your post, but I hope that it’s not too late. It also makes me jealous because I would lovingly have a hole to vanish inside for a time.
    For the title of your new book, you’re the boss! I have only thought of the word “Balance”, which might find a place in there.
    The video clip is beautiful and tells a lot. I would only rather play the original version of the song. Sorry, I don’t like this yelling version! Have a great time in your hole, my dearest rabbit.

    1. Thank you so much my wonderful friend for your wonderful reply! Yours is a big heart Aladin. Fear not I’ll be back in the spring. Yes … “Balance” is definitely one to add to my word map as my journey has been all about finding balance.

      As I’ve said to others here, although I won’t be writing here for the dark half of the year, I’ll still be happily hopping and hunting for love above by visiting you and my other favourite poets, artists and dreamers. Love and light, Deborah.

  3. I can’t understand the words, although I’d like to. If you tell me the song, I’ll look up the lyrics. I wept throughout their dance. I felt the trust between them, the vulnerability the feminine can expose when she trusts the masculine to support her in the most precarious situations. I see in Anna’s comment that it’s the Sound of Silence, a song I know. I’ll look up the words again.

    Deborah, dear friend from far away, I’ll miss contact with you but understand this is your path to fulfill your dream. I have two books of your poems when I need a Deborah infusion. I’m not sure of my own path, so it’s comforting that you know what you must do to get where you want to go.

    I don’t love the title Animus Diet for a book even though it’s amusing and a good title for a blog post. Some may not get the serious side of it and some may not get the point at all. (Do I? I imagine I do, but probably not.) It’s a Jungian in-joke, and your work is goes to a wider audience than Jungians. I’ll see if other possibilities pop into my mind. A book name is so important.

    Sending you a continued stream of love, blessings filled with beauty, and rivers of inspiration. I look forward to the time when you’ll pop out of that hole. With gratitude and joy, Elaine

    1. Part I

      Firstly, here’s the lyrics to the song, “The Sound of Silence” Elaine …

      Hello darkness, my old friend
      I’ve come to talk with you again
      Because a vision softly creeping
      Left its seeds while I was sleeping
      And the vision that was planted in my brain
      Still remains
      Within the sound of silence

      In restless dreams I walked alone
      Narrow streets of cobblestone
      ‘Neath the halo of a street lamp
      I turned my collar to the cold and damp
      When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
      That split the night
      And touched the sound of silence

      And in the naked light, I saw
      Ten thousand people, maybe more
      People talking without speaking
      People hearing without listening
      People writing songs that voices never share
      And no one dared
      Disturb the sound of silence

      “Fools”, said I, “You do not know
      Silence like a cancer grows
      Hear my words that I might teach you
      Take my arms that I might reach you”
      But my words, like silent raindrops fell
      And echoed
      In the wells of silence

      And the people bowed and prayed
      To the neon god they made
      And the sign flashed out its warning
      In the words that it was forming
      And the sign said, “The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
      And tenement halls”
      And whispered in the sound of silence

      The Sound of Silence lyrics © Paul Simon Music

      1. Part II

        Oh my Goddess, Vanessa’s and Morgan’s dance was so incredibly beautiful, I sat in awe and tears myself! This morning was the first time I watched the video after Eva fortuitously shared it. Everything about the routine was incredible from those scary lifts to their harmonised movements, wow, talk about being in the flow! Yes to everything you said about the level of trust and vulnerability needed, especially by the feminine. Wow, just wow!

        Even though I’ll not be writing here at my blog until next spring, I’ll still be visiting my favourite writers, dreamers and poets. So fear not, you’ll still find me hopping and happily hunting for love above too! Although it’s wonderful to hear how much you value my work and the poetic and Jungian journeys I undertake. Sometimes I say to my Self, why oh why do I need to write another book and the sound of silence is returned and in it I hear these words … because it is so. Deep sigh!

        Oh, thank you so much my dear friend Elaine for sharing your thoughts on my forthcoming book title, Lin doesn’t like the “Diet” part either and if I have to change that aspect then they’ll be a little more rewriting to do which is fine because although yes I’d like to get it finished by spring, I’m more than happy to wait months later if needed because this is such an important book to me and yes a book title is very important. Gosh that was a long sentence! Love and light, Deborah.

        1. Thank you, dear Deborah. I remember so many of those lyrics tucked in dark corners of memory. And I also thought of Torville and Dean and how their dance transformed me. (Vic and I watched it together many times.)

          For me, titles come as a last thing. You can keep all possibilities open, even just a word or phrase or something might pop from something you’re writing now or wrote in the past. It will all come together as the book comes together. The word “diet” has difficult connotations in modern culture. Maybe that’s a good thing, but it also feels like it doesn’t quite capture the essence. It’s raining again today here and winter still hasn’t arrived. The huge amount of rain and lingering fall shows climate change at work. The Earth struggles.

          Blessed Samhain to you and Lin, Elaine

          1. I’ve just re-watched T&D’s beautiful Bolero routine from the 1984 Olympics. Wow, nearly 40 years ago yet the heart still opens and nostalgia flows! I’m happy you and Vic (and the rest of the world!) enjoyed it too!

            Hmm, perhaps the title will come later in the process, I hope so. The only thing I do know is that “diet” is not in the title and “Sophia” definitely is. As for any other words, “journey” may be there but I’m not sure “Animus” will be.

            Yes indeed, the Earth struggles. We’ve just had, quite possibly, the rainiest Samhain I can remember as it‘s been pouring heavily for the past 24 hours. Hopefully it will ease off a little this week as I’ve taken a few days off work.

  4. That’s an amazing video Deborah – it really is a merging of the Anima and Animus working together as one. It took me back to Torvill and Dean and Bolero – back in the day they were pure magic together but now I am showing my age!

    Good luck on your adventure back down the rabbit hole – I’ll have to think on that title…I like what you have put but, just off the top of my head, I feel that all of this has been and continues to be a big journey for you, so perhaps “Journey” needs to be part of the title. Love and light, Sophia.

    1. Yes, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean and their Bolero ice skating routine! There wasn’t a dry eye in the house that day either. I still remember all the 6.0’s scores across the board! For me this video illustrates how beautiful and in sync the Animus and Anima can be. At the end of my 4th Animus Diet essay I remember sharing a famous black and white photo of David Bowie and his wife, Iman dancing together. Again for me, each presenting a balanced Anima and Animus. Today’s black and white video feels like an inner nudge for me to get on with the task in hand and set aside winter for writing.

      “Journey of Love”? Yes, a big “Journey” for sure! Maybe I’ll include “Journey” but if you come up with any other title ideas please jot them down here. I’ve been asking my blog readers because they’ve been following me for quite a while now and understand the work probably better than me. Love and light, Deborah.

  5. Farewell Deborah, I hope you continue to find the inspiration needed to remain in tune with your higher self and may you remain in chord with the good, the beautiful and the truth that brings no harm.
    Love & light,
    Jason

    1. Thank you so much Jason for the gift of such inspiring words that send me on my way! Although I won’t be posting here until next spring or until I finish the book, whichever comes first, I’ll still be visiting my favourite blogs, including yours Philosopher Muse. Love and light, Deborah.

    1. Ah, thank you so much Brian! I’ll add these to my Witches Hat, so to speak! Following your same train of thought as Animusic, Animuse comes to mind … Animuse: The Wild Hunt of Love?

      Oh, I like this game! If any more titles come to mind please don’t hesitate to send as I’ll be scribbling away in the background here for weeks and months to come. Love and light, Deborah.

  6. Can’t wait!! Good luck Deborah.

    The video was amazing, just like I imagine your new book will be!!! Btw, the Sound of Silence is one of my favourite Simon & Garfunkel songs.

    Right it’s time to read your latest poem again before it disappears down the rabbit hole with you. All the best, Anna.

    1. Thank you so much Anna for your reassuring note! We’ve just got back from a beautiful autumn stroll around our local park, hence my delay in replying. Ha-Ha! Okay, I’ll leave “The Wild Hunt of Love” up for a while. Indeed, “The Sound of Silence” is a beautiful song which I’ve listened to three times already today. Love and light, Deborah.

      1. How about including ‘Sophia’ in the title because this is where you’re being led to, the ‘dieting’ part seems like it was only the beginning of the journey.

        Feel free to ignore this.

        1. Yes, you’re right re: Sophia, I’ll email you the little word map I did earlier (as I woke up slightly early due to the clocks being changed!) and et voilà, Sophia’s name is all over it! x

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