The anima mundi [soul of the world], guide of Mankind, herself guided by God.
– Carl Jung, 1953
Robert Fludd. The metaphysical, physical, and technical history of the two worlds, namely the greater and the lesser, vol. 1.Frankfurt: J. T. Bry, 1624. Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress
[I saw this book by Robert Fludd, opened to this page, at an exhibit in 2010 at the Library of Congress in Washington DC, that paid tribute to “The Red Book of Carl Jung: It’s Origins and Influence” in 2010. In the foreword to his 1953 edition of Psychology and Alchemy, Jung included the engraving by English physician and mystical philosopher Robert Fludd (1574-1637), with Jung’s caption “the anima mundi [soul of the world], guide of Mankind, herself guided by God.”
Notice in Fludd’s image that there are nine levels (“aeons”, dimensions, or gateways) between the physical world and the “Light-Land” (as it is referred to in Pistis Sophia), known as the Pleroma (heavenly realm) in gnostic cosmology. In the image of Our Lady seated on the throne of wisdom at the entrance to Notre Dame de Paris (below), there is the nine rung ladder above which is her head reaching into the heavens.]
Central pillar, central west portal, chest level
Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris