The Nature of the genii
Genii: a spirit that could change into human and/or animalanthropomorphic form and influence man by supernatural powers, disembodied spirit of any incorporeal supernatural being that can become aware to human beings as spirits, visions , or dreams. Spiritual being, supernatural being, an incorporeal being believed to have powers to affect the course of human events.
The word was originally derived from the Latin word genius which is a guardian spirit assigned for every human being at the time of birth. One could define genius as a person of phenomenal and original abilities or as the guardian spirit of an individual. A genius or genii spirit is powerful and more creative than human talent alone, less dependent than others spirits on instruction, and not always amenable to training. Genii can have an extra-ordinary influence over another being or humanity in general when merged with it’s host.
The four genii, or cherubim, are found in many legends and mythologies of the original creation. The most ancient ones called them Pillars of Heaven or Pillars of Him who Dwells in the Heavens. The heavens were sustained by four pillars, and each pillar had one of the four genii as a keeper to take charge of it. These four guardians are sometimes represented as the four cardinal points of a cross in the Zodiac.
The Maya called them Kan Bacab (yellow, and placed in the East), Chac Bacab (red, and placed in the West), Zac Bacab (white, and placed in the North), and Ek Bacab (black, and placed in the South).
To the Chaldeans they were the protecting genii of the human race: Sed-Alap or Kirub, an ox with a human face; Lamas or Nigal, a lion with a man’s head; Ustar, a human; and Nattig, an eagle with a human face.
We can also find the four genii in Chinese and Hindu mythologies. If you are interested in this subject, secure a copy of The Lost Continent of Mu by Colonel James Churchward, and you won’t be disappointed.
The Jewish populace will come across the four genii in the Old Testament under Ezekiel 1:10: As for the likeness of their faces, the cherubim, they had a face of a man; the face of a lion on the right side; the face of a bull on the left side; also the face of an eagle.
Anthropomorphic Genii of hybrid creatures
These creatures combining a human body with the parts of an animalistic genii spiritthat is expressed and represented by the astrological coordinance of the particularpersons location, birth date, nationality or heritage. They can be seen on the physical remnants of ancient cultures as supernatural or preternatural animal/human hybrid deities(such as in sumerian and egyptian hieroglyphics).
The earliest animal/human hybrids appears in petroglyphs or cave paintings from the Upper Paleolithic, in shamanistic or totemistic contexts. The cave paintings of beings combining human and animal features were physical representations of the spirit/human connection to heritage, culture, beliefs, ambitions , personality and character. It depicts shamans in the process of acquiring their mental, physical and spiritual attributes of disembodied spirits. Religious historian Mircea Eliade has observed that beliefs regarding animal identity and transformation into animals are widespread. Religious behaviour is thought to have emerged by the Upper Paleolithic, before 30,000 years ago at the latest, but behavioral patterns such as burial rites that one might characterize as religious – or as ancestral to religious behaviour – reach back into the Middle Paleolithic, as early as 300,000 years ago, coinciding with the first appearance of Homo neanderthalensis and Homo sapiens. Religious behaviour may combine (for example) ritual, spirituality, mythology and magical thinking or animism – aspects that may have had separate histories of development during the Middle Paleolithic before combining into “religion proper” of behavioral modernity. There are suggestions for the first appearance of religious or spiritual experience in the Lower Paleolithic, significantly earlier than 300,000 years ago, because of our current understanding of pre-Homo sapiens this remain controversial and have limited support. . . The hybrid iconography then develops as an attempt to represent both aspects. Similarly, in indian culture the portrayal of (the tigress- Durga); in Sanskrit; meaning “the invincible”; seen in many hindu depictions most times as a woman riding a ferocious tiger and sometimes a lion, interpreted as a representation of the theriomorphic and the anthropomorphic aspect of the tigress and a close relationship with the other animal(The lion), her husban Shiva is sometimes depicted as riding a lion [it symbolizes a close interdependent relationship between the two] riding the animal represents a well maintained relationship with the human/animal transformation, shiva not only embodies the animalistic genii spirit of a lion, he also embodies a part lion and part bird deity known as Shiva’s avatar- (Sharabha) [in some ancient cultures this deity is referred to as a griffin or in anthropomorphic form: cherubim], and as opposed to another man-lion hindu deity (Narasimha) Narasimha made a permanent transformation with it’s symbiotic animal/human genii and is the ego driven uncontrollable avatar of Vishnu. Sometimes the uncontrollable aspect of the human/animal permanent transformation is encouraged; for example: (Prathyangira) Prathyangira, is a Hindu lioness goddess. She is described as a goddess with a lion’s face and a human body. Not only did this goddess maintain her permanent embrace of this symbiotic union of animal/human genii, she controls her animalistic spirit as seen riding a lion represented as her vehicle. She represents a permanent display of active power and balance between the ego of two spirits within her own vessel.
In Hinduism, an avatar, from Sanskrit: avatara means-(“descent”), it is a deliberate descent of a deity to earth (spiritual-to-physical reality), it is mostly translated into English as “incarnation”, but more accurately as “appearance” or “manifestation”.
The phenomenon of an avatar (descent of a divine being in human and other forms) is observed in Hinduism and Sikhism only. Thus Avataravada is one of the core principles of Hinduism along with Ekeshwaravada (One Supreme Divine Reality) that is maintained by all energy(The spirits of all things) and the collective perception(awareness), Atman(primordial soul or the ‘self’), Karma(the entire cycle of cause and effect), Ahimsa(the nature of harmony with all things), and Punarjanma (Reincarnation); these are the laws that dictate our spiritual system and reality for sustainability.
Jungian archetypes- Carl Gustav Jung developed an understanding of archetypes as being “ancient or archaic images that derive from the collective unconscious”. A spiritual impulsive connection toward the astrological archetypes as the psychic counterpart to the super-egoic self potrayed as the hero which is moralizing and limitless as a source of knowledge and power. The astrological genii archetype has a tendency to form such representations of the zodiac and ancient theology/mythology – representations that can vary a great deal in detail without losing their basic pattern … They are indeed an instinctive trend. Thus, The Astrological genii archetype when activated to provide a meaningful transition … with a ‘rite of passage’ from one stage of life to the next. Such stages of awareness may include being initiated, educated, or rigorously self-tested through physical and mental anguish. Virtually alone amongst development and study, believing that evolutionary pressures have individual predestinations manifested in true life of these astrological genii archetypes. The archetype is the introspectively recognizable form of a priori psychic universal order and awareness. You will have visions that must be thought of as lacking in solid content, hence as unconscious. This understanding only acquire solidity, influence, and eventual consciousness in the encounter with empirical facts of this acknowledgement.
The power of these astrological genii archetypes can manifest a dynamic substratum (higher thought potential and Psychokinetic energy) not accessible to all of humanity but to the connection these vision may enter upon the foundation of which each individual builds his or her own experience of life, developing a unique array of psychological characteristics for this causal phenomena. Thus, while archetypes themselves may be conceived from the stars as nebulous forms of energy, from the formation of these stars may arise immense knowledge and power on earth for whom time will play a crucial factor in ones own development and future, (symbols of power and patterns of behavior). While the emerging visions and signs are apprehended consciously, the archetypes which inform you are subconscious. Being unaware of this connection but reminding you consciously, the existence of archetypes can only be deduced indirectly, day by day, examining behavior, images, art, myths, religions, dreams, etc. They are inherited potential energy which are actualized when they enter consciousness as visions or manifest in behavior on interaction with the outside world.
“primordial images” — a term he borrowed from Jacob Burckhardt. Later in 1917 Jung called them “dominants of the collective unconscious.” It was not until 1919 that he first used the term “archetypes” in an essay titled “Instinct and the Unconscious”.
Carl Gustav Jung – Psychotherapist and psychiatrist who founded analytical psychology. Jung proposed and developed the concepts of the extraverted and the introverted personality archetypes and the collective unconscious. His work has been influential in psychiatry and in the study of religion. Individuation is the central concept of analytical psychology. Jung considered individuation, the psychological process of integrating the opposites, including the conscious with the unconscious while still maintaining their relative autonomy, to be the central process of human development.Jung created some of the best known psychological concepts, including the archetype, the collective unconscious, the complex, and synchronicity.
Jung saw the human psyche as “by nature religious”, and made this religiousness the focus of his explorations. Jung is one of the best known contemporary contributors to dream analysis and symbolization. Being in touch with his unconscious since his middle age, discovered the archetypes when he began to see these figures in his dreams and within his daily life. However, it was not until his later life, when he began piecing them together through archetypes, that he came to understand what these dreams actually meant. These times were covered within the Red Book, and the symbols that the archetypes represented and their origins in detail could be found within (Man and His Symbols), First published in 1964, it is divided into five parts, four of which are written by associates of Jung: Joseph L. Henderson, Marie-Louise von Franz, Aniela Jaffé, and Jolande Jacobi. The book is meant to be an introduction to Jung’s theories. In here he stated that the archetypes have always existed and will always exist as part of the collective unconscious. It is sometimes assumed that people are creating new archetypes, however they are not actually being created but discovered, and the number of archetypes in the world are limitless and highly charged with energy. Archetypes are found within dreams and within life itself. Finding new archetypes is a matter of searching deep within one’s self to discover them. The origins of the archetypal hypothesis date back to Plato. Jung himself compared archetypes to Platonic (eidos): Plato’s ideas which were pure mental forms imprinted in the soul before born into the world. They were collective in the sense that they embodied the fundamental characteristics of a thing rather than its specific peculiarities. In fact many of Jung’s Ideas were prevalent in Athenian philosophy. The archetype theory can be seen as a psychological equivalent to the philosophical idea of forms.
The idea of archetypal astrology was well recognized back in ancient times. But many people find the topic or the idea behind the archetypes confusing. Our current day understanding of archetypes can partly be contributed to C.G.Jung’s own evolving ideas about them in his writings and his interchangeable use of the term “archetype” and “primordial image”; it may also be attributed to the fact that, given his belief that “archetypal symbols … are spontaneous and autonomous products of the unconscious”, Jung’s intent was “not to weaken the specific individual and cultural values of archetypes by leveling them out – i.e., by giving them a stereotyped, intellectually formulated meaning”.
Strictly speaking, archetypal figures such as the hero, the goddess, the animal, images which have crystallized out of the archetypes-as-such, definite mythological images of a Motif (narrative) … that are more than just conscious representations; but representations that are inherited through generations of the collective unconscious?, The ‘archaic remnants’, which are call ‘archetypes’ or ‘primordial images’.
Could this be the residual effect of reincarnation? or incarnation. Reincarnation is the religious or philosophical concept that the soul or spirit, after biological death, begins a new life in a new body that may be a human or animal spirit depending on the moral quality of the previous life’s actions and/or the specific time they died and the time they are reborn. This doctrine is a central tenet of the Indian religions and is a belief that was held by such historic figures as Pythagoras, Plato and Socrates. The word “reincarnation” derives from Latin, literally meaning, “entering the flesh again”. The Greek equivalent metempsychosis roughly corresponds to the common English phrase “transmigration of the soul” and also usually connotes reincarnation after death, as either human or animal spirit, though emphasising the continuity of the soul, not the flesh. The term has been used by modern philosophers such as Kurt Gödel and has entered the English language. Another Greek term sometimes used synonymously is palingenesis, “being born again”.
There is no word corresponding exactly to the English terms “rebirth”, “metempsychosis”, “transmigration” or “reincarnation” in the traditional languages of Pali and Sanskrit. The entire universal process that gives rise to the cycle of death and rebirth, governed by karma, karma is referred to as Samsara while the state one is born into, the individual process of being born or coming into the world in any way, is referred to simply as “birth” (jati). Devas (gods) may also die and live again. Here the term “reincarnation” is not strictly applicable, yet Hindu gods are said to have reincarnated. Lord Vishnu is known for his ten incarnations, the Dashavatars. Celtic religion seems to have had reincarnating gods also. Many Christians regard Jesus as a divine incarnation. Some Christians and Muslims believe he and some prophets may incarnate again. Most Christians, however, believe that Jesus will come again in the Second Coming at the end of the world, although this is not a reincarnation. The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt were sometimes said to be incarnations of the sun gods Horus and Ra. Incarnation literally means embodied in flesh or taking on flesh. It refers to the conception and birth of a sentient creature (generally a human) who is the material manifestation of an entity, god or force whose original nature is immaterial. In its religious context the word is used to mean the descent from Heaven of a god, or divine being in human/animal form on Earth. Many genii archetypes reflect the attributes of the divine into the human world for the progress and advancement of human morals and civilization. In expressing God’s intent, these Manifestations are seen to establish religion in the world. The Manifestations of God are also not seen as an incarnation of God, but are instead understood to be like a mirror reflecting the attributes of God onto this material world. God: as the collective subconscious that we all share can be described as a single, imperishable God, the creator of all things, including all the creatures and forces in the universe. The connection between God and the world is that of the creator and creation. God is understood to be independent of his creation, and that creation is dependent and contingent of God. The beginning of our life and the end of our death has no memory. Most times when we sleep we don’t remember, when we are awake we continue to be the same individual but, regarding the existence of an unchanging “self” can reincarnation be viewed within our own current perception of time? The Self is the regulating center of the psyche and facilitator of individuation. - The Self - represents all that is unique within a human being. Although a person has inherited a archetype and what they learn from the collective unconscious which are thoughts, dreams, visions, ambitions and abilities that are past down through the ages, the self is what makes that person an I(id) and individual choice(ego vs. super-ego) will always play the most important role in the universe when it comes to alternate realities that will change events for other astrological archetypes. The self cannot exist without the other archetypes and the other archetypes cannot exist without the self; Jung makes this very clear. The self is also the part which grows and changes as a person goes throughout life. The self can be summed up as the ideal form a person wishes to be.[Genii]
The astrological genii archetypes represents the traits which lie deep within ourselves. The traits that are hidden from day to day life and are in some cases the opposite of the self is a simple way to state these traits. The astrological genii archetype is a very important trait because for one to truly know themselves, one must know all their traits, including those which lie beneath the conscious, i.e., the subconscious. If one chooses to know the subconscious there is a chance they give in to its motivation and genii archetype has a method to communicate with a person within dreams and conscious visions(daydreams). The encounters of the self and the genii archetype will improve once the ego is kept in check for a better relationship between the id and superego then more visions, knowledge, and power will be given to the concious mind.