Transmissible Body Fluids
OK. This is going to get weird. I was reading a section of “Ego and Archetype” yesterday that discussed ‘The Blood of Christ’. It’s an interesting concept: Jesus’ shedding of his blood on Calvary was a ‘new covenant’ with the people of Israel. (And the concept is not new, just my reading about it.) But first, what was the ‘old covenant’?
4 Moses then wrote down everything the Lord had said.
He got up early the next morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain and set up twelve stone pillars representing the twelve tribes of Israel. 5 Then he sent young Israelite men, and they offered burnt offerings and sacrificed young bulls as fellowship offerings to the Lord. 6 Moses took half of the blood and put it in bowls, and the other half he splashed against the altar. 7 Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it to the people. They responded, “We will do everything the Lord has said; we will obey.”
8 Moses then took the blood, sprinkled it on the people and said, “This is the blood of the covenant that the Lord has made with you in accordance with all these words.”Exodus 24: 4-8 (NIV)
Now have I got your attention?
“The blood sacrifice of Christ has many parallels with the sacrifice of the pascal lamb whose blood protects the Israelites from the vengeance of Yahweh and these parallels help elucidate the psychological meaning of the redemptive power of the blood of Christ. In the Exodus story an involuntary sacrifice of the first-born son was required of every Egyptian family. The Jews were spared this happening only by substituting a voluntary sacrifice, the blood of which was then displayed. The state of things was signified by the hardness of Pharaoh’s heart. A state of petrification prevailed. To remedy this condition, blood must flow. the soul-stuff must liquify, be extracted from the hard, sterile status quo so that life and libido might flow again. When put in such terms we can immediately see how these images apply to the inner life of the individual. The urge to individuation, symbolized by Yahweh, demands transformation, freedom from enslaved and repressed capacities. If our Egyptian heart will not yield, blood must be extracted by force. To the extent that libido is voluntarily transferred to the transpersonal purpose by a sacrificial attitude one avoids the destructive consequences to the personality that occur when the ego sets its will against the requirements of the totality, the Self.
“Christ was identified with the pascal lamb and called Agnus Dei. Also, according to an objective appraisal of the symbolism, Christ as the first born son of God will be equated with the Egyptians’ sacrifice of their own first-born sons. To my knowledge this conclusion is not reached in traditional exegesis; however, it is necessary for a full psychological understanding of the myth. The redeeming sacrifice always occurs with a mixture of moods — lamb-like meekness and pharaonic intransigence. At the very best, the ego is willing but reluctant as was Christ in the garden.” (Page 234)
The Three Vital Fluids
It’s a ‘chicken and egg’ argument, as in, “Which came first?” The author likens blood, semen and milk to the three personages of the Holy Trinity. I get that analogy, but what stops me in my tracks is the whole ‘circle of life’ image.
And, now, during this present coronavirus pandemic, I have to ask: Is this the Universe trying to break us out of our obstinate, fixed attitudes about life, death and the meaning of love? Right from the ‘get-go’ I called it the Love Bug. Does anyone disagree with that, now?
To now shout it from the rooftops would be, in effect, a way to ‘influence’ a change in peoples’ attitudes.
We are a stubborn lot, and sometimes it takes a pandemic to see our relative humanity. But, and here’s the hard question: