By C. G. Jung
Aion, initially released in German in 1951, is likely one of the significant works of Jung's later years. The important topic of the amount is the symbolic illustration of the psychic totality in the course of the inspiration of the Self, whose conventional ancient similar is the determine of Christ. Jung demonstrates his thesis via an research of the Allegoria Christi, in particular the fish image, but additionally of Gnostic and alchemical symbolism, which he treats as phenomena of cultural assimilation. the 1st 4 chapters, at the ego, the shadow, and the anima and animus, supply a worthwhile summation of those key strategies in Jung's procedure of psychology.
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St. Augustine says: 64 “Therefore our end must be our perfection, but our perfection is Christ,” 18 since he is the perfect God-image. ” His bride (sponsa) is the human soul, which “in an inwardly hidden spiritual mystery is joined to the Word, that two may be in one flesh,” to correspond with the mystic marriage of Christ and the Church. 19 Concurrently with the continuance of this hieros gamos in the dogma and rites of the Church, the symbolism developed in the course of the Middle Ages into the alchemical conjunction of opposites, or “chymical wedding,” thus giving rise on the one hand to the concept of the lapis philosophorum, signifying totality, and on the other hand to the concept of chemical combination.
The syzygy is immediately comprehensible as the psychic prototype of all divine couples. Finally the self, on account of its empirical peculiarities, 58 proves to be the eidos behind the supreme ideas of unity and totality that are inherent in all monotheistic and monistic systems.  I regard these parallels as important because it is possible, through them, to relate so-called metaphysical concepts, which have lost their root connection with natural experience, to living, universal psychic processes, so that they can recover their true and original meaning.
Though the effects of anima and animus can be made conscious, they themselves are factors transcending consciousness and beyond the reach of perception and volition. Hence they remain autonomous despite the integration of their contents, and for this reason they should be borne constantly in mind. This is extremely important from the therapeutic standpoint, because constant observation pays the unconscious a tribute that more or less guarantees its co-operation. The unconscious as we know can never be “done with” once and for all.
Aion: Researches into the Phenomenology of the Self: Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious (The Collected Works of C. G. Jung, Volume 9; Part 2) by C. G. Jung