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Time and Timelessness by Angeliki Yiassemides

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Chapter 1 Jung and time, the beginning

Asserting the largest order1

He took the golden Compass, prepar’dIn God’s eternal store, to circumscribeThis Universe and all created things

John Milton, Paradise Lost2

Jung’s core understanding of time’s role in the psyche was present since the onset of his theory. However, it appears that his ‘time theory’ was shaped in 1916 by the writing of Septem Sermones Ad Mortuos (The Seven Sermons to the Dead). I therefore divide his writings into two phases: those completed before and those completed after Septem Sermones. In what can be characterized as the initial phase (his work completed before the writing of the poem), time was mentioned primarily at a symbolic level. As a contrast, in the work following ...

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