beyond Saturn's orbit
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A first general exploration
The earthbound brother as the Self
Transferring this image to the functional relationship between the controllable realm of the Self, where the classical planets are found, and the realm beyond that, we find the same correlations as we just encountered in mythology. For just like the earthly brother, the Self, too, has sidelined the non-Self. And the Self, too, wears out over time, while on ‘the other side’, in the hidden realm, there is a factor that has been cut out by the Self and therefore has become an unknown. With its self-willed setting of a boundary, the Self has named this outfield categorically as a non-Self (0.1).
For its own sake, the Self had to do this, for it is thanks to this boundary-setting (3.3) that it can develop its capacity for thought (13.4). It was for good reason that Kain, after killing his brother, gets the mark of Kain on his forehead! Through the sacrifice of his brother, he has become a Self.
So the Self, per definition, does not dwell in that outer realm, which is directly above or below the Self, bordering on it (22.11). The Self may relocate itself from one realm to the other, but in that very same movement, the counter-world will also relocate to the next adjoining realm, forever escaping the Self.
In other words, although in our state of personal expansion and Self-disunion we cannot enter into these realms ourselves (23.1), we are still connected to them, through our invisible counterpart (0.1). Therefor we call these the mystery realms. The planets ruling over them are sometimes called the mystery planets.
We have already seen that the Moon's reversals are of a different nature than Saturn's inversions. The Moon's reversals are concerned with the interchange between left and right and up and down (22.18.a), whereas beyond the border area of Saturn (22.16), the forces from another dimension (20.1) either operate as giant figures, or are reversed in polarity within our own realm, as seen from the perspective of the classical earthly twin brother.
In mythology, too, this state of inversion is a recurring theme. It is said that when in one realm it is daytime, in the other it is nighttime; what is masculine here, presents itself as feminine over there, and what here is considered to be alive, over there is regarded as being dead. In narrative form, mythology bears witness to the same Saturnian border area, which is always showing us the two sides of reality, seen from both sides. Saturn is sometimes called ‘double-faced Janus’.
When we compare these stories with each other, it becomes clear that our relationship with the counterpart, as the anchor for our identity, is literally of vital importance. This becomes apparent when that anchor breaks away from its Saturnian owner, or when it gets lost altogether. This is said of vampires, for example. The loss of their shadow prevents them, as gnomon, to bear witness to the existence of the Sun behind them (10.1).
Due to the absence of their counterpart, their existence has become limited to one of both sides; on the other side, they are non-existent. This is why in stories, vampires will perish in the daylight.
The absence of their counterpart also implies the absence of the echo (Moon) in their soul, that is, their capacity for inner evaluation. The relationship with the life’s background is gone, and so the connection with themselves (that is, with eternity) has been lost. We might say that these souls have broken loose from their authentic reason for existence and have lost the echo relationship with themselves. Oscar Wilde's famous novel 'The Portrait of Dorian Grey' describes the disturbed relationship of a human being with his mirror image.
In psychiatry, such cases, in which the echo function in the soul has been dislocated or is otherwise dysfunctional, are collectively known as dissociation.
The Self does not have a relationship to its background anymore and therefore lacks any depth of experience. The seriousness of this development disorder in the personality shows the great importance of this mirror relationship for our psychological functioning and personal well-being.
Conversely, narcissism refers to the inability to break away from one’s own mirror image, preventing the forming of relationships with the other, the outside world, resulting in the inability to emancipate oneself (20.4). In this personality structure, the primary disunion (7.1) has not turned out well.
In a different sense, autism, too, can be viewed as a disturbed relationship with one’s own inner feedback. In this case, there is an inability to crystallize out the Self, which leads to isolation.
The seriousness of these deep developmental disorders clearly shows us how important our relationship with our second, inner reality is for our health and personal well-being.