Tomberg on Myth and Archetype as Analogy in Time

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Valentin Tomberg

p. 13 – 16 Meditations on the Tarot

Early in his great work, Meditations on the Tarot, Valentin Tomberg proposes that the interconnectedness and interelatedness of all things is fundamental to any form of Knowledge. Without it, we could not move from the Known to the Unknown.

The first “method” of acquiring Knowledge, in Tomberg’s view, is that of Analogy. As the Emerald Table of Hermes Trismegistus so famously puts it,

That which is above is like to that which is below and that which is below is like to that which is above, to accomplish the miracles of (the) one thing. (tr. R. Steele and D.W.Singer, used in Tomberg)

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This, says Tomberg, is the principle of Analogy working in Space. But the principle of Analogy, he says, also works in Time, and in that case becomes what is known as Myth or Archetype. According to Tomberg,

…the formula of analogy applied in time is the basis of mythological symbolism, that is, of symbols expressing correspondences between archetypes in the past and their manifestations in the present.

Tomberg goes on to quote from Hans Leisegang’s Die Gnosis:

Every myth expresses, in a form narrated for a particular case, an eternal idea, which will be intuitively recognised by he who re-experiences the content of the myth.

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