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❚ archetypes ✱ James Hillman

archetypal gods and literary reflection

how different gods can be linked with genres … gravity with Saturn, speed with Mercury, beauty with Venus, vehemence with Mars … the god of historical time and slowness, Saturn, the archetypal swallower, who teaches us the art of internal digestion through the syndrome of his magistral depressions … the rhetoric of the archetype is the way each god persuades us to believe in the myth that is the plot … literary reflection is a primary mode of grasping where one is ignorant, unconscious, blind in regard to the case because one has not differentiated the subjective factor, the gods in one’s work