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Saturday, November 07, 2020

How will we make a beautiful material world?

Christopher Rodrigues talks with Thomas Moore about our material world in his post "On craft: A conversation with Thomas Moore" in September, 2020. When referring to William Mooris, Moore responds:
"In fact, [Morris] did make special, artful and powerful books, just as Jung did with his Red Book. I place them both in a historical line that includes Marsilio Ficino, Abbot Trithemius, Cornelius Agrippa, Paracelsus, John Dee, Robert Fludd and eventually W. B. Yeats. All people who used the powers of nature to have a therapeutic effect on the world."

When Rodrigues mentions the role of Hephaestus, Moore suggests:

"Practical things become potent images. In Jungian and Archetypal psychology we see images as the presentation of psyche or soul. Therefore the work of Hephaestus’ craft is a physical psychotherapy, or care of soul. William Morris and Jung knew, better than most, how the practical world can reveal the soul and stir the imagination."