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Synchronicity: Meaningful Coincidence or Chance?

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Dreams & Synchronicity

Dr. Sigmund Freud suggested a new way to understand dreams when he divided the psyche into two unequal parts, conscious and unconscious. (Freud, 1986a) He felt that this division was fundamental not only for understanding the psyche but also for psychoanalysis to effectively explain pathological processes within the context of psychiatry.

Without this division, the source and mechanisms of repressed unconscious material remains unknown, as does the relationship between this material and symptoms in patients. Also he felt this explained the nature of dreams and hypnosis, both states that show evidence of repressed thoughts residing in an unconscious mind. (Freud, 1986b). 

For Freud, the unconscious included all the things that are not available to awareness including instincts, drives, memories and emotions often linked to past traumas. (Borree, 2000) Not just a storehouse of unwanted material, Freud’s unconscious is a powerful source of our motivations including basic urges for food, sex and survival as well as neurotic compulsions, or even the motives of an artist or scientist. And yet Freud felt this material was available to us only in the disguised form of dreams or pathological symptoms, parapraxis and through the process of psychoanalysis. (Freud, 1986c)

Jung believed that dreams hold within them their own meaning, just as we recall them (the manifest dream). Unlike Freud,  he felt they were not distorted or disguised but difficult to discern. He saw them as messages, natural expressions of the unconscious and challenging to interpret only because they express in their own unique language of symbols and metaphor. (Myths-Dreams-Symbols, 2003)

I have found again and again in my professional work that the images and ideas that dreams contain can not possibly be explained solely in terms of memory. (Jung, 1964 p.26)

Many people have experiences in which the outside world meaningfully, but non causally, relates to their dream states. These dreams are synchronistic encounters of the 'third' kind and describe synchronistic events-- The coincidence of a psychic state with a corresponding future external event.

“While traveling in Europe during the spring of 1912, a New York lawyer, Isaac C. Frauenthal, dreamt of being aboard a large ship which collided with some floating object and began to sink. His was a long, vivid nightmare, in which he clearly recalled the sights and sounds of calamity. Several nights later, the identical psycho-drama repeated itself, and he told his brother and sister-in-law that it must be a warning against their up-coming voyage on R.M.S. Titanic. But they laughed at his dream and convinced him to go through with their return trip to America aboard the doomed White Star liner. All three survived the sinking foretold in Isaac’s recurring nightmare." (Joseph, 2004)

MosaicDivination & Synchronicity

Divination is not a rival form of knowledge; it is a part of the main body of knowledge itself.   --Michel Foucault, The Order of Things

The ancient art of Divination has existed as an archetype--in all places, in all cultures, in all times. From the throwing of the bones in Africa to the precise horizon astronomy of the Mayans, humans have developed tools for the symbolic interpretation of their inner life. Jung described the I Ching, Tarot and Astrology as examples of the principle of synchronicity. He felt that in the given moment of the ‘falling of the coins or yarrow stalks’, in the layout of the cards or the symbol system of 'the stars' was reflected the state of mind of the questioner, seeing them as a function of and unified by the divination process. As above, so below.

In a letter to Freud dated June 12, 1911, Jung wrote:

"My evenings are taken up largely with astrology. I make horoscopic calculations in order to find a clue to the core of psychological truth. Some remarkable things have turned up which will certainly appear incredible to you ...I dare say that we shall one day discover in astrology a good deal of knowledge that has been intuitively projected into the heavens."

Jung found, for example, that the choice of a marriage partner could not be reduced to “mere chance” but rather that there appeared to be a causal connection between birth signs and marriage partnerships. He also found examples of synchronicity within the constructs of his study and that “the psychic and physical event (namely the subject’s problems and choice of horoscope) correspond, it would seem, to the nature of the archetype in the background and could therefore represent a synchronistic event." (Jung, CW 8, p. 475).

The link between synchronicity and divination can be seen through the astrological model in what is termed transits. Consider the example of transiting Saturn passing over (or conjunct)  an individual’s sun in their natal chart. What may coincide with this event? What synchronicity might be seen between the nature of the planets involved and the person linked to them?

Saturn’s role as the Beast is a necessary part of his meaning, for as the fairytale tells us, it is only when the Beast is loved for his own sake that he can be freed from the spell and can become the Prince.” (Greene, 1976)

Saturn is traditionally associated with limits, restrictions, blocks, hard work and loss of esteem or recognition. There is a connection to form and matter, including the skeleton, rocks, mountains and anything that provides scaffolding or structure. He is also linked to the archetype of the ‘pragmatic’ and the ‘isolated’ and concepts such as gravity and reality.

A transit from this planet can coincide with an experience of limitation, isolation and hindrance. Through what appears to be a synchronicity between the individual psyche, the outer planet and the daily life, one is forced to examine what is not working because they get stopped.  Experiences that associate with Saturn can be anything from being fired, rejected, turned down, relationship break-ups to a ‘fall’ that results in a broken limb, lack of finances or restrictions that appear to come from an outside source—all situations that provide the opportunity to reassess life goals and the structure on which aims and objectives are built and nourished.

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