The Wedding of Sophia: The Divine Feminine in Psychoidal Alchemy


Here please allow me to introduce a fascinating book by a great Psychologist and Jungian analyst Jeffrey Raff PhD; Let’s have a look at the feminine aspect of the Divine 🤗🙏💖

Jeffrey Raff

Author of the acclaimed Jung and the Alchemical Imagination, Jeffrey Raff continues his teachings in psychoidal alchemy with an in-depth look at the feminine aspect of the divine. Sophia is, in the esoteric teachings, the embodiment of Wisdom, the matrix from which God arose, and God’s heavenly consort and mirror. But, as Raff explains, she suffered a fall from this exalted state, corresponding to the obscuration of the feminine archetype in the patriarchal world. Without Sophia, God is not whole. It is our task to work with imagination to reunite Sophia and God. Raff explains the difference between fantasy, a product of the ego, and imagination, which comes from the soul. More importantly, he brings Sophia to life through a vivid analysis of an 800-year-old text,* The Aurora Consurgens*, as well as his personal experience with Sophia and active imagination. This process empowers us to become whole and realize our innate drive to unite with the divine.  via Introduction: The Wedding of Sophia The Divine Feminine in Psychoidal Alchemy by Jeffrey Raff series Jung on the Hudson Books

with a little help by C.G. Jung: Healing Descent

And with my best thanks to the main admin; Craig Nelson 🙏💖

“I love them that love me”, Sophia, goddess of the collective unconscious, goddess of the lumen naturae; (‘For starting is a commitment & broken commitments are never healthy’):
“Here it is Sophia speaking as she promises to love any who come to her in love, and the ‘proof of love is the display of the work.’ Those who love do the work. Those who do the work do so for love. Anyone who has even imagined working with [inner] figures or penetrating the mysteries of union with such figures knows that success requires not only grace, but also the greatest of efforts. Thomas also quotes King Alphonsus, who said, ‘This is a true friend who deserteth thee not when all the world faileth thee.’ Such is the devotion required of us when we do [inner] alchemy, for as I have shown, there are few in our world who take spirit seriously, and even fewer who love and work with figures of the [inner world]. As Sophia earlier complained, all desert her and the wisdom of the world denies the existence of Wisdom itself, so that it takes a brave soul to buck collective opinion and do this work. Moreover, it takes sacrifice, for not only does the work require time and energy, it demands that the alchemist forbear control and learn to let the visionary world direct his or her every step. The alchemist does not control the process, nor can he or she direct it to his or her own goals. Instead, God and Sophia have their own agenda: union with each other, and nothing less than that suffices. If necessary, the alchemist must give up his or her own plans and ambitions to seek the goal of the coniunctio: ‘All that a man hath will he give for his soul, that is for this stone.’ This is not a work for the weak-willed or the faint of heart; we must be willing to give up everything for the sake of the Stone or we shall most likely fail. It is very popular these days to emphasize the need for grace, and it is true that we need the help of the inner.. entities to perform this work. Yet, as Sophia said, those that love her, she loves, and love is in the work. We must win the love of Sophia and of the [inner partner] by doing the necessary work, for though they both love from the beginning, they neither can nor will give themselves away cheaply. In my years of teaching, I have witnessed many students drop out and give up the work when the going got tough. Somehow they, and many like them, assume that good intention is the same as accomplishment, or that the spirits owe them something. The work is hard, the rewards are great, but only love supplies the courage and the dedication to see the work through the difficult times. As Thomas concludes, ‘For he who soweth sparingly shall also reap sparingly; and he who is not a partaker of the sufferings shall not be of the consolation.’”
Jeffery Raff, Wedding of Sophia
(I replaced with ‘inner’ Raff’s use of the term ‘psychoidal’ or ‘ally’, only because those terms are an education unto themselves. By those terms Raff refers to the highest levels achieved in Alchemy, that of the relationship with the ‘outer Stone’, one that truly exists, but outside the psyche, a quasi spiritual/physical entity similar to an angel or Carlos Castaneda’s “Don Juan”.)

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