The She-Bear Who Keeps the World Rolling

The She-Bear Who Keeps the World Rolling

One of the lesser known carvings at Bollingen shows a bear rolling a ball, with the inscription in Latin: The She-bear moves the mass. Jost said that, unlike many legends that cannot be verified, Jung told him directly that the carving related to the ancient myth of Ursa Major (the “big dipper” but in ancient times the great bear) who kept the world rolling in the sky. Later, however, Jung told a visitor that it was the Soviet Union manipulating the world. Jost said, “This shows the multivalence of symbols!” There are several other inscriptions and carvings, both inside and out at Bollingen, including a face of a Trickster character, a brief obscure quotation about “Pegasos,” and an early small carving of Telesphorus inside the tower.

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Christiane Brooks Johnson Professor of Psychology and Religion, Union Theological Seminary, New York NY
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