Coniunctio is the sudden realization of the union of opposites, much like the concept of Yin/Yang. The term Coniunctio comes from the arcane alchemical practice of combining two chemicals to produce a third. This chemical act metaphorically represents the supreme union of male and female or, as Carl Jung described it, the psychological union of conscious and unconscious for the purpose of self-actualization or individuation.
In my art practice, I have been called to represent opposing forces like life and death, dark and light. This tends to prompt occasional discomfort in certain viewers, who often request that I eliminate the darkness and focus on the light. Awakening this irritation in the viewer is a testament to the success of my work. The whole canvas of existence is made up of coexisting dualities, which vibrate to and fro endlessly along a spectrum between poles. To eliminate the opposite is to cut the whole in half and to deny the full nature of being.
At the micro level, the atom is the essence of polarity, made up of positive and negative charges. Similarly, on the macro level, the vast Cosmos consists of a regular push and pull. Hermes Trismegistus, the godfather of alchemy, coined the term, “As above, so below,” describing this mirrored nature of the micro and macrocosm. Well-known physicist and lesser-known alchemist, Sir Isaac Newton, stated in his third law of physics, that “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction,” therefor, one cannot exist without the other.
From this perspective, we can see that opposing elements are intimately bound, interdependent and interrelated. If we approach our outlook on reality with the notion that each pole is as important as the other in the fabric of the eternal, we can truly experience our connectivity with all things. In recognizing this interconnectivity, consciousness can begin to shift into a more balanced and harmonious state.
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