Making Constellations

You will not find these

seven grouped in your

celestial atlas,

though they do ride

the ecliptic arc,

appearing south south east

near eight pm this mid

January night.

War goddess, raised spear

about to thrust down

and slay some monster below.

No? Do tell.

What do you make of it?

There are no wrong answers.

A constellation

but the imagination

wrapping itself

around a pattern like this.

The Amplification Effect, No. 3

This is an invitation for artists and writers, creators of any medium, to participate in a group exercise.

A group exercise performed in the comments.

A symbol is provided, and participants are asked to share at least twice to generate an amplification of that symbol.

Regarding the value of amplification of symbolic content, CG Jung writes:

 “An archetypal content expresses itself, first and foremost, in metaphors. If such a content should speak of the sun and identify with it the lion, the king, the hoard of gold guarded by the dragon, or the power that makes for the life and health of man, it is neither the one thing nor the other, but the unknown third thing that finds more or less adequate expression in all these similes, yet– to the perpetual vexation of the intellect– remains unknown and not to be fitted into a formula.”

Jung, CW, V. 9i, p. 267

Jung also championed approaching unconscious symbolic material with an ‘as-if’ attitude. Jung taught that meaning may be circumscribed, but not described.

The Process

1. Participants self-select.

2. Responses are placed in the comments to this post.

3. Each participant replies with an amplification of the symbol.

4. Each participant replies with an association to another participant’s amplification.

5. Participants are encouraged to repeat steps 3 and 4 as often as they wish.

6. Participants are encouraged to reflect on the group results of the exercise to provide an impetus for future creative work.

Postscript: Consider linking back to this post with any work this exercise generates. Links from this post to any work generated will be shared below.

(For further information, as well as an example of a completed group response mind map, see the inaugural Amplification Effect)


Week #2 Amplification Effect Symbol:

A white line dots the sky.

Join us in the comments below!


Group Response Mind Map (updated throughout the exercise):


Links to Works Generated:

Passerby, by Richard Reeve (translated into Italian by almerighi)