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Frank"s Second Jung-Society Article about Maeve's Death

Frank's quarterly letter to members as President of C. G. Jung Society of Queensland in March 2004.

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Since writing about Maeve’s dream-journey home on a water train, other elements of the dream have revealed rich symbolism.

Maeve had not gone entirely alone on the train. She told Robyn that her imaginary friends, Nut and Net, were going with her on that train. Nut and Net had been imaginary cat friends to Maeve during the two years prior to her death.

While on holidays in January, my partner Robyn, came across a reference to Nut, the egyptian mother goddess in Jung’s “Man and His Symbols”. One of Nut’s functions was to accompany the souls of the dead on their journey to the afterlife. She was often depicted on the upper inside of the coffin with her arms symbolically holding the body of the dead person (much in the same way as she is often depicted overarching the world as the sky goddess).

This information was stunning, exciting, comforting and mysterious all at once.

I then wondered where the energy of Net in Maeve’s dream might lead. After a little research on the internet, I discovered that Net is an ancient (even for Egypt!) Egyptian female goddess more commonly known as Neith. Among her other functions, such as war and wisdom, Net was the goddess of weaving. In this capacity and through the cloths that bound the corpse, she empowered the body and soul in its journey to the afterlife.
So it seems that Maeve, in her journey, was accompanied, protected and empowered by two mother archetypes.

Anne Di Lauro became the agent of a synchronistic footnote to Maeve’s story. You will recall that Anne illustrated my previous letter with that picture of a cat walking along a beautiful, tree-lined avenue. The illustration comes from “The Just So Stories” by Rudyard Kipling and specifically from the story entitled “The Cat who Walked By Himself”. Anne did not know when she chose that picture that “The Just So Stories” was the one book Maeve had taken with her on her last trip. She read it at every opportunity, including during breakfast on the morning she died.

March 2004

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