Ulysses’ journey concluded

In psychotherapy, senex and puer aspects like wisdom and playfulness, endurance and vulnerability, if both acknowledged and accepted, can be allowed to interact creatively. By owning responsibly one’s wounds one is spared from the one sided perfection of archetypal identification.  ‘In Ulysses the senex urge to persist and endure takes care of the puer spirit that is always ready to risk and die. Healing and wounding alternate’ (Hillman, 1977: 121).

Ulysses’ journey and the puer-senex archetype also appear as an allegory of life and therapy, of beginnings and endings. Existentially, Heidegger’s idea of being-towards-death is presented as a constant unfinished quality that has the potential of a courageous opening to one’s truth and reality against denial and narrowing down of one’s possibilities in life (Heidegger, 1927b).

IMG_0434In light of this, living passionately appears entwined with an awareness of one’s woundedness, and the potential for the end of all potentials: one’s death. This also appears in keeping with Chiron’s open wound which was resolved by renouncing his immortality and Ulysses’ life journey in time and space, his youth turning old, his wounds into scars, during his life’s uncertain journey back to his truth, back to Ithaca.