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Joseph Campbell, Goddesses: Mysteries of the Feminine Divine, pg. 51

"This... moon principle is that of life engaged in the field of time and space, in the field of phenomenal apparitions and dis-apparitions of forms. The sun, on the other hand, is never shadowed except in eclipse, and so does not carry its death within it; thus is represents consciousness disengaged from the field of time and space.

"...The great mystic realization is that these two aspects of consciousness are in fact one consciousness, so that your consciousness here in the field of life is at the same time disengaged from this field. The paradox of relating oneself to these two aspects of one's own true being and entity is the great mystical balancing act. It is a dangerous path-- the sharp edge of the razor-- the path between the knowledge of yourself as consciousness in the field and knowledge of yourself as consciousness in disengagement from the field. You can tip either way-- and then there comes an inappropriate attitude, inflation or deflation of one kind or another.

"The goal of all meditation and mystery journeys is to go between the pair of opposites."

Joseph Campbell, Goddesses: Mysteries of the Feminine Divine, pg. 51