About this Piece
Carl Jung, the eminent psychologist, 1875-1961, had this carved, in Latin, over the front door of his house in Zurich. This was to remind those entering that ‘Awe of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom.’ Psalms 111.10
VOCATUS – ATQUE – NON – VOCATUS – DEUS – ADERIT
The words are said to originate from the reply given by the Delphic Oracle to the Spartans when they were planning a war against Athens:’Yes, the Gods will be present, but in what form and to what purpose?’
Jung came across this when, as a student of 19 years, he was studying a Latin collection of analects, or jottings, by Erasmus, the Renaissance scholar and humanist. It is also carved on Jung’s tombstone.
Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.5 inches (24 x 19cm)
About the Maker
Beautiful item and well made.
I was delighted to come across this unique piece right after the sudden loss of my husband. I loved the simple modern feel of the metalwork yet the strength of the message behind it. Although an appropriate gift for someone at the beginning of their marriage journey, it also holds significance for me, to remember the love and journey we all continue with those we love and who have and continue to make an impact on our journey, even beyond the physical life. Also, shipping to US from Ireland was fast and the customer service was remarkable. I appreciated the hand written note from Aidan and that this among many other pieces, come from local artists in Ireland. What a great community of talented and kind people!
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