Friday, June 26, 2009

Fish is Life!

There's a lot of sea in my blog at present. What can this mean? Fish are water symbols and are as the vendor correctly suggests, symbols of life. Fish and reproduction are well known companions. They make many, many eggs and are considered almost universally as prosperous and fertile. But Howth is a fishing place and the myths of casting the net and hauling fish from the depths are also cross cultural. Peter was the Fisher of Men, catching the souls for conversion and thus saving them from damnation. For psychoanalysts - well, we fish all the time. We are looking for material from the unconscious, which can be compared to the sea. By allowing spontaneous forces to operate, hidden material of great value may be brought to the surface. Clients recall material from the depths and psychoanalysis brings it up and makes it known. As In the famous BBC documentary "Shoals of Herring", Ewan McColl sings With a hundred cran of the silver darlings, That we'd taken from the shoals of herring.