Pi Mythology

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The following is a description of the mythology of Pi.

Pi Mythical Elements

Humor: Phlegmatic

Historically, the moral character of the Pi type was best encapsulated by Humorism as the Phlegmatic temperament. Such a temperament was classified as cautious, calm, dependable but also unenthusiastic, unmotivated and blasé. And while this does not capture the essence of Pi’s metabolism, it certainly describes the emotional states evoked by it when it is felt in excess. This temperament was thought to originate from having an excess of phlegm in the body which, if we exercise some imagination to account for the medical ignorance of the age, represented a sickly lethargy associated with old age. A phlegmatic temperament corresponded with coldness and wetness, as well as other bodily fluids such as lymph, plasma and saliva that were thought to moisten the body and help expel waste. A phlegmatic temperament was thought to arise from an abundance of these fluids and excess waste that was not eliminated. The phlegmatic temperament was affiliated with winter and the accompanying dormancy. In terms of chronological age, it was affiliated with Seniority which corresponds to this function’s archetype of the Senex.

Archetype: Senex/Crone

Archetypally, the worldview type is represented as a wise old man or woman revered as an elder and said to possess special wisdom. Analogous figures have existed in various ancient cultures called by several different names – shaman, senex, guru, rabbi, sage, etc – while always having the same essential set of traits. The senex possesses a valuable understanding of life, whether how to raise a family, how to til the soil, how to win wars, or how to govern a kingdom — and is visited by many for their insights. However, the senex often lives as a hermit in some remote area, and in some mythologies will make himself inaccessible except for those who undergo an arduous journey. We see examples of the senex in Merlin, the wizard and adviser in the myth of King Arthur. We see another senex figure in Odin of Norse mythology, who possessed the gift of foresight but who was consumed by a need for ever more knowledge. The senex exists in eternal opposition to the puer, who is the divine child and a fountain of rebirth and newness.